Things are frantic at The Laboratory at the moment. We have a children’s play “Frankenstein’s Revenge” being thrust on the public at Hallowe’en and I am researching and editing Mulgrave Castle which is about the psychic Victorian detective, Harriet Twine. Therefore, I thought I would share with you how I am getting myself in the mood for both writing and marketing.
The other week I went to Lincoln prison, a Victorian gaol in Lincoln Castle, to help me envisage what it must be like to feel like a Victorian lady. Lincoln is a wonderful place for creating writing atmosphere and this weekend, the old asylum at Lincoln will host the biggest Steampunk Festival in Europe. The simplest way to explain Steampunk is that it is a mixture of Victoriana and Sci Fi – that is a very loose term but it gets you in the picture if you are not au fait with Steampunk.
I find that I have a Steampunk heart as the motto is “Be Splendid!” This basically means that we should show wonderful manners and try to dress with elegance. This really appeals to me because I hate bad manners and I love costumes. So I decided that if anywhere was going to get me in the mood for embracing my fictional Victorian world, it has to be The Asylum.
The costume is ready – almost – but then I thought of all the folks turning up with their gadgets and inventions in the true Victorian spirit. This was when I decided that as I had been inspired by Frankenstein, I would take my invention from The Laboratory to the Asylum.
Here is a short film about the invention I’m taking to the Asylum. If after watching it you can’t decide whether I should actually be in the Asylum or I have just got a whacky sense of humour –can you come down on the side of the latter please?
- Writing – Embracing Characterisation in a haunted, Victorian Prison. (loonyliterature.com)
- Writing – Point of View Problems – What a Palaver! (loonyliterature.com)
- What sort of writer are you – explorer or planner? (loonyliterature.com)
- I Feel Rather Stupid – To Post Or Not To Post? (loonyliterature.com)
- Conjuring and Capturing Feelings – Inspiration in Ruins. (loonyliterature.com)