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8 Sentence Sunday on Dieselpunks

Moderated by: JazzFeathers

8 Sentence Sunday on Dieselpunks is a creative writing exercise for our Storyteller community. The aim of the exercise is to inspire our writers and gather feedback on their work from others in the community.

The rules are simple: everyone interested in 8 Sentence Sunday posts an eight-sentences-long snippet of their writing project right here in the comments. The snippet can be dieselpunk or steampunk, and it can be in-progress or already published. All we ask is you keep your snippet in line with the standard rules on Dieselpunks (keep it suitable for teens and don’t be a dick).

Most of all, you have to engage. If you’re asking for feedback, you have to be constructive about at least one other member’s work as well.

Feel free to post links to your own websites and products on this thread as we hope to keep our corner of the alt-history continuum alive and dancing.



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Comment by Bard Constantine on June 10, 2014 at 8:39pm

I actually have no valid excuse for the lack of posting on Sunday: I simply forgot. Will try to do better this coming opportunity.

Comment by Tome Wilson on June 10, 2014 at 5:08pm
I'm just providing the tool. It's up to you to build something great with it.
Comment by Dan Glaser on June 10, 2014 at 4:53pm
Same. I was out in the country for the weekend and similarly bereft of the internet. I've got something cooked up though, so I'll be sure to post on this following Sunday.
Comment by JazzFeathers on June 10, 2014 at 4:45pm

Hi guys.

Sorry I missed last Sunday. I was in Germany and I tried to post my excerpt. But the hotel internet connection was so bad I couldn’t make it :-(

I’ll be away next Sunday too, although I hope I’ll have more luck with the internet connection. Let’s hope.

My snippet went live on Sunday on my blog, though, because I scheduled. It’s here, in case someone still wants to read it :-)

Comment by Bard Constantine on June 3, 2014 at 6:46pm

@Dan Glaser: Thanks much, Dan. Hope you get a chance to look at the debut novel, New Haven Blues, which is already available.

@JazzFeathers: Thank you as well. I'm glad you got a chance to check out the site. Wix is actually pretty easy to create a nice-looking website, and the art by Stefan and photos by Mark Krajnak do the rest.

Comment by Dan Glaser on June 3, 2014 at 4:38pm

Really liking what I've read of The Troubleshooter thus far, Bard (from your excerpt below, as well as from the short story in the ePulp Anthology #1). Nice, steely tone which is very consistent through all I've read. Plus I'm a sucker for both noir and dystopia, and your stylings certainly don't disappoint. Looking forward to picking up the full book!

Comment by JazzFeathers on June 3, 2014 at 12:48am

Just had a look at your site, Bard. It's sooo cool and looks so professional. 


Comment by JazzFeathers on June 3, 2014 at 12:44am

Hey, Bard, I really like it. 

I love the voice. It's very strong and personal. Unique. And I'm intrigued by the situation. I like the MC's attitude, makes me think he's an experienced, not easily scared man. 

I couldn't get my snippet up on Sunday because it was already late night here when this thread went up. But I'll be here next Sunday ;-)

Comment by Bard Constantine on June 1, 2014 at 6:30pm

Sounds good. And hey, it's Sunday. So here's 8 sentences from my WIP, the Troubleshooter sequel called The Most Dangerous Dame:

I’ve spent a few ticks in the holding tank before. One thing that can be said about the experience is that it doesn’t get any more agreeable the next time around. At least I wasn’t in there long. After they let me stew for a few hours, they hustled me out to a claustrophobic room with two chairs, a table, and four walls painted in that drab gray color that’s only used for unpleasant places.

Like interrogation rooms.

They let me sit for another couple of hours. Supposedly the waiting is designed to unnerve a perp, make him rattled and uneasy. Get his condition just nervous enough so that when you tighten the screws, you get an early squeal.

Hoped you enjoyed. For the uninformed, The Troubleshooter is a novel series that blends film noir detective style and slang and tosses it against a dystopian backdrop. Get caught up on all things Troubleshooter at the official site: http://micktrubble.com

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