Steampunk is really growing on me these days. I found this ring on Etsy today, and I want it, want it, want it. When I was a teenager, I procured a black velvet waistcoat and ankle-length gray silk skirt, which I would wear with an excessively lacy blouse and leather granny boots. And if I could only have had this ring (and maybe a black top hat) to go with it, the ensemble would have been complete. Now that I am a big, mature grown up, I think I could dispense with the overt non-conformity and still wear this kind of jewelry with just about anything from jeans to a suit and it would work. Darn, it’s cool.

Screenshot from Disney's Treasure Planet.

Steampunk in general has an interesting niche in the world of aesthetics. The romantacism in the combined classical/futuristic motif lends itself well to sci-fi. My friend and I have been collaborating, somewhat seriously and somewhat not, on a novel about a girl living in early Victorian England, and with Jules Verne loosely on my mind, I’ve been thinking about adding a Steampunk edge to the story. I don’t know if that will actually happen or not, but it sure is fun to play with. Or maybe I’ll just jazz up some of the illustrations with cogs and gears and stuff… I don’t know how my co-author will take to this…


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