More from the Proto-steampunk book
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. This is a sample from my latest work in progress, "A Designing Woman", and I hope you enjoy it. Mr. Williams has come for a visit, the day after the assembly, and is waiting in the library. Like most libraries of the time, it was more for show than reading. He's found his way to Amanda' corner and is strangely interested in what he finds.
Instead of the unused order that characterized the rest of the library, he came to a section that was in active chaos. He picked up one book that was lying open, face down, and read, “Principles of Mechanics.” He frowned at the equations it contained. Then he smiled to himself and put it back. A disorderly stack of pages was tucked into a corner of the room nearby. They were full of drawings and calculations; all were done in a fine feminine hand.
He paged through the sheets and studied Amanda's work. As he gazed with interest at a calculation of the optimum size for a piston, he was interrupted from behind.
“That's my daughter's trash. I try to remind her to be tidy.”
This is a work in progress. Here are links on tablo and authonomy. Apparently Steampunk implies Victorian, Dieselpunk the 1920's. What-punk should a Regency period book be? Horse-punk isn't right.
I'm calling this proto-steampunk simply because I was told in no uncertain terms that "steampunk" meant Victorian with ubiquitous steam technology. Amanda's working before that and during the Regency, so it cannot be steampunk.