"No you're not."
Well you, dear readers, will believe me when I tell you I'm normal. I found out yesterday when I read this.
I've been wild about old motorcycles for a heap of years. Long ago I wrote a series of stories about a girl who rides a 1922 Banshee, a cool looking bike made for a limited time by a guy who later went on to work for Triumph.
But the Banshee wasn't steam powered. When I began my WIP Twelve Keys, I had an excuse to research steam powered motor bikes. Before yesterday already had most of the very pictures shown in the Roper article in my computer for my own reference. I also have sketches I've done of them, because that's what I do while brainstorming--draw my characters, though I'm a lousy artist.
When I saw that the Roper Steam Cycle was going to be auctioned off, my first thought was, "Can I have it?" My second was, "Wow, other people want it! I'm not weird."
When this word "Steampunk" came into my vocabulary, I was thrilled and amused. Don't you love when things you enjoy become popular? Steampunk marries cool clockwork and steam powered gadgets with science fiction and fantasy. But it's not new. And writers adding steampunk elements to their stories will benefit not only from reading Jules Verne, but from learning engine history and development, (and checking out in real life or YouTube some of these guys who actually have running steam engine cars and motorcycles.)
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By the way, this is one of the bikes my husband rides. And he thinks I'm not normal? I guess he should know. ;)
|My husband on his recumbent human powered vehicle|