Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

The Price of Literature (A Rant)

I keep tripping over this question about the price of e-books. I stumble over it in blog posts, it sneaks up behind me and shouts BOO during podcasts, and I’m … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 6 Comments

Hitting a Rough Patch in My Writing

I was warned after I finished my writing workshop in January that writing would get difficult for a while. I thought I understood what that meant. I didn’t. The tough … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

This Mess Is Mine (also, a Wattpad experiment)

Happy February everyone! In a few days I’m going to be a year older, though I’m not sure if I’ll be any wiser. Maybe that’s some crazy kind of wisdom … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

How Does Steam Power Work?

When you talk about steampunk, you often end up talking about steam power. That’s great if you had a science class recently, but those days are way in the past … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Avoiding the Great War

A common theme in steampunk literature revolves around avoiding the Great War.  I did some research for myself (since my last history class was a looooong time ago), and thought … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mapping My Road Ahead

I often find it useful to plan ahead by considering where I have already been.  I grew a lot as a writer over the past year, both in terms of craft … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

May the Muse Be with You

Life has been crazy (as usual) and I figured an update was in order.  I’ve been trying to write more, which means I have been blogging less.  Sadly, there are … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

Gentleman Adventurers Abroad

Being a gentleman is not a label, but rather a way of life, bred into the blood and bones of these gentlemen of unquestionable principles.  Last week I posted about … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

What I Learned from Ira Glass

Most of us are familiar with the voice of Ira Glass, public radio personality and host/producer of This American Life.  I enjoyed these four small videos cut from a larger … Continue reading

December 3, 2014

Ladies of Sound Moral Character

Inspired by pages of steampunk tropes, I wanted to compile a list of common characters found in steampunk speculative fiction and media.  The first group that I focused on were upstanding … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

Shoutout: Simon Whistler

Today I’m giving a shoutout to Simon Whistler, host of the weekly Rocking Self-Publishing podcast, where each week he conducts hour-long interviews with successful self-published and hybrid authors. He invites fiction … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 5 Comments

Nikola Tesla, Mad Scientist

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been working on a new project and doing some online research in regards to steampunk.  One of the key components of steampunk … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

Of Days and Weeks

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Posting Schedule for 2014-15

Monday through Friday I will be posting about writing as business and craft, the science of creativity, all things steampunk, and progress on The Dreamless City.

Weekends are reserved for my Music Playlist.

Writers of the Future Honorable Mention

About the Author

Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.