Colt Navy 1851 Steampunk Prop.

Colt Navy 1851 Steampunk Prop.


When Idea’s for my book lag I start working on making things. My latest project is a Colt Navy 1851 which I am building out of acrylic and wood. It won’t be a perfect clone as it will get a Steampunk treatment to it.

Acrylic Colt Navy parts.

This shows a few of the rough parts placed together.

I still have polishing, engraving and staining to do on the grip and find two identical gears to place in the grip. The barrel still needs trimming, shaping and drilling to finish.

Today’s project on the Colt Navy was the centre section of gun.

This image shows the trigger guard added to the centre (would receiver still be technically correct for a gun like this). I’m not sure if my plans are abit under scale or the soldiers of that time had small fingers, but I can only just get the finger into it!

The finished gun will have some special decoration to match the gun carried by Captain James Purcell in my books, The Diaries of James Purcell. Still a long way to go but once it’s finished I will start work on a proper mechanically (but non firing) version.

It’s now raining so I can’t do any more on it today and I need to send the barrel away to be drilled (I have no Idea how to get a 10mm diameter hole squarely down a 190mm barrel!) but on closing.

How on earth did they do these things without power tools, I have no idea how they managed it!.

Well that’s all from today’s Diary of James Purcell. See you in port next time, Airship Pilots.

New Steampunk Anime from Japan

I just come across a new Steampunk Anime from japan.

Unbreakable Machine Doll

During the early 20th century, along with technological advancements, scientists were able to develop sophisticated magic. The combination of science and sorcery was Makinot, circuits made from spells that were put into objects to bring them to life and even gain a personality. It was developed as a military weapon and has now spread throughout the world. Akabane Raishin is now attending the Royal Academy to become the best in the world. Accompanied by the lovely teenage girl Yaya, who is actually Raishin’s puppet weapon, he plans on rocketing to the top of the class. However, his test scores come nearly dead last although his combat skills and determination are second to none. Raishin has to compete with the deadliest of classmates if he wants to come out as the king.

At the moment it’s in Japanese with English fan subs but it’s still watch-able.

Eleanors Death

Eleanors Death

Act 1, Scene 2 from book 1 – The Diaries of James Purcell, Copyright Adam Bryant 2012

Like giddy children we came out of the theatre after enjoying a wonderful show. A few days ago I had finally built up the courage to ask Professor Isaac Theologen, my mentor and father of the girl, for permission to marry. He had said nothing for nearly a quarter of an hour as he sat at his studies desk giving me a stern look. Eventually the corner of his mouth raised in a smile. “I wondered when you would ask me.” He had said before giving me his permission.

As an engagement present, he had arranged for theatre tickets and dinner in a restaurant afterwords. His work with the university had prevented him from seeing the show himself and so we would be meeting him for the meal.

So wrapped up were we with our enjoyment of the show, that we did not see a huge person waiting near the entrance of the alley we were about to pass. It wasn’t until Eleanor was grabbed and dragged backwards into the dark. I looked up and down the road looking for a police officer but was interrupted by a deep voice.

“Get in here without raising any noise.” The man holding Eleanor ordered. I cast a last look around and stepped into the gloom after them.

“What do you want from us?” I asked, my voice shaking with fear.

“You?” He said with a chuckle. “Nothing. You are going to stand there and watch me kill you beautiful fiancee.”

“Why?” I asked.

The man steeped closer. Light from a passing car entered the ally reflecting off it’s eyes and I froze, this was no man that stood in front of me. In my studies I had come across descriptions of its kind and only one word escaped my lips, causing him to smile. “Lycanthrope.”

“Ahh, I see you recognise my kind then.” He said with a malicious smile.

“Why are you doing this?”I asked.

He smiled at me then licked the side of Eleanor’s face, causing her to faint. “This girl of your’s smells good enough to eat. I am feeling hungry so I may just start on her.” He said baring his teeth and drooling on her shoulder.

“But why us?” I asked, trying to look for something to use as a weapon.

His smile faded and his eye’s narrowed on me, He stood there silently watching me. My fingers grasped at something cold and round and I hoped this would do. I lifted up the object and watched as he smiled.

“So you actually want to fight me.” The werewolf taunted.

I watched as it lifted Eleanor by the neck, and run a sharp claw down her face cutting her skin just enough to make a pearlescent, crimson line of blood appear.

“Let her go.” I said in a shaky voice, while brandishing the piece of metal bar like a sword fighter I had seen in a book.

“You think you can stop me with that?” The werewolf said, amusement all over its face.

I tightened my grip on my weapon and edged forward.

“Are you sure you want to do that?” He asked lifting Eleanor up by her head.

“Put her down.” I repeated.

He grinned at me and ripped open her dress around the shoulder area. I watched in horror as he slowly licked her skin causing her to wake up. Her eyes were filled with horror, I did not know what to do, I pushed y fear about what would happen to my self and ran at the lycanthrope and swung the pole. His arm swung out and hit me in the chest knocking the air out of me, and sending me flying across the alley to smash into a wall, There was a sicking crunch and and pain in my chest that caused me to double over, my eye sight blurred and tears welled up and I fought to get a breath back into my lungs. I could hear him laughing and the cry’s of Eleanor’s muffled screams. I reached out and hand and managed to pull myself to my feet, feeling pain in other parts of my body, time seamed to slow down as he lifted her higher, opened his jaws and bit down on her shoulder. I felt frozen, my legs wouldn’t respond, all I could do was stand there and watch and his teeth sunk deeper into her flesh causing more of her pearlescent crimson blood to spill down her chest.

Eleanor’s screams were reduced to a whimper before finally dying out, he one blue dress now, ran scarlet with her blood and all colour disappeared from her face as her skin paled. Still I stood there frozen to the spot, unable to stop the atrocity happening in front of me and with a sicking soggy ripping sound, the werewolf ripped a chunk out of her flesh.

“Ahh, such a superb taste, quite exquisite specimen.” It said letting her fall to the floor and into the puddle of her own blood that had pooled below her.

“What are you going to do now?” I asked, finally able to speak.

“Nothing. I have now done what I came to do, so I will now bid you farewell.”

With a bow, he turned and left me alone with the body of my fiancée.

#NaNoWriMo is coming and such a dilemma.

#NaNoWriMo is coming and such a dilemma.

Well with the big 50K NaNoWriMo on the horizon I have a problem. As much as I would like to work on my primary book series, I feel I need a brake from it. My original choice was going to be Book 4 Shelly Lee which covers the story of the ship without the captain however, on my hard drive I have idea’s for several other books, below are idea’s for books I have sketch out but not put much work on.


Dragons return – Wonderer.

The dragons used to rule the known world as the dominant species, when a civil war broke out, most of the special was killed off and the other went into hiding.

200 years later Man kind rules the land and the dragons are but a myth. When a gray wizard turns up looking for the young lord off the town who has become a ranger in an attempt to flee his duties. With the help of friend, the wizard, the young lord, a young girl who is more then she appears, a ranger with a dark secrete and the captain of the towns guard must go on an adventure to find an artefact that will reveal the girls journey and a darker secrete that threatens them all.

*** This series will have a cross-over to the Diaries of James Purcell after season one has been finished.***

Industrial War

Unknown to the general public, there has been a war raging across the world. Companies fight to be the market leaders and be the best. When a inventor working for Zeus plant turns up dead, detective Roberts in put on the case. Things turn bad and he ends up in a coma for two years while the world around him changes.


Star Dragons.

100 years ago, mankind fled earth to colonise the planets. Hidden within the colonist were the last of the dragon species. They un-hindered by earth’s curiosity into there on technology the people grew and became the most advanced of the earth species.

50 years after leaving the earth has called for representatives of the colonies to return to give an update on how well they have done. The Draconis alliance formed around the dragons home world want to be recognition to rule them selves. When they alliance ship Star dragon returns to earth they find more is going on behind the scenes that could end up in a war between earth and the colonies.


So dear readers, which one should I go for, which one do you feel would be better?

Steampunk, Victorian Fiction or Fantasy.

Steampunk, Victorian Fiction or Fantasy.

Which one of these does my book series fit?

When I started writing my first book, it was falling into the category of Steampunk because it was set on a ship with semi realistic steam powered and magical machinery however, the more I worked on it, the more I worked on adding factual information and scenery. My own field of study during my schools GCSE exam years was the Victorian Industrial revolution. While I failed this, I still had hooks trapped in this period of time. It wasn’t until a few years back that I stumbled across the Steampunk revolution that had occurred that I retook up my interest and started writing (Having a boring job helped.) 

After writing the first draft’s of the two original first two books, I went back on started on one I was going to leave as a prequel however, feedback concerning plot hole pushed this book into the first slot and now as I write this, I find my self researching more and more about the Victorian era in an effort to make my books have a feel of “Did this really happen.”

While I now class my series as more Victorian Fantasy, it still has roots in Steampunk. The beginning of the series starts in the real Victorian world but will move slowly into the fantasy world of dragons, magic, myths and Japanese lore while still involving airships, strange technology and factual information (Well not as much of the latter to make it Victorian fiction).

Before I go, I would just like to make a shout out to everyone who has and will help point me in the correct direction during my research periods to make all this believable. Thanks everyone, it is to all of you and my family that the series will be dedicated.

See you in port next time, Air ship captains.

To dream the dream you write.

To dream the dream you write.

Often when I read other peoples books I find that an interesting part will reflect in my dreams however, while writing my own books, I am yet to have a single dream of the life of my character.

Does this mean that my work is boring is it because as I write, my mind see no point in having the dreams. 

For one I would love to be the dream instead of the dreamer.

Well as you can tell, I am struggling with my series. I have had to go way back to the start of the Captains story, way before he was a captain, all the way back to the start to when he was about to get married and the whole events that lead up to him becoming a captain. I had intended this to be a prequel if need demanded it however, there was a request from alpha readers for this to be included so that other readers would understand the linking events mentioned in the two current books.