Welcome to

The Blackbird Literary Initiative 

In Loving Memory of a dear friend and fellow Steampunk,

Angela Sawatzky

We are launching The Blackbird Initiative to encourage the love of literacy, celebrate the marvelous universe of Steampunk, and create a space where people who love the genre can come and discuss literature. Please visit often as we will be adding new content from authors around the world in the coming months. We are so thrilled to be opening up our little community to the great universe of creativity that exists out there. 






The Steamy Book Club:

There is a group in the membership area that is devoted to discussion and the planning of The Steamy Book Club content for this initiative. Please feel free to join this group and put your two cents in on which books you think The Steamy Book Club should read next. If there is an author you enjoy and wish to introduce to the community, and where some of our books can be sourced, we would love for you to share with us.







Punks With Pens:

It is true that the pen is mightier than the sword, and we will prove it here in this new group. Sharing our love of writing can create a wonderful community in which we can all benefit from each others skill and experience. Also, we can generate a way of getting people to know our work.


Punks with Pens is a group devoted to writers. If you are a writer who wishes to share their work with other Steampunks and discuss writing activities, you are welcome to join this group. Any feedback, criticism, or comments should remain strictly constructive, positive, and an asset to the writer to further develop their talent. Any misconduct will result in the immediate expulsion of that member from the Writers' Group. 

* Legal Disclaimer/Rules of Conduct Below







The Story That Never Ends:


This is the story that never ends. I am borrowing this idea from the former Steampunk Empire. We would have groups of role players that would create a collaborative role playing experience by writing a paragraph each to a story thread. Each member of the group would have an established Steampunk persona and join a story (much like a D&D campaign) adding a paragraph at a time, taking turns with the other members to write/participate in a ever unfolding adventure. We ask that the different groups establish rules of etiquette that are displayed clearly and follow proper behaviour of civil/mannerly conduct. 

The Blackbird Literary Initiative 

Showcase of Authors


Please Welcome Our First Author



Our First Blackbird Author:

Phoebe Darqueling 









Gears, goggles and glamour; Corsets, crafts and creativity; Sci-fi, silliness and steampunk; Dirigibles, dancing and DIY; Physics, phonics and phoenixes; Bustles, balloons and beads; Lace, leather and life; Fantasy, feathers and flaws; Paper, piercings and pirates!

For the past 5+ years, my husband, tiny dog and I have been living the lives of vagabonds and bouncing between places as far off as Bulgaria and as familiar as my childhood state of Minnesota. I’m currently living in the Black Forest of Germany, which has really been getting me interested in fairy tales lately. After that? We’ll see which way the wind is blowing. 

What do I Write?

I became interested in Steampunk starting in 2009, which rekindled a long-dormant love of writing fiction. I started my first blog on Steampunk in 2012, but in 2017, I left it to become the second editor for SteampunkJournal.org, the world’s most popular Steampunk news site. During 2017, I coordinated and contributed to the Collaborative Writing Challenge’s 7th project with a Steampunk theme called Army of Brass. In 2018, my horror re-telling of Pinocchio entitled “The Marionette” was featured in in The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales anthology. I’ve started working on the second book in a Gaslamp fantasy series about a con woman forced out of retirement when her past comes back to haunt her…literally. Until it’s published, you can read excerpts from the first book, No Rest for the Wicked

My geek girl tendencies don’t stop there. I’ve been known to dabble in a variety of fantasy off-shoots, including contributing “The Vigil” to the Chasing Magic anthology and lending my pen to the collaborative fantasy novel, Esyld’s Awakening. I’m currently working on a standalone contemporary fantasy novel that pits a movie crew against the fairy tale creatures they awaken while shooting on location in the Black Forest (Working title: Grimmer).

I also occasionally lend my pen to contemporary romance under the pen name M.E. Anders. You can read a short story called “Next Time” as a companion to the Collaborative Writing Challenge’s novel, The Map

Find Me Around the Web

This is an interview I did in March 2017 with Radio RetroFuture.

My most recent interview just went live on HorrorTree.com, but you can also read a Steampunk Cavaliers interview about my first experience with Steampunk, an interview by Steampunk/Ancient Roman author Daniel Ottalini, and check out my interview and articles at Steampunk Journal.

Find awesome writing tips in my monthly posts for Our Write Side.



























Legal Disclaimer

And Rules of Conduct: 

No sexual harassment, bullying, and try to conduct your group activities in an adult environment that entails maturity and civility. 

Pens With Punks

This group is not for harassment, abuse, or demeaning behaviour.

Please only post content you personally have created, give yourself credit, and be aware that The Society for the Ethical Treatment of Kraken does not own, or will take possession of other creatives work.


Your content is purely your own and you must take responsibility for the risks of posting unpublished materials on public forums.


We, SETK, will not be responsible if others should use your content without permission. Be aware that in every group there are dishonest people, sadly this is a reality, we cannot monitor your content and protect it. This is a public forum meant for everyone, so use it with responsibility. 

The Story That Never Ends

This group is for collaborative adventures. Each group of participants is expected to police their our members behaviour. We will not take responsibility for any activities that occur within the separate groups that are involved in these types of stories.


If there is a member who is acting inappropriately it is up to the group to expel them or discipline them in an appropriate manner. If this member uses this site to harass another member it is up to the person receiving the negative behaviour to make SETK aware of these activities.


Please screen shot all abuse. We will revoke their membership to this site should we find them causing issues with others. It is not our responsibility to report to the police or take legal action, that should be done by the person experiencing the issues. We will, however, expel them from this site. 



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