Monthly Archives: October 2015

The article that gave my novel a home…in Solarpunk!

I have been writing ‘The last Patriarchs’ since 2009. It has changed a lot and only in the last couple of years have I actually given it the time it deserves, taking off whole weekends (yes, I opted to stay home instead of going on fun camping trips) and generally spending time ‘in retreat’, away from others.

Doesn’t sound fun, does it…but it was to me!

Then, about a year ago, a friend from The Zeitgeist Movement posted this article titled “Solarpunk – a new movement sees the future in a positive light”.

I read the article and butterflies went apeshit in my tummy. I was excited. This was it, this was my genre, finally I had a home for my novel-baby that was cool and memorable (positive future fiction is a great way to define Solarpunk, but on its own it’s just not quite there…). Even though I usually dislike categorising things or people, I feel like a novel without a genre is like a child without parents or something. It’s a bit lost, homeless.

After the above abc article I quickly came across this article by Adam Flynn titled “Solarpunk – notes toward a manifesto” that goes more into the reasons why Solarpunk exists (“We’re solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.”) and gives more links to check out for art work and more reading.

Check it out and get sucked in!

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Need – more – Solarpunky – content…

…so I will start by re-blogging some of my favourite pieces from the online Solarpunk community.

Through presenting my “What the heck is Solarpunk?” -presentation at the recent Zeitgeist Media Festival in Brisbane I hope to create an additional bit of buzz about this new art movement for a positive future!

So here is a post that was probably one of the first ones out there talking about Solarpunk. It has inspired me so much and I would like to send out a huge thank you to missolivialouise!

Woweeeee time flies when you’re having fun…

… sorting out your personal life and finishing a novel that has been lingering in the back of your head for over six years.
It has been seven months since my last post in March and wow, a lot has happened. Not just in my own life, but also in the world of Solarpunk!
There are lots of people writing about it, talking about it and writing IN it. I myself talk about it whenever someone is close that seems worthy of being inducted. Into the soon-to-be-mighty Solarpunk genre that shall change the gloomy mainstream perception of the future…
Here are just two examples of two recent anthologies, the first one free to download!

http://tomorrow-projects.com/journeys-time-space/
and
http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062204691/hieroglyph

Watch this space as I am beginning to pour more time and energy into making this a hub for all things Solarpunk…making the future look just that little bit brighter!