Origin & Inspiration
A street near where I lived in the mountains was named Whistlepunk, and it always intrigued me. A Whistlepunk is a person closely connected to the steam engines used by the logging industry in the late 1800s, early 1900s. It didn't take long for the imagination to run wild, but it did take years to ferment. Before it became TimberPunk, a setting was toyed with that was strictly steampunk in creation, but it never amounted to much, never becoming more than maybe a page of notes.
And I'll be honest, I'm not sure how I got to this setting. It wasn't even on my radar of something to write a month ago, but suddenly it was there in my head, nearly formed in concept and one of the most fun things I've written. I knew how I was going to do the TimberPunk equivalent to cybernetics, the internet, corporate wars, and so on.
I wish there was more to say on the matter, but there isn't.