Photo Friday: Eat, Write, Play.

Eat: One of the great things about conventions are the people you meet - con buddies, line buddies and fellow artists. My booth buddy, for the second time, was Kimberley Clark who travelled down from Brisbane for the Oz Comic Con. We had dinner on Friday night at Little NNQ Vietnamese restaurant in the city - a generous serving of delicious food and a photo opportunity showcasing the eclectic mix of old and new architecture in Adelaide.


Write: I completed my latest short - Mrs Hudson Investigates - and submitted it to an upcoming anthology. Wish me luck! I now have another story series percolating through my brain... 

My talk for the local writing group today: Plotting for Non-Plotters

Play: Last D&D session was intense but we survived! Tomorrow we get to play our alternative milieu. And a few more photos from last weekend: I helped my daughter make a 'Chat Noir' ring from sculpy. Unfortunately it was a tad large and was lost after only a few hours. If anyone found it at the event, please contact me.  

Any one for a game of chess?

I didn't buy much at the convention - but couldn't resist Neil Gaiman's Death or the Elfquest book and t-shirt.

Photos © 2017 Karen Carlisle.

Adelaide Supanova

Day one:

What I love about being a writer in Adelaide is the camaraderie of the local writers and artists and the support I get from my readers. Thanks especially to Tilly who ran up to my table and expressed her desire to buy my second book as she loved the first - and for introducing her friend, Tara, to Viola's adventures. (You can find the latest review here).

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There are so many amazing artists and writers here in Adelaide and in Australia. In my aisle alone there are comic book artists, writers and producers, a musician and other writers. Speculative fiction is (not surprisingly) the main focus of many of them.


Then there's the skilled and imaginative costume makers. Here's just a few of the fantastic costumes on Saturday.

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Adelaide Indie Authors Pop-up Store:

I'm at table 14 at Supanova this weekend. Come and say hello. If you can't make it, I will be at a pop-up Adelaide Indie Author shop on 17th December, at Greenlight Comics in the Adelaide CBD.


doctorjackrbblankT-shirt Orders

I will be placing an order for Doctor Jack t-shirts next week. If you would like a tee, please contact me before Friday 25th November to place an order. (I take paypal and do direct debit) You can collect them at the pop-up store on 17th December and not pay postage!

Event Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.

Halloween Hi-jinks

Last weekend I had a booth at a local Halloween Comic Con, held at The Markets on Flinders, in Adelaide CBD. There were local indie authors (who wrote science fiction, fantasy and steampunk), local artists and comic book creators, as well as the usual purveyors of pop culture memorabilia.

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I tried not to spend any money. I really did. But... There was someone selling old books. I fell in love with a book: The Illustrated News Record on the Glorious Reign of Queen Victoria. It had pictures and news articles on Queen Victoria's coronation, marriage and events up to 1901. Great for research. books_photo_copyright2016karencarlisle

We trialed a new set up, with a sunshade to delineate area, a black cloth (it was Halloween, after all) to make the items 'pop' and two new display boxes - in keeping with Halloween theme and my 'branding' (I do hate that word, however, being consistent in my 'look' improves my chances of being recognised among the many other authors and creatives out there. And it worked! Two attendees mentioned they found me as they recognised my booth (woot!) and two more recognised my covers and wanted the second book. (Double woot!)

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There wasn't as many costumes this year. It could have been the extreme heat  on the Saturday (predicted for 30 deg C, after we had been enjoying high teens), followed by another cold day of rain and strong winds (some areas had damage). I did love this mad scientist costume - she put this together herself. We dressed in our steampunk attire. I wore my 'new' upcycled black outfit on Sunday.

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Unfortunately one of my books was filched. I thought I was imagining it but, no. When we did the end of the day tally (book stock take, sale tallies and money) there was definitely one missing. This left me disappointed and needing to sell more books on the Sunday, to make up for the money lost. <insert complaints about how hard it is to make any money anyway.> Sigh. Oh, well. Perhaps I should take it as a compliment - someone wanted my book so desperately, they stole it? I just hope they enjoy it and they bloody well better write a review on Goodreads!

cards_photo_copyright2016karencarlisleOn the upside, I caught up with some friends and met new people. I had interesting conversations, chatted with other local indie authors and artists. I made some connections, learnt new things and picked up some useful tips to help with some ideas I have for possible new directions in my work and future events. I also got to chat about steampunk and the fun I have coming up with story ideas and doing research. This definitely outweighed the unfortunate events.

A big hello to my new readers, followers on Facebook and visitors to my pages. I hope to chat to you again soon. Please come and say hello at Supanova.

It's like that ad: Research books: $20. Books stolen: $16. Connections and conversations: Priceless.

Art and Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.