Something Personal.

This week has had its ups and downs. Anxiety has a way of skewing one's view of the world. Sometimes I just need reminding of the wonderful friends and family I have. Thank you all.

Something Personal.

Sometimes the black dog howls. Its lies overwhelm me,
doubt and anxiety take hold.
Self confidence leaks away.
Does anyone know I exist?
I am alone.

I sit in chaos, claustrophobic clutter.
The world constricts me,
consumes me.
Does anyone care?

A blank page stares back, mocking me,
accusing me of failure,
pathetic, useless, unwanted.
Am I fooling myself?

A tinkle of the door bell, a knock rouses me.
An unexpected, smiling face,
Words of friendship, a gift.
A stranger asks how I'm faring,
Am I still writing?
They want to know more.

A house full of well-wishers, of friends and family
Of smiles and hugs, unconditional.
Conversation, music
and most of all,
Love.

  • Art/Photography:  I've designed the final poster for the Viola Stewart series... It arrived this week. Look for this at events.
  • Costume:  I've been helping our daughter make patterns for her current costume project.
  • Writing/Reading: Another scene rewritten, another edited. Then a hiccup - pinched nerve in my arm(but kept going. Taking a break today, to celebrate the anniversary of my arrival into this world. PS. I suck at poetry. Apologies.

Other little Green Men:  I have such cool friends. I'm working my way through a mountain of goat's cheese, dark chocolate and board games. I have  a new tea to taste and the most gorgeous purple orchid brightening up the kitchen. Huzzah Words and photography ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Photo Friday: Costume Diary: From Oz

It's August, and time for the annual Australian Costumers' Guild Costume Ball.  on the weekend. This year's costume had a convoluted evolution. I wanted to try my hand at making a foam 'metal plated' top for some time now; when I was invited to do a talk on steampunk at the recent Terry Pratchett convention, I decided to feed on that desire and twist it. Hence my steampunk witches hat was made. I love this hat. And so do others, it seems. I received dozens of positive comments and even had offers to purchase it. The Ball weekend was looming and I didn't have an abundance of sewing time (I'm in the middle of a writing marathon). I decided to make use of my new hat - and the idea for a steampunk Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. I had an idea: I'd steampunk up a vacuum cleaner in place of a broom. I scoured opshops - but there's never an item when you really want it. Would Ms West make it to the ball? Finally, only a few weeks before the ball, a friend (thank you Veronica) found a steam cleaner (it was meant to be!) It was pulled apart and gutted, then sanded and spray painted (we just had enough of the gold left. phew). I used rub and buff to add some wear and tear, glued on some bits and piping and added a compass (to face West of course). A 'tesla tube' light was made using a cheap plastic test tube, LED and wires. MINI-COSTUME PICTURE DIARY:

  

    

And how could I go without a flying monkey? I made some mini goggles, a matching metal-plated fezz and steampunk wings.

 

And meet Hamish: With all the accessories finished, I decided on an all black outfit to highlight them. I wore a black top, skirt (made for previous costume) and new under bust corset - and some green and black striped socks to add a hint of green in lieu of green makeup.  Vintage motorcycle gloves doubled as flying gloves. And here is my final outfit: my steampunk Wicked Witch of the West (and found out the day before was the 78th anniversary of the movie - woah! Perfect timing.) Thanks to Steamkittens this photo from the Ball.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved. Portrait ©2017 Steamkittens.

Photo Friday: Nullus Anxietas VI – Australian Discworld Con, 2017

Nullus Anxietas is the bi-annual Australian Discworld convention. The last I attended was in 2009, where I won a seat at the Galah dinner table with Sir Terry himself. This year it was held in Adelaide (so I could afford to go again!). We celebrated all things Terry and Discworld and passed the hat to the next con in Melbourne, 2019. I volunteered for the Press Corpse, taking stills and videos over the weekend. You will be able to find more photos on the Nullus Anxietas VI Flickr page. Here are some of the pics.

   

What duck? was one of the stamps we collected in our passports. (I was two off collecting the set!) Find the hidden duck, photograph it on your head and hide it in a different room...

  

 

Magrat and the Klub table. The convention drink - The Procrastinator - was very popular.

  
Workshops and Panels:
I did a workshop - Write Your Own Discworld Story. We came up with a fun story. I'm hoping some of the attendees will write it and send me a copy (hint, hint) and I will send them to the Nullus Anxietas committee... On Sunday Ula and I did a panel on Steampunk / Steampunk in Discworld. You can watch the panel HERE. My favourite workshop was Martin Pearson's song writing workshop. (My verse on Uberwald parcels made the cut... squee!) You can hear Martin's song, The Moist von Lipwig Song, in the closing ceremony video.

There were fantastic costumes...    

  

and the Vaudeville de Masquerade entrants.

Closing ceremony

Stephen Briggs was one of our guests (and holder of a secret stamp) You can watch his interview on my youtube channel.

and a teary homage to Sir Terry Pratchett...

My videos from the convention are available on my youTube channel, and will be on the Nullus Anxietas VI youTube channel.
  • Opening Ceremony [embed]https://youtu.be/IfGj0wlL22g?list=PLQzAI1Ns50Vs9QhTXYO3m2EacETuTXB5N[/embed]
  • Interview with Stephen Briggs [embed]https://youtu.be/rrxZuMHzJXQ?list=PLQzAI1Ns50Vs9QhTXYO3m2EacETuTXB5N[/embed]
  • Vaudeville de Masquerade [embed]https://youtu.be/1Nevmt20LZc?list=PLQzAI1Ns50Vs9QhTXYO3m2EacETuTXB5N[/embed]
  • Closing Ceremony [embed]https://youtu.be/fJBdeoBysmc?list=PLQzAI1Ns50Vs9QhTXYO3m2EacETuTXB5N[/embed]

    Photos and Film ©2017 Karen Carlisle. Characters ©Terry Pratchett. Convention postcard art ©2017 Grace Francis.