Come along for the ride on my first Book Blog Tour

I'm inviting you to join my first book blog tour to celebrate the eBook release of the first two stories in Viola Stewart's final set of adventures - From the Depths and Tomorrow, When I Die - and get ready for Viola's final adventure,  The Illusioneer, soon to be released as eBook. The paperback compilation is scheduled for publication at end of October.

  

You can find details on where to buy Viola's adventures HERE

Things kick off on tomorrow (Monday Aussie time) morning.

It's a week long, whirlwind world tour, taking in the UK, US and Australia. I'll be blogging about writing research for book blogger, Suzie Eisfelder, and about my characters for author, editor and sky watcher, David Lee Summers.

You can also learn a bit more about me in interviews by poet and writer of Mystery, Alternative History, Post-Apocalyptic, Macabre, Christopher Hawes, and Stephanie Kato - writer of steampunk and post-apocalyptic stories and sci-fi blogger. We talk books, writing and (of course) steampunk. Steampunk author and blogger, Lynne Lumsden Green will he reviewing one of Violas first adventures and sharing an except from the upcoming 'The Illusioneer'. Blogger, Penny Blake (in her Morning Cuppa), will be reviewing my latest novellas - From the Depths and Tomorrow, When I Die.

Links to each stop on the tour will be posted here and the FB event page -The Illusioneer & Other Tales: Book Blog Tour. If you have any questions, I'll be sightseeing on each blog and lurking on here and on the FB event page.  Look out HERE and on the FB event page for more information, quizzes and ebook giveaways.

So fire up your device, click on those links and join me for my first book blog tour.

See you tommorrow!

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: 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.