Photo Friday: Renaissance Fencing

If you like Renaissance fencing, check out Andrew Kenner's latest edition of his book, I33: Fencing in the Style of the Walpurgis Manuscript. The second edition (with revisions and corrections) is now available in both a black and white paperback version and a colour hard cover version. The first edition was published in 2014. 

Andrew Kenner is a historical re-enactor and an accomplished renaissance rapier fighter, interested in historical fighting styles. In 2013, he decided to write a book.

Andrew studied the original Walpurgis Manual (MS I.33), a German fencing manual dating back to the 1320s. The original is currently held at the Leeds Royal Armoury. He spent months recreating the style and wrote a manual, with diagrams and photographs, to explain his findings.

I attended the photoshoot for the book and was commissioned to do the artwork.


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Research and Final Artwork

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The Published Book

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You can find Andrew's author page at LuLu (now available in hardcover). The first edition (2014) is currently available as paperback, via Amazon.

Photos and artwork (c) 2016 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Mischief Managed.

April is Camp NaNoWriMo. (more info here for those who don't know what it is). This time I set a goal of 20K words - to finish off three Viola Stewart shorts, make a dent in the novella, Eye of the Beholder, Finish a short story for a steampunk anthology and do some rewrites.

First drafts of the shorts are completed. The novella has only four scenes left to go. I managed a blog posts, short story challenge, Boys and Bones, and All That Glitters was submitted for the anthology. I made my 20K goal (add another 5000 words if you count the research notes I made - yep, procrasti-research struck again!)

What a month! Here it is in pictures:

Fom the beginning...

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Working on the novella and comments on blog posts:

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Finishing up the short stories:

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Procrasti-research and tea:


And the results are:

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Project Stats graphs and winner badges ©2016 NaNoWriMo.

All other photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo Time!

Regular readers will know I use NaNoWriMo as one of my procrastination busters. It provides a clear goal - with a set word count time and a time limit.  Most importantly it is a public pledge/announcement of my intentions. It's the public bit that spurs me on. It's like a promise: If I don't at least attempt to make my goal you will know. If I fail, I've broken that promise.

Traditionally NaNoWriMo is held over November - thirty days to aim for 50,000 words. It is a big undertaking. One I have not made yet (though I have managed to reach my personal best of over 27,000 words).

Camp NaNoWriMo is a more relaxed affair. You choose your own word limit, even revision of previously written work. My best was 33,792 in April last year. This gave me the boost to complete Doctor Jack & Other Tales. This year is my final push to complete Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales. This year my cabin partner is one of my writing group friends, Gemma.

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What it means for you:

As a writer: If you are a writer and haven't tried NaNo, then give it a go. It could be the boost, the procrastination buster, the push you need. You may meet some kindred spirits. (You can join a 'cabin' - a group of writers who support and spur each other on.) Camp NaNo is a good place to start. You choose your commitment level. You can start low or aim for the skies. Just roll with it. Have fun.

But it's not for everyone. You either work well to deadlines or you don't. I hate to fail (which is a failing in itself), so Camp NaNo monopolises on that strength (or it is weakness). I pick a stretch goal (20,000 this time, as it's already been a tough year emotionally and this should finish off my set project and start me on my next one). It is up to me to suck it up and do the work.

As a reader: What I hear most from my readers is 'when is the next Viola book coming out?' Camp NaNoWriMo is my final push. I finish that book. It gets published. You get to read it. Kicking me in the butt gets you more adventures with your favourite characters and you get to meet new characters. Simple really.

Here is your chance to see how Viola is faring. I’ll post occasional updates here but if you want to follow my daily progress first hand, you can find me here.