Photo Friday: Reading, Writing, Playing

After last year's realisation I had only read two novels (I'd read about twenty non-fiction books and had started several books...), I've concentrated on finding new novels to read this year. This week I've scored a few novels from Australian and independent authors. The blurbs sounded intriguing. These are now in my growing reading pile. Will I make it to the bottom?

   

But I still can't resist the non-fiction...

 

And then there's writing. I'm currently working on an Absent Sherlock Holmes short story for an Australian anthology. Submissions open soon. Wish me luck!

It wasn't all written word this week; we started a new game, introducing some of our friends to D&D. Huzzah!

Photos © 2017 Karen J Carlisle

Photo Friday: Costumes, Books and More!

A New Corset

I started making a new corset for events. (Thanks to Lynne for helping to fit my toile.)

   Finished toile Up to adding spiral boning.

New books arrived at the post box:

Announcing my first short story collection.

I've also been editing, formatting and computer wrangling. I've just published my first collection of fantasy, science fiction and steampunk short stories - written between 2013 and 2016 - With a Twist of the Nib.

Available now on Smashwords and Amazon

 

And here's the cover:

And More February Events

And another event this month! I'll be at the Salisbury Secret Garden on Saturday 25th February. Salisbury council presents bands, movies, family fun and, this year, they also have a creators' market as part of the Adelaide Fringe. I'll be there, with my books, t-shirts, mugs and badges! There's also a free concert by Thirsty Merc and other Aussie bands. Don't forget to tune into Words Out Loud on PBS community radio (Salisbury, Adelaide) FM 89.7 (or online at www.pbafm.org.au) on Tuesday . Listeners get an opportunity to get a free eBook copy of With a Twist of the Nib. You can find out more about Words Out Loud on their FB page.

Photo Friday on Sunday: This Week’s Wins.

Wow, what a difference a week makes; this one ends on a more positive note. After a health scare (second ECG and blood tests were normal - phew!), it seems anxiety was one of the major causes. So I went on a tea cup shopping spree (well, T2 had a sale). Of course, I had to buy some replacement tea balls. More sales provided an opportunity to get this cool mug. Each time I drink from it, I am reminded though things are still hiding under the surface, I can work on some new methods to cope to drown out escalating stress. [video width="854" height="480" mp4="http://karenjcarlisle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HPMugKarenCarlisle2017.mp4"][/video]

Photos and video  ©2017 Karen J Carlisle All rights reserved.

February is here and so is Steampunk Hands Around the World. You can read blog posts from steampunks from many countries on how steampunk makes life better for them. (Read my first post, A Whimsical Notion: Steampunk Hands Around the World #1) or check out Airship Ambassador's listing of daily posts HERE. Also in February (confirmed this week) are two events on the same day! 14th February. At 10.30 am (Australian Central Daylight Savings Time) Jo Baker (Adelaide poet and champion of indie writers) will be interviewing me about my books and writing.  You can tune in on your radio at FM 89.7, or listen online at www.pbafm.org.au

And at 10.30 pm  (Australian Central Daylight Savings Time) I'll be hosting a spot on the Facebook virtual author event: Our Books Are not Free. It's been a busy week. I think I need a cup of tea (in one of my new cups!).
Regular readers are probably wondering: Huh? What is Photo Friday doing on Sunday? February is Steampunk Hands Across the World - a month of posts from steampunks from around the world. My first Steampunk Hands post was on Friday (instead of Sunday) to kick off the month.  Next week will return to normal programming.