Photo Friday: Write Like the Wind.

This week has been all about writing. I'm gradually catching up on those three lost months (and am no longer coughing up lungs). My inspiration music has been Write Like the Wind (Music and lyrics by Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo and Paul Sabourin). Tomorrow Camp NaNoWriMo starts. You can follow my progress on my NaNo page.

And more research:

I surfaced on the weekend for one of our regular D&D games and a trip to Burnside Library to register a table for LibCon17 where they had a mini Japanese Culture expo. I wish I'd been able to stay for a tea ceremony. To wrap up the weekend, I attended another writing course (a masterclass on Point of View). Tomorrow I end the week as I started, with another writing course, this one on dialogue. These courses give me a good kick in the writing butt. I highly recommend them.

   

During my travels I was reminded of the gorgeous city I live in.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Photo Friday: Talking Steampunk

Last weekend I had the pleasure of doing another talk for the local Aus Sci Fi and Fantasy club. Last time I showcased steampunk fashion; this time I spoke about the origins and culture of steampunk. After wrangling the dreaded technology we were off!

       Attendees donned their steampunk finery with Veronica winning best costume (an eBook copy of With a Twist of the Nib).

    Anthony brought along his awesome gadgets, made from opshop and garage finds.

   

Thanks to the Aus Sci Fi committee for asking me back to talk steampunk (and for the lamingtons and tea.)

You can find a video of my talk on my youTube channel.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle, Anthony Fagan, Christopher Lennon

Difficult Decisions

I like to have my event schedule sorted out early in the year. This allows for me to schedule my writing around conventions and festivals so I can set a book launch date with plenty of time to allow to finish, edit, format and printing.

This is what this year looked like:

  • March/Apr- Oz Comic Con Adelaide
  • August 5-6 - steampunk panel and write your own Discworld story workshop at Nullus Anxietas
  • August 19-20 - Salisbury Writing Festival
  • August 27th - ACG Ball
  • September (mid) - Steampunk Festival
  • September (late) - Steampunk Pirate Ball
  • November - Supanova

Though I had lost a couple of months due to ill health, I was still on target for a September launch date, when I hope to launch it at the Steampunk Festival (who were kind enough to host the book launches of both Doctor Jack and Eye of the Beholder) .

I recently got my email for the Steampunk Festival and tendered my application and  started preparing for Salisbury Writing Festival registration...

But, wait...

I grabbed for printouts for Steampunk Festival and flipped through them. Dang! The Steampunk festival has changed dates.  The original Steampunk Festival was held in May, then twice in September, which is why I tentatively scheduled it in for the same time this year.  Big mistake!  It is now scheduled for 19-20 August - the same weekend as the Salisbury Writers Festival.

Decision time!

I enjoy Salisbury Writers' Festival. I've got a lot out of it in the past six years. I meet fellow writers, hear from publishers and agents in panels, on the  state of writing and publishing in Australia. Members of my writing group enter the short story competition. This year I may have convinced some of my fellow writing group to attend the actual festival.

But will I?

The Steampunk Festival is one of my favourite event - costume-wise, meeting readers and fellow steampunks. It is a photographic smorgasbord. This is my tribe.  They understand me.

Sales-wise it is my biggest event of the year. I have launched both my books at the Steampunk Festival and hope to again this year. This means I have lost a month of writing time and now have to finish my book earlier to get it out in time for August.

<insert expletives here>

But I've made my decision. It wasn't hard in the end; I go where my readers are. I'll just have to pull up my socks and write faster. I've got a closer deadline now. No time for napping.

Photos ©2016 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.