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The Serendipity of Procrasti-research Comes Full Circle

This article was first published in March 2016… and finally the research has found its home. I first used aspects of the Lady Alice Mine in ‘All the Glitters’, a short story in the steampunk anthology, Den of Antiquity, 2016. ISBN: 978-0995276727 And now, after almost four years of bubbling in my brain,  A Fey Tale instroduces…

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August Behind the Scenes Patreon Reward Posted

In this month’s behind the scenes I show some covers I’ve made, share some spoilers, discuss writing and researching ‘A Fey Tale’ (second Aunt Enid book), list future planned books, reveal short stories related to series, and show the video made for a tintype photoshoot for Adelaide Steampunk Festival, 2019. If you want to join…

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Down the Research Rabbit Hole…

I got excited on the weekend. I was catching up on some live chats by favourite authors and was reminded of some research books I had planned to get. I bought a copy of Timetables of History. I finally found a cheap copy so I can write my series’ alternate timelines in it. I know,…

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Historic New Zealand, Steampunk and Writing Research.

I’m back from my trip to New Zealand for the longest running Steampunk Festival in the Southern Hemisphere, in Oamaru. I’ll be posting photos and videos during the month as I work my way through about a thousand photos and videos. I’ve joined the the League of Victorian Imagineers, which includes such illustrious members as…

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The Little Things: Looking for one word.

A riveting plot is great, but it’s the characters that really make (or break) a story – their loves, their troubles, their journey make them complicated, interesting or (hopefully) lovable. There are many wasy to create characters. Some writers compile a list of traits, likes, dislikes, quirks, even eye colour.  Others consult the I-Ching or…

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Patreon Update

I’ve just shared a blog post preview with my patrons. https://www.patreon.com/KarenJCarlisle

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My London Cheat Sheet (Research List)

Australian speculative fiction writer, Narrelle Harris, recently wrote a blog post on A Cheat Sheet to London, with useful information links to aide in writing stories set in London. I’ve now added a few more books and websites to my ‘go-to’ research list. Fortunately I have visited once, albeit a flying visit. Still, writing steampunk stories…

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Curses…

Sunday’s post: (Apologies for the scheduling screw up.) The Victorians had a fascination for the unexplained. The threat of the mummy’s curse winds through Viola Stewart’s latest adventure, Eye of the Beholder. These days, the mummy’s curse conjures up visions of reanimated mummies thanks to books and film. But what were the Ancient Egyptian curses…

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