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Research Oops… A Fey Tale Update

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

One of the things I do during the first, major developmental rewrite of my books is to follow up on my ‘TK’ (notation to do later) notes and research. Usually I’ll have done some initial research (enough to write the first draft). Sometimes I’ll have just jotted something down with a note to ‘TK check this later and rewrite if needed‘.
I’m currently writing the ‘ball’ scene of chapter (now) twelve – just before the final ‘major characters missing each other’ before the final confrontation scene. It’s a Thursday night, the day before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle leaves by train, to continue his lecture tour in Melbourne. Thursday nights at the Palais Royal were traditionally ‘Fancy Dress Carnival’ night, each with different themes.
I’d umm-ed and ahh-ed about the fancy dress theme I to use for the dance. ‘Famous couples‘ was the on-the-fly idea, and the first draft was written with that in mind.
Today I decided to sift through Trove (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/2720792) concentrating on The Register and The Advertiser Adelaide newspapers. The photos below are some of the references I found to The Palais Royal (circled), showing the week’s theme was ‘Baby Week‘. Oh, dear. Why didn’t I look this up earlier?
Now, I could just ignore the newspapers and go with the ‘Famous Couples’ theme, or rejig the chapter to reflect the historical one. Yes, I know it’s a fantasy cosy mystery but, my brain keeps screaming at me to at least try to give a nod to the facts… (I’m just that kind of person.)
I’ve also highlighted the newspaper advert reminding me that Doyle’s last lecture was on the afternoon before the dance/ball. That’s a simple task of a few sentences to fix in the previous chapter…
All in all, not a biggie but I’ve got some thinking to do today.
(This post was originally posted for my Patreon supporters on 17th July, 2021. Higher level  Patreons will see a sneak peek of this scene as part of their short story reward)
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A Fey Tale Pre-order & signings Update

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

You’ve all been very patient with the shifting release schedule for A Fey Tale.
First there was Covid…
Now, due to unforeseen family/personal reasons (on which I will post at a later date when my head comes to terms with it), A Fey Tale will be rescheduled to late August release at the earliest. The first event paperbacks will be available at is September’s Adelaide Steampunk Festival.
As a reward for my very patient readers, I’ve decided to try something new.
I’ll be Zooming live to have a short chat with those who have pre-ordered A Fey Tale, and will sign (and number) their books and bookplates. This is the first time I’ve done this, so I’m wrapping my head around the logistics and technology. I’ve also extended Australian pre-orders to 30 July, 2021. You can order here: website bookshop.
Zoom details will be sent later, to those who have pre-ordered.
Patrons of the Adventurer Extraordinaire tier and above will also be invited to a personal Zoom and signing. 
For the Adventurer Extraordinaire tier  – who get an eBook –  will receive a signed ‘A Fey Tale’ postcard in the mail, as well as your digital reward. Patrons of Time Traveller tier and above will receive the signed paperback.
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World Chocolate Day – Wed 7th July.

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

This month is all about chocolate – Wed 7th being World Chocolate Day! And I’m off to Haighs.

As you know,  I’ve been in research mode as I knuckle down with  A Fey Tales rewrites. I’ve just finished revisiting previous chocolate history research. It all started in 2016, when researching for Doctor Jack. The question was ”Would Henry really eat chocolate cake? Was it available in 1889??‘ You can find the answer here:

This time round, I could extend my recipe research to 1920. I already had a hardcover facsimile of The Common-sense Cookery Book (Australia,  1914) –  for the original recipes for ‘crispies’ (Anazc biscuits),  and a paperback reprint of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, for the Devils Food Cake recipe (1902).

I’ve ordered a copy of Mrs. Rorer’s New Cook Book: A Manual of Housekeeping by Sarah Tyson Rorer. (early 1900s) for more contemporary chocolate cake recipes.

Here’s some recipe videos I prepared earlier….

(This post was posted earlier for Patreon supporters, and newsletter subscribers)

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Conquest (Brisbane) July 2021 meeting

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

Live now!
4th July: Conquest Monthly Meeting:
I’m joining the Streamyard Conquest meeting – chatting about the upcoming Conquest con in October, and the online content. Live now with author Lee Wood, Conquest committee and more!

You can watch the FB replay HERE

 

 

 


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One week to go – Raiders of the Lost Con Update

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

3rd July: AUSFW One-day online Discworld Con.

My interview is recorded. Thanks for those who sent in questions.

The event schedule is now up at: https://2022.ausdwcon.org/lost-con/schedule/

For other guests: https://2022.ausdwcon.org/lost-con/the-lost-con-guest-list/
For info and tickets: https://2022.ausdwcon.org/lost-con/


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Going to Raiders of the Lost Con in July?

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

Lost Con is a virtual event, running on Saturday 3rd July. 4pm until midnight, Sydney time (AEST).  It is open (and free) to all attending and supporting members of Nullus Anxietas 7a, (2022 convention).

I’ve been asked to be a guest author, and judge for the virtual Maskerade. To celebrate, Lost Con attendees who buy paperback books from my website over the weekend of the con (3-5th July) will also get a SIGNED and NUMBERED limited edition Lost Con book plate. Just mention the secret ‘code word’ from my interview premiering during the convention, when you order (in the instructions/message).

You can find my books at www.karenjcarlisle.com/shop

The first ten people to buy a paperback from my web store, between 3rd and 4th July, will also get an A Fey Tale sticker with their order.

Not booked yet?

If you don’t have a supporting membership yet for Nullus Anxietas 7a yet, you can buy your’s here (this is also your deposit for attending membership at the non-virtual Discworld convention in Sydney next year, 8th to 10th April, 2022.)

 


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Going to Raiders of the Lost Con in July?

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

Lost Con is a virtual event, running on Saturday 3rd July. 4pm until midnight, Sydney time (AEST).  It is open (and free) to all attending and supporting members of Nullus Anxietas 7a, (2022 convention).

I’ve been asked to be a guest author, and judge for the virtual Maskerade. To celebrate, Lost Con attendees who buy paperback books from my website over the weekend of the con (3-5th July) will also get a SIGNED and NUMBERED limited edition Lost Con book plate. Just mention the secret ‘code word’ from my interview premiering during the convention, when you order (in the instructions/message).

You can find my books at www.karenjcarlisle.com/shop

The first ten people to buy a paperback from my web store, between 3rd and 4th July, will also get an A Fey Tale sticker with their order.

Not booked yet?

If you don’t have a supporting membership yet for Nullus Anxietas 7a yet, you can buy your’s here (this is also your deposit for attending membership at the non-virtual Discworld convention in Sydney next year, 8th to 10th April, 2022.)

 


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Going to Raiders of the Lost Con in July?

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

Lost Con is a virtual event, running on Saturday 3rd July. 4pm until midnight, Sydney time (AEST).  It is open (and free) to all attending and supporting members of Nullus Anxietas 7a, (2022 convention).

I’ve been asked to be a guest author, and judge for the virtual Maskerade. To celebrate, Lost Con attendees who buy paperback books from my website over the weekend of the con (3-5th July) will also get a SIGNED and NUMBERED limited edition Lost Con book plate. Just mention the secret ‘code word’ from my interview premiering during the convention, when you order (in the instructions/message).

You can find my books at www.karenjcarlisle.com/shop

The first ten people to buy a paperback from my web store, between 3rd and 4th July, will also get an A Fey Tale sticker with their order.

Not booked yet?

If you don’t have a supporting membership yet for Nullus Anxietas 7a yet, you can buy your’s here (this is also your deposit for attending membership at the non-virtual Discworld convention in Sydney next year, 8th to 10th April, 2022.)

 


writing icon

Going to Raiders of the Lost Con in July?

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

Lost Con is a virtual event, running on Saturday 3rd July. 4pm until midnight, Sydney time (AEST).  It is open (and free) to all attending and supporting members of Nullus Anxietas 7a, (2022 convention).

I’ve been asked to be a guest author, and judge for the virtual Maskerade. To celebrate, Lost Con attendees who buy paperback books from my website over the weekend of the con (3-5th July) will also get a SIGNED and NUMBERED limited edition Lost Con book plate. Just mention the secret ‘code word’ from my interview premiering during the convention, when you order (in the instructions/message).

You can find my books at www.karenjcarlisle.com/shop

The first ten people to buy a paperback from my web store, between 3rd and 4th July, will also get an A Fey Tale sticker with their order.

Not booked yet?

If you don’t have a supporting membership yet for Nullus Anxietas 7a yet, you can buy your’s here (this is also your deposit for attending membership at the non-virtual Discworld convention in Sydney next year, 8th to 10th April, 2022.)

 

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New Book Merch Sneak Peek

Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

Look what arrived in the post!

The newest design of book merch for A Fey Tale. Available from events (limited stock) and from my Redbubble store:  Also available as tshirts, stickers, badges, and more. Subtitles should be live soon.

(Patrons received a sneak peek earlier this week. Why not join us at: www.patreon.com/KarenJCarlisle )