Indie April #2: The Adventures of Alan Shaw

As it is once more Indie April I am rebloging the original Indie April posts from last year over the coming month, as well as as a series of guest posts from various writers and creatives. Not all information will be entirely update on the re-blogs, but all the links will still work and its always a joy to blog a little of the indieverse … there are a great many fine writers and artists out there to discover. And of course you can always buy my books as well… But putting mine on one side for a moment, here the Honorable Craig Hallam, who it is worth mentioning also has a new novel out tomorrow… Emi 

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It’s Indie April, a celebration of all things Indie, be it novels, movies, music or art. The idea being to encourage interaction between indie creatives, and that most elusive of beasties the wider audience, and it is a time to celebrate all those wonderful indie creatives and their work.  As a writer, my focus (this will come as little surprise) is on bringing indie writers to your attention. So for the rest of the month, I will be periodically featuring some of the best the independent scene has to offer. Some of these will be names familiar to those who have read my blog before, some will be new, but all of them are undoubtedly wonderful and deserving of a wider audience. So take the plunge and invest in some indie goodness, give an indie writer a try, I guarantee you’ll not regret it.

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Harvey Duckman Live

Due to Scarborough scifi having to be cancelled, the planned launch of book 4 has had a bit of a hicup.

However as part of Scarborough scifi on line,   Sixth Element and the Harvey crew are going on line with Facebook talks and other things from 12:00 on Saturday . Details are still in development as its all been a bit last minute rush, but like a phoenix raising from the flames, the Harvey Duckman Experience will be there for everyone

Pop along with any questions for the writers, or about writing for the anthology yourself or just to see a bunch of geeky authors being geeky about books and stuff   🙂 facebook.com/harveyduckman/

I honestly have no idea what its going to be like, or what we are all going to do but all hail lord Kaos…  Because it will be fun I suspect.

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Among the writers at the online live event will be Me, C G Hattan, Kate Baucherel, R. Bruce Connelly, Amy Wilson, Joseph Carrabis, JL Walton, Craig Hallam, and a host of others

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I will amend this post with more details as and when I have them.

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Indie April#1: Thieves Guild

As it is once more Indie April I am rebloging the original Indie April posts from last year over the coming month, as well as as a series of guest posts from various writers and creatives. Not all information will be entirely update on the re-blogs, but all the links will still work and its always a joy to blog a little of the indieverse … there are a great many fine writers and artists out there to discover. And of course you can always buy my books as well… But putting mine on one side for a moment, here C G Hatton’s Thieves Guild novels …

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The Passing Place

It’s Indie April, a celebration of all things Indie, be it novels, movies, music or art. The idea being to encourage interaction between indie creatives, and that most elusive of beasties the wider audience, and it is a time to celebrate all those wonderful indie creatives and their work.  As a writer, my focus (this will come as little surprise) is on bringing indie writers to your attention. So for the rest of the month, I will be periodically featuring some of the best the independent scene has to offer. Some of these will be names familiar to those who have read my blog before, some will be new, but all of them are undoubtedly wonderful and deserving of a wider audience. So take the plunge and invest in some indie goodness, give an indie writer a try, I guarantee you’ll not regret it.

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What is Modern Druidry?

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It’s the question I started asking when I first came to Druidry about eighteen years ago. I’m still asking it. My blog (www.druidlife.wordpress.com) is mostly me asking, day by day ‘what does this even mean?’

We don’t know much about the ancient Druids. What we do know mostly comes from either the Romans – who are unreliable at best, or mediaeval manuscripts. There is no doubt that mediaeval writing includes stories and ideas that are truly ancient. Only no one knows which those bits are, and what came later. So we are left with this evocative term that draws people to it, defies explanation, has no definite texts, and yet somehow, still works.

Put me in a room full of Druids and I can guarantee that I will have a lot in common with most of them, and enough that I think about differently to make for some interesting conversations. When Druids talk about modern Druidry, what it tends to come down to is that we know it when we see it. We know what it smells like and how it tastes. We agree a lot of the time about what we consider to be good and proper manifestations of Druidry. But explain it? That’s a whole other kettle of mistletoe.

Of course there are exceptions. There are people who look at other people’s Druidry in bemusement, and in despair. There are always people who think some other group of people are doing it wrong. That’s probably healthy.

Whatever I say Druidry is today, is just how I’m feeling it today. It has no authority and I might change my mind, or prioritise differently at another time. Today I think Druidry is a spiritual response to the experience of being alive. It is the spirituality of place and landscape, standing in relationship to history and ancestry. It is based in reverence for life, and it is underpinned by a philosophical approach to existing. Creating that philosophy is part of each person’s path, and their own work. We can learn from each other, but we have to do the Druidry ourselves. Doing the Druidry is essential, it’s not just about ideas. Living your philosophy is a big part of what makes you a Druid.

Druidry is inspiration and creativity, but not limited to ‘arts’. Druidry is service and love, it is engagement with myth, tradition, folklore and history as a living thing not a dusty museum piece. Druidry is community. It is about bridging the divides between apparently disparate things – nature and civilization, emotion and reason, past and future, science and art, creation and destruction, faith and evidence. One foot on a goat, the other foot on a well, it is to be deliberately a bit precarious in order to make something new possible.

And so there are a lot of Druid scientists out there. We have plenty of Christian Druids, and folk who cross pollinate with other world religions. We have Druid artists, musicians, writers and poets, crafters, activists, healers, politicians, gardeners. We have people who focus on prayer, ritual and honouring the divine, and we have people who focus on planting trees and telling stories about the landscape. There is no one right way to be a Druid, it’s mostly a case of finding out what it is that the Druidry calls you to do.


About Nimue Brown (by Mark)

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Nimue describes herself as a Bookblogger, wordherder, tree activist. Green chaos Druid Steampunk folk elf. Metaphorical tug boat. Ponderer, singer of songs, teller of stories. Hill walker, daydreamer, editor, marketing person, occasional press officer on demand, reviewer, Steampunk, Folky, Green activist and as if that wasn’t enough now a film producer/writer/co-director… She also claims to have a lot of hats, one suspects this is a metaphor.

Tom Brown on the other hand describes her as ‘ A Bloody Genius’ and as he knows her better than anyone, who are we to argue…

She is one half of the creative force behind Hopeless Maine, the entire creative force behind the druid life blog, and has a creative out put of fiction and non-fiction that puts the rest of us to shame….

you can find more from Nimue at:


 

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The Care and Feeding of Authors while Practising Social Distancing.

Indie April Guest post:

The Care and Feeding of Authors while Practising Social Distancing.

(or How to support your favourite Creators during the Dark Times.)

By Karen J Carlisle

“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

A faint rumble filled the air. The wind swirled, catching the edges of the clouds. Pinpoints of sunlight peeked through the chinks in the darkness. The clouds twisted and retreated back over the hills.
There was a murmur from inside the beehive.
Enid patted the top of the hive. “Thank you, my darlings,” she whispered.
– Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire, Karen J Carlisle

It’s hard enough for authors, particularly Indie authors, at the best of times – and especially those of us with writing as our only income. It can take 6-12 months (or more!) to write one book, and we don’t get any income from it until it sells.

We’ve already seen people flock to Netflix and video streaming to combat isolation and boredom. (Yay for creators!) Now is the perfect time to access all those books you were going to read one day.

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Read those books!

Reading is a win-win. It’s good for your mental health. You can transport yourself safely to anywhere, any time, any reality – without without risk of infecting anything other than your imagination.

‘Yes!’ you say. ‘I want to support my favourite indie author! But I’m in isolation, how can I support my favourite authors (or creators)?’

I’m glad you asked. Here are a few ideas how to start:

You can borrow from your library (if they are still open).

Some are providing delivery to doorstep, or pickup at front door.
Authors in Australia (you’ll need to check for other countries) get PLR – Public Lending Rights. Each time a book is borrowed, they get a small fee (to offset the lost sales income). It’s not much, and we don’t get paid until it accrues to a minimum of $100 per year (resetting each year L ). This means about 400+ people need to borrow our books a year. So tell your friends to borrow my books! 😉

If the library is closed for the duration, then…

Buy Books: They make a great Quarantine Present for your friends or family!

Buy books from local indie book stores. If they don’t have a book, they can usually order them in for you. This pays the author a little bit, AND keeps people employed and small businesses viable in these uncertain times.
If your local bookstore has closed (or they can’t order in at the moment), then buy online.

Buy eBooks online:

This is the easiest way to get books while in isolation or quarantine. Most of you are aware of Amazon; also try Smashwords (which give a higher royalty rate to authors), Apple Books, Kobo.

Buy Paperbacks online:

Not everyone reads eBooks. My largest sales are in paperback, especially at events. So far this year, I’ve had two events cancelled (and rightly so) to reduce the potential spread of Coronavirus, or Covid19. And I’m not the only one. Writers’ festivals, publishing and book events have also been cancelled.  Check out author websites to see if you can buy direct from them, otherwise there are many online bookstores you can use.  (https://www.karenjcarlisle.com/shop/#wheretobuy/ )
Again, this could help keep jobs (picking, packing and posting) and that of your local postie as well. Smile and wave at them (from at least 1.5m distance). They may well become a valuable link to the outside world.

Be aware there could be delays via Amazon (at least until April). It’s been reported books will receive a low priority until at least April 5. (https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/82713-amazon-deprioritizes-book-sales-amid-coronavirus-crisis.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=2a2f1b01ed-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_18_05_06_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-2a2f1b01ed-305049973)

Buy the whole series
Every little bit helps put food on the table. You also get to enjoy your favourite characters and worlds for longer!

Support your favourite creator on Patreon
Just $1 or $3 or $5 a month, can get food on our table and help us produce more worlds and characters for you to enjoy. Plus you get rewards (exclusives, early spoilers, bonus extras, freebies – all sorts of things). If your personal or financial situation changes, then you can suspend or cancel your pledge at any time. https://www.patreon.com/KarenJCarlisle

Pre-order upcoming/new books

Then you have something to look forward to! You can find out about this by:

Sign up for an Author newsletter

Find the ‘sign up’ link on your author’s webpage or social media page. Many give a freebie on signup (and we all need a present at the moment!). I give a short story collection eBook when you sign up to my monthly newsletter. You can find out about new books, books on the go, events – both cancelled, rescheduled or online. And sometimes you get spoilers. https://karenjcarlisle.com/sign-up-email-list/

Follow and Connect with Authors on Social Media

Authors may be a little more used to isolation than many of you, but we still get lonely. Check out our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. Your author usually will list their social media links. Find them. Follow them. And comment. Tell them how much you loved their book. Ask us questions. (My links below)

Share with your Friends

Love a book? Share it. Recommend it. Buy them a copy.
Add it to your GOODREADS Recommend on Goodreads.

Write a Review

If you like a book, write an honest and helpful review on Goodreads, Smashwords, Amazon – anywhere and everywhere. If you’re keen, write a blog post, review it on someone else’s blog (and don’t forget to add links to the author’s webpage.) Plus it lets us know what we’re doing right, and we’re not alone.

Suggest a book for your local book club

If you don’t have one, create an online club! Many authors (me included, if time zones allow) are happy to Skype visit to answer questions and chat.

Things to do on Social Media that would be really appreciated:

  • Take a book selfie, post it on social media. Tag the author and link where to buy, if possible. #buybooks
  • Post photos of an indie author’s book(s) on Instagram. (use the hashtag #bookstagram #buybooks #booksofinstagram and tag the author. (@karenjcarlisle)
  • Share upcoming virtual events, book launches, webpages, links
  • Host a virtual book party
  • Host an author talk via Skype.

Support the Arts

Write, phone or email your local MP, Senator, Congressperson (whatever is applicable in your country) and demand more support for the Arts and creators. They keep us all sane!

These are just a few things you can do to help. Not only does it keep food on our (authors’ and creators’) tables, but it provides entertainment and social interaction – something we will all need a lot of in the coming months. Together we will muddle through. Relax. Be kind. And be safe.


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Karen J Carlisle is a writer and illustrator of steampunk, Victorian mysteries and fantasy. She was short-listed in Australian Literature Review’s 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. She is currently writing a cosy fantasy mystery set in Adelaide. Her short stories have featured in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe exhibition, ‘A Trail of Tales’, and the ‘Where’s Holmes’ and ‘Deadsteam’ anthologies.

Karen lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.

She’s always loved dark chocolate and rarely refuses a cup of tea.

www.karenjcarlisle.com

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Arts and Capitalism and Self employment – a rant

While this is luckily not my own situation, Meredith Debonnaire, writer of ‘Tales of Tantamount’  expresses the situation many writers, artists, musicians and plenty of other self-employed people find themselves in, in the face of the current reality of virus Britain.
It is a compelling, mildly heartbreaking and informative read.

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I don’t usually do politics on here in a big way, but I don’t know how not to right now.

Almost everyone in my immediate family works in the arts. My dad is a musician and an examiner for ABRSM. One of my sisters works/ed at the Tobacco Factory (I’m pretty sure they’re all being laid off). My other sister is a singer and a yoga teacher. My brother-in-law works in theatre. I am a writer and proofreader. Self-employment is the norm in my family. And currently we’re all being screwed by the government. It’s very painful. I got an email this morning saying that I can have a taxable grant for 80% of my earnings. This won’t happen until June. JUNE! What, precisely, are we all meant to do until then? Do they think none of us need to eat? HMRC decides if I’m eligible or not. They…

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Quotes for 2020 #52

These daily (or occasionally daily) quotes started out as something just bright and cheerful to do for the year. But that as before 2020 became the strange and mildly terrifying year it has become. The world has become a strange place, and for many of us a place that has shrunk into the confines of four walls, with the odd worry and angst bound trip to the supermarket. Its all a little surreal, this new reality, even for those who are ‘key-workers’ and have to keep doing there jobs, keep the world running and more so for those in the front line. Which makes the frivolity of the daily quote seem wrong somehow.

But occasionally the odd quote will help put some perspective on things and in times of such strange adversity perhaps a quote from someone who faced more adversity than most throughout her life will do just that.

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Will return to more frivolous quotations in due course, as there is always a place for frivolity. Perhaps in these strange times more than ever.

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