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Karen Bayly

Business Writing Services, Author of Fantasy, Sci-fi, Horror 

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News Booth: Saving Children

I introduced the idea of a steampunk style News Booth in my novel, “Fortitude”. This is the blog version.  So what’s on today?

The Good News: Children are being saved!

More than a quarter of a billion children have a better chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe than in the past t…

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On Awards and Gratitude

On Awards and Art

I received a newsletter recently from Jonathan Fields of The Good Life Project where he wrote:

“I just know when something moves me. Increasingly, I wonder if that’s the true measure of art. In any form. To push us beyond aesthetic appreciation. Past rational examination and inte…

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Book Recommendation: The Time Travel Handbook by James Wyllie

This is an odd yet intriguing book based on the premise that it is a handbook for a time travel tour company, so each of the 18 chapters is about a tour package. You will be given a summary of the historical event you are about to witness, told what clothes you will wear and why, where you will be s…

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The People of “Fortitude”

Much of my writing inspiration comes from free writing. Free writing is a technique in which you write continuously for a set period (say ten to fifteen minutes) without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic.

I especially love free writing to prompts. I’ve done many writing prompt courses online ov…

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Will the real Hansel and Gretel please standup?

First of all…

It’s now two months since “Fortitude” was released. If you’d like to learn about some of books, music, actors and artists that inspired me as I wrote and edited, check out my Pinterest Board “Fortitude”.

Now for fairy tale history and some fake (literary) news ...

Hans…

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News Booth … and a thought

I introduced the idea of a steampunk style News Booth in my novel, “Fortitude”.  So what’s on today?

The Bad News: Plastic … not fantastic

Unless you’ve been living somewhere cut off from all communications and the rest of humanity, you would have heard about plastics pollution. It is hav…

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Fee Fi Fo Fum

One of my favourite sources of weird and wonderful information is Atlas Obscura. Recently I stumbled upon a happy little article titled “In 1590, Starving Parisians Ground Human Bones Into Bread” concerning a somewhat nasty situation during the tumultuous French Wars of Religion.

Henri III of…

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Fortitude

My novel, “Fortitude”, came out last week in both paperback and digital forms. I’m quite chuffed as it is over six years since I completed the first draft.

“Fortitude” has been described by several readers as an eclectic blend of science fiction, fantasy, and steampunk. This means that no maj…

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Writing and Me

I don’t really like talking about my writing process as I’m not sure it’s the slightest bit interesting. Yet I do understand that other people seem to want to know the hows and whys of why authors write. For me, it is straightforward - I sit down, put my fingers on the keyboard, and type.

O…

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Kiwis, Kakapos and Steampunk

Although I'm Australian and we have a friendly rivalry with our Kiwi brothers and sisters, I can say wholeheartedly that I love New Zealand. I love the landscape, the people, the sauvignon blanc, the hokey pokey ice cream, and the Steampunk festival. But as a huge fan of birds, I adore their birdlif…

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News Booth: I love a good Dystopian Tale ...

...and I enjoy a great horror story but I often wish the news in my social media feeds or on the television wasn't quite so doom and gloom. To counteract this, I'm always on the lookout for stories that make me feel like humanity has a chance, that we can beat the monsters which plague us.

I introd…

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Book Recommendation: The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

It's no secret that I love Nordic Noir and I'm partial to stories in an historical setting (real or imagined). Niklas Natt och Tag* has married both genres admirably.  I found the story engrossing and extremely uncomfortable at times. One character's tale was so depraved and horrifying that I avoide…

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