Welcome to the fourth week of The Immortal Circus Blog Tour
The Immortal Circus by A.R. Kahler
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.
Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.
The show's just beginning.
Step right up…
Guest Post: What the Circus Does At New Year's
I hope your New Year's celebrations were just as lavish as my own. We threw a veryspecial Tapis Noir that evening. The guests and entertainment were positively delectable.
Today, I thought it would be fun to describe what goes on behind the scenes in our little travelling show. Here's a play-by-play of what you could expect to encounter at any given time on a show day.
6:30 AM – The day begins! Our dedicated chefs begin cooking in the pie cart. Expect to hear very loud pop music over the sound of crackling bacon.
7:15 AM – Breakfast is served. Get there quick—the coffee is always the first thing to go. We replenish as fast as we can, though.
9:00 AM – Morning warmup/conditioning. We often have guest artists come and share their training tips. Why, just last week we had a Mongolian contortionist trainer lead the troupe in intensive flexibility exercises.
10:30 AM – Morning rehearsals. Depending on the day, this might be a full run-through of the show or just fine-tuning individual acts.
12:15 PM – Lunch in served. Our chefs never seem to stop working, and they serve delicious feasts. Yesterday was Moroccan couscous with a full mezze platter, along with seared tuna and lemon-garlic asparagus. Delicious!
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Free time. Some performers decide to take the afternoon to venture into town. Others stay on site to relax, read, or—for the truly dedicated—practice.
4:15 PM – Evening rehearsal. This time is reserved for group act practice and individual training. We expect the best of our performers, which means they must constantly strive to better their technique.
5:30 PM – Dinner. Another feast befitting a king! Just make sure not to eat too much as...
6:30 PM – Warm up. A brief chance to work off any spare indulgences from the day. Our chefs make a mean chocolate chip cookie.
7:00 PM – Show time! Our shows run an hour and a half, back to back, with only thirty minutes in between. Which means:
9:00 PM – Show two! Nothing is as magical as a glowing circus tent under the stars.
After the final show, many of our performers take a break for showers or journey into town to visit a local pub. Campfires, music, and story-telling abound on-site, and we often retire early. After all, the whole cycle begins anew bright and early the next day.
But that, my dears, is show business!
And what a business it is.
Care to join?