Jun42009

So, how do vampires affect Victorian fashion? (Special Extras)

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music: Polyschizmatc Reprobates Hour Podcast

Ron Hogan’s interview of me wasn’t as awkward as I thought. Such a relief, Gentle Reader, as I was quite overwhelmed at the time. It’s not the most flattering video, but far less garbled than I remember. You can catch the primary blog at mediabistro.com. Many thanks to Ron for the interview and support.

So, how do vampires affect Victorian fashion?

  • Pale skin is in vogue and undead pallor much admired
  • Cravats are universal, because they cover over neck marks in drones (who tend to be male)
  • The clean shaven face is trendy in London – vampires, after all, can’t grow beards (in France, on the other hand, where the supernatural is actively hunted – men are prone to wearing large moustaches)
  • On the flip side, carved wooden hair sticks and silver cravat pins show a marked increase in popularity amongst those less enamored of the supernatural set
  • As does snuff (werewolves hate snuff, it makes them sneeze) and Earl Grey Tea (Vampires dislike citrus oils). In London, as a result, both snuff and Earl Grey are considered very vulgar. (On a similar note, while Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey was clearly a progressive in favor of supernatural integration, he was known to dislike the vampire contingent due to a long standing association with the military and thus the werewolf packs. This explains why this particular tea was named after him.)
  • Of course, gentlemen choose their clubs carefully based on association: Boodles (the country gentry) and Whites (the Corinthian set) still exist, but so do Sangria (catering to vampires), Clarets (for werewolves and their military associates), and, naturally, the Hypocras Club (particularly designed for the scientifically inclined gentleman, whomever his patron may be).

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Rachel Weisz does Retro Green

Your Tisane of Smart:
Creating Your Social Media Plan by Lisa Barone
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Orbit is looking for a summer intern, so if you live in New York and want to learn all about the SF/F publishign industry this is a great place to start. From the stories I’ve heard their office sounds like a whole lot of crazy fun, too.

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2, with agent.
Soulless: Deeply excited to learn Soulless made Reed’s informal survey of the 9 top Buzz Books of BEA! The press release came through yesterday.
Steampunk short: Visiting the Orbit manga department…
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:

Quote of the Day:
“You know, all writers are vampires and they’ll look around and they watch you when you’re not even thinking they’re watching you and they’ll slip stuff in.”
~ James Gandolfini

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