Mar162010

Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition Wrap Up

Steampunk
music: Brass Needles Podcast

Totally exhausted, Gentle Reader, from a lovely but crazy four days at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition. I enjoyed myself, but it may take me the rest of the week to recover. I may just do two blogs this week as a result. Miss Kalendar has a con recap up on her Brass Needles podcast, already! She puts me to shame.

Photo of Miss Kalendar and one of her lovely staff (note the “tea holding” posture typical of the species)

I shant be doing my normal convention shoes and outfits round up, as there are bound to be plenty of pictures roaming about the internet. Here are a few from around and about the convention that I particularly liked.


On Saturday I was on two panels. The Pen is Mightier that the Steam with James Blaylock, Liz Gorinsky, Francesca Myman, and J. Daniel Sawyer. I was moderating and I was mildly prepared, so we had some standard questions and then we did a little Q&A session.

My favorite part was that I had a little group of fans who came up specifically to talk to me after the panel ended. This was rather thrilling. However, I had already ran into my first fan in the dealer’s room, who was the recipient of the spontaneous Changeless door prize.

Then I was on the panel Steampunk Garb for Life on a Budget. This was basically an upgraded reboot of the Steampowered Thrifting Steampunk panel at the last California Steampunk Convention, only I was much less well prepared than in 2008. For those who asked, here is a link to the notes from the 2008 panel.

On Sunday I had no panels, which was rather relaxing, and I was in receipt of not one, not two, but three aetherograms via the St. Clair Aeronauts one of which was a note from the lovely Sophia St. Clair herself. Such delightful people, and so very very good at their job. Unfortunately, or fortunately, for them the convention staff discovered their services right about that same time and suddenly the messages were flying every which way. Much fun was had by all. Of the other two I received, one was from a gentlewoman of my acquaintance, the spectacular Miss Jasmine D. Light.

And the third aetherogram I received? Well, a lady has to have some secrets, now doesn’t she?

Lastly, Gentle Reader, please don’t forget: I have three contests running through Sunday March 21 to win copies of Changeless.
Changeless Contest the First: Podcasters Payback! (Also includes a first edition of Soulless and a promise of a first edition of Blameless.)
Changeless Contest the Second: Facebook Parasol Protectorate
Changeless Contest the Third: Twitter Run

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Shoe action right before Nova Albion

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Pro Battenberg Simulator

via my correspondent Mr. J. Cotton
Your Writerly Tinctures:
6 more tips on giving a good author reading from pornokitsch (via Twitter) and 6 on choosing which section to read from Gabrielle.

A Caledonian Journey reviews Soulless and doesn’t take it seriously (thank goodness). “Let’s face it: whether you’re reading the umpteenth variation on the romance theme, or the latest swashbuckling adventure with airships and goggles, it’s supposed to be fun. This isn’t A Reliable Wife. Gail Carriger must have had the same thought, because Soulless is a wicked send-up of both genres – a Gaslamp Romance by way of P.G. Wodehouse.”
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives end of Soulless.
Rob says, “In short, Changeless is all I could have hoped for and more for a second sojourn into the marvelous world of the former Alexia Tarabotti. Endlessly imaginative, stunningly intelligent, and most literally laugh-out-loud funny, Changeless is an absolute gem. If I should ever find myself stranded on a desert island–or more fittingly for this book, the Scottish highlands–The Parasol Protectorate is most definitely a series I should want on hand.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZONif you haven’t read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Submitted to agent.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters this month. Note that number isn’t changing much. I am a bad writer beast.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Short article done, turned in, and VanderMeer’s have announced the table of contents.
Not-so-secret fiction short: Finished rough. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.

Quote of the Day:
“When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.”
~ Raymond Chandler

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