Feb42011

In Which Gail Looses Track of an Entire Novel Due to Tea

Tuesday was my first day without caffeine. It has been an odd experience mainly because I felt a little like I was playing catch up with myself all week. Let me give you an example.

I woke up Tuesday morning, puttered about, drank *gulp* tisane, and then went to check my email. There was a nice little note from my UK editor regarding the tag lines for the next two books. While I was delighted to be asked my thoughts on the subject, I spent about 20 minutes staring at the tag line for Heartless.

Then I had to get up and putter about the kitchen making breakfast still mystified and confused.

Why? You might ask.

Because I couldn’t remember a single thing about that book. And I’d just finished writing it. I simply couldn’t figure whether the tag line they had provided was suitable or not because I literally couldn’t remember anything about the story. Nothing at all.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is why one should not miss one’s morning cup of tea. (Or mourning cup of tea, as it were.)

Of course, I was relaying this comedy of woe to Dan later that day and he suggested this is just something that happens to authors after they have written five books in the same series. A kind of amnesia peculiar to novelists. Plotnesia, perhaps? I find this, if possible, more terrifying.

Tea, at least, can be integrated back into my life. But if this is normal behavior for novelists, I’m doomed!

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
New Dress for My Collection. 1940’s Style Green Knit

I had to get it, for it reminded me of several dresses in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Your Tisane of Smart:
How to make a perfect cup of tea.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
I Should Be Writing special on writing fast with Mur herself, J. Daniel Sawyer, Nathan Lowell, and yours truly.

Chasing Bawa says, “Soulless is a highly enjoyable steampunk romance with a lot of comic moments. I thought Carriger’s back-story and world-building was interesting and also credible (in a vampire/werewolf kind of way). You can see her interest in history and the details are immaculate.”
SPOILER ALERT!
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.

Awaiting galleys. Available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Clomp, clomp, comp. Learning very interesting things about Victorian experimental, ahem, smoke use overseas. I’d do a blog about it but I’m sure I’d get into trouble. Still, watch out for a tiny hint regarding noxious fumes in Book 5. Because I can.
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

Quote of the Day:
“[I am] a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals only with the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning.”
~ Samuel Johnson

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  1. Christina T said:

    There are mornings when I need a cup of tea to be able to think clearly. I prefer English Breakfast at these times. I have been drinking rooibos lately and it is not the same!

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