Aug282012

A Peek At Gail’s Research ~ Prudence (Behind the Magic)

I’m writing the first Parasol Protectorate Abroad book right now, Gentle Reader, set in 1895. There are the usual pauses for research and as I thought you might enjoy a look at the rabbit holes I have been chasing over the past month in pursuit of fodder for Prudence. Mainly so she can blow it up or insult it, you know how these things go.
  • The history of Barclay’s Bank
  • Maps and diagrams of the Island of Malta
  • History and alternate names for London’s Pea Soup fog best known today from Sherlock Holmes adventures.
  • History and use of the term “booby trap.”
  • Names and titles of workers on board a steamer ship around the turn of the century.
  • History and use of bergamot.
  • Victorian deserts that might travel well.
  • History and evolution of the iconography around the goddess Sekhmet.
  • History of Fortnam & Mason (aka Tum Tums)
  • Fisk Jubalee Singers tours in the 1800s.
  • Famously beautiful Arabic women.

Life as an author, in a very odd sort of nut shell.

Pip pip,
~ Your Writer Beast

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Baking

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Shakespere Funny

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Rough draft. Enter fab new character. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Revised and turned back in, awaiting next edit pass.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
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Quote of the Day:
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
~ Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710

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  1. Pahua said:

    Wonderful Gail! Can't wait for it! I read somewhere in an Arthur C.Clarke-related book that London also suffered from days that simply turned into night s sometimes…

  2. Orinoco Womble said:

    Gail, did you mean desserts that might travel well? I do not recall many Victorian deserts at all, let alone those which might be brought along in ones dirigible.

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