May52014

Gail’s 10 Travel Commandments

Soon, Gentle Reader, I am off again. This time to Mesa, AZ. I’ll post my convention schedule on Wednesday. That way it will be up while I am gone, in case you can swing by and say hello.

It feels like I have been traveling a lot recently, and this was supposed to be a slow year. I usually don’t write when I am at a convention, but it looks like I’ll be bringing Prudence with me for this one. I have a few big blocks of time, and we will see if I can actually get anything done. It would be a good skill set to develop, but I don’t hold out much hope.

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Anyway, in line with my upcoming journey to Arizona here’s…

Gail’s 10 Travel Commandants

  1. Thou shalt not eat a fish, beans, or onion-based food directly before a flight.
  2. Thou shalt wear socks, deodorant, and a wide warm scarf.
  3. Thou shalt not wear perfume, after-shave, or difficult shoes. 
  4. It is better to buy a sandwich and not eat it than go hungry.
  5. Thou shalt pack extra necessities and underthings in case of stranding or airport overnight.
  6. Remember the seat back in front of you. (Make yourself a seat pocket kit to quickly stash after boarding: e.g. reading material, pen, phone, itinerary, passport/ID, chapstick, breath mints/gum, tea bags, ear buds.)
  7. Thou shalt not over indulge in sugar or alcohol, your immune system has enough to deal with.
  8. Thou shalt not eat sushi in a land-locked state.
  9. Thou shalt not dangle: fit it in your bag or wear it, never strap it on. 
  10. No backpacks. Really, you, tall dude, no backpack – stop beaning me in the head. 

Don Toth asked Gail Carriger:
How do you stay well and fit when on the road?

  • Gloves are one of my secrets, I have perennially cold hands and a vintage look, so old fashioned gloves go with both, but they also keep me from getting sick from constantly shaking hands.
  • On planes I work extra hard never to touch my face and I wash my hands regularly at airports.
  • I drink alcohol only once or twice at a convention, and only if I know I can sleep in the next morning.
  • I try to always get 8 hours sleep. 
  • I don’t eat fried food or sugar on the road, and I gravitate towards lean protein and leafy green vegetables if at all possible.
  • I have Yoga Paws and I try to stretch in my hotel room.
  • I take the stairs at conventions and in hotels if at all possible. Actually… I just pretty much always take stairs.
  • I soak my feet in hot hot water and baking soda every night, no matter how drunk or how tired. The world is always worse if my feet hurt.
  • But.. I still do get sick. It’s hard, particularly on a major book tour.

In other news Mother’s day is coming. The web would seem to suggest that I should gift the mum with such corkers as: expensive hand bags, stinky perfume, or ugly jewelry. You know what I’m getting her? A book. I highly recommend you do the same. More books! Silly interwebs.

 (Mum likes mysteries and thrillers written by and featuring women so I got her Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Other Woman.)

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PROJECT ROUND UP 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt
Audiobook of Crudrat releasing soon. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
Amazing Soulless Minimalist Posters from hopeisaturtle on tumblr.

Quote of the Day:
“She must stipulate with the hackman that no stranger is to be put into the carriage with her. This is against the law, but notwithstanding, is often done…”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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