May12015

The Kiwi Files ~ Steampunk Cafe in Christchurch

I’m delighted to announce that Waistcoats & Weaponry has won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction! Thank you thank you!

And now for your regularly scheduled blog…

While in Christchurch, Gentle Reader, we stumbled upon a steampunk cafe. I had heard of its existence, but I didn’t know quite where to find it. But the AB and I spend quite some time walking around the downtown area and we stumbled upon it on one of our jaunts.

I was quite charmed by this young gentleman who chatted with us and showed us around the upper shop area.

One of the first things that caught my eye upon entering was this lamp meets dirigible. It might be fun to make some Chinese lanterns into balloons myself in that mystical land of future free time.

Found this little guy sitting atop a top hat.

And this was my favorite thing in the shop, a train meets drinks caddy. So fun!

During our rambles we also encountered a statue of Queen Victoria in one of the parks. I felt it very apt and tried to pay the proper homage.

I also fell in love with a pair of laser cut leather boots, but they were $600 and didn’t fit right, also the soles were really hard. These days I find myself (when hunting for more comfortable footwear) gravitating to men’s shoes. Not just because of the oxford style, but because they often have super comfortable squishy soles. Why don’t we women ever get those in walking boots? It’s not fair. And before you post a link to comfortable footwear I ALSO demand it be pretty, by my standards, thank you, and not look comfortable. And before you say, “Gail, just buy the men’s shoes,” I am sadly cursed with narrow, skinny feet (hence the lack of Fluvogs in my life).

And I don’t know how this post on Christchurch became one on shoes. But it’s me so I’m not surprised. The destruction wrought by the earthquakes was truly devastating, and although the spirit of the city is still there and they are fighting to come back, it did feel awfully sad.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

one fine day, Akihabara   via ninetail-fox tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

NZ is also the land of rainbows, so much changeable weather

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The fine art of walking city streets in the 19th century (via Two Nerdy History) 

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
In Defense of Editing

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Jess of Shelf Quest says of Prudence: “For those familiar with the preceding series, I have no doubt that this story will enthrall and excite. We see the return of many of our most beloved characters and the way some of them have grown (up) and changed is just really lovely.”

Quote of the Day:
“More people should do things on their own, most of humanity’s problems have been caused by people meeting and talking.”
~ Andy Zaltzman

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