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Dear Lord Akeldama: On Fashion, Drones & Meat Chops

Before we start, Gentle Reader, and thinking of fashion, this is a reminder that I have an Instagram feed. So if you are there, so am I!

And now, please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week.

As always Lord Akeldama is happy to entertain your questions. And while he may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves. Please feel free to leave more in the comments below for a future column.

And now…

Dear Lord Akeldama

Aubrey (@LIWpride) asks:

Do I wear makeup for a job interview/presentation or no?

Makeup is only warpaint by another name, my blushing pearl.

Michael asks:

Which members of the Royal Family have benefited from your fashion advice over the centuries?

None of them, my ducky darling. Have you seen the way those poor unfortunates dress? Some, I believe, have been listening too closely to Baroness Tunstell. It is sorry state of affairs. I did, however, have a lovely correspondence with Mrs Kennedy once. Pity about her husband, if only the local hive had been a little faster.

Waistcoat 1790s The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gina asks:

I wonder what you think of Trump.

What’s that? A new cut of meat? The butchers are getting rather daring these days. I should ask my cook what he thinks, I’m convinced his opinion is more valuable on the Trump chop, or what have you, than mine could ever be.

Ember asks:

What is your favorite knot to use for tying a cravat?

The mathematical, in my case, I enjoy the sense of irony.

pimpernelfans tumblr Some of Percy’s best faces (as played by Anthony Andrews)

Nicole (@chrisiant) asks:

Scent, discreetly applied. Is it a delightful accent, or intolerable intrusion? Also..long skirts plus wheeled chair – help!

For scent, less is always more. Unless, of course you cherish an intense interest in werewolves, in which case you should leave it off entirely. Werewolves have a propensity to sneeze when in the company of perfume. My creator’s preference is for a nice body scrub or skin cream, rather than a heavy dousing of scent. And she hopes it goes without saying: NEVER when engaged in aeronautic pursuits.

New Woman Sarah Grand’s Bicycle Suit (1897)

Long skirts and wheelchair? This is much like long skirts and the bicycle, my flowy lotus blossom, a legitimate excuse for dress reform! And while my daughter and I disagree on the particulars of underpinnings, I am able to move with the times enough to admire certain aspects of a New Woman’s mobile glory.

Kim (@KimEnglish66)

White shoes in winter, yes or no?

Whatever best suits the outfit, of course.

Josh asks:

 What do you look for in a drone?

A natty dresser, a certain breeziness of morality, a zest for life and information in equal measure, and of course, beauty. As I am sure you well know, my lovely, beauty is less in the eye of the beholder than it is in the mouth of the vampire.

Her First Dance (1884), William Quiller Orchardson

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}



Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Reserve, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

FS C&C Foreign Editions

Quote of the Day:

“You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.” It took a second to process his comment.
“I’m sorry, cheese?”
“Sure. Air’s overrated. Try living without cheese.”

~ Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!

A Very Alexia Christmas (Amended Reboot)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Lord Akeldama, however, is overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.


2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pudding, above.)

3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan. Unfortunately, swans are protected by the queen, so we can’t eat them. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable palates. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly delicious and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke


{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}


  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.


Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Fashion plate, 1875, France shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, 1875, France shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Camelback Library

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 Rules for Female Travelers from the Victorian Era

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know

Book News:

Full Length Radio Interview with Gail Carriger on Sex, Please! iTunes

Quote of the Day:

“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
~ Japanese Proverb

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!



Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Thirteen

Posted by Gail Carriger


Rebecca asks:

Opera, play, or symphony?
Play darling beccalite, whenever vampirically possible, but sometimes one must put in an appearance elsewhere. Operas are suited only to those who like opera girls, and in the symphony everyone sits, you can’t observe what they are wearing at all well. So it’s the play for me. I am a particular fan of Shakespeare, I do like men in tights.

Lady Emma of Portsmouth asks:
I assume you are acquainted with many noteworthy vampires, but I have to ask, are you acquainted with any werewolves… ..or are there any werewolves you hold in high regard?
My dearest pink peppercorn of Portsmouth, I don’t hold anyone in high regard, that would be vexing for all concerned.

Suzanne asks:
Have you ever been at a loss when it comes to your distinctive and flowery terms of endearment [eg. my rose petal] that you use so frequently?
My darling grape-seed of the morning dew, me? Never! My creator, on the other hand, often walks around making tea and muttering endearments to herself and, on occasion, pauses mid conversation to make a note. Sometimes I suspect she created this Dear Lord Akeldama column so she could keep in practice, if you take my meaning. There was also one hilarious conversation with Gail’s editor over whether my little terms of endearments ought to be capitalized, I was, naturally, in favor.

tsgeisel asks:
How do you feel about Fezes?
That a once fine chapeau has been subsumed by the supercilious.

Julia ask:
How long does one stay a drone before, Master/Mistress willing, succumb to the transformation? May I be so bold as to also ask how long you stayed a drone?
Ah me, such a serious question. When to metamorphose a drone is like knowing when to remove the tea bag from your cuppa. When the tea is ready, my butterfly upon a lilac branch . . . when the tea is ready, out comes the soul! I suppose one might say, if the drone has seeped properly into vampire culture, if he fits, if he is not . . . too bitter. One must be careful, of a certain, not to leave the drone for too long, he becomes too strong, too attached to humanity, too tannic. His soul not longer has anything left to give to immortality. It is a delicate balance. And the difficulty is, as with tea, every drone is a different blend and must be soaked for a different length of time. Oh look at me! I am soooo poetic!

wolfgang20 asks:
Have you had your portrait painted by any of the great masters? If so which ones? I can imagine you looking even more wonderful than usual in the fashions of the first Charles.
Oh, my dear you flatter me so! I might have sat for the occasional painter in my time, they have a prediction for putting me in as the pageboy or wearing yellow, I am never certain whether to be flattered by this or not.

scullerym8d0182 asks:
Lord Akeldama, I am a girl of considerable girth and would like to find a corset to affect the illusion of a waist, but alas sizing seems horribly confusing. Any tips?
My dear sudsy muffin, what would I know of ladies foundation garments? I pass you along to my creator . . .
Gail will be taking this question in her RETRO RACK blog very soon . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Interesting data website of SF/F in Spanish: La Tercera Fundacion.

Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.

Etiquette & Espionage: Working third pass final edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats!

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

Book News:
Roswell Patch Soulless review.
Novel A Day reviews Changeless.
I Believe in Fairytale reviews Blameless.
Heartless review.

Quote of the Day:
“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”
~ Alice Walker

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Ten

Posted by Gail Carriger


In which Lord Akeldama answers all your most pressing questions.

fan art by Rebecca Nandi

The Secretary of Defense of Awesome asks:
I am in a fashion crisis most dire! A dear friend of mine is getting married next month, and lovingly chose a steampunk theme. Two weeks ago her seamstress backed out of making the dress (She hadn’t even begun after six months!) and I recently learned that the bride and I are working off the same pattern! I have had to make adjustments to it (because I am short and round, where the bride is tall and graceful). Our color palates are different (copper, gold, and lovely paisley for her, green and brown for myself) but I still question showing up to a wedding in similar attire to the bride. She insists there is no problem, but I am nervous. Would it be scandalous to dress similarly to the bride? (Also, the Bride would love to know your thoughts on errant seamstresses)
My dearest button! This is such a traumatic fashion emergency, I have moved you to the top of my queue. Working off the same pattern is indeed a crisis! Is there any way in which you might change the lines significantly, by, perhaps pinning a light scarf about the neckline, or at the waist? Adding a bustle? Or augmenting with some kind of steampunk cargo belt of this style? Or, you might take a leaf (or a feather as it were) from young Miss Hisselpenny’s book and wear a ridiculous hat. This will distract from an similarities to the bride’s attire.

Ivy fan art by Rebecca Nandi

As to my thoughts on the seamstress, hound her out of town immediately! Tar and feathers, or molasses and glitter! Such shocking behavior.

adelheid p asks
If you could rewrite one piece of history, what would it be?
Oh my dearest tiggle-pump, without question, the invention of crocks. So unfortunate. Closely followed by the 1980s. I can’t even talk about the 1980s, it upsets me so.

isalicefantasy asks
Dear Lord Akeldama, have you experimented much to design your perfect beverage, or was Pink Slurp a miraculous discovery that made dabbling never necessary?
I shudder to think upon it, but there was once, my darling lilac candy, a time before champagne. Those were dark times ~ dark, bubble-less times. However, as soon as I learned of the lovely fizzy stuff I knew I should acquire some and mix it with Darkest Red for a truly delectable drink.

ashura oh asks
If your very existence depended upon this one decision, which one would win the cup – lace or ruffles?
Lace ruffles, of course! Silly muffin, I know a trick question when I see it.

ladytesser asks
There are some decades/centuries in which the fashion is gorgeous and compliments the male or female form the most – and there are those decades of fashion in which we wonder why the designers bother with anything more than a potato sack. What is your opinion on the matter of ‘recycling’ fashion trends and how far should such a practice be allowed to go?
It is a sad sad day where there is no originality in style left to us, my darling speckled wren. I do feel sometimes that we may have reached that point. So often I have seen it all before. But then again, that may be the consequence of vampirehood. Then suddenly some new exciting fabric appears and all my maudlin humors are dissipated.

More from Lord Akeldama in future . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Ballroom in an abandoned mine.
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Open Thread: The Best Notebooks via Corporette. I comment in favor of ledgers.

Timeless: Copyedits back in, awaiting galleys.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes from editor, much tweaking.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

Book News:
Guest blog over at the Steampunk Party at Marie Treanor’s Romantic Theme Party

Quote of the Day:
“Young ladies seldom drink more than three glasses of wine at dinner; but married ladies, professional ladies, and those accustomed to society and habits of affluence, will habitually take five or even six, whether in their own homes of at the tables of their friends.”
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850
That a lot of wine!

Manga Art Launch: Lord Akeldama

Posted by Gail Carriger

And now, we have the initial sketches for Lord Akeldama!

It was impossible not to grin at Lord Akeldama; his attire was so consistently absurd. In addition to the heels, he wore yellow checked gaiters, gold satin breeches, an orange and lemon striped waistcoat and an evening jacket of sunny pink brocade. His cravat was a frothy flowing waterfall of orange, yellow, and pink Chinese silk, barely contained by a magnificently huge ruby pin. His ethereal face was powdered quite unnecessarily, for he was already completely pale, a predilection of his kind. He sported round spots of pink blush on each cheek like a Punch and Judy puppet. He also affected a gold monocle, although, like all vampires, he had perfect vision.
~ from Soulless

My manga artist’s name is Rem. The Soulless manga is coming out via Yen Press. It launches officially at Comic Con in San Diego July 21. It will be available serialized in Yen Plus, a monthly online anthology. starting July 11, and as a full book next spring!

Timeless: Finished with last draft, awaiting copyedits.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book One: Rough draft done. Working on first read through.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

Book News:
My first Heartless review from Sarah. She says, “It really is the novel where you get to learn just that little bit more. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a really good twist at the end that has huge repercussions for the Woolsey pack and under the full moon, everyone shows their true natures.”

Quote of the Day:
“A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.”
~ Author Unknown

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Eight

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lord Akeldama

Lady Star asks:

Would you have any intelligence on the Hedgehog incident, the when, and what happened?
Hedgehog incident, what hedgehog incident? How can I not know of such a thing. Boys! Where are my boys?

Terry Asks:
What is your favourite toothpaste or powder? The originator of TOOTHLESS needs t’know.
A very important, although somewhat indiscreet, question, my little fizzy swizzle. I use pure bicarbonate of soda, I see no reason to dally with the latest product where one’s fangs are concerned.

LouLouHN asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama, Do you actually know Oscar Wilde *personally*?
My dearest bumpkin, who?

Cee asks:
Would you share your feelings on inter-supernatural/species relations? Do you think such a union would be frowned upon in the supernatural realm. I know that ❤ love ❤ “conquers all” but do you feel a pairing such as this would find understanding and compassion from your own kind? Inquiring minds want to know.
Moonrise of my heart, I imagine there might be insurmountable difficulties not to mention logistical complications. You would not, after all, wish to see a pairing of wolf and wasp, now would you? They two are simply not compatible. As for compassion, I am afraid my dear, I have yet to meet a vampire that dabbles in such a fine emotion, including yours truly.

Lady Rune asks:
Is there any chance that dear Biffy will be able to help poor Ivy change her taste in eye bleedingly bad hats? As much as Alexia loves her friend please tell me there is hope!
I am very sad to say, rose petal of spring, that having read most of Ms. Carriger’s future offerings, that there is absolutely no hope whatsoever. Sometimes, even my dear Biffy is powerless, and we all must simply turn away our collective gaze and think of England.

My dears, I am in need of more questions, I have only one in the docket concerning the 1970s upon which I have much to say. However, a single question does not an advice column make. Please feel free to leave more questions bellow or to send them to Ms. Carriager by whatever means you wish: twitter, facebook, email, carrier pigeon.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

lord akeldama by doyouraiklose
Your Tisane of Smart:
Two Nerdy history Girls on travel in 1808.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Writing with support.

Timeless: Finished with last draft, awaiting copyedits.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book One: Rough draft done. Working on first read through.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

Quote of the Day:
“We had a kettle, we let it leak;
Our not replacing it made it worse,
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe!”
~ Rudyard Kipling

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Seven

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Normally Lord Akeldama answers the questions in the order he receives them, but he jumped this one up the cue for relevance’s sake.

wolfgang20 asks:
I would be most interested to know Lord Akeldama’s comments on yesterday’s dress. Does he prefer it to Diana’s wedding dress (I assume they were great pals)? I assume that the current queen does not take much notice of his fashion comments at her twice weekly meetings with him (or does he bite his tongue & not mix business with pleasure?)
This is a question was almost important enough to bring Lord Akeldama around to seriousness. I did say almost. But here, in the end are his thoughts on the Royal Wedding.
That lovely Katiebumpkin, she tries so hard, dear little thing. My but she has rather shrunk of late, has she not? I do think there is something far more appealing about a curvaceous brunette. Now we blonds, we can be waifish, but brunettes must either be strapping or shapely, in my considered opinion. In choosing a classic Grace Kelly style dress our little Katiekins manages to satisfy the most while offending the least, a desirable quality indeed in prospective nobility. An even more desirable quality in a politician.

As to Diana, the very largeness of her dress must be considered a positive, and the creamy color was rather nice, but the woman had short hair. I simply could never quite recover from the shock. Short!

And as to the Queen Herself. Well, you have only to see what that woman wears to know she cares very little for my opinion on the matter. It is a source of great sadness to us all, no doubt. I wont even mention the Windsor Forehead Exposure Issue. I am reminded of a bit of doggerel I once picked up down the Nib & Crinkle, “Like an army in defeat, his hairline beats a brave retreat . . .”
(For the record my creator rather liked the later reception gown with cardigan. But hen, Miss Gail does adore a cardy.)

Kiya V asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama have you or would you ever consider keeping drones of the female Persuasion?
My dearest darlingest ladybird, how do you know I haven’t already?

MG asks:
Do you prefer the opera or the theatre, or is it a werewolf only pastime?
Oh la, both, and the ballet as well, upon occasion. So long as it is a comedy I’m not particular, although the opera is better dressed as a general rule. It’s those terrible maudlin tragedies I can’t possibly stomach. It’s simply too horrible to think anyone actually dies.

mjspice asks:
What would you do if Prince Poppycock challenged you to a singing duel?
Bow out gracefully. That pink is a paragon, I could never even approach his level of talent. Now, his wardrobe on the other hand . . .

isalicefantasy asks:
When confronted in public about your choice of attire, what is your specific reaction? It is so frustrating when people attempt to mock me for various fashion ventures. I would love your advice.
Sail above it all, my pansy, with the certain knowledge that you are the better for a superior appearance. Should someone criticize your choice of a summer cape, for example, you might say, “Well of course not everyone has the right proportions to carry off a cape. You, for example, are regrettably short. I recommend a cropped jacket or something similar from last season. Oh, I see, you already have one.” Pity them, my dear, for in the end they can only benefit from your advice.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Twitter versus Facebook for authors.

Timeless: Third draft done and in to editor!
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

Official Timeless Cover Launch

Quote of the Day:
“I have written – often several times – every word I have ever published.”
~ Vladimir Nabokov

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Six

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lord Akeldama

Dear Lord Akeldama . . .

Mary D asks:
What is your considered opinion on the nature of *sparkling* vampires?
Everyone should sparkle darling, not just vampires! I suggest diamonds are a good beginning or possibly sapphires. Then you can move into the arena of more strident colors such as emeralds and rubies. Really, my darling girl, the more sparkle the better!

Aik asks:
Hi Lord Akeldama, what is your main hobby besides dressing up as a stylish gentleman?
I do adore a little spate of flower arrangement now and then, and I am a great theater and opera aficionado. I wouldn’t say no to a good symphony or two when the mood strikes. Now don’t let it get out, but I may have also involved myself in a business concern over the invention of a new ablution potion that I am rather whimsically calling bubble bath. Sounds delightfully fun, now doesn’t it?

Susana Ricardo asks:
What was your favorite neck of all time?
Now now, my dearest child, a gentleman never bites and tells.

Joana Dias asks:
I think I would just ask “Do you want to be my vampire?”.
Why how flattering! My little squash blossom, there are some who have said that I would be anyone’s vampire . . . for an evening or two.

PinkStuff28 asks:
What’s really like to be a vampire? Are all of those myths true?
It is a whirl of endless parties, long nights, and sweet compliments. All the myths are true, pinky my precious, and a few more I haven’t invented yet! Except for the one about the mirror. Can you imagine, me, unable to see my own reflection? Heaven forefend!

Lord Akeldama is delighted to mention that his creator, Gail, will be launching a new blog, Retro Rack, devoted entirely to his favorite pursuit of all time . . . fashion. The first entry will officially drop June 1, and she is considering offering a small bribe in the form a of a very cute little brown plaid purse and a signed book to those who choose to follow her there.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
Roman Romb Found Under Naples Toxic Waste Dump
Your Writerly Tinctures:
How not to respond to a bad review in three links. 1. The beginning of the kerfuffle, 2. the book reviewed on Amazon: The Greek Seaman (You MUST check out the sarcastic 5 star reviews ~ hilarious), and 3. the author’s blog.

Timeless: Second draft back, working 3rd draft.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE! (But sleeping while I finish edits on 5.)
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

Manon Goudreau’s lovely sketches of a certainly newly minted werewolf from Book 3. I think they could reasonably be Professor Lyall also.

Quote of the Day:
“Why oh why must editing always take twice as long as you think and be twice as hard as it should?”
~ Gail to Dan at a Recent Writing Date

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Five

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ashura_oh asks:
I (rather pale, ashen blonde) just can’t decide about a basic colour to base my wardrobe on this season. Any recommendations?
A very interesting question, for spring there are a number of whites on the runway, but that would not suit one such as you. And for fall 2011 it’s all blacks and muted forest green and burgundies – again, not for you. Branching out, I’m afraid, is your only choice. I’d suggest some vintage looks (Victorian or 1960s or 1970s depending on your body type) in lovely sea blues and greens, with dove gray and camel making for great neutrals, also soft pale pinks and peach if you aren’t afraid of girly.

E(D)U asks:
Ok, so “Who’s your dandy?” (You can just say your favorite dandy you ever met.)
Oscar Wilde of course, as if you need ask! Of course, the Pimpernel fellow was terribly clever and diverting.

Sniffly Kitty asks:
What gadget in the modern age would you love to have?
The electric curling iron, without out a doubt!

Debbie asks:
What do you most like about being a vampire?
The ever-changing fashionable world, naturally. Or should I say supernaturally?

Dovile asks:
What is your favorite perfume?
Well I must say I do find that Sunshine endeavor quite revolting, not to say insulting. I like fruity blends, apricot and peach, so summery.

Rhianna asks:
Any special advice for a vampire dandy in training, Lord Akeldama?
Nothing is more important than good posture, clean shoes, and a perfect manicure. And of course, surrounding one’s self with pleasant attractive company can only improve one’s own personage and impression.

More from Lord Akeldama in a few weeks.

Your moment of parasol . . .

From Priscilla’s Parasols.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Costumes based on Soulless!!
Your Tisane of Smart:
Time Travel Kitchen on Fresh Fruits and How to Serve Them.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
An agent workshops a query letter

Timeless: Second draft out to second reader.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE! I start fixes and writign tomorrow.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

New interview up over at Stellar Four.

Quote of the Day:
“I could speculate, but it would be just speculation and the kind of thing that you would get in with a science fiction story. And if I was doing a science fiction story then I would come up with what can go wrong with this system.”
~ Gene Wolfe
…commenting about the future of book publishing technology

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Four

Posted by Gail Carriger


What is your opinion of Dracula?
It seems to me, my dumpling, he was rather misunderstood. I am afraid his biography might have had a hint of conservative propaganda about it.

Two nun asks:
Is Dorian Gray a supernatural? And if so, where is he?
Dear me, I do believe you are asking the wrong Dandy. I suggest you best query Mr. Wilde for that information.

Gonçalo Mil-Homens asks:
Do you know any Vampy Eire?
Have you made the acquaintance of Miss Thursday Next? I recommend directing you question at her a charming young lady, and so very diverting. Or have I the wrong Eyre?

Carlos asks:
How do you look at this new wave of “I want to be human” vampires?
I find it disturbingly regressive, somewhat akin a human suddenly wanting to be a fetus. At some point we must all admit to our toothy selves that such desires are childish. Also, one shouldn’t play with one’s food. One shouldn’t even play as one’s food. Oh, I’m so diverting.

Catarina asks:
Do you read vampire fiction? Did you like any of the vampires described there?
Of course I do, my poppet, I adore High Fantasy. I must say I find a certain young Eddy perfectly scrumptious. A bit brooding at times, and strangely fascinated with schoolgirls, but we all have our youthful indiscretions.

Audra asks:
Plaid — is it ever okay? (What if it’s taffeta or silk?)
Plaid, ever under contention, must be handled with extreme care and attention to detail. There are not many fashions I claim are better left to the ladies, but plaid, I feel, may be one of them. Far to many actors have a propensity for plaid, and those (dare I say it?) gentlemen simply takes such things too far. Poor Mr. Tunstell, I fear, has quite gone over to plaid.

More from Lord Akeldama in a few weeks. Keep the questions coming, if you would be so kind, for eventually I will run out.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
More on the Little White Dress that is all over the runways (and how not to do it). I got inspired, hit up a thrift store and found this:

In lace, which is another big trend for spring, but a little long (I’m not of the tall and willow variety) and needed some repairs so I fixed it up, shortened it and added sleeves.

I’ll probably pair it with a black or brown belt and dark tights as seen on the runways. I also found the cutest tiny little belt to wear all wrapped around my wrist like a cuff! Such fun.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Squid stories: Love me, love my tentacles
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Sometimes I’m a little scared by the similarities between self and this other author. Admittedly she is blond and a lot tinier than I am but we share a retro fashion sense and . . . have almost exactly the same handwriting. Freaky.

Timeless: Clomp, clomp, comp. So close, so close!
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

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

Blameless is now available from Audible. Changeless still isn’t. What can I say? Publishing moves in mysterious ways, it’s wonders to . . . annoy. Or something.

Quote of the Day:
“In a good play, everyone is in the right.”
~ Fredrich Hebbel

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