Been working on some last minute steampunk projects for Seattle’s SteamCon, Gentle Reader. I realize I tend to go for higher end lady’s garb which has no pockets so I wanted to make sort of cargo belts for myself to I could carry things. Nice to have to spend at least one day of my life without a purse. I tore apart a cargo skirt and shorts and did the following for two different color pallets.
Hopefully you will get to see them in action with the rest of my outfits at the convention. I have no doubt, even if you aren’t there, that there will be pictures. There usually are. I have a tentative schedule for both SteamCon and OryCon. I should want you, Gentle Reader, that anytime I have a back to back I’m probably going to be late to the second panel – I get lost easily.
PORTLAND ORYCON SCHEDULE
Friday Nov 12
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM First Novels: Paths to the Editor Desk
An author can struggle for months or years before achieving their first success, but even after writing their opus, they can be tripped up by a process which is both entirely new to them and yet critical to their success. This panel describes what an author may experience as they revel in their first success.
M.K. Hobson (M), Christina F. York; Christy Evans, Gail Carriger, Bruce Taylor
Saturday Nov 13
11:00 AM – noon A Polite Society
Novels of manners are doing well in today’s markets. One might suggest that a wise writer could explore the terrain of mannerly behavior and use it to deepen a setting. How to establish a polite society with customs that have the depth and richness of real societies past and present, or successfully depict actual ones. Extend your pinkies and come in for a civilized discussion.
Petrea Mitchell, M.K. Hobson (M), Joan Gaustad, Gail Carriger
noon – 1:00 PM Twisted History
Bring your suggested turning points in history and we’ll take a whack at them. Learn the rules and techniques for generating alternate history stories.
Stoney Compton, (*)Jim Fiscus, Gail Carriger, Pat MacEwen
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM So you want to be a writer?
For Brand-spanking New Writers. What the writing life entails and what it’s really like to be a full-time published author trying to stay afloat.
Gordon Eklund, Gail Carriger, Bruce Taylor (M), Andy Mangels
Sunday Nov 14
1:00 PM -14 2:00 PM Steampunk: Victorian marvels of science fantastic
Discuss and learn about the marvelous world of steampunk. What’s new and what’s classic in books, movies, art, toys and even music!
Andie Letourneau, P.N. Elrod (M), Gail Carriger, Camille Alexa
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Turtle or Bunny: Does writing speed matter?
Should anyone care about writing speed? Where should writers spend their time? Are fast writers always hacks? When to spend a lot of time editing, when to write ‘raw,’ when to slow down and when to speed up, and why.
A.M. Dellamonica, Gail Carriger, Adrian Phoenix, J. A. Pitts (M)
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Powell’s Authorfest
(3415 SW Cedar Hills Bvld, Beaverton, OR)
I’ll be sitting with the Urban Fantasy crew Lilith Saintcrow, Ilona &
Gordon Andrews, and Devon Monk.
SEATTLE STEAMCON SCHEDULE
Friday Nov 19
5:00 PM Banquet
After that I intend to be at the bar.
Saturday Nov 20
11:00 AM – Noon Autograph Session
Authors Row, Hilton
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Meet Gail Carriger
Suite by Pool, Marriott
The Airship Ambassador interviews New York Times Bestseller, Gail Carriger.
Kevin Steil (M), Gail Carriger
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Researching the Victorian Era
Orcas A&B, Hilton
How to find and use source material on the Victorian era to enhance your writing.
Gail Carriger (M), Michelle Black, David Malki !
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM A Soulless Reading with Gail Carriger & The Steampunk Scholar
Suite by Pool, Marriott
Mike Perschon – the Steampunk Scholar and Gail Carriger read excerpts from The Parasol Protectorate series.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Alternate History Writing
Mercer A&B, Hilton
Our authors will discuss their view on alternate history and the challenges of writing in an alternate universe.
Cherie Priest (M), Gail Carriger
Sunday Nov 21
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lit vs. Lifestyle
Emerald B, Hilton
It’s been said on the interwebs that some lifestyle steampunkers are not particularly interested in—or even dismissive of—the literary underpinnings of and current developments in steampunk fiction. Is there any merit to this claim? And are there any convincing arguments that steampunkers should be mindful of their literature?
Jillian Venters (M), Gail Carriger
Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
A Victorian Egg Salad recipe from The Old Foodie. Boil six cloves of garlic six minutes, and pound them with a few capers and two anchovies; mix them very well with oil, salt, pepper, and vinegar, and dish it under hard-boiled eggs, whole or cut in two.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
All about NaNoWriMo over on Orbit
Skittlesaremydrug says, “With a fabulous blend of wit and gothic horror, Carriger somehow manages to write a hysterical paranormal novel set in the Victorian era in the traditional gothic style. There is something about the writing which calls to me of Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and gothic novels from the Victorian and earlier periods. The way the narrative develops and the fabulous little asides about transgressions of social mores keeps you laughing right through the whole book.”
SPOILER ALERT! Susan says, “This series is just so much fun. I really enjoyed every moment of it.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Elizabeth says, “Blameless is a worthy continuation of the Parasol Protectorate series. Gail Carriger has not let me down yet with her distinctive, witty narration and undeniably unique characters.”
Heartless: Draft 6 in to my editor early. How often does that happen? (Truth? I have friends visiting from England and wanted to clear my schedule.)
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.
Quote of the Day:
“Abuse is often service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence.”
~ Samuel Johnson