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The Kiwi Files ~ Auckland and the End of the Road

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The good news just keeps coming in, Gentle Reader.

I just found out Waistcoats & Weaponry is in the finals for a Locus award, alongside Paolo who’s a friend of mine (not to mention Joe, Ian, and Garth who I greatly admire).

What an unexpected pleasure!

And now on to your regularly scheduled blog post…

After an epic drive around the South Island, the AB and I headed to Auckland, where we spent four days exploring the city. I visited lots of thrift and consignment shops and rather fell in love with the modern meets artsy Auckland aesthetic. I didn’t buy anything though, because I hadn’t any luggage space. All my free space was filled with L&P and Tim Tams.

Auckland put on quite the show for us. It’s a lovely city and we spent most of our time there just wandering around.

We decided not to visit (yet another) vineyard and thus never got to any of the islands. Perhaps next time we are in town we will hop a ferry. Instead we gloried in the urban world, having just spent a great deal of time driving across vast tracts of rural land.

Look at me getting all artistic with the pictures.

“Getting urban” for Gail means eating all the things. And we did. There was a tasting menu at a Japanese restaurant (WHY IS THIS NOT A THING?), gourmet ice cream (overrated), a truly special farm to table experience at Ortolana involving lamb, and a disappointing and ultimately unsuccessful hunt for the perfect pavlova. (The Pavlova: The Story over on The Old Foodie.)

The Pavlova that wasn’t right.

In the interest of getting myself away from a food report, I should also say that I wasn’t a total slacker. The AB’s definition of “getting urban” means art shows and museums and the like. Also, we did stop by my Kiwi publishing house. They were utterly charming and stuffed us silly with New Zealand cheese and wine, of which they are justifiably proud. It made me think that my US editor, Devi, really ought to be made known to them: cheese and wine are two of her favorite things.

And that’s it for this long run of hijacking the blog for travel posts.

Or you think it is… wha ha ha! I have another trip right around the corner. I’ll have my programming stuff up the Wednesday before I leave for New Jersey and the Steampunk World’s Fair and then there will be a report on the event, and then we will return you to your regular Gail blogging warbles.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasols on display in the Auckland Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Auckland Gull

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Think Your City is Dirty? Try Living in 19th Century London.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Pottle is my new favorite word.


Book News:

Frini Georgakopoulos via FB: Cosplaying Alexia

Quote of the Day:

Virgin Radio Lebanon  FB
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The Kiwi Files ~ Steampunk Cafe in Christchurch (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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

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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5 Fun Bits From Gail’s Reddit AMA – Including How to Foreshadow (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Yesterday, Gentle Reader, was utterly consumed with a Reddit AMA, book tour itinerary madness, and Prudence proofs. But I did get some great news…

Etiquette & Espionage wins French award

Prix Elbakinnet

for best translated young adult novel!

Le squee!

And now here are 4 fun bits and 1 serious craft question from yesterday’s AMA:

1. Which superpower would you choose?
Gills. Always and forever. I want to swim underwater without having to come up for air. I’m a simple girl.

2. Favorite sport?
To play? Water polo. I was on the swim team for years, I’m a vicious little fish. To watch? American football. I can’t help it, it’s like Roman War tactics on the field. When I lived in the UK, I’ve was seen to watch the occasional bit of rugby. I am ashamed.

3. If you could would you let Lord Akeldama dress you?
Yesssss, but… only the once.

Ensemble 1790s Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 

“Nevertheless we favor every effort to stop the extravagant use of dry goods and millinery.”
“As it is, many of our young men are padded to a superlative degree, and 
have corns and bunions on every separate toe from wearing shoes too tight.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875) 

4. Do any teas remind you of certain characters?

Well I always think of Alexia with Assam. And I imagine Sophronia is kind of a Lady Grey type. Rue has a rather epic encounter with chai in the first Custard Protocol book, she likes it but her preference is probably for something even more daring… and alcoholic.

5. When you put in Easter eggs or foreshadowing, do you write them in on first draft, or does it come later?

Some of them come out in rough draft, although I write them not really knowing why. Some of them come in rewrites as intentional foreshadows for the end of the book or series. I recently just did my 6th draft of the final Finishing School book and only then realized why one character, from book 2, had behaved in a specific way! Often it’s like that, the characters surprise me.

Occasionally, I will drop in a thread knowing I might need it, usually I have it planned, sometimes I go overboard and drop in too many (that happened with Changeless and is one of the reasons Biffy never got his HEA). As for other Easter eggs, or cookies, I call this “rewarding the careful reader.” I’ll drop in a side character or a call back pretty often in one book referencing an earlier appearance ~ these days it could be from one series to another. Usually it’s not super relevant to the plot of that particular book, just for fun if you’re a devoted fan of the world, and kind of gives a nudge nudge wink wink moment to the careful reader. But if you aren’t a big fan, I don’t want you to feel like you are missing something. It helps that I write comedy. So what in one book can simply be a character for amusement, in a later book can have unexpected significance in retrospect. It makes me seem very clever when really, initially, I was just after the laugh. As a writer, it only really works with side characters who have little screen time and fewer tapestry threads to mess with. Does that make sense?

As for the world call backs, I’m a rereader, myself so I write with the intent that after each new book comes out, if you go back and read any of the previous ones, new things about the world are revealed in light of the latest revelations.

All of this has had some fun results where some of my readers are taking bets on which Finishing School character is (blood) related to which Parasol Protectorate character. Because they know I couldn’t resist such a temptation. They are currently employed trying to figure out ages and such to make certain the timing works. I just sit back and smile evilly.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1903 tumblr fleurdulys-      Portrait of Lydia Vasilyevna Sychkov, the Artist’s Wife – Fedot Sychkov      1903

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

Robe à Transformation  Worth & Bobergh, 1862-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
On Morning Calls and Hosting Dinner Parties, Balls and Routs in the Late Regency

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Why and How to Outline (given some of the Reddit discussion yesterday)

Book News:
Audiobook Review of Curtsies & ConspiraciesThat’s What She Read – by  Michelle says,

“Moira Quick returns as the narrator for this quirky series, and she is delightful. She has an adorable way of modulating the volume of her voice to fit the sneakiness of a scene. Also, she delivers the most satiric sentences with an innocence worthy of an award. She capitalizes on the spirit of the novel to create a performance that breathes even more life into Ms. Carriger’s eclectic world.
As always, Ms. Carriger’s balance between satire and earnestness is laugh-out-loud funny.”

Quote of the Day:

“She looked away. Her attitude seemed to suggest that she had finished with him, and would be obliged if somebody would come and sweep him up.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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Awards Lists, Librarians, and Tubas ~ Notable Books for CHildren & Best Fiction for Young Adults

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I attended an undergraduate university attached to a well known conservatory of music.  (Follow me for a moment, please, I do have a point.) I had a number of friends who were musicians and ended up getting a wide musical education as a result of supporting them by attending their recitals and concerts. One of the things I grew to love was the modern classical movement. Not because I have depth of appreciation for the style (because I don’t have the ear) but because of the tuba. Particularly because modern composers often use the tuba to make some fantastic noises, one of which is a protracted, resounding, low fart (there really is no other way to describe it).

I’d like you, Gentle Reader, to imagine that noise while I say that I’m as self conscious as most authors when tooting my own horn, so instead please allow me to…

Fart my own tuba.

I’m delighted to announce, much to my pleasure and surprise, that Etiquette & Espionage was selected for both:

the Notable Books for Children list

&

the Best Fiction for Young Adults list

The Notables list is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (the ALSC) and the BBYA list is sponsored by Young Adult Library Services (the YALSA).

“In this madcap, steampunk-mystery, Sophronia Temminnick learns that etiquette and espionage go hand-in-glove when she is covertly recruited from Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. A paranormal mashup set in Victorian England.”

YALSA says,

“Proper etiquette is most important for young ladies, but so is knowing how to correctly conceal a weapon.”

What I say is,

hooray for librarians!

I do love them so so much. I’ve blogged before about how I grew up in the library, how library page was my first job, and how much their support means to me as an author. To know I managed to hold on to it when I transitioned to YA actually does bring tears to my eyes. I know, I’m corny.  Thank you from the bottom of my warped little soul. 

And we fade to silence the ptttt noise of the farting tuba.

Comedy, my dear gentle reader, is the only means I have of dealing with accolade. Frankly, it’s the only way I have to deal with most things. 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Self at Nova Albion with the Golden Mean

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lumio Book Lamp

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Suffragette Style by Lucy Adlington (@HistoryWardrobe)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:
Orson Scott Card says,

“Somewhere between Steampunk, Oz, and Jane Austen, you can find the world of Gail Carriger’s wonderful new young adult series, starting with Etiquette & Espionage. A misfit young English lady in the Napoleonic era is sent to a highly unusual finishing school — where, dodging highway robbers and the occasional werewolf, she finds her way through the cracks and creases of society and school. The sequel, Curtsies & Conspiracies, just came out.”

Quote of the Day:

“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”

~ Tamora Pierce


Winning the Prix Julia Verlanger French Award

Posted by Gail Carriger

 
I am delighted to announce that I have won the Prix Julia Verlanger, a French Award for Sci-Fi and Fantasy. They give the award once a year, to one author. I am quite chuffed. This is my first genre award and my first international award!*

The award was announced at les Utopiales de Nantes but I’ve known for three weeks and been eager to tell you, Gentle Reader. I am so sad I wasn’t able to be there. My awesome French publishing house picked it up for me.

I asked them to please thank all my French readers for taking a chance on books set in England, and my publisher and translator for doing such a wonderful job. Also I wanted to thank everyone for being so gracious to me when I visited earlier this year, I feel spoiled by France in many ways.  

I am reminded of a silly story from the begining of this crazy journey into writer-doom.

You see, France was the first territory my books sold into, outside of the US. Before the UK.

Yes, you read that right.

Well my Mum, who is Properly British, was so upset about this. It was as if the French had conquered some desirable foriegn territory before the Queen manged to get there. Mum was mighty perturbed with her own country.

Of course, now the series is in both territories. And there are many reasons the French “got there first,” as some are prone to putting it. But I can’t help cherishing affection for my French readers, not to mention lingering surprise that have taken something so ridiculously Victorian into their hearts. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that Alexia talks about, and I describe with such evident delight, food? Perhaps it’s because I’m gently poking fun at those Victorians? Perhaps it is because Madame Lefoux is so bad ass? I suppose when push comes to shove, Steampunk is French by rights of Jules Verne. And I suspect the French of being quiet open and willing to immerse themselves in the wonder of whimsey.

What ever it is, I can only say thank you from the bottom of my marmite-eating soufflé-loving warped little heart. 

Vive la France!

* Soulless did win the Alex, an award from librarians, who are so awesome to me and my books. So one could make the argument that the “librarians got there first.” Which makes me picture librarians armed with rulers as swords and books as shields in phalanx formation storming the beach at Normandy. I know I’m mixing so many times and places and metaphors. My brain is like that.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via the FB

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Miniature corset, 1890s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

lunar-wall-calendar-2014

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

Book News:
Curtsies & Conspiracies makes Kirkus: Best Bets for Science Fiction & Fantasy – November 2013 

Don’t be misled into thinking that such books offer little for adults.”

Quote of the Day:

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

Oscar Wilde


BFYA Nomination for Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Etiquette & Espionage has been nominated by the American Library Association as one of 2013’s Best Fiction for Young Adults!

Many thanks to all the wonderful librarians out there.

ARCcover

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be recognized by librarians. I pretty much grew up inside libraries. I believe many of us writers did. My first job was as a library page (shelving books and getting distracted in corners reading them). Whenever I’m home, I still visit my old boss at the library (and we are talking over two decades now). Some of the most heroic people I know are librarians. I am touched to have been so championed, first with an Alex Award for Soulless and now with this nomination.

At AnomolyCon I got to meet a number of librarians and it is always a delight. (More on the con to come.)

Thank you all again.

“Harry Potter meets Jeeves & Wooster. Or, if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter after apprenticing under P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells.”

Young Adult Books Central

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Nov 1853 Punch

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
OctopusClock
Steampunk clocks for sale in Jack London Square.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
ThrowPillow
Throw pillow, anyone? (Same as above.)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 Tips to Effective Dialogue

Book News:
More Etiquette & Espionage Reviews

Burn Bright says,

“Carriger’s voice is almost like another character in the book; quirky, witty and delightful. From the opening page it draws you in, imbuing everyday objects with motives and making the most tedious events into adventures.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques says,

“Etiquette & Espionage is an entertaining book that examines the rituals of polite society in 1851, and the clever women who manipulate it behind the scenes… It’s a humorous book focusing on a young woman who can’t help but find herself in scrapes.”

Fabbity Fab Book Reviews says,

“Mrs. Temminnick’s youngest most difficult daughter has just been whisked away to an agency that trains women to duel, fight, spy, wound, poison, deceive and kill. Admittedly, this is all learned while learning to dance, curtsy and bat eyelashes with the utmost perfection.”

Up In the Bibliosphere says,

“Gail Carriger writes the most amusing books…Sophronia was a very sensible character, despite her lackluster curtsy, and her ragtag group of friends were just as well developed.”

Book Sp(l)ot Reviews says,

“Etiquette and Espionage is wildly imaginative and draws readers in from the very beginning. Sophronia is a fun character, one you know right away is not the typical Victorian teenage girl.”

Quote of the Day:

“It was Warren Dibrell, a noted profligate about town – gambler, libertine, and infidel – the most dangerous because his person was handsome and his manners winning.”

~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine August 1872


In Which Copy Edits Reference The Heart of Darkness (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For your pleasure, Gentle Reader, I present to you a few of the words I had to double check during copy edits:

appealing feasible excellent capacity probably fortifying imprisoned

I know, I know, you must find that absolutely scintillating. However, I beg your indulgence in a few idiosyncratic moments (or do I mean erratic?) for copy edits on Book 4, Heartless, are only this moment finished. (Insert wild cheers here.)

Thank goodness. I don’t know about other authors out there but I find copy edits one of the more demanding and stressful points of the manuscript process. I don’t know why. After all, it is just a long run of red marks I have to check over and mostly ignore or write “stet” next to. It’s probably an ingrained fear of not catching some big whopper of a mistake combined with a small but vocal collection of emails angry about minor insignificant details in past books that I probably couldn’t have caught anyway. They haunt me! They haunt me! The horror, the horror.

Right.

Ahem.

Sorry about that. Copy editing for four days over 12 hours a day will do that to a girl ~ weaken the soul.

I celebrated my completion of said copy edits by reading Marie Claire magazine while listening to Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, and eating macadamia nuts. I know, but trust me, this a strangely accurate window into my personality.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Newly arrived in my life from Mia of Nineteen O Three, the most adorable mechanical ladybug timer, a la Blameless and the pink hatbox in the teashop.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Tea wins
Your Writerly Tinctures:
I have reviewed a book! I know, you thought I didn’t read anymore. So did I. Geist by Philippa Ballantine.

Blood Rose Books says, “Enjoy! Oh and don’t forget the Tea and Crumpets while you read it!”
SPOILER ALERT! I have been nominated for several Polidori Awards: Best Vampire Novel of 2010 (both Changeless and Blameless are up for it) and for Best Interview. Please do drop by and vote, you don’t even have to vote for me.
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Weirdmage says, “Miss Carriger has continued the story of Alexia Taraotti in excellent fashion. This book gripped me from the first page to the last, and I am already looking forward to the next installment, Heartless, that is coming in June this year.”

Heartless: Copy edits done. It’s available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Back at it.
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

Quote of the Day:
“The dressing-gown mania is on the increase, remarks a thoughtful writer who attributes to this unbecoming habit the growing indifference of the modern husband to his wife’s charms; hence the relaxing of the marital bond and the ultimate decline of English morals. Such are the perils inherent in loose clothing.”
~ Cunnington, on the 1976 used of dressing-gowns at breakfast


More Ketchup ~ Goodreads Choice Awards

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Ketchup seems to be my life right now, Gentle Reader. I’m sorry I have nothing more witty to say. Soon I hope to be back to blogging norm but right now anniversaries, writing, negotiations, publishers, rain, broken car, and a whole host of other niggling details are interfering in this, obviously, the most important part of my day. Here’s a fun little bookmark that turned up on Facebook:

Changeless is nominated for a 2010 Goodreads Choice Award for Paranormal Fantasy. According to the missive I received: The polls are open to all readers throughout the month of December, and the winners will be announced in the January 2011 newsletter.
So do please vote of me if you feel like it.

Someone posted this image to Facebook recently of both the German and English cover art. It’s rather lovely, I feel.


Soulless
takes on yet another language!

Lastly, victory is mine, I have finished Daft 8 of Heartless, and I *think* that’s it until copy edits, Gentle Reader. I can but hope. I’m really pleased with it, this one is my quazi-Sherlock Holmes ode. It was fun to write, but a real pain to edit for some reason. Funny how each book has it’s own set of quirks for the writer. I wonder what Timeless will be like. I guess there is only one way to find out . . .

 

Quote of the Day:
“No tale tells all.”
~ Alexei Panshin


Cover Finalists, Steampunk Accessories, and Schedules

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The experts are weighing in on the Parasol Protectorate cover finalists. Vote for your favorite right now!

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
Jefferson/Adams
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
Roosevelt
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
Ross/Morr
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?
Roosevelt
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
Hamilton
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?
Jefferson/Adams
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


Alternate Covers & Ketchup

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Oh, this is so much fun! Vote for your favorite Parasol Protectorate cover from New York ComicCon and the second round.





In line with the meme, I give to you, Fugless.

And the lovely Michael Spence’s silly bitstrip presenting the Alternate Gail Carriger Titles.

Mad Hatter asked a bunch of us what “Steampunk is. . .”

Sin Alma, the Spanish language version of Soulless, comes out November 2nd! I’ve done some poking around and as yet have no idea how you might buy it in the USA. They are allowed to sell it here, says Orbit, the question is where? I’m hoping that it will eventually turn up on Amazon, them my mother will stop bugging me about it. (Don’t ask. No, she does not read Spanish.)

I’ve been nominated for a Bookie Award.

And last, rather sadly, Paul the psychic octopus has died.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
Vintage Tea Leaf‘s Black Duchess has a pleasant mellow smell, all tea, no perfume and no herb. Large clean leaves mostly dark, a few light, and excellent beginning. Brews to a golden red brown in color, pale when the mild is added. Unfortunately it seems to be mainly Darjeeling (I’m an Assam girl is I have to go to only one leaf) and has that afternoon tea herby bitter quality which I prefer to avoid. Not my favorite.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Learn from what you read

Susan Hated Literature says, “And it is one of those books that just makes you glad you’ve read it. Alexia is a wonderful heroine. Full of confidence and yet she suffers from low self-esteem. She wants to help out, but she isn’t about to go rushing off and become a damsel in distress. And if that does happen, she’ll have at least some ideas about how to free herself.”
SPOILER ALERT! In which I ruin a Friday evening. Sorry. “With all the books I’ve been reading recently, I’ve been attempting to space them out while still tearing through them at a decent pace. The plan was – more or less – as follows: Blood Rites (Jim Butcher), Oathbreakers (Mercedes Lackey), Changeless (Gail Carriger), Dead Beat (JB), Oathblood (ML), Blameless (GC), Proven Guilty (JB). This way I could keep the series books together without drowning myself in them, thus avoiding a possible author-related burnout. Ingenius, no? I thought so. Of course, Gail Carriger had to go and foul that all up.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Dirty Sexy Books calls it brain candy for a lazy afternoon.

Heartless: Working on rewrite, Draft 5 read through. Final draft due Nov 1.
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:
“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
~ Isaac Asimov


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