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How the Victorians Described Italian Food

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For Blameless, Gentle Reader, when Alexia and cohorts traveled to Florence, I utilized my 1891 Baedeker’s Northern Italy extensively. Unfortunately, I don’t have an earlier version, and a lot changed in Italy over the 20 years between Alexia’s time and this edition of the travel guide (a complete rail system appeared, for example). Nevertheless, a 1891 Baedeker’s is still better than my unreliable memories of the city (from when I was excavating near there some twenty years ago).

As I was reading along, in the wee hours of the night several years ago now, muttering to myself about all the things I would now have to go back and adjust in Blameless, I encountered an unintentionally hilarious section. Essentially, intended as a food guide, it was really Italian cuisine as defined by the Victorian British pallet. I re-encountered my notes on the subject recently, and thought you might find it entertaining.

Here are a few choice morsels for your amusement:

  • Antipasti: relishes taken as whets
  • Risotto: a kind of rice pudding (rich)
  • Salami: banger
  • Potaggio di pollo: chicken-fricassee
  • Funghi: mushrooms (often too rich)
  • Polenta: boiled maize
  • Gnocchi: small puddings

That last is my personal favorite. I can just see any one of my characters wafting into some Italian cafe and demanding a dish of those “delightful green covered tiny puddings.” You see how easily I amuse myself?

That’s why I was so obsessed with pesto in Blameless. This is one of the great pleasures of writing alternative history, I get to expound on the absurdity of the Victorian British abroad, but also use them as a vehicle through which I can expound on the absurdity of other cultures as well. As bad as Alexia can be about alien cuisine (she has much to say on the vileness of coffee, I must point out) you should see how she describes foreign mannerisms. The Italian language, for example, she cannot help but notice seems to be mainly comprised of “extravagant hand gestures.” And, with that, I had best get back to it.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for June? Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach ~ Book One in the Paradox series}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Godeys Dec 1872 Winter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via emporioefikz-tumblr Balloon Chandelier

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block via Retro To Go

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
AudioGals Guide to Romance Audio – Paranormal Romance

PROJECT ROUND UP 


Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 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

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French, and it’s all organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, and it is all organized by the Italians.”
~ An oldie but a goodie

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Trade Paperbacks of the Parasol Protectorate Coming to the US

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Orbit is releasing the Parasol Protectorate books in trade paperback size to the US market! The first three will come out tomorrow, April 1, 2014 (Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless) and the last two on July 1, 2014.

They have done a slight makeover of the cover art as well, can you spot the differences?

Answering the inevitable questions…

  • None of the text has changed. Although the “other book” samples at the end of each may be different.
  • Yes, they are entirely phasing out the mass market editions. If you have been waiting to round out your MM collection or buy the boxed set I advise doing it sooner rather than later.
  • Yes, we are still trying for hard cover editions of the Parasol Protectorate series, but it seems unlikely. The Omnibus from SF Bookclub really are your only choice at the moment.
  • The Prudence books, however, will be released as small hard covers! Exciting. It is the binding of the future! As it were. (Speaking of which how can there be already 34 votes on Goodreads? No one, not even my editor, has seen this book yet. Ridiculous interwebs.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Miss K with a red parasol.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My favorite from the Bouquets to Art at the de Young

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

I want this SO MUCH.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon, 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 end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
Sobre Livros (Portugal) says of Soulless: “The book is amazing, vibrant, funny … has a wonderful tone and narrative is full of mysteries. Before I even finished the first chapter I was completely enraptured. Alexia (our Miss. Taraboti) has a strong, insightful, sardonic and very courageous temperament.”

Quote of the Day:

“Neal had a gift for making someone want to punch him just for saying hello”

~ Tamora Pierce, Page


    The Manga of Blameless Releases Tomorrow!

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Well, Gentle Reader, I’m sure you may have guessed life is pretty crazy these days. So many launches (E&E Trade, C&C new, Book of the Dead, Fairy Debt, Crudrat kickstarter) and winding up the madness, coming in at the finish:

    Soulless the Manga Vol. 3

    This is the graphic novel adaptation of Blameless, Book 3 in the Parasol Protectorate series. It goes on sale tomorrow, November 19. Here’s a little teaser.

    This is the US release date, it will also be available as an ebook at that time. However, it may not be available in your area or at this time for these reasons. Since I am away from my computer at a convention in Canada right now, I won’t be able to answer any additional questions about the release at this time, for which I do apologize. I’ll be back online the day after the release.

    To the best of my knowledge, this will be the last of the Soulless manga. I feel both blessed and lucky to be one of the few authors to get a graphic novel adaptation of her work, and Yen has been a real pleasure to work with the entire time. Those of you who have read Heartless and know how manga art works can probably guess why. Also REM’s talent is amazing, and I think we can understand that she might want to work on her own stuff for a change.

    As a semi spoiler teaser for those of you unhappy with me for a certain romantic twist in the book Blameless, you may be pleased to find that in this adaptation things come out a little differently for two well loved and extremely stylish characters.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .

    1980princess-di-and-fergie-with-umbrellas

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Peacock-Chair-Dror

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
    Reinventing the Book, Part 1
    PROJECT ROUND UP 
    Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Turned in.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies
    ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
    Etiquette & Espionage
    ~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

    Manga
    ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
    Prudence
    ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

    The Books!

    The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
    BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
    Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

    The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
    Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
    Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
    The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
     $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, and Fairy Debt

    Book News:
    The third manga is out, and I’m in Canada, I’m tapped out peeps.

    Quote of the Day:

    “Now I will let you in on something about me. That pang is about feeling out of step with the stages of life more than having missed out on them. This is not to say that I haven’t, for maybe I have, but I have also been too busy to notice.”

    ~ Laurie Graff


    Cover for Soulless the Manga Vol III (AKA Blameless)

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Yen Press has released the cover art for Soulless the Manga Vol. III (the adaptation of Blameless).

    Soulless Vol 3

    I hope you are as thrilled as I am. I do so love REM’s artwork and I have confidence in her as I believe both the previous volumes have shown how good her voice meshes with mine.

    The print release is currently scheduled for November 2013. Although that date subject to change if REM needs more time. We want beautiful drawings and are willing to wait.

    In the interim, the chapters are serialized by subscription, online in Yen Plus as before. So if you can’t wait and want to get it in bite size segments (the way I do) that’s how to do it.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    1920 Vogue

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    Chickopolis via FB
    Chickopolis via FB

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    Living Off the Grid FB
    Living Off the Grid via FB
    (I can never envision a time when I woudl have enough closet space to do this.)

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Include Surprises in Your Stories

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Handed in to editor.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Working page proofs.
    Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
    Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Planning tour events!


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

    The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

    The manga editions, both now available in print.

    Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

    The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

    Book News:
    E&EBox
    Just arrive on my doorstep.

    Quote of the Day:
    Beth sent me this via Goodreads
    Teacher Arrested
    A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.
    He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
    ‘Al-Gebra is a problem for us’, the Attorney General said. ‘They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.’ They use secret code names like “X” and “Y” and refer to themselves as “unknowns” but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”
    NOTE – Beth’s (retired) teacher friend replied to the above with this come back:
    The solution to this (in)fraction is plane and solid, requiring simply the right angle.

    Daisypath Wedding tickers

     

    Holiday Fun: Books as Gifts Part 3 Blameless Basket Parasol Theme

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    The book basket ideas continue, if you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

    Our example is the Parasol Protectorate books but you can do this with any genre book, I think. Just run with your imagination what about a Dune themed basket full of spices and spice cakes?

    1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
    2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
    3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

    This basket is themed to Blameless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 1.

    Alexia Park

    Blameless Parasol theme

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    What you want more? OK
    Chain Parasol

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    hippo coffee tables

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    Fridge
    From Lifehacker

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Plot and Subplot: Several Strands, One Yarn

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Working first draft.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in!
    Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
    Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.


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

    The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

    The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

    Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

    The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

    Book News:
    The Art for ARCs contest continues. So far everyone who’s entered gets an ARC since there are less than 20 entries! Please read the instructions carefully and be sure to post a link to the image with your contact information in the comments!

    Quote of the Day:
    “Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great.”
    ~ Henry IV of France
    “Whoa there!” ~ Gail Carriger

    Daisypath Wedding tickers
    My darlings please recall, this is my blog and I am goddess of this little corner of the interwebs. You are always welcome to comment, as I am to delete said comments. As my dear mum often murmurers: if you haven’t anything nice to say then please don’t stay anything at all. Also: Thou shalt not commit Logical Fallacies.


    My What a Lovely Herbaceous Border: Victorian Term Explained

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Gentle Reader, I present to you, this week’s weird Victorian term explained: herbaceous border.

    This style of gardening, begun in the Victorian Era, remains a hallmark of the English landscape to this day: shorter plants to the font, and taller ones to the back, arranged closely together.

    From Pullham photo by Charles Hawes

    Despite its name, herbs do not necessarily have to be involved in a herbaceous border, although they often are.

    Usually herbaceous borders are a riot of different colors, running alongside a path or a wall.

    Helen Allingham (British, 1848-1926). A Garden In October, Aldworth, 1891. Watercolor.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    8 Ideas for Decorating a Victorian Bedroom

    Jordan House, Virginia

    1873, a typical Victorian bedroom, cluttered with antiques (highboy chest of drawers – Georgian, mirror above the washstand – Federal). I imagine Alexia’s room in town as much like this. Note how dark everything is – clearly interior design of the period was intended to easily accommodate vampires or werewolves by blocking out the sun (from picasaweb). Going to Minnesota? Why not stay at the Victorian Oaks Bed & Breakfast, so cute!

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Guest Author Jen Blood: 5 Ways to Build Suspense Like a Master

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crazy encounters and climatic battle sequences ahead.
    Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits incoming.
    Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
    Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

    The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

    The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

    Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

    The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

    Book News:
    Respiring Thoughts on Blameless.

    Quote of the Day:
    “What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.”
    ~ Charles Dudley Warner


    Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Sunday (the last)

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    The last day of Comic Con and I managed to haul my sorry self out of bed for a swim, no Kevin Bacon sightings today. I saved my favorite silly gingham dress for last, paired with a crochet teacake for a hat.

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    The AB and I wandered, once last time, around the Exhibition Hall saying goodby to what friends we could find. Soon enough the experience taxed my crowd coping reserves. At which point the AB ~ with Floote-like skill ~ sourced a beverage stall and acquired a nice cup of tea for me. It doesn’t take much to make Gail a happy girl.

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    Wandering the hallways towards my afternoon panel, I was approached by the Littlest Spiderman for a photo. So cute and so polite. Not everyone asks, you know?

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    (I am conscious of other’s reasonable fears of photos of children on line, so if you are the owner of this spider kid and would like me to take this photo down, please don’t hesitate to ask.)

    After that, it was time for the Foes with Fur and Fangs panel. Just prior to arriving at the door, I realized I had lost my badge. Sometime after the spider kid photo, during the half block’s walk . . . poof. I sent the AB off to GRT to see if he could alert someone. Meanwhile, my handler-man turned up, saw me safely installed in the panel room, and went off to make me a new badge. Just before the panel started, a different GRT member appeared up with my original badge which had been found and returned to them. They had alerted the AB to this fact, so he wandered off. (Hence no pictures of this panel.) My handler also had a new badge for me by the end of the panel. Their efficiency was AMAZING!

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    Back to the panel. Sadly I was so out of it by Sunday, I don’t remember much. Plus, I always feel a little awkward amongst contemporary urban fantasy writers. I don’t know why, I guess the steampunk community is my safety net. Anyway, our moderator was great, asked lots of fun questions, and things seems lively and well received. You don’t have to take my word for it, here’s an audience member’s perspective on this panel.

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    After that, it was off for a signing session with all the other authors form the panel. I was once more charmed by how chattery and personable my readers were, not that I would cast dispersions on anyone else’s readers, but mine are, obviously, the best evah!

    Then I nipped outside for an interview with Lauren Zurchin of Lytherus. She was charming and I nattered away, as I tend to do in interviews, well over time.

    Then the AB and I snuck off for dinner with old friends of mine from the convention circuit before I was a pro. Back to the hotel there was some talk of things I was supposed to do, and places I ought to put in an appearance. But utterly exhausted we settled on a trio of creme brulee and a nice glass of wine while we watched the sun set.

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    All-in-all, I’m calling Comic Con a pretty darn successful convention. I was a little overwhelmed by the numbers and the Hollywood-ish-ness of it all. But i did feel prepared, I’m glad I did the research and grateful to friends and fellow authors who advised me before (and during) on how to cope. For those who have kindly asked, I don’t know if I will do it again on my own dime. I certainly wouldn’t do it without my adorable travel companion, and the AB has a very tight work schedule that doesn’t permit us to travel together all that much. A once in a lifetime thing, perhaps?

    5_USAtoday

    An odd final punctuation to the convention was the USA today paper popped under my hotel door that Monday. What should be on the front page? An article on steampunk. So it goes.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Moment of Parasol . . .
    1775-1780  Robe à la Poloniase  The Victoria & Albert Museum

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .
    6cuteIMG_2183

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .
    By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes
    This is a cake!

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    How to Develop Conflict in your Stories

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
    Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
    Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

    The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

    The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

    Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

    The first Finishing School book ~ Due Feb. 5, 2013

    Book News:
    Blameless reviews . . .

    Quote of the Day:
    “In the club there was a sign saying NO DOGS OR NANNIES BEYOND THIS POINT. Things were like that. It wasn’t peculiar, bit it was the order of it the really upset me. I thought it was so insulting to my nanny.”
    ~ Felicity Wakefield, Egypt 1956

    Daisypath Wedding tickers


    Spanish Cover Art for Blameless

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    For the first two books my Spanish publisher, Versatil, used the US cover art. But for Blameless they switched it up and gave me a new cover. It’s lovely, I like the expression on Alexia’s face, very arrogant.

    The dirigibles are, in fact, blimps and this is the book the features the ornitopter which I would have loved to see on the cover, but there you have it, I still love this image. I do think the color pallet is amazing, so very Gothic.

    I’ll be in Barcelona and get to see this book in person on April 23rd. I hope to see some of you there.

    I’ve done a Retro Rack entry of clothing to go with this cover for today as well.

    GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

    PROJECT ROUND UP
    Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Done with a very rough draft, lots of work still to do.
    Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
    Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Have seen cover sketch for cover and it is fabulous!
    Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
    Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.


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

    Book News:
    The Timeless audiobook is a March favorite on Audible.

    Quote of the Day:
    “Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.”
    ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean


    Cover Launch: Parasol Protectorate Omnibus

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    SF Book Club’s Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Edition.

    In case you missed it buried in the con report last entry, the SF Book Club will be bringing out an omnibus edition of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless this September. There is a little forward writen by self. I think she looks a lot like Gillian Anderson in Bleak House. Of course, I love the teal. I am a fan of the color as you will know if you see me a any steampunk events.

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

    Your Tisane of Smart . . .

    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    Weird Tales no longer to be edited by Ann VanderMeer.

    Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.
    Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes in.
    Secret Project PPA: Announced at WorldCon . . . coming soon.


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

    Book News:
    Demons Read Too reviews Soulless.

    Quote of the Day:
    “As soon as you are helped, begin to eat: or, if the viands are too hot for your palate, take up your knife and fork and appear to begin. To wait for others is now not only old-fashioned, but ill-bread.”
    ~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850


    Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Report

    Posted by Gail Carriger

     

    Gentle Reader, I understand from previous surveys that convention reports are not your favorite, but I am in need of processing, and being a writer I do that best in print. I have endeavored to be as amusing as possible while also stretching my very foggy brain back over the events of the past few days. Truly my brain is not the steel trap it once was, well, honestly, it was always more a soft squishy kind of trap but I digress.

    Reno, Reno, Reno.

    A strange place in the middle of the desert where the lights go flashy-flashy, the cigarette smoke wafts in some pale reminiscence of the 1940s, the food is banal, the service is excellent, the heat unacceptable, and (for the last week) the Geeks were At Play.

     
    The funniest thing about this WorldCon was all my friends who’s first WorldCon was Melbourne last year or had never been to one before. In the case of the first party, they compared the one to the other, and in the case of the second, they compared the one to other SF conventions.

    WorldCon is different. It’s different each location, that’s part of it’s charm, and it’s different from a regular convention. AussieCon 2010 was fun, but universally admitted a nightmare in many regards. It was disorganized to the point of inattentiveness and chaos and, because it was all the way in Australia had about half the average attendance. This year, being in Reno (driving distance from the fannish enthusiasm of the left coast) attendance was up to about 4000.

    I planned my outfits with much attention to the ability to pack any number of shoes (generally sacrificed on the alter of flight) and the certain knowledge that there would be a pool! I am proud to report I made it to bed by midnight every night save one and that I made it for a swim every morning save the one after the night I stayed up after midnight. Starting the day with a little light exercise and a soak in the hot tub turned my brain on much earlier than normal and keep my poor feet from going entirely bonkers.

    I lost my voice but did not pick up Con Crud, and I should far rather one over the other. There meetings and reunions with friends and business associates, lovely dinners out, and an excellent Greenroom providing me with enough healthy nibbles I didn’t have to do breakfast or lunch which was good as I wouldn’t have had the time. The parties were up to snuff. A dear friend won a Hugo. My outfits went over well, and I’ll be bloging more about them on Retro Rack as photos come in. The drive was mainly painless. I meet the editors I was supposed to meet, and chatted with the authors I wanted to chat with, and renewed old acquaintances near and dear to my heart. All in all, a successful con.

    The Nitty Gritty

    Thursday, Futuristic Fashion and Wearable Art. Moderated by Cory Doctorow Himself. A pleasant start and a pleasing topic well moderated before an engaged and attentive audience. Can’t ask for more.

    Thursday, Presentation on Experimental Ceramic Archaeology. Since this was at 7 pm dinner time I thought no one would come,and I was in one of the double sized room. It was very well attended and people seemed to really enjoy themselves, I was so pleased to exhibit the other side of my career path. It was like teaching students who were actually interested, a nice change. I need to righten the presentation though if I plan on doing it again for a convention audience.

    After that I changed for the Girl Genius Ball and put in an appearance with the Locus-ites but quickly drifted away to the parties instead.

    Friday, Urbane vrs Urban Fantasy with such heavy hitters as Patricia Briggs and Carrie Vaughan and newcomer Dale Ivan Smith. Carrie moderated beautifully and was as sweet and lovely a ever, we have meet before. This seems to have been a useful pannel for me th author as a numebr of people came up to say they bought the first book in my series in the Dealer’s Room later as a result.

    On Friday I also worked the SFWA table and visited the Orbit book panel where we made a Very Big Announcement. I haven’t had the go ahead to talk online about it, yet, and so far as I can tell the info hasn’t been leaked so I’m keeping mum for the time being.

    However I did an interview with Rome and he gave me permission to announce that the SF Book Club will be bringing out an omnibus edition of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless this September.

    Hit the parties that night and stayed up way too late.

    Saturday I had a KaffeeKlatsch and a TeaTalk. I basically ran the second just like the first since the KaffeeKlatsch was so small. However the TeaLounge was very very loud right next to the stage and it was at this point I started to loose my voice.

    Nevertheless, I went off and out to very loud parties that night and ruined the rest of it. The life of an author does not prepare one for short bouts of public speakign at high volumes.

    Sunday, I was up for autographing. I had a nice line, always complimentary, and many well dressed fans. I am proud to say mine are the best dressed in fandom, if you ask me. Report from the dealer’s rom was most favorable, I mainly sold out, which made them happy.

    I made the acquaintance of Jean Johnson who interdicted me to Decent Exposures, a custom cotton bra maker. I intend to give them a try, expect a report in Retro Rack.

    Then I wandered about the Dealers Room delighted to discover a very plain steel ring that fit (I have a 5.25 size ring finger) and the first Schlock Mercenary book. After that, I snuck off for some Timeless galley work by the pool (and perhaps a little comic book reading) and hit the Dead Dog party later that night.

    At some point I was interviewed for the Short Story Geeks podcast, photographed by Lincoln Peters, introduced by the ever entertaining Kollin brothers to David Boop, ran into Amy & NASA Paul, and encountered the face that thereis a new convention coming to the Bay Area, Convolution. I also gained a roommate, the lovely Unwoman‘s cello took up residence in my room for the duration of the con. Definitely the nicest quietest tidiest roommate I’ve ever had.

    Gail’s Daily Dose
    Your Moment of Parasol . . .

    Your Infusion of Cute . . .

    Fan Art Alexia by Rebecca Nandi
    Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
    I have a long interview with the Airship Ambassador that recently dropped.

    Timeless: Working galleys. The release date on Amazon is WRONG. Scheduled release March 1, 2012.
    Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes in.
    Secret Project PPA: Announced at WorldCon . . . coming soon.


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

    Book News:
    School Library Review discusses Heartless and a little about my Finishing School series. “These books just keep getting better and better.” ~ Caroline Bartels

    Quote of the Day:
    “If you present a book to a friend, do not write his or her name in it, unless requested. You have no right to presume that it will be rendered any the more valuable for that addition; and you ought not to conclude beforehand that you gift will be accepted.”
    ~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850

    A quick final note. I LOATHE what LJ is doing to my code and their image handlers. I’m planning on making the switch permanently to Blogspot by the end of the year.


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