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San Diego Comic Con – The Return of Gail

Posted by Gail Carriger

The last time I went to San Diego Comic Con was also the first time I went to any Comic Con. Back in 2012 it was utterly overwhelming. It’s gotten even more overwhelming. Nevertheless it was a feast for all things, eyes, nose, ears, and feet.

Memorable moments of the con, L-R, T-B:
1. Tea (a lovely strong unsweetened chai) at BOTH my Mysterious Galaxy signings. (I am SO spoiled.) 2. Vamping it up in leopard print. 3. Showing off my new scarf (thank you Amanda Panda), a delightful gift. 4. Familiar much beloved faces.

I survived by…

  • Leaving at least a half hour to get anywhere.
  • Mostly walking in flats and only donning heels for the actual events & photos.
  • Eating my bodyweight in fro-yo and salt & vinegar crisps, but not a whole lot else.
  • Not doing any parties. I was too exhausted each night (I’m getting old, my darlings), and a good number of my particular friends no longer go to SDCC – it’s a young person’s game.
  • Using my octopus parasol pretty constantly when I was outside, but parasols can be a difficult in that kind of crowd.

(I actually have now ordered this folding umbrella meets parasol as an all occasion steampunk option. I will let you know how it goes.)

Defining moments:

Well I won the 60 Secs with Sci-Fi Authors game. (I generally suck at such things, so I was overly chuffed to win.)

My favorite part of comic con, by far, was seeing my readers both familiar faces and a few new ones. I also met the author of The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg, who was LOVELY. Have any of you read her book?

 

Speaking of books:

My most unexpected moment might have been accidentally hand selling multiple copies of Uprooted while hanging out at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, because I couldn’t stop talking about it. (You can take the girl out of the dealer’s room but you can never take the dealer’s room out of the girl.)

Mysterious Galaxy has pretty much everything of mine signed right now, so give them a ring or drop them a line if you want something with the hand scribbled penmanship of yours truly.

The Clothes!

Here is an overview of all my outfits. I’ll be covering each one in detail over on Retro Rack.

Vote for your favorite! 

Which was your favorite of Gail's Outfits at SDCC 2017?

Meanwhile USA and CAN can pick up the ebook of…

Soulless on sale for $2.99!

And that’s all the madness for now!

As ever yours,

Miss Gail

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE NOW!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

This Airplane Gadget Makes Flying Long Distances In Coach Almost Bearable

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Food Pyramid for Writers

Book News:

Books Glorious Books says of Crudrat:

“Cravats, humour and kickassery are a given (it is Gail Carrier, after all). This time, Maura isn’t one of the upper crust. She isn’t anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic; the nastier side of human nature and classism are addressed. The world is creative and delightfully ridiculous, and the character dynamics fun.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


ECCC ~ The Comicon to Beat

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I have just returned from Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), Gentle Reader, and what a pleasant time was had by all. The only other comic con I have attended is San Diego (SDCC). While I enjoyed it very much, it was, frankly, overwhelming.

In which I meet DOOM

 

Emerald City Comicon Report

ECCC had everything I liked best about SDCC, but on a much more manageable scale. It has fewer actors and thus less star power (obv. no LA), but since that’s not really my fandom, I didn’t miss it. I have a Nor Cal lady’s suspicion of LA whenever it rears its beautiful plastic head. I liked that ECCC felt more down home and properly fannish. It really was all about the comics.

 Yes, I did try to dress on the first day to match the convention’s color theme.

Seattle seemed to handle the influx with aplomb. They even rolled out nice weather for us. The con-bar was good (if overwhelmed). I liked my hotel (there was a pool, a bathtub, and a decently priced veggie omelet on room service, all I really care about). I even managed to figure out the convention center lay out, after a few days. I never had to wait too long in any line (several of the bathrooms are gender neutral, which always helps with the line situation).

All in all, I highly recommend it and I intend to return again… if invited of course.

The Details of Gail in Seattle

I actually arrived a day early with the AB in tow, to spend time exploring the city. We started out by tracking down the Crumpet Shop for breakfast (on the recommendation of the awesome Piper J. Drake).

It’s a tiny place but well worth a visit. The crumpets were delicious and they offered butter and proper Marmite. Which, as this is basically my standard breakfast, made me endlessly happy.

The tea was excellent too. I had the loose leaf Assam (of course) a nice full leaf, rich aroma, malty and subtle. Highly recommended. Whole milk available to add, as it should be (but often isn’t).

We then visited the fish market. Where I admired this fine fellow:

We then trekked all over the city, visited Serious Pie (also thanks to Piper) and other yummy food spots. That evening was Drinklings (a private gathering for writer and other industry pros) and was, as always, a blast.

via @photosandbacon  Seattle, Washington, c.1891, Puget Sound, Aerial, “Bird’s Eye View”

Friday I had two panels, each followed by a signing. My first panel was standing room only, and I had thought it would be your standard world building 101, but the moderator kept us at a clip, my fellow panelists (Lisa MantchevDavid Levine) were witty and smart, and the audience questions were engaging. The second panel was the Orbit crew (Seanan McGuire, Sam Sykes, Brent Weeks). I’ve said it before: I feel like Orbit picks authors based on who is the biggest punk-arse at the bar. Sam started us off by stealing my hat and accusing Brent of something unmentionable and it went downhill from there. I had no less than three people come up after to say that they had never before laughed so hard at a panel. I call that a win.

After that, it was off to an evening of bar crawling and debauchery. As you do. Memorable moments include meeting a young man at the Boom party who has a new urban fantasy coming out based on bartenders fighting crime with cocktail magic (the mind, she boggles), several excellent cosplays, too many Moscow mules (I blame Myke Cole), and a great deal of gossip all of which is now quite fuzzy. That’s OK, I shall enjoy being shocked by it all over again at the next con.

The next day I had a signing at the Badali Jewelry booth. The ladies were most welcoming, the Bumbersnoot necklace was much admired, and I still had time to nip over and up to University Books to sign stock for them. So if you missed me, Seattle, you can get a signed book from them until they run out.

Then I walked the length of the city to Seattle Mystery Bookshop for my off site signing. (I found Gelatiamo on the way where they had Diplomatico, my favorite pastry, and Affogato, the only way to drink coffee). Everyone not a the con met me there, and a few hardy souls followed me over. I had a super fun Q&A with the die hard fans ~ I love you all so much!

 With a visiting Alexia and Sophronia!

I was gifted some wonderful loot including a hat, some buttons, a calligraphic letter, bookmarks, tea, octopus necklace set and so much more. Everyone is always so generous and crafty in Seattle.

The AB being exhausted from a long hike up a mountain, I crashed the Worldbuilders charity gaming event (well, OK, Pat said I could) and played games to raise money for Heifers International. It’s a fun idea, you pay to attend and then you can play your favorite board or card games with famous authors and comic book artists. There was also a silent action, a raffle, snacks, and a bar.

Peter Orullian (@PeterOrullian) took this photo as evidence. With @bobproeh

Yes I, even I, will play a game on occasion if is is antiquities based and for charity. I settled into 7 Wonders. And quite enjoyed myself.

With Peter Brett at the bar after.

All in all, a wonderful trip. I look forward to returning in the future.

As ever, you don’t have to take my word for it. Aloisius and I ~ The Adventures of Literary Miscreants reports on my bookstore visit, Gail Carriger, Steampunk Maven.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via books0977-tumblr
Mrs. Henry Standish née Hélène de Pérusse des Cars (28 March 1882).
Paul Nadar (1856-1939).
Charenton-le-Pont, Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.jpg

Here shown posing with a book and umbrella [no, parasol says Gail], Helen Standish, a woman of the world known for her beauty, was a familiar figure in French and British society. She received in her Paris salon many renowned artists and inspired Marcel Proust.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Adorable blowfish hat featured in my signing line on Saturday

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Matrimonial Advertisements in the 19th Century

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Ready to Write Bag

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: With developmental editor. Cover art reveal to come. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
~  Oscar Wilde

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Gail is in Seattle at Emerald City Comicon

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader, I’m off to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon!

Here is my schedule:

April 8-9

Emerald City Comicon (Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl.)
2 panels and 2 signings on Friday. Gail has one more signing on Saturday in the dealer’s room.

FRIDAY

12:15 – 1:15 PM, W603 Aliens and Airships and Authors, Oh My!
1:30 – 2:30 PM Autographing Table 29
2:45 – 3:45 PM, W603 Orbit Books Panel with Seanan McGuire, Sam Sykes, & Brent Weeks
4:00 – 5:00 PM Autographing Table 29

SATURDAY

1:00 – 2:00 PM Autographing at Badali Jewelry, Booth #111

Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry St)  4:00 – 6:00 PM Q&A and Signing. Bookstore is walking distance from the convention center. Facebook Event Page

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Peterson’s Magazine Monday, August 1, 1859 Item ID-  v. 40, plate 97

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput Prudecne Orchid

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Shifting Colors of an Octopus May Hint at a Rich, Nasty Social Life

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Key Differences Between Middle Grade vs Young Adult

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: With developmental editor. Cover art almost done. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Awaiting art photo.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Meanwhile on Twitter…

Quote of the Day:
“Some folk just aren’t greedy.”
“Don’t say that where the gods can hear,” Tunstall whispered. “They hate talk of things unnatural.”
~ Terrier by Tamora Pierce

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

Gail Will Be At Emerald City Comicon in Seattle in April

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I will be visiting Seattle for Emerald City Comicon April 7-9.

I will do 2 panels/signings on Friday afternoon. Also I’ll be signing at a vendor’s booth Saturday afternoon (special announcement to come). Details on my website, and I will also post my scheduled the day before I leave. I’m hoping to attend Writers with Drinks, if it happens.

  Seattle, Washington, c.1891, Puget Sound, Aerial, “Bird’s Eye View” via @photosandbacon

I’ve organized an off site meet up, for those unable to attend the convention. However, for my own sanity’s sake, it is walking distance from my hotel. Which means downtown. Here are the deets:

Seattle, WA April 9, 4:00 – 6:00 PM Q&A and Signing at Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry St). Walking distance from the convention center. Facebook Event Page

Yeah I know, but I’ve come most of the way to you, and presumably you’re better on public transport than me, so you can get to me. I have faith.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Via the Jane Austen Centre

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Casper, the Friendly Deep Sea Octopus Who’s Entirely New to Science

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Quick Tips to Make Your Copy Shorter and Snappier

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Proof pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)


 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Prudence and Manners & Mutiny made All About Romance’s list of Best of 2015

Quote of the Day:

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

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

Ketchup: Reddit AMA, UK Audiobooks, & NYCC Tip Off

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’ll be doing a Reddit AMA next Tuesday the 14th on the fantasy sub-reddit. Gentle Reader, please drop by and say hello. Ask any burning questions, or steaming question, as the case may be.

UK audiobooks of the Finishing School series are alive! Curtsies & Conspiracies dropped yesterday (Oct. 9, 2014) to Audible UK. Also the say on Twitter that you can pre-order Waistcoats & Weaponry through Audible UK to drop Nov. 4, 2014.

Are you going to New York Comic Con today (Friday October 10, ONLY)? Stop by booth 2218, give the code word Bumbersnoot. W&W swag may happen for you. May. Mind you, no guarantees on this one. Good luck.

“…bring with you one of those very useful umbrellas, that are large enough to shelter one person from the rain, and can also be used as a parasol.” ~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)
What? Too short a blog post. Here, have this giff…

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1885-1890  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Orchid!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Mars Scarves

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What Writers Should Know About Panels At Cons & Conferences

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: 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

Book News:
French Finishing School review Avenue de lhorreur “The author has created an efficient one because the reader through the characters will discover that many people are challenged and they all conspire against each other. In such a situation, you can not let go of the book! relationships between the characters are also well developed. …Corsets & Conspiracy is an addictive novel or conspiracy is more present than in the first volume. The novels of Gail Carriger devour in no time, making it a must-author now.”

Quote of the Day:
“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink…”
~ Epicurus

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The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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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 . . .
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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


Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Friday

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Up, short swim, bit of a hot tub to soak the feet, and there we pause, Gentle Reader . . .

I must set the scene: imagine a pool area completely empty of guests, there’s a line on the waterfront down below and outside the fence of people waiting to get into the hotel ballroom for some morning panel or another, and there’s staff with ear-dongles puttering about the pool area.

Lines at Comic Con

I thought the security were there to see to the crowd. But then I was given the evil eye as I put down my towel. I flashed my room key and blithely continued with my mourning ritual, rather enjoying having a huge pool all to myself.

Multipas

Picture Gail after her swim, splashy splashy in the hot tub. See Gail notice a lurking gentleman in cargo shorts. Gail gives gentleman a suspicious look. Gentlemen checks his cell phone.

  • Gail thinks, My, that looks like Kevin Bacon. But it can’t be, he doesn’t have a Sci/Fi movie in the works right now. I don’t think?
  • Splashy splashy.
  • Gentlemen wanders over to steps near spa to sit.
  • Gentlemen to Gail, “How’s the water?”
  • Gail, “Pretty good, could be warmer. But it’s a hotel hot-tub, it always could be warmer.” Thinking, Yup, Kevin bacon, couldn’t miss that voice.
  • Kevin Bacon, “Yeah, that’s how it goes.”
  • Gail, getting out, “Going to give it a whirl?”
  • Kevin Bacon, “Naw, I got this thing.”
  • Gail, “Ah, I see.” Wanders past and out the gate, “Well, you have a good day.”
  • Kevin Bacon, “You too.”
  • Security detail arrives, to Kevin Bacon, “Looks like they’re ready for you, KB.”
  • Gail, grinning, runs up to room.
  • Gail pouncing on the sleepy AB, “Guess who’s now six degrees from Kevin Bacon?”

I must say, KB was a perfect gentlemen. It’s so nice when famous people are polite. (As a codicil, every time I went for a swim the rest of our say at that hotel, the AB would say, “Have a nice swim. Say hello to Kevin Bacon for me.”)

So, back on the the day of Comic Con activities. Safely attired in my specially acquired brown & cream & blue day dress I hit the hotel restaurant for breakfast with Michael (of Ebury Publishing, UK), the AB, and Kristin. The latte was decent. I had not yet figured the egg white omelet trick, but food was tasty.

Michael & Gail

Went from there straight to another meeting with Sariann of the Inn at the Corssroads blog for secret food-related project discussions. She was lovely and we had a great chat and project should be going forward soon. It will be exciting! And tasty.

Then we managed to get into the Firefly Panel. I might have ruthlessly used my Guest Pass and my agent’s sweet talking skills for evil.

Brown Coats

It was a sweet little reunion of a panel. For me it was more fun to see the interactions between the cast members that anything else. You can watch the panel for yourself online.

Firefly

Speaking of Joss, you have to see this video. It is absolutely hilarious. Joss stars as one of the SQUAT team in Scary Smash, a movie made from a kid’s story.

Friday was supposed to be my slow day, but the Firefly Panel was totally worth it, minus my stressed concern for the emotional well-being of one of the fans there. She really looked like she was going to faint or have a panic attack when it came time for her to ask her question.

Then the AB and I wandered the floor for a little bit. I was actually recognized by a reader!

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After that we jetted off to High Tea with Mike Lee away from downtown. He’d found and reserved a table at a beautiful little venue, Tea-Upon-Chatsworth.

High Tea

After a discussion with the hostess I settled on a strongly brewed Chatsworth House Blend which suited my pallet perfectly. The comestibles were delicious, if not exactly traditional. I particularly enjoyed the Guava Rose Gazpacho. I normally loathe flower tastes in my food but this was very very subtle.

High Tea Menu

Then it was the standard San Diego taxi battle in order to get back to the hotel. Must as I enjoyed going away from the con madness on occasion but I wouldn’t do next time (should there be a next time) the taxis are just too much of a problem. We had a quick change into our swanky duds for the evening ~ the AB into his suit and I into a green & black cocktail dress for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

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We had special seating, a nice buffet and presenters such as Six and Anders from BSG. The ceremony was charming, the speeches funny, short, or (best) both. It was by far the most enjoyable award ceremony I have ever attended. Sadly, we had another engagement, so we had to sneak out about 3/4 of the way through.

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It was off to my manga, Yen Press’s 5th Anniversary Cocktail Party. There we meet awesome peeps including the Japanese publishers of Black Butler, only one of the best manga’s in the whole world, and an adorable young lady from BBC America (more relating to daleks on Sunday). Food included beet ships with avocado and cilantro lime shrimp, and sweet potato lattice fries with scallops. So good. Many people were quite drunk and hilariously amusing, but I shall protect the names of the guilty.

Exhausted we stumbled home rather early knowing there was an even longer day tomorrow.

Next up, Saturday . . . and Gail meets Tron.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Up

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
2012-07-12 at 09.55.29

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
When You Get Stuck

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 ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
Final Cover Art for Etiquette & Espionage

Quote of the Day:
“Ren’s a fox.”
~ Footloose


Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Thursday

Posted by Gail Carriger

 


Up, bit of a swim, bit of a hot tub, half a marvelous egg white omelet, two cups of tea, and attired in my specially acquired cream & blue day dress I hit the ground running. Ok, this is me ~ so I was more tottering along slowly absorbed by the madness of the crowds. (The AB, city creature, is always complaining about how slow I walk.)

Comic Con crowds

I arrived in the front of the convention center where I made my way to GRT where I was met by a nice little man, my handler. I know, doesn’t that make me sound awfully important? Or do I mean impotent? Anyway, he escorted me up to the room for my panel early where I sat and sipped tea, met the lovely Derek (5AB Room King), his room minions, and Dina “Lady Steam” Kampmeyer my adorable moderator.

Dina & Gail

Witty Women In Steampunk Panel

The Witty Women In Steampunk Panel was Thursday at 10 am. I do apologize, Gentle Attendees, for I am not at my best first thing in the morning.

Wits
Gail was definitely unarmed at 10 am on Thursday.

It was a lovely panel. Nice to be sitting with friends, old and new including Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate), Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), and Robin Thorsen (the Guild). We discussed literature, fashion, romance, adventure & more.

Witty Women Panel

I might have gone on a little rant about corsets and proper fit. Sigh. Sorry about that. If you want to know more about corsets how they should fit, what to look for, and so forth I have a whole blog post about them over on Retro Rack. Speaking of which, Dark Garden in some simulations zeitgeist thing gave my books a shout out right around the same time I talked about them on that panel. Weird.

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After the panel, I dashed down to the Exhibition Hall to explore and find the Hachette booth. I had swag to sign! They were already swarmed, but I carved out some space to quickly dash through the 100 E&E copies there for the Secret Swag Give Away. Little Brown also had a lovely temporary tattoo in honor of the new YA series.

Finishing School Temporary Tattoo

I hung out with the Alexia standee for a while, met a few lovely fans and two of my author chums, Mike Lee and Myke Cole.

Standee

I made the acquaintance of Barbara Vey who wrote a bit about the encounter for Publisher’s Weekly on line.

After that, it was lunch with JoYoun my manga editor, we also kidnapped Kurt (Yen publisher) because he hadn’t eaten properly all day and I worry about correct food consumption. I remember my Comic Con survival tips! One must eat properly. We had a pleasant meal at the hotel well away from the crowds most dominated by JoYoun and I discussing our mutual love of food. While we were off enjoying ourselves the Hachette both gave away buttons for my manga, pamphlets for the Timeless iPhone app, and the Best Swag Evah (an ARC of E&E). All of the ARCs was gone by 2pm! I was floored to hear this, my readers really mobilized to get there quickly. I thought they might just run out by the end of the convention, but under 2 hours? Remarkable.

Button Timeless App

That afternoon the AB and I wandered around the shop floor. We met up with authors Mark O’Bannon and Jimmy Diggs (of Star Trek fame). They are what I would refer to as the Old Guard. Cool guys, we infiltrated the green room, and chatted about their prospective steampunkish web series.

2012-07-12 at 10.17.52

For dinner the AB and I crept off for a proper little date. We had a lovely meal and a spectacular glass of wine.

Then, the word was Random House party was the place to be. We tapped Kristin for the when and were (reason number 133 to have a great agent) and I quickly modified my blue & cream for evening, with a change of jewelry and jacket. Kristin all in a flury to try to get into the Firefly Panel tomorrow. Not normally a fan girl, my agent, so this was rather adorable to see. We’d have to move my lunchtime meeting but I was willing to try. Anything for Firefly!

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It was a wander through the Gaslight District, lines and crowds already gathering. It was rather exciting, particularly when I encountered the Course for the Force barge.

Barge Course Force
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At the party we met all the usual suspects from Random House editors to Mysterious Galaxy minions, as well as a charming couple all the way from Sweden who knew of me and my Swedish publisher Styx. Scott Sigler was there, as was John Picacio, and, rather neatly, my lunch date for the next day, who was happy to move our meeting earlier so Kristin and I could try for the Firefly Panel at noon. A lovely evening indeed.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Shiny

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
John Picacio

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
My agent talks about the promotional value of Comic Con.

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 ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
E7E Spread

Quote of the Day:
In describing the Ambassadress Mrs Fanshawe (inspiration for Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books).
“She had a chest like and opera singer, a single wedge of heavily trussed and boned undergarmentry from which the rest of her body tapered gradually.”
~ From William Boyd’s A Good Man in Africa


Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Weds

Posted by Gail Carriger

 


The start of the crazy.

Entrance

Arriving on Weds was a good idea, as we came in to town before the real madness began. Being a Special Guest was even better. We (the AB and I) were met at the airport by GRT in a purple shirt. Easy to identify. Too easy as it turns out, because we then got followed by paparazzi who thought I was someone actually important.

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Pop: Are you an actress?
Gail: Do I look like a size 2?
Pop: But you’re a guest of the convention, you must be important.
Gail: I’m just a writer. We don’t count.
Pop: I’m supposed to take footage of anyone who gets into a limo.
Gail: I’m getting into a taxi.
Pop: Well, if you’re sure?
Gail: Really. Not famous.
Pop: OK.

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Bags retrieved, paparazzi shaken off, we were taken by taxi to our hotel. We passed the Course for the Force truck, which made me (a bit of a Nerdest podcast fan) overly excited.

Course for the Force

At the hotel we were met by more GRT baring a red tote with badges and other info. I felt totally taken care of. It was lovely.

Gail Badge

We wandered about and visited the batman mobiles. Also in town early.

Batmobile Batmobile

Even the elevators in the hotel were advertisements for Comic Con, just in case you forgot where you were going up of an evening.

Elevator

My agent was in town early as well, so far as I know, she didn’t come by bat mobile. We met up at the Proper Gastropub for nibbles. She showed me the picture she’d taken Preview Night with the Alexia standie!

Kristin & Alexia

And now, how about a little foreshadowing for the upcoming reports?

1. Best swag Evah! E&E ARC give away, 100 book gone in how many hours?
2. Hollywood comes knocking.
3. Firefly!
4. Guess who’s now one degree from Kevin Bacon?
5. Spotlight on me.
6. Lines. Lots of lines.
7. Starburner Awards.
8. Photos, outfits, madness.
9. Eisner Awards are cutest awards ever.
10. Fun parties, drunken games, odd costumes.

Comic Con Trash

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
R2 Cake
Cake!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
In the Beginning: How to Draw in Your Reader

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. OK, it moved a little, right? That’s better than nothing.
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 ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
A sweet report on my recent Sunnyvale Public Library event.

Quote of the Day:
“I like this in the aristocracy . . . I like the complete arrogance and unreality of their minds.”
~ Virginia Woolf


San Diego Comic Con ~ Did Gail Obey Her Own Rules?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 


So, before I start a day-by-day summation, Gentle Readers, I am sure at least a few of you are out there wondering whether I followed my own rules at the Godzilla of Conventions ~ San Diego Comic Con.

Comic Con

Gail’s Favorite 10 Convention Commandments ~ Did She Follow Them?

1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule. At least six hours sleep, two full meals (one of them a big breakfast), and one bath.
Yes. I usually try for 8, 3, 2. I ended up around 7, 2, 1.5 I managed a swim, hot tub mini soak, and shower every morning, and soaked my feet every night (saved my bacon that did). I ate a good big breakfast from the hotel (egg white omelet, lots of veg, a decent espresso) and managed some kind of dinner at some point of an evening, mostly delicious. Lunch rather got lost but I had snacks and tea so I made it fine.

Dinner Thursday

2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
Because of the swim I had to slather on coconut skin cream each day followed by sun screen ~ so I did small a bit like food. I remembered my deodorant every day. Although I did panic on Saturday thinking I had forgotten.

3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
Yes!

4. Thou shalt wear layers.
Didn’t need them. After the first day out and about, I left my wraps behind during the day, only needing them at night. I found my vintage wear plus nylons was perfect for the inside AC and I was only a tad warm Saturday standing out in the hot sun in a corset. The only time I was cold was at the Eisners.

5. Honor thy moderator.
I hope so. You’d have to ask them.

Gail & Moderator Dina

6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, floss individually wrapped toothpicks, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
Sigh, I did loose my badge on Sunday ~ story to come. I had ID and needed it at the bars in the evening, never really needed business cards, always remembered my phone (which is amazing in an of itself, and I used it!), had cash (but never needed it), used the mints and offered them to others, substituted little individually wrapped tooth picks for floss (so useful, new favorite thing), carried handkerchiefs, had and took pain killers, no room for compact (contemplating investing in a baby-sized one), had and ate snacks (very important), ending up buying water inside the convention center more than anything else. I’m a bit of a snob about tap water, yech. The AB was militant on the matter of my staying hydrated.
Could I just say? ALWAYS take a mint if you are being offered one! Always. Sometimes it is a very delicate hint. Take the hint, protect the innocent.

7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
They plopped them in on me at breakfast one morning but I caught it in time. I missed my egg whites with salsa fresca (a favorite start to the day) but it was worth it.

8. Thou shalt follow the protocols of cosplay. (No realistic weapons, no sticky substances AKA the PB & J rule, no view obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed dimensions.)
I had no difficulties personally on this front with others. I accidentally beaned one person with my parasol but both person and parasol emerged unscathed. I apologized profusely. So embarrassing.

Gail & Bruce

9. Thou shalt not put a backpack on a large man. (Nothing worse than being a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding Sasquatch, particularly on planes.)
There were many offenders but I avoided being knocked out myself.

10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.
I hope I avoided this, you will get to judge for your self over on Retro Rack for the next few weeks.

Gail Sunday San Diego Harbor

Gail’s Favorite 10 Comic Con Commandments ~ Did She Follow Them?

1. Thou shalt apply the buddy system and schedule places and times to meet.
Yes, and I learned you have to be very very precise. The deck outside the mezzanine level is a good spot. And if you are staying at the Hilton Bayfront this is also the very best way to get into and out of the convention period. After getting my badge I never once went in via the front of the convention center. Apart from that, texting seemed to work pretty well for organizing meet-ups, nothing else did.

Teh Steampunk Gathering on Saturday

2. Thou shalt make friends in line and speak loudly when leaving the buddy (to save your space) so those around know you will return. (But do not do so with only 15 minutes left.)
Fortunately for me, I never had to wait in line. I also didn’t really got to any panels, I was awful busy with my own stuff. I must have missed some good things though, the lines were insane.

Hall H Line

3. Thou shalt not walk the entire exhibition hall in one day. (For low it is four miles or more to do all the isles, sayith Tom Galloway.)
I really only went in on Thursday (to say hi to my publisher and sign the swag) and a bit on Sunday. It was too crowded for me the rest of the time and I was mainly unimpressed with the wears. The commercial stuff doesn’t interest me and the artisans were the same as turn up at regular SF/F conventions or steampunk gatherings or faire (better buy then when it’s less crazy). The small press and artist sections were fun but by comparison, not really that big.

Exhibit Hall

4. Remember the bathroom locations, keep them holy.
Absolutely. Again I found he ones on the upper two levels were best, I still stood in line, but never that long.

5. Honor thy fellow author’s survival tips.
I tried very hard. The biggest tip I didn’t blog about was the back Mezzanine entrance (see above). Invaluable.

6. Thou shalt wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
Yes! I wore wingtip derby flats the whole time, and thank goodness I did. I would have liked heels for the evening events within the hotel, but I’m glad I wore flats  because even when we took a taxi we often ended up walking the last six blocks back to the hotel. It was faster in the gaslight district.

Note the flats?

7. Thou shalt not commit to cab or pedi-cab without address. (And in the case of a pedi-cab, price up front.)
I should amend this by adding it’s a good idea to follow the cab’s doings on your phone GPS if you have it as well. And correct the driver when he goes astray. With one exception, every taxi I took was utterly inexcusably incompetent. I have had this experience in San Diego before. I should add that in the future, if I go again, I’m scheduling all dinners and other meetings within the vicinity of my hotel. No taxis!

8. Thou shalt leave thirty minutes to an hour to get anywhere.
Once I found the flow and knew where I was going and used the back entrance to the convention, I only needed 15 minutes from my hotel.

9. Thou shalt not ask unto thee inane questions of security guards (stormtroopers are more helpful).
I almost never spotted a storm trooper and the one time I asked a security guard he was very helpful indeed, but then I only wanted to know the nearest exit.

Spotted Storm Trooper!

10. Thou shalt not covet an over-abundance of swag. (Or, thou shalt plan ahead with a prepaid shipping boxes.)
I had a prepaid USPS flat rate box, the concierge promised to ship it to us. We shall see when we get it. The hotel also had UPS so we could have done that on Monday instead. The AB only collected enough swag to fill the one small box, after all it wasn’t really the reason we were there. We probubly could have fit it into our suitcases.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Spotted in the wilds of SDCC 2012

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Dog on a Motorcycle!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Kids With Signs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Your Kids On Books

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. I know, still stalled, I’m back to writing today.
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 ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
Carina Erk
 I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and for all!
The Parasol Protectorate gets a new member.

Quotes of the Day:
Favorites from the convention:

“Gail, I must say your fans are the best dressed.”
~ Derek the Darling 5AB Room King (all my panels were in 5AB)

“Gail, I must say you have the politest fans.”
~ One of the Mysterious Galaxy Minions (who handled both my signings)

Politest and best dressed? Yes!!!!


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