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7 Questions For Gail’s Inner Writer (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle reader, today’s post is adapted from this one by Cathy Yardley.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve written my whole life. My first book was traditionally published in 2009 and I’ve been a full time author with the written word as my only income since late 2011.

What genre would you say you write?

Commercial genre fiction is what I say at cocktail parties. If someone looks interested and presses further I say SF/F for adults and young adults and historical romance. If they press further I say steampunk, but then I usually have to explain what steampunk is.

Have you taken classes or received instruction for creative writing?

No. I hated them in grade school, although I was always a good student and prolific writer, but they wanted me to be too literary. Thus I never took creative writing past high school. I went to panels and lectures on the business side of writing at conventions, but only work-shopped my stuff with a core critique group of close friends.

I try to give back to the writing community as much as I can, but you’ll notice I never teach workshops, offer to critique new writers, or participate in contests as a judge. I’m really not good at it.

What are some of your favorite writing reference books?

Does Strunk & White count? But these days I tend to just poke about online. Grammar Girl is awesome.

What do you think is the biggest problem you need help with in your writing?

I always worry about pace. My spelling is bonkers. I scatter commas like I’m a Roman covering Carthage with salt. Generally, my editors have to tell me what to add in rather than what to take out, so I guess, description?

What are your writing goals for the next 12 months?

These days I am shooting to write one novel and two-three novellas/short stories every year.

What are your ultimate goals for your writing career?

This is a great question that I’ve been asking myself a lot recently. I don’t quite know what the answer is right now, but I’m pretty happy with where I am, and where I’m going.

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Magasin des Demoiselles Monday, September 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 120

1862 Magasin des Demoiselles Monday, September 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 120

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1 Squid Swag copy

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Rights Reversions (Contracts/Dealbreakers)

Book News:

80sidol-tumblr talk to me about my love for ormond tunstell and ivy hisslepenny

80sidol-tumblr talk to me about my love for ormond tunstell and ivy hisslepenny

Quote of the Day:

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. I can resist everything but temptation.”

~Oscar Wilde

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


13 Top Tips for The Traveling Writer

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This post, Gentle Reader, was originally written as a guest blog for the estimable Pornokitsch.

I started attending conventions as a fangirl long before I was a professional writer. I knew what to expect and when I got my first Guest of Honor invitation I was over the moon. I still get a little thrill at the very idea that someone wants me to attend a convention… as a guest!

Maid Travel

 

But it’s not the same thing. Whether heading out on a book tour or invited as a guest to a small local sci-fi convention, attending programming at a larger conference, or visiting one of those monster book festivals or comicons, there are some things I think a professional writer should always keep in mind.

So here, for your amusement (and perhaps education) are my highly subjective…

 

Tips for the Traveling Writer

1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule
What’s that? At least six hours sleep, two full meals, and one bath.
Actually, I usually try for 8, 3, 2. I recommend a morning swim (at most cons I get an AM pool to myself) plus a hot tub mini soak and shower. People often forget about the hotel pool when there is a major event, so if you like to swim don’t forget the bathing suit and goggles.

2. Sleep well
I highly recommend investing in ear plugs and an eye mask. That way odd noises and insufficient curtain coverage in strange hotels won’t be a bother. I carry a decongestant as well, in case I’m stuffed up from flying or allergies or temperature shifts.

2. Start as you mean to go on (but probably can’t)
My start? Egg white omelet, vegetarian, no-cheese. As an avowed not-really-breakfast person I force myself to eat this omelet every morning. Most hotels have something like it on the menu. Why? Because it’s the only meal I know I can guarantee I will have time to eat; egg whites are a good solid protein that sticks without weighing me down, and it is always hard to get veg on the go. Convention green rooms and cafes are available for snacks, but those snacks are usually carb heavy and if you get protein, it’s meat or cheese. I find if I start right I don’t worry as much about the rest of the day.

3. Soak thy feet, every night
Keeping in mind that I wear stilettos, I still feel that this applies to everyone – especially at those bigger conventions where you’re walking for miles. I soak my feet and rub lotion into them every night (no matter how tired or how drunk) and this is one of my biggest tips. Nothing is worse than sore feet, treat yours with love.

4. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume or cologne
I know, you love that scent, but no one else does (no matter what they say) and you’re likely putting on too much. Yeah, you really are. This rule holds doubly true if you are flying.

5. Thou shalt tip thy maids
Look, working as a maid in a big hotel really sucks. Leave a tip each day in a prominent place (I usually go for the zone of little bottles in the bathroom) and I add a note with a heart that says “Thank You”. Be a decent human.

 6. Thou shalt wear layers
You could be going to the hottest place on earth, or the coldest, but you’re in a convention center or a hotel or a bookstore, and the AC/heating is notoriously tricky. I carry a scarf and a light cardigan at all times.

7. If offered a mint, take it
It’s usually a subtle hint. Take the hint, take the mint. Carry mints yourself, share the love.

8. Honor thy moderator
Moderating a panel is a rough job, but someone has to do it. Be nice. Be polite.

9. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, individually wrapped toothpicks, tissues, pain killers & other meds, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
Some conventions are great about supplying these kinds of things, some aren’t. Be your own savior, be someone else’s, hack the planet.

10.  Thou shalt not eat raw onions
Well I mean you CAN eat them, just not when on the road and at events. Your favorite food? Practice a little willpower, for everyone’s sake. Eat as many as you want when you get home.

11. Thou shalt follow the protocols of cosplay
No realistic weapons, no sticky substances (AKA the PB and J rule), no view-obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed dimensions. I am well known for my abhorrence of the backpack, but if you insist on one, please be aware of it sticking out behind you. Nothing is worse than being a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding Sasquatch, particularly on planes.

12. Thou shalt not dress like a slob
Look, if you are traveling for work, you’re traveling for WORK. Whether that is as a professional writer or appliance servicing technician. Represent.

13. Say thank you
Someone invited you, someone brought you in, someone argued to make you a guest. Try to find that person and thank them. Thank the people running registration, and the green room, and programming, and the dealer room, and the bookstore. Mostly these are fans and volunteers. They make the event happen and they do it because they want to meet you, they want to meet writers. All they get are complaints, and issues, and fires to put out every day. Don’t add to their stress. And if there is a Dead Dog Party and you happen to be invited, do go. They are often the most fun and you get to meet all the people behind the scenes.

 

View Alone

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

2Imprudence

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick via antique-royals tumblr

Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Victorian Baby: 19th Century Advice on Motherhood and Maternity

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why Aren’t More Books Factchecked?

Book News:

Vampire Book Club lists Imprudence as one of the new releases for July

July 2016 New Releases: Rachel Caine, Victoria Schwab, Christina Henry, Jennifer Estep, Gail Carriger and more

Quote of the Day:

“Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.”

~ Henry Fielding

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? 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

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
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 Carriger’s Master List of Convention Packing & Attending Tips (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I have a number of posts on attending conventions, Gentle Reader. I thought I would pull them together for easy reference.

I average about 12 events a year divided between: comicons, small or large SF/F conventions, trade shows, book fairs, writing retreats, writers conferences, book tours, and their various international equivalents.

Gail’s Favorite 10 Convention Commandments

I believe that these apply across the board, regardless of convention size, and pretty much whenever traveling anywhere.

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.*
2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
4. Thou shalt wear layers.
5. Honor thy moderator.
6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, floss, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
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.)
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.)
10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.

* In my case this is the 8, 3, 2 rule. I try to get at least 8 hours sleep, hence you see me heading to bed at midnight. I eat 3 full meals (you knew Alexia’s obsession with food came from me, right?). And I take a shower in the morning and a bath, or at least a soak for my poor feet, in the evening.

Ply me with a drink sometime and I will tell you about the Secret of the Baby Brick and how to get the right hotel… Meanwhile, let’s talk packing.

1882 Traveling Bag

How to Master Modular Packing

In addition to pockets in various suitcases, I’m a believer in keeping everything as modular as possible. I’ve two sets of Travelon bags, clear with colored zipper tops, 7 different sizes. (Plastic baggies work well enough in a pinch.) I travel enough to find something more durable worth the $14.

Baggies
Travelon Set of 7 Packing Envelopes, Assorted Sizes $14

I like to use the largest baggie for my itinerary, magazines, and lecture notes to review on the plane. I find it works better than a folder, nothing falls out. Also it accommodates both paper sizes for international trips. In a pinch it can be used to transport parts of manuscripts, during proofs, for example.

Author Convention Attending Kit

 

L-R, T-B = promo postcards, pens for signing all types of books, special cards to give away to kaffeeklatch, small notebook, name tents, newsletter sign up sheet, business cards, book covers (first in each series).

 

Food Kit

 

At conventions my schedule is often so busy I resort to eating snacks and leftovers out of my room fridge (if lucky enough to have one). My food kit includes extra mints, condiments, mini marmites (legitimately stolen when in the UK), G2 for dehydration headaches, vitamins & pills, and proper tea utensils. I’ve recently added a pocket knife to the mix, although only for checked luggage. Not pictured: protein bars (I’ve recently become enamored of Coconut Macadamia Bounce Energy Balls mostly because they are higher on the protein lower on the sugar and smaller than bars like Luna) or some other healthy snack (I make myself dried fruit-and-nut mixes). Also a Clear2Go water filtration bottle for plane travel and tea making once I land. Speaking of tea…

Tea Kit

 

There is the customary tea supply (14 bags, two for each day) plus about 5 raspberry leaf, creamer (I need to steal more) for emergency use only, and the water boil coil with European adapter.

Makeup

I have a hanging roll. I got it free with a magazine in England some 15 years ago and I will be CRUSHED when it finally dies since there doesn’t seem to be anything else like it out there. I’ve arranged it so there are no liquids, thus I never have to worry about TSA. So far, airport security has never asked me to unroll it.

I use a jewelry roll for my jewelry, no picture, it’s just a cheepie from Marshalls.

Toiletries

I have three kits: long haul, on-plane, and short haul.

Baggies
  •  The black long haul stands up on its own, great for hotels, and gets wrapped in a plastic bag inside my checked luggage, so it doesn’t have to be clear.
  • The littlest one is for on-plane long flights when the long haul toiletry is checked. It is comprised mainly of solid state products and sample products in tiny packages so it gets through security without having to be removed. But it’s clear just in case. Eye drops and lip balm are a must. Also this kit should work for at least one overnight in case of getting stranded. (Always have at least a change of underthings with you at all times when traveling.)
  • The larger clear bag, for weekend short haul trips, does have to be taken out at security, so it’s packed in the outside pocket of my carry-on for ease of access.

 

Emergency Kit

Here’s a blog I did on Retro Rack featuring the contents of my fashion emergency kit.

Want a more detailed break down of the contents of these kits?  Find it in this older blog post.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Journal des Dames Date-  Wednesday, September 1, 1847 Item ID-  v. 32, plate 59

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Watch This Octopus Attack on Snorkeler Kill with Cuteness

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Recipe: Artichoke Barigoule (1879)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Women Who Changed Sci Fi

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit 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:
Feral Wordmonger says of jumping into the middle (!) of the Finishing School series:
“I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how exactly I was able to move so smoothly into the dead center of a book series like that. And all I can reckon is that I was able to follow along because the narrative moved forward just as confidently as the heroine herself.”

Quote of the Day:
“They assault and batter nothing but pianos; they steal nothing but ideas; they murder nobody except Chopin and Beethoven.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
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’s 10 Travel Commandments & Staying Healthy on the Road

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Although my travel season has ended, I realize that it is likely you, Gentle Reader, are getting ready to head off various places for the holidays. In consequence, I felt it might be time to fix and reboot this blog post. Also I was recently asked on Goodreads about how I stay healthy when traveling, so I thought I would add a bit on that at the end.

Gail’s 10 Travel Commandments

  1. Thou shalt not eat ice cream, fish, beans, or onion-based foods directly before a flight.
  2. Thou shalt wear socks, deodorant, and a wide warm scarf for air travel.
  3. Thou shalt not wear perfume, after-shave, or difficult shoes.
  4. It is better to buy a sandwich and not eat it than to go hungry.
  5. Thou shalt pack extra necessities and underthings in the carry on, in case of stranding.
  6. Remember the seat-back in front of you. (Make yourself a seat pocket kit to quickly stash after boarding: reading material, pen, phone, itinerary, passport/ID, chapstick, breath mints/gum, tea bags, tissues, ear buds.)
  7. Thou shalt not over indulge in sugar or alcohol, your immune system has enough to deal with.
  8. Thou shalt not eat sushi in a land-locked state.
  9. Thou shalt not dangle: fit it in your bag or wear it, never strap it on.
  10. No backpacks. Really, you, tall dude, no backpack – stop beaning me in the head.

 

teens traveler

Don Toth asked Gail Carriger on Goodreads:

How do you stay well and fit when on the road?

  • Gloves. I have perennially cold hands and a vintage look. Gloves go with both, but they also keep me from getting sick from constantly shaking hands.
  • On planes I work extra hard never to touch my face and I wash my hands regularly at airports. I also carry individually wrapped anti-bacterial Wet Ones, I find them more useful than hand sanitizer.
  • I drink alcohol only once or twice at a convention, and only if I know I can sleep in the next morning.
  • I try to always get 8 hours sleep.
  • I don’t eat fried food or sugar on the road, and I gravitate towards lean protein and leafy green vegetables if at all possible.
  • I have Yoga Paws and I try to stretch in my hotel room.
  • I take the stairs at conventions and in hotels if at all possible. Actually… I pretty much always take stairs.
  • I soak my feet in hot hot water and baking soda every night, no matter how drunk or how tired. The world is always worse if my feet hurt. (I ADORED these Fiji Pedicure sets, but they are spendy)
  • But… I still do get sick. It’s hard, particularly on a major book tour.

Fun Extras

Epoch Time: A Sense of Place
A Walk in London 1807

“In travelling it is as well to take with one one’s own tea. You will by this means ensure a better article in all probability, and one often gets accustomed to a special flavour, and prefers it to any other. With a home-comfort, or an etna, one can be perfectly independent, and provide tea for oneself at any hour of the day or night. A capital little arrangement is a perforated cup of bright metal, with a cover, which fits upon an ordinary teacup. The tea is placed in this receptacle, and the water poured upon it. A few minutes suffice for the drawing, and then the tea-maker, with the used leaves, is bodily lifted out, and a capital cup of tea remains.”
~ Hints to Lady Travellers: At Home and Abroad (Royal Geographic Society) by Lillias Campbell Davidson (1889) N

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 Journal des Demoiselles Date-  Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 128

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“The Dirigible” via OMG that Dress Tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses are “Scary Smart”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“In the mainstream press, romance novels are a joke. Despite raking in $1.08 billion in 2013, the industry is still derided as worthless. Maybe it’s because 84% of all romance readers are women, and romance writers are mostly women, as well.” ~ Jenny Trout

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
SF Signal MIND MELD: The Books That Made Us Love Science Fiction and Fantasy

Quote of the Day:
“Don’t be an ass. I’m engaged to Miss Bassett.”
“Indeed, sir? I was not aware——”
“Nor was I. It came as a complete surprise.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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

Gifts for Frequent Travelers (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This is the last entry in my Tis The Consumerist Season series…

Some fun gift ideas for the frequent traveler in your life whether they be a touring author, like yours truly, a business woman, or beyond. As you all know I’m obsessed with packing and I travel all the time, these are a few of my favorite things, Gentle Reader.

Gifts for Frequent Flyers

Lewis N. Clark Travel Laundry Soap 10 pack ($7).

Woman With A Parasol – Retractable Badge Reel ($10).

Aluminum business card holder that looks like a tin suitcase ($10) comes in black and silver.

Runsible Spoon ($7) BPA-Free Tritan Spork with Full-Sized Spoon, Fork and Serrated Knife Edge. Multiple colors, passes TSA (or at least is has for me the last 20 times I traveled).

Clear2GO Water Bottle with Filter ($8) multiple colors.

2 straps pure silk black sleep mask, ($9) this is my favorite best-fitting soft sleep mask and I FAR prefer two smaller straps, I think it fits better.

Super Soft Footsie Socks ($10), multiple colors.

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Liquid 10ml 3 Count ($11).

My favorite silk sleep mask and the only one I can wear comfortably ($10) because it has multiple thin adjustable straps and is nicely wide but not too wide.

Travelon Set of 7 Packing Envelopes, Assorted Sizes ($15).

Travel PU Leather Waterproof Passport Cover Holder ($16).

Macks Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 10 Count Pack of 6 ($20). These are by far the most comfortable earplugs I have ever found. This is a lot in bulk, but if you’re lucky you might find them at your local drugstore.

Memory Foam Evolution Neck Pillow ($40). Comes in multiple colors.

Super spendy option that I covet: 100% Cashmere Cozy Travel Set with Blanket, Eye Mask, and Bag ($240).

I tend to wear T-shirtsto fly, they just work out to be the best base for layering. Here are a few that have caught my eye. I tend to like men’s shirts because the neckline is higher and the sleeves longer (better for flying).

Lastly, the obligatory scarf. I know I’m not alone in that I constantly get cold, and then hot, and then cold again. Scarves are the best solution.

 

Pride and Prejudice Darcy Scarf ($27). There are tons of Dracula and Poe infinity scarves as well, but I’m not a fan of the infinity scarf, not as versatile.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1806 via Ashmolean Museum @AshmoleanMuseum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lord Maccon Character Cookie

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Early Trains Were Thought to Make Women’s Uteruses Fly Out

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Best-Selling Female Writers You May Not Have Heard Of

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 in the US.
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Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
ayvalentine of Reads 4 Tweens says of Manners & Mutiny:
“There’s more on the line as the series draws to a close, and the prices paid are higher, so it’s a tad darker than the other books. It brings Sophronia’s school career to a logical if explosive close, and makes me hope for the further adventures of Sophronia and Soap. It also makes me want to reread The Parasol Protectorate series to see where exactly the Finishing School series fits in and where it overlaps!”

Quote of the Day:
“I suppose he used to tell himself that he could take them or leave them alone, and then found—too late—that he couldn’t.”
“It is often the way, sir.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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

Manners & Mutiny Book Tour, YallFest, & New York Times

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

It’s strange how long it take me to really be back from a book tour, Gentle Reader. I mean back back, mentally as well as physically. Anyway I am, and I had a lovely time. Paced myself a bit with fewer events than usual, not sure it quite worked because in the end, as Mum put it, travel is travel and that’s exhausting.

I chose red and black outfits for this tour, since I don’t wear yellow. But I think it complemented the book cover pretty well. I’ll be blogging over on Retro Rack about all the outfits if you want to know more.

There she is, Manners & Mutiny, on the Children’s Series Best Seller list at #9. The series list is a notoriously difficult nut to crack so I am eternally grateful to everyone who ordered for their school or library, pre-ordered online or at their local brick & mortar, and took the time to buy during the first week on sale. It really does mean a lot to me, and better, it means the publishing house looks on me with favor which means… for you… MORE BOOKS.

Some Quick Tour Highlights for You

Books Inc, Opera Plaza in San Francisco is always a fun time. Lovely turn out from my local crowd on a cold Tuesday night.

I wore my favorite black coat dress with red piping and multiple petticoats, none of these pack well so I rarely bring them on tour. Thus, this was the perfect outing. That’s the NYCC banner from Little Brown’s booth behind our heads. They sent it to me! Isn’t that cool?

After Books Inc I hit the road, or the airways, as it were. I ghosted into World Fantasy, wasn’t officially attending as I was mostly in town for my signing and to see friends and colleagues.

Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs is the kind of bookstore that feels like it’s been there forever, when in fact it’s only a few years old. They were very welcoming and we filled the cafe. Even a few of my fellow authors showed up (frankly, we rarely attend to each others events) which I found charming.

Peter V. Brett took this picture of me. How many of us get to claim that kind of accolade? In other news, one lovely young lady, Eva, asked that her birthday present be to visit me. So she and her dad flew all the way from Wisconsin to Saratoga Springs for my signing. Isn’t that amazing? I’m her favorite author! It’s basically a dream come true for me.

She drew this fan art for me as well. I always say that I write to be someone’s favorite author because I know what it’s like to have them. So that’s it, I’ve done it. I got to meet myself, in a strange way. I’m so honored. Thank you, Eva.

Porter Square Books in Cambridge is a new bookstore for me. Last time I was in town I was at Pandemonium. Turns out my dear friend Adam Christopher was at Pandemonium at the SAME TIME I was at Porter. Battle of the authors! If you’re inclined toward robot noir you should check out his book, Made to Kill. He had Max Gladstone at his event, though, so… jealous. We all went out for drinks after, because, why not? All good author battles end with alcohol.

At this event I was presented with the most amazing character cookies made by a fan. So stunning. And, as I found out later, delicious. I have the most talented and amazing readers in the whole world. The cookies (well, the ones I didn’t eat) came with me to YallFest and were presented unto the first fans in my signing line on Friday. The Loontwill Sisters were picked first. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

I spent a little time in Boston after tha., I have a number of college friends around the area and it was a chance to get caught up, gossip, go vintage shopping, plan future shenanigans. You know.

Then it was off to YallFest in Charleston, which is crazy, intense, glorious, and utterly exhausting.

Friday I participated in Yall Crawl, a kind of mass signing that takes place all over the city. I wasn’t expecting many but I had a whole line of people waiting. Amazing!

That night I found a shepherdess tapestry in the hotel that Lord Akeldama would approve of, scooped up my dear friend Lauren Harris, and went off to the author mingle where there were AH-MAZ-ING collard greens (I love them so) and lots of fantastic authors including one of the greatest of us all, Mercedes Lackey. Here’s the kicker, she spotted me… and knew who I was… and likes my books… it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER! Her books still take up the most shelf space on my bookshelves. Could we just pause and talk about the vital ground breaking importance of The Last Herald Mage series? So so many of us had no idea you could write a LBGT character until we read that series. Not that we didn’t want to or it wasn’t allowed, just that we didn’t even register that it was possible in fantasy. Yes, there were others before her, but she was the one we all read. Us, the girls who loved horses and fantasy and magic. We owe her a lot. And in person, she’s totally cool, and charming, and fabulous. How marvelous is that?

Ah-hem, just a minor fan girl moment there. Now where was I? Oh yeah, no evidence exists of this meeting because I was too busy being delighted. Lauren witnessed it though, so it wasn’t a dream.

 By request, me with the Splendifereuous Courtney.

Next day I had a two panels, a signing at a train museum, met more famous authors than one can count on two hands, and played Vanna White in a game of YA Hollywood Squares. Which pretty much sums up the oddness that is the YallFest experience.

Yes, I wore my red opera gloves. Whatcha take me for, an amateur?

 The rhubarb strawberry was much less impressive than the buttermilk and the tea.

Charleston was charming. I discovered the joy of buttermilk pie, local tea, and the open air market. To my ever increasing joy kale salad was everywhere. I love kale salad. I know, but I do.

 Fans & octopodes at the market

Then it was home to a flurry of lapsed emails, appointments, and next year’s travel decisions. Also a very happy cat and AB, both of whom were delightfully affectionate.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1700s via @AshmoleanMuseum A View of Dolo on the Brenta Canal

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea cozy looks like Lilliput!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
As American as Iced Tea: A Brief, and Sometimes Boozy History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Hallo, Bertie, you old ass,” was her very matey greeting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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

Manners & Mutiny Book Tour Events

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I am off on tour, Gentle Reader, for Manners & Mutiny. Normal blogging resumes when I return. You can follow my exploits on Twitter & Instagram.

(A quick note the book should be available in most larger US bookstores. If it’s not shelved, do ask them to please go in the back and open the box. It’s there, they just haven’t unpacked it.)

For those of you who know me well and read Retro Rack, I won’t be dressing to match this cover. I have yellowish skin; frankly darling, yellow is NOT a good color for me. I’m pulling out the red accessories, so expect to see a lot of red and black. What can I say? It’s my happy place.

Now, where can you see me live in said red and black? San Francisco, Saratoga Springs, Boston, and Charleston…

San Francisco, CA ~ Bookstore Appearance


Nov. 3, 7pm Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 415-776-1111) Manners & Mutiny launch event.

 

Saratoga Springs, NY ~ Bookstore Appearance & World Fantasy

Nov. 7, 3pm Northshire Books (424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-682-4200) Manners & Mutiny Tea Party! Limited seating.

Nov. 5-8, World Fantasy. (The Saratoga Hilton 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-584-4000) Not on programming but planning to lurk at the bar.

Boston, MA ~ Bookstore Appearance

Nov. 10, 7pm Porter Square Books (Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA 617-491-2220) Manners & Mutiny launch event.

Via Old Photos & Bacon☣ @photosandbacon  Boston in 1877

“We like the men and women of Boston. They have opinions about everything – some of them adverse to your own, but even in that case so well expressed that, in admiration for the rhetoric, you excuse the divergence of sentiment. We never found a half-and-half character in Boston.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

Charleston, SC ~ YALLFest

Nov. 13-14 YALLFest (downtown area)
I will be participating in many of the group author events except the school visits. These include autographing sessions, parties, mixers, and on stage games.

Fri. Nov. 13 Signing

  • 3 ~ 5pm Please Come visit me, I’m horribly afraid I’ll be all alone! (Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer 4 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, SC 29403 843-853-7186)

 Sat. Nov. 14 Two FREE Panels & Signing

“But why, Jeeves? Dash it all, she’s just had nearly two months of me.”
“Yes, sir.”
“And many people consider the medium dose for an adult two days.”
~  P. G. Wodehouse (Right Ho, Jeeves)

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Woman with Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
British Museum Teapot Collection

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses Seen Throwing Things May Be Using Shells as Weapons

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“I can’t help but to write, I have an inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.”
~ Kaari Utrio

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US!



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Kelly of Reading the Paranormal says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “Another fun installment as Sophronia puts her finishing school training to good use.”

Quote of the Day:
“Patrick licked into his mouth like an old acquaintance, catching all their noises in the space between their tongues.”
~ Lia Cooper, The Duality Paradigm
(I cannot get over how good that line is! So good, you guys. So good.)

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

Gail is At WorldCon in Spokane

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader, I am off to tip the light bubbly at WorldCon in Spokane. Want to catch me? I’ll be hanging out at The Bar, I suspect, wherever that bar ends up being. (For we are authors and there is always a Chosen Bar at one of the hotels or another.) Otherwise, I am doing programming all day on Saturday.

The convention kit. L-R, T-B = promo postcards, pens for signing all books, special cards
to give away to kaffeeklatch, small notebook, name tents, newsletter sign up sheet,
business cards, book covers (first in each series), kit bag.

Here is where you can find me:

SATURDAY ~ August 22

11:00 AM ~ 11:45 AM Humor in Teen and Middle Grade Fiction
Convention Center – 401C
with Frog Jones, Kaja Foglio, Nichole Giles
Humor within young adult and middle grade fiction is abundant. What is it about the bending of these genres with humor that works so well? Why are we drawn to tales that make us laugh? Our panelists take a walk on the lighter side of speculative fiction for children and teens as they dish about their favorite authors, books, and stories. (I’m already planning on mentioning Howl’s Moving Castle.)

12:00 PM ~ 12:45 PM Kaffeeklatsch
Convention Center – 202A-KK1

2:00 PM ~ 2:45 PM Finance for Writers
Convention Center – 303A
with Doug Farren, Madeleine Robins, Kevin Wiley
What are the implications for writers under contract to a publisher vs. self-published writers? Tax issues.

3:00 PM ~ 3:45 PM Autographing
Convention Center – Exhabit Hall B
with Brenda Cooper, Daniel Kimmel, Fonda Lee, Kristine Rusch, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis

4:00 PM ~ 4:45 PM Characters with “Character” in YA Fiction
Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
with William Campbell Powell, Paolo Bacigalupi, Deby Fredericks, Rebecca Moesta
Not all characters are created equally. Some are made for moving the plot along, some are created for comedy relief, and some crafted to inspire. A book is created around characters readers can get behind, love, hate or empathize with, laugh at. From heroes to villains and more, authors share some of their favorite YA fiction characters and what makes these characters so interesting. Find out what characters work and what characters don’t for young adult readers.

I do hope to see you there! If you catch me on Friday or Sunday lurking about the halls, bar, or parties I will be happy to stop and sign. However, Saturday please come to my signing because I’ll be running between panels all that day.

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French painter, 1841-1919)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Octopus Chandeliers

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Stay Healthy Before, During, and After a Convention

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
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:
Lili and the World of Books on Etiquette & Espionage: “J’ai été très surprise par cette histoire, j’ai adoré l’idée du mélange époque et espionnage. Je ne vous cache pas que c’est mon premier steampunk et j’ai adoré. Ce que j’ai encore le plus aimé, c’est le pensionnat pour jeunes filles, mais qui au final se cache une école d’espionnage. J’ai trouvé cela très intéressant. “

Quote of the Day:
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Steampunk World’s Fair & Southwest Airlines Kobo

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Before we get on to the doings at the fair, Gentle Reader, here’s some fun news…

Kobo is offering Southwest Airlines customers complimentary access of eBooks while in flight. It’s a pretty fun pilot program (pun intended) and I’m delighted to tell you that my YA publisher, Little Brown, has put forth Etiquette & Espionage. It will be available on board participating Southwest flights during the months of June and July.

For once, I’m not taking any Southwest flights during this time. But if any of you are, please let me know if you see it?

Now for a brief recap of the Steampunk World’s Fair!

Some Random Travel Thoughts

 

  • Flying is becoming more and more of problem, airlines seem to be getting worse, not better. I’m a frequent flyer and I fly on most major airlines. I will state, for the record, that they all pretty much suck, and they seem to be getting suckier. United held us over 2 hours on the runway at SFO because there was something wrong with the toilets. I’ll just leave you to contemplate that statement and why it makes sense to board us and then hold us on the tarmac without loos…
  • I did observe a class act, though. There was a French couple with the baby in the row opposite me. They managed their infant with remarkable aplomb for 8 confined hours. At one point, the child shook a in corked sport’s bottle and sprayed all the surrounding seats with water, particularly deluging the guy directly in front of her. Later I noticed that the Dad purchased the guy’s snack for him. Classy.
  • I may have decided on this trip that eggs are my favorite food.
  • Never trust a man in pleated pants.

The fair itself was lots of fun. A 5000 person event full of musicians and performers so that us author types were rather overwhelmed. The costumes were amazing, the weather unspeakable, and the people incredibly friendly.

I ran in to an extraordinary number of my characters around and about.

Self bracketed by Ivy and Alexia.

 

Lovely lady in a knitted dress with a knitted Spotted Custard

 

Bumbersnoot

 

Bumbersnoot in reticule disguise

 

Countess Nadasdy

 

Self and another Alexia

It is pretty awesome to see so much cosplay of my characters! It is one of my favorite things. There were also amazing tea parties, lovely end of run dinners with new friends, good conversation, and great music. All in all, I recommend this event, I wish I lived closer for then I would go every year.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

More of Alexia and Ivy

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tentacle in the hallway

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Nibbles at tea: creackers with goat cheese, pear and blackberry

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Books of Art: 20 Medieval and Renaissance Women Reading

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
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Listen to our latest episode where I talk with the first lady of steampunk Gail Carriger about steampunk (duh!), steampunk in New Zealand, CHEESE, Douglas Adams, our strikingly similar approaches to writing, archeology, chaos theory…oh, and her amazing books!

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