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Steampunk Worlds Fair

Posted by Gail Carriger


I branched out from my normal color profiles at Steampunk World’s Fair this year. (As ever you can find out more about my outfits over on Retro Rack.)

For now, Gentle Reader, sufficient to say I dressed for heat, or tried to with corsets involved, and it ended up being cold. Then I added layers. So the outfits were odd meldings of attire I normally wouldn’t put together. Also I went for lighter colors, because, why not?

The Embassy Suites hotel has the most amazing atrium, a perfect setting for steampunk. Most of the time I hung out there or walked between the two hotels just watching the remarkable costumes go by and saying hello to familiar faces.

Also, one of my book covers turned up… in the flesh!


Pretty flipping amazing, no?

Had a truly remarkable panel on women in steampunk and the arts with Leanna Renee Hieber, Ashley Rodgers, and Nikki Woolfolk. One of the highlights of the convention for me.

But my favorite thing? Ashley’s AMAZING one woman show, Pass Fail. It was so so good. I belly laughed and then sobbed in equal measure. It’s kind of stand up, meets spoken word, meets heart-wrenching confessional. If you have the opportunity, you owe it to yourself to experience this phenomenal piece.

All in all a great convention and a joy to return. I do hope I get to go back again in a few years. Such a great con.

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{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}


  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: Formatting
    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.


Poison or Protect audiobook coming soon! Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Twelve Victorian Era Tips on the Etiquette of Ladylike Letter Writing

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Writers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions

Book News:

A reminder Imprudence Goodreads giveaway is still going on.

Quote of the Day:

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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The Carriger-verse Parasol Protectorate Wiki

Posted by Gail Carriger


My dear Gentle Reader, I have a wiki!

For the last few months my team and I (yes, I have a team, doesn’t that sound posh?) have been working hard to bring the Gail Carriger Wikia up to date with all my books, characters, gadgets, locations, and much much more.

The bulk of what used to be on my website has been moved there. It’s now a warren of tidbits, cookies, and delightful nuggets of information. If you are writing fanfic, this is a good place to start (pretend I’m humming quietly to myself and looking the other way). Why is Gail humming?

Have you done a cosplay, entered one of my dress up contests, or undertaken a fan photo shoot, or built your own Bumbersnoot? There is a COSPLAY GALLERY!

Alexia Frini Georgakopoulos FB Cosplay Alexia

Are you artistic, have you done a painting of one of my characters, a movie poster, some other fabulous rendition? There is a FAN ART GALLERY!

You will find the following kinds of things…

You will see favorite quotes from the books, manga art sketches, trivia about characters, and if you are really crafty even some of my notes about things to do with characters and their connections that haven’t been revealed yet.

Warning! Wikis contain spoilers, don’t read about books you’ve not read yet. OK?

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Journal des Dames Tuesday, August 1, 1848 v. 33, plate 49

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Queen Victoria Escapes Murderous Poet, 1882

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
A Simple Plan to Start Reading More


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. 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:
EA Hennessy’s Steampunk Hands Around the World 2016: My Favorite Things: Gail Carriger’s Novels

Quote of the Day:
“If he had a mind, there was something on it.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

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Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
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Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Gail’s Graph of Authorial Procrastination

Posted by Gail Carriger


Since the moment I learned of NaNoWriMo, I have been unable to participate. I’ve always had deadlines for other writing that had to take priority, and for years I wrote fiction while working on my PhD and working weekend jobs. I know there are no excuses in the NaNoWri world but there’s mine. Nevertheless, I am one of those authors who rather enjoys the furor and excitement of the Great NaNo. I think anything that causes anyone anywhere to be excited about writing is No Bad Thing.

Therefore, I thought those of you who are up against the November deadline might enjoy a reboot of this old post I did on my personal cycle of procrastination, emotional resilience, and production as a writer. It hasn’t changed much over the years. Becoming a full timer who writes to eat only seems to cause this Authorbeast to sink further into the pattern.

AKA The histogram of coffee shop visits vs. writing competency

Bellow is a simple graph charting the average author’s progress through a book. This, of course, is based on an entirely representative sample of one.

On the Y axis we have: Number of Visits to the Local Coffee Shop
On the X axis we have: Progress of Book Toward Completion described as follows
  • 0-20% complete ~ Thrill of a New Adventure, during which phase your hardy author stays home and is Very Diligent
  • 20-40% complete ~ Nose to the Grindstone, during which phase your terrified author is driven to productivity by the sheer weight of deadline
  • 40-60% complete ~ Struggle With Progress, your long-suffering author has achieve the half way point, only to realize she must write the same amount again
  • 60-80% complete ~ I Suck, Why Bother?, during this phase your depressive author is convinced everything she writes is rubbish, no one will buy the book, the editor will want a massive rewrite, and she should take up manufacturing shoes for earthworms or something equally useful
  • 80-100% complete ~ Victory is Mine, during this phase the light appears at the end of the tunnel, the betas are clamoring for the next book, and your triumphant author has decided once more she is brilliant.
This final state of euphoria will, of course, last exactly as long as it takes for the authorbeast to print out the manuscript and begin her first read through at which juncture, the entire process repeats.

I suppose I’m trying to show that most of us authors face doubts an depression and frustration as we write. That doesn’t change. The point is to soldier on. And drink lots of tea!


Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Cleaning Supplies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Do you ever have those days where writing feels like a chore?

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

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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

Book News:
LordAkeldamaDragonCon copy
Lord Akeldama Cosplay at DragonCon

Quote of the Day:
“Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.”
~ Jeremy Collied

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