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M&M Finishing School Extras ~ Women’s Education (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Final Finishing School Book, Manners & Mutiny, releases next Tuesday. Eeep! Also, I just learned that Imprudence is available for pre-order here in the US. (Possibly elsewhere, but I can’t check that.)

Meanwhile, I had a wonderful time doing the Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the research I did for the Finishing School series on girls’ schools and education.

  • 1848 Queen’s College, London = first women’s college
  • 1850 Miss Frances Mary Buss (1827 – 1894) starts the North London Collegiate School, hands over to a board in 1870 = first public day school (yes, Preshea’s last name came from her.)
  • 1858 Miss Dorothea Beal (a831 – 1906) appointed headmistress of Cheltenham Ladies College (founded 1854)
abellefilleart- tumblr: The Love Letter, Gustave-Leonard de Jonghe

Expelled = Sent Down
Suspended = Rusticated (to my great sadness I never got to use this word in my books)
Grounded = Gated

the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed

 

Traditional Lessons

  • History
  • Geology
  • Languages – Latin & French
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Daily Walk
  • Etiquette
  • Formal Graces
  • Study Hall
  • Read the Classics
via artofweddingspdx.com via enchanted-weddings tumblr

 

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Lessons

  • Knot & embroidery communication
  • Breaking and writing in code
  • Picking pockets
  • Lip reading
  • Political history
  • Manipulation of perception
  • Assessing a room
  • Recruiting your network
  • Sabotage
  • Psychological warfare
  • Sign language
  • Search patterns
  • Spotting other spies
  • Maps & Tracking measurements
  • Recognizance

As you can see I used some of the notes, but not others. Also the language in my notebook is modern. I change the vocabulary and so forth for the names of the actual classes, and try to add twists of humor to the titles and descriptions.

steampunktendencies-      Giant Key West Chicken by Derek Arnold

The old rule of life was that Parliament Sessions don’t open until the frost is out of the ground and the foxes begin to breed. So politically minded aristocracy would begin to drift back to town in the early spring. The Season was then broken up into various necessary-to-attend events for girls coming out (age 17).

  • March: Non political families returned to town.
  • April: everyone is in town, Parliament is in session, and The Season begins in earnest.
  • May: Royal Academy of Art Annual Exhibition, Derby, and various court balls + concerts + private balls
  • June: Ascot
  • July: Henley Regatta and climactic cricket games: Oxford v. Cambridge and Eton v. Harrow
  • August 12: End of The Season, adjournment of Parliament, opening of grouse hunting season.
  • September 1: Partridge season
  • October 2: Pheasant season
  • November, first Monday: Fox hunting.

College sessions roughly followed the parliament/hunting model.  Christmas was spent at home in the country, January-March was Session One, then short Easter break, April-July/August was Session 2, September-December was Session 3 for Cambridge. Oxford had 4 sessions. Can you see why I avoided the whole messy business in my books?

Now this is for the mid to late Victorian Era (which is from 1837 to 1901, I tend to round 1840-1900). If you are interested int eh Regency Ear just prior (the time of Jane Austen) then here is a blog post on that subject: When was the London season?

“Miss Temminnick, you are in receipt of the highest marks we have ever given in a six-month review. Your mind seems designed for espionage.
Nevertheless, you veer away from perfect in matters of etiquette. Do not let these marks go to your head; there are many girls at this school who are better than you.
Our biggest concern is what you get up to when we are not watching. Because, if nothing else, this test has told us you are probably spying on us, as well as everyone around you.”
~ Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies

 

1890s advice via questionableadvice tumblr

“The parents, loving their children too much to be incommoded themselves by any thing that their offspring can say or do, seem not aware that they can possibly interrupt or trouble the rest of the company.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Conseiller des Dames Date-  Monday, August 1, 1853 Item ID-  v. 36, plate 57

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Hidden Graffiti of Tate Britain

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Old Foodie: School Dinners, 1913

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Women and the Cliches of the Literary Drunkard

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:
Le Village du Medieval Fantastique says of Curtsies & Conspiracies: “En résumé : Un deuxième tome tout aussi savoureux que le premier. On espère que la suite donnera dans la rupture radicale.”

Quote of the Day:
“I suppose he could have changed,” Neal said dryly. “I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.”
The other pages snorted.
Kel eyed her friend. “You do look yellow around the edges,” she told him, her face quite serious. “I hadn’t wanted to bring it up.”
“We daffodils like to have things brought up,” Neal said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “It reminds us of spring.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Page: Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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

Finishing School Extras ~ Behind the Scenes (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So when I was doing research for the Finishing School series, Gentle Reader, I did a bunch of research into the Enigma Project. It totally fascinated me (yes Ive watched the various movies). Not a lot ended up making it into the books, but here is a peek at the vocabulary notes I took.

My first copy of Manners & Mutiny arrives in the office.

You can determine for yourself, Gentle Reader, what was actually utilized in the series.

  • Clandestine
  • Station X
  • Dispatches
  • Code Name
  • Cypher
  • Deception
  • Sensitive Information
  • Restrictions
  • Security
  • Secrets
  • Top Secret
  • Agent Provocateurs
  • Intelligencers
  • Unauthorized Disclosure
  • Compromise
  • Seal of the Confessional
  • Resources
  • Personnel Department
  • Protective Security
  • Vetting for Government Installation
  • Counter Espionage
  • Counter Insurgency
  • Domestic Surveillance
  • Registry

And then at the bottom in big letters I have scrawled:

Clandestine Scientific Information Act of 1885

Of course I ended up cutting the “Scientific” because that made it the CIA. And I can’t resist stuff like that.

the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed

 

More Resources on Victorian Spies

 

 

The Book Nut says of Etiquette & Espionage: “Carriger has a way with this genre that makes it seem much more effortless than other authors who have tried the same.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Date-  Tuesday, March 1, 1853 Item ID-  v. 36, plate 31

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
19 Brilliant Umbrellas That Will Make Rainy Days Fun

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Female Spy: Mata Hari

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
8 Badass Ladies Who Changed Literature Forever

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. Finished rough draft. Working on next draft.



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 (forthcoming)

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

Book News:
Jordin of A Bottomless Book Bag says: “Curtsies & Conspiracies is a AMAZING sequel filled with hilarious banter and quick paced plot that I’ve come to expect out of Gail’s writing!”

Quote of the Day:
“This is Waycross, after all—sneaking around in dark alleys is practically the national sport.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, By Honor Betray’d

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

Happy World Octopus Day

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, October 8th is World Octopus Day! Meanwhile Curtsies & Conspiracies is out in paperback so let’s combine the magic, shall we? It’s been too long since I’ve run a contest and you know I love to reward the careful reader.

 

Curtsies Thumb

 

In honor of both let’s do a big Parasol Protectorate giveaway!

I have 5 full sets of the trade paperback sized Parasol Protectorate to send out to winners (as well as some assorted swaggy bits). That’s Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Already own them? Why not try to win them for your local library?

 

This contest has ended. Details redacted.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art2

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Previous contest entry from mageraine_LJ

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
How The London Boroughs Got Their Names

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
So you’re going to a signing…

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:
Chick Lit Chickadees By Lindsey Riley says of E&E “My absolute favorite character, however, was a tiny mechanimal, Bumbersnoot. I WANT ONE! He is a little machine animal that wags his tail and curls up to sleep and behaves very much like a real dog, with the exception that he eats coal instead of dog biscuits and does not shed. Trust me when I say that after reading the book, you will be wishing a mechanimal was already invented so you could have one as a pet, to. …If you like steampunk, spunky heroines, and puppies, you will like this book. Buy it now!”

Quote of the Day:
“Away we flew. The car, having such a light load, frisked and kicked, and made merry of a journey that to us was becoming very grave.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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Curtsies & Conspiracies in Trade Paperback ~ Insider Trading Imagery

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Dear Gentle Reader, Curtsies & Conspiracies is now available in trade paperback size! Soon, of course, Waistcoats & Weaponry releases in hard cover.

It was such a fun book to write, although it feels like so long ago now.

In case you have not read it here is a peek at some of the things featured in Curtsies & Conspiracies….

 

Spy communication via embroidery.
William Oliver Painting via British Painting tumblr
Cross dressing and fake mustaches.
Stolen boleros.
Bolero  Cristobal Balenciaga, 1946  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vicious wicker furnishing.
Mass destruction of petticoats.
Petticoat 1840-1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Subversive tea parties.
1850 April Tea Le Follet v. 34, plate 76
Transformation dresses.
Robe à Transformation  1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There you have it.

If you’ve already read Curtsies & Conspiracies do you remember these moments? If not, before Waistcoats & Weaponry you might want to do a reread because Sophronia’s life is about to get a great deal more complicated.

P.S. Late tonight/early morning of Oct. 8 is a lunar eclipse in some parts of the world.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

SDCCBooth

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Stuff You Should Know – How Blimps Work: After newsreels captured the Hindenburg erupting in fire in 1937, the promising development of airship aviation was cut short. Today companies and militaries are taking another look at blimps and the unique qualities that may revive them.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“You have no right to expect that she will expose to you, or to any one else, her process of arranging the story, bringing out the characters, or concocting the dialogue. The machinery of her work, and the hidden springs which set it in motion, she naturally wishes to keep to herself; and she cannot be expected to lay them bare for the gratification of impertinent curiosity, letting them become subjects of idle gossip.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

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:

finishing_school_01_001_by_poisonmilow

Quote of the Day:

 

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Sophronia’s Moors ~ Finishing School Insight (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

While I was in England I trotted down to Devon to visit my family and childhood stomping grounds but also to rove about Dartmoor. As you know, Gentle Reader, the Finishing School books partly take place in Dartmoor. (Or should I say: floating above it?) I thought you would like to see what the moor looks like. If you aren’t already familiar with the place. I wonder if it’s how you imagined from my descriptions.

Moor (and tor to the right) from the road.
Another tor seen from the road

 

Marching up to Haytor

 

Haytor, different view ~  yes it does look like a massive cow pie

 

Gorse (yellow), heather (purple), ferns, and other vegetation

 

The beautiful moors, this is what I see in my head
Making friends

 

Classic moors stretching away

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via ornamentedbeing tumblr: Hélène Standish, née de Pérusse des Cars, 1882

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via Innocent drinks on FB

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Formatting Manuscript for Submission

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Working copy edits.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished first draft. Out with Beta readers. Release date November 2015.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Marshal Zeringue says of Etiquette & Espionage, “The blend of supernatural elements with steampunk combine for a one-two punch better than any pummeling with a parasol.”

Quote of the Day:

via Berfrois on FB
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National Poetry Month… Dimity Style (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, April is National Poetry Month. As you may have guessed from my work I have a contentious relationship with poetry. Part of this has to do with my misspent youth. Some youths misspent their energy on crazy parties, dough-nutting, cow tipping, you know. I wrote poetry. I am ashamed.

Nevertheless, here is my contribution to National Poetry Month, from Dimity in Curtsies & Conspiracies.

British Paintings tumblr: 1879 George Elgar Hicks – On the Seashore

Dimity said, “I wrote him poetry!”
Preshea let go of the young lord and continued on with her conversation. Dingleproops brushed at the spot where her hand had been, straightening his jacket.
“Dimity,” Sophronia said, horrified by such an admission, “you didn’t give him the poetry, did you?”
“Certainly not.”
Sidheag tilted back in her chair, grinning. “Well, let’s hear it.”
“Oh, no. I don’t think that’s a good idea at all.” But Dimity was already dipping into her reticule and pulling out a scrap of paper. She gave it to Sidheag, who read it with a perfectly straight face, her tawny eyes dancing, and then passed it to Sophronia.

“My love is like a red red rose
occasionally he has a red red nose
he could keep me warm in the snows
I wager he has very nice toes.”

Sophronia could think of nothing to say except, “Oh, Dimity.”

So there you have it. Scared of poetry? Make it silly!

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

At one of the first Nova Albion Steampunk Events

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

At Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum, SF

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1905 inland-delta-tumblr José García Ramos, Leaving a Masqued Ball, 1905  (Source- commons.wikimedia.org)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Ins and Outs of ISBNs

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.

 

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt
Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:

Livre de Poche ‏@livredepoche jusqu’au 7 avril ! Pour jouer

Quote of the Day:
“The pen runs so easy when you have good ink, and smooth paper, and an easy desk to write on, and the consciousness of an audience of one, two or three hundred thousand readers.”
~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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The 12 Days of Finishing School AKA Assassins for Christmas (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Ta da! From the good folks at Little Brown for you, Gentle Reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Janet Borkowski via FB The Parasol Protectorate Books Group

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

 Gama-Go Turntable Kitchen Timer

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Types of Writers

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!  
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now! 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins in 2014.

 

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

 

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:
Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly, Steampunk Issue out 02/2014
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 225): 2013 in Review – Our Highs and Lows in SF and F (self included)

Quote of the Day:

“A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.”

~Robert Benchley


Japanese Cover Art for Curtsies & Conspiracies Plus Ketchup

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I believe the translation has now hit shelves in Japan, so here, Gentle Reader is the cover art for Curtsies & Conspiracies in Japanese. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever!?!

via Dormaus Uhrwerk (@thedormaus): your name in katakana – Geiru Kyarigaa.

I do love the way the Japanese covers always take from a scene in the book itself. It’s just so much fun to see the words interpreted for cover art in a manga style.

Things have been pretty low key, professionally, these days. Lots of good news in the arena of Spotlights and Best of Year lists (thanks for voting for me!) I mainly tweet and FB about them, or they show up bellow in the Book News section.

I’m taking a break from travel and other events during the holiday season, in order to concentrate on writing Manners & Mutiny, the last Finishing School book. I didn’t even make it to the Dicken’s Christmas Fair this year.

negat0ry on tumbler posted this  illustrated police news from 1898

My website is also undergoing a bit of a touch up as well, particularly the Finishing School section. As always, I appreciate your thoughts on the site. Are you finding the information you want? Anything missing? Any typos?

Barring that I hope you have a wonderful bit of a holiday, my break will be over New Years week so I’ll be around until then.

Drink tea. Carry on.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Mug light fixture at a cafe in Berkeley

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Radio Dock for pods

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
John Helfers on The Brave New World of Publishing

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!  
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now! 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins in 2014.

 

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

 

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:
Paper Droids says of C&C, “Carriger’s voice lends itself exquisitely to Young Adult literature, her trademark wit is no less shining here.”

Quote of the Day:

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”

~ Edwin Schlossberg


Curtsies & Conspiracies Book Tour In Retrospect

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
A dark chocolate turtle: sweet but not too sweet, chewy in places, and full of nuts.

I said I wasn’t going to do any more crazy books tours, Gentle Reader, didn’t I? Or was that some other author beast? Well, this was a whirlwind, I tell you. A Sophronia-like trip through the dumbwaiter of TSA, up and down the staircase of school visits, all ending with the hurled trifle of hotel living.

The Curtsies & Conspiracies Book Tour began, low these two weeks ago now, on the 5th of November at Hicklebee’s in San Jose.

Hicklebee’s is known as one of the oldest running children’s bookstores in the Bay Area, a pillar of their local community. Literally, as they have visiting authors sign the walls and pillars of their store.

My signature on the wall, visit and see if you can find it.

See? I signed a pillar!

A small but excited group turned out for the launch including, much to my relief, about 50% Young Persons. Not that I don’t love you, but I was beginning to get a complex that the target age range for the Finishing Books wasn’t actually reading them. We showed the two videos and then I talked for a bit about C&C. I’ve stopped reading out of my books at events. I generally get more than enough questions to fill the time and I figure it’s better if you read it yourself, or listen to Moira on the audiobooks. She does such a marvelous job, much better than I.

Then it was time to sign, grab a bite to eat and head home.

Hicklebee’s also kindly set me up for my very first school visit the next day. So it was back down to the South Bay for an on-stage appearance in front of some 250 Young Persons. I don’t mind admitting it, Gentle Reader, I was very nervous. I had no idea what to expect. Would they be restless? Would they be nasty? Would they hurl fruit? You see for an Old Person who writes for Young Persons I have regrettably little exposure to the species.

It was awesome! No really. They asked the most interesting questions; tons of them. I had an hour to fill and we did it easily, there were hundreds of hands up at a time and I got crazy fantastic queries that I have never had before. I really had a great time. Sorry, no pictures survived the event. I assure you, I was wearing a very cute pink dress.

Then it was back home to pack for my flight the next day to Seattle.

Where you can get a bike from your hotel to ride in the rain.

Seattle greeted me with, yes, you guessed it, rain. I packed for it. I’ve very much learned. I love Seattle, frankly because Seattle seems to love me. I got to have lunch with one of my first and favorite Steampunk friends, the Airship Ambassador. We discussed the state of the movement, the state of the world, and the state of our lives ~ not necessarily in that order. My first Seattle event was at Third Place Books and I nearly didn’t make it as part of the city was down in a power outage which had taken out the traffic lights. I dashed in fashionably late and commenced nattering only slightly out of breath.

I love this picture because it shows my accessories, by LA Smith.

There was a gratifyingly nice turn out involving at least a few Young People and one Lord Akeldama. It is always a pleasure to be visited by ones own characters, although apt to make a girl feel even more than normally delusional.

I also ran into an old acquaintance from . . . before . . . who due to multiple identities and various costumed events in our past didn’t realize I was me, as it were, but had found my books regardless. Always fun. Then it was off to delicious sushi with Phil & Kaja Foglio of Girl Genius fame (steampunkers are everywhere, *insert evil laugh here*), the stunning Cupcake Goth and her not-stunt husband. Raucous times ensued, including stories of their mutual roots in gaming and an explanation as to why there are so many cool artistic types in Seattle. It’s all clear to me now.

Then back to the hotel for a quick sleep, check out, and off to Queen Anne Book Company for tea.

It is of continued delight to me that my books encourage such civilized behavior as small sandwiches, sweet nibbles, and a carafe of excellent hot beverage. The teacup I had been gifted the evening before got immediate use.

Friends and readers (now, new friends) turned up with bells on despite the gloominess of the day. Queen Anne really pulled out all the stops to make it a great little event, full of good humor and good cheer to go along with good food and good tea. Add to that good company and good books, and what more can a girl want out of life?

One reader even came down during her lunch break from a high end chocolate maker up the way, Chocolopolis. Of course, I had to pay them a visit after my event. I love me some delicious chocolate but I’m afraid I haven’t a particularly refined pallet for such things. I gravitated to the most AMAZING passion fruit and white chocolate bar. Yes, I am one of those fools who like white chocolate, and after my stint excavating in Peru (where I would drink maracuyá juice by the pint) passion fruit is one of my top 10 favorite fruit flavors. That said, the AB is a chocoholic and if I can when traveling, I try to find something nutty and dark to feed the cuteness. Chocolopolis provided in spades, I was almost paralyzed by the number of options.

After leaving the chocolate behind (I miss you already) we heading off to sign stock at the local University Bookstore and at Seattle Mystery Bookshop. I enjoy this part as well, bookstore people are always so awesome, sweet, and enthusiastic. Being readers themselves, I suppose.

Then it was back on the plane to fly home, arriving well after midnight, to climb into bed exhausted. Next day, I had a pause to recover, and appreciate my tribute.

So much cuteness! Yes that is an octopus ice cube maker, and it fit in the tiny fridge at the office. The teacup has also gone to join the collection. That’s tea ribbon there, which I haven’t decided what to do with, yet, but I know some costume soon will require trim. I’m hoping to have a little time to sew next week, the mending is MOUNDING up.

A week after Curtsies & Conspiracies hit shelves, it was into The City to Borderlands, my beloved stomping grounds. Borderlands was the first bookstore to host me for a signing of Soulless way back when (a whole three years ago), they have always been enthusiastic about my books. I visit them as often as possible, and if you want a signed copy of any of my work, they are the place to go. (I got the idea from Sigler.)

Familiar faces, and a few new ones, filled in the Borderlands Cafe, asked marvelous questions and generally made for an enjoyable evening. Also, more presents were pressed upon me, amazing and inventive items, most of which have gone to the office for costume, decorative, and tea consumption purposes.

The next day it was up to the North Bay for another school visit in Santa Rosa and a small gathering at Copperfields in Petaluma. I felt an old hat at school events, since I’d had one already, although I arrived late and flustered since it was a very well hidden school. Nevertheless, it went well, and again I was impressed with the scope of the questions. Some of the 7th graders were doing Nanowrimo (!) and asked complicated things about pacing, POV, and other writerly tricks. I was bowled over by the sophistication of their interest and it turned out to be the perfect time for them to meet a professional writer. I brought the Japanese translation of E&E and my steampunk fan from Brute Force studios for them to handle. The students were gratifyingly interested.

FYI the fan will appear on the cover of the next book, Waistcoats & Weaponry. I’ve had a sneak peak and I think you’ll love it. And I’ve seen the cover of the Japanese translation for Curtsies & Conspiracies as well. So cute. Cover art reveals to come soon.

Now where was I?

Oh yes, after the school visit it was time for my last bookstore, Copperfield‘s. Which was a small gathering, mostly friends and family, but still very fun.

I must say I was pretty exhausted by this point home for a sleep, a restorative brew, and another day of packing. Because the day after it was time to fly to Canada!

Next up, can Gail survive the freezing cold of the Great White North? Winter is coming! Oh no, wait, that’s just Edmonton.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 Fortune Cookie Booties

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

DISH Plate Series by the Patella Brothers trompe l’oei

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Best Resources for Writers

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!  
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now! 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins in 2014.

 

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

 

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:
Mysterias interviews me. Asking, among other things, What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Up, tea, slow start – perhaps read a bit of a good book. Then out for a tasty breakfast (should involve poached egg, tomato and spinach and a great latte). Clothes shopping in some vintage heaven, like Haight Street in San Francisco, followed by a light lunch then more reading and tea. I’d end the day with a quiet walk on the beach watching the sunset. Sushi or something equally fishy for dinner, a new episode of QI, and then a hot tub before bed. Some variety of French macaron would also be included in there somewhere.

Quote of the Day:

“Nature requires five, custom gives seven, laziness takes nine, and wickedness eleven.”
~ C. Stevermer on the subject of sleep

 


PureSpec, Edmonton, Ho!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

In a few short hours I leave for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for a weekend of fun and games at the Pure Speculation convention.

 

Ramada Conference Centre,
11834 Kingsway NW,
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3J5, Canada
Nov. 16 ~ 17

Convention programming available on the website. I have stuff going most days so even if you can only come for a bit, you are sure to catch me doing something. Check the website to see if the con offers day passes.

I am packed and ready to head out.

As you can see, I’m going with leopard accessories this time around. Also, there is a steampunk ball Saturday night, so I am doing a steampunk light outfit as well. I’m shooting for carry on only, so all of this fits into a tote and a rolly. Although, I admit the tote is quite large. The clothing roll is not pictured.

Worry not, despite what Twitter may think of me, I am quite able to check the weather at my destination and pack accordingly. I have warmth, many layers, scarf, hat, lined leather gloves, etc… and have taken as many measures as possible for a thin skinned Californian. For example, I am wearing my Big Pink Coat, referred to disrespectfully by the AB as the Moving Blanket of Doom. Too warm to ever wear in this part of the word, I get funny looks at any CA airport, but the coat is one of my great loves. And yes, it does kind of look like a moving blanket.

Pure Speculation is my last event of 2013. When I get back I’ll give you a full report on C&C launch. (It’s been pretty cray my end for two weeks now!) I have some specially cool news for you, and a new member of the family waiting patiently to make your acquaintance.

And with those suspiciously caustic hints, I leave you for a week or so. Hooray for my Gentle Readers!

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Boüret Mariée

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Star Wars Death Star Cookie Jar

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

chuck-wood-storage

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!  
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out next week! 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins in 2014.

 

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

 

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:
Fantasy Faction says, “The scientific worldbuilding in these novels is a hidden gem of both series.”

Quote of the Day:

“Curiosity killed the cat,” Fesgao remarked, his dark eyes unreadable.
Aly rolled her eyes. Why did everyone say that to her? “People always forget the rest of the saying,” she complained. “‘And satisfaction brought it back.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Trickster’s Choice


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