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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ Fabric Choices & Champagne

Posted by Gail Carriger


My darlingest of darlings, it has been too long, but guess who is dropping by my blog today? Yes, you know it’s true …

That sparkliest of sparkly vampires!
That sharpest tooth in a gum of afterlife!
The maddest baddest wielder of italics!

Lord Akeldama!


Confused Foptopus asks:
Kind of a serious question, but it vexes me so: why is love, affection, compassion etc so taboo/distasteful/not ‘done’ among the supernatural? Wouldn’t being around forever give one more cause for appreciating such things, rather than less?
But darling pumpkin cuddle, such things make the afterlife so terribly terribly messy. You know, we vampires abhor a mess. Leave such things to the werewolves, that’s what I always say.

ValerieP asks:
As one who enjoys immortality in the highest of social stations, I assume you have a wealth of generations of idioms to select from. In reference to your usage of the word, “La,” what term would be comparable in the twentieth (or 21st) century?
Gracious me, prickly puff, I hardly dare contemplate the matter. La, but what a question! Perhaps, as the modern parlance might have it, the subjective exclamatory use of the word “dude”? But goodness gracious me, can you imagine a vampire utilizing the word “dude”? Oh no, I’m giving Miss Carriger ideas.

1770-1790  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Melody Powers asks:
Are there any particular fabrics or colours you would recommend for a poor young lady with the unfortunate habit of sweating a lot? Ones that don’t show the sweat marks. Or possibly any great insights you can share on how to reduce said sweating?
What a positively tragedical predicament, my shimmering grapelit. First, let us be clear, young ladies do not sweat, they glow. Second, why not join us and adopt supernatural hours while living in jolly old London-town? Avoid the the sun altogether, who needs it?

Lady DarcyDevotee asks:
You have many gallant and dapper young MALE drones but I’m curious: Do you have any FEMALE drones? If so, where do I submit my application?
Miss Carriger reliably informs me that I am Not To Answer this question. Miss Carriger is one of the few females whose advice I must heed, and that’s only because she controls my entire existence with the iron pen. I am loathe to admit such a thing but she could even, if she wished, write me into second death or have me lose all my beloved italics. Tis the greatest sadness of my existence, that I am behooven to an American Hussy of Questionable Moral Fiber and Lackluster Literary Skill.

1853 Punch Sept

Scapebabe asks:
Despite the fact that it does not truly provide you any sustenance, are there any foods that you enjoy, either because of the flavor, texture, or visual aesthetic appeal? And if so, what are they? I require new additions to my recipe box.
Champagne darling, bit of bubble, tot of the old fizzy. And, for that matter anything made with champagne. How about Pink Champagne Cake? And, of course, anything with fresh blood, there is a lovely cooking book entitled Bite Me circling the back alleys at the moment  but I suspect you aren’t quite of that inclination, yet…

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? 
He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions, Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, as a very loose interpretation of time.


Your Moment of Parasol and Your Infusion of Cute . . .





Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Over at Korval.com they are giving away 5 free Audible copies of Trade Secret. I am a big fan of the Liaden Universe and i fyou like Space Opera they are great and this is a great way to dive in. You have to leave a comment and the giveaway ends Friday at midnight (Maine time).


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:
The first three Parasol Protectorate audio books should now be available in UK via audible or other digital download mediums.

Quote of the Day:

Dear Lord Akeldama ~ Dracula & Dorian Gray

Posted by Gail Carriger


What is your opinion of Dracula?

It seems to me, my dumpling, he was rather misunderstood. I am afraid his biography might have had a hint of conservative propaganda about it.

Two nun asks:
Is Dorian Gray a supernatural? And if so, where is he?
Dear me, I do believe you are asking the wrong Dandy. I suggest you best query Mr. Wilde for that information.

Gonçalo Mil-Homens asks:
Do you know any Vampy Eire?
Have you made the acquaintance of Miss Thursday Next? I recommend directing you question at her a charming young lady, and so very diverting. Or have I the wrong Eyre?

Carlos asks:
How do you look at this new wave of “I want to be human” vampires?
I find it disturbingly regressive, somewhat akin a human suddenly wanting to be a fetus. At some point we must all admit to our toothy selves that such desires are childish. Also, one shouldn’t play with one’s food. One shouldn’t even play as one’s food. Oh, I’m so diverting.

Catarina asks:
Do you read vampire fiction? Did you like any of the vampires described there?
Of course I do, my poppet, I adore High Fantasy. I must say I find a certain young Eddy perfectly scrumptious. A bit brooding at times, and strangely fascinated with schoolgirls, but we all have our youthful indiscretions.

Audra asks:
Plaid — is it ever okay? (What if it’s taffeta or silk?)
Plaid, ever under contention, must be handled with extreme care and attention to detail. There are not many fashions I claim are better left to the ladies, but plaid, I feel, may be one of them. Far to many actors have a propensity for plaid, and those (dare I say it?) gentlemen simply takes such things too far. Poor Mr. Tunstell, I fear, has quite gone over to plaid.

More from Lord Akeldama in a few weeks. Keep the questions coming, if you would be so kind, for eventually I will run out.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
More on the Little White Dress that is all over the runways (and how not to do it). I got inspired, hit up a thrift store and found this:

In lace, which is another big trend for spring, but a little long (I’m not of the tall and willow variety) and needed some repairs so I fixed it up, shortened it and added sleeves.

I’ll probably pair it with a black or brown belt and dark tights as seen on the runways. I also found the cutest tiny little belt to wear all wrapped around my wrist like a cuff! Such fun.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Squid stories: Love me, love my tentacles
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Sometimes I’m a little scared by the similarities between self and this other author. Admittedly she is blond and a lot tinier than I am but we share a retro fashion sense and . . . have almost exactly the same handwriting. Freaky.

Timeless: Clomp, clomp, comp. So close, so close!
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

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

Blameless is now available from Audible. Changeless still isn’t. What can I say? Publishing moves in mysterious ways, it’s wonders to . . . annoy. Or something.

Quote of the Day:
“In a good play, everyone is in the right.”
~ Fredrich Hebbel

Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Aristocracy & Knee Britches

Posted by Gail Carriger


As promised, Gentle Reader, more Dear Lord Akeldama for you! Don’t forget to leave your questions for the honored sir if you have any.

@tiffanyreisz asks:
What are you, Lord Akeldama? Are you an Earl or a Duke or a Baron? Or are you a Lord in the way Lady Gaga is a Lady?
My dearest girl, that is rather an impertinent question, don’t you feel? The important thing is that I have status to which I can elude. It should never be addressed directly. That would be bragging.

@_dchan asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama: Do you prefer trousers or knee breeches?
As occasion demands, my little gherkin, as occasion demands. That said, there is something about knee britches, especially the well-fitted satin ones that is so very youthful and flattering.

@LoulouHN asks
Lord Akeldama, I have some trouble concerning colour schemes. I thought cream/white and black/navy were unacceptable, but some of my friends strongly disagree. What would you say?
Oh dear, but they are all rather dull, aren’t they sugar plum? How about a nice gold and crimson? Or perhaps silver and royal blue? So much more flattering to the complexion.

@luvinjrandsmoke asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama, what is the best refreshment for a cold night when one is not a vampire?
A young mortal of my acquaintance suggests warm milk with a dollop of coffee liquor and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you are suffering from insomnia. Another dear friend is awfully fond of the odd dash of amaretto in her tea. I, however, must return to tradition in being excessively partial to the hot toddy: lemon, brandy, honey, and boiled water.

@MsBobbilicious asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama, how can I rekindle my honey’s desire? I know you’ll have the perfect advice!
I find that most gentlemen respond well to flattery and even a tiny taste of aggression, they are so unused to such things, poor lambs. To be wanted, my dear, can never be underrated. Also, do not discount the power of a good bottle of bubbly to relax the morals and lighten the heart’s affections.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
A grandfather clock in Lord Akeldama’s drawing room is knocked over in Heartless. I imagine it looking much like one of these:

Your Tisane of Smart:
Amazingly good blog on Period Fashion: Mourning Dress includes Victorian (and later).
Your Writerly Tinctures:
PW on the Borders kafuffle and The Street’s more doomy coverage. And, clearance sale proof?

That Bookish Girl says, “With Alexia, Carriger creates a fascinating heroine that is charming, spunky, hilarious and completely unique.”
SPOILER ALERT! Series review from Gingersnaps.
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. All caught up, no new reviews lately.

Heartless: Copy edits done. It’s available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Back at it.
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

Quote of the Day:
“We have seen a turquoise pin worn in a violet-coloured cravat, and the effect was frightful.”
~ Routledge’s Etiquette for Gentlemen (c. 1850)

Dear Lord Akeldama ~ Romance & Reading Materials

Posted by Gail Carriger


Lord Akeldama got so many questions, Gentle Readers, I thought that in grand Dear Abby Column style, he would only answer a few at a time. I’m thinking, perhaps one Dear Lord Akeldama Blog every three weeks or so. Sound good to you? Yes? Please feel free to continue to ask Lord Akeldama pressing questions on love, life, and shoe style. Happy reading!

Via livejournal anonymous asked the following:

Will you stay with Biffy?
How impertinent! As if I should go around asking you about your private life without a proper introduction.

Who made you?
Gail Carriger, naturally. What a silly question.

How many cats have you allowed to share your homes over the years?
Just the one, nine times over. Oh dear, I am so amusing!

If the queen changed one of your drones would they be able to enter your territory comfortably?
A queen must change all my drones, dearheart. I do not possesses the necessary equipment myself. Whoever thought such a phrase woudl come from my pen, sad but true.

What is your favorite book?
Book? Must I? I prefer plays, the art of the stage, the drama, the showmanship. I have a particular fondness for A Midsummer Night Dream, all those sprightly fairies leaping about in very tight britches ~ enchanting!

Are you gay or have you just been around long enough (and done enough) that you have transcended the traditional sexual dynamic?
I like to think of myself as very gay, the center of any party even, a social Charybdis, if you would. I am afraid I don’t quite comprehend the meaning of the traditional sexual dynamic to which you refer. It must be some newfangled modern euphemism. Or is it a contraption of some kind? In which case, I should set the drones on to procuring one immediately, it sounds most entertaining.

LadyTesser asks:
Lord Akeldama, I admire your fashion sense, and have wondered if one of your drones is a fashion designer or you simply patronize a specific house of fashion?
I certainly have some drones who are particularly adept with the tying of a cravat, but none of them engage in any kind of trade, my dear. Heavens forefend. Generally, I go where the whims of Bond Street take me, although I do have a few dear friends in Paris who keep me abreast of the latest fashions.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
How to make proper introductions in the modern world.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
A list of P. G. Wodehouse’s characters. The man was a genius with names, matched only by Dickens himself. I can but aspire to such greatness.

Pulpfan’s mathematical assessment.
SPOILER ALERT! The Savage Stacks says, “Fantastic storytelling. As I said with the first one, I did not think I would like these books, being not much into the supernatural scene, but the best part of the Parasol Protectorate books is that the supernatural are everyday, so it doesn’t bother me much.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. That’s What She Read says, “Alexia Maccon is my hero. Her no-nonsense, pragmatic, non-emotional approach to life is equal parts hilarious and inspiring.” And also, rather charmingly, “When looking for something fun to read that will help one forget all worries and cares, look no further than the Parasol Protectorate series. They are seriously good for the soul, whether you have one or not.”

Heartless: Finished draft 8, turned in! It’s available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Back at it.
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
“Never take favourite dogs into a drawing-room when you make a morning call. Their feet may be dusty, or they may bark at the sight of strangers, or, being of too friendly a disposition, may take the liberty of lying on a lady’s gown, or jumping on the sofas and easy chairs. Where your friend has a favourite cat already established before the fire, a battle may ensue, and one or other of the pets be seriously hurt. Besides, many persons have a constitutional antipathy to dogs, and others never allow their own to be seen in sitting-rooms. For all or any of these reasons, a visitor has no right to inflict upon his friend the society of his dog as well as himself.”
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen
{a constitutional antipathy to dogs ~ I love it. I have a constitutional antipathy to uggs}

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