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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.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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

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

Twelve Days of Finishing School

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dearest darling Gentle Reader, have have scuttled off for a few days of vacation. I plan to do a great deal of reading, podcast listening, walking, and tropical fruit consumption. In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy the following…

Twelve Days of Finishing School

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via British Paintings tumblr 1907

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Orbit-Sink-by-Alessandro-Isola

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: The Parachute Descent of Jeanne Garnerin

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! 


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 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:

Alexia fan art via bansheebender-tunblr

Quote of the Day:
“Vegetables are the food of the earth; fruit seems more the food of the heavens.”
~ Sepal Felicivant

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The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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10 Random Interview Moments

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today, Gentle Reader, here are 10 random interview questions that are relatively unusual for me… so I’m asking myself.

1. If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Let It Steep: Chronicles of a Wierdo between Tea Breaks.

2. Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Not unless you can the Boston Worldcon to meet Tamora Pierce.

3. Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Oh this is an easy one. At the Denver Worldcon in 2008 (an all around awesome trip) the hotel I stayed at across from the Convention Center had, in my book, the perfect breakfast. It was a little sew pot of tomatoes with spinach topped with two poached eggs and toast tips. That said: I’ll always happily murder a classic British Fry Up.

4. What is your idea of absolute happiness?
See breakfast above.

5. What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Puff pastry, anything custard or passion fruit related, German half-sweet Rieslings, shellac manicures, large scale fish consumption, bitter greens, poached eggs, massages, hot tubs, Italian leather shoes, vintage dresses, patterned tights, industrial inspired jewelry, whole milk, imported tea, expensive bed linen. I case you hadn’t guessed: I likes to eat, sleep, and dress up.

6. Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
Walk into a bar on Mercury?

7. Who are your favorite characters in history? Have any of them influenced your writing?
I like powerful women, and I gravitate to any point in history when a female has significant power: anyone from Ching Shih to Hatshepsut to Boudica to Zenobia.

8. Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
I love stand up comics, particularly those who have embraced podcasting. Some of my current favorites include Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies), Judge John Hodgman, John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle), and Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Matt Mira (the three man team behind The Nerdist). I’m also addicted to any quiz show featuring comics like QI, International Waters, The News Quiz, and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Inspiration? I suppose you could say I enjoy dissecting humor, determining what makes me laugh and then try to employ similar techniques when I’m writing.

9. Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Penguins!

10. In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
I probably shouldn’t have tasted that.

(Adapted from a 2012 Powells Interview.)

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1907 Mourning Ensemble  1907  The Museum at FIT

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

join-facet-placemat

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What do genre readers look like? (According to YouGov)

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! 


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 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:

Madame Lefoux fan art via lavendertruffles-tumblr

Quote of the Day:
“The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.”
~ William Ralph Inge

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The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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Podcasts That Gail Loves

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Lately, as it becomes more widely known what an addict I am, I am frequently asked about which podcasts I enjoy. I listen to A LOT, Gentle Reader. However, I don’t think you really care about all of them, do you?

Here is a pretty comprehensive list of some of my favorites as of April 2014. (Podcasts are always pod fading and then I need to find new ones, so there is a constant stream of me trying something out, but these are the old work horses.)
Writing Related
I Should Be Writing
The Shared Desk
Writing Excuses

Human Interest
The Moth
StoryCorps
All in the Mind
Savage Love

Academic & Educational
Freakonomics Radio
Money Girl (Q&DT)
Planet Money
The Nutrition Diva (Q&DT)

Fandom
Brass Needles
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal
Your Book is Why Daddy Drinks

Comedy
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
Judge John Hodgeman
The Smartest Man in the World
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews
Geologic Podcast
International Waters

Most Missed
Survivor Guide
Stephen Fry’s Podgrams
Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour
Memories of the Futurecast
Shortcomings Audio
The Perfect Ten
Radio Free Burrito
The Bugle

When do I find the time to listen?
I listen when I am driving or biking, doing any kind of household task, cooking, and so forth. If I am alone and not writing I’m probably listening to a podcast. I love to get two things done at once, I feel so efficient. Podcasts are a low entry way for me to do this. I rarely watch television, so that figures into all calculations. I’m pretty cruel about it and if the subject doesn’t interest me I just delete that episode. As a result, I don’t listen to every cast of every pod. 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

‘Crisp Packet’ Clutch from Luisa via Roma

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Bathtub meets sink.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
SFF Interview Swap: Elizabeth Moon interviews Rachel Bach

Book News:

 Lalex (@LalexAndrea) Illustrated vSophronia with Bumbersnoot!

Quote of the Day:
How doth the little Bumbersnoot
Chew gayly on his coal
And sit beneath the petticoats
Through which he burns a hole.
~ Andrew Knighton (@gibbondemon) on Twitter


Flirtation or… Espionage?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Been working hard on the final Finishing School book. Although Sophronia and her network of spy girlfriends have their own code for speaking back and forth, I thought it might be fun to see some of the original real deal techniques.

Flirting with Gloves

Mitts  1840s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Flirting Handkerchief
Chemisette, Undersleeves, and Handkerchief  1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Ar
Flirting Parasol

1833 Sunday, September 1

(Chapeau des Magasins de Mme. Rousseau Leblanc, Place de la Rourse, 31. Redingote des ateliers de Mme. H. Larcher, Couturiere de L. M. la Reine, (Rue Vivienne, 4.) Le depot du Follet, Boulevart des Italiens, Passage de l’Opera, No. 2. Published by J. Page, 112 Fetter Lane, London.
Lady’s Magazine Sunday, September 1, 1833 v. 14, plate 70.)

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Paint British Paintings Burnham Beeches – Hector Caffieri

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Cassette Tape Doormat at Perpetual Kid

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Eastgate Street, from east of the Cross looking towards the Eastgate Louise Rayner

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writing Through Adversity. Or Not.

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 soon.

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:
Library Media Journal, March 1st Edition on C&C: “The strength, wit, charisma, and sheer likeability of Sophronia is a refreshing and welcome change from the typical protagonist of today’s young adult novels.”

Quote of the Day:

“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.”

~ Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 – 1949)


Gail’s Internet Haunts: Now with Tumblr Action

Posted by Gail Carriger

 
This is an occasional blog entry that reader’s questions find me compelled to post. Please forgive me, Gentle Reader, if this information is not new to you. But just in case…

Recently I joined Tumblr where I am having too much fun.

You can find my Fashion Blog over on Retro Rack.

Gail Fashion
Photo by J. Daniel Sawyer

You can connect with me on Facebook if you want all my crazy ramblings and posts.

Or you can like my Gail Carriger Facebook page if you just want important announcements like releases and events.

Or you can join The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group and gossip with everyone else about the books.

You can follow me on Twitter although I apologize as sometimes it takes me a while to follow back. I don’t mean to be cruel, but I will block those who don’t obey Twitter etiquette.

And I post a bit to Flickr as Gail_Carriger.

Please do not attempt to connect with me over Skype, I use that for prearranged interviews only.

I am finally working on a news letter! I hope to have one up and running this month. If you would like to be on the first round of beta testing do drop me a calling card and I will add you. Once we are totally ready I’ll do a whole post about it.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1885 Nautical dress

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Flow by Cheng-Tsung Feng

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Vegan Restauran in Madrid Features an Exciting Ephemeral Installation

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About: Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, and Fairy Debt

Book News:

Professor Lyall by ~ AtticArt

Quote of the Day:

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”

~ Henry David Thoreau


10 Questions Answered: Gail’s Books the Lightning Round

Posted by Gail Carriger

 
Oh so Ivy.

1. If you could describe the Parasol Protectorate series in one word, what would that word be?
Canoodle.

2. If you could describe the Finishing School series in one word, what would that word be?
Kafuffle.

3. Could you describe what you write in two words?
Canoodling kafuffles!

4. What were you trying to accomplish with these books?
I want to cheer people up and give them a fun read. Maybe keep one or two readers up all night. No real agenda. I also would love to be at least one person’s favorite author.

5. Fill in the blank’s here: If you like ______, you should read my books because _______.
Tea, there’s so much tea in my books I have to edit instances to cordial, otherwise tea will become a main character.

At Lisa’s Tea Treasures in Santana Row

6. What do you feel is your strength as a writer/storyteller?
Characters, charm, and frivolity.

7. Throw away temptation lines for your books?
Soulless: Her manners are excellent, her soul is non–existent, and she wants your treacle tart.
Changeless: Werewolves in kilts.
Blameless: Beware the bad guys, they have pesto.
Heartless: The octopus rampages at midnight.
Timeless: Not for the faint of hat.
Etiquette & Espionage: Holy flying cheese pie!
Curtsies & Conspiracies: The picklemen are coming.

8. What’s your favorite thing about writing these books?
I get to write comedy, urban fantasy, and steampunk all at once. It’s the attack of the sub-genres!

9. What can readers expect from the upcoming sequels?
Articulated parasols, inappropriate passions, and an overabundance of witty banter.

10. What would you most like potential readers to know about you and/or your book?
Neither of us are meant to be taken seriously.

With Thomas pretending to faint.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ooze Lamp

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Perfect nested mixing bowl set.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . . 
Are You a Marketing Artist or Scientist?

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Waiting on editor.
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister’s Song


Book News:

 
Very Lord Maccon
 
Quote of the Day:
“She still didn’t see the hot eyes melting and running all over her.”
~ Thog’s Masterclass. Eyeballs in the Sky.  (Whit Harrison [Harry Whittington], Any Woman He Wanted, 1961) [PB] via Ansible


4 Common Questions on Categorizing Gail’s Books

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

1. How would you describe the Parasol Protectorate series for those who don’t know about it yet?
Imagine Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology. Then imagine P.G. Wodehouse suddenly dropped vampires into the Drones Club. The Parasol Protectorate books are the resulting progeny. They begin with a soulless spinster confronting Queen Victoria’s grumpy werewolf investigator over the issue of lisping vampires and go on from there.

2. How about the Finishing School series?
The Finishing School series is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage! There is Victorian fake food. There is a flying mechanical sausage dog named Bumbersnoot. Here is the official industry press release about Gail expanding her world. The first book, Etiquette & Espionage, was a New York Times bestseller and garnered star reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Book two, Curtsies & Conspiracies releases November 5, 2013.

Parasol Protectorate Fan Art Parasol

3. And the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series?
The Parasol Protectorate Abroad books will feature a marauding team of outrageous miscreants in a high-tech dirigible charging about fixing things; loudly and mainly with tea. This series will explore the wider ramifications of my steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has shifted but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world. The first book, Prudence, begins several decades after the Alexia books. Hopefully, it will release in 2015. You can read my blog post about the delay in publication.

4. What genre are your peculiar books?
The Parasol Protectorate books are usually filed under Science Fiction/Fantasy, although some stores put them into Romance and a few have even stuck them in the Horror section. The Finishing School books can usually be found with other Young Adult books. I consider my books a mix of steampunk and urban fantasy. I like Carrie Vaughn’s term “urbane fantasy” which nicely incorporates both sub-genres. There’s also the delightful term “teapunk.” There’s certainly enough tea in my books for that. I tend to gently spoof Gothic classics, so there is also a large dose of comedy in my books – giggling readers are good.

Audio interview about the Parasol Protectorate books with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column at SF in SF.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896-1903 handle by Fabergé,  The Victoria & Albert Museum1

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Cloud Sofa

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained: Hemp “A useful plant, resembling the common nettle; which is sewn in april, and, like flax, will flourish best in rich ground: the outward covering, or peeling of the stalk, is the part made into cloth and cordage. What is Tow? The refuse of hemp after it has been dressed; this thick gross part, when separated from the stem, is frequently spun into a kind of yarn, of which packing-cloths are made: it is useful in stopping the effusions of blood, and in lighting matches for canon.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
3 Tips for Developing Enthralling Characters
PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Fifth draft out to Beta number 4. Things are looking up.  
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister’s Song


Book News:

Broken Ankh Tattoo


Quote of the Day:
“The personality of a house is indefinable, but there never lived a lady of great cultivation and charm whose home, whether a palace, a farm-cottage, of a tiny apartment, did not reflect the charm of its owner.”
~ Emily Post


WorldCon Planning

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader, I am beginning to plan my trip to San Antonio, for Lonestarcon3, AKA WorldCon 2013! I have my plane tickets in hand and my hotel booked. I’m hoping that some of you will be there. I’m really looking forward to it, planning to take it easy and enjoy myself as much as possible. Plus, I do adore Texas Fandom, one of the nicest in the biz, in my humble opinion.

Fencon 2011 (my first GOH!)

As many of you know WorldCon is one of my favorite conventions, and I make the effort to try to get to it if at all possible. Since I didn’t make it last year, I cleared my to do list this year, and away we go!

Tea Talk at WorldCon 2011 (Reno)

I don’t have my schedule yet, but as soon as I get things worked out I will post it here so you can find me. And yes, there may be an off the radar tweet-up…

Speaking of conventions, I just listened to the a great panel from Chicon 7 “Moral Ambiguity in Science Fiction” with Charles Stross, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Lissa Price and Bryan Thomas Schmidt presented on Adventures in SciFi Publishing. It’s really good, not just because of the topic and the brilliance of the panelists, but because it’s beautifully moderated and fairly run: a model panel, if you would.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

romantic infinity pool

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“Game was defined legally as hare, partridge, pheasant, black game (black grouse), red grouse, and bustard.”
~ Daniel Pool

Your Writerly Tinctures . . . 
Debut Author Lesson: Audio books

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Fifth draft out to Beta number 4. Things are looking up.  
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister’s Song


Book News:


 

Quote of the Day:


5 Exciting New Website Bits & Bobs

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So I launched my new website on Thursday night and it went strangely well, my end at least. The new website may look similar to the old, but it is expanded and expandable. We now have drop down menus for the different book series as well as lots of extra features and links to blog posts and interviews. Hopefully, the new design will also allow me to keep the whole thing up to date as well with latest news and events. Fingers crossed, I won’t have to go through another major redesign for a while.

Anyway, here are the five things I am most excited about:

  1. The site now ghosts my author blog and my fashion blog on blogspot (no more LJ!).
  2. The steampunk section is considerably expanded. I’m hoping to go in and clean it up and add new resources as well, as they come along. If you have any good suggestions for links, do let me know.
  3. There is a solid FAQ page now, separated from the Never Ending Interview, which has been combed through and brought up to date.
  4. The section for my books and all the different series has been updated and organized.
  5. I have an events and latest news section that is really easy to keep current. 

Have I mentioned recently how much I love organization?

Still on the agenda, but delayed slightly, is getting together the resources for a newsletter. I know some have asked. Also, the Twitter feed is proving difficult and there are a few other bugs to iron out, but right now I’m basking in the glow of a pretty tidy site.

Thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1895-1900Dupuy  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Model pantry

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Set the Bar: Creative Food and Drink Station Ideas

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
One Simple Trick That Makes Editing Less Painful

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Last draft back and ready to turn in after the holiday.
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister’s Song


Book News:

Alexi fan art.


Quote of the Day:
De gustibus non est disputandum. Essentially my mom’s old favorite, “There’s no accounting for taste.” Sounds better in Latin.


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