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Visual Inspiration for Authors: Pinterest Character Boards & Connecting with Readers (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I got into Pinterest in a big way last year, Gentle Reader, and yes I am aware of all the annoying things that keep people off Pinterest  ~ the closed and proprietary nature of the venue, the lack of organization and ability to cross pollinate, to name only a few.

You know why I’m aware?

Because those very things kept me off Pinterest for years.

However, once I joined I found that as an author Pinterest is a genuinely great way to keep a visual record of inspiration, fan art, links to my own back blogs and images, visual reference points for characters, places, and times. Also it really helps me answer the reoccurring questions, who would you like to see play your character in a movie?

I will say the lack of ability to drag & drop organize troubles me. (Both for boards and for images inside boards.) But I’m learning to cope. Lack of ability to organize is pretty much always an issue for me.

Why did I try it?

I work really well from the visual, especially when researching history. That way I can describe what I see through the lens of my characters, without having to try to filter thorough someone else’s description, as would happen with primary written chronicles, or worse, secondary sources. (Perhaps this is a hint at my archaeologist nature, give me the actual evidence, not the historical record.)

It’s also been quite lovely connecting with some of you on Pinterest. I’ve learned interesting things about you. For example, a lot of you like tattoos, candy-colored hair, knitting, and Doctor Who. None of this is overly surprising, I do, you know, look at you and talk to you when we meet in person.

Surprises to come?

Yes I have secret boards for the new books coming out this year. Which I will release slowly but surely when the time is right. And yes I have secret boards for new characters in the Custard Protocol books already pilling up to go with the next three years or writing that world. Just you wait. They are so much fun.

Anyway, I guess that I’m saying if you’re an author who works really well from a visual medium than you could do worse than Pinterest. And if you’re a reader, then my boards are fun insights into my world. And, frankly, if you just want to escape the depressive death knell of Twitter and Facebook, well that’s a good reason to play on Pinterest too. Although I am also prone to hanging out on the Parasol Protectorate Facebook group for that reason.

Hugs my darlings, and remember the pretties.

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}



Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Recover Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
Commercial color lithograph; Sheet: 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (7 x 3.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 201, N18.50)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Each Arm of an Octopus Has a Mind of Its Own

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Skye’s Scribblings says of Prudence:

“With its young, adventurous, and rather rebellious cast of characters, this latest series set in Carriger’s parasolverse will definitely appeal to New Adult fans.”

Quote of the Day:

“It was one of those parties where you cough twice before you speak and then decide not to say it after all.”

~ P. G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Queer Romantic Comedy Movies That Gail Carriger Loves (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m thinking, Gentle Reader, we all need a bit of love and laughter in our lives right now. I recently had two very long plane rides (to and from Singapore) and couldn’t find a single rom-com to watch. Quite disappointing. I read a bunch of smut instead.

But, I’ll have you know, that I do, occasionally, watch movies. I’m not a big consumer of the silver screen but it has been known to tempt me on occasion.

Queer Rom-Coms

Reading some pull quotes for reviews of Romancing the Inventor (not the whole review, because that might kill me) made me realize something… What I write, at it’s heart, is romantic comedy.

I know. You’re shocked. I’m shocked. Shush, don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little secret.

Are There Lesbians? says for example:

“I have needed a lesbian romantic comedy for ages and I finally got one so cute and romantic I’m pretty sure it has given me diabetes…. Romancing the Inventor has set the tone for a whole series with its sometimes light and fluffy, sometimes rather serious, and always tongue-in-cheek, storytelling. It has also really raised my expectations for Queer romantic comedy and having been given a taste I would like plenty more please.”

See? Romantic comedy.

Now now, please don’t get tetchy.

There is nothing wrong with romantic comedy unless its done wrong. By that I mean, painfully bad dialogue and/or plot. If you’re wincing right now, perhaps a little thought as to why those two words turn you off so much? Nothing wrong with romance. Nothing wrong with comedy. Trust me. I know. Is it because romantic comedies are generally marketed to/by/for women? Trust me, the dialogue and plot in your dude-targeted space action flick is just as bad, likely worse.

Now where was I? Right. LISTS!

Here are some LBGTQ romantic comedies (some more gentle on the comedy than others) that I really love and feel are under-appreciated.


Shelter ~ Adorble surfur dudes, familial responsibility, honor, duty, painful coming out. Bonus points from one of my favorite romance tropes: finding love with the brother of the best friend.

Gray Matters

Gray Matters ~ Perhaps a bit mainstream, and very light hearted, but I kinda adore this movie. Bonus for ballroom dancing, killer undergarments, and L-Word guest appearance.

Later Days

Latter Days ~ One of my favorite all times movies. Repressed morman, dramatic indy songs, unfair mistreatment by the ignorant, reformed bad boy, bonus Tara from Buffy. The scene when he drops the tray. I mean, come ON. So good.

Imagine Me & You

Imagine Me & You ~ Very lipstick lesbian, but super cute. And I like that it genuinely deals with the torture of breaking up as a bad choice. This rom com starts with her marrying… a man. And goes from there. Bonus DDR, cute boys as well as girls, super cheesy ending.

Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl ~ THIS MOVIE IS EVERYTHING. Bonus fashion! Why are you not watching it? Everyone should be watching it. It so romantic, and glorious, and wonderful, and good, and flipping important. Go. Watch it. Now. Make everyone else watch it. Go. I’ll wait.

Big Eden

Big Eden ~ This feels the most real of the romances in this list. Yes there are characters, but they’re so much more honest than hollywood usually allows in complexity, appearence, vocabulary, everything. Plus bonus cooking = love!

I Can't Think Streight

I Can’t Think Straight ~ I have no idea why no one seems to know about this movie. I adore it. It’s sweet, it’s got culture conflict, dramatic weddings, amazing cake, and it’s hot. Bonus one of them is a writer and the other a fashion designer. Yes! How do you not want this in your life?


So I agree that some of the above have problematic moments, either with awkward acting, or tropes gone awry, fashion flaws, or even modern day LBGTQ rights concerns. You’ll have to give some of them credit for the time they were made. And some of them credit for exisiting at all, in such a vacuum of good rom-coms (let alone LBGTQ rom-coms). However, I’m listing them for one reason, and one reason only:

I smiled all the way through, from start to finish.

Except of course for the times I was bitting my hand or sniffling quietly.

Honorable mention to Maurice. Because it’s a gay romance set in period history with A HAPPY ENDING. Beautiful costumes, beautiful men, amazing settings, all the repressed stiff upper-lipping you could want. It’s not strictly comedy, more drama, but I do LOVE this movie. Bonus all the floppy hair your could want and cricket!


I could get all film studies cerebral and analytical if I wanted to call in the big guns, (waves at AB), but frankly I’m recommending these movies because I love them. End of story.

Want more on this subject?

I’ve a LBGTQ History board in my Pinterest account.

And a Recommended TV & Movies board.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}


  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.


Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Fashion plate, 1875 shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, 1875 shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lioness at Singapore Zoo

Lioness at Singapore Zoo

Your Tisane of Smart . . .



Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

5 (More) Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

Book News:

Reality’s A Bore says of Imprudence:

“I love how original the book is, the world Carriger has created, the history and lore to it, the characters and so on. It’s incredibly immersive and once you started reading you fall into the world, everything is so vivid and the author paints a picture with her words.”

Quote of the Day:

“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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13 Quirky Lesser Known Movies Gail Loves (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Mostly, for obvious reasons, I talk about books on this blog Gentle Reader. Today I decided on movies. I was in the shower speculating recently, as you do, about some of the movies I adore that no one seems to know about but that I feel sort of have the same feel as my own world. Not in specifics, but in, oh I don’t know, aura or something. Ugh, I’m waffling. I’ll stop now.

Here is a list of 13 movies that I think, if you like my books, you might enjoy watching but that, for some reason, no one ever seems to talk about…

  1. Center Stage ~ Yes it’s a cheesy dance movie but I have a horrible weakness for dance movies and this is one of the best and cheesiest. (Oh and there is a young Zoe Saldana in her first movie, chosen because yes – you’re not surprised – she’s a trained ballerina.)
  2. City Hunter ~ Jackie Chan as a comic book character, because, well he kind of is already. I will never understand why it didn’t get wide release in the US.
  3. Cold Comfort Farm ~ Just as charming as the book (how often does that happen?) with a KILLER cast.
  4. D.E.B.S. ~ Not what you thought it was from the trailer, lovely and sweet in the end, trappings of Disney’s bright color pallet with better romance than any Disney movie. Yes some of the acting is AWFUL, but I sill love it.
  5. I Can’t Think Straight ~ Culture clashing coming-out romance story of the best kind, mostly drama, but utterly delightful.
  6. Imagine Me & You ~ About falling in love with the right person, when already married to another right person. A bit over-dramatic at times bit it worked for me because I really liked all three in the love triangle, and the movie doesn’t cop out or make it easy for either the heroine (or the audience) to choose.
  7. Latter Days ~ Possibly my favorite movie of all time. Why aren’t you off watching it? Why aren’t I? (More on this amazing movie from Julie Bozza)
  8. Maurice ~ A poignant look at male love as a period drama (after the Wilde case) but also heart-wrenching self discovery and class commentary. Don’t worry it has a happy ending. (Foster’s original book is widely thought by critics to be semi-autobiographical.)
  9. Practical Magic ~ I guess this is better known than some of the others on this list, but I include it anyway. The book is different, but also quite enjoyable.
  10. Shelter ~ Surfers in love with each other but also learning to love family, duty, friends, and art. It’s a little stiff in places, very Indy, but worth the effort for the unmitigated charm.
  11. Shooting Fish ~ Con artists in action before Leverage and Oceans XX came along. Of course, there is also romance. Duh. It’s me.
  12. Tipping the Velvet ~ The feminine balance to Maurice, a Victorian set journey of self discovery that takes an oyster girl from the coast to a stage in London, to being a kept woman, to finding acceptance.
  13. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec ~ I swear I had heard of neither the book nor the movie before I wrote Soulless. (Finally available in the USA.)

Honorable mention to these not-movie-type-things

  • ShakespeaRe-Told: Season 1, Episode 3 The Taming of the Shrew ~ I LOVE the cross-dressing part (well, of course I do).
  • Regency House Party ~ Ridiculous premise for a dating meets reality show and yet so educational and entertaining regarding the Regency Era. Wish there had been more of them.

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Persons who have no turn for humour, and little perception of it, are apt to mistake mere coarseness for that amusing gift; and in trying to be diverting, often become vulgar—”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

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:
WiLoveBooks by Brinda says of E&E, “I loved the witty humor and the characters. There’s even a little mechanimal dog. And the sheer absurdity of girls learning how to flutter eyelashes and curtsy along side classes in poisoning is just entertaining.”

Quote of the Day:
“Even as she hesitated, the distance between them folded like a silk scarf, and she was face-to-face with him.”
~ Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

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In Which Gail Reviews Hysteria The Movie (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger


I finally saw Hysteria. I liked it. Funny and fun and good costumes and an amusing foray into the quirks of medical history.

I like Maggie Gyllenhaal very much as an actress, but I don’t think this is her best effort. Her accent slipped up a few times and I was always very conscious of her acting, if you know what I mean? It was like she was trying to be Minnie Driver. The length of the courtroom scene was rather jarring, and (like the courtroom scene in Dangerous Beauty) is destined to be fast forwarded every time one rewatches.

I thought Felicity Jones rather stole the movie, and is maturing into the kind of young lady I could see play Prudence in the new series. Of course, one spend the entire film waiting for Rupert Everett to reappear. But when is that not the case? I believe I am waiting for Rupert Everett to reappear right this very moment.

In summation, I laughed out loud several times. I would certainly say this movie is worth renting. It’s a nice break to have a costume drama that is funny and light and stays that way.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1920 Chicago

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Decayed Daguerreotypes

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Suffragettes and Tearooms

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
When Should You Stop Revising?
In my case, it’s when I have a deadline or another project that has to take precedence.

Book News:
Manga Vol. 2 Review from The Fandom Post

Quote of the Day:
“We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.”
~ William Osler

Guilty Pleasure Movies (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Resa Nelson, in the December 2009 Issue of Realms of Fantasy, compiled a contributors series on favorite guilty pleasure movies. I love this idea, so I thought I would do the same. I tend to think of these movies more as good flavor movies. Which is to say, Gentle Reader, if I see a movie that really upsets me I can go home and pop in one of these and it will make me feel better. They live at the very front of my DVD binder for easy access. For some reason I don’t have books that function the same way ~ perhaps books tap into a different part of the psyche.

Ever After ~ I have no idea why this Cinderella retelling featuring Drew Barrymore and Angelica Houston is so appealing, but it is. It could be that it ties back to my childhood love for the Slipper and the Rose. It also features Melanie Lynskey as one of the stepsisters, my choice of casting for Ivy Hisselpenny. The dialogue is stilted, the costuming questionable, and the accents atrocious but none of that seems to matter ~ watching this movie never fails to make me feel better.

Latter Days ~ Possibly the most romantic film ever made: party boy redeemed through the love of a good . . . Mormon? Yeah. Bring it. I can re-watch the ending scene where Christian drops the tray in surprise over and over again. Who knew the sexiest words in existence were “I hate the snow”?

Bend it Like Beckham ~ Girl power comedy featuring romantic interest Jonathan Rhys Myers in full on pouty-lipped tortured Irish mode. Who could ask for anything more? (Someday that boy with finally come out and my life will be complete, but I digress.) Not to mention in indomitable Juliet Stevenson as the white trash mother (or the British equivalent of white trash) trying to understand sports. In addition, we get: interracial difficulties, spunky girls with something to prove, gay best friend, makeover, sister bonding, victorious sports action, Bollywood dance, and beautiful saris. I find it odd anyone would not love this movie.

So those are my picks, and now, I’m dieing of curiosity. What are yours?

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
The Difference Engine on NPR.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Social Networking and the Author Mystique by Jason Pinter

CAKE in Space: Back from agent, but now I don’t have time for it.
Fellow LJer [info]lady_fellshot has some very witty things to say. “So, I had the joy of many laughs, chuckles, guffaws, giggles and one snort while reading Soulless. The writing style seemed like some weird melding of Jane Austen, Jim Butcher and Terry Pratchett. Very dry humor, scrupulous attention paid to 19th century societal mores with likable characters and pretty good action.”
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon & Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don’t read if you haven’t read the first book!
Blameless: Edits are back, that’s what I’ll be doing all day today and tomorrow.

Quote of the Day:
“Editors also know that the people who are really readers want to read. They hunger to read. They will forgive a vast number of clumsinesses and scamped work of every sort if the author will delight them just enough to keep them able to continue.”
~ William Sloane

Little Dorrit (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader, much todo with a stack of 12 reviews due the end of this week and I’m trying to finished Draft 2 of CAKE before May and Book the Third commence. So not been much blogging recently. I am ashamed to neglect you all so.

For research purposes, I highly recommend the BBC’s latest production of Dickens’s Little Dorrit. Not my favorite of his works, but in grand UK TV fashion they treat the story with loving care and great (12 hour) detail. It’s set a little earlier than strictly necessary, mid 1830s, but impeccably well done and brilliantly acted.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
The humans are dead.
Your Tisane of Smart:

from Hallmarks of Felinity
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Somehow I missed this. John Mortimer has died. Rumpole was a real favorite of mine throughout childhood, and I suspect Mortimer has had some undue influence on my writing as a result. RIP

CAKE in Space: Done with the red pen, working Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Steampunk short: Out with Gamma.

Quote of the Day:
“The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.”
~ Tom Clancy

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