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12 Days Until Christmas, Finishing School Style, Plus Gift Ideas for the Gail Carriger Fan In Your Life

Posted by Gail Carriger

12 days until Christmas, Gentle Reader, if that’s your thing. Here is a bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr.

Here are 12 Gift Ideas For Gail Carriger Fans:

1. Octopus Cookie Cutter ($6).

2. Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

3. Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

4. 1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

5. Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $13, come in range of colors.

6. Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cute! Perhaps Quesnel had one of these while a child.


7. Silver Octopus Tentacle Ear Cuff Wrap Earring
($23).

8. Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

9. Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

10. My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

11. Gail’s favorite Necklace pen in silver ($17) or gold ($8). I own both and wear them constantly. Standard gel refills.

Bumbersnoot necklace
Also there is also my Zazzle shop full of Gail Carriger branded merchandise. Everything from t-shirts to mugs to buttons.
{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • 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.

OUT NOW

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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1921A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

1921 A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It was one of those jolly, peaceful mornings that make a fellow wish he’d got a soul or something.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Book News:

Backwards Compatible says of Imprudence:

“With a great mix of humour and characters, Gail Carriger has created wonderfully rich world for Rue to explore. The best part is as yet she does not know what manner of adventures await though I’m hoping Carriger does. If you are new to Steampunk then this is a great series to look into and though I always say start at the beginning, you can jump into to Imprudence and still enjoy the ride.”

Quote of the Day:

“My new supervisor was a gruff old dude who liked the fact that I was a gruff young dude.”
~ Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

(Highly recommended for fans of contemporary m/m romance.)

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


Gifts for the Gail Carriger Uber Fan

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So, here are some gifts that I, in my limited expert experience on the subject, think that a Gail Carriger fan would really enjoy. Just getting into the spirit of the season.

Gifts for the Gail Carriger Fan

Sparkly fan! ($1.50) Silk Fan with Green Sequins for Dimity from Sophronia.

Parasol Straws ($3.50).

Octopus Cookie Cutter ($5).

Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

Fans of the Soulless manga series might like this adorable business card case featuring a parasol ($7).

Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $16, come in range of colors.

Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cuts! Perhaps Rue had one of these while a child.

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s preferred Tea Cozy ($11). Let the tiny cakes fly!


Silver Octopus Tentacle Ear Cuff Wrap Earring
($20).

Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Francisco Goya (Spanish artist, 1746-1828) The Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Millinery prints (1891 – 1896) by G. Gonin (France, active late 19th century) 
Image and text courtesy LACMA. Costume and Textiles 
http-_collections.lacma.org_node_240646

Very Ivy.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Deep Sea Robots Livestream Ocean Floor Landscapes, Creatures

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
A Literary History of Dot, Dot, Dot

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 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 (July 19, 2016)

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

Book News:
Sophie of So Many Books So Little Time says of Manners & Mutiny:
“This was a wonderful ending to a wonderful series and I’m glad I’ve got a whole other series of Carriger’s still to read.”

Quote of the Day:

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

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)


Soulless Vol 3 Manga, Will There Be More?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Today (November 19, 2013) the third volume in the manga adaptation of my books hits store in print form. Soulless Vol. 3 is the adaptation of Blameless, and will be the last in the series.

Wait! Did you say it’s the last installment of the manga?

Yes, it looks very like. REM is a little burnt out on the project, it’s been years of her drawing my characters, and I imagine she wants to draw her own (or something else, or nothing at all) for a while! I understand her feelings entirely and think Blameless makes a good ending for the manga. Plus, she included a special bonus ending. Also, frankly, it was a little odd to think about how to manga-up an inconvenienced Alexia for Heartless.

I think the first three hold as a trilogy. I’m happy with the decision, but since the manga creation process has been nothing but fun for me, I am a little sad to see that aspect end. I know many of you will be disappointed, unfortunately it is what it is.

I know you might be upset, but I do hope you understand why. And remember the last two books are waiting for you in their original form.

Madame Lefoux and Alexia cabinet card from Soulless Vol. 3

Tell us more about Soulless Vol. 3

I think this one may be the best. Perhaps it’s because Madame Lefoux gets so much screen time. Perhaps it’s the adventure format with dashing across Europe giving REM ample opportunity to exercise her mad landscape and steampunk skills. Perhaps it’s the happy ending, and an extra little dose of pleasure that came directly from REM’s imagination and which will satisfy many fans in ways I never did.

 

Is the series popular in Japan?

(via LadyAvalon in my Reddit AMA)

I believe the books are popular in Japan. My publishing house there is quick to do the translations and they were one of the first to buy the series: both good signs. But I don’t know for certain.

The manga has nothing to do with my Japanese translations. It’s done by Yen, one of a few American-based manga houses (hence the reason the book is read from left to right).

How’d the manga of Soulless came to be?

The head publisher of Yen and I met at BEA in 2009 and he complemented Soulless. I love manga so I got excited over his books. He hinted if I were ever interested in a graphic novel of my work… Was I ever! After Soulless did well, we pinged him to see if they were still interested in a manga adaptation and they were. They found REM, my amazing artist, and ta-da! I feel super lucky, it’s rare for any author to get a graphic novel adaptation unless they are crazy popular like George R.R. Martin. However, Japanese publishers remain uninterested in the manga. But recently the manga sold into translation to both France and Germany.

What about a manga of The Finishing School Books?

No word and, so far, no interest. I’d certainly be open to the possibility, although nervous that nothing could equal what a wonderful experience I had with the Parasol Protectorate adaptations.

Conall & Lyall cabinet card.

What else is going on?

1. I just returned home from Canada and my last event of 2013 (so much catch up to come).
2. Curtsies & Conspiracies made #5 on NYT YA Hardback bestseller list, THANK YOU so much for buying it!
3. I have an interview in Parade Magazine all about Curtsies.
4. We’re training a cat.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1930s-fashion-design

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

TOAST MUNSELL!!!!

Why can’t I buy one? Why!!!! I want it so bad.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tansy Time

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

via British Paintings “Aunties’s Best Bonnet” Beatrice Offor

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Almost done!
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US Out now! 
Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Print edition OUT NOW! 
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!
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2 (book 2), Soulless Vol. 3 (book 3) out now!
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, and Fairy Debt

Book News:
Kirkus Reviews the first volume of the manga.  “The Parasol Protectorate’s first volume, Soulless, is a love story, and I don’t read love stories. Yet, I read this one and loved it, and when the time came, I picked up the graphic novel of the same name: Soulless: The Manga, Volume 1.”

Quote of the Day:

via FB

10 Things Gail Learned at the Nova Albion Steampunk Convention

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

1. No matter how many packing lists, I will forget something, often multiple somethings.
2. Tea tastes better out of a pretty cup, however Earl Grey still tastes like furniture polish no matter what.
3. People will not let the lavender-meets-food mutually-destructive relationship go. It’s time. It was wrong from the get go. Just give it up. Lavender is for Grandmama’s soap and pretty much nothing else.
4. Hotel food seems to improve after hotel renovation. Hooray for that.
5. Unfortunately, hotels will retain and display the worst wall art, even after renovation. Much to our amusement, the infamous “baby blue truckers peeing in the bayou” paintings still reside in most rooms of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
6. No one does the shampoo hair commercial flip like Thomas Willeford.

Gail & Thomas
Self & Thomas flashing the hair

7. It takes a small convention to give a good panel spread on all aspects of publishing.
8. Steampunk be like faire: yes I know your face, no I don’t remember your name.
9. It will always require two takes to film Gail, perhaps it’s the vampire in her, but the first one just never works.
10. In line with that, the first take will always be the better one…of course.

Gail Girls
Rachel of Ruby Blackbird; self; Christiana
More about the convention to come, and if you want the inside scoop on my outfits hit up Retro Rack for all the details. I have no secrets.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Gail and @clockworkbyrde via Jeanine Gray
Gail and @clockworkbyrde via Jeanine Gray on Facebook

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Bumbersnoot Pin
Mechanimal pin spotted!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Necklace
Laser cut cog necklaces that actually works to fiddle with. Hours of entertainment.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Why Some Books Are Harder to Write Than Others

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Writing rough draft.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date November 2013. My ARCs have arrived, contest to come.
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.


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

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

The manga editions available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW, The second Finishing School book ~ Nov. 5, 2013

Book News:
Aaron Michael Ritchey‘s Completely UNAUTHORIZED Interview with Steampunk Goddess Gail Carriger

RubyBlackBirdPin
Pin by Ruby Blackbird

Quote of the Day:
An Obvious Mistake.
An advertisement has appeared in nearly all the papers, announcing as a “novel thrilling attraction” that
“Two ladies will make their ascent on Monday evening next, suspended from the car of the Royal Cremorne Balloon.”
There is evidently some mistake in the announcement of this unwomanly and degrading exhibition. We cannot well allow that to be an “ascent” where the parties engaged so completely lower themselves.”
~ Punch July 1853

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Happy Birthday tickers

 

Holiday Fun: Books as Gifts Part 1 Soulless

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The book basket!

This is an idea shamelessly taken out of the Romance Community, but it is such a good idea! I can’t help myself. I recently parroted on about it on the SF Signal podcast and have decided to do a few companion blogs on the subject.

If you have a friend/loved one who is a voracious reader why not consider a signed copy of a book from an author you know they love, accompanied by a basket of items themed to that book? My local indy Borderlands has many signed books available. Give them a call or try your own local establishment (like Murder by the Book, Tattered Cover, Powells, Book People, or Mysterious Galaxy). They will usually have authors in town drop by and sign stock.

Anyway, so here’s the idea: once you have the book, signed or not, then build a basket of fun around that book.

For example: the Parasol Protectorate books
1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from the local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

Soulless Tea Party themed (can use Soulless, Soulless: The Manga Vol. 1, or the Parasol Protectorate boxed set)

I have lots of additional ideas and food thoughts in my blog post on How to Throw a Parasol Protectorate tea.

Next up in this blog I’ll do a fantasy book basket idea for Changeless but in the meantime I’m interested in your thoughts. Anything you’ve run across that would fit with this theme? Suggestions for good recipes? Other books that might work with this basket?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1920s Parasols

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
tea swirl

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Liquid Glacial Table by-Zaha Hadid Architects
Liquid Glacial Table by-Zaha Hadid Architects

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
You Can’t Just Leave Out The Boring Parts

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Working first draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.


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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

Book News:
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 a #1 New York Times bestseller in the Graphic Novel List!

Quote of the Day:
“Cakes and bonbons suitable for tennis parties are legion, and, as a rule the one thing to be observed in selecting them is to avoid stickiness or surprises.”
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

Daisypath Wedding tickers
My darlings please recall, this is my blog and I am goddess of this little corner of the interwebs. You are always welcome to comment, as I am to delete said comments. As my dear mum often murmurers: if you haven’t anything nice to say then please don’t stay anything at all. Also: Thou shalt not commit Logical Fallacies.


Convention Report ~ Nimrod Writer’s Conference 2012

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I have returned from Tulsa Oklahoma and the Nimrod Writer’s Conference, my penultimate event of 2012. I had a marvelous time. Fortunately for me, the lovely Talia warned me via twitter that the weather had turned quite cold. I snatched up my much loved and rarely used Pink Blanket Coat of Doom (yes, you read that right) and was warm as a, um, warm thing? the entire stay.

JacketPinkFull

Tulsa is a great deal more ~ How to put this delicately? ~ up-and-coming, than I had anticipated in my snooty California way. This, for example, was the amazing view from my hotel room.

TulsaView

There are also food trucks, on of which served up Kmichi Fries. Did I order them? Of course I did.

FoodTruck
The Truck

KimchiFries
The Fried

I was also informed that Tulsa boasts an anglophile West End, hipsters with ironic facial hair, and stills resist the idea of Southern Sweet Tea (yes!!!). The hotel bed was puffy and deliciously comfortable. I scored a salad with seared ahi tuna at the grill downstairs that wasn’t overcooked or overdressed. (It’s my firm belief that only salads can be overdressed, in all other cases it’s best to make the effort extraordinaire.) As a result of all this, I pronounce the city Most Civilized indeed.

Although, I could not get tea at teatime on a Sunday. Le sigh.

NimrodDay2GailTalia
Self and my angel of warmth, Talia

Nimrod is a literary conference. I was the only genre writer. Thus I presumed that I was there to represent the “genre meets commercial Read It Because You Enjoy It” cause. I hope I fought well and academically in defense of the frivolous. Yahveh! I hurled 200 years of critical bashing of genre fiction squarely at the foot of Anne Radcliffe and then drilled a sleepy Saturday afternoon crew on the subject of Gothic Literature as the Root of Everythign good (including steampunk) in a hopefully awe inspiring (but mostly just comical) manor. Conference attendees left my classroom looking slightly shell shocked, which, in my book, is all you can ask for from students.

GailTeachingDay2

I met the Poet Laureate of the United States 2011-2012, Phillip Levine, a charming and decidedly amusing gentleman, as well as whole host of other amazing writers of every ilk.

PhillipLevinePoetLauret

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Gift
Beautifully wrapped gift from Samantha of Bohemian Romance
What’s inside? See my Retro Rack post on the convention

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Book
Gift from Talia, fab book on Cherokee Nation full of wonderful period photos.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Novel Editing

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


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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

Book News:
BoxSet
Available now!
The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless (Alexia Tarabotti)

Quote of the Day:
“Sir Francis Walsingham, born in Kent, 1536; died, 1590. He was a celebrated statesman, and secretary to Queen Elizabeth: his integrity was so great, that he died extremely poor. Britons own much to Walsingham, as the zealous supporter of the Protestant religion, the encourager of navigation, arts, and sciences; and one of his favourite maxims should be deeply impressed upon the minds of youth, “knowledge is never too dear.””
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830


Sword & Laser Ep. 14 ~ Author Guide to Gail Carriger

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For those who somehow missed it, I trotted up north to appear on the Sword & laser video cast recently. It was a blast. Even if you aren’t interested in seeing me prattle on, I highly recommend scrubbing through to the end to see the white board cartoon on the subjected of the Parasol Protectorate series. It is adorable!

Sword & Laser

I have a blog about the outfit over on Retro Rack.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Bombay, officers, flirtation, old friends, tea & the real reason for the visit uncovered at last!
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Awaiting copy edits.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

Book News:
The Parasol protectorate Boxed Set is coming! The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless (Alexia Tarabotti)

Quote of the Day:
“A parasol boasts more virtues than the eminently practical one of shading the eyes from the impertinent rays of the sun. It gives an air of smartness to the summer girl.”
~ Parasol quote from a 1909 newspaper


All About Parasols

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Received a missive once, yes, Gentle Reader, in the Mail, all about parasols. What does it say about my character that I found this rather dry reading absolutely fascinating? My concerned correspondent was a member of the Victorian Society and had just attended, of all marvelous things, a parasol covering workshop. I learned some interesting things:

    • early parasol ribs were made of bone, like corsets
    • parasols were particularly popular after the 1860’s as hats began to decrease in size but the pale complexion was still de rigueur
    • handles started out short (under 28″) and grew longer as decades passed, longest during the Edwardian era when the parasol could rest on the floor and handle came up to the lady’s waistline (some parasols had handles that collapsed down for easy storage)
    • early Victorian fashion plates show parasols the size of handkerchiefs, with a 1-to-1 handled-shade ratio, diameters increased over time as well
    • the truly fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit
    • a parasol was one of the most popular gifts for a lover to give his sweetheart, and was often part of the groom’s gift to has new bride
    • they were made from lace, cotton, or silk
    • could be trimmed in anything from silk tassels, to cotton lace, to crystal beads 
    • Parasol Language: Carrying it elevated in the left had – desiring acquaintance. Carrying it elevated in the right had – you are too forward.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay, I’ve paused writing for . . .
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Received next pass edits, second major revision under way.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

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

Book News:
Just Book reading

Quote of the Day:
“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
~ Oscar Wilde


San Diego Comic Con ~ Did Gail Obey Her Own Rules?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 


So, before I start a day-by-day summation, Gentle Readers, I am sure at least a few of you are out there wondering whether I followed my own rules at the Godzilla of Conventions ~ San Diego Comic Con.

Comic Con

Gail’s Favorite 10 Convention Commandments ~ Did She Follow Them?

1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule. At least six hours sleep, two full meals (one of them a big breakfast), and one bath.
Yes. I usually try for 8, 3, 2. I ended up around 7, 2, 1.5 I managed a swim, hot tub mini soak, and shower every morning, and soaked my feet every night (saved my bacon that did). I ate a good big breakfast from the hotel (egg white omelet, lots of veg, a decent espresso) and managed some kind of dinner at some point of an evening, mostly delicious. Lunch rather got lost but I had snacks and tea so I made it fine.

Dinner Thursday

2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
Because of the swim I had to slather on coconut skin cream each day followed by sun screen ~ so I did small a bit like food. I remembered my deodorant every day. Although I did panic on Saturday thinking I had forgotten.

3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
Yes!

4. Thou shalt wear layers.
Didn’t need them. After the first day out and about, I left my wraps behind during the day, only needing them at night. I found my vintage wear plus nylons was perfect for the inside AC and I was only a tad warm Saturday standing out in the hot sun in a corset. The only time I was cold was at the Eisners.

5. Honor thy moderator.
I hope so. You’d have to ask them.

Gail & Moderator Dina

6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, floss individually wrapped toothpicks, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
Sigh, I did loose my badge on Sunday ~ story to come. I had ID and needed it at the bars in the evening, never really needed business cards, always remembered my phone (which is amazing in an of itself, and I used it!), had cash (but never needed it), used the mints and offered them to others, substituted little individually wrapped tooth picks for floss (so useful, new favorite thing), carried handkerchiefs, had and took pain killers, no room for compact (contemplating investing in a baby-sized one), had and ate snacks (very important), ending up buying water inside the convention center more than anything else. I’m a bit of a snob about tap water, yech. The AB was militant on the matter of my staying hydrated.
Could I just say? ALWAYS take a mint if you are being offered one! Always. Sometimes it is a very delicate hint. Take the hint, protect the innocent.

7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
They plopped them in on me at breakfast one morning but I caught it in time. I missed my egg whites with salsa fresca (a favorite start to the day) but it was worth it.

8. Thou shalt follow the protocols of cosplay. (No realistic weapons, no sticky substances AKA the PB & J rule, no view obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed dimensions.)
I had no difficulties personally on this front with others. I accidentally beaned one person with my parasol but both person and parasol emerged unscathed. I apologized profusely. So embarrassing.

Gail & Bruce

9. Thou shalt not put a backpack on a large man. (Nothing worse than being a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding Sasquatch, particularly on planes.)
There were many offenders but I avoided being knocked out myself.

10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.
I hope I avoided this, you will get to judge for your self over on Retro Rack for the next few weeks.

Gail Sunday San Diego Harbor

Gail’s Favorite 10 Comic Con Commandments ~ Did She Follow Them?

1. Thou shalt apply the buddy system and schedule places and times to meet.
Yes, and I learned you have to be very very precise. The deck outside the mezzanine level is a good spot. And if you are staying at the Hilton Bayfront this is also the very best way to get into and out of the convention period. After getting my badge I never once went in via the front of the convention center. Apart from that, texting seemed to work pretty well for organizing meet-ups, nothing else did.

Teh Steampunk Gathering on Saturday

2. Thou shalt make friends in line and speak loudly when leaving the buddy (to save your space) so those around know you will return. (But do not do so with only 15 minutes left.)
Fortunately for me, I never had to wait in line. I also didn’t really got to any panels, I was awful busy with my own stuff. I must have missed some good things though, the lines were insane.

Hall H Line

3. Thou shalt not walk the entire exhibition hall in one day. (For low it is four miles or more to do all the isles, sayith Tom Galloway.)
I really only went in on Thursday (to say hi to my publisher and sign the swag) and a bit on Sunday. It was too crowded for me the rest of the time and I was mainly unimpressed with the wears. The commercial stuff doesn’t interest me and the artisans were the same as turn up at regular SF/F conventions or steampunk gatherings or faire (better buy then when it’s less crazy). The small press and artist sections were fun but by comparison, not really that big.

Exhibit Hall

4. Remember the bathroom locations, keep them holy.
Absolutely. Again I found he ones on the upper two levels were best, I still stood in line, but never that long.

5. Honor thy fellow author’s survival tips.
I tried very hard. The biggest tip I didn’t blog about was the back Mezzanine entrance (see above). Invaluable.

6. Thou shalt wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
Yes! I wore wingtip derby flats the whole time, and thank goodness I did. I would have liked heels for the evening events within the hotel, but I’m glad I wore flats  because even when we took a taxi we often ended up walking the last six blocks back to the hotel. It was faster in the gaslight district.

Note the flats?

7. Thou shalt not commit to cab or pedi-cab without address. (And in the case of a pedi-cab, price up front.)
I should amend this by adding it’s a good idea to follow the cab’s doings on your phone GPS if you have it as well. And correct the driver when he goes astray. With one exception, every taxi I took was utterly inexcusably incompetent. I have had this experience in San Diego before. I should add that in the future, if I go again, I’m scheduling all dinners and other meetings within the vicinity of my hotel. No taxis!

8. Thou shalt leave thirty minutes to an hour to get anywhere.
Once I found the flow and knew where I was going and used the back entrance to the convention, I only needed 15 minutes from my hotel.

9. Thou shalt not ask unto thee inane questions of security guards (stormtroopers are more helpful).
I almost never spotted a storm trooper and the one time I asked a security guard he was very helpful indeed, but then I only wanted to know the nearest exit.

Spotted Storm Trooper!

10. Thou shalt not covet an over-abundance of swag. (Or, thou shalt plan ahead with a prepaid shipping boxes.)
I had a prepaid USPS flat rate box, the concierge promised to ship it to us. We shall see when we get it. The hotel also had UPS so we could have done that on Monday instead. The AB only collected enough swag to fill the one small box, after all it wasn’t really the reason we were there. We probubly could have fit it into our suitcases.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Spotted in the wilds of SDCC 2012

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Dog on a Motorcycle!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Kids With Signs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Your Kids On Books

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. I know, still stalled, I’m back to writing today.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

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

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

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
Carina Erk
 I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and for all!
The Parasol Protectorate gets a new member.

Quotes of the Day:
Favorites from the convention:

“Gail, I must say your fans are the best dressed.”
~ Derek the Darling 5AB Room King (all my panels were in 5AB)

“Gail, I must say you have the politest fans.”
~ One of the Mysterious Galaxy Minions (who handled both my signings)

Politest and best dressed? Yes!!!!


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