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Imprudence Extras: How Primrose Stocks an Airship Medical Cabinet

Posted by Gail Carriger

Primrose is particularly good at her job of ship’s purser (and chief of supplies) aboard the Spotted Custard. Although I will say, Gentle Reader, that in Imprudence, Rue rather stretches her dear friend’s abilities in this arena.

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One of Primrose’s jobs consists of stocking the medicine cabinet on board the Spotted Custard. Lady Maccon is rather infamous for insisting that either vinegar or bicarbonate of soda could solve all of life’s ills, however her daughter is a bit more (shall we say) prudent on these matters.

Victorian Medicine Chest

I’ve listed the items as the Victorians might have. [In brackets is the use or perceived use and/or more modern term.] I hope it goes without saying that this is in no way a suggested medical selection for modern times. However, this is the internet, so I’m saying it.

A Household Medicine Cabinet 1870s ~ 1900

1. Powdered ipecacuanha [induce vomiting]
2. Purgative powder [laxative]
3. Sulphate of quinine [malaria treatment]
4. Chlorodyne [chloroform and morphine tincture] & laudanum [opiate in alcohol, often sherry]
5. Carbolic acid [antiseptic]
6. Castor oil [Ricinus]
7. Eno’s fruit salts
8. One bottle each of M’Kesson and Robbin’s compound podophyllin and aloes and myrrh pills [for warts and verrucas, also purgative]
9. Stick of nitrate of silver [antibacterial, often used in eyes for conjunctivitis, skin infections, ulcers]
10. Cholera pills
11. Iodine [used on rashes and wounds]
12. Tabloids of antipyrin and phenacetin [analgesic and antipyretic]
13. Aspirin [willow bark extract]
14. Salicylate of soda [pain relief, for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis]
15. Boracic acid [disinfectant]
16. Cough lozenges
17. Tabloids of grey powder [mercury in calk, mainly purgative and antisyphilitic]
18. Kay’s essence of linseed [coughs and colds]
19. Clean undyed squares of cotton, wool, linen
20. Oiled silk
21. Roll of adhesive plaster
22. Bandages [usually linen]
23. Dressing forceps

Medical Provision and Hygiene

Gail’s Sources:

I drew up this list from a combination of sources:

Foote‘s Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk (American 1871)

Southgate’s Things A Lady Would Like to Know (English 1876)

Davidson’s Hints to Lady Travellers (English 1889)

Steel & Gardiner’s The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (1898, revised). Steel also includes recipes for common ailments, unfortunately not gun shot wounds.

 

via @photosandbacon  Iron Cordial, King of Tonics, 1886 includes a remedy for being female

 

Other Blog Posts on Victorian Health & Medicine

 

via @photosandbacon

 

Now don’t even get me started on Victorian cosmetics.

Advertisement for Fould’s arsenic complexion wafers by H B Fould in New York, 1901. (Photo by Jay Paull_Getty Images)

 

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Sample the First Chapter of Imprudence!

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.

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2Imprudence

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1895 via @AngelaKCouch Twitter Parasol, design c.1895-1900

1895 via @AngelaKCouch Twitter Parasol, design c.1895-1900

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Bookworm: Part Bookshelf, Part Cocoon Chair

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Seaside Fashions of the 19th Century

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Overcoming Awkward Fear of the Romance Genre

Book News:

Interview on No Don’t Die

Quote of the Day:

“I expect I shall feel better after tea.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse, Carry on, Jeeves

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


Imprudence Teaser ~ Things I’ve Had to Research

Posted by Gail Carriger

One of the best things about being an author, Gentle Reader, is all the odd things I end up having to look up. Here’s a non-spoiler window into some of the things I had to research, investigate, or cogitate while working on Imprudence, as well as a few writer-beast revelations.

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Weird Goings On

Mid 1850’s Fern Fad: “Women collected and classified ferns, the cultivated and bred ferns, the made outdoor ferneries, the dried, pressed, mounted and framed ferns. They made splatter pictures of them.” ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

Quarrel is a wonderful word, and seemingly quite British sounding.

Queen Victoria had some pretty kicking mourning gowns after Albert died. But she doesn’t seem to be particularly fond of the normally ubiquitous crape. Perhaps she wore it early on and then went towards light mourning, keeping with black silks and velvets but trimming in lace and fringe and such? Anyway, this lead me down a mourning dress rabbit hole.

 

via CVLT Nation

 

One little “a” makes all the difference in managed versus manged.

Heterochromia iridum.

Introducing: Rue’s best day dress. Since the second book is set in October 1895 the dress is ahead of its time, but you know me, I am weak in the face of polka dots.

 

1897-1898  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Incidentally, I keep track of Rue & Prim’s various dresses by storing the images by chapter for each book. (When I am using actual historic pictures.) Otherwise outfits are concocted based on descriptions out of the big blue book of Victorian dress AKA English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide. I use this book so much that, having noticed it is also available as an ebook, I bought it again, so as to have it with me when on the move. I’m a sucker.

Games for Spoo & Virgil

  • blind-man’s-buff
  • hide-and-seak
  • puss in the corner
  • tick-tack-to
  • leap-frog

 

The discovery of oxygen. I think there is a word for when multiple scientists discover the same important thing at (basically) the same time in disconnected locals (Kuhn would mutter something about dominant paradigms and the structure of scientific revolutions but that’s neither here nor there, unless you’re an entomologist, in which case it’s both) but I can’t remember what that word is.

On the horrid atmosphere in Victorian London. R. John Simon, London’s first medical officer, noted in Paris the “transparance of air, the comparative brightness of all colour, the visibility of distant objects, the cleanliness of faces and buildings, instead of our opaque atmosphere, deadened colours, obscured distance, smutted faces and black architecture.”  ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

Some interesting descriptive words used to describe a Worth skirt (for Prim):
  • basques
  • hollowing scallops
  • velvet arabesques
  • pannier puffs

 

via steampunk-art- tumble     Steampunk Art

 

Things that didn’t make it into the book but likely should have…

 

What would Rue’s theme food be?

  • Red Currant Clafoutis ~ right look and feel with the red currents gloating in the custard, spotted & custard and red like the ladybug balloon. But perhaps not British sounding enough? Then again Rue is an explorer and world traveler.
  • Eccles Cake + Custard ~ very British name, just confusing enough to be exotic to American readers, Rue does adore puff pastry, but the currents are not really floating in a spotty manner, and the custard is in sauce form, more as Americans would think of pudding.
  • Spotted Dick ~ later on in history than Rue, this boiled/steamed pudding is associated with schoolboys, perhaps a little crass in terminology even for our intrepid heroine, however sounds like an STD, also not a custard but served with a custard sauce.

 

Votes? Something better to suggest?

 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Toilettes for Summer  May 1898 Delineator  Canadian Museum of History

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Trigger the Cat

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Queen Victoria, a polka, and 8,000 soldiers 1853

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Bookshelf Chair

Book News:
Sam Wachter of Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup says: “Prudence was totally worth waiting for, given all the hiccups before its release. It’s as sassy as the Parasol Protectorate series, but still has it’s own distinctive voice and sense of humour.”

Quote of the Day:

“She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say “when”. ”

― P.G. Wodehouse

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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Cover Art Poll Results ~ The Ultimate Champion

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This is exciting, Gentle Reader. Two of my covers were neck and neck the whole time. And the winner by a very slim margin is…

The Soulless special edition from Subterranean Press. (Insert wild applause here.)

Here’s the final pie chart. (PIE!)

As you can see Waistcoats & Weaponry gave Soulless Ltd a run for her money, coming is an astonishingly close second, with Prudence and then Soulless the original bringing up the rear.

 

Thank you all so much for voting!

To answer a question I’m getting a lot on social media: yes, this may indeed influence future covers on the self-publishing side of things, but not right away. Frankly the Poison or Protect cover was already taking cues from W&W (because it’s one of my favorites) and because it’s an adult spin off from that series.

I’ll keep the special edition in mind if I do my own collected special editions. For example, if/when self publishing ever makes it easy to do hard cover editions. Also I will certainly look with greater interest at the Prudence cover for inspiration. I kind of discounted it and now I see that I shouldn’t have done so.

Thanks again!

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, May 1, 1858 v. 39, plate 105

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The First Kiss in Cinema (1896)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Answering Nature’s Call in Paris in 1800s

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
High Fantasy Vs. Epic Fantasy

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: Working developmental edit. Cover reveal to come. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art photo.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

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:

Quote of the Day:
“Aunt Dahlia was drinking something that smelled like a leak in the gas-pipe, and I thought for a moment that it was that that made her twist up her face.”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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Cover Art Polls, Results & Pick the Ultimate Winner!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, my dear Gentle Reader. I ran a series of polls recently to do with cover art. I just wanted to get a feel for the prevailing opinions on my cover art out there. Partly out of pure curiosity. Partly with an eye towards my own hybrid work coming up.

Since Google forms now provides nifty pie charts (PIE!) I thought you would like to see the results for yourselves.

The Parasol Protectorate

Not unsurprisingly the clear winner was Soulless, the original. This powerful cover got me where I am today. All hail Donna, her parasol, and some serious pink slashes!

The Finishing School

I was delighted to see Waistcoats & Weaponry walk away with this win. Certainly one of my favorite covers, partly because that’s my fan. Also, I like a cover where the model is looking out at you, confrontational and powerful. Plus you all know how I feel about teals and greens. Love love.

Custard Protocol

Not really a fair fight since there are only two books in this series, so far. And one of them isn’t even published yet. Still, here we have it!

Other Covers

For the sake of international interest I included a few of my covers from outside the USA (I basically just chose my favorites of the sets, one each of the German covers and the second omnibus and the new limited edition hardcover.) The winner was, to my delight, the Subterranean Soulless!

So now, to make it utterly impossible for you, I am asking you to pick your favorite of these four! I know, I know, I’m mean. But inquiring minds want to know.

Who wins fan favorite Gail Carriger cover? Only you can decide

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 123

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Welcome to the World of Library Bars

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Types of Apostrophe Errors You Should Avoid

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: Developmental edit. Cover art reveal to come. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

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:
20 Books Recommended By People with Chronic Illness for People with Chronic Illness (Parasol Protectorate made the list)

Quote of the Day:
“Lady Grenville thinks that one can reduce one’s figure by eating only grapes. Lord Grenville drinks even more claret than most gentlemen and is far fatter. (Evidently one must eat the grapes and not drink them.)”
~ Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia

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Prudence Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Just FYI, Gentle Reader, it is Steampunk Hands Around the World month. I’ll be posting something eventually in accordance with the theme “A Few of My Favorite Steampunk Things.” Hop on over to the Airship Ambassador if you want to read along or participate.

In honor of Prudence now being available in paperback, here are some deleted scenes from that book.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t yet read it.

Since this series is currently being written, please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers for this series AND both other series (since this is chronologically last). Read at your own risk.

 Paris – Sur le pont de la Concorde, 1890 via @valmad76 Twitter

Prudence Deleted Scenes

Percy on Rue’s Lightskirt Outfit
Percy said, probably just to contradict, because he never noticed such things, “I think she looked smashing.”
“Thank you, Percy.”
“And disease free.”
“Thank you Percy.”
He evaluated her over this spectacles. “With only a touch of the street side doxy.”
“Thank you, Percy!”

Dama & Uncle Biffy Conflict over Shopping with Rue & Primrose
Dama took Prim’s deviance from her mother’s questionable taste as a point of personal pride. When, in fact, Rue suspected Uncle Rabiffano had more of an effect. Uncle Rabiffano was a very odd sort of werewolf. He often shopped with them, and was always open to advise on outfit coordination, hair, and hats. Adoring him as she did, Primrose was wide open to his influence. Fortunately, Uncle Biffy was the most fashionable member of Rue’s father’s household. Which wasn’t saying much, when one considered Lord Maccon and his pack. But was saying a great deal if pitted against Rue’s adopted father and all the drones. Lord Akeldama’s taste was flashy, Uncle Rabiffano’s was elegant. Both girls had adored Dama’s style when they were six, but now they sought Rabiffano’s council and Lord Akeldama’s approval afterward. It was a delicate wardrobe situation that Rue only managed to balance because the two gentlemen lived in separate houses. They both knew, of course, that the other had influence. It took a great deal of wheedling to convince each that the other didn’t have too much influence.

Walking dresses in “The Girl’s Own Annual,” 1890 via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Rue’s Mother’s Profession
Her mother’s profession, that of secret preternatural advisor to Queen Victoria, sometime spymaster, and member of the Shadow Council, was supposed to be just that . . . secret. Only Britain’s most respectable vampires and werewolves, and a select handful of progressive politicians, even knew of the Shadow Council’s existence let alone the muhjah. Rue had never quite figured out what her mother specifically did, but it certainly kept said mother busy most nights. Her Paw had once said, not entirely sarcastically, that, “It is a position that allows my darling wife to meddle on as wide a scale as possible. She has the whole Empire to organize and terrorize. Keeps her mostly out of household business, offspring. I should be grateful, if I were you.” Rue had taken this as advise, and given her mother’s personality, been very grateful indeed.

Regarding Aunt Ivy’s becoming a vampire, Rue’s birth, & Lady Kingair’s metamorphsis
Rue’s parents had been roundly blamed for all three accidents. But they were collectively so powerful, all the complaining and grumbling was conducted behind their backs. Each ignored accusations of misconduct in their own special way – her mother by willful ignorance, her father by pure cussed obtuseness, and Dama by constant distraction.

Matej Sternen (Sloven artist, 1870-1949).jpg

Lady Kingair in a Pickle
The werewolf’s smile broadened. “Kingair can only act under orders from the Shadow Council when they do not conflict with the brigadier. It is a curious position to be in as a pack, for we are now getting two sets of orders: one from the Dewan at home, to give their agent time, and the other from the brigadier, to rescue his kidnapped wife. Lady Kingair, as you might imagine, is not happy to be placed in this situation. Her position is already tenuous, as a female Alpha she is not permitted official rank in the British Army.”

Percy Doesn’t Like Lady Kingair
“Somehow, I feel he’ll be more forthcoming than my dear little niece.”
“Your niece? Oh, Lady Kingair. Yes, you’re probably right in that. A most disagreeable female.”
“Come now, Percy, was she not instantly enamored of you? How unpleasant to have to earn a lady’s regard for once.” Rue stood, hoping Percy would take the hint. After a moment, he stood as well, gathering up his book and making his way to her door. Rue felt a little bad about her teasing. After all, Prim was right, poor Percy didn’t seek out feminine attention on purpose.

Heat of India
Spoo was napping with the other decklings in her hammock. Above decks was as stiffing as bellow had been. The sun beat down, the day murky with stirred up dust and sediment, the mudflats and waters still. Even the sky rail seemed to be slumbering, the mechanical elephant still and silent above Colaba Station. Everyone waited for the worst of the day’s heat to pass.

“A Stroll on the Beach” by Michael Ancher, 1896 via @MimiMatthewsEsq Tumblr

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 1890-1910 Knut Ekwall – Anne Sophie Ekenmann via history-of-fashion tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
NYPL Releases High-res scans of old books & manuscripts

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. 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:
Ingrid De Vrieze of Babelio says of Timeless: “Une fin de saga exceptionnelle.”

Quote of the Day:
“The man behind the bar told us the things were called Green Swizzles; and, if ever I marry and have a son, Green Swizzle Wooster is the name that will go down on the register…”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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Prudence Available In Trade Paperback Tomorrow

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

“…author of some of the most pronounced and widely-read tripe ever put on the market.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Prudence hits shelves in trade paperback size tomorrow, Gentle Reader. I know many of you are particular fans of this edition.

Here’s some background fun bits and bobs for you, to celebrate the release…

Inspiration behind Prudence

Praise for Prudence

Stacie Penney of The Words Nerds says:
“Honestly, the whole thing pulls together many elements that I really like from Carriger’s novels — women who are in charge, men who admire them, sassy conversations, and devices galore.”

Karissa on Hidden by Pages says:
“I think this is Carriger’s best series yet.”

Candace’s Book Blog says:
“I don’t even know how to put this book to justice. There’s no way I can possibly explain how much I loved this. I loved the humor and the absolute silly ridiculousness. The characters were quirky, fun, delightful, and so much more. It was so well rounded and so well done…”

All About Romance says of the audiobook:
“It took just minutes to realize that Moira Quirk is the perfect narrator for this book, bringing the right sense of humor and tone to every character. Yes, indeed, some are rather over the top – Lord Akeldama most notably – but that’s exactly how Ms. Carriger writes the characters.”

Prudence in Japan

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1890s Arthur Hopkins (British artist, 1848-1930) Woman by the Sea

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Minnesota Brothers Create 18-Foot Snow Octopus

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
10 Surprising Facts About Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Examining the Wonderful World of Steampunk: Maritime Terrorists, Time Travelers, and Mad Science

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Awaiting copy edits. 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:
JL Dribble says of The Curious Case: “This story serves as a lovely taste of the shared world of Gail Carriger’s three series, the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, and Finishing School, in terms of both world-building and writing style.”

Quote of the Day:
“The sort of girl who reduces you to pulp with sixteen sets of tennis and a few rounds of golf and then comes down to dinner as fresh as a daisy, expecting you to take an intelligent interest in Freud.”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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Casting Prudence the Movie (and Disinfectant Sunflowers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello, dear Gentle Reader. One of the questions I often get is how I might dream cast my books. It’s a fun mental exercise, although I’m not married to any casting and pretty open to other people’s thoughts. My only restriction is that the person be able to do a proper British accent, which, frankly leaves most Americans well out of it. I may not be able to do one myself, but I sure can tell when it’s off. And it drives me bonkers. Anyway, here we go…

Dream cast for Prudence

Rue (Prudence Akeldama): Jessica Brown Findlay

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Best known for her tragic role as Lady Sybil in Downton Abby, I chose Jessica Brown Findlay mainly because she can (obviously) do the right upper crust accent for Rue. Also, I think she would have fun with a more upbeat cheerful role. Rue is often described as round and jolly and while this actress is skinny (aren’t they all?) she does have a sweet round expressive face which I think could do well for my main character.

Primrose Tunstell: Felicity Jones

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Primrose is Rue’s best friend and main confidant. Rue and Prim look a little alike, in fact they use this in their schemes, often pretending to be the rich and feckless “Hisselpenny sisters.” Occasionally, they will even switch names when visiting those who don’t know them by sight (most do know them by reputation). Primrose is more reserved and interested in manners and organization than Rue. I’m thinking of Felicity‘s portrayal of the sister in Hysteria (Emily Dalrymple) when casting Primrose.

Frankly, given the skill of both the above actresses, I could also see Felicity play Rue and Jessica play Primrose. Another good alternate for either? Daisy Ridley

Percy Tunstell: Simon Woods

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I know Simon Woods from Cranford and I was thinking of him as the physical model as I wrote Percy. I don’t know if he is a natural redhead but he looks good as one. I think he could play the part of stuck up bookish weirdly irresistible Percy beautifully. Although, I bet Tom Felton could also do a great job.

Quesnel Lefoux: Freddie Stroma

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Quesnel is French, raised in England, but bilingual and educated in France. I want a really boyish cheerful clownish feel for him, but also an actor able to show strong emotion and sex appeal. Quesnel is at least ten years older than the three other main characters, so he could be played by an actor in his 30s. When I describe him in the books, I was thinking someone like Alex Pettyfer (possibly too pretty?) crossed with young Leonardo DiCaprio. So I basically ended up with Freddie Stroma. But can he put a tiny hint of French into his accent? That’s the question. If not, one wonders: how good is Vincent Lecoeur’s English? Then again I’ve had a long running affection for Charlie Hunnam (from his Queer as Folk days, naturally) but he’s gotten awfully weather beaten (I blame Sons of Anarchy).

I guess I am picking lots of Harry Potter actors (or might have-been) because they are all now around the correct age to be the characters in this series. Woe is me.

Tasherit Sekhmet: Indira Varma or Lisa Ray

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Tasherit Sekhmet is drawn, in my head, off a combination of Nefertiti and Claudia Lynx and this magazine ad for shampoo showing an exotic woman in a robe that I clipped years ago. I don’t see her as particularly puffy lipped and that seems to be something a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian actresses are getting done these days. A bit disappointing actually, I dithered over casting Priyanka Chopra as a result. Also Tasherit isn’t cute. Someone like Aishwarya Rai, while utterly stunning, is too cute. I like Indira Varma because she is intensely regal, and can do a range of accents. Lisa Ray is also a great option, but can she change her Canadian accent for the role? Miss Sekhmet is a fun one to cast because she doesn’t have to have a British accent. In fact, I’d welcome a bit of something else hinted as she speaks. Also her origins are unknown. Finally, I could see her played by a range of ages, so long as she has the regal beauty, so I’m not married to the Hollywood attitude of no female on screen after about age 30 (sigh).

On Disinfectant Sunflowers

“The Value of the sunflower as a disinfectant of the atmosphere has been well ascertained, but it seems not yet to be sufficiently appreciated. A German physician, Dr. Valentine, of Frankfort, has published an article on the subject, giving many facts to show that this flower has the property of purifying air laden with marsh miasm, by absorbing the noxious gases, and exhaling out ozonized oxygen. Among other instances, it is mentioned that a Dutch landowner, whose property includes some land on the banks of the Scheldt subject to floods, has planted three or four plots, thirty of forty yards from his house, with the effect of so much improving the air that for ten years no one on his property had been attacked with miasmatic fever, which continued to prevail on the neighboring properties, where similar precautions were not taken. Besides this, as the French Sanitary Commission lately pointed out, the sunflower is a most useful plant. It yields about forty per cent of good oil, the leaves furnish an excellent fodder, and the stem, being rich in saltpetre and potash, makes a good fuel.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine September 1872

Based off a post originally written for My Book, The Movie for Soulless.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1892-1894  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput Holds My Ebook For Me

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Top 12 Literary Quotes about Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What Are Your Characters Ashamed Of?

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. 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.



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Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

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1811 ~ Alternate Historical Names for Clothing

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1811 ~ Alternate Historical Names for Clothing

  • Togs ~ Clothes
  • Articles or Inexpressibles ~ Underthings, sometimes Breeches
  • Farting crackers or Galligaskins ~ Breeches
  • Buntlings ~ Petticoats
  • Fallalls ~ Ornaments, chiefly woman’s, such as ribands, necklaces, etc.
  • India wipe ~ A silk handkerchief
  • Specked whiper ~ A coloured handkerchief
  • Knuckle-dabd, or knuckle-confounders ~ Ruffles
  • Brogue ~ A particular kind of shoe without a heel, worn in Ireland
  • Rum nab ~ A good hat
  • An old ewe, drest lamb fashion ~ an old woman, drest like a young girl
  • A well-rigged frigate ~ a well-dressed wench
1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

“A button broke as we were fastening out collar – indeed, a button always does break when you are in a hurry and nobody to sew it on.”

~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875) 

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Octopus Mosaics Snap! comparing ancient mosaics

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Macarons: Everything Old is New, but Different, Again.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
A Tasting Menu of Female Representation

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
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;

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Quote of the Day:
“The suspicion started that she laced to tight.”
~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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Easter Egg Extras ~ Prudence Deleted Scenes

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So I’ve updated the website with a few deleted scenes from Prudence for your amusement.

Deleted Scenes from Prudence

Since this series is currently being written, please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers for this series AND both other series (since this is chronologically last). Read at your own risk.

Dama & Uncle Rabiffano Conflict over Shopping with Rue & Primrose

Dama took Prim’s deviance from her mother’s questionable taste as a point of personal pride. When, in fact, Rue suspected Uncle Rabiffano had more of an effect. Uncle Rabiffano was a very odd sort of werewolf. He often shopped with them, and was always open to advise on outfit coordination, hair, and hats. Adoring him as she did, Primrose was wide open to his influence. Fortunately, Uncle Biffy was the most fashionable member of Rue’s father’s household. Which wasn’t saying much, when one considered Lord Maccon and his pack. But was saying a great deal if pitted against Rue’s adopted father and all the drones. Lord Akeldama’s taste was flashy, Uncle Rabiffano’s was elegant. Both girls had adored Dama’s style when they were six, but now they sought Rabiffano’s council and Lord Akeldama’s approval afterward. It was a delicate wardrobe situation that Rue only managed to balance because the two gentlemen lived in separate houses. They both knew, of course, that the other had influence. It took a great deal of wheedling to convince each that the other didn’t have too much influence.

Rue’s Mother’s Profession

Her mother’s profession, that of secret preternatural adviser to Queen Victoria, sometime spymaster, and member of the Shadow Council, was supposed to be just that . . . secret. Only Britain’s most respectable vampires and werewolves, and a select handful of progressive politicians, even knew of the Shadow Council’s existence, let alone the muhjah. Rue had never quite figured out what her mother specifically did, but it certainly kept said mother busy most nights. Her Paw had once said, not entirely sarcastically, that, “It is a position that allows my darling wife to meddle on as wide a scale as possible. She has the whole Empire to organize and terrorize. Keeps her mostly out of household business, offspring. I should be grateful, if I were you.” Rue had taken this as advice, and given her mother’s personality, been very grateful indeed.

More on the website.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is: Uprooted by Naomi Novik}

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Longchamps feathered parasol | Feathers fluff) via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Epic underwater harbour chase between an octopus and crab caught on camera

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A sense of class

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Book Editor

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

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Prudence Extras ~ Fun Research Tidbits for You While I am Away

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I am off in New Zealand for most of April, I have a convention and then a bit of a vacation. A real vacation!

via Saladin Ahmed on Twitter (@saladinahmed)

While I am away, I hope you enjoy the new book, Prudence, and also the book pick for this month The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde. Even though I am off grid, the rest of my social media will continue, I promise. I have Tweets scheduled not to mention Tumblr, Retro Rack, and Facebook posts. I will check in whenever I can, but I may not be able to respond to longer requests or anything that requires my main computer for action (which is why this blog will be static for a while). Please forgive any slow responses on my part while I am away.

In the meantime… while I was writing Prudence, I collected some fun and key images for significant scenes in the book. Here are a few that I thought you might enjoy, Gentle Reader. Now you can look out for them as you read… and some quotes, because I’m honored by the warm reception this book has received.

Victorian Snuff Box, Lacquer With Mother – Of – Pearl , Circa 1880

RakshaDemon_Yakshagana

Vampire Book Club says of Prudence: “I’m beyond in love with the world Carriger has created and her imagination never ceases to amaze me. It’s exciting and colorful, filled with ingenious inventions and glorious attention to detail, especially concerning Victorian fashion and etiquette.”

Seated Parvati Hindu goddess of all goddesses; wife of Shiva (via commons)

OverDrive Blog says of Prudence: “Rest assured, readers new to this universe will easily enjoy this novel as a standalone read.  … But true satisfaction lies with those of us who have already read the earlier novels and are longing for updates on some of our favorite characters, who pop up with gratifying frequency throughout the novel in minor roles.”


Fresh Fiction says of Prudence: “Prudence is the first in the new Custard Protocol series, which promises as much mayhem and manners as Carriger’s first two series.”

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Woman with a Parasol, Facing Right ~ Claude Monet via lonequixote tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Steampunk Horn-A-Phone 

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Dinner in Mysore in 1867

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to Approach Authors in the Wild

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
The Word Nerds says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “The concept of a floating school that trains female spies is thrilling. Add some great steampunk elements like lessons that teach one how to kill with a fan or give the Promising Look, and, well, you have characters with some great talents.”

Quote of the Day:
“Fifthly, the tea should be put straight into the pot. No strainers, muslin bags or other devices to imprison the tea. In some countries teapots are fitted with little dangling baskets under the spout to catch the stray leaves, which are supposed to be harmful. Actually one can swallow tea-leaves in considerable quantities without ill effect, and if the tea is not loose in the pot it never infuses properly.”
~ A Nice Cup of Tea (1946)

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