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The Etiquette of Proper Introductions in Victorian Times

Posted by Gail Carriger

There are all sorts of rules for introductions in Victorian society, Gentle Reader. Basically, the person whose name you say first is the more important person, to whom the other is being made known. The inferior is introduced to the superior.

“Duke Hematol, may I introduce Dr. Caedes?”

The duke outranks the doctor.

However, this can get very confusing because aside from rank and social standing (see the Table of Precedence or precedence of attendance) there are also other rules to abide by (see laws/rules of precedence).

For example:

A younger person is introduced to an older person.
“Mr. Rabiffano, Mr. Shabumpkin would like to make your acquaintance.”

A man is introduced to a woman.
“Mrs. Tunstell, please allow me to present Mr. Bootbottle-Fipps.”

And so forth.

So what happens if you have an older woman of little or no rank and a young nobleman? Or two women, the younger of which is married to an earl and the older to a squire? Or what happens if you throw long lived immortals into the mix?

Alexia struggles with just such a situation in the fifth book, Timeless. She must introduce a young lady werewolf whose rank she knows, to an older noble vampire who holds rank (but she is not privy to the particulars). Because he is a vampire and it is his house, she gives him precedence. But she could have reversed the order, especially if she wanted to give insult to the vampire or establish her own allegiance with the werewolves.

A world of damage can be done or avoided simply by reordering an introduction.

I never go into any of this in my books, because it is mere minutia to those who are reading for plot and story. But it is one of those things that, if you know how the era works, sometimes you can read that I am having fun with the undercurrents that may result. It certainly can effect character.

I should note that precedence is not confined to the upper ranks alone: see precedence in the servant’s hall. Also, here is a wonderful description of an American diplomat’s opinion of a true British nobleman.

Meanwhile:

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg is possibly the book associated with my Alexia series more than any other. It is on sale today for only $1.99 (USA ebook) so worth a try if you’re pining after already finishing RTW.

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available in digital form (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 Fringed Parasol, ca. 1805 via LACMA

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Oxford Comma, Robert Frost, and Comma Suicide

Quote of the Day:

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

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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


Sucker for Sidekicks, Biffy & Lyall & SO Many More

Posted by Gail Carriger

Recently Romancing the Werewolf hit the world. So I thought It’s tell you a bit about why I felt compelled to write this story.

Or, at least, one reason why.

Let’s talk . . . characters.

I have this little problem, Gentle Reader, I fall in love with my second string characters. It’s not that I don’t like the heroes and heroines but there is just something about the supporting actors that is terribly hard to resist. I have this difficulty in movies as well. And other people’s books. Let us call this little foible of mine: an obsession with sidekicks.

Lord of the Rings? I’m all about Merry (yay, Dominic Monaghan!). You can have your Aragorns and your Legolasses I’m taking the lesser-known hobbits home, thank you very much.

The thing is, I have always been a sidekick woman. Call me crazy, but the star never really does it for me. There is something about the person at his side, the one providing the laughs, the one who doesn’t get the romance, that is far more appealing than the classic perfectness of the lead.

Sometimes a sidekick can save a film. Take Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday in “Tombstone.” This gun toting, sickly, drunken character somehow makes the whole movie worthwhile. He has all the good lines, too.

There are some who will never understand the appeal. But I suspect more than a few share my obsession. We’re the ones who choose Dr. Watson over Sherlock Holmes, Porthos over Athos, and Little John over Robin Hood, because they never take themselves, or the lead, too seriously. The sidekick will make you laugh for a lifetime, and that’s sex appeal.

So what if he or she is slightly silly looking, clowns around too much, and makes mistakes? That is a vital part of the appeal. You see, sidekicks have this wonderful awkward charm. They are appealing because of their humanness, because of their imperfections. They are quirky and approachable.

So I guess that’s why I keep writing about them.

In Other News

I just might have started a podcast! (I know, but I love them soooooo much, I wanted to join the party.) It’s all about travel with my friend and fellow writer Piper J Drake.

It’s called 20 Minute Delay

And you can listen to a sample.

Coming soon to iTunes!

Do you want early release announcements? New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.

OUT NOW!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available in digital form (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ensemble Gustave Beer, 1904-1905 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

A lighthouse ship which seems, frankly, 

oxymoronic

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Sugar Versus Honey In Byzantine Recipes

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

I love Professor Lyall!!! This palette was fighting me though via ace-artemis-fanartist tumblr

Quote of the Day:

“My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Romancing the Werewolf: Beta Heroes & Lyall Deleted Scene!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Today, Gentle Reader, I have a few secret tid bits and extras from the upcoming Romancing the Werewolf.

via ace-artemis-fanartist-tumblr

Articles on Beta Male Heroes

Professor Lyall’s Source in London

(Deleted scene from the Custard Protocol series)

That wasn’t all that made Professor Lyall unique, thought Rue, as he paced next to her toward the tea trolley. Professor Lyall as a wolf managed to be as quiet and unassuming as he was a human. He was small, for a werewolf, sandy colored and almost fox like in shape and movements. Rue, who had seen many werewolves in her short life, had never met one as stable as he.
Rue said, “My father would not trust you? But he is not on the Council.”
“No, but he has considerable sway with those who are. I am about the only subject he and the Dewan agree upon.”
Rue wondered what such a mild manner Beta could possibly have done to offed the two most powerful Alpha werewolves in England. But the past was less important than their present predicament. “Then who is your source back in London?” she asked. He must have one, he seemed rather too well informed of her situation, abilities, and covert activities. Either that or he was an excellent actor.
“Uncle Rabiffano, I suppose.”
The Beta said nothing.
“Are you of the Dama persuasion?”
The Beta smiled softly into his teacup. “Sometimes. I like to keep my options open.”
“Are they open to Uncle Rabiffano?”
Lyall said, shaking his head, “I’m sorry little one. It’s my story but I haven’t the right to tell it. I gave up that right a long time ago. Eventually you’ll find out, and I hope you will not judge me too harshly.”
Rue decided to take that as a compliment as well a gentle insistence that she not pry any further. She said only, “My dear Uncle Lyall, I cannot imagine you having anything shameful in your past.”
“Dear child, don’t be hasty.”

via ace-artemis-fanartist-tumblr
Everyone read the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
Canon Victorian gay werewolves.
I need a happy Professor Lyall so badly so I drew this.

More?

Why Novellas are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers)

In Other News

I just might have started a podcast! (I know, but I love them soooooo much, I wanted to join the party.) It’s all about travel with my friend and fellow writer Piper J Drake.

It’s called 20 Minute Delay

And you can listen to a sample.

Coming soon to iTunes!

Do you want more behind the scenes info? New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.}

COMING NOV 5th!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Right About, from the Parasol Drills series 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Taste of the Past: How Tea Shaped the Modern World (podcast)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The History of the Ampersand

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart.”

~ Pema Chodron

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


A Great Deal Of Waffle About Werewolves in History

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’ve been nose deep into werewolves lately, Gentle Reader.

Yes, pun intended.

First there was releasing The Sumage Solution, then there was writing How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) and now there’s the arrival of Romancing the Werewolf.

In the process of all of this writing about werewolves, I came across some interesting articles, ballads, poems, and songs concerning historical Britain’s relationship to the wolf.

I thought you too might find them intriguing.

“Cambria’s proud Kings (tho’ with reluctance) paid
Their tributary wolves; head after head,
In full account, till the woods yield no more,
And all the rav’nous race extinct is a lost.”

~ Somerville’s Chase from James Harking’s British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times published in 1880.

“Thrice race famous Saxon king, on whom Time ne’er shall prey.
O Edgar! who compell’dst our Ludwall hence to pay
Three hundred Wolves a year for tribute unto thee;
And for that tribute paid, as famous may’st thou be,
O conquer’d British king, by whom was first destroy’d
The multitude of Wolves that long this land annoy’d.”

~ Drayton’s Polyolbion (Song ix) from James Harking’s British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times published in 1880.

“I see the ridge of hinds, the steep of the sloping glen
The wood of cuckoos at its foot,
The blue height of a thousand pines,
Of wolves, and roes, and elks.”

~ Translated from the Gaelic, The Aged Bard’s Wish from James Harking’s British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times published in 1880.

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{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

COMING NOV 5th!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1905 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

We all knew Biffy would start designing clothing eventually.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Victorian Art of Photography

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

“They have committed one of two misdemeanors (or both). First, they have demonstrated that they have no respect for my time—and no concept of the value of what they’re asking me for. … The real ask in these cases is ‘Can I have your reputation?’ In other words, ‘Will you give me, for free, the single most valuable commodity you own, that you’ve worked your entire life to acquire?’”

~ Steven Pressfield on “clueless asks” (I get these all the time too)

Book News:

Matt Harrison’s Biffy ‏@matchoo28

Quote of the Day:

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Your Questions Answered! Romancing the Werewolf

Posted by Gail Carriger

I put the call out for questions recently, on my upcoming release, Romancing the Werewolf.

Your Questions!

When will we get the print edition?

Did you read this:

Where’s the print edition? The Mess Behind Self-Pub ~ Some Sad Hybrid Truths?

Did ya?

Go on, I’ll wait while you do that…

Okay, so, given all those considerations my answer is… hopefully within the month of November. (This is dependent on smooth uploading to Createspace & Ingram Spark.) I want you to have this for the holidays, so I am really going to try. But, as you see from that article, I can’t make any promises. I will send a notification out to Chirrup members the moment it is available.

When will we get the audiobook?

I can’t honestly make any  promises on this one because I have no idea. Again, as soon as I know so will the Chirrup. That’s one of my sacred vows.

Where did that waistcoat come from?

It’s a Dark Garden Beau Brummell. It’s fully custom and was used in this wedding shoot for the purposes of corset promotion, so it’s no wonder your eye is drawn to that amazing work of art. Make no mistake, that is what it is, a wearable work of art.

Why do they have facial hair and how do we feel about it?

So you’ll remember when Biffy is rescued for the Scotch Egg in the Themes? He’s got facial hair because he was left there so long, which means his is fuzzy when he is bitten. Alexia helps him to “deal with it,” but I never promised he went clean shaven.

Now Lyall? Well that is a different matter and yes, there is a reason for it. You’ll have to read the story. There may, or may not, be tea involved.

ace-artemis-fanartist- I’ve been re-reading Parasol Protectorate in honor of these two cuties’^ standalone, and I find it hilarious how both have (on separate occasions) talked about how much they distrust mutton-chops

Have any additional questions, please leave them in a comment or drop off a calling card.

Remember you can read a sample of the first scene on this blog post.

Mock movie posters by Sarah Lynne Christianson 

Meanwhile spotted on sale $1.99 each!

Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Choice series. If you enjoyed the Finishing School Books than these should be absolutely up your alley!

Bonus if you are a super fan (like me) of Pierce’s Tortall in general there is also a collection of her short stories on sale.

Do you want more sneak peeks and behind the scenes info? New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

COMING NOV 5th!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Day dress, ca. 1904-1905 Galleria del Costume di Palazzo 

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Liliput Loves The Sumage Solution

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“The fact is, I don’t know where my ideas come from. Nor does any writer. The only real answer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn’t collapse when you beat your head against it.”

~ Douglas Adams

Book News:

poma-doodles betas

Quote of the Day:

“Dimity had firm opinions on cucumber, which she felt was nothing more than slimy, embarrassingly shaped water and should never, under any circumstances, be presented at table.”

~ Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny

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

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