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San Diego Comic Con – The Return of Gail

Posted by Gail Carriger

The last time I went to San Diego Comic Con was also the first time I went to any Comic Con. Back in 2012 it was utterly overwhelming. It’s gotten even more overwhelming. Nevertheless it was a feast for all things, eyes, nose, ears, and feet.

Memorable moments of the con, L-R, T-B:
1. Tea (a lovely strong unsweetened chai) at BOTH my Mysterious Galaxy signings. (I am SO spoiled.) 2. Vamping it up in leopard print. 3. Showing off my new scarf (thank you Amanda Panda), a delightful gift. 4. Familiar much beloved faces.

I survived by…

  • Leaving at least a half hour to get anywhere.
  • Mostly walking in flats and only donning heels for the actual events & photos.
  • Eating my bodyweight in fro-yo and salt & vinegar crisps, but not a whole lot else.
  • Not doing any parties. I was too exhausted each night (I’m getting old, my darlings), and a good number of my particular friends no longer go to SDCC – it’s a young person’s game.
  • Using my octopus parasol pretty constantly when I was outside, but parasols can be a difficult in that kind of crowd.

(I actually have now ordered this folding umbrella meets parasol as an all occasion steampunk option. I will let you know how it goes.)

Defining moments:

Well I won the 60 Secs with Sci-Fi Authors game. (I generally suck at such things, so I was overly chuffed to win.)

My favorite part of comic con, by far, was seeing my readers both familiar faces and a few new ones. I also met the author of The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg, who was LOVELY. Have any of you read her book?

 

Speaking of books:

My most unexpected moment might have been accidentally hand selling multiple copies of Uprooted while hanging out at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, because I couldn’t stop talking about it. (You can take the girl out of the dealer’s room but you can never take the dealer’s room out of the girl.)

Mysterious Galaxy has pretty much everything of mine signed right now, so give them a ring or drop them a line if you want something with the hand scribbled penmanship of yours truly.

The Clothes!

Here is an overview of all my outfits. I’ll be covering each one in detail over on Retro Rack.

Vote for your favorite! 

Which was your favorite of Gail's Outfits at SDCC 2017?

Meanwhile USA and CAN can pick up the ebook of…

Soulless on sale for $2.99!

And that’s all the madness for now!

As ever yours,

Miss Gail

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

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 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE NOW!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

This Airplane Gadget Makes Flying Long Distances In Coach Almost Bearable

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Food Pyramid for Writers

Book News:

Books Glorious Books says of Crudrat:

“Cravats, humour and kickassery are a given (it is Gail Carrier, after all). This time, Maura isn’t one of the upper crust. She isn’t anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic; the nastier side of human nature and classism are addressed. The world is creative and delightfully ridiculous, and the character dynamics fun.”

Quote of the Day:

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


Gail Carriger is at San Diego Comic Con International 2017 Launching The Sumage Solution

Happy bookday to me!

The Sumage Solution hit the world yesterday! I hope you’re enjoying it, Gentle Reader.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Meanwhile, I am off to San Diego for Comic Con International!

You can follow me on Twitter as the event progresses and I’ll be posting where I am and what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing, of course).

Or, if you just want pretty pictures of what I see, where I go, and life inside the madness you can follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to play along with The Nerdy Girlie’s photo challenge.

Will you be at Comic Con?

You can find me (when I’m not otherwise occupied) hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps in the dealer’s room (far right section).

Booth #1119

They’ll have copies of The Sumage Solution for sale there (as well as my other books) and I will be delighted to sign everything for you. If if it’s not my book.

Also, if you are there for preview night, you might want to swing by Orbit next door in #1116…

Miss Gail’s SDCC Schedule

THURSDAY July 20, 2017

1:30pm -2:30pm Panel: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
Horton Hotel Grand Theatre
Paul Cornell moderates this version of the BBC radio game show “Just a Minute.” The object of the game is for panelists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation.” The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless, and no one’s better suited to lead this geeky version of the game than author Cornell.

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

FRIDAY July 21, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing with Badali Jewlery
Booth #532
Free ticket is required. The tickets have an assigned time for the signing. This is to prevent lines from forming and maintain crowd control. The tickets will be available at our booth starting preview night. People can also contact us by email (badalijewelry@badalijewelry.com) to reserve a ticket.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel: Alien Civilizations
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships and societies for use in storytelling.

SATURDAY July 22, 2017

12:00pm Starburner Awards
Location: North stairs behind the mezzanine

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

SUNDAY July 23, 2017

10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Spotlight on Gail Carriger (Q&A with Bestselling Author)
Room 4
Come meet New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your burning questions on writing, steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea and so much more.

12:30pm ~ 1:30pm Panel: Fantasy Literature
Room 8
With Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, & Mary Pearson

1:45pm ~ 2:45pm Signing
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 Your Final San Diego Comic Con Check List!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

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 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Savory Uses for Marmite, The World’s Most Polarizing Spread

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Really excellent podcast ep from The Allusionist on the nuances of translating into a foreign language.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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

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Miss Gail Is Away On Writing Retreat

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader,

I am currently away from home in a super secret location (floating in a dirigible high above the clouds, of course) typing away on a two week writing retreat. I’m not entirely sure yet what I will be working on, but I promise to coo all about it in the Chirrup when I get home.

I was so excited about this trip (two whole weeks!) that I invested in a new “computer & related equipment” transport bag. After investigating all options I went with this puppy: Kenneth Cole Reaction Casual Fling Computer Overnighter

I’m cautiously optimistic about it. It’s been years since I owned a rolling briefcase (my last one was during my first master’s degree). My needs when traveling with a full writer station aren’t quite the same as those of your bog standard academic (ah, past lives). I include things like a remote mouse & keyboard, my beloved roost laptop stand (so everything is ergonomic), notebooks, dictation mic, and so on. Only one way to truly test it…

I will be back before you notice. I promise, I’ve left fun goodies to drop in my social media feeds while I’m away, so hopefully you won’t feel abandoned or bereft. Well, except here in the blog which is hardest to arrange when I’m without reliable internet.

So while I’m gone, working hard to finish more stories for next year, here’s what I’ve done so far…

And here’s this for you to amuse yourselves with, feel free to share and enjoy.

And here’s because I love you:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sumage Solution by Gail Carriger

The Sumage Solution

by Gail Carriger

Giveaway ends July 10, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Local Custom by Lee & Miller.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    StatusOut now!
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

COMING SOON

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Reverse Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888 American, Commercial color lithograph

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How A Laptop Ban Could Cause A “Summer of of Travel Hell” for Passengers and Airlines

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Indie Authors, Buy Your Own ISBNs

Book News:

Gail Carriger on comedy in SFF and the heroine’s journey

One of my favorite interviews in recent memory.

Quote of the Day:

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


Gail Steampunking Around Anchorage

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

There were some fun moments of steampunk and general Gail appeal around the town of Anchorage. I thought I’d share a few with you, Gentle Reader.

I found myself at the Red Chair Cafe, for example…

And I also tracked down the local tea house…

Yes, I did contemplate just staying in that tea house forever.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Proofreader
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. 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 . . .

1900 fuckyeahmodernflapper- Walking dress (Les Modes, french magazine, 1900s)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Passion for Passionfruit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Amazon Reader Review Myths

Book News:

The French blog Mes Nouvelles Lectures says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“J’ai vraiment apprécié cet univers steampunk, je le trouve assez complet et je dois dire que je suis contente de retrouver l’ambiance et l’univers du protectorat de l’ombrelle, j’avais vraiment aimé le premier tome que j’avais lu : Sans âme.”

While J.L. Gribble says:

“Gail Carriger’s foray into young adult fiction is set in the familiar world of her Parasol Protectorate series, but with a bit more…everything. Which is funny, because her adult series is pretty awesomely extreme all on its own. This novel drew much more from the steampunk genre than on the supernatural in regards to plot, with more focus on fantastical mechanical creations and devices and less on the political relationships between the worlds of humans, vampires, and werewolves.”

Quote of the Day:

“The English are denonominated by the Chinese (âng-mô, red-haired people); they also dwell in the north-west corner of the ocean, very near the Dutch, whom they very much resemble in person and dress but their language and writing re different. English manufactures are very superior, while their swords and guns, and other implements, are the best in all countries to the north-west.”

~ Ong Tae Hae, A Chinaman Abroad, 1849

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


Alaska for Gail is All About Glaciers

Posted by Gail Carriger

OK, so I love glaciers. I had to study glaciology for one of my minors as an archaeology undergraduate (glacial till and valley formation are key to both clay deposits – ceramics was my specialty – and site formation.) I love a good U-shaped valley.

Massive Glacier

Since I figured Alaska might be my only chance (we tried to get on a glacier when in New Zealand and failed) we flew to see glaciers and also walked on one. Hooray!

Glacier Terminus

So here is a bit of icy goodness, I promise I will return you to your regular steampunk tea octopus and fashion obsessive musings in the next blog post.

Glacier Terminus Up Close

It’s hard to get across the different sounds the ice makes as you walk on it, crunches and melodic tinkling. And so manny different ice types.

Glacier Tunnel

And this was my favorite formation:

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Proofreader
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. 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 . . .

1900 via fawnvelveteen tumblr fleurdulys- Umbrellas – Louis Icart 20th century

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

This is a house, in Alaska, in the middle of nowhere. Because.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Victorian Medical Advice on Treating Depression

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.”

~ Flannery O’Connor

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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


Alaska Steamposium Report ~ Steampunk Outfits & More

Posted by Gail Carriger

So the Alaska Steamposium in Anchorage was a tiny but enthusiastic little con, well worth a visit if you are in the area. They treated me like royalty and I had a lovely time.

One of the things that they did was challenge the con com to dress as a Gail Carriger cover. Beatrix took this literally…

Beatrix & Gail

If you want to see more of her costume I’ll be posting a bunch of details to Retro Rack and more pictures will soon appear in the cosplay gallery on the wikia and my cosplay pinterest board.

Yes that is real dandelion fluff on a spoon. The hat was full of little inside jokes like that.

I wore my black simple outfit with the circus corset.

As you might imagine it was cold so I have undershirt and sweater on. Smaller hat (easier to pack) and so forth for a generally rather simple look. Just wait until you see what I wear to World’s Fair next month. Last time I was there it was SO HOT, that this time I am packing super light. You’ll see me in some steampunk outfits that have never debuted before.

This isn’t one of them…

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Proofreader
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. 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 . . .

1900 Full mourning dress for the elderly

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Five Ways Reading Fiction Makes You Better at Your Job

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Writing Group that Works

Book News:

Barnes & Noble bringing all the books to the con.

Quote of the Day:

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


Gail is in Alaska

Posted by Gail Carriger

My dear Gentle Reader I am in Alaska for the next week at the Alaska Steamposium steampunk event.

I do hope to see some of you at the event. (I can promise it’s unlikely I’ll visit Alaska again anytime soon.) The Steamposium is at the The Alaska Experience Theater in Anchorage, April 15~16.

After that, the AB and I are having a mini vacay so I won’t be online much until the end of next week. Unless the internet in the hotel is a great deal better than internet in hotels is wont to be. (And the AB is a great deal less persuasive than normal in actually getting me to stop working.)

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Proofreader
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. 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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

See the Best Octopus Fossil Ever Found

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Writing Conferences and Festivals

Book News:

Me and my agent, Kristin Nelson‏ + 50 Teens at Colorado Teen Lit festival

Quote of the Day:

“He can hardly keep clock-work in his throat, but from the sounds one might suppose that about ten main springs had all broken at once, and he was doing his best not to swallow any of them.”

~ J.H.M. Robson 1894

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

 


Gail Is At Confusion in Detroit & A Giveaway

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m off to Detroit, Gentle Reader, for ConFusion. I hope to perhaps see you there. If not, I’ll catch on the flip side or on Instagram or what have you.

I may drop a FB Live if the hotel internet is good enough, or at least shoot something there I can later post to YouTube. Considering I can barely remember to take outfit photos, this may be ambitious.

Meanwhile, I am running a Goodreads Giveaway on Imprudence.

Here’s my schedule for Confusion!

FRIDAY ~ January 20

5:00 ~ 5:50 PM Panel: Dressing Your Fictional World
They say ‘clothes make the man,’ but they also make the man’s physical and social world. Help our panel of writers and costumers build and dress a fictional world, and learn how you can use costume details to enhance the depth and verisimilitude of your work.

7:00 ~ 7:50 PM Opening Ceremonies
Welcome to Friendship is ConFusion! Meet our GOHs and SubPress special guests, and hear what the ConCom has in store for you this weekend!

8:00 ~ 8:50 PM Reception
A meet and greet between ConFusion attendees and our GoHs and SubPress special guests. Mix, mingle, and enjoy some sweet treats. This is a very popular event, so plan your time accordingly!

SATURDAY ~ January 21

11:00 ~ 11:50 AM Panel: The Nostalgia of Failure
Steampunk and other historically-focused fantasies often engage with fundamentally flawed technology. Whether it’s airships or clockwork machinery, there’s a certain mystic around pre-industrial age invention. Why the fascination with the patently impossible? And is there a reason once-popular sub-genres built on these ideas have fallen out of favor?

1:00 ~ 1:50 PM Panel: Gail Carriger Q&A
Come ask author and Pro Guest of Honor Gail Carriger all your burning questions!

2:00 ~ 2:50 PM Panel: You Got Your Romance in My Science Fiction
Love stories have always been a part of science fiction and fantasy. So why do so many science fiction fans and creators spend so much effort vilifying romance? Who are the great romantic couples in SF&F?

4:00 ~ 4:50 PM Autograph Session
Come meet your favorite authors, artists and musicians and have them sign things! (Please limit your signing requests to 3 items per person.)

SUNDAY ~ January 22

10:00 AM ~ 10:50 PM Kaffeeklatsch with Pro GOH Gail Carriger
Join our Pro Guest of Honor for coffee, tea, and conversation. Limited to 10 participants. Sign up at OPS.

12:00 ~ 12:50 PM Panel: All About Keikaku
Our panelists discuss the unexpected plot twists of trying to express the same story using words from a different language, and how translation impacts the reader’s perception of a story.

1:00 ~ 1:50 PM Panel: Romantic Leads
What makes a good romantic lead? In straight romance, does the guy need to be tough, a bad boy? Does the woman need to be feisty but soft and not like other girls? What happens when your romantic leads are queer and/or genderqueer? How do those heteronormative tropes get replicated or subverted?

3:00 ~ 3:50 PM Closing Ceremonies
Come say goodbye to our Guests of Honor and Special Guests, and learn what we might have in store for you for next year!

And, now I’m back! Here are some pictures from the event!

Kaffeklutch crew

Self & my dear friend, Mur Lafferty

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Developmental edit (third draft).
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Outline
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

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 . . .

via fawnvelveteen-tumblr Arthur Hacker – Lost Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

This neck doesn’t scratch itself, Human.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Things You Should Know About Flying, According to Flight Attendants

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Editorial Critique

Book News:

Fan Art: Alexia Chibi

Quote of the Day:

“I wish the cyberpunk dystopia that we actually live in had more ninjas and day-glo colors.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Bookstore

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


Singapore The City & The Light

Posted by Gail Carriger

So after the Singapore Writers Festival, the AB and I spent a week puttering about Singapore itself. This is my standard procedure. Whenever I accept an invitation to go abroad (which I usually only do once a year) the AB and I try to piggyback a vacation on it. (AB’s job not-with-standing, which is one of those mysterious techy ones that doesn’t allow much time off.)

Anyway, here, for you amusement, are some highlights!

Infinity & Beyond

So I read about the infinity (vanishing edge) swimming pool on the 51st floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel shortly after it was built. And right then and there I put it on my bucket list. To be honest, I partly accepted the invitation to go to Singapore because I wanted to swim in this pool. I know, I know, I’m shallow. (See what I did there?)

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

Look swimming is my THING. I was a lifeguard. When people pick superheroes I really do want to be Aquaman (or rather, Namorita from New Warriors). I also really love heights. Combine the two and I’m there. So the AB and I spent an obscene amount of money for one night so I could swim in that pool. Life goal, and all.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

This is what the hotel looks like. Isn’t it amazing? Turns out that from below it kinda looks like a dirigible landed on top of a regular building:

marina-bay-sands-dirigible

Oh and the view from the top is pretty amazing too. Here’s a the sunrise over the straits (because, jet lag sometimes has beautiful consequences).

Marina Bay Sands Sunrise

After that we relocated to the Quincy Hotel which I highly recommend.

Books & Tea

Because it’s the major bookstore in Singapore I visited Kinokuniya. It’s HUGE, almost the size of Powells. There I spotted the manga!

Singapore Soulless Manga

And I also found the Custard Protocol books.

Singapore Custard Protocol Book

I’d already been told by several annoyed peeps at the festival that they didn’t seem to have the Parasol Protectorate in all of Singapore. To which I said, “I’m sorry?” Decidedly odd that I was apparently expected to do something about this.

If only I had the POWER.

The other thing we discovered is that there are used bookstores that kind of pop up in malls. Because everything is a mall in Singapore. Air conditioning is a major art form there. (And let me just say, thank you so much.) You can almost get around the whole city without ever leaving AC.

Used Bookstore Mall SIngapore

The tea in Singapore was wide ranging, wonderful, and varied. I was of course, delighted that there was good black English Breakfast most of time time.

singapore-a-haven-of-te-aapprciation

It was mainly Australian brands, which tend to favor Ceylon over Assam as the main leaf for an EB. It’s still malty and to my preference although not as strong.

Singapore Mall tea Shop

I will say, we did not have as much luck with coffee. The AB is as much a coffee snob as I am a tea snob. We heard rumors that there was some good brew there, but never found it. (So far New Zealand holds the crown as the only place we’ve ever visited where the tea and the coffee were all consistently up to the collective standards. Good job, kiwis.) But Singapore sure has tea down pat.

tiny-drop-flowers-copy

The AB and I did pretty much everything one is supposed to do in Singapore after that: museums, galleries, parks, zoos, gardens, many amazing views.

marina-bay-sands-view

Of course we went to Arab Street, Little India, and Chinatown and ate ALL THE THINGS. ANd I was happy.

singapore-chianatown-temple

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Visited

  1. Business cards and such will be last name first.
  2. Flying Singapore Air? Keep your boarding card, it’s good for 10% off most park and museum fees.
  3. Singapore is 1° off the equator and the weather is exactly what you’d expect. It rained while we were there but a raincoat was still too warm. An umbrella was all I needed, and I lived in a light skirt and top. No trousers required.
  4. Bring cash for hawker centers and mall food courts, it really is the best way to sample local cuisine and drastically cheaper than all other ways to eat. Whole families eat out of an evening in these venues.
  5. Kettles are in most rooms, I didn’t need my boil coil. Also most rooms had multi use plugs, no need for the 3 adaptors I brought.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

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 . . .

1865-1869The FIDM Museum _ OMG that dress!

1865-1869The FIDM Museum _ OMG that dress!

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1893 General Gordans Last Stand Kartoum, occurred just before the events in the Imprudence.

1893 General Gordan’s Last Stand Khartoum, occurred just before the events in the Imprudence.

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“If you are pointing out one of the things a story is about, then you are very probably right; if you are pointing out the only thing a story is about you are very probably wrong – even if you’re the author.”
~ Neil Gaiman

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Singapore The Food

Posted by Gail Carriger

Meanwhile – in the USA we just gorged ourselves on turquay, Gentle Reader. So here’s my post all about food in Singapore! Yes yes yes (and one great big NO).

Singapore Food: The Bad

I’m an incredibly experimental eater. You can take a look at some of the wide ranging Things I Have Stuck in My Mouth on my Ate It Weird Pinterest board. If I can, I’ve likely tried it: ostrich, alligator, crocodile, frog, snail (both types), Morton Bay bug, guinea pigs, alpaca, haggis, horse, head cheese, sweetbreads and other offal, homemade chicha beer (yes, THAT), any fruit I can get my hands on (generally I know the Spanish word for it), and so much more.

My general philosophy is I will try anything 3 times (on the theory that the first two times it might have been ill prepared). Until Singapore I had only 2 exceptions to this rule:

  1. Raw sea urchin (or uni) and yes I am willing to try it cooked.
  2. Andouillette sausage, the traditional pig colon kind. Yes it tastes EXACTLY how you would expect.

And now:

3. Durian

Durian Ice Kacang = Disgusting

I am terribly sad to say I have added durian to the list of NEVER AGAIN. Look, yes it tastes a bit like custard apple (cherimoya) meets passion fruit (maracuya) and I LOVE both those fruits, but frankly, mostly, it tastes like baby poop mixed with gasoline. And I can’t imagine any circumstances where that will change.

No, not even Durian Baked Alaska

The worst part?

It repeats on you. Or it did me. It’s been weeks and I am still terrified to burp. A durian burp is like that scene from Thelma & Louise where they explode the gas station. With added vomit.

Singapore Food: The Good

Now that I have totally grossed you out, I’m going to wax poetical about all the actually amazingly yummy  food in Singapore.

First of all, there are fresh fruit juice stands everywhere and I learned real quick not to ever pass one up. Sometimes they frap it with ice, sometimes they whip it so there’s a fruit foam at the top, and sometimes it’s more like a single-fruit smoothie. Not matter what, yum!

Hotdog Juices

Okay, maybe not hotdog juice.

Secondly, lets talk kaya (coconut jam of deliciousness). I liked the green kind with pandan best. Why is this not a thing EVERYWHERE? Why? Watch Gail wail into the deep. I want to buy kaya at my local supermarket. And while we are at it, can we add Apple Banana Butter (as in from the Apple Banana, not a mix of apples and bananas) and Passion Fruit Curd to this list? Look, I’m telling you there is a wide world away from stupid old strawberry out there. (Not that I dislike strawberry jam but COME ON.)

Kaya Pau

Kaya Pau – the steamed sweet bun form of kaya

Finally, can we talk desert?

Oh, were we already? Okay but look, look at all the gelatinous deserts! I love them so.

buffet-deserts

Singapore Food: The Ugly

I was a wiggly delighted Gail the first morning in Singapore because after breakfast I got to proudly bop along and claim I’d stuck 6 things in my mouth and I’d no idea what they were. Still don’t. Came from an unlabeled pickled-things bar. I adore pickled things.

Anyway, the first place we stayed at offered this amazing breakfast buffet with All The Things.

Around the World Breakfast

Around the World in One Breakfast: Top, L-R: Italian marinated tomatoes, Indian upma, Korean pickled items, Scandinavian smoked salmon on American hash brown patty in the Jewish fashion, Chinese red bean paste pau, French cheese and bread, egg white omelet with Thai spices & chili sauce.

What a food looks like doesn’t bother me much. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to try Singapore’s fish head curry. At first I avoided it because it thought it’d be just like a normal Thai red or yellow curry. Turns out it traditionally comes with more tamarind in it than other curries and it has more Indian spices. After learning that, I tried hard to get hold of it, but I’d left it too late. So I have a good reason to return to Singapore.

Singapore Hawker Center Food stand

Singapore Hawker Center Food stand

I also never got to try the chili crab. I tried the local crab at a raw seafood bar, which tasted a bit like a mix of Snow and Dungeness. I’m a crab fan, but the chili crab I found to buy was always too expensive, I suspect I was there off season.

In Singapore Corn & Beans are a desert. So there.

In Singapore Corn & Beans are a desert. So there.

So what was the first hing I ate when I landed to remind me I was home? The first thing I always eat, Pinky, fish tacos nor cal style.

“It is hot — so hot! — but not stifling, and all the rich-flavored, colored fruits of the tropics are here — fruits whose generous juices are drawn from the moist and heated earth, and whose flavors are the imprisoned rays of the fierce sun of the tropics.”

~ The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither by Isabella Brid, 1883

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

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  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    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.

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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

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Les Modes Parisiennes Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 5

Les Modes Parisiennes Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 5

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
~ Gustave Flaubert

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~ Clifton Fadiman

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