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Dear Lord Akeldama: On Fashion, Drones & Meat Chops

Before we start, Gentle Reader, and thinking of fashion, this is a reminder that I have an Instagram feed. So if you are there, so am I!

And now, please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week.

As always Lord Akeldama is happy to entertain your questions. And while he may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves. Please feel free to leave more in the comments below for a future column.

And now…

Dear Lord Akeldama

Aubrey (@LIWpride) asks:

Do I wear makeup for a job interview/presentation or no?

Makeup is only warpaint by another name, my blushing pearl.

Michael asks:

Which members of the Royal Family have benefited from your fashion advice over the centuries?

None of them, my ducky darling. Have you seen the way those poor unfortunates dress? Some, I believe, have been listening too closely to Baroness Tunstell. It is sorry state of affairs. I did, however, have a lovely correspondence with Mrs Kennedy once. Pity about her husband, if only the local hive had been a little faster.

Waistcoat 1790s The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gina asks:

I wonder what you think of Trump.

What’s that? A new cut of meat? The butchers are getting rather daring these days. I should ask my cook what he thinks, I’m convinced his opinion is more valuable on the Trump chop, or what have you, than mine could ever be.

Ember asks:

What is your favorite knot to use for tying a cravat?

The mathematical, in my case, I enjoy the sense of irony.

pimpernelfans tumblr Some of Percy’s best faces (as played by Anthony Andrews)

Nicole (@chrisiant) asks:

Scent, discreetly applied. Is it a delightful accent, or intolerable intrusion? Also..long skirts plus wheeled chair – help!

For scent, less is always more. Unless, of course you cherish an intense interest in werewolves, in which case you should leave it off entirely. Werewolves have a propensity to sneeze when in the company of perfume. My creator’s preference is for a nice body scrub or skin cream, rather than a heavy dousing of scent. And she hopes it goes without saying: NEVER when engaged in aeronautic pursuits.

New Woman Sarah Grand’s Bicycle Suit (1897)

Long skirts and wheelchair? This is much like long skirts and the bicycle, my flowy lotus blossom, a legitimate excuse for dress reform! And while my daughter and I disagree on the particulars of underpinnings, I am able to move with the times enough to admire certain aspects of a New Woman’s mobile glory.

Kim (@KimEnglish66)

White shoes in winter, yes or no?

Whatever best suits the outfit, of course.

Josh asks:

 What do you look for in a drone?

A natty dresser, a certain breeziness of morality, a zest for life and information in equal measure, and of course, beauty. As I am sure you well know, my lovely, beauty is less in the eye of the beholder than it is in the mouth of the vampire.

Her First Dance (1884), William Quiller Orchardson

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}



Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

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


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Reserve, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

FS C&C Foreign Editions

Quote of the Day:

“You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.” It took a second to process his comment.
“I’m sorry, cheese?”
“Sure. Air’s overrated. Try living without cheese.”

~ Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Fourteen

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More from everyone’s favorite vampire advisor.

nm_samantha asks:
What advice would you give to a newly created vampire?
Speak only when spoken to, introduce yourself properly before lunching, and consult your queen before leaving the house.

Diego Bruner asks:
How has the digital age changed your information gathering “hobby.”
Ah, my little pixel, you never heard this from me, but it has had a greater effect on my dissemination of information. It is amazing what people will believe, especially with this new fangled wikipedia thingamabob. I can completely rewrite history to my own preferences. I mean, real my darlings, how else would you explain such a proliferation of fashion blogs?

Lady Star asks,
Do you like how the manga artist has given you form?
Oh don’t I look so delightfully young? I am, as is the custom with most of us who have seen a few years pass by, rather more than delighted and flattered by any rendition that depicts me as lesser in years.

Lady Star asks:
I wouldn’t be so bold as to ask the year, but when is the birthday of my favorite vampire?
My starling of the evening skies, I’m terrible sorry to say, I can no longer remember.

Dear Lord Akeldama, I was wondering what your feelings were on drone hopefuls who prefer to “tread the boards” as they say? I was recently cast as Le Beau in Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It and much of my character work I have based off of your personality and fabulous image (I even get a folding fan which I get to snap open vigorously). I know it’s terribly “wolfish” of me, but I had hoped to gain your approval. Yours (If you want me), Beau
Ah, darling Beau! (What a perfectly splendid name, by the way, I am quite compelled to call you by it, as anything I might create should be inferior. I should dearly love to see such a production! I to tend to build my little collection from young men of consequence, it suits my various hobbies, but I have been know to branch out. Actors, as you might well know, can ply their skills in many ways off the stage as well as on, and as such I can only say, perhaps I have indeed poached form the werewolf domain upon occasion . . . perhaps next time your are in town, you could send round a playbill?

hanna asks:
I have two questions. Firstly, I know that you’ve lived for several centuries, and I´m wondering what era is your favourite? Secondly, I’m guessing that you have met Ivy Hisselpenny several times. Which of her hats would you consider the ugliest?
I’m particularly partial to any era where in men are required to wear vert tight breeches, and lace, oh, and sparkles. I do love a man who sparkles. As for Miss Hisselpenny’s hats . . . words fail me. (And believe me, my sugared violet, I don’t say that lightly.)


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Marriage and children out of wedlock in the Victorian era.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“What’s scarier than Halloween? Writers signing publishing contracts not fully understanding what they are signing.” ~ My Agent

Timeless: Now in production. The release date on Amazon is correct.

Etiquette & Espionage: Working fourth pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! Release date sometime 2013.

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

Book News:
More FAN ART! (Yes I know, terribly realistic, but still fan art.

Quote of the Day:
“…is it just me, or does a “James Beard Award” sound like something a woman would win for dating closeted gay men? If that’s the case, then Renee Zellweger is in the James Beard Hall of Friggin Fame.”
~ David Dust

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