Nov32010

Ketchup Blog and Missive Worms

My dearest Gentle Reader, I am remiss. There is this Thing that happens to us scribblers. We get all tangled up with the end of a project, and then visitors from abroad descend and conventions come knocking at the door. One has put off missives and interviews and calling cards in order to finish the book, and finds that they have piled up in a great mound of To Dos. I am at that state. The mound is not unlike a compost heap where one feels the emails from a month ago are, in fact, molding. Missives from convention organizers are now riddled with the little worms of “I asked NOT to be a moderator” and “you put that on a day I said I wasn’t going to be in attendance.” But, because of the writing delay, it is all now too late.

It has caused me to come over all determined, and I am unanimous in this. I’m putting the royal smack down: no interviews over 10 questions. I’m revamping my webpage to include all old interview questions, so I stop constantly getting repeats. I’m also not booking anything in the months of December, January, and February. My intention is to work hard on Timeless, and not be distracted. Lastly, I am trying to narrow my appearances down to only one a month next year. Gentle Reader, you probable care very little about any of this, but I’m putting it here in writing as a mandate unto myself. I feel rather stretched and over-committed right now. It’s been a very long 2010. Good. Great, even. But looooong.

However, there were Parasol Protectorate pumpkins!

The website is undergoing a revamp. I have a new FAQ page and other things are getting moved around. It’s messy, like all home improvements, and I apologize. Please bare with me during this trying time.

The last of the New York ComicCon Parasol Protectorate CoversThe Yen Press ComicCon official announcement. And the last of the Parasol Protectorate covers from NYCC.


In other news, I’m pleased to announce that the Parasol Protectorate books will be out in Polish and Japanese. Proszynski will publish the first three in Poland, and Hayakawa the first two in Japan. No publication dates as yet.

Sin Alma has been released! So far as I know, you can now buy it in Spain ~ if no where else. A copy of the book will be raffled at the Barcelona Steampunk Convention. (Thanks to [info]judit_dixit for the link.)

I have an interview up on I Love Vampires. Here is as sample:
Gail Carriger on Gail Carriger – something not in your usual bio!
I find endless comedic enjoyment in the ridiculous: the Westminster Dog Show, rubber animals, string cheese, squid, that kind of thing. Also, I’m a mean lean pinball player.

I hope to see some of you at OryCon in Portland (Nov. 12 ~ 14), or the Powell’s Beaverton signing (Nov 14 5PM), or my own personal books signing at Powells on Monday night (15th at 7PM). If you want some private Gail time to ask all the burning questions I don’t answer online (because I can’t) you are best off attending Monday night. Then I’ll be at the Seattle SteamCon (Nov 19 ~ 21), you may recognize one of my outfits.

This will be my last appearances until March 2011 as I’ll be working on Book 5.

I leave you with some very lovely fan art.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
Sea Life Aquarium has Developed Paul the Octopus for Your iPad and iPhone
Your Writerly Tinctures:
More no nos from my agent

Emily says, “I was beyond pleasantly surprised with this book. I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance, but the story of Soulless was something I’d never encountered before.”
SPOILER ALERT! Sarah does a series review. “Oh I loved this ‘Parasol Protectorate’ series. In fact after I read the very last page of the third book, I returned to the beginning of the first and read all three again.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Bold Fortune says, “The story moves along quite nicely. I don’t think there was ever a time that I really thought, “Oh for god’s sake, why is this scene here?” It does take our travellers (yeah, go read the book) quite a while to actually reach Italy and the Templars, but it serves to introduce new characters (we learn who actually created said mechanized ladybugs).”

Heartless: Draft 6 in to my editor early. How often does that happen? (Truth? I have friends visiting from England and wanted to clear my schedule.)
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out. And here’s a review.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
“There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

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