But first, Gentle Reader, and rather silly interview with Jessica Day George. For the record her book, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow was one of my best picks a few years ago when I was still reviewing professionally for Horn. Here is a sample of the interview:
Jessica Day George: First off, the most important question: Darjeeling or Earl Grey?
Gail Carriger: If I have to pick? Darjeeling. But normally, neither. I prefer English Breakfast. I like my tea like I like my men: robust yet smooth and gentle, easy in the morning, and not too aggressive.
Now back to the OryCon experience!
Puttering about Saturday morning I spotted Ken Scholes in the the lobby and arranged for lunch with him. I can’t recall now how Ken and I met, it seems like he’s always been a part of my life, though I know it’s only been few years. (We share a mutual love of shrimp wrapped in bacon.) Then it was off to a long day of one panel after another (which means I was chronically late as even in a small hotel I will get lost every single time I try to get anywhere).
What I wore . . .
What I did . . .
A Polite Society: Novels of manners are doing well in today’s markets. One might suggest that a wise writer could explore the terrain of mannerly behavior and use it to deepen a setting. How to establish a polite society with customs that have the depth and richness of real societies past and present, or successfully depict actual ones. Extend your pinkies and come in for a civilized discussion.
What we really talked about: Comedies of manners, what tropes and archetypes make up such a book, it’s reach throughout history, oddball books that fit the description but you would not think of immediately. I didn’t write down the entire list but here are some that I remember talking about.
- Lee & Miller ~ Liaden Universe series (space opera not comedy)
- P.G. Wodehouse ~ Jeeves and Wooster series (1930’s)
- James Harriett ~ All Creatures Great and Small series (about a vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s)
- Shakespeare’s comedies such as As You Like It and their classical roots
- Wrede & Stevermer ~ Sorcery & Cecilia
- Gerald Durrell ~ My Family and Other Animals series
Twisted History: Bring your suggested turning points in history and we’ll take a whack at them. Learn the rules and techniques for generating alternate history stories.
What we really talked about: Ottoman empire further expansion, shifted American politics before WWII, expansion of smallpox into the Southern Hemisphere, moving the suffragette movement back in time.
So you want to be a writer? For Brand-spanking New Writers. What the writing life entails and what it’s really like to be a full-time published author trying to stay afloat.
What we really talked about: difference between fiction and non-fiction writing, proposals, work for hire, breakdown of expected advances, why you should not give up the day job, how pursue one that supports a writer’s life, what was good about being a full time writer and why we kept doing it.
Day 2 Tally:
Pairs of Shoes: 2
Cups of tea: 2
Cups of coffee: 2 (desperate times)
Discovery of a very cute shot-glass for my impossible to find presents for step-dad: 1 (victory is mine!)
Scattered Paper says, “Gail Carriger is really quite fresh, witty, and charming — and one can really only value that after enduring a few instances of writers who simply *try* to be fresh, witty, and charming, but fail. Her sense of whimsy is delightful and she revels in ridiculous situations.
SPOILER ALERT! SF Signal, has a double review of the last two books. Pros: “Adventurous, charming, and funny, with a great cast of supporting characters.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Karissa says, “I continue to vastly enjoy Carriger’s writing style. I love all the crazy steampunk contraptions she comes up with to incorporate into the story, I love her witty dialogue, and how her characters try to achieve English dignity in the craziest of situations.”
Quote of the Day:
“Eugene is located in western Oregon, approximately 278 billion miles from anything.”
~ Dave Barry