Shoes! The Winnah! And Bodacious Boobage

Gentle Readers, thank you all for your help with the Terrible Shoe Decision of 2011. The clear winner, in a presidential-election-slim-majority-kind-of-way, was the stilettos. I have, thus, chosen to go with them.

In the end, in addition to all the reasons mentioned in the original post and the sway of public opinion, I had two other reasons for going with this shoe. One, despite its rich history, I really am just not a kitten heel girl. I have been wearing stilettos as long as I can remember and I can’t break free. Two, there is a possibility that the kittens may turn up on super sale at the Rack sometime in the future. I could always get them then, at a much reduced price. This is less likely to occur with the stilettos.

In other news, I got to see the first chapter sketches for the manga of Soulless. I can’t share the art with you yet, they are waiting to have the cover finished to make The Big Announcement, but I can tell you how excited I am about it. Now this is manga, I want you all to prepare yourselves for big eyes, youthful looks, and tiny noses. Yes, even Alexia. But I am a manga fan, so I just adore it. Alexia’s disgruntled looks are particularly wonderful. And the fight sequences are deliciously rendered. But, let me tell you what I like the most, please?

Alexia has spill-over bodacious fantabulous boobage. I mean whole civilizations could occupy that valley of the dolls, neighboring city-states are planning initial foraging missions as we speak. Or to be more crass, girl has got epic rack! Now, I adore Donna, but I wrote me a main character with some meat on her for a reason. (And if you ever meet me in person, you’ll meet the reason.) And if there is one thing manga artists do well, its the chest area. Marvelous, I tell you, marvelous. It brought to mind Greg Proops’ recent Smartest Man in the World podcast where he lauds such wonders of the chesticaled world as Tura Satana and Jane Russell. I was, in fact, thinking of Jane Russell’s body when I wrote Alexia’s body descriptions.

Anyway, can you tell, I am excited? Well I am.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Last month, I broke down and after months of hunting (my last little red bag died in Australia last August) I decided to purchase a new one online, the vintage shops just weren’t providing. My new baby arrived in the mail recently and I love it. Just the right shape and color with a leopard interior and big enough to hold a paperback (realized recently that as an author, all my bags must be such).

I was down to the wire at the last between that one and this more luggage shaped red one with a tiny bow. I decided I like the shape of option one better, not to mention the fastening, a slightly bigger size, and a slightly truer red.

Pleased to then run across this Chanel ad, supporting my decision.

Of course during the process I also fell in love with this red bow tote and this carry on. Don’t worry I didn’t buy them.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Steampunk buttons and auctions to help raise money for Japan. I’ll be contributing signed copies of my first 3 books to the auction.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Victorian resource books for costuming and domestic life

Timeless: First draft out to first reader.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

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

The Agony Column interviews me in March of 2011. (direct MP3) On research and world building.

Quote of the Day:
“Your stuff starts out being just for you… but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right – as right as you can, anyway – it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.”
~ Stephen King

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