10 Things Gail Learned at the Nova Albion Steampunk Convention

1. No matter how many packing lists, I will forget something, often multiple somethings.
2. Tea tastes better out of a pretty cup, however Earl Grey still tastes like furniture polish no matter what.
3. People will not let the lavender-meets-food mutually-destructive relationship go. It’s time. It was wrong from the get go. Just give it up. Lavender is for Grandmama’s soap and pretty much nothing else.
4. Hotel food seems to improve after hotel renovation. Hooray for that.
5. Unfortunately, hotels will retain and display the worst wall art, even after renovation. Much to our amusement, the infamous “baby blue truckers peeing in the bayou” paintings still reside in most rooms of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
6. No one does the shampoo hair commercial flip like Thomas Willeford.

Gail & Thomas
Self & Thomas flashing the hair

7. It takes a small convention to give a good panel spread on all aspects of publishing.
8. Steampunk be like faire: yes I know your face, no I don’t remember your name.
9. It will always require two takes to film Gail, perhaps it’s the vampire in her, but the first one just never works.
10. In line with that, the first take will always be the better one…of course.

Gail Girls
Rachel of Ruby Blackbird; self; Christiana
More about the convention to come, and if you want the inside scoop on my outfits hit up Retro Rack for all the details. I have no secrets.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Gail and @clockworkbyrde via Jeanine Gray
Gail and @clockworkbyrde via Jeanine Gray on Facebook

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Bumbersnoot Pin
Mechanimal pin spotted!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Laser cut cog necklaces that actually works to fiddle with. Hours of entertainment.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Why Some Books Are Harder to Write Than Others

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Writing rough draft.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date November 2013. My ARCs have arrived, contest to come.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW, The second Finishing School book ~ Nov. 5, 2013

Book News:
Aaron Michael Ritchey‘s Completely UNAUTHORIZED Interview with Steampunk Goddess Gail Carriger

Pin by Ruby Blackbird

Quote of the Day:
An Obvious Mistake.
An advertisement has appeared in nearly all the papers, announcing as a “novel thrilling attraction” that
“Two ladies will make their ascent on Monday evening next, suspended from the car of the Royal Cremorne Balloon.”
There is evidently some mistake in the announcement of this unwomanly and degrading exhibition. We cannot well allow that to be an “ascent” where the parties engaged so completely lower themselves.”
~ Punch July 1853

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  1. Anonymous said:

    Indeed the Nautilus products are amazing. A result of Silicon Valley technology and made with precision high tech tools, the gears have what seem to be impossible shapes but they turn freely and mesh perfectly….absolutely mesmerizing! MrData

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