Reddit AMA Ketchup ~ 5 Silly Questions, 14 Recommendations, 8 Bits, 2 Confessions


5 Silly Questions, 14 Recommendations, 8 Bits, & 2 Confessions

I had a crazy fun time doing an Ask Me Anything on the Fantasy Reddit. I had a few questions I was expecting, one or two that I wasn’t.

I realized, I’ve never done anything like it here. I’m hoping you, Gentle Reader, feel free to ask me anything anytime. But just in case you don’t, or wanted to participate in the AMA yesterday and were unable, please comment bellow with any questions you may still have. Silliness encouraged.

A curated selection of Q&As:

1. Myke Cole friend and fellow author asked the most popular question of the day:
I request clarification on a point of etiquette.
A gentleman, after escorting a lady across a busy thoroughfare, is invited to kiss her cheek. While moving to comply, the gentleman notices that the brim of his hat is too wide for him to complete the task without causing the lady undue discomfort.
Does he:
a.) Remove his hat, even though he is out of doors, proving himself a churl,
b.) Demure from the requested kiss, risking offense?
Any guidance you can provide is most appreciated.
Your obedient servant,
Lieutenant Michael H. Cole

Would it be possible to push the hat back, to rest at a more recessed location (as it were) during the course of the kiss? Otherwise, I suggest lifting the hat slightly off and back or to the side with the free hand, as if to provide shade to the lady, or shield prying eyes from the kiss. This, one hopes, turns an awkward situation into an opportunity for further gallantry.

Myke & Self at our first meeting

For the record, Myke has never been anything less than a gentleman at any time in our association. Although certain antics at my book launch party in 2009 did earn him the moniker: the Shortbread Fiancee

2. Have you ever spent any time in Egypt? (via teamskim13)

I’ve never been to Egypt. I tried three times and something awful happened to prevent me from going each time. I finally decided I would be happier and the world a better place if I gave up. I worked in an Egyptian Museum for several years, even helped curate an exhibit, but have never done any archaeology work with Egyptian artifacts.

3. How do you take your tea? (via bluemeep)

Strong enough for a mouse to run across with a generous dollop of whole milk.

via Syringa Lyes on FB

4. If you could sit down to tea with any character you’ve created, who would you choose? What if you had to have tea with them everyday for a year? (via ReadtoRelax)

If it could be any character once, definitely Lord Akeldama. If I had to do it every day, Lady Linette. I think she has a lot to teach me.

5. If you had to fight Devi Pillai to the death, what weapon would you choose and why? (via BrianMcClellan)
(For those of you wondering, Devi is my editor, evil mastermind behind Orbit buying Soulless.)

Feather dusters! With martini breaks. And pauses for cheese platters. Thus lulling her into a false sense of security. 

(I’d have to use every advantage afforded, she could totally take me.)

Devi being evil.


Things I recommended:

  1. Girl Genius
  2. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  3. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (via 2D Goggles)
  4. The League of S.T.E.A.M.
  5. Twinings 1706 Strong Breakfast
  6. Amelia B Edwards
  7. The Cambridge Five
  8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Emma Peel
  10. Customizable Tea Cozies (warning, I’ve never actually used this site)
  11. Vintage tea caddies
  12. OXO Good Grips Twisting Tea Ball & geeky takes, like the robot infuser
  13. For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose. Non-fiction book on the great espionage endeavor that was the British theft of the first tea plants from China.
  14. Eating octopus: I like it best done (what I think of as) the Greek way: slapped, stretched on the clothesline, marinated forever, and grilled to perfection. Oh so good. Htapothi sti Skhara ~ Flame-Grilled Octopus


Ryan MacDicken


Other bits we talked about:

  1. The Finishing School Series (AKA Sophronia)
  2. The Parasol Protectorate Series (AKA Alexia)
  3. Crudrat
  4. The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Series (AKA Prudence)
  5. Fanfiction
  6. Visiting Britain in 2012, and possibly in 2014
  7. Book of the Dead short story featuring Alessandro Tarabotti out at the end of this month.
  8. Shelves with all my gifties on display




1. I’m terrible at being subtle or cagey. I think that’s why I like writing about spies.
2. Milk before tea. I was raised by plebs.

Here’s a list of all things Gail Carriger on Reddit


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Lawn Tennis Season – Mary Hayllar 1881

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
New Trends in YA: The Agents’ Perspective

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Almost done!
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013. 
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013. 
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, and Fairy Debt


Crudrat Kickstarter going on October 1 ~ 31, 2013

Book News:
LadyBlueJay Reads says of Soulless, “Full of elegance…Ladies are ladies and gentlemen are gentlemen. But adding werewolves and stylish vampires to the mix makes for a very interesting take on the era.”

Quote of the Day:

“Every now and then I like to do as I’m told, just to confuse people.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Melting Stones

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