Dec22013

9 Things Every Happy Person Should Have (Occasional FAQ)

I saw this one over on Cupcakes & Cashmere and kind of loved it, so here it is from me. Feel free to answer yourself.

9 Things Every Happy Person Should Have

1. A go-to drink.
Greyhound (if the vodka and grapefruit are both good quality) otherwise champagne. I love bubbly and see no reason why it should be confined to a special occasion.

2. A go-to Karaoke song.
No. But I’d be delighted to provide an interpretive background dance to your singing.

3. A uniform.
Pencil dress, peep toe pumps, back seam stockings, gloves, small felt hat.

4. A hair stylist they love.
Siobhon Due at Faux Salon in Campbell, CA.

5. An exercise routine.
Classical stretch most days, 40 minute bicycle ride three times a week. Occasional hiking. I should do better but, frankly, I’m lazy.

6. A hobby.
Several, all of them fun and time consuming, none of them particularly good for me or my pocket book.

Audrey Hepburn ‘Paris When It Sizzles’ in 1962 taken by Bob Willoughby (via theniftyfifties tumblr)

7. A best friend.
One for every season and a few for special occasions.

8. A healthy sense of self.
No doubt about it. I have a healthy sense of multiple selves. It’s an essential component of being a fiction writer. 

9. A guilt free indulgence.
Feedly, hot tubs, expensive perfume, body butter, a fast car, beautiful shoes, tea.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1884 At the Race Track

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Autumn

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Nuvola di Luce by Studio Thesia Progetti

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!  
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

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.

 

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

Book News:
Book Hooked Blog says of Soulless audiobook, “It’s like a snarky Jane Austen, starring a deliciously sarcastic Elizabeth Bennett. But with werewolves and vampires.”

Quote of the Day:

“Authors who never give you something to disagree with never give you anything to think about.”

~ Michael LaRocca

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Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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  1. Jeepgirl77 said:

    Okay, I'm taking you on #2 next time we're in the same place. Seriously. Heads up for either Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" or Jay-Z's "99 Problems." 😀

  2. Wren Kelly said:

    I'm going home to try that drink out…as soon as work is over *taps her foot and watches the clock*

    #5 Kickboxing. Something Alexia would likely find useful as it does wonders for coordination and, shall I say it, builds helpful butt kicking skills.

  3. pkm14 said:

    Thank you for that interesting glimpse of your life!

    Along the same line of thinking as #2, having a "theme song". Whether it is the Partridge Family theme when I drive to work or Muse's "Super Massive Black Hole" while buying paper towels at Target, theme songs almost always take me back to the happy place.

    #1 scotch whiskey and water
    #6 ren faires. Enough said.

  4. GiggirlNY said:

    As always, I do get so much glee reading your witty and also very illuminating posts that look into the brilliant mind of GC. However, I must point out that the lovely bathing photo of Miss Audrey Hepburn is from the film 'Paris When It Sizzles' in 1962 taken by the esteemed photographer Bob Willoughby.

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