I’m off to LepreCon, Gentle Reader, in Mesa, Arizona running May 9 ~ May 11. I’m packed for extreme heat and cold, given the AC versus outside situation of most hotels. It’s odd to fly into 90 degree temperatures and include a blazer, a cashmere sweater, and a scarf. But a girl’s gotta wear what a girl’s gotta wear.
|wearenapoleon- tumblr works by gim hong-sok|
I’m looking forward to seeing my friends Eytan, Sam, and Dan. I get to meet a few of my most loyal readers as this is the first time I will been in the Phoenix area since I became a professional author. Also, I’ll be spending some girly time with K, one of my besties who is coming as my +1. Best of all, I recently found out that a favorite author, Emily Davenport, will be in attendance. I shall try not to squee. New to her work? One of my favorites is Larissa, a great sci-fi featuring a tough, awesome, black female main character. (I know, right?)
For the first time, someone actually asked to know my schedule ahead of time, so here it is…
FRIDAY ~ May 9
4:00 ~ 5:00 pm Secret Sources for Costumers
B ~ Maryeileen Flanagan, Kit Townsend
Veteran costumers dish on places to score materials and accessories.
5:00 ~ 6:00 pm Steampunk Fashion
E ~ Randall Whitlock [M], Dee Astell, Khurt Khave, Kit Townsend
An in depth discussion of the whys and wherefore of the fashion choices of late 19th century adventurers, both real and imagined.
7:00 ~ 9:00 pm Meet the Pros
A ~ Don Jaques; Daniel Davis, Krysta Crawford
MC interviews convention guests. Piercing personal questions, ghostly guesses of activities, other-worldly views of their lives, and irreverent requests. Following the show, enjoy a cocktail-style Meet-the-pros hobnob.
SATURDAY ~ May 10
11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm The Past, Present and Future of Fighting Crime
E ~ Marcy Rockwell [M], JoAnna Spencer, GD Nordley, Ethan Moe
People behave badly, and heroes clean up after them. What things about sleuthing in the past are we forgetting? And what metrics about controlling behavior in the future should we dread/look forward to? And what are the constants across the ages?
1:00 ~ 2:00 pm Fashion Waaay Forward: the future of clothes
E ~ TBD [M], Emily Devenport, Eytan Kollin, Jason Anthony Cazares
What might we wear in the future? How do we make something that looks like that now?
2:00 ~ 3:00 pm Branding For Creatives
B ~ Laura Brodian Freas Beraha [M], Daniel Davies, TL Smith, Kelly Ann Bonnell
You are the brand! Well, you are. How to put your best face forward most effectively.
3:30 ~ 4:30 pm Tea Time with Gail Carriger
Join our Author GOH for Tea in Cafe Azul where she would be delighted to discuss her work, her genre, and any other topic fit for polite conversation. Tea (from the restaurant) would be at your own expense.
SUNDAY ~ May 11
11:00 am ~12:00 pm Advanced Steampunk
A ~ Randall Whitlock [M], Tina Williams, DB Riley, Michael Bradley
You get that steampunk is a real genre, and there’s more to it than gluing gears to stuff. Good. Here’s your chance to plunge into the smoke with our experts and talk about the deeper themes, emerging tropes and possible future of our imaginary past.
1:00 ~ 2:00 pm Autographing Session
See you three!
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|1855 Dress ca. 1855 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
|Men’s Fshion via FB|
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“Never tell an authoress that “you are afraid of her”—or entreat her “not to put you into a book.” Be assured there is no danger.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Third pass now, release date March 17, 2015.
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
Girl Lost in a Book says of Timeless, “A smashing end to a riveting series.”
Quote of the Day:
“Do we sometimes wear glasses astride our nose, not because we are near-sighted, but for beautification?”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)
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