State of Gail Carriger: The Blog, The Writer, The Ridiculous (Ketchup Blog)

Some old fashioned style berbling from yours truly today, Gentle Reader. Enjoy!

Blogging Thoughts

A few of you came to this blog when it moved from LiveJournal, and then again when it moved from Blogspot. For which I love you very very much. (I’d adore knowing exactly who you are, if you want to leave a comment. Since way back in the day everyone had weird handles on LJ, I don’t always know who stuck with me through all of the last 8 years.)

I still enjoy blogging, although I’m more personal and emotional over on the Chirrup (it simply feels like a safer less-public forum). However, I’ve been on a pretty heavy schedule of 3 posts a week for the past 8 years or so, and that may slow slightly. I started already with Retro Rack (which was 2X a week).

I’m going to put less pressure on myself to produce blogs, and concentrate more on producing books and stories. Also I want to give you quality over quantity, in other words, if I don’t have anything to say, I’m not gonna say it.

Balancing Writing Joys

Which brings me to the next thing, which is a little emotional, but I shall try to be pithy about it.

Miss Carriger’s Office Writing Set Up

For a while there (and many of you sensed this) I edged on burn out.

In 2012 I took on too many events and it has taken me until this year to learn how to say “no” and balance conventions, books tours, and conferences against the demands of the rest of my life. (The fangirl in me still can’t get over a convention asking me to come to them. Amazing.)

In 2013 I took on too many writing projects at once and my muse rebelled in a big way.

I was writing on a untenably short timeline for each book for several years. I’ve learned to be a lot firmer about deadlines (and whether I can realistically make them) and thus manage everyone’s expectations. Strangely, this freed me up from some creative blockage and I managed to write more this year than I have in a long time. I guess I’m learning to be less hard on myself?

All this is to say I’m feeling like I am in a good place right now and I might sally forth and try some other creative experiments and different kinds of events. I think 2018 is going to be a fun year for this writerbeast.

Self Pub & Hybrid Life

I’m still figuring this part out. I’m on a 5 year plan, and we are only just into year 2. The more I learn about being my own publisher, the more I realize I have to learn. But this helps too. I’m at heart (still) an academic, and I love learning new things, so the business journey is pretty exciting for me.

Speaking of, if you are local to the Bay Area, you can come here me talk about some of these business lessons at my RWA chapter in Berkeley next month. Check out my events page for details.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.}

* Coincidentally the quazi-prequel to The Blue Sword is on sale today for $1.99. The Hero and the Crown is another truly wonderful book and particularly formative in my taste as a reader and my development as an author. I adore Aerin, although I find I identify more with Harry (the heroine of Blue Sword.)


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

Recommended on BookRiot!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Support Arms, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Assassin’s Teapot

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Literary Comedy for Beginners

Book News:

Blue Cover Art: German Parasolverse, Finishing School, Supernatural Society

Friend of Dorothy Wilde says of Romancing the Inventor:

“What other genre writer is this witty, this good at world building, and this concerned with the important things? Namely, what they wore and what they ate. But kidding aside, she is a masterful world builder and terribly terribly good at dialogue, so when I heard that Genevieve, the mysterious, moody scientist from the Parasol Protectorate books, would be getting her Happily Ever After, I was thrilled.”

Quote of the Day:

“Sidheag came up next to him, and after he managed to straighten, threw a companionable arm around his soot-covered shoulders. She was more relaxed than Sophronia had ever seen her. ‘It makes sense. Why should we fight like gentlemen? After all, as you keep reminding me, Sophronia, we aren’t gentlemen. We aren’t even soldiers. We’re supposed to be intelligencers. We should learn to fight dirty. We should learn to fight any way we can.’”

~ Etiquette & Espionage

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

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12 Responses

  1. Mitzi Agnew-Giles said:

    Sometimes self care is hard. I do hope somewhere down the way is a tie in between the Finishing School Series and the Parasol Protecterate. Sometime before I die would be nice. (I’m 67 and the women in my family tend to die in their 70s- unless they are utter sociopaths, which I hope I’m not) (Not much pressure there, no?)

    1. Gail Carriger said:

      Thank you.

      There are little hints in the Parasol Protectorate series if you look for them.

  2. Richard Dengrove said:

    I thought you had endless energy, Gail; but I guess not. Of course, you are missing the best way to convince people you have endless energy: to lie about it.

  3. Manywaters said:

    I was always tickled when authors I liked were on LJ. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are also authors I followed over there.

    1. Gail Carriger said:

      Thank you. LJ was a great place to start, and many authors took advantage of that.

  4. Bethany said:

    My LJ name was based off of a demon from Buffy who did not like bunnies…

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 8 years! As a reader, I full support blogging less if it means more time for you to have self-care and muse-time. Plus, selfishly, more book time 🙂

    1. Gail Carriger said:

      Thank you! And yes, a refreshed Authorbeast is a writing Authorbeast.

  5. Heidi Kneale (Her Grace) said:

    I much prefer you favouring writing books over writing blog posts.

    Don’t get me wrong. I adore your blog posts and look forward to the Chirrup. However, it’s your books that won us over in the first place. We’re happy to engage with you through that first love, and look forward to more.

  6. Sarah Helgeson said:

    I was reading your live journal blogs way back when, I’m that nosy person that LOVES any and all details that the author is willing to provide. I understanding needing to focus on your books, but I do adore your blogs when I see them. Much love.

    1. Gail Carriger said:

      Thank you! And that is why I will continue to do them, even if they are less frequent.

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