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Resources For Victorian Food & Tea While Gail Carriger is at Teslacon

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m at Teslacon for the rest of this week. I hope to see some of you there.

Do please come say hello and introduce yourself. I’ll be happy to sign any books you have.

Schedule

I have a panel on each of my steampunk book series…

And I’m hosting two high teas in the Balmoral Room! Tickets required ahead of time.

  • Friday at 2:00pm
  • Saturday at 9:30am

And I have on Victorian cooking Friday at 3:30pm in St. Paul’s Room.

 

Want to read more on things I talked about? Can’t make the con?

Here’s all things…

Victorian Food

And here’s some fun stuff I’ve written about tea over the years…

Gail Carriger & Tea

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Coop de Book for November is The Omega Objection). (Discussion here.

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“Max was slouched on the steps leading up to his apartment eating a bag of gummy wolf candy,
biting the heads off with relish and staring hard at Skulls.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A book by any other name: why does the US change so many titles?

Book News:

Steampunk With Marketer and Writer Gail Carriger

Steampunk Inspiration: A World Tour
We asked 10 authors to suggest their top travel destinations for steampunks (Gail is on this list)

Quote of the Day:

“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life?”

~ Lauren Morrill

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


WorldCon 2018 Gossip from the Author Side + How a Con is like Tam Lin (Also Links to Things I Talked About On Panels & Useful Stuff)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello dear Gentle Reader,

I need to process, so you’re getting a con review today. Here are my feels on WorldCon (including the parties) plus resources and links follow ups on my panel discussions.

Frankly, WorldCon felt a bit like being Tam Lin, in the end. As if I had been pulled underhill, into a place with no time and too much terrible beauty.

Beware the unsidhe and fandom, or are they the same thing?

WorldCon San Jose 2018

By far the best thing to happen was Mur & Matt winning the Hugo for Best Fan Cast: Ditch Diggers. Are you a writer? Then you should listen to this podcast. No excuses now, shut up and listen. You’ll make my life a lot easier because you’ll stop asking me stupid questions.

Yes, there are stupid questions. Anyone who told you differently was selling something.

Mur in a Chicken hat and self at the Hugo After Party having a grand time

So Ditch Diggers wins and I am flipping ecstatic. I love them both, and we met because of podcasts. I am so delighted they won. It helps that I’m the Fairy Godmother of Ditch Diggers, so YES!

If you want to watch a great summation of WorldCon and listen to some awesome thoughts on the event and winning the Hugo, you can’t do any better than Matt’s little video…

The Venue

San Jose gave its all, in terms of weather and food. I feel like both would be hard to beat by any other WorldCon ever. There was so much hole-in-the-wall deliciousness within walking distance. My biggest disappointment was The Grill at the Fairmont – overpriced, overcooked, and bland. That’ll teach me to eat at the hotel and not the obligatory Nor Cal hole-in-the-wall. Nash.

Us locals were particularly amused by the general delight in all the yummy tacos, which, quite frankly, for us were merely passing good. Yes, including the lamb and pork belly ones. Trust me, this is WHAT WE DO.

My crew and I trekked vast distances for stellar Indian buffet and yummy Ethiopian on the advice of those who actually live in downtown San Jose and were not disappointed. Honestly, I keep ending up living in the Bay Area because of the food.

Rarely do I get a chance to eat exactly how I want to at a con – which is to say, not-American lighter faire, and mostly vegetarian. San Jose made that easy. Not to mention the fact that my hotel, the Hyatt, laid on a nice breakfast spread to get the day started RIGHT.

The Panels

I had three panels, a kaffeeklutch, and a signing. That’s actually pretty light schedule for me. But I also had interviews and meetings and such.

My favorite panel was the first one with my friend Shelly Adina. We are both comfortable at cons and with public speaking and don’t have many pickles left to give, so we went all out with hilarious and snarky. The room was packed and the questions were brilliant and people laughed at all the right times.

Panel Resources

Carriger & Adina Talk Steampunk (tea and silliness optional)

Things of interest from that panel:

Young Adult: Looking at the World Through a Skewed Lens

Things of interest from that panel:

Spy-Fi: Secret Agents, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Things of interest from that panel:

Kaffeeklutch and signing….

I always give away swag and secrets at these things (and at my bookstore events) so no links of anything for you here. You have to come see me in person for that. Although the Chirrup may have something new and exciting to tell you this weekend.

WHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The Parties

I didn’t really hang out much on the party floor. I helped throw a lovely little tea party with Borderlands in their sponsor suite. And I buzzed up once to visit Locus. In general, however, the room parties were a bit too hot and crowded for me, most of the time.

Mostly I hung out at the bar, or tried too. Because the best bar (Fairmont) would keep playing less than the best music, loudly, so we kept leaving and migrating about to lesser bars.

Running into the lovely Debbie at the Retro Hugos.

Too much time was spent walking aimlessly trying to meet up with people. Bars we did end up at weren’t prepared for authors-en-masse and did dumb things like close early out of fear or desperation or trauma. My shoes got progressively more practical as the convention went on, because there was just so much walking. This did not thrill me in any regard.

By far my favorite evening gathering was a the Hugo After Party, mostly because I always relax more at the end of the con, and I got to dance. The music was really good and I had my girls with me so there was lots of bouncing about. I did take an epic tumble due to a spilled drink on the dance floor and am now sporting an extremely impressive bruise. Yeah, I’m graceless AF.

The Concluding Muddle

WorldCon was kind of all over the place for me.

I started it off receiving some very sad news, which rather impacted my mental state the whole time. But I ended it over-the-moon happy for two friends of mine and dancing my little heart out. In the middle? I spent most of the con unmoored. Physically drifting from bar to bar, panel to panel, person to person. Emotionally wavering between grief, delight, annoyance, and joy. I socialized with buddies from Faire, friends from high school, author soulmates, steampunk lovelies, and professional contacts.

In a weird way, my whole identity was tested.

I guess you could describe my reemergence into mundane life as rather muddled and a little fractured right now. So forgive me these confusing times while I work myself back out?

I seem to be still there, at WorldCon, in that odd in-between underhill of magic and fairies and lost time and space, and beauty, and horror.

You know how it goes with the fae. Right?

Yours as always,

Miss Gail

Which reminds me you should all go read The Perilous Gard. (And for goodness sake why isn’t this in eBook form? Who’s managing that woman’s estate. Are you mad?)

  • Members of the Chirrup will have the option of entering to win this parasol on Sunday. You need to join before it goes out. This charming lace sunshade is one of a kind… because I decorated it with the blue ribbon myself. There will also be more gossip about WorldCon, and a super exciting secret about an upcoming project.
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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Little girl holding a parasol July, 1929

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Meanwhile Pink Hat Society gave me a fashion award for my bag at RWA nationals

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

We Need More Queer Stories Where Nobody Suffers

Book News:

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Tash & Percy

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


10 Best Packing Tips For Authors (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

This blog originally written for and posted at Fiction University. If you are an author or a soon to be author, it’s a great blog to follow. I highly recommend it.

10 Best Packing Tips For Authors

I used to be an archaeologist. Now I write fiction for a living.

Biggest surprise when I switched careers?

I travel more as an author than I ever did as an archaeologist.

These days I have one event a month, mostly long weekends at conventions, writers conferences, book fairs, or comic cons. I also do several longer writing retreats and the occasional book tour.


No matter what the event, if attending as an author there are the ten things I always pack!

Professional Author Packing List

1. Business Cards

  • Front, glossy: A picture the 1st books (up to 3) in my most popular series.
  • Back, matte: Name & contact information (I believe website & email are sufficient).
  • Plenty of white space on the back so people can write notes.

2. Bookmarks and Other Swag

Swag is a contentious subject. I don’t use mine for promo (not intentionally). Instead I see swag as something special to give devoted readers. So I usually have exclusive in-person bookmarks, postcards, badge ribbons, or pins.

3. Name Tent

I recommend making your own name tent. You might need your own for signings or panels, especially for an easily misspelled name. I printed mine in my preferred font, on good card stock, and then laminated it.

4. Book Cover Art

The hardcover dust jackets, or a publisher’s sample paperback cover art, make great standees. I suggest packing the first books in a series, only. It isn’t always done to “prop a book up” on panels or other speaking engagements, but it’s best to be prepared in case it is done, without having to lug around actual books.

5. Signing Pens

Whatever your preferred pen is, pack several. Since I get strange signing requests (parasols, anyone?) I travel with different kinds of pens: black and gold sharpies, a highlighter, and my preferred gel signing pens (loaded into a vintage-looking necklace).

6. Tiny Notebook

I always find myself thinking of something to jot down while in a meeting or on a panel, so I like to carry something with me for notes (lately I settled on these waterproof grid paper ones). Otherwise I end up using my phone, which comes off as rude.

7. Newsletter Sign Up Sheet

I always pack a stack of print outs for the Chirrup. It gives shy readers something to do while I’m signing their books, and reaches those who aren’t on social media.

8. Professional Attire

Whether attending an event for the purposes of promotion, education, or networking it’s best to dress up rather than down. You don’t have to go to my lengths, but at least attempt proper attire.

9. Layers and Folding Tote

Convention centers and hotels have notoriously tricky atmospheres. It’s usually worth lugging around a light jacket, cardigan, or shawl. I find a folding tote also works wonders, as it’s also good for all the extra bits that I shed or accumulate throughout the day.

10. Save Yourself, Save Others

Someone will love you for one or all of the following:

  • Individually wrapped toothpicks
  • Tissues
  • Breath mints (If someone offers you a breath mint ALWAYS take it. They’re trying to tell you something.)
  • Pain killers and other useful over-the-counter meds (like activated charcoal)
  • Snacks

Further Reading for Authors!

Further Reading for Travellers

Further Listening!

Gail travels so much she started a podcast, 20 Minute Delay, about it.

Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

 Amazon.uk (paperback)| Book Depository (paperback) Kobo

Direct from Gail for Kindle .mobi | non-Amazon digital readers .epub

 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My fountain pen collection.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Recommended Podcast!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

~ Mark Twain

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Is At Phoenix Comic Con

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings!

I am currently off swanning about Phoenix Comic Fest. It’s my first time at this event so I am a little nervous.

Do come and say hi, if you are planning on going? I need to see friendly faces.

Even if you can’t come there’s this: Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Gail Carriger

Here is Gail Carriger’s Schedule

THURSDAY May 24

4:30pm PANEL: Ghosts, Monsters and Demons, Oh My! – Creatures in Fiction
Location: North 125AB

5:45pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

FRIDAY May 25

10:30am PANEL: Mythology in Literature
Location: North 125AB

11:45am Signing
Location: North 124AB

1:30pm PANEL: Sex and Romance in Fiction
Location: North 125AB

3:00pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

8:00pm EVENT: Drinks with Creators

SATURDAY May 26

10:30am PANEL LGBTQ Representation in SFF
Location: North 126C

Noon PANEL Writers Pay Homage to Their Forerunners
Location: 126AB

1:45pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

SUNDAY May 27

Noon PANEL Writing Rebel Girls
Location: North 125AB

1:30pm Signing
Location: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing

3:30 Signing
Location: Badali Jewelry Booth

Yes, I’m picking my outfits with HEAT in mind. Yes, I am planning on bringing a parasol! You should look for me in pink, mostly, with white accessories!

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

Meanwhile you can keep an eye open to see the end results of my great pink lipstick quest not to mention how many different pairs of shoes I am wearing.

Speaking of which, here is a whole episode on traveling with shoes (and companions) from self and Piper.

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  • Coop de Book for May is How to Marry a Werewolf (naturally, or should I say, supernaturally?). (Discussion here.)

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

More Men Should Visit the Ripped Bodice

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers

Book News:

Fan Art Conall & Floote

Quote of the Day:

“The bottle rules the sensual world, but the tea-cup is queen in all the fair dominions.”

~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (c.1895)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Talks About Travel ~ So Many Tricks & Tips On Her Podcast 20 Minute Delay

Posted by Gail Carriger

So for those of you who missed it, I’ve started a podcast with my author friend Piper J Drake!

It’s called 20 Minute Delay and in it Piper and I give away all our secrets on travel hacking.

We cover everything from how to pack, to how to tip, to how to get yourself into the concierge suite of a hotel. We talk about the kind of things that you’d find useful whether you travel for business or pleasure, with a family or alone. Of course there is quite a bit about conventions and conferences, because we are both authors.

Find the Podcast on…

iTunes

or

Libsyn

Want to know more?

Here are a few episodes to tempt you…

  1. Hellmouth Airports: We hypothesize that everyone has a hellmouth airport that wants to KEEP YOU FOREVER. What’s yours?
  2. Travel Whammies: We reveal the worst things that ever happened to us on the road and how to avoid them in future.
  3. The Burrito Protocol: What to bring to eat on the go? Why and how to transport it.
  4. Backpack Sasquatch: In which I get mad about people who travel with backpacks and Piper defends them.
  5. Travel Kits and Proper Packing: A deep dive into really, truly, the best way to pack. In this one we agree!
  6. Self Care and Bath Bombs: How we make sure not to get stress out and sick while travelling.
  7. Hotel Room Optimization: Need help getting the most out of your hotel room? We reveal some serious secrets in this one.

Do you want more behind the scenes info? Fun stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January 2017 is Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.

OUT IN PRINT & DIGITAL & AUDIO!

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Garden Path

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Jasmine tea’s many secrets

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Harpers Bazaar New York Sat June 13 1891 Poet at a Party

Book News:

The Lesbian Review says of Romancing the Inventor:

“This is a fantastic and quick read. Fans of Carriger’s will be well-served in picking up this novel, and those who aren’t familiar with her work will find it a great way of introducing themselves to her steampunk universe. I was sold at the name Genevieve Lefoux, and I suspect many others will be also. It’s a wonderful story with two characters who are more than a match for each other. The combination is electric and sure to please.”

Quote of the Day:

“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.”

~ Gladstone, 1865

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


2017 In Retrospect: What Gail Did, Where She Went, Did You Catch The Elusive Authorbeast?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well my darling Gentle Reader, it’s a new year and that means I get all nostalgic and introspective (and purgy and clean like a mad woman). So here are some of my thoughts on 2017, and where I might be headed in 2018.

Where did Gail Go in 2017?

Here are some of the places I traveled to last year for events.

1. Confusion, Detroit

A small con in mid winter in Detroit doesn’t seem like a big draw but it was such a blast. I met the James SA Corey boys (and played a prank on them) and hung out with a number of old friends and made a few new ones. Confusion is small industry-heavy convention, highly recommended if you are in the area.

Great networking opportunity for authors plus star packed panels for fans. If I lived closer, and the risk of being stranded during air travel at this time of year weren’t so high, I would return regularly.

2. Steamposium, Anchorage

Fun tiny tiny convention, plus I visited glaciers and all sorts of other outdoors type madness. The cosplay was off the chart for such a small event.

3. BayCon, San Jose

BayCon used to be my regular con in my days as a fan girl. I don’t make it often anymore because that particular weekend is so convention heavy. Next year, for example they host my favorite author of ALL TIME, Tamora Pierce, however I’m likely going to Phoenix Comic Con because… that weekend.

Ty & Dan turned up again (plus I ran into them at SDCC), so this was the year of James SA Corey, for me.

4. Steampunk World’s Fair, New Jersey

This was my second time at this event and I had another fun weekend. World’s Fair is probably the largest Steampunk Convention in continual operation. I enjoy it so much and I feel like I have a lot of old friends there now.

I hope to make it back again in a few years. For me, the highlight was Ashley’s one woman show, Pass Fail. So good. I still think about it.

5. San Diego Comic Con International

This was my second official time at SDCC (I did a flash visit of 20 minutes last year). I had an OK time, it’s a rough haul on those of us who don’t handle crowds well. I self-medicated with a lot of ice cream. Once or twice a decade is about what I can handle with SDCC.

Still, I do like the option to dress up.

My highlight was whipping Sam Syke’s arse at Paul Cornell’s silly author-panel game.

It’s small goals, darling, that make life worth living.

6. Denmark, Fantasy Book Faire

A small event in a beautiful setting. I met my Danish translator and ate way too much delicious food.

7. Local Stuff, San Francisco Bay Area

I did some local events: a book group here, a library there, some visits to Borderlands. Good old Borderlands also hosted my book launch for The Sumage Solution.

How I love my darling Borderlands. Let me count the ways?

  • Their sponsor program helped me find my lovely assistant.
  • They are the only place readers can consistently buy my books, signed.
  • They support my indie efforts, Romancing the Inventor even made their bestseller list.
  • Their sponsor-only events are a blast.
  • They are a home away from home when shopping in the Mission.

Borderlands will be moving, and as a result SURVIVING, next year.

I look forward to their new location on Haight Street (my high school stomping grounds). I did a lot of shopping on that street in my youth. I look forward to reacquainting myself with the area.

How do I feel about my 2017 events?

Relieved.

Why?

Because that was it, that was the sum total of the in person events I did this year.

As opposed to 12 + a book tour. (Which is what I’ve done in previous years. Madness.)

You know what?

I feel great. Refreshed and good. Not threadbare and burned out like I have done at the end of previous years. I also get the sense that in-person events are shifting and fading, less well attended and less urgent than they were at the start of my career.

And, you know what, that’s fine.

Why? Because…

Facebook Lives

So yeah, this is where I am going with all this… virtual Gail is in your house!

I will keep up with the Facebook Lives (and companion YouTube videos) as you really seem to like them. I feel like I can reach so many more people than hauling my exhausted self all over the place.

I’m sorry if you’re opposed to Facebook, or otherwise struggle with this method of communication. But, frankly, it is so much easier and more relaxing for me, and more importantly it eats up so much less of my writing time.

And you want me to write more, right?

Speaking of which…

Writing Retreats

I did two writing retreats last year. A one weeker and a two weeker. I managed to finish a book, and write you How to Marry a Werewolf plus a super cute short story.

I find writing retreats work really well for me, especially if I have good synergy with the other authors. So I have 4 planned for 2018, 2 shorter long weekend ones, and 2 week long ones.

I hope they will be very productive, for all our sakes.

Teaching

I taught an all day workshop and also gave a 2 hour lecture in 2017. I forgot how much I enjoyed teaching to an eager audience on a subject I adore.

By Sarah Coldheart (@sarahcoldheart)

I’m trying to get back into it, partly to give back to my fellow writers. Now I’m 10 years into being a professional author I feel like I have something to say that might actually help others.

To that end, I learned how to use Keynote and really love the program. Right now I have three decks going and I hope to do more.

I also started up a Travel podcast, 20 Minute Delay, with my friend Piper, talking about all the things I learned about traveling, doing it as much as I do.

The Future!

So 2018 looks like fewer, mostly bigger, events (to maximize travel versus number of people likely to show up ratios). No international travel (I’ve a big one in 2019). No book tour. Lots of writing retreats and Facebook Lives.

Of course, everything will be announced via the Chirrup, on the Events section of my website, and of course here in the blog.

Hoping to see many of you in 2018, in one form or another.

Woman by pond, ca. 1906-12. Autochrome (early color photograph) by the Lumiere brothers. source

Do you want more event announcements? New stuff goes to my Chirrup members first, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for January is Angels Blood (Guild Hunter Book 1) by Nalini Singh.

OUT IN PRINT & DIGITAL & AUDIO!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

One corset 4 different ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Business Musings: Quitting

Book News:

On Instagram, I talked briefly about this book and how I am still surprised I had the guts to write one with a pregnant main character.

Quote of the Day:

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


Gail Carriger Invades Denmark (20 Minute Delay)

Posted by Gail Carriger

First, thank you all so much for your support of my new book, Romancing the Werewolf. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see people talk about it and show picture of it on ereaders all around the world.

And on that note…

I just returned from a trip to Denmark (I might have stealth visited another country, too). What a beautiful place! So clean and full of Danes with serious faces and towering cheekbones.

Here are 7 things that I learned about Denmark…

1. Denmark is a land of neutral clothing. Everyone wears black, grey, and navy. Accent colors are burgundy, army green, and blush pink. That’s it. No deviation. It’s easy to spot tourists because of this. Houses, however, are another matter.

2. Certain words are hilarious in Danish.

3. In fact, Danish itself is rather hilarious. And also rather mocked by other Europeans.

4. The Danes bike everywhere, at very high speeds.

5. In fact, it felt like, in Copenhagen, more people commuted by bike than by car.

6. Rufus Gifford, former Ambassador to Denmark under Obama, is most likely a Gail Carriger-style vampire. (Apparently he is much beloved by the Danes.)

7. I am reliably informed that Beta Readers in Denmark are called Shadow Readers. Isn’t that wonderful?

Found this lovely little SF/F bookstore in Copenhagen, stocked my books & new about the Locus awards! (Waves at Ditte.)

In other news…

I met my Danish translator at the book festival and she told me that Soulless was the hardest book she has ever had to translate. Which I took as a profound complement!

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In Other Travel News

I just might have started a podcast! (I know, but I love them soooooo much, I wanted to join the party.) It’s all about travel with my friend and fellow writer Piper J Drake.

It’s called 20 Minute Delay

And you can listen to a sample.

Coming soon to iTunes!

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.

OUT NOW!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available in digital form (print & audio to follow).

Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Carl Frieseke, Lady with a Parasol, c 1905

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bifi Roll XXL with mini salami – Biffy would approve?

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Case of the Small Shoes —a.k.a. Survival Bias: No, people were NOT “just smaller then.”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

36 Inspirational Home Office Workspaces That Feature 2 Person Desks

Book News:

Desiree Schwartz via FB

Quote of the Day:

“He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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


Gail Steampunking Around Anchorage

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

There were some fun moments of steampunk and general Gail appeal around the town of Anchorage. I thought I’d share a few with you, Gentle Reader.

I found myself at the Red Chair Cafe, for example…

And I also tracked down the local tea house…

Yes, I did contemplate just staying in that tea house forever.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April 2017 is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 fuckyeahmodernflapper- Walking dress (Les Modes, french magazine, 1900s)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Passion for Passionfruit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Amazon Reader Review Myths

Book News:

The French blog Mes Nouvelles Lectures says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“J’ai vraiment apprécié cet univers steampunk, je le trouve assez complet et je dois dire que je suis contente de retrouver l’ambiance et l’univers du protectorat de l’ombrelle, j’avais vraiment aimé le premier tome que j’avais lu : Sans âme.”

While J.L. Gribble says:

“Gail Carriger’s foray into young adult fiction is set in the familiar world of her Parasol Protectorate series, but with a bit more…everything. Which is funny, because her adult series is pretty awesomely extreme all on its own. This novel drew much more from the steampunk genre than on the supernatural in regards to plot, with more focus on fantastical mechanical creations and devices and less on the political relationships between the worlds of humans, vampires, and werewolves.”

Quote of the Day:

“The English are denonominated by the Chinese (âng-mô, red-haired people); they also dwell in the north-west corner of the ocean, very near the Dutch, whom they very much resemble in person and dress but their language and writing re different. English manufactures are very superior, while their swords and guns, and other implements, are the best in all countries to the north-west.”

~ Ong Tae Hae, A Chinaman Abroad, 1849

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Alaska for Gail is All About Glaciers

Posted by Gail Carriger

OK, so I love glaciers. I had to study glaciology for one of my minors as an archaeology undergraduate (glacial till and valley formation are key to both clay deposits – ceramics was my specialty – and site formation.) I love a good U-shaped valley.

Massive Glacier

Since I figured Alaska might be my only chance (we tried to get on a glacier when in New Zealand and failed) we flew to see glaciers and also walked on one. Hooray!

Glacier Terminus

So here is a bit of icy goodness, I promise I will return you to your regular steampunk tea octopus and fashion obsessive musings in the next blog post.

Glacier Terminus Up Close

It’s hard to get across the different sounds the ice makes as you walk on it, crunches and melodic tinkling. And so manny different ice types.

Glacier Tunnel

And this was my favorite formation:

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel by G. L. Carriger
    Status: With Proofreader
    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.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 via fawnvelveteen tumblr fleurdulys- Umbrellas – Louis Icart 20th century

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

This is a house, in Alaska, in the middle of nowhere. Because.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Victorian Medical Advice on Treating Depression

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.”

~ Flannery O’Connor

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Alaska Steamposium Report ~ Steampunk Outfits & More

Posted by Gail Carriger

So the Alaska Steamposium in Anchorage was a tiny but enthusiastic little con, well worth a visit if you are in the area. They treated me like royalty and I had a lovely time.

One of the things that they did was challenge the con com to dress as a Gail Carriger cover. Beatrix took this literally…

Beatrix & Gail

If you want to see more of her costume I’ll be posting a bunch of details to Retro Rack and more pictures will soon appear in the cosplay gallery on the wikia and my cosplay pinterest board.

Yes that is real dandelion fluff on a spoon. The hat was full of little inside jokes like that.

I wore my black simple outfit with the circus corset.

As you might imagine it was cold so I have undershirt and sweater on. Smaller hat (easier to pack) and so forth for a generally rather simple look. Just wait until you see what I wear to World’s Fair next month. Last time I was there it was SO HOT, that this time I am packing super light. You’ll see me in some steampunk outfits that have never debuted before.

This isn’t one of them…

{Gail’s monthly read along for April 2017 is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Full mourning dress for the elderly

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Five Ways Reading Fiction Makes You Better at Your Job

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Writing Group that Works

Book News:

Barnes & Noble bringing all the books to the con.

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


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