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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ Gifts, Endearments & Peas

Posted by Gail Carriger

Please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week, Gentle Reader!

As always Lord Akeldama may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves. (If you have asked the Good Vampire a question over the past few months and do not see the answer, it is always possible he has answered it before or it’s still in the hopper.)

With Biffy & Lyall’s book on the horizon, I may invite the werewolves over for a round, perhaps you have questions for them?

Rudderbuddy asks:

Where did you get you love for food and floral related nicknames?

You can think of a better source of endearments?

Melissa asks:

When visiting the home of a new acquaintance for the first time, what is the most appropriate gift, or is a gift necessary?

I’m always in favor of something small and edible ~ chocolates, bubbly, svelte young men with sparkling eyes and questionable moral fiber.

Jessica asks:

What is the best possible way to go about mixing patterns in fashion choices?

Keep your colors close and your sizes separate. In other words, mix a large pattern with a small one, but make sure they are both black & white.

Mandy asks:

What fashions would you put a butterfly of a toddler in, considering that she likes to run and climb…

Waistcoat and trousers, naturally, darling. Or perhaps a very small lab coat emblazoned with “evil genius in training,” just to keep everyone around watchful.

Court suit Uncut voided silk velvet, silk faille, silk embroidery floss, gold & silver embroidery purl & frieze, rhinestone & metal sequins c. 1810-14

Sharon asks:

I’m considering becoming a vampire queen. Suggestions? Hints?

Endeavor to be as fabulous as possible.

Tracy asks:

If one has an extensive library, do you recommend shelving them by height, color, or some other system?

Color, setting, and approval rating.

Avery asks:

If one must color one’s hair and belonging to the male gender with pale olive skin would you advise, ginger or blonde or black?

Black, my darling little eliá.

Irene asks:

If one is setting up a network of secret agents, what is the best type of training for them: espionage, assassination, accountancy, or a combination?

Never forget table manners, wardrobe selection, and hat decoration. Oh and the consumption of peas. Peas always give trouble to those who have not been trained properly.

Do you want to ask Lord Akeldama a question? 

Join the Chirrup and drop him a line.

Already a member? Just reply to the next Chirrup with your question.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

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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 . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

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Quote of the Day:

“I have only two things to say to you, Lord Tilbury. One is that you have ruined a man’s life. The other is Pip-pip.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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


The Lord Akeldama Style Meme

Posted by Gail Carriger

A little while ago, Gentle Reader,

I collected a bunch of questions for Lord Akeldama, for his occasional Dear Lord Akeldama column here on my blog. Most of these, I found, were about fashion and style. Some were more suited to a kind of meme than the Good Vampire’s usual verboseness.

So here, for your sharing and answering pleasure, is the result:

1. Blondes or brunettes?
2. What do you think of mini top hats for men?
3. Boxers or briefs? Boxer-briefs?
4. What is the greatest fashion disaster you ever witnessed?
5. What is your favorite color?
6. What period of history did you think had the best fashion sense?
7. What is your favorite fabric?
8. Ruffles. A do or don’t?
9. Hat or no hat and if so, which and when?
10. Where do you acquire your wardrobe?
11. Zip then fasten… or fasten then zip?
12. What would you say is a modern day crime of fashion?
13. Leggings as pants… Yay or nay?

I assembled them thus, and asked the good vampire himself in a rapid-fire manner.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the result:

The Lord Akeldama Style Meme:

1. Blondes or brunettes?
Never ask a vampire his favorite flavor, would you wish to eat the same thing every day?
2. What do you think of mini top hats for men?
Why would a gentleman show himself to be smaller?
3. Boxers or briefs? Boxer-briefs?
Knickerbockers.
4. What is the greatest fashion disaster you ever witnessed?
The wrong gentleman in knickerbockers.
5. What is your favorite color?
Sunset.
6. What period of history did you think had the best fashion sense?
French Rococo.
7. What is your favorite fabric?
Satin.
8. Ruffles. A do or don’t?
A discretionary tale.
9. Hat or no hat and if so, which and when?
Hats are worn outside. To protect one from the sun, of course.
10. Where do you acquire your wardrobe?
From my tailor, obviously.
11. Zip then fasten… or fasten then zip?
Button.
12. What would you say is a modern day crime of fashion?
Crocs.
13. Leggings as pants… Yay or nay?
We’re back to knickerbockers.

Please feel free to share and answer for yourself, Lord Akeldama would be proud.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Local Custom by Lee & Miller.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea Caddy in my Office

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Give Them Bread, Not Muffins or Cake

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Victorian Writing Advice

Book News:

Evaine’s Books, Books, and More Books says of Prudence:

“Another rollicking romp through an alternate Victorian world full of fun and adventure and wonderfully clever banter.”

Quote of the Day:

“Gentlemen are more liable to baldness than ladies, owing no doubt to the use of the hat.”

~ Victorian Etiquette

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Fashion, Feminism, & Faux

Posted by Gail Carriger

Please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week, Gentle Reader. As always Lord Akeldama is happy to entertain your questions, although he may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives your question the answer it deserves.

via celuloid-jam tumblr

And now…

Dear Lord Akeldama

Lisa asks:

Since you are a master of subtle manipulation, how would you get a teenage boy to clean up after himself without seeming to nag?

Keep him company in his own room until it is clean. Set up residence with a book. Nothing is more off-putting to a young gentleman than lack of privacy and constant exposure to his own parent. Other option? Offer to clean it yourself… and Instagram the most embarrassing things you find.

Christopher asks:

What do you think of Hawaiian shirts for very casual daywear?

I try not to think about them at all.

Alicia asks:

How do you politely tell someone to stuff it?

I find turning my head away, finding that something vastly interesting has caught my attention elsewhere, and simply drifting off works wonders.

Pamela asks:

What to do when one’s physical limitations demand practical shoes?

Do not go anywhere.

Mara asks:

What is a lady of reputable breeding and with a tendency to go against the social norm to do to when faced with stupid and boring ladies who think a woman’s sense in life are clothes, marriage, and children.

Write.

Jack asks:

Flossing or just brushing?

What a silly question to ask a man who has a liquid diet.

Court Suit, ca 1810

Fiona asks:

How do you feel about the Faux trend: i.e. Faux fur, Faux Leather, T-shirts with tuxedos printed on them, leggings printed to look like jeans.

Is fashion not, at its heart and soul, entirely motivated by deception and manipulation? Trompe-l’œil away, my sneaky darlings, visual espionage is an ancient tradition. The Romans did it with walls.

Cherries asks:

Honorable sir, what should one do when a present has been given, but no thanks has been offered in the form of a card or note or even…gasp…an email?

Assume that the present was either undelivered, unacceptable, insulting, or unwelcome. Whatever the case, do not bestow another.

FanArtLordADandy-Maker-DollDivine

Liza asks:

Lord Akeldama, pray tell, what is your favorite book?

I am rather partial to Mr. Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray. There are some who have speculated that it is about me. I assure you there is no painting in my garret. Although there is this fresco in a stairwell in the British Museum… Of course, The Vampyre is a work of pure comic genius, always good of a laugh.

Like Lord Akeldama? Look out for Manifest Destiny in my next book, Kitsune Drag Queen extraordinaire.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    StatusOut now!
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

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The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
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?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Longchamp, France Antique-Royals tumblr2

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

40 Unique Teapots to Help You Savour the Taste of Tea

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Keeping Time in the Victorian Kitchen

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writers don’t forget the past; they turn it into raw material.”

~ Joyce Rachelle

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Fashion, Drones & Meat Chops

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Before we start, Gentle Reader, and thinking of fashion, this is a reminder that I have an Instagram feed. So if you are there, so am I!

And now, please welcome the gentleman vampire back to my blog this week.

As always Lord Akeldama is happy to entertain your questions. And while he may not give you the answer you wish, he always gives the question the answer it deserves. Please feel free to leave more in the comments below for a future column.

And now…

Dear Lord Akeldama

Aubrey (@LIWpride) asks:

Do I wear makeup for a job interview/presentation or no?

Makeup is only warpaint by another name, my blushing pearl.

Michael asks:

Which members of the Royal Family have benefited from your fashion advice over the centuries?

None of them, my ducky darling. Have you seen the way those poor unfortunates dress? Some, I believe, have been listening too closely to Baroness Tunstell. It is sorry state of affairs. I did, however, have a lovely correspondence with Mrs Kennedy once. Pity about her husband, if only the local hive had been a little faster.

Waistcoat 1790s The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gina asks:

I wonder what you think of Trump.

What’s that? A new cut of meat? The butchers are getting rather daring these days. I should ask my cook what he thinks, I’m convinced his opinion is more valuable on the Trump chop, or what have you, than mine could ever be.

Ember asks:

What is your favorite knot to use for tying a cravat?

The mathematical, in my case, I enjoy the sense of irony.

pimpernelfans tumblr Some of Percy’s best faces (as played by Anthony Andrews)

Nicole (@chrisiant) asks:

Scent, discreetly applied. Is it a delightful accent, or intolerable intrusion? Also..long skirts plus wheeled chair – help!

For scent, less is always more. Unless, of course you cherish an intense interest in werewolves, in which case you should leave it off entirely. Werewolves have a propensity to sneeze when in the company of perfume. My creator’s preference is for a nice body scrub or skin cream, rather than a heavy dousing of scent. And she hopes it goes without saying: NEVER when engaged in aeronautic pursuits.

New Woman Sarah Grand’s Bicycle Suit (1897)

Long skirts and wheelchair? This is much like long skirts and the bicycle, my flowy lotus blossom, a legitimate excuse for dress reform! And while my daughter and I disagree on the particulars of underpinnings, I am able to move with the times enough to admire certain aspects of a New Woman’s mobile glory.

Kim (@KimEnglish66)

White shoes in winter, yes or no?

Whatever best suits the outfit, of course.

Josh asks:

 What do you look for in a drone?

A natty dresser, a certain breeziness of morality, a zest for life and information in equal measure, and of course, beauty. As I am sure you well know, my lovely, beauty is less in the eye of the beholder than it is in the mouth of the vampire.

Her First Dance (1884), William Quiller Orchardson

{Gail’s Coop de Book pick for March 2017 is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring 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 . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

FS C&C Foreign Editions

Quote of the Day:

“You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.” It took a second to process his comment.
“I’m sorry, cheese?”
“Sure. Air’s overrated. Try living without cheese.”

~ Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Actors, Fashion, & Blood

Posted by Gail Carriger

It has been a very long time, Gentle Reader, but in honor of a new year…

He’s Baaaaaaack!

Nissa asks:
Who, if anyone, would you consider for a drone among the vastly talented and ridiculously handsome young British actors of today? 
Benedict Cumberbatch. The name screams upper class, not to mention it’s like something my creator couldn’t come up with even in her wildest dreams, and of course, the diminutives are endless.

Mironiel asks:
What is your favorite book and who is the author?
I’m rather partial to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Mr. Oscar Wilde.

Banyan 1780-1820 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Susan asks:
I would also like to send you a bottle of Macallan 25 and one of Chateau Mouton and Lafite as wit, knowledge, and fashion sense should be rewarded. And I just know you’re HRH the Prince of Wales (Bertie) fashion advisor as he’s always so put together. 
I do adore the bubbly, send it round dahling, send it round. I am at my leisure.

Ice asks:
For fashion, what would you recommend for a girl who loves the ruffles of the 1880s, gothic fashions, and roses?
I’d say you should be following Dita Von Teese’s red carpet looks.

Top Hat 1832 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Hannah asks:
Is there ever a time when it is appropriate for a lady to wear a top hat. And if so, what is the maximum height allowable.
For evenings only, of course. And the height of the hat should be commensurate with the proportions of the lady in question.

April asks:
Given your love of Louis XIV fashion, I can imagine you also loved Art Nouveau, but I would love to hear you unvarnished opinion? Please?
My little gilt gosling, Baroque, for all it’s excess, is by-in-large symmetrical in execution. Art Nouveau can get a tad squiggly and off balance for my particular taste. I think it of for the young bloods to enjoy.

Ensemble 1790s The Kyoto Costume Institute

Michael asks:
After reading through prior installments of your column, I am astonished to discover that no one has thought to inquire about Beau Brummel! Did you know him; were you friends, rivals or something more complicated?
Ah now, isn’t rivalry part and parcel with friendship? As if I could ever have any rivals! No dear boy, no, Mr. Brummel was a dear disciple of mine. You might say I trained him up in all things, and very proud of him I was too!

miss_in_trouble asks:
Do vampires made by the same Queen are somehow related? If yes, does it mean that You are, perhaps related to the vampires from Wimbledon Hive?
My dear periwinkle, matters of blood, to vampires, are as such as near to matters of digestion as makes no difference, and thus not proper to discuss in polite company.

Man’s Ensemble 1805-1810 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Sparrow I. Sprocket asks:
I am having a wardrobe dilemma. You see, I am a girl (tawny hair, chocolate eyes, pale skin, and short stature) who usually wears neutral shades (black, gray, and white). I have been trying to make my wardrobe more colorful by trying on dark colors like navy blue and blood red. I’m even trying on natural tones like muted greens and browns. Nothing has worked. Please help!
Color is largely a matter of skin tone, my perturbed little bird. You describe yours as pale but is that pale with yellow, pink, or olive undertones? I should think your instincts towards muted are likely what’s off (since earth tones and the like are generally not well suited to a yellow or pink undertones which would be my guess from your hair color). You’re better off with jewel tones (emerald green or royal blue) or clear pastels (pink, lavender). Always start with scarves or statement necklaces. They put the color right next to your face and you will know immediately by people’s reactions if it works. Since people don’t realize the reality of the situation, complements are likely to be about the the colorful item (what a pretty scarf) which really means it suits your complexion, or about some other feature (wow, your eyes look really big today) which really means it suits your eye or hair color.

That’s all for now, darlings.

As ever, if you would like to leave a questions for Lord Akeldama, please feel free to do so in the comments below. You may also drop a calling card for Miss Gail’s and she will see he gets it. Remember, however, that being a vampire he has very little sense of the passage of time so it may take him a while to respond…

Meanwhile: “Dumplets or Dumplings?” Lord A May have to have a drone named Dumplet now.

In other news I (or rather, Biffy) got quoted in my local paper.

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Developmental edit (third draft).
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Outline
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring 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 . . .

via ClassicPics @History_Pics Young Maiko from the 1920s

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

50 Best Reading Nooks We Have Ever Come Across

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Make Art and Create Cool Stuff in a time of Trouble

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Anachronisms & Other Ways to Make Readers Snicker

Book News:

Fan Art of Lord A by Matt Harrison ‏@matchoo28

Quote of the Day:

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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A Very Alexia Christmas (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Lord Akeldama, however, is overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pudding, above.)

3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan. Unfortunately, swans are protected by the queen, so we can’t eat them. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable palates. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly delicious and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

FIX WORD COUNT

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring 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 . . .

Fashion plate, 1875, France shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, 1875, France shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Camelback Library

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 Rules for Female Travelers from the Victorian Era

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know

Book News:

Full Length Radio Interview with Gail Carriger on Sex, Please! iTunes

Quote of the Day:

“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
~ Japanese Proverb

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Gail’s Future ~ Your Questions Answered: Coloring Books & Lord Akeldama (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So I was having a bit of a brain fart recently, Gentle Reader, and couldn’t think of anything exciting to blog about that you’d want to know, so I did a spontaneous AMA. Thanks to everyone who (equally spontaneously) participated.

Ever thought about a parasol protectorate adult coloring book?

It’s a bit complicated rights-wise, but Hachette did say they were interested in doing one. I said that’s a wonderful idea! And… cue radio silence. I’ll prod them again in a bit. Or ask my agent to prod.

Prod prod prod.

Why Traditional Publishing Takes So Long

1770s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston via omgthatdress

How about writing an anthology about Lord Akeleama adventures from the beginning?

Ueerm.. noooo. Well, not like that anyway. Here’s the thing about Lord Akeldama (because there is always a THING): he is fun as a side character, easy to write, always livens up the place but would be impossible to live (inside my head) with if he were the protagonist. You might be able to cope with it (although I doubt it), can you imagine? Dahling! So much drama! But even if you could take it to read, I certainly couldn’t take it to write. One scene with that man is beyond exhausting! A whole short story might put me in hospital.

All hail the Percy Smirk via oimpernelfans tumblr

I have however, contemplated writing about him from, for example, the perspective of one of his love-lorn dronie-poohs. But, I need that POV to sing to me, and he hasn’t peeped yet. He may peep. You never know who will wake you up in the middle of the night, as an author.

What other genres have you considered writing? Have you ever considered writing a full length novel or series about a different era than the victorian age? Or perhaps a steampunk series set in a different universe than the Parasol Protectorate?

I have a great idea (I think) for a new paranormal YA series set in 1980s suburbia. There’s also space opera, which I love reading and would like to maybe write some day. I’m not sure I have the chops for it though. And, of course, Crudrat is YA space opera.

Audiobook

I could see myself writing something set in the ancient world, or an alternate reality version thereof too. Since I came from that world originally (professionally speaking).

When do you estimate you’ll have time to continue Crudrat? I know it’ll be after you finish the Prudence series, but…

Honestly? A few years at least, as many as five, possibly even more. It’s one of the reasons I never made it available in print, I didn’t want to disappoint people with such a big gap. I hate leaving readers waiting expectantly. For this, I apologize.

What character archetypes/tropes you just love in non-bustlepunk?

Well I talk a lot about the character and archetypes that I love in this post I did about tropes. YA fantasy is a big one for me. I’d love to write traditional fantasy for adults or young adults. I have a this great world I invented years ago that I’d love to revisit some day and see if any wonderful characters live there. (It’s all about the characters, before I can write about somewhere, I need to know someone in my head. Make sense?)

Song of the Lioness

Do you ever feel too tied to your current material or do you still love it enough that you enjoy expanding the world through Prudence et all?

I genuinely love it. I’d stop if I didn’t and write something else.

Will you write about Lord Maccon’s past before he was turned?

I never thought about that. The life of a large Scottish opera singer. Could be fun. Not sure though, he works so well as a foil for Alexia, how to write him on his own?

ariellamartinez tubmr
Alexia Tarabotti ♡  Conall Maccon
from the bookseries “Soulless” by Gail Carriger.  You need to love them.

I loved the side story with M. Tarabotti – will there be other side stories as well? 

Yes, I hope so. I’d like to write a whole series of shorts about him at different points in his life.

Would you consider writing a book with another author? If so, who would be on your shortlist?

Yes. I’ve halfway co-authored a piece with my friend Dan Sawyer, but we sort of dropped the ball on it. It would have to be with someone who can handle humor well and who I get along with on a personal level. That list wouldn’t be very long. Maybe some day…

What other supernatural creatures are you thinking about exploring in future short stories, novellas, books, etc?

If it qualifies as a vampire or a shape-shifter with mythological historical connections, it’s probably on my long list of possibilities.

What are some things that are on your bucket list (doable things, crazy things, not metaphysically possible things)? 

Honestly? I’m pretty happy with where I am in my life. I’ve learned cool stuff, visited awesome places, found the love of an AB and a cat, and produced a body of work that is out there in the world that I’m pretty darn proud of. I don’t think I can ask for much more.

Most of my practical dreams now revolve around food I want to try, shoes I want to buy, and things I want to write. But I could genuinely die tomorrow and be happy with my life. I don’t think that’s morbid, I think I’m profoundly privileged to be able to say that.

Everything from here on out is gravy. And I do like gravy.

I’d Rather Be Drinking Gravy Mug

Crazy things? I’d like to fly first class to an exotic small island (probably in or near Asia) where they serve amazing fruit, there’s a private vanishing edge pool and a natural hot spring. I’ve never traveled first class, I’d like to try it just once. And my idea of paradise involves tropical fruit, fresh water of various temperatures (without chlorine), and tons of free time just to read.

No metaphysically possible? I want gills so I can swim for as long as I like underwater unencumbered.

Update on when your self published books are coming out? 

I am trying for June, but if I miss that window it won’t be until August. So one of the two. I should know more in about two weeks, so long as everything goes to plan.

How to Write a Novella

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Carl Rudolph Sohn-  Princess Beatrice – 1883 via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Heroines, Smugglers, and Spies: The Forgotten Contributions of Women in the Civil War

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Dickens Characters with Really Silly Names

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: With beta reader. Release date to come.
    Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Cover art acquired!
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

 

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
If there are hearts to be broken, break them: An Interview with Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:
“On the one hand, he was shockingly rude to Oliver. On the other, I have often been shockingly rude to Oliver myself, and I understand the impulse.”
~ Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia

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Soulless Special Hardbacks Have Shipped! Special Extras: The Mad Hatter Interviews Alexia, Conall & Lord Akeldama

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Thank you to everyone who purchased the limited and special hard cover editions of Soulless. I’ve been told that it has shipped at last! I do hope you like it!

As a thank you: Here’s an interview with three of your favorite characters in Soulless from back when the book was first released in 2009.

The Mad Hatter Interviews Alexia & Lord Maccon

MH: Thank you for gracing my gentle readers with your presence. It is a great honor to have both of you here.
ALEXIA: Delighted.
LORD MACCON: Of course, of course.
MH: Now, Alexia, my dear, what made you choose someone such as Gail Carriger to chronicle your life story?  And why do you think other people would want to hear about you traipsing about with Werewolves and Vampires? This is most unbecoming information concerning a well-bred lady such as yourself.
ALEXIA: Well, the horrible little strumpet chronicled my doings entirely without my knowledge or approval. Naturally, I am considering legal action, but right this moment I simply don’t have the time to chase after a minor American authoress with delusions of grandeur. Really, what one has to wonder is, how does she get all of her information?
LORD MACCON (under his breath): Lord Akeldama perhaps?
MH: What unfolds during the telling of Soulless?
ALEXIA: I suppose, since the so-called Ms Carriger has gone around writing inappropriate novels sullying my name, I might simply relay the gist of the matter. I go around, in a perfectly respectable way, looking for clues as to the appearance of these unexpected vampires and Lord Maccon here keeps getting in my way.
LORD MACCON: Funnily enough, I was going to say exactly the same thing, only with a reversal of roles.
MH: In that you are known to be a strong willed woman.  How do you think that affects public opinion of you? Does the negative commentary overwhelm your reputation or are their advantages to your unique personality?
ALEXIA: A pox upon public opinion. Oh, please excuse my blunt language, but I do get riled up on this matter. What good, I ask you, has public opinion ever done anyone? Except perhaps an actress or two. I will say that not giving a fig for the general approval of others allows me a certain amount of leeway and liberty, that, were I more conscientious of the fine feelings of others, might not ordinarily be the case.
MH: What kind of evolution have you encountered since you’ve become involved with one another?
ALEXIA: I have evolved to find him increasingly more annoying.
LORD MACCON: And I to find her less so.
ALEXIA: Fortunately for both of us, I am finding that I rather enjoy living life in a mild state of annoyance.
MH: As you may be aware I have a great proclivity to hats, so I simply must know, what was the most ghastly hat ever worn by Miss Ivy Hisselpenny?
ALEXIA: Oh dear. It was horrible, a recent purchase, for she only seems to be getting worse with age. It was a toque covered in purple tweed with black ball fringe edging, purple taffeta ruffles, a bird, a bow, grey ostrich feathers, and this black and white feather puff at the end of a length of wire that looked like she was being stalked by a jellyfish. I shudder to recall it.
MH: For our gentle readers can you describe what your transformation feels like?
LORD MACCON: Ah, yes well, it is highly unpleasant. The process does involve bones actually breaking and then reforming, you understand? Oh dear, I do apologize for offending any ladies present with such crass speech. Lyall is always having to remind me of such things. Perhaps I should leave it there.
MH: What is one thing about each of you that most people do not know?
LORD MACCON: Before metamorphosis, I used to be a rather well known opera singer – bass-baritone.
ALEXIA: That is a slightly intrusive question, don’t you find? Would you mind if I were terribly frivolous with my answer? I love marmalade.
MH: Thank you both for you time and civility. I so look forward to hear about your latest happenings.

And a Brief Interview with Lord Akeldama

MH: Thank you for gracing us with your presence. Do tell us, Lord Akeldama, what intrigues you about Alexia so much that it encourages you to invite her into your world? Also, where did you first meet?
LORD AKELDAMA: Well, my darling pumpkin seedling, it’s not like me to gossip behind someone’s back, but I will say this. She’s such an adorably practical little thing, who wouldn’t like her? All that common sense and assertive attitude is quite refreshing in a female of this day and age. Also, my little sprouted potato, it’s been so very long since I have had any genuine social interaction with a preternatural, I find it enchanting. One might even be tempted to say: revitalizing. As to the location of our first meeting, I’m afraid I must demur and simply point out that that is not, entirely, the right question to ask
MH: Do you think Alexia and Lord Maccon are a good pairing?
LORD AKELDAMA: Darling, I refuse to commit myself to the very idea of pairing, one wouldn’t want to limit oneself like that, now would one? Thusly I feel entirely incapably of judging the matter. That said, they do seem to enjoy barking at one another, which, I’m under the impression, is the practice amongst werewolves.
MH: How do you view the Victorian era versus the other epoch’s you’ve lived through?
LORD AKELDAMA: Ah, sugar bell, I do find this era a little staid in the matter of color and shoe adornments, and of course I simply cannot and will not approve of the muttonchops. Not even slightly. But I shall admit that I do find some of the new brass accessories unexpectedly intriguing.

Scottish myths: Wulver the kindhearted Shetland werewolf
A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hairdressing (written by Biffy?)
Victorian Party People Unrolled Mummies for Fun (what, you thought I was making that up?)
The Trouble with Bustles: Victorian Fashion in the 19th Century News

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol Paper Doll lemaldusiecle-tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian London, 1977 (16 rare photos)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Best of Writer Beware: 2015 in Review

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Diana of Audio Gals says: “How excited, and sad, I was to listen to Manners & Mutiny, the last in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. I began the book knowing that Carriger had a lot of loose ends to wrap up and confident she could handle such a task. Readers, I’m very proud to say the combination of Carriger and Quirk (that should totally be the name of an investigative agency BTW) in no way disappointed.”

Quote of the Day:
“A burglar alarm,” said Jessan. “Or so your sister tells me. You wake up when the burglar starts screaming.”
Llannat looked curious. “You believe that?”
“Implicitly,” Jessan assured her.
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Nicknames & Others Issues

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Lord Akeldama has whisked by the blog and hijacked my post today, Gentle Reader, as will happen occasionally. And, my freshwater pearl, I am not permitted to say anything more on the subject.

tsgeisel asks:
You seem to refer to everyone with affectionate, semi-patronizing nicknames: sweet darling, little cherub, etc. Given your, um, extensive history, it’s probably fair. But are there any names you will not permit yourself to be called? And any names you’re fond of, that can be mentioned in polite (or at least non-scandalous) company?
Oh deary me, my inquisitive little jicama. I don’t believe there is, although I do try to avoid those that might be perceived as too insulting, like banana britches. Although some among my acquaintance might find that flattering. As to calling me by pet names, I find them endearing if not exactly commonplace.

unclemonster asks:
Is there an actual book of love and if so, who indeed is the author? 
Sappho.

 Bright Young Things at Wilsford by Cecil Beaton, October 1927;
William Walton, Cecil Beaton, Stephen Tennant, Rex Whistler, Georgia Sitwell, Zita Jungman and Teresa Jungman
(Source- theredlist.com)

docxen asks:
Are you a ploy by the queen of vampires to make them seem less threatening even almost a bit ..”divalish”
My dear fellow, I am no one’s ploy but my own and I resent the implication!

AnnikaCanSaveUs asks:
I am a girl who prefers more old-fashioned masculine attire. Can you advise me on wear to start?
Ah, my dear, I always begin with Bond Street. My creator suggests you try thrifting in the men’s section and tailoring things yourself. She began her long and sordid history with steampunk in the gentleman’s quarter of Goodwill. I know not of such things.

1760 Waistcoat  1760  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

docxen asks:
Were you the one who invented blood pudding?
Goodness gracious me, Scottish? Food? Meat related? I see your point about the name, my darling mignon, but in all other respects it has the mark of werewolves crawling all over it.

shonrichards asks:
Would giving my werewolf friend a lint roller be considered rude? His clothes are always picking up hair.
Not if you gave him this one coupled with a companion bottle of liquid courage by the same name.

derekthebard asks:
How best should a gentleman pair a top hat with regular dress?
Is there any other way to leave the house but top-hatted?
And how tall should said hat be?
Hat height should be commensurate with the height of the individual wearing it and the depths of the gravity of the occasion. Both being an inverse proportion of sublime mathematical complexity.

LowBelow asks:
When was you born, and where?
A long long time ago in a country far far away.

TheCaptainSmollet asks:
I’d dearly like to know, if you’d be so kind to answer, how long have you known Professor Lyall? I understand he’s been in the area a good long while. When did you first meet him? Did you ever work together or really interact before he came to you for assistance with the Westminster hive and Alexia? And I just wanted to say your hair is absolutely fabulous.  
Lord Akeldama is delighted by the hair compliment but finds his memory on the subject of a certain Professor extremely vague.

Duke Carl Theodore in Bavaria

Mythusmage asks:
Would you ever take blood from a saint? Around here a drop of saint’s blood has the habit of healing the vampire.
And round here they say spotted dick is a marvelous name for a desert. One shouldn’t believe everything one hears.

Susan asks:
Since you enjoy wit are you a fan of Oscar Wilde? If so, what’s your favourite work of his? 
Dorian Gray of course, darling. Reminds me of a man I once knew. To which I am sure you will say, cheekily, “Only one?”

antique-royals-tumblr 1850s

tristan-os asks:
I have recently come to terms with the fact I am a transgender man (assigned female at birth but not actually so). But the problem is I have no knowledge of men’s fashion. Do you have any tips on finding a personal style, or even on what a shorter than average man with wider hips and a preference for slim fits over baggy ones should wear?
Welcome to the fold, as it were. A slim fit is a most excellent place to begin. Fit is ever the most important factor. I should start in the men’s section of the type of establishment that stocks a wide range of brands so as to try on different items and get a better sense of which brands fit you best best. I suspect you may have to find a skilled tailor or learn to do so yourself. Alternatively, it is also possible to lean in favor of a style most exaggerated and esoteric: vintage, Chap, hipster, Goth. This sort of look allows for a leniency in fit by settling under the umbrella of one particular look.

Kevin asks:
I would have loved to have been one of your drones, any qualities required other than youth and beauty? 
There are other qualities?

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions. Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, has a very loose interpretation of time.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Companion
Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 117

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

Silly of me, just leaving a lap hanging about like that.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Can Drinking Tea Turn You into a Whore?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Writing Rules We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Would Break

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:

Finishing School Girls Fan Art via jeneelestrange tumblr

Quote of the Day:
“She was a pretty enough girl in a droopy, blonde, saucer-eyed way, but not the sort of breath-taker that takes the breath.” … “I don’t want to wrong anybody, so I won’t go so far as to say that she actually wrote poetry, but her conversation, to my mind, was of a nature calculated to excite the liveliest suspicions.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Man Buns & Commandos

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Lord Akeldama has whisked by the blog and hijacked my post today, Gentle Reader,  as will happen occasionally. And, my fresh water pearl, I am not permitted to say anything more on the subject…

Aileen asks:
Do you have any tips on what would be most flattering and stylish on a lady that has just had a baby?
I would hark back to a more Grecian age, my dear cupcake. There is a great deal to be said for artful draping.

Sharon asks:
Is it ever not a fashion faux pas to wear stripes with polka dots? 
No.

Ensemble  1790-1795  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Summer asks:
How do you come up with such wonderful pet names?…me and my sister do that when I text her…I go “how is my beautiful blueberry cupcake?” ….and she’ll reply “feeling absolutely delicious my little cute crumpet”………yes… yes we are huge fans.
They chiefly arrive from spontaneity of the moment, occasionally they are a consequence of considered meditation and study.
(Gail wonders if you get the literary reference in this answer?)

Dora asks:
Does he like going commando at all?
Lord Akeldama does not understand this reference but suggests that, when available for a casual soiree, a nice strapping commando is never a bad thing.

J. C. Leyendecker

Marisa asks:
Who hurt you?
A beautiful creature long ago who committed the gravest of sins: dying before I did. Of course, since then it’s be the same song over and over again.

Elizabeth asks:
Do you enjoy popular novels and if so, which ones?
I read only what is highly romantic and incurably frivolous. Literature is too important to be taken seriously.

jumpingjacktrash-tumblr

Anukampa asks:
Which of your five senses gives you the most pleasure?
Wit.

Heather asks:
Should purple and green really never be seen together, or is it a fashion myth?
All rules are made to be broken, particularly those taken most seriously.

1765 Jacket and Waistcoat  1765  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Juliet asks:
Is lemon instead of milk ever an option?
Not for vampires.

ThePeachMartini asks:
What is your opinion regarding this disturbing article of dressing up a man-bun with a tiny fedora?
Gail here: Lord Akeldama refuses to even acknowledge the existence of the man bun.

Katie asks:
Lord Maccon ever got drunk again, would you ever play a practical joke on him? Perhaps changing all his clothes into lovely shades of pink, or maybe just switching them out for dresses?
That man is so very inured to matters of apparel he likely wouldn’t notice even if I did. Nevertheless this is not my style, my darling drones on the other hand…

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions. Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, has a very loose interpretation of time.

{Gail’s monthly read along for September is Court of Fives by Kate Elliott}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Museum of Fine Arts @mfaboston  Looks like they weren’t interested in tanning back in the 19th century

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Sarah Belzoni, an Intrepid Woman

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
It Only Gets Harder Once You’re Published

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft.



The Books! 

 The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels.
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Jordin of A Bottomless Book Bag says: “If you’ve enjoyed the Finishing School series thus far, Waistcoats & Weaponry won’t disappoint! I’d definitely recommend this book for fans of the series, and I’d recommend the series to anyone who enjoys steampunk and a mix of urban fantasy and paranormal!”

Quote of the Day:
“I want a scar to impress the girls,” he informed Neal. “They like a man who looks dangerous, and my face needs all the help it can get.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet (Neal & Owen: my two favorite characters in the series)

 

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

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