Tagged Behind the Magic

My Octopus Collection! (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Just a little video for you today Gentle Reader, as I begin the arduous process of shutting down my old office and the fun of decorating my new one.

Here I am talking about my octopus collection… So many tentacles!

I also have an octopus Pinterest board.

Hope you are having a lovely octopus-filled day!

Yours (surrounded by tentacles),

Miss Gail

Octopus Shelf In Office

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Day dress, 1895-96 parasol striped victorian

Day dress, 1895-96 From the Cincinnati Art Museum

1894, Montreal, Canada via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Beware the Octopus Mug merch gail carriger

Octopus Mug

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How a Literary Prank Convinced Germany That ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Was Real

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Gender and the Hugo Awards, by the Numbers

Book News:

Eliza Dana Sophronia Finishing School Cosplay Baraclegoose Hay Trifle

The amazing Dana as Eliza the Maid from Etiquette & Espionage carrying Mrs Barnaclegoose’s trifle covered bonnet.

Quote of the Day:

“Fair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have encountered in all my thirty-eight years!”
“You can’t think how deeply flattered I am!” she assured him. “I daresay my head would be quite turned if I didn’t suspect that amongst so many a dozen or so may have slipped from your memory.”

~ Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Great Office Purge of 2019 (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello Gentle Reader,

Been a bit absent recently on social media and here on the blog. You see, I returned from my last event in San Diego, to a rent increase on my office space.

Wait, Gail, why do you have an office? Why not write at home in your sweatpants swilling gin like a normal author?

Well, I don’t like gin and I never wear sweatpants.

But actually, I live in less than 600 square feet with an AB and a cat, so there isn’t much space for my books or much quiet to write in. Thus about six years ago I got myself a tiny remote office in a nice old Victorian historic building. Gussied it all up girly and retro (as is my wont) and happily pursued my authorial endeavors.

Gail Carriger office book nook

Sadly the book nook will be no more.

Until this rent increase. (Before you say anything: Here in CA there is no rental protection on commercial units for tenants, so there’s not much recourse I have except to leave.)

So leaving I am.

I’ve found a very nice place that is bigger and more accessible, if perhaps without as much character and historic charm. It will, I hope, be cooler in the summertime.

Because of the move, I’ve been getting rid of a ton of stuff. I’ve donated to charity shops, put a raffle together for Borderlands, consigned clothing, sold costumes, and listed first edition book exclusives on my Gumroad storefront. I even did an eBay auction.

Here’s some of what I got rid of…

The Clothing!

Cream brown 1870s inspired outfit.

1880s inspired wine and black lace outfit.

Persian belly dancing outfit.

Changeless cover outfit.

Madame Lefoux jacket.

The Books!

I included clutch items like ARCs and obscure articles, and (of course) signed everything that I should. The advantages of being THE author, I suppose.

Soulless LTD Boxed Green Cameo SOLD

Parasol Protectorate Trade First Editions Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set Gail Carriger Free Book

Anyway, why am I blogging about all of this?

Just the freeing nature of getting rid of things, I suppose. It’s very liberating… The older I get the less I want stuff around me, it feels heavy both literally and figuratively. With the possible exception of shoes.

It feels like the right time to do this what with the move and celebrating 10 years as an author.

And you seemed to be pleased with the offerings. The person who got the Madame Lefoux jacket wrote about it with such beauty, it made me cry. I’m sorry if you missed something you hoped to get. Don’t worry, I still kept one of everything for myself. Just in case. And who knows I may move again!

What Else Have I Been Up To?

I also scanned a decade of academic notes, ripped apart old notebooks, developed a dust mite allergy (yeah hives and lack of breathing), cleaned out an improbable amount of dish-wear and thinned out the teacup collection. I also collected fun extras together into goodie boxes for upcoming Chirrups.

Meanwhile, I managed to turn in The Heroine’s Journey to my agent and Dimity’s book to my beta readers. More on the title, cover, and release dates for Dimity, plus details on the release of Meat Cute in digital and audio, PLUS audiobook codes for The Omega Objection and a Romancing the Werewolf goodiebox in up coming Chirrups.

Yours, surrounded by boxes,

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1910 Parasol Big Hat Flowers Wide Belt

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger 10 Years of Steampunk Oufits

Self in 10 Years of Steampunk Outfits

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Keep Calm and Eat Pudding

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How authors make money

Book News:

My dear friend Alex White interviews me at SFWC about the career side of writing. 

Quote of the Day:

Quote Bookworms TBR pile

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Miss Gail’s Scariest Author Stories, Happy Halloween! (Video Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

For Halloween this year, I did this video telling some of my scariest author stories, Gentle Reader.

Shiver in horror as I reveal the worst book tour ever, disastrous adventures in airport bathrooms, being orphaned, abandoned, stranded, and that time when hundreds of books went missing.

Are you ready for the fear and terror?

Well, tea will help you cope, of course. Although… did it help me? Watch to find out!

Author Horror Stories with Gail Carriger

The blog post about those signed editions going missing is here.

Unscrewing the Bumbersnoot ~ In which Flywaymen Hijack Waistcoats & Weaponry Signed Editions (The Missing 500)

And the video of the Spy Museum event that I did the day after I cried my little heart out is here:

Yours (destined to die on book tour),

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gail Carriger Gold Parasol Circus Waist Cinch Swiss Waist Dark Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Mirror Teacups

My two mirror teacups, the saucer image is distorted until you look at it in the reflection on the teacup.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  (A Writer Beware Selection)

Book News:

The History and Future of Audiobooks

Quote of the Day:

Perhaps cats get into boxes because they are, in fact, just like phone booths installed with cat-to-cat communication.
Hello? How’s your day going? Knock any good things off tables?
We got some nasty smelling feet round these parts, you should come visit sometime.
Well, I have been thinking about bolting. Or maybe just standing in the doorway indecisively for an hour.
Sounds fun. Well, gotta go lick my butt now.

~ Gail & AB

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Miss Gail’s Childhood Favorite Books & Research Bookshelf – Behind the Magic (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Darling Gentle Reader,

In this video I talk you through some of my favorite children’s books and how they influenced my writing. Then I show off some of my non-fiction research book collection (secondary resources). What I use, what I keeps on hand and why.

Gail Carriger’s Research & Children’s Books

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

RESEARCH BOOKS

A list of Gail’s favorite research books (available for purchase)

Gail Carriger Research Books Tips and Tricks

A selection of Gail’s favorite non-fiction and the books they influenced

Yours (figuring out what to do with all her books),

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Ladies' Companion May Parasol Teal Pink Trim Victorian

Image that influenced lesbian characters Lady Flo and Jane in Poison or Protect fromLadies’ Companion Thursday, May 1, 1862

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Strawberry Pie Tart Little House

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Random Advice That Might Save Your Life, According to Reddit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Allusionist podcast 106: Typo Demon

Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed. Ian Chillag from Everything is Alive podcast introduces us to Titivillus, the typo demon.

Book News:

Man jailed for stealing 7,000 books from Scottish universities

Quote of the Day:

“Oh, yes, she’s unusual!” he said bitterly. “She blurts out whatever may come into her head; she tumbles from one outrageous escapade into another; she’s happier grooming horses and hobnobbing with stable-hands than going to parties; she’s impertinent; you daren’t catch her eye for fear she should start to giggle; she hasn’t any accomplishments; I never saw anyone with less dignity; she’s abominable, and damnably hot at hand, frank to a fault, and—a darling!”

~ Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Everything I Wore to Gaslight Steampunk Expo ~ Vote for Your Favorite!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader, Gaslight Steampunk Expo was my last event of 2019 (and my last event for a while I’m taking a travel hiatus). The theme was Ancient Egypt, and here are all the outfits I wore…

Gail Carriger Blue Maxi Pattern Teapot Purse Blue Turban

Blue pattern maxi dress, with blue turban, net gloves, teapot purse.

Gail Carriger Lace Cream Gold Deco Teapot Purse

Cream lace skirt + top and gold shrug (all from Ross), Dark Garden waist cinch corset (decorated by me), net gloves, gold turban, teapot purse.

Gail Carriger Navy Blue stars exhakti cape bottle

New favorite dress, eShakti navy dress with gold stars and capelet (custom length & sleeves) and pockets, gold sandals (old Sofft), tan leather drivers (old Modcloth) gold turban decorated with vintage brooch, champagne bottle purse.

Gail Carriger Gold Evening Dress Sparkle Brown Shrug

New gold evening gown (Amazon special), brown velvet shrug, vintage brown leather gloves, brown wedge sandals with shoe clips, brown turban, vintage jewelry.

Gail Carriger Gold Cocktail eshakti Fur cape bottle bag

Gold eShakti cocktail dress (custom neck line, length, added sleeves), gold sandals, cream capelet, champagne bottle purse, vintage cream gloves, gold turban.

Gail Carriger Gold Parasol Circus Corset Red Teapot Purse

Gold skirt and top (Amazon if you’d believe), Dark Garden striped Swiss Waist, vintage red gloves, tentacle parasol, new massive red teapot bag, red turban with brooch on it.

Which Outfit Do You Like Best?

Yours (drowning in gold),

Miss Gail 

P.S. Spies report Competence is finally available to UK audio! (Reticence should be coming soon too.)

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin parasol yellow victorian primrose

Fashion plate, 1896 via shewhoworshipscarlin

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Cat - Felis domesticus 1873

Felis domesticus 1873

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Get Your Cat to Be Quiet in the Morning

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

7 Homes of Writers and Authors For You to Explore

Book News:

Custard Protocol Spotted Custard Pastic Toy

Quote of the Day:

“I see now that there is a great deal in what Aunt Almeria says. She considers that there are terrible pitfalls in Society.”
Sir Richard shook his head sadly. “Alas, too true!”
“And vice,” said Pen awfully. “Profligacy, and extravagance, you know.”
“I know.”
She picked up her knife and fork again. “It must be very exciting,” she said enviously.”

~ The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


10 Most Popular Gail Carriger Quotes (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Over ten years in publishing (and quite a few books), Gentle Reader, and here are some of the most quoted sections of my books (or interviews) as voted on by Goodreads and social media…

#1 Quote = Not from a book at all!

I was asked in an interview early on how I felt about reading and being a reader. The above quote is genuinely how I feel about it. I do read basically every day, even if it is only a chapter or two.

#2 Quote = BRAINS!

#3 Quote = Vampires!

Lord Akeldama showing up very early on in this list. No surprise there! This one came from Blameless.

Quote #4 = Gossip!

This is a Biffy quote, but it comes straight from my heart. Gossip has always been a lifeline in my family, Mum, Granma, so forth. This might be my favorite quote on this list.

Quote #5 = Sexy!

I love this one because it hints at the way I write sex scenes and how much humor I like to bring to and find in nudity and flirting.

Quote #6 = Evil Genius

This is the first on from the Finishing School series.

Quote #7 = Sledgehammer

This is Lord Maccon talking to (and describing) Alexia.

Quote #8 = Cats!

This one is Alexia thinking about herself.

Quote #9 = Steampunk

I am specifically talking about steampunk fashion in this quote from an interview I did super early on in my career.

Quote #10 = Tough Lady

This is a long one but it may be one of my favorite descriptions. I love writing something that is both funny and accurate.

There is is. After 10 years the top 10 quotes from my books!

Honorary mention to one of my favorites:

Yours (Oscar Wilde is my idol),

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1861 Le Follet Parasol Pink Blue Swiss Waist Victorian

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Red Teapot Purse Massive

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The phrases you’ve been getting wrong all your life

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why are Books That Shape? From Codices to Kindles, Why This Rectangle Stays Golden

Book News:

All Books 2019 Spines Gail Carriger Free

Quote of the Day:

“It’s your own fault for encouraging him when he was a first-year, you know. Now he thinks he’s a human being.”

~ Page by Tamora Pierce (Neal & Owen: my two favorite characters in the series)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Soulless’s Birthday, Stories From A Book’s Misspent Youth (Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Soulless is having its birthday today, Gentle Reader!

Thought I might share a few of my most fun, and most silly stories revolving around the launch of my very first book, some decade or more ago now! I know, right?

Shortly after Soulless came out, through no fault of mine, World Fantasy Convention came to town.

And I said to my darling friends, I said…

“Darling friends. You know that wedding you had at my mother’s place? You know those baby showers and wedding showers you made me attend? You know those parties I hosted over the years? The time has come,” said I, “to talk of recompense. The chips… I am casting them.”

And so my friends, who are darlings, became many things: caterers, cooks, flower arrangers, interior decorators, event coordinators, brewmasters, bartenders, tea mistresses, servants, cleaning staff and all the steampunk personas one must to throw a very impressive BASH.

And together we threw a rather memorable party. There may even be a few reading this blog who remember it still, and read my book because of it.

Here are some stories from that time…

The Shortbread Fiancee

A dear friend made shortbread for Soulless’s coming out party. A fellow author was so enamored of her shortbread (and rather drunk) he immediately proposed marriage. He went on to become rather famous, but amongst my friends he will be forever known as “The Shortbread Fiancée.”

The Armenian Lovers

My original bio said I had a haram of Armenian lovers (and I did at the time) but the gentleman manning the bar was not one of them. (There was character themed cocktails and bathtub gin, just FYI.)

Still, my editor, who is a tiny terrifying human but generally looks about 12, came to the party. I had special cheese platters prepared just for her. She loves cheese. She went to get a drink and then returned to report excitedly that she had been “carded by one of the Armenian lovers!”

Kitty (Ivy’s companion), Ivy & Tunstell.

Ivy Hisselpenny in the Flesh

I had actor friends playing the parts of my characters at the launch. My dearest Miss Kalandar represented Ivy. (She is also the inspiration for many of Ivy’s best lines, among other things.)

Next to her is Paul as Tunstell, who IS Tunstell, only I didn’t realize it when I was writing that character. Fortunately, I have the kind of friends who, when I accidentally put them into my novels, will find their tightest loudest pants and show up at a launch party portraying that character.

Soulless Alex Award Scarf Gail Carriger Parasol Protectorate

Ah, the beginnings!

You can read more about this event and book launch teas here:

World Fantasy Day 3 ~ Saturday October 31, 2009 SOULLESS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

And you can read the full menu here:

How to Throw a Book Launch Tea Party (Special Extras)

Meanwhile in honor of Soulless’s 10th Birthday I am giving away 10 of the Soulless green cameo hardcover books to Chirrup members. These are out of print, there are no more for sale from the publisher. It matches Fan Service.

Chirrup Soulless free from Gail Carriger

You need to have joined the Chirrup (and gone through the verification process) BEFORE midnight this Saturday October 5th, 2019.

This is the last of my stock of this book. I will never do this giveaway again.

Yours getting rid of books!

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Sky’s Scribblings says:

“A thoroughly delightful read that was even better than expected, and I expected to be thoroughly delighted! Percy was adorkable, Arsenic gave Sophronia a run for her money as my favorite Parasolverse female, and the surprise third POV was such fun.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol Protectorate Box Set Free Download

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Candy UK

Candy Loot from the UK

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Being a Library Power User

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Author Prayer: 

Autocorrect please stay thy hand,

type this clean, at my command,

And if readers should an error see,

I pray they will blame you, not me. 

~ Adapted from the scribe’s prayer to Titivillus (daemon of typos) recited by Ian Chillag on The Allusionist podcast

Book News:

15 Shifter Romance Books to Read Under the Full Moon (Soulless on this list)

Quote of the Day:

Soulless Sledgehammer Quote

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


16 Future Writing Projects I Might Try AKA Authors Don’t Need Your Ideas (Behind the Magic)

I tend to talk about what I’m actually writing in the Chirrup on a monthly basis, Gentle Reader.

But in the interests of accountability, I thought I might post about some of the many projects I’m considering writing, so you can rest assured that I’ll never run out of ideas.

It’s possible someone made the mistake on social media of saying to me,

“Gail… why don’t you write X character, or X book?”

Or perhaps,

“I have this great idea for a book, you should write it, and we’ll split to profits.”

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Look, seriously? Ideas are cheap. It’s the writing that’s costly in time and sweat and tears and tea…

So to prove that, here are 16 possible ideas I’m contemplating writing right now (and some of these are multiple books or multiple story possibilities in the same universe). No promises that I’ll actually write any of them.

Pre-note on Epiphanies

I’ve talked before about the fact that I don’t start actually writing a book until I have had its epiphany. By epiphany I mean, I see a crystal clear scene in my head of two characters talking together and know their personalities and then I know what the story is. For Soulless this was Alexia and Ivy walking in the park and discussing the fact that Alexia accidentally killed a vampire the night before. (This epiphany scene is rarely the opening of a book.)

Right so here you go….

16 Things Gail Could Be Writing Right NOW

1. Delightfully Deadly #3 (novella)

PITCH: Would you wait forever for true love?
GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book, it’s a long time span snippet book full of pining and lost love ending in a very late in life romance.
BAD: I need to do lots of back referencing to other parasolverse books.

2. The Enforcer Enigma (San Andreas #3 – novel) 

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book and I’ve a rough outline. Three books in a series is a marketable asset.
BAD: These books aren’t selling as well as my other stuff.

3. San Andreas #4 (novel)

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book, and I’ll be introducing the new love interest as a side character in #3.
BAD: See #3 plus #3 needs to come out first.

4. Book 1 in The Lost Animech Chronicles (mid grade series)

PITCH: A girl must find a magical familiar and control her abilities or be stripped of power and become a political pawn.
GOOD: New kind of book, agent is interested
BAD: I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m risk averse, and scared.

5. Crudrat (YA sci-fi) in Print & Digital

GOOD: It’s basically written just needs a heavy revision pass. I’d like to put some more YA out into the universe.
BAD: It’s impossible to sell YA sci-fi right now, even non-YA is a struggle for self pub.

6. Cypher (Crudrat #2 YA) in Print & Digital & Audio

GOOD: Right now, not a lot except satisfying the very few fans Crudrat has now.  It has an outline.
BAD: Time consuming, unproven, risky proposition in terms of sales. Nice to have something completely different to play with though. It would be impossible to do this one with the same cast as the first one in audio.

7. Claw & Courtship #2 (novella)

GOOD: CC is my best selling novella series, the most popular with Zon to promote and by far my best indie seller. Adding a new addition to this novella line would be fiscally sensible.
BAD: Haven’t had the epiphany yet and don’t know which character I’d like to work with.

8. Dear Lord Akeldama (compilation ebook)

GOOD: I have so many blog posts, I could form them all up into one fun ebook collection of the Dear Lord A advice column. It’d give me something to point people at who want “more Lord Akeldama.”
BAD: Does anyone really want that?

9. Lord Akeldama Short Story

GOOD: It’d give me something to point people at who want “more Lord Akeldama.”
BAD: I’d have to write it from the perspective of the cat. Not super inspired by this idea. Short stories don’t sell.

10. Other Parasolverse Shorts

GOOD: It’d be fun to have a few “seasonal” offerings, I’ve had some idea featuring old favorite main characters.
BAD: Probably pretty plot-less and just fan service, worth the time to write?

11. New YA Techno-Fantasy Series

GOOD: I have several ideas set in the same techno-fantasy world, The Banded Lands.
BAD: It’s something new and different for and from me, I’m not sure readers would like it. YA is a struggle for self pub. Traditional publishers likely uninterested.

12. Queensman (early parasolverse YA series)

GOOD: Adventure YA featuring a gay knife fighter from a northern island who unexpectedly becomes the bodyguard of young Boudicia. Meanwhile, the vampire-run Roman Empire is invading. Revolves around the introduction of werewolves to the British Isles.
BAD: Is anyone interested in something like this? Plus research sucks. Still Romano-British was one of my fields of study for a while.

1900s Giovanni Boldini (Italian artist, 1842-1931) The Summer Stroll

13. Camp Residual series

GOOD: Wet Hot American Summer meets Jane Austen. A series of lighthearted romantic comedies with supernatural elements.  Because each would stand alone, can basically drop them whenever.
BAD: No one seems as excited about this concept as me.

14. Geomage series

GOOD: Urban fantasy series based on gargoyles and geology – rocks, lots of rocks. Could be YA.
BAD: Do I want to go into UF right now? Will it sell? Do we care?

15. Alessandro Tarabotti serialization

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this serialization, it’s a long time span snippet book starting with Alessandro as a kid training, including his journal entries, forming his whole life. Kind of linked short stories.
BAD: Very experimental, could be released as a serial or as a novel or both, no major arc or through line, does not have a happy ending.

16. Tinkered Stars mystery #2

GOOD: I’ve had a minor epiphany for another space station mystery for Drey and Tristol. Would be super fun to write, plus wedding plans? A few people do want more of these books.
BAD: Should I really write more in yet ANOTHER series? Don’t yet know how well The 5th Gender actually did.

So there you have it, some of the MANY options on my plate.

You can vote for your favorite, although no promises. One of the reasons I do independent projects is so that I could write what amuses me most when it amuses me and not before. Still, I do write for you and I want to make you happy so I am interested in your opinion. 

Vote for your favorite!

Which of the above story ideas are you most interested in seeing Gail Write? 

Poll is only letting you vote for one but please feel free to leave a comment with further thoughts, or to advocate for one of the above. Please note that I can not write new books featuring characters who have already been in the limelight (Alexia, Sophronia, Rue etc…)

Yours (never to run out of ideas),

Miss Gail

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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What Do All Those Latin Phrases Mean in Reticence? (Custard Protocol Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So in Reticence one of the love languages between Percy and Arsenic is, in fact, another language: Latin.

In this post I’m going to talk all about it, Gentle Reader. There shouldn’t be any obvious spoilers, but you can save this post to return to later (or as you read) if you’re super worried.

Percy has always been a fan of mumbling to himself in Latin. Arsenic comes along and not only understands him, but gently teases him in the same language.

From Reticence

Rue looked at Quesnel and then Primrose. “Are they flirting?”
“It’s like watching dirigibles crash midair, filled with hot air, slow and horrible yet inevitable,” said Quesnel.

Latin, It’s What’s for Flirting!

Because I am a tricky bit of baggage, I don’t always translate all the phrases in the text for you, so I thought I would put them all here, for you to reference if you like…

  • Panem et circenses “bread and circuses” ~ a commentary on basic human desires, i.e. food and entertainment
  • auribus teneo lupum “holding a wolf by the ears” ~ a popular proverb in Ancient Rome meaning an unsustainable situation like “holding a tiger by the tail.” From Phormio by the Roman playwright Terence (c.161 BC).
  • Hanniabl ad portas “Hannibal is at the gates” ~ danger is upon us
  • vox nihili “the voice of nothing” ~ an utterly pointless statement, the equivalent of “don’t speak nonsense”
  • barba non facit philosophum “a beard does not make a philosopher” ~ don’t judge a book by its cover
  • ex nihilo nihil fit “nothing comes from nothing” ~ to achieve something, work hard
  • hic manebimus optime! “here we will stay, most excellently!” ~ stand your ground!
  • corvus oculum corvi non eruit “a crow will not pull out the eye of another crow” ~ basically “honor amongst thieves” (one of my personal favorites)
  • omnia iam fient quae posse negabam “everything which I used to say could not happen, will happen now” ~ I don’t know the exact English proverb for this, but I love the sentiment, sort of like “nothing surprises me anymore”
  • helluo librorum “a glutton for books” ~ basically a bookworm
  • in libras libertas “in books, freedom” ~ a little bit like “knowledge is power”
  • alis volat propriis “he flies by his own wings” ~ he dances to the beat of his own drummer
  • Homo sum humani a me nihil alienum puto “I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me” ~ a motto advocating respect for people and cultures that appear different from your own, from The Self-Tormentor by Roman dramatist Terence.
  • felix culpa “happy fault” ~ basically the Roman way of saying serendipity or happy accident (AKA my whole career)

Some other stuffs

Stratocumulus lux is latin but it’s not a Latin phrase, it’s a meteorologic term. See wikipedia’s article on the subject. It’s a type of cloud formation and Percy thinks Edo looks like it.

A Word on Italicization

Now, I did keep Latin italicized in Reticence, where as the rest of the foreign language words in the book are not italicized.

This is a personal choice. Over the course of my career I stopped italicizing foreign languages for the reasons outlined in this post.

Why I Stopped Italicising Non-English Languages

But in Reticence I wanted to emphasize the Latin, and there is something different about a dead language, so I kept Latin phrases italicized.

What can I say? I’m a contrary woman.

Yours (in Latin, tua),

Miss Gail

dum spiro spero

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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Reticence: Two Covers, Pick Your Favorite? (Custard Protocol Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Reticence and Competence each have two difference overs, Gentle Reader. TWO! 2! TwwwOOOOOOoooooooooo.

Reticence Covers

Which one?

Which Reticence cover do you prefer?

Print Editions?

You can call or visit your favorite local bookstore! Ask them to “Order it from Ingram.

Borderlands offers signed editions of the USA Hardcover. They will ship worldwide. Use the SIGNED button under the book’s image on my website

the UK paperback PRINT edition

I am trying to get them linked but Amazon is fighting me, assume it will never happen. 

Audio Editions?

The USA & Canada should get this book in audio around the same time as it releases. Everyone else? We’ve been fighting for almost a year to get the final Custard Protocol books distributed to you. The publisher has been stonewalling. Please write to them about it.

You do have an alternate. You can get an audio CD shipped to you from Borderlands. Use the SIGNED button under the book’s image on my website: Reticence & Competence. Just clearly explain that you want the AUDIOBOOK on CD.  

That is the only way I know that you can get it.

Why?

  • We’re trying to negotiate to have Moira’s narration distributed to you. It’s NOT going well. Write to my publisher and ask them for it. No really, try. Hachette Audio. They aren’t listening to me.
  • To do this myself I would have to rerecord with a different reader. Then you’ll complain that it’s a different narrator.
  • It costs thousands of dollars to make an audiobook, and I don’t have the funds right now and the market overseas for English audio isn’t big enough to support the expense.
  • Finally, the distribution mechanism isn’t in place. Audible doesn’t offer the option of ONLY distributing overseas, yet I’m contractually obliged to do that.
  • In other words: Right now, convincing my US audio publisher to strike an overseas distribution deal is our best option.

Why 2 covers for Reticence & Competence?

Because I am publishing the these two Custard Protocol books to the UK and other non-North American territories myself.

If you’re overseas and able to get any of my novellas then you should be able to get Reticence. I do my absolute best for you. I could not be working harder to make sure it gets to as many of you as possible, but that might mean it’s not in the version you prefer.

Is there any substantial difference in content?

The UK edition is EXACTLY how I want it in every way, including a full list of my published works as of publication, some minor grammar and sentence structure differences. It also has British spelling and uses the word ladybird instead of ladybug. But the story is the same.

See this blog post on the subject of anglicization.

Here’s the bit in the Live from February where I explain the different book sizes:

I explain a lot on the different cover sizes. I go into a bit of a show and tell using Imprudence as a model (backwards because I’m using my phone’s flip camera) but you get the idea. At Time Stamp 39:00.

But Miss Gail, I like both & want to own both!

You’re a darling and I love you!

Generally speaking (aside from second party sellers and illicit means) USA readers shouldn’t be able to get the UK edition, and visa versa. (Gail cocks an eyebrow at you thoughtfully.)

But you know, interesting things happen to the Chirrup members… just saying. Plus Book Depository eventually will get on board and offer the UK edition to anyone who can meet their pecuniary demands.

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Well, actually you do, but here are related articles anyway:

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Yours in RED,

Miss Gail

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Look what I found and then purchased because oh my god what is it? I must understand and to understand I must stuff in my mouth and this is probably how I’m going to die but I did it for SCIENCE.

I’m going to eat them on the next live so I will tell you then what they taste like.

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“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Researching Gender Fluidity & Representing it in Fiction – The 5th Gender by Gail Carriger (Custard Protocol, San Andreas Shifters & Tinkered Stars Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Note: This resource is on going and updated, if a link doesn’t work or if you have other resources to offer (remember this is for fiction writers) please leave a comment. 

I’ll be honest, Gentle Reader, I wrote The 5th Gender, basically, in the space of one week without internet. So while I was writing it. I just let it come…

So to speak.

In it, I’m dealing heavily with a completely alien culture.

I wanted to represent Tris and his people as very different from humans in every way. That includes modern approaches to gender identity, but isn’t limited to them. I should add it’s not a utopia either. Like any culture the galoi have some positives and some negatives about their society.

Part of my reasons for doing this is the profound neglect early science fiction writers (particularly those of my youth) had for social structure.

SF is eager to embrace a future with advanced technology but frankly poor at conceiving how culture might change. When, in fact, social structure, languages, identities, syntax, and definitions shift almost as quickly (if not more so) than technology.

Before you jump down my throat:

Yes there are good examples of this kind of sci-fi, but statistically they’re the outliers not the norm.

You’ll have to read The 5th Gender to find out the complexities in biology, identity, personality, socialization, and restrictions that surround Tris and his people, the galoi. It’s part of the story. Tristol’s human lover, Drey, has a journey of discovery throughout the book that ties the murder mystery to the galoi social structure.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not going into detail as to how I am playing with these concepts in the context of an alien culture.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t do research into modern human society in order to be aware of the now when dabbling in the future.

I’ve dated, loved, and grown up with gender fluid lovelies. But I don’t identify as gender fluid myself, and I’m an academic so… research!

Gender Fluidity Research

Here is a sample (updated and ongoing)…

Lists & Books

Historical & Anthropological

A quick word on gender and sexual fluidity in the historical record:

Without question historically verified presence of homosexual and gender fluid individuals exists in the past (and this archaeologists will FIGHT YOU WITH SCIENCE on this matter), but pan, bi, ace, grey, and queer+ are really hard to trace in the distant past and archaeology-only record. No doubt they were there, but it’s difficult to see given the imposition of researcher bias, physical preservation, nationalist agendas, and so forth. (I’m looking at you, Egypt. “Tomb of Two Brothers” my arse.)

Modern Reports

Podcasts

Further Fiction Reading: Gender Fluidity & Varied Sexual Identities (The 5th Gender – Special Extras)

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Fantastic own voices and fashion bloggers:

Timeless and a 1930s Egyptian Revival teacup from my collection.

In the Parasolverse

MADAME LEFOUX/GENEVIEVE/VIEVE

I’ve blogged about Madame Lefoux extensively elsewhere, which is why I’m not addressing her in depth here. If you want a modern definition for her, I would call her a gender fluid butch lesbian. Her preference is for women, and she identifies as a woman, with a performative aspect to her masculine attire, so perhaps she might also identify with drag king on occasion?

Genevieve & Imogene by Ace Artemis Fanartist

Here be spoilers for Custard Protocol, skip to next section if you aren’t caught up on Competence.

ANITRA

Anitra is first introduced as a child in Timeless.

  • Anitra’s drifter parents refer to her as female. She’s gender identified as female by Alexia, but remember that Victorian children during this time period are already dressed and thought of with a kind-of gender amorphia.
  • Later Anitra is identified by Rodrigo as aravani. This is a word he picked up on his travels, probably on a mission to kill someone, it sort-of correlates to third gender.
  • However, Anitra identifies herself as a woman. She was raised within Drifter culture – that culture is essentially binary but in an opt-in way. (Remember Ay from Imprudence who tried to marry Primrose had a male identity. And yes, Ay’s brief appearance was absolutely a foreshadow for Anitra’s reveal in Competence.)
  • Anitra eventually ends up marrying (and reforming) Rodrigo Tarabotti. As is often the case, questions pour in about Rodrigo and his sexual identity as a result.
  • Under modern terminology: Rodrigo would likely identify as pan.

PRETERNATURALS

A brief segue into sexual fluidity (I KNOW it’s not the same thing as gender fluidity, but I’m forestalling questions). It is cannon in the Parasolverse that preternaturals are all pan, or at least bisexual. Alexia, Alessandro, Rodrigo, and… others. Why? Because it’s my universe and I WANNA. So there.

Seriously though? It ties into my thoughts on the fluidity and adaptive state of being soulless. Preternaturals are simultaneously very stiff and ridged in their emotions – practical and pragmatic, but also fluid in their morality and ability to adapt and change, not just in what they think is wrong or right, but what they think is hot. They are… flexible. It is the nature of their bond with the universe. They’re born this way.

(And for those of you who are wondering, at this juncture, if my use of the term progressive to define the political parties who accept the supernatural element in British society as a reference to the acceptance of queers… OF COURSE that’s what I’m doing. Sheesh.)

In the San Andreas Shifter books

MANA

Mana, of course, required a bit of both the present and the past. (Mana = Manifest Destiny is a long lived kitsune drag queen in the San Andreas Shifter series.) She is trapped in an immortal body that repairs itself and cannot be changed. For someone born with male biological sex characteristics who identifies as female, that’s an intense burden. I believe, however, at this stage in her long life, Mana is comfortable in her own skin, even if it’s not the one she’d choose if she had the option.

You see Mana is very old and has lived in many places and times which has given her iron backbone and the ability resist perception while accepting what she cannot change.

Mana owns to the moniker drag queen because she feels an affinity to that identity in this time and place. I think her drag queen name, Manifest Destiny, is one one of irony and sublime confidence. She’s also sexually active and a dominant who is comfortable with her birth anatomy. Her lover, who identifies as a straight male, sees her as wholly female.

I’ve had a bit of a confusion from readers in how to reconcile this.

I’ll put it graphically.

Is a woman who happens to have a cock and use it (whether biological or strap on) any less a woman?

Is a straight man who likes to be pegged by his girlfriend any less straight?

Perception is a tricky beast.

Humans are complex, and complicated, and wonderful.

THE KITSUNE

Kitsune are tricksters and meddlers, wise but not entirely to be trusted. I’ve always written my immortals as capricious, possibly because I grew up with an over abundance of Greek mythology.

It is interesting to think about what immortality would ACTUALLY do to the psyche.

  • To watch everyone you love die?
  • To watch humans make the same mistakes over and over again?
  • To know humans as prey and to think of them as inferior?

This too effects identity, gender, sexuality, and beyond.

Mana is MANY things as well as gender fluid. She is power and unity and grace. She is the grey space and she embodies it. She embraces all parts of herself without care to what others may think. Especially not what piddly humans might think.

“She’d managed to shift from fox to human without anyone the wiser and was back to being fully clothed and entirely made up in a way that Isaac suspected had something to do with savage mage-craft because no one could just shift into false eyelashes like that. No one.”
~ The Omega Objection

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Also, here’s a fun little hint… pay werry werry close attention to Mana’s 3rd Form. For Kitsune, it’s all about the tails.

Final Thoughts

Before you ask, yes, I had Mana, Anitra & all of The 5th Gender read for sensitivity by self-identified gender fluid delicacy readers. Everyone, however, experiences gender differently whether now, in the past, or in the future. Time is, after all, also fluid.

My characters are written as individual examples unique to themselves, not as judgmental models of behavior.

I’m hoping they broaden readers minds, optimism, and willingness to accept all the glorious possibilities life has to offer us without constraint. I want to offer possibilities, not dictate certainties. Fluidity in all things… if you would.

Also, seriously, check this out…

Yours (trying to be better with pronouns),

Miss Gail

Other posts in this series

Queering-Up Genre One Akeldama at a Time ~ Why Gail Carriger Writes LGBT Characters (Important for Authors)

Queer Characters? Blame Mercedes Lackey, Behind The Supernatural Society (Special Extras)

 

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Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Peterson’s Magazine Date July, 1871

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How to Pickle a Peach

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense”

~ Mark Twain

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“He tasted like starlight: cool and bright and impossible.”

~ Alexis Hall, Pansies

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~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

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“You didn’t want to come out to them?”
“I didn’t.”
“Nice to be bi.”
“Easy to be invisible. Not quite the same thing.”
~ The Omega Objection by G.L. Carriger


Sample This Tasty Book! The 5th Gender First Scene (Tinkered Stars Behind the Magic)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here is your tasty book sample, Gentle Reader!

Introducing The 5th Gender!

THE 1ST CHAPTER

What’s with the pet thing anyway?

There is no doubt about it. Humans are weird.

Surely all the other aliens would agree with Tristol on this subject ­– especially at the pub (which was run by humans) on the space station (also run by humans). But humans could be efficient in their weirdness and often quite fun. And no one argued with the fact that they were awfully prolific in all things, breeding faster than any other space-faring species ever encountered in the charted galaxy. They spread. Like fungus. They also spread their legs. A lot.

They were cute, though. Tristol admitted that. Fertile sexy brown-toned creatures, humans, with those adorable round little ears and petal shaped eyes.

But they were also weird.

Take the whole keeping of pets thing. Who would have dreamed up such an eccentricity? Keep an animal in one’s abode intended for neither work nor food but just companionship? Very weird.

Tristol, however, was a galoi, the notoriously easygoing loga variant, too. Which meant that once he met one of these so-called pets, he was rather taken with the concept. Or at least, this particular sample thereof.

*Cat*neuter*pet* Mister Montiguous was currently under Tristol’s care. And Tristol was utterly enamored of the funny hairy four-footed beastie. To have charge of a cat, particularly this cat, was a truly sacred responsibility.

Mister Montiguous’s humans were away on their second honeymoon. Tris had been chosen to feed the cat, and to pet the cat, and to call the cat a wonderful feline creature.

Tristol had no idea what a second honeymoon meant. To start with, the word honeymoon ­was mysterious. What did the excrement of bees and a satellite astral body have to do with spousal contracts? And then, why did one need two of them?

*Human*female*friend* Elle spoke eloquently about wanting to sit on sand and drink fruity drinks with umbrellas in them for her second honeymoon.

Tristol’s hair quivered in confusion. Why sand? Would not sand get into certain intimate places? Most uncomfortable. Then, after looking up the word umbrella because it was new to him, there being no weather on a space station, Tris was also left wondering, Why stick a large accessory meant for rain into one’s drink? Would this not damage both the accessory and the drink? Seemed a soggy bit of business.

But Elle and *human*male*friend* Olav (Elle’s spousal contract) were excited about the whole endeavor. Since Tris spent most of his life excited about something, he was always delighted to facilitate the sensation in others. So he sent his *human*heterosexual*spousal-unit*friends* off on their weird *soggy*sandy*honeymoon* thingy and undertook the task of looking after their cat.

Mister Montiguous was a diminutive furry creature who happened to miraculously weigh the same as a small asteroid when standing on one’s chest. Tris thought dark matter might be involved. The cat had the general attitude that if given due worship, devotees would be rewarded with a loud rumbling sub-vocalization (called a purr) and the occasional tiny tongue lick.

Tris thought both purr and licks were the most wonderful things. He was a particular fan of all sub-vocal rumblings. The isoga of his own species made a similar noise when calming their young.

Elle had actually been hesitant when asking Tris to help with the cat. Not because she did not trust Tris, but because she thought Mister Montiguous might require too much effort.

“He can be such a bother, Tris love.”

Tris had bounced on his heels, hair trembling in excitement. “It is a profound honor. You will show me everything to do with Mister Montiguous’s maintenance and I shall be most diligent in his alimentation.”

Elle had looked at him as if he were daft.

Tris was accustomed to that, from humans. His boss gave him that look nearly half a dozen times a day. But Tris was genuinely thrilled. After all, wasn’t this the reason to live among aliens? To experience their foibles. Like tiny predators as pets. And honeymoons. Perhaps when Elle and Olav took their third honeymoon, they would let him join them and observe.

The first time Tris met Mister Montiguous, Tris had been, as Olav put it, gobsmacked. (A good word, that. Tris would have to find a moment to apply it himself. )

“But why do you have a *cat*neuter*pet*?” Tris kept asking them, after he determined the creature was not a new species of sentient alien. He would not want to offend the cat by talking about it, as if it could not participate in the conversation.

Mister Montiguous had a certain level of sentience, but not so that Tristol’s diplomatic training need be applied.

“Because cats are great,” Elle explained. “And they’re one of the few pets not restricted to the home world.” Apparently cats came from Hu-Core and had spread across the universe along with their human protectors.

They had been sitting in the humans’ living room and drinking tea at the time, a ritual Tris found odd if enjoyable. Hot beverages as an instrument of welcome, fancy that? They were all watching the cat. Mister Montiguous performed some kind of interpretive dance move in pursuit of a tossed fluffy ball. Olav laughed and called him a wonderful feline creature.

“You keep it around for entertainment?” Tris had learned early on that there was very little humans would not do in pursuit of entertainment. (This also possibly explained all the progeny. ) They were easily entertained, especially, as it turned out, by Tris. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Tris was wildly curious and naturally flirty, and humans were easily flattered by both. Perhaps cats were the same.

Olav was good about explaining things once he knew Tristol was eager to learn. “Originally, cats went on ships for pest control. They’re rather ferocious hunters, although you’d never know it looking and old Monty here. His most strenuous activity is eviscerating a bowl of protein sim.”

Mister Montiguous stopped chasing the fluffy ball and flopped over in apparent exhaustion.

“It is marvelous,” defended Tris, utterly charmed.

When Mister Montiguous staggered over to him, and pressed a furry face into the hand Tris offered, Tris fell in love. Physical affection was something he greatly missed. Humans were not nearly as *open*contact*touch* as the galoi. He missed that a lot, and this funny hairy beastie seemed to notice.

“You can pet him, Tris. Just down his back and then scratch about the ears. Exactly.” Elle’s eyes were pleased as Tristol worshiped her cat.

“It is so soft!”

He is a he, Tris,” Elle corrected, gently.

“But I thought you said it was a neuter?”

Olav laughed. “Neutered, not neuter. He has masculine parts. Well, some of them, just no longer the ability to procreate.”

Tristol nodded. That made sense. The cat was like a male isoga, then. Physically male, only without the ability to inseminate like an antiga. Tris adjusted his vocabulary to the proper pronoun and worked hard to become very good friends with Mister Montiguous. Male isoga were often the most powerful of the galoi. He would not want to make a mistake with the cat equivalent.

Tris had been invited over to Elle and Olav’s quarters for a meal (hot beverages came before food). It was his first time inside the private quarters of a human couple on a friendship basis. It was always amazing to see the inside workings of a human home. Tris would do anything not to offend and be dismissed. So he did exactly as Elle instructed and stroked the cat along the grain of his fur.

Mister Montiguous began to purr.

Tris decided that Mister Montiguous was the best thing in the whole galaxy.

Except for Detective Hastion, of course.

Detective Hastion made his hair fluff.

Now, several rotations later, Elle and Olav had invited Tris to cat-sit, and Tristol was beyond honored. Although cat-sit was another odd word. Tris hoped he was not meant to actually sit on top of Mister Montiguous. He did not think either of them would enjoy that. In fact, it seemed to work the other way around. The cat would occasionally sit atop him in some kind of primitive dominance display, as if Tristol were mere furniture designed specifically for one dictatorial carnivore. Tris accepted this status gravely.

He took his cat-sitting duty very seriously, more seriously than his actual professional job on the space station.

“You need to do what?” His *human*female*boss* Adjudicator Jones seemed more than unusually gobsmacked by his insistence. (Such a good word. )

“I must leave early, my boss,” Tris said, clasping his fingers, bouncing only a little, and trying to control the rapidity of his breathing. He was about to go feed a cat! “I must go forthwith to bestow upon Mister Montiguous his protein supper. It is the hour of his consumption.” Tristol tried to use big impressive words so his boss might understand how important this was.

“Who,” Adjudicator Jones asked with slow confused gravity, “is Mister Montiguous?”

Tristol was amazed. “You have not met him? Oh but he is wonderful! He is…” he allowed a significant pause to draw out the verbal tension, “…a feline.”

His boss did not seem suitably impressed. “You need to leave early to feed a cat?”

“Yes! Do you not see how important it is? I have been given sacred charge of a beloved human pet. He is a delicate thing. I must take the greatest of care with him.”

“Tristol, it’s just a cat.”

Tris did not understand such a dismissive attitude.

“Oh, stop looking at me with such big wounded eyes. Go on, then.” She flapped her hand at him. “Wait.”

Tris paused before sprinting out the door.

“Don’t forget your com pad.”

Tristol’s hair wilted slightly in embarrassment. “Oh dear. Of course not.” He gathered up his small portable computing device and other necessary communication equipment from his desk, as he was supposed to do every night.

The adjudicator merely looked affectionately amused. “How long will you have care of this cat?” How long, he knew she was really asking, will you be so scattered?

“Six whole days!” Tris tried to impress upon her the significance of the responsibility. “I am the only one they asked. Such a privilege.”

His boss looked as if she were trying not to laugh. She did that a lot around him. Tris thought, sometimes, it was one of the reasons she hired him. Humans and their love of entertainment.

He was also an excellent diplomatic negotiator and cultural mediator, of course. He was, after all, loga. Those few galoi who left Gal were in high demand because they were all loga, and loga got along well with every other species. Loga got along with everyone. Except for the pakaa nova. But then no one got along with them. And even pakaa nova were still more likely to talk to a galoi than any other alien.

Most species also thought galoi were cute and unthreatening. Big round eyes, excitable hair, and purple tones apparently conveyed wonder and innocence. Tristol would take what he could get.

Humans also thought the galoi were sexy.

Tris thought this was great.

But right now he had a cat to feed.

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There it is, the first scene of The 5th Gender, I hope you enjoy Tristol and his general perspective on humans and life aboard a space station. 

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The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

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Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

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