Cover for Soulless the Manga Vol III (AKA Blameless) The Parasol Protectorate

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Yen Press has released the cover art for Soulless the Manga Vol. III (the adaptation of Blameless).

Soulless Vol 3

I hope you are as thrilled as I am. I do so love REM’s artwork and I have confidence in her as I believe both the previous volumes have shown how good her voice meshes with mine.

The print release is currently scheduled for November 2013. Although that date subject to change if REM needs more time. We want beautiful drawings and are willing to wait.

In the interim, the chapters are serialized by subscription, online in Yen Plus as before. So if you can’t wait and want to get it in bite size segments (the way I do) that’s how to do it.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1920 Vogue

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Chickopolis via FB
Chickopolis via FB

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Living Off the Grid FB
Living Off the Grid via FB
(I can never envision a time when I woudl have enough closet space to do this.)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Include Surprises in Your Stories

Book News:
Just arrive on my doorstep.

Quote of the Day:
Beth sent me this via Goodreads
Teacher Arrested
A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.
He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
‘Al-Gebra is a problem for us’, the Attorney General said. ‘They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.’ They use secret code names like “X” and “Y” and refer to themselves as “unknowns” but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”
NOTE – Beth’s (retired) teacher friend replied to the above with this come back:
The solution to this (in)fraction is plane and solid, requiring simply the right angle.

Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Parasol Protectorate Basket Theme (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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The book basket ideas continue, if you want to know what I’m on about the introduction to this idea is here.

Our example is the Parasol Protectorate books but you can do this with any genre book, I think. Just run with your imagination what about a Dune themed basket full of spices and spice cakes?

1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from a local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

This basket is themed to Blameless and/or The Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol. 1.

Blameless Parasol theme

Quote of the Day:
“Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great.”
~ Henry IV of France
“Whoa there!” ~ Gail Carriger

Spanish Cover Art for Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate)

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For the first two books my Spanish publisher, Versatil, used the US cover art.

But for Blameless they switched it up and gave me a new cover. It’s lovely, I like the expression on Alexia’s face, very arrogant.

The dirigibles are, in fact, blimps and this is the book the features the ornitopter which I would have loved to see on the cover, but there you have it, I still love this image. I do think the color pallet is amazing, so very Gothic.

I’ll be in Barcelona and get to see this book in person on April 23rd. I hope to see some of you there.

I’ve done a Retro Rack entry of clothing to go with this cover for today as well.

Book News:
The Timeless audiobook is a March favorite on Audible.

Quote of the Day:
“Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.”
~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean

The History of Tea in the Victorian Era from Gail Carriger! (Special Extras)

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I have for you a blog about . . . What else Gentle Reader?


1850 April Tea Victorian

And now, some interesting things about tea in Victorian times . . .

There were folding tea tables that had specified area for each tea cup and saucer with a central part for the service.

Speaking of the service, we are accustomed to thinking of tea as being served with standard parts: tea pot, cup & saucer, creamer jug, sugar pot. However tea services included several parts we have since forgotten about ~ extra small plates (for cookies), a receiver bowl (into which cold tea was be pored from the cup before getting a fresh helping), and a saucer for the teapot.

And the fashion, increasing to a hight if excess in the 1880s was for very specific and tailored services. Everything from specified images to specified parts became de-regular for the wealthy. Such things as double sets of cups, one as teacups and one, larger, as coffee cups. Two or more tea pots, in different shapes, for coffee, or hot cocoa.

There was also the tea caddy, of course, in which the tea leaf was kept. Prevalent very early on, when tea was quit expensive, this beautiful object was often locked, the key kept by the lady of the house.

Tea Caddy in my Office

Sliver tea sets were a sign of wealth, and excess, because the tea became cold in the pot so quickly and would have to be disposed of sooner. I loathe making tea in metal of any kind, proper porcelain is the only way to go. I’m sorry if that makes me common.

Note the family has a silver caddy out, as well as a receiver bowl, and a brazier under the pot. Also they drink from china, although they serve with metal.

Cup size increased with time, as did the size of the caddy, as by 1860 tea was comparably inexpensive and most could afford a cup. The tea bag, of course wasn’t introduced until much later. I’m a fan. I also take my milk first. I know, plebeian. Although never, heaven forfend, will milk touch teabag!!

The fashion for high tea and tea in the garden became more and more popular in the 1870s. An excuse for yet one more dress-specific occasion (the tea gown) and a means by which, through the consumption of food, the supper how might be extended back to 9 or even 10 PM.

1870 Tea Gown 1870 The Museum at FIT

High tea denotes a sit down at table affair, usually on the weekend and slightly earlier in the day, with even more food, savory as well as sweet. Afternoon tea took place daily, was outside in the garden, or in the drawing room or the parlour, and was incorporated into visiting hours. It was tacitly acknowledged to be by, for, and about the ladies.

A gentleman might take tea at his club but this was not as ritualized, and he could opt for coffee, beer, or any number of other beverages instead. He could also smoke while drinking. A gentleman outside of his club NEVER smoked at table, in fact, he went outside or into another room (the smoking lounge or possibly his library) to partake and changed his coat for a smoking jacket (to protect his clothes from the smell). Tea was also taken with breakfast, and out of mugs with an early supper if you were working class (hence the use of the term tea in modern Britain to mean dinner).

Of course the very wealthy went ahead and built rooms or even entirely small house whole whole stated purpose was for the taking of tea.

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Quote of the Day:

“Sadly for Potter, I became one of the worst abusers of the Registry, routinely holding scores of files at a time, thought never, I suspect, as bad as Millicent Bagot, the legendary old spinster in F Branch who kept tabs on the International Communist Party for decades. I have always assumed Millicent to have been the model for John l Caré’s ubiquitous Connie. She was slightly touched, but with an extraordinary memory for facts and files. Potter and his successors in the Registry despaired of Millicent. “I only hope we get the files back when she retires,” he would mutter to himself are a particularly heavy request from F Branch.”

~ Peter Wright from Spycatcher
(I just love the name, Millicent Bagot. Perfect.)

Cover Launch ~ Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Vol 1. (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless)

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SF Book Club’s Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Edition.

In case you missed it buried in the con report last entry, the SF Book Club will be bringing out an omnibus edition of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless this September. There is a little forward writen by self. I think she looks a lot like Gillian Anderson in Bleak House. Of course, I love the teal. I am a fan of the color as you will know if you see me a any steampunk events.

Book News:
Demons Read Too reviews Soulless.

Quote of the Day:
“As soon as you are helped, begin to eat: or, if the viands are too hot for your palate, take up your knife and fork and appear to begin. To wait for others is now not only old-fashioned, but ill-bread.”
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850

Steampunk Bible Launch

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So, Gentle Reader, I am an official contributor to the Steampunk Bible. Which is to say, more properly, there is a rather provocative photograph of me taken by my dear friend J. Daniel Sawyer. (He is also the one responsible for the amazing shots taken in Portland when we were visiting OryCon last year.)

Funny story regarding the photo of me in the Steampunk Bible. Dan took a bunch of pictures of self in the now infamous spoon corset outfit – because who doesn’t want spoons on their boobs? It has a natty little jacket to go with it, and I actually thought the ones with the jacket better represented steampunk fashion. However, the one chosen for the book was the most – shall we say? – Alexia-ish. Before you ask, yes, Alexia has a big rack because I do. And, yes, that is part of the reason I decided to call my new fashion blog Retro Rack. (Honestly, ladies, if you got it, in the end, you simply have to own it and learn how to dress it.)

So back to the Steampunk Bible itself. I haven’t go my copy yet but word on the street is that is it good. I look forward to people’s opinions on the matter and I will post my own thoughts soon.

Meanwhile, here are some articles and spreads, Amazon Feature, Austin Chronicle Feature, and on Steampunkr.

Buy the The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature online at Amazon, Book Depository, and Indiebound. Just so you don’t think I’m grasping or anything, I don’t get royalties or anything for this book. I just thought you guys might like to know about it. Plus $16:50 for a coffee table book of this quality is a steal!

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:

Here’s one kind of like it on Amazon. Bamboo Puzzle Serving Tray and Cutting Board
Your Writerly Tinctures:
On Blurb Requesting. For the record, I don’t blurb anymore, for many of the reasons she lists.

Timeless: Third draft done and in to editor!
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE! Half way through, yes!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

Quote of the Day:
“If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, but a waiter.”
~ Anonymous

In Which Gail Provides a List of Silly UK Place Names . . . Because She Can (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

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Silly Place Names of a UK-ish Nature

  • Pratts Bottom
  • Wetwang (East Yorkshire)
  • The Land of Green Ginger (Hull)
  • Drumahoe (Northern Ireland)
  • Bonkle (Lanarkshire Scotland)
  • Shop (Cornwall)
  • Half Way (btw Barnsley and Sheffield)
  • Nempnett Thrubwell (nr Bristol in South West England)
  • Giggleswick (Yorkshire)
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobw (Anglesey, Wales)
  • Heckmondwike
  • Tooting Bec (nr London, southeast side)
  • Pity Me (Northumberand)
  • Cleckheaton (West Yorkshire)
  • Liversedge (West Yorkshire)
  • Upper Peeover (Midlands)
  • Lower Peeover (Midlands)
  • Stony Stratford (nr Milton Keynes?)
  • Little Wetum (nr Scarborough)
  • Mavis Enderby (Lincolnshire)
  • The Land of Nod (East Yorkshire)
  • Lucky Slap (Angus, outside Dundee)
  • Six Mile Bottom (nr Newmarket)

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
A great big massive parasol. (Thank you Terry.)
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Query Fail Culprit: Writing Mechanics.

Quote of the Day:
“Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.”
~ Anthony Burgess

Blameless ~ Research Notes on the Knights Templar (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

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All About the Knights Templar (or Should I Say Night’s Templars?)

As they appear in Blameless, of course.

Gentle Reader, what follows is a combination of my own notes from various research books, mixed in with how they relate to the Parasolverse world and my thoughts on how the history might be twisted in my universe.

I thought you might enjoy seeing which bits made it into Blameless and which were left out or changed. All quoted and page numbered material is from the book Knights Templar: The Essential History by Stephen Howarth.

  • Instead of being killed in the Parasolverse world, Templars were expelled from France 1314 and fled to Italy
  • Named the Pope the new Grand Master and took up the supernatural crusade over the expulsion of the Moors
  • Leaders in all the major Roman cities – called Preceptor of [city name]
  • Thought of as the Holy Knights (Originally established by 9 men to defend travelers)
  • Assisted in bringing the Pope back to Rome (Pope = Pontiff in Rome)
  • Short hair & beards, modest clothing, wear white (purity)
  • Monastic order – no family, no personal property, pray regularly (chapel for matins), strict daily routine, no meat, no contact with the excommunicated, only accepted mature men who joined of their own free will
  • Called the Brotherhood, dual discipline of monks & warriors
  • The Rule = absolute obedience to the Order
  • Silence during meals, knights eat first then servant brothers, one brother priest reading from the Bible throughout
  • Behavior towards one another should be gracious, avoid loud laughter, minimal conversation in soft voices, compassionate to the ill & elderly
  • “And your belief in this?” “Is stronger then Castle Pilgrim.”

  • Gnosis = spiritual knowledge
  • Hospitallers = long time and long term opposition to the Templars. Originally another religious fighting order that accepts immortals?
  • Jenchiz Khan = Prester John = first Potentate (vampire) and ruler of the Golden Horde
  • Description of an insane werewolf pack AKA Khwarismian Turks (see Raqqa excavation notes) – a mercenary pack with soldier clavigers were brought up by the sultan of Cairo to fight the Templars and take Jerusalem from them for good.
  • “Thirsting for and drinking blood, they butcher bodies of dogs and humans, and eat them. They wear bulls horns, they are armed with iron; they are short and squat, with compact bodies; they are invincible in war, and blood to them is a delicious drink.” (Howarth 2006, 212)

  • Templars always bitterly anti-werewolf as a result.
  • In the end only 43 of 300 Templars survived the Khwarismian scourge of the Holy Lands.
  • 1540 Henry the Eighth treaty with supernatural saw all fighting monks ejected from England (Templars and Hospitallers).
  • Queen Mary rescinded this edict, but Queen Elizabeth supported the supernaturals and by 1559 fighting monks were all gone.
  • Undercover Templars and French Hospitallers helped win American Independence.
  • Phillip III decided Templars has too much political and financial clout and undermined their military authority. They retreated to Italy and went underground and commenced their “Final Great Crusade” for the Catholic Church against the supernatural.

Quote of the Day:

“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”

~ T. S. Eliot

Tea with Oscar Wilde: Gail Carriger & M.K. Hobson & Steampunk Impressions of America (Special Extras)

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In 1882, poet and raconteur Oscar Wilde spent a year touring the United States, delivering instructive lectures on art and dress reform and shocking straightlaced American suburbanites with his flamboyant style, charm, and wit. Lord Akeldama would undoubtedly have approved of the dashing figure he cut—one report describes him dressed in purple Hungarian smoking jacket with matching turban, knee breeches and black silk stockings, coat lined with lavender satin, everything laced and caped and topped with a sky blue cravat. He wore his hair in long curls, and was frequently observed carrying a sunflower or lily.

Upon completion of his American tour, Oscar returned to England where he successfully toured a new lecture called “Impressions of America.” In it, he gave us such timeless gems such as:

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
“America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.”

As your proprietress Gail Carriger and author M.K. Hobson both write about the late 19th century (with Madame Carriger setting her tales in England, and Madame Hobson setting hers in the United States), they thought it might be amusing to have a look at Oscar’s “Impressions of America”—and provide some impressions of their own.

“The first thing that struck me on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed.”

M.K.: Oh, Oscar! You make it sound like everyone on this side of the pond was slopping around in stretch pants and t-shirts, a style which the majority of Americans would not adopt for another 100 years, corresponding to the rise in popularity of shops with “-Mart” in their name! In an era when the most sweltering of east coast summer days was not sufficient to make a gentleman shed his frock-coat, and women were subjected to bustles and corsets and layers upon layers of frilled undergarments, I find it hard to believe that anyone was comfortable, even comparatively.

G.C.: And yet there might be something in this observation, as whatever was worn then has given birth to what is being worn now. Have you seen the trousers on young men these days? (Or should I say “not quite on”?) Something must have caused it. I would suspect Mr. Wilde of alluding to American tailors. I understand that, without Bond Street’s influence, coats were cut shockingly lose on this side of the pond.

“In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.”

M.K.: Those Americans, such brash and brazen creatures, so full of the ol’ lèse majesté. But surely you must agree, dear boy, that Americans of the time were still very insecure in their identity, and constantly looked to England and Europe for direction—and, failing that, for titles. Oh, how American millionaires craved English titles for their daughters! And, true to the American spirit of commerce, they were willing to pay cold hard cash for them. In the case of beautiful Jennie Jerome, however, one might argue that England eventually got as good as it gave, as the money-driven union between the heiress and Lord Randolph Churchill in 1874 ultimately produced a young man (named Winston) who went on to a very useful career within the British Civil Service.

G.C.: Being an American of inexperience I shall hold my tongue on this subject.

“The next thing particularly noticeable is that everybody seems in a hurry to catch a train. This is a state of things which is not favourable to poetry or romance.”

M.K.: Alas, Oscar, here we must part company. This is because I think trains are the most utterly romantic invention ever. I find the idea of rattling along at perilous speeds upwards of twenty miles per hour, behind a cinder-spewing coal-fired engine, quite exotic and interesting. I am glad, however, that you did not live to see the age of the automobile, which surely would have knocked the sunflower right out of your purple-satin boutonnière.

G.C.: Being firmly in the dirigible camp myself, which is reputedly even rougher on the wardrobe and hair, I cannot but agree with my compatriot on this matter. For all the brash crowing of public transport it has it’s advantages, but only if one can travel first class.

“In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilization.”

M.K.: Well, now we get down to classes, don’t we? What Oscar is clearly being too polite to say is that America was considered a writhing snake-pit of crass commercialism—a land of backstabbing ledger-book princes—while in England, one’s claim to class and sophistication had nothing to do with one’s bank balance. To this point, it is perhaps worth quoting a passage from the New York Times, which, in 1898, noted that the aging Queen Victoria would break with a fine, longstanding monarchical tradition and become “the first sovereign of England who ever had anything to leave … All of her predecessors upon the throne bequeated fine assortments of debts to their posterity, which Parliament was called upon to pay.” Clearly, the ideals of the new American nation were not lost on the grand old Empress.

G.C.: Ah, the Victorians: such dignity inherent in holding property without money, and such embarrassment in having money without property. It is interesting that as a result of our own glorification and obsession with property ownerships that we have, most recently, lost all of our money in pursuit of it. Perhaps we American’s are not so inured against Victorian standards as we believe?

And that, Gentle Reader, is your co-blog for the day!

I do hope you enjoyed it. Your co-host was M.K. Hobson.

She is the author of The Native Star a delightful romp set slightly later in time than The Parasol Protectorate series and in, as you may have gathered, the heathen Americas. It features parochial upstart witch Emily Edwards and the deliciously named Dreadnaught Stanton. There is also an appearance, near the end of the novel, of a lady who might be Alexia, had she come into her majority in New York under a different supernatural climate and political environment. The Book Pushers have a very favorable review of The Native Star with Dreams and Speculation weighing in with a more reserved take.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It took me a little while to get into it and I had a few problems with info-dumps, but it takes A LOT for me to even finish a book these days, I don’t have the time. I not only finished this, I carved out time in order to do so.

I adored the relationship between Emily and Dreadnaught, and I was absorbed by the skillful mixing of historical and magical details building a colorfully different and yet entirely plausible Old West. I mean, come on, zombie gold miners with a kill switch?


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Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Writerly Tinctures:
New York Times Article on Memory and Books.

Quote of the Day:
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
~ Oscar Wilde

The Blameless Book Tour ~ AKA See Gail Cough Her Way Across the West Coast

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Oh my darling Gentle Reader, I have so much blogging to catch up on and I feel woefully behind. Thus, I am cramming all three book tour stop-overs into one entry. Since it kind of felt that way to me, a whirr and a blurr, I suppose this is not so far fetched.

Recent interview with the book lovers.
The Geeky Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Gail Carriger: 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.

Three Days, Three Cities, One Blog!

Huntington Beach
I landed with time to spare, and passed the bookstore on my way to the hotel so I knew where I was going. I spiffed myself up, ate delicious crab cakes, and headed to Barnes & Noble for appearance number one. There were people already there, and they kept having to add seats, 65 I was told, which I think made this the biggest turn out. As I made my way up to the podium and sorted through paperwork and gloves and such, a wave of hilarity washed through the audience. Looking up, I saw a forest of parasols all open and bopping up and down as they waited for me to start. So cute!
Barnes & Noble report from the audience.

My Seattle fans were a bit more reserved than the LA crowd, their questions more serious and their focus more intense. But the turn out was still amazing. It constantly shocks me that people who aren’t related to me turn up for a signing. This time I was at a Borders deep in Microsoft territory.

San Diego
The thing about independent bookstores is they have a real relationship with their clientele, or perhaps that’s just Mysterious G (which seems to have a kind of combative-sibling-insult relationship with its customers). I’ve heard about this bookstore from multiple sources for many years (including the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast and my friend Bob for whom this is his “local”). For my tea the entire staff dressed up in steampunk garb as did over half the audience. There were also some familiar faces from the Huntington Beach signing. I was truly shocked, I have people following me from one location to the next? It’s like I’m famous or something. I arrived slightly frizzled due to rapid fire airport, hotel, event, taxi driver snafus – but the event went swimmingly. Mysterious G is not all that big, but the shelves are low, resulting in a sea of bobbing heads for me to look out upon.
Mysterious Galaxy photos from the tea party. and a Janette’s report from the fan perspective (so sweet).

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
Steampunk fan.

Your Writerly Tinctures:

ae kubo says (all the way from Japan), “Gail Carriger is an overall amazing writer. Her prose is excellent, and she has a great sense of humor. She also not only writes about a parasol-wielding spinster with attitude, but she writes like a parasol-wielding spinster with attitude. I reread several lines in the book because they could have passed as something that was written during the Victorian Period. Despite that, I found the book easily to understand.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.About Happy Books says, “Delightfully unique and highly entertaining.”


Quote of the Day:
“I love Gail Carriger’s fans, the men are all quiet and gentlemanly and the women are all loud and obstreperous.”
~ Overheard at WorldCon

Friday Ketchup Blog ~ Interview, Booklaunch, Naming Inanimate Objects

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Extra long audio interview up on Zombie Popcorn Radio. You can get it as a podcast too. We never actually talked about zombies, but I may have let a few other tid-bits out accidentally over the course of such a long interview.

Books Inc has officially announced my Blameless book launch party in San Francisco, on Yelp! no less. Correct me if I am wrong, Gentle Reader, but I believe this is my first Yelp! appearance. I am chuffed as I associate Yelp! with good food, and thus am delighted to be a part of it. (If I were a food I’d be a Raspberry Pavlova with clotted cream.) I do hope to see some of you there.

Otherwise, I am plugging hard away at Super Secret Project F. I know it doesn’t look like it’s advanced a lot from the counter down below but I did a major revision, and then separated out the outline, and that took a chunk out of the initial word count. I’m excited about this project and I do hope it sells and that I will be able to tell you all about it soon.

The most exciting thing in my writing life, Gentle Reader has been the semi-transition to use of a Notebook computer. I got myself a cheep little Samsung to take to Australia with me but haven’t actually used a PC in about 10 years. (I’m a Mac girl by cultural indoctrination.) He is named Gimli and we are getting along remarkably well. So far I have only screamed at him twice. Which is good, for me. I tend to name all my computers so that I can scream at them properly. (I think it’s rude to scream at inanimate objects if you don’t call them by their name.)

All my computers are named after characters from the Lord of the Rings (my Mac is Pippin). All my iPods have been named after pickled foods, my latest is Cornichon. The cars are named after types of mushrooms. Don’t ask. I’ve heard some pretty nifty inanimate object names in my day. A friend had a blue minivan named “The Blue Banana” and another had this massive old Volvo wagon called “Proud Mary.” What about you, Gentle Reader? Do you name your stuff? Heard any good ones recently?

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Pretty lace lanterns and how to make them!

Your Tisane of Smart:
Best furniture ever
RomFan says, “The characters were written beautifully, with enough wit to keep my attention glued to the book. This is one of those books where I stay up all night because I can’t sleep until I find out what happened.”
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Gricel says, “…I will just add that I really enjoyed the Egyptian plotline and am tickled that so many strong women appear in this series–even the flighty Ivy has some strength of character, if only as a result of her continued insistence on favoring ridiculous hats…”
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.
Heartless: Rough Draft done. First draft with first reader. Final draft due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
“The act of writing is an act of optimism. You would not take the trouble to do it if you felt it didn’t matter.”
~ Edward Albee

Wednesday Ketchup Blog

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VampAngel made a Blameless Countdown Widget!

I liked it so much I updated my webpage with it.

I am delighted to announce, Gentle Reader, that yesterday I completed the (very) rough draft of Heartless, Parasol Protectorate Book the Forth. Such a lovely sensation, typing “The End.” Of course, now I have the many read throughs, and some serious editing. Go author beast go, rah rah rah!

Today I thought I’d experiment with a new blog idea. I keep track of a kind of brainstorming storyboard of images for each character I write into the Parasol Protectorate Universe, and I thought you might like a peek into my head where some of them are concerned. I’m going to post them in separate blog entries with none of the usual updates, parasol photos, or Daily Dose so that I can set up a permalink to my website. I hope you all enjoy it and that I can do it well.

I’m also considering setting up a never ending interview on the website. Taking down all the links to the various interviews all about the web except the audio and video ones) and putting in links to the collected answers as I’ve put them together. Would that be better, do you think?

Ticket to Anywhere says, “First off, I need to ask myself a very important question….why oh why did it take me so long to read Soulless by Gail Carriger? Seriously….why?”
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. From genre reviews, “There’s lots to enjoy with this series – it has a wonderful flippant sense of humour, lively characters and some neatly paced action. It also makes for a nice blend of steampunk and the supernatural, in an alternate-history Victorian England. As a result, it has some very funky inventions!”
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.
Heartless: First Draft done! Final draft due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Updated proposal delayed.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”
~ Howard Aiken

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