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Dressing Primrose From the Corset Up: For Balls, Sports, and the Bedroom by Gail Carriger (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Fashionable Reader, I have concocted a pictorial guide to possible outfits that a young lady of Prim’s rank might wear during this time period.

The images run with what she would need to put on, in order. Ready? Here we go…

On the bottom half:

1. 1890  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2. 1890s Stockings The Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. 1899 Garters  1899  The Chicago History Museum
4. 1895-1905 Oxfords   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Note that shoes have to go on early? Well before the corset and also the rest of the dress for bending and hemming reasons.

Combination  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Ar

Combinations are a hard one for me, as an author.

Because they were ubiquitous undergarments at the time of the Custard Protocol books. They were the most common form of underwear.

However, the name and the concept is entirely lost to the modern mind set. Most of my readers would have no basis for comparison should I drop the word “combination” into, for example, a shape change or a nookie scene. I must, therefore, use the word in correct context so as to make it clear that is what the character is wearing. Or have it described to a foreign character. And yet, it’s not something that would be described. Sigh. Challenging.

On the upper half:

Bust Improvers  1890s  Whitaker Auction

Prim wouldn’t need these, but I include them because I think its fun that they exist at all!

5. Camisol  1895-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
6. 1893  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7. Sleeve Supports  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And over the top:

8. 1895  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9. 1894 Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1894  The Kyoto Costume Institute
10. 1890s  The Goldstein Museum of Design
11. 1895-1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
12. Muff and Hat  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Alternatively, here’s a look at more sporty options…

Stockings  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Combinations undergarment, England, 1875 – 1900
Corset 1890s Summer Corset   The Victoria & Albert Museu
Corset Cover  1895-1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And sportswear on the outside:

Shirtwaist 1894 The Museum at FIT _ OMG that dress!
1890s Under The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Travel Suit  Jacques Doucet, 1895  The Victoria & Albert Museum

You don’t have to take the pictures as proof. Here’s some research to back it up…

Gwen Raverat at the end of the century describes the modest dress of a respectable female.

“Women were incredibly modest . . .  even with each other. You could see a friend in her petticoat, but nothing below that was considered decent. At school, the sidht of a person in her white frilly drawers caused shrieks of outraged virtue; and I should have thought it impossible to be seen downstairs in my dressing-gown.”

~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 269)

americangothgirl-tumblr Catalog Photographs, Front and Back Views of Woman In Corset, c. 1880s. Albumen Prints

“This is what a young lady wore, with whom I shared a room one night…

  1. Thick, long-legged woolen combinations.
  2. Over them, white cotton combinations, with plenty of buttons and frills.
  3. Very serious, bony, grey stays, with suspenders.
  4. Black woolen stockings.
  5. White cotton drawers, with buttons and frills.
  6. White cotton ‘petticoat-bodice’, with embroidery, buttons and frills.
  7. Rather short, white flannel, petticoat.
  8. Long alpaca petticoat, with a flounce round the bottom.
  9. Pink flannel blouse.
  10. High, starched, white collar, fastened on with studs.
  11. Navy blue tie.
  12. Blue skirt, touching the ground, and fastened tightly to the blouse with a safety-pin behind.
  13. Leather belt, very tight.
  14. High button boots.”

~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 269)

Undergarments ca. 1900-03  From the FIDM Museum

 1898 Walking Suit, House of Worth, French, Made of silk and lace

For the Boudoir!

How about an alternate more sexy arrangement of underthings layer…

Here’s the first layer:

Brassiere  1910s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art copy
Drawers  1900s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Garter  1875-1825  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Stocking  1860  Les Arts Décoratifs

Over that would go the next layer of these items:

Corset  1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art copy
Corset Cover  1910s  Antique Dress
Chemisette, Undersleeves, and Handkerchief  1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art copy

Over all of this she might wear this:

Negligee, 1908  From the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Dressing Gown  1897-1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Watch 100 Years of Lingerie in 3 Minutes

OK I know that’s a lot of research but you know how I feel about clothing!

This post originally appeared in two parts over on Retro Rack.

Yours in fluffy dresses,

Miss Gail

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

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Audio is coming. 

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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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

How to make Neapolitan octopus salad

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Trader Joe’s Mint Ginger Green Tea 

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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

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Competence Special Extras (Custard Protocol)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Great Parasolverse read along continues with Competence, the third book in my Parasol Protectorate spin off Custard Protocol series. This is the first time I switch main characters mid series, and the first time I wrote a queer central love story for a major NY publisher. This was also my first truly hybrid book, with me publishing it overseas myself, while a traditional publisher handled the USA and Canada.

A lot of firsts.

Competence released in July of 2018

At RWA with my new babies!

There was a year gap between this book and the one prior because I was in contract negotiations for the final two books in this series. During that time, I published several novellas and focused on my indie career. Because I wasn’t sure if Competence and Reticence would even happen, the first two books in this series are designed to stand together as a duology.

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, includes that fact that I have visited both Singapore and Peru, plus my struggles with bringing out a UK overseas edition myself. (I declined my UK publisher’s offer because it was so low for such a large rights grab.)

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

Competence was an Amazon, Borderlands, and Locus bestseller.

Publisher’s Weekly said:

“Carriger excels at wry humor and clever phrasing, and her ensemble cast is thoroughly charming and satisfyingly diverse. There’s a genuine sense of whimsy and fun running throughout this story, making it a treat for fans of the series.”

Things Pertaining to This Book

ace-artemis-fanartist – Primrose Tunstell and Tasherit Sekhmet from the Custard Protocol series

Competence in Fashion on Retro Rack

Primrose and Tasherit by Ace Artemis Fan Artist

Accolades

Competence Early Reviews

Book Loving Nut says of Competence:

“Percy’s POV is awkward and often unpleasant, just like the man himself. However, over time you can’t help but start to find him endearing despite his many faults. Somehow, even though he’s still insufferable, Carriger makes the guy surprisingly likable. HOW? I will never know.”

All Things Urban Fantasy says:

“I adored COMPETENCE and the story ends pretty neatly, or as neatly as this wonderfully quirky series can. Luckily this is not the end for the crew of the Spotted Custard since there are still some loose story threads that need to be tied up.”

Lit Bitch says:

“This was everything I’ve come to expect from Carriger……imaginative, with loads and loads of adventure, a little tastefully done romance, and a seamless blend of Steampunk and fantasy in a unified world.” 

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Merlion from Competence

Carolyn Cushman says in Locus Magazine:

“Over­all, though, this is less about thrilling adventures and new discoveries than about the highly entertain­ing Seduction of Primrose, nicely wrapped up with happy endings for much of the crew.”

The Furious Reader says:

There are so many great lines in this book, but I think what really just captures the spirit of Prim is, “Prim didn’t like guns, and she didn’t like to have to shoot them, but that didn’t stop her from being very, very good at it.”

Amanda J. McGee says:

“This story is a coming out story of the best kind. It deals with not only attraction, but with the broader implications of coming out – the costs, both perceived and actual, and how those are not always the same; the embrace of family, both found and otherwise; and the joy of finally being yourself and letting go of the ideas of who you should be.”

The Smut Report says:

“So, as I said, the real treat of this book is the opportunity to reconsider what’s important (while also enjoying a little lighthearted escapism).”

ace-artemis-fanartist-Finished-Imprudence-Primrose-and-Tasherit-are-my-newest-ship

Yours,

Miss Gail

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

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

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.

The Lit Bitch says of The 5th Gender:

“Carriger does such a fantastic job with her world building and this book is no exception. The world is richly described and interesting, but it’s the mystery/plot that really push this one forward.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via fawnvelveteen-tumblr Arthur Hacker – Lost Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

I loved many things about Singapore but these pandan kaya bao might be my favorite. I still dream about them

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

That time when I did a live broadcast FROM Singapore (which is one of the reasons it ended up in a book. I’m more likely to write about a country if I have actually been there.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Many Words In A Novel? It Depends On Your Genre 

Book News:

World Anvil Interview 

In which I give some writing advice, worldbuilding thoughts, and talk integration of queer characters.

Mentioned in the video:

Quote of the Day:

“Cats liked to occupy liminal spaces: both inside and outside, both tame and wild, both yawn and meow.”

~ Competence

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!


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

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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

Book News:

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

~ Alexis Hall, Pansies

Quote of the Day:

My cat Rex had the following theory: “If it falls from above, eat it, you can always barf it up later.” He was very fat. And possibly a flerken.

~ 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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

“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


Trade Paperback Version of Competence Available NOW

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The trade paperback of Competence is now available to USA and Canadian readers.

Amazon | B&N | Signed (use SIGNED button)

If you have been waiting to collect this one because you don’t like hardcover, now is your chance!

Find it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or anywhere fine books are sold. You can also order a signed copy from Borderlands Books, just be certain to specify that you want the “trade paperback” version.

The American trade paperback is slightly larger in all ways than the novellas and the UK edition of Competence.

Left to Right: USA Hardcover, USA trade paperback, UK paperback

Hope you enjoy it!

Yours (in multiple editions),

Miss Gail

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The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger).
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

I’m weirdly excited by my new collapsible tote. It’s cute, lightweight, durable, packs wee, AND has a zipper along the top. I need something for when they take my carry-on away from me on small planes & I can’t let them have the corsets!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What’s The Difference Between Denouement And Epilogue?

Book News:

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!


Writing Characters, Future Plans & Gossip (Video Q&A)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

The video is a little off center because frankly, so is my life right now, but here you go lots of fun and insider info…

Things Gail Discusses

Questions Answered

  • How to develop characters from 2D to 3D? What’s the nicest thing you can do for an author?
  • How, exactly does Gail write?
  • What was the easiest book for Gail to write?
  • Characters Gail misses writing.
  • Why choose werewolves over vampires?
  • Who or what inspired Tasherit Sekhmet?
  • The Phinkerlington connection? Explore the Parasolverse Wikia.

Other exciting stuff!

  • Gail drops some super fun hints about future projects.
  • Gail’s talk about her style inspiration. (See all that on Retro Rack and Pinterest.)
  • How she really feels about award shows.
  • Her current TV addiction. Hint, it’s bad, really bad, but OH SO GOOD.
  • Gail’s various connections with fellow steampunk mavin Shelley Adina

  • Did you miss this Facebook Live? Event announcements go to Chirrup members first, because I love them best. Sign up here. Also members of the Chirrup will have the option of entering to win this parasol on Sunday. You need to join before it goes out. This charming lace sunshade is one of a kind… because I decorated it with the blue ribbon myself. There will also be more gossip about WorldCon, and a super exciting secret about an upcoming project.

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1920 via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A cup of tea anyone, made the 18th century way?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

11 of the Most Hilarious Bookstore Signs We Could Find

Book News:

Beautiful cosplay readers at the Tattered Cover event in Denver

Quote of the Day:

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Rodrigo Tarabotti Character Study! (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

A bit behind the magic for you today, Gentle reader.

After his brief appearance at the end of Imprudence, you get a chance to know Rodrigo Tarabotti more in Competence.

Here’s his Pinterst character board for a peak into what he looks like in my head. 

As you can see I had a young Rufus Sewell in mind for this character. All dark and brooding.

I hope you enjoy Rodrigo’s character arc and seeing him evolve in Competence, I had a lot of fun with him.

Yours as ever,

Miss Gail

Meanwhile… RAMEN

Talking travel tips for conventions, keeping your voice, flow packing, and RAMEN FIXING EVERYTHING on the latest 20 Minute Delay Podcast Episode.
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  • Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

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

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

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1912 via michaelmoonsbookshop-tumblr Midland Railway Co Country and Seaside Holidays Official Country and Seaside Apartments directory for 1912

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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~ Gail Carriger, Romancing the Werewolf (Quinn)

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An Author’s Research, Gail Carriger Talks 1890s Singapore & Peru for Competence (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I thought you’d enjoy some insight into my research for Competence today, Gentle Reader.

Primrose starts out being stranded on a Singapore whey-station while the rest of the Custard crew sort of, well, crashes in Singapore.

SINGAPORE!

Early, well before the Custard visits the area.

 

Transport 1889…

Some insights into the different types of attire and clothing, from much later on in time but still interesting.

Meanwhile, here I am in Singapore attempting to drop a baby live at the Equator! Proof I was there.

PERU!

Later on in the book we visit Peru.

I don’t want to give anything away so I thought I’d show you a few images of places the crew visits, and after you read about it in Competence you might be able to guess what is what…

I hope this insight pleased you, Gentle Reader, and that it added to your enjoyment of the book!

Other Competence Shout Outs!

Over on Amazon/Omnivoracious: I talk about my Favorite Historically-Set Fantasy Novels

Yours,

Miss Gail

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

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What are the professionals saying? Competence Early Reviews (Spoiler Free)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello my dear Gentle Reader,

In case you needed further encouragement regarding my next book, Competence, early reviewers have been very kind.

“In this charming, laugh-out-loud steampunk escapade, set in an 1895 populated by a variety of supernatural creatures, the crew of the Spotted Custard return for a third adventure (after Imprudence).
The focus shifts to the British airship’s purser, Miss Primrose Tunstall, a straitlaced, proper young woman who finds her perceptions of self and propriety increasingly challenged by Tasherit, an immortal werelioness who persistently, and often nakedly, flirts with her. But romance, however unconventional, takes a backseat to adventure. Primrose and Tasherit must engineer a helium heist to save their ship, and then the Custard is dispatched to Peru to investigate rumors of a new breed of vampires.
While there’s a healthy dose of action in the form of airship pirates and other hazards of the open sky, the emphasis is on the character-driven, romantic comedy of manners at its heart. Carriger excels at wry humor and clever phrasing, and her ensemble cast is thoroughly charming and satisfyingly diverse. There’s a genuine sense of whimsy and fun running throughout this story, making it a treat for fans of the series.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly

“The focus of Carriger’s popular Custard Protocol series, including Prudence (2015), shifts from Captain Rue to her sensible, genteel best friend, Primrose Tunstell. Prim’s latest beau calls off their engagement, and, once again, she doesn’t seem to mind.

A plethora of diversions occupy her attention aboard the Spotted Custard, whose latest mission takes the airship and its quirky crew to Peru to rescue a breed of near-extinct vampires. Her scholarly twin brother, for example, is trying to reform their murderous prisoner through a philosophy book club. Not to mention Tasherit the werecat—who can shape-shift between a powerful lioness and a golden-legged, silk-robed woman—and who enjoys flustering Prim as her advances become harder to resist.

Carriger’s characteristically droll, voice-driven writing alternates between Prim, who certainly lives up to her name, and her socially obtuse brother. High jinks and peril abound as the Custard navigates uncharted air currents, and the characters bicker over everything from Thomas Aquinas to tasseled hats. Recommend this amusing romp to steampunk and LGBT+ readers looking for suspenseful and romantic fantasy.”

~ Booklist

Skye’s Scribblings says of Competence:

“A playful and witty adventure from Prim & Percy’s point of view that was a pure delight of a read and my favorite of the series so far!”

More from Skye on release day.

Honestly I thought Orbit wasn’t going to do ARCs for this book, it being the third in the series that isn’t tradition. Perhaps it’s because there was a bit of a break between this one and Imprudence? Or perhaps because of the switched POV?

Anyway, I’m delighted this third installment is being so very well received.

But the real proof is in how you, my dear Gentle Reader, feel about it.

Yours in anticipation,

Miss Gail

P.S. Stop by Reddit on Weds? I’ve and AMA!

P.P.S. Look what happened while I was in Denver!

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

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Magnifying the beauty of tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

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“I don’t have a cock, but if I did I’d be too much of a lady to wave it.”

~ Lauren drunk on retreat

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Competence is Alive! Launch Events in Denver & More!

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Tomorrow (today for some lucky ducks) Competence hits the world!

Gentle Reader, I do hope you enjoy getting Primrose’s perspective on life aboard the Spotted Custard.

I believe you ought, she is quite a hoot, and as near to an Alexia style character as I have written (since Alexia).

The UK edition contains words and a formatting slightly different than the USA (more parentheses, for example) because it is done to my whim rather than publisher house’s specifications.

Both editions are anglicized with the exception of the word ladybug/ladybird because USA readers just find it too confusing to see ladybird in print. See a discussion of this issue here.

Competence Launch Event!

I’ll be doing a fun Q&A + Signing at

Tattered Cover Denver

7 PM Tuesday July 17

Lo Do Store

1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Local to the Denver Area?

If you can’t make Tuesday you can come by RWA Nationals on Saturday for the the Readers for Life Literacy Signing…

2018 Literacy Autographing at RWA Nationals

When: Saturday, July 21, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT

Where: Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

  • This event is open to the public and is free of charge.
  • You do not need to register to attend this event as a fan.
  • Since this is a fundraiser event, attendees are not be allowed to bring books from home. Please plan to purchase books on site. RWA accepts cash and major credit cards. 
  • RWA will be selling How to Marry a Werewolf and Competence (supplies are limited, first come first serve)
  • More Information

So Denver, no excuses not to see me! I’ll be in blues and green to match my cover.

This will be my first ever visit to RWA nationals.

I have been to only one romance convention in the past, RT in LA years ago in 2011 for the release of Timeless. It wasn’t… er… stellar.

I am hoping RWA will be different.

Since I can now count a number of romance authors as my friends (thanks to my killer local chapter the SFA-RWA (join them, you know you want to). I imagine I will have a much better time.

Jacqueline Yau @jyauzer Fantastic showing by @sfarwawriters! @gailcarriger @Beth_Barany @kristinmiller02 @AuthorVA @CarolinaMontag

Want more tips on visiting Denver?

Meanwhile…

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Want A Sneak Peek at the Research Behind Gail Carriger’s Competence? (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello Gentle Reader,

Here, for you entertainment, amusement and titillation are a few links and peeks into some of the research that I had to do for Competence, Custard Protocol #3. I do hope you enjoy!

Podcasts

Blog Posts & Other Articles

Singapore!

What was the inspiration for setting Miss Primrose Tunstell in Singapore?

I was at the Singapore Writers Festival a few years ago and just fell in love with the place.

I also visited the National History Museum there and picked up a little book of collected primary source material from the 1890s that isn’t available elsewhere.

Then I promised the Minister of Culture Sim Ann (who is a fan of mine – squee!) that I would put it in the next book. I like to keep my promises.

Want a taste of Singapore’s infamous Kaya Toast? Just get this coconut jam (actually coconut curd) and spread on toast with salted butter (it’s not exactly right but it’s still so good).

Warning, must love coconut.

Yours forever (in coconutty goodness),

Miss Gail

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Competence and matched books that influenced

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My new teapot purse!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Subtle Sexiness of Parasols

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Prim & Tash for Ace Artemis

Quote of the Day:

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.”

~ Polish Proverb

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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Books Sizes – Custard Protocol Models (Important for Writers)

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Gail Carriger Competence UK Live

Miss Gail!

You cry, the distress coloring your tone, tears in your eyes, lips trembling…

Why can’t I get the print book in the size I desire most?

or

Why is this book slightly bigger/smaller than this other book of yours?

I know honey, I’m a little anal too. I get your pain. I do.

Here have a handkerchief… Cuppa?

Feeling better?

OK, let me explain…

People have very strong opinions on books sizes and formats. We aren’t going to get into a debate about that here – no we aren’t. Instead, I am going to talk about about the very wide range of book sizes that there are in the world and why you can’t always get what you want. (Sing it with me!)

Would you like a sample?

Different Sizes of Books Hard Cover, Trade, Mass Market, Japanese

Here is Soulless (and Etiquette & Espionage for scale) in a wide range of sizes. From Left to Right:

  • Hardcover USA
  • Trade Paperback large
  • Trade Paperback medium
  • Mass Market Paperback USA
  • Japanese wee

Shall I make it even more confusing?

A small sample of just trade paperback sizes

the leaning tower of Soulless

Yeah there are different hard covers sizes too. I know, right?

Honestly it’s a mess.

So that’s what the world of publishing is like. (You can carry that same level of illogical chaos into the business side of the industry too.)

Book sizes are further complicated by metric versus not metric. (For reasons of me being a former archaeologist, I tend to blog in metric.)

Gail Carriger Different book sizes USA vrs UK Imprudence

Different books sizes: USA Hardcover, USA trade paperback, UK b-format trade paperback

See above, that’s just the English language new releases!

Still with me?

The Custard Protocol books release to the USA in hardcover, then about six months after the USA trade paperback releases.

  • We aren’t going to talk about hard cover because I can’t control that. Or, more precisely, at the moment I don’t want to.
  • We aren’t going to talk about mass market. That’s my favorite size and my books don’t come out in it anymore. I’m a bitter sad resentful old bitty about it.

Instead we will talk…

TRADE PAPERBACK

USA Trade (non-standardized)

For Gail Carriger (that’s me), that size in the USA is:

20.85 cm X 13.80 cm

This is the exact same size of the Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate trade paperbacks. These are the ones that are still available new.  So if you wanted all my novels in EXACTLY the same size, then you’d need the USA trade paperback size.

However…

In the UK the most common (although there is a wide range) trade paperback size is something called b-format.

B-Format (UK standard)

That size is:

19.80 cm X 12.60

These are all stupid measurements. It bugs the donkey’s butt out of me.

So B format is smaller than USA trade (for me).

Guess what else, I can’t print exactly that size myself for my self published projects.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Why?

When self publishing, especially in order to distribute as widely as possible and in as many different parts of the world, I’m much more limited in options similar to either of my USA or UK trade – that still allow me to cover costs. (I already make little to no money on print editions of my indie books, going custom is simply not an option.)

So I chose…

20.20 cm X 12.50 cm

That’s taller but about the same width as the UK’s B-format.

Why use that size?

Well that’s billed as 8 X 5 inches on most publishing platforms. It actually isn’t, it’s slightly smaller, but it’s good enough, and it’s easiest to work with. This size has been standardized as the smallest option for self pub, easily accessible, on both Ingram and Createspace. I prefer smaller books and I need to stay smaller for my novellas so I get some kind of spine to work with. (It needs to be thinker.)

So that’s what you get.

So yeah, If you’re upset that Competence for the UK is about 4 mm taller than Prudence and Imprudence. I tried, I really did. But at least this matches to my novellas. And the Custard Protocol series is interrupted by novellas, if you want to stack them that way on your shelf at least so all the later ones will match.

Wait, what?

Written & in-world chronological reading order of my recent books should go something like:

  1. Prudence (Custard Protocol Book 1)
  2. Imprudence (Custard Protocol Book 2)
  3. Romancing the Werewolf (Supernatural Society Novella)
  4. Competence (Custard Protocol Book 3)
  5. How to Marry a Werewolf (Claw & Courtship Novella)
  6. Reticence (Custard Protocol Book 4)
  7. More Claw & Courtship novellas possibly set before/during, or after Reticence.

Make sense?

No it doesn’t. But then again the fricken sizes of books makes no sense to me, why shouldn’t I pass along the pain?

The suffering.

Oh, publishing.

Yours etc,

Miss Gail

You Don’t Have To Take My Word For It

Meanwhile over on 20 Minute Delay I tell a HORROR story about a Lyft experience and Piper and I go deep on how we get around on the ground, from Public Transport to the gig economy to Car Rentals.

Secondary Travel; How to get around Once you’ve arrived at your destination”

We also get into extended stay suites, how to stay safe while using ride-share services, stopping for cannolis in New York, and tracking progress when someone else drives. Piper talks about choosing between rental cars and ride-shares, positive car-service experiences and rental car apps. Listen to the podcast on our:

Website | via RSS | on iTunes

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

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SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

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

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

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ensemble 1913 The Philadelphia Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Too shy cards...

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Aggie by Ace Artemis Fan Artist

Quote of the Day:

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”

~ James Bryce

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Competence Chapter Titles & Percy’s POV Will Make You Giggle (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings,

I sent this out already to the Chirrup but just to tempt you a bit, here are the very silly chapter titles from my forthcoming book, Competence.

Trouble finding the paperback edition of Competence in the UK? It’s here.

Gail Loves Chapter Titles

I always love writing chapters and titles. Like names, there are some of us authors relish coming up with such things. Others really really hate it. Anywhoo, I often use it as an excuse for a particularly bad pun.

What can I say? It’s my thing.

Competence Chapters

  1. A Lioness in a Hat and Other Concerns
  2. A Bad Case of the Dropsies
  3. A Merlion in a Mushroom
  4. The Premier Floating Philosophy Club
  5. A Grey Melancholy Danger
  6. In Which Thomas Aquinas is an Absolute Corker
  7. A Very Warm Welcome
  8. A Mystery, a Fez, and an Italian Mathematician
  9. Soup Ladle of Death
  10. Cats Can’t Be Trusted
  11. Our Lord and Saviour the Spotted Custard
  12. Rumours of Pishtacos
  13. On Hives, Haciendas and Hijinks
  14. The Etiquette of Proper Introductions
  15. Weddings and Their Consequences
  16. Homeward Bound

Of course my absolute favorite in chapter 9. It makes me soooooooo happy…

Soup Ladle of Death

Also, if you still aren’t tempted, in this book, you get….

Percy’s POV!

Percy & Footnote Fanart by Desiree Schwartz

Ever wonder how or why Percy comes up with those ridiculous non-sequiturs?

Want more of the Latin in his warped little brain?

Well in this book you get a peek into his head.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Yours etc…

Miss Gail

P.S. In case you missed it, look what I got in my office recently!

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COMING JULY 17!

Amazon (hardcover) (audio) | B&N (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

 KoboiBooks | Audible

SIGNED edition, use the SIGNED button

NOT USA?

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

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

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

Accidentally abandoned!

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

William John Leech (Irish artist, 1881-1968) The Sunshade

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Publishing Success: Genre Loyalty vs. Plot Bunny Saboteurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Tiny Navajo Reads says of How To Marry A Werewolf:

“I love this book and I love that we get to see some of what makes Channing, Channing. We also get to see some of the differences between the American perspective and the London perspective of the supernatural.”

Quote of the Day:

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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