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

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

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

Where did Gail Go in 2017?

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

1. Confusion, Detroit

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

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

2. Steamposium, Anchorage

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

3. BayCon, San Jose

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

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

4. Steampunk World’s Fair, New Jersey

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

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

5. San Diego Comic Con International

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

Still, I do like the option to dress up.

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

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

6. Denmark, Fantasy Book Faire

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

7. Local Stuff, San Francisco Bay Area

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

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

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

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

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

How do I feel about my 2017 events?

Relieved.

Why?

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

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

You know what?

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

And, you know what, that’s fine.

Why? Because…

Facebook Lives

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

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

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

And you want me to write more, right?

Speaking of which…

Writing Retreats

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

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

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

Teaching

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

By Sarah Coldheart (@sarahcoldheart)

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

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

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

The Future!

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUT IN PRINT & DIGITAL & AUDIO!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | Direct

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

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

One corset 4 different ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Business Musings: Quitting

Book News:

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

Quote of the Day:

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


7 Questions For Gail’s Inner Writer (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle reader, today’s post is adapted from this one by Cathy Yardley.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve written my whole life. My first book was traditionally published in 2009 and I’ve been a full time author with the written word as my only income since late 2011.

What genre would you say you write?

Commercial genre fiction is what I say at cocktail parties. If someone looks interested and presses further I say SF/F for adults and young adults and historical romance. If they press further I say steampunk, but then I usually have to explain what steampunk is.

Have you taken classes or received instruction for creative writing?

No. I hated them in grade school, although I was always a good student and prolific writer, but they wanted me to be too literary. Thus I never took creative writing past high school. I went to panels and lectures on the business side of writing at conventions, but only work-shopped my stuff with a core critique group of close friends.

I try to give back to the writing community as much as I can, but you’ll notice I never teach workshops, offer to critique new writers, or participate in contests as a judge. I’m really not good at it.

What are some of your favorite writing reference books?

Does Strunk & White count? But these days I tend to just poke about online. Grammar Girl is awesome.

What do you think is the biggest problem you need help with in your writing?

I always worry about pace. My spelling is bonkers. I scatter commas like I’m a Roman covering Carthage with salt. Generally, my editors have to tell me what to add in rather than what to take out, so I guess, description?

What are your writing goals for the next 12 months?

These days I am shooting to write one novel and two-three novellas/short stories every year.

What are your ultimate goals for your writing career?

This is a great question that I’ve been asking myself a lot recently. I don’t quite know what the answer is right now, but I’m pretty happy with where I am, and where I’m going.

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MarineBiology_promo

Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Magasin des Demoiselles Monday, September 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 120

1862 Magasin des Demoiselles Monday, September 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 120

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1 Squid Swag copy

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Rights Reversions (Contracts/Dealbreakers)

Book News:

80sidol-tumblr talk to me about my love for ormond tunstell and ivy hisslepenny

80sidol-tumblr talk to me about my love for ormond tunstell and ivy hisslepenny

Quote of the Day:

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. I can resist everything but temptation.”

~Oscar Wilde

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


Gail’s 10 Travel Commandments & Staying Healthy on the Road

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Although my travel season has ended, I realize that it is likely you, Gentle Reader, are getting ready to head off various places for the holidays. In consequence, I felt it might be time to fix and reboot this blog post. Also I was recently asked on Goodreads about how I stay healthy when traveling, so I thought I would add a bit on that at the end.

Gail’s 10 Travel Commandments

  1. Thou shalt not eat ice cream, fish, beans, or onion-based foods directly before a flight.
  2. Thou shalt wear socks, deodorant, and a wide warm scarf for air travel.
  3. Thou shalt not wear perfume, after-shave, or difficult shoes.
  4. It is better to buy a sandwich and not eat it than to go hungry.
  5. Thou shalt pack extra necessities and underthings in the carry on, in case of stranding.
  6. Remember the seat-back in front of you. (Make yourself a seat pocket kit to quickly stash after boarding: reading material, pen, phone, itinerary, passport/ID, chapstick, breath mints/gum, tea bags, tissues, ear buds.)
  7. Thou shalt not over indulge in sugar or alcohol, your immune system has enough to deal with.
  8. Thou shalt not eat sushi in a land-locked state.
  9. Thou shalt not dangle: fit it in your bag or wear it, never strap it on.
  10. No backpacks. Really, you, tall dude, no backpack – stop beaning me in the head.

 

teens traveler

Don Toth asked Gail Carriger on Goodreads:

How do you stay well and fit when on the road?

  • Gloves. I have perennially cold hands and a vintage look. Gloves go with both, but they also keep me from getting sick from constantly shaking hands.
  • On planes I work extra hard never to touch my face and I wash my hands regularly at airports. I also carry individually wrapped anti-bacterial Wet Ones, I find them more useful than hand sanitizer.
  • I drink alcohol only once or twice at a convention, and only if I know I can sleep in the next morning.
  • I try to always get 8 hours sleep.
  • I don’t eat fried food or sugar on the road, and I gravitate towards lean protein and leafy green vegetables if at all possible.
  • I have Yoga Paws and I try to stretch in my hotel room.
  • I take the stairs at conventions and in hotels if at all possible. Actually… I pretty much always take stairs.
  • I soak my feet in hot hot water and baking soda every night, no matter how drunk or how tired. The world is always worse if my feet hurt. (I ADORED these Fiji Pedicure sets, but they are spendy)
  • But… I still do get sick. It’s hard, particularly on a major book tour.

Fun Extras

Epoch Time: A Sense of Place
A Walk in London 1807

“In travelling it is as well to take with one one’s own tea. You will by this means ensure a better article in all probability, and one often gets accustomed to a special flavour, and prefers it to any other. With a home-comfort, or an etna, one can be perfectly independent, and provide tea for oneself at any hour of the day or night. A capital little arrangement is a perforated cup of bright metal, with a cover, which fits upon an ordinary teacup. The tea is placed in this receptacle, and the water poured upon it. A few minutes suffice for the drawing, and then the tea-maker, with the used leaves, is bodily lifted out, and a capital cup of tea remains.”
~ Hints to Lady Travellers: At Home and Abroad (Royal Geographic Society) by Lillias Campbell Davidson (1889) N

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 Journal des Demoiselles Date-  Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 128

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“The Dirigible” via OMG that Dress Tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses are “Scary Smart”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“In the mainstream press, romance novels are a joke. Despite raking in $1.08 billion in 2013, the industry is still derided as worthless. Maybe it’s because 84% of all romance readers are women, and romance writers are mostly women, as well.” ~ Jenny Trout

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

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

 

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

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

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

Book News:
SF Signal MIND MELD: The Books That Made Us Love Science Fiction and Fantasy

Quote of the Day:
“Don’t be an ass. I’m engaged to Miss Bassett.”
“Indeed, sir? I was not aware——”
“Nor was I. It came as a complete surprise.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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

Manners & Mutiny Book Tour, YallFest, & New York Times

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

It’s strange how long it take me to really be back from a book tour, Gentle Reader. I mean back back, mentally as well as physically. Anyway I am, and I had a lovely time. Paced myself a bit with fewer events than usual, not sure it quite worked because in the end, as Mum put it, travel is travel and that’s exhausting.

I chose red and black outfits for this tour, since I don’t wear yellow. But I think it complemented the book cover pretty well. I’ll be blogging over on Retro Rack about all the outfits if you want to know more.

There she is, Manners & Mutiny, on the Children’s Series Best Seller list at #9. The series list is a notoriously difficult nut to crack so I am eternally grateful to everyone who ordered for their school or library, pre-ordered online or at their local brick & mortar, and took the time to buy during the first week on sale. It really does mean a lot to me, and better, it means the publishing house looks on me with favor which means… for you… MORE BOOKS.

Some Quick Tour Highlights for You

Books Inc, Opera Plaza in San Francisco is always a fun time. Lovely turn out from my local crowd on a cold Tuesday night.

I wore my favorite black coat dress with red piping and multiple petticoats, none of these pack well so I rarely bring them on tour. Thus, this was the perfect outing. That’s the NYCC banner from Little Brown’s booth behind our heads. They sent it to me! Isn’t that cool?

After Books Inc I hit the road, or the airways, as it were. I ghosted into World Fantasy, wasn’t officially attending as I was mostly in town for my signing and to see friends and colleagues.

Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs is the kind of bookstore that feels like it’s been there forever, when in fact it’s only a few years old. They were very welcoming and we filled the cafe. Even a few of my fellow authors showed up (frankly, we rarely attend to each others events) which I found charming.

Peter V. Brett took this picture of me. How many of us get to claim that kind of accolade? In other news, one lovely young lady, Eva, asked that her birthday present be to visit me. So she and her dad flew all the way from Wisconsin to Saratoga Springs for my signing. Isn’t that amazing? I’m her favorite author! It’s basically a dream come true for me.

She drew this fan art for me as well. I always say that I write to be someone’s favorite author because I know what it’s like to have them. So that’s it, I’ve done it. I got to meet myself, in a strange way. I’m so honored. Thank you, Eva.

Porter Square Books in Cambridge is a new bookstore for me. Last time I was in town I was at Pandemonium. Turns out my dear friend Adam Christopher was at Pandemonium at the SAME TIME I was at Porter. Battle of the authors! If you’re inclined toward robot noir you should check out his book, Made to Kill. He had Max Gladstone at his event, though, so… jealous. We all went out for drinks after, because, why not? All good author battles end with alcohol.

At this event I was presented with the most amazing character cookies made by a fan. So stunning. And, as I found out later, delicious. I have the most talented and amazing readers in the whole world. The cookies (well, the ones I didn’t eat) came with me to YallFest and were presented unto the first fans in my signing line on Friday. The Loontwill Sisters were picked first. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

I spent a little time in Boston after tha., I have a number of college friends around the area and it was a chance to get caught up, gossip, go vintage shopping, plan future shenanigans. You know.

Then it was off to YallFest in Charleston, which is crazy, intense, glorious, and utterly exhausting.

Friday I participated in Yall Crawl, a kind of mass signing that takes place all over the city. I wasn’t expecting many but I had a whole line of people waiting. Amazing!

That night I found a shepherdess tapestry in the hotel that Lord Akeldama would approve of, scooped up my dear friend Lauren Harris, and went off to the author mingle where there were AH-MAZ-ING collard greens (I love them so) and lots of fantastic authors including one of the greatest of us all, Mercedes Lackey. Here’s the kicker, she spotted me… and knew who I was… and likes my books… it was pretty much the greatest thing EVER! Her books still take up the most shelf space on my bookshelves. Could we just pause and talk about the vital ground breaking importance of The Last Herald Mage series? So so many of us had no idea you could write a LBGT character until we read that series. Not that we didn’t want to or it wasn’t allowed, just that we didn’t even register that it was possible in fantasy. Yes, there were others before her, but she was the one we all read. Us, the girls who loved horses and fantasy and magic. We owe her a lot. And in person, she’s totally cool, and charming, and fabulous. How marvelous is that?

Ah-hem, just a minor fan girl moment there. Now where was I? Oh yeah, no evidence exists of this meeting because I was too busy being delighted. Lauren witnessed it though, so it wasn’t a dream.

 By request, me with the Splendifereuous Courtney.

Next day I had a two panels, a signing at a train museum, met more famous authors than one can count on two hands, and played Vanna White in a game of YA Hollywood Squares. Which pretty much sums up the oddness that is the YallFest experience.

Yes, I wore my red opera gloves. Whatcha take me for, an amateur?

 The rhubarb strawberry was much less impressive than the buttermilk and the tea.

Charleston was charming. I discovered the joy of buttermilk pie, local tea, and the open air market. To my ever increasing joy kale salad was everywhere. I love kale salad. I know, but I do.

 Fans & octopodes at the market

Then it was home to a flurry of lapsed emails, appointments, and next year’s travel decisions. Also a very happy cat and AB, both of whom were delightfully affectionate.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1700s via @AshmoleanMuseum A View of Dolo on the Brenta Canal

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tea cozy looks like Lilliput!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
As American as Iced Tea: A Brief, and Sometimes Boozy History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

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

 

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

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

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

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
“Hallo, Bertie, you old ass,” was her very matey greeting.
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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

Manners & Mutiny Book Tour Events

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I am off on tour, Gentle Reader, for Manners & Mutiny. Normal blogging resumes when I return. You can follow my exploits on Twitter & Instagram.

(A quick note the book should be available in most larger US bookstores. If it’s not shelved, do ask them to please go in the back and open the box. It’s there, they just haven’t unpacked it.)

For those of you who know me well and read Retro Rack, I won’t be dressing to match this cover. I have yellowish skin; frankly darling, yellow is NOT a good color for me. I’m pulling out the red accessories, so expect to see a lot of red and black. What can I say? It’s my happy place.

Now, where can you see me live in said red and black? San Francisco, Saratoga Springs, Boston, and Charleston…

San Francisco, CA ~ Bookstore Appearance


Nov. 3, 7pm Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 415-776-1111) Manners & Mutiny launch event.

 

Saratoga Springs, NY ~ Bookstore Appearance & World Fantasy

Nov. 7, 3pm Northshire Books (424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-682-4200) Manners & Mutiny Tea Party! Limited seating.

Nov. 5-8, World Fantasy. (The Saratoga Hilton 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-584-4000) Not on programming but planning to lurk at the bar.

Boston, MA ~ Bookstore Appearance

Nov. 10, 7pm Porter Square Books (Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA 617-491-2220) Manners & Mutiny launch event.

Via Old Photos & Bacon☣ @photosandbacon  Boston in 1877

“We like the men and women of Boston. They have opinions about everything – some of them adverse to your own, but even in that case so well expressed that, in admiration for the rhetoric, you excuse the divergence of sentiment. We never found a half-and-half character in Boston.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

Charleston, SC ~ YALLFest

Nov. 13-14 YALLFest (downtown area)
I will be participating in many of the group author events except the school visits. These include autographing sessions, parties, mixers, and on stage games.

Fri. Nov. 13 Signing

  • 3 ~ 5pm Please Come visit me, I’m horribly afraid I’ll be all alone! (Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer 4 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, SC 29403 843-853-7186)

 Sat. Nov. 14 Two FREE Panels & Signing

“But why, Jeeves? Dash it all, she’s just had nearly two months of me.”
“Yes, sir.”
“And many people consider the medium dose for an adult two days.”
~  P. G. Wodehouse (Right Ho, Jeeves)

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Woman with Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
British Museum Teapot Collection

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses Seen Throwing Things May Be Using Shells as Weapons

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“I can’t help but to write, I have an inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.”
~ Kaari Utrio

PROJECT ROUND UP 

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



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

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

 

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

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

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

Book News:
Kelly of Reading the Paranormal says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “Another fun installment as Sophronia puts her finishing school training to good use.”

Quote of the Day:
“Patrick licked into his mouth like an old acquaintance, catching all their noises in the space between their tongues.”
~ Lia Cooper, The Duality Paradigm
(I cannot get over how good that line is! So good, you guys. So good.)

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

Steampunk World’s Fair & Southwest Airlines Kobo

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Before we get on to the doings at the fair, Gentle Reader, here’s some fun news…

Kobo is offering Southwest Airlines customers complimentary access of eBooks while in flight. It’s a pretty fun pilot program (pun intended) and I’m delighted to tell you that my YA publisher, Little Brown, has put forth Etiquette & Espionage. It will be available on board participating Southwest flights during the months of June and July.

For once, I’m not taking any Southwest flights during this time. But if any of you are, please let me know if you see it?

Now for a brief recap of the Steampunk World’s Fair!

Some Random Travel Thoughts

 

  • Flying is becoming more and more of problem, airlines seem to be getting worse, not better. I’m a frequent flyer and I fly on most major airlines. I will state, for the record, that they all pretty much suck, and they seem to be getting suckier. United held us over 2 hours on the runway at SFO because there was something wrong with the toilets. I’ll just leave you to contemplate that statement and why it makes sense to board us and then hold us on the tarmac without loos…
  • I did observe a class act, though. There was a French couple with the baby in the row opposite me. They managed their infant with remarkable aplomb for 8 confined hours. At one point, the child shook a in corked sport’s bottle and sprayed all the surrounding seats with water, particularly deluging the guy directly in front of her. Later I noticed that the Dad purchased the guy’s snack for him. Classy.
  • I may have decided on this trip that eggs are my favorite food.
  • Never trust a man in pleated pants.

The fair itself was lots of fun. A 5000 person event full of musicians and performers so that us author types were rather overwhelmed. The costumes were amazing, the weather unspeakable, and the people incredibly friendly.

I ran in to an extraordinary number of my characters around and about.

Self bracketed by Ivy and Alexia.

 

Lovely lady in a knitted dress with a knitted Spotted Custard

 

Bumbersnoot

 

Bumbersnoot in reticule disguise

 

Countess Nadasdy

 

Self and another Alexia

It is pretty awesome to see so much cosplay of my characters! It is one of my favorite things. There were also amazing tea parties, lovely end of run dinners with new friends, good conversation, and great music. All in all, I recommend this event, I wish I lived closer for then I would go every year.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

More of Alexia and Ivy

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tentacle in the hallway

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Nibbles at tea: creackers with goat cheese, pear and blackberry

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Books of Art: 20 Medieval and Renaissance Women Reading

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
The Once & Future Podcast
Listen to our latest episode where I talk with the first lady of steampunk Gail Carriger about steampunk (duh!), steampunk in New Zealand, CHEESE, Douglas Adams, our strikingly similar approaches to writing, archeology, chaos theory…oh, and her amazing books!

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Off to New Jersey for the Steampunk World’s Fair

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader, I am off to the Steampunk World’s Fair! I hope to see some of you there. I rarely get to the East Coast so this is your opportunity to catch me in person.

Before I get on to this weekend, I have a new teapot in my life. It pours well and brews a low grade leaf beautifully with no particulate. It produced 3 mugs of perfect tea and is my new pride and joy.

It’s the Forlife 24oz curve teapot with infuser for $30. It comes in white, blue, red, grey, lime, purple, orange, turquoise, black, green, yellow. And it is awesome!

Also I watched Boy Meets Girl. It is wonderful. My favorite movie this year.

And now…

Here is what I am up to at the Fair!

 

FRIDAY May 15, 2015

3:00 ~ 4:00pm Kaffeklatsch
Location disclosed at sign up

SATURDAY May 16, 2015

12:30 ~ 1:30pm Archaeology and Steampunk Panel
Radisson Salon C

2:00 ~ 3:00pm Gender in Steampunk Panel
Embassy Stage, Embassy

5:00 ~ 6:00pm Steampunk Lit panel
Radisson Salon C

SUNDAY May 17, 2015

12:30 ~ 2:30pm VIP Meet & Greet
Midway tent

3:30 ~ 4:30pm Signing/Autograph session
Embassy Centennial Room

I imagine the rest of the time I will be found where there is either A. Food or B. Alcohol. I am one of only a few authors there and I must represent! Rumor is the hotel has wireless, so I will be connected to the interwebs. (Although hotel wireless is always… hotel wireless.) As always, I’ll be all over the Twitters so if you want to meet up and can’t find me, I shouldn’t be hard to ping.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley} 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Lost In Time by Will Davidson for Vogue Australia

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Pride and Prejudice Book Vintage Tote Bag $20

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
SCy-Fy interview with Pornokitsch

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Evolution of a Book Cover

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:

Waistcoats & Weaponry in Japan

Quote of the Day:
“Someday when alternate dimension technology has advanced into closet architecture we may finally know peace.”
~ @FergotIt on twitter

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The Kiwi Files ~ Rotorua & the Convention

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My entire trip to New Zealand, Gentle Reader, was because of one man: Andrew. Andrew and I met at the WorldCon in Melbourne a few years ago. Apparently, he was talking to Pip and Tee and saw me in my checked outfit. He asked who I was and they told him, and then he asked to be introduced.

Andrew’s first Gail sighting, image courtesy of him.

Apparently during the course of that meeting, he conceived of the idea of having a steampunk themed convention in Rotorua (steam central) with me, Pip, and Tee. Three years later there I was, flying to New Zealand. Moral of this story? Style will get you anywhere.

Gail Author interview with Andrew photo by Martyn

I’ve been to New Zealand before and loved it. I had even been to Rotorua. But the AB never has traveled Down Under at all, and neither of us have ever visited the South Island. So the plan was to do the convention first, then fly to Christchurch, where we would pick up a camper van and drive around the South Island for a week and a half, then fly back to Auckland, meet my publishers and explore the city before heading home. Things pretty much went according to plan. Also, because of some tips from people at the con, we added the Steampunk HQ in Oamaru to our list, well worth a visit.

Rotorua is quite beautiful, if a little smelly, and the convention was an intimate gathering of super fans many of whom had traveled quite some distance to be there. In addition to the convention, there was also a steampunk gathering at a beautiful Victorian tea house.

Steampunk Rotorura by Martyn

For some reason, I was feeling the cider on this trip. I really liked a lot of the local ones I tried, they were sweet, but not too sweet. There were some new flavors of Crabbies to try too (which were quite sweet indeed, but I loved them anyway.)

More on food and drink to come. Pip pip!

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

La Belle Assemblee Wednesday, August 1, 1838 Item ID-  v. 20, plate 22

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Fox Glacier and Lake

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
14 Insane Names Victorian Parents Actually Gave Their Kids

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Repetition, Redundancy, and Overused Punctuation—Oh My!

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:

 

German hard covers for the Parasol Protectorate Books.

Quote of the Day:
“Gamine.” That’s another one of Bea’s words. It means waiflike, only more so and in French. Which I reckon makes it double.
~ Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

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Off Again & Prudence Book Tour in Retrospect

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So my dear Gentle Reader, I have returned from my Prudence book launch tour! (And I am immediately heading off to New Zealand.)

Thank you all for coming out to see me on tour. I loved meeting you and I do apologize if my energy levels were low. I am also sorry I couldn’t go visit the tea shops and things you recommended in each city. The tour was 6 cities in 6 days, and it doesn’t allow me much residual play time. Also, because they want to fit all the stops in during the first week of sales, I hope that you can see why I didn’t have time to go everywhere or to fly very long distances.

An early pause for tea with friends in San Diego

I’m not complaining, because very few authors get the privilege of touring at all anymore, but I won’t pretend it was easy, either. I got about 5 hours of sleep each night and it was pretty much: wake early, fly, land, hotel, change, event, return to hotel, sleep (repeat x6) with eating squeezed in between. There were times I forgot to drink tea. ME!

Mysterious Galaxy Crowd

So many of you came out to see me that I am very honored. I had from 75-130 people at the various events which is really fantastic and I can’t tell you how grateful I am. People came in rain, awful traffic, on weeknights, with sleeping babies (who stayed sleeping, hooray for the soporific effect of my voice), in costume, with gifts… It really made me feel loved.

At Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego

There were familiar faces (with new acquisitions) and there were new faces who came attached to familiar handles from Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

There was the requisite amount of fantastically unnaturally colored hair and fabulous vintage dresses, not to mention steampunk attire.

Kathryn Dressler with Gail Carriger and Corrie Metz Moore via FB

I’ve posted a bunch of pictures to Flikr and there are tons popping up on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Finally meeting the infamous @RuffledParasols from Twitter

San Deigo (Mysterious Galaxy) and Portland (Powell’s) were, of course, familiar to me. It was a delight to see so many friends in the audience from previous visits. The questions at both venues came fast and furious and very smart.

Tattered Cover

I was a little nervous about my Denver event as I had never been to the Tattered Cover before. But despite gloomy weather and abysmal traffic the Mile High City was game. It turns out that I have also amassed a large number of author friends in the area, not to mention the fact that my agent is there, so it was also a opportunity to renew acquaintances. Good place to be an author… Denver.

with Lora Reiher via FB

I was also a bit scared about Dallas as, again, I have never done an author event there before. I was in town for FenCon as GOH several years ago, however, and the volunteers and organizers came out in force to support me. So sweet! I love you guys. And despite some technical difficulties, the house was packed and the B&N peeps seemed, if anything, a little startled by this. Heh heh.

The Dallas Crowd

I got there early and hammed it up a bit, which was rather fun. I also went and took a picture with my end cap since I was at a B&N and ridiculously proud of how well this dress matched the cover of Prudence. More on that over on Retro Rack.

Me and my end cap

Then I was on to Houston and familiar stomping grounds. As always, Murder by the Book welcomed me with open arms. I signed a lot of pre-orders for them: they are particularly good at that part of relating to their customers.

From John Alexander Husisian via FB

Finally a good picture of me at Murder. I’ve been there several times before and never seem to get a good photo. As you can see, my publisher, Orbit, sent out a fantastic selection of swag to give away. There were fans, bookmarks, posters, buttons, and more. A few places even had balloons (although I forgot to take a photo, curses). Orbit, incidentally, is entirely responsible for this tour. Thank you Orbit!

From Jessie Clapp via Twitter @Jessieclapp

I landed back in the Bay Area on Sunday morning and after a brutal drive battling an unexpected marathon, made it home in time to cuddle the squiggly (but excited) cat and the less squiggly (but still excited) AB, change, and hop back into the car for Borderlands.

This was a first for me: signing a bicep! THE AVATAR (@mmusclechan) on Twitter apparently listens to my audiobooks while she works out. Isn’t that cool?

Borderlands was actually a little tearful (good tears) as this was to have been their last event ever, but instead it was the dawn of a new era. I brought with me some exclusive ARCs from my collection to hand out to the Borderlands Sponsors that were in the audience. The place was packed with friends and family and cheerful banter. I do love my city and it was great to be home.

On that note, I’m leaving today for New Zealand. I do have a few blog posts have scheduled to drop while I’m away, we shall see how technical I can be. No problem with Twitter, FB, or Tumblr. There should be no interruption in your Gail service there. This main blog, however, is a little more complicated.

I will see a few of you down in New Zealand at Reconnaissance and then I will be (gasp) off grid for almost three weeks. I think I will survive, and I know you will, Gentle Reader.

Happy Spring!

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via yarn-over tumblr

Crochet Parasol charts

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My agent and my end cap.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Snow Removal From the Streets of New York 1888

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writers ~ Take a Hike . . . If You Know What’s Good for You

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Champagne, Custard and Comedy: A Conversation with Gail Carriger on Relentless Reading (And Writing About It!)

Quote of the Day:
On cats: “Signor stood up in Bea’s lap, stretched his portly self six ways, and hopped down to the floor with a bump that was the shame of supposedly graceful and elegant cats everywhere. He thudded over to Marshal Reeves and began investigating his boots and hat with a pink, twitching nose. I was left with the strange thought that everybody in that room just then was wearing a mask for the purpose of not upsetting one another.”
~ Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

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Event Round Up ~ Tucson Festival of Books

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So, Gentle Reader, directly before my Prudence book tour I nipped over to Tucson for their epic huge book festival. It was amazing. If you are at all in the vicinity, I highly recommend paying it a visit next year for it is an epic literary homage.

 

 

The weather was beautiful, I had four really fun panels, the volunteers took exceptionally good care of me. All-in-all it was a super pleasant experience.

Also I had some delicious food and good company with author friends who were also in for the festival. Some of us even sallied forth and consumed pie on pie day.

from Heather Lo via FB

Had a lovely time with Skye in particular, who graciously runs my Goodreads group that includes the book discussion. She is wonderful. Speaking of which here is April’s pick for those of you who want a jump start on next month…

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Cabinet Thursday, June 1, 1837 v. 18, plate 80

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Infinity book scarf with a quote from the “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Poe $45

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A Tragic Catalog of 100 Mostly Miserable 19th-Century Marriages

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Should you be a full-time writer? by Mary Robinette Kowal

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:

Prudence undergoes the Page 69 Test

Quote of the Day:
“Word of the day: RESISTENTIALISM – the seemingly spiteful behaviour manifested by inanimate objects.”
~ The QI Elves (@qikipedia)

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