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WorldCon 2018 Gossip from the Author Side + How a Con is like Tam Lin (Also Links to Things I Talked About On Panels & Useful Stuff)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello dear Gentle Reader,

I need to process, so you’re getting a con review today. Here are my feels on WorldCon (including the parties) plus resources and links follow ups on my panel discussions.

Frankly, WorldCon felt a bit like being Tam Lin, in the end. As if I had been pulled underhill, into a place with no time and too much terrible beauty.

Beware the unsidhe and fandom, or are they the same thing?

WorldCon San Jose 2018

By far the best thing to happen was Mur & Matt winning the Hugo for Best Fan Cast: Ditch Diggers. Are you a writer? Then you should listen to this podcast. No excuses now, shut up and listen. You’ll make my life a lot easier because you’ll stop asking me stupid questions.

Yes, there are stupid questions. Anyone who told you differently was selling something.

Mur in a Chicken hat and self at the Hugo After Party having a grand time

So Ditch Diggers wins and I am flipping ecstatic. I love them both, and we met because of podcasts. I am so delighted they won. It helps that I’m the Fairy Godmother of Ditch Diggers, so YES!

If you want to watch a great summation of WorldCon and listen to some awesome thoughts on the event and winning the Hugo, you can’t do any better than Matt’s little video…

The Venue

San Jose gave its all, in terms of weather and food. I feel like both would be hard to beat by any other WorldCon ever. There was so much hole-in-the-wall deliciousness within walking distance. My biggest disappointment was The Grill at the Fairmont – overpriced, overcooked, and bland. That’ll teach me to eat at the hotel and not the obligatory Nor Cal hole-in-the-wall. Nash.

Us locals were particularly amused by the general delight in all the yummy tacos, which, quite frankly, for us were merely passing good. Yes, including the lamb and pork belly ones. Trust me, this is WHAT WE DO.

My crew and I trekked vast distances for stellar Indian buffet and yummy Ethiopian on the advice of those who actually live in downtown San Jose and were not disappointed. Honestly, I keep ending up living in the Bay Area because of the food.

Rarely do I get a chance to eat exactly how I want to at a con – which is to say, not-American lighter faire, and mostly vegetarian. San Jose made that easy. Not to mention the fact that my hotel, the Hyatt, laid on a nice breakfast spread to get the day started RIGHT.

The Panels

I had three panels, a kaffeeklutch, and a signing. That’s actually pretty light schedule for me. But I also had interviews and meetings and such.

My favorite panel was the first one with my friend Shelly Adina. We are both comfortable at cons and with public speaking and don’t have many pickles left to give, so we went all out with hilarious and snarky. The room was packed and the questions were brilliant and people laughed at all the right times.

Panel Resources

Carriger & Adina Talk Steampunk (tea and silliness optional)

Things of interest from that panel:

Young Adult: Looking at the World Through a Skewed Lens

Things of interest from that panel:

Spy-Fi: Secret Agents, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Things of interest from that panel:

Kaffeeklutch and signing….

I always give away swag and secrets at these things (and at my bookstore events) so no links of anything for you here. You have to come see me in person for that. Although the Chirrup may have something new and exciting to tell you this weekend.

WHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The Parties

I didn’t really hang out much on the party floor. I helped throw a lovely little tea party with Borderlands in their sponsor suite. And I buzzed up once to visit Locus. In general, however, the room parties were a bit too hot and crowded for me, most of the time.

Mostly I hung out at the bar, or tried too. Because the best bar (Fairmont) would keep playing less than the best music, loudly, so we kept leaving and migrating about to lesser bars.

Running into the lovely Debbie at the Retro Hugos.

Too much time was spent walking aimlessly trying to meet up with people. Bars we did end up at weren’t prepared for authors-en-masse and did dumb things like close early out of fear or desperation or trauma. My shoes got progressively more practical as the convention went on, because there was just so much walking. This did not thrill me in any regard.

By far my favorite evening gathering was a the Hugo After Party, mostly because I always relax more at the end of the con, and I got to dance. The music was really good and I had my girls with me so there was lots of bouncing about. I did take an epic tumble due to a spilled drink on the dance floor and am now sporting an extremely impressive bruise. Yeah, I’m graceless AF.

The Concluding Muddle

WorldCon was kind of all over the place for me.

I started it off receiving some very sad news, which rather impacted my mental state the whole time. But I ended it over-the-moon happy for two friends of mine and dancing my little heart out. In the middle? I spent most of the con unmoored. Physically drifting from bar to bar, panel to panel, person to person. Emotionally wavering between grief, delight, annoyance, and joy. I socialized with buddies from Faire, friends from high school, author soulmates, steampunk lovelies, and professional contacts.

In a weird way, my whole identity was tested.

I guess you could describe my reemergence into mundane life as rather muddled and a little fractured right now. So forgive me these confusing times while I work myself back out?

I seem to be still there, at WorldCon, in that odd in-between underhill of magic and fairies and lost time and space, and beauty, and horror.

You know how it goes with the fae. Right?

Yours as always,

Miss Gail

Which reminds me you should all go read The Perilous Gard. (And for goodness sake why isn’t this in eBook form? Who’s managing that woman’s estate. Are you mad?)

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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 . . .

Little girl holding a parasol July, 1929

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Meanwhile Pink Hat Society gave me a fashion award for my bag at RWA nationals

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

We Need More Queer Stories Where Nobody Suffers

Book News:

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Tash & Percy

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger is at WorldCon in San Jose, California

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader,

I am at WorldCon in San Jose this week and weekend. I have a pretty light schedule so I’ll be wandering around socializing and chatting and drinking lots of tea. If you want to know specifically where to find me…

Thursday, August 16

3:00-4:00pm Carriger & Adina Talk Steampunk (tea and silliness optional)
Location: 210G SJCC
Gail Carriger and Shelley Adina write steampunk with a feminist and funny bent. Join them for some laughter, some craft, some great clothes, and a little speculation about why steampunk lends itself so well to strong heroines.

More on this topic?

7:00-9:00pm Drinks with Authors hosted by r/Fantasy
Location: Uproar Brewing Company, 439 S 1st St.

Friday, August 17

10:00-11:00am Young Adult: Looking at the World Through a Skewed Lens
Tina Connolly, Scott Sigler, Gail Carriger, Diana Pho, Fonda Lee
Location: 210E SJCC
One of the key advantages that SFF has is allowing us to tip the real world to the side to expose the interconnective tissue. This is often a powerful lens for Young Adult authors. It allows them to obscure issues with fantastic set dressing. Our panelists look at what that skewed lens offers, be it fantasy, science fiction, steampunk or other genres. How does it affect the stories they can tell and the audiences they can attract? What are some of the best ways to leverage the skewed lens of SFF for a Young Adult audience?

More on this topic?

3:00-3:45pm Autographing

4:00-6:00pm Gail Hosts Teatime for Borderlands
Borderlands Suite, Fairmont Hotel
Inquire at the Borderlands Books booth in Convention Dealer’s Room for details or watch Gail’s Twitter/Facebook.

More on this topic?

Sunday, August 19

11:00am-noon Kaffeeklatsch
San Jose Convention Center, 211B1

2:00pm Spy-Fi: Secret Agents, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
Location: 210G SJCC
Panelists: Gerardo Horacio Porcayo, Gail Carriger, Derek McCaw, Linda Wenzelberger, Rudy Rucker
Spy-fi is a genre of fiction that combines espionage themes with science fiction, often in the form of gadgets and spy devices. Characters (often but not always spies) become embroiled in a world of adventure and espionage, where they struggle against the agents of an opposing power, which may be something as realistic as a foreign government or as fanciful as a diabolical mastermind. Technology is ultra-modern for the time and place of the setting, and it is often disguised as innocuous objects.
We will review both literature and film, ranging from fanciful (Moonraker) to humorous (Get Smart) to realistic (I Spy) to parody (Austin Powers).

More on this topic?

Schedule in short?

Speaking of conventions, here’s a fun photo of my rainbow badge from my last event the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Convention…

I’ve been asked to explain what they mean, here it is…

  1. PAN – Professional Author Network, a branch of RWA requiring a certain number of sales
  2. SPEAKER – I was on a workshop panel presentation thingy
  3. YARWA – The YA segment of RWA
  4. FIRST TIMER – This was my first time at RWA Nationals
  5. RWA HONOR ROLL – Another branch of RWA requiring a certain number of accolades
  6. HISTORICAL – I sort of belong to this category of romance.
  7. YOUNG ADULT – I definitely belong to this category of books.
  8. LBGTQ + ROMANCE – I definitely belong to this category of romance.
  9. PARANORMAL – I sort of belong to this category of romance.
  10. PLOTTER – I am a writer who works off outlines most of the time.

With my AWESOME author BFF Lea Kirk at RWA Nationals

Yours in busy planning and packing,

Miss Gail


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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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 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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My mouse.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Sensational archaeological find is likely Germany’s oldest library

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Authors

Book News:

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Merlion from Competence

Quote of the Day:

Meanwhile on the Facebook Parasol Protectorate Group we go deep on Dirigible names…

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Is At Phoenix Comic Con

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darlings!

I am currently off swanning about Phoenix Comic Fest. It’s my first time at this event so I am a little nervous.

Do come and say hi, if you are planning on going? I need to see friendly faces.

Even if you can’t come there’s this: Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Gail Carriger

Here is Gail Carriger’s Schedule

THURSDAY May 24

4:30pm PANEL: Ghosts, Monsters and Demons, Oh My! – Creatures in Fiction
Location: North 125AB

5:45pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

FRIDAY May 25

10:30am PANEL: Mythology in Literature
Location: North 125AB

11:45am Signing
Location: North 124AB

1:30pm PANEL: Sex and Romance in Fiction
Location: North 125AB

3:00pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

8:00pm EVENT: Drinks with Creators

SATURDAY May 26

10:30am PANEL LGBTQ Representation in SFF
Location: North 126C

Noon PANEL Writers Pay Homage to Their Forerunners
Location: 126AB

1:45pm Signing
Location: North 124AB

SUNDAY May 27

Noon PANEL Writing Rebel Girls
Location: North 125AB

1:30pm Signing
Location: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing

3:30 Signing
Location: Badali Jewelry Booth

Yes, I’m picking my outfits with HEAT in mind. Yes, I am planning on bringing a parasol! You should look for me in pink, mostly, with white accessories!

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

Meanwhile you can keep an eye open to see the end results of my great pink lipstick quest not to mention how many different pairs of shoes I am wearing.

Speaking of which, here is a whole episode on traveling with shoes (and companions) from self and Piper.

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  • Coop de Book for May is How to Marry a Werewolf (naturally, or should I say, supernaturally?). (Discussion here.)

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How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella by Gail Carriger features a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him).

Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1911-1914 Longchamp, France via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

More Men Should Visit the Ripped Bodice

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers

Book News:

Fan Art Conall & Floote

Quote of the Day:

“The bottle rules the sensual world, but the tea-cup is queen in all the fair dominions.”

~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (c.1895)

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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

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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!

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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!


Gail Carriger Invades Denmark (20 Minute Delay)

Posted by Gail Carriger

First, thank you all so much for your support of my new book, Romancing the Werewolf. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see people talk about it and show picture of it on ereaders all around the world.

And on that note…

I just returned from a trip to Denmark (I might have stealth visited another country, too). What a beautiful place! So clean and full of Danes with serious faces and towering cheekbones.

Here are 7 things that I learned about Denmark…

1. Denmark is a land of neutral clothing. Everyone wears black, grey, and navy. Accent colors are burgundy, army green, and blush pink. That’s it. No deviation. It’s easy to spot tourists because of this. Houses, however, are another matter.

2. Certain words are hilarious in Danish.

3. In fact, Danish itself is rather hilarious. And also rather mocked by other Europeans.

4. The Danes bike everywhere, at very high speeds.

5. In fact, it felt like, in Copenhagen, more people commuted by bike than by car.

6. Rufus Gifford, former Ambassador to Denmark under Obama, is most likely a Gail Carriger-style vampire. (Apparently he is much beloved by the Danes.)

7. I am reliably informed that Beta Readers in Denmark are called Shadow Readers. Isn’t that wonderful?

Found this lovely little SF/F bookstore in Copenhagen, stocked my books & new about the Locus awards! (Waves at Ditte.)

In other news…

I met my Danish translator at the book festival and she told me that Soulless was the hardest book she has ever had to translate. Which I took as a profound complement!

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In Other Travel News

I just might have started a podcast! (I know, but I love them soooooo much, I wanted to join the party.) It’s all about travel with my friend and fellow writer Piper J Drake.

It’s called 20 Minute Delay

And you can listen to a sample.

Coming soon to iTunes!

Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Werewolf.

OUT NOW!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available in digital form (print & audio to follow).

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

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy werewolf with a powerful crush. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Carl Frieseke, Lady with a Parasol, c 1905

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bifi Roll XXL with mini salami – Biffy would approve?

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Case of the Small Shoes —a.k.a. Survival Bias: No, people were NOT “just smaller then.”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

36 Inspirational Home Office Workspaces That Feature 2 Person Desks

Book News:

Desiree Schwartz via FB

Quote of the Day:

“He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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


San Diego Comic Con – The Return of Gail

Posted by Gail Carriger

The last time I went to San Diego Comic Con was also the first time I went to any Comic Con. Back in 2012 it was utterly overwhelming. It’s gotten even more overwhelming. Nevertheless it was a feast for all things, eyes, nose, ears, and feet.

Memorable moments of the con, L-R, T-B:
1. Tea (a lovely strong unsweetened chai) at BOTH my Mysterious Galaxy signings. (I am SO spoiled.) 2. Vamping it up in leopard print. 3. Showing off my new scarf (thank you Amanda Panda), a delightful gift. 4. Familiar much beloved faces.

I survived by…

  • Leaving at least a half hour to get anywhere.
  • Mostly walking in flats and only donning heels for the actual events & photos.
  • Eating my bodyweight in fro-yo and salt & vinegar crisps, but not a whole lot else.
  • Not doing any parties. I was too exhausted each night (I’m getting old, my darlings), and a good number of my particular friends no longer go to SDCC – it’s a young person’s game.
  • Using my octopus parasol pretty constantly when I was outside, but parasols can be a difficult in that kind of crowd.

(I actually have now ordered this folding umbrella meets parasol as an all occasion steampunk option. I will let you know how it goes.)

Defining moments:

Well I won the 60 Secs with Sci-Fi Authors game. (I generally suck at such things, so I was overly chuffed to win.)

My favorite part of comic con, by far, was seeing my readers both familiar faces and a few new ones. I also met the author of The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg, who was LOVELY. Have any of you read her book?

 

Speaking of books:

My most unexpected moment might have been accidentally hand selling multiple copies of Uprooted while hanging out at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, because I couldn’t stop talking about it. (You can take the girl out of the dealer’s room but you can never take the dealer’s room out of the girl.)

Mysterious Galaxy has pretty much everything of mine signed right now, so give them a ring or drop them a line if you want something with the hand scribbled penmanship of yours truly.

The Clothes!

Here is an overview of all my outfits. I’ll be covering each one in detail over on Retro Rack.

Vote for your favorite! 

Which was your favorite of Gail's Outfits at SDCC 2017?

Meanwhile USA and CAN can pick up the ebook of…

Soulless on sale for $2.99!

And that’s all the madness for now!

As ever yours,

Miss Gail

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE NOW!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

This Airplane Gadget Makes Flying Long Distances In Coach Almost Bearable

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Food Pyramid for Writers

Book News:

Books Glorious Books says of Crudrat:

“Cravats, humour and kickassery are a given (it is Gail Carrier, after all). This time, Maura isn’t one of the upper crust. She isn’t anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic; the nastier side of human nature and classism are addressed. The world is creative and delightfully ridiculous, and the character dynamics fun.”

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


A Classic Gail Carriger Event: Sumage Solution Launch at Borderlands (Miss Carriger Recommends)

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Well, hello my darling Gentle Reader. I thought you might like to see what a classic me-event looked like. Here is what happened at Borderlands the weekend before last for the Launch of The Sumage Solution.

The Display

All the pretty books set out for sale including my novellas, my very first book, and my most recent book. Borderlands is always good about guessing what other book of mine attendees might want to buy.

Also I signed everything that was left over (which, frankly, wasn’t a whole lot) so if you want anything signed now is the time to ping them: 888-893-4008 or email [email protected]

The Event

I was a little late due to traffic, bustled in and posed a bit so the outfit could be captured for posterity. (Terribly important.) I often forget to take fashion pictures so remembering to do so is rather exciting. You can see my post all about the fashion details on Retro Rack. TK

Since I do events at Borderlands pretty regularly, Jude (manager and all around super-star) didn’t bother to introduce me, I just introduced myself. And dove right into the Q&A. OK not right in…

First, Jude brought up a lovely tray of tea for me. They stock Assam pure leaf ‘specially for me. (Or I like to pretend that they do it for me.)

Which meant I was then chatting while drinking tea. (Much was remarked upon my coordinating pink with the Borderlands’ curtains.)

In case you hadn’t guessed my events are pretty casual and friendly. Generally, I answer a few questions (from myself) to start, things I know people want to hear, and then the audience starts asking. My readers are always a great group and lots of fun. And yes, I do talk about stuff in person that I can’t talk about online.

People line up to get stuff signed.

And I signed stuff.

And talked too much. Afterwards it was time for a few photo ops.

This is one of my favorites: An editor and her authors! That’s my developmental editor, Sue Brown-Moore, in the middle with me & Lea Kirk author of Prophecy.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE IN AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger now in audio read by Kirt Graves
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Celebratory brunch the morning after book launch

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How British and American Spelling Parted Ways

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Examples of Dashing to the Rescue

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“No two persons ever read the same book.”

~ Edmund Wilson

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

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Gail Carriger is at San Diego Comic Con International 2017 Launching The Sumage Solution

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Happy bookday to me!

The Sumage Solution hit the world yesterday! I hope you’re enjoying it, Gentle Reader.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Meanwhile, I am off to San Diego for Comic Con International!

You can follow me on Twitter as the event progresses and I’ll be posting where I am and what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing, of course).

Or, if you just want pretty pictures of what I see, where I go, and life inside the madness you can follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to play along with The Nerdy Girlie’s photo challenge.

Will you be at Comic Con?

You can find me (when I’m not otherwise occupied) hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps in the dealer’s room (far right section).

Booth #1119

They’ll have copies of The Sumage Solution for sale there (as well as my other books) and I will be delighted to sign everything for you. If if it’s not my book.

Also, if you are there for preview night, you might want to swing by Orbit next door in #1116…

Miss Gail’s SDCC Schedule

THURSDAY July 20, 2017

1:30pm -2:30pm Panel: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
Horton Hotel Grand Theatre
Paul Cornell moderates this version of the BBC radio game show “Just a Minute.” The object of the game is for panelists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation.” The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless, and no one’s better suited to lead this geeky version of the game than author Cornell.

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

FRIDAY July 21, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing with Badali Jewlery
Booth #532
Free ticket is required. The tickets have an assigned time for the signing. This is to prevent lines from forming and maintain crowd control. The tickets will be available at our booth starting preview night. People can also contact us by email ([email protected]) to reserve a ticket.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel: Alien Civilizations
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships and societies for use in storytelling.

SATURDAY July 22, 2017

12:00pm Starburner Awards
Location: North stairs behind the mezzanine

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

SUNDAY July 23, 2017

10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Spotlight on Gail Carriger (Q&A with Bestselling Author)
Room 4
Come meet New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your burning questions on writing, steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea and so much more.

12:30pm ~ 1:30pm Panel: Fantasy Literature
Room 8
With Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, & Mary Pearson

1:45pm ~ 2:45pm Signing
AA09

 Your Final San Diego Comic Con Check List!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Savory Uses for Marmite, The World’s Most Polarizing Spread

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Really excellent podcast ep from The Allusionist on the nuances of translating into a foreign language.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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

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The Sumage Solution Launch Party At Borderlands in San Francisco

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something fun, Gentle Reader. It’s the kind of thing I can only do with an indie book. I’m having a launch party before the book is officially on sale.

I know, right? But… I CAN.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

For those of you in the Bay Area, here are the details…

Early Borderlands Gets The Book

July 15, 2017, 3pm
Sumage Solution Launch Event at Borderlands Books
Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (yes they’ll ship so you’ll get it ASAP, and yes I will dedicate it to your or to a friend or to an elder god, you know, whatever you want):

888-893-4008

The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release. And yes I’ll be signing there, if you are coming to the event.

If the book isn’t enough of a draw, I’ll be there nattering away at the Borderlands Cafe where they have lovely nibbles and delicious tea. I know this about the tea because they asked me which kind I recommend. And now they stock it. This is how awesome they are.

Miss Carriger at Borderlands back in 2013

Borderlands is a truly wonderful little independent bookstore, even if you can’t make my event you should make them one of your stops if you’re ever in San Francisco.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

OUT NEXT WEEK!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stop Overpacking for Trips With a “Luggage Audit”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Book News:

Freadom Library says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I think this book is a great way to finish it off. It had all the things I loved about the previous books but it was also filled with twists and turns that blew me away. The action was on point, specially [sic] precarious in this one.”

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

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Miss Gail Is Away On Writing Retreat

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader,

I am currently away from home in a super secret location (floating in a dirigible high above the clouds, of course) typing away on a two week writing retreat. I’m not entirely sure yet what I will be working on, but I promise to coo all about it in the Chirrup when I get home.

I was so excited about this trip (two whole weeks!) that I invested in a new “computer & related equipment” transport bag. After investigating all options I went with this puppy: Kenneth Cole Reaction Casual Fling Computer Overnighter

I’m cautiously optimistic about it. It’s been years since I owned a rolling briefcase (my last one was during my first master’s degree). My needs when traveling with a full writer station aren’t quite the same as those of your bog standard academic (ah, past lives). I include things like a remote mouse & keyboard, my beloved roost laptop stand (so everything is ergonomic), notebooks, dictation mic, and so on. Only one way to truly test it…

I will be back before you notice. I promise, I’ve left fun goodies to drop in my social media feeds while I’m away, so hopefully you won’t feel abandoned or bereft. Well, except here in the blog which is hardest to arrange when I’m without reliable internet.

So while I’m gone, working hard to finish more stories for next year, here’s what I’ve done so far…

And here’s this for you to amuse yourselves with, feel free to share and enjoy.

And here’s because I love you:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sumage Solution by Gail Carriger

The Sumage Solution

by Gail Carriger

Giveaway ends July 10, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

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

PROJECT ROUND UP

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

COMING SOON

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How A Laptop Ban Could Cause A “Summer of of Travel Hell” for Passengers and Airlines

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Indie Authors, Buy Your Own ISBNs

Book News:

Gail Carriger on comedy in SFF and the heroine’s journey

One of my favorite interviews in recent memory.

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