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Manners & Mutiny Book Tour Events (Finishing School)

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

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.)


San Francisco! Come See Me Dork Out Plus Bonus Stand Up

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This Wednesday, Gentle Reader, I’ll be in San Francisco at Doc’s Comedy Club doing a live Dork Forest Podcast with Jackie Kashian. After that… stand up! (Not me, other people. People actually really good at stand up.)

I. Am. So. Excited.

So look, you see, stand up comics (and particularly stand up comics who do podcasts) are kinda my heroes. They are most likely, these days, to make me commit a fangirl squee. I know, I know, I still love authors, but frankly I’m living among them now so they have lost thier mystique. I am delighted that out there, reading this, are people who get excited when they have the option of meeting me in person. Well, Jackie is to me as I am, occasionally, to my readers. I adore Dork Forest. It’s a favorite podcast of mine and I think Jackie is hilarious. I admire stand up comics hugely. It is a skill I entirely lack and, as you may know from my books, comedy is very important to me. I think making someone laugh is absolutely the most noble and admirable quality possessed by mankind.

Yes, I’m serious about that. I know I know. But I’ll be funny again in a moment.

All I’m trying to say is that this is such an honor and even if you know me and have seen me live before, this will be very different. Jackie is a fearless interviewer and I gave her a list of Dorks that include things I have never ever talked about on a stage before. You won’t want to miss the comedy either. Her stand-up is geeky and awesome and wonderful. She has the kind of energy and attitude that I imagine characterize Rue. (Which I didn’t realize that until I started typing the sentence.)

So yeah, yay! Buy tickets online or at the door.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Companion Friday, May 1, 1857 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 10

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Octopuses You Can’t Even Believe Are Real

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
This “Helicopter” Made Out of a Garden Chair, Parasol, and Some Drones is What Makes Britain Great

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What are the Most Popular Title Trends in Your Genre

Book News:

Meanwhile… on Tumblr

Quote of the Day:
“He was at his worst when he rollicked.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories


Shaving the Beast & One Last Event

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m pretty much just slaving away on Imprudence right now, Gentle Reader, to the exclusion of everything else. It’s running longer than I like but it just wants to be that way. I don’t seem to be able to argue. It has a great ending, if I do say so myself. OK, right now, I think it’s great for I’m taken with the excitement of a recent creative epiphany resulting in a total upset in Rue’s life. Don’t worry, in just a few days I’ll hate the ending, the book, and myself. It’s my process.

Anyway, in the meantime, I’ve added one last event this year: a charity gig. Here’s the preliminary info:

 

Save the Date, December 5th, 2015

Steampunk Tea Party with author Gail Carriger at Borderlands Books (San Francisco, CA) on Sat., Dec. 5th, from 10am to noon. Come in costume (if you like) for tea, tidbits, prizes, goody bags, and a chance to mingle with your favorite author. (Can one mingle with just a single person?) Charity fundraiser for the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.

For more information, email [email protected]

I’ll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale. There will only be a VERY limited number. I might even get around to putting it on the website, but I doubt it. Argh, stupid book, interfering with other stuff. Right, must go write.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Promenade in the Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via Karen Abbott @KarenAbbott  Stereoscopic view of a very angry Victorian lady, 1900

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Oldest and Longest Ancient Egyptian Leather Manuscript Found

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft.



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 (forthcoming)

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

Book News:

2015 NYCC Little Brown Booth

Quote of the Day:
“Genevieve was tall and blonde, a destroyer of masculine peace of mind.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

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

The Scarcity of the Gail (Surgery!)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So my dear Gentle Reader, I’m going to be pretty scarce about the interwebs for the next few months. I’ve planned some tweets and tumblrs posts to drop and I am hoping I will be cogent enough to at least interact with people a little, but right now I am heading into the unknown grey fog.

What is this particular fog composed of? Well, those who read the Chirrup already know of a certain unpleasantness in my immediate future. Now it is upon me. (OK, hopefully off me.) I’m going in for surgery. Nothing too serious but it is major. Trust me, you don’t want details but if you’re desperate to know, I go into it a bit more over on Retro Rack.

Anita Ekberg

Nevertheless, here’s hoping there is one super happy Gail out the other end. I have a great support network in place, good people got my back. (Or should I say “got my front?” I’m hilarious.) The worst part will be having to stay still and not do anything. I’m not great at that. Although, Lilliput will be delighted. I have stockpiled lots of books to read and TV to watch. I’m going to mainline BuffyI’ve seen only a few episodes and I figure this is as good an excuse as any to finally watch them all. In reading, I’d like to get caught up on Tanya Huff’s Valor series and also McCaffery’s Freedom series which I have been saving for years.

Jayne Mansfield via theniftyfifties tumblr

Don’t worry, I built this time off into my writing schedule, Manners & Mutiny will be out as promised this November. Imprudence is looking to release next summer, but it was never going to make a spring 2016 release like Prudence did. Sorry if you thought it would.

Anita Ekberg via nexiv tumblr

Surgery is the reason I’m not doing any events this summer. I’m still planning on being in Spokane for World Con in the Fall. It caps my recovery time nicely, so unless something goes horribly wrong, I should be there and in the mood to celebrate.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

2013 Herring-Herring-Starkweather-Umbrellas-DESIGNSCENE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

anita-ekberg-on-her-jaguar-late-1950s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Erotics of Shaving in Victorian Britain

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Yoga for Writers

Book News:
Yvette of Book Worlder says of Prudence: “If you enjoy lighthearted adventure, Steampunk with vampires and shapeshifters, a bit of romance or large, floating airships painted like giant ladybugs (ladybirds, in the fully British version), then I recommend this book to you”

Quote of the Day:
“Miss Francina went striding out into that burning cold in her negligee and marabou slippers like she owned the night and the rest of us was just paying rent on it.”
~ Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

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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 



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!

Quote of the Day:

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She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

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 



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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She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

The Only 6 Pieces of Luggage a Frequent Flying Author Needs

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

This started as a tumblr post, Gentle Reader, and has now migrated to the main blog. I travel so very much these days that the pursuit of the perfect luggage is never ending. Here is where my collection currently stands:

1. Large: Izod hard sided expandable case
Got this puppy at Ross or TJ Maxx for $60. The hard sided case is great for hats and larger quantities of costuming. Sadly it got a massive crack in it on my New Zealand trip, so now I need to replace it.
Pros: weatherproof, protective, durable, rolls easily, light interior.
Cons: light exterior means already quite scuffed. No extension strip for attaching second rolly.

 

2. Medium: Eagle Creek (Switchback 26) convertible backpack (with zip-off mini backpack)
I have had this piece for almost 15 years. It works as a rolly or big backpack (although I’ve only used it as such a handful of times), and the front zips off to be a little backpack (which I’ve used a lot). I love it. I can travel somewhere with it stuffed full of gifts, check it, then zip off the front backpack, stuff it inside, and on a larger plane, carry it on to fly back. It is the ultimate versatile traveling machine. And if you only want one, pick this one. I used only it for a decade, before plane restrictions got complicated and needed to be hacked.
Pros: versatility & durability, trailing strap.
Cons: black interior (they seemed to have fixed this in the latest iteration), not great as an actual long term backpacking pack, not weatherproof, tippy.

 

3. Small: square-ish Lucas travel case with multiple pockets
This is my new replacement case for my baby* (see lamentation at the end of this post) and is the luggage I use on tour and in any other instances where I’m flying carry on only. I can live out of this case plus the tote for a week, quickly and on-the-go constantly. It passes through as a carry on on most domestic flights—necessary as I often do not have time when I land to wait to pick up a bag, not even gangplank valet.
Pros: basic carry on size, nice long, strong carry straps, full handle rather than the new single telescopic handle.
Cons: does not fit in all overheads or under seats, wheels stick out too much and 4 are not necessary for this size, plastic pockets inside rather than the superior stretchy mesh, no stacking sleeve (likely too big anyway), wide end handle (narrow end is better, it allows you to pull through the aisle). I’m looking to replace this one.

4. Very small Travelon underseat
I purchased this specifically for long haul international flights and longer writing retreats. In it I can stash all the things I would be devastated if I lost in my checked bag, but don’t necessarily need for the flight (like computer, note books, corsets, first day outfit, jewelry, etc….) and it still works to wheel a stacked tote as a I run to catch a connection. It’s good for those situations when I have to pack a tote heavy and really need something to rest it on at the airport. It’s also great as an event bag for actually walking around conventions, so that as I collect books and gifts, I don’t have to carry them over my shoulder.
Pros: cute, water resistant, many color options, very light.
Cons: perhaps a little too small, quilting style adds unnecessary bulk, no computer sleeve, straps are not long enough to hold jacket so I need to pack a large s-beaner to compensate.

5. Kate Spade long weekender tote with multiple pockets
What you can’t really tell from the picture is that this tote is almost as long as a duffel bag, but it still looks like a purse (perception is everything when boarding planes). It would certainly carry more than the above Travelon and possibly I could pack more than my Lucas rolly, but that would be a lot of weight on my shoulder. I got it so that I can do a steampunk event, and this bag is long enough to carry any or all of my corsets and parasols.
Pros: cute, very long, light interior with tons of pockets.
Cons: perhaps a little too light in color so hard to keep clean, perhaps a pinch too big, not padded at all, not weatherproof, likely won’t get as much use as my other bags but cost more because of designer tag.

 

6. Ultimate practical tote
I have the two different sizes and types of totes to compensate for any residual quantity of stuff that doesn’t fit into the bag I’ve chosen to bring, but this one is most commonly used. Believe it or not I was resistant to the style at first, but that mesh top and the way it sits and opens so easily is PERFECT for under the seat. I had to modify it, for it came with two pockets, one zipper and one Velcro. I slit the bottom of the Velcro one and superglued on some ribbon to stiffen it so it could become a handle sleeve for stacking on other luggage.
Pros: cute, padded, durable, weatherproof (sides, not top), mesh top and wide mouth is very convenient for flying.
Cons: needed modifications to work, no interior pockets, trim/straps not leather and beginning to fray, I’d rather a single strap over two smaller ones, a pinch too small—if it were 4 – 6 inches longer I wouldn’t have needed a second tote.

In general, this luggage hoard allows me the freedom to travel to any possible event. I’m not one of those who thinks you have to pay bank for luggage. You can usually find a good knock off or surplus at your local bargain bin. Unless you really do travel constantly and only want the one perfect piece, then you might have to really shell out.

Gail Recommends when Buying Luggage…

1. Ideally all bags should:
a. match but stand out from the crowd
b. be weatherproof
c. have light colored interiors
d. come with leather (or strong canvas with leather pad) detachable straps
c. have multiple interior pockets; particularly appealing is the stretchy mesh variety

2. All wheeled bags except for the largest one should only have two wheels. In the end, the latest craze for spinning bags is more annoying than useful. It tends to add lot of length and the constant spinniness can get quite annoying when at a standstill or on a ramp.

3. No handles that are from a single pole, in the new “T” style (because stacked bags spin off when running).

4. Ideally, the 4 smaller bags should all be very light weight, have a shoulder strap, have a sleeve for going over handles so they can be stacked, and be somewhat reinforced for carrying computer stuff.

As you can see, given my above collection, I haven’t managed to hit all 4 requirements. But this is an ongoing project, and after five years, I’m pretty happy with what I have amassed.

My favorite piece is dead and sadly no longer in production (it was a cheapie from Ross, I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did).

I’ve never loved the color, and I’d rather it were a short end handle, rather than a wide end handle, but it worked so well as a rolly carry on, fit in almost every overhead, and could be squeezed under the seat in a pinch. I’ve never had it taken away at the gate, not even by Spirit. (I know, right?)

Must keep looking for the perfect carry on.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

La Belle Assemblee Date-  Thursday, June 1, 1837 Item ID-  v. 18, plate 87

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Cute via michaelmoonsbookshop tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
20 Things Every Traveling Gal Needs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
 The Traveling Author ~ Packing Tips

Book News:

Sophronia cosplay in Rotorura, New Zealand

Quote of the Day:

What the world wants to know is… What is CornEvil?
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Gail Carriger’s Kiwi Files ~ Tea in Kaikora & Flat Whites in New Zealand

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

On one of our various stop-overs on our driving tour of the South Island, we made our way to Kaikoura. We had intended to swim with dolphins but weather did not permit. However we saw some truly adorable seal pups playing in a waterfall which made it well worth the trip. Perhaps almost as good as the seal pups was this tea experience I had soon after.

Throughout New Zealand, the AB and I were charmed by the beverages: coffee and tea alike.

A brief aside… You see the AB is a coffee drinker.

Now let us be clear here, coffee is as serious a business to the AB as tea is to me. There is a complex mixology procedure involving three different types of beans: a dark roast (for depth), an Italian (for flavor), and a peaberry (for earthy notes). Then there is a special burr grinder and a special Frisbee French press or whatnot. It takes forever and is very complicated. One of the reasons I opt for tea is that, even with a pot and loose leaf, it is the lazy woman’s beverage.

So the AB is a drip drinker by trade, with a splash of milk, but an espresso drinker by necessity. (For it is a truth universally acknowledged that a cafe with good espresso will ever be in want of good drip coffee… and visa-versa. And I always choose to build alliances with local cafes that have good espresso. So at home in cafes we will both drink espresso.)

Yes, me, I do drink coffee. Frankly, in the good old USofA espresso is safer than tea. Rarely is the tea at all good here. I’m just as snobby about espresso (having lived in Italy for two years way back at the dawn of time). I prefer lattes and the AB likes cappuccinos. Both of us are obnoxiously strict about our standards and opinions. I will throw away an entire latte if the bean is gritty, burnt, or too French, not to mention if the milk has been scalded! (Here’s the thing: if you must put sugar in your tea/coffee, you aren’t drinking the right tea/coffee. There should be a bean or a roast or a blend out there for which milk will add just enough sweetness to cut the bitter for anyone’s taste. I really believe this. Or you have a mad crazy sweet tooth. Or you’re from the South.)

 

Now where was I? Oh yes. So the Kiwis know their bean. They lean heavily towards the Italian (as one should!) and they do something with it called a flat white. Now, there is endless contention over the exact definition of a “flat white” but essentially it is a midway milk allotment between latte and cappuccino. Because the bean choice is so good, this means there is enough milk for me, but it’s also strong enough for the AB.

We drank a lot of flat whites.

However, because they have their roots in the UK and still feel them, the Kiwis ALSO offer up some truly serviceable Assam-heavy English Breakfast teas. At this cafe in Kaikoura, I actually encountered a full on tea menu! It was thrilling.

I didn’t even bother to dither. You know my feelings, Gentle Reader: give me that strong smooth Assam.

I’m pleased to say that despite the description, it wasn’t brisk. It was soft (sigh, why do people get that wrong?) but was malty, mellow, and delicious. And look at the beauty of the leaf?

I know you might not think that a thing of beauty, but trust me it’s stunning. STUNNING. Big as my thumb, some of those leaves. I was charmed. I waxed poetical. The AB was most embarrassed.

We were left with the feeling that we might have to move of New Zealand. So far it’s the only nation where tea and espresso are accorded equal respect in the eyes of the picky. Then again we would have to have a major discussion on the subject of condiments into which sugar is added in a most whole irresponsible manner. (There was excess sugar not only in the ketchup but in the Marmite.)

I believe the tea/coffee experience is helped along by the fact that the dairy is so amazing in New Zealand. It always helps if the milk is full fat and delicious. Mmmmm.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via centuriespast tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

To get Marmite without sugar you must go Mighty

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A Bachelor’s Bill of Fare (1857)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
25 Ways To Be A Bad-Ass Maker Who Makes Bad-Ass Stuff

Book News:
The Novel Strumpet says of Prudence “This novel was chocked full of all the wit and Victorian decorum we have come to expect from a Carriger novel. And the wonderfully described fashion – particularly hats.” ( Includes a video review as well.)

Quote of the Day:
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”
~ Plato

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The Kiwi Files ~ Steampunk Cafe in Christchurch (Special Extras)

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I’m delighted to announce that Waistcoats & Weaponry has won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction! Thank you thank you!

And now for your regularly scheduled blog…

While in Christchurch, Gentle Reader, we stumbled upon a steampunk cafe. I had heard of its existence, but I didn’t know quite where to find it. But the AB and I spend quite some time walking around the downtown area and we stumbled upon it on one of our jaunts.

I was quite charmed by this young gentleman who chatted with us and showed us around the upper shop area.

One of the first things that caught my eye upon entering was this lamp meets dirigible. It might be fun to make some Chinese lanterns into balloons myself in that mystical land of future free time.

Found this little guy sitting atop a top hat.

And this was my favorite thing in the shop, a train meets drinks caddy. So fun!

During our rambles we also encountered a statue of Queen Victoria in one of the parks. I felt it very apt and tried to pay the proper homage.

I also fell in love with a pair of laser cut leather boots, but they were $600 and didn’t fit right, also the soles were really hard. These days I find myself (when hunting for more comfortable footwear) gravitating to men’s shoes. Not just because of the oxford style, but because they often have super comfortable squishy soles. Why don’t we women ever get those in walking boots? It’s not fair. And before you post a link to comfortable footwear I ALSO demand it be pretty, by my standards, thank you, and not look comfortable. And before you say, “Gail, just buy the men’s shoes,” I am sadly cursed with narrow, skinny feet (hence the lack of Fluvogs in my life).

And I don’t know how this post on Christchurch became one on shoes. But it’s me so I’m not surprised. The destruction wrought by the earthquakes was truly devastating, and although the spirit of the city is still there and they are fighting to come back, it did feel awfully sad.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

one fine day, Akihabara   via ninetail-fox tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

NZ is also the land of rainbows, so much changeable weather

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The fine art of walking city streets in the 19th century (via Two Nerdy History)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
In Defense of Editing

Book News:
Jess of Shelf Quest says of Prudence:

“For those familiar with the preceding series, I have no doubt that this story will enthrall and excite. We see the return of many of our most beloved characters and the way some of them have grown (up) and changed is just really lovely.”

Quote of the Day:

“More people should do things on their own, most of humanity’s problems have been caused by people meeting and talking.”

~ Andy Zaltzman

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Gail Carriger’s Kiwi Files ~ Rotorua & A New Zealand SciFi Convention

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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!

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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Gail Carriger’s Kiwi Files ~ Steampunk HQ in Oamaru, New Zealand (Special Extras)

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So, Gentle Reader, after a fun convention in Rotorura (more to come on that) the AB and I hopped a plane for the South Island, rented a camper van (yes, I camped) and drove around the South Island. Once we left Christchurch (more to come on that too) one of the first places we visited was Oamaru and their wonderful Steampunk HQ.

Steampunk HQ

I don’t know how they managed it, but someone got permission to turn this derelict old building into a massive steampunk installation piece. There are two floors inside, including the fab portal room, and a bunch of large rusted machines outside. It mixes sculptural elements with human interface operations, e.g. a pipe organ that makes steam sounds instead of music). Frankly trying to describe Steampunk HQ is like trying to describe steampunk itself, a mite challenging.

Steampunk HQ plaque

The portal, was my favorite. It’s a room made of mirrors so that once you step inside and close the door it feels like you are standing in infinity. There is an LED light show as you stand suspended in space, the whole universe around you. It drove me to near Douglas Adams-like verboseness. Also very vertigo educing, if you are prone to that sort of thing. Not me, whatever the opposite of vertigo is, I have that, I adore being very high up.

Random street.

The rest of Oamaru was charming too. We walked around and ate lunch at a pub, because it seemed like the kind of place where one ought to lunch at a pub. We then visited a charming cafe and did all the tourist rambling one is supposed to. We even managed to see wild penguins.

Hotel & cafe

More on NZ to come, sorry to be delayed in posting I’m finding myself a little overwhelmed with catch up right now. What with the Tucson festival, book tour, and this trip I’ve been (essentially) away from my desk for six weeks! I’ve managed to maintain while on the go but I put a lot of stuff aside to “deal with when I get back” and now I’m back M&M proofs are immanent. Things never stop, do they?

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Daily Victorian tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Pride and Prejudice Ch 54a Tote Bag

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Corset expert discusses Cinderella waist controversy and, of course, corsets

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
8 Reasons Why Authors Are Assholes

Book News:

80sidol-tumblr fan art of Tunstell Ivy

Quote of the Day:

Prudence Lord A Quote
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Gail Carriger Returns from New Zealand

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My dearest Gentle Reader, I am back from New Zealand and I have so much to share with you. I had a wonderful time and met many glorious people. I traveled to the North Island and then drove all over the South Island. I took pictures of steampunk and tea and parasols wherever I went. There were crazy new foods to discover as well as a bit of shopping and a great deal of reading.

Land of the long white cloud indeed!

I’m busy with acclimatization and reviewing all my photos and notes. I shall report in to you on my convention shenanigans in Rotorura with Pip and Tee and too much cider. I will tell you about a steampunk cafe and a statue of Queen Victoria in Christchurch and the Steampunk HQ in Oamaru. There may be something on seal pups in waterfalls, glacially carved topography, rainbows, and tea menus, not to mention parasols and pavlovas. I shall endeavor to relay much of it to you over the next few weeks, including some new book recommendations.

Store in Auckland that’s basically my motto in life.

The AB and myself did consider that we might have to move to NZ as, so far, it’s the only nation in which we traveled together where tea (Gail) and coffee (AB) are up to our respective standards. Also, major props for clearly considering breakfast the most worthwhile meal of the day. I could say much on the food but I simply did some Yelp reviews instead, this isn’t a food blog after all. All I shall say here is… yum.

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Greymouth parasol spotted on side of building.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Taken at the Art Museum in Auckland

 

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

In New Zealand British Marmite is Mighty (and New Zealand Marmite has sugar in it)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Word Detective ~ Runcible spoon

Book News:
Nalini Haynes of Dark Matter Zine says of Prudence: “Gail Carriger continues her steampunk comedic adventure series spiced with romance and she does it well. Imagine Jane Austen writing a 19th century romp for a 21st century audience, complete with vampires, werewolves, and sexytimes in the near future. Prudence is not to be missed.”

Quote of the Day:
“The matronly old houses seemed to wear the lush foliage of the street’s many oaks and maples like fir stoles.” (John Shirley, Wet Bones, 1993)
~ Ansible (In Typo Veritas)

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