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Never Able to Catch Gail Carriger at Events? Check out this video of her Panel on the Parasolverse at Teslacon!

Posted by Gail Carriger

My dear gentle reader, here is the FULL video of one of my panels from my recent visit to Teslacon. This steampunk event is fabulous and well worth a visit.

The lovely Airship Ambassador is ostensibly interviewing me, but we kinda just talk about the Parasol Protectorate for 90 minutes. The audio isn’t great and there is a brief glitch while I’m telling the cover art story so that will have to wait for another day.

If you don’t often see me at a convention, this is a taste of what it’s like.

Mentioned in this video!

“I find that writing is a constant battle with exactly the same problems you’ve always had.”

~ Douglas Adams

Questions Answered

  • Yes, that’s a knitted octopus on Gail’s head.
  • First writing and trying to sell Soulless, did Gail intend a series how did it go? Troubles with Changeless.
  • Getting and agent and getting a publisher.
  • How did Soulless get its cover?
  • The inception of Lord Akeldama. Will we get more of his back story?
  • Did Gail intend the Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate character interconnection from the get go?
  • Books tours, why, how many, why stop?
  • How much feedback and contact does Gail really have with her fans.
  • How much influence did Gail have over the manga and illustrated edition? How did they come into existence? What two scenes did REM have to redraw? Why isn’t there a coloring book?
  • How to take advantage of serendipity?
  • How much input does Gail have in her audiobooks and her narrators? Will there be other versions?
  • Film option?
  • Why does Professor Lyall exist? Is he just a foil or more?
  • Werewolf back story, does Gail know how they all experience metamorphosis?
  • Which character does Gail identify with the most? How to name them?
  • Gail in England? Research, travel, and her mother.
  • How much does the author’s Archaeology background play into these books?
  • What werecreature would Gail choose?

With members of the Parasol Protectorate FB Fan Group in real life!

I hope you enjoyed this is a rare opportunity to see what I’m like on a panel.

Rare because it took most of my data to film and post and it’s kinda hard to get the tech right.

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The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1890s Hat

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

You Don’t Always Need To Find A Smarter Room: Here’s Why

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Hackers Are Targeting Createspace Author Accounts

Book News:

Gail Chatting Panel Teslacon Fan Art

Quote of the Day:

“That’s my motto, go somewhere, fall in love with an ancient culture.. mock it in fiction.”

~ Gail reflecting on archaeology and being an author

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Resources For Victorian Food & Tea From Gail Carriger (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Let’s talk about one of my favorite things, Gentle Reader, Victorian FOOD!

Here’s all things…

Victorian Food

And here’s some fun stuff I’ve written about tea over the years…

Gail Carriger & Tea

I’m at Teslacon for the rest of this week. I hope to see some of you there.

Do please come say hello and introduce yourself. I’ll be happy to sign any books you have.

Teslacon Schedule

I have a panel on each of my steampunk book series…

And I’m hosting two high teas in the Balmoral Room! Tickets required ahead of time.

  • Friday at 2:00pm
  • Saturday at 9:30am

And I have on Victorian cooking Friday at 3:30pm in St. Paul’s Room.

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Coop de Book for November is The Omega Objection). (Discussion here.

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“Max was slouched on the steps leading up to his apartment eating a bag of gummy wolf candy,
biting the heads off with relish and staring hard at Skulls.”

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A book by any other name: why does the US change so many titles?

Book News:

Steampunk With Marketer and Writer Gail Carriger

Steampunk Inspiration: A World Tour
We asked 10 authors to suggest their top travel destinations for steampunks (Gail is on this list)

Quote of the Day:

“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life?”

~ Lauren Morrill

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


7 Things Pinterest Just Doesn’t Understand

Posted by Gail Carriger

Here are 7 Things Pinterest simply fails to understand…

  1. All periods of historical clothing are NOT created equal.
  2. Just because I like Tom Hiddleston pictures does not mean I like Loki pictures.
  3. I don’t practice witchcraft.
  4. I’m never interested in dragons. Yes that’s a pretty dragon picture… still not interested.
  5. I don’t want tips on how to travel or how to write ~ funnily enough I’m pretty good at both.
  6. I’m not getting married. I’m not going to get married. Marriage is not for me. STOP with the marriage already. Oh, now you’re just judging my life choices.
  7. GOTH DOES NOT EQUAL STEAMPUNK

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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for December is The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune.

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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 . . .

Woman with a Parasol – Henri Matisse 1905

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Teapot in an Octopus Cameo Steampunk T-Shirt

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Dear Broke Reader: Your Sense of Entitlement is Killing Me

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

What Rene Penn learned from reading Soulless:

She makes an alternative world seem believable. The novel is set in London, 1800s, where werewolves and vampires are part of British society. An unbelievable concept, but she sold me on it. She provided lots of information and tidbits about this other society–sometimes repeating them to make sure the reader’s got it. It helped bridge the gap between a far-fetched idea and magical make-believe. Nicely done.”

Quote of the Day:

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


How to Throw a Book Launch Tea Party (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader, Romancing the Werewolf is right around the corner. And it lands on a Sunday.

Do you know what that means?

High Tea!

Here’s a sample of how to throw a high tea in honor of this or any other Parasolverse book (or any other book at all, I suppose)…

Invitation

You are cordially invited to a Parasolverse High Tea. There can be no more delightful way to enjoy the season than with delicious nibbles and a fabulous cup of tea.

Please attend {name of hostess/host} at {time} on the {day} of {month} at {venue} to enjoy good food, pleasant company, and scintillating conversation.

Guests are encouraged to wear hats in honor of Ivy or Biffy, carry parasols in honor of Alexia or Prudence, or even (gasp) cross-dress in honor of Madame Lefoux. BYOI (Bring Your Own Inventions) if you are maker and would like to expose others to your scientific method in steampunk style. Vampires and werewolves welcome, with the understanding that the former will keep their fangs to themselves, and the later will dress accordingly.

We hope to enjoy the pleasure of your company.
Sincerely,
Lady/Lord/Countess/etc. {your name here}

RSVP by footman, pigeon, or aetherogram.

P.S. Do not trust the ladybugs.

1900s via steampunktendencies

Venue
If your own abode is undersized, a backyard garden is a lovely place to host tea or, barring that, a public park or lakeside aspect.

Suggested Savory Comestibles

Sandwiches

  • Cucumber liberally spread with butter or cream cheese – I like to add a dash of dill
  • Egg Salad
  • Watercress (also good with cream cheese)
  • Chicken Salad
  • Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Chutney

It is never a good idea to prepare the sandwiches too far ahead of time but if you do a clean, lightly damp dish towel spread over the arrangement will prevent them from drying out or being attacked by bugs

Other Savory Nibbles

1925 Esther Borough Johnson (British artist, 1867-1949) Tea Table in the Garden

Suggested Sweets & Puddings

The All Important Tea

Teacups

Now, if you do not own enough teacups and saucers you can encourage guest to bring their own. Ones that express individuality. This has benefits:

  1. You do not have to store them all
  2. Each guest can always identify his/her own cup
  3. Conversational openers are provided

Tea

Twinings English Breakfast Gold Label is high quality, not bitter, and hard to over brew. But it is expensive. I sometimes, sometimes, stock Earl Grey. If you want to wow your guests and you number coffee drinkers in the mix, try 1706 Strong.

Never Herbal, tisanes are for medicinal uses only.

Whole milk

Guests who require alternatives should bring such things as *shudder* skimmed milk or *double shudder* soy on their own.

Dietary Quirks

No hostess or host should ever have to suffer the peculiarities of diet in others that the modern world has foisted upon us. Eccentricity is one thing, pickiness another thing entirely. Medical dietary restrictions of an un-tea-party-like nature dictate the guest see to her own health through self-care or absence.

More on parties?

Did you know I occasionally gives away vintage teacups? Only to Chirrup members, because I love them bestest. Sign up here.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for October 2017 is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.}

OUT NOW!

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Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger will be available in digital form on Nov 5th (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.

 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1904 EnsembleGustave Beer, 1904-1905The Metropolitan Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea Masters: Jasmine tea’s many secrets

Alsace traditions and tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Bibliophile’s Guide to Finding Your Park

Book News:

Biffy YES!!!! Thank you! My victorian werewolf baby! via ace-artimis-fanartist tumblr

Quote of the Day:

“‘Yes, sir,’ said Jeeves in a low, cold voice, as if he had been bitten in the leg by a personal friend.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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

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Steampunk Worlds Fair

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I branched out from my normal color profiles at Steampunk World’s Fair this year. (As ever you can find out more about my outfits over on Retro Rack.)

For now, Gentle Reader, sufficient to say I dressed for heat, or tried to with corsets involved, and it ended up being cold. Then I added layers. So the outfits were odd meldings of attire I normally wouldn’t put together. Also I went for lighter colors, because, why not?

The Embassy Suites hotel has the most amazing atrium, a perfect setting for steampunk. Most of the time I hung out there or walked between the two hotels just watching the remarkable costumes go by and saying hello to familiar faces.

Also, one of my book covers turned up… in the flesh!

 

Pretty flipping amazing, no?

Had a truly remarkable panel on women in steampunk and the arts with Leanna Renee Hieber, Ashley Rodgers, and Nikki Woolfolk. One of the highlights of the convention for me.

But my favorite thing? Ashley’s AMAZING one woman show, Pass Fail. It was so so good. I belly laughed and then sobbed in equal measure. It’s kind of stand up, meets spoken word, meets heart-wrenching confessional. If you have the opportunity, you owe it to yourself to experience this phenomenal piece.

All in all a great convention and a joy to return. I do hope I get to go back again in a few years. Such a great con.

Want more?

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

UP NEXT

Poison or Protect audiobook coming soon! Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Twelve Victorian Era Tips on the Etiquette of Ladylike Letter Writing

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Writers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions

Book News:

A reminder Imprudence Goodreads giveaway is still going on.

Quote of the Day:

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Gail Is At Steampunk Worlds Fair

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I am off to the Steampunk World’s Fair in New Jersey this weekend!

This will be my first steampunk event as a returning guest. I am very honored and quite looking forward to it. It’s so so nice to go off to an event with a good idea of what to expect. I am a creature of habit (I attended my local con as a faithful fan girl for 15 years) so you can imagine how appealing this is.

Familiar faces! Old friends and new acquaintances.

It’s a great event. I hope it’s not quite as hot as it was last time. (Hilariously in the photos from my first year you can see my outfits get smaller and smaller and less and less layered. This year I’m bringing only lightweight stuff. I’ll have a number of outfits you’ve never seen on me before, because HEAT.)

I might just have some super fun swag to give away if you run into me at the convention, just ask!

Want more?

Can’t Make It?

I’ve a Goodreads giveaway for Imprudence going on right now. You can enter if you’d like.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

UP NEXT

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Longchamp, France Antique-Royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

What My Birthday Looked Like

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

From Teaspoons to Tea-sots: The Language of Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Women in SF&F Month: Gail Carriger

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“If the police are the Government’s right arm suppressing crime, then the Protectorate is its very powerful left arm.”

~ Roland St. J. Braddell 1921

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

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

There were some fun moments of steampunk and general Gail appeal around the town of Anchorage. I thought I’d share a few with you, Gentle Reader.

I found myself at the Red Chair Cafe, for example…

And I also tracked down the local tea house…

Yes, I did contemplate just staying in that tea house forever.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April 2017 is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 fuckyeahmodernflapper- Walking dress (Les Modes, french magazine, 1900s)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Passion for Passionfruit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

3 Amazon Reader Review Myths

Book News:

The French blog Mes Nouvelles Lectures says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“J’ai vraiment apprécié cet univers steampunk, je le trouve assez complet et je dois dire que je suis contente de retrouver l’ambiance et l’univers du protectorat de l’ombrelle, j’avais vraiment aimé le premier tome que j’avais lu : Sans âme.”

While J.L. Gribble says:

“Gail Carriger’s foray into young adult fiction is set in the familiar world of her Parasol Protectorate series, but with a bit more…everything. Which is funny, because her adult series is pretty awesomely extreme all on its own. This novel drew much more from the steampunk genre than on the supernatural in regards to plot, with more focus on fantastical mechanical creations and devices and less on the political relationships between the worlds of humans, vampires, and werewolves.”

Quote of the Day:

“The English are denonominated by the Chinese (âng-mô, red-haired people); they also dwell in the north-west corner of the ocean, very near the Dutch, whom they very much resemble in person and dress but their language and writing re different. English manufactures are very superior, while their swords and guns, and other implements, are the best in all countries to the north-west.”

~ Ong Tae Hae, A Chinaman Abroad, 1849

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Alaska Steamposium Report ~ Steampunk Outfits & More

Posted by Gail Carriger

So the Alaska Steamposium in Anchorage was a tiny but enthusiastic little con, well worth a visit if you are in the area. They treated me like royalty and I had a lovely time.

One of the things that they did was challenge the con com to dress as a Gail Carriger cover. Beatrix took this literally…

Beatrix & Gail

If you want to see more of her costume I’ll be posting a bunch of details to Retro Rack and more pictures will soon appear in the cosplay gallery on the wikia and my cosplay pinterest board.

Yes that is real dandelion fluff on a spoon. The hat was full of little inside jokes like that.

I wore my black simple outfit with the circus corset.

As you might imagine it was cold so I have undershirt and sweater on. Smaller hat (easier to pack) and so forth for a generally rather simple look. Just wait until you see what I wear to World’s Fair next month. Last time I was there it was SO HOT, that this time I am packing super light. You’ll see me in some steampunk outfits that have never debuted before.

This isn’t one of them…

{Gail’s monthly read along for April 2017 is Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman.}

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor in Audiobook. A maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900 Full mourning dress for the elderly

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Five Ways Reading Fiction Makes You Better at Your Job

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Writing Group that Works

Book News:

Barnes & Noble bringing all the books to the con.

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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12 Days Until Christmas, Finishing School Style, Plus Gift Ideas for the Gail Carriger Fan In Your Life (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

12 days until Christmas, Gentle Reader, if that’s your thing. Here is a bit of fun from the Finishing School Tumblr.

Here are 12 Gift Ideas For Gail Carriger Fans:

1. Octopus Cookie Cutter ($6).

2. Octopus necklace ($7) for any member of the OBO who doesn’t want to get a tattoo.

3. Octopus Bottle Stopper ($12) for those who prefer wine over tea.

4. 1800s Balloon Art Airship Stainless Steel ID or Cigarettes Case ($14). This is the airship design that the Flywaymen air dinghies are based off of in the Finishing School series.

Or if you’re buying for a big OBO Madame Lefoux fan, the same company makes versions of this case with octopus on the cover.

5. Lace overlay parasol (not good for rain) $13, comes in range of colors.

6. Wonderful Ocean Octopus Nightlight ($18) that I might have to buy for my office. So cute! Perhaps Quesnel had one of these while a child.


7. Stone Octopus Coaster
($25).

8. Tentacles Wall Decal Sticker ($30).

9. Lucky Ladybug Shaped Teapot ($18). For Primrose to serve tea aboard the Spotted Custard.

10. My favorite tea, Twinings 1706 Strong ($12).

11. Gail’s favorite Necklace pen  ($20). I own both and wear them constantly. Standard gel refills.

Bumbersnoot necklace
Also there is also my Zazzle shop full of Gail Carriger branded merchandise. Everything from t-shirts to mugs to buttons.
{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1921A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

1921 A young, brunette Carole Lombard. 1921 via fuckyeahmodernflapper tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It was one of those jolly, peaceful mornings that make a fellow wish he’d got a soul or something.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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.

Book News:

Backwards Compatible says of Imprudence:

“With a great mix of humour and characters, Gail Carriger has created wonderfully rich world for Rue to explore. The best part is as yet she does not know what manner of adventures await though I’m hoping Carriger does. If you are new to Steampunk then this is a great series to look into and though I always say start at the beginning, you can jump into to Imprudence and still enjoy the ride.”

Quote of the Day:

“My new supervisor was a gruff old dude who liked the fact that I was a gruff young dude.”
~ Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

(Highly recommended for fans of contemporary m/m romance.)

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Gail Carriger’s Character Names & The British Aristocracy (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I was reading Vanity Fair recently, Gentle Reader, and they had one of their swanky photo bits on this British aristocratic wedding in Suffolk (Alexander Spencer-Churchill and Scarlett Strutt).

I just glanced over the names of the wedding guests and they gave me the giggles. One of the things I get asked about a lot is how I come up with names, and all you really have to do is take inspiration from the existing ridiculous reality of the British blue blooded.

Want a sample?

  • Viscount Astor
  • Anthony Gordon Lennox
  • Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill
  • Henry Wyndham
  • Anton Bilton
  • Fritz Von Westenholz
  • Lord & Lady Bamford
  • Alice Brudenell-Bruce
  • Viscount & Viscountess Rathermere
  • Florence St. George
  • Leo Fenwick
  • Kimi Hammerstrroem

Look, all I’m saying is the comedic house party regency romance practically writes itself. At least so far as names are concerned.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 59

Magasin des Demoiselles Saturday, August 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 59

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Ghetty Tea Display

Ghetty Tea Display

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

George Sand 1865

George Sand 1865

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

ghetty-wrote-copy

Book News:

ace-artemis-fanartist-finished-imprudence-primrose-and-tasherit-are-my-newest-ship

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

Quote of the Day:

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


Con Report ~ Fun at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego

Posted by Gail Carriger

I had a wonderful time at the Gaslight Gathering in San Diego recently, Gentle Reader. I highly recommend it if you can make the trip in future. It’s a well run, entertaining, educational convention.

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I met up with fans who had driven from Tucson and Las Vegas (waves at the Entwives). And it was a very social gathering, one never feels alone in steampunk.

By Alex White

By Alan White

I really wish this con were closer to me, I would go every year if I could. It was like meeting old friends for the first time (shout out to Madame Askew and The Grand Arbiter). Tea Dueling is my new favorite sport of all time and everyone should do it everywhere forever.

It’s nice to see a long running steampunk event like Gaslight Gathering still going. You find returning friendship groups with gimmicks of their own and the con has a life of its own. Silliness abounds, like the men’s synchronized swimming event.

I brought out some new/old steampunk costumes for it, you can check them out in depth on Retro Rack.

With Dana & Tim

With Dana & Tim

I had a spectacular interview with Lauren of Sex, Please! Radio (also available as a podcast). We discussed a range of LBGTQ issues and sex positivity, something I rarely get to do and enjoyed very much. If writing Romancing the Inventor gets me into more of these kinds of discussion then I am a very lucky Authorbeast.

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I ran into various characters from Alexia…

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to Prudence…

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to the Tunstells!

gail-tunstells-smile

All-in-all Gaslight Gathering was a raucous good time.

By Alex WHite

By Alan White

And here’s proof that your’s truly is ridiculous and loves to dance. The music, by the way, was killer!

Gail & Mike Dance

Dancing with the talented Mike, photo by Alan White

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ 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 new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine Friday, July 1, 1864 v. 44, plate 16

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Friday, July 1, 1864 v. 44, plate 16

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

High-Fiving Octopuses Caught on Tape

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Killer Apps for Writers

Book News:

Stories & Sweeties says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “This series just continues to be fabulous and absolutely the most fun of any steampunk adventure I’ve ever read.”

Quote of the Day:

“We are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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Curious Case New Cover Art

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My first Parasolverse short story, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t (to Say Nothing of the Werewolf That Was and the Cat in the Jar) has new formatting and new cover art. Here it is!

Curious Case

This cover was done by the remarkable Starla Huchton, using a photo of Vincent  © Evan Butterfield. Go look at Evan’s gallery and droll!

The Blurb

A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well-preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate.

Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?

In this short story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger uses her comedic voice to delve into the history of her beloved steampunk universe.

If you have ever wondered about Alexia’s father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures, character, and romantic interests. (9000 words ~ 15 pages). First published online (2012), reprinted in The Book of the Dead (2013), and Clockwork Cairo (2016).

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You can check out my Alessandro Tarabotti character board on Pinterest.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ 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 new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Cendrillon Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 12

Cendrillon Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 12

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Amazing red and grey 1899 dress that I want to wear right now.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 of the Best SFF Romances Readers Don’t Know About

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Famous Authors’ Bad Writing Advice

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“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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