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My Biggest Gripes with Austen Movies (Miss Gail Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Generally speaking, Gentle Reader, when times are tough I watch Austen movies. I know, I know, but we all have our visual comfort food.

Austen Movie Sins Promo Blog Post

I don’t like to be negative here on the blog, but I figure taking sublime umbrage in a Jane Austen movie adaptation ranks pretty low on the totem poll of putting negativity out into the world. Still, if you come here for all things positive, best to skip this post.

Still with me?

For the purposes of this discussion I’m going to talk about only those movies and miniseries produced in the last 20 years.

I have plenty of gripes with the 1970s BBC series of adaptations, but those party stem from being made the 1970s, just as it would for some of the 1950s and earlier black & white productions.

All of these, then, I tend to think of as period pieces, both in and of themselves, and representing the aesthetic and directorial style of he time in which they were made. As such, I hold them to different standards.

So without further adoo…

Gail’s Biggest Pet Peeves in Austen Movies

Okay then, let’s talk things about Austen adaptations that bother me.

Hair Sins Austen Wear it Up

A Lady’s Hair Is WORN UP

For goodness sake. There is absolutely no excuse of any grown female character in an Austen movie to have her hair down and loose. Under no circumstances, outside of the bedroom, would this have been acceptable. Even young girls would have had it plaited or tied with ribbon, or treated in some way.

We are talking Austen characters here, basically tradeswomen and higher ranked. THE HAIR WOULD BE UP.  It is absolutely unacceptable in a period piece to break this society regulation. It’s upsetting to watch, breaks the suspension of disbelief, and instantly modernizes a character.

It’s like being at the Renaissance Faire and seeings someone in full proper garb… wearing sun glasses.

Sanditon hair ARGH

Sanditon is doubly egregious in this manner, her hair cut and styling are entirely modern, plus she is at a very windy beach half the time, where any normal human with long hair would tie it back, doesn’t even matter if it’s period or not. The director’s choice in this matter is unforgivable.

Billie Mansfield Park Austen Half Back Hair

Billie Piper’s half-back atrocity in Mansfield Park, and Jemima Rooper’s ultra modern bob in Lost in Austen, I’m assuming have something to do with the actress weighing in on brand image. (And yes, I get that Lost in Austen is portal fantasy, but if she’s putting on the period dresses she should put up her mother-fing-hair!)

Lost Austen Modern Bob

Incidentally, Gwyneth’s Emma is a bit too severely scraped back into a bun, she looks like a ballet dancer half the time. And I can’t stand even thinking about Kiera’s neck bangs in Pride & Prejudice.

Regency Hairstyles Jane Austen

What I expected?

At the very least: parted in the middle, curls at the side of the face, bun directly at the back or slightly higher up. Yes they got more elaborate than this, but this is the basic. Here’s a historical article on the subject. The 1995 Pride & Prejudice mini series does a decent job with the hair.

Glove SIns Austen

Ladies Wore Gloves In Public!

This is a harder one to spot in movies, but generally speaking, ladies and gentlemen of a certain class (or aspiring to that class) wore gloves in public for everything BUT eating. So sitting down at a meal, or eating from the buffet at a ball = no gloves. Otherwise, dancing, walking, socializing, visiting = GLOVES!

Pride and Prejudice Kiera Darcy No Gloves Ball Austen

In the Keira Pride & Prejudice movie she and Darcy are not wearing gloves at their dance, neither are Anne and her men in Becoming Jane.

Becoming Jane Austen Dancing No Gloves

The most recent Emma (2020) committed this offense in both directions. First Anya is dancing without gloves in “that scene.” Second she eats a strawberry with her gloves on. Sigh.

Gloves Eating Austen Emma

You need only watch Under the Greenwood Tree (Victorian later period, but still about the gloves) for the sexiest no gloves scene ever filmed. They are washing their hands and it’s practically a sex scene.

Not wearing gloves is a serious business. And I get that’s what the director is alluding to in 2020 Emma, but still, there is no excuse for her not to be wearing gloves at a ball! I mean they made special gloves exactly for balls!

Jane Austen Society Gloves

What I expected?

Gloves. I expected to see gloves. On ladies and gentlemen!

“I was very lucky in my gloves–got them at the first shop I went to…and gave only four shillings for them; upon hearing which everybody at Chawton will be hoping and predicting that they cannot be good for anything, and their worth certainly remains to be proved; but I think they look very well.”

~ Jane Austen, 1813

So those are my big ones, what are some of yours? Anything you peeve about in Austen movies?

Yours (destined to die on the tiniest of hills),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!

Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger Free Download

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.

It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Shoes Before Corset

Writerly Tincture 

5 Bookish Ways To Stay Connected Amidst Quarantine

NaNoWriMo is doing StayHomeWriMo

Book Nibble 

The first lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing.

The Austen character that I, Gail, most identify with…

Gail Carriger Austen Characters Catherine du Burg Lady Susan Fanny Price

Quote to Sip 


All About Meat Cute, Producing Audiobooks, Word Counts Fueled by CAKE & More (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

In this video, Gentle Reader:

Why did I write Meat Cute at all? I admit to teas I don’t like. Plus a big confession about Defy or Defend. (DON’T TELL!)

LINKS OF INTEREST

Meat Cute in digital format is out Feb 16, 2020!

Meat Cute Audio is out NOW can be purchased directly from me.

Meat Cute in print is in Fan Service, why only there in print? Too short.

Reticence in trade paperback to the USA!

Writing right now? The Enforcer Enigma

The Heroine’s Journey non-fiction (??) merph.

Defy or Defend (Dimity’s Book) cover art coming to the next Chirrup. Also TEA THEMED goodiebox!

Goodiebox How to Marry Tea for Two

AUDIOBOOKS

How they come to be, my process, why they take so much longer than other editions. Picking a narrator? Can’t Moira do them all?

Want a whole lot more info about audio.

Here’s a sample of Emma’s narration:

Emma Newman my narrator is ALSO an author herself. She’s great AND she narrates her own books.

Listen to the alien dialect that Michael Lesley came up with for Tris in The 5th Gender in this sample:

 

Kirt Graves narrates the San Andreas books & mispronounces Marin (as it turns out) East Coast action:

BOOK CHAT

Nicole asked for POC fluff suggestions, so if you have them bring ’em on!

I scrabbled about the fuzzy noggin can came up with: Nikki Woolfolk (in general) but specifically her: Mise en Death

List from Book Riot (includes both POC & Queer): 28 Romance Novellas You Should Check Out Immediately

Here’s my: Further Fiction Reading: Gender Fluidity & Varied Sexual Identities

This is where I sit to do my lives…

Gail Carriger Office Book Nook Grey

OTHER STUFF

Necklace if from etsy vendor Hibernacula.

Vintage glasses, I think here.

Researching London in Victorian times?

Here’s photo evidence of one of the MANY cakes I ate while on retreat…

Mousse Sponge Cake Berry Pink Purple Tan Grass Valley

Yours having fun with video,

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

OUT NOW!

In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput Obey Me Chair Cat Sunbeam

Writerly Tincture 

Beating Writer’s Block

Book Nibble 

Fan Service Lettered Edition Box Tray Red Burgundy

Quote to Sip 


Tour of the New Office + Writing Q&A (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dearest Gentle Reader,

Some of you have been waiting a while for this one!

Finally a tour of my new office digs! This is my last Live Q&A of the year. Don’t worry more coming in January!

The Video!

OFFICE TOUR!

Office Bookshelf Antique Desk Tentacle Stencil

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Moving Offices

  1. Do you stick to a specific regime, or are you a chaotic mover?
  2. Was purging stuff hard for you?
  3. Does it FEEL different writing here? Does the environment change your mindset?
  4. Did it take you long to adjust to the new place? Feeling like you’re home?
  5. Do you do anything to make your new place *smell* right as well as looking right, to settle in?
  6. Will the kitty come visit the new office?

Act of Writing

  • What do you do to stay limber while writing all day? (Wrist braces.)
  • Do you do anything else while writing? Music?
  • Did you enjoy the Heroine’s Journey‘s process? How did it compare to the fiction?
  • How do you stay focused while writing with other people?

Working On Now

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

Working On Next

  • Who is the next San Andreas book about?
  • Did that poll influence the next projects you have planned? (The poll in question.)
  • What is the the most “out there” project you want to do?
  • Do you have any more books geared toward 12-14 year olds coming out? Stephanie Burgis writes middle grade so I don’t have to. Gail does have one middle grade! Fairy Debt

Fairy Debt free PDF

Random!

RTW Feather Wreath Octopus Decoration Christmas Romancing the Werwolf Gail Carriger

Other Things Mentioned

Office Sitting and Book Nook

Yours (enjoying a fabulous new office),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

Meat Cute: The Hedgehog Incident featuring Alexia & Conall’s first encounter!

Meat Cute The Hedgehog Incident Gail Carriger Free Download

PREORDER NOW!

In this short story Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a dull London party, until the new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lilliput Cat Bow Tie Formal Wear Front Facing Stoool

Lilliput doing dapper December, Madame Lefoux style.

Writerly Tincture 

Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer

Book Nibble 

Lost in a Good Book says of Soulless:

“The pure joy of this is not even these supernatural creatures, it is Carriger’s storytelling ability and her way with words and dialogue.”

Quote to Sip 

“Grammar is a flexible thing, especially where commas are concerned.”

~ Gail when her copy editors disagree


Gail Carriger & Madame Askew Talk Tea (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Miss Gail Welcomes Madame Askew for her very first Co-live!

I hope you enjoy this, Gentle Reader, we dive deep into TEA!

Links you might want after watching this!

Apparently you drink oolong 2x, with two rounds of water.

They confess to which teas they like or don’t like and how the judge a tea house.

Hints are dropped about Miss Gail and soggy biscuits.

Gail’s opinion on time travel.

The ladies compare teas to whiskey and dead bog people, then compare authors to teas.

Pairing sweets with tea

Emotional feelings about pink and purple.

Yours (destined to be killed by too much tea),

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870s Japan via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr parasol photo

1870s, Japan via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tree Skirt Cape

Store say’s “tree skirt” I say CAPE!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast on Clever Creatures talks a bunch about the octopus!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How To Be A Professional Author And Not Die Screaming And Starving In A Lightless Abyss

Book News:

Gail Carriger Steampunk Red VIntage Spines Baedeker Travel Guides

Quote of the Day:

“I comfort myself with the reflection that your wife will possibly be able to curb your desire – I admit, a natural one for the most part – to exterminate your fellows.”

~ Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


My Octopus Collection! (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Just a little video for you today Gentle Reader, as I begin the arduous process of shutting down my old office and the fun of decorating my new one.

Here I am talking about my octopus collection… So many tentacles!

I also have an octopus Pinterest board.

Hope you are having a lovely octopus-filled day!

Yours (surrounded by tentacles),

Miss Gail

Octopus Shelf In Office

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Day dress, 1895-96 parasol striped victorian

Day dress, 1895-96 From the Cincinnati Art Museum

1894, Montreal, Canada via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Beware the Octopus Mug merch gail carriger

Octopus Mug

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How a Literary Prank Convinced Germany That ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Was Real

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Gender and the Hugo Awards, by the Numbers

Book News:

Eliza Dana Sophronia Finishing School Cosplay Baraclegoose Hay Trifle

The amazing Dana as Eliza the Maid from Etiquette & Espionage carrying Mrs Barnaclegoose’s trifle covered bonnet.

Quote of the Day:

“Fair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have encountered in all my thirty-eight years!”
“You can’t think how deeply flattered I am!” she assured him. “I daresay my head would be quite turned if I didn’t suspect that amongst so many a dozen or so may have slipped from your memory.”

~ Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Miss Gail’s Scariest Author Stories, Happy Halloween! (Video Q&A with Gail Carriger)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For Halloween this year, I did this video telling some of my scariest author stories, Gentle Reader.

Shiver in horror as I reveal the worst book tour ever, disastrous adventures in airport bathrooms, being orphaned, abandoned, stranded, and that time when hundreds of books went missing.

Are you ready for the fear and terror?

Well, tea will help you cope, of course. Although… did it help me? Watch to find out!

Author Horror Stories with Gail Carriger

The blog post about those signed editions going missing is here.

Unscrewing the Bumbersnoot ~ In which Flywaymen Hijack Waistcoats & Weaponry Signed Editions (The Missing 500)

And the video of the Spy Museum event that I did the day after I cried my little heart out is here:

Yours (destined to die on book tour),

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Gail Carriger Gold Parasol Circus Waist Cinch Swiss Waist Dark Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Mirror Teacups

My two mirror teacups, the saucer image is distorted until you look at it in the reflection on the teacup.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  (A Writer Beware Selection)

Book News:

The History and Future of Audiobooks

Quote of the Day:

Perhaps cats get into boxes because they are, in fact, just like phone booths installed with cat-to-cat communication.
Hello? How’s your day going? Knock any good things off tables?
We got some nasty smelling feet round these parts, you should come visit sometime.
Well, I have been thinking about bolting. Or maybe just standing in the doorway indecisively for an hour.
Sounds fun. Well, gotta go lick my butt now.

~ Gail & AB

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Miss Gail’s Childhood Favorite Books & Research Bookshelf – Behind the Magic (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Darling Gentle Reader,

In this video I talk you through some of my favorite children’s books and how they influenced my writing. Then I show off some of my non-fiction research book collection (secondary resources). What I use, what I keeps on hand and why.

Gail Carriger’s Research & Children’s Books

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

RESEARCH BOOKS

A list of Gail’s favorite research books (available for purchase)

Gail Carriger Research Books Tips and Tricks

A selection of Gail’s favorite non-fiction and the books they influenced

Yours (figuring out what to do with all her books),

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Ladies' Companion May Parasol Teal Pink Trim Victorian

Image that influenced lesbian characters Lady Flo and Jane in Poison or Protect fromLadies’ Companion Thursday, May 1, 1862

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Strawberry Pie Tart Little House

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Random Advice That Might Save Your Life, According to Reddit

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Allusionist podcast 106: Typo Demon

Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed. Ian Chillag from Everything is Alive podcast introduces us to Titivillus, the typo demon.

Book News:

Man jailed for stealing 7,000 books from Scottish universities

Quote of the Day:

“Oh, yes, she’s unusual!” he said bitterly. “She blurts out whatever may come into her head; she tumbles from one outrageous escapade into another; she’s happier grooming horses and hobnobbing with stable-hands than going to parties; she’s impertinent; you daren’t catch her eye for fear she should start to giggle; she hasn’t any accomplishments; I never saw anyone with less dignity; she’s abominable, and damnably hot at hand, frank to a fault, and—a darling!”

~ Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Post Reticence Q&A, Future Plans, Meat Cute Release Info (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader, here’s my latest Live Q&A – Post-Reticence writing life, future plans, and more!

Gail Carriger FB LIVE! Post Reticence Fan Service Free PDF

Upcoming Projects I’m Excited About!

I talk about Meat Cute and plans for audio and digital.

The Enforcer Enigma is coming!

Heroine’s Journey non-fic.

Blog post featuring my story ideas and possible future books.

Stuff I’m Into!

I talk about my love of heights, creating Arsenic as a character, how to get me at a convention near you, my single biggest tip for aspiring writers.

Books that got shout outs!

Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business by Lynda Obst

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis + The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Ordinary Princess MM Kaye https://amzn.to/2NcMzxS

That’s all, I hope you enjoyed it!

By request (and amusement) October’s Live will be…

Horror Stories from An Author 10 Years In: Book Tours, Publishing & Missing Signed Editions! Oh my!

Yours (excited by the next Live),

Miss Gail

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  • Coop de Book for September 2019 is Still Waters by Alex Gabriel.

OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1865 The Young Ladies' Journal May 1, 1865 Parasol Orange Blue Children Victorian

The Young Ladies’ Journal Monday, May 1, 1865

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gift from the lovely Ty on Reticence’s release.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Goat-Cheese Honey Cake from Ancient Greece

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

30 Things You Should Check Off Your Book Bucket List Before 30

Book News:

Rodrigo and Anitra Tarabotti running errands for the crew in The Custard Protocol series Gail Carriger Ace Artemis Fanartist

Rodrigo and Anitra Tarabotti running errands for the crew in The Custard Protocol series by @AceArt3mis on Twitter or Ace Artemis Fanartist Tumblr

Quote of the Day:

“I really wish there was someone smarter than me around to deal with it.”
“I understand, but sometimes being a grownup means you’re all the smart you’ve got, and you just have to do your best.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Bookstore 

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Some Super Fun Reticence Stuff ~ Links & Video (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

My darling Gentle Reader,

Reticence has now been launched into the world, hooray!

Reticence Update

Here’s all the behind the scenes stuff for Reticence while you read or after you finish! I really hope you enjoy both the book and the extras.

Video About Reticence!

Questions answered while trying not to cause any spoilers. See Gail try to dodge around topics and talk in code.

More Fun Shizz to Tickle Your Fancy While I’m On Hiatus

Read The 5th Gender, because it will change the way you think about life, human interaction, and culture. Oh and it’s cute, funny, and sexy. So there!

Here’s a sample of the audiobook which is uploading and going through the quality check process…

All the Dear Lord Akeldama blog posts

All my books have been updated with special extras and behind the scenes features, just click on the book and then scroll to the bottom section.

Reviews Mean You Love Me

If you feel at all inclined, please review one of my books? Why? It’s really helpful in getting the word out and keeps me writing. It’s emotional motivation. Also it has lots of side effects in terms of offers for marketing deals from different platforms allowing me to reach even more readers.

Also, honestly? Soulless has been at 858 reviews for ages and I would SO SO SO love to crack 1000. I mean, come on, wouldn’t that be awesome? 1000 reviews?

Yours, traveling with lots to read,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol by Jackie for Erin seen at Reticence launch

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Enjoy This ‘Divorced Birds’ Subreddit

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 LGBT Book Blogs That Will Keep You Up To Date With Your Favorite Authors

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How authors make money

Book News:

Joyfully Jay says:

The 5th Gender is a really engaging story that combines humor, romance, and a little bit of mystery. The first thing that struck me here is the playful tone to the story. Fans of Carriger’s San Andreas Shifters series will recognize the style with a lot of humor and silliness amidst the more serious plot elements.”

Quote of the Day:

What is it about fuzzy socks that’s so comforting? I mean it doesn’t work with… say… fuzzy undies or a fuzzy bra.

~ Self on Twitter

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


5th Gender Special Extras: Hear Gail Read the First Scene + Q&A & Praise

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The 5th Gender was Gail’s first wide release science fiction novel (set in the same universe as Crudrat but not linked in any way).

It released on May 18, 2019

To general delight and eagerness by those who managed to find out about it.

Here’s some special extras for this book:

The Tweet that started it all…

I almost never do readings, so this is a special treat!

 

 

The actual narrator, Michal Lesley, reading a sample for this book.

In this video you’ll learn…

Why I don’t normally do readings and how I was persuaded to this one. (Blame the Group!)

What’s the greatest invention of the modern age.

What my really bad British accent sounds like.

Why writing multi genres in one book is an advantage.

Why I wear gloves to events.

On The 5th Gender Specifically

  • What inspired me to write this book and what scene came into my head first (my epiphany moment)?
  • How my writing process was different with this book.Where the emotive tentacle hair idea comes from.
  • How I came up with the idea of multiple genders. How I keep 5 distinct in my head.
  • What it’s like to vomit out a book and why it’s not always a good thing.
  • How I approached the mystery element. Sci fi? Which did I like writing more?
  • Using delicacy readers.
  • Cover model? Hair? Talk to Starla!
  • More in this universe? (The Tinkered Stars)

On Writing In General

My feelings on the different kinds of mysteries, from a writer perspective. I name some of the cozies I watched as a kid with my Popster. (The two names I forgot were: Johnathan Creek & Hetty Wainthropp Investigates)

How hard cover versions of books are challenging.

Will there be more Biffy/Lyall? Claw & Courtship.
Sophronia/Soap? Upcoming releases.

What is it about writing retreats that works so well for me? (Big confession.)

Easiest character voices for me to fall into?

How many novels do I work on at once?
What am I writing right now.
What’s coming up next? Always keep an eye on the Chirrup.

You Shall Not Write

LINKS to Stuff Mentioned

I have a complicated relationship to purple. Necklace & earrings from Etsy vendor Hibernacula

Grey lilac fascinator

Eye makeup!

  • Vamp Stamp
  • Liquid pen liner
  • White liner on bottom lash line.
  • White eye shadow, best with my kind of glasses and eye shape.

Dress from eShakti (no longer available).

Gail’s Podcast 

Yours in lavender love,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

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

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

Den of Geek says:

“While some of these dynamics may play a little more comfortably for readers familiar with category romance novels (the sex scenes here are certainly as graphic and creative as category romances strive to be), the world-building has the depth that science fiction readers crave, and the cozy mystery plot, though frequently interrupted by the other two aspects, hangs together well, hitting all the right emotional points.”

Tiny Navajo Reads says:

“This was such a sweet book! I loved it and I loved how much a culture of a society can affect how they treat those that are of greatest importance.”

Rally the Readers says:

“The 5th Gender delivers in so many ways: it’s sweet, it’s romantic, it’s funny, and most importantly, it tells a very impactful and very timely story.”

Hugh Likes Fiction says:

“…the story is charming and sexy, with delightful characters you’ll want to see more of when you get to the back cover.”

BookRiot says:

“This is a fun, funny, sexy book, and I’m so happy it exists. It hits you in the feels, makes you laugh and cry, and makes you think about matters of family, kin, and the heart.”

Every Book a Doorway says:

“I think Carriger did an excellent job of creating – and conveying – zyga as an identity; the eponymous 5th gender of the title. It’s incredibly important to Tris, the story, and his culture, and I found it deeply moving. It’s a really beautiful concept/identity, one that hearkens to the roles queer people have held in many different cultures, and especially the minor revelation of the last few pages just took my breath away.”

The Lit Bitch says:

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

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

La Mode Illustree September 3, 1870

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Sporting a boater hat, talked about on Retro Rack

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Teahouse at Koishikawa the morning after a snowfallPrint shows men and women at a teahouse looking at Mount Fuji.Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, artist

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why, Exactly, Do We Have Subtitles on Books?

Book News:

Beyond Romance says:

Soulless is the rollicking first volume of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Set in an alternative Victorian period in which vampires and werewolves have been integrated into British society, the book seamlessly melds steam punk, fantasy, humor and romance.”

Quote of the Day:

“Someone had an Emotional Support chicken on the bus today.”

~ Borderlands Books’ hilarious “Overheard in the store” April News

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


What the Book Publishing Process is Like + Fan Service Behind the Scenes (Important for Writers) Video

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy my latest video, Gentle Reader.

This one is less Q&A and more a bit of storytelling from yours truly.

For the first half I talk about how a book is birthed into the world from a traditionally established author perspective using Fan Service as a model. The second half is a regular Q&A.

FIY I misspoke when I say “no oxford comma.” I, of course, meant the opposite.

FIRST HALF

After the book is written, what next?

  1. The options cause: What does it mean? How do authors act because of it and their contract?
    Meaning of “under option” “not activating option” etc.. and why a broad/open/wide option is bad and a tight/narrow/restricted option is good.
  2. How authors are paid by a publisher: in 3 installments on signing, delivery & acceptance (D&A), and on publication (on-pub)
  3. What happens after the manuscript is delivered to an editor.
  4. Difference between an editor at a traditional publishing house and a developmental editor (or dev edit) as hired by an indie/self published author.
  5. How the language around editors is different between traditional and self publishers.
  6. How a dev edit difference from other types of editing. (Why we moved to Word at this juncture. UGH.)
  7. When a book “goes into production” or is “put into production.”
  8. What the copy edit process is like. (AKA line edit) And do they have a sense of humor?
    Style sheets. House rules.
  9. What a proof pass is like.
  10. What is an ARC? Why produce one? How is it different from the finished product? Using Fan Service as a demo.

Questions answered pertaining to the traditional publishing process:

  • How do beta (and alpha) readers fit into this? Can a good beta take the place of a developmental editor?
  • How to separate yourself from your work, so you can better edit yourself. Using tech and using emotions. Gail offers tips: audio pass, changing fonts etc…
  • Does Gail have advice for new authors? Try her Resources page
  • Quick chat about author copies of published print books.

Here is what the ARC of Prudence looked like.

Prudence finished hard cover on the left and the ARC on the right.

The actual release was a hard cover.

SECOND HALF

Other Fun Stuff

Gail shows you difference between a numbered Limited hard cover editions from Subterranean and a Lettered boxed edition.

Gail shows you exactly how long the Meat Cute (AKA The Hedgehog Incident) is…

Gail shouts out her local RWA chapter (San Francisco RWA)

Hints at future video.

Brief chat on poly characters and covers

Does Gail ever hate her characters?

Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse Wikia (AKA world bible)

Possibly Meat Cute at the very end of the year. Only maybe. We will see how I feel. (Big leak on who’s reading it.) How long will it be? It’s a little over 9,000 words so the same length as The Curious Case

The turban Gail is wearing can be found here: (the broach is her own)

Gail ends with her mind being BLOWN by how the German’s treat titles.

Audiobooks Coming Out This Year

The Omega Objection

The 5th Gender

Competence to the UK… maybe?

Reticence to the USA, yes in August. To the UK? Who knows.

 

If you have things you’d like Gail to cover in depth (as she did with trad publishing) please leave a comment with the subject you’d like covered. Already on the list: Gail’s self publishing book birth journey.

 

I hope you enjoyed this video!

Yours, live and in color,

Miss Gail

 

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

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

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Date May, 1877

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

How to Throw a Fabulous Book Party

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Surprising Reading Habits of Millennials

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What are the Romance Subgenres? (And How to Pick One)

Book News:

Mayor of Baltimore Resigns After City Vendors Spent Hundreds of Thousands Buying Her Books, And Then Were Awarded Contracts Worth Millions

Quote of the Day:

Writing a book is like making stock:

  1. Boil carcass until something useful comes out.
  2. Skim the fat.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Forget about it for months.
  5. Turn into something edible or throw it away.

~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger


Gail Discusses The 5th Gender, Tea Hijinks, & Why Write Explicit Sex Scenes? (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I get real honest and rather deep at points during this video. So you have been warned.

We range quite widely but here’s some of what I talk about…

The 5th Gender!

Link to preorder plus blurb etc…

When will the audiobook be out? Is it a stand alone? What’s the POV? How explicit is is and why?

Hints about what “emotively sexy tentacle hair” means.

How does it connect to Crudrat? And will there be more?

Book Covers: (Time Stamp 12:00 in)

Gail covers, in great detail how she goes about picking a book cover. The kind of thought process plus how hard it was moving to science fiction. She talks in depth about the 5th Gender’s cover and the two she rejected before they ended up with this one. Why she chose this image, the tentacles, and the background and the font. Plus the photo manipulation Starla went through to get it right.

Lilliput Mocks the Cover

She also talks about picking the models and images for the Parasolverse novellas and the San Andreas Shifter series. Spine colors. And font choices and much more.

Her cover designer is the amazing Starla.

Dark Garden Corsets 

Tea & Food

Gail tells two funny stories about her mother and tea, one involving a phone and the other an earthquake. And then gives some sage advice for all to learn from these stories.

What tea Gail drinks? Twining’s 1706 Strong Breakfast 

Gail’s thoughts on fruity black teas, black current flavoring, and spicy food, oh my!

Gail makes a TERRIBLE CONFESSION about coffee.

Random Questions Answered

  • How to decide on the explicitness (heat level) of a story? 29:50
  • Also why Gail writes sex scenes and why she thinks they are important. There might be a bit of a soap box about proper education of girls.
  • Will there be witches?
  • What does Gail love most about Percy as a character?
  • What’s Madame Lefoux’s astrological sign?
  • Gail’s non fiction on the Heroine’s Journey
  • Gail explains why there are so few comedies in Steampunk or Sci fi.
  • You should read TJ Klune’s Lightning Struck Heart 
  • Gail’s up coming events.

The Outfit!

Vintage 1940s dress, vintage boater hat (probably 1960s), vintage costume earrings, lipstick is Maybelline Super Stay Matt Ink in #20 Pioneer.

Destined to be tipped over by a cat mug is here.

I hope you enjoyed this video!

Yours in purple,

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

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

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, October 31, 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Download Coloring Pages From Over 100 Museums

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report

Book News:

Lord Akeldama (vampire) pretends to be a werewolf for Alexia in the Soulless manga

Quote of the Day:

Answers Magazine 1890

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

 

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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