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Fictional Travel – Favorite Movies With a Strong Sense of Place

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m a pretty chronic traveler, Gentle Reader.

My parents put me on a plane by myself to the UK when I was 9. I pretty much never stopped moving after that. I’ve lived and worked overseas, as a student and as an archaeologist. Since I became a full time author I’ve travelled more, not less.

I also really love watching movies with a strong sense of place. And by that I mean my kind of movies ~ heroine’s journeys, romcoms, and queer dramas. Piper J Drake and I did a podcast on this topic for 20 Minute Delay so you can listen to our picks there as well, if you want.

Anyway as a companion piece, I thought I would concoct a list for you of some of my favorite movies that make me want to go somewhere. I’ve alphabetized by country/setting. (Incidentally, I have intentionally left LA and New York off this list. Far too much is filmed in those places.)

INDIA

Bride & Prejudice

I love this movie. I know, I know, it has issues but I have a weakness for Bollywood romances and this is take on Pride & Prejudice is directed by Gurinder Chadha! The genius who gave me one of my all time favorites: Bend it Like Beckham.

The two leads don’t have the greatest chemistry but I find everything else about Bride & Prejudice delightful.

I just want to go everywhere that they go, and no other movie has ever made me want to visit India as much as this one did. Also, I defy you not to get No Life, Without Wife stuck in your head.

Such a fun movie! It’s one of my favorite P&P adaptations, you can read about the others here:

The Great Pride & Prejudice Award Show! (Miss Carriger Recommends)

My book that visits India?

Prudence (specifically 1890s Bombay area) .

ITALY

Under the Tuscan Sun

I consider Northern Italy one of my heart homes. I excavated there in the late 90s for several summers running, near Florence. I’ve also traveled extensively throughout the country. I love the Como region in particular.

It’s the light and cadence of the language and the food of the northern parts of this country that particularly attract me. Also the vegetation and climate are similar to where I grew up in California.

Lake Como Italy in 2000 by Gail Carriger umbrella parasol

The AB and I once chatted about where we would be if we hadn’t met one another. My answer was probably living in Italy (at the time I had an EU passport). I always wanted to live and work in a place where I didn’t speak the language.

Under the Tuscan Sun was originally a book, a self-help memoir of the Eat, Pray, Love variety, but I prefer the movie. Still, as such it has serious flaws in terms of white lady syndrome, but that doesn’t stop the movie from making me yearn to return to Tuscany.

The movie is particularly evocative of the exact part of the country where I excavated and lived. It is a love letter to that part of the world. It is also a love story, if such can be said about falling in love with a different country.

I adore it because it so clearly reminds me of some of my youth as well as archaeology and my first real experience living in a non-English speaking country.

Also, in terms of movies that recommend Italy, I have to throw in the gorgeous Dangerous Beauty (about a female courtesan and famous poet in Venice late 1500s), Much Ado About Nothing, and, of course, Room with a View (for its intense worshipful look at Florence).

My book that visits Italy?

Blameless (Florence 1870s, I recommend the movie Daniel Deronda if you like this book). Yes, the Etruscan site they visit is a take on one that I worked on.

JAPAN

Spirited Away

Is it odd to have animation on this list? Not if it’s by Studio Ghibli. Many of their movies could be on this list but Spirited Away is my favorite. There is something about the evocativeness of the bath house and the spirits and the food in this one that really made me want to visit Japan. And yes, I admit it, I really just want to find soot spirits of my own.

My book that visits Japan?

Reticence (Meiji Restoration 1890s, although mostly a fictional floating lantern city).

NEW ZEALAND

The Lord of the Rings

The New Zealand tourist board did a smart thing when they embraced their identity as Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings movies. It was watching them that made me want to visit. And before you ask, yes, I visited, and I went to Hobbiton. At the time I had to sign an NDA because they were re-doing the set for the new Hobbit movie which hadn’t even been announced yet. So I can’t post the photos, but we visited. My mom cried. She read The Lord of the Rings out loud to my father when they were first married. And then to me as a child. It’s very important to her.

I also visited the glow worm caves and every hot spring and vineyard I could find, steampunk HQ, most of the coast line, and so much else.

I’ve been back twice now, both times I drove around in a caravan and to be perfectly honest, I kinda just want to live there forever.

I flipping LOVE New Zealand, I enjoy the weather, like how quiet, unpopulated, and remote it is. Remember I grew up super rural, middle of nowhere is my natural habitat.

It is the only place in the world, that I have been able to find, where the coffee is as good as the tea. It’s a flipping miracle. Their breakfasts are often UK in nature (which I LOVE). In fact, there is very little I don’t like about New Zealand, to be fair. There would be a steep learning curve on Mexican food, but I’m willing to give it a try. And if I want to truly eat Singapore isn’t that far away.

THAILAND

Until We Meet Again

For decades now, Thailand has topped the list of Asian countries I want to visit. Initially this was for one reason and one reason only: The FOOD. It has always been my favorite cuisine since I first ate Tom Kha Gai (the world’s best soup, no contest, no argument). The spice profile of Thai food is to my exact preference leaning towards bright, herbaceous, sour, and spicy. I like every vegetable in their pantheon and every protein. I have yet to meet a Thai dish I didn’t enjoy.

Then I met and fell into an enduring friendship with the amazing Piper J Drake. She’s Thai and we have discussed visiting Thailand on more than on occasion. Piper and I both travel so much we started a travel podcast together called 20 Minute Delay about traveling, often alone as a woman. Thailand comes up… a lot.

And then, oh and then, I got into Thai BL Dramas and all was lost. I specifically chose Until You Again, for this blog post.

This mini-series is available on YouTube and it features modern Thai college students plus reincarnation, lost love, so much pining, and so many obscure Thai desserts it’s like heaven in TV form. (Trigger warning for suicide and family homophobia.) Watching dramas like this one caused me to become deeply interested in the Thai spoken language.

Now I’m basically obsessed with visiting Thailand.

My books that visit Thailand?

None yet.

So those are some of my top want to visit places driven my the silver screen. What are some of yours?

Yours in motion,

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

The Enforcer Enigma, third the in San Andreas Shifters series.

TEE Enforcer Enigma SAS3 eBook

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

A werewolf without rank or hope and an enforcer who has lived too long go up against the selkie mob.

This book has a very strong sense of place too, since it is set in the part of California I grew up in.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Lotus Lilies, by American painter Charles Courtney Curran (1888). Terra Museum of American Art

Book Nibble 

Bonkers About Books says of The 5th Gender:

“I loved this book! It had everything I ever want from a sci-fi story and added in lots of lovely romance and then stirred the whole thing up with a murder mystery. With all my favourite tropes in one book, of course I loved it.”

Quote to Sip 


Gail Discusses Enforcer Enigma, Heroine’s Journey, & Tons of Gossip (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

A fun FB Live Q&A Video for you today, Gentle Reader.

I finally got some of my energy back and am a bit more upbeat than last time. The first question tackles some weighty matters and we delve in and out of the current troubling state of the book industry, but mostly I managed to keep it pretty light a chatty.

RELEVANT BOOKS

TEE Enforcer Enigma SAS3 eBook

The Enforcer Enigma

The Heroine’s Journey (preorder coming SOON to the Chirrup )

Marine Biology

ALL GAIL CARRIGER BOOKS

What’s going on with Enforcer print edition? Borderlands signed editions? And Borderlands in general? List of independent bookstores.

I also chat about upcoming Delightfully Deadly and Tinkered stars book. How I feel about traditional publishing and the publishing industry in general right now. I talk about writer lessons learned and changes as a writer over time.

Why does Changeless have a cliff hanger ending?

BOOK RELATED

The House in the Cerulean SeaBig warm hug of a book? The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Ripped Bodice (LA) – women owned and big diversity supporters

Try to order from Black-Owned Bookstores?

Coastal Magic

Gail’s Pinterest boards

Gail Carriger Comfort Reads

How did the Soulless cover come to be?

Piper J Drake call out

Donna my cover model and Geeky Teas

Belle Monde Chocolates Nikki

OTHER COOL STUFF

ON GAIL

Asian drama segue!

  • Eternal Love: Chinese epic fantasy drama on Netflix
  • Love O2O the series: Chinese romantic drama of a gamer girl and the hottest boy on campus who figures out she’s a secret gamer, in-world gaming character start the romance first, it is ADORABLE also bonus secret but clearly coded baby gay romance between nerd and hacker in second half.

BL Chinese drama rec:

  • History2: Crossing the Line (YouTube 8 eps) – Trigger warnings for glorified fighting and sub-plot of two step brothers getting together that’s pretty taboo/odd but the main romance is sweet and clean

BL Thai drama recs:

  • SOTUS: The Series (Netflix 15 eps) – Trigger warnings for hazing rituals and school sanctioned bullying.
  • Until We Meet Again (YouTube 17 eps) – SO MUCH FOOD Trigger warnings for suicide, family member homophobia, tragedy/lost love, extreme submissive tendencies

Incidentally, I dropped two massive treaties on BL dramas recently in this blog, intended to be read in order. You need passwords to read these posts, for various reasons explained in the forthcoming Chirrup. The password to them will also be provided in that August 2020 newsletter.

  1. BL Dramas Analyzed from a Writer’s Perspective: PART I
  2. BL Dramas THE LIST – What to watch? PART II

Right now I have no intention to make these completely public facing. But that might change in the future.

Okay, that’s all I got for ya!

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

The Enforcer Enigma, third the in San Andreas Shifters series.

TEE Enforcer Enigma SAS3 eBook

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

A werewolf without rank or hope and an enforcer who has lived too long go up against the selkie mob.

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Writerly Tincture 

English place-names

Book Nibble 

Quote to Sip 




Gail Talks Future Projects, Author Demigods, and Gets Emotional (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

New video Q&A for you today, Gentle Reader!

So here I am chatting about everything from Enforcer Enigma to Heroine’s Journey to other future projects. I urge you not to turn authors into demigods and delve into the philosophical weight of separating artist from art. Also I get pretty emotional at the end. So many hugs to you all.

Sorry, I’m a bit low energy in this video as I’m recovering from a bought of ick.

Links of Note

Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

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

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

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 

Lilliput supervising the live video recording. 

Writerly Tincture 

Book Signing Conversation Tips

Book Nibble 

Russian Covers Soulless Changeless

Russian Covers of Soulless & Changeless

Quote to Sip 


Gail Carriger Meets Mercedes Lackey ~ A Fangirl Story (Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader,

Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors. She is important to me as an inspiration. When I got to meet her in person I learn she’d my books and enjoyed them, I might have lost my tiny mind.

Gail Carriger Mercedes Lackey Fangirl

I still get giddy thinking about it.

Here is a short video in which I tell the story of the first time I met Mercedes Lackey. I am not the hero of this story. It is embarrassing because I was a professional author and went total fangirl. Please, enjoy my embarrassment…

So, yeah, what a fan girl I was! How much I do I owe to author/narrator Lauren Harris?

“Are we… HUGGING friends?”

I want to reiterate that what Lauren and I wanted to impress upon her was the fact that her books were so very important because they gave us a model of fantasy that included alternate sexuality. As she went to pains to point out, there were other genre authors doing this before her. But those authors were generally less accessible to young women.

Her books were/are important because in them queer wasn’t a big deal. It just was. And so when Lauren and I began to write it just was for us, too.

Normalization.

That, my darlings, is a powerful instrument of change.

Lackey Books!

Here is a short list of some of Lackey’s books that I recommend all the time:

The Last Herald Mage series

The first fantasy book I ever read with a queer main character. Warning, it’s hella sad.

The Arrows series

I think of these books as YA and I still love them so much. There’s some triggers for violence and bullying, but certainly no worse than hunger games. And since these are about be special but also about finding friends and family and making your way in the world… so good.

By the Sword 

This stand alone is probably my favorite Lackey book and if you are going to start anywhere, start with this one. It’s so good. A lady knight type character kicking ass and taking names, finding her place and her family, upsetting monarchies… you know, as you do.

Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (with Ellen Guon)

This was one of the very first books I ever read that had a poly-amorous triad at its heart. Lackey wrote urban fantasy before it was cool, and did it with her usual charm and aplomb (not to mention a few subtle jabs at various dominant cultural paradigms).  Want your elves in LA and bumming about the Renaissance Faire? Then this book if for you. The romance is very light, but still present, and this book may have the most romantic ending ever. (Read my full review on Goodreads.) (no ebook edition)

Lackey Queer by Ursula Vernon @ursulav on twitter

By the amazing Ursula Vernon @ursulav on twitter

More about my relationship with Mercedes Lackey and her work?

Queer Characters? Blame Mercedes Lackey, Behind The Supernatural Society (Special Extras)

This Is Why I Write: 10 Books That Inspired & Formed Gail’s Identity As An Author (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR!

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

Defy Gail Model Green Vintage Dress Boots Brown Square

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

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!

Tsana’s Reads says:

“I recommend the book to fans of Gail Carriger’s other supernatural Victoriana books. I also suggest it’s a pretty good place for a new reader to dip their toes in, since the book stands alone well and introduces the particular flavour of Carriger vampires (and werewolves, but less so).”

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Green Teacup Orchid Stensil square

Writerly Tincture 

On the origin of the word “blurb.”

Book Nibble 

A fun podcast interview I did with a bunch of librarians on the PLP Fiction podcast talking books.

Quote to Sip 

Quote Changeless Scottish Kilts Knees Ivy


Defy or Defend Launch Video

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

In which I read for you from my new book, Defy or Defend. Dimity’s story, Gentle Reader, here at last!

Gail Carriger FB LIVE Defy or Defend Launch Title

In this video I spend the first 15 minutes reading from Defy or Defend so you can hear what it sounds like in my head and then there’s a Q&A.

I drop some hints about the audio for this book, characters from other books making appearances, and what’s going on with Enforcer Enigma and Heroine’s Journey releases.

 

Non-fiction book suggestions?

Defy DD Tea Pastry Champagne Launch

Questions answered!

  • How many teacups are in my office?
  • How about that survey of future writing projects? Am I writing anything off of it?
  • What terrifies me about the writing process?
  • Favorite and least favorite characters to write?
  • How do I pick Beta readers?
  • Would I do a fairy tale retelling?
  • Are people reading more right now?
  • Who would I write FanFic for?

Gail Carriger Green Vintage Dress Borwn Boots Wrap Coat Turban Sun Glasses

Links & Fashion of Note

Yours (still rather frantic),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

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

Defy or Defend Best Seller Orange Flag

PICK YOUR VENDOR!

Direct from me?

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!

Rally the Readers says:

Defy or Defend was perfect from beginning to end: the romance, the mission to save the hive, the friends from other Parasolverse stories, and as always with Gail Carriger’s books, the humor!”

Upcoming Scribbles?

Gail’s Daily Tea Party

Tisane of Nifty 

Green Gail Carriger Multiple Dresses

Writerly Tincture 

Pride and Prejudice and Werewolves Tweet Quote

Book Nibble 

Lilliput DoD Defy ARC Proof Stitting Crouch

Quote to Sip 

Custard is THinker Than Blood


Silly stories of Gail the Fangirl, Bonnets and Glue Guns, Defy or Defend (Behind the Magic Video)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello my darling Gentle Reader,

Quick first update: My boxed set is on SUPER sale right now! (No idea how long this will last, I wasn’t told ahead of time and it might be a mistake.)

PP Boxed Set Sale

It is up at $6.99 for ALL 5 BOOKS (ebook USA & Canada ONLY). This is insane. I’ve never seen my publisher do this before! So take advantage while it lasts and please spread the word!

The Finishing School series is also on sale for $9.99 (ebook USA & Canada ONLY).

And now, your regularly scheduled blog post!

New video for you! More things making me happy.

Gail Carriger Blue Bonnet FB Live Pub Still

In which I confess that my only true skill in life is wielding a hot glue gun (with bonnet as proof). I tell the story of fangirling over Mercedes Lackey. “Are we… hugging friends?”

I mention my upcoming book, Defy or Defend, and give a few non-spoiler sneak peeks.

Go to Borderlands Books for a signed edition.

I talk about wisteria, playing neighborhood frogger, and my mom hilariously learning (or not) how to use video chat, and show and tell the books and tea making me happy right now.

Gail Carriger Facebook Live Lipstick Airy

Citations & Reference Links!

Rishi Masala Chai Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger Defy Or Defend FB Live Pritn Edition

Book Suggestions

 

Books That Make Me Happy (Miss Carriger Recommends Comfort Reads)

What My Set Up Looks Like

Here’s a bit from behind the scenes, the set up in my office before I start the Live video.

Office Behind the Scenes FB Live Blue Bonnet Hat Couch

Before you ask, pictured:

Yours (at least I’m trapped in style),

Miss Gail

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BOOK DE JOUR?

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

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 

1910 Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

1910 Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

Writerly Tincture 

Why We Love Untranslatable Words

Book Nibble 

An ode to… Gail Carriger

Quote to Sip 

Quote Gail Talking Romance


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!

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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!

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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

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