2.10.2016

German Hardcovers ~ Cover REVEAL (sort of)


Well, Gentle Reader, I finally got around to hunting and pecking the interwebs to find my German Hardcover art.


I don't hear much from my foreign publishers as a rule, but I did hear Germany was releasing the Parasol Protectorate in hardcover, although it seems they have only done the first three.

Anyway, here they are:

Soulless

Changeless

Blameless

I rather like them. They are very different from anything else I've ever had. And I do love RED.


You can read about the original covers for the German paperbacks, my mixed feelings (although I have come around), and the dubious title changes in my original post on the subject of the German translations. Discussion of the German editions and again concerning the relation to a certain Ivy outfit in Timeless.

German readers have embraced my books, for which I am most grateful. They are the first to bring out the Parasol Protectorate in both hardcover and trade with different cover art. They also have translated the manga editions into German. Read more about foreign covers and translations of this series on my wiki.

{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Wednesday, July 1, 1846 Item ID-  v. 31, plate 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
michaelmoonsbookshop-tumblr
How sweet to revel in the world of books"
19th century illustration c1875

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopus Gets Mental Workout with Hamster Ball

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Industry Issues for Authors to Watch in 2016



PROJECT ROUND UP  




Gail Carriger's Books! 


 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Meanwhile On Facebook


Quote of the Day:
“He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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2.08.2016

Gail Carriger's Master List of Convention Packing & Attending Tips


I have a number of posts on attending conventions, Gentle Reader. I thought I would pull them together for one easy reference.

I average about 12 events a year divided between: comic cons, small SF/F conventions, large conventions, trade shows, book fairs, writing retreats, writers conferences, book tours, and their various international equivalents.

Gail's Favorite 10 Convention Commandments


I believe that these apply across the board, regardless of convention size, and pretty much whenever traveling anywhere.

1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule. At least six hours sleep, two full meals (one of them a big breakfast), and one bath.*
2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
4. Thou shalt wear layers.
5. Honor thy moderator.
6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, floss, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
8. Thou shalt follow the protocols of cosplay. (No realistic weapons, no sticky substances AKA the PB & J rule, no view obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed dimensions.)
9. Thou shalt not put a backpack on a large man. (Nothing worse than being a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding Sasquatch, particularly on planes.)
10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.

* In my case this is the 8, 3, 2 rule. I try to get at least 8 hours sleep, hence you see me heading to bed at midnight. I eat 3 full meals (you knew Alexia's obsession with food came from me, right?). And I take a shower in the morning and a bath, or at least a soak for my poor feet, in the evening.

Ply me with a drink sometime and I will tell you about the secret of the Baby Brick and how to get the right hotel... Meanwhile, let's talk packing.

How to Master Modular Packing


In addition to pockets in various suitcases, I'm a believer in keeping everything as modular as possible. I use two sets of clear with colored zipper tops, 7 different sizes. Plastic baggies work well enough. I travel enough to find something more durable endlessly useful.


Baggies
Travelon Set of 7 Packing Envelopes, Assorted Sizes $14

I like to use the largest baggie for my itinerary, magazines, and lecture notes to review on the plane. I find it works better than a folder, nothing falls out. Also it accommodates both paper sizes for international trips.

Author Convention Attending Kit








L-R, T-B = promo postcards, pens for signing all books, special cards to give away to kaffeeklatch, small notebook, name tents, newsletter sign up sheet, business cards, book covers (first in each series), kit bag.

Food Kit




At conventions often my schedule is so busy I simply have to eat snacks and leftovers out of my room fridge. My food kit includes extra mints, condiments, mini marmites (legitimately stolen when in the UK), G2 for dehydration headaches, vitamins & pills, and proper tea utensils. It only goes with me when I'm staying for a while and checking luggage. I've recently added a pocket knife to the mix, again, only for checked luggage. I've also become enamored of a Clear2Go water filtration bottle for plane travel and tea making once I land. Speaking of tea...


Tea Kit




There is the customary tea supply (14 bags, two for each day) plus about 5 raspberry leaf, creamer (I need to steal more) for emergency use only, and the water boil coil with European adapter.
 

Makeup


I have a hanging roll. I got it free with a magazine in England some 15 years ago and I will be CRUSHED when it finally dies since there doesn't seem to be anything else like it out there. I've arranged it so there are no liquids, thus I never have to worry about TSA. So far airport security has never asked me to unroll it.



I use a jewelry roll for my jewelry, no picture, it's just a cheepie from Marshalls.

Toiletries


I have three kits: long haul, on-plane, and short haul.

Baggies
  •  The black long haul stands up on its own, great for hotels, and gets wrapped in a plastic bag inside my checked luggage, so it doesn't have to be clear. The others are for carry-on.
  • The littlest one is for on-plane long flights when the long haul toiletry is already checked. It is comprised mainly of solid state products and sample products in tiny packages so it gets through security without having to be removed. But it's clear just in case. Eye drops and and chapstick are a must. Also this kit should work for at least one overnight in case of getting stranded.
  • The larger clear bag, for weekend short haul trips, does have to be taken out at security, so it's packed in the outside pocket of my carry-on for ease of access.

 Emergency Kit


Here's a blog I did on Retro Rack featuring the contents of my fashion emergency kit.


Want a more detailed break down of the contents of these kits?  Find it in this older blog post.


{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Journal des Dames Date-  Wednesday, September 1, 1847 Item ID-  v. 32, plate 59

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Watch This Octopus Attack on Snorkeler Kill with Cuteness

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Recipe: Artichoke Barigoule (1879)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Women Who Changed Sci Fi


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 



 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Feral Wordmonger says of jumping into the middle (!) of the Finishing School series:
“I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how exactly I was able to move so smoothly into the dead center of a book series like that. And all I can reckon is that I was able to follow along because the narrative moved forward just as confidently as the heroine herself.”

Quote of the Day:
“They assault and batter nothing but pianos; they steal nothing but ideas; they murder nobody except Chopin and Beethoven.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

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Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!

2.07.2016

Occasional FAQ ~ Gail Carriger's Favorite Books


Gail's Favorite Books

Want more?


{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Morning visiting dress fashion plate, June, 1820 via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
New York Public Library Digital Collections

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Dangers of Serious Writer Voice


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 



 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Etiquette & Espionage made the NYPL’s list of series to Binge On

Quote of the Day:
The fact is, Bertie, old lad, my heart is broken. I'll tell you the whole story.'
'No, I say!' I protested. But he was off.
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!