7.01.2015

Pros and Cons of Life... Gail Style


For today, Gentle Reader, here are some fun tidbits of insight into my personality. Or at least I hope it's fun...

Would try once: Exotic food
No thanks: Team sports

Too much in my life: Email
Not enough: Cherries

Fear conquered: Public speaking
Not quite there yet: Public restrooms

Risky when it comes to:
Heights
Play it safe when it comes to: Deli meat

Getting better at: Saying no
Getting worse at: Deadlines

Skill mastered: Muffins
Not quite there yet: Puff pastry

Glad it's ahead of me: Novella writing
Glad it's behind me: 80s fashion

Pay good money for: Storage solutions
Wouldn't take it even if free: Most furniture (not enough room)

Career highlight:
First time seeing my book on a shelf
Low point: B&N signing for online distribution debacle

Endlessly curious about: Packing hacks
Couldn't care less about: WWE

Always up for: Tea party
Never up for: Loud music

I feel for: Fashion struggles
No sympathy for: Slovenliness

Worth the wait: Books
No patience for: Badly behaved pets

Always cool: Dressing like a Hepburn
Never cool: Dressing like a Kardashian

Subject I won't shut up about lately: Favorite podcasts
Subject I avoid: Politics

Moment of triumph: Training cat to pee in toilet
Epic fail: Training cat to flush

Perfect day begins with: Good tea, poached eggs, tomato, spinach, and silence
And ends with: Good wine, perfectly set custard, and company


{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Tuesday, September 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 23, plate 26

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Family inherit old building and unearth amazing vintage shoe store that was locked up for decades

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Brief History of the Ferris Wheel 

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
"You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money's in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed."
~ Larry Niven


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 


 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Cannonball Read 7 says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: ***Spoiler Alert*** “...the girls from Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies are about to be thrust out into the real world. Some will fall, but I’m fairly certain that Sophronia will spread her wings and fly.”

Quote of the Day:
“Not letting go. Just adjusting grip.”
~ Six Word Memoirs

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

6.29.2015

Book Review ~ Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Uprooted was this month's book pick. It is Novik's foray into alternate fairy stories. Known for her Temeraire novels, this is a Grimm (and grim) atmospheric piece with an immersive narrative and a bewitching sense of place.


My Thoughts:

This book kept me pretty darn riveted despite considerable lack of sleep on tour, which is saying a lot. However, it does get gloomy and while there are bright splashes of humor, that certainly isn't its strongest trait. There were a few points where I got frustrated with the heroine's willful obtuseness, but that is a minor quibble. Sometimes it felt as if the Wood was more dangerous, then at other times people just wandered in unscathed, but I'm not the most careful of readers so I might have missed explanations for this discrepancy.

The book started out a bit like Beauty by Robin McKinley (one of my all time favorite retellings, right up there with Lackey's The Black Swan), but gets considerably darker and rather more violent, like some early Simon Green. When the main character heads to court there was even a feel of Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel (a favorite recent discovery of mine). In fact, that bit made me want to reread Crown Duel again... so I did (read my review of Crown Duel on Goodreads).

Anyway, Uprooted. I don't consider fairy stories particularly my Thing, such as it is, but I still very much enjoyed this one. The main characters are both extremely likeable, and the love story is sweet. I do adore a grumpy hero, of course I do, and there is a really good sex scene that is totally worth the wait. ​I liked the dichotomy of the Wood and its relationship to those living around it. As a reader, I felt (rather than was beat over the head by) the connection and love between the people who live near The Wood but also their fear of it. That sense of feeling a writer's intent is rare and I found myself savoring it. I look forward to rereading this book again and again.

Tor.com and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Naomi Novik’s recent fantasy novel, Uprooted, is being adapted to film, to be produced by Warner Bros and A Very Good Production, a prodcution company run by Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Read more at SF Signal.


{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1839 Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Sunday, September 1, 1839 Item ID-  v. 21, plate 118

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
emporioefikz-tunblr Handmade Steampunk Fan by Zeitunschaerfe      H_T Mélanie Hoppe

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."
~ Robert A. Heinlein

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 


 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Knitted Spotted Custard


Quote of the Day:


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

6.18.2015

The Scarcity of the Gail


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

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

Anita Ekberg

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

Jayne Mansfield via theniftyfifties tumblr

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

Anita Ekberg via nexiv tumblr

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


{Gail's monthly read along for June is: Uprooted by Naomi Novik}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
2013 Herring-Herring-Starkweather-Umbrellas-DESIGNSCENE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
anita-ekberg-on-her-jaguar-late-1950s

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

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Yoga for Writers


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

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

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

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