4.18.2014

Connecting with Gail ~ Insider Trading Information


It was brought home to me recently, Gentle Reader, that I have been remiss. The thing is (and there's always a thing) I reach out to you in all these different internet venues in all these different ways all the time. So from my end it feels to me like I 'm making everything known to the best of my abilities. And yet, it doesn't always work. I realized that's because I have specific methods of interaction that I know, but are a mystery to everyone else.

So I am going to break it down for you...

Do you want to know about my new releases, kickstarter projects, events, and short stories?
Then you probably want to join the Newsletter or follow my Official Facebook Author Page.
I use these venues specifically to relay only professional information. The Newsletter comes only once a month, so if you want things in a super timely manner than the Author Page on FB is for you. These two communication venues are for people who appreciate sparseness and abhor clutter. They are static, as in, you won't get much interaction from me, although I do try to make certain I check for questions regularly.


Do you want to know everything that interests me all the time, including fun images, quotes from my books, reviews and so forth as it happens?
Then you may want to follow me on Twitter or my personal Facebook Page. This is a lot of content that can be overwhelming to some people, and it moves quickly so you can miss stuff. The difference between the two is that my interactions over Twitter are faster and more consistent than on Facebook. Twitter is my mobile social media of choice, if you @gailcarriger on Twitter I will respond to you quickly. On Faebook things can go for days without my noticing, or disappear into the feed.

Do you want to contact me over a business matter? Invite me to a convention? Ask a long question? 
Please use the calling card feature on my website. Here on the blog works OK, but again my response time can be days (because I don't post every day). Facebook is the worst venue for conducting business of any kind (no easy way to track interactions) and if you use that, I'll send a form letter directing to use my contact page.


Do you want to stalk me (in a nice way, of course)?
Twitter is probably best. It's most likely to be real time me objecting to the world of airports and delayed flights, chatting about my current convention and stuff like that.
 
Do you want to be inspired by imagery?  
Then follow my Tumblr. It's lots of reblogs of pictures I like from paintings of period attire to fantasy future landscapes to custard recipes to steampunk and the occasional self image or photo of my office and my teatimes, and some of Lilliput. I love playing on Tumblr but it's just that, play time. 


Do you simply want to talk about my books (and other people's) with fellow enthusiasts? 
Then The Parasol Protectorate Facebook discussion group is best.

Are you interested in what I read and my book reviews? 
Then Goodreads is your spot. It shadows this blog and I do respond to messages and comments, but again it's slower than in other venues. However, I keep a reliable record of books I love there both genre and non-fiction and everything in between. 

Do you want to see pictures of me at events with readers and fellow authors?
Then follow my Flickr. I use it mainly for candids. The most recent 20 of which will appear on my website in the gallery section. My use of Flickr is entirely static, I don't follow back and I don't interact with anyone there.


Do you only care about the clothes I wear and the fashion that inspires me and my books?
I have a blog for that, Retro Rack. I post about what I wear to events, what people would have worn to events in the past, how to buy a corset, and soon there will be one all about the dress silhouettes in my three different series. Things like that.


Do you want cliff notes of everything?
That's what this blog is for. It may not be the best for your specific needs but it's kind of my catch all. I try to post here 3 times a week, and it is kept as up to date as possible with regards to events and releases. That said often others will break news first on Twitter since so many insiders in the Publishing Industry hang out there.


So there you have it, kind of overwhelming. But hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can expect from me in the different venues. I want to make it easy for you, so that I'm there when  you need me on the platform you find easiest. That said I think it unlikely I will be on any other platforms. This really is a lot to keep track of!


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Contestsmartbutsweet_BS

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Willow Ware Sauser Don Moyer

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Via FB

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Slinging Slang: The Case for Made-Up Words


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.


The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

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

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
All Things Rena says of Etiquette & Espionage, “Steampunk awesomesauce!... I look forward to reading a story that is original and I definitely got that here.”

Quote of the Day:
Water-Cure Journal, September 1855

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~
Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

4.16.2014

What Podcasts Do I Love? (And Some Bumbersnoot Poetry)


Lately, as it becomes more widely known what an addict I am, I am frequently asked about which podcasts I enjoy. I listen to A LOT, Gentle Reader. However, I don't think you really care about all of them, do you?

First here is a quick glimpse at: Characters with their podcast inspiration.

And now, here is a pretty comprehensive list of some of my favorites. (Podcasts are always pod fading and then I need to find new ones, so there is a constant stream of me trying something out, but these are the old work horses.)

Writing Related
Adventures in SciFi Publishing
I Should Be Writing
The Shared Desk
Writing Excuses
The History of English

Human Interest
The Moth
StoryCorps
All in the Mind
Savage Love

Academic & Educational
Freakonomics Radio
Get Fit Guy (Q&DT)
Money Girl (Q&DT)
Planet Money
The Nutrition Diva (Q&DT)

Fandom
Brass Needles
Geekson
Slice of SciFi
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal
Sword & Laser
Your Book is Why Daddy Drinks
Nerdist

Comedy
The Bugle
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
Judge John Hodgeman
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
Scotland's Funny Bits
The Smartest Man in the World
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
Geologic Podcast
International Waters

Most Missed
Survivor Guide
Stephen Fry's Podgrams
Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour
Memories of the Futurecast
Shortcomings Audio
The Perfect Ten
Radio Free Burrito

When do I find the time to listen? Well I listen when I am driving or biking, doing any kind of household task, cooking, and so forth. If I am alone and not writing I'm probably listening to a podcast. I love to get two things done at once, I feel so efficient. Podcasts are a low entry way for me to do this. I also rarely watch television, so that figures into all calculations. Also, I'm pretty cruel about it and if the subject doesn't interest me I just delete that episode. As a result, I don't listen to every cast of every pod. 


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
‘Crisp Packet’ Clutch from Luisa via Roma

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Bathtub meets sink.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
SFF Interview Swap: Elizabeth Moon interviews Rachel Bach


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.


The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

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

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
 Lalex (@LalexAndrea) Illustrated vSophronia with Bumbersnoot!


Quote of the Day:
How doth the little Bumbersnoot
Chew gayly on his coal
And sit beneath the petticoats
Through which he burns a hole.
~ Andrew Knighton (@gibbondemon) on Twitter

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

4.14.2014

Stand Alone Novels


I have a terrible confession to make, Gentle Reader, particularly coming from me. I have mentioned before the occasional disconnect between my professional life as a writer, and my much longer much less professional life as a reader. Yes, of course, the two are tied, but as some of my readers point out, what I read is often entirely different from what I write. So here I my confession:

I love stand alone novels.


No I really do. In this age of series, for which I entirely participate as a writer, I am always on the hunt for a good stand alone, as a reader. A good genre stand alone that fits my trope preferences. It can be in world, that is I don't mind if there are surrounding series or stories ~ so long as this one is packaged neatly and has a full arc. If I am satisfied at the end and no compelled to find the "next" book, that's when I think of it as a stand alone. I was lucky enough to recently have this expereicne with Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, also it was the first Steampunk novel I've read in  a long time.

Did you know I originally wrote Soulless as a stand alone? I still think you can read it that way if you want. I wasn't certain what kind of publishing house it might sell to, and I wanted to keep my options open. When Orbit bought it and wanted a series, I did a rewrite adding in threads and loose ends to tie to Changeless. I've never had the opportunity to meet and ask, but I've always privately suspected that Elizabeth Vaughan had the same thing happen with Warprize.

Sword Masters ~ Selina Rosen
By the Sword ~ Mercedes Lackey
The Hero and the Crown ~ Robin McKinley
The Raven Ring ~ Patricia C. Wrede
Daughter of the Lion ~ Jennifer Roberson
The Silvered ~ Tanya Huff
Larissa ~ Emily Davenport
Taming the Forest King ~ Caludia J. Edwards
Restoree ~ Anne McCaffrey
The Blue Sword ~ Robin McKinley
Crown Duel ~ Sherwood Smith (two novellas stuck together but I think of it as a single entity)
The Serpent's Tooth ~ Diana L. Paxton
Lord of Two Lands ~ Judith Tarr
Sorcerer's Legacy ~ Janny Wurts
Clockwork Heart ~ Dru Pagliassotti

I think my love may be a time commitment thing. I like sitting down knowing there is a firm end in sight. I appreciate the skill and tidiness of wrapping up a story in one book. Occasionally people ask me what's my favorite characteristic in another person, I always say efficiency. I guess I like it in my books too.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1832 September
Des Magasins de Mrs. Chagot freres. L'Administration est Rue du Helder, No. 25. La Mode Saturday, September 1, 1832 v. 13, plate 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
British Paintings tumblr, Arthur Rackham

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
amillionpinkbows-tumblr Sitting or Writing Room, next to Queen Alexandra’s Bedroom, Marlborough House.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Spreadsheet of Shame


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.


The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

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

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
Marine Biology has shipped!

Quote of the Day:
“There were some really funny sections such as the ritual to become a member of the Parasol Protectorate or the use of croquet skills to defeat giant mechanical monsters.”
~ Heartless reviewed by the SF Crowsnest:

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~
Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.