5.27.2009

Choosing an Outfit or How to Manipulate with Fashion

Hesitation - Shoe Fix

Today, amongst other things, I'm packing for the BEA. I thought I'd give you, Gentle Reader, a peek into the machinations of my manipulative little mind so you could see why I pick the attire I pick.

Friday I'm on and off hosting tea at Orbit's booth plus meeting various important people. I'm under starters orders from Alex to dress the part - as if there were any doubt. Here is what I chose to wear, followed by the far more interesting why I chose to wear it.

  • Red Dress - red is power color, it encourages trust and respect, this particular shade is also very strong - one that others rarely have the courage to wear, so it makes a girl stand out in a crowd.
  • Vintage Pearl Necklace (& earrings) - having interest close to the face, like a unique necklace or crazy earrings, gives people a good conversation opener "my, what a lovely necklace" thus making one more approachable, it's good to remember that this goes both ways.
  • Octopus broach - see above, in addition this piece reflects on my book, Soulless is riddled with evil octopuses and there is an octopus on the spine of the book cover. It was a gift from the Best Dressed Press (my normal convention companion); Locus isn't going to the BEA this year, but seeing the broach will make me feel like she is there, supporting me.
  • Cream Gloves - yes they add to the vintage look but if one is anticipating shaking a lot of hands gloves are also sanitary, keeps a girl from catching con crud.
  • Cream Hat - it is always a good idea to have a hat to hand, even if one doesn't end up wearing it, there is always a chance hair will fall flat or misbehave, or that it will be cold. This is a great little vintage cloche that folds up small and travels well.
  • Cream Belt - matched accessories are the hallmark of the well-dressed woman, and in a pinch you have no idea how many uses a good belt has in any given situation.
  • Cream Clutch - I prefer a clutch or a small bag at a convention, good ease of mobility, and vital information is all in one place to grab if one is in a hurry. One can also gesticulate wildly with it.
  • Cream Stilettos - high heals aren't practical but they make me feel good, this particular pair is Via Spiga vintage inspired and very detailed and surprisingly comfortable. Having interesting shoes is another great point of interest to get conversations going.
  • Red Flats - but the BEA is in a big venue, probably concrete, so I'm also bringing a cute pair of flats for distance walking. I have a great Vintage 1960’s American Tourister Tiara which will hold a pair of shoes in addition to other necessities, like back-up tea, touch-up makeup and snacks.


Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
My preferred method of transport is a matched set of this luggage - although I have the grey and black pinstripe rather than the black and red.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Fire and water reveal new archaeological dating method
Your Writerly Tinctures:
BEAtweetup

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Steampunk short: I should probably do something with this.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:
I know that hasn't changed from yesterday. I've been crazy busy with no time to write. Long plane ride tomorrow I plan on barreling through several thousand words.

Quote of the Day:
"It's only shallow people that do not judge by appearances."
~ Oscar Wilde

5.26.2009

Gail's Convention Necessities Packing List

I have been sadly remiss in my journaling duties, Gentle Reader, but there have been Things Afoot. This last weekend was my final convention incognito, as it were. From here on out, and hopefully after BEA, I should be Recognizable as Gail. Still, it would appear I am already adapting to life as a professional writer since I spent the majority of this last convention at the bar.

It begins.

Having just returned from one event, I am already squirreling about packing for the next. I depart inexcusably early on Thursday morning, which leaves only two days to coordinate such necessities as hair appointments and visits to the nail salon. I must say I have no idea how chronic wanderers like Mr. Jay Lake cope with constant travel. Then again I suspect he does so with far fewer pairs of shoes, and less frequent visits to said nail salon. Of course, I am not unused to globetrotting, I am simply accustomed to doing so for considerably longer stretches of time. The beauty of being an archaeologist is one goes to a foreign destination – and then stays there until exhausted by it. The Armenian Lovers are very tolerant of my travel idiosyncrasies and are even providing ground transportation at 4 AM. This may be one of the finest definitions of True Love.

Tomorrow, I thought I would pontificate on clothing choices for meeting ones Adoring Public, but today I give you a peek into Gail's Convention Necessities Packing List.

Ta da!
  • Emergency tea bags (6) - in case hotel does not respect tea as it ought
  • Emergency marmite (2) - in case hotel does not respect breakfast as it ought
  • Tiny Tabasco sauce - just in case
  • Olympus Digital Voice Recorder - for emergency podcasting purposes
  • Pen (gold) & tiny pad of paper (green)
  • Small sewing kit - vintage dresses require constant vigilance
  • Blister Band-Aids & shoe inserts - feet wearing stilettos also require maintenance
  • Makeup & perfume - because I take being presentable seriously
  • Emergency kit - includes a USB flash drive, 8 bobby pins, 3 Advil, backup lipstick & gold eye shadow – odd what I consider "emergency"
  • Digital camera - which I probably won't use but I always lug around anyway
  • Other vitals - hair fixer, curl clips, curling iron, toiletries, glasses, invitations, reservation tickets, ankle braces, retractable badge clip & ear plugs
I am in deep contemplation over logic of bringing computer on this particular trip. One there, it looks like I'll be rather busy with little time to write but there is a very long plane ride. However, my battery is on a slow decline and I only get an hour or so out of it these days. (Why, oh why, has apple not yet given me my iPhone + robot arm + projected keyboard?)

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Gnomes infiltrate RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Your Tisane of Smart:
Photos from the Cassini-Huyeens Mission to Saturn and its moons, all are in the public domain.

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Nothing to report because, very annoyingly, no one turned up for the SFWA meeting. Grumble.

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2, with agent.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Steampunk short: I should probably do something with this.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:

Quote of the Day:
"A man’s sole is in peril when his feet are hurting."
~ Tad Williams

5.20.2009

Writing by Hand Opera Singers and Other Internet Failures

Writing by Hand

My characters are currently swanning about Europe in Book the Third. No, I'm not going to tell you more. Except that there are opera singers involved and I have been derailed for most of the afternoon by trying to come up with a suitably pompous mode of address for an opera singer. Lady Such-and-such doesn't work. I rather like Donna So-and-so, for its Italian leanings, but it is still not quite what I am after. My Daniel Deronda DVD, possibly useful under these circumstances, has gone missing. Adelina Patii came up in several searches, now there's a wonderful name (and coincidentally the first name is shared by my new eyebrow specialist). This is where the internet fails me, Gentle Reader, when I am simply not quite sure what I want it to give me. I suspect I shall have to consult the hive mind.

In other news my first podcast interview is up and available. The lovely Chris Fisher interviewed me and it's graciously hosted by Steampod! Weee!



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
What happened to the days when you could buy cute little suits with matching hats? I never lived those days, but I miss them anyway.Your Tisane of Smart:
New book on my radar. Knitting and Tea! What a wonderful title.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Dorchester Publishing Editor Leah Hultenschmidt writes in her blog, Romantic Reads, about a Marketing Timeline great basic advice. On a side not she says Soulless sounds like "Mary Poppins meets The Golden Compass meets Underworld" which is oddly accurate.

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Steampunk short: I should probably do something with this.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:

Quote of the Day:
"Brussels sprouts are like fetal cabbages."
~ Chris Fisher

5.14.2009

In Which Gail Must Look Up 7 Strange Things


Some odd things I've had to look up, so far, for Book the Third:
  • Species of daphne
  • The name of the knob thing at the top of a banister (finial)
  • The anatomy of a ladybug (part of the beetle family, as it turns out)
  • Actual definition of a portmanteau
Have I mentioned recently how much I enjoy being a writer?

In other news, gentle reader, I'm busily collecting public domain (or the equivalent) images of parasols on the Parasol Protectorate's Facebook page. Please feel free to contribute your photo to the madness.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
Fashion Geek how to tech up your wardrobe.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Did Random House's free online book releases affect sales?

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Steampunk short: I should probably do something with this now.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:

Quote of the Day:
"Writers, like teeth, are divided inot incisors and grinders."
~ Walter Bagehot

5.13.2009

Alexia's London: Supper May 13, 1876

Cat

Supper for Today, 1876, in a London Townhouse
  • Soup a la Cleremont - caramelized onions in veal consomm√© served over crumbled French roll.
  • Hashed Heart - simmered (but not boiled) in a beef gravy
  • Spring Cabbage - boiled in salt water
  • Cranberry Tart and Cream

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
A steampunk iPhone case posted over on Steam Fashion by [info]lilibat .

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin is this month's Orbit $1 offering with Lilith Saintcrow coming up soon!

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Steampunk short: Out with Gamma.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:

Quote of the Day:
"I don't think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we're stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians."
~ Pat McNelis

5.11.2009

In Which We Deviate from Writing to Fashion – These Things Happen


This is a pretty photo heavy post, tied to my recent report for the Brass Needles Podcast.

And here are some sweaters in my personal collection showing some of the simple details that can be added to a knit to make it look more vintage.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Fashion is Danger - Flight of the Conchords
Your Tisane of Smart:
Recent fit of unexpected folding saw self and the Armenian Lovers turning a little felt military hat, like so . . .

into a 1950's retro number, like so . . .
(Will add netting later.)
Your Writerly Tinctures:
7 Unnecessary Science Fiction Worldbuilding Details from Galaxy Express

CAKE in Space: Finished Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Steampunk short: Out with Gamma.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Blameless:

Quote of the Day:
"It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearance."
~ Oscar Wilde