First, Gentle Reader, some weekly minutia.
Alexia on the Silver Screen: The Choice is Yours!
- My interview with Gail Z Martin on the Ghost in the Machine podcast has dropped. We talk about the weird time lapses experienced by writers, steampunkers, and academics all in about 15 minutes.
- I had my very first book group appearance last night. It was a real pleasure, so many smart people asking me interesting questions and some amazing food. I felt a little guilty that they didn't seem to talk much themselves, but I suppose it is hard to discuss the book with the author there. Especially when the author is as chatty as yours truly.
- A shout out from this corset site bumped up my website hits last weekend. It brought to mind a question, is a discussion of Victorian undergarments c. 1873 something my readers might be interested in? I do list corsetry among my many hobbies. Anyway, let me know if you'd like such a blog. And now I give you . . .
I liked this poll thing so much I decided to do it again, Gentle Reader. This time it's the Who Should Play Alexia poll
. In a hypothetical film based on Soulless
which will, of course, make me tons of money and allow me to buy my dream loft full of breezy decorations and beautiful furniture,
where I throw fabulous (and very well-dressed) cocktail parties and write in peace and harmony for the rest of my days, who do you think should be playing the main character of Alexia Tarabotti?
Now remember: Alexia is statuesque, curvy, of Italian extraction, slightly beaky, with a dominating personality, and a very posh British accent. She is described as tan, but that is by Victorian vampire-influenced standards, so a mild olive complexion should do nicely. She is also described as having a wide mouth, brown eyes, and dark wavy/curly hair.
So Which Actress Do You Think Should Play Alexia?
Alex Kingston (English)
Caterina Murino (Italian)
Claudia Black (Australian)
Gina Bellman (Kiwi)
Idina Menzel (American)
Laura Fraser (Scottish)
Minnie Driver (English)
Rhona Mitra (English)
Or Choose Your Own Alexia.
Now in the interest of full disclosure I should say that when I was originally coming up with the character of Alexia I very loosely based her appearance on Italian actress Sabrina Impacciator. Because I don't even know if Sabrina speaks English let alone could do the correct British accent, I'm not giving her as an option. I have similar concerns about Idina and Caterina but I'm leaving them in anyway.
Interested in casting some of the other characters? There is a discussion on the subject on the facebook Parasol Protectorate group
. Also you can pick your own cast for both Soulless
over on storycasting
. I blog about it for My Book the Movie
.Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:The hats! The hats!
Your Tisane of Smart:The Thermite kettle
Your Writerly Tinctures:How the literary agency intern reads your book proposal. Carol says
, "Sexy werewolves, flamboyant vampires, astounding dirigibles. Romance, comedy, danger. Really how could it miss? It’s definitely a fun read."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless
blurb gives away ending of Soulless
. Strange and Random Happenstance
says, "Gail Carriger has outdone herself in creating a rollicking good read, with a tighter more thrilling mystery and even more memorable characters than in her first book, Soulless."
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON
if you haven't read the other books first.Heartless
Plugging away. Due Nov 1. IH Copy done.Super Secret Project F
Under revision. Due July 1.CAKE in Space
See table of contents here
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2
available for preorder.
Quote of the Day:
"When in doubt, blow something up."
~ J. Michael Straczynski