2.26.2010

More Help With Fashion ~ This Time for Men

Mysterious - Noir
Agenda Items:

Bloggage:

In line with my recent rant on proper dress I thought I would talk for a moment to the men out there. Yes, you, Gentle Reader. It seems to me that men (who have fewer choices) are most likely to cop out where fashion is concerned. Some men have a particular fear of "looking too gay." Well, I ran across these images recently and if one entirely ignores the Hugh Jackman element, let us look, for a moment, at the style, and I shall try to break down, for you, why it works.
Both these looks do something I like: they mix the expected with the unexpected. The most commonly seen variant of this juxtaposition is a nice pair of jeans, a rock t-shirt, and a suit jacked or blazer. The above images are different takes on the same general concept: AKA the very casual mixed with the very dressy. First, what doesn't work. The scuffed shoes and the hole in the t-shirt. Now, what does. Tough military-ish jacket mixed with a casual white T-shirt paired with very formal pants. It's a simple concept - like reaching into three different wardrobes. Too much military and you look like you're shipping out, too much casual and you look like a slob, too much formal and you're walking the red carpet. But a little of each? Perfect! You can take this concept and apply it in many different ways. Here's another photo shoot with some inovative styles for men.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Loving this recent Threadbanger on how to make a Pill box hat.

Your Tisane of Smart:
Bunch of information has come up recently on the fascinating Mrs. Mary Delany, particularly interesting segment on BBC's Woman's Hour.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Blake's book tour. Self may be turning up now and again.

Mostly Fiction says, "If you like humor with your vampires, ghosts in your alternate history, spinsters with superpowers in your period fiction, or werewolves in your romantic comedy, Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) is just what you’re looking for."
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell's have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives end of Soulless away so don't read if you haven't read the first book.
Blameless: Copy edits done. In the immortal words of John Malkovich it is now "beyond my control."
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next month.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Steampunk Reloaded short article: Done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working next week. Yes, this is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I'm warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
"A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water."
~ Chinese proverb

2.24.2010

Copyedits, Battenberg, and Steampunk, Oh My!

Writing by HandAh, Gentle Reader, what does this say about my personality? I arrive home from two weeks abroad clutching to my proverbial bosom the following . . .
1. A Joan Jetson meets Elvira black dress
2. A fake blond hair piece in the late Victorian style
3. Two boxes of frozen imported battenberg

I blush to admit it but there it stands.

All is madness this week, my darlings. I'm finishing up the copyedits for Book the Third, getting ready for the steampunk convention (what to wear, what to wear?), dealing with taxes, working on various secret projects, and (what was that other thing, oh yes) launching Book the Second. Woohooo!

Plus the Steampunk II anthology, Steampunk Reloaded has been announced, and there's my wife to kill and Gildor to frame for it. I'm swamped.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Good foundation piece for a steampunk outfit, lace skirt.

Your Tisane of Smart:
Pot found in Manti-LaSal thought to be several centuries old. (No not that kind of pot.)
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Really enjoyed the recent Writing Excuses podcast on anti-heros.

Book Write Ups picked up Soulless at the BEA. Which means she has one of the coveted ARCs and this to say about it, "Gail Carriger's ability to pull the reader back in time through elegant dialogue and proper mannerisms is fantastic."
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell's have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don't read if you haven't read the first book.
Blameless: Working copy edits.
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next month.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Steampunk Reloaded short article: Done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working next week. Yes, it's true. This is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I'm warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
"One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them."
~ Tobias Wolff

2.19.2010

Hot and Sexy Tips from Academic Life

Mysterious - NoirThis is a reboot of one of my favorite blogs because I am off shopping in the City!

Precision vs. accuracy in the scientific world (i.e. my world) =
Precision: Reproducibility, check by repeating measurements, poor precision results from poor technique
Accuracy: Correctness, check by using a different method, poor accuracy results from procedural or equipment flaws

Commonly Misused Latin Expressions
e.g. = exemplii gratia ="example given" or: for example
etc. = et cetera = "and other [things]" or: the like (refers to THINGS)
et al. = et alii = "and others" or: the others (most commonly refers to PEOPLE). It can also stand for et alia, "and other things" or et alibi, "and other places"
i.e. = id est = "that is" or: in other words
q.e.d. = quod erat demonstrandum = "which was to be demonstrated" often used with mathematical or philosophical proofs shown to be self evident
stet = Latin for "let it stand" not an abbreviation
viz. = videlicet = "see" or: namely (often refers to an author, as in a work or idea cited, rather than to an object as referred to when using i.e.)



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Some seriously cool new-vintage boots from Victorian Trading Company.

Your Tisane of Smart:
Alexander the Great wore fabric armor.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
For the record this is not me, but interesting none-the less: my agents talks no ARCs for you!

Word for Teens very nicely says, "I couldn't put this book down. It's funny, engaging - if I could pick my perfect book to read, it'd be this one."
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell's have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don't read if you haven't read the first book.
Blameless: Expecting copy edits soon.
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next week.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Non-fiction short: (can go up to 3000) Finished first draft.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working this week. Yes, it's true. This is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I'm warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."
~ Plato

2.17.2010

In Which Gail's Interview with Blake Charlton Gets Hijacked

Today, Gentle Reader, I am pleased to present a not-so-normal interview with my regular writing-buddy, Mr. Blake Charlton. Someday I will tell you all the story of how we met, what a lost and pathetic big-eyed innocent he was when Phran and I rescued him from the yearning maw of his first science fiction convention. Little did I know then what an infuriating (yet sometimes endearing) little piss-ant he would turn out to be. Here's a bit of advice: never feed stray fantasy authors at conventions; they'll end up sitting across from you at cafes mocking your technological incompetence and cracking bad puns for the rest of your writing life.

Gail Carriger: Right, Mr. Charlton, here we go. Do, please, try to behave.
Blake Charlton: Yes, Ma’am.
GC: You’re a medical student who’s completed his classroom years but not his clinical years. Is your proper title ‘mister’ or ‘doctor?’
BC: Mr.
GC: Except for me. I refer to you as My Personal Physician.
BC: Then I’ll refer to you as my Book 2 Romantic Plot Line Councilor.
GC: You say the sweetest things.

GC: If your brain were a vacation destination what would it look like?
BC: Venice at Carnival: crowded, festive, spiritual in purpose but celebrating creativity and the body, brightly colored, and a little—but in that good way—dirty.
GC: Pedant
BC: Guilty as charged.

GC: Naproxen, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen?
BC: Yes. Especially after a long run. Take with food though to avoid gastritis.

GC: If you were to be magically turned into an animal that had your physical traits and mannerisms, what animal would this be?
BC: A bald eagle.

(Gail suggests this may be more appropriate)


GC: Would you rather make the NY Times best seller list or win a Hugo Award?
BC: I just emailed you a copy of my student debt statement.
GC: Wow, is that your real name?
BC: Sadly, Blake Randolph Charlton it is. Despite being descended from a proud and poor family from the Louisiana bayou, we all have names that sound like aristocratic characters who were cut from an early draft of Pride and Prejudice for overly admiring Ms. Bennet’s crumpet…or something. Anyway, I narrowly avoided being named Randolph Seville Charlton III.
(GC: And here I was thinking it sounded like a porn name.)

GC: Sell your book in three words.
BC: Language comes alive!

GC: How many pairs of shoes do you own and did any of them cost over $200?
BC: Do soccer cleats, cycling shoes, hiking boots, or skis count as shoes? Otherwise, three and no.

GC: If you had to pick one book to read out of in public, not your own, what would you pick?
BC: Unless I’m reading in a bar, a book of poems by John Donne..well…actually now that I think about some of his early stuff…especially if I were in a bar.

GC: Chose your combination (no deviations): Chocolate or vanilla ice cream, on sugar or plain cone?
BC: Chocolate, plain cone.
(Gail's diagnosis: Accordingly Blake, despite what you may think at the interview’s end, is not actually insane. I have made a study of ice-cream choices, you must be very very careful of those people who choose vanilla on a plain cone.)


GC: If you came to my house, and I offered you a hot beverage, what kind would you opt for, how do you take it, and what would you drink it out of?
BC: I’d ask for a large mug of strong coffee with milk. A recent study presented at American Association for Cancer Research found that men who drank one cup of coffee a day were 60% less likely to develop prostate —
GC: Thank you very much, Mr. Charlton. That will do.
BC: Wait…wait…how did you just interrupt me? This is an emailed interview. Was it because I mentioned prosta —
GC: Mr. Charlton, I will have to ask that you restrict yourself to topics of conversation appropriate to a lady's delicate sensibilities.
BC: But it’s important men known about cancer risks. Men’s health (not the magazine) is a developing area and has a lot to learn from how advocates of women’s health educated the population about breast —

GC: All right. Moving on. The next question is “Biggest pet peeve?”
BC: ...what happens if I write “Email interviewers who interru—

GC: Right then, final question: Who (or what) is your nemesis?
BC: Well, apparently, y—

GC: And, thank you very much for stopping by, Mr. Charlton. We wish you the best of luck with Spellwright and hope —


Holy shit!1!~! that worked?
Dood! Basic HTML commands FTW!
Gail? are you gonna stop me?
like, for serious, you’re not going to interrupt me at all?
*ahem*
Prostate Cancer?
Breast Cancer?
dood! i so win!
*clears throat*
Colorectal Carcinoma
*clears throat louder*
Nasolabial Folds
there on the face by the way. the nasiolabial folds are. it’s not like I just wrote something…
nvrmnd.
anyway, yeah, i so won.
and this fits perfectly into the whole “text coming alive” thing for Spellwright! i mean it was such a switcho from what you were doing with the interrupting me.
gail?
you’re not there…like, at all?
hello?
haloooooooooooooooooooooooooooo?
it’s really not that much fun to just turn you totally off.
well, actually, it kinda is…hahahahaha!

Gail?
Oooookay
Fine.


GG: MR. CHARLTON, I SAY. I mean REALLY! That is NOT ON. In my very own blog, and everything! How could you? You will never EVER do that again or I will personally see to it you never drink another cup of that revolting beverage you call coffee! Why I OUGHT to –


well, that didn’t work out so well.
hrmmm…
oh hey, not to be totally random
but i’m going to be totally random.
i was meaning to ask you, is there a wikipedia page about you yet?
hold on, i’ll go check.
well...given that when i enter “Gail Carriger” into wikipedia, it asks me if i mean to enter “mail career” i’m guessing you don’t.
here’s a thought
bc you’re not supposed to create a wikipedia page about yourself and all
but what if I created a wiki page for you, and you created one for me
and then in the wiki page we linked to this interview as evidence of our existence
and in this interview we link to the wiki page
it’ll be like a snake swallowing its own tail
but as…like…a…webpage. okaynvrmndaboutthesnake.
but what do you think?


GC: Wouldn't that be the world snake from Celtic mythology? The ouroboros?

BC: I think you mean Gnostic mythology.
GC: Pedant.
BC: Sorry. I keep doing that.
GC: And you have this thing about not using proper punctuation. Most egregious of you. It's almost as bad as text speak or shorthand in a blog. Oh wait. BLAKE! ARGH! ...
In any case, I like the wiki idea, but isn't there some kind of authentication process to become a contributor? I don't think you and I are authentic. Isn't that something readers should do?

BC: Sure, whatever we made would be deleted, but for a few days it could be quite hilarious. We could write humorous bio’s for each other linking to various absurd things and and and…
GC: Really, I think this would be best left to fans.
BC: Says the author who has fans.
GC: Can’t be helped.
BC: Cute.
GC: In any case, we should be ending this interview sometime soon. You, being such a one for self-referential puns, might be able to wrap up this interview with some kind of play on the Oroboros. “Come see Gail and Blake go head to head, or eat each other’s tails, at SF in SF April 17.
BC: Eat each others tails or tales?
GC: I’m trying to figure out if your being witty or extraordinarily dyslexic.
BC: I strive, when not in the hospital, to always be both.
GC: Well dear, everyone has to have goals in life, I suppose. So shall we go on to make a play on the tale versus tail?
BC: The Taming of the Shrew, act two, scene one, lines 207 to 214.
GC: Wait, which one of us is the shrew? And when I look that up, will I develop the overpowering urge to beat you about the head and face with my designer handbag?
BC: Without a doubt.
GC: Then I’ll put a brick into said handbag.
BC: Oh…um…well thank you so much for having me on your blog for –
GC: Don’t even try to play gracious interviewee ending this interview as though it were all your idea. We’re going to settle this April 17th at SF in SF.
BC: I’ll put the Emergency Department on notice.
GC: Why bother, you're a doctor, aren't you?

Blake Charlton's book, Spellwright, comes out from Tor on March 2, 2010. It's almost as tongue-in-cheek as he is.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Amazing steampunk insects.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Panoramic Garden

Your Writerly Tinctures:
Just to give some of my wanna-be-writer peeps out there some hope. My blog entry from 3 years ago all about collecting rejection letters.

Rex Robot Reviews Soulless. "Soulless by Gail Carriger was anything but soulless. It is a mixture of everything and I fell head over heels for it."
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell's have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don't read if you haven't read the first book.
Blameless: Done, happy dance.
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused. Must ping agent.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters by end of the month.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Non-fiction short: (can go up to 3000) Finished first draft.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working this week. Yes, it's true. This is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I'm warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
"Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath."
~ Michael Caine

2.13.2010

Extra Blog for Valentines Day



In honor of Valentines Day Octopus Sex!


And Zombie romance!

And that's all for now. Pip pip!



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Adorable steampunkish Vivianne Westwood socks.

Your Tisane of Smart:
The First Semester of Spanish Love Song

Your Writerly Tinctures:
How to Write a Sex Scene

Dirty Sexy Books says nice things about my book (neither dirty nor sexy, but hay). "The one thing I was not prepared to find was a superbly crafted romance. I had assumed this was an excellent fantasy just based on the ratings, but the romance between Alexia and Conall Maccon came as a wonderful surprise."
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell's have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don't read if you haven't read the first book.
Blameless: Done, happy dance.
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next week.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Non-fiction short: (can go up to 3000) Finished first draft.
Not so secret fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) Working this week. Yes, it's true. This is for the Mammouth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first. I'm warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
~ Oscar Wilde