3.31.2010

A Peek Into Gail's Head

Today, Ladies and Gentlemen, for your discerning literary enjoyment I bring you a visual feast for the eyes, a cornucopia of delights, oh wait, that's my other blog. Instead, Gentle Reader, we have: A Peek Into Gail's Head . . .

On the right we have what Gail sees. On the left we have what Gail thinks. Bon appetite.





Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
Roller Derby for wimps like me: Derby Lite. Now when is it going to get out to California?
Your Writerly Tinctures:
An author after my own heart. Danielle Steel Is Christian Louboutin’s Best Customer.


Books at Midnight says, "Soulless was definitely not what I was expecting... but that didn’t make it any less good. I really don’t know how to describe this book: witty, adorable, fun, unique."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless.
Changeless is #400 in Amazon ranking.
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Submitted to agent.
Super Secret Project F: Completed first three chapters. Under revision next week, then to betas, then it's proposal time!
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Short article done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not-so-secret fiction short: Working on draft. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.)

Quote of the Day:
"My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success."
~ Helen Hayes

3.30.2010

Happy Bookday to Me!

CHANGELESS Book CoverThere was a long time there when I thought I would never turn one book year old, it is amazing to me that I have now turned two!

When my best friend and I were newly minted SFWA Associates (with barely qualifying short stories under our belts and much wide-eyed-innocence) we were introduced to our local SFWA chapter as the "new babies." At which the Phrannish said, rather proudly, in front of everyone, "Goo!"

So, as I am now two, I too will say "Goo!" unto you all.

When I originally wrote Soulless I did it as a kind of lark. Frustrated by lack of traction with the Unsellable Blightness of Being, I thought, "I will break all the rules with this next book because I no longer care." When an editor wanted to buy Soulless (yes, out of the slush pile!), I was thrilled but also terribly confused, because they wanted it as a series. I had written a very tidy stand alone. The Soulless you have read is far different from the original I completed just under three years ago. It's 20,000 words longer, for a start, and has threads of a series wound into it, as well as additional steampunkish elements.

Those threads were there to give Changeless legs. And because I was under contract, and paranoid about deadlines, I instantly started on the second book. I found Changeless much easier to write. Perhaps because I was more comfortable with the world. Perhaps because I had given myself a fun mystery-esk story line. Perhaps because the weight of selling was off my mind. Regardless, I am delighted to welcome her into the world. My new baby. May she make us all proud.

And now, I want my tea.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
So much win in this video

Your Tisane of Smart:
Lost Roman Codex Fragments Found in Book Binding
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Brilliant Writer Beware on first time book advances. (I participated in the Jim Hines survey mentioned in the article.)


Geek Chic says, "So, all in all, it was a good and fun book. It kept me interested with the plot and the characters were intriguing."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless.
ON SALE TODAY!
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Submitted to agent.
Super Secret Project F: Completed first three chapters. Under revision next week, then to betas, then it's proposal time!
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Short article done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not-so-secret fiction short: Working on draft. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.)

Quote of the Day:
"The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book."
~ Mickey Spillane

3.29.2010

In Which Gail is Sick & Has Nothing Witty to Say

No blog post today, Gentle Reader, have a wicked case of strep ~ been trying to fight it off for a week on my own but have ceded defeat, and since I am one of this glorious nation's uninsured, have to drive 2 hours to a free clinic for the possibility of antibiotics. Ain't life grand?



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
In love with this octopus cup!

Your Tisane of Smart:
Steampunk Scholar weighs in on the Disney meets steampunk question that overwhelmed my twitter and facebook the other day.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
New Gormenghast novel found in attic


Soulless's first video review

SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Strange and Random Happenstance says, "Even more awesome then the first book, it leaves you desperately wanting Blameless now. As in right now, not September."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Submitted to agent.
Super Secret Project F: Completed first three chapters. Under revision next week, then to betas, then it's proposal time!
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Short article done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not-so-secret fiction short: Working on draft. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.)

Quote of the Day:
"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
~ G.K. Chesterton

3.26.2010

Compton Crook, Thine Own Shelf, First Time Gail Saw Soulless in Stores

Alexia in ShockI've been nominated for a Compton Crook Award. I always figure there is no way I can win anything against Paolo (Mr. Uniboob, himself ~ drunken hallway shenanigans, you kinda had to be there) but it's exciting to be nominated for such very cool prospective winnings! You can read all about the award, here. It was Locus who called to tell me the news, thanks guys!

Blake snapped this shot of Changeless ~ on shelves (apparently) now! Look, Gentle Reader, I practically have a whole shelf to myself. This is very exciting for an author and some sort of mile marker that I am convinced should be rewarded, if not with shoes, at least with a very large piece of chocolate mouse. (I love chocolate mouse, don't you? Though the mouse is, it must be admitted, far more transient than the shoes.)
("To thine own shelf be true." ~ J. Daniel Sawyer)

This reminded me of a little story, I thought I would retell, of when a certain debut author-beast first saw her book on a Real Live Bookshelf and the hilarity that ensued. Read on, Gentle Reader, read on. (Originally this was a guest blog for [info]dkollin of The Unincorporated Man. He often asks authors about their "firsts," I to him my first time seeing Soulless for sale.)

The first time I saw my book on a shelf in a bookstore it wasn't in person. Instead, there it was, blurred by cell phone camera inefficiency, taken by one of my twitter followers in Minnesota. It was a week before Soulless was supposed to be released, so both she and I were taken entirely unawares and understandably confused by its presence. Well, it turns out, bookstores can do that with certain books: shelve 'em when they get 'em. No gag order ~ as it were. Mine was one of those books.

A small but enthusiastic following had been anticipating Soulless, and they were gratifyingly a-buzz to find it arriving early. Suddenly, the spies-I-didn't-know-I-had went to work and began reporting in from around the country. Soulless spotted in Indiana! In Texas! In New York! Thousands panic! (Oh, wait, different headline.) And then, finally, a dear friend snapped a shot if it in my home state of California.

A day or so later, I was out shopping with a couple of girlfriends, as you do. We were consuming those Vietnamese beverages with the black tapioca in them, affectionately referred to by me as "Drinks with Stuff!" (Exclamation point absolutely necessary.) This process, three shopping females plus drinkies, involves much chittering and slurping and sideways perambulations. And thus engaged, we wandered by a Borders.

"Ooo," says I, "can we go in and see if they have my book?"

And so we do. And there it was! The chittering and the slurping became more enthusiastic as a result, which attracted the attention of one of the green t-shirted staff.

"Can I help you?" says she.

"That's my book!" I crow.

"Would you like to sign it?" says she. Crazy authors, she's thinking.

"Really? Of course! Me? I'd love to."

And so she disappears and returns with a whole stack for me to sign, right there: Drink with Stuff! in one hand, cheap pen in the other.

As we leave the store one of my friends keeps saying. "I can't believe they didn't ask you for an ID or anything."

"Oh, of course," says I, "because there's a mad plague of crooks masquerading as small-time authors dashing into unsuspecting stores and demanding to sign books they haven't written."

"Well, fine. But it'd be pretty funny if there were."

And with that, I leave you to ponder what is obviously an untapped criminal market.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Steampunk music video from Dune

Your Tisane of Smart:
You too can sign up for manpacks, a service that provides fresh underwear to men by subscription.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
The lovely Laurie blogs about the logistics of hand selling. Laurie is one of my staunchest supporters, she pushed for my starred review in Publisher's Weekly, and single-handedly sold over 50 copies of my book. (No, we aren't related, we've never met.) She's made my publishing house very happy with me, and for that alone, if nothing else, I owe her a very fancy cocktail.


Audio book of Soulless tentatively scheduled for release June 17 through Recorded Books!
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless.
Cynthia Ward for Fantasy Magazine online says very kindly, "Gail Carriger’s second novel successfully eludes a different curse, the sophomore slump. While the humor is occasionally overdone, Changeless is the equal of Soulless: witty, sexy, graceful, and unpredictable. With a few more novels this delightful, Ms. Carriger will be challenging Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris for the top of the New York Times bestseller lists." Gosh, wouldn't that be utterly amazing?
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Under discussion.
Super Secret Project F: Completed first three chapters. Under revision next week, then to betas, then it's proposal time!
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Short article done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not-so-secret fiction short: Finished first draft, revision today. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.)

Quote of the Day:

3.24.2010

In Which Gail Gets Excited Over Balloons, Slapped Octopi, & Riding Outfits

Back in the writing mode recently, Gentle Reader, working on Secret Project F before Secret Project H takes over my life in a month or two. This story was a little stiff to start but now I'm in the flow of things. As a side result I've been doing some airship research, which should tell you, in part at least, what flavor of secret project this will be. This story revolves around early flight, Giffard hasn't worked his magic yet, which meant unearthing these public domain images through wikipedia. Yay balloons!

I've also had another interview drop, this one is rather far ranging and veers into the ridiculous, which, of course, I enjoyed immensely. Here's a sample:
Ruth: Finally, besides eating your cat, what is your zombie plan?
Ms. Carriger: Well, I have this vague idea of escaping to Alcatraz island, depending on whether the zombies can travel under water or not. Otherwise, I plan to head out to the coast to some obscure fishing village: isolated, ready food source, and one can always take to the ocean if necessary.
Ruth: Have you ever been fishing for octopus? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
Ms. Carriger: I’ve never fished for octopuses. One of my professors used to wax poetical about his Greek fishing village and how they whack dead octopuses against the streets to tenderize them and hang them out on clotheslines. “You know you’re in Greece,” he used to say, “When you wake up to the sound of an octopus being slapped of a morning.” Coincidentally, my favorite way to eat them is Greek style – grilled with lemon, olive oil, and fresh oregano. Heaven.
Read more . . .

This would appear to be an picture heavy post, Gentle Reader, as I also must remark upon these images my dear friend Rachel sent my way:
She works in book rescue, and this noble tomb came across her desk recently. I've a bit of an unrequited love for vintage riding gear. You can't really tell, but in the photo bellow I'm wearing a vintage 1930's riding suit I picked up on Height Street from the infamous Decades of Fashion. (A number of my other vintage dresses have come from this shop, including the red one I wore to BEA last year. Red is good.)



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Adele Blanc-Sec with Sub Titles!

Your Tisane of Smart:
Turkey Domestication.
The real question is, why? I mean, have you ever met a wild turkey? Repulsive birds. Why would you want to domesticate them? Ugh.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Dani talks about the great fear inherent in Book 2. To which all I can add is, hear hear.


Books By Their Cover's review funniest bit: "I expected greatness from this book. I expected a holy crap, ohmyeffinggodthisissogood! moment. I expected coming out from this book that I would pretty much find Gail Carriger, hold her tea hostage and demand the sequel. And by golly I got what I wanted!"
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell's have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives end of Soulless.
Fantasy Literature says, "Just like Soulless, Changeless is a light entertaining read that would be right at home in many a beach bag or airplane carryon."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Submitted to agent.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters this month. Note that number isn't changing much. I am a bad writer beast.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Short article done, turned in, and VanderMeer's have announced the table of contents.
Not-so-secret fiction short: Finished rough. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2.)

Quote of the Day:
"There is no way that someone else can ruin the thing that you are passionate about by liking it too!"
~ The Steampunk Scholar