6.30.2010

Minutia: I'm going to OryCon, SteamCon, and PoppyCock Land

Watch the Sky's book club asks me five fun questions here's a sample:
Can you conceive any way your book would work if the main character was male rather than female?
Another fascinating question, and yes. Alexia is rather masculine in some ways, especially for a Victorian female.

It's official I've accepted invitations to be at both OryCon (Nov. 12-14) and Seattle's SteamCon (Nov. 19-21). I hope to see many of you there and have updated the sightings section of my website accordingly.

I'm excited about this jaunt, I'll be doing a fly by the Pacific Northwest during my book tour in September, but this second time around I intend to drive and really take in the countryside. I've not spend much time up north so I am really looking forward to it. Plus it is an opportunity to spend some time with friends I rarely see, so that too is a marvelous thing.

I'm deeply enamored of this young man:



He warms the cockles of my cold old heart. Of course, Lord Akeldama would end up on a reality TV program. "Yes, my little puddings, America is waiting for me!" Oh and you can follow him on twitter!



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Fashion inspiration: Jane Russell

Your Tisane of Smart:
Viking ‘recycling’ centre discovered at battle of Fulford site near York
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Excellent I Should Be Writing! Chris Lester interviews Liz Gorinsky at the Nova Albion Steampunk convention all about editing and steampunk in particular.

Yummy Man and Kick Ass Chicks says, "Miss Alexia Tarabotti is charming to read. She is quite sassy – well, as sassy as a lady can be during Victorian times – and set in her ways. She’s comfortable with her station in life and doesn’t expect much to change. Her relationship with Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha werewolf, is really sweet."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. 42 SciFi-Fantasy says: "It was a fun and fast read that was thoroughly engrossing, but also provided enough depth and ingenuity to give it substance."
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.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Updated proposal quazi-due July 1 (I'm not going to make it.)
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
"They say dandies don't exercise...but I change my outfit several times a day!"
~ Prince Poppycock tweet

6.28.2010

Parasol Protectorate Quiz

Gail ParasolSo, Gentle Reader, I've been playing about with a Parasol Protectorate Quiz and here it is.


It's not jiving quite right with Facebook, Livejournal, and co, so I may redo it for internals. But who knows if I'll get the time. Sorry if it doesn't quite work for you, it seems to be happy on the second try, but I had fun making it.


In other news I (utterly unsurprisingly) lost the Locus Award to Mr. Bag'o'doughnuts himself. *Shakes tiny fists of furry into the air, throws head back and yells "Paolo-o-o-o-o-o!"* In all honesty, I adore this guy and I have a sinking feeling his book actually is genius, so I don't mind. But he totally owes me a chocolate martini.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
I'm obsessed with vanishing edge pools (AKA infinity pools)

To me swimming is already as close as a girl can get to flying, this kind of pool only emphasizes that fact. I've never actually been in one, but someday I hope to.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Glyde Vegan Condoms are fair-trade natural latex, they even have organically flavored ones.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
What it takes to be a literary agent.

Clockwork Pen says, "Soulless is a satisfying book that takes a fresh perspective on vampires (they don’t sparkle), werewolves, and other supernatural things that go bump in the night."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Kristi syas, "I just adore these books and the more I read them, the more they stand out as very different from the norm, in a good way."
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.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Due July 1.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you."
~ Gladstone, 1865

6.25.2010

Book IV Research and Other Mysteries of Clark Kenting

Research - Tea and Books
The iPhone app GetGlue has a Parasol Protectorate sticker you can earn. I have no idea how this works, but it looks fun.

Gentle Reader, I always find it interesting what strange things I have to investigate on my meanderings path through authordom. Yesterday, while working on Book the Fourth, I spent almost 20 minutes investigating croquet.
Prior to that, it was the history of the streetlamp, as well as the proper names of said lamp's component parts. And no, I am not going all Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on you. Afterward, I moved on to early balloon technology and how it might have evolved into smaller faster aircraft in my alternative 1874.
Then I spent nearly an hour with my nose deep into Baedeker's from 1876 trying to determine the exact location on Motcomb Street and the Pantechnicon (yes, yes, I know it had already burned).

So yes, sometimes I do get carried away by research. I managed to hit my word count and then some, although I am down for the week's total as I spent a glorious few days shepherding the lovely David. J. Williams around the true beauty of California. (I love showing off my home state.)

I suppose what I am attempting to point out is this (trying not to sound defensive): I can't research everything. I don't have time. I would end up pulling a George R. R. on you all and spending years on each book. Yesterday alone I spent 3 hours on research and that wasn't even the tough stuff. Combine that with the 3 hours answering email, facebook, twitter inquiries, fielding requests for interviews, organizing travel for book promo, and phone conversations (in this case over pronunciation of Scottish names for the Book II audio). Add that to my 2 hour exorcize routine (no, I can't cut back), a shower, and eating and the question becomes: where does writing the actual book fit in to the day? (Let alone writing this blog post.)
So, sometimes I cut back on research. Mostly, I hope to catch any errors in edits, or hope one of my three beta readers will catch it (or at least mark it so I can go back and double check the facts), but every once in a while some silly little thing will slip through. Now, sometimes this is intentional, I do like to drop cookies that won't be picked up for ages. But sometimes I just messed up, good on you for catching me, but really, in the end . . .

I write farcical alternative history, people! Sheesh. Even if you miss the alternative bit you can't possibly misplace the farcical. If I want lasers on my top hats I can flipping put them there and explain them away later. You want historical accuracy in pure unadulterated form? Go read Gaskell. My friends and I call this Clark Kenting. As in: "You know what I don't get about Superman. Why no one ever realized he was also Clark Kent." To which one tilts one's head and says, "Why, because the whole flying thing was so eminently believable?" I do understand that sometimes small detail errors may muck about with your suspension of disbelief and honestly, I try my very best. But remember sometimes it's no error at all but a laser and it's meant to be there, for this authorbeast has wicked little tricks under her top hat.



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Fashion and food linked together! My two favorite things. Now I really have to go to London!

Your Tisane of Smart:
TripIt, learned all about it on GeekSpeak. Fascinating new handler for trip coordination if you have a smart phone. I'm intrigued, and I like the idea, given how much traveling I've done this year. One check in the "Get a Smart Phone" column.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
On June 27, three years ago, I finished the rough draft of Soulless. Almost exactly a year later Locus broke the news of its sale to Orbit and then Orbit posted the official press release. So, my little hodge-podge of a novel-that-could will be 3 years old this weekend. Thanks to all of you who grew her up into the strong healthy little creature that she is.

Intellectual blathering, "I couldn’t help laughing out loud at places, but don’t think that this book is all about the giggles. At its heart are characters you can’t help but fall a bit in love with, a tightly written mystery story that never did lay all its cards on the table until the end, and a romance that is anything but Victorian."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Giles's thoughtful take, "While some novice authors may stick to a familiar formula that glares at the reader throughout the story, Carriger abandoned the pattern Soulless followed to create something new for her world. Her characters, as a result, were required to mature as people, stretch their own talents, and face new challenges that forced them to become stronger men and women."
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 due soon.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Due July 1.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
"You are what you read."
~ Esko Valtaoja

6.23.2010

Gail, Why the Octopus?

Octopus Logo
But first, this your official unofficial reminder that I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, usually pipping about on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Soulless now available from Audible in unabridged audio from! You can also listen to a sample there.

My recent interview with RT Book Reviews has dropped. Here is a sample:
Whitney Sullivan: Your heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, has no soul (and her partner is a werewolf) - what does she find most inconvenient about these unusual circumstances?
Gail Carriger: She will turn supernatural creatures mortal when she touches them. This can be terribly embarrassing, not to say fatal, for said creatures. It also means that on several occasions certain baser elements of society are actively trying to kill her, without proper introduction – so rude. One side effect of her soulless state is that Alexia is very practical in her approach to coping with most problems (including said werewolf partner). She either bashes them over the head with her parasol, or talks at them, with equally disastrous results.

Now, about the octopus . . .

First off, octopdes are the smartest, craftiest, prettiest invertebrates out there. What's not to love about an octopus. Case in point, I give you the mimic octopus?


Second, they have been adopted as the personal mascot of my group of friends. So the remind me of wonderful people and good times.

Third there is a strange enduring connection between steampunk and other science fiction and cephalopods. Don't know why, I blame Verne and Lovecraft.


Lastly, after all the other things you can do with an octopus, you can then eat them too. Yummy!



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Current fashion obsession: bows



Your Tisane of Smart:
NPR Science Friday on the History and Future of Blimp Technology
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Blogging and Reviewing Etiquette

A long and balanced review from animeradius, who eventually amusingly says, "When Alexia learns via Professor Lyall that Lord Maccon has actually begun courting her werewolf-fashion, her responses to his advances from then on are some of the most amusing and titillating scenes in the book. Yes, things get very steamy between our Victorian heroine and her dashing rogue friend, but never does it become embarrassingly explicit or unnecessarily detailed. After all, it’s not a smut book, it’s a mostly-general supernatural fantasy set in steampunkish Victorian England, dang it! This is the era of the Brontë sisters and Wilkie Collins; fade to black or be gone with you!"
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Urban Fantasy and Fiction says, "I love this book, y’all. I love this series. It’s clever and hilarious and well-written. I adore the characters and want to invite them all over for tea. The world Carriger has built is pretty awesome, as well, unique in a genre where it’s pretty damn difficult to be unique, with a shiny new take on the supernatural."
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 due soon.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Due July 1.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
"Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep."
~ Catherine O'Hara