Gail Is On Vacation

FAQ For While Gail Is Away

My darling Gentle Reader, thank you for visiting my website and/or blog. If you are looking for an answer to a particular question, I am hoping to have developed some latent psychic abilities and have answered it here (or elsewhere on the website) in a post I wrote a month before I departed, on a trip I've already left for by the time you are reading this, to a destination from which I will be returning, only to arrive back the same day I started, before I left. Wha ha! Make sense of that if you dare.

Miss Carriger, where are you? You haven't answered my email/twitter/facebook missive?
I am strolling about the wilds of the southern hemisphere. I am searching the skies for the Great Cross. I am basking in the glow of deadly jellyfish, sampling such culinary delicacies as alligator, and hopefully making the acquaintance of a gentleman platypus.
In short: I'm in New Zealand and then Australia from August 13 - September 6, during which I I will be at WorldCon in Melbourne. Then I am immediately back on the road for the Blameless book tour to return around September 13.
Why are you only touring the West Coast of the US for Blameless? Are you coast-ist?
My books seem to be particularly popular on that coast. However, that doesn't mean I'm ignoring the rest of the US. I love visiting conventions and do try to get out to as many, in as varied locations, as possible. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Sightings section of the website and I may be in a city near you in 2011.
Can I have a signed bookplate? Oh, pretty please?
I've no current plans to do bookplates. I'm sorry, it's just too logistically complicated. However, you can order a signed copy of my books from Borderlands. Just give them a ring and they will take any information regarding dedication and next time I'm there I'll sign it for you. It will cost you shipping as well as the price of the book, and there may be a bit of a delay, because I'm not in San Francisco all that frequently. But, they are super lovely and nice people and I will do my best to dedicate with gusto. For obvious reasons, signed copies of Blameless will be delayed well into September.
Miss Carriger, where are the REST of the audiobooks?
Recorded Books owns the rights to the first three Parasol Protectorate books. I had a phone conversation over pronunciation of the Scottish names in Changeless last month. So they are putting it into production with Emily as reader again, I believe. I don't have a release date yet, spring of next year is my best guess. You have a few options, if you would like. If you join the Parasol Protectorate Facebook group I use that as my main means of disseminating information such as rights sales, publication dates, and signings/other appearances. I'll send out a message there as soon as I have a date for the future audio books. Or, you can check back at this page of my website periodically. Under the Book Nitty Gritty section I list audio rights. I'll update that as soon as I know anything more. I promise.
O o o, and when does Heartless come out?
July 2011.
Do you have plans for any more Parasol Protectorate books after Timeless?
Not with these particular main characters. I'm one for a tidy ending and a clean series arc. Which isn't to say I won't take up the Parasol Protectorate gauntlet again, but it will probably be a different parasol and a different protectorate. Perhaps later on in time, perhaps earlier . . .


A Quick Goodbye

SteampunkI had a very successful day yesterday, Gentle Reader. Lots of little things accomplished: good news from my first Beta reader on Heartless, just enough word count on Secret Project F to give to my agent without worry, most of my packing done, bank dealt with, and decisions made. Now I feel I can head off with at least some of my affairs in order.

Hotmail has decided, in its infinite wisdom, to remove the vacation away feature. Probably because too many were using it to notify of a change of email address leaving hotmail. In any event, this has forced me to leave, too. Sigh. This means that any messages directed to my hotmail address will go unanswered while I am off the grid for the next few weeks. I do not mean to be rude, it's just that my footman is forgetful. When I return, I will be leaving hotmail for good.

I've prepped an FAQ to post tomorrow morning before I leave, so if people come searching they will know where I am. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next month and I hope you all enjoy Blameless.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Insults of Oscar Wilde
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Absolutely fascinating conversation about Twitter going on over on Natalie's blog.

Geek Girl says, "As I started reading, all I could think was, “Damn, I totally know why they gave her a book contract!” Carriger blew me away almost immediately."
SPOILER ALERT! Adore Happy Endings says, "I liked the plot of this book a lot. The mystery that Alexia had to resolve was a real tough one. I couldn’t put the book down, until I knew what it was. "
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: Rough Draft done. First draft with first reader. Final draft due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision.
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:
"And that's the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind."
~ Dave Barry


Blameless Book Launch: How to Throw Your Own Parasol Protectorate High Tea

Alexia Tea
I have a short Radio interview this evening on KAXE Grand Rapids with an audio stream available online as well.

Gentle Reader, I am out of the country, this year, when Blameless officially hits shelves. I am thus unable to throw my customary celebratory tea party until I return from foreign climes. So I thought, just perhaps, some of you might be interested in how to throw your own. Now, if you do so, would you be so kind as to send me pictures? Speaking of which, here's the entry full of photos of the original Soulless Book Launch Party back at World Fantasy in San Jose October 31, 2009.


You are cordially invited to a Parasol Protectorate High Tea. There can be no more delightful way to enjoy the last of summer than with delicious nibbles and a fabulous cup of tea.

Please attended {name of hostess/host} at {time} on the {day} of {month} at {venue} to enjoy good food, pleasant company, and scintillating conversation.

Guests are encouraged to wear hats in honor of Ivy, carry parasols in honor of Alexia, or even (gasp) cross-dress in honor of Madame Lefoux. BYOI (Bring Your Own Inventions) if you are maker and would like to expose others to your scientific method in steampunk style. Vampires and werewolves welcome, with the understanding that the former will keep their fangs to themselves, and the later will dress accordingly.

We hope to enjoy the pleasure of your company.
Lady/Lord/Countess/etc. {your name here}

PSVP by footman, pigeon, or aetherogram.

If your own abode is undersized, a backyard garden is a lovely place to host tea or, barring that, a public park or lakeside aspect.

Suggested Savory Comestibles
Cucumber Sandwiches liberally spread with butter are always popular - I like to add a dash of fresh dill.
Egg Salad, Watercress, Chicken Salad, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, and Cheese & Chutney are also welcome. It is never a good idea to prepare the sandwiches too far ahead of time but if you do a clean, lightly damp dishtowel spread over the arrangement will prevent them from drying out or being attacked by bugs.

Hard boiled eggs
Scotch Eggs with Chutney
Sausage Rolls with English Mustard
Savory Scones
Pickled Onions
Crackers and Good English Cheddar

Suggested Sweets & Puddings
Brownie bites with dollop of whip cream and a raspberry and a sprig of mint make all the difference.
Upgrade pairs of gingersnaps by spreading lemon curd between
Turkish Delight

Strawberry Tarts

Sweet Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam
Candied Lemon and Orange Peel
Meringues (and their derivatives)

Raspberry Mousse Cups with Cream
Mincemeat Tarts
Sugared Rose and Violet Petals
Treacle Tart

The All Important Tea

Teacups. Now, if you do not own enough teacups and saucers you can encourage guest to bring their own. Ones that express individuality. This has two benefits, 1. You do not have to store them all, 2. Each guest can always identify his/her own cup, 3. Conversational openers are provided.

Tea. Twinings English Breakfast Gold Label is high quality, not bitter, and hard to over brew. But it is expensive. I sometimes, sometimes, stock Earl Grey. Never Herbal, tisanes are for medicinal uses only.
Whole milk. Guests who require alternatives should bring such things as *shudder* skimmed milk or *double shudder* soy on their own. No hostess or host should ever have to suffer the peculiarities of diet in others that the modern world has forced upon us. Eccentricity is one thing, pickiness another thing entirely.

Book Party Advise

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
15 Cutest Octopus, Squid and Other Cephalopods
Your Tisane of Smart:
How to speak New World Victorian.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Babbling about Implausible Sex Scenes

And she reads says, "Set in an alternative Victorian era, Soulless takes advantage of the ‘what if’ factor. The narrative seamlessly incorporates tradition, mystery, romance and steam-punk all laced together with its own special brand of humour."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. A two for one review of both Changeless and Soulless, plus a play list to listen to while reading them.
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: Rough Draft done. First draft with first reader. Final draft due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision.
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:
"Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons. It always means that they have a history."
~ Oscar Wilde


Packing Ketchup and a Date for Heartless

  • I have a released date for Heartless, Book the Fourth in the Parasol Protectorate series, it's July 2011.
  • The final cover for the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2, features yours truly.
Today's blog, Gentle Reader, is a peek into the exciting life of a mobile writer beast. I'm off to New Zealand and Australia this Friday to my mind is filled with what to take and what to pack ~ mostly clothing. But there are also things that are quintessentially writerly so I thought I might do a bit of a blog about it.

Packing for a Writer Visiting Australia
  • Baby laptop (called, by the PC minions a "Netbook") all loaded up and ready to go. I'm a Mac girl but I made the switch for $ reasons, and I wanted something small and portable that was too expensive. I got a Samsung N150 Plus (AKA Gimli). So far we've been getting along moderately well, I highly dislike the lack of Personalization on Windows 7 Starter (but am far too lazy to do the hack).
  • Duracell DC to AC Pocket Power Source Inverter - seems a pretty popular piece of kit, doesn't have the plane attachment but I decided I wouldn't use that much given the battery life of Gimli. I'm banking on even New Zealand cars having cigarette lighters.
  • Casio Exilim Digital camera - mine is an old 3.2 mega pixel that (annoyingly) needs a dock to charge. But since my pics are mainly for the web I usually have to downsize them anyway, and it still runs grate and has been all over the world with me. Now I just have to remember to pass her off to other people to take pictures at panels and convention events.
  • Olympus Digital Voice Recorder - I'm a not write-by-voice person as a rule, mostly because I feel like and idiot talking to myself. But sometimes, need dictates idiocy. All too often in my case. This is thee one I have, but I paid about $20 for it, five years ago. I can't believe how expensive it's become.
  • Moleskine Daily Planner - see above. I'm addicted to this size, shape and style.
  • Neck Pillow - a new one this trip. I don't usually sleep on planes, to much to do. But this time I'm giving it a try, reports indicate these memory foam ones are the best.
  • Adaptors
  • Travel Power Strip
  • Mitties - because they go everywhere with me.
  • Pocket Size Travel Alarm Clock with flashlight - I don't have a smart phone and even if I did I wouldn't trust it to wake me up. I travel everywhere with an independent alarm clock, I just find it more reliable.
  • Tea - (Twinings(UK) English Breakfast) because it's better to be safe than sorry where tea is concerned.
  • Immersion Heater for Liquids - see above (most brilliant invention EVER)
  • Powdered Milk - normally I would NEVER, but better powdered milk than no milk at all.
  • Marmite - I refuse to defend this superior form of yeast product, but when one is going into the land of vegemite, be prepared!
  • Collapsible Tupperware - one of the greatest inventions of mankind, bowl, plate, and storage all in one. And you can use it as a Frisbee in a pinch for entertainment.
  • Sewing kit - vintage clothing = constant repairs
  • First aid kit - mine includes blister pads for all my stiletto shoes
  • 4 Packets Travel Woolite - if you need to you can wash your smalls in a sink with these handy little things.
  • Flip-flops - never enter a strange shower without them.
  • Baking soda - because it is so very useful.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
A little bit more of Ivy Hisselpenny

Your Tisane of Smart:
Fun motorcycle helmets.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Myth of Evil Editors

SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of 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: Rough Draft done. First draft with first reader. Final draft due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision.
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:
"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money."
~ Susan Heller