More Alternate Covers, Handkerchief Hair, and Other Conundrums

More covers in the Parasol Protectorate NYCC series and day 4.

And another interview has dropped. Here is a sample
Which figures from history can you imagine as supernaturals?
I can't answer that specifically, because there would be spoilers. I can say that I have divided history into dominance of one species over the others. Ancient Rome belongs to the vampires, Ancient Greece to the humans, and Ancient Egypt to the werewolves for example. Obviously key players in (and therefore enemies of) these empires are going to have significant supernatural agendas. Read more . . .

On to more fashion related topics, Gentle Reader. You can always tell when I am near the end of a project because I get less and less interested in anything PP related and more and more interested in being sidetracked by clothing. So, I've gotten really into this hair updo where you curl your bangs and then whip in a handkerchief. I haven't tried it yet with my hair (which is pretty short) but expect to see it soon at a Gail appearance near you. I like that it looks really easy to do. Although, I suspect it of being more of a summer do.

I got this awesome new vintage dress. It's a lightweight stretch duck cloth kind of material and has this really bold green on green pattern. Almost Hawaiian shirt-ish. Which was part of the reason I got it, there seems this oddball fascination with Hawaiian Shirts in the SF/F world (I blame David Hartwell) so I figured I would need something similar at some point. Anyway, I digress. Here is the dress . . .

The question is, matching accessories? Right now I am thinking cream, but finding a good hat to go with the casualness of the dress has been difficult. The greens are hard to match. I'm thinking I could do a little straw number and decorate the hat myself, but that would be an outdoor look and no good for indoor events with you, my lovely fans. (Ooo, picnic signing!) Which brings me round to the handkerchief hairstyle. I think the two might suit.

I other news I have some dear friends visiting me from England next week so I am not certain how much I will be online. They require entertaining California-style, and I take hostess duties very seriously. There may be wine tasting, visits to island prisons, drives down HWY 1, and many museums in my future. I do love showing off this part of the world.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
On the proper use of Broad-Sword and Single-Stick by Headley and Phillipps-Wolley includes the umbrella!
Your Writerly Tinctures:

Leeswammes says, "In all, I loved reading this story. The writing style was very funny and uplifting. Even the gory parts and the romantic parts were described in a way that hinted at a lot but didn’t spell it out."
SPOILER ALERT! Mobius Dreams series review. "What these are are just plain fun. They're tongue-in-cheek, witty, full of a hodge-podge of eccentric characters, and enough political machinations to shake a parasol at. Plus, fantastic world-building (I'm a world-building junkie) of the supernatural/human culture. Each successive book is better than the last, and I'm eagerly awaiting the publication of the fourth book next July."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. Ruth says, "I’d recommend the series as a whole to people who like urban fantasy/Victorian fiction/steampunk fiction. And for those who read and enjoyed the first two, don’t dread jumping into this one. In the hands of someone more clumsy it would’ve been excruciating, but it was handled so deftly that I didn’t dread picking it up and finished it in two workdays, even sitting up later than usual because I found the conclusion so exciting."

Heartless: Draft 6 in to my editor early. How often does that happen?
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.

Quote of the Day:
Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right--
The leaves upon her falling light--
Thro' the noises of the night
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.

Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darken'd wholly,
Turn'd to tower'd Camelot.
For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.

~ a little pause for Tennyson


Alternate Covers and Wednesday Minutia

Oh, this is so much fun! Vote for your favorite Parasol Protectorate cover from New York ComicCon and the second round.


In line with the meme, I give to you, Fugless.

And the lovely Michael Spence's silly bitstrip presenting the Alternate Gail Carriger Titles.

Mad Hatter asked a bunch of us what "Steampunk is. . ."

Sin Alma, the Spanish language version of Soulless, comes out November 2nd! I've done some poking around and as yet have no idea how you might buy it in the USA. They are allowed to sell it here, says Orbit, the question is where? I'm hoping that it will eventually turn up on Amazon, them my mother will stop bugging me about it. (Don't ask. No, she does not read Spanish.)

I've been nominated for a Bookie Award.

And last, rather sadly, Paul the psychic octopus has died.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
Vintage Tea Leaf's Black Duchess has a pleasant mellow smell, all tea, no perfume and no herb. Large clean leaves mostly dark, a few light, and excellent beginning. Brews to a golden red brown in color, pale when the mild is added. Unfortunately it seems to be mainly Darjeeling (I'm an Assam girl is I have to go to only one leaf) and has that afternoon tea herby bitter quality which I prefer to avoid. Not my favorite.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Learn from what you read

Susan Hated Literature says, "And it is one of those books that just makes you glad you’ve read it. Alexia is a wonderful heroine. Full of confidence and yet she suffers from low self-esteem. She wants to help out, but she isn’t about to go rushing off and become a damsel in distress. And if that does happen, she’ll have at least some ideas about how to free herself."
SPOILER ALERT! In which I ruin a Friday evening. Sorry. "With all the books I’ve been reading recently, I’ve been attempting to space them out while still tearing through them at a decent pace. The plan was – more or less – as follows: Blood Rites (Jim Butcher), Oathbreakers (Mercedes Lackey), Changeless (Gail Carriger), Dead Beat (JB), Oathblood (ML), Blameless (GC), Proven Guilty (JB). This way I could keep the series books together without drowning myself in them, thus avoiding a possible author-related burnout. Ingenius, no? I thought so. Of course, Gail Carriger had to go and foul that all up."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. Dirty Sexy Books calls it brain candy for a lazy afternoon.

Heartless: Working on rewrite, Draft 5 read through. Final draft due Nov 1.
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.

Quote of the Day:
"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die."
~ Isaac Asimov


Author Bios and Photos

Gail Parasol Your Fill-In-The-Blank Author Bio

[Name] lives in [City] where she pretends to be a [pithy comment on boring day job] when she would rather be writing. She spends her free time [standard hobby] and [less standard hobby]. She also likes to [quirky and slightly off base skill – like fencing or black belt in some combat skill]. She lives with a [tolerant, saintly, long-suffering] husband/wife/partner and two [witty descriptor] [cats/children] and a [dog/garden].

Ah the creativity of author bios. Why, I ask, would I want to read a book written by someone who doesn't even have the imagination to come up with a funny bio?

Now let's talk author photos.

If you are a male SF/F author you must cross your arms and stare balefully into the camera in a "I suffer the woes of the universe" kind of way. If you are female SF/F author make certain your hair is down and you either, 1. hide coyly behind it, or 2. angle slightly to profile in the romance novelist way or, 3. put chin on fist in thoughtful manner.


Gail's Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
The lost language of Italian parasols and the men who made them.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Changes in submission policy for children's books

Kate says, "Reading about the undead in Victorian England was highly enjoyable, and I loved the steampunk element to the story with all of the crazy inventions."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. Blameless review, great fun, a menu is compiled. And here I was worried there wasn't enough food in Blameless as compared to the other books. Seriously, though, this review is HILARIOUS.

Heartless: Working on rewrite, Draft 5 read through. Final draft due Nov 1.
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded available for preorder, releases November 15, 2010.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
"Tension is wonderful for making people laugh."
~ John Cleese


Friday Ketchup: Teaching, Writing, Shoes!

Gentle Reader, some ketchup before the weekend. I know I have been remiss in my extra-special fun blogging. You are expecting Character Profiles. I will do more, I promise! They just take a little while to prep and now is not the time for such blogging. Let me just get through November. "I have deviants to see and a novel to finish." (Guess the quote, guess the quote! It's one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite actresses -wearing the cutest suit - which should tell you a whole lot about my personality.)

I am teaching this Sunday in SF at Books Inc Opera Plaza Wordplay Class. So far, only 6 students, but I have fun and games planned. Literally, for I will reveal all the tricks behind writing comedy. Then I will reveal all the secrets of publishing. OK, all the ones I know. And finally, answer any questions asked of me as honestly as possible. There could be lives lost. The chaos, the chaos. Oh and I am wearing a very cute pair of shoes. Shawa, was there any doubt?

In honor of Halloween The Book Whisperer asks some of us what story frightened us the most. It's a fun blog and I enjoyed reading everyone else's picks.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
The Infamous Tree Octopus
Your Tisane of Smart:
Sampled Vintage Tea Leaf's Casablanca. This one is a large leaf black with a green (or possibly oolong) mixed in. It smelled rather herby. so I was quite suspicious. Tea was a green yellow brown color, not unlike dishwater and had a faint lemon spell to it. It brewed weak, but was a pleasant color once whole milk was added. The tase was very green, undertones of black, with a non-acidic lemon finish. (Perhaps from verbena or lemon grass or lemon oil?) It wasn't as herby as I had feared and seemed refreshing even in a hot form. However, this one wasn't particularly to my taste.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Collecting nice rejections?

In which I am asked to be best friends based entirely on tea choices. Can you think of a better reason?
SPOILER ALERT! A new fan to the series. "Oh I loved this ‘Parasol Protectorate’ series. In fact after I read the very last page of the third book, I returned to the beginning of the first and read all three again."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. Blodeuedd says, "It is a fun book as always, and I have a sneaking suspicion that Miss Carriger is sitting there giggling while writing." And she'd right. Blake is prone to complaining to the trait of mine when we write together. He says I "cackle evilly."

Heartless: Working on rewrite, Draft 5 read through. Final draft due Nov 1.
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.

Quote of the Day:
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
~ Henry Ford