11.29.2010

SteamCon Report: Five Days In One

My dear Gentle Reader, I won't be doing a breakdown of my SteamCon outfits (too many parts) but there are pictures, around the web. Also, I am consolidating all three days into one post (plus the two day drive back), mostly because they have all run together in my head.

However, I do recall that Friday night I wore the, now slightly infamous, spoon corset outfit, paired with my new cargo belt, and a made-over straw hat. Thusly attired, I attended the Airship Awards Banquet alone and without an escort, where I lost the award (to Alan Moore, what can I say?) and nibbled delicious delicacies at the Lovely Cherie Priest's table. Yes, it was undoubtedly Her Table. After that, I drank champagne (like Lord Akeldama, I do so love the bubbly, although I like strawberries in mine, not blood) and then met The Boys in The Bar.

Part of the reason I remember so little of this particular convention, I suspect, is that I spent far too much time with The Boys in The Bar.

Next day I wore a dress that may, or may not be familiar.

The daylight hours were spent dashing (and shivering) from one hotel to the other participating in numerous panels. Yes, I recall I promised I would post the Victorian Resources List. I'll do a separate blog soon on the subject.

Because this was my day of appearances, there are the most photos of me in the teal outfit floating about the web. Including the rather exciting one that proves Cherie and I are not, in fact, the same person. Although it could, of course, have been photo-shopped.

Sunday was a slow one, and I wore an autumn inspired outfit, because I somehow knew I'd be hanging out with Goths most of the day. (You see my crafty plan?)

The next morning we awoke to a winter wonderland. So perhaps my outfit had tempted fate.

Which, while lovely, engendered not a little panic and resulted in a truck rear-ending me and a slightly terrifying drive to Portland, and then home. Although the Pacific Northwest clearly wanted to keep us, we made it through the mountain pass without using the chains I had purchased.

And I have never been so glad to come back to California in all my days. I promise not to leave for months and months, six to be precise. My lovely home state where there are no crazy snow drivers and evil weather trolls.

Michelle's take on SteamCon

Your moment of parasol . . .



Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Wallis Simpson
Your Tisane of Smart:
A Steampunk Wiki
Your Writerly Tinctures:
I'm all out at the moment, but soon there will be a list of resources right here in this blog.

Lesa says, "Soulless is a fascinating story, relating an alternate history in which supernatural beings became part of society and government in Britain, while still being hunted in America."
SPOILER ALERT!
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. A brief review from Great Expectations

Heartless: Working draft 7.
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.
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
"Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end."
~ Philip Larkin

11.24.2010

Powell's Signing, Reading, Q&A

Steampunklocation: kitchen (don't ask)
Monday night, Gentle Reader, after the long haul of a weekend convention I gussied myself up for my own private signing. Not unsurprisingly it was a relatively quiet event, but it is strangely restful to be in the land of my own fans, as it were. I read a little bit and then mostly answered questions. Had a lovely time and collected more tribute including crocheted tea cakes (!!!), an octopus game, a beautiful little octopus and parasol card, an Edwardian button pull, and much more.

What I wore . . .



This is one of my oldest vintage pieces. It's a 1940's velvet suit that looks far better in person than it photographs. I bought it in England 12 years ago and have lugged it all over the world with me. Luckily it still fits, but only just. It's very warm so I don't wear it often but I was delighted I brought it to Portland with me, because really, warmth is the way to go here.

Candace's Report on Powell's Authorfest.

Some more fan sketches of characters.

The Parasol Protectorate Week over at Steampunkery! I am honored. Includes: I'm rather knackered, it was a brutal slog driving back home and now it's Thanksgiving. Hopefully, I'll be back online next week with my normal regularity, but it may take me a bit longer than that to recover. All apologies for the delay. On the bright side it's giving me an opportunity to collect photos from SteamCon. I'm sorry to say this last run has taught me my limits and I'll be cutting back drastically on conventions and signings next year. I'll let you know who's getting the axe in a month or so.

Your moment of parasol . . .


Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Steampunk Starwars Article from the Steampunk Scholar.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Royalty statement errors

The Bookkeeper (I wanna keep books! I wanna keep em and not let them go!) says, "I very much enjoyed reading Soulless and will definitely continue with that series. If you like the paranormal, romance (not too explicit), an element of humour and a lot of entertainment, get it!"
SPOILER ALERT!
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Ticon4 review.

Heartless: Working draft 7.
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.
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
"Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don't write them down."
~ W. B. Kinsella

11.19.2010

OryCon 2010 Convention Report, Sunday Day 3 & Powell's AuthorFest

I'm at SteamCon in Seattle this weekend starting this evening. I hope to see some of you there.

But first Sin Alma, cute little cards!

And I keep getting questions about men's fashions in the Victorian Era. Here's a good resource, but it's too late being only from the turn of the century on, and American. There is a great gaping hole waiting to be filled with a book here, people.

Lastly, I am head over heals in love with Oscar de la Renta's Spring/Summer 2011 collection for NYFW. I'll take one of everything, please. I bet my bottom dollar we'll see at least three of those dresses at the Academy Awards and a few others on Dita over the coming months - I think he designed the show for her.

And now back to OryCon.

What I wore . . .




What I did . . .
Steampunk: Victorian marvels of science fantastic: Discuss and learn about the marvelous world of steampunk. What's new and what's classic in books, movies, art, toys and even music!
What we actually talked about: sexy men, some film, a lot of literature, how we got into steampunk and why we love it. Why we think it is coming to the fore right now.

Gail Carriger, Camille Alexa, P.N. Elrod

Turtle or Bunny: Does writing speed matter? Should anyone care about writing speed? Where should writers spend their time? Are fast writers always hacks? When to spend a lot of time editing, when to write 'raw,' when to slow down and when to speed up, and why.
What we actually talked about: Jay Lake. How we defined writing fast or slow. How many books a year would make a living wage. What we would really write if we could. What would be the best kind of arrangement. Our different writing processes.

Powell's Authorfest
Sat next to the lovely Devon Monk. Between signings managed to pick her brain about what to expect from a romance convention (I have 2 next year) and various other things. Delightful companion. After, went out with big group of authors for much shop talk. Or I should say, one table talked shop (contracts, the fate of the industry, and Really Important Matters) my table talked about shopping and food (to my mind even more important matters).

Final Tally
Pairs of Shoes: 6
Panels: 6
Hats: 4
Tribute: 12 (included a chocolate bar, a pen, octopus pencil sharpener, a ring, and a necklace)
Costume Awards: 2 (which is odd for someone not wearing a costume)
Cups of tea: 11
Cups of coffee: 2
Discovery of a very cute shot-glass for my impossible to find presents for step-dad: 1 (victory is mine!)
Blisters: 2
Mysterious alcoholic drinks: 2
Arguments with Brent Weeks over wine: 1

Your moment of parasol . . .


Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Jellyfish
Your Tisane of Smart:
Prehispanic Decapitated Ballgame Player Sculpture Discovered
Your Writerly Tinctures:
All about the very important Options Clause in a writer's contract.

David says, "I loved Soulless. And the thing that made it work, and gave it its delicious centre -- you know, the thing that makes you not want to stop eating -- was the writing. This book makes you want to keep turning just one more page..."
SPOILER ALERT! A full series review from Bookshop Talk. "In a world over-saturated with supernatural romance novels, I love Gail Carriger and her Parasol Protectorate series! These books are so wildly inventive and enjoyable."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. Today's Adventure says, "Delightful. Excellent with scones."

Heartless: Working draft 7.
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.
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
"Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other."
~ Denise Klahn