Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part One

Lord Akeldama got so many questions, Gentle Readers, I thought that in grand Dear Abby Column style, he would only answer a few at a time. I'm thinking, perhaps one Dear Lord Akeldama Blog every three weeks or so. Sound good to you? Yes? Please feel free to continue to ask Lord Akeldama pressing questions on love, life, and shoe style. Happy reading!

Via livejournal anonymous asked the following:

Will you stay with Biffy?
How impertinent! As if I should go around asking you about your private life without a proper introduction.

Who made you?
Gail Carriger, naturally. What a silly question.

How many cats have you allowed to share your homes over the years?
Just the one, nine times over. Oh dear, I am so amusing!

If the queen changed one of your drones would they be able to enter your territory comfortably?
A queen must change all my drones, dearheart. I do not possesses the necessary equipment myself. Whoever thought such a phrase woudl come from my pen, sad but true.

What is your favorite book?
Book? Must I? I prefer plays, the art of the stage, the drama, the showmanship. I have a particular fondness for A Midsummer Night Dream, all those sprightly fairies leaping about in very tight britches ~ enchanting!

Are you gay or have you just been around long enough (and done enough) that you have transcended the traditional sexual dynamic?
I like to think of myself as very gay, the center of any party even, a social Charybdis, if you would. I am afraid I don't quite comprehend the meaning of the traditional sexual dynamic to which you refer. It must be some newfangled modern euphemism. Or is it a contraption of some kind? In which case, I should set the drones on to procuring one immediately, it sounds most entertaining.

LadyTesser asks:
Lord Akeldama, I admire your fashion sense, and have wondered if one of your drones is a fashion designer or you simply patronize a specific house of fashion?
I certainly have some drones who are particularly adept with the tying of a cravat, but none of them engage in any kind of trade, my dear. Heavens forefend. Generally, I go where the whims of Bond Street take me, although I do have a few dear friends in Paris who keep me abreast of the latest fashions.

Your moment of parasol . . .

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
How to make proper introductions in the modern world.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
A list of P. G. Wodehouse's characters. The man was a genius with names, matched only by Dickens himself. I can but aspire to such greatness.

Pulpfan's mathematical assessment.
SPOILER ALERT! The Savage Stacks says, "Fantastic storytelling. As I said with the first one, I did not think I would like these books, being not much into the supernatural scene, but the best part of the Parasol Protectorate books is that the supernatural are everyday, so it doesn't bother me much."
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first. That's What She Read says, "Alexia Maccon is my hero. Her no-nonsense, pragmatic, non-emotional approach to life is equal parts hilarious and inspiring." And also, rather charmingly, "When looking for something fun to read that will help one forget all worries and cares, look no further than the Parasol Protectorate series. They are seriously good for the soul, whether you have one or not."

Heartless: Finished draft 8, turned in! It's available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Back at it.
Secret Project F: We're waiting. We're waiting.

Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is out.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 is out.

Quote of the Day:
"Never take favourite dogs into a drawing-room when you make a morning call. Their feet may be dusty, or they may bark at the sight of strangers, or, being of too friendly a disposition, may take the liberty of lying on a lady's gown, or jumping on the sofas and easy chairs. Where your friend has a favourite cat already established before the fire, a battle may ensue, and one or other of the pets be seriously hurt. Besides, many persons have a constitutional antipathy to dogs, and others never allow their own to be seen in sitting-rooms. For all or any of these reasons, a visitor has no right to inflict upon his friend the society of his dog as well as himself."
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen
{a constitutional antipathy to dogs ~ I love it. I have a constitutional antipathy to uggs}

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