3.30.2011

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Five

ashura_oh asks:
I (rather pale, ashen blonde) just can't decide about a basic colour to base my wardrobe on this season. Any recommendations?
A very interesting question, for spring there are a number of whites on the runway, but that would not suit one such as you. And for fall 2011 it's all blacks and muted forest green and burgundies – again, not for you. Branching out, I'm afraid, is your only choice. I'd suggest some vintage looks (Victorian or 1960s or 1970s depending on your body type) in lovely sea blues and greens, with dove gray and camel making for great neutrals, also soft pale pinks and peach if you aren't afraid of girly.

E(D)U asks:
Ok, so "Who's your dandy?" (You can just say your favorite dandy you ever met.)
Oscar Wilde of course, as if you need ask! Of course, the Pimpernel fellow was terribly clever and diverting.

Sniffly Kitty asks:
What gadget in the modern age would you love to have?
The electric curling iron, without out a doubt!

Debbie asks:
What do you most like about being a vampire?
The ever-changing fashionable world, naturally. Or should I say supernaturally?

Dovile asks:
What is your favorite perfume?
Well I must say I do find that Sunshine endeavor quite revolting, not to say insulting. I like fruity blends, apricot and peach, so summery.

Rhianna asks:
Any special advice for a vampire dandy in training, Lord Akeldama?
Nothing is more important than good posture, clean shoes, and a perfect manicure. And of course, surrounding one's self with pleasant attractive company can only improve one's own personage and impression.

More from Lord Akeldama in a few weeks.

Your moment of parasol . . .

From Priscilla's Parasols.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Costumes based on Soulless!!
Your Tisane of Smart:
Time Travel Kitchen on Fresh Fruits and How to Serve Them.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
An agent workshops a query letter

Timeless: Second draft out to second reader.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE! I start fixes and writign tomorrow.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

New interview up over at Stellar Four.

Quote of the Day:
"I could speculate, but it would be just speculation and the kind of thing that you would get in with a science fiction story. And if I was doing a science fiction story then I would come up with what can go wrong with this system."
~ Gene Wolfe
...commenting about the future of book publishing technology

3.28.2011

The Final Final Cover of Heartless


And here it is, the absolute final for the US edition of Heartless. Note the changes from the last one?



Had a lovely tome at the Nova Albion Steampunk convention, swanking about in corsets and steampunk garb, gabbing on panels, and drinking champagne and tea (separately, mind you). I've lost most of my voice (terribly careless of me), but Cherie Priest and I managed to continue to rumor in the steampunk community that we are, in fact, the same person by switching name tags at every opportunity. Confusion and hilarity reigned. I was asked to sign two of her books, she was asked to sign one of mine. World domination ensues.


Your moment of parasol . . .


Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
I love Jason Wu's Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Black trousers with white print blouse and black ribbon tied about the neck. White dresses with black belts. Leather skirts. All black outfits with a winter white cape over the top. Royal blue with black, lace, and subtle prints. Lunchbox bags. Black dresses with white petticoats. Blood red shoes. Lovely.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Khaki. Or, How India Invented Camouflage by G.D. Falksen
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Interesting thoughts on international authors.

Timeless: Second draft out to second reader.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE! I start fixes and writign tomorrow.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Finishing School announcement reads as follows:
NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's debut YA historical fantasy series ESPIONAGE AND ETIQUETTE, set in her Soulless Alexia Tarabotti world but 40* years prior, an incorrigible aristocrat is sent off to finishing school to learn how to be lady only to discover that the school trains young ladies alright but for the wrong kind of "finishing," pitched as Ally Carter meets Steampunk, to Kate Sullivan at Little, Brown Children's, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, in a four-book deal, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).
UK & Translation: wlee@fieldingagency.com
Film: macendejas@lynnpleshetteagency.com
*Caveat: not 40 year, but 25. A misprint.

Quote of the Day:
"Our weekly deal round-up went out last night with 225 new deals, among them more big YA news in the run up to Bologna" . . . "NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's debut YA historical fantasy series ESPIONAGE AND ETIQUETTE was pre-empted by Little, Brown Children's in a major 4-book deal" . . .
~ Publisher's Lunch Headlines


3.25.2011

In Which A New Series is Set Afloat


My darling Gentle Reader, I have A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

I'm certain you are all trembling in your boots (nice, stylish, pretty boots). For you have been wondering for months, Gentle Reader, yearning to know only one thing in life . . . what is Miss Gail's Secret Project F?

Is she planning to take over the word and redecorate it for fashion purposes? Are there flute lessons in her future? Or is Floote butlering where he shouldn't? Or is it all three?

Well, the waiting is over!

I am delighted to announce that Secret Project F is . . . a four book young adult series! (I know I know a fashionable Floote playing the flute would be so much fun.)

The Finishing School Series is set in the same world as The Parasol Protectorate series, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There will be steampunk etiquette! There will be well-dressed espionage! There will be Victorian fake food. There will be flying mechanical sausage dogs named Bumbersnoot. I am excited. The first book will come out in 2012. And I am writing it . . . next.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Writerly Tinctures:On a writer switching genres.

Timeless: Working second draft,
Finishing School: Book One: It is ALIVE!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Wormhole says of Changeless, "The thing that stands out the most for me is the spectrum of emotion in this story - the reader is sent on a roller coaster ride throughout the story."

Quote of the Day:
"I never admit to more than 29 years of age. 30 at the most. 29 when there are pink shades, 30 when there are not."
~ Oscar Wilde

3.23.2011

What Made You Pick Up Soulless?


My friend, The Steampunk Scholar, is teaching Soulless at his university this semester. We got into a whole discussion, sparked by a student, over Twitter regarding why people originally picked up the book and what accounted for the steady rise in interest. As it is for an educational cause, I was hoping you wouldn't mind another poll so close to the last. The Scholar and I are quite interested, Gentle Reader.

Poll #1721567
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1
What made you pick up Soulless? The first thing that made you do it, or that really clinched it. Please try to pick just the most important or pivotal option . . . this is for science!

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
A classic Ivy hat

Your Tisane of Smart:

Your Writerly Tinctures:
My agent talks derivative works.

Timeless: Working second draft.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

All Things From My Brain reviews Soulless. "Check it out, people – it’s a great ride."

Quote of the Day:
"I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself."
~ Tom Stoppard

3.21.2011

Shoes! The Winnah! And Bodacious Boobage


Gentle Readers, thank you all for your help with the Terrible Shoe Decision of 2011. The clear winner, in a presidential-election-slim-majority-kind-of-way, was the stilettos. I have, thus, chosen to go with them.


In the end, in addition to all the reasons mentioned in the original post and the sway of public opinion, I had two other reasons for going with this shoe. One, despite its rich history, I really am just not a kitten heel girl. I have been wearing stilettos as long as I can remember and I can't break free. Two, there is a possibility that the kittens may turn up on super sale at the Rack sometime in the future. I could always get them then, at a much reduced price. This is less likely to occur with the stilettos.

In other news, I got to see the first chapter sketches for the manga of Soulless. I can't share the art with you yet, they are waiting to have the cover finished to make The Big Announcement, but I can tell you how excited I am about it. Now this is manga, I want you all to prepare yourselves for big eyes, youthful looks, and tiny noses. Yes, even Alexia. But I am a manga fan, so I just adore it. Alexia's disgruntled looks are particularly wonderful. And the fight sequences are deliciously rendered. But, let me tell you what I like the most, please?


Alexia has spill-over bodacious fantabulous boobage. I mean whole civilizations could occupy that valley of the dolls, neighboring city-states are planning initial foraging missions as we speak. Or to be more crass, girl has got epic rack! Now, I adore Donna, but I wrote me a main character with some meat on her for a reason. (And if you ever meet me in person, you'll meet the reason.) And if there is one thing manga artists do well, its the chest area. Marvelous, I tell you, marvelous. It brought to mind Greg Proops' recent Smartest Man in the World podcast where he lauds such wonders of the chesticaled world as Tura Satana and Jane Russell. I was, in fact, thinking of Jane Russell's body when I wrote Alexia's body descriptions.

Anyway, can you tell, I am excited? Well I am.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Last month, I broke down and after months of hunting (my last little red bag died in Australia last August) I decided to purchase a new one online, the vintage shops just weren't providing. My new baby arrived in the mail recently and I love it. Just the right shape and color with a leopard interior and big enough to hold a paperback (realized recently that as an author, all my bags must be such).



I was down to the wire at the last between that one and this more luggage shaped red one with a tiny bow. I decided I like the shape of option one better, not to mention the fastening, a slightly bigger size, and a slightly truer red.



Pleased to then run across this Chanel ad, supporting my decision.


 Of course during the process I also fell in love with this red bow tote and this carry on. Don't worry I didn't buy them.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Steampunk buttons and auctions to help raise money for Japan. I'll be contributing signed copies of my first 3 books to the auction.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Victorian resource books for costuming and domestic life

Timeless: First draft out to first reader.
Secret Project F: It is ALIVE!
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Agony Column interviews me in March of 2011. (direct MP3) On research and world building.

Quote of the Day:
"Your stuff starts out being just for you… but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right - as right as you can, anyway - it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it."
~ Stephen King