10.31.2011

Ketchup ~ Moving = Gail's Life in Chaos

Alexia in Shock
It's a good kind of chaos, my darling Gentle Reader. I have only one more event this year, TeslaCon. And I have only one more project due, the first Finishing School book: Etiquette & Espionage. Here is an example of the fashion styles featured in this series.


E&E is turning into one of those manuscripts I keep thinking is done and then . . . isn't. You know kind of like Babylon Five. I'm struggling to complete the last of the edits and hope tat by the end of this week it will be off my plate and I have the month of November free before I start up again on the second book in the series, Deportment & Deceit, in December.

But, Miss Gail, you might well ask, why are you stopping writing even for a few weeks?

Because . . . I am moving house. And when you have two closets of clothing and fifty-two pairs of shoes and have to go down to one closet half the size of one of the original? Moving house is so much more than just relocating stuff, it's getting rid of stuff too.


Yes, I have to purge. It's hard my darlings, very hard. Because I invest in clothing and then I take good care of it. So I have not only dropped a good deal of money on the items I own, but they are still in great condition, so getting rid of something feels . . . traitorous. More on this to come in Retro Rack, where I am sure to lament at length my various losses over the coming month and possibly give things away to readers of that blog.

My dream closet . . . someday

But it's not just clothing and accessories on the chopping block, oh no, books have to go. I buy paperbacks as a rule, and I am strict with myself about only keeping about 100 or so, but still. Then there are all the research books. And let's not even talk about my kitchen crockery habit. (I have a terrible weakness for square plates.)

I tell you, moving is a real challenge! And now I am going to avoid it by going back to work writing. I have a novel to finish, packing and purging can wait.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
All about cover art.

Timeless: Now in production. The release date on Amazon is correct.

Etiquette & Espionage: Working fourth pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! Release date sometime 2013.

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


Book News:
Review of the Heartless audiobook.
Quote of the Day:
"We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us."
Winston Churchill
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10.27.2011

Podcasts for Characters

There are some authors out there who listen to music while they write. Soem of them even make soundtracks for books. I am not one of those authors, Gentle Reader. As a former dancer I find myself wanting to twirl about too much when music is on.


I listen to a lot of podcasts however, mostly when I am driving, exercising, shopping, running errands, cooking, eating . . . Yeah, pretty much any time I am not writing. In fact, you might call me a podcast fangirl. This is one reason I love Balticon so much. So I realized recently that I associate certain podcasts with certain characters, in a Peter and the Wolf kind of way. Which is to say, they not only seem to tie in together but if I know that character has a scene coming up I will sometimes rearrange my podcast listening schedule to coincide.

Here's the association:
So if one of those is your favorite character, I wonder if you would like the associated podcast. And I'm curious, do you associate certain music with my books or characters? Do you use music when you are writing?

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
http://www.orbitbooks.net/2011/10/25/form-structure-and-scouting/

Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.

Etiquette & Espionage: Working fourth pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! Release date sometime 2013.

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


Book News:
A bunch of Soulless reviews.Quote of the Day:
"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors."
~ Alice Walker
Daisypath Graduation tickers

10.25.2011

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Thirteen

Lord Akeldama

Rebecca asks:
Opera, play, or symphony?
Play darling beccalite, whenever vampirically possible, but sometimes one must put in an appearance elsewhere. Operas are suited only to those who like opera girls, and in the symphony everyone sits, you can't observe what they are wearing at all well. So it's the play for me. I am a particular fan of Shakespeare, I do like men in tights.

Lady Emma of Portsmouth asks:
I assume you are acquainted with many noteworthy vampires, but I have to ask, are you acquainted with any werewolves... ..or are there any werewolves you hold in high regard?
My dearest pink peppercorn of Portsmouth, I don't hold anyone in high regard, that would be vexing for all concerned.


Suzanne asks:
Have you ever been at a loss when it comes to your distinctive and flowery terms of endearment [eg. my rose petal] that you use so frequently?
My darling grape-seed of the morning dew, me? Never! My creator, on the other hand, often walks around making tea and muttering endearments to herself and, on occasion, pauses mid conversation to make a note. Sometimes I suspect she created this Dear Lord Akeldama column so she could keep in practice, if you take my meaning. There was also one hilarious conversation with Gail's editor over whether my little terms of endearments ought to be capitalized, I was, naturally, in favor.

tsgeisel asks:
How do you feel about Fezes?
That a once fine chapeau has been subsumed by the supercilious.


Julia ask:
How long does one stay a drone before, Master/Mistress willing, succumb to the transformation? May I be so bold as to also ask how long you stayed a drone?
Ah me, such a serious question. When to metamorphose a drone is like knowing when to remove the tea bag from your cuppa. When the tea is ready, my butterfly upon a lilac branch . . . when the tea is ready, out comes the soul! I suppose one might say, if the drone has seeped properly into vampire culture, if he fits, if he is not . . . too bitter. One must be careful, of a certain, not to leave the drone for too long, he becomes too strong, too attached to humanity, too tannic. His soul not longer has anything left to give to immortality. It is a delicate balance. And the difficulty is, as with tea, every drone is a different blend and must be soaked for a different length of time. Oh look at me! I am soooo poetic!


wolfgang20 asks:
Have you had your portrait painted by any of the great masters? If so which ones? I can imagine you looking even more wonderful than usual in the fashions of the first Charles.
Oh, my dear you flatter me so! I might have sat for the occasional painter in my time, they have a prediction for putting me in as the pageboy or wearing yellow, I am never certain whether to be flattered by this or not.


scullerym8d0182 asks:
Lord Akeldama, I am a girl of considerable girth and would like to find a corset to affect the illusion of a waist, but alas sizing seems horribly confusing. Any tips?
My dear sudsy muffin, what would I know of ladies foundation garments? I pass you along to my creator . . .
Gail will be taking this question in her RETRO RACK blog very soon . . .

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Interesting data website of SF/F in Spanish: La Tercera Fundacion.

Timeless: Galleys done, Timeless now in production. The release date on Amazon has been corrected.

Etiquette & Espionage: Working third pass final edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats!

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

Book News:
Roswell Patch Soulless review.
Novel A Day reviews Changeless.
I Believe in Fairytale reviews Blameless.
Heartless review.

Quote of the Day:
"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors."
~ Alice Walker

Daisypath Graduation tickers