10.31.2011

Ketchup ~ Moving = Gail's Life in Chaos


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.

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 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

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?

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.

10.25.2011

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2011 Edition, Part Thirteen


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 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

10.18.2011

Back from Germany!


Well, Gentle Reader, I am back in the land of interweb access and full sized blankets. I had a wonderful time in Germany where they seem quite fascinated with good Italian coffee and gelatto, amazing cheese, and marvelous pastries. A girl can live on such things.


Don't know what to do with tea, those Germans. You should have seen me trying to convince them to bring me milk (NOT cream, thank you very much), and when they did it was warm and frothy. Luckily the tasty breakfast buffet came with an ubiquitous cereal bar and so I merely snagged milk from there for my morning pot and drank delicious lattes the rest of the time.


The AB and I landed in Frankfurt but skirted quickly out of town to Wiesbaden, one of the spa towns and made post haste for the hot water. After 11 hours on a flight who doesn't want a nice bath and a sauna? Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme

The spa and an angled house, yes the house was leaning. So cute.

After that we went to Frankfurt for the Book Fair it was . . . an experience. It's like BEA only bigger and requires a map and at least 30 minutes to get around, the fair, mind you not Frankfurt. I met with many of my foreign editors and publishers ~ from Russia to Japan to Sweden to Italy to Germany and beyond ~ although not all of them, as it was so crazy a few of them didn't make the meetings.

With my Italian editor and having high tea.

One of my favorite things to happen in Frankfurt was visiting my fans. A small but excitable group meet me at the Horse and Hour British pub and sat outside in the cold drinking bear and chattering away. I was a little jet lagged so not quite up to snuff but I learned all sorts of interesting things about the Germany steampunk movement and Clockworker which left me well armed with information for my meeting with my German publisher (the very aptly named Urban) the following day.

Photo of self with Sam, who has a write-up in German of the event, is the creator of this marvelous piece of fan art.

"I dare to dream of lovely books getting beautiful faces."

The AB and I escaped before the fair really got crazy and went to spend five days off grid on the Rhine. It was stunning. We used Koblenz as our base and from there did totally touristy things like Riesling tasting, visiting
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In Koblenz we stayed at the Hotel Brennar which I highly recommend. The hotel would certainly have suited a low key Lord Akeldama resplendent with white walls and royal blue and gold accents.




The food in Koblenz would have suited Alexia. There is an endless supply of amazing eats. The AB and I tried everything from bratwurst with mustered and buns and ~ YES! ~ sauerkraut, to boat faire of puff pastry and chicken in gravy sauce ("Good for the ladies" says out steward) to super high end local cheese platters to pair with our Riesling to ultra modern cuisine.


The food on the boat.
Cheese platter to go with wine.

Ice cream disguised as spaghetti.
I did find one new fruit I wanted to try, Physalis but I had never heard of it and didn't have the courage. From the wiki article I probably would have enjoyed it.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
SF Signal mindmeld discusses recent reads with authors and whether we would recommend the book or not. I talk about The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
An interesting take on why an professional writer should self publish.


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

Etiquette & Espionage: Handed in second pass 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:
Paranormal Wastelands enjoyed Soulless!

Quote of the Day:
"Plain buns are really one of the most harmless styles of refreshment (though the spirit quails at the thought of the ordinary station bun, which resembles nothing in life so much as a geological fragment), or sandwiches may be eaten, provided they are not of ham."
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, Hints to Lady Travellers 1889