7.30.2012

Too Funny Not to Post ~ the Convention Commandments Babled


So my French publishing house reposted my 10 Comic Con commandments, and then, since I don't speak french, I translated them using google translate. It's hilarious. Thus, one last time I present them too you here, Gentle Reader.

Gail Carriger has also participated in this event and, on this occasion, has issued the Ten Commandments that were followed during the four days she would go to the San Diego Convention:

1. You will apply a policy network and will agree schedules and meeting places with other participants.

2. You make friends in the queue and you will speak loud when you will leave the (so no sting you in your place), so that all may know that you come back (but you do not appliqueras this method if there are only fifteen minutes).

3. You do parcourras point while the exhibition hall in one day (because, as Tom says Galloway, visiting all the stands is equivalent to walking at least 6.5 km).

4. You'll remember the location of toilets and sanctify them.

5. You will bear the pinnacle of the survival tips from other authors (and other third parties).

6. Thou shalt put sunscreen and comfortable shoes bear.

7. Thou shalt not take a taxi or rickshaw without a specific address in mind. (And if you would take a rickshaw, you will not forget the point of negotiating the price in advance).

8. You will go ahead half an hour or an hour to reach your goal, whatever it is.

9. You do poseras point of silly questions to security guards (the stormtroopers you will be more helpful).

10. Thou shalt not covet an abundance of goods (or you and you anticiperas muniras prepaid packages).

My favorite is the bathroom one. Sanctify my brothers and sisters! Sanctify!

Just FYI, Gentle Reader, there may be a bit of a pause in blogging for the next few weeks. I've got some serious edits to enact upon Deportment & Deceit. Watch me whip the sucker into shape. Or don't watch me, cause I won't be online much. But, worry not, I shall be triumphant! Gail for the editing gold! Duum duum da dum da dum dum. Dum de de de, da da da, da da dah da da.

Can you tell I've be watching the Olympics?

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Parasols

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
1940s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
First gay president.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fixing a Stalled Scene

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Got peeps floating, about to land in the Maltese Tower but have had to pause to do edits on D&D.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
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Quote of the Day:
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7.26.2012

The Official Option Announcement


Gentle Reader, I thought you might like to read the official announcement of the Parasol Protectorate deal. It appeared recently in the PW Lunch as follows . . .

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NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's SOULLESS, a humorous Jane Austen-style steampunk fantasy about an avowed spinster who, being soulless, can negate supernatural ability and is thus shunned by London's society vampires until one rudely attacks her, upsetting the social balance and revealing a dark cult, to Parallel Films with screenwriter Ted Elliot (Pirates of The Caribbean and Shrek) attached, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency, Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Agency, and Wayne Alexander of ANLF.

Others discuss the option.

The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group discusses casting.

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And now I have a novel to write and edits incoming. Next week looks to be busy in that typeity-clackity staring-at-screens kind of way. An author's life is so much frantic on the inside, stationary on the outside. No wonder we have a well deserved reputation for going insane.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1905 Travelling Gown  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
cookie cup

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Captive Land Animal

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fixing a Stalled Scene

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
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Quote of the Day:
"Not only did Isabel frequent Turkish baths and spend days on end in harems, but she had taken to smoking the narghileh, or water pipe. Her fondness for wearing man's dress when she went traveling with Richard, especially, was considered not just eccentric, but thoroughly reprehensible."
~ Famous ambassadress Isabel Burton or Brazil and Damascus in the 1860s, about whom a movie would be wonderful

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7.25.2012

Comic Con Report from the Author-Side ~ Sunday (the last)


The last day of Comic Con and I managed to haul my sorry self out of bed for a swim, no Kevin Bacon sightings today. I saved my favorite silly gingham dress for last, paired with a crochet teacake for a hat.

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The AB and I wandered, once last time, around the Exhibition Hall saying goodby to what friends we could find. Soon enough the experience taxed my crowd coping reserves. At which point the AB ~ with Floote-like skill ~ sourced a beverage stall and acquired a nice cup of tea for me. It doesn’t take much to make Gail a happy girl.

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Wandering the hallways towards my afternoon panel, I was approached by the Littlest Spiderman for a photo. So cute and so polite. Not everyone asks, you know?

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(I am conscious of other's reasonable fears of photos of children on line, so if you are the owner of this spider kid and would like me to take this photo down, please don't hesitate to ask.)

After that, it was time for the Foes with Fur and Fangs panel. Just prior to arriving at the door, I realized I had lost my badge. Sometime after the spider kid photo, during the half block's walk . . . poof. I sent the AB off to GRT to see if he could alert someone. Meanwhile, my handler-man turned up, saw me safely installed in the panel room, and went off to make me a new badge. Just before the panel started, a different GRT member appeared up with my original badge which had been found and returned to them. They had alerted the AB to this fact, so he wandered off. (Hence no pictures of this panel.) My handler also had a new badge for me by the end of the panel. Their efficiency was AMAZING!

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Back to the panel. Sadly I was so out of it by Sunday, I don't remember much. Plus, I always feel a little awkward amongst contemporary urban fantasy writers. I don't know why, I guess the steampunk community is my safety net. Anyway, our moderator was great, asked lots of fun questions, and things seems lively and well received. You don't have to take my word for it, here's an audience member's perspective on this panel.

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After that, it was off for a signing session with all the other authors form the panel. I was once more charmed by how chattery and personable my readers were, not that I would cast dispersions on anyone else's readers, but mine are, obviously, the best evah!

Then I nipped outside for an interview with Lauren Zurchin of Lytherus. She was charming and I nattered away, as I tend to do in interviews, well over time.

Then the AB and I snuck off for dinner with old friends of mine from the convention circuit before I was a pro. Back to the hotel there was some talk of things I was supposed to do, and places I ought to put in an appearance. But utterly exhausted we settled on a trio of creme brulee and a nice glass of wine while we watched the sun set.

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All-in-all, I'm calling Comic Con a pretty darn successful convention. I was a little overwhelmed by the numbers and the Hollywood-ish-ness of it all. But i did feel prepared, I'm glad I did the research and grateful to friends and fellow authors who advised me before (and during) on how to cope. For those who have kindly asked, I don't know if I will do it again on my own dime. I certainly wouldn't do it without my adorable travel companion, and the AB has a very tight work schedule that doesn't permit us to travel together all that much. A once in a lifetime thing, perhaps?

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An odd final punctuation to the convention was the USA today paper popped under my hotel door that Monday. What should be on the front page? An article on steampunk. So it goes.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1775-1780  Robe à la Poloniase  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes
This is a cake!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Develop Conflict in your Stories

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


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

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Due Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
Blameless reviews . . .

Quote of the Day:
"In the club there was a sign saying NO DOGS OR NANNIES BEYOND THIS POINT. Things were like that. It wasn't peculiar, bit it was the order of it the really upset me. I thought it was so insulting to my nanny."
~ Felicity Wakefield, Egypt 1956

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