8.31.2012

All About Parasols


Received a missive once, yes, Gentle Reader, in the Mail, all about parasols. What does it say about my character that I found this rather dry reading absolutely fascinating? My concerned correspondent was a member of the Victorian Society and had just attended, of all marvelous things, a parasol covering workshop. I learned some interesting things:

    • early parasol ribs were made of bone, like corsets
    • parasols were particularly popular after the 1860's as hats began to decrease in size but the pale complexion was still de rigueur
    • handles started out short (under 28") and grew longer as decades passed, longest during the Edwardian era when the parasol could rest on the floor and handle came up to the lady's waistline (some parasols had handles that collapsed down for easy storage)
    • early Victorian fashion plates show parasols the size of handkerchiefs, with a 1-to-1 handled-shade ratio, diameters increased over time as well
    • the truly fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit
    • a parasol was one of the most popular gifts for a lover to give his sweetheart, and was often part of the groom's gift to has new bride
    • they were made from lace, cotton, or silk
    • could be trimmed in anything from silk tassels, to cotton lace, to crystal beads 
    • Parasol Language: Carrying it elevated in the left had - desiring acquaintance. Carrying it elevated in the right had - you are too forward.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay, I've paused writing for . . .
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Received next pass edits, second major revision under way.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
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:
Just Book reading

Quote of the Day:
"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
~ Oscar Wilde


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8.28.2012

A Peek At Gail's Research ~ Prudence

I'm writing the first Parasol Protectorate Abroad book right now, Gentle Reader, set in 1895. There are the usual pauses for research and as I thought you might enjoy a look at the rabbit holes I have been chasing over the past month in pursuit of fodder for Prudence. Mainly so she can blow it up or insult it, you know how these things go.
  • The history of Barclay’s Bank
  • Maps and diagrams of the Island of Malta
  • History and alternate names for London's Pea Soup fog best known today from Sherlock Holmes adventures.
  • History and use of the term "booby trap."
  • Names and titles of workers on board a steamer ship around the turn of the century.
  • History and use of bergamot.
  • Victorian deserts that might travel well.
  • History and evolution of the iconography around the goddess Sekhmet.
  • History of Fortnam & Mason (aka Tum Tums)
  • Fisk Jubalee Singers tours in the 1800s.
  • Famously beautiful Arabic women.
Life as an author, in a very odd sort of nut shell.

Pip pip,
~ Your Writer Beast

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Day Dress  late 1860s  The Kyoto Costume Institute

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Baking

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Wheelchair motorcycle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Shakespere Funny

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Rough draft. Enter fab new character. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Revised and turned back in, awaiting next edit pass.
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:
New interview with saz101

Quote of the Day:
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
~ Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710

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8.23.2012

Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk


Rummaging about in my research books for inspiration and getting sucked yet again into Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk by Edward B. Foote, M.D., 1871. This book contains such delicious chapter titles as:
  • The Causes of Nervous and Blood Derangements (Violating the Moral Nature, Bad Habits of Manhood and Womanhood)
  • Common Sense Remedies (Therapeutic Electricity, Animal Magnetism)
  • Private Words for Women (Derangement of the Monthly Flow, Nymphomania)
  • and (my personal favorite) Three Phases of Monogamic Marriage Daguerrotyped
Chapters also contained gems of wisdom in support of:
  • female doctors
  • "practical involuntary masturbation"
  • ladies being allowed to "pop the question"
  • and the vital importance of married couples "sleeping apart" (by reason of the fact that if they sleep too often together they will grow to look like one another)
Very sensible stuff.


"From five to eight hours bodily contact in those magnetic elements which, when diverse in quantity and quality, produce physical attraction and passional love, promotes permanent unchange of individual electricities, and the absorption of each other's exhalation, leading directly to temperamental inadaptation, and to the married pair growing alike physically. "
~ Edward B. Foote, M.D.
(original spelling)

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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Your Infusion of Cute . . .
CatsBoxes

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Victorian message in a bottle uncovered at a church in Durham. As requested by the note, renovators noted down certain information, then resealed and replaced the bottle!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Why Reread A Story You Already Know?
Chicago Manual of Style Online

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Rough draft. Got peeps floating, about to land in the Maltese Tower, back to work. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Revised and turned back in, awaiting next edit pass.
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:
A fun new interview in the New Reporter style.

Quote of the Day:
"Let us live, my Lesbia, let us love,
and all the words of the old, and so moral,
may they be worth less than nothing to us!
Suns may set, and suns may rise again:
but when our brief light has set,
night is one long everlasting sleep.
Give me a thousand kisses, a hundred more,
another thousand, and another hundred,
and, when we’ve counted up the many thousands,
confuse them so as not to know them all,
so that no enemy may cast an evil eye,
by knowing that there were so many kisses."
~ Catullus

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