I am going to France in a little over a month, Fashionable reader. I'll
be in Saint Malo of Les Etonnants Voyageurs Festival (May 18-20) and
then Epinal for Imaginales (May 23-26)! If you are in the area and can
come and see me, the details of my French trip can be found on the Gail Carriger sightings page
After that, the AB and I will explore of the countryside near the
German border and end with a few days in Paris. I am excited, of course I
am excited, but I am all scared.
have been to France briefly before but I don't speak any French and I'm
terrified by the language and intimidated by the culture. I excavated
in Italy, I speak decent Spanish, and many of my friends in graduate
school were Greek. As a result, those tend to be the Mediterranean
counties I gravitate towards. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to
know a part of Europe I've never really explored before, but I do suffer
from travel fatigue.
course, I am attracted by the fashion, the food, and the wine. I
understand all about the romance and the beauty. But I'm still scared,
and the fear is blocking me from getting as enthusiastic as I want to be
about the trip.
thought I might appeal to you for help, Gentle Reader. Have you visited
France? Have you always wanted to visit? Do you simply love France, or
French culture? Would you mind telling me one exciting thing about the
country or the people? Something that is not common knowledge? Something
fun and unusual? Something a crazy tea drinking octopus centered glove
wearing steampunk author might latch on to?
All thoughts appreciated.GAIL'S DAILY DOSEYour Moment of Parasol . . .1865 The Los Angeles County Museum of ArtYour Infusion of Cute . . .Felted Octopus spotted in Jack London SquareYour Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian Term explained: Ambergris “Ambergris (or grey amber) is a
perfume found in the intestines of the spermaceti whale, of floating on
the sea; it is an unctuous solid body, of an ash colour. The Europeans
value it only as a scent; the Asiatics and Africans use it in cookery.”~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830Your Writerly Tinctures . . .PROJECT ROUND UPWaistcoats & Weaponry
~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Writing rough draft.Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Release date November 2013. My ARCs have arrived, contest to come.Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless
) Available serialized through YenPlus
. Print edition possibly
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Begin rewrite in 2014.
Not only I had a good time at AnomolyCon.Quote of the Day:
A DECIDED FOOL.
— The man is a fool who, when asked for his candid opinion, gives it.
~ Punch December 1853