It's hard for me to turn the steampunk hunting instincts off, Gentle
Reader. I'm like a truffle pig in this particular matter. Snuffle
snuffle snort . . . steampunk!
thought there would be a more propitiatory connection to early flight,
all my research suggests the French were once particularly enamored of
floating about full of hot air, as it were. But I did see some fun
Some amazing clocks inside cathedrals, outside churches, and in museums.
The local market in Colmar had a clock repair station, rather charming.
Perhaps the crossbow isn't quite steampunk, but there is something deliciously mechanical about this particular weapon.
Verne, godfather of us all. We found ourselves in this fab old
bookstore and whittled away many hours looking at the pretties. The
fanciest older books were all either religious or Jules Verne. I don't
quite know what that says about the French but I found it intriguing.
on tracks, mind you, which means they aren’t really trains but they are
cute. This one was in St. Malo. The AB and I rode on one in Colmar.
are Renaissance or earlier objects, so more clockpunk than steampunk,
but I was still drawn to them at the museum in Colmar. They just all
look like they do such interesting things. Even if that thing is just to
sit and look intriguingly useful.GAIL'S DAILY DOSEYour Moment of Parasol . . .1825 Umbrella The Metropolitan Museum of ArtYour Infusion of Cute . . .The Ambassador survived my trip awayYour Tisane of Smart . . .Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Book Wranglers
say of E&E that, “The pure charm radiating from this book (and,
hopefully the series to come) is palpable. Pick it up, read it once,
then read it again - it's that good and it'll have you laughing the
(This review is one of the cutest I’ve seen, with gifs punctuating it that were charming.)PROJECT ROUND UPWaistcoats & Weaponry
~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Working third draft.Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013
.Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Release date November 2013.Manga
~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless
) Available serialized through YenPlus
. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.Prudence
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Begin rewrite in 2014.
Book News:Gathering of English and Japanese Parasol Protectorate booksQuote of the Day:
“To be sold, an Erard grand piano, the property of a lady about to travel in a walnut-wood case, with carved legs.”
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine November 1872