2.27.2013

Analytical Versus Creative or Why Gail's Life Went Bang


I was going to just let it drop and see if you noticed. Of course you'd notice, Gentle Reader. No actually, I wasn't, there was never a time when I wouldn't have confessed all. You know me, I'm not that kind of lady. But this one, Gentle Reader, this one is a difficult confession. So I rode out the launch of Etiquette & Espionage, because really I had no other choice and now is the time, otherwise I will have left it too long.

Prudence is going to be pushed back. Again. A whole lot.

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Joe Dallek In An Ivy Hat
Basically, my failure. Now, I rarely see failure as a bad thing. I am after all, trained as a scientist, so in the end failure is merely proof in the form of negative results. At least, when I have proof, I can rule that avenue of approach out in future, save time, and move on, hopefully in the direction of more positive results. So for me, this is if not a good thing, hopefully beneficial in the long run.

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Here's a British breakfast to make you feel better

Here's what happened...

I'm a weird hybrid of analytical logical-loving scientist meets creative airy-fairy wordsmith. Yes I know, Gentle Reader, there are a number of us out there. I write, and I imagine and I wander crazy invented worlds, but I do it armed with a spreadsheet and an outline and notes (not in notebooks, but in ledgers, I LOVE ledgers). I draw maps of non-existent lands, and diagrams of battle sequences, but the lands are fake and the battles are between preternaturals and vampires. I have internal schematics of the ships and houses my characters live in, sometimes I think someone looking over my notes would be hard pressed to decide if they belonged to a writer or a brigadier.

I'm accustomed to my analytical side enacting a sharp disciplined schedule ruthlessly upon my creative brain.

"Here's the plan," says Gail the Scientist. "Just hit these deadlines, make these marks, write at these times every day and everything with stay on schedule."
"OK," says Gail the Author, "That seems fine to me."

The Experience in images:
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What It Looks Like To Others
2WhatItFeelsLike
What It Feels Like To Me
3WhatIWantItToBeLike
What I Want It To Be
4WhatActuallyHappensInTheEnd
The Truth Of The Matter

I genuinely thought I could do it. I thought with a schedule and everything in its proper place I could write one book and then another, I could flip flop between two different main characters and two different Victorian time periods. All it would take was lots of notes and spread sheets and . . .

My creative brain revolted; in a smack down "what on earth were you thinking?" kind of way.

Turns out I can't balance two books a year, in two different worlds, along side book tours and conventions and an actual life, no matter how many lists and spreadsheets my analytical brain churns out.

For the first time in my life, my creative brain took a most decided stance on the subject and there was nothing my analytical brain could do about it. Lets use the gentile term and say I had a meltdown. If, perhaps, there were copious boughts of sniffles, and vast quantities of custard, tea and Thai food applied, you won't tell, will you?

So what does an author do under such circumstances. Eats crow, goes hat in hand to her agent, who goes hat in hand to her editors, and . . .

I did make my deadline with Prudence (my analytical brain insists that I make this known) but no one, not me, not my editor, not my beta readers is happy with the resulting manuscript. In the end, my creative brain simply can't hand the flip flop and so for my own sanity I have had to put the rough draft of Prudence aside for 2013. Instead i have to focus in on one project, complete the Finishing School series first, and then do a 50% overhaul on Prudence before anyone will be satisfied with the result.

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Daybreak

I'm heartsick that you who are waiting for the new adult series will have to wait quite a bit longer. My analytical mind is terribly embarrassed but it could not wrestle the creative author beast into submission. In the end, I'm hoping what everyone wants the most is the best possible book. Right? The creative brain reliably informs me, when we are on speaking terms which isn't often right now, that this delay will have that result. The very earliest you can expect Prudence is Spring 2015. And that's quite optimistic. No promises.

Please please don't be too angry with me. I really did try.

Stupid creative brain.

Your, Gail

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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1806 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Georgia Russell

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Weird victorian term explained, Spirits of Hartshorn.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
First Look at a First Draft

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Writing rough draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date November 2013. Await ARCs.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition possibly Nov. 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delay. Begin rewrite in 2014.


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW


Book News:
PW writes about you, Gentle Reader, as well as me.

Quote of the Day:
“A ‘first appearance in public’ took place at the Globe Theatre, Boston, one evening last week, when a sleek looking cat came before the curtain between the second and third acts. The debut was not a successful one, as kitty ‘broke down’ without saying a word, and hastily sought the nearest dark corner.
Cats are very fond of the stage. There was a “first appearance’ at the Chestnut Street Theatre the first night Miss Cushman played Meg Merriles. The applause was divided, but the cat’s was a little ahead.”
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine August 1872

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2.25.2013

Palo Alto Etiquette & Espionage


My final event for the Etiquette & Espionage launch was at the Palo Alto City Library (Downtown location, 270 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, CA) on Friday Feb 22 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. There was a little Steampunk Reception with Books Inc. on hand to sell books. The library kindly supplied lots of tasty nibbles, flowers and decoration.

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I drove down early in order to avoid Friday traffic and to visit Tea Time in Palo Alto. They came highly recommended by the Tea Rage podcast, so I was very excited to sample their wares.

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Tea Time Palo Alto

It is a very European establishment. Which is to say, service is unbelievably slow. Fortunately, we had a few hours to dawdle over tea and gossip. I ordered the strongest pure leaf Assam they had which, after much discussion, turned out to be the Harmutty.

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The Assam List

I liked it enough to buy some to take home but by then we'd been there for a hour and half and I didn't feel like waiting however long it would take them to actually wrap me up some of the tea. My dining companion sampled the Masala chai. She liked it, it was a big aggressively singular in its notes for me, not enough complexity. I prefer a chai with a range of spices (cinnamon pepper ginger) and not just cumin. She sampled three petite macarons, which we found nice a light with good flavor. I had a slice of the mango mousse, which tasted far more pineapple than mango but was fluffy and refreshing.

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Tea!

After that we went to event. It was a fun closer to the E&E parade. I'm still a bit under the weather so my energy wasn't all that. We watched the trailer and then had a Q&A. (Would Socrates run a Q&Q? Ha, I kill me.) I wore a steampunk influenced plaid outfit. Lots of fun questions we asked, I tried to answer as honestly as possible.

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Then I signed books and poodled off.

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This concludes the Etiquette & Espionage launch events. Next up . . . AnomalyCon in Denver! But first I'm moving my office and starting to write Waistcoats & Weaponry!

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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1890-1899 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Godeys Sept 1872 Party

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Gridded Cutting Mat

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Three Ways to Add Tension During Revisions

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Await ARCs.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date OUT NOW Tour events in progress!


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, both now available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW


Book News:
Etiquette & Espionage is a Kindle select.

Quote of the Day:
“Then listen to me, Edith. I love you as man never loved before – madly, wildly. Tell me you will be mine ‘for years and forever.’ “ and one strong arm was around her, and the little head fell just where is should have done, on the broad shoulder that was there to receive it, and he raised the shining curls that dropped to conceal her blushes, and imprinted his first kiss on its pale surface.”
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine August 1872
A fine example of sentimentality.

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