Pikes Peak & Ketchup Events

Gentle Reader, forgive the lateness of this post? I returned from Pikes Peak Writers Conference in the wee hours of last night and seem to be still, in part, there. A series of unfortunate events, at which only airlines can excel, delayed one of my flights three hours. Screaming infants, disgusting salads, and overly scented seatmates notwithstanding I eventually stumbled into the waiting arms of the AB and the demanding histrionics of a gratifyingly excited Lilliput.

Gender bender book cover remake w/ self @ChuckWendig @jimchines @hank_phillippi and @MKMKMeredith via Pikes Peak Writers ‏@PikesPeakWrite on Twitter

Pikes Peak was a blast. Very much a convention for writers it reminded me how far I have come, and how not so long ago I was a total unknown, and how very fortunate I am. So thank you for reading my stuff. Really. What little wisdom I have gleaned I attempted to transmit, although I admit to being thwarted by the altitude and the alcohol. Let that be a warning in an of itself. Thou shalt not attempt to teach comedy in a corset at high altitude and then drink. Sigh.

Steampunk dinner w/ ‏@CindiMadsen @BrandyVallance @EvangelineD via Cindi Madsen on Twitter

Today has been a day of blurry busywork. I'm prepping for my next event, LepreCon in Mesa AZ (near Phoenix) in only a few weeks. I've also decided that I will, indeed, be going to England this August. I'll be at both Nine Worlds (London near Heathrow) and LonCon (London Docklands). I may ink in a  few other events in other parts of England as well, but it is family that is pulling me back so please allow me the liberty to visit with them first. I promise that the moment I have anything else confirmed I will announce it here and post it to my events page.

Over on Tentacle & Treacle a new recipe has dropped. Lobster salad, and I am very very tempted. Doesn't it just look a treat. Funnily enough I just found this in a book I was reading for research.

"First, mash together some hard-boiled yolk of egg, and some of the red coral of the lobster, with a little salt and cayenne. Mix in, with a fork, mustard to your taste; and then a liberal allowance of salad-oil, finishing with vinegar."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

It's like she read my mind as I was contemplating trying it out! Although her's looks like it tastes much better.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1833 Saturday June 1
L'Administration est Rue du Helder. La Mode Date: Saturday, June 1, 1833v. 14, plate 23

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
27 Items All Tea Lovers Needs in Their Lives

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Introducing Burlingame, a Safer Font for Your Dashboard

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Love scenes vs. Sex scenes


Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at crudrat.com

Book News:
Andrew Knighton Writes of Curtsies & Conspiracies, “Sophronia continues to be a splendid central character, the sort of skilled and purposefully disobedient role model I like to see.”

Quote of the Day:
"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."
~ Doug Larson

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