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Jun. 23rd, 2014

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[sticky post] LiveJournal Is My Backup Blog

This is my back up blog. It shadows my blogspot which is more frequently updated and better maintained.

Please feel free to friend me here, but be aware that I can not friend you back. I have maxed out my friend allotment from the LJ gods, sorry.

Feb. 10th, 2016

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German Hardcovers ~ Cover REVEAL (sort of)

Well, Gentle Reader, I finally got around to hunting and pecking the interwebs to find my German Hardcover art.


I don't hear much from my foreign publishers as a rule, but I did hear Germany was releasing the Parasol Protectorate in hardcover, although it seems they have only done the first three.

Anyway, here they are:

Soulless

Changeless

Blameless

I rather like them. They are very different from anything else I've ever had. And I do love RED.


You can read about the original covers for the German paperbacks, my mixed feelings (although I have come around), and the dubious title changes in my original post on the subject of the German translations. Discussion of the German editions and again concerning the relation to a certain Ivy outfit in Timeless.

German readers have embraced my books, for which I am most grateful. They are the first to bring out the Parasol Protectorate in both hardcover and trade with different cover art. They also have translated the manga editions into German. Read more about foreign covers and translations of this series on my wiki.

{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Wednesday, July 1, 1846 Item ID-  v. 31, plate 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
michaelmoonsbookshop-tumblr
How sweet to revel in the world of books"
19th century illustration c1875

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopus Gets Mental Workout with Hamster Ball

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 Industry Issues for Authors to Watch in 2016



PROJECT ROUND UP




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Meanwhile On Facebook


Quote of the Day:
“He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Feb. 8th, 2016

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Gail Carriger's Master List of Convention Packing & Attending Tips


For me, the convention season is soon to begin. I have a number of posts on attending conventions, Gentle Reader. I thought I would pull them together for one easy reference.

I average about 12 events a year divided between: comic cons, small SF/F conventions, large conventions, trade shows, book fairs, writing retreats, writers conferences, book tours, and their various international equivalents.

Gail's Favorite 10 Convention Commandments


I believe that these apply across the board, regardless of convention size, and pretty much whenever traveling anywhere.

1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule. At least six hours sleep, two full meals (one of them a big breakfast), and one bath.*
2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
4. Thou shalt wear layers.
5. Honor thy moderator.
6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints, floss, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
8. Thou shalt follow the protocols of cosplay. (No realistic weapons, no sticky substances AKA the PB & J rule, no view obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed dimensions.)
9. Thou shalt not put a backpack on a large man. (Nothing worse than being a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding Sasquatch, particularly on planes.)
10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.

* In my case this is the 8, 3, 2 rule. I try to get at least 8 hours sleep, hence you see me heading to bed at midnight. I eat 3 full meals (you knew Alexia's obsession with food came from me, right?). And I take a shower in the morning and a bath, or at least a soak for my poor feet, in the evening.

Ply me with a drink sometime and I will tell you about the secret of the Baby Brick and how to get the right hotel... Meanwhile, let's talk packing.

How to Master Modular Packing


In addition to pockets in various suitcases, I'm a believer in keeping everything as modular as possible. I use two sets of clear with colored zipper tops, 7 different sizes. Plastic baggies work well enough. I travel enough to find something more durable endlessly useful.


Baggies
Travelon Set of 7 Packing Envelopes, Assorted Sizes $14

I like to use the largest baggie for my itinerary, magazines, and lecture notes to review on the plane. I find it works better than a folder, nothing falls out. Also it accommodates both paper sizes for international trips.

Author Convention Attending Kit








L-R, T-B = promo postcards, pens for signing all books, special cards to give away to kaffeeklatch, small notebook, name tents, newsletter sign up sheet, business cards, book covers (first in each series), kit bag.

Food Kit




At conventions often my schedule is so busy I simply have to eat snacks and leftovers out of my room fridge. My food kit includes extra mints, condiments, mini marmites (legitimately stolen when in the UK), G2 for dehydration headaches, vitamins & pills, and proper tea utensils. It only goes with me when I'm staying for a while and checking luggage. I've recently added a pocket knife to the mix, again, only for checked luggage. I've also become enamored of a Clear2Go water filtration bottle for plane travel and tea making once I land. Speaking of tea...


Tea Kit




There is the customary tea supply (14 bags, two for each day) plus about 5 raspberry leaf, creamer (I need to steal more) for emergency use only, and the water boil coil with European adapter.


Makeup


I have a hanging roll. I got it free with a magazine in England some 15 years ago and I will be CRUSHED when it finally dies since there doesn't seem to be anything else like it out there. I've arranged it so there are no liquids, thus I never have to worry about TSA. So far airport security has never asked me to unroll it.



I use a jewelry roll for my jewelry, no picture, it's just a cheepie from Marshalls.

Toiletries


I have three kits: long haul, on-plane, and short haul.

Baggies

  • The black long haul stands up on its own, great for hotels, and gets wrapped in a plastic bag inside my checked luggage, so it doesn't have to be clear. The others are for carry-on.

  • The littlest one is for on-plane long flights when the long haul toiletry is already checked. It is comprised mainly of solid state products and sample products in tiny packages so it gets through security without having to be removed. But it's clear just in case. Eye drops and and chapstick are a must. Also this kit should work for at least one overnight in case of getting stranded.

  • The larger clear bag, for weekend short haul trips, does have to be taken out at security, so it's packed in the outside pocket of my carry-on for ease of access.


Emergency Kit


Here's a blog I did on Retro Rack featuring the contents of my fashion emergency kit.


Want a more detailed break down of the contents of these kits?  Find it in this older blog post.


{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Journal des Dames Date-  Wednesday, September 1, 1847 Item ID-  v. 32, plate 59

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Watch This Octopus Attack on Snorkeler Kill with Cuteness

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Recipe: Artichoke Barigoule (1879)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
10 Women Who Changed Sci Fi


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.




Gail Carriger's Scribbles!



The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Feral Wordmonger says of jumping into the middle (!) of the Finishing School series:
“I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how exactly I was able to move so smoothly into the dead center of a book series like that. And all I can reckon is that I was able to follow along because the narrative moved forward just as confidently as the heroine herself.”

Quote of the Day:
“They assault and batter nothing but pianos; they steal nothing but ideas; they murder nobody except Chopin and Beethoven.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!

Feb. 5th, 2016

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Audible Now Offers Crudrat and A Carriger Quartet


Gentle Reader, I am delighted to announce that, finally, after a great deal of effort (thank you Dan) you can now buy the full cast audio production of Crudrat on Audible for $18. We are also offering an Audio CD through Amazon only (at the moment, we hope to find other distributors) for $25.


Crudrat is a YA sci-fi adventure in the style of Heinlein written with young women in mind. It was backed as a kickstarter for full cast audio. Learn more about Crudrat. Learn more about the kickstarter (now over).

Right now I have no intention of turning Crudrat into a print book. Ask me about it in person some time and I'll explain my reasoning.

But there's more!


You can also buy on Audible, bundled under the name A Carriger Quartet for $6, the full cast productions of my four short stories that were part of the stretch goals for the kickstarter. The Audio CD is $20 on Amazon only.


These stories are: My Sister's Song (the first story I ever had published), The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti), Fairy Debt, and Marine Biology (my only existing contemporary M/M paranormal romance). Learn more about these short stories.

These stories are only available in print books when combined in an anthology. Both Curious Case and Fairy Debt have been recently picked up to appear in now anthologies in the coming year. I'll let you know more when I do.

Questions Answered


The CDs are listed as Temporarily out of Stock. !?
Ignore. It's a print-on-demand thing. They should ship if you order. If not, it's Amazon being janky.

Can we get Crudrat and A Quartet on Audible in Australia, UK, or the rest of the world?
It should be available worldwide, we did trigger that setting when uploading to Audible. If you still can't get it, it is available for sale on Gumroad via the Crudrat website as well.

What about the CDs worldwide?
Probably not.

MP3 CDs?
Still working on that one.

Kickstarter Update
There are a few kickstarter rewards still to come and there should be information on that coming to backers from my producer Dan very soon.


{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Evelyn Tripp on the cover of Charm magazine, May 1954 via theniftyfifties tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Incredible Footage Reveals How the Coconut Octopus Got Its Name

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Portrait of a Lady, A Brief History of the term “Lady”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
99 Ways to Spread the Word About A Book You Love


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.




Gail Carriger's Scribbles!



The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Tsana’s Reads and Reviews says of Crudrat: “I recommend it to fans of adventure-style SF and coming of age stories.”

Quote of the Day:
'Bring my shaving things.'
A gleam of hope shone in the man's eye, mixed with doubt.
'You mean, sir?'
‘And shave off my moustache.'
There was a moment's silence. I could see the fellow was deeply moved.
'Thank you very much indeed, sir,' he said, in a low voice.
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse


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Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!

Feb. 3rd, 2016

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Prudence Deleted Scenes


Just FYI, Gentle Reader, it is Steampunk Hands Around the World month. I'll be posting something eventually in accordance with the theme "A Few of My Favorite Steampunk Things." Hop on over to the Airship Ambassador if you want to read along or participate.

In honor of Prudence now being available in paperback, here are some deleted scenes from that book.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven't yet read it.

Since this series is currently being written, please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers for this series AND both other series (since this is chronologically last). Read at your own risk.

Paris - Sur le pont de la Concorde, 1890 via @valmad76 Twitter


Prudence Deleted Scenes


Percy on Rue's Lightskirt Outfit
Percy said, probably just to contradict, because he never noticed such things, "I think she looked smashing."
"Thank you, Percy."
"And disease free."
"Thank you Percy."
He evaluated her over this spectacles. "With only a touch of the street side doxy."
"Thank you, Percy!"

Dama & Uncle Biffy Conflict over Shopping with Rue & Primrose
Dama took Prim's deviance from her mother's questionable taste as a point of personal pride. When, in fact, Rue suspected Uncle Rabiffano had more of an effect. Uncle Rabiffano was a very odd sort of werewolf. He often shopped with them, and was always open to advise on outfit coordination, hair, and hats. Adoring him as she did, Primrose was wide open to his influence. Fortunately, Uncle Biffy was the most fashionable member of Rue's father's household. Which wasn't saying much, when one considered Lord Maccon and his pack. But was saying a great deal if pitted against Rue's adopted father and all the drones. Lord Akeldama's taste was flashy, Uncle Rabiffano's was elegant. Both girls had adored Dama's style when they were six, but now they sought Rabiffano's council and Lord Akeldama's approval afterward. It was a delicate wardrobe situation that Rue only managed to balance because the two gentlemen lived in separate houses. They both knew, of course, that the other had influence. It took a great deal of wheedling to convince each that the other didn't have too much influence.

Walking dresses in “The Girl’s Own Annual,” 1890 via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Rue's Mother's Profession
Her mother's profession, that of secret preternatural advisor to Queen Victoria, sometime spymaster, and member of the Shadow Council, was supposed to be just that . . . secret. Only Britain’s most respectable vampires and werewolves, and a select handful of progressive politicians, even knew of the Shadow Council's existence let alone the muhjah. Rue had never quite figured out what her mother specifically did, but it certainly kept said mother busy most nights. Her Paw had once said, not entirely sarcastically, that, "It is a position that allows my darling wife to meddle on as wide a scale as possible. She has the whole Empire to organize and terrorize. Keeps her mostly out of household business, offspring. I should be grateful, if I were you." Rue had taken this as advise, and given her mother's personality, been very grateful indeed.

Regarding Aunt Ivy's becoming a vampire, Rue's birth, & Lady Kingair's metamorphsis
Rue's parents had been roundly blamed for all three accidents. But they were collectively so powerful, all the complaining and grumbling was conducted behind their backs. Each ignored accusations of misconduct in their own special way – her mother by willful ignorance, her father by pure cussed obtuseness, and Dama by constant distraction.

Matej Sternen (Sloven artist, 1870-1949).jpg

Lady Kingair in a Pickle
The werewolf's smile broadened. "Kingair can only act under orders from the Shadow Council when they do not conflict with the brigadier. It is a curious position to be in as a pack, for we are now getting two sets of orders: one from the Dewan at home, to give their agent time, and the other from the brigadier, to rescue his kidnapped wife. Lady Kingair, as you might imagine, is not happy to be placed in this situation. Her position is already tenuous, as a female Alpha she is not permitted official rank in the British Army."

Percy Doesn’t Like Lady Kingair
"Somehow, I feel he'll be more forthcoming than my dear little niece."
"Your niece? Oh, Lady Kingair. Yes, you're probably right in that. A most disagreeable female."
"Come now, Percy, was she not instantly enamored of you? How unpleasant to have to earn a lady's regard for once." Rue stood, hoping Percy would take the hint. After a moment, he stood as well, gathering up his book and making his way to her door. Rue felt a little bad about her teasing. After all, Prim was right, poor Percy didn't seek out feminine attention on purpose.

Heat of India
Spoo was napping with the other decklings in her hammock. Above decks was as stiffing as bellow had been. The sun beat down, the day murky with stirred up dust and sediment, the mudflats and waters still. Even the sky rail seemed to be slumbering, the mechanical elephant still and silent above Colaba Station. Everyone waited for the worst of the day's heat to pass.

"A Stroll on the Beach" by Michael Ancher, 1896 via @MimiMatthewsEsq Tumblr


{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1890-1910 Knut Ekwall - Anne Sophie Ekenmann via history-of-fashion tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
NYPL Releases High-res scans of old books & manuscripts

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.




Gail Carriger's Scribbles!



The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Ingrid De Vrieze of Babelio says of Timeless: “Une fin de saga exceptionnelle.”

Quote of the Day:
“The man behind the bar told us the things were called Green Swizzles; and, if ever I marry and have a son, Green Swizzle Wooster is the name that will go down on the register...”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its Facebook Group.

Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!

Feb. 1st, 2016

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Prudence Available In Trade Paperback Tomorrow


"...author of some of the most pronounced and widely-read tripe ever put on the market."
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Prudence hits shelves in trade paperback size tomorrow, Gentle Reader. I know many of you are particular fans of this edition.


Here's some background fun bits and bobs for you, to celebrate the release...

Inspiration behind Prudence



Praise for Prudence


Stacie Penney of The Words Nerds says:
“Honestly, the whole thing pulls together many elements that I really like from Carriger’s novels — women who are in charge, men who admire them, sassy conversations, and devices galore.”

Karissa on Hidden by Pages says:
“I think this is Carriger’s best series yet.”

Candace’s Book Blog says:
“I don’t even know how to put this book to justice. There’s no way I can possibly explain how much I loved this. I loved the humor and the absolute silly ridiculousness. The characters were quirky, fun, delightful, and so much more. It was so well rounded and so well done…”

All About Romance says of the audiobook:
“It took just minutes to realize that Moira Quirk is the perfect narrator for this book, bringing the right sense of humor and tone to every character. Yes, indeed, some are rather over the top – Lord Akeldama most notably – but that’s exactly how Ms. Carriger writes the characters.”

Prudence in Japan

{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1890s Arthur Hopkins (British artist, 1848-1930) Woman by the Sea

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Minnesota Brothers Create 18-Foot Snow Octopus

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
10 Surprising Facts About Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Examining the Wonderful World of Steampunk: Maritime Terrorists, Time Travelers, and Mad Science


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Awaiting copy edits. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.




Gail Carriger's Scribbles!



The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
JL Dribble says of The Curious Case: “This story serves as a lovely taste of the shared world of Gail Carriger’s three series, the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, and Finishing School, in terms of both world-building and writing style.”

Quote of the Day:
“The sort of girl who reduces you to pulp with sixteen sets of tennis and a few rounds of golf and then comes down to dinner as fresh as a daisy, expecting you to take an intelligent interest in Freud.”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail's fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its Facebook Group.

Questions about Gail's steampunk world? There's a wiki for that!

Jan. 29th, 2016

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Casting Prudence the Movie (and Disinfectant Sunflowers)


Hello, dear Gentle Reader. One of the questions I often get is how I might dream cast my books. It's a fun mental exercise, although I'm not married to any casting and pretty open to other people's thoughts. My only restriction is that the person be able to do a proper British accent, which, frankly leaves most Americans well out of it. I may not be able to do one myself, but I sure can tell when it's off. And it drives me bonkers. Anyway, here we go...



Dream cast for Prudence


Rue (Prudence Akeldama): Jessica Brown Findlay

Source

Best known for her tragic role as Lady Sybil in Downton Abby, I chose Jessica Brown Findlay mainly because she can (obviously) do the right upper crust accent for Rue. Also, I think she would have fun with a more upbeat cheerful role. Rue is often described as round and jolly and while this actress is skinny (aren't they all?) she does have a sweet round expressive face which I think could do well for my main character.

Primrose Tunstell: Felicity Jones

Source

Primrose is Rue's best friend and main confidant. Rue and Prim look a little alike, in fact they use this in their schemes, often pretending to be the rich and feckless "Hisselpenny sisters." Occasionally, they will even switch names when visiting those who don't know them by sight (most do know them by reputation). Primrose is more reserved and interested in manners and organization than Rue. I'm thinking of Felicity's portrayal of the sister in Hysteria (Emily Dalrymple) when casting Primrose.

Frankly, given the skill of both the above actresses, I could also see Felicity play Rue and Jessica play Primrose. Another good alternate for either? Daisy Ridley

Percy Tunstell: Simon Woods

Source

I know Simon Woods from Cranford and I was thinking of him as the physical model as I wrote Percy. I don't know if he is a natural redhead but he looks good as one. I think he could play the part of stuck up bookish weirdly irresistible Percy beautifully. Although, I bet Tom Felton could also do a great job.

Quesnel Lefoux: Freddie Stroma

Source

Quesnel is French, raised in England, but bilingual and educated in France. I want a really boyish cheerful clownish feel for him, but also an actor able to show strong emotion and sex appeal. Quesnel is at least ten years older than the three other main characters, so he could be played by an actor in his 30s. When I describe him in the books, I was thinking someone like Alex Pettyfer (possibly too pretty?) crossed with young Leonardo DiCaprio. So I basically ended up with Freddie Stroma. But can he put a tiny hint of French into his accent? That's the question. If not, one wonders: how good is Vincent Lecoeur's English? Then again I've had a long running affection for Charlie Hunnam (from his Queer as Folk days, naturally) but he's gotten awfully weather beaten (I blame Sons of Anarchy).

I guess I am picking lots of Harry Potter actors (or might have-been) because they are all now around the correct age to be the characters in this series. Woe is me.

Tasherit Sekhmet: Indira Varma or Lisa Ray

Source

Source

Tasherit Sekhmet is drawn, in my head, off a combination of Nefertiti and Claudia Lynx and this magazine ad for shampoo showing an exotic woman in a robe that I clipped years ago. I don't see her as particularly puffy lipped and that seems to be something a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian actresses are getting done these days. A bit disappointing actually, I dithered over casting Priyanka Chopra as a result. Also Tasherit isn't cute. Someone like Aishwarya Rai, while utterly stunning, is too cute. I like Indira Varma because she is intensely regal, and can do a range of accents. Lisa Ray is also a great option, but can she change her Canadian accent for the role? Miss Sekhmet is a fun one to cast because she doesn't have to have a British accent. In fact, I'd welcome a bit of something else hinted as she speaks. Also her origins are unknown. Finally, I could see her played by a range of ages, so long as she has the regal beauty, so I'm not married to the Hollywood attitude of no female on screen after about age 30 (sigh).

On Disinfectant Sunflowers

"The Value of the sunflower as a disinfectant of the atmosphere has been well ascertained, but it seems not yet to be sufficiently appreciated. A German physician, Dr. Valentine, of Frankfort, has published an article on the subject, giving many facts to show that this flower has the property of purifying air laden with marsh miasm, by absorbing the noxious gases, and exhaling out ozonized oxygen. Among other instances, it is mentioned that a Dutch landowner, whose property includes some land on the banks of the Scheldt subject to floods, has planted three or four plots, thirty of forty yards from his house, with the effect of so much improving the air that for ten years no one on his property had been attacked with miasmatic fever, which continued to prevail on the neighboring properties, where similar precautions were not taken. Besides this, as the French Sanitary Commission lately pointed out, the sunflower is a most useful plant. It yields about forty per cent of good oil, the leaves furnish an excellent fodder, and the stem, being rich in saltpetre and potash, makes a good fuel."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine September 1872

Based off a post originally written for My Book, The Movie for Soulless.

{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1892-1894  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Lilliput Holds My Ebook For Me

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Top 12 Literary Quotes about Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
What Are Your Characters Ashamed Of?


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.




Gail Carriger's Scribbles!



The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Leonard Was Hopeful says of The Curious Case: “Even in this short story, Carriger maintains her kid-glove grip on the "free and indirect discourse" style initiated by Jane Austen; her use of language and tone is always spot-on for the time period.”

Quote of the Day:
“I don’t deserve my friends,” she remarked quietly. “Sure you do, opal of happiness,” Cleon said. “We’d’ve failed mathematics to a man without you, for one thing.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Squire: Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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Jan. 27th, 2016

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Gail Carriger Reviews The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede


I hope you all enjoyed The Raven Ring, and that for some of you this is your introduction to Wrede and Lyra. Lyra is one of the first epic fantasy worlds that I remember reading as a girl that was written by a woman. And while I always preferred Wrede's lighter fare, I have a number of friends who consider Lyra one of the great inventions of the genre.

The Raven Ring was always my favorite. I think it stands on its own and you either enjoy Wrede's lyrical, almost oratory, way of telling high fantasy, or you don't. But if you do, this particular book is a great window into her world.


The Raven Ring features a tough mountain lass, who just happens to be a badass fighter. It is basically a murder mystery with magic. Eleret must figure out who murdered her mother and what that has to do with the magical Raven Ring that is her only inheritance. It also features two marvelous love interests and a fun ending.

Sticking with this theme of noir meets fantasy, I've chosen Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce as next month's read. February is a short month and this is a quick read, being YA. It has a very urban feel to it which I think you will enjoy. It's the first of three books, but it's fine to stop after the first one. Terrier is set in Pierce's Tortall fantasy county, which is not particularly noted for its inventive world building. You don't read Pierce for the world, you read her for the characters. Be prepared to fall in love. Her Song of the Lioness quartet is my favorite series of all time, and responsible for the fact that my own Finishing School series is four books long.


{Gail's monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Lilliput reads a manual on slow cooking

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
8 Varieties of Hot Tea Everyone Should Try

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
When I Did Some Physical Therapy For My Wrist


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail's first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.




Gail Carriger's Scribbles!



The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Soulless made B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog for “Genre Mashups: Fantasy Novels for Austen Fans”

Quote of the Day:
"We are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood."
~ Oscar Wilde

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Jan. 25th, 2016

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Victorian Money Means Coins ~ Research Behind Prudence


This is one of those blog posts in which Gail demonstrates the nitty-gritty of her research in an aggravatingly nit-picky way. This is an amended reboot from 2012 when I first started writign Prudence. Read at your own risk.
To protect the guilty I'm not going to name any names, Gentle Reader, and I'd like to state up front that currency is not my expertise. But I was reading a book of the alt-historical romantic variety. The hero visits a whore in Victorian London, 1883. For her pains he "pulled out far more notes than planned and handed them to her."

Le Bon Ton Date-  Monday, June 1, 1857 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 14

I had to put the book down.

Coins vs. Notes in Victorian England


First, bank notes are drawn on a bank more like a cashier's check than paper money today, which means the whore in our above example would have to go into a bank to redeem her notes or find herself a very non-suspicious tradesman, in modern times this is a little like trying to break a $1000 bill.

Second, NO ONE regularly carried notes or paid for anything with notes until well after the 1920s. Culturally, no one would carry that much money into the kind of area of London where whore houses are located. For services people paid with coin, with tradesmen (who handle goods) the wealthy actually paid via their butler or valet or abigail's coin, or on account, because it was beneath them to handle money.

Even, as the author was trying to get across, this was a highly generous gesture, NOT WITH PAPER MONEY HE WOULDN'T.

We writers all make mistakes. I have made more than my share. And there comes a time when every historical author must stop researching and begin writing (or the book never gets written). I do understand and believe that some modernization is necessary in alt-history genre fiction because most readers want their books to be fun and entertaining. It is our business, as authors, to provide that first. (Now for genre's like historical fiction or biographies or what have you this is a different matter. I am speaking in terms of managing expectations.)

1880-1885  Wien Museum

However, I do think something as basic as currency should be second knowledge if you are going to write in any alternate time period. It's like getting the basic clothing terms correct. (In another unnamed steampunk novel, a corset was referred to as a bodice. FYI, both terms are incorrect. At the time, a corset would have been mainly referred to as stays. The bodice is the top part of a dress. Thus, I spent the entire scene confused into thinking the character in question was swanning around with only her torso dressed, rather than entirely in her underthings as was intended. But, I digress . . .)


On Victorian Money (from Baedecker's London 1896)

  • sovereign or pound (gold) = 20 shillings

  • half-sovereign (gold) = 10 shillings

  • crown (silver) = 5 shillings

  • half-crown (silver) = (2 shillings & a six penny piece)

  • double florin (silver - rare) = 4 shillings

  • florin (silver) = 2 shillings

  • shilling (silver & same size as a sovereign) = 12 pennies

  • six penny (silver) = 6 pennies

  • three penny (silver) = 3 pennies

  • penny (bronze) = 4 farthings

  • half penny = 2 farthings

  • farthing


From lot at auction.

I know, I know, overly complicated. Think back to that wonderful scene with the money exchange in Room With a View when Cousin Charlotte comes to visit Lucy's family.

"In England alone of the more important states of Europe the currency is arranged without reference to the decimal system."
~ Karl Baedeker, 1896

Victorian Money in Terms of Value


In 1896: 1 sovereign was approximately: 5 American dollars, 25 francs, 20 German marks, or 10 Austrian florins.

To reiterate: The Bank of England issued notes for 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pounds or more. They were generally not used in ordinary life as most people "dealt in coin." Gentlemen and ladies, when shopping, either had a servant with them to handle the coin (including gratuities & all fares) or paid on credit (AKA account). A shop would then send a bill around to the townhouse at the end of the month on Black Monday, which would be paid by the house steward, accountant, or personal secretary. A gentleman handling his own money is either no gentleman or engaged in nefarious activities like gambling or trade.

Baedeker advises letters of credit (AKA circular notes) drawn on a major bank for travel, to be exchanged for local currency upon arrival. He also advises never carrying a full days worth of coinage about your person.

It's important, as historical writers, for us to grasp a larger picture - so allow me to attempt to put this into perspective...


Middle class wages per annum 1850-1890:

  • A Bank of England Clerk £75 to £500

  • Civil Service clerk £80 to £200

  • Post Office clerk £90 to £260

  • Senior Post Office clerk £350 to £500


So lets say a middle class wage was anything from £75 to £500 a year, that's £1.44 - £9.61 a week for a relatively comfortable lifestyle. Since there is no £1 note, to "pull out far more notes than planned" as our unnamed author writes above, and give such to a whore, means at least £5 per note. More than one means at least £10. Not only should this character not have been carrying that kind of money, he just tipped that woman better than one week's salary for the upper middle class to someone who likely could never break that bill, today that's something on the order of $2,500.

A gentleman of lower standing, say a younger son with a Living could expect something similar to upper middle class £350-500. Titled or large landed gentry could pull in anything from £1000 to £10,000 a year (what, you thought the 99% was a new thing?). A dowry for landed country gentry's daughter of few means would be about £100 a year. Still, even the highest aristocrat wouldn't tip in notes, ever. If for no other reason than it's the kind of thing the neuvo riche, or An American might do. (It's worth noting that poor were a great deal poorer, earning shillings per week or less.)

Later on, this same author writes "cost me twenty quid to delay matters" of bribing a coroner to delay a funeral. That's a heavy bribe, about $5000. I couldn't find any information on coroner's pay in Victorian times (the job was either uncommon, not yet official, or went by another name) so let's say grave digger, which is well below middle class, so a £20 bribe would probably be about a year's income for the man.

End of Rant

Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest. Or should I say "out of my chest"? Chink chink.

So, if you have a Victorian setting (really, anything up through the 1920s) what do we pay with?

Yes, that's right children, coins!

This is also a rather depressingly clear indication of how Gail Carriger spends her weekends. I am such a dork.

"I may be a chump, but it's my boast that I don't owe a penny to a single soul – not counting tradesmen, of course."
 ~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

How does this relate to Prudence?


Well might you ask. What I had to do (or thought I had to do) was determine the conversion rate between pounds and rupees traveling from England to India in 1895. Unfortunately, Baedecker didn't write for India.

What I ended up having to do was make some very loose estimations based on the above assumptions of middle class wages and the information I could source, which was monthly accounts for a household of four living in India on a diplomat's wage between 1880 and 1897 (something on the order of £500 per annum). Here's my fun chart:


Here's hoping the above was, if not fun, at least informative or, if you yourself are an author, helpful.

Pip pip!


{Gail's monthly read along for January The Raven's Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1959 Lana Turner and Karin Dicker in ‘Imitation of Life’ theniftyfifies

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Octopus Candle Holder

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Knickerbockers for Women: From Under the Hiking Skirts to the Fad of the Hour

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“Writing my books I enjoy. It is the thinking them out that is apt to blot the sunshine from my life.”
― P.G. Wodehouse


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Awaiting copy edits. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. About to start first edit pass.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Sam of ARC Review says of Manners & Mutiny: “While I’m having a hard time letting these characters go, I won’t forget the mayhem they caused, and the joy they gave me as a reader.”

Quote of the Day:
“Da Silva announced his intention of settling in the library to commune with his muse. Curtis, feeling sorry for the muse, said that he preferred to explore the house and acquaint himself with its features.”
~ Think of England by KJ Charles

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Jan. 22nd, 2016

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Book Review ~ The Pirate's Booty by Alex Westmore


Thanks to Little Brown (my publisher) and Moira Quirk (my narrator). It's a wonderful honor to win for audio. I was raised on audiobooks (no TV) so I really appreciate the art form.


An now, here's a bit of a review for you...

Books: The Pirate's Booty
Author: Alex Westmore
Series: Yes. The Plundered Chronicles Book 1 So far this is the first of two (not sure how many are planned total). However, this one stands fine on its own. The second Shiver Her Timbers, released January 11.
Kindle edition $4.99 (not available in print)


I don't quite know what to say about The Pirate's Booty. I finished it late one night over the holidays, and I kept waking up in the middle of the night afterwards ~ not thinking about the book, but thinking about how to write a review of the book. The story really had the emotional tenor of a 1960s pulp mystery, like J.D. McDonald's Travis McGee series. By that, I mean there is a Gary Sue element to the central character. In Pirate's Booty the protagonist is a woman, Quinn, but she is not a Mary Sue. She is flirtatious with all of the girls, romances everybody, and is generally utterly charming and dashing in a "hunky hero please sweep me off my feet" kind of way. Quinn rescues women via her sexual prowess (a hallmark of Travis McGee). There adds to the swashbuckling pirate aspect, which reminded me of something like Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

So let's get into some detail.

Main Character: Quinn
Quinn is an extremely appealing character, she is meant to be. She is also a lesbian in a time period when the concept doesn't even really exist. Yet every woman who she meets falls in love with her and the few who find out she is a woman stay in love with her. Also, all of her friends who find out are immediately accepting. This didn't bother me as much as it should. She is a womanizer, although she is nice about it. And I did find myself questioning whether I would be as tolerant of Quinn if she were male. I don't think I would. And since I don't want to self-examine my own judgement in this matter, I'll just leave that there and proceed with this review.

Historical Setting
The historical research, apart from certain social issues previously mentioned, is very good. Although the author does tend to include lots of information about existing historical characters in info-dump form that is a little detrimental to pace. I personally would have preferred a few more small details about the time period, since it isn't one I'm familiar with. For example: I'd like some more about the clothing, the food, the texture, the materials on the ship, and the smell of the towns. However, this is a mere quibble, these are things that are peculiar to my interests. Westmore is clearly a historian rather than an archaeologist, for her concern is over accuracy in language, town layouts, geography, older place names, and so forth.

Via The Pirates Story


On Female Pirates
I have always craved good, well written stories (perhaps a YA historical novel) featuring Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and similar famous female pirates of the past. I have a feeling this is the close that I will ever come. That said, this is not a YA novel. It opens with a sex scene and there are several more throughout the rest of the book. They are not graphic, at least not in an erotica way. I would say they are, again, more appropriate to something like the Three Musketeers or 1960s pulp in their attitude towards and description of the sexual act. By which I mean, they are neither intrinsically suited to the erotica model nor the romance model as perpetuated by modern novels.

Some Final Thoughts
I am bothered by the way so many people so quickly fall in love with Quinn. In that regard, romance is the least effective aspect of this book. I did very much enjoy the historical accuracy, the swashbuckling pirate attitude, and the simple old-fashioned adventure. And while the romance is not effective, the friendships are come and go. In the end, I found myself thinking most about those Victorian sea ballads sung by sailors to women explaining how they will never settle on land because their love of the sea is Eternal. "Don't fall in love with me, my darling, for I will inevitably break your heart." Very melodramatic. In that regard this book is romantic, but in the original Victorian sentimental sense of the word and judged under that umbrella, I forgive it its foibles.

Do I think readers of my work will like this book?
I honestly don't know. It's very very different. I suspect you have to have an existing appreciation of pirate-style adventure novels. Do you also like attending Ren Faires? As a kid, did you love Treasure Island? Fancy yourself a bit of an eye-patch corset-wearing Lothario? Then yeah, you might like it. If you do, let me know?


In other reading:
I've been delving into Highlander romances. Mostly to see how authors handle the Scottish brogue since I have a Scots hero in my novella. I'm finding the sub-genre universally disappointing after having come of age reading Julie Garwood (e.g. The Secret and The Bride). Think I'll just go reread her instead.

{Gail's monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Ladies' Cabinet Date-  Wednesday, July 1, 1846

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
A Gargantuan Octopus Rendered in Random Ballpoint Pens by Ray Cincin

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
12 Books with Badass Female Characters

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Ten Things I Learned About Publishing in 2015


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.

  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail's first foray into hybrid land. Waiting to start next draft.




Gail Carriger's Books!

The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
$0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
The Well-Read Pirate Queen says of Manners & Mutiny: “I have absolutely adored watching these characters mature over the course of the series and for the most part they got a proper send-off by Carriger. “

Quote of the Day:
The big room downstairs was full of men and women—and a handful of assorted aliens whose sexes Gil didn’t feel qualified to guess—all talking at once in at least three languages and a dozen or more different accents, from pure Galcenian to unadulterated Portside.
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars

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