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Timeless Clock App

Orbit has developed a steampunk Parasol Protectorate clock app for me! Very exciting, and free on iTunes. I am a particular fan of the teatime feature. If you turn it on, a little quote appears at tea time every day.

Time Clock App 1

Timeless Clock App

So far as I know there are no plans to put it on any other platforms.

Tomorrow I will be posting my Comic Con Schedule! I do hope to see many of you there and don't forget, if you are going, to take advantage of the super secret swag give away.


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Cat Owl

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tea Sample: Tea at the Empress blend
A bagged tea, but filled with a larger leaf than most bags. It seeped to a rich chestnut color. It had a delicious mild but fully rounded flavor with some caramel notes, perhaps even a slight citrus at the tip of the tongue and a little almond at the finish. The blend is top secret but my guess would be mostly Assam with perhaps some Ceylon an maybe a little Keemun.
Verdict? I loved it! I shall be sad when my box is gone.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

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, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
FanArtThe Parasol Protectoratemangaka-chan
Fan Art

Quote of the Day:
" 'I get up at six, so ungenteel am I grow," wrote Mrs Vigor, wife of the minister resident in St. Petersburg in 1730, 'have done looking about, and giving orders in the family, to come to breakfast by eight. When that is over I spend an hour with my instructor in French; then retire to my room, and either work, or read, 'till twelve, when I dress for dinner at one; after dinner we chat a little; the I work, or read again, 'till eight, at which hour we always sup, and go to bed at ten.'"
~ Hickman, Daughters of Britannia

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GOT IT! The app at least. :D

bloody brilliant

that would be the super app and your visit to SDCC. Can't wait to see you and hope you enjoy the experience. There is nothing like it!
Aww dang! Not for Android. :(
Out of curiosity, do you have an idea of who to contact at Orbit to politely ask if they could make it for other platforms? :D
If not, that is okay. THANK YOU!
This is brilliant! Just downloaded it & looking forward to using it.
Ooh! I'm downloading the app now!

Daughters of Britannia

This is the second time I have seen the book Daughters of Britannia come up on this blog. I am always looking for intriguing non fiction, but you said this was not a good book for research purposes though you did not say why. I was curious if there were problems with inaccuracy or if there was a different reason which made it unsuitable. If you would be so kind as to enlighten me so that I can decide if it is worth buying or not.
Kind regards,

Re: Daughters of Britannia

Oh it's a fun read, and factual, so far as I can tell, But it's not set out chronologically. More it talks about the experience of being a diplomat's wife. So a paragraph on packing might include three different women in three different places and one 1780s Paris, one 1950s America, one 1870s China. I tend to need information about travel to a specific place at a certain period of history, well organized, and easily assessable and this book is utterly useless for that. It rarely explains historical words or terms, and has a undersized index and glossary. It read a little bit like someone's PhD thesis gone wrong. It was a comfortable read, and I enjoyed it, but as a researching author I mainly found it frustrating. I ended up goign through her bibliography and ordering a primary source instead.

Re: Daughters of Britannia

Wow that does sound very disorganized! Thank you for letting me know its strengths and weaknesses. I think, like you, I will order the Steel primary source. I've had a Central Asian theme going with my non fiction reading this past year, might be time to move it east a bit.
Its cute and gorgeous and I got a lovely quote at 4pm about tea which made the last hour of work bareable.