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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.

Jun. 24th, 2013

Betas - Group Approval

12 Tips for Writers in Residence, The Etiquette of Cafe Squatting

I am, all to often, found in a cafe. I'm an oddly social writer, Gentle Reader. I enjoy the busy hum, not to mention the drink and food options. My dear friend Dan and I are regularly found sitting opposite each other, nested in a corner, gossiping about the industry or typing diligently. It helps me to have another writer around, gives me the competitive edge.

Gail: How many words have you done?
Dan: 600,000
Gail: Curses!

But I have discovered, to my distress that my fellow computer typing cafe cronies do not always follow the Etiquette of Squatting. I feel they are giving the rest of us a bad name. So I have decided, in the spirit of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, to set forth some tips for proper conduct.

1. Do not squat a super busy or small (or both) cafe
If tables are scarce, or you know a certain day/time when it's particularly popular, go during off hours, skip that day, or find a different cafe
2. Purchase rights of presence
One cup of coffee is OK for an hour, you get another hour with a paid refill, anything after that and you should buy food or support the cafe in some substantial way, especially if you are using their power/wifi. Can't afford this? Go to a library.
3. Pitch in
Bus your own table, bus other tables, contribute to the conversation, tell newcomers how great the food is, change the toilet paper rolls in the loo, etc...
4. Introduce yourself
Determine the owner/manager/leader and be nice, if this is to be your workplace as well as theirs, act like it.
5. Help market
Show an interest in making the business strong, write yelp reviews, like the Facebook page, talk the place up to others, make it known to your local friends that they can join you for lunch (thus they bring their money in too).
6. Regulars are part of the future, so be good furniture
Try to be positive and upbeat, keep your area clean and free of piles of computer cases and accessories, shower properly, dress appropriately.
7. Tolerate intrusions
Be willing to chat with other regulars (at least for a short space of time), not only is it polite but you could get characterization for future books and/or new readers.
8. Monitor your conversational sphere
If your conversation gets racy, or political, or loud, keep an eye out for children or others who might be offended and table it for later, pun intended.
9. Establish a regular pattern of attendance
Then the staff can depend on you and your purchasing power, making you particularly welcome if you come during slow days and off hours.
10. Mute your critters
Laptop speakers in particular, but also other devices (at least pick an unobtrusive ring tone), and take those calls OUTSIDE.
11. Think about scent
This is a place that serves food, so please do not apply strong cologne or perfume, and if you must bring your animal with you please sit outside, you may not smell it, but others do (not to mention allergies).
12. Tip generously
This should go without saying.

I guess, in general, I'm suggesting you practice empathy with the cafe staff, owners, and customers around you. If you follow all these tips diligently and still get the stink eye from staff, respect their unspoken request and move on. There are cafes out there that cater to regulars. Look for places boasting free wi-fi and comfy chairs, boards games, and stocked bookshelves in out-of-the-way locations. They want your business, give it to them.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1888 Graduates, Ladies" Annex
1888 Graduates, Ladies' Annex

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
dining-by-round-infinity-pool-overlooking-ocean-cliffs
via Apartment Therapy (I have a thing about vanishing edge pools)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Origami Wine Tote
Origami Wine Tote

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Write Characters That Don’t Sound Like You

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Begin fifth draft tomorrow.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? 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 available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW, The second Finishing School book ~ Nov. 5, 2013



Book News:

Fan art of Formerly Merriway

Quote of the Day:
"There are a few rules which men should commit to memory, in corresponding with busy people.
1. Don't write at all.
2. When you can't help it, be sharp, short, and legible.
3. When you write on your own business, pay for the answer.
4. When you want money, don't begin with piety or flattery. Beg first, be pious afterward.
5. Don't beg of any one with whom you are not personally acquainted. Die, but don't beg.
We can add to the above that long letters sent with a MS rather act against it. And, moreover, don't forget to send a stamp for a reply."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine September 1872

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Happy Birthday tickers

Jan. 31st, 2013

Finishing School

Cover Art ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies

Today, Gentle Reader, even though I am running around like the proverbial chicken coaxing Etiquette & Espionage (there is a sneak peak up at Tor.com) into existence, the great cogs of industry continue in the background. Little Brown has produced the cover art for Book Two of the Finishing School Series, Curtsies & Conspiracies, out at the end of this year, probably in November 2013.

Curtsies & Conspiracies

I hope you like it as much as I do!

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Photo Rachel Parasols
One of my beta readers with a few parasols from my own collection.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Tentacle Heals via Tunblr
Tentacle Heals via Tunblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Tomato Soup
Via Facebook

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Q&A With Nelson Literary Agency's Anita Mumm

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Corralling edits.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!


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 Feb. 5, 2013



Book News:
Soulless Review Books Inc
Soulless Staff Review spotted at Books Inc

Quote of the Day:
"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company."
~ Author Unknown

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Nov. 26th, 2012

Finishing School

Las Vegas Report!

I do apologize, Gentle Reader, but copy edits on Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School Book the Second) have eaten my noggin. I have the brain worms! By they are very stylish brain worms. And I've handed her in. Book #10, in the bag.

You'll never guess what I did over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend? Well, yes I ate too much, drank too much, talked too much, visited Dickens Fair, thanked a great many people, and generally yucked it up but I also spent three days on copy edits. Because, frankly, they had to be done. Glamorous life of a NYT author: others are frolicking in four days of freedom, covering themselves in the cha-ching of consumerism, and I never got out of yoga pants. Yes, the AB mocked me openly.

Shenanigins

I'm only telling you this as a kind of explanation for why I'm a week behind on my Las Vegas convention report. I was in Vegas for NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Friday before last.

Friday Saturday

I wore black and leopard, ate some seriously amazing food, winced a lot at the general attire and attitude of those who frequent the MGM, and skittered back home to California with unseemly haste.

Desert

I had a panel with Libba Bray on Fantastical Histories: Shedding Light on Literary Tropes Through Fantasy and Alternative History first thing in the morning. I believe I managed to speak, which in an of itself is a bit of a fantastical history. The audience, being all teachers, asked some truly amazing questions (which I adroitly avoided by dint of being half asleep) and Libba is a hoot and a half. Afterwords, I signed at the booth for a solid 45 minutes, which is all I have learned to ask for at an event. ARCs of Etiquette & Espionage were distributed as well as copies of Soulless Vol. 1 the manga.

Saturday Fan

I had a deliciously fun interview with Vocab Gal where I talked all about some of my favorite words and why I love them. She shot video, so hopefully it will turn up on YouTube eventually. I promise to post as soon as I know more.

In other news I've been contacted by all those who won the Manga contest ~ your prizes are on the way. For those who were chosen from the E&E ARC contest, Little Brown is mailing your books out soon.

Next up:

I've added a surprise Last Gasp 2012 event for Saturday December 15 in San Francisco for all you locals. More details soon! Just getting all my ducks in a row. You know how much I love my ducks tidy.

Quack!

After that, one last contest for galley's of E&E. Get your creative (Ivy-like, perhaps?) hats on, this one's ART for ARCs! Watch this space.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1906 Paris Champs Élysées 3rd-June 1906
1906 Paris Champs Élysées 3rd June 1906

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Minoian Octopus Vessel
Minoian Octopus Vessel

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Write Laughworthy Stories

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Rough draft done. On hold for copy edits, see bellow.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in mere moments ago. Yes!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.


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 ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013


Book News:
The Parasol Protectorate boxed set would make a great gifty . . . just saying. Also, if you want signed books get your request in to Borderlands before Dec 15th, that's the last time I'll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays. Frankly, the sooner the better, so they can order stuff if they don't already have it.

Quote of the Day:
"Cold sweets before the hot is a barbarism only to be equalled by serving a cheese fondu before jelly as a pudding."
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

Daisypath Wedding tickers
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