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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. 8th, 2015

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Enthusiastic Endeavors

Lord Akeldama has whisked by the blog and hijacked my posts. But sometimes, Gentle Reader, we must just let the Good Vampire have his way with us, mustn't we?

iris_petal asks
What era of history has been your favorite?
Well, my dearest petal, I must say that I still cherish a fondness for Georgian times. Such decadence, such sumptuous decorations, such gilt, such embellishment, such tight satin trousers. There are some who call it gaudy, but I have ever been one for enthusiastic endeavors and the Rococo era was nothing if not enthusiastic.


krystolla asks:
As someone striving mightily to overcome the inherent disadvantages of being born and raised outside of London (in the former colonies, alas) I have been trying to gain a proper understanding and appreciation of tea. I have had difficulty obtaining a mentor in this endeavor, as where I live tea is most woefully sugared and then poured over copious amounts of ice. Or there is bubble tea, which I think is likely an insult to both bubbles and tea. I would much appreciate your inestimable advice in this matter, especially as I am not in position to relocate to a more hospitable climate.
My dearest sweety bubbles, what a question. I am quite ashamed to admit it but I too am not one for much in the way of tea. I was a vampire before it crested in popularity, and as a result I have never acquired a taste for the stuff. So I must turn you over to my most bothersome patroness, Miss Gail.
Gail says:
Tea is a serious business. My preferred tea, and the one I always suggest you start with is Twinings English Breakfast Gold Label. It is available for import but is not inexpensive. If you wish a lower barrier to entry many larger supermarkets carry PG Tips. (After you have entered into the madness you may wish to try Twinings 1706 Strong Breakfast, or Assam Strong & Mighty, or Taylors of Harrogate, Yorkshire Gold Tea). Once you have acquired the RIGHT tea bring filtered water to a rolling boil. Pour over the bag. Allow bag to steep, stirring softly, until the color is a rich dark, reddish chocolate. Remove the bag and add a generous dollop of whole milk, about 1/4 of a cup. Enjoy.
This will yield up a rich, mellow, malty tea with no bitterness to it, and no herbal overtones. It is the best entry level tea. Once you have found your taste for that, you can move on to experiment with different blends, or just stick with this. If you would then like to graduate to tea for company, here is a blog post all about how to make a proper pot with loose leaf.

Nissa asks:
If given the chance to travel once again without severing your tether, where would you go?
What a very thoughtful questions my little orchid blossom. I should like to see the New World, the jungle, and the coastal ruins of those various trixy empires, fascinating stuff. And they, like me, were awfully fond of sparkles.

Fan Art LordA  via Britta Hoyer on FB

Kah asks:
Can you tell us something about your life and/or family, from when you were still, hum, 'alive'?
Oh my little cherub, I've forgotten most of it and the rest simply isn't worth mentioning. Everyone's got it wrong and it's exhausting trying to correct the history books, don't you find?

Kah asks:
Do you use any products on your hair or is it just naturally gorgeous?
Oh dahling, I'm a believer in product. There's this pomade I find on Bond Street augmented with a hint of bergamot that I simply adore. Moderation, of course, everything in moderation, but my hair does need a little texture to fall correctly.

nirrivahn asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama: Prof. Lyall mention at the beginning of the "Heartless" a mysterious notation, making a note in the BUR archives. He describe you as the "Subject V-322-XA"; letter "v" as vampire, some incomprehensible numbers and the letters "XA" (initials of your full name perhaps?) Do you have any idea how we can translate it?
My dearest muffin, what on earth makes you think I have insight into the categorization system of a werewolf? Especially that werewolf. He's into sheep, you do realize?

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions. Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, has a very loose interpretation of time.


{Gail's monthly read along for June is June: Uprooted by Naomi Novik}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
2013 FreePeople

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable


PROJECT ROUND UP


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.

  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.




The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Recovering Potter Addict says of the Finishing School books: “Looking for a rollicking good read filled with quirky characters, clever humour, and dastardly plots? Then look no further than the Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger!”

Quote of the Day:
“He took hold of his breath, which wanted to escalate, and his intentions, which wanted to sharpen.”
~ That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran

Like Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Feb. 9th, 2015

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On Men, Fashion, and That Telegram


In a surprise second appearance so soon after the last, please welcome Lord Akeldama back to the blog, Gentle Reader. Take it away Mr. Fancy Pants...

Gwaihiril asks:
My college senior ball committee appears to have made our senior ball steampunk themed. How exciting! The only problem is that it's still black tie and men are encouraged to wear tuxedos. Do you have any ideas on what to do if my date wants to both fit the dress code and look steampunk?
Oh no no, the mind boggles. Sadly, I believe afterlife's distractions means that this event has already passed. So I will merely say the fool is always he who is under-dressed out of a fear of commitment, whether in life or at a ball.


Suit  1810  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Ext_1092252 asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama, I have a dear friend that, while being quite kind, simply refuses to even attempt any form or sense of style or dressing properly. Do you have any ideas of how I can convince him into some proper clothing?
My creator suggests, if he is a geek, you explain to him how style is much like hacking. You can hack the way people think about you. She also suggests this blog post on the matter.

Beth asks:
As regards the purloined telegram of rear admiral Hall fame (1917) .... Can you finally tell us your involvement in that affair, I mean really, it was done with such, intrigue, I can't believe you weren't involved... And did you EVER see anything so silly as Count von Bernstorff in bathing dress? Oh MY!
Now now my dear bumtiddlyumpkin, there is a very wise saying: A gentleman must have some secrets, a vampire must have many.


the-suit-man- tumblr

Traipsing Trillium asks:
Do you sometimes find it difficult to not be able to travel freely?
Someone wise one said that if you travel far enough you will eventually meet yourself. Having experienced a modicum of this at the British Museum, I could not imagine a more horrific fate then the actual reality of such an encounter. Thus, my solution was to stop traveling. I am quite content with this lot in the afterlife.

Jami asks:
What is it with men? Male friends get on me saying that because I won't approach a man first I'm "not confident" yet turn around and whine about how "all girls want a***oles" - and why do they never get the girl? Because they won't talk to her first! And I've noticed more and more guys thinking women who verbally abuse their men are "hot" and "sexy" - I don't get it. Since when is being put down and bullied "sexy"? Basically I'm asking - Why are men so freaking WEIRD?!
Oh dear me, my darling cupcake. Men are not at all weird, they are blessedly simple. It is confusion over this matter at causes most problems in life. The most important thing is for you to know what you want, and to ask for it. Perhaps they never get the girl because the girl never talks to him first. Go hunting, my cupcake, go hunting.


Waistcoat  1790  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

TG asks:
My question to you is this - if someone actually has a figure (ie a waist, boobs and hips) what type of clothing should they be considering for a workplace in an academic institution? Yes, I am an avowed blue stocking, and I love clothes, I struggle to find professional looking clothes that don't look like a sack on me, and make me feel girly. Please advise!
Librarian chic is always a good option. This all over the autocratic country set. Lots of well tailored and cut tweeds, plaids, and knits. Velvets for special occasions. This allows for easy hair and make-up, simplicity of design, a wardrobe built on investment pieces, ladylike retro cuts, and rich fabrics. It also makes you look commanding and smart, two qualities most desirable in an academic.

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions, Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, as a very loose interpretation of time.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for February? Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1860 Brussels Lace Parasol with Ivory Handle, ca. 1860s  via Vintage Textile


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Maurice-screen cap-1987-9911534-300-170

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
David K Newton‎British Steampunk Community FB

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
the-vortexx-tumblr Victorian slang terms you never knew existed


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
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

Book News:
ariellamartinez tubmr Alexia Tarabotti ♡  Conall Maccon
from the bookseries “Soulless” by Gail Carriger.  You need to love them.


Quote of the Day:
"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art."
~ Oscar Wilde

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Dec. 30th, 2014

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Dear Lord Akeldama ~ On the Influence of Sweet Shopes


It's been way too long, I know, Gentle Reader. But here he is, as ever, your favorite Queen of the Night...

Traipsing Trillium asks:
Were you very well traveled before becoming a vampire?
Possibly the best traveled in the known world, for my time. And, were it not for that trixy little fever, I would have been considerably more so.

1715 Waistcoat  1715  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Ladytesser asks:
If the response isn't too spoilery, may I ask how much influence did you have over Prudence's tastes in fashion and interior decor?
Influence, over my darling little Puggle? You have met her parents, have you not?

Mr. Anonymous asks:
Dear Lord Akeldama, I know it may be a difficult question to answer but how did you become a vampire?
Very very carefully.

Maurice-screen shot-1987-9911529-453-256

Scullerym8d0182 asks:
Will we be learning more of your illustrious lineage? If this is something which cannot be divulged then perhaps you can tell me HOW you managed to coordinate your clothing's hues so divinely? What inspires such profound genius?
Oh my dear dumpling what a question! I am inspired by nature, by poetry, and the grand pantheon of the gods of old. In my style you can see the influence of the ages, of the future, of the finest feelings of the most romantic souls of our time. And sweet shops. I do love sweet shops.

SpottyBlanket asks:
You have a wide range of guilty pleasures, in this modern era--do you have any television or film related ones?
Project Runway and Top Chef Masters, are there any other possible guilty pleasures?



Punch July 1853

DeathInATopHat 1asks:
How do you feel about the modern fascination with Vampires, in your opinion which show/film is the most realistic.
Why this is me, muffin top. I adore being a creature of fascination. What is real? Truth is merely a fiction dressed up in the overly constricting, and unconscionably dull, cravat of reality. And really, reality can go stuff itself in a milk bottle.


Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions, Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, as a very loose interpretation of time.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Parasol spotted in Hawaii

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Pocket Watch  1830  Sotheby’s

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Wearing Your Watch

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Americanize, Anglicise: Why Do Brits And Yanks Spell Words Differently?


PROJECT ROUND UP

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
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

Book News:
Potato Fritters

Quote of the Day:
"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."
~ Aldous Huxley


Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Jan. 24th, 2014

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Dear Lord Akeldama: Hugs and Other Disastrous Informality


Everyone's favorite is in the proverbial house this evening, please welcome, with the polite clapping of gloved hands and the raised glass of most excellent plonk...

Lord Akeldama!

Yellowblackhaze asks:
I would appreciate an answer to that eternal question posed above: exactly how many parasols does it take to beat a werewolf?
My dear you ask this of me? I am not a great wielder of parasols. According to my dear friend, Alexia, the answer is simple: One, so long as it is silver tipped and wielded with aplomb.

1780s  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Darcy Maris asks:
Dear Lord of Nicknames Which Mostly Have Something to do with Sugar a.k.a. Lord Akeldama, if you like sparkling men, what do you think of the sparkling vampire Edward Cullen?
He who sparkles in daylight, sparkles in vein (and in vain) so far as we more traditional vampires are concerned. Oh yes vain/vein puns are all the rage with the more stylish bloodsuckers, my dearest crystalized ginger button.

Lady Star asks:
What is your favorite book or favorite reading material (besides fashion gazettes and celebrity gossip).
Is there any other kind of reading material? Oh deary me, I am too droll. I must admit to a fascination with modern medical science, particularly the a circulatory system, Byronic style poetry for light entertainment around the dinner table, and the occasional Gothic romance. I believe in food source psychology, I know, you didn't think I had access to such big juicy words, now did you cream puff?

via the FB

Mark asks:
Who do you wish would play you in a film?
How about that young Hiddleston bean? Now there's a fine drink of . . . water.

Ashura_oh asks:
May I hug you? I'll be careful not disarrange anything about your perfect outfit.
Are you from the West Coast of the former colonies, by any chance? Awfully huggy in that part of the world, don't you find? I blame the clement weather. In the end, my dearest squishy love bun, I am a resident of London-ton. We. Do. Not. Hug.

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions, Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, as a very loose interpretation of time.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Gemma Arterton Screen Cap

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Screen cap from the film Maurice

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Bridge Street, Looking North towards the Cross and St. Peter’s Church - Louise Rayner

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
What’s in a Name? Naming Your Characters


PROJECT ROUND UP

Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now!

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon.


The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

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


Book News:
Madeira Cake is featured over on Tentacle & Treacle.

Quote of the Day:
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
~ Oscar Wilde

Dec. 4th, 2013

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Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2013 Edition


My darlingest of darlings, it has been to long, but guess who is dropping by my blog today? Yes, you know it's true ...

That sparkliest of sparkly vampires!
That sharpest tooth in a gum of afterlife!
The maddest baddest wielder of italics!

Lord Akeldama!



Confused Foptopus asks:
Kind of a serious question, but it vexes me so: why is love, affection, compassion etc so taboo/distasteful/not 'done' among the supernatural? Wouldn't being around forever give one more cause for appreciating such things, rather than less?
But darling pumpkin cuddle, such things make the afterlife so terribly terribly messy. You know, we vampires abhor a mess. Leave such things to the werewolves, that's what I always say.

ValerieP asks:
As one who enjoys immortality in the highest of social stations, I assume you have a wealth of generations of idioms to select from. In reference to your usage of the word, "La," what term would be comparable in the twentieth (or 21st) century?
Gracious me, prickly puff, I hardly dare contemplate the matter. La, but what a question! Perhaps, as the modern parlance might have it, the subjective exclamatory use of the word "dude"? But goodness gracious me, can you imagine a vampire utilizing the word "dude"? Oh no, I'm giving Miss Carriger ideas.

1770-1790  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Melody Powers asks:
Are there any particular fabrics or colours you would recommend for a poor young lady with the unfortunate habit of sweating a lot? Ones that don't show the sweat marks. Or possibly any great insights you can share on how to reduce said sweating?
What a positively tragedical predicament, my shimmering grapelit. First, let us be clear, young ladies do not sweat, they glow. Second, why not join us and adopt supernatural hours while living in jolly old London-town? Avoid the the sun altogether, who needs it?

Lady DarcyDevotee asks:
You have many gallant and dapper young MALE drones but I'm curious: Do you have any FEMALE drones? If so, where do I submit my application?
Miss Carriger reliably informs me that I am Not To Answer this question. Miss Carriger is one of the few females whose advise I must heed, and that's only because she controls my entire existence with the iron pen. I am loathe to admit such a thing but she could even, if she wished, write me into second death or have me loose all my beloved italics. Tis the greatest sadness of my existence, that I am behooven to an American Hussy of Questionable Moral Fiber and Lackluster Literary Skill.

1853 Punch Sept

Scapebabe asks:
Despite the fact that it does not truly provide you any sustenance, are there any foods that you enjoy, either because of the flavor, texture, or visual aesthetic appeal? And if so, what are they? I require new additions to my recipe box.
Champagne darling, bit of bubble, tot of the old fizzy. And, for that matter anything made with champagne. How about Pink Champagne Cake? And, of course, anything with fresh blood, there is a lovely cooking book entitled Bite Me circling the back alleys at the moment  but I suspect you aren't quite of that inclination, yet...

Have a question for Lord Akeldama?
He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions, Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, as a very loose interpretation of time.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol and Your Infusion of Cute . . .





Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Over at Korval.com they are giving away 5 free Audible copies of Trade Secret. I am a big fan of the Liaden Universe and i fyou like Space Opera they are great and this is a great way to dive in. You have to leave a comment and the giveaway ends Friday at midnight (Maine time).

PROJECT ROUND UP

Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now!

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins in 2014.


The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

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


Book News:
The first three Parasol Protectorate audio books should now be available in UK via audible or other digital download mediums.

Quote of the Day:

Mar. 12th, 2013

Lord Akeldama

Lord Akeldamaisms

Recently, Gentle Reader, the fabulous Thalassa collected a list of Akeldamaisms from the Parasol Protectorate books. I thought you might find them as fun as I did. A she says, "the italics are implied."

1 little tea biscuit
2 little dipped biscuit
3 dumpling
4 pudding
5 creamy pudding cup
6 dearest custard cup
7 little cream puff
8 creampuff
9 little marmalade pot
10 sugarplums
11 darling sugar lump
12 little Italian pastry
13 little crumpet
14 captivating crumpet
15 poppadom
16 plum puff
17 gherkin
18 pickled gherkin
19 diminutive gherkin
20 darling little kumquat
21 plum
22 sugarplumiest of the plums
23 sweet citron
24 little blueberry
25 little clementine

Punch Pants
Punch 1853

26 blushing pumpkin
27 peaches
28 darling plum nubbin
29 little pomegranate seed
30 snow drop
31 little snowdrop
32 little dewdrop
33 sugardrop
34 sugar drop*
35 dearest pudding drop
36 petal
37 petunia petal
38 little pumpernickel
39 little periwinkle
40 flower
41 petunia
42 high-powered political daffodil
43 dear daffodil
44 little tulip
45 primrose
46 little lilac bush
47 dearest marigold
48 blooming marigold
49 darling marigold
50 honeysuckle

1780s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1780s The Metropolitan Museum of Art

51 dear bluebell
52 dandelion fluff
53 little buttercups
54 little cowslip
55 darling chamomile bud
56 rosebud
57 rose hip
58 blossom
59 charming blossoms
60 squash blossom
61 petunia blossom
62 little cherry blossom
63 darling pea blossom
64 darling pumpkin blossom
65 darling Chamomile Button
66 darling toffee button
67 darling toggle button
68 butterball
69 my dove
70 lupine darlings
71 poppet
72 pet
73 sweetlings
74 honey bee
75 little pigeon

After-the-cricket-match-maurice-1987
Maurice 1987 Screen Still

76 darling girl
77 dabble-duck
78 duckling
79 ducky darling
80 puggle darling
81 little puggle
82 puggle precious
83 darling sweet pea
84 little robin's egg
85 pudding cheeks
86 fabulous darling
87 silly child
88 dear
89 fuzzy darlings
90 furry darlings
91 Dolly
92 lovely boys
93 love
94 droney poos
95 princess
96 pearl
97 sweetheart
98 treasure
99 ravishing one
100 fluffy cockatoo
101 lightning bug
102 dear child
103 little lovebirds

This does not, of course, include his general verboseness with you, Gentle Reader, during his occasional hijacking of my blog for the Dear Lord Akeldama column. (Yes I know, it's been a while. We've been busy decorating together.)

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1853Punch November 1853
Punch November 1853

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Hedgehot Food
Food gathering for hedgehogs, via the itnerwebs

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Platy Soft Bottle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Other Side of the Story

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: 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, both now 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:
Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second Finishing School book has been give a tentative release date, Nov. 5th 2013.

Quote of the Day:
“Epact. The Eleven days which the solar year contains more than the lunar one.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Aug. 17th, 2012

Lord Akeldama

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2012 Edition, Part Five

Before we start:
The Dandy Maker from Doll Devine has what amounts to a dress your own Lord Akeldama and/or droneypoo. Hours of entertainment. Here are a few samples.

DollDivine_Dandy-MakerDolly DevineDolly Divine

And now, on to our dear italic wielding lord!

alastairs_piano asks:
How might a person convince Countess Nadasdy to turn one into a vampire? More particularly, would she be more or less willing to try to turn a woman than a man? Can a woman be a member of another's hive, or would such a creation inherently imply the creation of a rival?
I understand the countess is very fond of shoes. I might start with shoes. Very persuasive a lovely pair of kid boots, don't you find my little musical bobbin? I believe somewhat on the matter of female vampires was answered in my autobiographer's last tall tale, Timeless.

Fruitcake

alastairs_piano asks:
Do you have an opinion one women wearing ties?
My darling child, the more ties the better! Nothing is more amusing than a mortal with a noose about his (or her) neck.

Miss. Kerry V. asks:
My brother is getting married this coming October and has elected to wear a waistcoat and cravat. I must admit neither my brother nor I are familiar with the proper application of a cravat and was wondering if you could provide any helpful hints on tieing the cravat, as this is a special day we'd like to get it right.
Here are some of the best ways to tie a neckcloth. Welcome to the fold, as it were. Oh dear, I am so droll. You will need to invest in a cravat pin, make certain it is nice and stiff and long, all the best ones are. (Look at me with the droll again!) Of course, in my day, we called them stickpins.

latemarch asks:
My Lord Akeldama - what exactly are your thoughts on perfume? I myself prefer slightly less floral scents, but going to a women's college as I am, I find myself surrounded by overwrought bouquets... It's rather startling at times, as I'm sure you can guess. Would you have any suggestions that I might pass along?
Oh my dear noosally sensitive puffin, I do sympathize. I cannot abide strong flowery perfumes! There seems little one can do about the proliferation but cough loudly and perhaps sneeze a bit. As to my own preferences, I always find it nice when the dronines smell like food ~ cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and the like. After all, one likes seasoning with ones meal, doesn't one?

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FaeWitch asks:
I admit to a certain curiosity, you seem to be the kind of gentleman who will have read Ms Austen's works. Do you have a favorite among her heroines? Indeed, among her novels?
I have, darling bluestocking, read all of her works. I am a particular fan of Emma, she is so delightfully meddling.

Miss Spottyblanket asks:
I am a lady who passionately prefers skirts/dresses over trousers...but I also am not balanced enough to totter around in high heels. Do you have any (affordable) shoe suggestions for someone who digs pleats over pantaloons?
I agree with my chronicler in this matter, if you are a lady who enjoys flats in this you might don menswear. The oxford shoe is a delightful alternative to the ubiquitous ballet flat and can be quite nightly, I myself have been known to sport the occasional black and white wingtip. Miss Gail informs me that she often receives compliments on her similar pair.

Jami asks:
While you are obviously the king of wit and have a sharp tongue to go with your sharp teeth, have you ever encountered someone who did something that make you so angry you just up and hit them as hard as you can in their jaw?
Never. The very idea.

ashura_oh asks:
Do you ever add literature to your outfit, to complete the perfect look you're famous for? Which read is fashionable for a young lady to wear this season?
One can never go wrong with a slim volume of Yeats, some Catullus (in the original Latin, of course), or perhaps a drop of Sappho. If one wishes to look romantic, one must read romantically, my dear spectacle.

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below. Please do not ask time sensitive questions, Lord Akeldama, being a vampire, aas a very loose sense of time.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Indie or Traditional Publishing? Don’t Take Sides: Take Your Time

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Rough draft. Got peeps floating, about to land in the Maltese Tower, back to work after reread. 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: Revised and turned back in.
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 ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013



Book News:
New audio interview from San Diego Comic Con with Lytherus.

Quote of the Day:
"Ovid, a Latin poet of lively genius: his works are numerous; but his delicacy of sentiment by no means equals the purity of his diction."
~ Mangnall 1833
(Talk about a back-handed compliment!)

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May. 11th, 2012

Lord Akeldama

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2012 Edition, Part Four

Sassy Gay Octopus asks:
Being blond, gay, and a vampire, you must surely know that comparisons will be drawn to Anne Rice's Lestat. What is your opinion on this? (Mine is that you are way more fabulous & sexy, and I'd much rather have you eat me up, because... well. *blushes*)
My dearest darling tentacled blossom, unlike the immortal words of those other immortals . . . There, most certainly, need not be Only One.

alastairs_piano asks:
Is it rather uncomfortable for werewolves and vampires to be in near vicinity to each other? Some faint, strange supernatural repulsion, perhaps? Or even a more ordinary case of smell? Or is it simply the (usual, though certainly not universal) difference in temperament?
I understand it is all smell from the werewolf perspective and most certainly sight from ours. I mean to say, just look at the poor things, so scruffy.

Scullerym8d0182 asks:
My dear Lord, first of all, so pleased to be granted an audience with your fabulous self. My question is this: are you technologically inclined and if so, are there any fashion blogs you follow, besides Miss Gail's, of course?
Goodness me no, I have drones for that. If there's something I need to see they show me, otherwise I'm all fingers and fangs where newfangled gadgets are concerned.


Jami asks:
Let's say the creator of such hit reality shows like Kate Plus Eight Ghosts and Jersey Shore Wolves (BTW - How do those female Jersey wolves manage to keep their poofy hair even after transforming?) comes to you with a new fashion/makeover show that he wants you to host. You get to choose the title to start with.
I shall call it, Fabulous.
You also get to choose your human co-host, but you have to choose someone from an already established makeover and/or fashion show.
Your choices are Tim Gunn from Project Runway & Tim Gunn's Guide To Style.
Clinton Kelly from America's What Not To Wear.
Stacy London also from America's WNTW.
Susannah Constantine from the UK version of WNTW
Trinny Woodall from UK's WNTW.

I rejected them all and require that horrible blond filberty Kelly female who does the morning show and washing machine advertisements. I should think we would have a lovely combative dynamic.
But it doesn't stop there! No, seems that scientists have found a way to not only prevent souls from going poltergeist for longer, but can also bring back those who had extreme amounts of extra soul. So you get to pick any five fashion designers from any point in history you choose - at least one has to specialize in shoes, please - and pair them with any living fashion designer of your choice.
Oh, my darling wordy bean, I've now lost interest in this question, perhaps I shall continue with it another time.

Sassy Gay Octopus asks:
What are your thoughts on glam rock and the fashion of the neo-romantics etc?
I like the hair.

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
I love this idea, a button shaped sewing box.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .



PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Working first draft.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus April 12th. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 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 ~ Not yet Released


Book News:
You can buy signed copies of the UK edition of the Soulless Manga for $10 via Worldbuilders proceeds to Heifer International.


Quote of the Day:
Esplanade (v.): To attempt an explanation while drunk.

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Mar. 29th, 2012

Lord Akeldama

Dear Lord Akeldama: The 2012 Edition, Part Three

Yes, Gentle Reader, it is Dear Lord Akeldama time!!!

In which Lord Akeldma is given a Scenario by the Troublesome Black Cat, Nicholas Lou . . .

The Woolsey Hive's latest scientific dastardly plot strikes... as a horde of zombified/mechanical/automation/simulacra [whatever] moths descends upon Lady Maccon, her husband, his Beta, Madame Lefoux, and Mrs. Tunstell [Possibly her husband if you prefer as well] leaving them all devoid of clothing to the merest scrap of fabric, with a upcoming event that they have no choice but to attend. [Assume, of course, that their wardrobes were similarly savaged by such a truly brutal attack, and mercifully, both Conall's misshapen cravat and Ivy's supply of hats were victim as well. Your own closet, I would assume, was better defended, as is pertinent below]

Enter the infamous and ever-fashionable potentate to save the day! After, I'm sure, commissioning several of your drones to produce some tasteful artwork and sculpture that no doubt would leave Alexia in stitches and Conall searching for his Tue Tue... [And possibly Lyall looking to obtain one]

You have the majority of the Parasol Protectorate at your mercy, with little choice but to accept your choices for their wardrobe, the whole of your vast closets with ready tailors to adjust for larger frames, and your army of drones to make sure everything goes just so, whether or not the wearer has skill at dressing themselves.

Of course, even Madame Lefoux, despite whatever colorful French phrases she could offer during this process, could be dressed at your whim for whichever gender you decided. Also, assume that whatever 'offenses' might occur in this process will be forgiven. [They most likely would, but assume that choices such as daring to force Lefoux into a dress would not result in an eventual octomaton on your doorstep.]

Do paint a proper picture? Or at least an outrageous one?


What would I put them in? Ah indeed, what a question you ask, naughty kitten noir.
Alexia: I'd love to see her in wine velvet and cream embroidered brocades. I'd have Biffy concoct something for her from my own 1700's collection and the bedroom curtains.
Lord Maccon: Oh, silver, black, and white silks, very fitted, very crisp.
Madame Lefoux: She so often chooses for muted colors, I want to see her in royal blue and black, and defiantly a dress. She has such a lean frame a gown would drape beautifully.
Professor Lyall: He so often goes for somber browns I'd like to try him in something more flashy, perhaps emerald green and gold.
Ivy: Chocolate and cream, I think that would suit her complexion perfectly, and she could use the subtlety.
Tunstell: It matters not so long as he continued to wear such tight trousers.

Ki asks:
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - I do hope to not offend, but I have begun the process of recreating the fantastic orange, yellow, and pink creation from the beginning of Soulless to wear for Seattle Steamcon IV. My only concern regarding this amazing outfit (aside from the sincerest hope that I can do it any sort of justice), is this: when wearing it out of doors, should there not be an accompanying hat? I ask with utmost seriousness, as we all know just how important it is to have just the right hat.
It should indeed have a hat. I should opt for a top hat in a matching shade, my sunset peach, perhaps with a band about it in a contrasting color. Or would that be too much? Oh, dear, what am I saying, it's NEVER too much!
(And as an aside, if this indeed does not offend, and/or if you would be interested to see it, I am more than willing to promise pictures as soon as the outfit has been completed.)
Of course! I absolutely insist!

tsgeisel asks:
I am a firm believer in the theory that some items *transcend* fashion - that they are never in-style, nor are they out of style, that they exist independent of it. That no matter where or when you, these items will be around. I include among these Hawaiian Shirts and Argyle Socks. While I recognize that people have differing opinions as to whether this is a good thing or not, you who have seen so much in the world of fashion, what items would you include on such a list?
Jewelry darling, lots and lots of jewelry, the classic Hermes scarf, oxford style shoes, a beautiful red dress, a stunning grey suit, a sweet smile, and, of course, a glass of bubbly.

Jami asks (/rants):
Considering some women are forbidden by their religion from showing any bare arms from the elbows on up, others like myself just should not show their upper arms for the good of humanity, and some, even though they have lovely upper arms, just don't like showing them - why is it that every single formal gown out there is sleeveless?! And why do the ones that at least come with a jacket or those awful bodello coats that only really work for body types that are not mine look like they were made for some 80 year old dowager?!
Oh ever fashionable and clothing wise Lord A, only you can bring light back into my heavy heart with a pithy answer to my dilemma. Even if I can't find an elegant yet sexy (without my risking a Janet Jackson moment) formal gown in a deep rich purple and instead have to get my now too large black gown from three years ago taken in - at least I know you can make me smile again!
Seriously, dude, why is it so hard for the designers to make a formal gown with sleeves?!

Dude? Ah hem!
Let me see, my dearest boysenberry. You must strike out on your own in this matter and buy (duh duh duh dum ~ separates!) I suggest one of those terribly fetching embellished little cardigans, you know with all the beading and sparkles. A cream cashmere, or a pale purple to go with your royal purple. Perhaps a fitted blazer might do as well, velvet, because velvet is lovely. Or how about one of those pretty lace Nataya jackets, they have a bit of stretch to them and will dress up any gown, and they come in plus sizes. They aren't cheap but you only have to buy the one. (To which Gail adds, my friends at Dark Garden often carry these.)

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Sassy Gay Octopus asks:
What is your opinion on fanfiction? Do you love the idea that very soon there will be dozens, if not hundreds, of erotic stories of you? Do you hate it? Why?
Me dearest poppet, what care I so long as I am appropriately dressed? And, of course, so long as it takes an appropriately long time to get me undressed.

Have a question for Lord Akeldama? He may have answered it already or you may leave it in a comment below.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Lesbians and Cycling: an Illustrated History

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

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PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Done with word count but not book. Lord Akeldama just showed up, dam him! He's not supposed to be in this series!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Have seen cover sketch for cover and it is fabulous!
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!



Book News:
Soulless reviews . . .
In very grand company.
Another review.
Defective Geeks.
Winning over a reluctant anti-paranormal reader.
Joplin Library.
A quick succession of busy nothings.
Madame Guillotine is a convert.

Quote of the Day:
"If you have never said "Excuse me" to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time."
~ Sherri Chasin Calvo

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