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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.

Sep. 29th, 2014

Blogging - WIth Computer

Online Panel ~ Gail's Steampunk Book Recs from Convolution


Hello my dear Gentle Reader! I'm back. OK so you didn't even notice I was gone. But I did pay a short visit to a local convention, Convolution, this last Saturday. It was pretty low key with an excellent greenroom and good company. I didn't stay for the parties. I did get to meet GOH Tanya Huff. She is marvelous. It was my third time meeting her. (She doesn't remember me ~ see it happens to me too!) Anyway, managed to ascertain that there would be no follow up to The Silvered. I may pick that for a read along next year, although it is quite violent.

Now, here for your amusement is a glimpse into my brain: some book recs from my first panel.


Steaming Outside Victorian London


Alt. history same time period: Scott Westerfeld, Cherie Priest, The Native Star - M.K. Hobson, Pillars of Hercules by David Constantine, Ministry Of Peculiar Occurrences ref New Zealand, non-fiction For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose, non-books League of S.T.E.A.M., possibly Murdoch Mysteries(?). Also got onto the subject of the Antikythera devise (featured in in Curious Case).

History shift location: A Nomad of the Time Streams by Michael Moorcock has some in China, The Anubis Gates has Egypt, non-fiction Daughters of the Empire, movie Castle in the Sky and TV series Last Exile. I want to know: What if the Inka has steam technology? Others on the panel wanted to bring on the seapunk.

Off world: Clockwork Heart, Tobias Buckell, some Terry Pratchett, non-books Space 1889 RPG and Galaxy 999 out of Japan.

We also got into a heated discussion about whether people are less gullible now than 100 years ago. I promised that I would email More or Less for a statistical answer. I have done so and I will keep an ear to the podcast and let you know if they decide to answer me.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey, review coming tomorrow. Next month we will be reading Grave Mercy the first in His Fair Assassin, Trilogy by Robin LaFevers (the last one due out soon). These books are YA fantasized history.}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
edwardian-time-machine tublr: Parasol with amethyst pug knob, 1900–1910

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Oooo, fancy drawers cutting board compost thing. I love it!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Lilliput sits on my story bibles


PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Release date November 2015.



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
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:
I Should Be Writing (#328): Taking Care of Yourself and a Gail Carriger interview


Quote of the Day:
“When he talked the conversation was all on his side.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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.

Jul. 22nd, 2013

Blogging - WIth Computer

10 Questions Answered: Gail's Books the Lightning Round

Oh so Ivy.

1. If you could describe the Parasol Protectorate series in one word, what would that word be?
Canoodle.

2. If you could describe the Finishing School series in one word, what would that word be?
Kafuffle.

3. Could you describe what you write in two words?
Canoodling kafuffles!

4. What were you trying to accomplish with these books?
I want to cheer people up and give them a fun read. Maybe keep one or two readers up all night. No real agenda. I also would love to be at least one person’s favorite author.

5. Fill in the blank’s here: If you like ______, you should read my books because _______.
Tea, there’s so much tea in my books I have to edit instances to cordial, otherwise tea will become a main character.

At Lisa's Tea Treasures in Santana Row

6. What do you feel is your strength as a writer/storyteller?
Characters, charm, and frivolity.

7. Throw away temptation lines for your books?
Soulless: Her manners are excellent, her soul is non–existent, and she wants your treacle tart.
Changeless: Werewolves in kilts.
Blameless: Beware the bad guys, they have pesto.
Heartless: The octopus rampages at midnight.
Timeless: Not for the faint of hat.
Etiquette & Espionage: Holy flying cheese pie!
Curtsies & Conspiracies: The picklemen are coming.

8. What’s your favorite thing about writing these books?
I get to write comedy, urban fantasy, and steampunk all at once. It’s the attack of the sub-genres!

9. What can readers expect from the upcoming sequels?
Articulated parasols, inappropriate passions, and an overabundance of witty banter.

10. What would you most like potential readers to know about you and/or your book?
Neither of us are meant to be taken seriously.

With Thomas pretending to faint.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Ooze Lamp

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Perfect nested mixing bowl set.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Are You a Marketing Artist or Scientist?

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Waiting on editor.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 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.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
$0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

Book News:

Very Lord Maccon

Quote of the Day:
“She still didn't see the hot eyes melting and running all over her.”
~ Thog's Masterclass. Eyeballs in the Sky.  (Whit Harrison [Harry Whittington], Any Woman He Wanted, 1961) [PB] via Ansible

Jul. 16th, 2013

Blogging - WIth Computer

4 Common Questions on Categorizing Gail's Books

1. How would you describe the Parasol Protectorate series for those who don’t know about it yet?
Imagine Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology. Then imagine P.G. Wodehouse suddenly dropped vampires into the Drones Club. The Parasol Protectorate books are the resulting progeny. They begin with a soulless spinster confronting Queen Victoria’s grumpy werewolf investigator over the issue of lisping vampires and go on from there.

2. How about the Finishing School series?
The Finishing School series is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage! There is Victorian fake food. There is a flying mechanical sausage dog named Bumbersnoot. Here is the official industry press release about Gail expanding her world. The first book, Etiquette & Espionage, was a New York Times bestseller and garnered star reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Book two, Curtsies & Conspiracies releases November 5, 2013.

Parasol Protectorate Fan Art Parasol

3. And the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series?
The Parasol Protectorate Abroad books will feature a marauding team of outrageous miscreants in a high-tech dirigible charging about fixing things; loudly and mainly with tea. This series will explore the wider ramifications of Gail's steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has shifted but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world. The first book, Prudence, begins several decades after the Alexia books. It will release in 2015. You can read Gail's blog post about the delay in publication.

4. What genre are Gail's peculiar books?
The Parasol Protectorate books are usually filed under Science Fiction / Fantasy, although some stores put them into Romance and a few have even stuck them in the Horror section. The Finishing School books can usually be found with other Young Adult books. Gail considers her books a mix of steampunk and urban fantasy. She likes Carrie Vaughn’s term "urbane fantasy" which nicely incorporates both sub-genres. There’s also the delightful term "teapunk." There’s certainly enough tea in Gail's books for that. Gail tends to gently spoof Gothic classics, so there is also a large dose of comedy in her books - giggling readers are good.

Audio interview about the Parasol Protectorate books with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column at SF in SF.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896-1903 handle by Fabergé,  The Victoria & Albert Museum1

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Cloud Sofa

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained: Hemp “A useful plant, resembling the common nettle; which is sewn in april, and, like flax, will flourish best in rich ground: the outward covering, or peeling of the stalk, is the part made into cloth and cordage. What is Tow? The refuse of hemp after it has been dressed; this thick gross part, when separated from the stem, is frequently spun into a kind of yarn, of which packing-cloths are made: it is useful in stopping the effusions of blood, and in lighting matches for canon.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
3 Tips for Developing Enthralling Characters
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Fifth draft out to Beta number 4. Things are looking up.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 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.


The Books!


The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
$0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

Book News:

Broken Ankh Tattoo

Quote of the Day:
"The personality of a house is indefinable, but there never lived a lady of great cultivation and charm whose home, whether a palace, a farm-cottage, of a tiny apartment, did not reflect the charm of its owner."
~ Emily Post

Apr. 11th, 2013

Finishing School

Interview Round Up

I've been doing a number of interviews recently, Gentle Reader. Or better said, I did a bunch a few months ago, they mainly dropped around the release of Etiquette & Espionage, and now I'm finally getting around to telling you about them. Apologizes all around, the time seems to be getting away from me all too often these days.

The Book Rat asks, "The business of espionage and "finishing" can sometimes be rather uncouth; what tips should a lady always follow to conduct herself appropriately while "on the job"?"

Forever Young Adult asks, "Which gown styles would best benefit a young lady with an ample bosom?"

My Bookish Ways asks, "All of your books have a distinctly “steampunk” flavor. Why do you think the genre has become so popular recently?"

What is Gail Carriger reading? and Writers Read: Gail Carriger


Bonus, my audiobook reader for the Finishing School series, Moira Quirk discusses the Princess Trilogy and mentions Etiquette & Espionage.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1864_maria_alexandrovna_apf
1864 Maria Alexandrovna via Facebook

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Garden 1
Tiny Garden via Apartment Therapy

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“If you were a suicide, until 1823, you were required to be buried by law at a crossroads with a stake through your heart, a ceremony actually witnessed by Thomas Hardy’s mother. The stake was to prevent the ghost from walking, and the burial as a crossroads was believed ti dilute the evil influence of the deceased by spreading it in four separate directions.”
~ Daniel Pool

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
How to Design Your Submission Package

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. My ARCs have arrived, contest to come.
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:
Novel Friends says of E&E, “With wonderful new words like 'mechanimal' and 'flywaymen' Ms.Carriger's book was a joy from start to finish.”

Quote of the Day:
Been looking into Thomas Carlyle, curmudgeon of the Victorian era.
He wrote an epic 5 vol history of Frederick the Great, which I'm sure 10 people have read in the last 150 years. This quote from James Russell Lowell:
"The figures of most historians seem like dolls stuffed with bran, whose whole substance runs out through any hole that criticism may tear in them, but Carlyle's are so real in comparison, that if you prick them, they bleed." (from wikipedia)

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Mar. 21st, 2013

Contemplation - Flowers

The New Office Revealed

Some, Gentle Reader, have kindly expressed an interest in the appearance of my new digs. So I am going to waffle on about interior decorating, demitasse teacup collections, steampunk, tribute from readers, and the like in this post. There are also lots of pictures. For the sake of my sanity, since LiveJournal is AWFUL at handling images, you'll have to hope over to blogspot to see everything. Also this way people with slow connections (who all seem to consume my blog via LJ) won't gripe at me.

I am a HUGE fan of interior decorating and design blogs. Almost as much as fashion, in a few cases, more. Renting this office space was an opportunity for me to stretch my nascent decorating wings, although it being rented I could not do any major modifications to walls or carpet.

One of the things I most love are before and after pictures. I will start with those images, and then let you in on a few secrets as to the details of my professional life in object form.

02UponEntering copy
The Original Entrance

Want to see what I did with this office? Follow the cookie trail . . . LINKY

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1855-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1855-1865 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Heather_FB
via Heather over FB from an old contest

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained: Peruvian Bark? “This valuable medicine is the bark of the quinquinna tree, growing only in Peru. It was discovered by the Jesuits, whence it is frequently called Jesuits’ bark.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Good blogging advice for writers from the fashion blogger perspective.

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:
Errant Easel says, “Despite it’s early calendar debut, Gail Carriger’s Finishing School Book the First was hands down my most anticipated book to be released in 2013. I was not the least disappointed.”

Quote of the Day:
“Hands have they, yet steal not – clocks. Legs have they, yet walk not – tables. Teeth have they, yet chew not – combs. Lips have they, yet kiss not – pitchers. Eyes have they, yet see not – needles. Hearts have they, yet the pity not – cabbages. Ears haev they, yet hear not – old book leaves. Arms have they, yet toil not – chairs.”
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine November 1872

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Sep. 21st, 2012

Scorch - YA

In Which Gail Interviews John Anealio

Today, Gentle Reader, this blog has been hijacked by that most alien of creatures . . . a musician! *gasp* I can hear the sputtering of tea all around the globe. I know, but musicians happen sometimes. Even to authors.

I adore John's stuff, most particularly his George R.R. Martin Is Not Your Bitch song, which I heard for the first time at Balticon on the I Should Be Writing live podcast. John and I sat near each other and he played for a packed room, many of whom raised up the flames on their iPods in a swaying reverent salute.

ISBW Balticon

So, without further ado, John Anealio everyone!

About you!

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?
Black with Splenda.

Describe your personal style for appearances.
I recently decided that I needed to improve my dress. I wanted something that looked cool, but not like I was trying too hard. I now where better fitting jeans or cargo pants, higher quality, better fitting (and more expensive) T-shirts, and a cool, military style, collarless cotton jacket.

If I were to observe the artist beast in its native environment, what surprising thing might I see? What does the environment look like?
I record all of my songs on a Macbook, so my environment is wherever I can clear some space. I think you might be surprised to see how much can be down with a few guitars, a good microphone and good piece of recording software (I use Logic Pro). I think that you might also be surprised to see how much time and effort needs to be put into recording these songs. The Steampunk Girl song took almost two months of recording, editing and mixing to finish!

If you drive, what do you drive?
A 1999 Toyota Corolla. Music and teaching don't pay very much.

No deviating: vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a plain or a sugar cone? (Gail will use this to determine your level of sanity.)
Chocolate on a sugar cone.
Result: most sane.

What's most likely to make you laugh?
My son is six years old and he does some pretty silly things.

Since convention goers inevitably end up in the bar, what's your poison?
Expensive beer or cheap wine.

John

About your thing!

What should people eat while consuming your music?
Lembas Bread.

What form does evil take within its lyrics?
Pure evil expresses itself most fully through the lyrics of "Fergalicious".

What's your favorite sub-genre to read and does it influence your music?
Tough question. I'd say sword & sorcery. Don't know if it influences my music much though.

What's the funnest (or funniest) song?
If we are talking about my music, then I'd say the funniest song on the album is Batman Smells. It tells the story of Batman being depressed because kids sing about him smelling. He copes with it by getting drunk on whiskey & diet coke at a hotel bar with Robin.

If your music smelled of something, what would that be?
New paperback novels & old Star Wars figures.

If you were to put together a tribute band who would it tribute, and what would it be called?
The name of my Rush tribute band is ArmaGeddy Lee.

Photo JA
John Anealio performs geeky anthems for writers, librarians, lovers of Sci-Fi, Best Buy customers & robots. His music sounds like John Mayer, Weezer & James Taylor playing Dungeons & Dragons together on their iPhones.  Check out his music at www.johnanealio.com  New album available on September 18th


And that's all for now folks!
I'm away from the interwebs most of next week, be good. Or as good as possible when supplied with sufficient tea and nibbly bits.


PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay, I've about to reread . . .
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Handed back in for final line edit pass. Title changed.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes to begin September.
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


Quote of the Day:
Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
~ Unknown


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May. 23rd, 2012

Steampunk

World Steam Expo Schedule

The World Steam Expo (Dearborn, MI) May 25-28.
  • Fri 25 5:30-6:30pm - Opening Ceremonies
  • Sat 26 3-4pm Tea in Tea Room; 4-5pm Presentation: Gothic Victorian Literary Roots of New Wave Steampunk in Stanley Steamer Room
  • Sunday 27 11:30am-12:30pm Presentation: Injecting Comedy Into Steampunk in De Soto Room; 3-4pm Tea in Tea Room; 4-5pm Authors Forum in DeSoto Room
  • Mon 28 11:30am-12:30pm Panel: Wit & Wickedness: An Author's Guide to Writing Villians in Marquis Ballroom
  • In between events Gail will have various signings in the Vendor Hall and be milling about socializing.

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:
Manga reviews!
Quote of the Day:
"There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written."
~ Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

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Jan. 25th, 2012

Research - Tea and Books

Victorian Interior Design ~ Hinds House Santa Cruz

So I was down south for the weekend, for a special event and then some down time with the AB. We had booked into a lovely B&B but a snafu with the reservation saw us chivvied over to the historic Hinds House for one evening.


The Hinds House now and close to when it was originally built.

The Hinds House is an extended stay lodging, for a week or more only, but a fully furnished and decorated Victorian masterpiece from the 1880s. What a lovely and fortuitous occurrence, because Darcy wrote me recently with a question about Victorian interior design that I thought at the time, Gentle Reader, might make for a good blog post.

I have a room I wish to decorate in Victorian style and though I am fine when it comes to chandeliers, small statues, trinklings, etc, I haven't got a clue when it comes to wardrobes, table, chairs, colour of the walls, curtains, etc. Do you know anything about this or is there a book/magazine you would recommend me?

And then there I was staying in a Victorian house! So I could take pictures of classic middle upper-class style. Admittedly Americanized, but we won't quibble.

The Entrance Hall

Generally speaking the Victorians go on to the darker richer end of the spectrum, lots of organic swoops and curls, rich jewel tone fabrics (velvets and brocades, stripes and paisleys), dark mahogany wood, as opposed to Georgian which is more opulent with big windows, golds and creams, or Regency which is sparser, sharper corners, delicate flower decoration.


The sitting area of the Drawing Room showing some lighter Georgian influences.

I suggest watching some BBC costume dramas, like Cranford or North & South they always do their interiors research very well. Anything Dickens is good, one of my favorite's is the David Copperfield with Maggie Smith and very young Daniel Radcliff.

The Front Parlour

Generally speaking, rooms would be crammed with stuff and nicknacks, the Victorians were more fond of clutter than we are today. Very heavy velvet curtains, lost of lace on all surfaces, that kind of thing. This is where the costume dramas go wrong, they are often too generous with space, necessary for clean images and actors to more around easily.


The Dining Room

Chippendale furniture style was quite popular, and the newest Thing, but Victorians would also have been living with a furniture inheritance, so a mix of old Regency and Georgian and new Victorian is fine.


The music area of the Drawing Room

Walls were usually wall papered, or painted in rich colors, or both. There was always trim and usually several complementary colors.


The bed with quilt in Room 1.

This book is reputed to be a good beginners guide, I've not read it myself ~ Hints on Household Taste: The Classic Handbook of Victorian Interior Decoration (Dover Architecture). Here's a good blog on Victorian themed decors.

The claw footed tub in Room 1.

If none of these images work for you, the best recourse I can offer off the top of my head is the Victorian Web an online amalgam of information. Or just googling images of "victorian parlours," or bedrooms, drawing rooms, and so forth. "national trust house interior" also had some good results, though not all of them are Victorian.


The view from our room's balcony.

From the Hinds House website:
We are like a bed and breakfast that specializes in temporary housing, long term lodging, and corporate housing. We are one of the most affordable Santa Cruz weekly lodging alternatives. With a full kitchen, mail box, phone and wireless DSL waiting on your arrival.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Good writing advice from my agent.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Writing rough draft now.

Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013. Have seen initial cover mock-up and it is stunning!

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 1: Artwork is complete. Chapter by chapter serialization (online subscription required) ongoing at YenPlus. Printed volume releases March 1. Have seen initial cover mock-up for Soulless Vol. 2 (AKA Changeless) and it is beyond fabulous!

Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last: In production. Releases March 1. Preorder now if you wish.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date fall 2013. She's started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.


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


Book News:
Someone actually loves Changeless! Two someones! Ah-maze-ing. Changeless reviewed.

Quote of the Day:
"There is no safety in writing well."
~ Dorothy Allison

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