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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.

Apr. 29th, 2013

Tea Pot Coach

10 Things Gail Learned at the Nova Albion Steampunk Convention

1. No matter how many packing lists, I will forget something, often multiple somethings.
2. Tea tastes better out of a pretty cup, however Earl Grey still tastes like furniture polish no matter what.
3. People will not let the lavender-meets-food mutually-destructive relationship go. It's time. It was wrong from the get go. Just give it up. Lavender is for Grandmama's soap and pretty much nothing else.
4. Hotel food seems to improve after hotel renovation. Hooray for that.
5. Unfortunately, hotels will retain and display the worst wall art, even after renovation. Much to our amusement, the infamous "baby blue truckers peeing in the bayou" paintings still reside in most rooms of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
6. No one does the shampoo hair commercial flip like Thomas Willeford.

Gail & Thomas
Self & Thomas flashing the hair

7. It takes a small convention to give a good panel spread on all aspects of publishing.
8. Steampunk be like faire: yes I know your face, no I don't remember your name.
9. It will always require two takes to film Gail, perhaps it's the vampire in her, but the first one just never works.
10. In line with that, the first take will always be the better one...of course.

Gail Girls
Rachel of Ruby Blackbird; self; Christiana

More about the convention to come, and if you want the inside scoop on my outfits hit up Retro Rack for all the details. I have no secrets.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Gail and @clockworkbyrde via Jeanine Gray
Gail and @clockworkbyrde via Jeanine Gray on Facebook

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Bumbersnoot Pin
Mechanimal pin spotted!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Laser cut cog necklaces that actually works to fiddle with. Hours of entertainment.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Why Some Books Are Harder to Write Than Others

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Writing rough draft.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
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 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:
Aaron Michael Ritchey's Completely UNAUTHORIZED Interview with Steampunk Goddess Gail Carriger

Pin by Ruby Blackbird

Quote of the Day:
An Obvious Mistake.
An advertisement has appeared in nearly all the papers, announcing as a “novel thrilling attraction” that
“Two ladies will make their ascent on Monday evening next, suspended from the car of the Royal Cremorne Balloon.”
There is evidently some mistake in the announcement of this unwomanly and degrading exhibition. We cannot well allow that to be an “ascent” where the parties engaged so completely lower themselves.”
~ Punch July 1853

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Happy Birthday tickers

Jun. 7th, 2010

Betas - Group Approval

Contest Winners, Comics, Interviews, ISBW & a Guest Blog from David J. Williams

The big fat contest has ended and I am pleased to announce the two winners, they are:
  • Christel
  • Jena
I have already sent out the emails. Thanks to everyone for playing and I promise to do more contests in the future. Entrants were selected via a random number generator with every entry receiving a number in the order that I received it. There were 92 entries total. Thank you all for playing!
Guest Blog: David J. Williams

So, Gentle Reader, my friend Mr. David J. Williams has a new book out right now, the last in his series. I asked him to pop by for a bit of a guest blog. He chose pretty odd subject matter for the blog, namely, me. I've interjected my own commentary in italics (because I do rather love italics), in the manner of old friends the world over recalling times past.

Doesn't he have the coolest titles?

She wasn't Gail back then. This is, in fact, true. I was masquerading as someone else entirely.

She was in disguise. If memory serves I was in exercise gear, which is a kind of disguise as I should never wear such a thing in pubic at any convention ever again, and shouldn't have then, except it was about 7 AM on a Saturday morning and I didn't think any other convention attendees would be awake yet.

Of course, we recognized each other anyway. He was wearing such a nice blazer. I figured he had to be a visiting businessman and nothing to so with the SF/F world. I thought I might make friends so I could warn him of the immanent madness of fandom about to rise from the dead. We were in line at the Starbucks at WorldCon 2006, in Los Angeles, and had plenty of time to get acquainted. This is true, tell no one about the Starbucks, nothing else was open. The baristas were taking their time. . . probably because Gail had ordered a particularly intricate tea concoction ~ but she did so with such a charming smile that none could refuse her. While this herbal alchemy was going on, we got to talking. And rapidly realized that we were after the same thing. Something we both longed for. Something we desired with every fiber of our being.

A #$# publishing deal. We may have even used such language, remember this was early in the mourning before caffeine.

Yes, we were aspiring writers. Or wannabees. Call us what you will, we didn't care. We'd each come to Worldcon to hustle and look for that one break that would allow us to get our manuscript in front of the right person. In my case it was also to wear some really cute shoes. I'd just finished mine; smoke was still drifting from my red-hot keyboard. I felt I had a ticket to the most exclusive club in the world. But first I had to find a way to cash it. In the most precise sense of the word, I was an amateur. As was Gail.

But she looked like a total pro. He lies, I was in an exercise bodysuit, blinking blearily and under-caffeinated.

Here's a hint to those of you trying to make headway at a con: watch Gail. She'd chosen a particularly alluring shade of azure to dye her hair that weekend, and "the girl with the blue hair" was a damn sight more memorable to the editors at the various parties than yet another guy with glasses (me). This is true. I'm a natural bluenette, all brown hair is fake. In fact, I didn't even realize the parties were the place to be. And if I had, I'm not sure I would have had the guts to go. Later that night I crashed the Tor party, met every famous author there, and several editors. None of whom were destined to remember me, despite the blue hair, but I had a great time. I was wandering from panel to panel, deer-in-headlights at my first-ever science fiction con. Amazingly enough, this craptastic strategy actually worked; I met my future agent at one of the panels, and was able to somehow fast-talk her. Dave's good at fast talking. Ladies, watch out. James Bond-meets-Eternal-Sunshine-of-the-Spotless-Mind I said; send me the partial, she said. What's a partial I almost said, but restrained myself as she wandered off, leaving me wondering what just happened. I do not have this kind of guts. It was slush pile city for me for the nest two years.

Four years later, I'm still trying to figure it out. With Bantam Dell's release last week of The Machinery of Light, the hybrid espionage/cyberpunk trilogy that began with The Mirrored Heavens and continued with The Burning Skies is at last complete, as the saga of rogue hacker Claire Haskell reaches its conclusion:

But for my aspiring-writer-turned-pro comrade it's just beginning. The newly crowned princess of steampunk circles the world in her airship for the honor of Greyskull!, dispensing prose as scintillating as her outfits, her entourage larger than any of the parties at that long-ago WorldCon. Except that Tor party, which really was packed. The Victorious Parasol has triumphed at last. But some of us saw it coming long ago…

Learn more about the world of the early 22nd century at

Thanks for the guest blog, Dave! I leave it up to you, Gentle Reader, to decide the truth of the matters reported above. If you like super-fast paced hard core sci-fi action, give his books a whirl. Careful though, they are apt to leave one rather dizzy.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Neverending Panel for the win.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
BEA has a wonderful podcast on the problems and truths with the Agency Model. Want to know why you can only buy my books for kindle for the same price as the paperback? This is why. I recently had someone write me an angry email because my kindle edition was priced the same as the paperback, despite the fact that both are less than one of them fancy Starbucks lattes. (Insert rant here: As if a lowly author beast had any power to change that! You might as well ask me to change the jacket price of my books. And no one complains that the ebook cost of a hardback is so much more than the ebook cost of a paperback. You ask me, people just want to "see" that is costs less, and don't really care how much less. Publishers are failing to market properly, just fifty cents less and market manipulation could translate into dominance.) On the flip side, here we have an example of the kindle costing MORE than the hardback. All this seem totally bizarre to you? Listen to this podcast.

Cem's Book Hide Out says, "This is the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series from Gail Carriger. It's part urban fantasy, historical fantasy, part steampunk and I love it."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Reading the Romance says, "You absolutely must read this book. The inventions are perfectly detailed for the Steampunk reader who can now imagine flying on a Dirigible or sending messages on the Aetheric Transponder."
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Heartless: Plugging away. Due Nov 1.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Due July 1.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
"There are no rules in writing. There are useful principles. Throw them away when they're not useful. But always know what you're throwing away."
~ Will Shetterly

May. 21st, 2010


Big Fat Contest Time!

Some time ago when Changeless first launched I ran a series of contests. Some were more successful than others, Gentle Reader. My Twitter contest didn't succeed but I promised that if I should reach my goal of 1874 followers I would do something special. Well the goal has been reached at long last, and so it is time for . . . another contest!

As always, I'm making you give me something first. Don't worry, it won't be as hard as the podcaster payback contest. This is going to be more like the very first contest I ever ran, almost exactly one year ago, only with even cooler prizes, so here it goes. By now I'm hoping most of you have managed to find, beg, borrow, or steal Changeless. So . . . it's review time!

The Rules:
1. Write a review of Changeless, 60 words or more.
2. Post the review online, Amazon, Goodreads, your personal blog, B&N, etc... If you've already written one, that is fine (although I'd be delighted if you reposted to a second venue).
3. Leave a comment with a link to the review bellow or email it to me (gailcarriger at hotmail)
4. Include the best way of contacting you.
5. One entry per person.
6. Contest open until Sunday June 6.
7. Contest open to international entrants.

The Results:
On Monday June 7 I will use a random number generator to choose 2 winners.

The Prizes:
Two winners will receive the following:
  • A unique, one of only four in existence, Parasol Protectorate Book II Pin designed and handmade by Rubyblackbird.
  • A first edition copy of Soulless, signed and dedicated (if desired)
  • A first edition copy of Changeless, signed and dedicated (if desired)
  • A sneak peek at the entire first chapter of Blameless ~ oooooo!
  • A first edition copy of Blameless, signed and dedicated (if desired) to be sent as soon as I receive my box (so long as I am not out of the country)
  • An original unpublished short story featuring Alexia's father, Alessandro Tarabotti, signed

So there it is! Big fat prizes galore. Have fun, and good luck.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Marmite story
Your Writerly Tinctures:
There is so much good stuff in the recent SFWA bulletin. An excellent article on ebook rights (which may explain why some authors are wary of Orbit's new venture), another on WorldCon and its future, the fact the Realms of Fantasy is doing a women in fantasy theme, and that Cory Doctorow wants your keyboard (and here I always thought he was after my brain meats). These also something on BookScan data (the great and mysterious) and a little article on Young Adult Fantasy and its hotness. If there was ever any reason to join SFWA a magazine like this one is it. Brilliant!

Her Majesty is unexpectedly charmed, "I really didn't expect to like this book because it was a new genre to me. I couldn't figure out what the big deal was about Steampunk. I loved this book. Reading this book made me feel like the day that I read my first paranormal romance."
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Ooh-books is turning fan girl, and asks me to explain "why octopus?": "It was completely and absolutely worth my time. I plan on buying and reading every novel Gail Carriger writes."
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first.
Super Secret Project H: Plugging away.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
"Mercedes is black, I'm gay – we make culture."
~ Glee