1. The fact that my raccoon riddled ankle finally seems to be on the mend.
You know what that means? Stilettos. Thank goodness, I wasn't going to make it much longer. I still haven't purchased the shoes in honor of Etiquette & Espionage
because I haven't been able to try them on properly. However, I sense a shopping excursion in my future. I'm eying these lovelies:2. New office!
I have signed the lease on proper office space. It's not that I can't work at home, it's just that our apartment is about 700 sq ft. We've been squeezing into it because we hope to buy in the not too distant future, but I decided one of the only ways for me to continue with the tininess was to rent office space. I'd like to have a little table to eat at, and host guests on occasion, and right now that isn't possible. Moving my office (and all my books and associated stuff) should free up just enough space. Plus I get to practice segregation of authorial pursuits and home life. I hope this will help me think of my writing as a Proper Real Job. I know it is, but I seem to struggle with emotionally
knowing this fact. The best part about this endeavor? Decorating the new office! Ikea here I come. Squee! I'll post pictures once it's decorated, I promise.3. Back on the bike.
I tend to get around by bicycling most of the week. Lately I've been too sick or it has been raining. But I finally have my breathing and energy back, and the weather has been quite fine. It's great to get my daily ride in again.4. Clothing purge.
I've been actively getting rid of stuff I don't wear. I love getting rid of clothes, almost as much as I love buying new ones. Pure chance has seen a number of shirts get holes lately, combined with my own recently disgruntled attitude, and . . see Gail victoriously eliminate various tops and skirts. Good riddance, more to go, yay closet space!5. Chard.
I have decided, in an utterly arbitrary way, that greens are the answer to health and long life. So I've been trying to eat a leafy green vegetable every day, mostly chard, mostly at breakfast. I've no proof whatsoever that it is working but I do love card so it makes me happy.
And now, tell me about you, please Gentle Reader. What silly thing is making you happy right now?GAIL'S DAILY DOSEYour Moment of Parasol . . .1850-1870 The Metropolitan Museum of ArtYour Infusion of Cute . . .Anne ten DonkelaarYour Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained:
Soap “A substance made from the lees of ashes mixed with tallow. That called Castle of Spanish soap is made from a mixture of olive-oil with barilla.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830Your Writerly Tinctures . . .Notebook and Pencil Cartier, 1940s Sotheby’sPROJECT ROUND UPWaistcoats & 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
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Begin rewrite in 2014.
Book News:Shelf Awareness
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
says of Etiquette & Espionage
that: “Carriger delivers a grand mix of etiquette and espionage with a dash of humor and enough subterfuge to spring some surprises.”Quote of the Day:
“The following speech was made by the winner of a prize in a foot race:
“Gentlemen, I have won this cup by the use of my legs; I trust I may never lose the use of my legs by the use if this cup.” And a very good speech it was.
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine August 1872
After my grand confession of inadequacy, I thought perhaps we all need something a bit lighter to end this week. So, Gentle Reader, I present for your edification the 5 silly things that I really love about life right now . . .