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Jun. 23rd, 2014

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[sticky post] LiveJournal Is My Backup Blog

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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.

Feb. 19th, 2014

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Wait, they had a word for that? 1811 Slang

I recently finished the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Gentle Reader, which was utterly fascinating. While I realized it is pre-Victorian, I figured slang usually hangs aroudn for a bit, so some might be relevant to my own writing. Too bad I only just found it or some might have leaked into Soap's jargon in the Finishing School books. As it stands you will simply have to suffer through my delight over some of these words. Trust me, there will be more than one blog post on this subject.

Women of the 1820s at an outdoor tea party

However, to start off I am focusing on the specifics, particularly words and phrases so exact you wonder at the frequency of occurrence that they need a term for it! In one or two cases I'm delighted that they did, because I adore that I can criticize my dining companions for the lollop.

  • Chicken nabob ~ One returned from the East indies with but a moderate fortune of fifty or sixty thousand pounds.

  • Gutfoundered ~ Exceeding hungry.

  • Onion hunters ~ A class of young thieves who are on the look out for gentlemen who wear their seals suspended.

  • P.P.C. ~ An inscription on the visiting cards of our modern fine gentlemen, signifying that they have called POUR PRENDRE CONGE, i.e. 'to take leave,' thus has of late been ridiculed by cards inscribed D.I.O. ie "Damme, I'm off."

  • Larry Dugan's eye water ~ Boot Blacking. (Larry Dugan was a famous shoe-black at Dublin.)

  • Tiffing ~ Eating or drinking out of meal time.  [To be fair, I love this one so much I intend to encourage its return.]

  • Lollop ~ Lean with one's elbows on the table. [This one too, so good!]

  • Rantallion ~ One whose scrotum is so relaxed as to be longer than his penis.

  • Tears of the tankard ~ The drippings of liquor on a man's waistcoat.

  • Vice admiral of the narrow seas ~ A drunken man that pisses under the table into his companions' shoes.

All right then, there's something to think about.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1819 Fashions for October 1819

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
notebook tote

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
An Elegant Phaeton for 1819

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


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. I honestly do not yet know the exact release date. Probably early November 2014.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft, am officially over but not yet done with story. I hate that.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol 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
Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at

Book News:
The Inky Bumblebee says of Curtsies & Conspiracies, “This series continues to be so much fun to read. It's a brilliantly quirky, witty book that I felt improved on the first book, which is saying something considering how much I loved Etiquette & Espionage.”

Quote of the Day:
"Under the rose: privately or secretly. The rose was, it is said, sacred to Harpocrates, the God of silence, and therefore frequently placed in the ceilings of rooms destined for the receiving of guests; implying, that whatever was transacted there, should not be made public."
~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Feb. 28th, 2013

Con Gadget - Steampunk

Five Good Things

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 . . .

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:

Miz Mooz

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.

1895 Biker Chicks

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?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1850-1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1850-1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Anne ten Donkelaar
Anne ten Donkelaar

Your 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, 1830

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Notebook and Pencil  Cartier, 1940s  Sotheby’s
Notebook and Pencil  Cartier, 1940s  Sotheby’s

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

Book News:
Shelf Awareness 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

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Dec. 19th, 2011

Alexia in Shock

Owning the Silly

I'm going to say something for the record, Gentle Reader, because I have had some odd experiences with one particular word of late.

What word, Miss Gail?

You might well ask.


No, not you for asking, that's the word. Silly.

And I want to go down the record owing it. Here's what I mean. I describe my books as silly. I don't think this trivializes them, or makes them any less meaningful to the reader (or the writer). They have their poignant moments, but I genuinely believe that their strength is in their silliness.

I'm not being factious when I say that the ability to make a stranger, half a world away, embarrass herself by laughing out load on the train is my most treasured achievement. (Well that and pin-ball prowess.) My favorite parts of my books are the silliest: Ivy and her hats, Lord Akeldmaa and his drones, the ridiculous machines designed to do the most absurd things, the encumbered Alexia falling over the edge of baskets.

I'm owning my silliness.

The best and most enjoyable times with my friends, family, and partners over the years have been the silliest. Stealing Brussels sprouts from my mother one Thanksgiving and stashing them all over the house (I hate Brussels sprouts) lives on in infamy and hilarity. Why shouldn't we value silliness? What's wrong with loving and being proud of the parts of you that make others smile?

I think this is why I love Ivy Hisselpenny so very very much.

The old saying amongst literary folk is that comedy never wins awards, but of an evening I'm reaching for Wodehouse over Steinbeck. Every. Single. Time.

In the end, I'd rather people wanted to read my books and enjoyed them than anything else. Period.

So color me Silly and Proud!

Speaking of which, someone has made a Parasol Protectorate quiz on Goodreads.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

One for Lord Akeldama.

Timeless: Now in production. The release date on Amazon is correct.

Etiquette & Espionage: Copy edits done! Awaiting galley. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! 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:
Some Ivy-ish hats.

Quote of the Day:
"Negligent (adj.): Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown."
~ Unknown

Daisypath Graduation tickers