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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.

Jan. 14th, 2015

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The Intellectual Salon ~ Does Alexia Dream?


One of an Occasional Series of Intellectual Salons, wherein a scientist of note hijacks this blog for the purposes of in-Gail's-world discourse.

I received a very interesting calling card, Gentle Reader, from Dr. Kelly (she has a PhD, my readers are smart!). She graciously gave me permission to pose her question to you (slightly modified by me).

Dear Miss Carriger,

I am a new fan of your tales of Alexia Tarabotti and her feats of supernatural derring-do in Victorian London. I have read Soulless and Changeless so far, and I look forward to your further volumes.

Perhaps you speak to this question in a later story, but my professional interests urge me to make the inquiry directly to you:

Does Alexia dream?

As a scientific matter, the answer would seem to be no.  Primitive peoples from the dawn of history have explained dreaming as the night journeys of the soul, temporarily liberated during sleep from the shackles of the body.  (This idea was proposed by famed British anthropologist E.B. Tylor in the 1870?s, perhaps Alexia knew him?)  If Alexia has no soul, then she could not dream, and sleep for her would simply be a state of quiet physical inactivity.

I find that a dissatisfying conclusion.  The first piece of counter-evidence would be Alexia?s enthusiastic responsiveness to her husband?s amorous solicitations.  As Dr. Freud of Vienna would begin to theorize in the 1890?s, the energies of dreaming can be intimately intertwined with the energies of erotic arousal and desire.  I find it hard to imagine, as a purely professional matter of course, that a woman with so much libidinal vitality would never have dreams that express her instinctual familiarity with those deep yearnings and timeless pleasures.

A second piece of counter-evidence is Alexia?s admirable resourcefulness, which I believe should count as a species of creativity, indeed as one of the noblest forms of creativity.  She may not know how to wield a brush or pluck at a harp, but she knows how to navigate through the most trying circumstances with good grace and proper decorum.  That is an art form in itself, one at which Alexia is a grand master.  Numerous scientific studies have suggested connections between dreaming and creative thinking, so again I have to wonder if a person with such an abundance of this type of creativity would never experience dreams reflecting the nocturnal activation of the same cerebral mechanisms that underlie creativity in the waking state.

I could adduce further evidence, but then I would have to begin using footnotes, and that would become unwieldy.  Suffice it to say there are sound reasons to doubt?on purely theoretical grounds?the Tylorian hypothesis that a soulless person, a preternatural, is incapable of dreaming.

Please let me know if you possess any information that might help to cast the clear light of scientific understanding on this intriguing (to me, in any case) question.

Thank you for your consideration,

Dr. Kelly, Scientist in Good Standing

P.S. Scholarly experience has taught me that people who say they never dream often find themselves surprised when they awaken one morning and, lo and behold, a dream has rather rudely invited itself into their conscious minds and made irritatingly permanent residence there.  One never knows....

Dr. Kelly adds this website for your perusal.


So, my dear, Gentle Reader, I pose this same question to you. Do preternaturals dream? For that matter, do supernaturals? How much of dreaming is a matter for the soul? How much is sourced in the the creative part of human make up? 


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for January? Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
saisonciel-tumblr Gladys Cooper by Bassano, 1910

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Contest entry vampangel79_LJ

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Stuff You Should Know podcast talks about blimps

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the history of London



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 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:
Aurian of Boeklogboek says of Waistcoats & Weaponry, “I love this series, and I am in awe of Gail Carrigers’ imagination. Sophronia is such a great heroine, she thinks fast on her feet, and doesn’t care about a person’s standing in society...”

Quote of the Day:
"Oil and potatoes both grow underground so french fries may have eventually produced themselves, had they not been invented."
~ A.J. Esther

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
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Oct. 13th, 2014

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Tomorrow is Ada Lovelace Day


Tomorrow is Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in science! I encourage you all to blog, tweet, FB, and talk about your favorite female scientist in history or now.

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day I present to you, Gentle Reader, some interesting tidbits on the advancement of women gleaned from Godey's Lady's Book 1872.

On the Higher Education of Women in the United States
"Our readers are aware that a munificent offer of $250,000 has been made by Mr. Sage to the trustees of Cornell University, on condition that young women shall be admitted to the advantages of that institution on the same terms as young men. A correspondent states that President White, after having examined the practical workings of the co-education of the sexes at Antioch, Oberlin, the Michigan University, and several other institutions of less note, declared, in a recent speech, "that he was heartily glad that Mr. Sage had made this offer, and he should do all that he could to promote its acceptance." Later accounts state that the gift has been accepted, and that the new buildings which will be required are soon to be commenced."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine July 1872

A New Profession for Ladies
"We learn from the German papers that a young lady recently presented herself at the Faculty of Medicine at Munich for examination for a license to practice as a dentist. Being refused, she went to
Erlangen. The question was here referred to the government, who at once authorized the examination on the ground that it was absurd to exclude a person desiring to submit herself to authorized professional tests of ability by reason of her sex. The young lady triumphed, and is likely to find immediate imitators."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine September 1872

Lady Doctors
An English Lady, Mrs. Chaplin Ayrton, has just passed her second professional medical examination (anatomy and physiology) in Paris, with the note of "very satisfactory," the faculty having, with the liberality to strangers for which they are so justly renowned, accepted that lady's certificates from Apothecaries Hall and the Edinburgh University as equivalent to a "degree" in letters and science and to their first professional presented herself for the first professional examination (chemistry, physics, natural history, and botany), also passed with "very satisfactory."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine November 1872

Dr. Walker

In line with the above here is a great article on Civil War Surgeon Dr. Mary Walker ~ The Only Woman Ever Awarded The Congressional Medal Of Honor. More on her as she gets older. And here is another on the Three Female Medical Students Who Destroyed Gender Norms A Century Ago.


Women Delivering Ice in 1918. I love this picture, it's so very Vieve.

To give an idea of what they were up against:
"Truth is, the female sex is really as inferior to the male in vigour of mind as in strength of body; and all arguments to the contrary are founded on a few anomalies, or based on theories that can never be reduced to practice."

and

"Men make fortunes, women make livings. And none make poorer livings than those who waste their time, and bore their friends, by writing and lecturing upon the equality of the sexes, and what they call "Women's Rights." How is it that most of these ladies live separately from their husbands; either despising them, or being despised by them?"
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1901 Afternoon Dress  1901  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Early contest image from phaetonschariot
New contest running right now!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Roll Bottle Opener via Better Living Through Design

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
"Letters of introduction should not be sealed. To do so is rude, and mean."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)


PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Proof stage.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming soon: 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:

Etiquette & Espionage ebook is on special for only $2.99!



Quote of the Day:
“Men don't think any differently from women - they just make more noise about being able to.”
~ Tamora Pierce, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man


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
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Jul. 25th, 2014

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Victorian Houses ~ Peek into Gail's Research


Soon I am off to England, Gentle Reader. One of the things I love about traveling in the UK is the architecture. I'm a particular fan of the mixing of time periods you often find in smaller towns.

Topsham

However, while I am in London, I'll be paying attention to the less flashy Victorian houses, because I have been researching them lately.

In the late 1890s an American visitor to London describes the houses as:

"very tall, and very plain, and very narrow, and quite expressionless, except that it wore a sort of dirty brown frown. Like its neighbours, it had a well in front of it, and steps leading down in to the well, and an iron fence round the steps, and a brass bell-handle lettered 'Tradesmen'. Like its neighbours, too, it wore boxes of spotty black greenery on the window-sills – in fact, it was very like its neighbours . . . Half-Moon Street, to me, looked like a family of houses – a family differing in heights and complexions and the colour of its hair, but sharing all the characteristics of a family – of an old family."
~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. li)

Victorian Terrace houses in Leeds, Wiki Commons

In the 1890s a standard house in town would be arranged roughly like so:

  • Top floor: servants and children's bedrooms (usually two)

  • Half-landing: bathroom (often)

  • Second floor: master bedroom, dressing room (in larger houses), second bedroom

  • First floor: drawing room

  • Ground floor: dining room, morning room

  • Basement: kitchen, scullery, possibly a breakfast room

~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. li)

The Duchess of Duke Street or You Rang, M'Lord? are both great TV shows to watch to get the feel for houses of this type. (And no, I had not seen You Rang, M'Lord? before I chose Ivy's name.)

The complexity of the bedroom is particularly interesting to me.

Victorian Bedroom Painting

"Mattresses were of organic fibre: horsehair mattresses were the best; cow's-hair ones were cheaper, although they did not wear as well; even less expensive were wool mattresses. A straw mattress, or palliase, could be put under a hair mattress to protect it from the iron bedstead. Chain-spring mattresses were available in the second half of the century, but they were expensive, and they still needed a hair mattress over them. It was recommended that a brown holland square should be tied over the chains, to stop the hair mattress from being chewed by the springs. The hair mattress itself then needed to be covered with another holland case, to protect it from soot and dirt. If the bed had no springs, a feather bed – which was also expensive, hard to maintain, and a great luxury –  could be added on top of the mattress. An underblanket, called a binding blanket, was recommended over the hair mattress."

"After the basics (all of which needed turning and shaking every day, as otherwise the natural fibre had a tendancy to mat and clump), the bedding for cold, usually fireless rooms consisted of an under sheet (tucked into the lower mattress, not the upper, again to protect from soot), a bottom sheet, a top sheet, blankets (three or four per bed in the winter), a bolster, pillows, bolster and pillow-covers in holland, and bolster- and pillow-cases."

~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 11)

Bedding clearly was in just as many layers and just as complex a Victorian ballgown! Speaking of which over on Retro Rack I lay out a fantasy of some of Alexia's underthings.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for July? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause ~ YA werewolf from before it was a thing. Next month is Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti.}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1870  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Postcard from my Grandfather's travels

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Releases March 17, 2015.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished first draft. Out with Beta readers. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.



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:
80sidol-tumblr talk to me about my love for ormond tunstell and ivy hisslepenny


Quote of the Day:
“Don’t blame a man for the style of his literary apartments and more than you would for the color of his hair of the shape of his nose.”
~ 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.

Jun. 27th, 2014

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Victorians In Egypt ~ Researching Timeless


With the release of the trade paperback of Timeless immanent, Gentle Reader, I thought you would enjoy a flashback glimpse at some of my research for that book.

British Paintings tumblr: Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream - Reginald Arthur 1894

British Paintings tumblr: 1839 David-Roberts-Interview-With-Mehmet-Ali-In-His-Palace-At-Alexandria
Below are some quick sources off the top of my head for the Victorians in Egypt, some you need a library, some are available to buy, some are in Google online or project Gutenberg. They range in time from early to late Victorian. Because of #AmazonJail I am leaving the source up to you. I trust you are intelligent enough to get hold of the book from wherever you like, should you wish.

Secondary Sources:

  • Queen Victoria's Little Wars

  • Rape of the Nile

1880 Ladies Dahabia Egypt, Gutenberg project

Primary:

  • A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Baedeker's Upper Egypt

  • Baedeker's Lower Egypt

  • Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Barbary, during the years 1806 and 1807 (FA de Chateaubriand) ~ this is too early but I still found it useful. And you better believe I drew upon it heavily for Alessandro, especially to soon to release short story.

1876 Port of Alexiandria, Gutenberg project

Online:

  • Google Images search: 1882 London Times coverage of the riots in Egypt (I've blogged about that already)

  • Google Images search: lithographs of David Roberts: A bit earlier than Victorian times but a great visual for what many of the famous sites looked like back then.


Some images that informed Timeless most particularly...

1882 Alexandria Suburbs, Gutenberg project
Desert Balloon 1 via Wiki commons
Hatshetsup's Temple Wiki commons

Random intreaging thing: Portrayals of Cleopatra on film.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for June? Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach ~ Book One in the Paradox series}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1882 Picnic Nile River, Gutenberg project
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Tomb of Two Brothers wiki commons
Google it, you won't be disappointed. Let's just be quite clear, they are most likely NOT brothers.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Victorian Invention: Combined Bustle and Stool

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
This Is Your Brain on Writing


PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.



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
$0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:
channing_channing_of_the_chesterfield_channings_by_mysterious_in_mist

Quote of the Day:
"It is to be supposed that before her arrival, the mistress of the house has inspected the chamber of her guest, to see that all is right—that there are two pitchers full of fresh water on the stand, and three towels on the rail, (two fine and one coarse,) with a china mug for teeth-cleaning, and a tumbler to drink from; a slop jar of course, and a foot-bath."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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
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Jun. 20th, 2014

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Victorian Pregnancy (Heartless ~ Soon In Trade)


July 1, 2014 Heartless and Timeless release in trade paperback size to the US market. At that juncture the mass market editions will be discontinued.

If you have already read the Parasol Protectorate series, read on! (Or if you don't mind spoilers.) Otherwise, just skip today's blog post, OK?

It should come as no surprise at this juncture, I hope, that in my fourth book, Heartless, Alexia is pregnant. Very pregnant, in fact. This book was so much fun to write, partly because in her advanced state the slapstick part of humor writing was really easy to come by.

Never having endured the condition myself, I did a lot of research into what it was like to be pregnant. Fortunately for me, at least half my friends were in various states of inconvenience at the time. I asked them many questions. I had them tell me stories which entered the text in new and Victorian form. Alexia is tired and hungry all the time, the werewolves around her are in a snack-carrying panic. The thing with the fried eggs staring back at her? Yeah, that's my friend Willow.

Maternity corset, 1908via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr


But I also did a lot of research into Victorian pregnancy as it actually was particularly the ridiculous medical advice surrounding it. That thing about avoiding bad expressions in people around you when pregnant or the child will end up ugly and looking like them? Yeah, real advice from Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk by Edward B. Foote, M.D., 1871.

"– gave the signs of pregnancy, in order of appearance, as 'ceasing to be unwell' (i.e. menstruate); morning sickness; painful and enlarged breasts; 'quickening' (which would not have been felt until the nineteenth week); increased size. That meant that no woman could be absolutely certain she was pregnant until the fifth month. As early as the 1830s it had been known to doctors that the mucosa around the vaginal opening changed colour after conception, yet this useful piece of information did not appear in lay publication until the 1880s, and the doctor who wrote it was struck off the medical register – it was too indelicate, in its assumption that a doctor would perform a physical examination. Neither doctors not their patients felt comfortable with this."
~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 15)

Maternity corset, 1900-20svia shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

And a note for the upcoming Prudence books, you may notice that there is a certain awkwardness between the young persons, now grown up, and their respective parents. Some of this has to do with personality, but not all.

"The higher up the social scale, the more open about this distance from their children the parents were."
 ~ Judith Flanders The Victorian House (pg. 15)
Example from the footnote, same page, references upper-class child Augustus Hare.
"Hare's uncle, also an Augustus Hare, died shortly before his godson-to-be was born; his widow, Maria, stood god-mother instead, and she tentatively asked his parents if she could perhaps have the child to stay for a while. The answer to her letter was immediate: 'My dear Maria, how very kind of you! Yes, certainly, the baby shall be sent as soon as it is weaned; and if anyone else would like one, would you kindly recollect that we have others.' Maria Hare cared for him for the rest of her life, and he called her his mother."

Heartless and Timeless release in trade size to the US market on July 1, 2014.


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for June? Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach ~ Book One in the Paradox series}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Godeys Aug 1872

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
My new tiny under seat travel case for going to England. So cute.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
My repainted coffee table
Sometimes when I am really over-run with writign obligations I need an art project to just rest my brain wish a less demanding creative endeavor. This month I worked on sanding down and repainting the house coffee table. The finished product appears above! Super pleased with myself.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


PROJECT ROUND UP



Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.



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
$0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:
via Facebook


Quote of the Day:
Water-Cure Journal, June 1855


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.

Apr. 4th, 2014

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The Crudrat Wrap Party


The Crudrat Wrap party was a great success! We had so much food the table was quite groaning.

And this was just the start!

The weather cooperated resulting in a lovely turn out, there was standing room only (literally, there were no chairs). I talked all about how the book got started and my inspiration, and Dan talked about how he got the audio books and Kickstarter going.

Special Edition Book & the Coupons for the Audiobook

Then we called up the voice talent to stand with us, and people asked questions about the project and my books. The voice talent complained about my tongue twisters in the book and short stories. I talked about my love of language and silly names.


It was lots of fun. Dan recorded the whole thing and if the sound quality is OK he will include some of it on the blooper reels.

One young lady (friends with an Australian backer) took a picture of the voice talent all standing together, I'd love a copy if I could get it?

Also Dan just released this:
Crudrat state of play (Marine Biology and Crudrat release update)


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Murmurations of Starlings

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


PROJECT ROUND UP

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon, release date March 17, 2015.


The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
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
$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 crudrat.com

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
Women in the saddle - Kaiser & The Times agree on medical dangers of riding astride! 1914 via @TimesArchive twitter

Mar. 19th, 2014

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Miss Carriger's Monthly Chirrup ~ Newsletter Now Available


By request, I have created a Newsletter, Gentle Reader. OK, so I had a great deal of help, it wasn't only me doing the creating, but it's now available. The Contact Page on my website, bellow the Calling Card, has a place where you can sign up.

Steampunk Tea Pot

Miss Carriger's Monthly Chirrup will go out once a month and will include latest news, upcoming releases, recent releases and my events schedule. It's designed to be only the most necessary information, for those of you overwhelmed by the surfeit of information around us, this is basically only what you need to know as a fan of my books.

I use my Official Author Page on Facebook similarly.

Thanks to those who signed up early and helped to beta test the first two issues, your help was greatly appreciated.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
From my personal collection

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Book bracelet, made in England, c.1840

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Steampunk wine label

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

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. November 4, 2014.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
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 crudrat.com

Book News:
E&E in French

Quote of the Day:
Water-Cure Journal, April 1855

Feb. 10th, 2014

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Gail's 5 Current Favorite Non Fiction Books


I didn't really get to mention many of my picks in outrageous and fun non-fiction books at WorldCon last year. That particular panel turned out to be not quite what I expected. They do that sometimes. So I thought I'd put my list up here. The blurbs on Amazon are pretty good if you want to know what they are about.


Special Mention


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1809 Friday, September 1 Ackerman's Repository v. 3, plate 26

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
"By request, here's a shot of the interior of my ocean teacup."

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
London. Piccadilly Circus in 1894 via British Paintingstumblr

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .


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. 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.
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 crudrat.com

Book News:
I Read to Relax reviews C&C: “[Sophronia] is the type of smart, adventurous heroine I'd hope to be if I ever found myself learning poisons and proper etiquette upon a floating dirigible.”

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“Either i've turned stupid, or life's turned hard.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Lioness Rampant

Jan. 14th, 2014

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In Which Your Intrepid Author Visits a Shooting Range in the Interest of Research


Occasionally, Gentle Reader, I conduct on the ground research, or in some cases in the air. One of the things I have been meaning to do for a long time is visit a shooting range. I grew up around riffles (farming community) but never used one, and I have an ex who (after living through the LA riots) owned a shot-gun so large I couldn't really lift it. But I, personally, have never found the idea of guns very appealing. Which may be the consequence of my part British upbringing, or it could be all those hippies.

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However, guns do make the occasional appearance in my books and I have actually never shot one. I'd rather not get into the politics of guns, so I'll merely say that they are historically present in my time period and my world-building, so I thought it best if I knew at least a little bit about them.

My dear friend J. Daniel Sawyer is an excellent marksman and volunteered to be my guide. He does, after all, have a book on the subject of guns for writers. So a week ago, we trekked to a nearby gun range so shoot some of their oldest guns.

I thought you might like a glance at my notes. Which were mainly things that surprised me . . .


  • 22 manually load, manually eject casing (single action Bearcat revolver)

  • 22 up close to temple could be an assassin's weapon, but otherwise not all that effective

  • Thumb (not trigger finger) gets tired from pulling back hammer

  • Smaller gun doesn't get that hot, just warm to the touch

  • Smaller lighter gun of same caliber seem to have more recoil , with a bigger 22 (10 shot double action revolver) the heaviness of the gun seemed to almost shield the shooter

  • Larger caliber gun was much louder but doesn't effect how hard I had to pull the trigger

  • Recoil hit tender part between finger and thumb

  • Rough grip makes it easier to hold but harder on the skin, understand appeal of wooden handle, rubber later, and shooting gloves


The larger caliber proved too much for me. We had to jump from a .22 to a .45 (compact 1911) since the shooting range only had one .380 and that gun was challenging (they said). This was a little sad since Ethel, Alexia's gun, is a derringer that would probably have been in the .38 range. But it did afford me the time to chat with some of the local enthusiasts while my friend finished the .45 rounds.

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Being a materials scientist by training I was fascinated to learn about the so-called Perchatta gun grip on the 1902 gun they had in a case. It seems some sort of rubber mixed with plastic. I've never heard of such a thing and couldn't find it on the interwebs under that name (given me by a suspect individual) so if you know more on the actually scientific name of the material . . .

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There it is, my visit to the range. In many ways the range itself was exactly as I suspected, and some of the psychology of, for example, the instructional video was decidedly... off. But I am glad I went because I really feel like I learned something that will effect how I write about using guns in my books. Improving, shall we say, my precision if not accuracy.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

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Paint Camille Monet on the beach at Trouville by Monet

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Elizabeth Lefebvre via FB sharing Emily Mills's photo

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Travel Scenes from Around the World, 1986-1900

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
9 Lessons I’ve Learned So Far About Writing & Publication


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:
USA Today says of C & C, “Gail's voice is humorous, just a bit snarky and perfect for Sophronia”

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"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written."
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