Gail Carriger's Blog

January 18, 2017

I’m off to Detroit, Gentle Reader, for ConFusion. I hope to perhaps see you there. If not, I’ll catch on the flip side or on Instagram or what have you.


I may drop a FB Live if the hotel internet is good enough, or at least shoot something there I can later post to YouTube. Considering I can barely remember to take outfit photos, this may be ambitious.


Meanwhile, I am running a Goodreads Giveaway on Imprudence.



Here’s my schedule for Confusion!


FRIDAY ~ January 20

5:00 ~ 5:50 PM Panel: Dressing Your Fictional World

They say ‘clothes make the man,’ but they also make the man’s physical and social world. Help our panel of writers and costumers build and dress a fictional world, and learn how you can use costume details to enhance the depth and verisimilitude of your work.


7:00 ~ 7:50 PM Opening Ceremonies

Welcome to Friendship is ConFusion! Meet our GOHs and SubPress special guests, and hear what the ConCom has in store for you this weekend!


8:00 ~ 8:50 PM Reception

A meet and greet between ConFusion attendees and our GoHs and SubPress special guests. Mix, mingle, and enjoy some sweet treats. This is a very popular event, so plan your time accordingly!


SATURDAY ~ January 21

11:00 ~ 11:50 AM Panel: The Nostalgia of Failure

Steampunk and other historically-focused fantasies often engage with fundamentally flawed technology. Whether it’s airships or clockwork machinery, there’s a certain mystic around pre-industrial age invention. Why the fascination with the patently impossible? And is there a reason once-popular sub-genres built on these ideas have fallen out of favor?


1:00 ~ 1:50 PM Panel: Gail Carriger Q&A

Come ask author and Pro Guest of Honor Gail Carriger all your burning questions!


2:00 ~ 2:50 PM Panel: You Got Your Romance in My Science Fiction

Love stories have always been a part of science fiction and fantasy. So why do so many science fiction fans and creators spend so much effort vilifying romance? Who are the great romantic couples in SF&F?


4:00 ~ 4:50 PM Autograph Session

Come meet your favorite authors, artists and musicians and have them sign things! (Please limit your signing requests to 3 items per person.)


SUNDAY ~ January 22

10:00 AM ~ 10:50 PM Kaffeeklatsch with Pro GOH Gail Carriger

Join our Pro Guest of Honor for coffee, tea, and conversation. Limited to 10 participants. Sign up at OPS.


12:00 ~ 12:50 PM Panel: All About Keikaku

Our panelists discuss the unexpected plot twists of trying to express the same story using words from a different language, and how translation impacts the reader’s perception of a story.


1:00 ~ 1:50 PM Panel: Romantic Leads

What makes a good romantic lead? In straight romance, does the guy need to be tough, a bad boy? Does the woman need to be feisty but soft and not like other girls? What happens when your romantic leads are queer and/or genderqueer? How do those heteronormative tropes get replicated or subverted?


3:00 ~ 3:50 PM Closing Ceremonies

Come say goodbye to our Guests of Honor and Special Guests, and learn what we might have in store for you for next year!


{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Developmental edit (third draft).

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3

Status: Outline

Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


via fawnvelveteen-tumblr Arthur Hacker – Lost Parasol


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


This neck doesn’t scratch itself, Human.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


6 Things You Should Know About Flying, According to Flight Attendants


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


The Editorial Critique


Book News:


Fan Art: Alexia Chibi


Quote of the Day:


“I wish the cyberpunk dystopia that we actually live in had more ninjas and day-glo colors.”


~ Overheard in Borderlands Bookstore



Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

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January 16, 2017

But first! PRUDENCE & SOULLESS are in Barnes & Noble’s 3 for 30 promo right now! (USA Paperback)



And now…


Terminology for Romance Readers & Authors

In 2016 I shifted (slightly), Gentle Reader, and began writing more romance. All my books have romance threads, but in my first two novellas (Poison or Protect and Romancing the Inventor) I brought those threads to the forefront.


Romancing the Inventor


Delving into not just the writing but also the production end of the romance equation has been extremely enlightening, especially given my particular background (both personal and professional). Conversational lingo in the Bay Area on the subject of such things, let us just say, is a whole lot different from what a girl plops in her book description on Amazon.


For example, in conversation ’round a cafe in the Castro I’d call Poison or Protect het, or breeder, with kink lite, but that sure ain’t the correct way to go about it on Amazon.



We are talking book descriptions here people

What follows is going to be me prattling on about romance novel book descriptions, particularly those that appear on websites like Amazon, Kobo, B&N, etc… (As opposed to book cover copy, which appears in print on book jackets and is usually slightly different.)


Let me say that again, I’m talking about vocabulary and semantics in ROMANCE NOVEL BOOK DESCRIPTIONS. This means… marketing! Hooray! I’m NOT dealing with how greater society would describe the relationships presented in said books, nor the choices/terms various communities would prefer used, nor the political correctness of this situation.


What I find fascinating is the marketing aspect, not the truth. (Ain’t that how the world works these days, anyway?)


I don’t know… warning?

Look, I think this is interesting and educational and fascinating. I’m not gonna describe any acts or what-have-you. But if you’re easily offended by anything beyond plain-old heterosexual intercourse, then you might wanna not read this. Okay? Bye bye now.


Still with me?


Here we go… Bum chicha baow.



On the surface?

Romance means the emotional tenors of the relationship are front and center to the plot of the story. Pacing is going to rely on feelings. Feeeeeeeeelings, nothing more than, feeeeelllingggs…


Sweet romance probably won’t have much (if any) sex details and it’ll likely end on a wedding (or at least an engagement).


Clean romance means that it really won’t have any nookie.


Erotica means it’s all about the sexitimes. Pace is going to be driven by physical encounters and those will be described in detail.


You Probably Know This But…

A stand alone means the whole story arc finishes in one book.


Cross-over characters means there will be side and background characters shared in other books by this author, or (in some rare cases) books by other authors too.


If you come at romance having read anything else first, here’s a shocker:

The word series. The traditional definition of series means linked books with the same main character(s) and over-arching plot that are meant to be read one after another (like my Finishing School books). In romance, series is far more likely to mean a shared world with stand alone books and cross over characters that can be read in any order (like my Supernatural Society novellas).


The exception is urban fantasy and paranormal romance, which are more likely to be set up as traditional series not linked stand-alones.


Frankly, I wish there were a better word than series deployed in romance, but it seems there is no going back now.


Lets Get Deep Here: Initialisms

HEA means happily ever after.


MLM means men loving men. WLW means women loving women. These come out of personal ads from, oh hell, the 1980s or whatevs. More common these days in marketing is f/f (means female female) and m/m (means male male) romance or sex (but likely both). These terms come out of slash fan fiction.*


These sets of initialisms used in descriptions quickly let readers know exactly what kind of relationship will be taking place in the book. There are cover art markers too, but these aren’t as specific. For example, there is a lot of cross over in cover art style (see: tattooed naked male torso + dark shadows + bold title) between contemporary m/m erotica (usually two muscled alpha males, often using the “gay for you” trope) and new adult bad boy romances (het, college age, fixed by snatch trope**).


LGBTQ means Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer. An all encompassing series of letters that, when used in a romance book description, usually implies that not only the main characters will be in a queer coupling (or more) but that there will be queer supporting characters and, probably, a level of understanding about real world queer communities.


More than you ever needed to know about multiples

Menagé. OK this term can get complicated (yeah yeah). In the strictest sense of the word, menagé should mean all three are getting it on together. However, I’ve found that in romance menagé often means two dudes getting it on with one girl (and NOT the other dude). Everything stays heterosexual. (Yep, there is a whole sub-genre of brothers who share.) This kind of menagé will almost invariably involve DP (double penetration).


As opposed to: m/f/m or m/m/m or f/f/f etc… the use of a slash to describe a menagé relationship usually means all parties involved are sexually together with each other, as a proper threesome.


Poly (from polyamorous) means three or more individuals romantically involved with each other. This term is not often used in book descriptions, and when it is, it implies that emotional connections between characters will be emphasized over sexual ones.


May/December describes a large age difference between the central romantic pairing. As age difference is also a power imbalance, this can edge into either disturbing or hot (but then, most things can when romance and/or sex are involved). Of course, it is always the power struggle in romance that is truly titillating to readers.


mPreg. Oh yes. Did you know this one? It’s getting more and more common in m/m shifter romances. And yeah, it means one of the dudes gets pregnant. Don’t ask.


 


OK there you have it. Signal marker terms in the romance genre. I’m sure there are a ton more but these are the ones I found interesting and surprising.


 


* MLM versus m/m, WLW versus f/f additional thoughts. As an anthropologist, I find the use of the word women (or men) as a opposed to female (or male) interesting. Women has implications of societal role, while female is more clinical. In anthropology, these words are all tied up in concepts of gender versus biological sex.


** “fixed by snatch” I’m not a big fan of the idea that a douchnozzle dude can be reformed by penetrating the perfect pussy. Oh, I’m sorry, was that crass? Then stop writing/buying it. New Adult romance has a lot to answer for.


{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Developmental edit (third draft).

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3

Status: Outline

Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


via Oᒪᗪ ᑭᕼOTOᔕ & ᙖᗩᙅOᑎ @photosandbacon Lila Lee at the Beach


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


“I hate the treadmill.”

“I thought you hated the elliptical.”

“I hate them equally. I can’t have one thinking it’s the favourite.”


~ The Weight Of It All by N.R. Walker


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


“Truth often sounds like insolence to those unprepared to hear it.”


~ Starstruck Holidays by Lia Davis, Kerry Adrienne, Jennifer Loring, Merryn Dexter, B. Leslie Tirrell


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Why Do Some Writers Choose to Go “Indie”?


Book News:


Women Write About Comics says:


“The magic of Romancing the Inventor is not only that it takes what should be an agonizingly taboo situation and plays it out like your average romance, but also that any reader can come and experience Gail Carriger’s world without needing to ask too many questions. Carriger is fantastic at worldbuilding; and when there are questions, she has a brief glossary in the back for terms that have not been explained.”


Quote of the Day:


“Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.”


~ Oscar Wilde



Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

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Published on January 16, 2017 11:01 • 153 views

January 13, 2017

Gentle Reader, I frequently get repeat questions at Q&A sessions. I’ve taken to answering them here on the blog for your edification. Without further ado…


What’s the name of your universe?

I’ve officially started calling it the Parasolverse.


How did you come up with the idea?

The simple fact is: this was what I wanted to read. I like steampunk but it tends to be a little too dark and riddled with technobabble for me. I enjoy urban fantasy but am not wild about a modern setting. So I thought I might just combine the two, and then shake it up with a jot of romance and a whole lot of comedy.


Then I started thinking about what kind of world could accommodate all these different elements. I’m familiar with the Victorian era and I find it a rich source of amusement in and of itself. Those ridiculous fashions and that obsession with etiquette seem the perfect time period to drop in vampires (dictating such things) and werewolves (chaffing against them) not to mention steam technology. It seemed to me that what comedy I couldn’t supply with plot and character, an alternate Victorian London could provide simply by being itself.



So where did you go from there?

After deciding on a setting, I started idly toying with the idea of how a person would become undead. After all, if vampires and werewolves are bouncing about, what’s to keep them from turning everyone supernatural? There must be biological procreation controls in place on an apex predator.


Taking into account what I knew of Victorian scientific theory, I hypothesized that an excess of soul, found in only a few people might account for bite survival rates. This led me to investigate the measuring of the soul (which an American scientist actually tried to do in the late 1800s). This, in turn, lead to the idea that if some people had too much soul there should be others who had too little, or none at all. And these people could act as nullifiers to supernatural abilities. Thus Alexia and the concept of preternaturals was born.


Want to know more?


{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Developmental edit (third draft).

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3

Status: Outline

Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


1880 fashions, summer dress


Your Infusion of Cute . . .



Your Tisane of Smart . . .


A 5-minute Guide to the House of Worth


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Does the Epistolary Novel Still Have a Place in Modern Literature?


Book News:


Fan Art Alexia Maccon by Rohan Elf


Quote of the Day:


“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”


~ Oscar Wilde



Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

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January 9, 2017

Pace is an interesting concept for readers to grasp but it’s something authors talk about all the time. It’s not the physical movement of characters through space and time within the story, nor is it the over-arching journey those characters are on (be it emotional or physical or both). That’s plot.


1. So what do you mean by pace, Miss Gail?

Pace is literally how fast readers turn the page. Pace has to do with everything from the size of the paragraphs, to sentence structure, to word choice, to when and where dialogue interrupts description. Pace involves the tone of voice in narration, introduction of new characters, encounters between characters, comedic or suspenseful moments, and revelations about feelings.


If you feel like a book is boring, or drags you down, or is work to read then either the author has a pacing issue, or you don’t like how they are handling pace. I sometimes describe such books as too chewy.


Different genres of books, and even different sub genres, tackle pace differently. Suspense has a much faster pace then a cozy mystery, for example. Contemporary romance is faster paced than historical, YA fantasy is faster than epic fantasy, and so forth. I tend to avoid epic fantasy for example because I find the pace mind numbingly slow.


A good developmental editor helps her author, first and foremost, with pacing. Usually, it’s her job to identify flaws in pacing, when reader attention drifts. A good DE may even try to determine why it’s happening. A bad one will attribute all flaws to plot.


2. Plot is still pretty darn important.

In romance, for example, the plot of the relationship is vital, from when the first kiss happens, to when each character admits to their feelings about the other (or others). And that’s because there are, indeed, elements of pacing in plotting.


You’ll hear authors sometimes refer to these key plot moments as “pulse points.” When and where a writer drops these elements, and how frequently they are deployed, dictates reader involvement and focus.


3. But still not as important as pace.

Here’s an interesting note to end on.


Did you know that when two professional authors get together to talk, they rarely tell each other is the plot of their respective novels? In fact, describing plot is a clear indication of an amateur author, or a non-writer. In some circles, it’s considered quite rude.


Why? Because plot is a whole lot less important than pace, and pace cannot be described. (That’s why this blog post is so rambly.) This is why authors tend to rely on an elevator pitch, even after decades in the game, and sitting across the table from an author friend.


{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Developmental edit (third draft).

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3

Status: Outline

Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Axel Ender (Norwegian artist, 1853-1920) In Expectation


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


A world-famous photographer captured candid pictures of people reading


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Poem: How to choose a wife, Victorian Style “If you’ve seen her drink three cups of tea”


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


4 Things Real Authors Have that Amateurs Don’t


Book News:


Fan Art Alexia Soulless By Sarah Lynne Christianson


Quote of the Day:


“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”

~ Oscar Wilde



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Published on January 09, 2017 08:48 • 196 views

January 6, 2017

It’s that time, Gentle Reader!


You know I want to make sure I always pick books that you like (as well as me) so I’m running a poll for the book group. You can vote for as many as five books (if you really can’t make up your mind). Feel free to vote, even if you didn’t get a chance to read all 10. (I left my own books off the list, not fair.)




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Your favorite Book Group read of 2016?


Jan: The Raven's Ring by Patricia Wrede




Feb: Terrier by Tamora Pierce




March: Sorcery & Cecelia by Wrede & Severmer




April: To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane




May: Powers That Be by McCaffrey & Scarborough




June: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan




Aug: Alanna by Tamora Pirece




Sept: Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair




Oct: The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey




Dec: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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Last year’s winner was Uprooted by Naomi Novik.


Did you read something you really loved in 2016? I’d love to hear about it, please feel free to leave a comment.


Gail’s New Years Celebration


My Stats

Gail’s 2016 Reading Stats: 



Stories read in 2016: 353 (mostly shorts & novellas, m/m romance) – Look we all cope with sickness, depression, and tragedy in our own ways, I gorge speed-read at a rate of 2-4 books a day, don’t judge.
Rejected in 2016: 169 (57 full read, the rest samples) – This means I go so annoyed 57 times that I deleted the book.
Non-fiction: 10 (travel, historical research, or business related)
Reread: 12 or so, didn’t keep track.

Gail’s 2017 Ambitions:



Actively Reading: 30
On deck for possible book club: 18 (2 definite)
Purchased to read: 86
To reread: 24

I’m really trying to follow and commit to more authors that I like, so that I know to buy their new releases ASAP in a better effort at support. Do unto others, and all that.



As an Author?

Published: 1 trad novel, 2 indie novellas
Republished: 4 shorts
Wrote: 2 novellas, 1 novel (I’d like to keep this pace but I don’t know if I can and not burn out, particularly when also dealing with trad)
Travelled to: 17 cities, 1 international (Singapore)
Total number of 2016 events: 23 (including local events and multiples in same city)
Number of calling cards: 404 (thanks for your thoughts!)
Time lost to illness: c. 2 months (it was a rough year on my body, turns out)


{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Developmental edit (third draft).

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3

Status: Outline

Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


1920s Oᒪᗪ ᑭᕼOTOᔕ & ᙖᗩᙅOᑎ @photosandbacon Lila Lee at the Beach


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Alice White 1920s fashion via fawnvelveteen tumblr


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


“After the first glass you see things as you wish they were. After the second glass you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”


~ Oscar Wilde


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Dumbbells & Dragons interview


Book News:



Quote of the Day:


“We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.”


~ Oscar Wilde



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Published on January 06, 2017 16:49 • 174 views

January 2, 2017

It has been a very long time, Gentle Reader, but in honor of a new year…


He’s Baaaaaaack!

Nissa asks:

Who, if anyone, would you consider for a drone among the vastly talented and ridiculously handsome young British actors of today? 

Benedict Cumberbatch. The name screams upper class, not to mention it’s like something my creator couldn’t come up with even in her wildest dreams, and of course, the diminutives are endless.


Mironiel asks:

What is your favorite book and who is the author?

I’m rather partial to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Mr. Oscar Wilde.


Banyan 1780-1820 The Victoria & Albert Museum


Susan asks:

I would also like to send you a bottle of Macallan 25 and one of Chateau Mouton and Lafite as wit, knowledge, and fashion sense should be rewarded. And I just know you’re HRH the Prince of Wales (Bertie) fashion advisor as he’s always so put together. 

I do adore the bubbly, send it round dahling, send it round. I am at my leisure.


Ice asks:

For fashion, what would you recommend for a girl who loves the ruffles of the 1880s, gothic fashions, and roses?

I’d say you should be following Dita Von Teese’s red carpet looks.


Top Hat 1832 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Hannah asks:

Is there ever a time when it is appropriate for a lady to wear a top hat. And if so, what is the maximum height allowable.

For evenings only, of course. And the height of the hat should be commensurate with the proportions of the lady in question.


April asks:

Given your love of Louis XIV fashion, I can imagine you also loved Art Nouveau, but I would love to hear you unvarnished opinion? Please?

My little gilt gosling, Baroque, for all it’s excess, is by-in-large symmetrical in execution. Art Nouveau can get a tad squiggly and off balance for my particular taste. I think it of for the young bloods to enjoy.


Ensemble 1790s The Kyoto Costume Institute


Michael asks:

After reading through prior installments of your column, I am astonished to discover that no one has thought to inquire about Beau Brummel! Did you know him; were you friends, rivals or something more complicated?

Ah now, isn’t rivalry part and parcel with friendship? As if I could ever have any rivals! No dear boy, no, Mr. Brummel was a dear disciple of mine. You might say I trained him up in all things, and very proud of him I was too!


miss_in_trouble asks:

Do vampires made by the same Queen are somehow related? If yes, does it mean that You are, perhaps related to the vampires from Wimbledon Hive?

My dear periwinkle, matters of blood, to vampires, are as such as near to matters of digestion as makes no difference, and thus not proper to discuss in polite company.


Man’s Ensemble 1805-1810 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Sparrow I. Sprocket asks:

I am having a wardrobe dilemma. You see, I am a girl (tawny hair, chocolate eyes, pale skin, and short stature) who usually wears neutral shades (black, gray, and white). I have been trying to make my wardrobe more colorful by trying on dark colors like navy blue and blood red. I’m even trying on natural tones like muted greens and browns. Nothing has worked. Please help!

Color is largely a matter of skin tone, my perturbed little bird. You describe yours as pale but is that pale with yellow, pink, or olive undertones? I should think your instincts towards muted are likely what’s off (since earth tones and the like are generally not well suited to a yellow or pink undertones which would be my guess from your hair color). You’re better off with jewel tones (emerald green or royal blue) or clear pastels (pink, lavender). Always start with scarves or statement necklaces. They put the color right next to your face and you will know immediately by people’s reactions if it works. Since people don’t realize the reality of the situation, complements are likely to be about the the colorful item (what a pretty scarf) which really means it suits your complexion, or about some other feature (wow, your eyes look really big today) which really means it suits your eye or hair color.


That’s all for now, darlings.


As ever, if you would like to leave a questions for Lord Akeldama, please feel free to do so in the comments below. You may also drop a calling card for Miss Gail’s and she will see he gets it. Remember, however, that being a vampire he has very little sense of the passage of time so it may take him a while to respond…


Meanwhile: “Dumplets or Dumplings?” Lord A May have to have a drone named Dumplet now.


In other news I (or rather, Biffy) got quoted in my local paper.



{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Developmental edit (third draft).

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3

Status: Outline

Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


via ClassicPics @History_Pics Young Maiko from the 1920s


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


50 Best Reading Nooks We Have Ever Come Across


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


How to Make Art and Create Cool Stuff in a time of Trouble


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Anachronisms & Other Ways to Make Readers Snicker


Book News:


Fan Art of Lord A by Matt Harrison ‏@matchoo28


Quote of the Day:


“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

~ Oscar Wilde



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December 30, 2016

So I was pretty sick for the latter half of December, Gentle Reader. One of those dumb head colds that doesn’t do much but sap all your strength and leave you weak and floppy on the couch leaking mucus and complaining about death. Yeah yeah. I know, gross.


I was too dizzy to concentrate on anything. What I managed to write, is likely not very useful, but I did keep my word count up. I don’t have a choice. If I don’t finish RTW this month I’m doomed. DOOMED!


I read a bit, but tended to get frustrated easily. I even resorted to TV, which irritates me even when I’m not sick. Eventually, I tackled Hex Hall, because I wasn’t sure I’d be better by the end of the month.


Accordingly, I’m not entirely sure Hex Hall had a fair shot. Keeping in mind that I have very high standards for YA, and was hyped up on cold meds, crabby, stir crazy, coughing, and dizzy. Instead of your standard review here’s a sort of stream of consciousness tackling of that book…



Beginning

Why did I pick this, again? Good cover. Well, OK. Here we go. Main chick seems nice and snarky. Not very unique but maybe I’ll get surprised.


Chapter 5

This book now reminds me of Harry Potter meets this old Live Journal fic blog I used to read, a decade or more ago now. What was it called? Monsters U, or something. (This was well before the Disney-animates-hair thing.) Anyway, dawn of the internet and all that. But I guess what I’m saying is, I’m not being wowed by originality. However, I like the casual breezy tone of the writing. At least it’s not too much work to read.


Chapter 8

OK, now not sure if I’m supposed to be amused or in suspense. I guess there is humor? But is it enough to detract from a predictable plot? All the characters seemed to be a bit eponymous high-school for me — the mean girls, the bad-boy crush, the teachers. It’s like an 80s-style teen movie but doesn’t push far enough into camp to be super-fab. I mean, I’ll take Sixteen Candles, or 10 Things I Hate About You, or even Mean Girls but if this edges into Teen Witch territory, I’m not sure I can keep reading.


Chapter 14

Oh dear. Now we are in a “main character is the chosen one” situation. Special. Prophecy. Dark father. Come on book, surprise me! Please?


Chapter 28

I have decided who the bad guy is. (The infiltrating eye or what have you.) Am having flash-backs to Chamber of Secrets, and I never even read it.


End

Bah. Probably because I kept associating it with aforementioned LJ Fic I knew what main character really was and so wasn’t ever surprised.


Conclusion

Not letting Twitter help pick the book group book again, unless it’s by an author I know I already enjoy.


Grumpy Gail is grumpy.


So endth this blog post.


 


…. And that rounds out the book group picks for the year. I’ll put the vote up soon for you to tell me which ones were your favorite. Until then, let me know if you have any thoughts on choices for next year. Hugs!


Gail


FIX WORD COUNT


{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: Second draft read through.

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


1879 fashions carriage walking dresses via historicaltidbits blog


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


A cartoon showing a boy in a crinoline, 1858


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Victorian Poverty Maps


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


Into the Writing Vortex with Jo March and Louisa May Alcott, 1869


Book News:


ace-artemis-fanartist- Portrait of Alexia Maccon.


Quote of the Day:


“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”

~ Oscar Wilde



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December 28, 2016

I’m thinking, Gentle Reader, we all need a bit of love and laughter in our lives right now. I recently had two very long plane rides (to and from Singapore) and couldn’t find a single rom-com to watch. Quite disappointing. I read a bunch of smut instead.


But, I’ll have you know, that I do, occasionally, watch movies. I’m not a big consumer of the silver screen but it has been known to tempt me on occasion.


Queer Rom-Coms

Reading some pull quotes for reviews of Romancing the Inventor (not the whole review, because that might kill me) made me realize something… What I write, at it’s heart, is romantic comedy.


I know. You’re shocked. I’m shocked. Shush, don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little secret.


Are There Lesbians? says for example:


“I have needed a lesbian romantic comedy for ages and I finally got one so cute and romantic I’m pretty sure it has given me diabetes…. Romancing the Inventor has set the tone for a whole series with its sometimes light and fluffy, sometimes rather serious, and always tongue-in-cheek, storytelling. It has also really raised my expectations for Queer romantic comedy and having been given a taste I would like plenty more please.”


See? Romantic comedy.


Now now, please don’t get tetchy.


There is nothing wrong with romantic comedy unless its done wrong. By that I mean, painfully bad dialogue and/or plot. If you’re wincing right now, perhaps a little thought as to why those two words turn you off so much? Nothing wrong with romance. Nothing wrong with comedy. Trust me. I know. Is it because romantic comedies are generally marketed to/by/for women? Trust me, the dialogue and plot in your dude-targeted space action flick is just as bad, likely worse.


Now where was I? Right. LISTS!


Here are some LBGTQ romantic comedies (some more gentle on the comedy than others) that I really love and feel are under-appreciated.


Shelter


Shelter ~ Adorble surfur dudes, familial responsibility, honor, duty, painful coming out. Bonus points from one of my favorite romance tropes: finding love with the brother of the best friend.


Gray Matters


Gray Matters ~ Perhaps a bit mainstream, and very light hearted, but I kinda adore this movie. Bonus for ballroom dancing, killer undergarments, and L-Word guest appearance.


Later Days


Latter Days ~ One of my favorite all times movies. Repressed morman, dramatic indy songs, unfair mistreatment by the ignorant, reformed bad boy, bonus Tara from Buffy. The scene when he drops the tray. I mean, come ON. So good.


Imagine Me & You


Imagine Me & You ~ Very lipstick lesbian, but super cute. And I like that it genuinely deals with the torture of breaking up as a bad choice. This rom com starts with her marrying… a man. And goes from there. Bonus DDR, cute boys as well as girls, super cheesy ending.


Boy Meets Girl


Boy Meets Girl ~ THIS MOVIE IS EVERYTHING. Bonus fashion! Why are you not watching it? Everyone should be watching it. It so romantic, and glorious, and wonderful, and good, and flipping important. Go. Watch it. Now. Make everyone else watch it. Go. I’ll wait.


Big Eden


Big Eden ~ This feels the most real of the romances in this list. Yes there are characters, but they’re so much more honest than hollywood usually allows in complexity, appearence, vocabulary, everything. Plus bonus cooking = love!


I Can't Think Streight


I Can’t Think Straight ~ I have no idea why no one seems to know about this movie. I adore it. It’s sweet, it’s got culture conflict, dramatic weddings, amazing cake, and it’s hot. Bonus one of them is a writer and the other a fashion designer. Yes! How do you not want this in your life?


Okay…


So I agree that some of the above have problematic moments, either with awkward acting, or tropes gone awry, fashion flaws, or even modern day LBGTQ rights concerns. You’ll have to give some of them credit for the time they were made. And some of them credit for exisiting at all, in such a vacuum of good rom-coms (let alone LBGTQ rom-coms). However, I’m listing them for one reason, and one reason only:


I smiled all the way through, from start to finish.

Except of course for the times I was bitting my hand or sniffling quietly.


Honorable mention to Maurice. Because it’s a gay romance set in period history with A HAPPY ENDING. Beautiful costumes, beautiful men, amazing settings, all the repressed stiff upper-lipping you could want. It’s not strictly comedy, more drama, but I do LOVE this movie. Bonus all the floppy hair your could want and cricket!


Maurice


I could get all film studies cerebral and analytical if I wanted to call in the big guns, (waves at AB), but frankly I’m recommending these movies because I love them. End of story.


Want more on this subject?


I’ve a LBGTQ History board in my Pinterest account.


And a Recommended TV & Movies board.


{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


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Fashion plate, 1875 shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


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Lioness at Singapore Zoo


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


5 (More) Ways to Support Your Favorite Author


Book News:


Reality’s A Bore says of Imprudence:


“I love how original the book is, the world Carriger has created, the history and lore to it, the characters and so on. It’s incredibly immersive and once you started reading you fall into the world, everything is so vivid and the author paints a picture with her words.”


Quote of the Day:


“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”

~ Oscar Wilde



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December 26, 2016

Gentle Reader, here’s a list of the best books for escaping reality. 2016 has been a rough year so I figure right now we all probably need it, for some reason or another.


Want your….


50 Shades of Escape?

For Real Alexis Hall


For Real by Alexis Hall

Get your kink with a side of heart warming and some of the most well written prose in commercial genre fiction.


Mr Darcy in a wet shirt only funny?

Ridiculous by D.L. Carter


Ridiculous by D.L. Carter

Hilarious cross-dressing regency romance. Fall in love with Mr North, I did.


John Snow getting seduced by Aragon?

Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwall


Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell

Winter IS coming. (Oh yes, I went there.)


Princess picking the dragon over the prince?

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede


Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

And she learns to cook cherries jubilee. Twist that fairy tale, twist and shout!


Star crossed lovers, trade secrets, and clashing cultures?

Local Custom by Lee & Miller


Local Custom by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Star sweeping romance of space operatic proportions in one nice stand-alone story.


Political drama where the good girl wins?

Daughter of the Empire by Fiest & Wurts


Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

First of three books about a brilliant lady playing the political game to win. When she can’t win? She makes up her own rules. This sweeping epic set in an alternate Japanese culture is full of honor, nobility, and fraught love affairs. But yes, the good girl wins it all in the end. (Unfortunately, not available in digital format but it is so worth picking up the mass market.)


{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


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c.1923 United States Philadelphia Museum of Art


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Octopus Pot Corinthian British Museum


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

~ Oscar Wilde


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


“Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s good only when it’s over.”

~ Hunter S. Thompson


Book News:


The Nocturnal Library says of Imprudence:


“Traveling to Egypt on The Spotted Custard would be fun under any circumstances, but with Rue’s companions and some very dear characters from The Parasol Protectorate, it’s a true delight.”


Quote of the Day:


“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”

~ Author Unknown



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December 23, 2016

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Lord Akeldama, however, is overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.


1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.








Via NPR



2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pudding, above.)


3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan. Unfortunately, swans are protected by the queen, so we can’t eat them. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.








Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing



4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.


5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable pallets. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly delicious and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.


Bottoms up!








Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr




Queen Victoria and Her Grandson dine in 1899.
Victorian Christmas
Queen Victoria’s children photographed by Roger Fenton in Tableaux of the Seasons, 1854.
Literary Advent Calendar

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”

~ P.J. O’Rourke


FIX WORD COUNT


{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Rough Draft.

LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
Secret Project SAS ~ Novel

Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.

Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology .

OUT NOW


Romancing the Inventor


Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


Fashion plate, 1875, France shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, 1875, France shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


The Camelback Library


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


9 Rules for Female Travelers from the Victorian Era


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know


Book News:


Full Length Radio Interview with Gail Carriger on Sex, Please! iTunes


Quote of the Day:


“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”

~ Japanese Proverb



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