Gail Carriger's Blog

July 31, 2015

Right, so Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss really reminded me of some of the more historically dense YAs that were optional additional reads in grade school. You know, like The Tamarack Tree. Since I was a total nerd, I always enjoyed these books (and read ALL of them, blowing the curve), but there is an element of old fashioned-ness to them. And by that I mean not just in the content but in the style of writing. In this, Strauss reminds me of Lois Lowry and other Newberry-winning types. There's a literary component to her work that I struggled with a little. Perhaps I carry baggage after suffering the slings and arrows of writing genre in an anti-genre world (particularly that with a romance or commercial bent). But this kind of book feels like, well, work to me.

I'm not slagging it off, I swear. I still carry great affection for something like Gathering Blue. But that doesn't mean it's a particularly fun read. Rewarding yes. Educational, certainly. But sometimes a bit exhausting. This was not a book I picked up and gobbled. It's a book I had to nibble at, a little each night.

I learned a whole lot about this place and time. I'm not particularly familiar with 15th-century Italian Renaissance, apart from some affection for movies like Dangerous Beauty. I found the details on painting and pigments interesting from a materials archaeology perspective, and convent stuff utterly fascinating.

"Nor had she known that nuns were allowed to drink wine. But then, she thought, almost everything in this house is something I thought nuns weren’t allowed. From the talk she had heard in the novice dormitory, she knew that choir nuns lived more comfortably than conversae—much more comfortably, in many cases—but she had never imagined such opulence."

I was particularly taken with the idea of the power of autonomy that becoming a nun granted aristocratic women of this time period.

"I am Christ’s bride, and no human man may command me!” For an instant, her bright face was fierce. “Nor do I need to fear dying in childbed, as my mother did. I am not one of those who sees Santa Marta as a prison.” She bit into one of the little cakes. “For me, it is the greatest freedom a woman can possess.”

This reminded me of Arcangela Tarabotti, the nun upon whom I drew much inspiration for Alexia's heritage, and from whom her last name is taken.

{Gail's monthly read along for August is My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse }

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





William Logsdail (British artist, 1859 – 1944)


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Octopus ‘Adorabilis’?

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Peerage & The Stage

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .





Lady’s writing desk, 1780 – 90, France via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr



PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
Book Chick City says of Etiquette & Espionage: “Once again, Carriger drew me in from the beginning with her talk of dirigibles and tea, not to mention the vast array of fashions we are treated to during the course of the book.“

Quote of the Day:
“When they finished laughing they were on their way to being not just friends, but the dearest of friends, the sort of friends whose lives are shaped by the friendship.”
~ Robin McKinley, Spindle's End

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Published on July 31, 2015 10:06 • 116 views

July 29, 2015

Inspired by a recent article on twin cover art, Gentle Reader, I decided to hunt down some that are similar to my own. This is done without criticism or rancor. For one thing, I didn't design my covers, my publishing houses did. For another, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? I simply find it interesting.


 I really adore the cover for All the Paths of Shadow . I think it's quite stunning. I guess I am picking up on the body pose and position more than anything else.




I really wonder if that is the same model and the same photo shoot... even the same dress. So similar to my hard cover Sci Fi Book Club Omnibus editions of the Parasol Protectorate (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2).


{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





via arsenicinshell tumblr


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Paper Mache Octopus Hat Tutorial

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“Increasingly as time went on Alice James and Katherine Loring lived in a Boston marriage, a recognized form of companionship in America in the nineteenth century, whereby two women settled down together in a long-term emotional and financial partnership which, before Freud sexualized all aspects of life, was considered beneficial to unmarried women. What Boston marriages implied sexually probably varied from couple to couple.”
~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Dear Guy Who is Mad Because I Wrote A Gay Character in a Book


PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
Mylene Ancel says of Jupons & Poisons , “Les pages se tournent toutes seules, tout comme Sophronia on se pose des questions, on essaye de comprendre avec les élèments dont on dispose ce qui se passe et on participe à un voyage qui au départ ne devait être qu'un simple mariage mais qui très vite dégénère....”

Quote of the Day:
"An ingenious mechanic of San Francisco, according to the Chronicle of that city, has just invented a baby carriage which seems well calculated to delight the hearts for mothers. It is said to be so much of an improvement upon the clumsy vehicle now in use that it is capable of being folded into a piece of baggage no larger than an ordinary-sized portfolio. The object of the inventor was to produce an article that might be packed almost instantaneously by a nurse, and placed upon the front platform of a street car. Go a-head, and introduce it in this city as soon as possible. It will be a blessing to mothers."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine November 1872

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Published on July 29, 2015 08:49 • 206 views

July 27, 2015

While I as recuperating, Gentle Reader, I watched a lot of Buffy (and then Angel). I had seen bits of both shows before but I wanted to actually watch it all in order ~ as a kind of insight into popular vampire screen action. Why didn't I watch Buffy at the time? In 1996 I was in the middle of college and I simply missed that it was on. Also, none of my college friends were particularly into genre TV and we kinda did everything as a pack. By 1999 I was jetting off to the UK to pursue a masters of science in archaeological analysis. Quite apart from the fact that is wasn't airing concurrently in the UK, I also worked as a bartender and had very little time for TV.

What do I think of it now?
I think it wasn't designed for binge watching: so it fails sort of in the one-after-another arena. I took breaks at various points to compensate. No blame, TV was a different animal in 1996.

One of the things that I found most interesting about Buffy is the way the writers use conversation and dialect. All of the young people in the series talk very staccato and ungrammatically, which makes them sound immature but also gives them their own private language. From the terse Oz to the loquacious Xander, they all use this strange "nouns turned into adjectives" kind of speaking.

One of the results is that when we (the viewing audience) encounter an adult, like Giles or Joyce, the completely normal use of English is restful to the ear. Since the Giles character is usually the writers' means to info-dump, we viewers pay much closer attention to his explanations than we might normally. It's a very effective technique and I wonder if it was intentional.

And the Characters?
I like Oz a lot. And Tara. And even Kennedy.

Never really got into any of Buffy's love interests. Spent half my time with Angel wincing and saying "oh, please don't make him act." Riley was a yawn-fest (I've never been one for the Paladin archetype). And the thing with Spike was just confusing (although occasionally quite hot). Besides, chew the furniture much?

I guess it's no surprise I identified with Willow's love interests instead. I've always been a girl who likes the gentle, mild-mannered, souls. So romantic. Also, I did love the dialogue given to Anya. You know me, I like a female character who says exactly what she thinks.

Never learned to like Dawn or Faith—ended up fast-forwarding through most of their scenes.

I wasn't as into Angel. I don't think David B can shoulder a show as a lead (I didn't like Bones either). I'm not wild about any of his side characters (except Lorne). Yes Cordelia is a fun arc, but meh. There were some major missteps around the whole Connor (Flat Critters!) storyline that left me cold on the whole series. That said, I think many of the Angel episodes were better plotted than Buffy. Possibly because the 'paranormal private investigator in LA' concept gives broader authorial scope than 'slayer in Sunnyvale.'

This is all just my opinion, Gentle Reader, and you have to realize I am coming at this as a 30-something binge watcher, so I never experienced the romance (or tension) of having seen it at the time. (I won't hear a word against Firefly, for example. Not one word!)

Lastly, I really did enjoy seeing how many of the actors show up time and time again in Joss's work/worlds. I spotted people I knew like Christina Hendricks as a barmaid in the background of an Angel flashback, to other actors I thought I knew, and off I would go to wiki and IMDB. Their a lot of cross to Mad Men as well. (Is that all Marti Noxon, I wonder?)

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





Petit Courrier des Dames Date-  Monday, June 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 22, plate 101


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Take a Selfie-lopod During Cephalopod Week

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses Given Rubik’s Cube to find out if they have favorite tentacle

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Five Fascinating Facts about Rupert Brooke


PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
Wishful Endings says of Curtsies & Conspiracies, “If you enjoy reading YA, steampunk, stories with quirky, while also endearing and intelligent characters, fabulous writing, and superb plotting, then I would definitely recommend this series!”

Quote of the Day:
"Well, we listened to aggressively cheerful music sung by people chosen for their ability to dance."
~ Giles, Buffy season 5

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Published on July 27, 2015 09:06 • 223 views

July 24, 2015


Hello my darling Gentle Reader, I am officially back. And by that I mean off the opiates, with a working brain. Hooray! Unfortunately, I still don't have my normal energy levels. Healing, as it turns out, is exhausting. Who knew? The surgery itself takes a mere three months to come to full recovery, with no real physical activity for two months (just in time for me to lift my luggage flying to Spokane for WorldCon).

Sadly, the painkillers also made it nigh impossible for me to read. 142 characters was about all I could manage in a row. Coincidence that this is also Twitter allowance? I think not.






Via: politicalsexkitten
Source: emmisnotshortforemma



So what did I do?
Watched a whole lot of TV while doing fiddly little tasks like cutting up cat treats, shaping my nails, and plucking my eyebrows. It was mind numbingly dull. My TV consumption included, but was not limited to:

LA Frock Stories ~ I like it, especially in informative bits about designers but I doubt I would ever buy from that store. I'm not a collector, I'm a consumer of vintage, and as such her prices are prohibitively expensive.
Buffy then Buffy/Angel ~ I tweeted some thoughts, and I've a bit of a blog post in progress about the writing on the shows. I'm afraid I rather petered out on them. I was hoping to at least finish Buffy but it got too tough going after a while, so I would have to take breaks.
Great British Bake Off ~ I love it. I like how nice the contestants are to each other, or seemingly nice. I've watched them all except Season 1, which seems hard to get hold of.
Gossip Girl ~ a long-running version of Dangerous Liaisons set amongst New York's elite. It's OK. Someday I'd like to see Hollywood churn out a whole year of shows and movies not set in LA or NY. Frankly, I think they lack the imagination.
The Crimson Petal & the White ~ based on a Michel Faber novel about Sugar, a socially climbing prostitute turned mistress in the 1880s. A little too dark for me but I liked the costumes.
Anna Karenina (the BBC miniseries from 2000) ~ speaking of dark... I hope it should come as no surprise to you, Gentle Reader, that I am NOT a fan of Tolstoy, but I do adore the costumes and I love Kevin McKidd (he was always my pick for Lyall, although I suppose at this point he's getting a bit long in the tooth... pun intended).

That's it for now my dears, hoping to have my blogging rotation back in form now.

Caution in Visiting Sick Rooms.Never venture into a sick room if you are in a violent perspiration (if circumstances require your continuance there), for the moment your body becomes cold, it is in a state likely to absorb the infection, and give you the disease. Nor visit a sick person (especially if the complaint be of a contagious nature) with an empty stomach; as this disposes the system more readily to receive the contagion. In attending a sick person, place yourself where the air passes from the door or window to the bed to the diseased, not betwixt the diseased person and any fire that is in the room, as the heat of the fire will draw the infectious vapor in that direction, and you would run much danger from breathing it."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine October 1872

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





Vue du petit port de Lorient, by Berthe Morisot 1869 Oil on Canvas (National Gallery DC)


Your Infusion of Cute . . .





Bull, Charles Livingston, artist. "[Octopus with fish]." [between 1890 and 1932]. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Take A Look Inside The Homes Of Top Creatives From Around The World

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Writer's Ticks


PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:





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Quote of the Day:





via the Twitters



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Published on July 24, 2015 09:45 • 410 views

July 22, 2015

1811 Slang for Lord Akeldama

Backgammon player ~ A sodomite
A bang up cove ~ A dashing fellow who spends his money freely
Bachelor’s faire ~ Bread and cheese and kisses
Blanket hornpipe or Buttock ball ~ The amorous congress
Pink of the fashion ~ The top of the mode
Prinking ~ Dressing over nicely; prinked up as if he came out of a bandbox, or fit to sit upon a cupboard’s head
Twiddle poop ~ An effeminate looking fellow
In twig ~ Handsome or stylish
Gaying instrument ~ The penis
Jessamy ~ A smart jemmy fellow, a fopling
~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

As the swell's rattler and prades are bang up prime; the gentleman sports an elegant carriage and fine horses.






Banyan  1760s  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Banyans were comfortable robes worn by men while relaxing at home.



{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





via antique-royals tumblr


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
A Visual Tour of Monterey Bay Aquarium

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“In the 1830s and 1840s three waves of contagious diseases had swept across the country: from 1831 to 1833 there were two influenza epidemics, and the first-ever outbreak of cholera in Britain, which alone killed 52,000; from 1836 to 1842 there were epidemics of influenza, typhus, smallpox and scarlet fever; from 1846 to 1849 came typhus, typhoid and cholera again. These three waves of death had a devastating impact on a terrified population that had thought that, with the smallpox vaccination and some success against diseases like diphtheria, epidemic death might be on the wane.”
~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .





via @History_Pics on Twitter Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, the 19th century proto-typewriter that Nietzsche used to type up some 60 manuscripts



PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
A.F. Grappin of One More Full Page says of Etiquette & Espionage: “I can’t rave enough about this book. I’d heard about it, and it blew my expectations out of the water. From the beginning (the trifle incident) to the very end, I was hooked. This is a wonderful introduction to steampunk for younger readers, and Sophronia and her schoolmates (and other friends who aren’t her classmates) make a great team that I think young adults of all ages can get attached to.”


Quote of the Day:
“They stand round, with soap locks and scented pocket-handkerchiefs, tipping their hats to the ladies.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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Published on July 22, 2015 07:57 • 210 views

July 20, 2015

I've had a not insignificant amount of free time recently to read, Gentle Reader. Unfortunately, given an odd cocktail of painkillers, I didn't do as well as I had hoped. Anyway, I wrote down some thoughts on some of the books, sorry if they are a mite scatty. Here are some romances. I find that this genre is more fun for me when I am in between head spaces, so I tend to read a lot of romance when I am under the weather.
What I Read While On Hiatus ~ The Romances

Title: Your Wicked Heart Author: Meredith DuranSeries: Rules for the Reckless (Novella, 4 in series so far)Genre: Historical-ish RomanceHow Gail got it: Purchased (Bookbub)Recommended? Yes, with reservations
Thoughts:
A sort of Fanny Price poor relation story, with an oddly piratical element (for a book entirely without pirates). I enjoyed it, and the sex scenes were hot (if troubling in their power dynamic). So I bought the first book in her follow up series.

Title: That Scandalous Summer Author: Meredith DuranSeries: Rules for the Reckless (Book 1, 4 in series so far)Genre: Historical-ish RomanceHow Gail got it: PurchasedRecommended? Not really
Thoughts:
For some reason this one didn't work as well for me. Perhaps I am just becoming a novella reader? Or perhaps I didn't identify with the main characters as much as with the previous offering. Nevertheless, I have the next in this series waiting for me, partly on the strength of the reviews which claim that Fool Me Twice is the best. However, if classic romance isn't your thing, then these books likely won't be either.

“He sneers so regularly that I suspect he shaves his mustache only to spare his nose the whisker burn.”~ That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran


Title: Miss Amelia Lands a Duke Author: Sandy RavenSeries: The Caversham Chronicles (Book 0, Novella with 4 in series so far)Genre: Historical-ish RomanceHow Gail got it: Purchased (Bookbub)Recommended? Absolutely
Thoughts:
Another romance novella I really liked. This one reminded me heavily of those super romantic Regency romances I read back in the 90s. I liked the quirkiness of the relationship dynamics: the age difference, the wicked aunt, the house party setting. I gobbled it up quickly and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Title: Caversham's BrideAuthor: Sandy RavenSeries: The Caversham Chronicles (Book 1, 4 in series so far)Genre: Historical-ish RomanceHow Gail got it: PurchasedRecommended? No
Thoughts:
Another one where the first in the series companion to the novella just wasn't as good for me. This one really didn't hit the mark. I don't like the harem trope, and was repulsed by how servile the heroine acts. The characterization waffled. The plot was beyond preposterous. I stopped about halfway through with no interest in reading further and a strong disinclination to read any more of the author's work. Although, that said, I loved the novella so much I might give another one of her novellas a chance.

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





Le Follet Date-  Wednesday, July 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 22, plate 125


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Octopus visits Seattle

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Insidious Poison of the Opera: 1871

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
14 Classic Novels Rewritten With Clickbait Titles


PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:


Quote of the Day:
On Reading In Rail Cars:
"The practice of reading in railway cars has often been objected to by medical authorities. The Philadelphia Medical and Surgical Reporter tells us why it is objectionable. The proper distance between the eyes and the paper cannot be maintained in cars. The concussions and oscillations of the train disturb the powers of vision, and any variation, however slight, is met by an effort at accommodation on the part of the eyes. The constant exercise of so delicate an organ of course produces fatigue, and if the practice of railroad reading is persisted in must result in permanent injury. Added to this difficulty is bad of shifting light. The safe and prudent mode is to read little if any. The deliberate finishing of volumes in railway cars is highly detrimental."
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine November 1872

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“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”~ Oscar Wilde
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Published on July 20, 2015 15:37 • 240 views

July 17, 2015

Mangnall Questions were well know in their day, Gentle Reader and I had a blast reading them myself for research. The 1830s volume was designed for young ladies to read in order to educate themselves to converse properly in polite society. Once section is all about famous people. But the style in which the descriptions of these people is written is quite hilarious.

It got me thinking, what if Mangnall wrote your author bio?
Here's a sample:

“Scarron, a French comic poet, born at Paris, 1610; died, 1660. Famous for his humour and pleasantry of manners. The celebrated Madame de Maintenon was his wife, and, upon his decease, engaged the affections of Louis the Fourteenth, who privately married her. Scarron’s works are numerous. He had a vigorous mind, in a small and deformed body.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830

“Zimmerman, a Swiss, born at Brug, 1728; died, 1795. Physician to George the Third at Hanover. He was well read in history, the belles-lettres, and general literature: few men have shown a more original turn of thinking. His pleasing manners, and amiable disposition, attracted many friends; his excellent understanding, and liberality of mind, secured them. Zimmerman was eminent in his profession. His Treatise on Solitude is alone sufficient to secure him name from oblivion: in exhibits, besides, a fair transcript of the author’s mind. He published several other works; among which is a Treatise on Irritability.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830
(One wonders what Mangnall might say about herself?)

“Puffendorf, a celebrated German civilian professor, born in Upper Saxony, 1631; died 1694.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830
(And you thought my names were silly.)



Here's my Mangnall bio:
“Carriger, a comic writer from the Colonies, born in squalor, 197?; died, ?. Famous for her outrageous characters and questionable inclination to dandify. The celebrated Chubbiest of Foqoures was her cat, and, upon said cat's decease, Carriger engaged the affections of Lilliput la Pumpkinpucci. Carriger’s works are numerous. She had a peculiar mind, in a top heavy body.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions (the update), 1830 ~ 2014


{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





Le Follet Date-  Tuesday, September 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 23, plate 22


Your Infusion of Cute . . .





Victor Hugo, Pieuvre, 1866


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Women swimming the Thames

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
A little known hack from Japan to get your notebook organized


PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
A Discussion Review of Soulless on the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show, “Gail Carriger develops a cast of amazing characters that will leave you wanting to know more about them. We recommend this book and series with a resounding YAY!”

Quote of the Day:
American writes about the British in 1872.
"A lady correspondent thus writes from London: –
I have been obligated to partly re-learn the English language. Words here do not always convey the same meaning as in America. There are no railroads, but 'railways;' no depots, but 'stations;' no firemen, but 'stokers;' no cars, but 'carriages.' There seem to be no buggies in England. There are not stores, but 'shops.' Neither an inn nor a public house is obliged to entertain travellers with other accommodations than beer or spirits. To be fed and lodged one must go to a tavern or hotel. When you ask for beer, they give you porter. Lager is unknown. There is no washing and ironing, but 'washing and mangling.' Beans are known as 'haricots' (the plebeians term them 'aricots.) The word corn stands for most any kind of grain. There is not Indian meal, but 'corn flour.' A streak of sunshine once an hour constitutes a 'fine day.' No street cars, but 'tramways;' no pitchers, but 'jugs.' Muslin is called 'calico.' There is no broiling, but 'grilling.'"
~ Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine November 1872

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July 13, 2015


Awhile ago I did a blog post on tropes that I love. This was mostly, Gentle Reader, to give the book group an idea of the kinds of books I gravitate towards. Also it's nice to be able to direct publicity teams hunting for blurbs for new releases at something and say, "Is the book you're pimping like this? No? Then I won't like it."

To that end, I have built the following list of tropes I dislike as well. I don't gripe often, so I hope you will excuse me this minor grumble.

Hero's journey
Rape
Teams with only one woman
Female protagonist with no female friends
Female-skinned character (biologically women, but they think and act like men)
Women characters only described by their appearance
Abusive/stalker Alpha males
Depressed main character

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





Le Follet Date-  Monday, June 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 22, plate 104


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Tiny Robot Octopus has Squishy Tentacles

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Does the Octopus Have a Soul?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
James Blaylock on Steampunk foundation books to read


PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
iam-indeed.com said of Prudence, “A solid introduction to a new series with plenty of character building and time spent to set a tone, the reintroduction of characters from other stories, or new characters that feel hauntingly familiar and a wonderfully charming tone keep this a fun, light and amusing read.”

Quote of the Day:
“Seeking knight in well damaged armor.”
~ Six Word Memoirs

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July 8, 2015

I've been going a little bonkers with Listmania recently, Gentle Reader. Over there I have created lists of the following (some of which I will try to remember to update).

Books!Finished Lists
10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Me
My 10 Favorite Books from 2014
10 Books to Read When You Need a Good Cry
Ongoing Lists
Authors who have popped by for an interview or guest blog.
One for the Monthly Book Group
Non Fiction Books That Have Impacted Me
Gail Recommends
Romantic YA Fantasy
Romantic Sci Fi
Romantic Fantasy
Women with Swords in Fantasy
Fantasy and Alternate History Set in the Ancient World
If you don't like Listmania, you can always take a look at all of my Five Star Goodreads ratings.

Not Books
All Things British ~ includes my favorite tea and other necessary items.
Some of my Favorite Travel Related Items
Steampunk
My Wardrobe

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}



GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





Modded Parasol SPWF 2015


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Why the art of kilt-making is looming back into view

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
This Sewing Bracer May Be The Most Useful Cosplay Accessory Ever

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“Mrs. Panton listed for her ideal writing table two inkstands (one for red, one for black ink), a box for string… a post-card case, a letter-weighter [i.e. a scale], and a date-card and candlestick, and also a tray for sealing-wax, pens, ink-eraser… If possible keep a bunch of flowers on the desk… and… dictionaries, two plants, and three brass pigs taking a walk…”
~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders

PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order!
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song , & Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:
Tynga’s Reviews says, “WAISTCOATS & WEAPONRY also advances a lot of the series plot threads, which is really exciting.”

Quote of the Day:
“This is that, by putting the tea in first and stirring as one pours, one can exactly regulate the amount of milk whereas one is liable to put in too much milk if one does it the other way round.”
~ A Nice Cup of Tea (1946)

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July 6, 2015


1811 Slang Pertaining to Cohabitation

Heavy baggage ~ Women and children.
She wears the breeches ~ The wife governs her husband.
Butcher's dog. i.e. lie by the beef without touching it ~ A simile often applicable to married men.
To join giblets ~ Said of a man and woman who cohabit as husband and wife, without being married.
He has tied a knot with his tongue, that he cannot untie with his teeth ~ He is married.
Noozed ~ Married, hanged.
~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

“He always was a small man. Made smaller by his wife.”
~ Emma (2009 movie)

“If you cannot get the right kind of business partner, marry a good honest wife.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

“Why should she be rewarded for gratifying her own inclination in marrying the man of her choice? We repeat, that we cannot exactly perceive why, when the union of a couple of lovers, in many cases, adds to the happiness, honour, and glory of the married pair alone, their friends should think it a duty to levy on themselves these contributions; so often inconvenient to the givers, and not much cared for by the receivers.”
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)


{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .





1900 Longchamp, France. 1900 via Edwardian Time Machine tumblr


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Pixar’s walking teapot.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Widow & the Law: A Brief History of Widows’ Pensions in Britain

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .





Writer Wheel



PROJECT ROUND UP


Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! [image error] The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny [image error] The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 [image error] [image error] $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song ; Fairy Debt ; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
Book News:


Quote of the Day:
“Marriage is for noblewomen with nothing else to do.”
~ Tamora Pierce, Trickster's Choice

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Published on July 06, 2015 19:13 • 248 views