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Coocoocachoo, Mrs. Robinson

If you hear distant, pained wailing at any point in the next few days, it's because I'm watching the Peter Richards episodes. For research, not pleasure. Because I need to figure out if Sue Ellen's going to have any leftover issues sleeping with seventeen or eighteen year old Ann.

Because this is what canon has dropped in my lap. Oh, Harris, I was so stupid to run off with you at seventeen, bah. Couldn't have made her twenty, noooo.

Peter's a cocky little thing, though, isn't he? "You want me as much as I want you," and, "I rented us an apartment."

"I'm known around here. How would I ever explain you to anyone who might see us together?" Yeah, nope, if that's Sue Ellen's problem, there will not be any leftover issues, since late 80s Sue Ellen gives exactly zero fucks about her reputation. Also, Ann doesn't have any friends, so no one's going to think Sue Ellen's her mother.

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7 Covers Gail Loves


I've been thinking a great deal about cover art recently. For no particular reason, Gentle Reader, just because. It's no secret that, no matter what the words within, cover art counts for a large majority of sales in my business.

All too often you see authors complaining about cover art, I actually really like most of mine. Even those that initially disappointed me I learned to appreciate eventually. So this is not going to be a blog about that.


As I noodle about my daily toils, I encounter any number of books the large variety of which have covers that, frankly, turn me off. I don't want to be one of those people who doesn't buy because of the cover. My favorite author of all time, Tamora Pierce, seems to have generated some kind of vendetta against her on behalf of her marketing house because her recent covers really are horrendous. But, like I said, I don't really want to go there.

What I want to do is simply show you a few covers that I love. These aren't books I have necessarily read, but I might simply because the covers are so fantastic.

Sunset Rising

The Shivered Sky (which is also a great title)

Way better than her US cover




I'm no art director to render decisions on design and marketing. But I do think of myself as an anesthetist. I like pretty things and I'm attracted to images and balance that looks good, to colors that jive, to images that hint at story without simply being an almost photographic rendering of a fantasy scene in the book (yawn). I also prefer the woman look tough and covered, not out of prudishness, just in a lust for cosmic balance. If I never see another tramp stamp cover, headless torso female, I'll be all too happy.

So there it is a glimpse into my particular taste in covers.

How about you, any favorite covers?

Books you picked up just because of the cover?

Thoughts on the evolution of cover art?


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Contest entry from ladyceleste via LJ

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
via British Paintings tumblr: The Eternal Dream - William Shackleton 1924

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
via oldtimeystjohnsscifi-tumblr: Evacuation of Duckworth Street during The Great Atari Invasion of 1890

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
5 minute bookbinding


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: Rewriting now, 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:
Tea with the French Cover


Quote of the Day:
“The word recipe belongs to pharmacy, and is only used with reference to medical prescriptions. The cook uses receipts, the apothecary recipes.”
~ 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
Facebook Group.

Respect, Yo!

Normally, I don't cross-post my social media (reminds me a bit about Dr. Egon Spengler warning, "Don't cross the streams!") but my recent post to my Facebook page got me thinking... it read:

Wearing my old Harvard sweatshirt, an old lady stopped me in the grocery store aisle and asked if I went there. I said yes, I went there for grad school, not undergrad. She said it was probably because I fit some ethnicity they were looking for. I froze. Politeness forbade me from screaming, "NO, IT'S BECAUSE I WORKED HARD, VOLUNTEERED IN MY FIELD AND PAID FOR IT ALL MYSELF! I *EARNED* IT!!!"

I was thankful for the outpouring of support of people just assuring me that human beings can be nice and while this hadn't been said hatefully, it was said out of ignorance or--at best--insensitivity. I was surprised how the feeling stayed with me, even as I checked out of the grocery store and drove home, lingering in the car, in the kitchen, and finally at the keyboard so I could put it aside and get to writing. But I didn't. It kept sticking in my mind, like molasses or a strong, stubborn smell, affecting everything I touched, infusing my brain.

It was yucky.

And yet, one of the things that sprang to mind wasn't the fact that I look "ethnic" enough to be used to slurs or that I am "white" enough not to recognize my privilege and know that I don't have this shoved down my throat every day as a matter of course, but the fact that we live in a world that has these reactions--and these reactions to these reactions--(check out the FB thread to see what I mean.) but that, in karate, we teach Respect, Self-Discipline and Self-Control.

Yes, I had the self-control not to lose my cool in the moment, but the real value that stood out to me was "respect." I was taught to respect my elders, which is part of the reason I didn't let loose. However, perhaps in my listening there should have been "respect those who deserve respect," and not default to age. (I'm not sure. Hmm.) But what I *do* know is that when my husband and I opened our dojo, we tweaked the standard Golden Rule of "treat people the way you want to be treated" to "treat people the way they want to be treated." This is a slightly subtle, but important difference. Just because you don't mind someone calling you names or swearing in front of your kids, giving you flowers instead of chocolate on your birthday or sending you an e-invite instead of posting a card in the mail doesn't necessarily mean that other people may not be sensitive to swearing or prefer chocolates on their birthdays or feel strongly about the etiquette of a proper envelope with a stamp. And this doesn't make you right or them wrong or vice versa, but it does lead to sayings like, "It's the thought that counts." Paying attention to the tiny things that can mean a little or a lot to someone else by being aware--or outright asking, which can be pretty brave--is a good way to be respectful and not simply see the world as a reflection of yourself, your own wants and needs, a mirror-turned-inwards; because everyone is different and those differences should be respected. And when someone treats you the way you want to be treated, you get a glimpse of how much someone else cares and feel--even just for a moment--how special you really are.

Go out. Be kind. Pay attention. Smile!

And, no, I didn't do this:

AO3 Hits Meme

Hey hey, it's AO3 hits meme time! It looks like I didn't do it last year, but here's my 2012 AO3 hits meme.

Which ten of my works have the most hits on AO3?Collapse )

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"famous twitter resumes"

... because if you can't sum up who you are in 140 characters, your life is b-o-r-i-n-g


Smart. How smart? Like putting all your hopes and dreams in one 3-gallon bucket, and still having room for lunch. That smart.

I have so many patents that I had to resole all my shoes with patent leather, just to have someplace to put them all.

I think refinement is okay for some people. But for me, I'd rather just get the "finement" right the first time, and not have to redo it.

If I could tell the world just one thing it would be: "Put your ego back in your pants. Really, no one wants to watch you fondle it."

Sure -- I drink a little. I used to drink a lot. Then I found that if I just drank a little, I could do it for a lot longer.

You should hire/enroll me because it would be a gamble. And with a gamble it's always the biggest long-shots that have the biggest payoffs.

2014-04-20 00:42:46 (183 words)

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music - by Signe Tollefsen
- "Oh My Love" performed live in 2008
- "Borrowed Song"
- "Where You Been", the last two from the album "Hayes" 2011, both performed live in Mar. 2011

It was brought home to me recently, Gentle Reader, that I have been remiss. The thing is (and there's always a thing) I reach out to you in all these different internet venues in all these different ways all the time. So from my end it feels to me like I 'm making everything known to the best of my abilities. And yet, it doesn't always work. I realized that's because I have specific methods of interaction that I know, but are a mystery to everyone else.

So I am going to break it down for you...

Do you want to know about my new releases, kickstarter projects, events, and short stories?
Then you probably want to join the Newsletter or follow my Official Facebook Author Page.
I use these venues specifically to relay only professional information. The Newsletter comes only once a month, so if you want things in a super timely manner than the Author Page on FB is for you. These two communication venues are for people who appreciate sparseness and abhor clutter. They are static, as in, you won't get much interaction from me, although I do try to make certain I check for questions regularly.


Do you want to know everything that interests me all the time, including fun images, quotes from my books, reviews and so forth as it happens?
Then you may want to follow me on Twitter or my personal Facebook Page. This is a lot of content that can be overwhelming to some people, and it moves quickly so you can miss stuff. The difference between the two is that my interactions over Twitter are faster and more consistent than on Facebook. Twitter is my mobile social media of choice, if you @gailcarriger on Twitter I will respond to you quickly. On Faebook things can go for days without my noticing, or disappear into the feed.

Do you want to contact me over a business matter? Invite me to a convention? Ask a long question?
Please use the calling card feature on my website. Here on the blog works OK, but again my response time can be days (because I don't post every day). Facebook is the worst venue for conducting business of any kind (no easy way to track interactions) and if you use that, I'll send a form letter directing to use my contact page.


Do you want to stalk me (in a nice way, of course)?
Twitter is probably best. It's most likely to be real time me objecting to the world of airports and delayed flights, chatting about my current convention and stuff like that.

Do you want to be inspired by imagery? 
Then follow my Tumblr. It's lots of reblogs of pictures I like from paintings of period attire to fantasy future landscapes to custard recipes to steampunk and the occasional self image or photo of my office and my teatimes, and some of Lilliput. I love playing on Tumblr but it's just that, play time.


Do you simply want to talk about my books (and other people's) with fellow enthusiasts?
Then The Parasol Protectorate Facebook discussion group is best.

Are you interested in what I read and my book reviews?
Then Goodreads is your spot. It shadows this blog and I do respond to messages and comments, but again it's slower than in other venues. However, I keep a reliable record of books I love there both genre and non-fiction and everything in between.

Do you want to see pictures of me at events with readers and fellow authors?
Then follow my Flickr. I use it mainly for candids. The most recent 20 of which will appear on my website in the gallery section. My use of Flickr is entirely static, I don't follow back and I don't interact with anyone there.


Do you only care about the clothes I wear and the fashion that inspires me and my books?
I have a blog for that, Retro Rack. I post about what I wear to events, what people would have worn to events in the past, how to buy a corset, and soon there will be one all about the dress silhouettes in my three different series. Things like that.


Do you want cliff notes of everything?
That's what this blog is for. It may not be the best for your specific needs but it's kind of my catch all. I try to post here 3 times a week, and it is kept as up to date as possible with regards to events and releases. That said often others will break news first on Twitter since so many insiders in the Publishing Industry hang out there.


So there you have it, kind of overwhelming. But hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can expect from me in the different venues. I want to make it easy for you, so that I'm there when  you need me on the platform you find easiest. That said I think it unlikely I will be on any other platforms. This really is a lot to keep track of!


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Contestsmartbutsweet_BS

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Willow Ware Sauser Don Moyer

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Via FB

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Slinging Slang: The Case for Made-Up Words


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: Rewriting now, 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:
All Things Rena says of Etiquette & Espionage, “Steampunk awesomesauce!... I look forward to reading a story that is original and I definitely got that here.”

Quote of the Day:
Water-Cure Journal, September 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.

Lately, as it becomes more widely known what an addict I am, I am frequently asked about which podcasts I enjoy. I listen to A LOT, Gentle Reader. However, I don't think you really care about all of them, do you?

First here is a quick glimpse at: Characters with their podcast inspiration.

And now, here is a pretty comprehensive list of some of my favorites. (Podcasts are always pod fading and then I need to find new ones, so there is a constant stream of me trying something out, but these are the old work horses.)

Writing Related
Adventures in SciFi Publishing
I Should Be Writing
The Shared Desk
Writing Excuses
The History of English

Human Interest
The Moth
StoryCorps
All in the Mind
Savage Love

Academic & Educational
Freakonomics Radio
Get Fit Guy (Q&DT)
Money Girl (Q&DT)
Planet Money
The Nutrition Diva (Q&DT)

Fandom
Brass Needles
Geekson
Slice of SciFi
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal
Sword & Laser
Your Book is Why Daddy Drinks
Nerdist

Comedy
The Bugle
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
Judge John Hodgeman
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
Scotland's Funny Bits
The Smartest Man in the World
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
Geologic Podcast
International Waters

Most Missed
Survivor Guide
Stephen Fry's Podgrams
Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour
Memories of the Futurecast
Shortcomings Audio
The Perfect Ten
Radio Free Burrito

When do I find the time to listen? Well I listen when I am driving or biking, doing any kind of household task, cooking, and so forth. If I am alone and not writing I'm probably listening to a podcast. I love to get two things done at once, I feel so efficient. Podcasts are a low entry way for me to do this. I also rarely watch television, so that figures into all calculations. Also, I'm pretty cruel about it and if the subject doesn't interest me I just delete that episode. As a result, I don't listen to every cast of every pod.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
‘Crisp Packet’ Clutch from Luisa via Roma

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Bathtub meets sink.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
SFF Interview Swap: Elizabeth Moon interviews Rachel Bach


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: Rewriting now, 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:
Lalex (@LalexAndrea) Illustrated vSophronia with Bumbersnoot!


Quote of the Day:
How doth the little Bumbersnoot
Chew gayly on his coal
And sit beneath the petticoats
Through which he burns a hole.
~ Andrew Knighton (@gibbondemon) on Twitter

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.

I'm feeling hot hot hot

Spoilers for Dallas 3x08 Where There's SmokeCollapse )

So, uh, anyway, I don't care one iota about the damn fire. I'm too delighted by everything else to be distraught.

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Ahem

3x08 Where There's SmokeCollapse )

ETA: And the best part about this is Read more...Collapse ).

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