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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

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She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
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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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Four hours!

'Dallas' Star Julie Gonzalo on Midseason Finale Shocker: 'It's Going to Be Such a Change' for Pamela:

"It's not going to be something [viewers] can guess," she tells Yahoo TV. "It's going to be just a little bit out there."

Thinking back on the many misdeeds of original bad boy J.R. Ewing, and now those of his son, it's no small statement to say what happens in the Pamela/John Ross/Emma triangle tops pretty much everything that's happened in the "Dallas" universe since J.R. was shot and Pam found Bobby in the shower.


Also some stuff about how Pamela thinks of herself as a Ewing now, but she's been betrayed by her family and uuuuugh. This show is trying to kill me. It might succeed. I have such ridiculously high expectations for tonight, and I don't even feel like I need to lower them, because the show has not disappointed me once this season. Everything has been better than I've been hoping.

You should watch with me tonight and hold my hand. And then shoot me with a tranquilizer dart and make sure I'm out until August.

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Stand Alone Novels


I have a terrible confession to make, Gentle Reader, particularly coming from me. I have mentioned before the occasional disconnect between my professional life as a writer, and my much longer much less professional life as a reader. Yes, of course, the two are tied, but as some of my readers point out, what I read is often entirely different from what I write. So here I my confession:

I love stand alone novels.


No I really do. In this age of series, for which I entirely participate as a writer, I am always on the hunt for a good stand alone, as a reader. A good genre stand alone that fits my trope preferences. It can be in world, that is I don't mind if there are surrounding series or stories ~ so long as this one is packaged neatly and has a full arc. If I am satisfied at the end and no compelled to find the "next" book, that's when I think of it as a stand alone. I was lucky enough to recently have this expereicne with Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, also it was the first Steampunk novel I've read in  a long time.

Did you know I originally wrote Soulless as a stand alone? I still think you can read it that way if you want. I wasn't certain what kind of publishing house it might sell to, and I wanted to keep my options open. When Orbit bought it and wanted a series, I did a rewrite adding in threads and loose ends to tie to Changeless. I've never had the opportunity to meet and ask, but I've always privately suspected that Elizabeth Vaughan had the same thing happen with Warprize.

Sword Masters ~ Selina Rosen
By the Sword ~ Mercedes Lackey
The Hero and the Crown ~ Robin McKinley
The Raven Ring ~ Patricia C. Wrede
Daughter of the Lion ~ Jennifer Roberson
The Silvered ~ Tanya Huff
Larissa ~ Emily Davenport
Taming the Forest King ~ Caludia J. Edwards
Restoree ~ Anne McCaffrey
The Blue Sword ~ Robin McKinley
Crown Duel ~ Sherwood Smith (two novellas stuck together but I think of it as a single entity)
The Serpent's Tooth ~ Diana L. Paxton
Lord of Two Lands ~ Judith Tarr
Sorcerer's Legacy ~ Janny Wurts
Clockwork Heart ~ Dru Pagliassotti

I think my love may be a time commitment thing. I like sitting down knowing there is a firm end in sight. I appreciate the skill and tidiness of wrapping up a story in one book. Occasionally people ask me what's my favorite characteristic in another person, I always say efficiency. I guess I like it in my books too.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1832 September
Des Magasins de Mrs. Chagot freres. L'Administration est Rue du Helder, No. 25. La Mode Saturday, September 1, 1832 v. 13, plate 25

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
British Paintings tumblr, Arthur Rackham

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
amillionpinkbows-tumblr Sitting or Writing Room, next to Queen Alexandra’s Bedroom, Marlborough House.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Spreadsheet of Shame


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:
Marine Biology has shipped!

Quote of the Day:
“There were some really funny sections such as the ritual to become a member of the Parasol Protectorate or the use of croquet skills to defeat giant mechanical monsters.”
~ Heartless reviewed by the SF Crowsnest:

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Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Romantic Teen Reads at Books of Wonder

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Big news! I will be signing with an all-star Harlequin Teen cast during the Romantic Teen Reads event at the one-and-only Books of Wonder in New York City, Thursday, April 17th, 6-8pm. Who will be there and what will they be scribbling on? Check out this list:

Michelle Madow (The Secret Diamond Sisters)
Kady Cross (Girl With the Iron Touch)
Maria V. Snyder (Touch of Power)
Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound)
Amalie Howard (Waterfell)
and me with INDELIBLE!


Come by, meet the crew, laugh with us and buy books! You can RSVP on Facebook and check it out in-person and online at Books of Wonder!

You know you want to.


* Cool banner image by Michelle Madow who is, herself, pretty damn cool. Come see for yourself!

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Julie tweeted that no one's guessed what Pamela does about Emma and John Ross tonight, which goes a long way toward removing this feeling of dread that there's been all this hype for a wife shooting the woman her husband is cheating on her with.

So final prediction: Pamela goes all Yo-Saff-Bridge and puts some drugs on her lips, and makes out with Emma... and they both end up in the hospital.

I know what you're saying. You're saying, "Speaking of drugs..." But just you wait; I'm sure I'm right.

Or maybe she sleeps with Christopher. Or maybe she brings Judith with her when she storms in on John Ross and Emma. Now that would be deviously delicious.

Maybe she puts the sex tape on YouTube.

I think I've run out of ridiculous ideas. I'm definitely sticking with Yo-Saff-Bridge!Pamela.

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Fascinating. I assumed that Sue Ellen went to SMU like the Ewing boys and Lucy, but when Sue Ellen's watching the old Miss Texas video in Acceptance (or the episode before it; I've already forgotten which), the guy says she's a twenty-year-old senior at the University of Texas.

This warrants a post because I will never, ever again be able to find this information if I don't put it here. I'm still trying to figure out if I imagined a season one or two episode that mentioned the family going to church, or possibly even showed them coming back from church.

Is it too much to ask that's the same episode where Sue Ellen talks to... someone about politics? Probably.

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I'm already writing a post-ep, you guys

On my dash, directly below a post from [tumblr.com profile] fuckyeahdavidgillian, is an old Larry King interview in which he asks Larry Hagman and Linda Gray if they actually have a thing for each other. This amuses me. (Honestly, whenever there are fydg posts immediately before or after Dallas cast posts, it amuses me. Oh, the contrast, it is sharp...)

But look! This interview has more of that clip that sent me into a tizzy yesterday! And now I have really had it with Bobby. Spoilers.Collapse )

This is going to be a long weekend and a longer four months. Especially for all of you who are going to have to put up with this sort of endless speculation until August.

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National Poetry Month... Dimity Style

Gentle Reader, April is National Poetry Month. As you may have guessed from my work I have a contentious relationship with poetry. Part of this has to do with my misspent youth. Some youths misspent their energy on crazy parties, dough-nutting, cow tipping, you know. I wrote poetry. I am ashamed.

Nevertheless, here is my contribution to National Poetry Month, from Dimity in Curtsies & Conspiracies.

British Paintings tumblr: 1879 George Elgar Hicks - On the Seashore

Dimity said, “I wrote him poetry!”
Preshea let go of the young lord and continued on with her conversation. Dingleproops brushed at the spot where her hand had been, straightening his jacket.
“Dimity,” Sophronia said, horrified by such an admission, “you didn’t give him the poetry, did you?”
“Certainly not.”
Sidheag tilted back in her chair, grinning. “Well, let’s hear it.”
“Oh, no. I don’t think that’s a good idea at all.” But Dimity was already dipping into her reticule and pulling out a scrap of paper. She gave it to Sidheag, who read it with a perfectly straight face, her tawny eyes dancing, and then passed it to Sophronia.

“My love is like a red red rose
occasionally he has a red red nose
he could keep me warm in the snows
I wager he has very nice toes.”


Sophronia could think of nothing to say except, “Oh, Dimity.”

So there you have it. Scared of poetry? Make it silly!


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
At one of the first Nova Albion Steampunk Events

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
At Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum, SF

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
1905 inland-delta-tumblr José García Ramos, Leaving a Masqued Ball, 1905  (Source- commons.wikimedia.org)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Ins and Outs of ISBNs


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:
Livre de Poche ‏@livredepoche jusqu'au 7 avril ! Pour jouer

Quote of the Day:
“The pen runs so easy when you have good ink, and smooth paper, and an easy desk to write on, and the consciousness of an audience of one, two or three hundred thousand readers.”
~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~
Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

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