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July 20th, 2017: This comic is inspired by... THE PLANET MARS!!

Thanks to everyone who backed my Kickstarter! I'm super stoked about the book and I can't wait to get it out there. Hooray!

– Ryan

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Driving Lessons: Sophomore Year by Annameekee Hesik

Abbey Brooks has recovered from her end-of-freshman-year heartbreak and has vowed that this year, her sophomore year at Gila High, will be different in every way. Her to-do list: get her driver’s license, come out to her mom, get (and keep) a girlfriend, and survive another year of basketball. As always, though, nothing goes according to plan. Who will be there for her as her plans start to unravel? Who will bring her back to life after another round of heartache and betrayal? These remain a mystery–even to Abbey.

But one thing is for sure, she’s not confused about who she is. And that is going to make all the difference this time.

This is the second book in the series. Check out my interview with Annameekee on the release of Book #1, "The You Know Who Girls."

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making space to be creative

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:32 pm
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Posted by Wil

One week and about ten hours ago, I decided to step away from Twitter for a little bit. The specific details aren’t important, and I suspect that many of you reading this now are already nodding in agreement because you grok why. But I took it off my phone, and I haven’t been to the website on my desktop since. For the first 48 hours, I spent a lot of time wondering if I was making a choice that mattered, and thinking about how I wasn’t habitually looking at Twitter every few minutes to see if I’d missed anything funny, or to see the latest bullshit spewing forth from President Fuckface’s mouthanus. I was, ironically, spending more time thinking about Twitter since I wasn’t using it than I spent thinking about it when I was.

It started out as a 24 hour break, then it was a 48 hour break, then it was the weekend, and here we are one week later and I don’t feel like I’m missing anything important. I feel like I’ve given myself more time to be quiet and alone, more time to reflect on things, and I’ve created space in my life to let my mind wander and get creative.

I’m not creating as much as I want to, and I’m starting to feel like maybe I’ll never be able to create as much as I want to, but I’ve gotten some stuff done this week that probably wouldn’t have gotten done if Twitter had been filling up the space that I needed.

Here’s a little bit from my blog post that became a short story that grew into a novella that is now a novel, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything:

My mother was leaning against her car, talking with one of the other moms, when we arrived. My sister was throwing a Strawberry Shortcake doll into the air and catching it while they watched. I walked out of the bus and across the blazing hot blacktop to meet her.

Willow, catch!” My sister cried, sending Strawberry Shortcake in a low arc toward me. I caught her without enthusiasm and handed her back. “You’re supposed to throw her to me!” Amanda said, demonstrating. Her doll floated in a lazy circle, arms and legs pinwheeling, before falling back down into my sister’s waiting arms. The writer in me wants to make a clever reference to how I was feeling at that moment, about how I could relate to Strawberry Fucking Shortcake, spinning out of control in the air above us, but it feels hacky, so I’ll just talk about how I wanted to make the reference without actually making the reference, thereby giving myself permission to do a hacky writer’s trick without actually doing it. See, there’s nothing tricky about writing, it’s just a little trick!

It’s still in the first draft, and I may not keep all or even any of it, but after putting it aside for months while I was depressed about too many things to look at it, it feels so good to be back into this story.

Oh, speaking of writing, I got notes back from the editors on my Star Wars 40th anthology submission. I thought that, for sure, they’d want me to rework a ton of it, but all they asked me to do is change a name! And they told me it was beautiful! So I’ve been feeling like a Capital-W Writer for a few days.

And speaking of feeling happy for a change, Hasbro and Machinima announced that I’m a voice in the next installment of the Transformers animated series, Titans Return. And it feels silly to care about this particular thing, but Daily Variety put my name in the headline, which made me feel really, really good.I’ve always felt like the only thing that should matter is the work, and that the work should be able to stand on its own … but that’s not the reality even a little bit. Daily Variety is the industry’s paper of record, so when it chooses to put you in the headline of a story, people pay attention and it matters in the way that can make the difference between getting called for a meeting, or the last ten years of my life as an actor.

It’s also a good reminder that, even if I’m not getting the opportunities I want to be an on-camera actor, it is entirely within my power to create the space I need to be a writer.

 

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Posted by Gail Carriger

Happy bookday to me!

The Sumage Solution hit the world yesterday! I hope you’re enjoying it, Gentle Reader.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Meanwhile, I am off to San Diego for Comic Con International!

You can follow me on Twitter as the event progresses and I’ll be posting where I am and what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing, of course).

Or, if you just want pretty pictures of what I see, where I go, and life inside the madness you can follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to play along with The Nerdy Girlie’s photo challenge.

Will you be at Comic Con?

You can find me (when I’m not otherwise occupied) hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps in the dealer’s room (far right section).

Booth #1119

They’ll have copies of The Sumage Solution for sale there (as well as my other books) and I will be delighted to sign everything for you. If if it’s not my book.

Also, if you are there for preview night, you might want to swing by Orbit next door in #1116…

Miss Gail’s SDCC Schedule

THURSDAY July 20, 2017

1:30pm -2:30pm Panel: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
Horton Hotel Grand Theatre
Paul Cornell moderates this version of the BBC radio game show “Just a Minute.” The object of the game is for panelists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation.” The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless, and no one’s better suited to lead this geeky version of the game than author Cornell.

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

FRIDAY July 21, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing with Badali Jewlery
Booth #532
Free ticket is required. The tickets have an assigned time for the signing. This is to prevent lines from forming and maintain crowd control. The tickets will be available at our booth starting preview night. People can also contact us by email (badalijewelry@badalijewelry.com) to reserve a ticket.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel: Alien Civilizations
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships and societies for use in storytelling.

SATURDAY July 22, 2017

12:00pm Starburner Awards
Location: North stairs behind the mezzanine

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

SUNDAY July 23, 2017

10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Spotlight on Gail Carriger (Q&A with Bestselling Author)
Room 4
Come meet New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your burning questions on writing, steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea and so much more.

12:30pm ~ 1:30pm Panel: Fantasy Literature
Room 8
With Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, & Mary Pearson

1:45pm ~ 2:45pm Signing
AA09

 Your Final San Diego Comic Con Check List!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Savory Uses for Marmite, The World’s Most Polarizing Spread

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Really excellent podcast ep from The Allusionist on the nuances of translating into a foreign language.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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

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On a LARP by Stefani Deoul

Question: Do any of you know the truly scary part about being seventeen?

Answer: Your brain doesn't actually know, understand or care what it can't do; and, while this sounds great in theory, in my particular case, my under-developed brain apparently didn't know I couldn't fly.

So I jumped . . .
And I plummeted . . .

And I promise you, if I somehow manage to survive this act of immature-brain-encased-in-unbelievable-stupidity, I will gladly tell you exactly how I got here.

Which for the record, is chasing a dark-web killer through the middle of a live action role-playing game, better known as a LARP.

Join brainiac Sid Rubin and her posse, Jimmy, Imani, Vikram, and Ari as they join forces with Detective Robert "Tsarno the Barno" Tsarnowsky and his partner, Detective "Goddess" Emma Macdonald, and become embroiled in a virtual world of clues that will lead them to a very real, very deadly, very steampunk'd world of murder and mayhem.


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johnny sokko and his flying robot

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:22 pm
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Posted by Wil

A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole controller of a prototype giant robot.

I couldn’t sleep, so I wandered into the weird and comforting landscape of UHF television’s modern equivalent, which in this case is a digital antenna station on 56.4 here in Los Angeles, called Comet TV*

For the next half hour, I watched this magnificently bizarre thing called Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. As far as I can tell, there’s this little kid called Johnny Sokko, and like all the other kids in school were all “Johnny Sokko, you’re a stupid face!” so he was like “h*ck you guys, I’m going to get a giant robot and live on a boat for some reason. Oh, and also, I’m like 8 or whatever, and I’m in charge of a giant flying murder machine. So watch your step, bitches.” Johnny gets this this giant robot who flies, and he controls him by issuing commands into a gold wristwatch. Instead of telling the robot to breakdance for his endless amusement, Johnny cries a lot and makes the robot save the world from a squid guy or something who lives in a sunken spaceship, adjacent to a pineapple under the sea? It’s all a little fuzzy in the translation, I’ll be honest, but I think I got the gist of it.

Anyway, I probably made some of that up, but this is all true: There’s a Flying Robot who is vaguely Egyptian. There’s a Gargoyle Gang, the Emperor Guillotine, a military group of children who are called Team Unicorn and are the only thing between Earth’s survival and intergalactic destruction for some reason, and all the bizarre 1960s Kaiju visual effects you could ever hope for. The music is exactly what you want it to be, and at one point, an entire freeway overpass is destroyed, because who among us hasn’t wanted to do that!

A quick search on a few of the Internets made it clear to me that I was not just way late to the party on this (the short I saw was originally released in Japan in 1967, as Giant Robo because obviously) but I am also discovering this literally decades after it became popular with the cool kids. So if you’re like OH GREAT WIL WHEATON THANKS FOR WASTING MY TIME WITH SOMETHING I ALREADY KNEW ABOUT now you can feel like a jerk because it’s new to me, Roland. It’s new to me!

It’s weird, and fun, and overflowing with potential audio samples, so I thought I would share it with you today. Here’s what I think is the first episode, in which we meet Johnny Sokko, the Flying Robot, an unsettling sea monster, and more:

There are several collections of Johnny Sokko films at the Internet Archive. I guess you can also buy remastered DVDs if you want to go that route (though I strongly believe that the faded and aged look of the originals at archive.org is a significant contributor to the charm of the thing.)

Good luck. We’re all counting on you.

*It’s owned by the profoundly evil Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which is a giant bummer. You can buy evil offsets by supporting ACLU and SPLC, if it makes you feel better.

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Posted by Gail Carriger

Tomorrow, Gentle Reader.

Tomorrow.

Possibly one of the biggest risks in my writing career.

Gulp.

My goodness I do hope you enjoy it. Or even if you don’t, that you know someone who might like it, and consider passing it along to them.

You only live once, right?

Might as well eat the cheese and write the smut.

Wish me luck?

Yours always,

Miss Gail

P.S. The print edition is up and running, you can order it now and it will ship immediately.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT TOMORROW!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Shoes of Prey Red Wingtip Pumps (read what I think of this service on Retro Rack)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

There Was No ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Writing Short Fiction Can Enhance Your Novel (and Your Career)

Book News:

At the BayCon romance panel being an idiot.

Quote of the Day:

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

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette is adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves.

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climate change comix

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:00 am
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July 16th, 2017: There's THREE DAYS LEFT to get WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE PUNCHES A FRIGGIN' SHARK and/or other stories! You should because it's gonna be great, in my not-at-all-biased opinion!!

– Ryan

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Posted by Gail Carriger

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something fun, Gentle Reader. It’s the kind of thing I can only do with an indie book. I’m having a launch party before the book is officially on sale.

I know, right? But… I CAN.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

For those of you in the Bay Area, here are the details…

Early Borderlands Gets The Book

July 15, 2017, 3pm
Sumage Solution Launch Event at Borderlands Books
Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (yes they’ll ship so you’ll get it ASAP, and yes I will dedicate it to your or to a friend or to an elder god, you know, whatever you want):

888-893-4008

The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release. And yes I’ll be signing there, if you are coming to the event.

If the book isn’t enough of a draw, I’ll be there nattering away at the Borderlands Cafe where they have lovely nibbles and delicious tea. I know this about the tea because they asked me which kind I recommend. And now they stock it. This is how awesome they are.

Miss Carriger at Borderlands back in 2013

Borderlands is a truly wonderful little independent bookstore, even if you can’t make my event you should make them one of your stops if you’re ever in San Francisco.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

OUT NEXT WEEK!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Under Inspection, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stop Overpacking for Trips With a “Luggage Audit”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Book News:

Freadom Library says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I think this book is a great way to finish it off. It had all the things I loved about the previous books but it was also filled with twists and turns that blew me away. The action was on point, specially [sic] precarious in this one.”

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