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The Heroine's Journey and Reader Expectations (with Gail Carriger)

The Writer's Mindset

Gail Carriger has multiple NYT bestsellers and over a million books in print in dozens of different languages. She writes comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy (and sexy queer joy as G. L. Carriger). She is best known for the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.In this episode, you'll learn:The differences between The Hero's Journey and The Heroine's JourneyWhy The Heroine's Journey is often looked down on or forgottenThe importance of reader expectationsFind GailWebsite: https://gailcarriger.com/Facebook: https://gailcarriger.com/FBInstagram: https://instagram.com/gailcarriger/Twitter: https://twitter.com/gailcarrigerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gailcarriger

1hr 2mins

9 Jun 2022

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May 4, 2022 Luca Ghini, Charlotte Turner Smith, Maud Grieve, Margaret Leland Goldsmith, The Little Library Year by Kate Young, and Gail Carriger

The Daily Gardener

Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart   Support The Daily Gardener Buy Me A Coffee    Connect for FREE! The Friday Newsletter |  Daily Gardener Community   Historical Events Today is Bird Day!   1556 Death of Luca Ghini ("Gee-nee"), Italian physician and botanist.  Luca is remembered for creating the first recorded herbarium and the first botanical garden in Pisa, Italy. Historical accounts indicate he was an outstanding and beloved botany teacher at the university in Bologna. By 1527, Luca was giving lectures on medicinal plants and essentially teaching what is considered the first official university-level classes on botany. Luca was also the first to press flowers to create a plant collection. The English botanist William Withering wrote about flower pressing in the 1770s. Luca used his pressed and dried plants the same way future botanists would - he used them to study when fresh or live specimens were not available. In this way, he could teach his students, and they could use the dried specimens to continue their studies all year long. Luca mentored his students - taking them on field trips and encouraging them to learn all about plants. And if Luca Ghini seems an obscure character in botanical history, it's because he didn't publish anything. He was too busy interacting with his botanist peers and teaching his students - through whom he left a lasting legacy.   1749 Birth of Charlotte Turner Smith, English novelist, and Romantic poet. She revived the English sonnet, was an early Gothic fiction writer and helped establish the genre. She also wrote about sensibility in her political novels. Charlotte's novels, Emmeline (1788) and Desmond (1792), reflect womanly hope and disenfranchisement with eighteenth-century Common Law. Charlotte once wrote, Oh, Hope! thou soother sweet of human woes! How shall I lure thee to my haunts forlorn! For me wilt thou renew the withered rose, And clear my painful path of pointed thorn?   And here is an excerpt of Charlotte's poem called Written at the Close of Spring. The garlands fade that Spring so lately wove, Each simple flow’r, which she had nurs’d in dew, Anemones that spangled every grove, The primrose wan, and harebell, mildly blue. No more shall violets linger in the dell, Or purple orchis variegate the plain, Till Spring again shall call forth every bell, And dress with humid hands her wreaths again. Ah, poor Humanity! so frail, so fair, Are the fond visions of thy early day, Another May new buds and flow’rs shall bring; Ah! Why has Happiness—no second Spring?   1858 Birth of Sophie Emma Magdalene Grieve (pen name Mrs. Grieve), English writer and herbalist. Her friends called her Maud.  In addition to her writing, Maud founded an Herb School and Farm in England. She was a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, President of the British Guild of Herb Growers, and a Fellow of the British Science Guild. Today, Maud is best remembered for her book, A Modern Herbal (1931). Maud's Herbal is still regarded as one of the best herbals ever written. She provided detailed information about each herb she profiled, including "Medicinal Actions and Uses." Here's a sampling of her information. Purple Loosestrife: As an eyewash this invasive herb is superior to Eyebright for preserving the sight and curing sore eyes. Chives: Useful for cutting up and mixing with the food of newly-hatched turkeys. Borage: May be regarded as a garden escape. (A delicate way of saying it is invasive.) Valerian: A powerful nervine, stimulant, carminative, and anti-spasmodic. The drug allays pain and promotes sleep. It is of especial use and benefit to those suffering from nervous overstrain…During the recent War (WWI), when air-raids were a serious strain on the nerves of civilian men and women, valerian…proved wonderfully efficacious, preventing or minimizing serious results. Garlic: There is a Mohammedan legend that when Satan stepped out from the Garden of Eden after the fall of man, Garlick sprang up from the spot where he placed his left foot and Onion from that where his right foot touched. Moneywort: We are told by old writers that this herb was not only used by man, but that if serpents hurt or wounded themselves, they turned to this plant for healing, and so it was sometimes called 'Serpentaria'. Agrimony or Church-Steeple: the small root is sweet-scented, especially in spring. Lemon: It is probable that the lemon is the most valuable of all fruit for preserving health. English Summers: ‘It has been said, with some truth, that our English summer is not here until the Elder is fully in flower, and that it ends when the berries are ripe."   1894 Birth of Margaret Leland Goldsmith, American journalist, historical novelist, and translator. In June of 1936, in “The Perils of Gardening” for Scribner’s Magazine, she wrote: For years I have avoided magenta with feverish zest.  I do not like it.  It kills my henna reds.  It fights with the cedar brown of my cottage.  Yet every year something of that hue intrudes.  If it isn’t Sweet William reverting to type, it is a red phlox gone decadent.   Grow That Garden Library™ Book Recommendation The Little Library Year by Kate Young This book came out in 2020, the perfect time because it was right at the start of the pandemic.  The subtitle is Recipes and Reading to Suit Each Season. Oh, I cannot tell you how long I've been waiting to share this book. It is such a treat. The publisher does a great job of succinctly telling you about Kate's book. The Little Library Year takes you through a full 12 months in award-winning food writer Kate Young's kitchen. Here are frugal, January meals enjoyed alone with a classic comfort read. As well as summer feasts to be eaten outdoors with the perfect beach read in hand. Beautifully photographed throughout. The Little Library Year is full of delicious seasonal recipes,  menus And reading recommendations - (which is one of the reasons why I absolutely squealed when I first found out about Kate's book.)   Now you'll be happy to know that the cover is beautiful. It truly is a cover for a gardener because she's got a little desk with a little coffee mug, and then she's got potted herbs stacked on top of books. Then, there's a little blue journal with a pen resting on top. The herbs include Pineapple Sage, Thyme, and of course, Rosemary.  It is just perfect. Now Diana Henry's review of this book is right on the cover. She writes Recipes you long to cook. Suggestions for books. You want to read a sense of place and season and takes of life lived thoughtfully and well. This is a very special book written with great generosity She is so right. Now I wanted to share this little excerpt from Kate about how she broke down the seasons for her book. She writes, I have broken the year into six parts. Those long winter nights in January and February, the first signs of spring in March and April, the green months of may and June when spring is in abundance, the height of summer in July and August, the weeks when the leaves start to turn in September and October. And then the final months of the year, as the days grow short.   And then she writes, I have written The Little Library Year. as a literary and culinary almanac -a celebration of each and every season and a way to capture the year in books and food.And isn't that fantastic? Well, you really should treat yourself to this book, and then if you fall in love with Kate Young, check out her author page because she has many, many delightful books. She's a great writer - one of my favorites. This book is 336 pages of garden-fresh recipes, life stories, and of course, books, books, books. You can get a copy of The Little Library Year by Kate young and support the shell using the Amazon link in today's show notes for around $20, but you'll need to hurry because those used copies at that price will go quickly. You can get a copy of The Little Library Year by Kate Young and support the show using the Amazon link in today's show notes for around $21.   Botanic Spark 1976 Birth of Gail Carriger (Gail "Care-ah-gurr") (the pen name of Tofa Borregaard), American New York Times bestselling author of steampunk fiction and an archaeologist. In her book, Poison or Protect, the first in the Delightfully Deadly series, a sexy assassin, a Scotsman, and two lobsters attend a Victorian house party in a charming story of love and espionage. Gail introduces us to her main character this way: The assassin is Lady Preshea Villentia ("Preh-sha Vill-in-sha"), who has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment. In the book, Lady Violet says, "We do not suit. You have no genuine interest in botany!” Lady Violet practically yelled her final conclusion. This was the biggest sin of them all.   Thanks for listening to The Daily Gardener And remember: For a happy, healthy life, garden every day.


4 May 2022

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Wild Wild West Con X Panel Spotlight Gail Carriger

Creative Play and Podcast Network

Join Gail Carriger, with moderator Mickey Flint On a panel she might deny later ;) Q&A with NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger! Come prepared to ask any burning questions you may have for this splendid author. See more about Wild Wild West Con at https://www.wildwestcon.com Please support our shows at www.patreon.com/cppn and even join us in some games! Gail Carriger Mickey Flint See more about Wild Wild West Con at https://www.wildwestcon.com Please support our shows at www.patreon.com/cppn  and even join us in some games! Also keep an eye at the new things on our now affiliated Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/creatiiveplayandpodcast Also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CreativePlayandPodcastNetwork Would you be interested if we hosted more D&D and Edge of Empire games on Roll20 for you to join? Email us at Creativeplaypodcastnet@Gmail.com A big Thank you to the Staff, Volunteers, Vendors and attendees of WWWCX


14 Apr 2022

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[DD] What Do You Do When Your Books Don’t Sell? with GAIL CARRIGER!

Shows From the Murverse

With Gail Carriger, we chat about what happens when you're a pro and your books don't sell. What avenues do we have? The post [DD] What Do You Do When Your Books Don’t Sell? with GAIL CARRIGER! appeared first on The Murverse Mothership.


23 Sep 2021

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The Heroine's Journey — Gail Carriger


The heroine’s journey has historically been ignored, cast aside, and devalued, which has lead most of us to idolize and play out the hero’s journey in our own lives. On today’s episode, Gail Carriger, author of The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Fiction, breaks down why and how we can begin to reclaim the heroine’s journey for ourselves. You’ll hear about the biggest differences in motivation between the hero’s journey and heroine’s journey, as well as the best and worst parts of being a writer and how her writing genre facilitates a greater feeling of connection with readers. We explore the impact of culture on storytelling and narrative, how the hero narrative can feed into the development of toxic masculinity, and the history of how romance writing is critiqued and defined. If you’re a heroine on the journey who wants to have more self-trust and confidence, this episode is for you.• What Gail was like as a child: a bossy, self-motivated old soul who knew her own mind. • How Gail realized she was a storyteller; rewriting the end of stories her mom read to her.• The kind of stories Gail tells about heroine’s stories, connection, and happy endings.• Her primary motivation as a writer: found family and how that has played out in her life.• What she considers the best part of being a writer: providing comfort and connection.• Why the hardest part of being a writer is the illusion of extreme intimacy and being known. • How the genre of fiction Gail writes leads the audience to feel connected to her.• Why it is important for young people to have adult perspectives outside of their parents.• The distinction between the motivations of the hero’s journey and heroine’s journey. • The Wonder Woman journey as an example of the hero’s journey.• The heroine’s motivation to reconnect and her position of strength in asking for help.• Why a hero operates in isolation, but a heroine is most powerful in community.• The impact of culture on storytelling and narrative and their core mythos.• How the hero narrative can feed into the development of toxic masculinity.• What Break of the Good Girl Myth is about.• The history of romance writing and how it is defined and critiqued.• The harmful trope of “Pussy Salvation” in romance writing. •The prevailing American myth is that you have to do everything by yourself.•TJ Klune’s book on connection and found family, The House in the Cerulean Sea.•Gail’s realization that she is a communal writer and writes best around people.•How Gail’s confidence in herself and trust in her audience has grown over time. •How authors are driven to write non-fiction when they have identified a problem.•Break of the Good Girl Myth by Majo Molfino and where to get it.ReferencesGail Carriger - https://gailcarriger.com/Gail Carriger on Twitter - https://twitter.com/gailcarrigerThe Heroine’s Journey - https://www.amazon.com/Heroines-Journey-Writers-Readers-Culture-ebook/dp/B08D5ZSNRB/The House in the Cerulean Sea - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45047384-the-house-in-the-cerulean-seaBreak the Good Girl Myth - https://majomolfino.com/bookHEROINE (Podcast) - https://majomolfino.com/podcast


19 Aug 2021

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2021 Colorado Gold Keynote Speaker Gail Carriger

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and sexy urban fantasy as G. L. Carriger). Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. Gail is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. Gail is also a keynote speaker at the Colorado Gold. conference in October and is a teaching a master class about her writing guide, The Heroine's Journey.  More: https://gailcarriger.com/ Subscribe here to Gail's newsletter: The Chirrup!  Intro Music by Moby Gratis: https://mobygratis.com/ Outro Music by Dan-o-Songs: https://danosongs.com/


31 Jul 2021

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SPS-289: Why a NYT Bestseller Switched From Trad to Indie - with Gail Carriger

The Self Publishing Show

She was a New York Times bestseller with successful trad deals. So why did Gail Carriger make to switch to full-indie?


30 Jul 2021

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The Heroine’s Journey with Gail Carriger

The Creative Penn Podcast For Writers

What is the heroine's journey and how can it help you write a story that readers will love? Gail Carriger shares her writing tips in this interview. In the intro, publishing house mergers [Agent Kristin Nelson]; KDP Print in Australia; Bookwire announces a new NFT marketplace for the publishing and creator industry [Publishing Perspectives]. Plus, […] The post The Heroine’s Journey with Gail Carriger first appeared on The Creative Penn.

1hr 5mins

10 May 2021

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007 The Heroine's Journey by Gail Carriger Writing Craft Book Review

My Write Way

In this episode, I talk about the major takeaways from Gail Carriger's 'The Heroine's Journey'. It was eye opening to novel structure, and it saved my book! Links mentioned during this episode:  The Heroine's Journey by Gail Carriger*: https://amzn.to/3bLeH68 The Rebel Author Podcast interview with Gail Carriger: https://sachablack.co.uk/2021/03/03/075-the-heroines-journey-with-gail-carriger/ Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/mOnUHPY0jUo Website: http://www.katlynduncan.com A massive thank you to my patrons. To support my mission to make my content available to more writers, and get early access to videos and bonus content, you can for as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/katlynduncan *Links included in this description are affiliate links. If you purchase with these links, I will receive a small commission. There is no additional charge to you, but this helps me provide you with free content every week


17 Mar 2021

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075 The Heroine’s Journey with Gail Carriger

The Rebel Author Podcast

Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover:  What the heroine’s journey is Common mistakes with the heroine’s journey The key beats of the heroine’s journey The role of side characters in the heroine’s journey Genre and reader expectations for heroine/hero’s journey. This week’s question is:  Do you write the heroine or hero’s journey? Recommendation of the week is: Your Press Release is Breaking my Heart by Janet Murray Amazon UK Amazon USA **This podcast uses affiliate links Links or events I mentioned are: Live Q&A with Mark Lefebvre on wide marketing  17th March 8:00pm GMT, 1pm PST, 4pm EST, 7am AEST Find out more about Gail on:  Twitter  Facebook Website https://gailcarriger.com The Heroine's Journey Listener Rebel of the Week is: Victoria LK Williams If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod 3 new patrons this week. Welcome and thank you to Harry Brooks, Holly Flynn and Scott Kavanagh.  A huge thank you as well to all existing patrons. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

1hr 16mins

3 Mar 2021