It’s a Victorian Thing

When things are undecorated, it makes Lia very unhappy.

“Why,” Lia muses, “must things be minimalist? Why must they go unadorned? Oh, Modern People, how benighted and funny you are.”

Wait…why am I typing in the third person?

Anyway, my very first ARCs arrived today! They’re earmarked as prizes for a special event – the Steampunk World’s Fair, in Somerset, New Jersey. Which I’ll be attending in…gasp. Ten days.


(Look how innocent they are.)


Since they’ll therefore probably end up in the hands of people unused to the ARC process and product, I wanted to include a note with each explaining that ARCs may include typos and omissions, potential changes, etc. Mostly so that readers won’t hold the typos against me. Which I…attempted to deflect with a joke welcoming them to hold the typos against me. I’m odd that way.




It then occurred to me that in order to make sure that the notes didn’t become separated from the books, I needed to wrap the books up. Oh, happy day! Commence: WAX SEALS!


(Oh yeah. Here we go. Fire.)


It’s hard to see, but I recently purchased a wax seal solely for use with DD-related materials. I love the things I can write off on my taxes, now.




Commence: SIGNING!




Commence: RIBBON!



There. My inner Victorian is satisfied. The undecorated has been decorated. The gift has been rendered gift-ier.

It’s a disease. It is.

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  1. Alexis Salcido
    May 9, 2011

    Absolutely stunning. Love the decoration!! I cannot wait to read Dearly, Departed!

  2. Robin
    May 9, 2011

    Utterly delightful. :)

  3. Nikki
    May 9, 2011

    This is amazing and I want to make my way to NJ just to find one!

  4. Perla
    May 9, 2011

    Ahhh! Those ARCs are gorgeous! I also love the skulls. SKULLS ROCK. <3 <3 <3

  5. Natalie
    May 11, 2011

    I don’t think you can ever have too many skulls! LOVE the wax seals!!

  6. Lia Keyes
    Jun 14, 2011

    The wax seals ROCK!


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