Welcome to the Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month!

Banner for the Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month in August, 2014

 

Hi, all! As I’m writing this it’s August just about everywhere in the world, I think, and that means that the Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month is go! WHOOT! And welcome! I hope everyone who wants to join me will have a blast with the books they’re reading!

I can finally finally finally pick up Stolen Songbird without feeling guilty about cheating again!

I’m also still looking for good Exhibit A recommendations, so if you’ve got any pleasepleaseplease let me know!

For those of you just learning about the reading month, the extended rationale is in the sign-up post, but the premise is very simple: read at least one book by Strange Chemistry or Exhibit A in the month of August to celebrate the imprints (ex-imprints?) and give their authors some love after losing their publishers. And maybe talk about the book in whichever way you’re comfortable for added author exposure. And have fun with it! ^_^ You can join at any point during August too. Just go off and have fun with the books that strike your fancy! ^_^

As I said in the sign-up post, my pile at the start of August looks like this:

I may or may not be adding sequels to the list. In theory I can read all of them this month with time to spare, but whether I actually will… Well, we’ll have to see. I’m off to a good start anyway. First up is Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen as you may have guessed! After that, who knows. Feather Bound most likely.

You may notice a distinct lack of linky attached to this post because it’s just the introductory post. Linkies and round-ups shall follow next week. I’m thinking that I’ll probably dedicate my Sunday to a nice mini-readathon just to get the ball rolling for me. Possibly my Saturday evening as well. I’m not sure on that one.
And… that’s it, I think? Let me know if you have any questions!Oh! I’m cross-posting this over to DW and LJ as an experiment. I’m not really sure how well running the month across blogs will work, so I may not do it for future posts. We’ll see.Welcome, everyone! Let’s go have fun exploring other worlds or solving mysteries (which may or may not be set in another world)!

Monthly Goals July/August 2014

Wow! What a month July has been! Actually, I think part of my reaction has to do with the way June kind of collapsed in on itself. So let’s get to the reminder of what I set out to do in July.

I Want to Read:
- Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
- The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones

I Want to Write:
- at minimum 1 chapter of A Promise Broken
- rework at minimum one scene from the Space Ghosts tale

I’ve managed to read both those books and the carry-over from June (The Angel’s Cut). I’ve managed to write five chapters of A Promise Broken and finally get myself a decent idea of how and where the book is going to end. I had a decent idea, but I knew this was the part that would need the most work plot-wise. It’s pretty exciting! I’ve been busy planning out what to do next and where to go from here — part of which has been entirely depressing — but I admit I’ve been slightly distracted from the Space Ghosts as a result. I did get some work on it done, but not a whole scene.

August is going to prove to be another interesting month because I’m anticipating dedicating a lot of my time to reading Strange Chemistry books for the reading month.

I Want to Read:

I Want to Write:
- at minimum 1 chapter of A Promise Broken
- rework at minimum one scene from the Space Ghosts tale

I’ve actually already started Stolen Songbird. But then I was good at put it aside. (Also, I wasn’t in a reading mood because I got distracted by writing and gaming.) I’m about a quarter of the way through, so that’ll probably be my first book of the month. I suspect that I won’t get through all of them, but we’ll see how it goes. If I manage to stick to my schedule it should be perfectly doable with some time to spare. Writingwise, we’ll have to see what I do. I’m still a little uncertain about how well the next bit I have to schedule actually works and I’d like to poke at it some more. I hope it’ll be something easy to fix. After that I’ll have rebuilt much of the original buffer that I lost due to circumstances in the beginning and I think I might start to vary it with shorter pieces for The Little Engine That Couldn’t that I’m aiming to publish this winter. I’d like a few short stories about Jan in it and I look forward to having a bit of a break. A Promise Broken is such a sad book in so many places and Jan offers up quite a few cheering opportunities. It’ll be fun. I’ll also be continuing to poke at the Space Ghosts and Jan’ll be a nice distraction for that as well.

So… Quite an ambitious month as far as months go. After that… We’ll see.

Serial: A Promise Broken, 25

Apparently we’re back to a shorter section again. I thought it was longer than this. It’s a little under 700 words. Wherein Arèn is busy and sad and proves that he tries to solve all his problems by working.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 25

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Book Release: The Passage of Pearl: Deluxe Edition

Now Available

Cover for The Passage of Pearl (Deluxe Edition)Amazon (US, UK), Smashwords, Kobo

Pearl is in her final year at Eston University. Her days are made up of reading poetry, writing essays on poetry, thinking up essay topics on poetry, and trying not to bite people for invading her personal space. When she finds a book that could make or break her career, Pearl throws all her cautious planning in the wind. But the book has secrets of its own and Pearl will make a very tasty snack.

This deluxe edition of the novelette also contains the original draft of ‘The Passage of Pearl’, an essay on the revision process behind the story and several other extras.

Serial: A Promise Broken, 24

This part comes with a warning for transphobia. It’s fairly subtle (I think), but still there. Also if you remember when I said I was serialising this as a WIP? Sections like this one are why. This also deals with a (very brief) discussion of pre-transition life and I’ve been fretting about the pronoun-use for ages. I dithered and dallied about whether to ask friends to take a peek at them privately before posting or just going ahead and posting it, but I decided that since part of the point of serialising it as a WIP is precisely to create a discussion on how authors can handle situations like this one in their writing respectfully I should show up any of my initial faults publicly.

Wherein we get to learn a little more about Arèn’s past and Eiryn’s future. Also wherein some transphobia looms and lingers, wraith-like, over the characters. This also marks the start of a few darker sections and we return to a few longer chapters again. This one is about 1,800 words.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 24

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episodes 1-2)

Okay, so Sailor Moon is technically not a film, work with me. I dithered a bit about doing this, but hey. It seems like fun and I have a fairly long history with the show and was excited about the reboot. Also, several of my friends and dwircle members were also interested in the reboot, so hey. Why not? As long as it’s fun, right?

I’ve rewatched the first episode of the old anime to compare it to the first episode of the reboot, but I haven’t done the same for the second episode (likely won’t) and I haven’t been rereading the manga to compare that. The main reason for the non-comparisons is that I’ve always been rather, um, compartementalised about the various adaptations and treated them like variations on a common theme more than the same story told in a different format. (This is really helpful when the formats aren’t actually telling the same story!) I reacted to the comparison pretty much as I’d expected, prefering some choices in one version and some in the other. (For example, I prefer the original anime introduction of Luna. It sets up Usagi’s compassion better for me.)

Oh, yeah. In case this isn’t entirely obvious, HERE BE SPOILERS, especially if you’re an American and not inclined to be up really early. I will undoubtedly find a better scheduling system as I go on, but I’m pretty sure that you can count on these being a once-a-month post. These will also be primarily reaction posts from a long-time fan, so please don’t expect too much analysis or intelligent commentary. (There may be in comments, though!)

Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see in my responses! I can’t promise I’ll add it, but I can certainly try. ^_^

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On Saying ‘No’ to Love Memes

This is a post that has been percolating in my mind for… some time now. I’m writing it partially on behalf of an acquaintance who encouraged me to write and share this in hopes that it will do people some good. I will note right now, at the top, that this is a sensitive topic for me to discuss and doing so leaves me pretty sore. I suspect it will leave a fair few people who want to participate in a discussion sore simply because it’s that kind of topic.

I don’t know how many of my readers are familiar with the concept of love memes (or ‘words and deeds’ memes), so let me explain what they are first. I’ve only ever encountered them on DreamWidth, but they may also be a thing on LiveJournal and I’ve never seen them on WordPress or Blogger before. Other people could write you up a neat history of them, I’m sure, but I’m afraid I’m not that person.

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