Apr 26 2015

Writing News

I have several bits of writing-related news for you all today and hopefully both will be quite exciting.

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I have a Patreon page now. I don’t plan on mentioning that too often, but I’ll be putting a link in the sidebar somewhere and I’ll add links at the bottom of webserial posts. You can check out the Patreon page for the full details, but it’s essentially a kind of (monthly) tipjar for people who like my blogging or the fiction I share. Hopefully, Patreon will allow me to share more fiction online for free like I’m doing with Sea Foam and Silence and did with A Promise Broken.

Please do let me know if there’s information you’d like to see on Patreon! I’m a little leery of making goal milestones, but if people really want me to I’ll poke those and add them.

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Cover for Feather by Feather and Other Stories by Lynn E. O'ConnachtAs an experiment, I’ve decided to lower the price of Feather by Feather and Other Stories to $2.99 (or its equivalent in other currency) until July st, 2015.

I aim to be a bit more experimental with pricing and promotional pricing in future, but this is still pretty nerve-wracking experimentation for me. I don’t want the people who bought it at the full price to feel cheated and like they were treated unfairly and I’m not entirely sure how to square everything with one another.

Oh, to be the kind of person that wouldn’t care. But then I probably wouldn’t like myself very much. (Well. I probably would because I’d be that kind of person, but the person I am now wouldn’t like that me. I’m making a mess of this whole announcement thing, aren’t I?)

In any case: Throughout May and June, Feather by Feather and Other Stories will be available for $2.99 from all retailers. After that, we’ll see how it goes. That depends on the outcome of the experiment. (Yes, of course I’ll share some of the details with you all. ^_^)

It’s pretty scary, but hopefully the experiment’ll go better than making the book a Kindle-exclusive did.

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Sea Foam and SilenceThe serialisation of Sea Foam and Silence starts next week! Friday, May 1st will see the first poem in the verse novel go live and the serial will update every Monday and Friday until its conclusion sometime in 2016.

I am so excited, everyone! The Little Mermaid has always been a fairytale close to my heart, whether the original version or Disney’s adaptation, and I love retellings. I’m so happy and excited to get to do one of my own! And in a way that feels fresh and new (to me) too!

I hope readers will like it just as much as I do. Or more. More is also good. I’m really looking forward to trying to get readers involved with the storyline as well. I haven’t quite worked out how to go about this yet, but it’ll be loads of fun to find out! The story’s more episodic nature should lend itself well to experimenting with this.

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And… that’s it for me for now. I’m slowly poking at some other things that I’m (in no way) ready to comment on just yet. Writing is going relatively slowly, with most of my focus on building a bit of buffer for Sea Foam and Silence at the moment, and I’ve apparently spent most of April focusing on non-fiction posts. I have made progress on my fiction! Just… it pales in comparison to the non-fiction.

Apr 25 2015

Oldest classic you’ve read

A while ago — actually, a pretty long time in blogging and internet terms — Lynn from Lynn’s Books put up a classic book-themed meme. Since I was looking for questions to natter about at the time (you’re still more than welcome to ask them!), I decided to just nab the whole meme and work through the questions point by point. (Except for the time-specific ones like “What are you reading at the moment?” because scheduling that in advance is silly.)

So! After this warning about impending caps-lock abuse, I give you…

Oldest classic you’ve read

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Apr 23 2015

Book Talk: A Harvest of Ripe Figs

Book Talk: A Harvest of Ripe FigsA Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse #3) by Shira Glassman
Pages: 200
Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach's Sweetheart, a young and beautiful musician with a Girl Next Door image. When her violin is stolen after a concert in the capital city, she doesn't expect the queen herself to show up, intent upon solving the mystery. But Queen Shulamit -- lesbian, intellectual, and mother of the six-month-old crown princess -- loves to play detective. With the help of her legendary bodyguard Rivka and her dragon, and with the support of her partner Aviva the Chef, Shulamit turns her mind toward the solution -- which she quickly begins to suspect involves the use of illegal magic that could threaten the safety of her citizens.
Also in this series: The Second Mango, Climbing the Date Palm
Also by this author: The Second Mango, Climbing the Date Palm

And soon after finishing Climbing the Date Palm, I jumped straight into reading the third book, A Harvest of Ripe Figs, because I was so not ready to say goodbye to Shulamit and the others yet. There’s going to be more, I hope!

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Apr 22 2015

Book Talk: The Goblin Emperor

Book Talk: The Goblin EmperorThe Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Pages: 448
The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne-or his life. Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor is an exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.

Ages and ages ago (or not, depending on how you want to view the passing of time) several of my friends read The Goblin Emperor. They did not read it together and, in truth, I’m not entirely sure they know each other, so they were all reading this book independently of one another.

And then they came away going “Lynn, you should totally read this! You’ll enjoy it!” and, you know, everyone was reading the book at the time and as much as I love and trust my friends I have a very bad track record with liking what everyone is reading. And so I did not read.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. This did not happen all at once. I did not wake up with my inbox flooded with commentary on how I should read the book. No, it was friends one by one coming to me going “You should read that!” Even friends who usually need a spot of pushing to recommend anything (and have yet to be proven wrong) voluntarily went “You’d totally like that!”

But nope. Everyone was reading it so I was determined not to read it until the enthusiasm had died down a little. At least. Because, see, if my friends all indepedently come up to me and go “You should read that because it is totally your kind of book” (and one of them goes “I am so confident of your reaction, I want to get you a copy!”)… That means something. And my friends, being awesome as they are, did not push the book on me. That would have backfired and they know it. (Because they are awesome.) And then eventually I, well, caved. We’ll see if I have anything coherent to say since my response one chapter in was basically “WHY DID YOU LOT NOT MAKE ME READ THIS SOONER?!” and, uh, that did not decrease much in volume or intensity. I know why, but.

Anyway! So spoilers lie below the cut!

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Apr 21 2015

Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal, Episode 20

Welcome back to the live commentary delayed by a couple of days) of Sailor Moon Crystal. We’ve arrived at episode 20 and we’re in the final stretch now. There has been word of a renewal for another season which is exciting! I know I gripe about the show a lot, but I really do enjoy it.

Below the cut, as always, lie spoilers.

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Apr 20 2015

Signalboost: Terramagne Indexes

You may remember me talking about Elizabeth Barrette’s setting Terramagne of her Polychrome Heroics series of serial poetry a couple of weeks ago. If not, I added in a link, so you can check it out. For the past couple of months, I and DW user stardreamer have been working with Ysabet on reorganising the index page for the Polychrome Heroics pages to help people find the poems and characters they’re looking for and are interested in following.

Ysabet has recently unveiled the first two pages for the subthreads of Aquariana and Antimatter/Stalwart Stan and I’m super-happy to signalboost them. We worked hard on them and shiny pages are shiny!

On a related and more general note: There is a half-price sale on Polychrome Heroics poems from April 20th (today!) to April 26th, so if you’re into crowdfunding this is the time to get some really cool superhero poetry fiction for a really good price. Both threads discussed below have several unsold poems, and you’ll find that there are quite a few other threads to follow along too.

Under the cut lie descriptions of the subseries for which we’ve managed to finish the pages and a few questions I suspect newcomers to the series may appreciate seeing answered. I’ve taken the descriptions straight from the series page.

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Apr 20 2015

Two Serpents Rise Readalong Week 2

Banner by Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Welcome back to the Two Serpents Rise read-along! We’re in week 2 now, so if you haven’t read the book yet, below the cut lie spoilers. My apologies for being relatively late with this week’s post. It turned out to be a fairly busy Monday, but hey it is still Monday in most parts of the world, so that’s not too terrible, right?

1st Post Date: April 13th Book 1: chapter 1-Interlude: Fire, hosted by Dab of Darkness
2nd Post Date: April 20th Book 2: chapter 16-Interlude: Dreams, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
3rd Post Date: April 27th Book 3: chapter 29-Interlude: Tea, Hosted by Violin in a Void
4th Post Date: May 4th Book 4: chapter 36-Epilogue, hosted by Little Lion Lynnet’s

As you can see, this week’s questions are courtesy of Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. Let’s just dive straight in since I know I wasn’t the only one to respond to this book/section with “ZOMG!”

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Apr 18 2015

Longest classic you’ve read

A while ago — actually, a pretty long time in blogging and internet terms — Lynn from Lynn’s Books put up a classic book-themed meme. Since I was looking for questions to natter about at the time (you’re still more than welcome to ask them!), I decided to just nab the whole meme and work through the questions point by point. (Except for the time-specific ones like “What are you reading at the moment?” because scheduling that in advance is silly.)

So! Without further ado.

Longest classic you’ve read

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Apr 17 2015

The Faces of Depression

Please note! This post comes with a content warning for a discussion of depression in fiction, the different ways depression can show itself (or not), and references to suicide.

On a tangentially related note: This post was written for submission to a column anxiety weasels got too loud about. Mostly because I have no confidence in my ability to actually remember things accurately and what if I get it wrong?! So. You know. There’s that.

If anyone was wondering for any reason, why I haven’t commented on the Hugos… You know, apart from being the non-confrontational person I am in general, I was a little preoccupied attending a funeral and looking after myself. (If you’re worried: I am mostly doing okay by now, I think.) My thanks to all the moderate voices letting me keep somewhat up-to-date without being a ball of tears.

Lastly, my thanks to the lovely and wonderful people who looked it over for me and helped me get enough confidence to post it here.

And now, without further ado. A post below the cut!

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Apr 16 2015

Book Talk: Climbing the Date Palm

Book Talk: Climbing the Date PalmClimbing the Date Palm (Mangoverse #2) by Shira Glassman
Pages: 244
Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of the City of Red Clay, is bisexual and completely besotted with Farzin, the engineer his father hired to oversee the improvements to the city's roads and bridges. However, the king doesn't share his positive feelings. After Farzin ends up at the head of the protest that ensues when the workers are only paid a third of their promised wages, he's thrown in prison and is scheduled to be executed. Queen Shulamit, who rules over the neighboring nation of Perach, is eager to assist the desperate prince. She, too, loves justice and has a same-sex partner. She's also hoping Kaveh, with his royal blood, is willing to give her and her sweetheart a legitimate heir in exchange. But can she find a peaceful solution that will pacify the king next door, get his workers fairly paid, and free Farzin? Or will she and her dragon-riding bodyguard Rivka have to go to war?
Also in this series: The Second Mango, A Harvest of Ripe Figs
Also by this author: The Second Mango, A Harvest of Ripe Figs

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, I read The Second Mango and really enjoyed it. So much so that I wanted to read the next book in the series when I realised there was one. (While I was at it, I also picked up the third.) And then promptly didn’t get around to it until recently.

There will be no spoilers below the cut.

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