Nov 21 2014


Apparently, I am still utterly awful at this whole linkspamming thing. So, today, I’m offering you a grand total of 10 links. This is by no means the entire list, but I figured I’d spread them out a bit.

Links Round-up
Nov 21 2014

Book Talk: Vinny the Armadillo Makes a Friend


Cover for "Vinny the Armadillo Makes a Friend" by Maggie HogarthNovember, what with being a NaNoWriMo rebel has been pretty non-existent on the reading front, but I did read a few things. I crowed about catching up to M.C.A. Hogarth’s backlog at the beginning of the month, but, truthfully, that was a teeny, tiny, sort-of lie. Because M.C.A. Hogarth also published children’s books under the name of Maggie Hogarth and… Well, I hadn’t read all those books yet. (All one of them.) This month, because I had a sad, I finally allowed myself to a) get this book, b) read it. Because Hogarth’s work can be wonderfully soothing and I wanted a story that I could snuggle down with and that wouldn’t take forever to read like, um, pretty much everything else on my TBR pile.

So off to read Vinny the Armadillo Makes a Friend I was. I won’t give you a detailed plot summary since that’s pretty much inherent in the title. It’s a story about an armadillo named Vinny who wants to make a friend. A good friend, mind. Because sometimes, for some reason, people don’t make good friends. This is also your one and only warning that if you’re concerned about spoilers beyond the descriptive title you should turn back now and refrain from clicking through to the text below the cut.

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Nov 20 2014

A Talk Meme

Over on Dreamwidth (and probably LJ), there’s a talk meme going around for the month of December. The idea behind the original meme is that you write a post for every day of December discussing… Well, whatever people ask you about. (This is, of course, provided that you get enough topics to cover the entire month.)

I’m not going to be able to write a post every day in December, but I’d be happy to take topic suggestions all the same and I’ll get to them when I get to them. ^_^ (Unless, of course, you ask about something I don’t want to or can’t talk about.) Hopefully we’ll get some lovely conversations going! I’ve actually got a writing meme I got tagged for still lying about somewhere that I’ve been saving up for the new year or so as well, so that’ll probably show up in January/February too. But I’d love some more topics to discuss. ^_^

So… Anything in particular you’d like me to talk about? ^_^ I don’t bite, I promise.

Nov 19 2014

Interview over at Tales of the Marvelous

Last month, I interviewed friend and fellow writer/blogger Cheryl Mahoney about her newest book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters. This month Cheryl is interviewing me about my latest release, Tales of the Little Engine. You can read the interview here at Tales of the Marvelous. A little later today Cheryl will also have a review up about Tales. Once it’s live (in a few hours or so), it can be found here. (*bites nails*)

I hope you’ll enjoy both the interview and the review! And please do check out Cheryl’s own works if fairytale retellings are of interest to you. Hers are lovely. ^_^

Nov 19 2014

Book Talk: Rose Point & Laisrathera

Several months ago, I promised a friend to read Earthrise and the other books in the Her Instruments trilogy by M.C.A. Hogarth asap. Life and things happened and it got postponed. Just a tad. Just until late September and throughout October. I actually finished Rose Point and Laisrathera in two days flat, just to give you an idea of how engaging the books were. And because they’re really two halves with Earthrise a very long interlude and introduction and I read them both so close together, I’m throwing the two into a single book talk point. My brain. It can tell where one book ends and another begins, but it really isn’t happy to do so.

This post then will contain spoilers for the entire trilogy (sort of) since I’ll be going for the general-impressions no-order-whatsoever approach that means nothing is split up into neat sections. You have been warned. All spoilers lie below the shiny shiny cut.

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Nov 18 2014

Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal (episode 9 & 10)

Just to remind everyone reading alone who doesn’t know the plot twists and hasn’t seen this yet: SPOILERS GALORE. In fact, spoiler warnings are off once you click the cut, so please make sure that you’re caught up to episode 10. You will encounter spoilers. Lots of spoilers. ALL OF THE SPOILERS AND SOME OF THEM ARE FAIRLY BIG. Turns out I was wrong. There are surprising twists of spoilerificness still to be had.

I AM EXCITE. And I’m looking forward to redoing this whole thing again some time in future when I have a) the episodes to marathon them and watch them entirely at my leisure, b) have watched the episodes enough times that I’m a little more capable of objectivity and coherence. Still, for now. Episodes 9 and 10.

And, just so you all know, this twice-a-month thing is slowly starting to drive me batty. Just make it bi-weekly, please. Or, you know, I’d settle for a time machine so I could travel into the future and watch the rest now. But, alas, we have to wait. *flop*

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Nov 17 2014

Serial: A Promise Broken, 41

Wherein Eiryn is encouraged to make her own presents, Arèn remains a workaholic and Eiryn doesn’t know what to do because no one will tell her. She’s a mite grumpy.

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 41

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Nov 16 2014

UnNaNoWriMo Week 2

I feel like I should be writing some more today, but I’m actually pretty tired and I figured I’d try and write up the second week commentary a little early for all that I’m still scheduling it for the Sunday. I’m not sure what the weekend will bring in terms of writing yet. It should see me through into the 30K total and comfortably on track for the rest of the month.

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Nov 14 2014

Revision Notes: All Our Good Intentions/Made to Be Broken

It’s been a while since I touched my revision chronicling projects. Part of that is, simply, that I’ve been buried in other projects. The last time I touched Made to Be Broken was in 2013 and that draft never got finished. The last finished draft, then, is the one collected in Feather by Feather and Other Stories. You can read that version here (for free) if you’d like. The latest draft can be read here. It went up yesterday.

And then 2014 came about and I decided to semi-officially signup for NaNoWriMo. Unofficially since I had a novella draft that I really had to finish that was already partway done. Having finished that, I decided to focus on something else and try to take advantage of the NaNoWriMo sphere to see if I could if not finish at least speed along another project (or two). There was, however, a problem. I finished the novella much sooner than the previous ten months led me to believe I would and I hadn’t decided what to write yet.

So! While I asked friends and internet acquaintances to cast their vote on what they thought sounded the most interesting, I decided that, in the interrim, I’d return to Made to Be Broken at long last and see what happened this time. It’s been a while and, as you can see if you compare the latest draft to the previous one, been changed quite substantially.

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Nov 12 2014

Book Talk: The Court of Lightning

Also describable as “Tirellian needs a hug”. Because he really, really does. The Court of Lightning is Amy’s novel(la) for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group and, as such, is available for free right here. (Please note: books may contain erotica; this one certainly has some) And it’s very, very good.

A great blight has fallen upon the ancient Court of Water, turning its knights’ souls to ice and driving them to conquer the lands around them. As eternal winter creeps over the Seven Courts, only the Court of the Wind still stands free. From the summer headlands, their Shadowflight fly forth, crossing the ocean on wings of wood and magic to bring aid to the frozen lands beyond.

Foremost among their number is Tirellian, the last Paladin of the frozen Court of Lightning, forever exiled from the land of his birth. Tirellian’s most loyal friend is Arashan, the master artificer who invented the Shadowflight’s wings, who has secretly loved Tirellian for years. When a new crisis forces Arashan to accompany Tirellian on his next mission, they face danger, cold magic, and an icy world of secrets.

Disclaimer: The author is a good friend and (thus obviously) I know her, below the cut lie spoilers, etc. (If I’m being curt, I want to get to talking about this story. ^_^)

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