Author: Lynn E. O'Connacht

Livetweeting Sera Myu: Overture of Last Dracul

Posted June 18, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Chibiusa and Hotaru sitting in a pink boat while two human-sized ducks sit on the stage/water and one human-sized goose is posing.

It is time! After a good rest, I have collected last night’s livetweet into a new Storify!

This week I’ve livetweeted Overture of Last Dracul, or more accurately New/Transformation – The Path to Become the Super Warrior – Overture of Last Dracul and if that sounds like it’s a remake of a first stage musical you would be absolutely correct!

 

This musical is exactly like 1995’s Transformation – The Path to Become the Super Warrior except the Death Busters have been replaced by Death Nightmares, Tomoe… sort-of exists but is replaced by Berserk, Pharaoh 90 has been replaced with Death Vulcan, Mistress 9 does not exist, and oh there are vampires.

Yes, really.

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Interview at Huntress of Diverse Books!

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Today Huntress of Diverse Book has posted an interview with one of my characters! Sinead is interviewing the protatonist of Sea Foam and Silence and in keeping with the fact that Sea Foam is a verse novel, we’ve done the whole interview in verse. Come check it out! Learn a little more about our little mermaid as she talks about discovering life on land, fails to understand puppies, and talks about what she loves to do.

And, while you’re there, why not check out the rest of Sinead’s blog too! <3

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Livetweeting Sera Myu The Legend of Kaguya Island (Revision)

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi Tsukino (Fumina Hara) looking determined as she sings. CC reads "It's time for battle"

With another Saturday gone, it’s time for another Sera Myu livetweet link and a brief recap! Actually on time this time. Huzzah! You can read the Storify here!

The revised version of this musical was pretty similar to the original one we watched last week, with the most significant change being an additional scene set in Crystal Tokyo to explain why Chibiusa ran away to the past. The second-most significant change is the addition of a strange illness that affects everyone but Usagi (and had virtually no bearing on the plot otherwise but does give us Setsuna sharing historical tidbits and how have I gone through so much of my life not considering what a kick-ass history teacher the guardian of time would make).

Also we trade the adorable Haruka plus kitten scene for an adorable Haruka plus Michiru scene, which was awesome. And then Haruka was, well, Haruka and decided that killing the enemy was the only option and oh just imagine how much more heartbreaking that scene would’ve been if she’d previously bonded with one of them.

And, somehow, the musical managed to make the kittens even cuter. Like how! O_O

I was worried when I started this musical that it was going to follow the same pattern as the revisions of the other musicals that I’d loved the original version of. Because there was a pattern of it keeping pretty much everything I didn’t like and tossing out everything I’d loved. But this musical didn’t do that! Well, okay, it did a little of that, but mostly what it did was add things that I enjoyed (also, I still think the Crystal Tokyo scene was absolutely worth it just for Endymion’s reaction to his 900-year-old daughter possibly writing love letters).

Did I like it as much as the original? Honestly? No, I don’t think so, but in this case, it’s just because of the order I watched them in. I really enjoyed this musical too.

Next week, we’re shaking things up a bit again because this was Fumina Moon’s last Myu musical and next week we’re getting a new Sailor Moon actress! I’m going to be sticking with the Japanese stage count rather than the Western fan stage count, though. But, yeah, small heads-up there.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu The Legend of Kaguya Island

Posted June 10, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu The Legend of Kaguya Island: All Senshi, Mamoru and three kittens.

It is a whole week late, but finally finally here is a link to the Storify of last week’s livetweet of The Legend of Kaguya Island. As always, many thanks to SeaofSerenity.net for their fansubbing work and making these musicals accessible to those of us who don’t speak Japanese.

This is the second musical of the Second Stage after Anza Ooyama and most of the original cast left and the first wholly original story for the musicals. in this musical, the inners and the outers (and Mamoru) all win an all-expenses-paid trip to a newly developed resort island. Or do they? Dun dun DUUUUUN.

Okay, no. It’s Sailor Moon, of course things are about to go horribly wrong. You see, millennia ago, a comet was hurling towards Earth to make Earth its new home because it had aspirations of becoming a planet.

Earth was not happy and asked Princess Moon (also known as Princess Serenity) for help. Princess Serenity, being Serenity, was obviously having none of that Earth-destroying potential and changed Earth’s orbit so the comet wouldn’t hit it. At the price of, uh, you know. Kind of… destroying all of mankind as it existed at the time?

But hey the Earth was saved and lived peacefully for thousands of years until! Until! The comet returned and the past has come back to haunt the senshi. Again. Will the Earth be destroyed another time? Can Sailor Moon save the day for present-day mankind where Princess Serenity could not?

Well, duh. Eponymous heroine and all that. But oh the ride to get there. I’ve enjoyed the previous musicals, partially for their enthusiasm and sheer vivacity. They’re just plain fun to watch even if, as an adult, the plot holes are often glaring and detracting.

This musical, though. This shows you what Myu can do when it tries to tell a coherent story that has to rely largely on the musical to make sense. True, we don’t get as much sense of what the senshi are like and we rely heavily on knowledge of the manga and/or the anime to characterise their relationships, but given that what we get in return is a really fun story that stands on its own pretty well, I’m not complaining.

It’s even got two sets of antagonists without it feeling like either one of them was really short-changed in the narrative department. Even the senshi don’t feel like that if you’ve got a grounding in who they are.

This musical was just plain fun to watch and, so far, it’s easily my favourite of the old Myus. It’s energetic, it’s plot-filled, it’s fresh, it’s cheerful, it’s cute and adorable. It’s everything I’ve wanted in a Myu musical and then some. (Seriously, they had, like, 17 people who needed stage time to get their narratives across. THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE FOR A 2 HOUR MUSICAL. Heck, it’s not even all of them.)

Tonight, I’ll be watching the kaiteiban/revision version and I’m a little scared. So far, I’ve had mixed reactions to the revisions, but it’s fair to say that if I’ve loved the original musical the revision’s pretty much changed everything I loved about it in the first place. (I’m looking at you, Eien Densetsu kaiteiban!) So… Knock on wood that that doesn’t happen this evening because, wow, I would be upset.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY LIKED THIS MUSICAL. AND I’M REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPING THE REVISION MAKES ME LOVE IT MORE.

But this musical? Yeah, I really liked it. It was a lot of fun. Also, IT HAD KITTENS. I brightened up the screenshot a little, so you can see Haruka hugging a kitten-child better. IT WAS THE CUTEST. (Seriously, you should all watch this musical just for this scene of adorbs.)

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First Patreon Goal Reached! Thank you so much!

Posted June 8, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Patreon Goal Reached! Thank you, everyone!

OMG! Thank you all so so much! <3 It was just a $5 goal, but I am just… blown away. <3

Goal 1: A freebie flash fiction piece or a piece of poetry for everyone, every month!

I’ve already scheduled the new freebie for this month! It’ll be a shortish poem set in the middle of Sea Foam and Silence and it’ll go up on the 15th!

It’s called This Roar of Tiny Voices and focuses on our mermaid discovering birds. You don’t need to have read Sea Foam and Silence to follow along with the poem. It’s just a little extra piece that I’ve written for everyone who wanted to see a little more of the mermaid’s explorations on land!

Here’s the first verse as a sneak peek!

The first time I hear birdsong…
The first time after the Witch gave me legs. ^_^
That first time, it is a soft thing.

I’ll undoubtedly see if I can make it two freebie pieces, with one of them being something entirely new and stand-alone as a way to say ‘thank you’ too. <3

Next Goal: Lynn Talks Linguistics

We’re also already over half way towards the next goal! Wherein I start answering questions about grammar and linguistics.

Once a month, I’ll open up a question post where you can ask me about English grammar or linguistics and I’ll do my best to answer them! (Bear in mind that my speciality is teaching modern English grammar.) I’ll pick out questions I can answer and then you’ll all get to vote on which one you want me to answer!

And just…

Thank you! Thank you so much!

I strive to keep making fantastic content for you all to enjoy! <3

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May 2017 Round Up

Posted June 2, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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This month, in the interest of trying out some new things, I thought I’d forego the regular culture consumption post and try a different kind of round-up, focusing on the posts that I’ve made this month. I will admit to also doing this because, in all honesty, the posts take a fair bit of time to do even when I manage to stay on top of them and I’m not sure how much value they have for people in their existing format.

The links round-up is largely automated, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger plug-in’s awesome wrap-up feature, so it consumes far less time to manage when my approach is to use that to showcase links from the most important categories. Plus! Unlike the current “What did I post this month” structure that lumps everything together, this gives me a good overview of what I’m talking about in a month and that, in turn, will hopefully allow me to create more content because I can use the information to look at what people want more or less of.

I’m also including Patreon-only posts. These are the only set of links that aren’t automated. May is a slightly terrible month to start listing Patreon posts in because I’ve made a ton of scheduled posts to collect older material in one place. This way, people who explore my Patreon can find a lot of my content in one convenient location (right where they are!) and get a good sense of what I do without having to visit half a dozen sites to do so.

For now, there are no graphics because I want to try out the structure and see whether I like it/whether anything needs changing first. So. If there’s anything you particularly want to see (or to see disappear) or aught, please let me know! And yes you can totally request I include my thoughts on media I’ve consumed that month. Unless people overwhelmingly ask me to, it won’t come back the way that it was, but if people find it useful I’m more than happy to try and find a way to make it work better for me too.

Goals

News

Patreon-Exclusive

This is not a collection of all the posts that went up on Patreon. This is just a list of the posts that went up on Patreon only. Most of these posts are personal life updates, fiction or fiction-related. Reviews and livetweets will find their way onto this blog eventually if they haven’t already appeared.

May saw a lot of public posts as I decided to move both the Teaser Verses of Rapunzel, Rapunzel and the sampler for Feather by Feather and Other Stories to Patreon. To clarify, I will not be collecting the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon reaction posts that went up on Patreon this month. If you want to check them out, you can also find them on this blog!

Culture Consumption

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News: Huge Ebook Sale

Posted June 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Ebook Sale: $0.99 ebooks at all retailers from June 1st to June 30th. Titles on sale are: A Promise Broken, Courage Is the Price, and Sea Foam and Silence.

In honour of Pride Month, I’ve discounted all of my books that contain major queer representation to $0.99 or its equivalent in other currencies. So if you were hoping to snap up some of my books cheaply… June’s your chance!

These three books are the ones that contain major queer representation in the bulk of its contents. As determined by me and by which I mean the queer rep is on-page and pretty explicit for a large chunk of the story.

All of these books have (mostly) happy endings for the protagonists. Which I suppose is a spoiler, sorry about that, but I thought this was something worth mentioning, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re picking up a tragic queer narrative or not. You’re not. No queer characters get tragic endings. No queers die. Acespec representation is #ownvoices, not so much any of the others. Sea Foam and Silence is the only romance in the bunch.

A Promise Broken: On sale for $0.99 from June 1st to June 30th at all retailers

A Promise Broken

It’s a rainy day when four-year-old Eiryn has to say goodbye to her mother. Scared, confused and unwilling to do so, Eiryn tries to summon water to stop the funeral from happening and her life falls apart. Her uncle is always sad and busy; she keeps hearing her mother’s voice asking her to follow; her best friend keeps getting into fights; and some of her classmates hate her for existing.

Arèn never wanted children, but he’s desperate to protect his niece from his people’s extreme caution regarding magic and other races. Kerisaoina children aren’t capable of using it and his niece is no exception. Despite being only half-kerisaoina, Eiryn is already starting to show that she’ll be one of her generation’s most talented magic-singers and those who don’t approve of her existence are trying to take advantage of a young girl’s grief.

Eiryn is determined to make her uncle happy, but it’s hard to make other people happy when you have to struggle through the day yourself. She’ll find a way, though. She’s promised. And even if her mother won’t keep her word Eiryn will keep hers.

She’ll make everything right again.
You’ll see.

Queer Rep: Aroace transgender deuteragonist and several nonbinary secondary characters.

TW: Grief, depression, suicide ideation, fantasy racism, bullying.

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Courage Is the Price: On sale for $0.99 from June 1st to June 30th at all retailers

Courage Is the Price

Seventeen-year-old Rue doesn’t need anyone other than Ghost, her not-so-imaginary best friend. They’ve been inseparable for as long as Rue can remember and she shares everything with Ghost.

The day before Rue returns home from school for the long holiday, Ghost disappears. Ever-fretful Rue tries to tell herself it’s fine, but she knows something is horribly, terribly wrong. She’ll have to overcome her anxiety find her courage and push her boundaries further than she ever thought possible in order to save her best friend, and perhaps make some new ones as Rue finds herself drawn into the fringes of a secret battle for human survival.

Soft science fiction meets fantasy in this exciting novella-length adventure of daring and friendship.

Queer Rep: Lesbian protagonist, transgender deuteragonist.

TW: Detailed description of anxiety attacks, mention of transphobia, parental neglect

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Sea Foam and Silence: On sale for $0.99 from June 1st to June 30th at all retailers

Sea Foam and Silence

She warned of the pain. She did.
But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

How could any of us have known
what it is like on the dry sand?
We just watched.

It’s hard, not being able to ask
questions, though I have learned some speech
with my hands. ˆ_ˆ

I miss my sisters. I love my prince.

I have made friends here. I have laughed with them,
learned with them, played with them.
I love them.

She said I would die if he loves someone else.
Will I die? At the beginning I wanted to. It hurts
so much. Life isn’t easy, will never be easy, but…
I don’t want to become sea foam.

Queer Rep: Demiro protagonist, aroace secondary character, lesbian secondary character, polyam HEA

TW: Some discussions of aphobic behaviour and pressure on queer characters to conform to heterosexual marriages.

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And now that I’ve shared all that, I think I’ll go back to being utterly terrified of timely promo-posts and hide. But, um, hi. I wrote things that may be of interest to you during this month. ^_^ If they are and you decide to read them, thank you so so much and I hope you’ll enjoy them! <3

*flees and hides*

 

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Upcoming Plans June 2017

Posted June 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals

I Want to Read:

  • All the Hugo novellas
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I Want to Write:

  • That essay in full! With research and editing and everything proper!
  • At least 30,000 words of editing/rekeying on DemiPrincess1

And… yep. That’s… pretty much it. Also I would like to win the lottery, please, universe. My chances of making these goals are a lot better than winning the lottery, though, but there we are. I make no predictions. For all I know it’s still unreasonably hot throughout June and I’ll get nothing much done because I’m too busy not-melting into a puddle from the heat. Gah.

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Goal Review May 2017

Posted May 31, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's GoalI Want to Read:

  • Masquerade by Laura Lam
  • Asexualities edited by Megan Milks & Karli June Cerankowski
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

I Want to Write:

  • The rest of DemiPrincess1
  • The rest of Ribbon Dancer

I have… actually not failed miserably at these goals. I’ve read both Masquerade and Asexualities and I’ve finished the first draft of DemiPrincess1 AT LONG LAST. I’ll, um, spare you the all-caps, but please imagine this all in all-caps. I took a little time to just let the manuscript rest (and get a bit of betareading feedback on it) and distract myself with other things. Such as nonfiction. But I’ve also already started to rework what I’ve got and… When it’s not busy being unbearably hot, I’m really excited.

I really, really like this story (which is good because it’s so very much something that I wrote just for me that I want to share with you all when it’s done) and… I’m kind of in the middle of this… thing. Where I want to do too many things and, therefore, struggle to do any of them.

For example: Ribbon Dancer is on hold (though to be fair this is partially because I’m trying to resign myself to the fact that this will likely be a novelette and not a short story, despite my best efforts). But I also started on a nonfiction essay that is kind of, sort of time sensitive. And I still need to do a bunch of research to properly support the arguments with Proper Academic Sources. And I’m still grumbly over the whole way in which some of the essays in Asexualities felt… erasive and invalidating even though, on the whole, it fills me with squee and bounce because WE EXIST (take that, “The terms are not used often enough to be included” Merriam-Webster!) and also most of the essays are totally awesome and if you enjoy academic essays and like learning about asexualities, I would definitely recommend most of the ones I’ve read.

So… yeah. Mixed month in terms of goals technically, but honestly my reaction is just to squee and bounce and be happy because I did several things that I’m really, really happy about and proud of!

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Book Talk: Masquerade

Posted May 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: MasqueradeMasquerade by Laura Lam
Series: Micah Grey #3
Pages: 400

The gifted hide their talents, but dare they step into the light?

Micah's Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, especially when a close friend is revealed to be his spy?

Meanwhile, violent unrest is sweeping the country, as anti-royalist factions fight to be heard. Then three chimaera are attacked, after revealing their existence with the monarchy's blessing - and the struggle becomes personal. A small sect decimated the chimaera in ancient times and nearly destroyed the world. Now they've re-emerged to spread terror once more. Micah will discover a royal secret, which draws him into the heart of the conflict. And he and his friends must risk everything to finally bring peace to their land.

Also in this series: Pantomime, Shadowplay
Also by this author: Pantomime, Shadowplay

Masquerade is the third and final book in Laura Lam’s Micah Grey series. It picks up pretty much straight where book 2 left off, so I don’t recommend reading it as a stand-alone piece. The books are well-worth it, though, so if you haven’t read them before…

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