Month: January 2013

January Ramblings

Posted January 31, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

Well. It is now the end of January, which means it’s time to review my goals for January.

What you don’t know, because I’ve been nice and secret about it (again), is that I’ve already set my goals for February veeery early on in the month. I thought it might help encourage me to finish things. I’m not sure how well that’s working, but I’ve had to alter the reading list because I finished one of February’s books yesterday, so it seems to have a positive effect.

Anyway! I know I just linked the original post, but for completeness’ sake I’ll restate my January goals. (Now with properly spelling author’s names!)

For January I Want to Read:
– Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
– The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

For January I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

I have finished all of these. In fact, I read a ridiculous amount. I’ve read 24 items I’m calling “books” (even though some are ebooklets/short stories and some are magazines) and about 33 online items, mostly Yuletide fanfic. (I’m still not caught up!)

I wrote a grand total of 17,081 words and, although that number may yet go up later today I wouldn’t count on it. This last week has been filled with copious amounts of busy and I haven’t felt like starting on any writing. It’s not always relaxing and I was in dire need of relaxing things.

But I got there. I didn’t quite get to the three stories I wanted to have done, but considering the grief the other two were giving me I don’t mind. Two stories all polished up and ready to go is also good.

For February I Want to Read:
– Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
– Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
– Possession by A.S. Byatt

For February I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

So. There we are. Those are my goals fo February. We’ll see how it goes. XD I’ve also been trying to get back into talking about the books I’ve read, so there have been some brief burbles on GoodReads for some of the things I’ve been reading. They’re not long and I’m going on an “It’s okay to mention things I didn’t like, but mostly it needs to be positive” basis. These are both deliberate choices. Reviewing has eaten my entire life to the point of burn-out once. I don’t want that to happen again and I do want to share things I’ve enjoyed with others. So we’ll see where we go from here, really. ^-^

Hope everyone’s January was good and your February will be awesome!

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Awesome people are awesome

Posted January 7, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thanks to everyone who commented on my panicky plea for help post. You’re awesome and I am deeply grateful to you all for responding. I think it works fairly decently, but so far I’m still the only person to have seen the story. I may very well be biased. I may or may not end up trying to steer the reader to one specific interpretation. I hope not! I’m hoping that keeping it gender-neutral will make it easier for aces to identify with Jules’ asexuality instead of harder to relate to the story as a whole.

Have a (run-on) sentence from the latest draft!

I’m not sure if I’m still breathing because it doesn’t feel like I am and I have no idea what to say to her, but I won’t hang up (I can’t) and then I hear her voice and I rush to tell her not to hang up and that’s when I realise that I’m talking to her voice mail.

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Ideas, Plans, Things, Books!

Posted January 2, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

It is now January 2nd, 2013 here. I would have made this post yesterday, but alas I did not get to sleep in time to escape the fireworks, which meant I am still catching up on a sleep deficit. *le sigh* I need a life planner. Or something.

Anyway! Mustn’t grumble too much as it also means I’ve been bouncing around like, er, a bouncy ball tossed into a room with great bouncing-inducing surfaces at high speed so it has ridiculous amounts of momentum. No. No, that doesn’t quite work as a metaphor, does it? My ability to come up with shiny examples does rather plummet, yes.

2013 will see… a lot of things hopefully. I did not win the lottery as planned (which, selfishly, I consider extremely mean of the universe, but there you are), so I’ll be working on the same old same old things. One of those things is my TBR pile!

I’ve been trying to find ways to reduce it for a while now and have finally stumbled across some that work reasonably well. And by ‘reasonably well’ I mean ‘Slowly but actually gets the thing to go down’. Huzzah! This year, I’d like to fiddle around with the format a little and we’ll see how it goes, really.

In previous years, I’ve kept one pile of “I really want to get to these books” for the whole year. I’m still doing that, but I am terribly mean and not giving you the whole list. I try to keep the list around 50 books because I know my attention span will drift after all the new and shinier books.

So! This year, to spice things up a little, I am assigning myself 3 books per month. I read about 12 a month on average, so I should be perfectly all right with just 3. 2, possibly, if one of them is a chunkster. I may not manage it. It is a new thing, so it’ll be hard to find my way into a number and schedule that works. If I do well with 3 books, I may up it to 4 or 5 later on.

I also aim to talk about the books a little. Not full-blown reviews, but little thoughts and musings. Just to start talking about books again. You can be sure I’ll talk more readily about books I enjoy, though. I like positivity and fostering it too much. (That doesn’t mean I want a lack of critical thought or aught, mind! Problematic things are problematic and that should be acknowledged. I just want to try and slant it towards also being positive.)

Anyway! What does that mean for January? It means I am using Windows 7’s sticky notes (diiiiislike, but they work?) to remind myself every day of what I am supposed to be reading and doing. (I get to remove books after I finish them, of course!) So!

For January I Want to Read:
– Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
– The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Bridge of Birds by Barry Hugarth

For January I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

And those are my January goals (as relevant to my rambling here). I will probably revise the way I lay these out as I get more practice in writing them up and such, mind, so suggestions are more than welcome!

And for those who would like a status update: I’ve started Sword at Sunset at the end of 2012. I got a bit stuck 100 pages into it and then yesterday read through another 100. That puts me roughly halfway through the book. I am excited! (The sooner I finish it, the sooner I can reread The Hobbit and the sooner I can learn all sorts of things I never knew from the annotations!) It’s a slow book, Sword at Sunset, and it gave me some trouble settling into it, but I think I’ve found my stride now. ^-^

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