Month: July 2013

On listening and why it is hard for me

Posted July 26, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

I like starting posts with ‘once upon a time’. I’m not sure why and this post isn’t about speculating as to the possible reasons. (Though, if you want a hint, distancing and the way it instantly turns autobiographical notes into a story — and we all know I can’t write nonfiction well, if only because I keep on telling you — are pretty high on my list of potential influences. Anyway, that’s not what this post is about, so let’s not dwell on it too much. Suffice to say I am deviating from the pattern because it seemed like a fun thing to do to get the ramble rolling.)

What this post is about is listening and why it’s hard for me (note that: this is not a universal thing. The below is very personal and applies to me only). On DreamWidth, lizcommotion was talking about listening and boundaries. There are a lot of things I could say in response to that post and there’s a lot packed into those statements that, in nonfiction (and probably even in fiction) I’m not sure how to unpack and show everyone.

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Game Talk: Remember Me

Posted July 24, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Games, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Remember Me

One of the things that I don’t talk about a lot on my blog is gaming. Part of that is seeing some of the vitriol female gamers have to deal with and part of it is that I just don’t feel very qualified to say much about games. If the term ‘casual gamer’ didn’t carry a lot of connotations of games I don’t play, that would probably be the term I’d use to describe myself. Ah well. Remember Me is a game I really wanted to talk about, partially because it’s got some elements that I’d like to see more of.

I preordered Remember Me on the strength of the synopsis and presence of a female protagonist. One of the reasons Remember Me made a fairly big splash before its release is because the creators were adamant about Nilin’s gender. (You can read an interview about the decision here, if you’re curious.) That caught my interest. I was less than enthused when I went to pick up my preorder because the (male) shop clerk was talking to another (male and, like me, a regular) customer about how bad the game was. I didn’t pick up my preorder that day. I didn’t want to deal with potentially having that discussion. Maybe I should have, but that’s not what this post is about.

At this point, I still knew nothing more than what I’ve already mentioned. And that, apparently, critics thought it was a bad game. Determined to make up my own mind, I installed Remember Me and set out to play it. I wasn’t sold immediately. Nay, even having finished my first playthrough I’m not sold on it. It’s got some massive problems.

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Books that scared me when I was a child

Posted July 20, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

GalleyCat posted a brief article about the books that scared us as children a little while ago. (You can read it here) and I thought, hey, why not? It could be an interesting topic to talk about.

Unfortunately, my memory of my childhood reading is incredibly spotty and I avoided horror books as much as I possibly could. I was a scaredy-cat. Still am, comes to that. So you’d think that I wouldn’t have a whole lot of interesting answers to give to the question of what books scared me as a child.

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Anxiety, taking care of myself and writing

Posted July 17, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

Anxiety. Where do I start talking about anxiety? I suppose, in this case, I should start by talking about the anxiety that started all this. Or, rather, I should start by mentioning the reason my anxiety started all this, which sounds terribly dramatic and really, really isn’t. It’s just that a little while ago Rhian, a good friend and fellow writer, wrote a post about the rules of writing and what makes people a writer. Rhian’s post uses a set of rules that a lot more sensible, flexible and inclusive than the ones I normally see touted about. (Which, honestly, are often ablist.) Anyway, one of Rhian’s points is that taking care of yourself and safeguarding yourself is important. I wanted to elaborate on how that point manifests itself in my own life. It’s nothing that Rhian hasn’t already said, I think, except longer and more me-personal.

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The Last Unicorn Read-along: Wrap-up

Posted July 16, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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It’s time for the round-up of the The Last Unicorn Read-Along! It’s been a little longer in coming than I’d anticipated and I deeply apologise for that. Life has a way of, well, getting in the way. But the round-up is here now! We didn’t have a large amount of participation, I’m afraid to say, but I hope everyone who did participate had fun! (And thank you for joining me once again!)

I’ll be linking the posts in groups per week like so [Name: Post Title], though I’ll be shortening my own titles and titles that don’t immediate make it clear what the post is about. You also get a bonus post linking to Stainless Steel Droppings because Carl is an amazing short story reviewer and both his post and the discussions in the comments are, while not a part of the read-along, still of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the available stories set in The Last Unicorn‘s storyverse. ^_^

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Blogging History and Present

Posted July 15, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

A few days ago, Cheryl from Tales of the Marvellous blogging about her blogging history. It’s an interesting topic and, like was pointed out in the comments, not something we always know about bloggers. It’s something that I certainly haven’t really talked about before, even though I know I’ve alluded to it in past posts. I figured it was worth talking about. Or, at least, elaborating on a little and seeing where I wound up. ^-^ I hope it’ll be interesting to others as well!

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TLU Read-along: Week 3 Part 2

Posted July 6, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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And today we find the last post of the read-along before the grand wrap-up post a few days into the future. I’ll be collecting links to compile into a round-up post, so please do be sure to drop me links to any of your thoughts by Sunday!

Today we also talk about three different pieces: Two Hearts, The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and the graphic novel adaptation. I’m talking about them in that order and I’m tackling their structure slightly differently from the other posts. There are no discussion questions available for these pieces. Instead, I’ve discussed Two Hearts and the graphic novel in brief mini-essay-like formats and I’m quoting liberally from The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and commenting on the story (and its relation to the others) as I go along. It seemed like a good idea at the time, so let me know what you think!

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TLU Read-along: Week 3 Part 1

Posted July 5, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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Welcome to the third week of the read-along! This week we’re talking about the movie adaptation, the novelette Two Hearts, the short story The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon, and touch briefly upon the graphic novel adaptation of The Last Unicorn just to round things off. This part discusses only the movie. It’s the last part of the read-along to feature discussion questions too.

The movie, while I love it, also casts a bit of darkness on my love of The Last Unicorn. It’s not the movie itself, but the legal dispute that has since been resolved. I’m afraid I didn’t really keep up with it at the time and I don’t have that much information to give you. I understand it was messy and stressful and it makes me sad.

But, yes. That casts a bit of shadow on my enjoyment of the movie nowadays, even knowing it’s been resolved. And to understand my love for this movie… I need to tell you a little about myself. I must have been around four or five when I first saw the movie. We taped it and we only caught part of the opening sequence. I rotated it regularly with my taped versions of Labyrinth and The Lord of the Rings (this one, which coincidentally Beagle also wrote the screenplay for and which, well read here. T_T) every morning.

So I know this movie very well. I was heart-broken when we lost our copy and grateful when I managed to replace it with a new one. (A dvd this time, though.) Even now, years and years later, the movie managed to surprise and delight me. I should know it inside and out – I do know it inside and out, certainly when I’m watching it – but it still catches me by surprise. I love the story so much and it’s a delight to be able to work out some of my thoughts. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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June/July 2013 Goals

Posted July 2, 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.

First up! Let’s look at my June goals.

I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
– The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction

I managed to read two of the books I’d set out to read: Moving Pictures and The Last Unicorn. I did manage to read a handful of online material, but June has definitely been the worst reading month I’ve had all year. I read three books and… that’s it. I managed to talk about two of them, though! The less said about my experience with Moving Pictures the better. I was hoping to like that one a lot more than I actually did.

Wriing-wise, though, June has been amazing. I (re)wrote almost 52,000 words. O_O To be fair, a little under 10,000 of them were non-fiction, but since they were hard to write I felt that they deserved to count. Since July puts me past the half-year mark, I wanted to give an update on my inkingitout goal as well. The short version: ZOMG! I MADE IT YESTERDAY! I’ve gone from, like, 50K for the entire year in 2012 to 150K in half that time this year! OMG! WHAT IS THIS? I DON’T EVEN.

Again, to be fair, a good chunk of that total counts rewriting. It’s not 150K of absolutely new material. But! Honestly? I should have that at the end of the year all the same.

For July, my goals are fairly ambitious compared to the previous months.

I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

I Want to Write:
31000 words of fiction

See? Ambitious. The reading isn’t all that ambitious, but I’ve signed up for Camp Nano this year and that’s my goal. If things keep up the way they did yesterday I will blast past that number because, um, I kind of… You know, got half of my total for the month written already? Stories that actively encourage banter as part of their structure are fantastic for your wordcounting needs is all I can say about that. I probably won’t be giving you daily updates and, in all honesty, I highly doubt I’ll be able to sustain yesterday’s rate. I’ve reached the part of the story where I hit snags. Plus, I’m working on two pieces. A new one (*cough* Finishing my MA thesis from two years ago *cough*) and one that needs to be completely rekeyed.

I hope I’ll get a chance to stay on top of some of my online reading as well. I’ve fallen thoroughly behind again. I’ve marked most of July as off-limits and as me-time because I feel like I do, truly, need to be a bit more assertive about my time needs.

I hope everyone’s set to have a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing how far along Camp Nano will take me — it’d be great if I could get a rough draft all tied up before September — and getting my reading groove back. I also plan to try and work up to posting a little more often. I’ve been mulling over a post on my experiences as a woman, inspired by one of Genevieve Valentine’s posts, but I keep getting sidetracked by a detour about what the media tells women. (Specifically, what the media tells women who naturally look like the media tells us we should look and whether there are differences with what it tells women who don’t look like the media tells us we should.) I have no answers. I just have questions and phrasing that bothers me. I will let you guess at why the phrasing bothers me and invite you all to throw links my way if you have them. It’s not something I’ve seen crop up in any of the discussions I’ve read and I Fail at googling.

So that’s percolating and it’s scaring me a little and a post on that is also percolating because it’s not exactly like me. I want to try and talk about games a little more. (I have Thoughts on Remember Me, though I should probably get back to it.) I’m working hard to get my collection finished. Two or three more stories and then it’s up to the cover artist. Or the other way around depending on how much work the stories need. I’ve left them because they need the most work, you see.

Busy summer ahead is busy! That’s all not counting the bajillion daily life things I need to be focusing on and am trying to take a break from on doctor’s orders. That’ll pick up again in August at the latest. Murgh. Hopefully I can get loads of this sorted, though, so there’s slightly less looming when it all comes back.

For now! Camp Nano for me! Also setting up a set of templates for posts so I can start writing them a little more easily than I have been. >> So! For those times when I want to talk about books and games in detail etc: what information do you want me to include?

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