Month: November 2013

Guest Post: Author Interview with Cheryl Mahoney

Posted November 26, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 3 Comments

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Fellow-blogger and friend Cheryl Mahoney from Tales of the Marvellous also published a book this month and we thought it’d be a fun thing to swap interviews and introduce people to our books. So today we’re swapping interviews! I hope you’ll have as much fun reading them as we had answering each other’s questions.

Cheryl Mahoney can’t remember when she began her love affair with stories.  She never goes anywhere (including the grocery store) without a book and a pen.  Cheryl also writes a book review blog, Tales of the Marvelous, and is on Goodreads (MarvelousTales) and Twitter (@MarvelousTales).  She has been previously published in The Ignatian, and has completed NaNoWriMo twice.

Welcome, Cheryl!


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And now… For something different

Posted November 23, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Today, I thought I’d talk about something entirely different from books or games or movies or whatnot and discuss something vaguely personal. Actually, it’s quite personal, but it’s not that kind of personal. I’m confusing. I know.

Short version: This post is about hair and hair care adventures.

See? Personal, but not private-personal, the way we’d more commonly use the term. Anyway that’s neither here nor there. I wanted to talk about hair and hair care because… Well, because I can and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Interview at The Bibliophibian

Posted November 22, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Nikki from The Bibliophibian was kind enough to host an interview with me today.

Nikki is a dear and good friend, with a wonderful taste in books. (We were discussing that taste earlier today in another post, actually!) I always enjoy hearing what they have to say, whether about books or something else, and wish I were even half as smart, insightful and good with non-fiction words. <3

They also deserve a better introduction than I’m able to provide. (In my defence, I’m not good at introducing people on a good day and I think I might be coming down with something. 🙁 Not during Nano, body! Especially not when I’m horribly behind!) But, anyway, Nikki is lovely and their blog is well worth reading. And if you want to read the interview they did with me… You can read that here.

I hope you’ll enjoy it and Nikki’s other posts!

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The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience: Intro Post

Posted November 19, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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It’s here! It’s here! Well, not really. It won’t be here until December, but the announcement is up. I shall let Carl explain what The Sci-Fi Experience is all about first, though not before I note that this is not a challenge of any kind.

Seven years ago this excitement lead me to invite other readers to spend time together to:

a) Continue their love affair with science fiction
b) Return to science fiction after an absence, or
c) Experience for the first time just how exhilarating science fiction can be.

Thus The Sci-Fi Experience was born, and now it is time to do it again.

That’s copied straight from the announcement post, which I happily recommend reading as it is a beautiful post in its own right. The event will last from December 1st, 2013 through to January 31st, 2014. January coincides with Nymeth and Iris’ Long-Awaited Reads Month and Andrea’s Vintage Science Fiction Month, which I think is quite neat. None of them are challenges, but they’re all events all happening at once, so there’s plenty to do in January if you feel like it. I am excite.

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Bookish A-to-Z Survey: A Meme! Part 5: U-Z

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

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I thought it’d be fun to do a little bookish meme. But it got a bit long because I ramble sometimes, and so I decided to split it up to one part per week for the next couple of weeks. Credit for this meme goes to The Perpetual Page-Turner, though I’ve made some slight alterations to some of the questions to be phrased a tad more inclusively. (I haven’t outright changed any questions, although there was one where I was very tempted…)

All answers are current for the time that I worked on the meme. It is not, necessarily, current now. (i.e. By the time you read this, I hope to have finished my current read already.)

And here we have the last part of the A-to-Z survey! U-to-Z. Enjoy!

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NaNo and #Diversiverse

Posted November 10, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Not necessarily in that order. Next week is A More Diverse Universe week. The idea is to read one book of speculative fiction written by a person of colour and then reviewing it. I encourage you to read the post I linked because it is powerful and beautiful (and has many other links of interest). I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to finish a book on time (see my ramblings on NaNo below), but if I start on a book this week I can probably manage it and put up a post about it within the time period. It’s a much smaller event than previous years from the sound of it. I want to read The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino. I’ve read one of Kirino’s books before and bounced off it a bit, but this sounds to be very different and there were a lot of things I did like. I make no illusions that I might not finish or that, if I do finish, I might not manage to comment on it. But there we are: a clear goal in reading. I’m looking forward to seeing what other people are reading too. ^-^ Read More

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Bookish A-to-Z Survey: A Meme! Part 4: P-T

Posted November 10, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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I thought it’d be fun to do a little bookish meme. But it got a bit long because I ramble sometimes, and so I decided to split it up to one part per week for the next couple of weeks. Credit for this meme goes to The Perpetual Page-Turner, thought I’ve made some slight alterations to some of the questions to be phrased a tad more inclusively. (I haven’t outright changed any questions, although there was one where I was very tempted…)

All answers are current for the time that I worked on the A-to-Z survey meme. It is not, necessarily, current now. (i.e. By the time you read this, I hope to have finished my current read already.)

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What authors are on my autoread list, and why?

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

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I have very shamelessly stolen this question from SF Signal’s Mind Meld post asking the same thing. Because I am evil like that. And also because I am going to ramble too much for me to go “Gosh, I want to put this in the comments”.

We all have authors whose work, for whatever reason, inspire us more than the rest, whose books standout and can always be counted on to entertain, and even to comfort. These are the ones that we’ll instantly forgive a misstep or two (maybe even three), because we love them that much, and will buy, and read, anything that they write. So, we asked our panel…
Q: What authors are on your autoread list, and why?

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Bookish A-to-Z Survey: A Meme! Part 3: K-O

Posted November 3, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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I thought it’d be fun to do a little bookish meme. But it got a bit long because I ramble sometimes, and so I decided to split it up to one part per week for the next couple of weeks. Credit for this meme goes to The Perpetual Page-Turner, though I’ve made some slight alterations to some of the questions to be phrased a tad more inclusively. (I haven’t outright changed any questions, although there was one where I was very tempted…)

All answers are current for the time that I worked on the A-to-Z survey meme. It is not, necessarily, current now. (i.e. By the time you read this, I hope to have finished my current read already.)

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Book Release: Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Posted November 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 2 Comments

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Now Available

Cover for Feather by Feather and Other Stories by Lynn E. O'Connacht

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Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a varied collection of over 40 stories and poems. In these stories, demons struggle with their nature (and bake biscuits); a young girl faces a witch in search of the bobble hat that will save her Great-Aunt; a steam engine attempts the impossible; a student finds a book that may spell the death of her; catastrophe strikes Nightshadow and his people, testing their faith in the Stars; a mermaid learns that life above the sea offers far more than princes; ghosts howl their stories at passersby; an asexual teenager struggles with relationships and trust; and Phee… Well. Phee is Phee.

Lynn E. O’Connacht’s first collection is a kaleidoscope of tales, featuring folktale and fairytale retellings, superhero fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction and more. Sensitive, imaginative, heart-wrenching, gentle, witty, candid, and engrossing Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a powerful and enchanting selection. It also includes an explanation on how to write your own triple sestina, a self-interview and brief commentary on every piece published in the collection.

(The collection is roughly 96,500 words long, give or take how you count them. Scrivener, Word, and Smashwords all come up with different numbers.)

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