Month: March 2014

Once upon a Time…

Posted March 21, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

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Once upon a Time 8 BannerOnce again, it is time for the Once Upon A Time challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! As some of you may recall, December 2013-January 2014 was the first time I participated in the Sci-Fi Experience. (I’ve been participating in the OuaT challenge for a couple of years.) I spent a lot of my time during the Sci-fi Experience, especially the latter half, discussing games rather than books. As I mentioned then, most of my science fiction intake comes from games, which explains that. And I had a lot of fun talking about the way that scifi games (or the scifi themes in them) influenced me. So you can expect similar from this challenge, except… not science fiction.

The Once upon a Time challenge centres around four genres: fantasy, fairy tales, folktales and mythology. All three are high on my list of things I like experiencing. I like reading these genres, but I also like watching and playing them, so I’ll be discussing some of the non-bookish genre things that make up my culture intake as well. We’ll see how it goes.

The challenge, to explain for those new to it, has several levels of participation, called quests. (And it’s not really a challenge, but hey details.) I normally accomplish multiple quests purely because I, well, read a lot in these genres to begin with. So, this year, I’m aiming for quest the first. It’s the second-easiest of the reading goals in my experience, but they’re all a lot of fun.

Conversely, I find Quest the Third the most difficult purely because I’m not that big a fan of Shakespeare. And me with a degree in English literature, I know! But there you are.

Anyway. Before I get to the bit about what I’ll actually be doing, some more nitty-gritty, such as when does this challenge run. It runs from today! (March 21st) until June 21st. I’m a little late with getting all the preliminary posts up and written, but it’s been pretty busy at th dayjob and in my life in general. I don’t talk much about my life, so I suppose this is as good a place as any to tell you all that Greypuss has recently been diagnosed with feline diabetes. (Greypuss, you will not be surprised to learn, is my cat. One of them, anyway.) He is a love. At least he is when he’s not being a domineering, possessive grouch to anyone else not-me. Actually, he was diagnosed yesterday, so the start of my serial was a little unhappier than I would have liked. I suppose it fits, given what the story starts with. So. Yes.

Before I say anything more, I’d like to shout out a thank you to Carl for hosting the challenge again this year. I always have a lot of fun with Carl’s challenges (come join us; we have awesome stories to share) as it is, but this year… Well, I started off a little uncertain we’d have a OuaT this year and I’m not sure why. So waking up today to find out that yes we do indeed have a OuaT challenge season? Doubly awesome. I am in favour of awesome in general, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around the feline diabetes and the changes — and there will be lots of changes — we need to make, so… Having something as familiar and wonderful as OuaT will be good. And that is something Carl inadvertently did, but I thank him for that. And also for all the shiny stories and bookses I get to learn about because of the challenge and all the people I may (or may not) work up to talking to about those shiny stories.

THANK YOU, CARL!

Let the OuaT challenge (and a more detailed description of what I’ll be doing) commence!

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Little Lynn and the Broken Library, maybe

Posted March 17, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments

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

When I was little, I was a girly girl. I’ve had a phase where all I wore was pink. Sometimes my class had guessing games where you had to guess which classmate was being described. My phase of Love For All Things Pink lasted so long and was so strong that it took forever for “The Girl In Pink” to stop being synonymous with “Lynn” in that game. I loved dresses. I loved playing with hair. I still like pink well-enough. I still love dresses and skirts and hair I can actually do stuff with. I’m still a frilly girl. If I could get away with walking around in evening gowns all day, every day I would be all over that, especially if it involved people skilled at making others look pretty doing my hair and make-up. (I am, alas, hopeless. Also, I’m lazy and forgetful and really tired a lot.)

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Guest Post: Author Interview with Becca Lusher

Posted March 16, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 1 Comment

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Today, I’m welcoming one of my best friends, Becca Lusher, for an interview. Wherein we natter about Becca’s stories and engage in general silliness.

Becca Lusher hails from the wilds of the British Westcountry, where she runs around with her dogs, gets bossed about by cats and takes photos of views with rocks in them. She’s also been known to write occasionally to appease the rapacious appetite of her muse. Some of which she now self-publishes.
You can find Becca at WordPress.

Welcome, Becca!


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Serial Notes: The Linguistics Edition

Posted March 10, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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A Promise Broken: A young girl looking at a stormcloud.

Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to start a post, so let’s start with this sentence. Just to get the post started. I find linguistics an interesting and fascinating topic, so it’s little surprise (to me) that A Promise Broken has conlang elements to it. In fact, you’ll discover that it has lots of conlang elements to it everywhere and, because I am me (and contrary) I haven’t made a glossary available online. Part of it is that asking readers to figure it out for themselves will tell me which ones need additional explanations in-story. (I may not add them if I can’t get them to fit, but at least I’ll know about them.)

Anyway. One of the things that cropped up in writing the narrative was figuring out the best way to deal with non-binary gender. Currently, English only recognises the he/she binary. Eiryn’s society recognises (to an extent) that this is not the whole picture. Like most things, this isn’t a big deal, plot-important kind of thing. It just is. Some people in the story identify as non-binary and… that’s it. It’s not tied to plot, it’s not something that’d come up in conversation. The fastest and easiest way to acknowledge the gender these characters have is simply by having the narrative acknowledge their gender exists.

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Monthly Goals February/March 2014

Posted March 4, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 4 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.
A few days late because reasons called computer games coming out on the end of the month. (And thank you, game store, for always making me feel welcome.) Mostly because of that, anyhow.

I Want to Read:
– Margaret Dashwood’s Diary by Anna Elliott
– Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
– The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
– What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

I Want to Write:
3 scenes of the space ghosts
2 chapters of A Promise Broken

I didn’t manage to read The Raven Boys in February. I also didn’t managed my chapters of A Promise Broken. (If you’re worried I’ll be late on delivery early on, please don’t worry, I’ve got several months of material already scheduled. I have some breathing space.) I spent my month focusing on the space ghosts instead. I am so close to the ending now, which is why I shifted around this way. I’d really hoped to have this draft finished in February. But circumstances happened and I am oh so weak against computer games. (In my defence, I’ve been waiting years for a Thief remake. Which isn’t much of a defence, but there you go.)

I realised, rather belatedly, that February does not, in fact, have 30-odd days in the month. Oops. (Yes, this is an accurate example of how brilliant I am with numbers. I spent five minutes doing my “I can do maths!” victory dance earlier today. Even though I was actually doing calculus. It’s numbers and it’s difficult for me. IT TOTALLY COUNTS AS MATHS. *ahem* If you’re curious, I’ve been weighing Greypuss to make sure his weightloss has actually been so gradual it went undetected and not a dramatic drop that signals something’s wrong. His weight is holding nice and steady, though I think I’ll make it a weekly thing for the duration of March just to be sure.)

Anyway! I digress — although I am going to be squeeing about the numbers-thing for a while because it’s a big thing for me — and should move on. I don’t think a couple more days would have seen me finishing all the items on my list, but I do think that it helped me I overestimate my ability to get everything done when faced with a variety of stressful situations. (Also, my dayjob turned out to be much busier than I’d expected, which didn’t really help get anything else done.)

So I’ll just launch straight into this month’s goals and not be later than I already am with the whole thing.

I Want to Read:
– The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
– Cheryl Mahoney’s next book (I get to betaread/edit. Eeeee!!!)
– Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

I Want to Write:
finish the space ghosts draft at last (AT LAST! And then I can probably change the thing beyond recognition.)

And that’s it. I’ve given up on predicting what this year is going to be like, so I’m going to stick to my tried-and-true goals of last year. I managed to beat them most all months, so that bodes well for this year. We’ll see. So tired. It’s taken me all day to work on writing the monthly posts. *sigh* Clearly, I am hopeless this week too. And it’s my vacation. *sulk* But, hey, I dragged myself away from Thief when I was supposed to. That counts for something, right?
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