Month: April 2014

#Readathon Post

Posted April 26, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


This year, or at least this April edition of the Readathon, I am going rogue almost all the way. No sign-up, nothing official, not even a stack, but a whole lot of fun all the same. But, as is tradition, have the introduction meme just because I can and it’s fun. ^_^ This is how I started ‘thonning years ago, so it’ll be lovely to revisit it.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

As always, Europe. Specifically, my bedroom for my pillows are nice and comfy and my blanket is soothing.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

As per my rogue intentions, I have no stack! I am looking forward to finishing The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox, however, which I’ll be nattering about with Memory at some point in the future. We’re in for such an awesome time. <3

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’d say “What snacks?” but I did just go out to run some errands and came home with ALL THE CAKE. By which I mean ‘chocolate cake’ and ‘lemon cake’ oh nom. But in truth I’ll probably forget food until dinner and not snack at all.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love going rogue for the ‘thon, but I tend not to do it. Readathons, especially of this scale, take a lot of organisation to run smoothly. Um. I write, so as a shameless plug, if you’re looking for some short fantasy reads, I have several free pieces available for your perusal. The longest is a collection of about 30,000 words.

That wasn’t so bad as I thought it would be. Yeah, this self-promotion thing? Really bad at it. So there’s more things about me. ^_^ I also like cats and books (er, obviously) and I will be perfectly content to nom all the lemon cake.

I am also still not over my obsession with ‘Let It Go’. I WILL learn how to sing that properly, dammit.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’m going rogue! Muahahahahahahahaha!

Oh. Yeah. One last thing about me? I’m very silly very frequently and I’m worse when I’m excited. EXPECT SILLY. And excitement. But mostly silly.

And now… Now I shall go and read books. ALL THE BOOKS. SHINY BOOKS. Updates will happen periodically on this post unless, for some reason, I decide to split it up. Assuming that updates happen in the first place.


ETA: And we are in hour… 5, I think, of the readathon. Yeah, I wasn’t kidding about the sporadic updates, no. So! Here’s an update. My stats say I’ve been reading for about 5 hours, which isn’t too shabby. Even though a good 2 of them were before the ‘thon proper started. (Hey, you’re going to start the event smack in the middle of my day, I’m going to make it a two-day event whenever I can. WHY WOULD I NOT CARVE OUT TWO WHOLE DAYS TO READ SHINY BOOKS? Also, I know myself. I can’t be up 24 hours straight, so I’ll be asleep during part of the ‘thon.)

Anyway. Officially I have finished two books. The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox and Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint. I have several more de Lints. I’m tempted to make it a de Lint day. Right now, though, I need a reading break. (Actually, I need a ‘thon break. It’s time for dinner and I need to top up my energy levels. I know it’s only five hours in, but I started three to four hours earlier too. (Also, I just have energy level issues, period. See my inability to stay up all night.)

So there we are. I shall have dinner, a break and then probably read some short pieces and try to slow my reading down somewhat while I’m at it.


Monthly Goals March/April 2014

Posted April 1, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments


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

And then March had ended! :O Yep. That’s pretty much it for intro text right now.

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.)

I did ALL OF THE ABOVE. :O Well, all right. I didn’t finish The Raven Boys, but apart from that I read all the bookses on my list and a couple more! :O

Also, have I mentioned that I’ve finally finished the space ghost story yet? Because I finished it. I plan to be looking at it again some time in May, really, so I’ll have April to write on A Promise Broken.

New month intro.

I Want to Read:
– The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
– Winds of Change edited by Elizabeth Fitzgerald
– The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint

I Want to Write:
– as many chapters of A Promise Broken as I can manage with a minimum of about 6. (That’s roughly 18,000 words.)

I have a feeling I’m going to drop the ball on the writing front, partially because I have another new ornery short story rambling about. It features more peeweww. It is also mostly unrelated to the two stories collected in Feather by Feather so it’ll prove a very interesting experience as the story is set quite a bit in the past before the peeweww diaspora that the previous stories are dealing with (or starting to deal).

We’ll see how it goes. I am not making predictions for April until I’m at least a week into it. My March ended on that kind of note. Also I’m prepping this post while I’m very tired and just about up to forming sentences. I probably shouldn’t do that.