Month: December 2014

Reading/Watching/Gaming/Etc December 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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Monthly Round-up. The text 'monthly round-up' beneath a wrapped package. What I've been up to the past month.

Final installment of the monthly “What has Lynn been up to?” post of the year 2014! :O I’ll see you again next year! For now, let’s just poke at what December has brought in terms of posting.

What I've Posted

What I've Read

Donegal Folk Tales by Joe Brennan: Alas, this book was brought low by the formatting and I not agreeing in the least. They’re about what you’d expect from the title, but I didn’t get on with the formatting. (I’m sorry. I’m a comma snob. I have flexibility when I’m reading for pleasure, but I’m still a comma snob.) I feel bad for the stories because I really did enjoy them. There were a couple of variants I’m pretty sure I hadn’t managed to encounter too. ^_^

Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson: My thoughts to come in January. Sneak peek: This novella made it onto my ‘best of 2014’ list. Despite being a genre I ordinarily never read. (I’m a speculative fiction girl. It takes a lot to get me to like contemporary realistic fiction enough to finish it.) But this was adorable and gorgeous.

Kaleidoscope by various authors: It is a sad, sad thing when you’re reading an athology dedicated to showing diversity in YA and you spend every single story pleasantly surprised by the diversity in it. That’s not the anthology’s fault, of course, but the environment that anthology is published in. I really, really, really liked this anthology. Like all anthologies there were a couple of stories that didn’t work for me, but overall I was incredibly happy and impressed with them. ^_^ If you like YA fiction and diversity, this is well worth checking out.

Lightspeed 49: Women Destroy Science Fiction by various authors: My thoughts can be read in late January. For now, I shall leave you with this not-quite-a-spoiler: Eeeeee! SHINY.

Sisters of Icarus by Becca Lusher: Betareading was this, so… I’m shushing. I look forward to rereading it eventually, though. Becca’s decided to postpone the release for a while, but I know it’ll be worth the wait. ^_^

Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon: My thoughts are still percolating. I didn’t like it as much as the first book, largely because I didn’t much like Jules as a character, and because Zenn’s veterinary life takes an understandable backseat. (Also I wanted more Katie. *waves her Team Rikkaset flag*) I wouldn’t recommend reading this on its own nor with a large gap between this and the first book. It doesn’t stand alone well. It is, however, a fun space adventure story that didn’t quite go where I’d expected it to go. I’m just sad it’s a duology rather than something a bit longer because I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the universe at large. I hope to get my thoughts in order for a longer comment in January.

What I'm Currently Reading

Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint: Yep. Still convincing my brain I need to finish this. (I adored what I read, but. Somehow I just can’t convince myself to pick it up again. It’s weird.)

What I've Played

Bravely Default Demo: It’s a game that I’ve been curious about for a while, so when I saw it had a demo I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed most of the demo, even though JRPGs aren’t really my thing. I’ve eventually bounced off all the ones I’ve tried. (It’s the random encounters, mostly.) It doesn’t tell you much about the storyline or the characters, which is a shame, but it does seem to showcase most all of the gameplay on offer and that’s what most people are after. All in all, I realise that I’m not the target market, but hopefully the fact that the demo manages to intrigue me enough to consider buying it at a reduced price to try anyway is helpful to people wavering. It’s got an interesting and versatile combat system that I quite enjoyed.

Dragon Age: Inquisition: It has finally stopped crashing every other cutscene. This game is pretty. Still not fond of the plot, although I give it kudos for switching gears so fast. Also, the companions. I’ve been having so much fun with the banter and conversations. Also, Dorian. And Krem. I REALLY WANT KREM IN MY PARTY. I suspect this one will take me forever to finish the first run of. I have thoughts and feels I have not the vocabulary for at the moment.

What I've Watched

Catching Fire: I enjoyed this one! I’ve been very slow at watching the films, as you can see, but I did enjoy it. I’m not sure it worked the way I’d wanted it to since it felt like there were important bits missing, but I did like seeing it. (And apparently I still need to get used to films that end on cliff-hangers because trilogy.)

Mars Needs Moms: It’s a sweet idea and I enjoyed the (voice) acting, but it’s a predictable story and most of the developments only worked for me because That’s How The Story Goes. I was disappointed, even though I had pretty low expectations going into it. Still, it’s a film that I could see myself renting to watch with mum for Mother’s Day if I were a lot younger.

Sailor Moon Crystal: My thoughts are here. (ALL THE SPOILERS warning.)

Tron: Legacy: Eh. (Nope, apologies. That’s all I’ve got. Eh.) I was neither very impressed nor entertained. Maybe it would’ve helped if I’d seen the original first? I just spent most of the film going “And I should care because?..”

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Plans for 2015

Posted December 29, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments

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Welcome back to my discussion of writing end-of-year posts! Yesterday’s post covered 2010 up to 2014, as a reminder. Today’s post, as you can see from the title, features the plans for 2015. It actually covers a much longer term than a year, but I like the possibility of being flexible. Announcing details of my plans through to 2020 or so would make me feel a little stuck to deliver on them. So I either have to hedge or I’d have to not talk about it. I’m picking option number 2. Maybe next year I’ll feel differently. We’ll see. For now, let me just show you what my 2015 plans are. If you’re not interested in the writing and only care about the blogging, scroll down to ‘2015 in Blogging’.

Like yesterday’s post: this one does not discuss or mention the effects of VATMOSS. I know it’s important, but it’s also the end of the year. (Well, almost.) Let me focus on the positive things.

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2014 in Writing

Posted December 28, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments

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No, this won’t be a summary list of the books I’ve published this year. I’ve already done that in a nice round-up post with the books my friends published this year. (You can read that here if you’d like to!) This will, however, be a post that looks at the more numbers-oriented part of publishing.

That said and before I get to the meat of things: this post does not discuss or mention the effects of VATMOSS. I know it’s important, but it’s also the end of the year. (Well, almost.) Let me focus on the positive things.

I am a start-up indie author. Notably, I am a start-up indie author who is very bad at self-promotion and made some particularly poor business decisions to start her career off with and who has a limited supply of social spoons and energy. This is important because these facts will help you interpret the numbers I’m going to be bringing up in this post. I’ll also, because I haven’t done a post like this before, be covering 2011, 2012 and 2013 before I get to 2014. I provide these numbers in the hopes of helping out other small-time indie authors just starting out.

This, by the by, is the last warning to anyone offended by a writer not treating their craft as a True Artiste who only cares about the Art and the Being Experienced should. You will be offended if you feel artists and writers should never ever ever discuss finances or the reality of writing and the numbers (some of them anyway) involved in the business side of writing.

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A Year in…

Posted December 27, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Ages upon ages ago (aka 2012), I did a “Year in…” post and I thought it’d be fun to do another. For those not aware, it’s a meme that does the rounds around this time of year and it’s aimed at reflecting back over the past year. Because I’m clearly not procrastinating enough as it stands, I thought I’d make a nice comprehensive list of 2014. It’ll be fun!

Or not. That’s up to you. I had fun, anyway. Normally the meme asks for just the first lines of each month. I also added in commentary and highlights of the year. These are not all positive highlights, but I think most of them end up on the positive side of neutral.

I hope you’ll have fun! (I’ll try and come up with better opening lines next year. >>)

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Favourite Reads of 2014

Posted December 26, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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And with the end of the year slowly approaching it is time once more for a discussion of my favourite reads of the year! As you can see the year isn’t over quite yet, so it is theoretically still possible for something on this list to change. I will, however, note that this is unlikely and so I’m going to go ahead and poke at the list. Yay! I’ve been very good and restricted myself to ten items and to one item per author.

This was hard since I wanted to put much everything I’ve read of several authors on the list. MAKING CHOICES IS HARD. I should have just counted authors with multiple books under the author name as one item. But I didn’t because I was good.

To keep the books below the cut in no particular order, I’ve decided to list them all alphabetically. I’ll be giving you the description and, where applicable, a link to my ramblings on them. May you find lovely and enjoyable books through the lists! (I apologise for not going into detail on why books ended up on my favourites list. I plead having too much to do.)

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2014 Books By Friends (and Myself)

Posted December 24, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Since most of my friends are indie authors, I thought I’d add a yearly feature wherein I focus on the books my friends have released over the course of the year. I’ve already talked about most of them at some point over the year, but why not mention them again just to increase the potential of exposure.

So below the cut you’ll find a list of books published by my friends. I won’t be excluding traditionally published authors, but I will be excluding individual pieces published on websites and the list. I may also, for any reason, have missed one or two. My apologies about that! Let me know and I’ll give it another post! I didn’t keep track this year since I only recently had the idea to do this.

I’ll also be including my own because, well, self-promotion and all that. ^_^ (I wrote books too! Let me know if they’re things you’d prefer in their own post, though! If enough people want them split off, I know I need to do that next year. ^_^)

I’ve also noted when something is available for free. Authors may have changed this over time.
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Gaming Notes 2014

Posted December 22, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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As I’m just starting this yearly feature, I have no idea what people are interested in me noting here. Let me know if there’s anything you’d particularly like to know about! I’m just going to ramble about the gaming I’ve done this a little, discuss favourites and highlights and such things.

As I’ve started to keep records in January, this year’s notes are all collected from February onwards or so. I included some of what I did in January on the half-year point post, so I have a few records. YAY! Notes on my gaming year lie below the cut. Enjoy!

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Comments on those comments on VATMOSS

Posted December 16, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Let’s just look at Andrus Ansip’s blog post on VATMOSS and the way it completely misses the point, shall we? I’ve never done a post like this before and I hope I never have to feel like doing one again. You can read the whole post without my commentary here. I’ve put Ansip’s blog post in italics because I’ll be going through it line-by-line, but have made no other changes.

This is a post full of rage and snarls at the new legislation. Please do not attack or harrass actual people. It is a post made fairly quickly, with little to no links available to me. It is probably filled with typos because see “post made quickly”. You can read more about the EU VAT changes here. Among many other places.

I am a start-up indie author. I make mistakes and I’m still learning. This is your disclaimer to do additional research on your own. Corrections on faults delivered constructively will be accepted as graciously as circumstances permit.

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Game Talk: Never Alone/Kisima Inŋitchuŋa

Posted December 12, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Games, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Never Alone (or Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) since I learned that it existed. It’s a puzzle platformer based on Iñupiaq mythology and it’s been developed in collaboration with indigenous Alaskan people. And by “in collaboration with” I mean “was largely made by”. The story features an Iñupiaq girl (Nuna) who sets out to discover why the blizzards are so much worse than usual. In her travels she meets and befriends an Arctic fox (Fox). The game can be played in single player or local co-op. In single player you switch around between Nuna and Fox as required by the puzzles.

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