Month: January 2015

Goal Review and Upcoming Plans Jan/Feb 2015

Posted January 31, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 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 goal review of the new year! Exciting!

I Want to Read:

– Zero Sum Game by SL Huang
– Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

I Want to Edit:

A Promise Broken

I have accomplished exactly one of the items on this list. And not the one I was most supposed to accomplish. I read Zero Sum Game by SL Huang. Other than that I’ve either been distracted by gaming (my fault entirely) or a bad cold (not my fault, but especially annoying when you’ve just solve the issue that was your fault). And then the rest of the time I had available was spent on things related to writing, but entirely getting ahead of myself, such as sorting cover issues and poking ebook layout possibilities. Which reminds me that I also still need to poke the older ones and sort those out. *adds it to the list*

So I’ll just have to make up for it in February. ^_^

I Want to Read:
– Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
– Women Destroy Fantasy by various authors
– Shadowplay by Laura Lam

I Want to Edit:

A Promise Broken

As you can see, still staying fairly quiet. I don’t think there are any games coming out that are going to make me obsessively play them to the exclusion of everything else, so that should be fine. Still, I want to be sure that I focus on the best editing that I can.

I think it’s time for yet more lists.

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Lynn and the Influence of Sailor Moon

Posted January 24, 2015 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.

When I put out my call for discussion topics, Elizabeth suggested I discuss how I was introduced to Sailor Moon. And… The truth is that I don’t quite remember. I’m pretty sure I was introduced to it by a friend in my mid-teens or so, but don’t ask me who or when or why because I’ve completely forgotten. Which doesn’t make for the best of topic discussions. As you can imagine it wouldn’t! It’d be dreadfully short.

I have, however, been thinking about Sailor Moon and why it’s such an important show  to me (because yes I came into Sailor Moon through the anime rather than the manga; it’s the anime that’s nearest and dearest to my heart) a reasonable bit, largely because of the reboot giving me oh so many feels. It’s been really fascinating to watch the differences between Crystal!Usagi and Classic!Usagi. You know those lists people make of media that’s been very influential in their’s life and that people use to go “If you want to understand me better, watch/read/play this”? If I were to compile such a list, Sailor Moon Classic and, specifically, the finale of Stars, would be pretty high on my list. And by “pretty high” I mean “would probably be number 1”. My feels about that episode (and, honestly, all of Stars) are that strong. But hey I think my reaction to pretty much anything Usagi says or does in that episode is “Yes, this. So much this”, so… You know. Resonance. It is pretty overpowering.

Being the final episode of the entire show, though, discussion of it in detail would be filled to the brim with spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it. It deviates a bit too much from the manga, if memory serves, to spoil that storyline entirely, but even so. Spoilers galore if I tried to discuss the episode in detail. So I’ll spread it out over the whole anime. And yes if you hadn’t picked up on it yet this post is predominantly about the classic anime adaptation with the occasional foray into other versions. There will be spoilers galore for the whole Classic series! Especially for some of the earlier season finales. THERE ARE SPOILERS GALORE. YOU ARE WARNED OF SPOILERS. FOR THE MANGA, CRYSTAL, THE CLASSIC ANIME AND THE LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION. SPOILERS ALL THE SPOILERS. (Okay, not all. But if you want to go into any of the above fresh for post-season-1 developments in Crystal, you actually want to avoid the rest of this post.)

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Book Talk: Lightspeed Issue #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction!

Posted January 22, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cover for Lightspeed Issue 49: Women Destroy Science Fiction.You know, I’m glad that it took me such a long time to get around to the WDSF special (and the subsequent Fantasy special, which I haven’t read at the time I’m typing this up; I’m undecided on the horror. It’s… not my genre in that “I like to sleep at night” way, so I’ll probably need prodding to read that one, sorry. Anyway.) I’m glad it took me almost forever and a day to get to this special. The issues already got a fair amount of press when they were in Kickstarter funding and right after they got released and… As important as it is, now I can schedule my ramblings about the book around the Queers Destroy SF fundraising project (It’s raising funds now.) and give you a good idea of what we got the first fundraiser around. (Spoiler: We got awesomeness.)

I do have to say that my copies are e-book copies read on a reasonably old ereader, so the artwork included is not at its best for me visually. (It is, for example, in grey scale.) If you can get the print copy, I’d recommend getting that one just so the art can shine. Normally, I try not to comment on all the stories in a collection purely because my memory for short stories is utterly atrocious. But I’m giving it a go this time around. ^_^

Fair warning: This issue is big (as in almost 200K words of fiction), so my rambling is about 4,500 words long too. You have been warned.

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Steam Engines and Writing

Posted January 17, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Lynn's Projects. The text 'Lynn's Projects' next to a big quill. Updates on what I'm working on.

On DW onewhitecrow asked me to talk about steam engines and… I have a confession to make: I know very little about steam engines. What I do know, insofar as it’s actual knowledge and not a vague blob of “I think it was like this”, is so very obvious that it doesn’t really bear mentioning. (In my opinion.) I do, however, have a whole collection of stories with steam engine protagonists.

So, instead of talking about steam engines in general, I’ll be talking about writing steam engines. Enjoy!

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Book Talk: Under Nameless Stars

Posted January 15, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 2 Comments

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Cover for Under Nameless Stars by Christian SchoonBack in August (2014) I read Zenn Scarlett as part of my Month of Reading Strange Chemistry Books to try and get the authors some additional revenue and sales spike and their books wouldn’t have to languish in any way. Also because I’d heard a lot of good about the Strange Chemistry books in general and I’d been meaning to read some anyway. I didn’t quite read as many as I’d wanted, but I read a fair few.

Anyway. After reading Zenn Scarlett I wound up picking up Under Nameless Stars pretty quickly. I didn’t get around to reading it until December, though. And I did. It was one of the last books I read in 2014. Second last, I think.

Have the description!

After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things get worse for novice exoveterinarian Zenn Scarlett? Yes, they could: her absent father has been kidnapped.

Desperate to find him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra. With her is Liam Tucker, a Martian boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her missing dad, Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy.

This is your friendly neighbourhood SPOILERS warnings because one of my favourite scenes is right at the very very end. AND I’M GOING TO START WITH IT RIGHT BELOW THIS CUT. SPOILERS BELOW THE CUT.

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Book Talk: Gaudete

Posted January 13, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cover for Gaudete by Amy Rae DurresonAt the beginning or so of 2014, I picked up Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson. As it’s a Christmas story (as you’ll also gather from the description that’s to follow), I decided to sit on it for about a year. Reluctantly because I love Amy’s writing, but I sat on it. I suspected that it would prove to be one of those books like Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, which is enhanced mightily by the timing of the read. It was a correct assumption, but then I’m getting ahead of myself a little. I haven’t even given the description yet. I just… wanted you all to know that going into my ramblings because, well because. It’s one of those things. I think. I’ll just… move on.

To the description of the story!

Every Christmas, child chorister Jonah Lennox used to meet Callum Noakes at Aylminster cathedral when Callum’s mother came to sell roasted chestnuts at the market. After years of friendship, an argument separates them, apparently forever. Putting away the memories of his lost friend, Jonah left the cathedral and moved on with his life.

When Jonah returns to the cathedral after ten years away, the market in the cathedral brings back memories—and Callum, who has made a life for himself as a woodturner. Upon meeting again, attraction pulls them together, and the holiday may inspire their old friendship to mature into new romance.

And before you click through the cut: remember that herein lie spoilers and Amy is a good friend of mine. I do have bias. (But not about the writing. The writing’s genuinely that good. <3)

So you have been warned. Spoilers lie herein.

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Monthly Goals December 2014/January 2015

Posted January 2, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 2 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.

Meep! How the year has flown. Feels like yesterday that it was August and look where we are now! Another year over, another year older. Another set of goals to reach for a new month.

Here’s the list of old stuff just as a reminder of what I wanted to do in December.

I Want to Read:
– Lightspeed Issue #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction!
– Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon

I Want to Write:
Ribbit Charles Wilson

I accomplished the reading goal! I actually read about six books this month. (If you’re curious, that’s significantly down from previous years where I read about 15 books on average.) I failed utterly on the writing goal, but that’s largely because I spent all my writing time this month on polishing up A Promise Broken. I’m close to done. The whole month turned out a little more eventful than I’d anticipated, so I didn’t quite get to the very end before 2015 began.

Not counting my editing in December, I wrote about 217,073 words of fiction, though a chunk of these were various drafts of the same story. The spreadsheet I use works by days rather than projects, so I didn’t keep decent stats on how much was what. Still. That’s about a novel less than last year, which makes sense when I consider the struggle some of these pieces were. Although I’m having to tell myself very firmly that this is not as shabby as I think it is and I really need to learn not to compare myself to people who can work at the speed of 500,000 words a year when I know that’s not (at present) a feasible number for me. 250,000 is perfectly respectable. That’s five 50K novels’ worth, after all.

So for January I’m starting off slow.

I Want to Read:
– Zero Sum Game by SL Huang
– Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

I Want to Edit:
A Promise Broken

See? Slow. This is partially because we’re continuing the whole trend where I expect my months to be more complicated than I assume. Ideally I’d finish A Promise Broken in a few days (actually, ideally I’d already be done) and switch to a short story project I’ve been putting off. (Because evolutionary genetics hurts my brain. It’ll be so worth it, but ow my brain.) I also have thinky thoughts on energy and social spoons. Well, and me. And I want to talk about Under Nameless Stars. And I want to sort the blog out a little more. I’m still on official hiatus until mid-January, so if there’s anything you particularly want me to be aware of please drop me a note, thank you!

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