Month: April 2015

Goal Review and Upcoming Plans Apr/May 2015

Posted April 30, 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.

April was a month of looking after myself and tackling a bajillion different things. Okay, not a bajillion, but a fair few. April was a month that started off with a funeral and I’m still not sure if I’ve quite found my feet again. April was also a month that saw a number of changes to the blog.

– I completely rethought how I’m tackling reviews. I have a plug-in for it that should hopefully make things easier to maintain for me. As a trade-off, it means cross-posted reviews on DW and LJ no longer include a summary and a book cover image. I’m still trying to work out how best to handle including some identifying information before the cut without repeating the whole thing, but this makes it so much easier for me to talk about books than before.

– I started up preparations for a webserial starting in May. I’m so excited! MAY IS TOMORROW. Sea Foam and Silence starts tomorrow! NEW WEBSERIAL TOMORROW! EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

– I started up a Patreon account for anyone who wants to donate to the blog for either the fiction or the non-fiction content. I’m sorry if people feel I’m hammering on it! But right now it’s new and shiny. I promise I’ll mention it less often soon. (Do you want goals? Do I need goals? Not everyone needs goals. *anxious* Should I include goals and milestones? Discuss! Or, um, don’t, if you’d rather not, of course.)

– I copied over some of the information of my own books from Dovelet to here, so people should expect me to talk a little more often about the author side of my life on this blog, so you’ll get to learn about things like promos and exciting news nuggets here as well as there. I’ve been leery of this with some of the things that have happened between authors and readers in the past… years? Certainly in the past year. But it makes no sense to split everything up, I’d rather be transparent and combining things this way costs me fewer spoons. That means more goodies for all of us! YAY goodies!

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I Want to Read:
Whatever I feel like.

I Want to Write:
Whatever I feel like.

And that’s exactly what I did with a net result that I got a lot more done than I was expecting to, even if most of it was on non-fiction posts that I wouldn’t have planned on writing so many of. Still, I was, um, veryproductive despite the emotional turmoil of losing a cousin and I got a fair amount of work related to writing done. Adminstrative work may not be particularly glamorous, but it’s still important. And I did get fiction written too! Let’s see…

I wrote… 5,254 words of fiction. Which is utterly abysmal by any stretch of the imagination for me. I also wrote 39,041 words of non-fiction (give or take) posts for the blog. To which I can only say ‘bloody hell’. It’s all the Pretty Guardian Sailormoon episodes that do it; they average around 1,333 words a piece at the moment and I watched a lot of PGSM compared to how much TV or film I usually watch.

I read about seven books in April, though admittedly most of them were novellas of some description rather than long books. Which brings me to May! In which things will return to mostly normal, ideally, and we’ll see how things go.

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I Want to Read:
– The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
– Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
– The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction

That’s relatively mild as far as things go, but we all know by now that I work best when I set my expectations very low. (Other people setting high expectations are largely fine. It’s just I can’t set high expectations for myself. Welcome to my odd brain!)

We’ll see how May goes. It’ll see upheaval in offline life, no doubt, because it’s just that time of year again. I need to go take care of all the things. I wish I could just say ‘sod it’, but alas that’s not really going to be a possibility for a while.

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Book Talk: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

Posted April 29, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The Cats of Tanglewood ForestThe Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
Series: Tanglewood Forest #1
Pages: 304

Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now she must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right.

Also in this series: Seven Wild Sisters
Also by this author: Little (Grrl) Lost, Seven Wild Sisters

There are a couple of things you need to know before you click below the cut here:

1) I love cats.
2) I really like de Lint’s writing.
3) I really like Vess’s art style.
4) I am somehow not a puddle of melted blurfubble given that all three statements above are equally true.

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 3

Posted April 28, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 3 (PGSM 3)Welcome back to the (re)watch of Pretty Guardian Sailormoon and the commenting upon each individual episode as the episode runs. As always, this is commentary provided as the episode plays (with pauses for me to write things down) and all things that entails.

Last time on Pretty Guardian Sailormoon we met Ami, also known as Sailor Mercury, and learned that Ami and Usagi are senshi who will fight to defend Japan the Earth against evil and also seek a princess and a magical rock.

In this episode, we shall meet Rei, or Sailor Mars. More commentary below the cut! And beware spoilers!

This episode and post comes with content notes of a discussion of bullying and threats of physical violence to bully.

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Two Serpents Rise Readalong Week 3

Posted April 27, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 8 Comments

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Banner by Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Welcome back to the third week of the readalong for Max Gladstone’s Two Serpents Rise! Let me repeat the schedule for you all. ^_^

1st Post Date: April 13th Book 1: chapter 1-Interlude: Fire, hosted by Dab of Darkness
2nd Post Date: April 20th Book 2: chapter 16-Interlude: Dreams, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
3rd Post Date: April 27th Book 3: chapter 29-Interlude: Tea, Hosted by Violin in a Void
4th Post Date: May 4th Book 4: chapter 36-Epilogue, hosted by Little Lion Lynnet’s

As you can see, this week’s questions are courtesy of Lauren from Violin in a Void. And, as always, this is week 3 of a book so there are spoilers galore.

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Writing News

Posted April 26, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 2 Comments

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News. The text 'news' underneath a big envelope. News and updates on the site.

I have several bits of writing-related news for you all today and hopefully both will be quite exciting.

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I have a Patreon page now. I don’t plan on mentioning that too often, but I’ll be putting a link in the sidebar somewhere and I’ll add links at the bottom of webserial posts. You can check out the Patreon page for the full details, but it’s essentially a kind of (monthly) tipjar for people who like my blogging or the fiction I share. Hopefully, Patreon will allow me to share more fiction online for free like I’m doing with Sea Foam and Silence and did with A Promise Broken.

Please do let me know if there’s information you’d like to see on Patreon! I’m a little leery of making goal milestones, but if people really want me to I’ll poke those and add them.

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Cover for Feather by Feather and Other Stories by Lynn E. O'ConnachtAs an experiment, I’ve decided to lower the price of Feather by Feather and Other Stories to $2.99 (or its equivalent in other currency) until July st, 2015.

I aim to be a bit more experimental with pricing and promotional pricing in future, but this is still pretty nerve-wracking experimentation for me. I don’t want the people who bought it at the full price to feel cheated and like they were treated unfairly and I’m not entirely sure how to square everything with one another.

Oh, to be the kind of person that wouldn’t care. But then I probably wouldn’t like myself very much. (Well. I probably would because I’d be that kind of person, but the person I am now wouldn’t like that me. I’m making a mess of this whole announcement thing, aren’t I?)

In any case: Throughout May and June, Feather by Feather and Other Stories will be available for $2.99 from all retailers. After that, we’ll see how it goes. That depends on the outcome of the experiment. (Yes, of course I’ll share some of the details with you all. ^_^)

It’s pretty scary, but hopefully the experiment’ll go better than making the book a Kindle-exclusive did.

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Sea Foam and SilenceThe serialisation of Sea Foam and Silence starts next week! Friday, May 1st will see the first poem in the verse novel go live and the serial will update every Monday and Friday until its conclusion sometime in 2016.

I am so excited, everyone! The Little Mermaid has always been a fairytale close to my heart, whether the original version or Disney’s adaptation, and I love retellings. I’m so happy and excited to get to do one of my own! And in a way that feels fresh and new (to me) too!

I hope readers will like it just as much as I do. Or more. More is also good. I’m really looking forward to trying to get readers involved with the storyline as well. I haven’t quite worked out how to go about this yet, but it’ll be loads of fun to find out! The story’s more episodic nature should lend itself well to experimenting with this.

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And… that’s it for me for now. I’m slowly poking at some other things that I’m (in no way) ready to comment on just yet. Writing is going relatively slowly, with most of my focus on building a bit of buffer for Sea Foam and Silence at the moment, and I’ve apparently spent most of April focusing on non-fiction posts. I have made progress on my fiction! Just… it pales in comparison to the non-fiction.

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Oldest classic you’ve read

Posted April 25, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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

A while ago — actually, a pretty long time in blogging and internet terms — Lynn from Lynn’s Books put up a classic book-themed meme. Since I was looking for questions to natter about at the time (you’re still more than welcome to ask them!), I decided to just nab the whole meme and work through the questions point by point. (Except for the time-specific ones like “What are you reading at the moment?” because scheduling that in advance is silly.)

So! After this warning about impending caps-lock abuse, I give you…

Oldest classic you’ve read

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Book Talk: A Harvest of Ripe Figs

Posted April 23, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: A Harvest of Ripe FigsA Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman
Series: Mangoverse #3
Pages: 200

Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach's Sweetheart, a young and beautiful musician with a Girl Next Door image. When her violin is stolen after a concert in the capital city, she doesn't expect the queen herself to show up, intent upon solving the mystery. But Queen Shulamit -- lesbian, intellectual, and mother of the six-month-old crown princess -- loves to play detective. With the help of her legendary bodyguard Rivka and her dragon, and with the support of her partner Aviva the Chef, Shulamit turns her mind toward the solution -- which she quickly begins to suspect involves the use of illegal magic that could threaten the safety of her citizens.

Also in this series: The Second Mango, Climbing the Date Palm, The Olive Conspiracy
Also by this author: The Second Mango, Climbing the Date Palm, The Olive Conspiracy

And soon after finishing Climbing the Date Palm, I jumped straight into reading the third book, A Harvest of Ripe Figs, because I was so not ready to say goodbye to Shulamit and the others yet. There’s going to be more, I hope!

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Book Talk: The Goblin Emperor

Posted April 22, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 2 Comments

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Book Talk: The Goblin EmperorThe Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Pages: 448

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne-or his life. Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor is an exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.

Ages and ages ago (or not, depending on how you want to view the passing of time) several of my friends read The Goblin Emperor. They did not read it together and, in truth, I’m not entirely sure they know each other, so they were all reading this book independently of one another.

And then they came away going “Lynn, you should totally read this! You’ll enjoy it!” and, you know, everyone was reading the book at the time and as much as I love and trust my friends I have a very bad track record with liking what everyone is reading. And so I did not read.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. This did not happen all at once. I did not wake up with my inbox flooded with commentary on how I should read the book. No, it was friends one by one coming to me going “You should read that!” Even friends who usually need a spot of pushing to recommend anything (and have yet to be proven wrong) voluntarily went “You’d totally like that!”

But nope. Everyone was reading it so I was determined not to read it until the enthusiasm had died down a little. At least. Because, see, if my friends all indepedently come up to me and go “You should read that because it is totally your kind of book” (and one of them goes “I am so confident of your reaction, I want to get you a copy!”)… That means something. And my friends, being awesome as they are, did not push the book on me. That would have backfired and they know it. (Because they are awesome.) And then eventually I, well, caved. We’ll see if I have anything coherent to say since my response one chapter in was basically “WHY DID YOU LOT NOT MAKE ME READ THIS SOONER?!” and, uh, that did not decrease much in volume or intensity. I know why, but.

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Signalboost: Terramagne Indexes

Posted April 20, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Links. The text 'links' underneath a big, old-fashioned key. Links I felt were interesting.

You may remember me talking about Elizabeth Barrette’s setting Terramagne of her Polychrome Heroics series of serial poetry a couple of weeks ago. If not, I added in a link, so you can check it out. For the past couple of months, I and DW user stardreamer have been working with Ysabet on reorganising the index page for the Polychrome Heroics pages to help people find the poems and characters they’re looking for and are interested in following.

Ysabet has recently unveiled the first two pages for the subthreads of Aquariana and Antimatter/Stalwart Stan and I’m super-happy to signalboost them. We worked hard on them and shiny pages are shiny!

On a related and more general note: There is a half-price sale on Polychrome Heroics poems from April 20th (today!) to April 26th, so if you’re into crowdfunding this is the time to get some really cool superhero poetry fiction for a really good price. Both threads discussed below have several unsold poems, and you’ll find that there are quite a few other threads to follow along too.

Under the cut lie descriptions of the subseries for which we’ve managed to finish the pages and a few questions I suspect newcomers to the series may appreciate seeing answered. I’ve taken the descriptions straight from the series page.

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