Month: April 2015

Signal Boost! Magpie Monday

Posted April 13, 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.

Over on DW dialecticdreamer has opened up the first Magpie Monday prompt call. The prompt call is a crowdfunding event and will run on every second Monday of the month.

There is no theme and there are plenty of perks! (If you don’t have a DW account, you can leave an anonymous comment, but if you want to see a private copy of your prompt response, you’ll need to leave a way for dialecticdreamer to contact you.)

Have fun!

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Two Serpents Rise Readalong Week 1

Posted April 13, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 6 Comments

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And thus, as it is Monday, the first week of the readalong for Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone is here and, with it, the questions. Whoot! To remind us all, here’s the schedule:

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

This week’s set of questions is hosted by Susan from Dab of Darkness. Enjoy! ^_^
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First classic you ever read?

Posted April 11, 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! Without further ado. Here’s topic number one!

First classic you ever read?

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Webserial Update: Sea Foam and Silence Starts in May

Posted April 7, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 2 Comments

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A blue gradient with a bubbly background and the text "Sea Foam and Silence"

The Sea Foam and Silence webserial will start running on May 1st and will be updated every Monday and Friday for free until its conclusion, projected to be some time around May next year.

Sea Foam and Silence is a verse novel. Currently it is projected to be around 100 poems in total, but this number is not fixed. It’ll be however long it needs to be.

New instalments of Sea Foam and Silence will appear here on this blog and any mirror where you’re reading this. Please note: Sea Foam and Silence will not appear on the Dovelet blog. I just don’t have the time to maintain two blogs running the same content. 🙁 I will, however, collect the ToC there and keep people updated and we’ll see how it all goes.

Sea Foam and Silence Webserial

Sea Foam and Silence

She warned of the pain. She did.

But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

How could any of us have known
what it is like on the dry sand?
We just watched.

It’s hard, not being able to ask
questions, though I have learned some speech
with my hands. ˆ_ˆ

I miss my sisters. I love my prince.

I have made friends here. I have laughed with them,
learned with them, played with them.
I love them.

She said I would die if he loves someone else.
Will I die? At the beginning I wanted to. It hurts
so much. Life isn’t easy, will never be easy, but…
I don’t want to become sea foam.

April is a month of changes here at Little Lion Lynnet’s, apparently! We’ll see how everything combines after giving it a bit of time and space. Hopefully nothing will combine in a way that makes it a good idea to reboot everything from scratch. (Although I’m still seriously considering it anyway. Sometimes it’s just the sensible option.)

For now, though. Webserial announcement! Sea Foam and Silence is go! I’m super-excited about sharing this story with everyone. I’ve always loved The Little Mermaid, though I’ve had my reservations about both the original ending and the Disney-fied ending. Neither of them were ever really that satisfying to me.

It took me a long time to realise that’s because my headcanon mermaid is asexual and the whole narrative as it’s normally told hinges on the fact that she falls in love with the prince. She goes to the sea witch to be transformed into a human out of love for the prince.

But look again and both the original version and Disney’s adaptation are more nuanced than that. Both Andersen’s mermaid and Disney’s Ariel love the human world for its own sake and not just because the prince they love is human. Disney dedicated a whole song to that love and fascinating. Andersen’s mermaid is a little different since she encounters the prince on her first visit to the surface, but she too is described to come to love human life for its own sake. And when she learns about souls, she wants one of those as much as she wants the love of the prince. And then the tale gets a bit murky and slightly ambiguous since it never outright says why the mermaid chooses to sacrifice herself. The ‘because she loves the prince’ is implied, but what if it’s as much about that immortal soul that was so important to her?

So. Sea Foam and Silence looks to explore a retelling of The Little Mermaid that explores that aspect of the little mermaid’s personality: the aspects that are fascinated with humanity for its own sake and asks “What if?”

As I said, I’m really excited to be sharing this tale with you and I hope you’ll all enjoy it too!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal, Episode 19

Posted April 7, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Act 19, Time Warp, Sailor PlutoAs some of you may recall, I attended a funeral this past Saturday and, I admit, I’m not entirely back to myself yet. If my commentary ends up sounding off or slightly more incoherent than usual, I apologise. I’ve done the best I can to get this out on time and on schedule.

Sad news aside, I’m looking forward to the episode and diving into its contents. Crystal is so different from Classic in a lot of ways, so now that it’s found its stride I’m enjoying the revelations. Here’s to hoping Crystal will keep it up!

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Two Serpents Rise Readalong Schedule

Posted April 5, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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I’m a few days late (apologies, everyone!) with this announcement, but… The Two Serpents Rise readalong is go! The readalong group who read Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone last month is joining up again to read the second book in the series. It’s a new setting and a new cast, though, so if you haven’t read Three Parts Dead you can still jump straight in with us.

(I’m joining as cohost this time. Exciting!)

The Book

Two Serpents Rise by Max GladstoneShadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc — casual gambler and professional risk manager — to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father — the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists — has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply.

From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire… and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.

The Schedule:

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

You can contact Susan from Dab of Darkness if you want to receive the weekly questions in your inbox, or check out the Goodreads SF/F Read Alongs group. Come join us! ^_^

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Goal Review and Upcoming Plans Mar/Apr 2015

Posted April 2, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 6 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.

And this March winds to an end, spring his come and I am too tired to come up with a long intro, so let’s just jump straight to the goals of last month. ^_^

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I Want to Read:
– Retold: Six Fairytales Reimagined by various authors
– Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
– Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman

I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction

March went soooooo slooooooooowly. On all fronts. Part of that is that I actually spent much of the month reading two books on one ereader. That worked well enough with one book being for a readalong with structured breaks, but not so well with the other book being a collection of short stories. Short stories slow me down. A lot. I like novels. I like their heft and their weight and the fact that you don’t need a hummingbird-speed brain to switch between settings and characters all the time. Don’t get me wrong; I like short fiction too and I’ve got a hummingbird-brain about a lot of things. It’s just that with short stories, I need to be careful how many I read in a row or I get story-overload. I did read all three books that I’d aimed to read, though! GO ME!

And then the writing… Well. It’s a good thing I said that I wanted to write words of fiction in general rather than what project I wanted to work on because I have not one, not two, but three projects that won’t wait for their turn. No, wait. One of those three is the one I wanted to work on with two extras I didn’t want to focus on next. I’M CONFUSING MYSELF.

So. I’m working on three stories simultaneously at the moment, largely because two of them are first person and won’t shut up. I’ve got Promises 2 (which I set out to write this year), a longer (and totally different) version of The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake, and Sea Foam and Silence (a verse novel attempt at an asexual retelling of The Little Mermaid). Yes, I’m finally working that short poem into something longer like I said I wanted to since I first posted it. I also rewrote The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake and shared that earlier in the month.

Only one of these three new projects is in third person and I’m pretty sure that the demisexual fantasy romance has two first person narrators. I am excited and a little scared and more or less going “Thank everything that I only have three stories clamouring this strongly for my attention!”

This will change in a few months when I add “Edit the Space Ghost story for publication, hopefully” to my plate and it’ll be four stories. *rubs face* But I said I was going to try and embrace the “Work on things simultaneously” thing and see how it goes, so that’s what I’ll do. I am totally not going to complain about more stories to share with the world (even if I’d sincerely like to get the hang of this “Stick to a deadline” thing) anyway.

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I Want to Read:
Whatever I feel like.

I Want to Write:
Whatever I feel like.

This month is… going to be all about looking after myself. Due to a recent death in the family, I’m not entirely myself as I write this. (Everything above the banner was written earlier.) So I’m inclined to just see how it goes.

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