Month: July 2015

Missing Sea Foam and Silence Poem

Posted July 29, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Because I am absolutely and entirely brilliant, I have managed to post the 21st poem in Sea Foam and Silence as the 20th and then failed to notice the issue for, uh, about a month. As I said, I am brilliant and clearly perfection personified. (Disclaimer: I’m neither brilliant nor perfection personified.)

I noticed today, though, so I’ve updated the serial accordingly. (That link will lead you straight to the missing poem, if you’d like to read it asap. Otherwise I’m over here discussing this for a little while longer before presenting you with a whole list of poems.)

I’ve renumbered the posts following part 20 (Chaos) and posted the missing poem on the Sunday between parts 19 and 21. If you’ve felt like the transition between part 19 and 20 made no sense, this is why.

I’ll have another reminder on Friday’s poem for you all, but for now I’d like to note that the posts and the ToC have been updated accordingly. It’s been a while since I’ve scheduled the posts, so I don’t remember how it happened or why it happened. Possibly I simply miscounted rather than pay attention to the poem titles, so hopefully it shouldn’t happen again.

I’m really, really, really sorry about this, everyone! I’ll do my best to ensure that I won’t forget about any other poems in the serial.

For now, if you want to read the poems in order from around where things went wrong, have the list, starting from part 19.

Oh my heart is sore
Chaos
I will remember
A crisis
I will not get caught again
The seal
My first tall-crab
I can return
Uncertainty

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 10

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

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 10 (PGSM 10)Welcome back! To recap PGSM up to this point: We’ve met all four senshi, decided that Sailor V must be the princess because of the crescent on her forehead, decided that Tuxedo Mask is the enemy because he’s a thief (because saving them from youma totally does not count for anything), met Jadeite, and generally haven’t made much more progress than Usagi getting a vague idea of why Tuxedo Mask wants the ginzuishou.

Moving on!

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Full Fathom Five Readalong Week 2

Posted July 27, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 6 Comments

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Full Fathom Five Readalong
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Just to remind everyone of the schedule, here it is!

Week 1: July 20 Ch 1-13  – hosted by Allie from Tethyan Books
Week 2: July 27 Ch 14-32 – hosted by me
Week 3: August 3 Ch 33-50 – hosted by Heather from The Bastard Title
Week 4: August 10 Ch 50-62 – hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow

(Remember, if you’d like to take part or even just follow along as we read, you can sign up and/or keep track of the proceedings at our Goodreads group page. ^_^)

This post (and indeed this book) contains mild spoilers for Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise and lots of spoilers for the first quarter of Full Fathom Five.

This week, I’m hosting the questions and… I’m afraid I have a confession to make. I had a really bad brainweekend and I may have read the second half of the book already! *hangs head* I’m really sorry about that!

Don’t worry, though! I tackled this week’s questions before reading the rest, so there are no spoilers for the book in this week’s comments and I promise that I won’t spoil anything for anyone in next week’s questions either. Again, I’m sorry about that, but I did want to be honest about it.

Other readalong posts:

Over the Effing Rainbow
On Starships and Dragonwings
Bibliotropic
The Bastard Title
Tethyan Books
The Bibliosanctum

My answers below the cut!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal, Episode 26

Posted July 21, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Act 26, Replay, Never-endingPlot Recap: Chibi-Usa has awoken as a senshi! Pluto did a thing that was going to kill her (and she died). Demande did something that for a few moments might actually have been described as redemptive and good and then ruined it and the senshi finally discover what it is they’re actually facing is Death Phantom, an entire planet’s worth of evil energy.

And now for the dramatic conclusion to the Black Moon arc and potentially the last episode of Sailor Moon Crystal ever. (Nooooooooo!)

Also, remember. I’ve read the manga, but I don’t actually remember much of the plot outside of the first season. This finale is basically brand-new material to me. Expect all-caps. Lots and lots of all-caps.

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Full Fathom Five Readalong Week 1

Posted July 20, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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Full Fathom Five Readalong
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Weeeeeeeeeee’re baaaaaaaaaaaaack. This time, we’re reading Full Fathom Five the third book in Max Gladstone’s The Craft Sequence. We’re meeting another all-new cast and an entirely different setting. Let me give you the schedule once more.

Week 1: July 20 Ch 1-13  – hosted by Allie from Tethyan Books
Week 2: July 27 Ch 14-32 – hosted by me
Week 3: August 3 Ch 33-50 – hosted by Heather from The Bastard Title
Week 4: August 10 Ch 50-62 – hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow

(Remember, if you’d like to take part or even just follow along as we read, you can sign up and/or keep track of the proceedings at our Goodreads group page. ^_^)

This post (and indeed this book) contains mild spoilers for Three Parts Dead and lots of spoilers for the first quarter of Full Fathom Five.

And now… To the questions!

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All Bundled Up: Beginning a Book Bundle Experiment

Posted July 19, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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

In the interest of experimentation, let’s experiment with a book bundle!

I’ve tried to answer any and all questions I’m anticipating about the bundle and some that I’m not really anticipating but thought worth answering anyway. We’ll see how this book bundle experiment goes, but I’m excited about it! I think it’s really good value for money (but then I would; I wrote the books and compiled the bundle). ^_^

Introducing Lynnet’s Discount Bundle…

(Below the cut because it’s a big picture.)

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Feather by Feather Discount Promotion Results

Posted July 18, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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

Ages ago in internet terms, I promised to discuss the results of lowering the price of Feather by Feather and Other Stories from $5.99 to $2.99.

It’s been a big busy and hectic since then, so I hadn’t really been able to sit down and write about it. Given that I actually have very little to say (and probably analyse), that tells you more about where my head’s been than anything else.

The really, really short version, then: It made almost no difference whatsoever.

To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting it to suddenly soar. I’m absolutely terrible at active marketing (you may have noticed) and I spent most of the months the book was on sale working on getting a completely different story published. So even if I were good at marketing, my energy would have been elsewhere.

Protip: don’t do a promotion if you’re not going to advertise it.

Yes, I know that that’s common sense, but here you go. Have concrete proof that this doesn’t work if you don’t already have a fair amount of internet presence (or better yet a fanbase who’ll squee over the reduced pricing). ^_^

Don’t be like me, people!

That said, I’m not unhappy about the promotion either. Right now, what I want to get out of the process more than anything is education and experimentation. What works for me, what doesn’t, that sort of thing. In that sense, the promotion was a huge success even if most of what it did was point out the obvious:

  1. Promotions need to be occasionally promoted
  2. I really need to work on my active marketing skills (N.B. this involves working on my anxiety issues, so it’s not as clear-cut as it sounds)

It may sound silly that I’m happy to have information that I already knew, but sometimes it really helps to have concrete proof to build up that information. It also allows me to set up a baseline from which I can tell whether I’ve actually improved or whether I’m stagnating.

Another thing it taught me is that I like price reduction promotions, even if I’m (still) rubbish at promoting myself. Again, that may seem like a small and silly thing to most people, but if you’re just starting out and not making a lot of sales yet it’s entirely possible that you view reduced pricing as a bad thing. I didn’t, but I was scared that running a promotion and not getting Instant Fame from it would sour me on the whole thing.

Protip: Don’t let it sour you. Writing is a long-term game. Unless you’re really really lucky it’s going to take quite a while to start building up momentum.

It’s a good idea to try and get the educational process under way whilst you still have (relatively) little work available. The habits you set now will make things either easier or harder in the long run. Might as well start building up good ones from the beginning! ^_^

And… I think that’s it for my thinky thoughts. Apologies if they’re not very coherent still!

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Summer Progress Report #2

Posted July 15, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

Yep. It’s only been a few days, so what could I possibly have to update you all on now?

I really wish that the answer to that question was “I just became a millionaire”. Alas, it’s not. Instead, I’ve dealt with adminstrative things and helping out friends. The latter I’m not going to be saying much about until it’s done and I actually have something to say.

The former… Well, let’s just start with the fact that I may have wrecked my publisher site when I was busy revamping it and I may have had to redo it all. From scratch. WAY TO GO, ME!

Protip: Do not do extensive website work an hour or two before bedtime. If you break it, you are either going to have to stay up until it’s fixed or go to bed with it still broken.

So that was my morning: dealing with adminstrative things. Other things I’ve been doing is going over the serials/my works posts and tidying them up. Turns out there were a few missing from the categories they should have been in. I’ve also spent a couple of days consolidating a fair number of things, so there’s a better divide between Work and Private Blogging. To my mind anyway.

I also managed to rebuild a small part of my serial buffer. It is still nowhere near as large as I’d like it, but I’m going to have to (re)learn how to write in the early morning and see if that helps.

The past few days were pretty good writing-wise, if you take into account the tiredness. I’m about to take a break or a nap for a while. I’m pondering taking the next couple of days off entirely. Not what I wanted to do, but in general probably not a bad idea. In fact, I’ll start today. I shall take the rest of the day off because I’m already half-asleep as I write this. >>

But hey! More things crossed off the to-do list now! I am still awesome!

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Full Fathom Five Readalong Schedule

Posted July 14, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Full Fathom Five Readalong

Aaaaand it’s time again! Well, not yet, but soon. SOON! We’ve had so much fun with the readalongs of Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise that we’re back again for book 3, Full Fathom Five! WHOOHOO!

Also, surprise! You get all new totally unscheduled posts during the hiatus as well! YAY!

The Book
Two woman, one black and one Asian, standing in front of a window overlooking a mountain.

On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.

Doesn’t that sound amazing? (I am so sad Last First Snow is so ridiculously far out of my book budget.)

The Schedule

Week 1: July 20 Ch 1-13  – hosted by Allie from Tethyan Books
Week 2: July 27 Ch 14-32 – hosted by me
Week 3: August 3 Ch 33-50 – hosted by Heather from The Bastard Title
Week 4: August 10 Ch 50-62 – hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow

If you’d like to take part or even just follow along as we read, you can sign up and/or keep track of the proceedings at our Goodreads group page. (Or follow our blogs, but you might get lots of posts you’re not interested in as well.)

So excited! The readalong starts in… a little under a week. I hope everyone will enjoy the book and have a good time!

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