Month: March 2016

Goal Review March 2016

Posted March 31, 2016 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.

Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • A book

I Want to Write:

  • Words.

Well. I did rather well on both fronts this month. Per doctor’s orders, I tried very hard to make this month all about me. Which means I more or less spent the first half of the month curled up around a book and read, well, a lot of them. 11 according to my statistics. Most well still novelettes or novellas in length, but I had a lot of fun! Also OMG! Reading! I missed you, reading!

March, you may recall, was all about the print editions. I’ve just managed to squeak past getting the proofs I wanted all done and ready. They’ll be second proofs for Sea Foam and Silence and A Promise Broken and a first proof for Feather by Feather and Other Stories. This should be the only time I order all the proofs all at once, but we’ll see how they look. (Yes, there will be pictures eventually.)

Anyway, that’s where a good chunk of my March went to. It also went to a lot of nonfiction writing. Notably to the Book Talk posts and revamping the Feather by Feather and Other Stories non-fiction content. I’m… really impressed with that because I wasn’t expecting to get a lot written. Those Book Talk posts really add up! O_O

I also spent some time trying to get personal life things sorted and dealt with with varying levels of success. Sadly there is not much one can do about grief except, well, grieve. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it will always hit and it happened at a time that was already emotionally quite rough for similar reasons, so.

I’ve spent the rest of the month trying to focus on the positive. So, to that end, I have finished the first bout of proofs for this year! They’ll probably take forever to arrive, mind you, but yay good things!

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 44

Posted March 29, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 44 (PGSM 44)Plot Recap: Mamoru has had the stone deactivated to go spend one more day with Usagi. Apparently it’s not the princess who’s strenghtening Metallia’s powers, but Usagi herself!

Also Kunzite is disillusioned by Endymion once again and has stormed off in a huff and Mars rebelled against Venus and has claimed that Minako hasn’t fully awakened all of her senshi powers yet.

No Nephrite or Kamekichi or Motoki have been sighted. I still wish the show did a little more with the lot of them.

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Links Round-up

Posted March 28, 2016 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.

Time for a links round-up! I’m slightly late due to personal circumstances, but here we are! I promised you all link round-ups for the Queer Girl Cafe posts and Pack of Aces interviews. I think neither project has run its course, so I’ll be making a new one later, but for now…

End of March round-up! Whoot!

Queer Girl Cafe Post Links

Pack of Aces Interview Links

I highly recommend checking out all of the links! There are some fantastic discussions of people’s experiences being shared by Queer Girl Cafe and the interviews are amazing. And very, very dangerous for your TBR pile!

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Book Release: Peeweww Shorts

Posted March 22, 2016 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.

Today is the day! Today the peeweww stories are released as short stand-alone pieces! WHOOHOO! Today it has become that one step easier to find stories featuring non-humanoid aliens and their societies.

The peeweww are small(ish), nocturnal, tree-dwelling creatures poised on the edge of great change. Their colony is in severe decline, their faith is faltering, the world around them is in turmoil. The peeweww shorts are a cycle of novelettes and novellas that explore the way they respond to those changes. Will they be able to recover from the natural disasters that have struck their colony and their world or will they falter and become extinct?

If you enjoy reading about aliens and you’re sad that there is such a thing as too alien in SFF, the peeweww shorts are for you.

Currently there are two shorts available: Changeling’s Time and To Sleep for a Season with a planned three to four more stories to follow. Though each piece is part of an overarching narrative, they’re written as stand-alones and can be read in any order.

Changeling's Time: A small strange creature with wings and a long tail on a colourful background.

Heir Keeper Nightshadow has a secret. Though in training to become the next spiritual leader of his colony, he cannot hear the Stars’ wisdom. When a great storm wreaks havoc on the colony and kills his mentor, it’s up to Nightshadow to save his people. Yet without the Stars’ guidance, what can he do?

Rating: PG

Tags: Aliens, non-humanoid characters, natural disaster, faith, family

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Scribd

 

To Sleep for a Season: A small strange creature with wings and a long tail on a colourful background.

Starglow should have been Heir Keeper. Nightshadow knows it, but concern for his brother’s welfare and clashes over their views on the Stars keep him from admitting it. When a stranger finds her way to the colony, both Nightshadow and Starglow will have to reevaluate everything they thought they knew about the world, their faith, and themselves…

Rating: PG

Tags: Aliens, non-humanoid characters, family, faith, differences of opinion, blindness

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Scribd

I hope you’ll enjoy reading them!

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 43

Posted March 22, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 43 (PGSM 43)Plot Recap: Mamoru has had some of his life drained by a magical stone that Jadeite pushed into his body. Usagi is reasoning with Princess Sailor Moon about why she should maybe not destroy the planet and we’ve learned that Serenity has no fucks to give about anything except being with Endymion.

Also the senshi need the ginzuishou to destroy youma. But they can’t use the ginzuishou because it creates stronger youma.

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 42

Posted March 15, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 42 (PGSM 42)Plot Recap: There were many youma that forced Usagi and Makoto to reveal their identities as senshi to Naru and Motoki respectively. Nephrite continues to struggle with adjusting to human life.

Makoto and Motoki are totally into each other, but Makoto won’t let it stand in the way of her senshi duties and tells Motoki this. Also a child went missing, but was then found (and forgotten about by the rest of the episode).

Also Usagi couldn’t deal with a youma, transformed into Princess Sailormoon and hurt Naru in the process before regaining her control and realising the damage that she can do (and is doing) to the world. And one solitary little scene with Mamoru realising she’s transformed into Princess Sailormoon again.
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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 41

Posted March 8, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 41 (PGSM 41)Plot Recap: Minako was/is a lot more upset about her impending death than she’s letting on to even herself. Mars, Artemis and Minako’s manager all conspire together to rekindle Minako’s competitive side and rope the other senshi (and Luna) into playing along and everyone, at 40 episodes into the show, is finally together to do something fun in their civilian forms.

No Earth was almost destroyed. Also, Minako is having to face up to the realities of her life as Minako, which she’s been hiding from as much as possible, and Rei is really not down with this Past Life thing.

Onwards!

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Writing Updates

Posted March 4, 2016 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.

Time for a linkspam-filled update. We haven’t had one of those in a while. These are all sorts of writing updates, mostly my own, but there’s also some news about non-fiction projects and a serial a friend started that I highly recommend you go and check out.

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A Look at the Covers of 34 Translated Novels

Posted March 4, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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As part of the Year of International Reading, I thought it would be a fun exercise to look at the covers for translated novels. Specifically, this post deals with the covers given to books that have been translated into English. I won’t be looking at the imagery, though. I’ll be focusing on the text available on these covers and talking (generally) about those.

YAY! Lynn is actually including pictures in something! The books are taken from a variety of genres to help showcase that the way English publishers handle translated covers tends to be similar. You’ll see similar trends in books translated from English into other languages. I’m focusing on English covers because that’s the language sphere I’m most familiar with, is the most accessible across the world and where I’m seeing conversations about diversity and translated works happening. These trends are, to the best of my knowledge, present and common within the Western cultural areas, but I can’t speak for other areas in the world.

Below the cut lie 117 covers divided over 39 mostly large images. People browsing on phones or browsing with bandwidth restrictions may want to exert caution.

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Readalong Week 3/4: The Tale of Yin

Posted March 3, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 0 Comments

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Readalong Banner: Tale of Yin by Joyce Chng

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the last week of the Tale of Yin readalong. This week we’re smushing together week 3 and week 4. Because this happened unexpectedly, post from fellow readalongers may not all appear on the same day.

My sincere apologies to everyone about this! Hopefully you’ll continue to enjoy this last half of the book, tackling several related short stories and The Path of Kindness, a story about Mirra’s daughter and her attempts to find herself in the world.

The Revised Schedule

Week 1: February 15th, Book 1: A Sea Of Waves, hosted by Lynn from Little Lion Lynnet’s (that’s me)
Week 2: February 22nd, Book 2: A Tree of Branches, hosted by Imyril from x+1
Week 3/4: March 3rd, Sea Tales and The Path of Kindness, hosted by Lynn from Little Lion Lynnet’s (me again!)

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