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, Other People's Creations / 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 Talk: The Shepherd’s Crown

Posted March 28, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The Shepherd’s CrownThe Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
Series: Tiffany Aching #5
Pages: 304

A SHIVERING OF WORLDS

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning . . .

THE FINAL DISCWORLD NOVEL

Also in this series: I Shall Wear Midnight
Also by this author: I Shall Wear Midnight

As you may be aware, The Shepherd’s Crown is the last Discworld book Terry Pratchett finished. It was released post-humously. I think, out of all the books an author could write as their last, the kind of book that The Shepherd’s Crown is is perhaps the most poignant.

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Book Talk: Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship

Posted March 26, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Of Books, and Earth, and CourtshipOf Books, and Earth, and Courtship by Aliette de Bodard
Series: Dominion of the Fallen #0.5
Pages: 39

In a Paris that never was, a city of magical factions where Fallen angels mingle with magicians, alchemists and witches...

Emmanuelle is the Fallen archivist of House Silverspires, and only wants a quiet life with her books. But when Selene, the latest student of Lucifer Morningstar, walks into the library, Emmanuelle finds herself drawn in an adventure to steal from another House. It's a thrilling and dangerous task, but the most dangerous thing about it might just be Selene herself--aloof and resourceful, and unexpectedly attractive...

Set in the universe of the critically acclaimed The House of Shattered Wings.

Also in this series: In Morningstar's Shadow
Also by this author: In Morningstar's Shadow, Servant of the Underworld, The Tea Master and the Detective

After enjoying In Morningstar’s Shadow , I decided to pick up the other prequel story to Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series. This is partially because it came highly recommended and because I’m still looking for relatively short reads since my attention span is still a little shot.

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Book Talk: Black Tea and Other Tales

Posted March 25, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Black Tea and Other TalesBlack Tea and Other Tales by Samuel Marolla
Pages: 62

In an apparently abandoned house, time and space work in a peculiar way. Those inside can’t remember why they are there and memories of the time before are beginning to fade. That strange old lady, can she help them or is she a threat? A small sheet of paper in their pocket reminding them who they are and where the danger comes from may be their only hope, but can they use it to escape the house or will they die in the attempt?

A special wine allows dreams to come true. But what happens when a loser like William Fiorucci - divorced, broke, and little more than a drunken hack – gets a sip of it?

Giuseppe is only eleven but he’s a smart kid. He knows that he can avoid the Janara if he just remains still and makes no noise. If he can manage that, she won’t find him hiding in his bed. There are rules she must follow after all. But can he use those rules against her? Can he free himself from the witch’s curse by killing the witch herself?

Three short stories, three dark visions of Milan and Italy from Samuel Marolla, the Master of Italian Horror.

Black Tea and Other Tales by Samuel Marolla is… very much not my genre. In my experience, horror relies heavily on visuals which… Well, I’m not a visual reader, so in general my reaction tends to be “*yawn*”. Either that or the story manages to be creepy and my general reaction is sheer terror.

I tend to avoid horror as a result. I’ve read stories in the genre that I did really like, so I’m perfectly happy to push my comfort zones if the story sounds interesting enough. Black Tea and Other Tales fit very nicely with this year’s reading challenge to myself, being translated Italian fiction and a way to push myself to try new genres.

I found myself double-checking my reaction to Black Tea and Other Tales with someone more versed in the genre than I am to make sure that my issues weren’t part of the general “Lynn is not a fan of the genre” package that the collection had to deal with from the beginning.

It wasn’t and I really didn’t like it to the point where I’m only talking about it at all because I said I’d discuss everything I’d read for the challenge and below the cut like lots and lots of spoilers for the three stories in this collection because I’m afraid I can’t talk about what bothered me without that.

For a quick overview of what I didn’t like, I offer you the following keywords: misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and rape. If any of these are upsetting or triggering to you, you probably don’t want to read this collection.

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Book Talk: The King of Ireland’s Son

Posted March 24, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The King of Ireland’s SonThe King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
Pages: 288

The King of Ireland's Son sets out to find the Enchanter of the Black Back-Lands and meets the Enchanter's daughter, Fedelma. His adventures lead him to the Land of the Mist, the Town of the Red Castle, and the worlds of Gilly of the Goatskin, the Hags of the Long Teeth, Princess Flame-of-Wine, and the Giant Crom Duv. This is a true Irish wonder tale: a coming of age story of the youngest son of the King of Ireland who sets off on an impossible quest. The stories weave together, stories within stories, in a fantastic tapestry of humour, poetry, action and adventure. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime, generations of children have loved Padraic Colum's unmatched storytelling.The King of Ireland's Son sets out to find the Enchanter of the Black Back-Lands and meets the Enchanter's daughter, Fedelma. His adventures lead him to the Land of the Mist, the Town of the Red Castle, and the worlds of Gilly of the Goatskin, the Hags of the Long Teeth, Princess Flame-of-Wine, and the Giant Crom Duv. This is a true Irish wonder tale: a coming of age story of the youngest son of the King of Ireland who sets off on an impossible quest. The stories weave together, stories within stories, in a fantastic tapestry of humour, poetry, action and adventure.

The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum is deemed a children’s classic. I have managed to miss reading it before now. (This is not uncommon. I’m very good at not having read children’s classics or only having read them by accident.) But yay I read them now!

I should also note that I read the Project Gutenberg version, which has a few typos and at least in the version I had on my ereader had no illustrations.

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Book Talk: Memory of Water

Posted March 23, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Memory of WaterMemory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
Pages: 272

Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that Noria’s father tends, which once provided water for her whole village.

But secrets do not stay hidden forever, and after her father’s death the army starts watching their town—and Noria. And as water becomes even scarcer, Noria must choose between safety and striking out, between knowledge and kinship.

I picked up Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta on a bit of a whim. I’d never heard of it before and it sounded intruiging. Also it fit my reading guidelines for this half of the year to a tee! And I don’t really a lot of post-apocalyptic, dystopian fiction, so I was delighted to give it a try.

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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, Other People's Creations / 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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