Month: June 2016

Goal Review June 2016

Posted June 30, 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.

June. June, what happened to you, June? Seriously, what happened? I have no words for June either. I am done with the whole of 2016.

Last Month's Goal
I Want to Read:

  • Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson
  • Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Collected Stories by Patricia Grace

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Um. Yeah. Okay. I can’t even pretend that I managed to do any of the above because June was made of so much fail I have pretty much blocked it from memory. Then again, admittedly after Brexit I had very little headspace for anything but Brexit.

I got… none of this done, alas. Some of that was due to getting distracted by other books. I did read more than three books and I did start the first of the books on the list there, but I didn’t manage to finish any of the three. Too many other shinies or quick reads.

As for writing… Well, I did actually spend time editing, but I don’t seem to have managed actual words of fiction otherwise. *hangs head* And yes the month has been that terrible that I haven’t even managed to write. I’m long glad I’ve managed to keep up the nonfiction writing. I feel like such a terrible failure, though. It’d be better if I remembered more about what I’d actually done and accomplished.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 38

Posted June 28, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 38: Infinity 12, Infinite - Journey

Welcome back to another react post for Sailor Moon Crystal. We’re up to the final episode of the season and oh my did the last episode pack a hefty punch. This episode is going to have to work hard to be as epic. (Though can it even ever be as epic, considering that so much of the epicness was the awakening and introduction of Sailor Saturn, a moment which anyone watching has been waiting for. Especially those of us who know the 90s anime and had high expectations of the reveal that, so the reaction show, seem largely to have been met.)

So. As it is the last episode of the season, let’s get to it! OMG! Fair warning: because it’s the last episode of the season, I may have gone overboard with the screencaps. So if you’re on mobile or limited bandwidth, I apologise! There are a good 20 images in this post.

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Readalong Week 4: Any Other Name

Posted June 27, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 0 Comments

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Banner for the SF/F Readalong for Any Other Name by Emma Newman. Banner by Hisham from Hisham El-far’s Bloggy Thing.

Aaaaand after dithering for a while and getting caught up on everyone’s blog posts, I decided to go ahead and just the readalong for the second book in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman as well. Welcome to another month of readalong questions and speculations!

The Schedule

Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

The Book

Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…

Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.

The Questions

This week’s questions come courtesy of Sarah from The Illustrated Page and contain spoilers up to the very end of the book.

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First Look at the Feather by Feather Interior Layout

Posted June 23, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: Feather by Feather and Other Stories Proof 1

Welcome back to Design Adventures! This time we’ll be looking at the interior layout for Feather by Feather. This also concludes the prewritten posts section of Design Adventures. I’m really sorry to everyone who enjoyed this as a regular feature, but I’m out of books to discuss and I’ll be moving on to sporadically discussing them as I go along and write and publish more books. (I still need to do posts on the covers, yes, but I will get to those more sporadically since they’re a slightly different kind of post for me to write.)

This time around, we’ve only got a single proof to show pictures from too, so the process is going to be a little different as well. I’m just going to be discussing the shinies and my feelings and reactions. What I think works, what doesn’t, etc.

Again, this post contains pictures!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 37

Posted June 21, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 37: Infinity 11, Infinite - Judge

Welcome back to another Sailor Moon Crystal reaction post. We’re up to… the penultimate episode, I think. We know from the preview that we’re probably getting Sailor Saturn in this episode and we’re definitely going to get the first combo attack between Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi-Moon. And… Yeah. This episode is going to be action-packed and fast-paced and let’s dive in.

This is your regular all-caps warning. HERE BE ALL-CAPS.

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Readalong Week 3: Any Other Name

Posted June 20, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 0 Comments

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Readalong Banner: Any Other Name by Emma Newman
Banner for the SF/F Readalong for Any Other Name by Emma Newman. Banner by Hisham from Hisham El-far’s Bloggy Thing.

Aaaaand after dithering for a while and getting caught up on everyone’s blog posts, I decided to go ahead and just the readalong for the second book in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman as well. Welcome to another month of readalong questions and speculations!

The Schedule

Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

The Book

Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…

Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.

The Questions

This week’s questions come courtesy of Lynn from Lynn’s Books and contain spoilers up to chapter 20.

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Designing the Interior Layout for Sea Foam and Silence

Posted June 16, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: Sea Foam and Silence Proof 1 & 2

Welcome back to another Design Adventure! This time, we’ll be looking at the print edition of Sea Foam and Silence. More specifically, we’ll be looking at the first two print editions. In this post, there will be much excitement because I think the layout is absolutely gorgeous — of course, I would. I designed it — and a lot of pulling out my hair because some things just do not work and they’re a bit more troublesome to fix than you might think from this introduction. (You won’t think it’s troublesome once we see what the matter is, I promise.)

There are pictures again this time around, so be warned of big pictures!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 36

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

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 36: Infinity 10, Infinite - Upper Atmosphere

Aaaaand we’re back and slightly delayed again due to life being busy. Also because my first response to the episode was very incoherently going one of three reactions: “OMG!”, “OMG! NO!” and “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” and also tears. So very many tears. So instead of giving you very incoherent flailing (with no pictures attached so there wasn’t even context for it) I decided to hold off for a time when I could rewatch it quietly and capture screenshots for you then. Well, now. Or at least soon after I post this, which is not now and at least an hour into the future. Oh, you know what I mean. I hope you’ll enjoy the rambling! (And I also hope you’ll find that it actually helps tide you over until the next episode is released because OMG!)

Um. Pictures for Act 34 and 35 are still incoming. I only had time to do this one today.

Let’s get to the episode!

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Book Release: Sea Foam and Silence

Posted June 13, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Sea Foam and Silence

Available from: Amazon (PrintEbook), B&NKobo, iTunes

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.

Rating: PG

Tags: romance, asexual, aromantic, mermaids, fairytale retelling, humans seen from a non-human perspective

It’s here! It’s here! The full version of Sea Foam and Silence is now available! Yay! Now, if you cannot wait for the serial to end to discover what happens next to our intrepid little mermaid, you can! So let’s have a quick and brief little set of Q&A about the book.

I hope you’ll enjoy the story as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

Where can I buy it?

Most retailers! Sea Foam and Silence is available in both print and ebook format. Yep! I finished the print version as well. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do. The links are at the top of the post, but let me repeat them for you just in case.

You can also wait for the serial to finish. That’ll run until December 16th on my blog and on Wattpad. There are some minor changes and tweaks between this finished release and the serial, mostly consisting of slightly different line breaks for effect and fixed typos.

Um, why is it for sale on Amazon but on preorder on other eretailers?

Because I messed up. I’m really sorry about that! No more released books when I’m supertired and emotionally exhausted in future! (Authors, don’t be like me. This is a silly mistake that is easily avoidable.)

To explain in a little more detail: I dithered and dallied about when exactly to release Sea Foam and Silence for ages and ages. I had the dates all set up for a preorder, then dealt with the anxiety of pressing a button by avoiding the button and discussing the dates with a friend (again), came back to all the settings after changing my mind because timing and… failed to remember that I had it all set up ready to be set to a preorder date once I hit the release button. So when I went and pressed the button… Well, it became a preorder and I couldn’t figure out how to alter that, so I changed it to the earliest possible date I could, which was the 16th of June.

*hangs head* Again, I’m really sorry about the delay! I know it’s only a couple of days, but still. This was… emphatically not how it was supposed to happen.

What’s it cost?

The print version is $13.99. The ebook is currently discounted at $1.99. It’ll remain discounted for the rest of the year. As I said the serial will continue to run until December 16th, so expect the ebook price to go up at some point in January 2017.

The ebook is also enrolled in the MatchBook program, so if you buy the print edition off Amazon US you should be able to claim a (free!) ebook copy as well. I’m sorry to inform you all that the print version isn’t discounted in any way. (I like having it in extended distribution!)

Hey, is this a fairytale retelling?

Yep! It’s an asexual retelling of The Little Mermaid. In verse! With emoticons! Because no verse novel is complete without emoticons! (Disclaimer: many verse novels are actually just fine without emoticons.)

What’s the heat rating? You said it was a romance.

It’s a sweet romance, so the heat rating is low to non-existent depending on your definition of how they work. The two protagonists are both ace spec and (at least) one of them is sex-repulsed, so there is no sex of any kind at any point. There are cuddles, though! And footsies. I think it’s footsies? *looks it up* Yes, Footsies. But mostly cuddling.

What’s with the emoticons?

Our narrator is a mermaid. With no voice. She draws pictures to get her emotions across. It was emoticons or subjecting you all to my terrible and horrendous drawing skills. Trust me, you want the emoticons. I make stick figures look bad. Also, she’s totally the kind of person who’d use emoticons and little drawings to illustrate her moods and how to read things emotionally.

Will there be more?

I can see a couple of companion pieces, yes. When they’ll arrive… I don’t know. They’re on my list of things to be written, so they’ll come eventually. I like the idea of doing a series of fairytale retellings in verse. ^_^

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Readalong Week 2: Any Other Name

Posted June 13, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 0 Comments

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Readalong Banner: Any Other Name by Emma Newman
Banner for the SF/F Readalong for Any Other Name by Emma Newman. Banner by Hisham from Hisham El-far’s Bloggy Thing.

Aaaaand after dithering for a while and getting caught up on everyone’s blog posts, I decided to go ahead and just the readalong for the second book in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman as well. Welcome to another month of readalong questions and speculations!

The Schedule

Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

The Book

Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…

Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.

The Questions

This week’s questions come courtesy of Imyril from X+1 and contain spoilers up to chapter 14.

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