Month: September 2016

Goal Review September 2016

Posted September 30, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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And that was September. September was, um, better than many of the other months so far. HUZZAH! So let’s look at the goals I’d set.

Last Month's Goal
I Want to Read:

  • More of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt as a comparative read
  • Books! (Hey, not specifying anything worked well last time, so let’s try it again.)

I Want to Write:

  • More of DemiPrincess
  • Go over moar proofs for A Promise Broken and Feather by Feather
  • Go over edits and changes for PIP.

I accomplished… most of these. The one thing I definitely missed out on is going over the proof for A Promise Broken, which I’d like to get to later today, because the proofs arrived substantially later than I would have expected. But other than that, I have made progress on all of these goals.

I managed to write a ridiculous 20,000-odd words on DemiPrincess and finally be in sight of where I was before my life went topsy-turvy again. I’ve poked at changes and edits for PIP. I’m now at the point where I’m a) terrified it is rubbish and with no betareaders because none of my friends really like verse novels/poetry, b) just generally not sure what to do with it even if I did have betareaders to read it. But hey it is done and I’m okay with not releasing it in winter. I’ve got plenty on my hands with wrapping up the serial Sea Foam and Silence and doing the associated “Hey, did you know there’s a book available?” promo. (I will likely fail. We all know by now that I’m rubbish at self-promo.)

I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted or had expected to, but apparently I’m just in the reading slump part of my creative cycle? Maybe? I did read a few books! Just… I’ve not been in a reading mood at all.

And that is basically it! I’ve actually been unwell the past week or so, which didn’t really help. But I’m feeling better and things are more on track now! Whoohoo!

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Discussing the third A Promise Broken proofs

Posted September 13, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: A Promise Broken Proof 3

Welcome back once again to another instalment of Design Adventures! This time we’re tackling the third (I think it’s the third) set of proofs for A Promise Broken. I’d say we’re getting close to the end of finally releasing it, but I may have to disappoint you. So let’s just dive straight in and see what we’ve got!

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Book Talk: Hex, Chapter 3

Posted September 10, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Welcome back to the comparative read of Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s HEX! This time I’m tackling chapter 3.

When last we visited the towns of Black Spring and Beek, we had encountered Stefan, his family and their USian counterparts as well as a creepy, kind of stalkerish old lady with eyes and mouth sewn shut. We’d also met with Robert Grim and a new family looking to move into town, something the townspeople were rather desperate to prevent and failed at miserably. (Things we’ve learned from chapter 2: do not send Robet Grim to do any kind of convincing or negotiating.)

Please note! This chapter contains suicide ideation and thoughts of severe self-harm and this post discusses some of it fairly briefly.

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)

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Film Talk: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Episode 1

Posted September 7, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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Hi! Welcome, everyone to something I’ve been meaning to do since the beginning of blogging reactions to Sailor Moon Crystal: Blogging reactions to the original anime! As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’m doing this in conjunction with a first-time watching of the American Canadian dub of this version.

Due to the fact that I haven’t seen the US Canadian show before, I’m watching the episodes pretty much back-to-back in the format of dub and sub. I’ll also be posting dubbed episode commentary on the same day as the subbed commentary. That means that when an episode hasn’t been dubbed, that day will only have commentary for the subbed episode.

But this! This is the original Japanese anime with subtitles. Whoot!

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Episode 1: A Moon Star Is Born (Original Dub)

Posted September 7, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Not-A-Review / 0 Comments

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I have a confession to make: I’ve never seen the American (ETA: I’m told it was actually produced in Canada.) dub of Sailor Moon. I’ll grant you that’s probably not that much of a confession considering I’m fairly vocal about the part where I’m not American, but still. No, I came into the franchise through friends and was introduced via subtitled episodes.

So, because I clearly do not have enough on my plate and I’m definitely not struggling to keep up with the Steven Universe commentary, I’m going to add sporadic live watchings of the original American dub to the blog. Have fun reading me watch it for the first time!

Expect lots of all-caps and general commentary of complete and utter disbelief. Also expect me to slip up and use the Japanese names on occasion.

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The Story Behind “The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake”

Posted September 1, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake has appeared on iTunes and Kobo!

After releasing The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake, I did a tiny tweetstream about why I published it and wanted to get it out onto bigger retailers on its own. You can read the Storify version of those tweets here. If you’d rather avoid another click, the same text is below. It’s just edited up into paragraphs and has had some of its typos corrected.

So… Let me talk a little about “The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake”. (Read: let me ramble about it for a bit.) Let me tell you where the story came from. It came from sadness and from hurt. It came from a desire to say “I exist”. Sort of. You’ll see.

I grew up being taught that you could be heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. Asexual was not given as an option. Because I knew I wasn’t attracted to girls, I defaulted to heterosexuality and, admittedly, didn’t do much searching beyond that. I didn’t feel any need to search for words. Besides, I was bullied enough for being weird as it was. I didn’t really need to be weirder. And, you know, we have loads and loads of stories about straight people ‘waiting for The One’ or being frigid or what have you. I thought I didn’t need words. The less noticeable I was to anyone (including me!) the better and safer I felt.

But then I grew up and met friends who identified as asexual and… Wow. I don’t think I realised HOW much power words have until then. So I started looking. I started poking and thinking and I identified as asexual for a while because it was the best word I had. And then I came across demisexuality and… things clicked. They just clicked. They felt *right* and sensible like never before.

And then I came out to my best friend and they… didn’t understand and were horrible about it. Suddenly, I found this person I care for deeply decide it was okay for them to tell me how I could identify because they didn’t understand. They’ve known me forever. They had no problem with my identifying as asexual. But demisexual? No. That wasn’t a thing. I wrote “The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake” for them, hoping that story could explain what discussion apparently could not. (In my friend’s defense, they tried *really* hard to understand demisexuality.)

I wrote the essay to nuance the story more, to acknowledge its shortcomings and discuss them. (There’s only so much that fits into it.) And I wrote the whole thing for me and people like me. To create a story that says “I exist. We exist”. I wish I’d had that story sooner. And I hope that it finds its way into the hands of others who can use it. ^_^

And… I guess that is all I have to say at the moment. At least about this story.

Fly, little story, and give people something beautiful. Give them words.

And that is all I wrote on it then. But I thought I’d collect it here for anyone who missed it for any reason at all.

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Upcoming Plans September 2016

Posted September 1, 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.

September is a new month! I may always starts these posts with that. As I mentioned in August I’m going to be shaking up the blogging routine I’m in quite a lot, so we’ll see how things look in September. But. We’re looking at the plans, so let’s look at the plans!

This Month's Goals

I Want to Read:

  • More of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt as a comparative read
  • Books! (Hey, not specifying anything worked well last time, so let’s try it again.)

I Want to Write:

  • More of DemiPrincess
  • Go over moar proofs for A Promise Broken and Feather by Feather
  • Go over edits and changes for PIP.

Okay,with my track record, I will probably accomplish the last two items rather than the first, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m slowly starting to poke DemiPrincess again. I think I mentioned finding a good idea for the cover image somewhere and it requires a fair bit of editing that needs to happen before I can continue where I was. But that is a good thing, really. It’s something I was wishy-washy over to start with and I wasn’t exactly fighting the direction of the story, but I wasn’t exactly going with it either.

Discussions on author control are very interesting. What I mean in this case is that I started off writing it intending to base it off one period in our history (notably: British medieval times), but what I was actually writing leaned more towards pseudo!Regency or later. So that means I need to choose what to draw on (most) and stick with it. And because these are extremely different periods in a lot of ways… Well, the stories won’t look the same. The worldbuilding alters the way the story can be told. And I’ve been wavering between the two and trying to stick to my original idea for the setting without considering that that idea clearly works better in a different one. It involves some fairly extensive reconsideration of the original physical setting, but it should actually work out once that is done. And, knowing me, having made the change and committing to it properly will speed up the process of writing the first draft.

So there is lots of hope in my heart that I will finally finish the darned thing. (And then my lovely amazing betas can tear it to absolute shreds and I will cry and start over, but you know. The first draft will be done and that’s always the hardest for me.)

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