Month: October 2016

Goal Review October 2016

Posted October 31, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments


Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

Hi! I am very super-sleepy as I’m updating this post and writing it. Expect more typos than in my usual enthusiasm. Or less because I’m too tired to zoom over the keys. I’m not sure which. But yay! October is over and soon we’ll be done with the US elections.

Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • Moar HEX comparisons! (And, um, yes. How about we say that I’d like to be at least halfway through the book by the end of the month?)

I Want to Write:

  • Moar fiction! Ideally the DemiPrincess story now that I have a better idea of what to do with it, but I may detour into something shorter if it seems like something I can finish quickly.
  • Lots of blog posts to be saved in advance.
  • Those darned print editions!

I finished the print editions and wrote more of DemiPrincess! Well, I rewrote more of it since I was busy rearranging the worldbuilding according to what it clearly wanted to be rather than what I thought it should be. But it is all ready and set-up for November NaNoWriMo continuations. More on that in the upcoming plans post for November!

I, however, failed horribly at writing and scheduling lots of blog posts. I got some done and I’ve finally got an introduction for that Demisexuality In Fiction essay I’ve been talking about all year, but that’s more or less it. I think most of my blog-writing went into either small tweet-storms or into reading more from HEX.

The comparisons which I also failed to make as much progress on as I’d wanted to make, at that! I am made of fail. T_T (Okay, no, I’m not. I know I’m not, but it feels like I’m not.) I did make progress! And we’re getting into the meat of the story now, so I’m still hoping that the comparison writing will actually speed up substantially and it’s just my own reluctance that makes me so slow. But I will finish it! Somehow. Anyway, that’s it for my goals. I’m not even sure I could tell you quite what happened this month. It’s not even finished and it’s already a blur. o_O


Bits of Exciting News

Posted October 30, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


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

Hi, everyone! I hope those of you who celebrate around this time of year are having a fantastic time! I have four bits of news for you all today. *gasp* Yes, four! I’m very excited about them! Well, most of it. The first you’ll find is not quite as awesome, but still important.

First up! The Passage of Pearl promo is ending soon! I’ll be reverting the price to its original $2.99 on November 1st (my time), so if you’ve been meaning to pick up my novelette with the creepy book that eats people cheaply, make sure you do it quickly!

There you are. That’s the not-so-great news. I’d like to thank everyone who’s picked it up during the sale! I hope you’ll enjoy it! ^_^

Next up! A shiny thing! I have a ko-fi button now. If you like my blogging or tweeting and want to help me keep doing either, buy me a coffee. Though, really, coffee gives me headaches, so it’d more likely be hot chocolate or weak tisane.

Then, it was Asexual Awareness Week last week. I did a couple of tweet storms related to it in the last few days. It’s been a socially busy week, somehow, so I didn’t quite get the spread that I was hoping I’d be able to get. And because I had to schedule the lot of them in advance, they wound up unthreaded and got a bit lost. But don’t worry if you missed them or want a handy way to link back to all of them, for they have been Storified.

And lastly… A Promise Broken is now available in print! WHOOHOO! AT LONG LAST!

It actually got approved and processed a lot more quickly than I was expecting, so I wanted to give a brief heads-up now. I was left with the impression that A Promise Broken‘s print edition migrated to Amazon a lot faster than the ones for Courage Is the Price and Sea Foam and Silence did. I know I had to wait a few days to get those combined and fully connected, but A Promise Broken seems to have got that sorted quite quickly. Yay! I was expecting to be waiting a few days for everything to show up how it was supposed to, but it was really, really quick.

And that means that my publishing goal for the year is one step closer to completion! It is incredibly difficult to remain sitting on Feather by Feather and Other Stories until December. I’m sticking with it because that’s what I announced I would be doing with the releases, but. It’s so hard. I just want to share all the shinies with you. Share them. And throw confetti around because I’m so happy and proud of getting them all done. ^_^

I’m still sad that I didn’t manage to get everything sorted before the summer, but life will happen and, hey, I’m still getting it done within the year and I’ve still managed to combine it with other things that needed doing. I’m actually quite curious to start looking back on the year and seeing how things have gone, given what the year’s been like. It doesn’t feel like it’s been all that shabby.

I’m also really excited to start working on ‘new’ projects and finishing up PIP and seeing what next year will bring. (Possibly not DemiPrincess since that went from one book to at least 3 and I’d like to release the whole story in one go, so you don’t have to wait. *eyes Promises 2* We all know what happens if I don’t by now. Ugh, I’m so slow and I hate getting stuck on things. THAT ONE SHOULD NOT BE SO HARD. >> But, fine. I’ll let it percolate and write stories that do cooperate in the meantime since it’s not like A Promise Broken ends on a cliffhanger or doesn’t stand alone or anything. But hopefully DemiPrincess. I really, really want to share that with people. MOAR demisexual and ace spec rep!)

Whatever happened to having time and energy, body? Anyway, that’s all the news I’ve got to share!


Demisexual Writing Tips

Posted October 28, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies / 0 Comments

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Last night, I did a short(?) series of tweets discussing tips on how to write demisexual characters in your fiction. Those tweets have been storyfied here. WHOOHOO! The tweets focus on how to write demisexual protagonists, though it’s probably general enough to give you an idea on how to write any kind of demisexual. (That said, less screen space and no pov time makes it really hard to show a character as explicitly demisexual, so my recommendation would be that, if you want to include demi representation in your stories, make it a prominent character, so you have the space needed to explore how demisexuality works.)

And because I tend to write out longer tweet threads/storms like this before I start tweeting, here’s the original too. It’s slightly different at points because I do rephrase a little as I tweet, usually to allow for the character limit, but it’s effectively the same thing.

tl;dr best tip version: Let characters become firm friends first and then slowly layer in your demisexual character’s sexual attraction. Layer it. Also read the linked tumblr posts on how to avoid invalidating other ace spec sexualities and, when you’re looking for sensitivity readers don’t forget about the rest of the spectrum. Everyone will have something valuable to say about how you handle it!

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Bookish News! Yay!

Posted October 20, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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I know I’m still super-terrible at keeping people in the loop regarding where my writing projects are at the moment, so… Let’s actually do an update now that I actually manage to find words to say things. >> I’m not good at this whole self-promotion business. T_T Other people, yes. I enjoy shouting their names off rooftops (on that note, Cheryl Mahoney released a new book, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, and Becca Lusher recently released the next of her Overworld shorts, Facing the Hurricane. Check them out!)

But this post is all about me. So… first of all… I’m running a special seasonal promo for The Passage of Pearl. It’s $0.99 (or 2 dollars off) for the rest of October. If you’re looking for a quick, scary read… Check it out!

I’ve also managed to figure out how to get The Princess who Didn’t Have Cake price-matched on Amazon, so now it is permafree everywhere. WHOOHOO! I’m so glad that I managed to figure that out! (It actually turned out to be pretty easy, but wow do they hide that price match contact us option deeply.)

I’ve decided that there’ll be no serial next year. I don’t have anything that’s suitable for it at the moment and we all know that if I try to serialise anything that’s not at least halfway finished before I start that I’ll end up going on hiatus right in the middle and no one wants that. (Or at least I don’t and I’m writing them, so.)

Speaking of next year! I’ve got PIP lined up for publication in early 2017. It needs some more tweaking and finalising and I’m pondering whether to try and experiment with availability and/or preordering options. That’s just a little too far into the future, though. It most likely will, however, be released in ebook and print at the same time. Yay!

And speaking of print books, I’m done fiddling with the print versions of A Promise Broken and Feather by Feather and Other Stories! They’re not published yet, so if you really wanted a print copy of them, don’t go rushing off to stores just yet! I’ll be releasing them in November and December respectively, so each can get a moment to shine.

Feather by Feather and Other Stories will get a second edition with a few added extras. This will also be the time when I reset the price, so if you want the (first edition) ebook cheaply, get it before December! It’ll also come with a new cover, so if you love Anna’s art as much as I do and way it to grace your ereader, again, get it before December.

But there we are. I have almost done what I set out to do this year! And then I accomplished a bit more. November is looming and I’d like to try a proper NaNoWriMo again. For a given value of ‘proper’ since I’m not planning on starting anything new. My plan is to continue working on DemiPrincess and get 50,000 words of that added to it. I’m thinking since it seems to like the trilogy format that it’ll want to be around 240 words, so I’ve got plenty to work on! Once November starts, I’ll be updating the word count on the front page. Probably on a weekly basis, but I’ll do my best to check in every day and share snippets. (Because that worked so well last year.) The rest of October’s writing time will be dedicated to finishing up the last bits of “I changed fundamental parts of the setting, let’s rewrite it all” and the nonfiction projects of my bilingual HEX read and the Sailor Moon (re)watch. I’ll be focusing on HEX, though. I really want to try and finish it completely before January. I also need to write one last Design Adventures post for these final proofs, of course.


Guest Interview: Cheryl Mahoney on The Lioness and the Spellspinners

Posted October 17, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Guest Posts / 0 Comments


Last week, Cheryl released her fourth novel, The Lioness and the Spellspinners and today she is on the blog again to answer questions about the book. It’s a slight departure from her other works as it’s set a fair bit into the past of when her other books take place, but no less delightful for that! I ask about upcoming projects, influences, and the process of writing a non-linearly presented story.

Welcome back, Cheryl! <3

Let me give you all the plot description first. It is delightful!

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Where are the posts?

Posted October 12, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


I imagine there’s a chance that people may be wondering where the posts are. After all, the summar hiatus has ended and very few posts outside of the scheduled ones have appeared since then. So where are they?

Well, the short answer is “I’m saving them all up”. I’m at a point where I’d like to give Patreon another try. I’ve got a reasonably good idea of how I want to set it up and what I want to do with it, so most of September has been poking that into shape. I’m really slow about it, because I’m horrid at coming up with puns and bemusing, catchy names for things.

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Culture Consumption September 2016

Posted October 2, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


Wow. September was a slow month.

What I've Posted

What I've Read

Arthur en de kroniek van Madoc by Hubert Lampo: Hahahahahahahahahahaha. I tried to read nonfiction in Dutch. People on Twitter may have seen me whinge and complain about the experience. (This is the book which dismissed a woman’s research because he didn’t like the stylistics she used whilst I repeatedly wanted to scribble red pen in his research. I mean, given what he said about her theories, I agreed with him, but he could easily have made the argument without involving her writing style. It was totally superfluous. NO I AM NOT OVER THAT.) If you read Dutch and need a really quick primer on the history of Arthurian texts in Dutch, it’s not bad. But you can get the same information presented more clearly and more accessibly in other books. (Also, the second half of the book is the one that promised me a “literary historical detective novel” and gave me nonfiction arrogant rambling instead. I AM NOT OVER THAT EITHER.)

Cantor for Pearls by M.C.A.: My thoughts will follow. I just need to sort them out. It is, as always with Hogarth’s work, absolutely gorgeously written and I loved the dynamics between Amet and Always Falling. (I do kind of wish it’d had a glossary at the back, though, because it’s been a while since I read the first book. I don’t think it had one?)

What I'm Reading

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: Still slowly making my way through it. Very slowly.

Kherishdar’s Exception by M.C.A. Hogarth: Whoo! A new serial by M.C.A. Hogarth! Set in Kherishdar! It’s so much fun to read the serial. I’m even managing to keep up! (Albeit not with commenting. T_T I fail at series commenting upkeep nowadays. T_T)

Rift Riders by Becca Lusher: The sequel to Wingborn. So far it has upped the pace and the tension by quite a bit.

What I've Played

Pillars of Eternity: Whoo! Playing through it with a different character this time. Mainly to see the White March expansion because I still haven’t.

What I've Watched

MacGyver (2016) S1 E1: This episode was intriguing enough, but it… lacked the general feel that I associate with MacGyver. I think I’ll enjoy it well enough as long as I don’t think of it as a reboot.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S6: Er… I forgot where I started the month, but I’m all caught up to the latest episode. I’m actually really glad to see Starlight Glimmer again.


Upcoming Plans October 2016

Posted October 1, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments


Another month, another look at my upcoming plans! October will be, uh, interesting. Like so many months this year, it will be filled with all the interesting things I can think of and all the stressful things I can think of too.

This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Moar HEX comparisons! (And, um, yes. How about we say that I’d like to be at least halfway through the book by the end of the month?)

I Want to Write:

  • Moar fiction! Ideally the DemiPrincess story now that I have a better idea of what to do with it, but I may detour into something shorter if it seems like something I can finish quickly.
  • Lots of blog posts to be saved in advance.
  • Those darned print editions!

So October sees another very vague set of instructions, as you can see. They still seem to be working decently, so lets see how they go. Ideally, what I’d like to accomplish in October is a good chunk of blog posts, finalising those print editions at last, and a good chunk of writing, giving all the peripheral stuff I’m working on at the same time. Juggling and time management!

In fairness, the print editions should be close to done. FBF only needs one more digital pass and for me to figure out what is going wrong with the cover when I save it as a pdf. A Promise Broken will (hopefully) need as much work, so neither of those projects should take that long. Once I figure out the issues with the pdf saving, that is.

Readingwise, I just want to make progress on the posts for HEX. Most of the blog posts I want to do are ones that’ll take up a fair bit of time, though. The HEX comparisons take me a couple of hours each. Still, I’m looking forward to it and to preparing more content to be scheduled in advance. It does mean that the summer hiatus will shift/has shifted over into an autumn hiatus and will likely become a winter hiatus as well, though. Ah, well. I admit I could probably use it, much as it galls me. I’ll have to remember to turn relevant Twitter threads into posts, though, so they live on outside of Twitter and/or Storify as well.

But onward to October’s goals! May I somehow manage another one of those ridiculous 20k+ days. O_O