Month: December 2016

Cover Reveal: RoAnna Sylver’s The Lifeline Signal

Posted December 31, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Coming January 2017

Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading.

Now Parole’s only hope lies in the hands of three teenagers reunited by their long-lost friend Gabriel – in their dreams. Growing up outside Parole, Shiloh Cole always had to keep xir energetic powers a secret, except from xir parents, Parole’s strategist-hero Garrett, and Tartarus expert Maureen. When Parole collapsed, all contact was lost. Now, connected by Gabriel and their colliding pasts, xie joins collapse survivor Annie and the enigmatic, charismatic Chance on a desperate cross-country race, carrying a disc of xir mother’s vital plans, whose encrypted contents may be Parole’s salvation. First they’ll board the FireRunner, a ship full of familiar faces that now sails through Tartarus’ poison storms. Together, they’ll survive Tartarus’ hazards, send a lifeline to lost Parole – and uncover the mystery connecting every one of them.

The world outside Parole isn’t the one they remember, and it didn’t want them back. But they’ll save it just the same. It’s what heroes do.

Doesn’t that sound awesome? I certainly think so! The Lifeline Signal is the second book in the Chameleon Moon series, following Chameleon Moon.

The first book is on my TBR pile for 2017. It. Sounds. So. Awesome. There’s a lot of intersectionality in these books and I’m superexcited about seeing that! These books feature QUILTBAG characters, disabled characters, asexual characters, polyamorous relationships… I’m probably missing things because I’ve not read any of them yet, but they just sound so good. I’m really looking forward to them! (My TBR pile in general, people. You should see it. It looks amaaaaazing. <3)

I just. I am excite! I hope you are too! Here’s to the end of 2016 and its awfulness and to the arrival of 2017, which we’re going to make better.

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2017 What to Expect

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

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Soon it’ll be 2017. OMG! Is it already almost 2017?! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TIME?! Also can we rewind 2016 and start over because wow what a mess? Let’s look at 2017 instead. I’m hopeful it’ll be much brighter.

Back in September, I started plotting some grand plans for 2017. They’re all on hold. All of them. Yes. Every single one. There’s a reason for this, though! You see, I got a new job at the tail-end of 2016 and I’ll be starting off 2017 with moving and getting settled into a new place and a new job and everything that comes with it. I had a lot of plans that hinged on the start of the new year (because then I can actually remember when something started) and said start is going to be filled up with moving, settling, etc and I’m not sure how long it’ll take.

So, officially, all my plans are on hold. But I still want to tell you about them! You can all help me pick which ones to prioritise if you like! Well, within reason. For example: any plans to stream or record stuff is going to be on hold until further notice for sure, so don’t pick those. But here is the list of things I’d like to do in 2017:

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2016 Retrospective

Posted December 30, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Due to some fairly unexpected (but good!) upcoming life changes, I’m far shorter on time than I’d anticipating being. As a result, 2016’s December posts will look a little, well, different from usual. I’ve already shared some of my highlight reads of the year. (If you missed it, you can read the 10 books I wanted to highlight this year here.) I’ve just about had time for a rather impromptu look at the way Yuri!!! On Ice has helped me with some anxiety-related issues and that’s been pretty much it.

So… This post is going to quickly cover 2016 for me and I apologise if it’s a little shorter than it could have been and if I forget things. I still need to write up the final Year of International Reading post and I still need to write the indie publications post that I’ve done the past couple of years and. Just. My head is spinning, even though I have a to do list, a plan, and the holiday season off from work. *flail*

Anyway! 2016. I feel like my general response to 2016 is “Let us not speak of it”, so thankfully that does help me out in this case. 2016 was, on an international level, absolutely horrendous and heart-breaking for just about everyone I know and a jillion people I don’t know. I sincerely hope that 2017 will be the polar opposite for all of us.

On a personal level, I’m still upset that I didn’t manage to finish DemiPrincess this year. I COULD HAVE DONE IT DAMN IT BRAIN. But I do have a much better and clearer idea of what I want to do with it and how I want to handle it and even if it’s not nearly as close to done as I’d like it to be, at least it’s still made a good chunk of progress.

I spent much of the year focusing on getting paperback versions of my longer works out rather than writing, actually. It took longer than I anticipated (maybe, at this point, I should just accept that I fail at estimating duration of anything creative), but they are all done. All of them! Every single novella-or-longer work that I’ve published to date is now available in print as well as ebook! WHOOHOO!

I’m super, super proud of myself for getting them done! And, though I admittedly didn’t finish DemiPrincess, I did finish up another short verse novel/poetry collection that’s a kind of retelling of Rapunzel that’s scheduled for release in January. GO ME.

Beyond that… I actually only remember all the world-shaking negativity. I lost sight of the non-fiction ideas I’d had for my Year of International reading and I think I may have failed from halfway through the year onward. Technically, I didn’t, but since the goal wasn’t so much “read more foreign authors” as it was “read less American authors”… Yeah.

However, I did learn that if you want to read books by non-Americans, you have to be highly alert to what you’re reading and buying because it’s incredibly easy to slip back into the US-dominant reading experience. This is not exactly new, of course. In fact, it’s somethig I expected, but still. Kinda bummed. Will still try to pay more attention because I just want to see some non-US reads on my pile.

On the plus side, it’s a great way to expand my reading genres to ones I’m normally to buried to read.

And… Yeah. That’s been my year. So let’s just end it with reiterating my proudest achievement:

I got all the works I wanted to publish in paperback as well as ebook published in both editions! WHOOT!

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Goal Review December 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 2 Comments

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Well… December… was not the rest of 2016? That’s… good? I mean, it was largely in keeping with the theme of 2016 for a lot of people, but it wasn’t… as collectively awful? Or perhaps November just wore everyone down so much that the collective awful of December was more of a whimper than a roar. I don’t even know.

Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • Moar HEX

I Want to Write:

  • All the HEX posts
  • DemiPrincess 1 to the end

Uh…. Well…. I… read more of HEX? I’m on chapter 11 as I type this post up. I know I’m not likely to make both goals, despite wanting to, because life changes and OMG life changes! They are frightening and exciting both at once and I’m currently hush-hush about them. (2016 is not allowed to hear about them. 2016 will ruin things.)

But… Yeah. I’ve done my best to finish as much as I could, so I could start with a clean slate in January. That’s about all I have to say right now, sorry. There’ll be more updates in later posts, I’m sure. For now I’m going to hush and plead “I am really, really busy and running around trying to do a lot of planning” as my excuse for the worst update of the year.

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Five Books Starring Asexual Protagonists by Ace Spec Authors

Posted December 28, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 12 Comments

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ETA: Now with moar shiny linkses for your perusing convenience! May you find a fantastic read!

ETA2: Go check out Claudie Arseneault’s awesome list of five other indie ace rep recommendations! She’s WAY more awesome and better at reccing things than I am, so go look at her recommendations first. And so far, between us, we’ve covered… more or less the whole ace spectrum with our recommendations, I think? And we also showcase a nice selection of what’s on offer in SFF as a whole, so you’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy!

So… Recently (as in earlier today), Tor.com reran an article about books starring asexual protagonists. As an ace spec reader and author, I found it a disappointing and discouraging read. While the article explicitly acknowledges that many ace spec authors pursue indie publishing, all of the books actually mentioned in the post are traditionally published, most are, as far as I know, not #ownvoices, and one of the characters highlighted isn’t actually the protagonist. Not to mention that the article only cites one (ONE!) indie ace spec author and then only to prove that we generally pursue indie publishing. And don’t mention the author’s books by title because, clearly, when you’re writing an article that is about (indie) asexual spectrum representation this is a wise and intelligent thing to do. If I’d written the article, I would totally have focused on mainstream, traditionally published authors after saying that asexual representation is more likely to be found in indie books too. I would absolutely have asked people to do my research for me and leave me research material in the comments. I would definitely not have reached out to the one (possibly two) ace spec authors on the list for hints on where to start looking for good asexual spectrum representation that I could highlight and showcase. And I would certainly have included a book that the asexual SFF comunity generally considers to be an example of negative representation. Definitely.

As I said, I found it a disappointing and discouraging read, especially since the post explicitly states Tor.com would love to spread the word about indie ace rep and it feels more like it’s paying lipservice to our existence. Treats us like a trend. So. Here’s another list of books with asexual protagonists that actually includes indie and/or asexual authors. It’s quickly compiled, my apologies, but as I’ll repeat nearer the end: one day I shall do a better post that is researched properly. Meanwhile, here are some books with ace rep to get you started all the same.

Disclaimer: I am SUPER SLOW at reading/acquiring all the books. A lot of these books are ones I only heard about this year, as I started to get more involved with the ace spec SFF community, and I’ve been focusing on other books for much of the year, so they are, by and large, books I haven’t yet read myself.

However, all of these books are, to the best my knowledge, well-known in and recommended by the ace spec SFF community, so while the representation in them may still be problematic for some of us or for reasons that have nothing to do with asexuality or aromanticism, enough of us liked the books that we’ve been recommending them in a positive light when it comes to asexual representation. (Drop me a comment if not!)

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 4

Posted December 27, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #4. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

Once upon a time there was a tower.

It was a tall tower with a single window,
High in the air.
Much higher than most people
Care to look.

The tower is magic.

(There’s no such thing.)

The tower is magic.
Slowly shrinking,
Inch by inch.

You can’t be Rapunzel forever.

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ll enjoy these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! I’ll be releasing one every week until January 10th. And then the week after that, Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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2016 Books by Indie Authors

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

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This year’s list of books by indie authors is too late for the holidays. I’m really sorry! They kind of sneaked up on me. That also means that this year’s list is a little… um… not as great as I would have liked? But it’s really easy to find out more information about the books and/or the authors and having a list is better than no list, yes? My brain, everyone. I have no idea where it’s gone this December. I think I broke it.

As always, these are indie authors and small press authors.

It is entirely possible that I’ve accidentally missed someone, especially this year because my brain is complete and utter mush. Please nudge me about it! (Also, people are listed alphabetically by first name.)

Anyway! Onto the books!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser 3

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

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel Teaser #3. A girl with long hair and a tower-shaped hat sleeping against a tree in bloom.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Coming January 17, 2017

Ebook available for preorder NOW: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo

 

Sooner or later,
The world catches up with you.

You didn’t see the pieces.
You didn’t see the dust.
You didn’t see the darkness.
You didn’t see the grime.

All you saw was brightness,
Long forgotten.

(Didn’t you?)

You showed me where to start
Putting the pieces back together.

(I found the piece for love.
Too small, too late.)

This is a teaser post for my upcoming short verse novel, Rapunzel, Rapunzel. These teaser posts are made up of poems (or sections of poems) from the full verse novel. They were selected based on a couple of criteria:

  1. They showcase the kind of free verse poetry you can expect from Rapunzel, Rapunzel.
  2. They come together to tell a complete, if slightly different, short story all on their own.
  3. They fit into the image without looking terribly out of place.

I hope you’ll enjoy these teasers for Rapunzel, Rapunzel! I’ll be releasing one every week until January 10th. And then the week after that, Rapunzel, Rapunzel gets released as a whole!

Here’s the synopsis!

You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

If you like what you see, please consider spreading the word and/or preordering the ebook. Word-of-mouth and first-day sales visibility are incredibly important to authors to get their books to gain any kind of momentum and an audience, the more so to those of us who are indie authors. (Hi!) If you’re a paperback kind of person, I’ll be releasing the paperback around the same time as the ebook and if you’re an eligible Amazon customer you’ll be able to get the ebook for free along with it. So be forewarned of that happening!

Oh, and if you want to be sort-of spoiled for how the story in Rapunzel, Rapunzel is different from the teaser? I’ll give you a hint: this is all about masks and personas.

I hope your day is going well and that I just added a little bit of brightness to it with this teaser!

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Anxiety, Using Labels and Yuri!!! On Ice

Posted December 17, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

Yesterday, I attended a job interview. I have anxiety, so a daylong trip that involves going to another country for a short interview is, well, let’s just say I spent most of today balancing needing to keep my sleep rhythm proper and needing to recuperate. I’m really glad that everyone I met was super nice to me because human kindness really helps me out. But even with human kindness the parts where I was travelling on my own were… not great.

I won’t go into all the details, but since it followed so closely on Yuri!!! On Ice episode 11 and because Yuuri’s anxiety has been on my mind a lot, it is something I’ve been thinking about and have been since I watched Yuuri’s flashback to last year’s Grand Prix Final where he failed. It also features VERY MILD spoilers for YOI episode 11.

Content Note: Descriptions of how anxiety manifests for me and related food issues as well as descriptions of how I talk about anxiety.

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Favourite Books of 2016

Posted December 15, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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I’m working on this list a little early, largely because I don’t know how much time I’ll have to tackle it later. As always with this end-of-year favourites list, this is in no particular order and I’ve just picked 10 of my highest ranking books relatively randomly. By which I mean “I remember enough about the book to discuss it, I’ve tried not to repeat all my favourite authors, and I’ve generally really enjoyed the book and want to highlight it before the year is out because that is how much I enjoyed it”.

I’m sorry. I’m just really, really, really rubbish at ranking books and picking favourites. I can just about do it when you let me pick multiple ones, but they’re almost always more of a random “Oh! This book sounds shiny right now!” grab than “THIS IS MY FAVOURITEST BOOK EVER READ IT NOW”. (Though, seriously, if you want my favouritest read it now book ever, pick up Seaward by Susan Cooper. It is gorgeous and subtle and intricate and you will not regret it. Ignore the dragons on the new cover. It is THE MOST INACCURATE COVER EVER and we hates it precioussss.)

ANYWAY! TO THE BOOKS! In totally random order. There are ten because 10 makes a lovel round number that’s standard for lists like this because Reasons. XD

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