Month: July 2017

Goal Review July 2017

Posted July 31, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal
I Want to Read:

  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Other Hugo-related material my brain does not recall the titles of today

I Want to Write:

  • 8 pieces of the Sekrit Project
  • 10,000 words edited of DemiPrincess1
  • Those A Promise Broken edits

I have accomplished much! Basically, I’ve done everything on the list except 10,000 words of DemiPrincess editing. Also finishing Ninefox Gambit. (Awesome what I read of it, but I need to read it slooooooooowly. In chunks. T_T) This is largely due to the fact that my laptop keyboard is broken and in need of repairs. But Lynn, you may say, don’t you have a desktop you can work on? Yes, I do. And despite it being set to ergonomical standards I desperately need a chair (or a desk or both) that does not mess up my back. Short version: I don’t understand how or why but it physically hurts to use the desktop for prolonged periods of time, so while writing up small things like reviews and poetry is fine I’m a little more hesitant about big novel edits. T_T

Bodies are weird. Anyway, I’ve been diving deep into revising A Promise Broken for its Kraken rerelease debut — I’m so excited! It’ll be awesome! — and dividing my time between that and my Sekrit Project: a short collection of loose pieces about the protagonist from Sea Foam and Silence. Half of it, uh, developed a plot. And now it’s lopsided.

On the one hand: YAY! Y’all said you wanted more of this world and now I have masses of sequel potential involving Moar Mermaid Shenanigans instead of just, sort of, a half-formed verse novel world of fairytale retellings. On the other: Wow, does that mess up both my scheduling and my planning because I need Yet More Poems to balance everything out neatly and have a wholesome collection available for you all to buy. All I wanted was some additional cute so I could make people happy and share more of this world with them in fluffy adorableness.

I… Yeah. So that happened. Instead of 8 pieces to finish off my no longer so secret project, I wrote… a number more. As you do. And now I need… even more. As you do. So that’s probably not happening until October or November now?

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady

Posted July 19, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi and Kouan from Sera Myu Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady

Storify.

As is to be expected from the title (Birth! The Princess of Darkness Black Lady) this is a Myu retelling of the Black Moon arc. It looks… a little differently from what you might be expecting, though.

It’s made a couple of changes to allow for the whole senshi cast to appear in the musical, for example, and it sticks to the formula of “Let’s show off every single Sailor Moon costume upgrade” that, I think, all of the second stage musicals have had if not also most of the first stage musicals.

And… So far I like that. It’s really fun to see the musicals stick to roughly the same story and yet manage to spice it up with those smaller changes because it makes the whole story feel much fresher and unexpected. Also the changes meant we pretty much got rid of most all of the daughter/father romance ick that’s in this narrative as well as the part where Demand(o) sexually assaults Sailor Moon. (That particular change also had to do with the fact that Marina was 12 when she played in this musical.) Those are my favourite changes about the whole musical, really.

But the issue I have with this musical is pretty much the same as I’ve been having with most of them: it relies heavily on viewers already knowing key aspects of the narrative, such as the relationship between Chibiusa and Pluto and Chibiusa’s frustration at not being able to transform into a senshi. Honestly, I shudder to think of watching this musical without any prior exposure to the R arc because I doubt it’d make all that much sense to me. I mean, I know the musical is likely aimed at fans who, like me, already know the backstory in the arc and just wanted to see the story acted out in a stage musical, but still. I would have liked it to stand on its own more than it did. 🙁

I’m hopeful that the revision will address the biggest of my concerns. We know from the new musicals that it’s totally possible to fit the narrative into a 2 hour musical, after all, and all I really want is just a little more build-up to the key moments of the second part of the narrative and to get the change I really want (establishing Chibiusa and Pluto’s friendship better) you only need to alter a couple of lines from an early scene.

Anyway, despite having some narrative issues with the musical, I did enjoy it. This musical especially suffered from being one of the later ones I’m watching, I think.

I adored Petite Étrangère when that came out. Absolutely adored it and this is very unfair of me, but I couldn’t help comparing the two as I watched and the script of the new Myu is just better. And the enthusiasm, while there, is nothing compared to the enthusiasm of the first stage musicals especially. So part of my lessened enjoyment is also just that I’ve already seen so many of the Myus that I’m starting to figure out what my preferences and favourites are.

Though, honestly, I would probably have loved the heck out of this musical if it’d just stood on its own more effectively.

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Book Talk: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Posted July 18, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Series: Wayfarers #1
Pages: 432

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is… You know when you’re reading a book that everyone loves and you can see why they love it and yet, somehow, it just never clicked when you were reading? That’s what this book was like for me. T_T

I loved all the individual elements, but they never quite managed to mesh into a love of the whole and… if I’m totally honest with you, I don’t know why.

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Grammar Geek: In, In to, Into – What’s the difference?

Posted July 14, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Grammar Geek: In, In to, Into - What's the difference?

So… Fun fact: I’m used to talking through grammar lessons rather than writing them all down entirely. It’ll probably take me a bit to get used to the shift in medium. You wouldn’t think it makes a big difference, but it actually really does.

And, because this is the blog version, some more background because I don’t think I actually announced this properly. One of my Patreon goals was to geek out about (English) grammar once a month. I like grammar and I teach English as a Second Language, so it’s a combination of stuff that I’m pretty good at. Also did I mention I like grammar? This is a fun way for me to ramble about my interests and touch on topics that people find interesting or troublesome.

So every month, I’ll be soliciting questions about grammar and we’ll pick one that I’ll be covering that month. This is the first month and I’m happy to report that we had a great question. (I have no idea if people want me to list their names if their question is picked. I figured I’d keep it anonymous in case people feel self-conscious otherwise.)

And… Yeah. That’s what this is. A new monthly feature! These are public posts and anyone can participate in asking questions! Though the posts go live for Patrons a week before anyone else gets to see them (as opposed to the month-long wait of non-goal public posts like reviews). I hope you’ll enjoy it! I’ll put up a call for new prompts later this month.

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Kindness of Pictures

Posted July 6, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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This time around, I’d like to talk about something which a lot of people do. I’d like to talk briefly about picture sharing! Whether they’re lolcats or birbs or gorgeous scenery. Whether they’re videos or still images or gifs or whatever. They’re the images that brighten our day just that little bit for being shared.

To everyone who tirelessly collects them to be posted as a regular feature, thank you.

To everyone who uses them to combat trolls, thank you.

I… kind of feel like this one doesn’t really need any kind of explanation or elaboration. They mostly just speak for themselves, these images, and I am grateful to everyone who shares them. <3

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June 2017 Round-up

Posted July 2, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Goals

News

Patreon-Exclusive

This is not a collection of all the posts that went up on Patreon. This is just a list of the posts that went up on Patreon only or that won’t appear for another month. Most of these posts are locked personal life updates, fiction or fiction-related. Reviews and livetweets will find their way onto this blog eventually if they haven’t already appeared.

Starting next month, I’ll be listing all Patreon posts because I’ll be out of reposts of old content and it’ll be all neat and tidy!

Culture Consumption

Misc Posts

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News! Joining the Kraken Collective!

Posted July 2, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Today it is Exciting News Day! *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

Today, you see, is the day that I officially join the Kraken Collective!

Kraken Collective Logo: A Kraken holding a rainbow-coloured assortment of books.

WHOOHOO! The Kraken Collective is a fantastic group of fellow queer indie sff authors who have all come together to produce high-quality fiction. You should go read their works if you haven’t already because it is amazing! Here let me quote you the about page, because it’s way more elegant and eloquent than my exciting squealing. 😀

The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors who have pooled resources to publish high-quality fiction while retaining complete creative control over our stories. We aim to provide a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy stories, all starring LGBTQIAP+ characters. From alien hunting lesbians to complex political fantasy, The Kraken Collective publishes queer SFF that will blow your mind away and leave you craving more.

Although it begins as a simple cooperative between authors, we aim to grow into an unique publishing model capable of supporting queer indie voices everywhere in SFF. We are committed to building a publishing space that is inclusive, positive, and brings fascinating stories to readers.

I’m so honoured and humbled to be among this group of people, you all, I don’t even have words to express it right now. Or yesterday. Or the day before. Or pretty much any day since Claudie invited me.

What does joining the Kraken Collective mean for my works? A publisher change for some of them and new projects will be Kraken-considered first.

Right now, the goal is to republish A Promise Broken in late August to bring it under the Kraken fold and to keep working on DemiPrincess to publish that via the Kraken Collective as well, but that is… a while into the future yet because it feels like my slowest project ever and I’m determined to finish all three books before I even consider publishing it.

A Promise Broken is going to look much the same as it does now, I expect. I’ll be rereading it again for typos (so if you found any I still managed to miss, now is a terrific time to let me know!) and I’ll be redoing the metadata to be in line with Kraken’s guidelines. And do you know what that means?! <3

That means MOAR BOOKS because I get to do something that I have wanted to do and been terrified of doing in any kind of official-like fashion and that is including reading suggestions in my books! You know how a big trad publisher sometimes puts tiny little book adds at the end of their books to go “If you liked what you just read, you may like this as well”? Well, I really love those AND NOW I GET TO DO IT WITH MY OWN BOOKS. OFFICIALLY. Spreading Moar Book Love and getting you all even more books you might be interested in reading.

Uh, yes. This may be one of the things I’m most excited about because I’m weird and silly and I LOVE RECOMMENDING PEOPLE BOOKS because getting that one book into the hands of a person who adores it is THE BEST feeling.

But, yes. I’m currently hard at work trying to juggling all the things and getting A Promise Broken rereleased in a little over a month from now. I’m really excited to be working with everyone at the Kraken Collective (they’re great people and their books are awesome and if you like mine I’m pretty sure you’ll adore all of theirs too?) and I look forward to publishing great fiction with and alongside them! <3

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Livetweeting Sera Myu – Transylvania no Mori (Revised)

Posted July 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi pouting because she 'forgot' something in the classroom.

As promised, tonight’s musical is the revised version of Transylvania no Mori. You can read the Storify here.

There were, um, quite a few changes to this musical. The second half especially is massively different, with a far greater focus on the Samael/Sailor Quartet as enemies and a completely different role for Astarte that, while not working for my perfectly, works a lot better than the original musical did.

Also Dracul returns because Reasons and the tearful final scenes where everything is going wrong were tearful and upsetting and works masses and masses better for me as well. Some of the same plot issues remain and I don’t think the musical manages to live up to its narrative potential even with the changes, but you know what? It was fun to watch and I got really caught up in it and, honestly, that’s really the main thing I want from all these musicals and the original version, sadly, didn’t give me that. At all.

I didn’t even remember we were going to get a revised version. That’s how badly I wanted to forget it. (Also, my memory is rubbish in general, but that’s not nearly as dramatic to say.)

Next week we do get the third and last instalment in the Dracul trilogy! I double-checked.

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Livetweeting SeraMyu Transylvania no Mori

Posted July 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Mandrake from Sera Myu Transylvania no Mori

And after a weeklong delay, we finally return to the livetweeting of the second instalment in the Dracul saga of Sera Myu. You can read the livetweets here.

This Storify is late largely because I was way way too tired to tackle a livetweet last week and then depression hit for, um, quite a while and when it wasn’t that it was just plain being busy with offline things. So since everyone’s been very kind and putting up with my irregularities first, I opted to just do one and a half musical today! (Watch me not manage to finish the third instalment now either.) That way I don’t have to reorganise the schedule for people.

Anyway! This musical is properly titled (in translation): Decisive Battle / Transylvania’s Forest ~ New Appearance! The Warriors Who Protect Chibi Moon ~ though Chibimoon plays a really small part compared to other musicals. My main impression of this musical is that the presentation of its plot is every bit as messy as some of the First Stage musicals were and, as a result, just as confusing and scenes nearer the end of the musical that should be packing a hefty punch just don’t manage.

I mean, if I’d been a child? Yeah, probably I would’ve enjoyed it just fine. As an adult my main impression of the plot is “Look, if I wanted to construct a sensible narrative arc for all these characters from the scraps you’re giving me, I would be writing it already. I just want to be entertained with a story that does not feel like it’s falling apart at the seams”. Which is a shame because this musical, even more than the previous Dracul musical, offers a chance to really, really dive into some deep questions about humanity and ethics in a way that it’s accessible to children and adults. It’s trying to do some really interesting and neat things. Though, uh, that all said and I haven’t said it in the livetweets, but wow the way it uses Judaism made me really uncomfortable.

I really, really wanted to like this musical. It’s introducing some great ideas in the characters of Vampir and the Amazon Quartet (it does introduce Elizath Bathory and Gilles de Rais – in a musical for children, yes – and then proceeds to do barely anything with either of their backstories which is just a wasted opportunity all around), but it’s also trying to introduce so much and include such grand ideas and dilemmas that nothing every truly gets a chance to shine. This is especially true of Sailor Astarte. She gets this scene which is so inspired by Mistress 9 taking over Hotaru and it’s supposed to be this supermeaningful moment between her and Usagi, but we’ve seen her, like, thrice? And only briefly as the scenes quickly moved on to focus on other more important things? So we know nothing about her at all and we have absolutely no reason to really care and. Just. WHAT WAS THE POINT OF IT ALL THEN.

And… Yeah. I’m pretty sure this musical is going to be one of my least favourite Sera Myu musicals if not my least favourite. T_T

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