Month: September 2017

Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island (Revision) – Marinamoon Final

Posted September 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu Marinamoon Final Cast Moments during the last on-stage song.

I AM TOTALLY NOT OUT OF SERA MYU MUSICALS. ABSOLUTELY NOT. ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU DIFFERENTLY LIES. LIES, I SAY.

Honestly, though, I am sad to wrap up the Sera Myu musicals. Here’re the final livetweets for the Marinamoon Final. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the changes made in this particular revision. I’ve had so much bad luck with the kaiteiban of these musicals and this, sadly, was no exception. So I did my best to just sit back and let myself get swept up in the energy of this musical and end my old!Myu viewings on a bang rather than a whisper.

That… didn’t quite work. But you know what? I’m thoroughly and entirely glad that I went through with the project to watch every single musical I could get my hands on and watched all of them. Even when the musicals didn’t thrill me as much as I’d hoped, I still enjoyed myself and now, months after the project began, I’m still kicking myself for not seeking these musicals out when I was younger and more likely to appreciate them the way that I knew I could have.

These musicals are… Well, I’ll be honest. The stories are a bit of a mixed bag, but the love and enthusiasm everyone has for them is delightful and make even the worst of the musicals a fun experience if you let yourself get caught up it in.

I don’t rightly remember what I was expecting of Sera Myu, short of hours upon hours of musicals that would cheer me up and remind me that there is good in the world still, and wowdid the musicals deliver on that front. I adore them. <3

And… yeah. Basically, that’s all I’ve got to say at the moment. I’ve just finished watching the Marinamoon Final as I write this and I’m still letting things sink in and settle. I just… I love Sera Myu. So much.

And thank you all for joining me on my wacky musical adventures as I’ve livetweeted them to the best of my abilities and putting up with my stream of all-caps and reaction moments and general tendency to SHOUT AT THE SCREEN even though I know perfectly well it doesn’t change a thing. I hope you’ve all have a fantastic time as well. And go watch the musicals if you haven’t already. They’ve brought so much cheer and goodness into my life. <3

Just <3 everyone. <3

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Goal Review September 2017

Posted September 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's GoalI Want to Read:

  •  2 books with asexual characters

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of editing

I am so, so glad that I set small goals this month because that means I smashed them. And September was unexpectedly busy that that smashing feels intensely satisfying. I feel actually and genuinely accomplished on top of utterly exhausted.

I didn’t edit nearly as much as I’d wanted to, being caught up in the maelstrom that is dayjob stuff and working on a fantastic semi-secret project with Claudie Arseneault. It was amazing to work on, but wow did it take a lot of hours. I really should’ve kept track. I’m pretty sure it accounts for a solid 40-hours or so.

Anyway! While I didn’t edit as much as I’d wanted to I did still double the number I was aiming for. GO ME! And I doubled the numner of books with ace spec characters I’ve read too. Go me again! I also betaread two manuscripts featuring ace-spec characters, so there’s that to account for as well. But, mostly, September has been a blur of social activities and obligations, creating amazingness and sorting out changes at dayjob that mean reorganising a lot of things and restructuring work efforts.

Oh, and in between all that is the annual week of not sleeping, so basically while I feel awesome for accomplishing so much more than I anticipated, I’m also kind of upset about how much more I could have done because I feel behind on literally everything and in these last days of September, as I write this in advance of when it’ll be published, I’m just desperately trying to tie up all loose ends and figure everything out, so that I’ll go into October with all my things in order. (Hahahahaha. Not going to happen. Hahahahahahaha.)

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Book Talk: The Trouble

Posted September 15, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The TroubleThe Trouble by Daria Defore
Pages: 186

Danny Kim is the frontman of a Seattle indie rock band. He's also struggling to graduate from college. After rudely hitting on a cute guy at one of his concerts, he gets in even deeper trouble when the guy proves to be the TA of his accounting class.

Though Jiyoon clearly would prefer never to see Danny again, a rough breakup brings them unexpectedly together and a tentative friendship forms. But Danny can barely keep his band afloat and pass all his classes, nevermind learn how to make time for what is rapidly becoming the most important person in his life.

The Trouble is a contemporary m/m aromantic comedy and erotica. I picked it up because Claudie read it and liked it a lot. I’d never heard of it before, but Danny is aromantic and mentions this several times explicitly and I’m so here for that. Not only that but all the main characters are queer and the three most important characters are Korean-American.

It was a really fun read. Danny is just the right balance between a jerk and a sweetheart and his relationship with Jiyoon is delightful.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island

Posted September 14, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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The senshi and Mamoru flailing about.

OMG! I love this musical. I love it so much. Circumstances were such that it took me a ridiculous long time to get around to actually watching it, but OMG this musical was so much fun. Here’s the Storify!

It’s a revision of the original Legend of Kaguya musical and… I just. I already adored those and this one just… It pretty much took everything that I wanted to see more of and then gave me more of it. Sometimes, apparently, SeraMyu gives me a revision that has everything I wanted in it.

This is also the penultimate musical of the old!Myu musicals and I’m… kind of scared to watch the last one. It’s a revision of this musical and I just really don’t want to change anything right now.

HAVE TISSUES ON HAND, THOUGH! You’ll need tissues. But OMG we got so much back story for Loof Merrow and the Artuqa kingdom and so so much more character development for everyone. Save Dark Plasman’s group, but really the whole part where they’re another mass of evil that’s solidified into a personality kind of balances it out and the narrative actually manages to incorporate it into the narrative to some extent. It’s really beautifully done.

Why is this musical over? Why am I almost out of old!Myu musicals? WHAT WILL I DO WITH MY EVENINGS?! T_T T_T T_T

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Livetweeting SeraMyu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu – The Second Stage Final

Posted September 8, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Full cast of Sera Myu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu

Finally, some time to write up some general thoughts on this musical! For those who missed last week’s livetweet, here’s the Storify for SeraMyu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu.

This is the final musical from the second stage, the musical in which we say goodbye to Yuuko Hosaka, the longest-running Sailor Pluto. This is a revised version of the First Stage Eternal Legend. Like Eternal Legend both this musical and the previous Starlights musical follow the same pattern in that, in the original musical, Kakyuu makes no appearance, but the revision was significantly altered to include her in the musical.

Here I was thinking it was going to be a continuation of Starlights that focused on a battle with Sailor Chaos as they search for Kakyuu, but nope.

So, in some ways, this musical was a bit of a disappointment because it was so different from my expectations (and so close to something I’d already enjoyed in the First Stage), but I actually had a blast with this musical too. It was great fun to watch. Filled with energy and the plot was nicely done. It added some really fantastic little twists to the story about Galaxia reviving Beryl and the Dark Kingdom that I would have loved to see explored in a little more detail.

It had some delightful WTH moments, such as Mamoru and Haruka dueling with swords on bicycles for… no apparent reason that I could tell. (Seriously, though. Bicycle. Sword. Duel. That is just awesome.)

It reused some of the plots from the Stars manga and anime, though largely it reused elements from other older musicals to (usually) great effect. (I’m looking at you, Pluto who just randomly decides Beryl needs saving.)

I do have quabbles, yes, it’s true, but overall I really loved this musical. My one regret is that I’m now always out of Old!Myu musicals. NOOOOOOO. What will I do with my Saturdays?!

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Book Talk: Cheerleaders from Planet X

Posted September 8, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Cheerleaders from Planet XCheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari
Pages: 272

Aliens are among us. And humanity’s only hope just happens to carry pom-poms.

Laura Clark thought she was just your average college freshman—until the day she saw a cheerleader on a skateboard get into a superhuman brawl with a lightning-wielding stranger in a trenchcoat. And the weirdest thing of all? Nobody else saw it happen. Nobody, that is, except the beautiful but standoffish Shailene, one of the mysterious (and possibly super-powered) cheerleaders from Laura’s rival school, Bayview University.

When girls start disappearing all over the City, Laura suddenly realizes that she may have seen more than she should. And if she wants to keep from disappearing herself, she needs to find some answers. But though Laura can’t shake the feeling that they’re somehow connected, Shailene is more than a little reluctant to share her secrets. With strange, bug-like creatures and a sinister man in a dark coat stalking her every step, Laura will have to uncover the truth fast if she wants to survive.

The fate of the planet just might hang in the balance.

Also by this author: Seven Years among Dragons, Fourth World

Disclaimer: I received an eARC for review by the author and I’m acquainted with the author, seeing as how we’re both members of The Kraken Collective. I have done my best to present an honest and unbiased review.

CN: Homophobia.

After reading Seven Years among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari, I was looking forward to reading more of her work and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I picked up Cheerleaders from Planet X, Lyssa’s upcoming novel, expecting to just get a start and to read it over the course of a few days as time allowed. I may have read through the whole book in pretty much one sitting because that’s how much of a blast I had reading the story.

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August 2017 Round-up

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

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Book Release: A Harmony of Water and Weald

Posted September 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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A Harmony of Water and Weald: a Sea Foam and Silence collection by Lynn E. O'Connacht

A Harmony of Water and Weald:
a Sea Foam and Silence collection

Available as Ebook

Once upon a time… there was a little mermaid who wished for legs so she could walk on land and learn about the strange creatures that lived there. She thought it would be easy, adjusting to life as a human.

She was wrong.

And even after finding happiness with her family, the Sea Witch isn’t yet done with our little mermaid, giving an enigmatic warning about her future…

A Harmony of Water and Weald is a companion collection to the asexual fairytale retelling Sea Foam and Silence, delving a little deeper into our mermaid’s first experiences as a human as well as what happened after her happily ever after.

Most of the readers who let me know what they loved about Sea Foam and Silence said they’d also love to see more of the story and the characters. So… I wrote more! A Harmony of Water and Weald is a collection of free verse poems that explore Maris’s earlier discoveries of humanity (or, at least, the culture she finds herself in) and what happens after Happily Ever After.

Several of the poems first appeared on Patreon where they were shared as patron-only extras after reaching my first Patreon goal! This Road of Tiny Voices is set during Part 2 of Sea Foam and Silence and explores Maris’s first encounter with birds. (But not owls. Fun fact: Apparently I have a penchant for writing protagonists who don’t like owls. I have no idea why.) As the Sea Sings a Sussurus Lullaby is set after the end of Sea Foam and Silence and if you’re looking for queer, romantic fluffy adorableness, it’s got you covered. It’s got no spoilers except for the fact that Sea Foam and Silence is a book that has a HEA, which in my opinion isn’t really a spoiler at all.

And then I decided that I would make a small e-chapbook-sized version of this, to be shared one poem at a time with Patrons as a way to break up working on DemiPrincess1 and… it kind of ran away from me and became a primary project for a little while and now it is available to everyone all at once! YAY!

While A Harmony of Water and Weald is a companion piece, you don’t have to have read Sea Foam and Silence to follow along with the narrative. It also includes the short poem that sparked the whole verse novel to help out those who’d like a bit of a refresher. That said, I do (obviously) recommend reading Sea Foam and Silence first so you’ll have the best understanding of how I’ve decided to retell the fairytale.

At the moment, I don’t know when I’ll be releasing a print edition of A Harmony of Water and Weald, but I hope to do so in future. I’m really sorry to everyone who’d prefer print editions! It will come eventually. I just can’t say when because sadly I am a very broke author right now.

Patron-exclusive Extras

Though I don’t know when I’ll be releasing a print edition of A Harmony of Water and Weald, I have been working on creating the PDFs for that. Earlier in August, Patrons at any level got a sneakpeek of what the interior of the print edition will look like and a general overview of how I create print books.

Every Friday evening throughout September, I’ll be sharing a Patron-exclusive look at how to create the interior for A Harmony of Water and Weald‘s print edition. These are recreations of what I did originally just to give Patrons an idea of how this process works (and why it’s not as scary as it may sound.) All-together it’s about 1 hour and 15 minutes of me geeking out about interior layout design and how you can do your own.

I hope you’ll check out A Harmony of Water and Weald and, if you’re a Patron, will enjoy the extras as they release!

Finally, a brief reminder that Sea Foam and Silence is on sale at $0.99 for another week, so if you’d like to pick that up cheaply before diving into A Harmony of Water and Weald… Be quick! The offer will expire around Friday the 8th of September… sometime! (Darned time zones! It may be Friday, it may be Saturday if you’re lucky.)

Happy reading everyone! 😀

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Upcoming Plans September 2017

Posted September 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  •  2 books with asexual characters

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of editing

These are small goals, yep. As of this writing, I am hopeful of changes to my free time so I’m keeping them low and I’m still writing this way too far in advance to say for sure what books I haven’t yet read, so I don’t want to pin down a couple here and then end up reading them after I schedule the post. Then I’ll have finished my future goals IN THE PAST and then I would just get confused.

The writing goal is also lower because I’m hoping it’ll stimulate me to do far more and because, at this point, I’m doing a lot of fixing and scene adding, so it’s basically “Write the story based on these very detailed outlines of these key moments” rather than straight up editing. My point is: it’ll be lots of totally new material that needs to be created from basically scratch and given my track record and hopes I’m aiming low.

September tends to be the month of “Everything is started up again” what with the school year restarting and I don’t know what else. Me, I just really want a job that pays me properly (and does not make have suicide ideation) already. *HOPES and keeps on working hard towards getting one at frigging last*

And that is basically my September. We’ll see how it goes. *HOPES SOME MORE*

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