Due to a mix of being really busy and having some offline life family emergencies last week (things have been steadily improving, but it was still a massive scare), I’ve elected to largely sit out talking about (my) asexuality this Ace Awareness Week because I’m just… not in a state of mind to deal with amisics like I most likely would. 🙁
Instead, I’ve been working hard on drafting an essay that looks at asexual representation in mainstream SFF over the past week and I’ve been diligently focusing my reading on those books on that list that I haven’t yet read. Which means that, behind the scenes, I’m actually doing a fair amount of talking about asexuality! And then I recalled I had at least one review with ace rep go live this week and I was drafting several others and it struck me. I may not feel up to writing something entirely new for public consumption (I have thoughts about discussing the ace rep in DemiPrincess and Promises.), I can make a list of stuff I’ve done in the past. Especially since a lot of it’s discussing books with asexual characters in them and focusing on the kind of asexual representation found in them.
So here, I am! With a list! I hope you’ll find something useful to read among them. Or at least that you’ll find the way I discuss the representation and the way that changes of interest.
Writing: aka Behind-the-Scenes, bonus stories and excerpts (usually DemiPrincess1)!
- Flash Fiction: Eiryn and the Bread Rolls (Disclaimer: No explicitly ace characters appear in this bonus story.)
- WIP Excerpt: DemiPrincess 1, Chapter 1, Scene 1 (5+ patrons)
- DemiPrincess, tiny excerpt
- Today, I sleep
- DemiPrincess: Excerpt
- Public Poetry Repost: As the Sea Sings a Susurrus Lullaby (Public; Sea Foam and Silence)
- Poetry: This Roar of Tiny Voices (Public; Sea Foam and Silence)
- Upcoming Things! In the far, far, far, far, far future.
- Poetry: Everything I Gave Up (Sea Foam and Silence)
- Poetry: Land-shark
- Writing Life: Covers, Interiors, CreateSpace and some general updates
- Video: A Quick Look at AHoWW’s Print Interior (This whole series of videos is about designing the print layout of a book with ace leads. But if you can watch the video, you can also pause and read bits of the poems in them!)
- Video: AHOWW: The Making Of Pt. 1
- Video: AHOWW: The Making Of Pt. 2
- Video: AHOWW: The Making Of Pt. 3
- Video: AHOWW: The Making Of Pt. 4
- Video: AHOWW: The Making Of Pt. 5
- DemiPrincess Update
- DemiPrincess update WITH excerpt!
- DemiPrincess2 is go!
Essayage or general nonfiction talking
Note: All of these are Patreon-posts and the vast majority of them are locked. 1$ per month sees you gain access to them and supporting me doing more of this work, though!
- Jughead is Aromantic and Asexual. The End.
- Ace spec people are ace spec. A Storify link (Public)
- How to Make a List of Asexual Books Post (Public)
- Oh, self… But on the plus-side yay academics?
- Draft: Asexuality in Alyssa Wong’s “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”
- Silly Ace Ditty
- *sigh* Aphobes
- Draft: Asexuality in Part 1 of Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway”
- Fiction: The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake (public; you can also get this at pretty much any e-retailer of your choice for free!)
- Draft: Asexuality in Part 2 of Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway”
- Draft: A Comparison Between the Presentation and Treatment of Asexuality in Alyssa Wong’s “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” and Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway” (this is the culmination of the Asexuality essay drafts before this one)
- Essay Draft: In Stillness: The Perception of Asexuality in Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway” (This is the first draft of the EHAD-only discussion)
- Essay Draft #2: In Stillness: The Perception of Asexuality in Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway” (Public; this is basically the final thing without tidying)
- Lynn and Touch-Aversion
- Audio: Lynn O’Connacht on How We Discuss the Representation of Asexuality in Fiction
- Lynn Reacts: Not Even Close, Chapter 1 by Lisa Oliver
- Lynn Reacts: Not Even Close, Chapter 2 by Lisa Oliver
- Lynn Reacts: Not Even Close, Chapter 3 by Lisa Oliver
- Lynn Reacts: Not Even Close, Chapter 4-9 by Lisa Oliver
- Working on another ace rep essay
- Essayage and a list of dates
Note: I’ve elected to include only those books I either picked up because of the asexual representation, which means most reviews are from late 2016 and this year, so don’t be surprised if you find that I’ve talked about a book with ace spec characters and it’s not in this list! It’s not meant to be exhaustive. Just cover the books where I’ve been talking about asexuality.
- June 29, 2013 – Book Talk: Mindtouch
- January 3, 2014 – Book Talk: Mindline
- December 5, 2014 – Book Talk: The Second Mango
- April 27, 2014 – Book Talk: Sing to Me
- November 19, 2015 – Book Talk: The Mystic Marriage
- December 17, 2015 – Book Talk: Night Calls
- December 18, 2015 – Book Talk: Afterworlds
- December 20, 2015 – Book Talk: Stranger
- August 30, 2016 – Book Talk: Every Heart a Doorway
- October 5, 2016 – Book Talk: Cantor for Pearls
- February 24, 2017 – Book Talk: Viral Airwaves
- February 22, 2017 – Book Talk: Radio Silence
- March 31, 2017 – Book Talk: Hello World
- April 7, 2017 – Book Talk: City of Strife
- May 12, 2017 – Book Talk: Chameleon Moon
- May 19, 2017 – Book Talk: The Traitor’s Tunnel
- May 26, 2017 – Book Talk: Stake Sauce Arc 1
- Jun 14, 2017 – Book Talk: Every Heart a Doorway (reread) (Patron-only)
- Jul 5, 2017 – Book Talk: The Loveless Princess
- Jul 26, 2017 – Book Talk: The Goose Girl
- August 3, 2017 – Book Talk: Keeper of the Dawn
- August 5, 2017 – Book Talk: We Awaken
- August 7, 2017 – Book Talk: The Cybernetic Tea Shop
- August 8, 2017 – Book Talk: Dreamhearth
- August 19, 2017 – Book Talk: Good Angel
- September 12, 2017 – Book Talk: Fourth World
- September 19, 2017 – Book Talk: A Courtship of Dragons
- September 26, 2017 – Book Talk: The Trouble with Grace
- October 11, 2017 – Book Talk: The Lifeline Signal
- October 12, 2017 – Book Talk: Not Even Close
- October 21, 2017 – Book Talk: City of Betrayal
Other Notable Posts from the Blog
- Five Books Starring Asexual Protagonists by Ace Spec Authors
- Demisexual Writing Tips
- The Story Behind “The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake”
- Demisexuality in Fiction Update and some thoughts about representation
- Lynn Elsewhere: Guest Post at Queer Girl Cafe (Or go straight to the guest post about demisexuality in fiction here. Expect to see this post reappear on Patreon in the near-future!)
- Interview at Huntress of Diverse Books! (Or go straight to the character interview with my demiro ace mermaid here.)
- Interview at The Dabbler and Other People Being Absolutely Awesome (Or go straight to the interview here.)
That… uh… was more than I was expecting and yet it feels like far too little. And also incomplete. But these are already a lot of links. So hopefully it is a useful overview/resource of what I’ve been saying over the years.