Month: January 2018

Goal Review January 2018

Posted January 31, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat
  • Recovery by Amy Rae Durreson
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
  • The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

I Want to Write:

  • 10,000 words of fiction
  • All the editing ALL OF IT GLORIOUS EDITING

I… did not accomplish most of this list. But wait! Hear me out! The main reason I didn’t is because I slammed and side-tracked with a ton of changes and new things and I’ve actually read way more than four books, for a start. I read a whopping thirteen books. Most of them queer and half of them or so for the changes and new things. (Hey, if someone’s going to pay me to read books, I’m going to prioritise reading the books I’m being paid to read?) So I only read two of the books on the list. Well, I read one and didn’t finish the other. It counts as two. I got far enough into it before throwing in the towel.

I also didn’t manage to write 10,000 words of fiction. I’ve been way too focused on editing. Which admittedly was also halted as I’m waiting for my final first reader comments and they’ll either require some major restructuring of the setting or not. And also see the part where January was a lot of overwhelming stuff. O_O So I’m happy I got as much editing done as I did.

I mean, technically, I edited more than enough to account for 10K of fiction, but that would be cheating. Anyway, all in all, I’m really proud of what I accomplished this month, even if it’s not, quite, what I set out to achieve. (Thirteen books in a month is a lot for me! And I did also edit a bajillion words!)

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Book Talk: No More Heroes

Posted January 29, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: No More HeroesNo More Heroes by Michelle Kan
Pages: 279

The peaceful nights are kept under the clandestine and watchful eye of young, gifted vigilantes the world over. But a sudden rash of vigilante deaths heralds the arrival of a new and unfamiliar enemy - one whose motive is as unclear as their identity. Someone or something seems determined to disturb the peace, and they're going straight for the watchmen to do it. In a city where those who are gifted make up their own rules, who will step forward when the threat of a swift end is real and there stands so little to gain?

No More Heroes is an urban fantasy action/adventure novel about young would-be heroes who get more than they bargained for when they delve deeper into a world they never knew they were a part of. Featuring a diverse cast of players, discord, a mystery to be solved, plenty of literary action and high-stakes battles, No More Heroes is a story about self-belief and camaraderie, persistence in the face of trials, and what it means to be the best version of yourself.

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Retrospective: A Year Reading Asexual Fiction

Posted January 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Retrospective: A Year Reading Asexual Fiction

In 2017, I read over 40 books featuring characters on the asexual (ace) spectrum in an effort to read predominantly ace rep this year. Though I failed at that, 40 books containing asexual representation is nothing to sniff at, especially considering how prevalent the claims are that the representation just doesn’t exist. Clearly it does because I read almost one book with ace rep per week.

This was a personal challenge I set myself, just as the year before, I set myself the challenge of reading predominantly internationally[1]. This time, however, it was part of a concentrated effort to actually read the books with asexual characters that I’d been accumulating and to discuss the representation they contain.

After I discovered asexuality around 2013, I let that knowledge sit quietly and soak in this idea that I wasn’t just odd and that I wasn’t alone. Slowly, I explored the spectrum and discovered more about myself. Slowly I started to accumulate books that I was terrified of reading either because the author is allosexual and I was scared they’d get it wrong or because the author is, like me, ace spec and I was scared of invalidating their experience by discussing it because it wasn’t mine.

But the more books I bought, watching them be buried under other shinier and newer acquisitions, and the more I realised how hard it is to find good representation even though the internet should be a great boon in this[2], the more I wanted to sit myself down and read the books I had despite my fears.

After a year of reading asexual fiction, I’ve noticed a few things about the way asexuality is treated in fiction and represented in books that feature explicit and deliberate asexual representation.

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Ace Recs: 3 Books with Multiple Asexual Characters

Posted January 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Ace Recs: 3 Books with Multiple Asexual Characters

As is undoubtedly no surprise to anyone who’s heard of me, I really really love giving recommendations for books featuring asexual characters. As a reader and writer on the asexual spectrum, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve seen plenty of recommendations lists that are about asexual characters or that include asexual characters that repeat the same books over and over. Indeed, I’ve seen recommendations lists that explicitly stated that the handful of books the writer managed to find was all the asexual fiction out there. Considering it was missing several easy-to-find well-known and traditionally published books by respected authors… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

But it is true that, for many readers, books with asexual characters in them are difficult to find. Many aren’t readily available in bookstores even when they’re pretty popular and well-respected. When I was in Cambridge, I saw displays of several books nominated for the Hugo Awards because they were nominated for the Hugo Awards, but Every Heart a Doorway? Couldn’t find a single copy anywhere. Not on display and not on the shelves. They didn’t stock it. And I wish I could say it was just one bookstore, but it was every major chain I visited. Likewise, in libraries you’ll have more luck finding books featuring asexual characters if you already know the titles before you enter. In both cases, you’ll probably have to ask the staff to order a copy specifically, so venturing into bookshops or libraries and hoping to find books featuring asexual characters just isn’t likely to happen.

Especially in combination with the way recommendation lists for books with asexual representation are usually styled, this difficulty to find books if you don’t already know they exist feeds into a negative spiral where recommendations lists repeat the same books over and over with the same note that this is all there is or this is all the writer could find. Yet there is so much more available to readers…

This is a series that aims to present small lists of books featuring asexual characters with some brief personal commentary on the books. Each list consists of 3 books centred around a single, relatively broad theme. While, sadly, I have had to restrict my recommendations lists to 3 books instead of the more usual 5 found in recommendations lists, each list does consist of 3 unique books. There are no repeats of titles in this series of recommendation posts. This series consists of 10 posts for a total of 30 books featuring asexual characters in various roles.

Unless otherwise noted, assume that books mentioned either seem to assume all asexuals are aromantic or that they’ll erase aromanticism altogether.

I hope you’ll find something terrific to read in these lists! Most all categories have more than three books I could put there, but as I mentioned I only had space for a handful of books or stories. If you’d like to see even more of then, check out Claudie Arseneault’s database of aromantic and asexual (speculative) fiction, which features many more books starring asexual characters!

This week’s theme is…

3 Books with Multiple Asexual Characters

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Author Interview: Michelle Kan (#KrakenFriends2018)

Posted January 27, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Did you know that The Kraken Collective is a year old now? To celebrate our first anniversary, we got together with some fantastic fellow indie writers to celebrate queer indie books. We’ve got a whole week’s worth of shinies in store for you as well as a quiz for you to check out which of our characters you’re most like. Go take the quiz, see if you’re most like Michelle’s character Rehua, and share the result with your friends! You might find your all-time favourite read because of it! 😀 You can find more details and all participating authors and books by visiting the Kraken Collective website.

Today I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Michelle Kan to the blog for a guest interview! Their debut, No More Heroes, is currently on sale for $0.99 cents, so be sure to grab it while you can! Before we get to the interview, though, let me give you the synopsis for the book. Be sure to also watch the book trailer!

No More Heroes by Michelle KanAbout No More Heroes

 

The peaceful nights are kept under the clandestine and watchful eye of young, gifted vigilantes the world over. But a sudden rash of vigilante deaths heralds the arrival of a new and unfamiliar enemy – one whose motive is as unclear as their identity. Someone or something seems determined to disturb the peace, and they’re going straight for the watchmen to do it.

In a city where those who are gifted make up their own rules, who will step forward when the threat of a swift end is real and there stands so little to gain?

No More Heroes is an urban fantasy action/adventure novel about young would-be heroes who get more than they bargained for when they delve deeper into a world they never knew they were a part of.

Featuring a diverse cast of players, discord, a mystery to be solved, plenty of literary action and high-stakes battles, No More Heroes is a story about self-belief and camaraderie, persistence in the face of trials, and what it means to be the best version of yourself.

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One Year Anniversary! #KrakenFriends2018

Posted January 26, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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KrakenFriends2018 Anniversary Sale: 19 queer indie stories for $0.99, 1 fun personality quiz to take. Jan 26th to Feb 1st.

The Kraken Collective is a year old this week! Come celebrate with us!

The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors focusing on publishing high-quality fiction, predominantly in the science fiction and fantasy genres. For our one year anniversary, we’re celebrating with a grand sale and we’ve invited several of our other indie friends to join us as well. You can read all about #KrakenFriends2018 here on our website.

From January 26 until February 1, we’ve got titles on sale for $0.99 and that’s not all we’ve planned either! We’ve also worked hard on a fun quiz you can take. Come discover which of our characters you’re most like and share the results with your friends! Join us on Twitter in talking about the books on sale with the hashtag #KrakenFriends2018.

We’ve also started up an eARC review service for books published by The Kraken Collective. Find out more about it here. If you’d like to sample our work first, we’ve got a sampler! It contains sampler for all of the books published by the six members of the Kraken Collective.

We’re also blog hopping a lot this week, so be sure to check out all of our blogs and regular haunts for exclusive guest posts, author interviews, excerpts, etc! Tomorrow, I’ll be hosting an interview with the fabulous Michelle Kan, whose debut novel No More Heroes is also on sale. If you’re looking for more superhero fiction and want something a little more morally gray, check it out. It’s a delightful mix between urban fantasy gritty and superhero narratives and it’s just a lot of fun.

Who else is participating in the celebrations? Why, let me present you a gorgeous visual and a list! 😀 With links!

A banner with all the covers from the KrakenFriends2018 sale. 19 queer books for $0.99 from Jan 26 to Feb 1, 2018

And some of us (like me!) are also putting other books on sale. I’ll be giving away free copies of Changeling’s Time and To Sleep for a Season on Amazon throughout the week as well.

So to recap!

On February 1st, 2018, The Kraken Collective turns one year old! WHOOHOO! GO US! All six of us are joined by 13 other fantastic authors to celebrate high-quality queer indie SFF fiction. Select books will be on sale for $0.99 cents during this week. We’ll be visting each other’s regular online haunts to talk about our books and there is a super-fun personality quiz for you to share with your friends!

Come join us for #KrakenFriends2018! It’ll be an AMAZING week!

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Ace Recs: 3 Books with Explictly Asexual Characters

Posted January 21, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Ace Recs: 3 Books with Explictly Asexual Characters

As is undoubtedly no surprise to anyone who’s heard of me, I really really love giving recommendations for books featuring asexual characters. As a reader and writer on the asexual spectrum, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve seen plenty of recommendations lists that are about asexual characters or that include asexual characters that repeat the same books over and over. Indeed, I’ve seen recommendations lists that explicitly stated that the handful of books the writer managed to find was all the asexual fiction out there. Considering it was missing several easy-to-find well-known and traditionally published books by respected authors… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

But it is true that, for many readers, books with asexual characters in them are difficult to find. Many aren’t readily available in bookstores even when they’re pretty popular and well-respected. When I was in Cambridge, I saw displays of several books nominated for the Hugo Awards because they were nominated for the Hugo Awards, but Every Heart a Doorway? Couldn’t find a single copy anywhere. Not on display and not on the shelves. They didn’t stock it. And I wish I could say it was just one bookstore, but it was every major chain I visited. Likewise, in libraries you’ll have more luck finding books featuring asexual characters if you already know the titles before you enter. In both cases, you’ll probably have to ask the staff to order a copy specifically, so venturing into bookshops or libraries and hoping to find books featuring asexual characters just isn’t likely to happen.

Especially in combination with the way recommendation lists for books with asexual representation are usually styled, this difficulty to find books if you don’t already know they exist feeds into a negative spiral where recommendations lists repeat the same books over and over with the same note that this is all there is or this is all the writer could find. Yet there is so much more available to readers…

This is a series that aims to present small lists of books featuring asexual characters with some brief personal commentary on the books. Each list consists of 3 books centred around a single, relatively broad theme. While, sadly, I have had to restrict my recommendations lists to 3 books instead of the more usual 5 found in recommendations lists, each list does consist of 3 unique books. There are no repeats of titles in this series of recommendation posts. This series consists of 10 posts for a total of 30 books featuring asexual characters in various roles.

Unless otherwise noted, assume that books mentioned either seem to assume all asexuals are aromantic or that they’ll erase aromanticism altogether.

I hope you’ll find something terrific to read in these lists! Most all categories have more than three books I could put there, but as I mentioned I only had space for a handful of books or stories. If you’d like to see even more of then, check out Claudie Arseneault’s database of aromantic and asexual (speculative) fiction, which features many more books starring asexual characters!

This week’s theme is…

3 Books with Explictly Asexual Characters

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Ace Recs: 3 Books with Asexual Characters of Colour

Posted January 14, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Ace Recs: 3 Books with Asexual Characters of Colour

As is undoubtedly no surprise to anyone who’s heard of me, I really really love giving recommendations for books featuring asexual characters. As a reader and writer on the asexual spectrum, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve seen plenty of recommendations lists that are about asexual characters or that include asexual characters that repeat the same books over and over. Indeed, I’ve seen recommendations lists that explicitly stated that the handful of books the writer managed to find was all the asexual fiction out there. Considering it was missing several easy-to-find well-known and traditionally published books by respected authors… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

But it is true that, for many readers, books with asexual characters in them are difficult to find. Many aren’t readily available in bookstores even when they’re pretty popular and well-respected. When I was in Cambridge, I saw displays of several books nominated for the Hugo Awards because they were nominated for the Hugo Awards, but Every Heart a Doorway? Couldn’t find a single copy anywhere. Not on display and not on the shelves. They didn’t stock it. And I wish I could say it was just one bookstore, but it was every major chain I visited. Likewise, in libraries you’ll have more luck finding books featuring asexual characters if you already know the titles before you enter. In both cases, you’ll probably have to ask the staff to order a copy specifically, so venturing into bookshops or libraries and hoping to find books featuring asexual characters just isn’t likely to happen.

Especially in combination with the way recommendation lists for books with asexual representation are usually styled, this difficulty to find books if you don’t already know they exist feeds into a negative spiral where recommendations lists repeat the same books over and over with the same note that this is all there is or this is all the writer could find. Yet there is so much more available to readers…

This is a series that aims to present small lists of books featuring asexual characters with some brief personal commentary on the books. Each list consists of 3 books centred around a single, relatively broad theme. While, sadly, I have had to restrict my recommendations lists to 3 books instead of the more usual 5 found in recommendations lists, each list does consist of 3 unique books. There are no repeats of titles in this series of recommendation posts. This series consists of 10 posts for a total of 30 books featuring asexual characters in various roles.

Unless otherwise noted, assume that books mentioned either seem to assume all asexuals are aromantic or that they’ll erase aromanticism altogether.

I hope you’ll find something terrific to read in these lists! Most all categories have more than three books I could put there, but as I mentioned I only had space for a handful of books or stories. If you’d like to see even more of then, check out Claudie Arseneault’s database of aromantic and asexual (speculative) fiction, which features many more books starring asexual characters!

This week’s theme is…

3 Books with Asexual Characters of Colour

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Book Update: The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake

Posted January 13, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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This is just a super-quick announcement to let people know that The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake is undergoing some changes. As you may recall, in late 2017 I decided to move the ebook over to Pronoun because Pronoun allowed indie authors to mark books on Amazon as permanently free without hassle. A few months later, Pronoun announced it was shutting down completely. 🙁

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Ace Recs: 3 Free Stories with Asexual Characters

Posted January 7, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Ace Recs: 3 Free Stories with Asexual Characters

As is undoubtedly no surprise to anyone who’s heard of me, I really really love giving recommendations for books featuring asexual characters. As a reader and writer on the asexual spectrum, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve seen plenty of recommendations lists that are about asexual characters or that include asexual characters that repeat the same books over and over. Indeed, I’ve seen recommendations lists that explicitly stated that the handful of books the writer managed to find was all the asexual fiction out there. Considering it was missing several easy-to-find well-known and traditionally published books by respected authors… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

But it is true that, for many readers, books with asexual characters in them are difficult to find. Many aren’t readily available in bookstores even when they’re pretty popular and well-respected. When I was in Cambridge, I saw displays of several books nominated for the Hugo Awards because they were nominated for the Hugo Awards, but Every Heart a Doorway? Couldn’t find a single copy anywhere. Not on display and not on the shelves. They didn’t stock it. And I wish I could say it was just one bookstore, but it was every major chain I visited. Likewise, in libraries you’ll have more luck finding books featuring asexual characters if you already know the titles before you enter. In both cases, you’ll probably have to ask the staff to order a copy specifically, so venturing into bookshops or libraries and hoping to find books featuring asexual characters just isn’t likely to happen.

Especially in combination with the way recommendation lists for books with asexual representation are usually styled, this difficulty to find books if you don’t already know they exist feeds into a negative spiral where recommendations lists repeat the same books over and over with the same note that this is all there is or this is all the writer could find. Yet there is so much more available to readers…

This is a series that aims to present small lists of books featuring asexual characters with some brief personal commentary on the books. Each list consists of 3 books centred around a single, relatively broad theme. While, sadly, I have had to restrict my recommendations lists to 3 books instead of the more usual 5 found in recommendations lists, each list does consist of 3 unique books. There are no repeats of titles in this series of recommendation posts. This series consists of 10 posts for a total of 30 books featuring asexual characters in various roles.

Unless otherwise noted, assume that books mentioned either seem to assume all asexuals are aromantic or that they’ll erase aromanticism altogether.

I hope you’ll find something terrific to read in these lists! Most all categories have more than three books I could put there, but as I mentioned I only had space for a handful of books or stories. If you’d like to see even more of then, check out Claudie Arseneault’s database of aromantic and asexual (speculative) fiction, which features many more books starring asexual characters!

This week’s theme is…

3 Free Stories with Asexual Characters

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