Month: March 2018

Goal Review March 2018

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

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
  • Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of DemiPrincess2
  • Finish RibbonDancer
  • 1,000 words of Patreon short story for March
  • 5 poems for the next fairytale retelling project

Technically I finished three of these.

I read The Bone Doll’s Twin and part of Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones, but most of my reading this month actually got devoted to reading indie publications. I read a whopping 14 books of which 2 were chunksters. I’m impressed!

I also finally finished the first draft of RibbonDancer and the March short story. I subsequently finished several more short stories, so now I’m actually ahead of where I wanted to be with the short fiction. Let’s see if I can also stay ahead!

Mostly, though, March was devoted to flailing about DemiPrincess1 and… I’m not sure what else. Baking, maybe? March was a blur. I did a fair amount of baking. I made more bread from scratch (go me!), I attempted maracoons (slightly overbaked), I attempted shortbread (and managed to fail twice), I conquered lemon meringue pie (which people, somehow, managed to expect to be sweet. It’s lemon pie, people! But hey more deliciousness for me!) and… I’m still no closer to croissants, alas.

But beyond that I have no idea what happened to or in March.

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This Week on Patreon (Week 13)

Posted March 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

Public Posts

All-Patron Posts

5+ Patron Posts

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Game Talk: Ember

Posted March 26, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Games, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Ember is a gorgeous indie RPG in the vein of classic RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate as well as action RPGs such as Diablo. This game is utterly gorgeous to look at. The environments are detailed, vibrant and lush. They’re (obviously) not up to modern AAA standard, but they’re charming, engaging and immersive.

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Book Talk: The Tea Master and the Detective

Posted March 25, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The Tea Master and the DetectiveThe Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Pages: 96

Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her.

As they dig deep into the victim's past, The Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past…and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars…

Also by this author: In Morningstar's Shadow, Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship, Servant of the Underworld

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Upcoming Book Release: Among the Glimmering Flowers

Posted March 24, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Among the Glimmering Flowers

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Felicity feels stifled by her parents’ protective nature. She’s the crown princess, yet she’s not even allowed to care for her own pony. Her life consists of nothing but rules and permissions. All she wants is a little more freedom.

Horse-friend is happy to have a roof over his head, a job that he likes and food in his stomach every day. He never expected to run into the crown princess as she tries to sneak out of the castle. Or to get caught up in her clumsy attempts at having an adventure.

It isn’t long before trouble, rather than adventure, finds both of them, setting them on a course that will change their lives — and the fate of the kingdom — forever.

Among the Glimmering Flowers is the story of how two lovers first became friends and the first book in a series exploring a demisexual/allosexual romantic relationship. Readers looking for a low-conflict, cosy story should enjoy this novel.

 

Mark it on your calendars! June 21st, 2018 will see the release of Among the Glimmering Flowers, the first book in a not-quite trilogy exploring a demisexual/allosexual romantic relationship. Also there may be fairies plotting… something. But mostly this book is… Well, I guess you could call it cosybright? I think it fits. And this book? This book is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall about the friendship.

And blackberries.

Blackberries are kind of important. In their way. Just a little.

Did I mention that there are kelpies? Because there are kelpies. They try to eat people. But I should probably disclaimer this in saying that the kelpies only show up for a few chapters because my beta readers were all “But you promised kelpies! D: D: D:” at me when there was less kelpie content than they anticipated.

There’re also class issues and did I mention that this story is all about the friendships? Because it is all about the friendships. And there’s a non-rivaly f/f friendship and the veeeeeeery beginnings of realising just how different asexual perceptions can be compared to allosexual perceptions. This isn’t MG (and one day someone who is good at children’s fiction should write an asexual MG novel because OMG I didn’t realise until writing this how much we need those), but Felicity is 11, so. And just. I’ve not seen that in fiction. I’ve seen characters already aware that they’re asexual and I’ve seen characters who become aware that they’re asexual in the course of the story, but… neither story line ever really… attempts to explore the difference? Insofar as that makes sense. That’s something that I wanted to do with this whole narrative, so it’s something that shows up in this book already and hopefully its acecoding is every bit as obvious to readers as it is to me.

Anyway! This is the most unprofessional-sounding news post I’ve done in a while, but I’m just really excited about this story as a whole, and this arc in particular. It’s exactly the sort of low-key, slice-of-life, non-epic story focusing on relationships (friendships and family) that I always hear people want more of. It’s quiet and mostly happy. You know, minus the people-eating kelpies and fairy interference.

And it’s all about a girl and a boy befriending one another because circumstances threw them together and found that they actually got along. Opposites attract and all that. It’s the most acespec thing I’ve ever written and I’ve got so many plans for this verse just on the first book alone. If any of that sounds appealing, though, check it out. Remember, it’s coming on June 21st, 2018!

Will there be a print edition?

Eventually, yes.

Patron-exclusive Extras

Patrons have access to behind-the-scenes “making of” videos of a print layout. This isn’t the final layout. These videos are more of a “how I design stuff, using this latest release as an example” version. The first is actually already up for all Patrons and the next four will be released once a week! But you can watch me flail around (well, the mouse cursor at any rate) as I try to explain how making stuff look pretty works!

Patrons also have access to a number of cover drafts – which I designed myself! From scratch! :O :O :O – and, if you’re a 5+ patron, blurb drafts and things I worry about when writing blurbs discussions. All patrons also have access to a deleted scene! This is actually a deleted prologue! Eventually they’ll have access to another deleted scene, but since it’s from very late in the story, I’m holding off on posting it until people have had a chance to actually read the book. I also already have a small snippet from the first book 2 draft up for people to enjoy. (That one, though, is not spoilery.)

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This Week on Patreon (Week 12)

Posted March 23, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

Public Posts

All-Patron Posts

5+ Patron Posts

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Guess the [Noun]!

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

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So… I teach English conversation to adults at the moment and… Well, I needed a party game to play for variation and fun diversionary tactics. Certain party games easily lead to a lot of chatter between participants and others… really don’t. 20 Questions, for example, isn’t great if you want to practice vocabulary. One of the participants can only answer yes or no.

But, also, these are adults and, I’ll be honest, a lot of conversation-based games aren’t designed with teaching adults in mind and they either focus on the wrong topics or the level isn’t right or they’re just not enjoyable for them for other reasons. You’d think you could just pick any game and go, but it’s not quite that simple in my (admittedly limited) experience.

Also the really well-documented games all require things that I don’t have, can’t easily reproduce quickly, or don’t offer the level of chattiness that I and my students want.

So I made up my own! And I thought “Why not share it with you all?” because some people may find it fun or useful. I’m sure other people have had this exact idea or had a similar one with (slightly) different rules, but this version I came up with.

Also, it’s the day I celebrate my birthday today, so surprise! I present to you a gift! I can’t gift you any actual cake or anything, so this is the next best thing. 😀 Happy another-year-older, me! 😀 May you all have a lovely year!

Onto the game! (Also, um, I’ve never tried to explain a game before, so I hope it’s all clear.)

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Book Talk: Not Otherwise Specified

Posted March 18, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Not Otherwise SpecifiedNot Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Pages: 305

From the award-winning author of Break and Teeth comes a raw and honest exploration of complicated identities in a novel about a girl living on the fringe of every fringe group in her small town.

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere—until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca might be Etta’s salvation…but can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

CW: eating disorder, bullying, bimisia (called out)

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This Week on Patreon (Week 11)

Posted March 16, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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My Patreon tends to be a fairly quiet place, but I wanted to share the posts that go up every week. In this case, I’m counting weeks from Saturday to Friday so anyone who wants to explore things during the weekend can do so.

While most of my posts are locked to patrons, a lot of them will release to the public and get cross-posted to this website after a month as well. Those’ll be indicated with a little asterisk (*) behind them. It may not always be exactly a month because, for the sake of my poor brain, I’m counting a month as “that same number in the next month, except the 31st gets moved to the 30th”. Sometimes posts may also be posted simultaneously for everyone to read and sometimes posts may go up earlier because reasons that will be explained in that post.

I strive to find a balance between offering up a good amount of content to everyone for free, which Patrons get to experience a month before everyone else, and interesting extra content exclusive to Patrons. I hope you’ll find something interesting among the posts this week! Enjoy!

Public Posts

All-Patron Posts

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Book Talk: Failure to Communicate

Posted March 15, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Failure to CommunicateFailure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby
Series: Xandri Corelel #1
Pages: 395

As one of the only remaining autistics in the universe, Xandri Corelel has faced a lot of hardship, and she's earned her place as the head of Xeno-Liaisons aboard the first contact ship Carpathia. But her skill at negotiating with alien species is about to be put to the ultimate test.

The Anmerilli, a notoriously reticent and xenophobic people, have invented a powerful weapon that will irrevocably change the face of space combat. Now the Starsystems Alliance has called in Xandri and the crew of the Carpathia to mediate. The Alliance won't risk the weapon falling into enemy hands, and if Xandri can't bring the Anmerilli into the fold, the consequences will be dire.

Amidst sabotage, assassination attempts, and rampant cronyism, Xandri struggles to convince the doubtful and ornery Anmerilli. Worse, she's beginning to suspect that not everyone on her side is really working to make the alliance a success. As tensions rise and tempers threaten to boil over, Xandri must focus all her energy into understanding the one species that has always been beyond her: her own.

CW: Ablism (called out), abuse

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