Month: April 2018

Goal Review April 2018

Posted April 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal
I Want to Read:

  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
  • The Oracle’s Queen by Lynn Flewelling
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I Want to Write:

  • 25,000 words of fiction divided over: DemiPrincess2, Thrushbeard, assorted short pieces
  • A renewed first draft of the Ace Tropes Essay

Well, I managed all of the reading and the renewed draft of the Ace Tropes essay? I… did not manage 25,000 words of fiction, but I did make progress on said fiction! Just not as much as I’d been striving towards because apparently I am still too ambitious. T_T But, hey, I got over halfway there? That counts for something, right?

And, um, my reading streak appears to continue as I read a further 9 books and one of them an additional chunkster of almost 700 pages. Two were almost-chunksters, missing out on the 500 page mark by a handful, if I recall, so. Yeah. Apparently I’m in a massive reading sprint even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Anyway! Writing is happening, just more slowly than I would have liked, and Thrushbeard is moving along fairly rapidly, surprisingly enough. I’d thought for sure that DemiPrincess2 would be moving along at a rapid pace, but no. Apparently it’s the verse novel I’ve pencilled in for publication in autumn/winter this year, depending on when it makes the most scheduling sense. I’m having fun playing with the story. Or, at least I was, and then it stopped being sweet and fluffy. Ohkay then.

And… Yeah. Writing continues slowly apace, I got less done than I’d wanted, but more than I’d expected. And so onwards to May!

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This Week on Patreon (Week 17)

Posted April 27, 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

None. :O

All-Patron Posts

5+ Patron Posts

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This Week on Patreon (Week 16)

Posted April 20, 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

None! :O

All-Patron Posts

5+ Patron Posts

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This Week on Patreon (Week 14 and 15)

Posted April 13, 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!

Please note! Due to important commitments, I was unable to post a weekly summary for week 14, so those are included here.

Public Posts

All-Patron Posts

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Book Talk: Labyrinth Lost

Posted April 4, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Labyrinth LostLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Pages: 324

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...

Labyrinth Lost is just absolutely gorgeous. It’s fast-paced, lush, gripping… I read it through in about a single sitting. I loved Los Lagos and that one twist. That one twist, OMG! (You’ll know it when you get to it. I loved the way that upended my emotions.)

I loved Alex and Rishi. Nova… a little less. I did appreciate that the narrative didn’t read like much of a love triangle to me and yet still managed to very clearly convey that Alex is bisexual. (Just maybe not biromantic.) Watching Alex grow into her own and come to accept her powers (with the help of her family) was great. Watching Rishi just dash after her friend and attempt to help was wonderful too. I loved the background story of Los Lagos and the way Córdova plays with myths and legends whilst keeping the narrative firmly rooted in its Latinx inspirations and its setting.

Alex and Rishi are just precious together. They’re adorable and I loved that we got to see so much of them together. I wasn’t expecting Rishi to play as big a part as she did and I loved that. I also loved how important family was to Alex and the narrative as a whole.

It was just a really great read and I’m looking forward to the next book!

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April 2018 Goals

Posted April 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
  • The Oracle’s Queen by Lynn Flewelling
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I Want to Write:

  • 25,000 words of fiction divided over: DemiPrincess2, Thrushbeard, assorted short pieces
  • A renewed first draft of the Ace Tropes Essay

This month is all about Camp NaNo, though. I’d also really like to read some of the newer tradpub releases I’ve put aside to focus on indie and especially self-published books this month. Ideally I’d also like to get caught up on reviews and get some spring cleaning done. And… that’s it, basically. A quiet month, hopefully. ^_^

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Asexuality in R.J. Anderson’s Quicksilver

Posted April 1, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Miscellaneous, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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4,469 words of moar literary essayage, including quotes, end notes and works cited. I should probably stop calling them not-essays at some point.

Asexuality in R.J. Anderson’s Quicksilver

In 2013, shortly after I discovered asexuality, one book jumped out at me: Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson. Anderson spoke frequently and prominently about the asexual representation in the narrative during interviews and blog posts. At the time, though it stood out to me, I never picked it up because the first book, Ultraviolet, didn’t appeal to me at all and, in time, I forgot it existed.

Until recently when I decided to look more closely at asexual representation in traditionally published books. This brief essay will look at the way that Anderson included asexual representation in the narrative of Quicksilver and discuss the ways in which Anderson avoids or attempts to avoid certain common pitfalls when writers, especially those who are allosexual[1], include asexual representation.

First, a brief note: I highly, highly recommend readers interested in reading Quicksilver start with Ultraviolet. The narrative frequently alludes to events in Ultraviolet so it can be read as a standalone, but it takes about 3/4ths of the book before those events are truly clear to readers who haven’t read Ultraviolet.

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March 2018 Round-up

Posted April 1, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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