Month: February 2019

Reading with Aphantasia

Posted February 25, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

Note: Patrons may recognise this topic as one I’ve discussed previously in a locked post, but I felt it was important to address it more publicly as well since a lot of people expressed interest in this when I mentioned working on it on Twitter. Ultimately, I felt it was too similar to the original essay to consider pitching it, so I’m sharing it this way.

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Week 8 Update

Posted February 22, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! First a brief note: the first of the patron-requested Monday essays goes live the 11th! WHOO!

Completed Projects

  • 3/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 16/12 books read

Goal Updates

  • 1/8 short essays for March/April
  • 6,659/10,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 2,827

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 6,535

DemiPrincess2: Progress at last! WHOOT! Proper progress that is.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Massive changes may, I hope, be coming and if they do I’ll be sure to give a general idea of what they are. If you’ve got good thoughts to share this coming week, though, I would appreciate them. I reeeeaaaally do not want this to backfire on me.

Stand-out Positive Moment

A nice, long train ride which let me focus on writing once I was busy not being tensed up with anxiety. I like train rides. 😀

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Fantasy Is Magic: How Fantasy Saved My Life

Posted February 18, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

Content Note: This essay includes a frank description of depression, suicide, suicide ideation and suicide attempts. Tread with caution.

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Week 7 Update

Posted February 15, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! I actually have some hopefully very exciting Patreon news to share! Whoohoo!

Before that, though, Patreon has thankfully reacted very quickly to the erroneous flag and fixed it. Hopefully that’ll be the end of it for good, but I’m sure I’ll have to deal with it again.

So… Last year in August I asked people what they wanted me to record for the Lynn reads events. This basically means I’m reading my own work and recording it. I’m not a professional reader at all, but I enjoy it and, hopefully, you will too. They’re available to all Patrons under the tag “lynn reads” (yes, so creative, I knooooooow), but given my current situation recording them tends to be… sporadic. (Basically: I live ina  very noisy area.) But I finally had a chance to record a whole set at once (mostly because they’re short) and so… Starting March, the Lynn reads posts are coming back with a schedule!

For the first 6 months, I’ll be sharing one story per month from Tales of the Little Engine to wrap up the set (also because I like them) on the first Tuesday of the month, so that’s: March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, and August 6th. After that, focus will shift to the Feather by Feather and Other Stories pieces that were part of the original sampler (you can read them all even if you’re not a Patron, by looking through the fbf tag!) and share those. Since the majority of them are really short and there’s, like, 24 of them, I’ve shifted them to being bi-weekly for at least as long as it takes to share the short pieces. So those will appear on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

After that, I’ll be switching to finishing up reading the Patreon pieces posted to date and… then we’ll see where everything is at. I’m excited, though!

Completed Projects

  • 8/8 short stories recorded of Tales of the Little Engine

Goal Updates

  • 15/24 stories recorded of the Feather by Feather and Other Stories sampler
  • 1/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 0/8 short essays for March/April
  • 3,832/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 15/12 books read

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 363

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,702

DemiPrincess2: Whoo! Progress! And the plot’s kicked it up a notch which will be… interesting. Look, you all wanted kelpies. I am not responsible for the consequences of that desire. (Okay, fine. I am.) Progress is sloooooow, but there is progress!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Maybe I should just take this out until I actually have something to report? I enjoyed a delightful single Valentine’s Day yesterday, though. I spoilt myself rotten with productivity and peace and quiet. But mostly, I admit, I was waiting for today to roll about because a) new Star Trek: Discovery episode, b) new The Dragon Prince season!

Stand-out Positive Moment

Patreon actually got to my ticket about getting erroneously flagged (again) within a week! OMG! No need to stress out about losing visibility for over a month.

This Week on Patreon

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Once upon a time… A Look at Labels in My Work

Posted February 11, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

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Week 6 Update

Posted February 8, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! This is the first full February update. Whoot!

Completed Projects

None yet!

Goal Updates

  • 1/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 0/8 short essays for March/April
  • 3,469/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 9/12 books read (Admittedly, most of them books I didn’t finish because I wasn’t interested enough to finish.)

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,469

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,152

DemiPrincess2: Progress has been made! Huzzah! Now hopefully progress will continue and I won’t need to deal with kelpies for a few chapters.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Surprising… no one, there is little new to remark here. Life continues as it does. I continue to muddle through it as best I can. Turns out I’m still really rubbish at condensing 15+ years of freelance into a coherent CV and cover letter.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I have one! But, sadly, I am not able to tell you much about it until later. Let’s just say I’m sitting on some superexciting news that I can’t wait to share with you all.

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Asexuality Has Been Around Longer Than You Think: A Peek at the History of a Concept and a Word

Posted February 4, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

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January News/Week 5 Round-up

Posted February 1, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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January Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of January. What. It was just yesterday that the new year began!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

One day I will have actual things to report here, but other than the fact that I’m writing this up whilst recovering from a cold I’m afraid I don’t really have much news? I mean, I doubt you’re all interested in my jobhunting woes.

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Plans for 2019

As it’s the new year, let’s take a look at all the things I’m expecting to do and accomplish! It’s only the first, so I have no idea what 2019 has in store for anyone yet, so here is my ridiculously optimistic look at what I’m hoping this year will bring and what I’ll be working towards.

Yeah, that stayed the plan for a long time. I am fantastic at plans. (It’s better than I make it sound. I just… added the ace academic posts to the mix and they’re a bit more daunting than I expected at times. In a good way, mind. I enjoy them.)

Completed Projects

  • 9/9 episodes of The Dragon Prince watched
  • 1 essay draft on reading fantasy books with aphantasia
  • 1 essay draft on writing dyscalculia rep in A Promise Broken
  • 1 novella polished and sent out on submission (wish me luck!)

February Goals

  • 3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 8 short essays for March/April
  • 10,000 words of fiction written
  • 12 books read

Yes, I know. I’m being ambitious. But looooook at January. It should be absolutely doable. Somehow. If I don’t collapse in a fatigue. Which I won’t, but we’ll see how it goes. 2019 is the year I aim big.

January Goals

  • 5/4 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity written
  • 51,257/10,000 words written
  • 34/13 books read

I may have smashed all of them. Yes, all of them. Long live nonfiction? I mean loooooook at those numbers. Now if I could just balance and harness that power for fiction, I’d be all set. To be fair, though, a good chunk of the books are short stories or books I didn’t finish. The only reason I read that much is because I started off the month with a round of reading books to see if they still held my interest.

The writing is a surprise, though it really shouldn’t be.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 16,811

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 34,446

DemiPrincess2: I fixed what’d been bothering me about the chapters, but then I got derailed by trying to stay on top of the essays because what even is time management. I was aiming to get back on track the last days of January, but then I was wiped out by a cold. [sigh]

RibbonDancer: I got to polish up this novella, though, and sent it off to a venue, so now I get to go through the nailbiting waiting period to hear back.

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points up] I got a story off on suuuuuuub. Go me! I punched my anxiety square in the face and sent it off.

How about you? What have you been up to lately? Has anything awesome happened?

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