Month: June 2019

Week 26 Update

Posted June 28, 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! Later than usual.

Completed Projects

  • 19,339/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 13/12 books read
  • 4/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 0/1 proper paper introduction

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: Er… I… can’t actually check at the moment. It’s not high, though. Somewhere around 1,000 words if that much.

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,032

DemiPrincess2: Slowly, slowly I’m creeping up on the place where I left off to trail back to the beginning. It is, I think, much stronger now.

GoodOmens MiniEssay: It is… going… [prods it with a foot]

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well. The awesome thing I was hoping for didn’t pan out. I’m incredibly sad about it, but also pretty much everyone who heard the details was like “Yeah, no. That’s probably a good thing”, so… I don’t know how to feel. 🙁

I do have a fan, though! I think I mentioned that? Last year, my old and trusty fan broke during the heatwave and I couldn’t sleep for, like, 5 days straight. So this year I got one the moment I heard we were going to have one and before they were all sold out and oh glorious wonderful sleep! And then I got some baking beans, which I didn’t actually have, and some new shorts because everything I have is too hot and… yeah. Desperately needed something nice and cool.

But, yes. We’re experiencing a heat wave right now and… Well… If I end up being around sporadically or having to cancel the weekly essay reads until it passes… Please forgive me. I am trying my best and don’t deal well with heat. I don’t think that’s likely, but things may be slower as I try to balance life around the heat. Like I mentioned on Twitter, we’re definitely not going to be all right here in Europe because, well, our houses aren’t built to keep heat out, we’re not used to heat, it’s very humid heat and, frankly, the heat waves usually doesn’t last long enough to adjust to the higher temperatures. I’m scared for Cat because she refuses not to stay in a heat-trap and she’s elderly. (So far Cat is fine and logically she will likely stay fine, but still. I worry.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

Jenny (from Reading the End), who is an amazing person, offered to take a look at my Good Omens essay intro and very kindly beat it into a pulp for me. <3 So now it’s much better and more awesome than it was and I just want to give Jenny a shout-out because I get so ridiculously anxious about my essay intros and it was superkind and very helpful. <3 (Jenny is an awesome editor and do not let her tell you differently.)

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To Hear the Breeze Singing: Romance and Sexuality in Becca Lusher’s ‘Sing to Me’

Posted June 24, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies / 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!

Normally, Monday Musings are somewhere below 2,500 words. This week is slightly different. And by that I mean that this week’s post is in excess of 6,000 words because it’s a proper aroace literary analysis post! And because we’ve reached the Patreon goal where I release the polished up versions of these longer essays to everyone (and I’ve been kind of taking a break from writing Monday Musings pieces this month), you’re getting that essay today! Have fun!

This essay will look at Becca Lusher’s Sing to Me, a short novella set in her Aekhartain setting available for free. Note that it’s a sequel to Orion’s Kiss and has all spoilers just in the summary, so if you like reading books before reading essays about them or just want to read things in order, check out Orion’s Kiss first.

Also, so you know, writing this essay gave me joy even if I wound up being more critical than I expected because I love this novella with all my heart and I just want to hug it.

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Week 25 Update

Posted June 21, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday!

Completed Projects

  • 19,339/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read

Goal Updates

  • 0/1 proper paper introduction
  • 3/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 10,712

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,347

DemiPrincess2: Queering this book up is continuing apace and editing to get back to where I was isn’t going too badly either. Just, as usual, slow.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Things amble on, as they do. Ambling and ambling. I did, finally, splurge on a new fan, though. And just. I felt so terrible getting something that I know is required for me to actually sleep and for both my physical and mental wellbeing. (Thanks, climate change!)

I also got a haircut, so much of yesterday and apparently even today have been a total wash. It was… necessary to cut it much shorter than I’m comfortable with and, predictably, I am uncomfortable. It’s really weird, though, because cutting my hair below a certain length has always upset me because it’s just plain wrong, but usually I’m much better at… shoving that feeling aside? It’s like this time I’ve given myself permission to actually be upset about this and that makes the emotions more intense?

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points at Good Omens] Hands down, the existence of that adaptation.

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5 SFF Books that Introduce Aromanticism Well

Posted June 17, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies / 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 24 Update

Posted June 14, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday!

Completed Projects

  • 1/1 polish Sing to Me essay
  • 100% playtest Your Prince Has Drowned
  • Publish Your Prince Has Drowned

Goal Updates

  • 8,627/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 proper paper introduction
  • 10/12 books read
  • 2/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 2,841

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,642

DemiPrincess2: Slow progress is slooooow. But, on the bright side, I think the changes I’m making are making the narrative a lot stronger overall and they’re certainly making the story a lot queerer.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Things are… going apace. I’ve got a couple of things we do not mention for fear of jinxing going on, but they should be really good things if they work out, so… fingers crossed that they will work out and that I’ll be able to share some of it soon. Mostly, though, I’m just really ridiculously happy to have Your Prince Has Drowned out there as a game now. I desperately need to work on my promo announcement skills this month because they’ve been utterly rubbish, but eeeeeee!!!! I published it! 😀

Stand-out Positive Moment

I finished and published a game! Well, more story than game because I am me, but you know. A whole game! That I finished! And put out there! Sure, it’s nothing particularly fancy, but that’s all right. 😀

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5 SFF Books that Introduce Asexuality Well

Posted June 10, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies / 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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New Releases Times Two!

Posted June 9, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Due to frantically trying to get everything done, some balls sadly got dropped. One of them was, uh, actually announcing that my newest story is available! So! Without further ado!

The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq is now available and will be discounted at about $1.99 for the remainder of the month. Get it now while it’s cheap! It’s magical girl meets secondary world, but make it more deliberately queer a la She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

I love this story so much. I just honestly still don’t know how to express how much I love that story. It just makes my heart happy and I hope it will make other people’s hearts happy too. And yes I have vague sequel plans to work on when I finish several other things on my plate – unless people fall in love with it and it sells so well it’s worth upending my planning to prioritise it. So if you want more sooner, spread the word!

Title card for Your Prince Has Drowned

Secondly! I, uh, released a short interactive fiction Twine… thing. I wrote this story called Your Prince Has Drowned, except it works better if you can actually code a text parser than it works as a short static story, so inspired by RoAnna Sylver’s experiences with writing actual games, I decided to revisit it in the shape of a Twine game. It’s still not entirely how I envision it because see no text parser, but hey for someone who hasn’t coded a thing since they were nine and something that’s intended to be a story with interactive elements rather than a gamegame, I think it’s not too shabby.

Anyway, you can check out Your Prince Has Drowned on itch.io, if you’re so inclined! It’s free-to-play in your browser! But if you want to support me and/or have access to a very basic hint book, that’s also an option!

And that is all my news this month! I RELEASED A GAME THING! I DID IT!

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Week 23 Update

Posted June 7, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday!

Completed Projects

  • 9/4 print format checks

Goal Updates

  • 5,786/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 proper paper introduction
  • 0/1 polish Sing to Me essay
  • 2/12 books read
  • 0% playtest YPHD (mostly I just want to check the meta-narrative is the best it can be and tweak as necessary then work on the final things to tidy it up and it’ll be ready to be released! :O It’ll be my first Twine interactive fiction piece!)
  • 1/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,876

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,686

DemiPrincess2: Well, going back to this is certainly taking longer than I thought it would. Gah. I thought these chapters would be nice and quick to rework, but I’m actually making a fair few changes to them. Eep. Still, I will persevere and the book will be better for it. I may need to revise the timeline, though, because I did not anticipate having to make quite so many changes. Ugh. I hate that. One of the things that drew out reworking the chapter I just finished is that I wanted to see if I could queer it up a little more. I’ll have to poke at some more later, but for now it’s as queer as it’ll get and I just want to move on. It’s one thing to backtrack and make changes because you feel you got stuck on something. It’s entirely different to then refuse to move forward to sort out less plot-impactful things.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I am so incredibly tired. The neighbours have got a newborn baby (well, one that’s a few weeks old now), but we have extremely thin walls and I’m ridiculously sensitive, so white noise or earplugs are both out. So is, apparently, actual, continuous sleep. Yay.

Beyond that all I can do is flop on flat surfaces and pretend I’m awake. Fun times. But! We did go out to get plants today! Not that I’m any good with gardening, but they’re pretty? And also I don’t have to look after them, so it’s unlikely I’ll be the one causing their demise? (The wild rabbits, though? Most likely.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

There was one night recently where I actually and genuinely slept! I know that’s a really tiny and somewhat petty thing, but. I did. [faceplants]

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