Month: July 2019

Cover Redesign: Among the Glimmering Flowers

Posted July 19, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Is it two news posts in one day!? Why, yes, it is! I have, after a lot of hmming and similar noises, redone the cover for Among the Glimmering Flowers. It now comes with additional brambleberries!

Okay, fine. Blackberries. What do you all think?

The redesign also comes with a giveaway! Wherein ten (yes, 10!) copies are up for grabs! (Reviews should be optional, but even one-line ones would be greatly appreciated.)

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Week 29 Update

Posted July 19, 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!

Completed Projects

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 6/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 17,963

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,056

DemiPrinces2: Oh, yes. I have finally caught up on all the edits. And then promptly keeled over because this week’s editing count is a one-day job. That turned out less extensive than I’d anticipated. But hey now we’re back to being about halfway through this book and getting things aligned for book 3 again! Also on schedule. Why is this book just not cooperating with my schedule?

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Surprising absolutely no one, I have nothing to say here. I’m still processing that a week has passed since last Friday, to be honest. It went so fast. I spent part of it feeling ill and out of sorts and part of it just dealing with insomnia, so mostly I’m a bit bleary-eyed still.

But hey I got the dogs out for a nice longish walk for a change, if not as morning-early as I’d hoped to but then I doubt I can convince my ride that “Get up before dawn so I can watch the sun rise over a lake at, what, 4 am in the morning” is a good idea. It’s also good proof that my brain and body still have very different ideas on what “enough rest” means which is annoying as can be.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Taking the dogs for nice long, peaceful morning walks. Even if New Dog does have very sharp claws and likes using your leg for purchase when staring out car windows and my thighs are now very, very bruised. How To Behave In Cars is an ongoing training project. He had a lovely time playing with a dog that decided it was far more interested in following us around than listening to its owner call it back. I had a lovely time wandering beside a lake. It was good.

Also I completed the final discussion paper in Asexualities! WHOOT!

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Week 28 Update

Posted July 12, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

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Completed Projects

  • 1/1 Good Omens essay draft

Goal Updates

  • 0/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 3/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft
  • 1/2 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0 :O

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 12,368

GO essay draft: Well, this draft is going well. So far it’s double the length I’d expected (but so worth it), but I’m in the stage where I get to not say the same thing twice in a different way, so hopefully it’ll go down somewhat.

DemiPrincess2: Hahahahahaha. *points up* That essay has eaten all the writing time I had this week. Wow, I miss the days I could actually balance this without keeling over trying to do all the things. (Seriously, I’m pushing hard on finishing this essay.)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, my life has kind of gotten eaten by a particular essay and will soon be eaten by a particular different essay. *headdesks* TO BE FAIR, that would be the essay I actually planned not the one that I got thrown into my lap with an “I must do this” vibe or the one on this list that is just “I really want to do this one”.

And of course there was the evening New Dog had what we think is an epilepsy attack. Which, of course, the doctors can’t do anything about because too little information. Well, I say they can’t do anything, but they gave us something to help New Dog be more comfortable if it happens again and… Ongoing developments, I’d say. It was terrifying, though. We’ve dealt with very sick dogs before and… I don’t know. It was different, probably because those dogs had ongoing chronic issues and New Dog doesn’t.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I HAVE AN ESSAY DRAFT! Can you tell that I’m really excited about this essay yet?

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June Wrap-up & Week 27 Update

Posted July 6, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! Is it July already? What even happened to the time?! I swear it was only March a month ago.

Before I get to everything, though, some news-news. My liveread for Asexualities is going to conclude mid-July and I’ll be taking a break from reading ace academic papers for about a month. In this time, Patrons will get to vote on the individual papers that I’ve got left and I’ll get a break in which to regroup and take stock. At the same time, you’ll see the effects from taking a break from weekly Monday Musing essayage, so effectively, the academics side of Patron is on break for the summer holidays starting July 18!

Anything else will continue apace and I’m pondering other fun stuff. For example: would people like more live reacts to ace and aro fiction as well as the nonfiction? Once the Hugo Awards are concluded I’ll be back to reading non-Hugo things and Mercedes Lackey’s Vows and Honor series is up next because I need it for the aces in fiction video series.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Oh, boy. Well. Let’s see. So the big thing I had high hopes for didn’t work out. Boo. Considering everyone I told the details about this went “Wow, you really dodged a bullet there”, I’m… conflicted. Listen it was really big and I had massive hopes and, frankly, the fact that it didn’t work out means there is a chance of about 0.00000000000000000001% that I’ll make it to Worldcon this year (or, probably, most any Worldcon), which sucks but is what it is.

Apart from that… otherwise life continues apace. Anxiety continues to be ridiculous and terrible and while I have no problem disclosing I have it sometimes it feels like I need to disclose it to function and that rankles me. My hair is still too short, but at least it doesn’t make me want to scream and cry anymore if I don’t think about it too long.

June was… not the month I’d hoped as a result, but onwards and upwards, right? Surely, if I just keep trying, it’ll get better eventually. I did finally reorganise our glasses into something that does not offend me every time I open the cabinet. (Listen, I live with hoarders and I have made that shelf at least passably useable with minimum hoarder upset. I get to be proud of this because I could rant about it for hours. Like there was this time last year when I discovered a bag of flour with an expiration date of 2009 and yes I know it’s flour and all, but come on. If you haven’t used it in ten years, it is not unreasonable to toss it. But no. No, I’m the unreasonable one.)

June was also the month I watched Good Omens, though, and wow do I have feels just remembering this. FEEEEEEEEEEELS. And, of course, it was Pride month and it was… surprisingly low-key. I think I’ve finally managed to curate my timeline to avoid the most virulent of amisia, so it was honestly the most positive Pride month I’ve ever had.

Oh, look. I actually have things to say. Wow.

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WIP: Good Omens Essay Intro

The thing about Good Omens that stood out to me most was how incredibly seen I felt. I’d resisted watching it for a while. I had deadlines to stick to! Hugo Nominee material to read! I didn’t have Amazon Prime! I have bad experiences with liking things that are hyped by people talking about it! And then there are the shippers…

Completed Projects

  • 1/1 polish Sing to Me essay
  • 9/4 print format checks
  • Publish Your Prince Has Drowned

July Goals

  • 0/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 Good Omens essay draft
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft
  • 0/2 discussions of papers in Asexualities

June Goals

  • 19,339/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read
  • 1/1 proper paper introduction
  • 4/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 23,597

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 14,226

DemiPrincess2: It’s going sloooooooow. But I’m almost at the part where I left off. Just a few chapters to rework and I’ll be back to where I need entirely new material. I’m so excited to get a bit further and ‘resume’ sharing the draft with Patrons!

GO Essay: I have an intro and an outline! This is also… all I have and I need to tweak a chunk of the intro. Hopefully, though, it’ll be in a way that cuts down on the wordcount instead of adding to it. Exciting!

Proper Paper: Aaaaaah! I finally have an intro – I hate it – so now it’s time to consider the body! I’ve got an outline for this, so it’s time for the hard work of reading through everything and making sure I know what and who I want to reference where. (Things my university has not bothered to teach its students despite making “how to write essays” an obligatory class every year: how many citations is the bare minimum for work you want published not just read by your tutor for marking? Is there a standard number of times your paper must refer to related-but-entirely-different topics to be considered? How do you make your paper stick to word length constraints? How terrible is it if you go over them?)

Stand-out Positive Moment

Good Omens exists. Nope. No, sorry. That’s it. That’s the whole positive moment.

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