Month: March 2020

Week 13 Update

Posted March 28, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Saturday! Just barely. Ish. (Hi, the weather is encouraging gardening and I’m in full anxiety ostrich If I Avoid It, It Does Not Exist mode. It sucks. More on that below!

Completed Projects

  • 10/10 Star Trek: Picard rambling

Goal Updates

  • 60% Print edition of Among the Glimmering Flowers
  • 3,963/10,000 words of fiction
  • 16/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: I cannot maths today, sorry. I scratched out a tiiiiiiny bit of writing and editing in general. But honestly every time I want to sit down to write I end up curling up and wanting to cry instead, so that’s… clearly going terrifically.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

To illustrate how well I’mcoping – beyond the Anxiety Avoidance – I have been singing along to Getting Married Today from Company. By tackling both Amy and Jenny’s parts at once. (While this is a ton of fun if you like a musical challenge, I recommend against doing it for about four hours straight. The patter is about the speed at which I speak when anxious, so I have a ton of practice getting enough air – somehow – while doing effectively 3 minutes of non-stop speaking/singing and I‘m out of breath by hour 3.) Er, put differently: Hi, I made what is generally considered a really challenging Broadway song even more difficult and borderline dangerous. This is how well I’m coping.

Anyway. Today’s avoidance included gardening and wrecking the habitat of several newts. Sorry, newts! I was cleaning the pond up a bit and, well, I caught several newts. Poor babies. I made sure they got back to the water, though. And then I got distracted when a friend  and fellow author alerted several of us to someone maliciously one-starring queer SFF. And then I was also distracted just trying to get my homework done. Turns out that I have very firm opinions on how English (well, language, really) ought to be taught and part of my struggle’s been adjusting to a different approach. Hopefully it’ll be good enough for a pass, at least. Or at least not be completely broken and need revising from the ground up.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Newts! Listen, we are absolutely horrid at pond maintenance, so the fact that there are actual creatures that make their home in that mess and seem to do well just delights me. Also THEY ARE SO CUTE AND SMOL.

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Week 12 Update

Posted March 21, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Saturday! First a couple of announcements, of sorts. In bullet form!

  • Firstly, I don’t say this nearly often enough: a huge thank you to all of my patrons. <3 You all rock! Your support means the world to me especially in these trying times. <3
  • The Let’s Read Academics discussion is scheduled for a little later today. Friday (and admittedly today) have not been good mental health days for me.
  • Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection is currently free on itchio for anyone who is looking for some soft and gentle reading during these (first) months of pandemic quarantine and social distancing.
  • You can also find A Little Gentleness and Other Stories on itchio for free. It’s a free collection of short, cosy stories I’ve shared with Patrons before, so if you’re a Patron this may be a little less interesting (sorry! I’m a slow writer.), but I hope it manages to do you some good during these times if you decide to pick it up. <3 As a note: This collection will not be available through regular eretailers like Amazon or Kobo, so don’t look for it there.
  • Also! Some (slow upcoming) changes! I will be splitting off my prose writing into a different pen name, and A Little Gentleness is the first step there. This is also why the ebook of Among the Glimmering Flowers is not available right now. You will (eventually) be able to find my prose work under S.L. Dove Cooper!

Completed Projects

  • A Little Gentleness was published!

Goal Updates

  • 50% Print edition of Among the Glimmering Flowers
  • 3,543/10,000 words of fiction
  • 13/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 143

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

DemiPrincess1: I got a bit of editing done! Actually, I got all of the editing rereading done. I just need to implement them and the book will be ready to go.

Technically I got a little bit of writing done on a new Covenant story that’s going to be all soothing, all fun when I finish it, but it was so little I didn’t track it at all. 🙁

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life is… Well… I want to say “Let’s not talk about it”, but… Let’s talk about it a little. Life is more or less what you’d expect given the quarantines everywhere (except I live with people who are, um, NOT GREAT at this), which is uncertain and terrible enough when working as a freelancer and looking for more steady employment. BUT THEN several of my extended family members got hospitalised. They don’t have corona, thankfully, but you know. They are in hospital right now with hospitals struggling to cope as-is and we’re not allowed to visit because corona and. Just. It’s A Lot.

So I’m not going to lie: I am not okay right now. The only reason I am a semblance of okay is that I have a lifetime’s worth of practice pretending to be fine so I can function and, ideally, get to a point where I am fine.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Watching Star Trek: Picard with Matt! Watching with them is a delight. They’re so knowledgeable about Star Trek and science fiction and infinitely better at extrapolating plots than I am. It’s been a blast every week and I will be saddest about Star Trek: Picard‘s conclusion because it means our weekly shared responses to the show are also over. Sulk.

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Week 11 Update

Posted March 14, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Saturday! And it is… certainly a Saturday. I admit I did not expect 2020 to include a pandemic, but here we are. I’m mostly getting by by doing what I can and otherwise burying my head in the sand.

Completed Projects

None! This week was a bust.

Goal Updates

  • 33% Print edition of Among the Glimmering Flowers
  • 3,400/10,000 words of fiction
  • 6/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount:

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 420(ish)

SekritNonfiction: It’s editing time (again!) and it’s up to the final-final polish and then I get to sit on this a while longer and then I get to talk about it in actual detail and not vagueblogging about it. I’m so excited, though! I sat down with the edits today and partway through the edit I had to stop and go onto Twitter because I, uh, forgot that I was reading my own damned words and spent a minute struggling with the disconnect inherent in “I wish I’d wri-wait, no, I did write that WHO WAS THIS AWESOME PERSON AND HOW DO I GET TO BE THEM MORE OFTEN”.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

So, obviously, COVID-19 is… a reality. I’m trying to remain sensible and find a good balance between that and responding to panic. One effect of people panic stockpiling, for example, is that once enough people in an area start doing it, you automatically get dragged into it just in case. And even if you’re not hoarding stuff, you might still be buying more than you would otherwise. Me, I wanted to stockpile, sort of, some flour because, let’s be real, I’ll be using that up anyway and if everyone is panic-buying all the bread, why not have the ingredients on hand?

Except apparently panic buyers also had this idea, which meant the flour was almost gone with no clue or indication when it’d be restocked. Good times! But I have my one extra bag of flour now.

Beyond that… Spring is spring, life goes on, depression and anxiety remain a thing, I am likely going to have to see the GP on Monday about something not pandemic-related, which isn’t helping. (Nor is the part where I’m trying to work out of I can go “Please try the thing we did last time” or if I need to go “No, please send me to a specialist because this is clearly ridiculous”.

The trend of “I have no idea what I did this week” continues. I… took the dogs for a walk? I went shopping. I worked on dayjob things and being a freelancer get the fun additional part of dealing with being a freelancer at this time. I’ve spent time feeling sickly. (I’m fine. Just regular seasonal issues.) I’m a bit bummed, to be honest, because this means I’m still struggling with writing and I am just so tired of that struggle. It’s such a difficult spiral to get out of. But let’s not dwell too much on that. Let’s look at good things!

Stand-out Positive Moment

Honestly? I’m going to pick treating myself to a bouquet of peach blossoms. They are very pretty and also the clerk who sold them looked at the one I picked and went “Well, those are look sad and drab. Get another at no cost to liven it up”, so then I had two bouquets of peach blossoms! And then I added some hazel branches from the garden, delightfully gnarly, and now I have a bouquet of spring-things livening up my desk area!

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Week 10 Round-up

Posted March 7, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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

Completed Projects

None yet!

Goal Updates

  • 25% Print edition of Among the Glimmering Flowers
  • 3,400/10,000 words of fiction
  • 1/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,400

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

Patreon Shorts: This week’s word count is based around trying to play catch-up to the Patreon shorts since December fell through. I’m making decent progress on ensuring there’s a monthly story. People may be happy to hear that there’s a new Covenant story in the works and I’ve worked out that I only need about 6-7 more of them to have enough for a whole collection. (I know, I know. There are the novels in progress too. I’m not forgetting them, don’t worry. <3)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

This week’s been a bit of a blur, which… really shouldn’t surprise me as much. The insomnia from a disrupted sleep cycle continues, but I am slowly working on fixing that. So far, I’ve got it back to at least being tired at the right time. (Also probably at some point I’m just going to have to accept that I really am the worst of morning people and 4-5am is a good wake-up time for me. I just… fail at the actually getting out of bed part. So far I’ve not found a single thing to help with that.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

I discovered the existence of rewriteable scrum magnets that are either the size I want them to be or are advertised as magnets you can cut up to be the size you need. Also they come in packs of at least 25 or something. I’m still a little hesitant to buy them, but next month? Good chance I will.

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News: Print Editions Are Back!

Posted March 1, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Oh, yes. It’s time! The print editions of my books are back!

Well, mostly.

And some are entirely new!

It’s been a long time coming, but they are largely back! This announcement has also been a long time coming – yay, schedules? – so let me briefly lay out what’s happened and such.

I had big plans! That fell through! But they allowed me to return to getting KDP Print editions sorted, which I aim to have a knock-on effect to allow more and more shinies. (Sadly offering Patreon print copies is not one of them for the foreseeable future due to changes to international postal laws now requiring addresses if you want to send literally anything that isn’t a letter and PO boxes are ridiculously expensive.)

Anyway! So I set to work returning most of the books to print! That is to say all my print editions save A Promise Broken are now back in print.

  • Sea Foam and Silence
  • Courage Is the Price
  • Rapunzel, Rapunzel
  • Feather by Feather and Other Stories

are all available for you to purchase RIGHT NOW. Eeeeeee!!!!!! A Promise Broken is waiting on me to finish the companion novel, so I can rerelease them with new covers as a matching set, so apologies if you were waiting for that one, but I promise it’ll be awesome!

In addition, I also got ready the print editions for

  • A Harmony of Water and Weald
  • The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

So if you want a print set of all the aspec verse novels and fairytale retellings, now you can! I know people have been waiting for these and I’m superexcited! Among the Glimmering Flowers is still in proofing stage and will arrive later this month, so if you wanted that one, please hold on a little longer. It’s coming soon! I just had to get the verse novels out in time for AroWeek and ran into some unexpected snags. (Half of which were actual snags and half of which should never have existed in the first place because, uh, that’s… how print is supposed to work?)

Anyway! You can find the print editions of these available now! It is such, such a good feeling to have them all back and to have added new ones to the mix as well! I mean, LOOK AT THOSE SHINY COVERS in that graphic there. LOOK AT THEM. Don’t they look so good together?

Eeeeeee! I’m going to go off and, er, consider dinner. Yes, I am this disorganised in 2020, I know. (To be fair, my sleep schedule got messed up and I’m running on no sleep only caffeine today, so it’s been all sorts of shenanigans so far. We’ll see what the evening brings given everything. But Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The prints are back! [happy dance])

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