Month: April 2020

Week 18 Update

Posted April 26, 2020 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… not-Saturday! Because apparently I did the thing again where I forgot to do a weekly round-up. My sense of time is doing great! The worst part about this is that part of the use of the weekly round-ups for me is that they’re supposed to give me at least a vague sense of stability in terms of what date it is. (For those of you who are new, hi, yes, I am that terrible at dates and time.

Completed Projects

  • 17/14 books
  • 1 short story draft (#3)

Goal Updates

  • 11,312/10,000 words of fiction
  • 1 acespec essay draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,261

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 486 (+ an hour of editing and setting up slides)

Woods: Draft 3 is now complete! I still like it, surprisingly, but it’s not quite where I want it to be, so it’s down to another rewrite-from-scratch draft. This is actually part of why I’ve forgotten to write the update last week. Last week was all about getting this draft done and I, er, may… have forgotten the rest of the world existed. Which is bad because, well, you see what happened. It’s also good because you do not want to know how much I have missed that level of immersion in writing.

Warrior Comp: I have just an outlinish introduction so far, which saddens me. I’d really hoped to have a whole draft done, but I got slowed by related projects. Short version: this essay intersects with the video series I’m doing on ace rep in fiction because most all the early ace rep is “warrior aroaces”, so I’ve got distracted from working on this essay by wanting/needing to prep the slides for the individual talks for both The Deed of Paksenarrion and The Protector of the Small. That’s seven books’ worth of material to sift through for citations and I, in my brilliance, didn’t annotate nearly enough for what I wanted, so this weekend got even further delayed by rereading the Paks trilogy. But hey I have the slides for Paks now and it should be a bit easier for Kel’s books.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I don’t really remember this week or last week terribly well. Last week was mostly lost in an editing haze of a short story. That actually stayed a short story in revision. What. I mentioned some of that above, though, so… Other things that happened is that I’ve been flailing a bit because, well, life. Without getting into things too much, let me just say I wish there was a lot less yelling happening around me and we have learned that I’m very slowly running out of cope for it and it scares me. This week I got to deal with random fatigue! All right, some of it was random fatigue and some of it was “Hey, did you garden yesterday?” I spent most of Friday and Saturday asleep. Fun times.

It also means I had to watch Love Never Dies twice because the first time I was so tired I missed about half the musical. At least I thought I’d missed half the musical. It’s more like I missed parts of some of the songs and… stuff that wasn’t in the musical that I really wanted and expected to be there. I have never wanted to shake a musical character as much as I’ve wanted to shake this lot. (Just all of them. Except Gustave.)

This next week is… going to be interesting. I’m going to be devoting it to homework. I have one final assignment to do and I’ll be done and know if I’ve passed this course. Beyond that I’d like to finish revising this short story since it’s so close to being done, do the slides for The Protector of the Small, record the new sets for YouTube and continue poking this comparative lit paper. And get back into the swing of Let’s Read Academics because oof, self, what even is this.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Oh, gosh. I don’t know. Was it The Phantom of the Opera that was shown on YouTube last week? Because if so: finally seeing a proper musical rendition of that, I think. I’ll go with that because my memory is just cheese at this point.

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Week 15 Update

Posted April 12, 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! On… Sunday? What even is time. I hang my head in shame because this week it is just the most ridiculous and I have not even excuses for being tardy. I do, however, have a few updates! Some important, some less so.

Starting May 1st, Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection is going back to its original pricing (settings) on itch.io. A Little Gentleness will remain pay-what-you-want.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, Jim C. Hines very kindly collected the links from SFF authors offering free reading in this time of StayAtHome and you can find his post here. (Because it’s a few weeks old, not all reading material may still be available for free.)

Completed Projects

I finished a homework assignment! They didn’t like it and I have to redo it and I’ve been dragging my heels because apparently I still have very strong feelings about the usefulness of roleplay in foreign language acquisition. (Like, it’s useful, sure, but there is such a thing as relying on it too much.)

  • 4051/10,000 words of fiction
  • 1 acespec essay draft
  • 12/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,681

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

Woods: Well, apparently I am still capable of reworking stuff, so I’m reworking a creepy novelette. It’s fun! And as you can see works decently.

Covenant3: I got a tiny bit of work done on a story for the Covenant setting. It’ll be delightful and low-key fun, but I got a little distracted by Woods because it’s an easier project to work on while my brain is mush.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life continues apace. New Dog enjoys his daily walks as he always does. I’m enjoying that he’s finally learning this thing called ‘obedience’. He’s not bad. Just very independent and stubborn. I am, however, called on to work in the garden annoyingly often because “you can do that later” which… I would mind less if people at least respected that the work I do is, you know, work that I get paid for and not faffing around doing nothing.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Becca recommended me a book on dog behaviour that I have slowly managed to read a few chapters from. I’m finding it both fascinating and helpful. Even if the exercises I expect to show up in a chapter or two don’t really help New Dog’s issues, the book is at least definitely helping ME try to figure out ways to train New Dog into less disruptive behaviour. This has been an issue for years and despite my best efforts we have made little progress. For a number of reasons, but then this will become a rant. Suffice to say that Becca’s recommendation was such that it has given me hope that I can address at least some of it even with an environment actively set up to keep New Dog from learning anything.

And for that hope it is the stand-out positive moment because this is such a sweet dog, everyone, I cannot express it. Okay, I can. He’s a massive cuddlebug. I have never known a dog so motivated by pettings and hugs instead of food. He’s trying so hard to be a Good Boy, but he’s just too high-energy to manage it, bless him.

Beyond that, I’m honestly just grateful my friends who know about dogs put up with me and are still trying to offer me what help they can because both I and New Dog can be a handful. <3

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April Newsletter (Week 14)

Posted April 4, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! And… what a month. The world has changed completely within the span of, it feels like, a few weeks. So! Let’s get to it!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

First of all, I have an announcement! I’ve been sitting on this one for ages and ages and I honestly don’t know if tradpub is in any way compatible with my combination of anxiety and impatience, but never mind that, let me announce it.

My essay, “Aromanticism, Asexuality, and the Illusion of New Narratives”, will be published July 28th, 2020 in Luna Press Publishing’s Ties That Bind: Love in Fantasy & Science Fiction! This is a collection of academic papers on, well, love in SFF. This is the paper that took practically all my writing brain in 2019 and I think you’ll find it’s well worth it. This is an exploration of the general way in which aromanticism and asexuality are presented in traditionally published SFF, though you can pretty much trace it through other genres, such as romance, as well.

I’m part of an amazing line-up. You can read Luna Press’s official announcement here and get a glimpse at all the shiny, shiny papers that will be available in this collection. Their titles anyway. Luna Press will be talking about each paper in more detail leading up to the launch, so be sure to keep an eye on their blog and social media for more details on all of these!

Beyond that, life under lockdown is simultaneously much the same and entirely different. Part of this is because I’m an anti-social hermit who already works from home, but, well, let’s just say that since mid-March or so there’s been about three days in which no one has yelled at anyone in total. (I think. I didn’t keep count. I just know it’s more common than before lockdown.) The anxiety and fear has gone down enough that I’m getting some ability to focus back, so I’m aiming to make use of that and try to force myself back into writing reasonable chunks at a time. If lockdown’s going to be good for something in my life, I would like it to be that.

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Lynn rambles about… It’s Not You, It’s Not Me

Recenly, Jaymee Mak release a short film called “It’s Not You, It’s Not Me”, which is a short film about a mixed orientation couple navigating their relationship. It’s a film I have… a lot of mixed feelings about myself which I’m trying to sort out, hence this ramble. The short version: While I appreciate what the film is trying to do a lot, I don’t think it quite hits the mark it was aiming for because of resolution. 🙁

Completed Projects

[looks at the second half of March and just laughs because the alternative is crying]

April Goals

  • 10,000 words of fiction
  • 1 acespec essay draft
  • 14 books

March Goals

  • 60% Print edition of Among the Glimmering Flowers
  • 3,963/10,000 words of fiction
  • 18/14 books

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,963

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0 (I did some very light editing, but that’s it.)

Covenant3: I’ve inched my way (finally) through the first scene of a new Galactic Covenant story! Huzzah!

Stand-out Positive Moment

Please forgive me if I pick one that is, technically, from April for this monthly round-up. March was… [gestures at lockdown everywhere] But I have a paper coming out later this year! I’ve been sitting on this news for months, which I’m sure I mentioned up above, but truly I am so delighted about this and the company that paper is in and the paper itself. It’s in the company of some well-known academics writing on SFF and I’m so honoured to be part of this line-up.

As for the paper itself, as I’m sure most of you know: I’ve seen and read a number of papers discussing asexuality in fiction (and sometimes criticised them incredibly harshly). To my knowledge this is the first literary paper that looks at asexuality as a spectrum as well as specifically at how different points on that spectrum are portrayed, so. Yes. I am extremely excited about this. [squees]

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