Week 45 Update

Posted November 8, 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

  • Kitty Draft 2

Goal Updates

  • NaNo
  • WriMo
  • Rebel
  • 2,553/50,000 words on anything (notably DemiPrincess2)
  • Avoid writing nonfiction (excepting Let’s Read Academics) for a month

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 2,553 (plus a few hundred I actually can’t count right now because I can’t access the file)

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,827

Kitty: Wherein a Lynn attempts something approaching horror. And fails miserably.

DemiPrincess2: I FOUGHT THIS CHAPTER AND I WON. It’s a pyrrhic victory because the whole thing is destined for the scrap once I figure out what the issue is, but it is done.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well. As those of you on Twitter have undoubtedly noticed, this week was awful. Twi, our neurotic and half-feral cat that only cannot be described as Houdini because she’ll escape from confinement by breaking everything (yes, everything) rather than leaving it intact, needs to see the vet. Thankfully, this is not urgent-urgent and can hold off a bit, which is good because that same day the car was declared no longer roadworthy. No accidents or anything, just older parts breaking down to where it’s cheaper to get a new car. Which was not in the budget.

Things are a bit of a mess right now, basically. I’m behind on my NaNoWriMo goals and this novel just keeps fighting me. I’m really tired of that. I know it means something is off and wrong, but I haven’t quite figured out what the issue is yet. I juuuuuuust want to get back to having (and posting) regular WIP content on Patreon right now. (Trust me, it is not even in that level of sharability.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

The people who reached out to me with support when I was frazzledly asking for help as best I could. (Truly, I am terrible at asking for help or explaining why, especially when this is relatively minor but this week’s been a lot of dealing with microaggressions and some ‘allies’ proving they don’t give a shit about the people they claim to be supporting, and. Just. Learning my precious bb needs to see the vet was the last straw. She’s such a sweet and affectionate cat.)

Anyway! So people RTed my flaily thread and reached out to me and it… Well, it meant a lot to know so many people care is all. <3

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November Newsletter

Posted November 1, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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November Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! Now with NaNoWriMo ramblings included!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone participating! May the wordcount be ever in your favour! I am, currently, sick with nerves because anxiety. Which also means I’m sitting on gallows humour because the alternative is… not pretty. I am, anxiety notwithstanding, doing pretty okay personally, if as chaotic and struggling with words as ever.

Honestly, I caved in, like, August or September and started watching Critical Role and it has been doing a lot of good things inadvertently. Notably, it turns out that watching nerdy people being so comfortable being nerdy is a very good way to internalise that you being nerdy and quirky is not a bad thing. Who knew that role models were so important! (Everyone. Everyone but bigots knew. Anyway!) It’s a bit slow, partially because I’m not currently seeing a therapist to help me – for one I’m on an even keel, for another I am not about to deal with the “Your asexuality is the problem here” when it is emphatically not. Unless you’re a bigot, I guess – but it is helping and working and it’s… good. You know, I was That Kid that never had stage fright, growing up. I was that kid that stood in the wings of the stage, raring to go. I remember this marked difference between the other kids I performed with and me, but that could just be my terrible memory exaggerating the effect of a handful of kids with severe stage fright on the whole group. Mostly I remember just enough of the feeling to remember it was exhilerating and empowering and good. I would perform in one way or another… so much. Like my holiday adventures included “Let’s make a one-person radio play and record it for my family and friends!” as a prime feature.

Somewhere out there in the multiverse, there is a version of me who went into performing arts. Probably multiple versions, actually, since my childhood basically lived and breathed amateur theatrics and performance of all kinds. But I was also bullied a lot and the very last thing you want to do when you’re bullied is be visible. Or at least I don’t. And so I developed anxiety that slowly encompassed performing until performance anxiety became one of the big big ways it reveals itself and I pushed things like this away as much as I could. I stopped singing. I stopped dancing. (Listen, I watched too many Disney films as a child. My life pre-longterm-bullying-effects was basically a one-person musical.)

If you’ve listened to any of my Lynn Reads podcasty things, you’ll probably have noticed that I am… not good at a neutral reading tone. I can’t help it somehow. Aiming for different voices and emotional tone just seeps in, no matter how much I try. No matter how much I have tried, throughout my life, to make myself entirely nondescript and invisible. (For the curious: yes, I am still introverted and that make it easier to lean into becoming invisible.) And hey, you know what? It’s okay to be, well, me. But I needed to see actual adults having fun together, doing the things I had bullied out of me, to remember and start to internalise that it is, indeed, okay to exist.

Anyway, so that’s how I’m doing. Getting bits and pieces of myself back and it feels good.

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Video: Where to Find More Acespec Fiction

Welcome back to another instalment of my Asexual Awareness Week mini-series on fictional ace representation. Today I’m taking a quick break from recommending you specific book titles to stop and ask “But where do you FIND them, Lynn?”

Completed Projects

  • AceWeek videos (that links to a thread collecting them all, but they’ll be listed individually below too)

November Goals

  • NaNo
  • WriMo
  • Rebel
  • 0/50,000 words on anything (notably DemiPrincess2)
  • Avoid writing nonfiction (excepting Let’s Read Academics) for a month

October Goals

  • 12/12 books
  • Met my deadlines

I mean, I purposefully kept this month light because I had a huge and superimportant deadline to work on, which sadly I do not yet have news on, but yay! Also I still struggled mightily. OMG.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,544

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 20,096

DemiPrincess2: I have finally puzzled out this plot point issue I was having. FINALLY.

Twinkle: I’ve been trying to work and rework this and it’s just not working. I’ve moved it from “Needs a rewrite to work” to “Has some nice ideas, but the overall structure and thing should never see the light of day”. I’ve had a post on this percolating that I want to write eventually.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Realising that I was getting bits of myself that I distinctly remember back! I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Where that’s going to lead, goodness only knows, but healing is good.

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I Write Acespec Books Too

Posted October 27, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Lastly for this year’s Asexual Awareness Week special edition of Lynn Rambles About Books And Uses Slides, I’d like to delve into the self-promo for a moment and talk about my books in a bit more depth because, being an acespec author, it tends to crop up in my books too.
So, hi! Let me introduce you to some of my books! 😀
Links, as promised:

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I Want [This], But Make It Ace: Part 3

Posted October 26, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Yep, I’m still at it with the slide presentations. This is the last instalment in the mini-series. I’ll be delving into more generalised recommendations for representation. Basically, I’m taking a genre, a trope or a character archetype, etc that multiple people have asked for and grouped together 3-4 books that include both that and acespec representation. This is a special Asexual Awareness Week mini-series and focuses largely on trying to highlight some of the many books that are out there, but you may not have heard of them before.

Included in this video are:
Pirates and Captains and Such Things
Historical Fiction
Upcoming 2020 Releases

This is part 3 because otherwise this would be a very long video.

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I Want [This], But Make It Ace: Part 2

Posted October 25, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Yep, I’m still at it with the slide presentations. For the next couple of days, I’ll be delving into more generalised recommendations for representation. Basically, I’m taking a genre, a trope or a character archetype, etc that multiple people have asked for and grouped together 3-4 books that include both that and acespec representation. This is a special Asexual Awareness Week mini-series and focuses largely on trying to highlight some of the many books that are out there, but you may not have heard of them before.

Included in this video are:
Fantasy Royals
Scifi But Ace
Older Acespec Books.

This is part 2 because otherwise this would be a very long video.
If you’d like the very long video on The Bone People that I did earlier this year, you can find that here.

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Week 43 Update

Posted October 25, 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

  • Meet my deadlines

Goal Updates

  • 11/12 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,224

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 9,356

DemiPrincess2: Prooooooogreeeeeeeeess. T_T It’s so slooooooooow. T_T Right now I’m in full awkward mode because the story is supposed to be very awkward and somewhat uncomfortable for, ah, Reasons. That deal with acespec people and dating and expectations and people being, you know, people. It’s great! But very awkward.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

THE PAPER OF DOOM IS DONE! Now I just get to anxiously worry about whether or not it will be accepted and what that means either way and I baked a cake and I have (finally) gathered everything I need for the most decadent of homemade hot chocolate EVER and also I did a mini splurge on books and I was so happy. I’m getting every closer to my goal of having print editions of at least one book by my fellow acespec writers and friends. (Which, if you’re curious and see the shelf in my acespec literature series for Asexual Awareness Week, is why I basically only have one book in a series at the moment.)

But, yes, I should probably have led with the whole “It’s Asexual Awareness Week!” aspect of this week, considering I’ve gone all out, as you’ve seen, by making a video a day talking about acespec literature. They’re all linked below if you’ve missed any. I’ve been so excited about this project and seeing people embrace it the way that they did has been really heartening! Thank you all for watching and sharing these videos and I hope that they’ve shared something interesting and introduced you to some awesome new books to enjoy! <3

Stand-out Positive Moment

One of my oldest and closest friends was there for me with a fabric emergency and very kindly let me pick their brain to figure out how to potentially salvage my poor socks and more or less kept me from falling apart. I have the bestest of friends.

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I Want [This], But Make It Ace: Part 1

Posted October 24, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Yep, I’m still at it with the slide presentations. For the next couple of days, I’ll be delving into more generalised recommendations for representation. Basically, I’m taking a genre, a trope or a character archetype, etc that multiple people have asked for and grouped together 3-4 books that include both that and acespec representation. This is a special Asexual Awareness Week mini-series (within a mini-series! Miniception!) and focuses largely on trying to highlight some of the many books that are out there, but you may not have heard of them before.

Included in this video are:
M/M acespec
F/F acespec
Acespec Poetry

This is part 1 because otherwise this would be a very long video.

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Where to Find More Acespec Fiction

Posted October 23, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Welcome back to another instalment of my Asexual Awareness Week mini-series on fictional ace representation. Today I’m taking a quick break from recommending you specific book titles to stop and ask “But where do you FIND them, Lynn?”

The cheeky answer is that I looked until things started to turn up and then they just kind of… never stopped coming, but that doesn’t actually offer you anything concrete. So here are just some of the places and ways you can find asexual characters in literature.

AVENwiki: http://wiki.asexuality.org/Asexuality_in_fiction
AVEN forums: https://www.asexuality.org/en/
The Aromantic and Asexual Character Database: http://claudiearseneault.com/?page_id=1320
FYeahAsexual’s Actually Asexual 5.0 List: https://fuckyeahasexual.tumblr.com/post/174917178518/find-ace-characters-within-video-games
Coolcurrybooks’ way more entertaining slides: https://coolcurrybooks.tumblr.com/post/187108843908/asexual-spectrum-protagonists-in-science-fiction (This is part of a series about queer characters in SFF) She also has a database with lots of queer SFF in general: https://queersff.theillustratedpage.net/

And there’s plenty of other lists out there too, but these are the ones that have been most useful to me and should offer you a well-rounded way of finding the books that’ll work for you.

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My Go-To Recs for Aces in Fiction: Part 2, the Ebook Edition version

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

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Welcome back! I hope you all weren’t particularly attached to my masked face because it is time for the ebook all-slides portion of the program! Today for Asexual Awareness Week, I’m continuing my discussion of aces in literature and fiction by mentioning some more of my go-to recommendations to people.

I’ll tell you what I loved about them, what they’re about, all that goodness. If you’re looking for asexual characters in fiction, these are a great place to start and it’s basically another video of me geeking out about other people’s books with no regard for genre or theme or anything.

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My Go-To Recs for Aces in Fiction: Part 1, the Print Edition version

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

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Welcome back to Lynn Rambles! Today I’m diving into some of my go-to recommendations for asexual characters in fiction. With video because I actually get to wave print books around at you! This video is part of a mini-series I’ve recorded for Asexual Awareness Week 2019 and it pretty much covers a chunk of my go-to recommendations. I talk about the representation in the books, things you may want to watch out for, all that goodness.

But these are some of my personal favourites. Tomorrow, I’ll have an ebook version for you because, oh, did you think I was done giving recommendations? Oh, sweet viewer, there is *so* much more to mention. You’re in for a treat!

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