Week 8 Round-up

Posted February 23, 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! Unless it’s Sunday. Like today. IN MY DEFENSE, other people decided to keep me awake all night (idk, you’d think after 2 am people would have the courtesy to tone it down) and I spent most of yesterday desperately trying to catch up on sleep and/or getting the remaining items on my to-do list crossed off. I succeeded at neither of those, if you’re curious. I am very sad. And tired.

Completed Projects

  • 1/1 AroWeek video redos

Goal Updates

  • 871/10,000 words of fiction
  • 14/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 2,532

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: Er…

Patreon Shorts!: Yep, that is officially a name now. I have a finished short story. A proper one that I’m likely going to be sitting on until November. But it is short and it took forever for all that it’s barely over 2,500 words because it is sad and tragic and it took everything I had not to make it explicitly queer (and therefore tragic queer).

Life And Other Such Important Matters

[nods up] See ramble at the very start. I am. So tired. Please let me sleep.

Stand-out Positive Moment

It was AroAwarenessweek! I saw so many lovely and wonderful aro content on Twitter this week. 😀

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Week 7 Round-Up

Posted February 15, 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

  • 3/3 proofs checked

Goal Updates

  • 0/? AroWeek video redos
  • 871/10,000 words of fiction
  • 11/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 155

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: Nope

Promises2: Look! Wordage! I’m slowly inching my way through what I expect is the worst of the changes and, well, it’s slower than I’d anticipated, but progress is progress.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Otherwise, outside of writing, life continues as it does. I don’t have a lot to say beyond spring approaching meaning New Dog is no longer content not to be out and about.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I’ll go with the emails that the books I’d spent almost two weeks trying to get (back) in print were available in print. (Proper announcement to follow because wow my schedule is ridiculous this week.) But after two weeks of trying to get people to tell me what the actual issue(s) were, I fiiiiiinally got them sorted.

Not quite how I wanted, but to be honest font size is not a hill I’m particularly willing to die on in this case. And that means I’ve got all of the print editions I wanted to have available for AroWeek for sure actually available! Whoo!

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Week 6 Round-up

Posted February 9, 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! Or Sunday, as you can see I’m still getting used to the new schedule. Patrons on Patreon can expect the weekly vlog on Star Trek: Picard to go live later today.

Completed Projects

  • 4/7 proofs sorted (yep, no change just yet)
  • Go over nonfiction edits

Goal Updates

  • Get the final 3 proofs sorted in time for AroWeek
  • 0/? AroWeek video redos
  • 716/10,000 words of fiction
  • 6/14 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 716

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

Promises2: I have made actual progress! And also confirmed that the reason this one is being troublesome is because I’m making several large structural changes to the beginning. It should smooth out once I get past there and be a lot faster, but hey when has that ever worked out for me in the past year?

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life… continues. There continue to be big things happening to people I care about that I would sincerely like not to happen to them, and I’m exceedingly tired of 2020 following in 2019’s footsteps this much. But it is what it is. We keep trying, put on a brave face and plod on forward as best we can. (But, seriously, though. I really appreciate boomers wrecking the economy for my generation this badly. Very generous.)

Let’s look at good things instead.

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stand-out moment is getting the answers I was looking for to keep the issue I’ve had with the remaining print editions from reoccuring! So I will, hopefully, have a proper announcement ready very soon.

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February 2020 Newsletter

Posted February 1, 2020 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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February Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life… continues as it does. We muddle on through and do the best we can. As I write this, I’m side-eyeing a couple of things, but also have some good news. The print editions for my books are coming back! Eventually. I’m currently working through the proofs to make sure they’re all good quality, so have no idea when there’ll be a big announcement yet, but they’re coming!

With print editions coming, so are changes to Patreon! Those will likely roll out in March and they’ll focus on revamping the higher tiers. First I need to have the print books sorted, after all.

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Let’s Read Academics: The Introduction to Ela Przybylo’s “Asexual Erotics”

This week we’re covering the introduction to Przybylo’s 2019 Asexual Erotics, an academic textbook I am, I admit, just the teensiest bit in book-love with just from reading the introduction. I suspect that short of Przybylo’s explanation of what this book is about, though, very little will be entirely new to many of you. The introduction is very much focused on building up the foundations for Przybylo’s theories about asexuality in the subsequent chapters, but there’s plenty to discuss and highlight still.

Completed Projects

4/7 proofs sorted

February Goals

  • Get the final 3 proofs sorted in time for AroWeek
  • Redo some of the AroWeek videos
  • Write 10,000 words of fiction
  • Read 14 books
  • Go over nonfiction edits

January Goals

I had no goals based on expected changes that went sideways, but I’ve still tried to get as much done on the admin side as I could.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 373 (ish)

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

Promises2: I’ve managed a handful of words on this, but most of January went to rearranging all the changes that I’d previously set in motion and doing admin stuff. Also studying.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I got my package with book proofs! 😀

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Week 4 Update

Posted January 26, 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! Or Sunday, as the case may be. Wow, I’m off to a terrible start this year.

Completed Projects

None!

Goal Updates

I had no goals this year, but the good thing fell through at the last minute, so mostly I’ve reoriented towards trying to restructure my yearly plan, such as it was, and now I’m waiting on others to see if I can move forward or need to redo certain steps. I expect that still takes me into March, though, to get everything sorted.

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: What even is writing.

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: What even is writing.

I think I’m going to stop tracking the Let’s Read Academics posts, which is most of the nonfiction because clearly they’re giving me a sense of accomplishment when I write these posts that is not useful to me. Also I’m bad at tracking things and this actually makes it easier. Let me know if you’d like me to keep tracking them, though!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

As I mentioned above, the good thing fell through, so it’s back to square 1 for me. That said, I have been working diligently on getting a TEFL certificate and have reached the stage where I need to do the assignments rather than the online tests, so I expect to know whether I get a certificate by the end of February if not sooner. There is some progress! It’s just small and slow.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I DID NOT FAIL MY FIRST ASSIGNMENT ON THE FIRST TRY. Which, fine, is a mixed blessing because now I’m not sure if I can redo it and improve on what I did, but I was also fully expecting to fail outright and did not. Also this type of lesson is, not going to lie, the hardest type of lesson for me to plan. So we’ll see! But there are more things to be done and then… Well, we’ll see where we go from there.

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Week 1 Update

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

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Hi, everyone! New year, new weeks, new accountability posts! Now on Saturdays! Patrons will already know about some of the scheduling changes, so you can find the details down below under “Life and Other Such Important Matters” as not to fill Patron inboxes with effectively the same information on top twice.

Completed Projects

I have none yet! It’s January 4th. The closest I’ve come to finishing anything is some of the books I was reading.

Goal Updates

Honestly, my goal is to get through January and February right now. Good things should be on the horizon, but first is getting there.

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 163

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 1,831

Promises2: WORDS ACTUAL WORDS [flops happily]

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I promised you updates, so! Not getting into too much detail – because reasons – my life is currently in masses of upheaval. I was always going to restructure the schedule in 2020, to be fair, but right now things are in massive flux and if they all work out the way they ought then it’ll be a really amazing thing all around. Just they’re also in flux and that is a bad combination with anxiety.

Anyway! Changes to expect! If you’re a Patron, you mostly already know, as I mentioned, so I’ll just summarise:

WIP posts have moved to Wednesday.

Round-up posts have moved to Saturday.

Let’s Read Academics posts has moved to Friday and will go on hiatus until offline life settles down, so… probably around February/March.

And also because I have no idea what my internet access will be like: the round-up posts will also likely be more sporadic update things and lack this lovely clear structure. The updates will also likely not occur on the website blog until things settle this year due to, well, circumstances. (Short version: I may be stuck with only a phone for internet access for who knows how long, so… Argh.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

I will say… Having amazing and awesome friends. Because I have amazing and awesome friends and I do not mention this nearly often enough, but I worry people will get all embarrassed and/or feel like I’m saying it too often.

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2019 Wrap-Up

Posted December 31, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Yearly Happenings

Wow. Another year’s gone. Can you believe it? Time went by so quickly and it’s already time to move on. Seriously, 2019 was a blur. It was also a massive trash fire for a variety of reasons, and I just. I cannot even remember what all happened in 2019. Every month – and some months every day – felt like a decade all on their own.

Now it’s time to look back on good things in the year and what all I accomplished, though. So let’s take a look!

Publications

The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq

This aro-led, all-queer magical girl inspired novella (20,200 words) is a little more bittersweet than my work usually is, but I’m very proud of it. I have plans and ideas for sequels too, but they’re on the backburner for now. (Available for purchase right now!)

The March on Heartful

This aro-led cosy SF short story (5,000 words) is what happens if you ask me to write something with no conflict and just go for warm and fuzzy. This is all about friendship and making friends and supporting one another. Also family. (Available for free!)

Asexual Representation in Mainstream Speculative Fiction

A rough overview of the state of asexual representation in mainstream SFF literature from 2000-2018, or, That Time I Tried To Write A Really Positive Essay And People Went “Uh, Did You See Those Numbers? They’re Like REALLY Low” At Me A Lot. But the good news is that a) indies exist, b) 2019 saw a whole bunch more acespec fiction published, c) 2020 is going to have EVEN MORE, d) post-2020 is ALSO going to have EVEN MORE, e) I am an imperfect human being and we can add all the books published that I don’t know about to the list as soon as someone who knows about them comes along too and then the list will be EVEN LONGER.

You Prince Has Drowned

Now available in Twine game format! It is my short story The Little Mermaid retelling/old school adventure game mashup… thing! Comes with more snark, no moon logic (well, mostly), and is definitely interactive as your choices determine whether the Prince lives or dies! (Kind of.)

Tales of the Little Engine: Audio

Finally available on itch.io, Tales of the Little Engine is now available in mp3 format. The audio is recorded by me, though it’s not an audio book. All stories are available as separate recordings.

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Review: Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

Posted December 30, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 0 Comments

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Surprise book review time!

Review: Belle Révolte by Linsey MillerBelle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Pages: 384

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

CW: Violence, murder, gore, medical neglect, abuse, classism, family deaths, drowning

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Week 49/50 Update

Posted December 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! Or, apparently this month, every other Friday. What can I say, it’s December and my life is in complete “I do not know what next month will look like or what drastically different path to prepare for in 2020” mode. On top of that, it’s the holiday season which means big family gatherings and holiday stuff. And also studying!

Mostly I’m an anxious fluffball just trying to set up the December-February Patreon scheduled posts up as much as I can, so you don’t have to miss out any content!

Completed Projects

  • AroAwarenessWeek 2020 videos
  • 1 video on the Vows and Honor series

Goal Updates

  • 7/7 videos for AroAwarenessWeek 2020
  • 1/1 video on the Vows and Honor series
  • 10/12 books read
  • 0/1 essay reworking and sorting
  • 0/1 revised draft of Promises2
  • 0/1 course completed
  • 0/6 shorts for Patreon
  • 2/4 Keep up Let’s Read Academics
  • 42% Survive offline life ordeals

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0 T_T

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: I have no clue T_T

What even is fiction this week?

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Anxiety Central continues! Oof. I just. Would like to know where to go from here on account of being rather unable to plan for anything without a signed contract in my hands.

Stand-out Positive Moment

It’s been two weeks, but I honestly only have the one moment: my grandmother’s birthday. That was the huge family gathering of the year and it was so good to see everyone again. Also so exhausting because too many people. That’s why there was no round-up last week, which I think I mentioned… on Patreon? But, yes, that’s why there was no round-up last week. I was in full too-many-people recovery mode.

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December Newsletter

Posted November 29, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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December Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! Eep! Which yep means you get the December newsletter a few days early.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

My life is… a mess, though not necessarily in an all-bad way. It just means I’m entirely and completely overwhelmed with some potentially extremely good things (that are terrifying and not things I would recommend if you have anxiety like, uh, me) and some potentially very bad things. Like, I don’t know, cancer scares in the family. Yeah, it’s… been a month. Still is, actually, as I desperately try to get everything I need to do done so I can focus on doing things I may need to do and ensuring that the potentially good things actually work out as good things. Aaaaaaaa!

Which, wow. I’m really being more cryptic than I was last week, aren’t I? Suffice to say: I still don’t know if this will go through, but if it does it involves having less than a month to sort out a move during the holidays. On a very limited budget. Did I mention that this is terrifying yet? Because it is terrifying and I’m just scrambling to not-forget anything and feeling less-than-stellar.

On top of that I’m enjoying the course I signed up for a lot even when I’m busy arguing what it says because my experience disagrees and they’re not accounting for the very valid disagreements. (Listen, there is not One True Way to teach. Different styles all have pros and cons and I resent it when one with some very heavy cons is presented as a panacea.) So… That’s clearly been a good and positive experience, even if it adds more stress because it’s more things I need/want to plan in. (Actually, the planning isn’t the issue. It’s the “Your brain is in high anxiety mode. Executive functions are compromised” part of it all.)

Anyway! The flakiness and flailiness continues. Boohiss. But hey I’m still getting things done slowly. Just… with a lot more flailing and anxiety than I would have liked and appreciated and… Just my life is a mess. Some of it bad, some of it will lead to good. It does mean that NaNoWriMo just did not happen, though. That’s just been a total bust. Ugh. I am not happy. This month should’ve been a shoe-in for writing fiction.

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Video: Lynn rambles about… Anxiety and Me

Today in something a little different, I wanted to talk about anxiety and me. Specifically, I wanted to talk about some of the ways in which anxiety does – and does not – affect me in the hopes that it’ll help someone else out there too.

Completed Projects

Noooooooooooooooone. T_T

December Goals

  • 7 videos for AroAwarenessWeek 2020
  • 1 video on the Vows and Honor series
  • 12 books read
  • 1 essay reworking and sorting
  • 1 revised draft of Promises2
  • 1 course completed
  • 6 shorts for Patreon
  • Keep up Let’s Read Academics
  • Survive offline life ordeals

Yes, I am never going to make all of these. Wish me luck anyway!

November Goals

  • NaNo
  • WriMo
  • Rebel
  • 13,093/50,000 words on anything (notably DemiPrincess2)
  • Avoid writing nonfiction (excepting Let’s Read Academics) for a month

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 13,093

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 8,500

Promises2: Whoo! I got another chapter done. I’m Frankenchaptering this beginning a lot, so it’s actually turning out slower than I expected, but ooooh I can’t wait to get to the supershiny stuff!

Stand-out Positive Moment

The potential for a very very good change in my life even if it’s currently resulting in extremely bad anxiety moments. For you all, though? I would say the stand-out positive moment is the return of the WIPs! WHOOHOO!

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