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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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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March Newsletter

Posted February 29, 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!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Aaaaah! Life continues to be, well, life. Which means that there is nothing really remarkable about it and terribly boring. When it’s not terribly boring, it’s firmly in “Yeah, no, I don’t want to talk about it” territory. But hey print editions are back! Well, mostly. I still haven’t got around to announcing them properly because what even is organisation right now.

No, I don’t know. It’s weird. I’ve been way more put together in February the past few years, it feels like. But it’s March soon and that’ll mean the start of my whiteboard to-do list attempt! And planning birthyear celebration things for, er, March. And doing admin so much admin. I’ll be over here cowering in a corner. I have PLANS, though.

They’re small-scale plans but they’re plans.

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AroWeek2020: I Want [This], But Make It Aro: Part 2

It’s Day 6 of Aromantic Awareness Week and the generalised book mentions continue! The idea behind this section is that I take commonly requested genres or tropes and list books that /also/ contain aromantic characters (in prominent roles).

Completed Projects

1/1 AroWeek video redos

March Goals

  • Print edition of Among the Glimmering Flowers
  • 10,000 words of fiction
  • 14 books

February Goals

  • 4,222/10,000 words of fiction
  • 17/14 books

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 4,222

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

Shorts: Honestly, pretty much every fiction word has been nonfiction as I try to rebuild my Patreon buffer of short stories for monthly release. Next year, I’m contemplating collecting my favourites and releasing them as a new collection. That’ll be fun!

Stand-out Positive Moment

AROWEEK! It was AroWeek, whoohoo! 😀 Also look! I did not forget that it was Saturday today!

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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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