Lessons I Learned from Serialisation

Posted March 18, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

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Guest Post at The Book Smugglers

Posted March 17, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, News / 0 Comments

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I’ve been particularly slow to update this here because I have had massive update fail, but! Last month, I was over at The Book Smugglers with a guest post about asexual representation in mainstream publishing!

Here’s a snippet to summarise what it’s about:

As an asexual reader and indie author, I see conflicting messages about the state of asexual representation in fiction and my heart hurts. Almost every list of recommendations, every discussion, every moment includes a variation on the lament “There is so little representation” with no elaboration or qualifications. While this essay will prove there most certainly is a lack of representation in fiction, there is also more out there than these articles often suggest and, though it makes little difference to the numbers as a whole, it can have a large emotional impact on individuals, especially those seeking asexual representation. Even if one restricts their search to books published by the Big 5 companies in publishing – that is to say by imprints owned by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, or Hachette –, there is quite a bit more than people seem to assume.

Working with Ana and Thea has been a writerly bucket list dream for years and I’m utterly delighted with how the post came out. Ana and Thea are amazing editors and have fantastic insight, so be sure to check out all of their blog and their work on other sites such as Kirkus as well!

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Week 11 Update

Posted March 15, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

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

Completed Projects

  • Discuss the Let’s Read Ace Academics future & set up the poll. (Vote if you haven’t already! Help me pick what to read!)
  • Secrit Project!

Goal Updates

  • 0/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 7/12 books read
  • 4,188/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,131

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,538

Secrit Project: IT IS DONE! Well, the first draft is anyway. Now comes revisions and making it work and then… submissions!

DemiPrincess2: I made some minor copy editing tweaks and kept thinking about it, but the sekrit project has a nearer deadline, so I prioritised that.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, as you may recall I have had a bad tumble. I’m okay except I have stitches in unfortunate places now. That is… pretty much the most exciting thing to happen in my life right now. Boohiss.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I have kind of successfully applied marzipan to a cake! By which I mean I struggled to get it rolled out and applied properly for the better part of three hours, but by golly I did marzipan things. GO ME!

In other news because I have two this week: the manager of the store I’d taken a tumble in called to check on me. The store didn’t cause the tumble or anything like that, I’d like to stress. But it was really kind of them to check in anyway and make sure I was okay. Actually staff and everyone in general were quite kind about it all.

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Multilingualism and Culture in Fictional Settings

Posted March 11, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

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Week 10 Update

Posted March 8, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

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

Completed Projects

  • Reread Chameleon Moon for essayage
  • 2 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 1 completed new Let’s Play

Goal Updates

  • 0/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 2/12 books read
  • Pick a new Let’s Read! project and discuss its future
  • 1,057/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,057

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,854

DemiPrincess2: I… tweaked… sentences. Mostly I spent the writing I did on the short story WIP and I’m letting this percolate a bit.

Untitled: It’s a secret! But know that it was stroppy until I introduced a new character.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Aaaaaaah, no one’s called back yet. Aaaaaaaah! My anxiety is absolutely ridiculous. Note to self: next time ask for concrete dates.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I’m afraid the week is a bit of a blur. All I can think of for a stand-out moment is last week’s essayage. Oh! Essayage! I finally sat down to reread Chameleon Moon and I am finally in a position where I can start the essay about it! Which I did! It’s going to be… like 5-6,000 words? Maybe? I don’t know. We’ll see.

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Oh Words Words Words

Posted March 4, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

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February News/Week 9 Round-up

Posted March 1, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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February Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! Wherein we round-up everything that happened this past month and set new shiny monthly goals to reach. Ooooooooooh… Also spring is coming and look at what that’s done to my mood. OMG.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Spring is heeeeeere. And I have toothpaste! Which I should probably explain for anyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter. Er, I guess this may stray into dental TMI? I’m not sure. I have a story!

So… I don’t get on with mint. As in it makes my stomach ache and it makes me (want to) throw up and, basically, toothpaste companies are really really invested in their minty freshness. I’ve tried pretty much every toothpaste in my local area that promised to be mint-free. I had one toothpaste that… worked. Wasn’t perfect, but hey I’ll take not-gagging. And then either we accidentally got the wrong tube (possible) or they changed the formula. I haven’t seen the packaging and they revamped the tube, so I assumed, pretty much, that they’d changed the formula to have MOAR MINT.

This is not, I think, outside of the realm of possibilities on account of people expecting toothpaste to be minty and making minty toothpaste ends up reaching more people (and also nets you more competition, but WDIK about non-book big-company marketing strategies), so I was in a bit of a panic because no toothpaste. And yes fine you can do without and all, but it’s kinda important to me to have toothpaste.

Anyway! I despaired. I cried. And then I found toothpaste without mint! HUZZAH! Also without alcohol. I have no idea what it is, but it’s toothpaste that doesn’t appear to make me feel sick. It is also several towns over and not available to me without setting up a whole days’ worth of travel. But that is a concern for future!me.

Also I made the best cupcakes ever. Or at least they will be the best when I tweak the recipe and get them just right.

Featured Post

This month I’ve actually got a post that’s not hosted on my website or Patreon. It’s a guest post I wrote for The Book Smugglers (who are loves and amazing and if you’re somehow not following them yet, what are you waiting for?!)

Asexual Representation in Mainstream Speculative Fiction

While enough books exist that we can make (short) themed lists and can help readers find the subgenre or ideas that they enjoy reading, it is true albeit cliché to say that for many finding this representation is as likely as finding a needle in a haystack. It is impossible for anyone to walk into a bookstore or a library and be directed towards a variety of books featuring representation. Lucky readers may find that a bookstore stocks one or two books. (When I was in Cambridge in 2016, between four major bookstore chains, I could find a grand total of 3 different titles featuring asexual representation and if I had not known what to look for I would have found none of them.)

Completed Projects

  • 8/8 short stories recorded of Tales of the Little Engine
  • 3/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 16/12 books read

March Goals

  • 9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 12 books read
  • 2 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • Pick a new Let’s Read! project and discuss its future
  • 10,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories
  • 1 completed new Let’s Play
  • Reread Chameleon Moon for essayage

Nice and ambitious to herald in the arrival of spring! If things work out the way I hope, though, this is nothing. (Also, hi. It is a well-documented fact that 10K per month is ridiculously easy for me; it’s making them fiction words that I trip on because all the shiny research topics and people seem more interested in those.)

Honestly, it’s probably the Let’s Play and the recording that’ll give me the most trouble just because I need dogs and people to all work with me and be quiet so my ridiculously sensitive microphone doesn’t record them too. (It’s a Beecaster if you’re curious. I adore it, but wow it’s sensitive.)

February Goals

  • 3/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 1/8 short essays for March/April
  • 7,865/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 16/12 books read

Awwwwwwww. I actually have a buffer for the short essays, so I’m good. Just a little disappointed because prioritisation meant I had to shove them to the side so much this month. They’re fun. 😀 It also affected my fiction output a little, but trust me it was worth it and it’s not dreadful. I’m still evaluating whether to cut down on them, though, simply because they do take up a fair bit of time to do well right now and I have half a dozen projects I also want/need to do.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,865

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 17,058

DemiPrincess2: I made some progress slowly and then I got sidetracked by a short piece. Given DemiPrincess2 is very voice-oriented in its narration, I don’t really like to mix them together. So it’ll be on hold until the short is finished or April arrives, whichever happens first. (Watch me not stick to that now.)

Short Piece: This will be a total surprise. I will reveal only this: there is a meetcute. In space.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I know I just mentioned my essay at The Book Smugglers, but honestly? That is it for this month. Working with Ana and Thea has been on my writerly bucket list for ages. And yes, technically I could have crossed it off last year or so, but now the results of our work is available! Look at what their glorious editing and direction created! It’s a 10,000 word essay (plus citations and footnotes, admittedly) on how ace representation looks in mainstream speculative fiction! I’ve been sitting on this essay for over a year and now it’s here. All our hard work has been made visible and shared and, wow, the initial response was already so overwhelming.

And I love that I was right to assume that I would be missing books I hadn’t heard about because more books. I mean, we’re still a long way off from reaching an average of 1% representation a year even with them, but we’re closer! And more books are being published and, honestly, I just want to squee and squeal because this essay is my everything and on the first day of its release into shiny availability it already did everything I’d hoped it would do.

Also did I mention that working with Ana and Thea was amazing and they are fantastic and so talented and good people? Go forth and call up discussions, little essay! Fly, my lovely! Fly!

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Reading with Aphantasia

Posted February 25, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

Note: Patrons may recognise this topic as one I’ve discussed previously in a locked post, but I felt it was important to address it more publicly as well since a lot of people expressed interest in this when I mentioned working on it on Twitter. Ultimately, I felt it was too similar to the original essay to consider pitching it, so I’m sharing it this way.

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Week 8 Update

Posted February 22, 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! First a brief note: the first of the patron-requested Monday essays goes live the 11th! WHOO!

Completed Projects

  • 3/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 16/12 books read

Goal Updates

  • 1/8 short essays for March/April
  • 6,659/10,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 2,827

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 6,535

DemiPrincess2: Progress at last! WHOOT! Proper progress that is.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Massive changes may, I hope, be coming and if they do I’ll be sure to give a general idea of what they are. If you’ve got good thoughts to share this coming week, though, I would appreciate them. I reeeeaaaally do not want this to backfire on me.

Stand-out Positive Moment

A nice, long train ride which let me focus on writing once I was busy not being tensed up with anxiety. I like train rides. 😀

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Fantasy Is Magic: How Fantasy Saved My Life

Posted February 18, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

Content Note: This essay includes a frank description of depression, suicide, suicide ideation and suicide attempts. Tread with caution.

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