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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Guest Interview: RoAnna Sylver on their upcoming interactive fiction title Dawnfall

Posted November 27, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Guest Posts / 0 Comments

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Today, I’m interviewing RoAnna Sylver about their upcoming interactive fiction romance novel, Dawnfall, coming December 2nd, 2019! It’s am amazing genre-blendy story featuring space pirates, love of all kinds, found family, tons of queer characters, disability representation, and so, so much more! Let me give you the blurb and then we’ll hop straight into the interview!

Cover for Dawnfall, showing Zenith, the Ghost Queen and Oz working together.Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of the universe, where aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds…and your heart. You are a Navigator, one who creates and guards portals from one dimension to another, wary of the liminal sea between them.

Your universe is made of two worlds: one contains the magic-infused world of Zephyria, and the other, the dystopian space station Eclipse. The worlds are balanced, until one day, an explosive disaster, a deadly energy storm, and an infamous pirate—the Ghost Queen—upend your life and plunge you into a race to save both worlds.

Dawnfall is a 235,000-word interactive romance novel by RoAnna Sylver, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power or your imagination.

So what happens when you find there’s not just two dimensions to save, but three? Is saving two worlds worth sacrificing one? Will you find love with the crew of the Dawnfall, or will you bring these pirates to justice? Are connections between universes, people, and lives meant to be forged and protected, or severed for the greater good?

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Week 47 Update

Posted November 22, 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! Somehow on time this week. I’d like to remind everyone that voting for the next month of Let’s Read Academics is still open until Monday! Cast your votes on the asexual academic literature I’ll be reading next before the 25th!

This weekend, I’ll also finally be able to sort out some of the WIP snippets I haven’t had a chance to get ready for Patreon, so keep an eye out for those to return as well!

Completed Projects

I wish. T_T

Goal Updates

  • NaNo
  • WriMo
  • Rebel
  • 9,687/50,000 words on anything (notably DemiPrincess2)
  • Avoid writing nonfiction (excepting Let’s Read Academics) for a month

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,134

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 1,972

Promises2: Oh, yes. It’s been years, but it is finally happening. I have begun on the sequel to A Promise Broken. Honestly, all it needs is a good overhaul. A complete overhaul, to be sure, but I’m not writing it up from scratch the way I am most everything else. Meep. It feels SO nice to be back to this duology, though. I’ve missed this tiny cinnamon roll and her disaster uncle.

DemiPrincess2: Technically, I have not written anything new yet, but I’m slowly feeling my way out of the hole I dug myself and figuring out why this section is bothering me to the point of “cannot continue”. I think once I rewrite the last two chapters, I’ll be good to go for… at least a while. I give up trying to predict this story. It’s currently shelved on “It will be done when it is done and meanwhile let’s also work on these other projects that are hanging around not twisting my brain into pretzels”.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Okay, so. Big, big things. I may be moving near the end of December/beginning of January if everything works out. I really hope it does because, well, you’ve all probably noticed that I’m not actually good at talking about daily life things. There are reasons and not all of them are “Lynn is a very private person”. Some of it is coming to terms with… a lot of things, most of them not good and honestly I like the pretence that I’m okay and everything is fine because, frankly, I like being functional.

Short version: This would upset literally all of my plans for the next… half a year, maybe longer, but it is a very, very, very good thing to the point where I have asked – well, begged – my friends to remind me how good it is when it inevitably gets hard. And… you know how sometimes you know things are bad and what you ought to do and, in your heart, you cannot make yourself do them because it can take a while for that to knowledge to really come home and ring true? Yeah, that’s this.

I’m sorry this is vague. I’m… nowhere near ready to really talk about any of it, especially not publicly, but please know I’m simulateously thrilled and excited and terrified of it going wrong or falling through somehow.

ON TOP OF THAT, something I can talk about that is also exciting, if disruptive to my short-term plans: I signed up for a TEFL course because I think it’s high time I actually got myself some kind of certificate to prove I can teach considering I’ve been doing it for the past ten years or so and the course was affordable and held in a way that ought to work for me, so I went for it. Partially as a back-up plan for the job applications I’ve been doing and partially because I keep applying and rejecting for teaching jobs because I lack the certificates.

So that will all take up a chunk of my December on top of writing and editing and everything else. I’m really excited and looking forward to it. It’ll make the ace and aro academics work I do so much better and it may get me to finish that grammar course I’ve been dreaming of doing and it’ll no doubt help me move forward in directions I want to go eventually and. Basically, I’m preparing to hopefully go into 2021 and this new decade on an extremely high note.

How will this all affect my writing and editing? Well, despite the fact that this sounds like it should be incredibly detrimental because it dramatically reduces my available time, I expect that it will have an overall positive effect since I expect that one of the major effects of all of this will be a huge improvement to my mental health even while everything is in massive disarray and that’s been the dominant factor in most all my struggles. So even though I’ll have less time on the whole, my brain will be in a state where I can get more done in that time. So that’s superexciting.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I actually have so many this week despite the fact that most everything that could go wrong did go wrong, but the good thing is just so huge it eclipses that. I will pick, however, the fact that I have amazing friends who stand by me and won’t let me gaslight myself or undermine myself. Also everyone supporting me and my work through your generosity and enthusiasm. I know I’m being supervague right now, but honestly this point I am at right now? Messy and disorganised and haphazard as it is, I could not be here without you all believing in me and what I’m doing and I’m deeply grateful to all of you.

And once (not if, once) this all works out… Get ready because we will make this world shine and sparkle together. Or, you know, at least a part of it and leave everything a little better than we found it and I can’t wait!

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Week 46 Update

Posted November 15, 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

Nada this week

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: Nada

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,701

Promises2: Since my brain is clearly not working, I’ve picked up Promises2 again to poke that. It’s… going? That’s basically been my response to most fiction I’ve done these past months, it feels like.

Honestly, though, this week has been a mess on all fronts and I don’t even remember all the ways in which this applies.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, after a minor hosting panic yesterday (it’s been resolved) and a rather anxious and frantic week (mostly for positive reasons, but they still leave me utterly sick with nerves) and general mayhem, I… don’t even know what was in this week. I feel like I was either drowning in anxiety (and remember nothing) or asleep (and remember nothing).

I kept sitting down to write and every time I did something would show up to disrupt it. I know the general wisdom goes to guard your writing time ferociously, but juggling that with things that I need to deal with right then or that take up a spoon cost I may not have later or that just wipe it out for the day… It’s frustrating. 🙁

Stand-out Positive Moment

Snuggles from Cat. I’ve been so incredibly frazzled, the best thing has been kitty purrs near my ear. So soft. So soothing. That and learning that Jenny really, really does not mind me yelling at her about Black Sails.

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Guest Interview: Kate Sheeran Swed on The Toccata System series

Posted November 14, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Guest Posts / 0 Comments

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Today I’m interviewing Kate Sheeran Swed, author of the Tocatta System series, which is a trilogy of novellas about runaway assassins, cyborg vigilantes, love and technology. All three books in the series are now available through Amazon and will soon also be available at other retailers. These books are literary retellings, sort of, exploring the darker side of Great Expectations, The Phantom of the Opera and Treasure Island. They’re also great fun and really fast, action-packed reads as Astra, Claire and LJ try to take on a rogue AI determined to control the entire system and take revenge for her broken heart.

Let me give you the blurb for the first book, Parting Shadows, and after that I’ll pass the blog on to Kate as she graciously answers my nosiness about balancing literary allusions with writing your own new story, the polarising effect of technology (and its topicality), and a little bit of what to expect from Prodigal Storm since this interview focuses on the first two books. Go, my organisational skills!

Cover for Parting Shadows (Toccata System #1)by Kate Sheeran Swed, showing a space shuttle orbiting a planet.

Raised by a heartsick AI, she’s programmed to kill. And desperate to flee.

After growing up on an isolated space station, Astra dreams of solid ground. But with an AI guardian plugged into her head–and her nervous system–it’s not like she’s flush with choices. In fact, she’s got just one: use her training to carry out the rogue AI’s revenge. Her first mission? Assassination.

When her target flashes a jamming device that would guarantee her escape from the AI’s grasp, Astra sets out to steal it. But the AI’s plans are more dangerous than she suspected. Corrupted by heartbreak, the wayward computer is determined to infect the star system with a new order of digital tyranny.

Astra’s been raised to care for no one but herself. Now she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to trade the star system’s freedom for her own.

Parting Shadows is a far-future take on Estella Havisham’s journey in Great Expectations, and the first installment in Kate Sheeran Swed’s Toccata System novella trilogy.

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2019: Things I’ve Published

Posted November 13, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work, News / 0 Comments

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Because it is that time of the year for award nominations and people like having lists of “What You Published This Year” things, I present to you… a list of writings I’ve published in 2019. Yay! There’ll be a handful of additions (notably two poems), but this is more or less complete.

I’ve noted the word count for fiction in case you want to nominate it for awards – which would be awesome and thank you so much for wanting to nominate my work OMG – but largely this is for anyone who’s worried they may have missed something important that I’ve done. This has been a pretty uneventful writing year for me, actually. :O

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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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