Week 34 Update

Posted August 23, 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

  • Reworking a Social SF story. And it’s off to submission.

Goal Updates

  • 13,275/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 6/12 books read
  • 1/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,665

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,938

DemiPrincess2: Wheels have continued to turn. Cogs are moving. Just. The short story had a deadline.

SocialSF: It is done! It is finished! It is… very unlike what 99% of (Western?) SFF publishing likes, so who knows what, if anything, it’ll end up doing, but hey Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers series just won a Hugo, so clearly there is room for soft, quiet SFF and this is some of the softest, quietest SFF I have ever written. (Seriously. The Wayfarers books all have background Standard Storyline plot, if nothing else. This… does not.)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I want to say that life is going apace because, in a sense, this is true. And in another sense everything is a mess I cannot step out of (it’s not even my mess) and I just want to crawl into a hole and pretend like nothing at all is happening. Also I have cupcakes! Nothing in the world can be as dire as all that when I have cupcakes.

To give you a general sense of the week, though. It wasn’t until TODAY that I realised that the Good Omens essay has not, in fact, been cross-posted to Patreon or that I’ve only had two whole posts this week. Wow, I knew this past week was a bust and honestly particularly flakey, but that is terrible even for me. Guess that’s my weekend activities sorted then because this will not stand!

Stand-out Positive Moment

I think the love you’ve all shown for my Good Omens essay, really. I was feeling very dejected about it when I scheduled to post it on my website, but wow. You all really enjoyed its release, it seems. I’m… honestly I find nonfiction essays so hard to find any confidence in and just hearing people I don’t even know linking or QTing it saying it’s good? Wow, I’m floored.

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We’re on Our Side: Aziraphale and Crowley’s Thoroughly Queer Relationship in Good Omens

Posted August 22, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies / 0 Comments

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It’s been a long, long time coming in internet terms. By now, you may be forgiven if you’ve moved on to the next big thing in (SFF) fiction, especially with the Hugo Awards so newly concluded (and congratulations to all nominees and winners again!) because the internet moves infinitely faster than we’d ever have dreamed possible.

But I promised you back in June that I had a whole essay’s worth of writing on Good Omens and here it is! Over 7,000 words of aromantic and asexual (but mostly aromantic) essayage on Good Omens. With many, many thanks to Jenny from Reading the End for basically handholding me through the flaily first draft of this piece. (It was over 10,000 words.) This would be a hundred times less awesome without Jenny’s comments on the first draft when I was an anxiously flaily pile of “I cannot do this” and “But no one will care”.

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Week 33 Update

Posted August 16, 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! It is Worldcon this week, so to those of you attending: I hope you’re having an absolute blast!

Completed Projects

None yet! :O

Goal Updates

  • 9,610/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 4/12 books read
  • 1/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,236

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,625

SF Piece: I really need a proper codename for this short. I rewrote it last week. This week I’m trying something new and rewriting it based on first reading it on an ereader. That’s proving very interesting and potentially extremely useful. This is something I already do with novels, but I’ve never tried it with short stories before.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life continues apace, as it does, and as usual I don’t have that much to say. Mostly I’ve been playing emotional aide to people and not enjoying it. What can you do, though. Sometimes life is like that.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I got to meet one of my new cousins for the first time! Sleepy baby is very sleepy.

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Discord Book Club

Posted August 10, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone!

Today I have a special announcement regarding Patreon: I’m starting a book club! It’ll be run on Discord, so it’s only open to Patrons who’ve pledged at the $5 tier or higher as well as to anyone at the $1 tier who’s supported me up to now as a special way to say thank you for your support. Before I explain the Patreon logistics, though, let’s talk about the book club and what to expect!

Obviously, being a book club, we’ll be tackling the same book together and discussing it. Though the book club isn’t restricted to books about asexuality or aromanticism, there’s a good chance it will have a higher focus on that. It’ll depend on what people vote for when it’s time to select the new read. The book club will predominantly focus on older releases and indie books as well as the SFF genre, but I’m sure new releases and other genres will come up occasionally as well. The book club aims to read about 100 pages per week, though since I’m usually reading ebooks actual numbers may vary somewhat. I’ll come up with discussion questions for everyone.

I’ve selected a book for us to start reading next week because wow why would I ever do anything not last minute. And that book is The Oathbound by Mercedes LackeyThis book is the first in her Vows and Honor series and was published in 1988. This is one of the earliest known SFF books with an ace-coded protagonist and since this trilogy is next up in my series of Ace Lit discussions, I figured it would make the perfect start to the book club.

After that, we’ll vote on books. If you’ve got suggestions for what you’d like to read, let me know! I’ll be working off my TBR pile to start us off, but I’m hoping to incorporate more options that you wanted to see as we go along.

Schedule:

  • Aug 12-18: Chapters 1-4
  • Aug 19-25: Chapters 5-8
  • Aug 26-Sep 1: Chapters 9-11

So how do you join? Well, anyone who’s a patron at $5 or more has access to the full Discord server. Just head on over to the book-club channel and you’re good! If you’ve pledged at $1 and want to join the book club, DM me through Patreon and I’ll make sure you get an invite link to the book-club channel. It won’t be a temporary invite, so you won’t have to worry about Discord kicking you out for inactivity or anything.

I think that about covers it. I’m really excited about this! I’ve always enjoyed readalongs, but I’ve tended to chicken out of hosting ones for books I don’t know well. No more! Let’s all just read books together and have a good time! 😀

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Week 32 Update

Posted August 9, 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! I have an exciting official announcement on Saturday, but for now: I’ve added a book-club section to the Discord server! I’ve gone ahead and picked the first book for the club – The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey – but after that I’ll put things up to the vote! I’ll explain everything in detail tomorrow in its own shiny post, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up on the title! 😀

Completed Projects

None yet! Well, I have a very rough short story draft.

Goal Updates

  • 4,374/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 4/12 books read
  • 0/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 4,374

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,446

Untitled SF Story: This is a slice-of-life SF story about, well, making friends and reaching goals together. It’s short and sweet and I like it a lot even if it’s currently a right mess that’s about 1,000 words longer than I wanted it to be.

DemiPrincess2: I have (finally) identified the issue I’m having with the current scene. All that remains is to fix it and convince my brain to stop being a jerk. THIS STORY SHOULD NOT BE TAKING THIS LONG, BRAIN. (But, also, I’d rather take the time and get a high quality first draft I can polish up than a useless mess.)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

You know when you have a time where your mental health just takes a nosedive? Yeah, that’s where I’m at right now. Which of course means I’m mostly digging in and avoiding people. This is not, I note, a good coping strategy, but it’s the best one I’ve got when “Get out of the overall situation” isn’t likely to happen any time soon. And, honestly, the issue is smaller things adding up. It’s seeing everyone get excited about Worldcon and knowing you can’t and won’t be attending even though you wanted to and held on to hope too long for sense; it’s seeing people say “I would like to read [thing you write!] and knowing that the sales just aren’t there for it unless it’s big names writing it”. (That’s a discoverability issue and an issue with disliking indies, but honestly it all amounts to the same thing: a vicious cycle that’s hard to break through.)

Anyway. Good things have also happened! I got a new laundry basket! Which I realise is super unexciting to hear, but small pleasures exist too. I enjoyed the weather. We attempted a new method to dog-proof the glorified shed. So far it appears to be dog proof. It may or may not be rabbit proof. I petted a rabbit!

They’re small and simple things, but they’re important. We forget how important sunshine on our face is or that kindness exists in the world, I think, because the bad things in our… entire existence are so much bigger and more pressing. But the good things exist too.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Kitty cuddles. If only I could convince Cat to actually stay put an entire night…

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July Wrap-up and Week 31 Update

Posted August 2, 2019 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

I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I’m not particularly skilled at this. But this month it was literal hell as another heat wave swept across (Western) Europe and we all collectively melted into puddles of sweat because it was too hot. And, frankly, that’s all I remember about this month.

Oh. No. I have several new cousins. They were born just before the heatwave hit. Yay!

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Sylver also draws a direct comparison between the way that marginalised people stand against governments refusing to grant them basic rights and the way that many allies do. This is exemplified in a conversation that happens early on in the book. In this conversation, Evelyn is meeting with her white cousin, who is presented as an able-bodied cisgender man, and they discuss solutions to the fact that Parole is, quite literally, on fire. Liam’s plan is to put out the fire and assume that everything will be all right afterwards. As Evelyn points out, however, the isolation Parole is suffering was never about the fire lit underneath them.

Completed Projects

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

August Goals

  • 0/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/12 books read
  • 0/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

July Goals

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 19,307

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 22,747

DemiPrincess2: Heatwave aside, I am back on track! In that I’m writing new material, that is. This was supposed to be an EASY story to write. Grah!

Via: This is a short SF story I’m keeping under wraps. I promise it’ll be quiet, hopeful SFF, though, and entirely On Brand apart from where it’s social science fiction to the very core instead of fantasy.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Honestly? The heat breaking at long last. There are other moments I could and should mention, such as being granted three ARCs with (ownvoices) acespec rep and one of those with ownvoices aro rep in quick succession and having a blast reading them. I can’t wait to write about them and share my thoughts with you all. I’ve currently just started on the third, but I can already highly recommend preordering Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow and Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor. They’re amazing. Or succeeding in my Hugo Reading goals against all the odds. I could talk about the positive reception my latest ace rep essay had.

But honestly the stand-out positive moment is the day the heat wave finally broke because I was so miserable. I’m not made for heat at all and 40+ degrees is just. Too much.

But then it broke. And I danced in the rain and it was utterly glorious and in that moment there was nothing the world could do that could destroy happiness.

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Week 30 Update

Posted July 26, 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! You may notice a small change to this week’s post. I refer you all to the heatwave sweeping through Europe because, frankly, this week has been literal hell. I survive! Somehow. Right now, I’m trying to get this written up before it’s too hot to function.

Completed Projects

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 7/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

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Subverting Stereotypes: A Look at Asexual and Aromantic Representation in RoAnna Sylver’s ‘Chameleon Moon’

Posted July 22, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies / 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!

Normally, Monday Musings are somewhere below 2,500 words. This week is slightly different. And by that I mean that this week’s post is in excess of 6,000 words because it’s a proper aroace literary analysis post! By popular Twitter vote, I’m releasing my essay on the asexual and aromantic representation in RoAnna Sylver’s Chameleon Moon for everyone today! Have fun!

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Cover Redesign: Among the Glimmering Flowers

Posted July 19, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Is it two news posts in one day!? Why, yes, it is! I have, after a lot of hmming and similar noises, redone the cover for Among the Glimmering Flowers. It now comes with additional brambleberries!

Okay, fine. Blackberries. What do you all think?

The redesign also comes with a giveaway! Wherein ten (yes, 10!) copies are up for grabs! (Reviews should be optional, but even one-line ones would be greatly appreciated.)

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Week 29 Update

Posted July 19, 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

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 6/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 17,963

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,056

DemiPrinces2: Oh, yes. I have finally caught up on all the edits. And then promptly keeled over because this week’s editing count is a one-day job. That turned out less extensive than I’d anticipated. But hey now we’re back to being about halfway through this book and getting things aligned for book 3 again! Also on schedule. Why is this book just not cooperating with my schedule?

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Surprising absolutely no one, I have nothing to say here. I’m still processing that a week has passed since last Friday, to be honest. It went so fast. I spent part of it feeling ill and out of sorts and part of it just dealing with insomnia, so mostly I’m a bit bleary-eyed still.

But hey I got the dogs out for a nice longish walk for a change, if not as morning-early as I’d hoped to but then I doubt I can convince my ride that “Get up before dawn so I can watch the sun rise over a lake at, what, 4 am in the morning” is a good idea. It’s also good proof that my brain and body still have very different ideas on what “enough rest” means which is annoying as can be.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Taking the dogs for nice long, peaceful morning walks. Even if New Dog does have very sharp claws and likes using your leg for purchase when staring out car windows and my thighs are now very, very bruised. How To Behave In Cars is an ongoing training project. He had a lovely time playing with a dog that decided it was far more interested in following us around than listening to its owner call it back. I had a lovely time wandering beside a lake. It was good.

Also I completed the final discussion paper in Asexualities! WHOOT!

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