Week 7 Update

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

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! I actually have some hopefully very exciting Patreon news to share! Whoohoo!

Before that, though, Patreon has thankfully reacted very quickly to the erroneous flag and fixed it. Hopefully that’ll be the end of it for good, but I’m sure I’ll have to deal with it again.

So… Last year in August I asked people what they wanted me to record for the Lynn reads events. This basically means I’m reading my own work and recording it. I’m not a professional reader at all, but I enjoy it and, hopefully, you will too. They’re available to all Patrons under the tag “lynn reads” (yes, so creative, I knooooooow), but given my current situation recording them tends to be… sporadic. (Basically: I live ina  very noisy area.) But I finally had a chance to record a whole set at once (mostly because they’re short) and so… Starting March, the Lynn reads posts are coming back with a schedule!

For the first 6 months, I’ll be sharing one story per month from Tales of the Little Engine to wrap up the set (also because I like them) on the first Tuesday of the month, so that’s: March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, and August 6th. After that, focus will shift to the Feather by Feather and Other Stories pieces that were part of the original sampler (you can read them all even if you’re not a Patron, by looking through the fbf tag!) and share those. Since the majority of them are really short and there’s, like, 24 of them, I’ve shifted them to being bi-weekly for at least as long as it takes to share the short pieces. So those will appear on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

After that, I’ll be switching to finishing up reading the Patreon pieces posted to date and… then we’ll see where everything is at. I’m excited, though!

Completed Projects

  • 8/8 short stories recorded of Tales of the Little Engine

Goal Updates

  • 15/24 stories recorded of the Feather by Feather and Other Stories sampler
  • 1/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 0/8 short essays for March/April
  • 3,832/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 15/12 books read

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 363

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,702

DemiPrincess2: Whoo! Progress! And the plot’s kicked it up a notch which will be… interesting. Look, you all wanted kelpies. I am not responsible for the consequences of that desire. (Okay, fine. I am.) Progress is sloooooow, but there is progress!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Maybe I should just take this out until I actually have something to report? I enjoyed a delightful single Valentine’s Day yesterday, though. I spoilt myself rotten with productivity and peace and quiet. But mostly, I admit, I was waiting for today to roll about because a) new Star Trek: Discovery episode, b) new The Dragon Prince season!

Stand-out Positive Moment

Patreon actually got to my ticket about getting erroneously flagged (again) within a week! OMG! No need to stress out about losing visibility for over a month.

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Once upon a time… A Look at Labels in My Work

Posted February 11, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, 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 6 Update

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

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! This is the first full February update. Whoot!

Completed Projects

None yet!

Goal Updates

  • 1/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 0/8 short essays for March/April
  • 3,469/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 9/12 books read (Admittedly, most of them books I didn’t finish because I wasn’t interested enough to finish.)

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,469

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,152

DemiPrincess2: Progress has been made! Huzzah! Now hopefully progress will continue and I won’t need to deal with kelpies for a few chapters.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Surprising… no one, there is little new to remark here. Life continues as it does. I continue to muddle through it as best I can. Turns out I’m still really rubbish at condensing 15+ years of freelance into a coherent CV and cover letter.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I have one! But, sadly, I am not able to tell you much about it until later. Let’s just say I’m sitting on some superexciting news that I can’t wait to share with you all.

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Asexuality Has Been Around Longer Than You Think: A Peek at the History of a Concept and a Word

Posted February 4, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, 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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January News/Week 5 Round-up

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

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January Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of January. What. It was just yesterday that the new year began!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

One day I will have actual things to report here, but other than the fact that I’m writing this up whilst recovering from a cold I’m afraid I don’t really have much news? I mean, I doubt you’re all interested in my jobhunting woes.

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Plans for 2019

As it’s the new year, let’s take a look at all the things I’m expecting to do and accomplish! It’s only the first, so I have no idea what 2019 has in store for anyone yet, so here is my ridiculously optimistic look at what I’m hoping this year will bring and what I’ll be working towards.

Yeah, that stayed the plan for a long time. I am fantastic at plans. (It’s better than I make it sound. I just… added the ace academic posts to the mix and they’re a bit more daunting than I expected at times. In a good way, mind. I enjoy them.)

Completed Projects

  • 9/9 episodes of The Dragon Prince watched
  • 1 essay draft on reading fantasy books with aphantasia
  • 1 essay draft on writing dyscalculia rep in A Promise Broken
  • 1 novella polished and sent out on submission (wish me luck!)

February Goals

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

Yes, I know. I’m being ambitious. But looooook at January. It should be absolutely doable. Somehow. If I don’t collapse in a fatigue. Which I won’t, but we’ll see how it goes. 2019 is the year I aim big.

January Goals

  • 5/4 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity written
  • 51,257/10,000 words written
  • 34/13 books read

I may have smashed all of them. Yes, all of them. Long live nonfiction? I mean loooooook at those numbers. Now if I could just balance and harness that power for fiction, I’d be all set. To be fair, though, a good chunk of the books are short stories or books I didn’t finish. The only reason I read that much is because I started off the month with a round of reading books to see if they still held my interest.

The writing is a surprise, though it really shouldn’t be.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 16,811

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 34,446

DemiPrincess2: I fixed what’d been bothering me about the chapters, but then I got derailed by trying to stay on top of the essays because what even is time management. I was aiming to get back on track the last days of January, but then I was wiped out by a cold. [sigh]

RibbonDancer: I got to polish up this novella, though, and sent it off to a venue, so now I get to go through the nailbiting waiting period to hear back.

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points up] I got a story off on suuuuuuub. Go me! I punched my anxiety square in the face and sent it off.

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Counting Books: Finding Dyscalculia Representation in Fiction

Posted January 28, 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 4 Round-up

Posted January 25, 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! Firstly, a warm welcome to new people. *waves* Hello! Welcome.

Completed Projects

  • 1 essay draft on reading fantasy books with aphantasia
  • 1 essay draft on writing dyscalculia rep in A Promise Broken

Goal Updates

  • 3/4 short February essays all wrapped up.

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 505

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 7,840

DemiPrincess2: This was supposed to make everything easier. Reader, it did not. The main reason this dipped so much is because I’ve focused the week on non-fiction I may want to pitch in future.

Thing is, I was aiming to write less non-fiction not more, so I could focus on the fiction, so I’m giving it until the end of the month and then I may need to re-evaluate the division and how well it’s working for me right now. That said, it does mean that January is going to focus on non-fiction to see if I can build up enough buffer for Monday to shut my brain up because the main reason this is an issue at all is because anxiety is a ridiculous thing to be dealing with and I don’t have that much room to focus on, well, anything when my brain is busy screaming “But you promised weekly essays this year what if you run out of buffer?!” at me. So next week is going to be all about building that buffer as high up as I can manage and… either I will manage or I won’t.

As a reminder to everyone: I love topic requests, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions or suggest topics for me to ramble about. Any way of contacting me is fine.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

One day I will have something really cool and really positive to mention here. Today is not that day, sorry. Truth is, my life is really boring unless I’m trying to bake something new to me. (I will nail lemon custard one day. Just not when I’m surrounded by snow.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

One of my friends reaching out to me because they were worried I was underpromoting myself. <3 Sinead is the sweetest. I actually have a bunch of stand-out positive moments, which is surprising given I had a ridiculous number of rejections in a row, but this is definitely a stand-out moment. Chatting to friends about ace rep in academia? Also continues to be a highlight of the week for me. It’s just… so amazing to learn all these things that you kind of know, but never quite manage to get the details of. (Hi, my name is Lynn and despite copious attempts from people to teach me, I fail at google searching.)

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A Rose by Any Other Name… On Using Identity Labels vs Using Descriptions

Posted January 21, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, 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 3 Round-Up

Posted January 18, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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

Completed Projects

No new projects accomplished unless you count reworking DemiPrincess2 chapters. Now I’m back to working on shiny new material!

Goal Updates

  • 1/4 short February essays all wrapped up.
  • 1 essay draft on reading fantasy books with aphantasia

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 8,027

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 10,270 (wait, what?)

DemiPrincess2: I had to backtrack a bit to fix up a scene that’d been really bothering me, and I finally pulled the following chapters I had into line. WHOOT! Now it’s back to new stuff because we’re back on track!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life continues as it always does, boo. I wish recruitment agencies wouldn’t call you about a job application you sent that they know they won’t hire you for. That’s just rude. I’ve been fairly out of it, though, time-wise, resulting in updating Wednesday’s essay on Tuesday. :O

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stand-out positive moment is definitely the time I was struggling very hard with self-rejection issues and reached out to people on Twitter and everyone was so lovely and helpful. <3 Thank you! I’m still working on the don’t-self-reject part, but I have a draft of the essay that made me worry about them, so that’s progress! I know I’d have tossed the whole thing in the bin without everyone encouraging me to write it anyway, so thank you! 😀

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Lynn vs Conlangs

Posted January 14, 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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