Monthly Goals September/October 2013

Posted October 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

It’s time for the monthly goals check-in again! Prepare to laugh (or cry, if that’s your preference), because… Well, you’ll see.

I Want to Read:
– River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
– Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
– The King’s Peace by Jo Walton
I Want to Write:
10000 words of fiction

I accomplished exactly one item on that list. Possibly two. I spent most of September editing up Feather by Feather one last time and I admit that I kept absolutely no track of the words I added or rewrote. I know I added words because the word count went up and because I decided to rewrite the introduction from scratch (I hate introductions), but I don’t know by how much. But because it’s going on 100,000 words and I’m me, I’m going to say it was a flat 10,000 because I know I fiddled around with everything enough. I just haven’t got an exact number. *sigh*

The item I very definitely know I finished, though, is reading Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. I haven’t even started on the other two. I knew September was going to be ridiculous with my accomplishments, but I, er, was not expecting this. At all. I was expecting to have read (or at least started) one of the chunksters, but I really, really don’t like a chunkster book in my hands. Maybe I should track down ebook copies and read them that way. That might help.

Er, anyway. So September was an incredibly big failure on the goals front and I’m surprised even while I was expecting this. This month my dayjob started up again properly and I spent pretty much every weekend running around to be Social to a variety of people. I went to Antwerp! You may have seen, but if you missed it you can poke the links. ^-^ I came home from the zoo limping and I spent some of the days after being Social curled up in bed until 6pm or something because I was just too tired to do anything else. I’m not surprised by how little I got done from that list, especially considering that the times I was active and awake I spent most of it going over the final edits for Feather by Feather. I don’t know what else to look at and poke, so I’m sure I’m forgetting something entirely. Hopefully I’m not or, if I am, I’ll remember it in time.

So with that month out of the way, let’s just take a look at October!

I Want to Read:
– during the 24-hour-readathon
– The King’s Peace by Jo Walton
I Want to Write:
5000 words of fiction

As you can see, that is a really tiny list in all aspects. I should, therefore and hopefully, blow the list out of the proverbial water. Given the luck I’ve had with September and the work I’ve done editing, I feel like I could use a bit of a quieter month. (We’re still poking where the tiredness is coming from, so I still don’t know how to make it go away. Eh, I manage.) Anyway! October is the month for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. Well, one of the months because there’s another in April. I’m starting to be a long-time participant in the Readathon, but I wasn’t sure if, with September what it is, I wanted to join up this month. Now, because September has been the way that it is, I cannot think of a better way to spend at least one weekend than to spend it curled up with books. Well, mostly short stories. I plan to be reading short stories. There’s no way I can do the full 24-hours, but that’s all right. I did poke at The King’s Peace earlier in September, so I’m putting that on the list as well. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe two chunksters was just too much (but probably it was just the length of them combined with the rest of the month.)

And I want to write about 5,000 words of fiction. I have a long overdue story lined up and I suspect it’ll go over 5,000 words, but I’m aiming to have a workable draft of it ready before the end of the month. That’s not quite 5,000 words, I know, but I don’t know how long it’ll be, so I can’t make any more accurate estimates. And 5,000 is a nice, low, perfectly doable number to ease back into it. A friend of mine and I are going to be trying to encourage each other weekly, so hopefully that’ll help a lot too. September was just too awfully busy for anything useful to emerge from my side. We shall see how it goes!

But that’s what my goals are for October. It has more projected Social, but far, far, far less of it. (As in one, maybe two days of it as opposed to all the days all the month. *flop*) It should be perfectly doable. ^-^

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Photo Post: I went to a zoo! (part 1)

Posted September 23, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

This is part one of a picture post set. Yes, I sometimes do them! In this case, I went on a trip to Antwerp. (And, I’m sorry, but I will never be able to say ‘Antwerp’ without thinking of this.) This will be rambly and probably overly excited. (Sorry. I’m afraid I’m not good at formal-and-professional while going SQUEE. Yet. I may learn!)

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Musings on translations… Sort of…

Posted September 19, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

I have musings on translations. Sort of. A lot of my musings are things I don’t feel comfortable sharing yet because I don’t know how other parties involved would feel (and whether it would scupper their chances in ongoing book deal negotiations).

So I have thoughts and musings on translations and their effects on a text, especially in light of the recent debate on diversity in SFF. And I have neither the words nor the comfort level to share them at present.

Instead, I thought I’d throw it out as a question. What are your experiences with translations in regard to their treatment of the setting? I’m not really talking the kind of translation that turns Tolkien’s Shire into Auenland or Gouw, but the kind that would take Harry Potter and rewrite it to put it firmly and canonically within, say, France and still market it as the exact same tale.

Yes, there are translations that actually do that. I’ve no idea how common or widespread it is, though. Hence my musing. Because I’m sure there’s a very interesting essay for someone in that about the topic and what it means for the discussion on diversity in fiction in general.

Please do also feel free to pelt me with links discussing the issue. I really don’t have the spoons to keep up with the discussion, so I don’t know if anyone’s brought it up and I missed it. Sadness.

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Monthly Goals August/September 2013

Posted September 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

August was a weird month. Let me go and prove it to you!

I Want to Read:
– Madam Fate by Marcia Douglas
– Namma by Kate Karko
– The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker
– Beyond Binary edited by Brit Mandelo
I Want to Write:
10000 words of fiction

I also had a private goal where I was going to read Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled, which I already read. I wound up abandoning The Anvil of the World, though, so it evens out? I read all the things this month and then added a couple more to the list! WHOOT! And writing, oh writing. My handy dandy spreadsheet tells me that I wrote a good 34,457 words this past month! GO ME! Onwards and upwards! I’m on schedule for finishing The Passage of Pearl before my tentatively picked deadline, but… September is…

Well, let’s just say that this September sees me with very little chance to sit down and relax as much as I need to. Not that it’d help much. I’ve been trying to relax all summer and it doesn’t seem to have helped, but we’ll just trudge along and do our best. September will be The Month Of The Chunkster and it’s when the dayjob (and life) picks up again, so we’ll see how I do with time management.

I Want to Read:
– River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
– Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
– The King’s Peace by Jo Walton
I Want to Write:
10000 words of fiction

Again, we’ll just see how it goes. I suspect I’ll struggle to pick up River of Stars because it’s the last new-to-me read by Guy Gavriel Kay and every fibre of my being is screaming “Noooooooooooooooooo” at the prospect of having no new books waiting for me to pick up when I finish it. I shall be sad. But! It is a chunkster and I would like to be out of paper chunksters before the end of the year. I my reading tends to speed up during the final months and if I have no more chunksters I may actually get my entire shortlist read this year. :O EXCITING! I am SO CLOSE. (Really, I have 13 books left. I can read 13 books in four months, surely. Especially when they’re relatively short…)

But we’ll see how it goes because September is going to be filled with scads and scads of busy-ness and Social Commitments. I have scaled down my word count accordingly. Most of the work will go into polishing the collection and getting the final short story for it written up and polished too. And then I shall be free not to think about covers and distribution and stuff for a while as I work on making a writing order and sort-of sticking to it (oh and getting my life sorted; that needs doing to).

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Reading/Watching/Gaming/Etc August 2013

Posted September 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Monthly Round-up. The text 'monthly round-up' beneath a wrapped package. What I've been up to the past month.

And so August has come to an end. Below the cut all the things I read/played this past month that wasn’t online fiction! Of which I read tons to try and catch up only to fall behind again. >> You’ll get a proper goals post later as I am tired and still need to write it up. This just required checking it over to make sure I didn’t forget anything. Yay being organised enough to add it all!

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Where’d the stories go?

Posted August 25, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Lynn's Projects. The text 'Lynn's Projects' next to a big quill. Updates on what I'm working on.

They’re gone! :O The stories have gone! :O :O :O

They have! I’m (admittedly very slowly) prepping to self-publish them in a collection, so I’ve decided to pull them. They’ll be unavailable for around 3 months and then they’ll re-appear, proofread yet again, in handy ebook format all collected and prettified.

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