Category: Goals

Week 16 Update

Posted April 19, 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!

Completed Projects

  • Lynn Rambles about… Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

Goal Updates

  • 0/2 essays for May
  • 10/12 books read
  • 2/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • 0% Abstract submission
  • 3,793/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 video on ace rep in The Bone People

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,067

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 1,338

DemiPrincess2: Chapter 11 is done! I hate it, but it’s done. Huzzah!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Whelp, I got the bill for the fainting of the ambulance. It’s… nowhere near as bad as the US, but wow. Still more than I was expecting. Eep.

Also with spring in full swing, it’s finally time to clean the patio outside and prepare to enjoy the weather there.

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stand-out positive moment for this week is top secret, sorry, so I’ll pick something fairly predictable: season 8 of Game of Thrones has started and in a few weeks’ time we’ll have an ending to the narrative!

Also did I mention I finished chapter 11 of DemiPrincess2?

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Week 15 Update

Posted April 12, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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

Completed Projects

Ah, nope. None this week.

Goal Updates

  • 0/2 essays for May
  • 7/12 books read
  • 1/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • 0% Abstract submission
  • 1,842/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 video on ace rep in The Bone People

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,842

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 1,730

DemiPrincess2: Progress! It meant backtracking a little, but hey. It means I added words and the chapter that wasn’t working started to work a little better. I’m not wholly caught up, but I should be soon and that should fix the issues I had with the damned thing and send me on my merry way. Huzzah!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I made strawberry cupcakes! They were… okay, but not quite what I’d wanted them to be. I added at least double the strawberry the recipe called for and, well, you could barely taste it and the cupcakes were incredibly sticky because, I think, there was actually too much fruit juice in them.

That’s pretty much the most exciting thing, yes, unless you count that Cat decided she had to be in my bedroom all night and I didn’t have the heart to make her leave even if it meant wrecking my ability to sleep properly.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Oh, gosh. I’m not sure I even know this week. It’s been such a blur. Okay, no. I do know. I just can’t talk about it. But suffice to say it is very awesome and I can’t wait for when I’m allowed to talk about it with you all!

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March Newsletter

Posted April 5, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! March was certainly over in a blink, wasn’t it? How’d your month go?

This month in “Lynn tries new stuff”, I’m also offering a nice round-up of all of March’s posts at the very end. Plus a few from April, because I don’t want to send out more than one round-up email per week if I can at all help it. Do you like it? Let me know your thoughts! 😀

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I never know what to say here. I’ve had a rough couple of days which doesn’t really help because it makes me less likely to communicate in general. (I know. I know. I mask it well. This is one of the real ways in which it shows, though.) It’s just even with weekly comments to look back on I’m drawing blanks. I lead the most interesting life, I tell you.

I did get a nonfiction rejection, which makes me very sad, but you can expect that piece to appear on the blog sometime in future! And currently I’m head-deep in reading The Bone People for the first time and taking copious notes so I can do a video lecture on it after I’m done. Eep! I’m both terrified and excited!

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

Though the links between Chrysodrine, disability and/or race are immediately obvious, these moments of acceptance result in the narrative also linking queerness to the way that Chrysodrine physically Others as Sylver clearly demonstrates that the majority of their cast falls somewhere under the queer umbrella. Yet by centralising these characters what Sylver actually accomplishes is the opposite. Instead of presenting these characters in a way that says “these people are different from us”, the narrative presents the characters in a way that says “these people are just like us”. Chameleon Moon uses its intertwining of physically Othering both the cast and the setting as well as the characters’ ability and drive to build a better, more accepting community to Same its characters, to state without question that they and people like them are human.

Completed Projects

  • Sekrit Project/Skies short story
  • 1 Let’s Play
  • Let’s Read! Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • Let’s Read! Asexual Resonances

April Goals

  • 2 essays for May
  • 12 books read
  • 4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • Abstract submission
  • 10,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 video on ace rep in The Bone People

March Goals

  • 7/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 13/12 books read
  • 2/2 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 100% Pick a new Let’s Read! project and discuss its future
  • 16,950/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories
  • 1/1 completed new Let’s Play
  • 100% Reread Chameleon Moon for essayage

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 16,950

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 22,765

DemiPrincess2: Lots of whirring and thinking, mainly. I had a plot issue that needing smoothing and sanding before it could work.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Hands down, RoAnna’s reaction to the essay on their book. I’ve been terrified of writing this essay partially because they’re a friend and what if they hate it and I’m completely misreading their intent?! (Well, that’s one of the reasons anyway.) But I know they wanted to read it when it was done, so of course I shared it with them and I had a fantastic discussion about the book with them and it was just absolutely amazing. 😀

Also I finished a short story and it actually stayed a short story!

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Week 12 Update

Posted March 22, 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! Before we get to the weekly updates, though, some general news and announcements. :O

All of my work is now available on Gumroad. I still need to add links to the website, but they’re all available and I’m trying to find my footing in it for more goodies and offerings. Gumroad lets me keep a bigger cut of the sales and if you think the price is too low you can add a tip to what you think is a fairer price, so it’s a good way to give creators you love (and who use it) a better deal.

I’ve also started to explore itch.io, though currently I only have The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake and Patreon-rewards available there. Patrons, you can go to this page to collect ebooklets of the 2017 and 2018 (and later on 2019 etc) stories released on Patreon. If you connect to your Patreon account, you’ll be able to download the ebooklets in a nicely collected format without having to trawl through the posts on Patreon to find them. You shouldn’t need an itch.io account to access them. I think. If all goes well. It worked for me, anyway. Let me know if there are any problems! (The ebooklets are available in both epub and mobi, so you can choose which to download.)

Exploring means that I’m looking at ways to tie this option into the tiers I’ve got effectively and to see what I can do to offer additional digital content more easily based on the options the site offers. I’m still finding my footing, though, so this may take a bit of time to get sorted. I’m excited, though. I hope that it will offer people some fantastic additional value! 😀

Completed Projects

  • Draft 2 of Sekrit Project

Goal Updates

  • 7/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 8/12 books read
  • 9,246/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,058

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 10,017

Sekrit Project: Draft 2 has been finished! Initial betareads have been encouraging. It’s… low stakes even by my standards, so I’ve been worried, but it seems to be doing what I intended to accomplish. YAY!

DemiPrincess2: Now, no longer on hold since the sekrit project is done and will soon be looking for a home! It’s been percolating for a while, so I hope to see a fair amount of progress quickly.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I have been recovering well from my tumble. I mean, not that that was very hard. I just had a cut and needed to take it easy while my body restored its blood levels, but still! Brexit continues to make life ridiculous and, honestly, the past week means I have very little faith in people as a group right now, which feels weird. I’m the optimistic kind of depressed. (Yes, I know that sounds paradoxical.)

I have, somehow, managed to discover an understanding of shipping that I’ve always lacked. I’m still bemused that this discovery happened over shipping one QPR over another potential-QPR, but of course if anything made me understand shipping wars better it would be a QPR.

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stitches are out! Huzzah!

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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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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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Week 1 Round-up

Posted January 4, 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 week of the new year, so everything is all messy as I start to notice all the things I wanted or needed to do before January began and… get to play catch-up. To give you an idea of how well my brain is functioning right now, I almost forgot to write this up at all. I have absolutely no goals set up for January. So, um, I guess I’d better get on that.

Completed Projects

  • 9/9 episodes of The Dragon Prince watched

Goal Updates

  • 1/4 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 5,036/10,000 words
  • 1/13 books read

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 106 words

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,930 words

DemiPrincess2: Noooope. I have hit the stumbling block of “Must revise these last chapters” and they require Research. (Look, I could keep writing, but chances are I’ll have to toss 90% of what I’ve written if I do.)

Cursed: Hello, incredibly angry protagonist. I have a prologue-y thing now. WHOOHOO! And then my days got eaten by nonfiction.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Nope. I’ve got no updates. Nothing. Sorry! Life continues as it has. We’re not big on holidays as a family. I‘m not big on holidays as a person. Believe it or not, but I’m actually really curmudgeony. Okay, maybe I’m not, but the vast majority of my family consists of extraverts who just expect introverts to Suck It Up because who on Earth needs to recharge in the middle of a ParTAY?

They’re nicer people than that makes it sound, I promise. They just aren’t very good at accommodating introverts and I’m terrible at being the only person in the group who needs such.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Hello, verse novel! I was worried about this one because I had only the vaguest of ideas and then I woke up, January 2nd, because angry ranty protagonist narrator. I’ve no idea where exactly this is going other than “Fairytale mash-up? Fairytale mash-up!” The way this will mess up the Fairytale Verses logo is a problem for future!me.

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Plans for 2019

Posted January 1, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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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.

Fiction

  • DemiPrincess 2 & 3: Completed drafts (ideally all the way to publication, but we’ll see)
  • RibbonDancer: Final revision and then hopefully a sale
  • 12 stories/vignettes/poems for 2020 patrons
  • Another verse novel in Fairytale Verses
  • Short vignettes about established characters (throw ideas at me! I love ideas!)
  • Whatever else my brain throws at me

Nonfiction

  • 52 short, personal essays about writing and related or anything else people have questions about specifically
  • Publishing that State of Ace Rep in Tradpub SFF I’ve been talking about in 2018 (eeeeee!)
  • Analysis of the ace rep in Chameleon Moon
  • Anything else that comes up? I’m keeping it fairly light
  • Discussions of some of the academic papers I found about asexuality in media

Audio/Video

  • Dependent on the EU not being ridiculous about copyright laws: More Let’s Plays! I have fun with those (and they take up less time than you think)
  • More Lynn Reads. Ideally I’d like to get one short story read per month.
  • More Lynn Reacts! Just… not in this format because this format isn’t working for anyone.

The videos are kind of on hold until I get my reading list sorted out. Then I can set up a series of ‘lecture’ videos about ace rep in SFF fiction and pretend I’m teaching a lecture-heavy course on it!

I think that about covers it? What about you? Do you have any specific 2019-related plans?

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Goal Review November 2018

Posted November 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

 I Want to Read:
  • Hahahahahahahaha. It’s November.
I Want to Write:
  • Survive NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo has been survived! With a day to spare and then I promptly keeled over and did nothing but sleep all day on the last day. Surprisingly, I even managed to read 9 books! Also surprisingly that’s not actually the worst reading month I’ve had this year. (That’s last month where I read only 7. I mean, on average, I’ve still read 10 books per month, which was my goal, but still. I was one book short this month.)

I… find myself without a lot to say, though. Boohiss. But then that’s because next year I’m shaking up the way these monthly posts go. Oooooooh… For now it’s a surprise what they’ll look like! But they’ll be shiny and new.

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November 2018 Goals

Posted November 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Hahahahahahahaha. It’s November.

I Want to Write:

  • Survive NaNoWriMo

It’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo time! I’ve never had as much free time for NaNoWriMo as I’ve had this month, so we’ll… see how it goes. My goal is twofold. Like most of the recent NaNoWriMo years, I’m rebelling. I know I can write 50K in a month and setting myself a longer goal has… somehow never managed to motivate me. So I always end up doing something different for NaNoWriMo. After all, the goal is to have fun writing above all else.

This month, I have two projects I want to work on:

  • editing RibbonDancer
  • writing DemiPrincess 2&3 in a rough draft

And yes I do mean DemiPrincess 2 and 3. Unlike the first book, these two won’t contain any time jumps and, if all goes to plan, present a near-continuous narrative. So I want to have both of them written at once and ready at the same time. That way I can release them (close) together and no one needs to wait for the cliffhanger to resolve. Or at least not wait long.

I’m considering a few more things to get me motivated, but we’ll see how those go. I really ought to have hashed this out before the 31st of October and only a handful of days before November starts.

Terrifyingly, it feels like it’s close to my period. While you’d think that’s a good thing – get it over with – that means I may end up behind at the beginning when you can build up a decent buffer as you build momentum. We’ll see how it goes. I expect to need at least two months to have a final draft of both DemiPrincess books, but we’ll see how it goes. In theory, health and life cooperating, this is a doable plan.

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