Category: Goals

Week 7 Update

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

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Weekly Accountability

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.

This Week on Patreon

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How about you? What have you been up to lately? Has anything awesome happened?

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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.

This Week on Patreon

All the Patreon posts from the past week, collected in neat and tidy lists, divided by tier.

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How about you? What have you been up to lately? Has anything awesome happened?

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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.

This Week on Patreon

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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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Goal Review October 2018

Posted October 31, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • Tone of Voice by Kaia Sønderby
  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

I Want to Write:

  • That Darned Essay

Well, I managed one of these. October was an abysmal month for, uh, most anything that was not that darned essay. And mostly it was just abysmal all-around. I don’t want to talk about October.

I shall say only this: I finally finished a draft of that darned essay I was happy enough to call “done” and Patreon promptly decided my page contained “adult” content. (It doesn’t.) And I’ve been waiting for them to get back to me on the appeal for, oh, almost 3 weeks now.

Which, personally, I consider appalling customer service, given the severity of the potential impact having to appeal a decision that should never have happened in the first place has. But it is what it is for now. Just know that I’m severely pissed off and if this stretches on into a month, I will have lost whatever goodwill I have towards support staff. (I’m sure they’re doing their best to stay on top of the tickets, but if this is an average waiting time, your support process isn’t working right and, at minimum, you need to hire more staff to keep on top of the volume.)

Anyway, that should give you an indication of how well my October’s gone.

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Goal Review September 2018

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

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Setting my goals ridiculously low turned out to be a good thing in the end because I actually managed to complete them! Barely, but I did! Well, no. That’s not fair. I barely managed to finish my reading goal because I’ve been in a reading slump and most of what I’ve read this month I had to force myself to read. I sat down yesterday to make my way through the final part of A Slip of the Keyboard and it was a struggle. But I managed!

Writing was far more effective and productive as I ramped up the revisions for Thrushbeard, now in possession of an actual title, an actual cover, an actual release date and pretty much anything else you could think of that a book release could need. Probably. So that goal I kind of blew out of the water. Unless you think rewriting from scratch doesn’t count in which case I still made it because of all the new stuff I added but it isn’t nearly as impressive.

Thanks, month of terribleness. I appreciate the fact that you were terrible and disappointing. But I shall continue to put on a brave face and keep going because, really, what else can I do.

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September 2018 Goals

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

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Er, yes. My August is off to such a spectacular ending that this is all I’m setting out to do. This is all I’m aiming to accomplish because, clearly, what I need is ridiculously low (by my standards!) goals, so I can smash them and rebuild my momentum somewhat. This may or may not work.

Mostly, though, September is going to involve editing a verse novel and a short story and anything else I can fit into my schedule. And possibly a bunch of family commitments and a lot of studying because I really ought to be more disciplined about it. And then later this year I aim to actually publish that verse novel. WHOO!

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Goal Review August 2018

Posted August 31, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  • The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Er… Well… I… managed… one of the above? I don’t know, my August is a blur worse than most months. I’m still operating under the belief that it’s the first week of August even though I know, intellectually, that it isn’t.

Consequently, I have… nothing to say? I’m slowly inching my way through A Slip of the Keyboard, but I just genuinely do not know what’s up with this month to the point where I’m glad I got anything done on any of these, never mind ticked one off and got partway through another!

I think it’s just that August’s been a particularly bad month for my brain somehow? I know I slept more than normal the past few days, but that’s as far as my memory of August stretches. Well, there’s random stuff I know happened in August that might as well have happened in any month not-August, but that’s it.

I am very confused and this is minorly terrifying, so I’m going to hush now and set up the other monthly posts. Meep.

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