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November Newsletter

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

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November Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! Now with NaNoWriMo ramblings included!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone participating! May the wordcount be ever in your favour! I am, currently, sick with nerves because anxiety. Which also means I’m sitting on gallows humour because the alternative is… not pretty. I am, anxiety notwithstanding, doing pretty okay personally, if as chaotic and struggling with words as ever.

Honestly, I caved in, like, August or September and started watching Critical Role and it has been doing a lot of good things inadvertently. Notably, it turns out that watching nerdy people being so comfortable being nerdy is a very good way to internalise that you being nerdy and quirky is not a bad thing. Who knew that role models were so important! (Everyone. Everyone but bigots knew. Anyway!) It’s a bit slow, partially because I’m not currently seeing a therapist to help me – for one I’m on an even keel, for another I am not about to deal with the “Your asexuality is the problem here” when it is emphatically not. Unless you’re a bigot, I guess – but it is helping and working and it’s… good. You know, I was That Kid that never had stage fright, growing up. I was that kid that stood in the wings of the stage, raring to go. I remember this marked difference between the other kids I performed with and me, but that could just be my terrible memory exaggerating the effect of a handful of kids with severe stage fright on the whole group. Mostly I remember just enough of the feeling to remember it was exhilerating and empowering and good. I would perform in one way or another… so much. Like my holiday adventures included “Let’s make a one-person radio play and record it for my family and friends!” as a prime feature.

Somewhere out there in the multiverse, there is a version of me who went into performing arts. Probably multiple versions, actually, since my childhood basically lived and breathed amateur theatrics and performance of all kinds. But I was also bullied a lot and the very last thing you want to do when you’re bullied is be visible. Or at least I don’t. And so I developed anxiety that slowly encompassed performing until performance anxiety became one of the big big ways it reveals itself and I pushed things like this away as much as I could. I stopped singing. I stopped dancing. (Listen, I watched too many Disney films as a child. My life pre-longterm-bullying-effects was basically a one-person musical.)

If you’ve listened to any of my Lynn Reads podcasty things, you’ll probably have noticed that I am… not good at a neutral reading tone. I can’t help it somehow. Aiming for different voices and emotional tone just seeps in, no matter how much I try. No matter how much I have tried, throughout my life, to make myself entirely nondescript and invisible. (For the curious: yes, I am still introverted and that make it easier to lean into becoming invisible.) And hey, you know what? It’s okay to be, well, me. But I needed to see actual adults having fun together, doing the things I had bullied out of me, to remember and start to internalise that it is, indeed, okay to exist.

Anyway, so that’s how I’m doing. Getting bits and pieces of myself back and it feels good.

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Video: Where to Find More Acespec Fiction

Welcome back to another instalment of my Asexual Awareness Week mini-series on fictional ace representation. Today I’m taking a quick break from recommending you specific book titles to stop and ask “But where do you FIND them, Lynn?”

Completed Projects

  • AceWeek videos (that links to a thread collecting them all, but they’ll be listed individually below too)

November Goals

  • NaNo
  • WriMo
  • Rebel
  • 0/50,000 words on anything (notably DemiPrincess2)
  • Avoid writing nonfiction (excepting Let’s Read Academics) for a month

October Goals

  • 12/12 books
  • Met my deadlines

I mean, I purposefully kept this month light because I had a huge and superimportant deadline to work on, which sadly I do not yet have news on, but yay! Also I still struggled mightily. OMG.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,544

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 20,096

DemiPrincess2: I have finally puzzled out this plot point issue I was having. FINALLY.

Twinkle: I’ve been trying to work and rework this and it’s just not working. I’ve moved it from “Needs a rewrite to work” to “Has some nice ideas, but the overall structure and thing should never see the light of day”. I’ve had a post on this percolating that I want to write eventually.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Realising that I was getting bits of myself that I distinctly remember back! I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Where that’s going to lead, goodness only knows, but healing is good.

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May Newsletter

Posted May 31, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability!

Before I talk about anything else: The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq releases tomorrow! Not only that, but it’ll be on sale for $1.99 as a Pride Month special and for slightly less if you buy it via itch.io where I have a month-long special sale on all my queer fiction. You can get all my queer stories for a grand total of $23.00 and normally the set would cost you $35.59, so that’s 35% off. :O

I’ve been terrible at actually announcing it, but there we are.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, wish me luck on life things that will remain unnamed for now! They’re ongoing. Beyond that the month went… surprisingly well. I think. Honestly, it continues the trend of “I know something happened this month, but wow can I not remember what”. Well, that and there were some things I can’t talk about that will hopefully be really good.

Hugo nominee reading goes… more or less apace, I think. I’ll need to step up my game on the novel front, but that’s not too surprising, really. I’ve been trying to get through the novellas and novelettes for the most part. Beyond that I’ve… Well, I’ve mostly been feeling like I’ve been treading water. I don’t think that’s entirely accurate, but that’s how it feels. It took me practically all month to get up some promo posts for next month and, well, you can see how well announcing the sale went.

Overall it’s just this weird mix where I recognise that I’ve been okay and feeling like I’ve not been okay at all. It’s just really weird.

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8 Decades of SFF with Low, Intimate Stakes

Books that celebrate smaller, more intimate stakes (and shout-out to Eric Smith for introducing me to the phrasing!) and eschew focusing on the larger stakes, though, can feel like they’re far and few between or like they never existed in the first place, which is a shame because people have always written these types of stories too, even won acclaim with them.

Completed Projects

No big completed projects!

June Goals

  • 0/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 proper paper introduction
  • 0/1 polish Sing to Me essay
  • 0/12 books read
  • 0% playtest YPHD (mostly I just want to check the meta-narrative is the best it can be and tweak as necessary then work on the final things to tidy it up and it’ll be ready to be released! :O It’ll be my first Twine interactive fiction piece!)
  • 0/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • 0/4 print format checks

As you can see I’m sticking to the 15,000 words because I’m still reworking DemiPrincess2 chapters. It should be a piece of cake to get all of it done. I also want to continue working on the paper and finish polishing up the essay on Sing to Me, so it’s ready for everyone to read. It looks very likely that it’ll be available to everyone, so I’m incredibly excited! I hope it’ll be well-received because it tackles several aspects of asexuality and aromanticism that I haven’t really touched on yet.

The print formats are, I hasten to point out with a dejected heart, not because I’m at a point where making print editions is financially sensible for me again. No, I’m making/considering them because a friend pointed out that audiobook software can’t read ebooks but can read pdfs. I’ve resisted making pdfs of books available because I thought they would be and pdfs just do not read comfortably on ereaders in my experience, but if audiobook readers require pdfs to read them this goes well beyond my personal dislike and becomes an accessibility issue. That is something I can address, to some extent, so it’s something I want to address. This month I’m hoping to start by checking over and tidying up the PDFs that I’ve already got.

And yes that means that Patrons can likely expect me to record videos about book design again in the relatively near future!

May Goals

  • 21,627/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 1/1 proper essay outline
  • 1/1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 18/12 books read
  • 5/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Somehow, I made them all. What even.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 21,627

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 16,171

DemiPrincess2: [flails helplessly] I DO NOT KNOW. I should’ve had this in the bag, but apparently I’ve been flailing around trying to get everything done and… things got done, but goodness only knows what because I do not remember. I feel like I could have done so much more and somehow… didn’t. T_T

Stand-out Positive Moment

I’ve managed to listen to at least one episode of all of the fancast nominees for the Hugo Awards! VICTORY!

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Week 21 Update

Posted May 24, 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 anything else, I have an announcement to make. We’ve reached one of the Patreon milestones and goals! Thank you all so much for your support. It means the world.

The goal we’ve reached is the one that makes the sporadic(ish) longer essay drafts about asexual and aromantic representation available to *all* patrons! That means that, if we’ve still reached this goal the next time Patreon collects (that is, like, 2 weeks from now eep), I’ll start unlocking the older essays one a month and the finished draft of Sing to Me will be posted for all patrons to enjoy! WHOOHOO!

Thank you all so much! I’m just floored and flabbergasted and humbled. You are fantastic people. <3

Completed Projects

  • 21,627/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 1/1 proper essay outline
  • 1/1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 12/12 books read

Goal Updates

  • 4/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Look at me go! The writing numbers are a bit of a mess this month because it’s a combination of not recalling when I edited what and rewriting – which yes means I rewrote every word and every sentence even if I didn’t change a thing – but that’s… honestly why I upped the word count this month to begin with. I edit much, much faster than my rough first drafts, so I can up the word count.

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,015

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,919

DemiPrincess2: Progress is go! I think I mentioned that I hit a point where I knew I needed to go back to revise? If not, I did! And… I finally got that revision sorted out, so I’m making headway getting back to where I left off. So far it’s already resulted in a vastly different opening scene. It took a lot of anxiety and a lot longer than I thought, but I think it’s much stronger now.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

You know when an opportunity arrives that is basically everything you wanted and it seems too good to be true and you’re praying will all your heart and soul that a) it is as good as it sounds, b) the opportunity won’t pass you by? That is my life right now and I’m not saying anything else in case I jinx it.

Also a bunch of geese have decided to live in the vicinity and they alternate between giving me joy and filling with an intense hatred of all things goose-related because when they make noise, they make a lot of noise. Like a lot.

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points up to the top] You all are AMAZING! Thank you so much!

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Week 20 Update

Posted May 17, 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!

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got a new story coming out on June 1st. You can read all about that here, but I wanted to let everyone know that the preorder links for it are live. If you missed the announcement, you can read all about it here, but I wanted to add an advance note that I’ll be having a sale of all my queer books – including this one – on itch.io during Pride Month, so if you want it at the best deal for you that’s where to go. I’ll have a proper announcement on that nearer to June, but it’s all set up, so I’m giving advance heads-up.

Completed Projects

  • The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq is up for preorder!

Goal Updates

  • 14,612/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 proper essay outline
  • 0/1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 3/12 books read
  • 3/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 11,252 (ish)

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,917

Your Prince Has Drowned (Twine Edition): I, er, forgot to record these words in the past month or so entirely, so I’ve lumped them all into this month. TO BE FAIR, I did a very big chunk of it this week, so it’s not unwarranted to count them this week.

DemiPrincess2: Got momentarily superceded by YPHD and prepping Shimmering for publication. We’re still in Oh God I Need To Revise From The Start Again territory.

Shimmering: Got the final round of edits for it done and set about getting it ready for publication.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, this past week has been nothing but busy. I bit the bullet and pulled a story I’d had on sub for a variety of reasons, I ran around doing all the things, I edited and prepped a novella for release, we did a chunk of gardening. In my case that involved a lot of precariously perching on things to cut and pull down ivy before it strangled a whole tree. New Dog spent the afternoon chasing rabbits. In a hole. Under a shed. Giving us heart palpitations because what if he got himself stuck. (He did not get stuck. Sadly the rabbit he was after was not so lucky.)

And, um, that’s it, I think? Life goes on and we muddle on through. I generally flail around thinking of all the things I could/should/would/ought to/want to/wish I could/etc do and then sit back and look at things and go “Actually, that isn’t little” and the issue is just that I’m a depressed perfectionist and overachiever struggling to balance depression-view with perfectionist tendencies.

Soonish I will have some really lovely news for you from a new writer acquaintance that I’m very excited about sharing. 😀

Stand-out Positive Moment

I got some really lovely feedback on an editing project. I’m so happy they’re happy! 😀

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Week 19 Update

Posted May 10, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! After last week’s disasterous attempt at trying to be online, this week we’re back on track!

Completed Projects

None yet! To be fair, they’re all relatively big. It’s only the essay outline that’s not.

Goal Updates

  • 3,360/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 proper essay outline
  • 0/1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 2/12 books read
  • 2/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,360

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0 (Who am I and what did I do with myself?)

DemiPrincess2: I saw this coming at the start of the chapter I’m on, but I have hit a snag. It’s the “Let’s go back to the beginning and rewrite the whole thing from scratch” type of snag. Great! Because I needed a reason to slow my progress down further. In my defense, this will save time in the long run. I’m just… not happy about it.

When the Beds Were New: A mermay poem! I can’t go through mermay without returning to the Fairytale Verses setting – and Sea Foam and Silence in particular – now, can I? $5 patrons should look forward to seeing the first and ridiculously rough draft tomorrow. Wherein you’ll meet a very angry and very confused mermaid.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

You know, it’s really weird. I am happier now, when my life is a mess we’re not talking about because I like being functional thank you, than I was when my life was not a mess. Now if I had the first clue on how to fix it, that would be marvellous. Alas, I… don’t. It’s very annoying. But on the bright side, I’m not generally doing too badly? I think? Worse than I think probably, but high-functioning anxiety person FOR THE WIN.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I have succeeded at Mother’s Day gifts, if ridiculously belatedly. Look, my family is really bad at Mother’s Day things and my mother generally despairs of gift cards or our attempts at good gifting. I have found a gift that is sensible, entirely non-practical and basically meets all the requirements of being the kind of gift she loves and that we fail at giving her.

No, I’m not telling you what it is. Just know that when it was time for her to select exactly what she wanted, she of course had to pick the most expensive option. Well, it’s nice to know where I’ve got my tastes from, I suppose. (Note: I’m not actually complaining. If it wasn’t an option, I’d have vetoed it. I’m just bemused because normally I’m the only one who entirely obliviously picks out the most expensive option when given a choice.)

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April Newsletter

Posted May 4, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! This month’s post has, as you can see, been relocated to Saturday. Next month we’ll be back to a Friday schedule, no fear. Yesterday was the first day of my period and, well, it wasn’t a great day. Sitting at a computer even for writing up this post just wasn’t going to happen.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Right now, life is a little less than great, but it always is the first day or so of shark week. Other than that… It continues to go apace, really. I live a terribly, awfully boring life at present.

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Lynn rambles about… She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 2 (Full)

But also, hi, did you notice how the only characters who get to be openly queer are the secondary if not tertiary ones? (No, Scorpia’s crush doesn’t count. I’ll get to that in a moment.) Because Bow’s dads get to be openly and visibly in a gay relationship, and we can make an argument for Spinerella and Netossa, but Scorpia? Scorpia’s very obvious romantic crush repeatedly gets couched in platonic terms. Catra is her “bestie”. They’re “friends”.

Completed Projects

  • 4/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • 14/12 books read
  • 2/2 essays for May
  • 100% Abstract submission
  • 1/1 video on ace rep in The Bone People
  • (May Addition) 1/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

May Goals

  • 15,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 proper essay outline
  • 1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 12 books read
  • 5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

April Goals

  • 4,529/10,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 4,529

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 15,244

DemiPrincess2: Slow progress is slow, but still better than no progress.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I… don’t think I have one this month? Not because the month was bad and terrible or anything! Just because more or less the only thing I can think of is stuff like “I saw sparrows sandbathing in the garden” since April was that… normal. I’m not used to normal. How do you pick out a stand-out moment of positivity and awesome when the best thing about it is the way in which the whole month just seemed to have a level of… normal to it and that this feeling in, in and of itself, a stand-out positive thing?

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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!

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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