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Lynn rambles about… Asexual Fairy Tales by Elizabeth Hopkinson

Posted September 14, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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We’re trying something new this time around: Lynn Rambles, but with a backdrop for YouTube. What! I don’t know if it’ll work, but it’d be a nice way to get into booktube somewhat and to make use of YouTube’s auto-captions for the podcasty thing.
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Earlier this year, I supported a Kickstarter project by fellow acespec author Elizabeth Hopkinson to finance the publication of a book of retold asexual fairy tales. As anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows that noun phrase is absolute catnip to me and I pounced on supporting it any way I could.
Back in August, the backer ebooks (so kind of like e-ARCs) were released and I dropped everything I was doing to read it. Then I reviewed it on GoodReads and then I tried very hard to record a nice and lovely podcasty thing and failed spectacularly because my mic is about as sensitive as a stereotypical princess on a mountain of mattresses hiding a pea. It’s something I was deadset on doing, though, because while I can think of some things that it could have done (and still do) better, I also think it’s an invaluable resource for people exploring asexuality and aromanticism in fiction and the traces we can find throughout history and throughout locations.
And now I have finally succeeded! Huzzah! In a new format because why not record a podcasty thing with a static image or bring up things as I need them, like the GoodReads page most of this video shows.
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Week 37 Update

Posted September 13, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

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

Completed Projects

N/A

Goal Updates

  • 8/12 books
  • 0/1 completed proper paper
  • 0/5,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,083

Wow. This week was. It was. A lot. It feels like I wrote easily twice as much nonfiction even when I know I haven’t at all. That’s how heavy the latest Let’s Read Academics is. OMG!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life is… Well, it is. Let’s leave it at that. The situation I’m in is… less than ideal and likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, so I’m focusing on things that move in a positive direction. It’s something that they taugh me in the course my university councellors pushed me into – which, the less said about it the better, but this bit I liked – and it’s when you don’t have big positive things to consider, focus on small things. Like morning walks with pets and the ability to sing (even if I do not have the breath control to sing it and can’t reach some of the notes. Oops). And games that you enjoy. Small things. I’d also add friendship and trying new recipes that work out well. I mean, sometimes they’re the type of changes where you know it’s going to work out well, but if you’re not good at knowing what goes together it still ends up feeling really good. This week’s twist was “Oh, let’s add shredded cheese to this potato bread” and, listen, I think I might die for that combination it was that good and literally all I did was add some cheese.

I’ve got to find a way to work them into stories, so I can feel justified in adding a recipe extras section.

Anyway, as most of you know, Let’s Read Academics ran into a bit of trouble in that I bit off way more than I could chew. I did not expect that it would be that much more intense. Because sometimes I am a silly. It’s double the workload in a week, so of course it’s doubly intense. Thankfully, it’s only the let’s read that I’m struggling to keep up with precisely because it’s too much on top of the rest of September, so at least it should be easily remedied. I’ve asked for your input on your preferences, but for now I’m still leaning strongly towards cutting them into more managable chunks instead of trying to tackle a whole chapter per week. Let me know what you think, though!

Stand-out Positive Moment

My cooking success! First pumpkin soup of the season! Or the last depending on whether you think autumn starts September 1st or 21st, I suppose. I made the whole soup without checking a recipe and I added ghost pepper flakes to it and (miraculously) got the spicy heat I wanted exactly right. GO ME! And, because I’m me, that meant I had delicious sinus-clearing soup for half a week because I inevitably make way too much soup even without thinning it down.

Also cheesy potato bread. It’s kind of like… If you like cheese toast but complain that there’s always too little cheese on them and what there is isn’t molten enough and the toast goes cold too quickly, then these are so worth trying.

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Week 36 Update

Posted September 6, 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!

Completed Projects

None!

Goal Updates

  • 2/12 books
  • 0/1 completed proper paper
  • 0/5,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,676

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Aaaaaaaah! Birthday season is upon us! Well, upon me, anyway. Expect this month to be nothing but flailing as I try frantically to stay on top of everything. Aaaaaaaah!

In more cheerful news, I may manage to take the dogs out on a nice, long walk tomorrow if the weather plays nice. Mmmm… walks. Also did I manage this month is the month of flailing at everything and it’s already started this week? I know, intellectually, that I’m not terribly behind on everything, but it feels like I’m terribly behind on everything. Thanks, brain!

Stand-out Positive Moment

[whispers] I don’t even know what all happened this week. Does The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance came out and I binged it still count for this week? ’cause that’s the last thing I remember. It was really good, though.

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August Wrap-up

Posted August 30, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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

Life And Other Such Important Matters

August has been… Well, I’m not going to lie. It hasn’t been pretty with family drama taking centre stage. I started the month off, bummed that I couldn’t make it to Worldcon, before settling into vicariously living through the tweets of my friends who did (Hope you all had a good time!) and watching the livestream of the awards only minorly annoyed at the lag involved causing publication livetweets to announce the winners before my stream was done reading out the nominees occasionally.

I finished a short story! That promptly got rejected, but I was expecting that. And then the UK set itself on fire on top of everything else and. Just. Well, I was very glad of the rejection then because apparently one of my coping mechanisms for “the world is on fire” is “share the softest, nicest, kindest, gentlest piece of SFF you can write” and I had that ready to be shared.

Anyway, we keep going on and into September where I will, hopefully finally, get some kind of good news partway through.

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Let’s Read: Myra T. Johnson’s “Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups”

Lesbian radical feminists… have done exactly this. We can see in the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, for example. We can see it in the way aphobes try to gatekeep heteroromantic asexuals and heterosexual aromantics out of the queer community, the way that bisexual people feel unhappy and unwelcome at Pride events especially if they’re in a perceived m/f relationship, the way that people who are perfectly happy to use ‘gay’ (or even ‘lesbian’) as an umbrella term for the entire community push back against non-homosexual members doing exactly that. We can see it in the way terfs attack and discuss transgender people in general: the way they insist that gender is biological and those who transition are mentally ill.

Completed Projects

  • The March on Heartful

September Goals

  • 0/12 books
  • 1 completed proper paper
  • 5,000 words of fiction written

August Goals

  • 13,275/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read
  • 1/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 13,275

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 11,891

DemiPrincess2: I hate this story. I really do. (I really don’t.) I juuuuuust want to continue writing it without it feeling like I’m pulling teeth.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Look at those lovely and marvellous Hugo wins and nominations this year! My stand-out moment is hands-down the Award livestream and those utterly, utterly amazing speeches!

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Week 34 Update

Posted August 23, 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!

Completed Projects

  • Reworking a Social SF story. And it’s off to submission.

Goal Updates

  • 13,275/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 6/12 books read
  • 1/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,665

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,938

DemiPrincess2: Wheels have continued to turn. Cogs are moving. Just. The short story had a deadline.

SocialSF: It is done! It is finished! It is… very unlike what 99% of (Western?) SFF publishing likes, so who knows what, if anything, it’ll end up doing, but hey Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers series just won a Hugo, so clearly there is room for soft, quiet SFF and this is some of the softest, quietest SFF I have ever written. (Seriously. The Wayfarers books all have background Standard Storyline plot, if nothing else. This… does not.)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I want to say that life is going apace because, in a sense, this is true. And in another sense everything is a mess I cannot step out of (it’s not even my mess) and I just want to crawl into a hole and pretend like nothing at all is happening. Also I have cupcakes! Nothing in the world can be as dire as all that when I have cupcakes.

To give you a general sense of the week, though. It wasn’t until TODAY that I realised that the Good Omens essay has not, in fact, been cross-posted to Patreon or that I’ve only had two whole posts this week. Wow, I knew this past week was a bust and honestly particularly flakey, but that is terrible even for me. Guess that’s my weekend activities sorted then because this will not stand!

Stand-out Positive Moment

I think the love you’ve all shown for my Good Omens essay, really. I was feeling very dejected about it when I scheduled to post it on my website, but wow. You all really enjoyed its release, it seems. I’m… honestly I find nonfiction essays so hard to find any confidence in and just hearing people I don’t even know linking or QTing it saying it’s good? Wow, I’m floored.

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Week 33 Update

Posted August 16, 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! It is Worldcon this week, so to those of you attending: I hope you’re having an absolute blast!

Completed Projects

None yet! :O

Goal Updates

  • 9,610/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 4/12 books read
  • 1/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,236

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,625

SF Piece: I really need a proper codename for this short. I rewrote it last week. This week I’m trying something new and rewriting it based on first reading it on an ereader. That’s proving very interesting and potentially extremely useful. This is something I already do with novels, but I’ve never tried it with short stories before.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life continues apace, as it does, and as usual I don’t have that much to say. Mostly I’ve been playing emotional aide to people and not enjoying it. What can you do, though. Sometimes life is like that.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I got to meet one of my new cousins for the first time! Sleepy baby is very sleepy.

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Week 32 Update

Posted August 9, 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! I have an exciting official announcement on Saturday, but for now: I’ve added a book-club section to the Discord server! I’ve gone ahead and picked the first book for the club – The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey – but after that I’ll put things up to the vote! I’ll explain everything in detail tomorrow in its own shiny post, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up on the title! 😀

Completed Projects

None yet! Well, I have a very rough short story draft.

Goal Updates

  • 4,374/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 4/12 books read
  • 0/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 4,374

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,446

Untitled SF Story: This is a slice-of-life SF story about, well, making friends and reaching goals together. It’s short and sweet and I like it a lot even if it’s currently a right mess that’s about 1,000 words longer than I wanted it to be.

DemiPrincess2: I have (finally) identified the issue I’m having with the current scene. All that remains is to fix it and convince my brain to stop being a jerk. THIS STORY SHOULD NOT BE TAKING THIS LONG, BRAIN. (But, also, I’d rather take the time and get a high quality first draft I can polish up than a useless mess.)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

You know when you have a time where your mental health just takes a nosedive? Yeah, that’s where I’m at right now. Which of course means I’m mostly digging in and avoiding people. This is not, I note, a good coping strategy, but it’s the best one I’ve got when “Get out of the overall situation” isn’t likely to happen any time soon. And, honestly, the issue is smaller things adding up. It’s seeing everyone get excited about Worldcon and knowing you can’t and won’t be attending even though you wanted to and held on to hope too long for sense; it’s seeing people say “I would like to read [thing you write!] and knowing that the sales just aren’t there for it unless it’s big names writing it”. (That’s a discoverability issue and an issue with disliking indies, but honestly it all amounts to the same thing: a vicious cycle that’s hard to break through.)

Anyway. Good things have also happened! I got a new laundry basket! Which I realise is super unexciting to hear, but small pleasures exist too. I enjoyed the weather. We attempted a new method to dog-proof the glorified shed. So far it appears to be dog proof. It may or may not be rabbit proof. I petted a rabbit!

They’re small and simple things, but they’re important. We forget how important sunshine on our face is or that kindness exists in the world, I think, because the bad things in our… entire existence are so much bigger and more pressing. But the good things exist too.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Kitty cuddles. If only I could convince Cat to actually stay put an entire night…

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July Wrap-up and Week 31 Update

Posted August 2, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I’m not particularly skilled at this. But this month it was literal hell as another heat wave swept across (Western) Europe and we all collectively melted into puddles of sweat because it was too hot. And, frankly, that’s all I remember about this month.

Oh. No. I have several new cousins. They were born just before the heatwave hit. Yay!

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

Sylver also draws a direct comparison between the way that marginalised people stand against governments refusing to grant them basic rights and the way that many allies do. This is exemplified in a conversation that happens early on in the book. In this conversation, Evelyn is meeting with her white cousin, who is presented as an able-bodied cisgender man, and they discuss solutions to the fact that Parole is, quite literally, on fire. Liam’s plan is to put out the fire and assume that everything will be all right afterwards. As Evelyn points out, however, the isolation Parole is suffering was never about the fire lit underneath them.

Completed Projects

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

August Goals

  • 0/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/12 books read
  • 0/3 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

July Goals

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 19,307

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 22,747

DemiPrincess2: Heatwave aside, I am back on track! In that I’m writing new material, that is. This was supposed to be an EASY story to write. Grah!

Via: This is a short SF story I’m keeping under wraps. I promise it’ll be quiet, hopeful SFF, though, and entirely On Brand apart from where it’s social science fiction to the very core instead of fantasy.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Honestly? The heat breaking at long last. There are other moments I could and should mention, such as being granted three ARCs with (ownvoices) acespec rep and one of those with ownvoices aro rep in quick succession and having a blast reading them. I can’t wait to write about them and share my thoughts with you all. I’ve currently just started on the third, but I can already highly recommend preordering Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow and Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor. They’re amazing. Or succeeding in my Hugo Reading goals against all the odds. I could talk about the positive reception my latest ace rep essay had.

But honestly the stand-out positive moment is the day the heat wave finally broke because I was so miserable. I’m not made for heat at all and 40+ degrees is just. Too much.

But then it broke. And I danced in the rain and it was utterly glorious and in that moment there was nothing the world could do that could destroy happiness.

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Week 30 Update

Posted July 26, 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! You may notice a small change to this week’s post. I refer you all to the heatwave sweeping through Europe because, frankly, this week has been literal hell. I survive! Somehow. Right now, I’m trying to get this written up before it’s too hot to function.

Completed Projects

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 7/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0

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Week 29 Update

Posted July 19, 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!

Completed Projects

  • 16/16 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 17,963/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 6/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 17,963

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,056

DemiPrinces2: Oh, yes. I have finally caught up on all the edits. And then promptly keeled over because this week’s editing count is a one-day job. That turned out less extensive than I’d anticipated. But hey now we’re back to being about halfway through this book and getting things aligned for book 3 again! Also on schedule. Why is this book just not cooperating with my schedule?

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Surprising absolutely no one, I have nothing to say here. I’m still processing that a week has passed since last Friday, to be honest. It went so fast. I spent part of it feeling ill and out of sorts and part of it just dealing with insomnia, so mostly I’m a bit bleary-eyed still.

But hey I got the dogs out for a nice longish walk for a change, if not as morning-early as I’d hoped to but then I doubt I can convince my ride that “Get up before dawn so I can watch the sun rise over a lake at, what, 4 am in the morning” is a good idea. It’s also good proof that my brain and body still have very different ideas on what “enough rest” means which is annoying as can be.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Taking the dogs for nice long, peaceful morning walks. Even if New Dog does have very sharp claws and likes using your leg for purchase when staring out car windows and my thighs are now very, very bruised. How To Behave In Cars is an ongoing training project. He had a lovely time playing with a dog that decided it was far more interested in following us around than listening to its owner call it back. I had a lovely time wandering beside a lake. It was good.

Also I completed the final discussion paper in Asexualities! WHOOT!

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