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Week 42 Update

Posted October 18, 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! Wow, apparently I was one week off last week. It was bound to happen at least once this year because numbers. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

Completed Projects

  • THAT ESSAY OMG EVIL THING
  • AceAwarenessWeek Miniseries
  • Balanced by Those Horrors (draft 2)
  • Big Skies, Small Wings (draft 8)

Goal Updates

  • 6/12 books
  • Meet my deadlines

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,224

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,718

DemiPrincess2: I have no idea what I’m doing with these scenes except, apparently, attempt to create the most awkward double-date in the history of fiction. But hey words that did not exist before exist now! YAY!

Balanced by Those Horrors: This is a short dark ace retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Sort of. With vampires.

Big Skies, Small Wings: This is on draft 8 now, wherein I’ve tackled some very valid issues people raised as best I could. I think that means I’m finally happy enough with this story to consider what to do with it again. Feels so nice to have it back in the done pile.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Who knew that a week of being knocked out by a cold would actually be conductive to finishing things! My brain, everyone, it’s weird. But yeah. I got slammed pretty hard by a cold earlier this week and spent most of my days curled up in bed being miserable. I grew up in a household where you were supposed to just shrug off colds regardless of how terrible you felt, actually, but sometimes it’s just not happening. I miss the days where I caught every whiff of cold, but never enough to send me into bed for a week. And then, and then, just as the cold got through its worst, my period started because of course.

It also means I’ve been too grumpy to read much. You know how sometimes you read a book and it’s a perfectly fine book, but you’re pretty sure that if you stopped reading it in favour of another, you’d just end up abandoning it because it’s perfectly good and decent and it’s just not doing it for you? I have no patience for such books when I’m sickly and it’s what I picked up this week. Twice. Grumblegrumble.

But otherwise, life is going all right. New Dog is very good at taking his medication. I mean, he’s not fond of us shoving pills down his throat – I’d stuff it in his wet food, but the chances that Luna would steal it and take his meds instead is too great – but he’s sweet-natured about it. I’m sure the fact that he gets a treat afterwards has nothing at all to do with it. It’ll be a week or two before we have to arrange another vet visit for a check-up. To be honest, seizures are a health risk for the breed and it’s still too soon to tell if the pills have any effect at all, but I live in hope.

Beyond that. Life is pretty much same-old and fairly boring. I still have some pictures that I need to get off my camera and share with Patrons, but I just haven’t had the time. (And when I had the time, I was, you know, sleeping.) [hangs head]

Stand-out Positive Moment

This morning! When I woke up with a head that did not feel stuffed full of cotton wool!

I know, it’s tiny. I should probably say something like finishing an editing draft, but nope. It is the moment my head did not feel like cotton wool and I knew for sure that this cold was on its way out.

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Week 40 Update

Posted October 11, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Completed Projects

None!

Goal Updates

  • 3/12 books
  • Meet my deadlines

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 1,442

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well. I’d expected to be back on top of everything this week, but then I spent half the days in bed and getting little done. It’s flu shot season and I’m still not entirely recovered. I had a good day yesterday, but today I woke up with a stomach ache again and… Uff, I don’t know. It’s frustrating because at the start of the week and over the weekend I put off Let’s Read Academics because I was hopeful I’d be able to do so before Wednesday, but I was not. Boohiss. I’m really sorry that makes it the second week in a row that doesn’t have Let’s Read Academics delivered on time. (I mean, look at this week’s posts. That is ridiculously few.)

I don’t want to compromise on quality, so… Uff. I’m just. So annoyed at myself. I don’t get sick, except around flu shot season, apparently. I’m aiming to get at least the essay for this week out before the end of today, so please don’t be surprised if you get two posts in your inbox today.

That said, I have been getting some things with pressing and looming deadlines done that I hope people will appreciate a lot. I’ve also been hard at work on a secretish project for Asexual Awareness Week later this month (20-26 October!) and I’m hoping that it’ll be really helpful to people. It’s basically a mini-series of videos (sort of) about the ace rep that’s out there. I’m planning to do a similar set for Aromantic Awareness Week in 2020 as well. It’s a combination of everything I learned about the state of rep, how you can start looking for it yourself, and a set of genres or tropes that have books with ace rep in them. I’m really hopeful that it’s got something for everyone in there or that, at the very least, it’ll help people figure out where to find it themselves.

So… Now that project isn’t so secret anymore. And if it wasn’t for being curled up in bed so much it would’ve been fine to combine it with everything else.

Life itself is… filled with being ill and the lowered ability to cope. I woke up today with cat at the foot of my bed being unresponsive to an accidental kick and I freaked out. Cat is fine, but she’s elderly and usually responds when you touch her.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Cat’s not dead! Okay, fine, that’s cheating. The video series I’m prepping, though, is pretty positive. I’m really excited to start sharing those in a little over a week. Meep!

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September Wrap-up

Posted October 4, 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! September’s always a difficult month for me timewise. Lots of family things to deal with, lots of scheduling upheaval, lots of disrupted sleep schedules… It’s basically The Month In Which I Get Nothing Done.

But this time with deadlines.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

[nods up] Like I said, September is generally incredibly busy. I promised some updates, though, so! First of all, my paper is back to not-cooperating (but I’ve almost got it sorted out; I would like it if they didn’t fight me quite this badly), so I actually missed my (self-imposed, thankfully) deadline. Now it’s down to hard work and sheer stubbornness. (No, don’t worry. It’s fine.) And then, hopefully, I will get a chance to talk about it in more detail. I just. I’m excited (which isn’t really helping).

But, no, the main issue is lots of family drama and stress and, sigh, I’ll be honest, struggling in general. Just this morning, I got to wake up to the neighbours being verbally abusive at one another – again – and I don’t think I’ve had a day this past week that did not involve people being verbally abusive loudly. On top of that, New Dog had another presumably epilepsy attack and he’s now on medication to help mitigate them, my poor bb. He is, however, thankfully very good at taking said medication and is a Good Boy.

Anyway! That’s all to say that September this year was pretty hellish and I’m tired and I’m down to admitting that 90% of the reason I’m struggling with DemiPrincess2 progress is down to being stressed and anxious all the time and trying to claw my way out of the situation that causes it with no effect. That… should be more depressing than it is, but it feels more manageable somehow to have a reason. If I know what the issue is, I can work to fix it, you know?

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Review: Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Nathaniel is my precious son and I am so very proud of him.

That’s it. That’s the whole review.

Just kidding, of course it’s not the whole review.

Completed Projects

Oh, look. I predicted correctly that this would be the month of fail. I did read over 12 books, though!

October Goals

  • 0/12 books
  • Meet my deadlines

Nope. No, that’s it. That’s all I’ve got this month.

September Goals

  • 13/12 books
  • 0/1 completed proper paper
  • 4,206/5,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 4,206

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 21,925

DemiPrincess2: Sloooooooow progress is slooooooooooow. But also progress. I’ve slowly come to accept that my original excuse for an outline just isn’t going to work too. Uuugh. I just want to finish this story. These are fun characters. But also I have a bajillion stories. I want to tell them! T_T

Stand-out Positive Moment

I visited caves! Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig caves! That were such a nice, cool temperature and learned lots of things about caves that I’ve probably already stuffed in my subconscious memory or tossed entirely because my brain is useless. I have PICTURES of caves. This is in no way relevant for any particular project or anything, it just makes me happy because I’m not good at photography – my hands aren’t steady enough – and I have a ton of pictures that look… at least okay.

ALSO I SAW BEARS! And a bajillion deer. And bison. And I didn’t get anyone lost! (Listen, I manage to get lost on straight lines and buses. This is not a guarantee if you put me in charge of navigation.)

But that made me happy.

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Week 39 Update

Posted September 27, 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! :O

Goal Updates

  • 13/12 books
  • 0/1 completed proper paper
  • 1,686/5,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,229

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,071

DemiPrincess2: [keels over] Chapter 15 is done! In draft form anyway. That puts me about… 30K from the end? Ish? At long last? I love these characters, but. Graaaaaaaah! I’m now back to the scenes of Demisexual Princess Explores Dating. Well, sort of. But here, have a very short summary of Fili in chapter 15:

Fili: I’m a misanthrope. I hate people. People are the worst and everyone could just die and it’d be perfectly fine.
Also Fili: [is rushing into a burning building to save a trapped child while saying the above]

Okay, that’s not actually what happens, but it is that vibe. Bless him.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life is… Well, it is. The awesome opportunity sadly did not work out and New Dog had what we presume is another epileptic attack. So now we need new meds. But also this time around we filmed it, so at least the vets can see what happened!

In other news, I’m stuck in deadline hell. Gaaaaah. So the schedule for the next week or so is a little borked and I may not make the 5K fiction goal! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! [flail] (It’s okay. Breathe. It’s okay. Wait. Also I forgot to add the editing I did. That puts it closer. I’m pretty sure. I just. Don’t remember what the wordcount is or the length of time I edited. Aaaaah! Now my stats are inaccurate!)

So, well, as you can see, life at the moment is FLAIL. But hey some of the tough emotional/social aspects of it may be slowing down now, so we just have to make sure New Dog is okay and maybe/hopefully things will be better and I can actually, like, advertise that I do editing and have slots available? Just got to make it through these final days of September and things will calm down again. I can’t wait! Aaaaaah!

Stand-out Positive Moment

I now have a set of very pretty dice. That arrived, like, a week before they were estimated to arrive. I am very pleased and happy. (We’ve also learnt that I’m very definitely a Fancy Dice person, but honestly that probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me.)

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Lynn rambles about… why articles about asexuality are so bad at including aromanticism

Posted September 21, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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A frequent complaint asexual and aromantic people have to articles about asexuality is the way it often conflates asexuality with aromanticism and assumes aromanticism is kind of a subset of asexuality. It’s not; they’re two different concepts.

But we, and society in general, are kind of used to treating these orientations as either the same or so intricately woven together you can’t easily see where the divide is. Throw in that people’s experiences can differ and, well, you get the conflation we often see as well as the erasure that accompanies it.

Which is a lot shorter than the almost-hour I rambled about it. But to be fair, the ramble has more examples and arguments and bits of history and academic theory in it. Yay?

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Week 38 Update

Posted September 20, 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

September is, I predict, going to be the month of Fail.

Goal Updates

  • 11/12 books
  • 0/1 completed proper paper
  • 457/5,000 words of fiction written

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 457

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,575

DemiPrincess: Look! Words! They exist now!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I’m… basically up for the sole purpose of writing this post. Yesterday was not a good day (thanks, uterus) and today is apparently a continuation (thanks, anxiety), so I’m mostly non-functional right now. I’ll be all right. Just. If science could get on the whole How To Make Periods Not Be A Nightmare, that would be great, thanks.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I HAVE WORDS. Also I have an amazing editing project to work on right now and I’m so excited!

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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.
YouTube description, minus superfluous links.
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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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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