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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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Week 28 Update

Posted July 12, 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

  • 1/1 Good Omens essay draft

Goal Updates

  • 0/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 3/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft
  • 1/2 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 0 :O

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 12,368

GO essay draft: Well, this draft is going well. So far it’s double the length I’d expected (but so worth it), but I’m in the stage where I get to not say the same thing twice in a different way, so hopefully it’ll go down somewhat.

DemiPrincess2: Hahahahahaha. *points up* That essay has eaten all the writing time I had this week. Wow, I miss the days I could actually balance this without keeling over trying to do all the things. (Seriously, I’m pushing hard on finishing this essay.)

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, my life has kind of gotten eaten by a particular essay and will soon be eaten by a particular different essay. *headdesks* TO BE FAIR, that would be the essay I actually planned not the one that I got thrown into my lap with an “I must do this” vibe or the one on this list that is just “I really want to do this one”.

And of course there was the evening New Dog had what we think is an epilepsy attack. Which, of course, the doctors can’t do anything about because too little information. Well, I say they can’t do anything, but they gave us something to help New Dog be more comfortable if it happens again and… Ongoing developments, I’d say. It was terrifying, though. We’ve dealt with very sick dogs before and… I don’t know. It was different, probably because those dogs had ongoing chronic issues and New Dog doesn’t.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I HAVE AN ESSAY DRAFT! Can you tell that I’m really excited about this essay yet?

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June Wrap-up & Week 27 Update

Posted July 6, 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! Is it July already? What even happened to the time?! I swear it was only March a month ago.

Before I get to everything, though, some news-news. My liveread for Asexualities is going to conclude mid-July and I’ll be taking a break from reading ace academic papers for about a month. In this time, Patrons will get to vote on the individual papers that I’ve got left and I’ll get a break in which to regroup and take stock. At the same time, you’ll see the effects from taking a break from weekly Monday Musing essayage, so effectively, the academics side of Patron is on break for the summer holidays starting July 18!

Anything else will continue apace and I’m pondering other fun stuff. For example: would people like more live reacts to ace and aro fiction as well as the nonfiction? Once the Hugo Awards are concluded I’ll be back to reading non-Hugo things and Mercedes Lackey’s Vows and Honor series is up next because I need it for the aces in fiction video series.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Oh, boy. Well. Let’s see. So the big thing I had high hopes for didn’t work out. Boo. Considering everyone I told the details about this went “Wow, you really dodged a bullet there”, I’m… conflicted. Listen it was really big and I had massive hopes and, frankly, the fact that it didn’t work out means there is a chance of about 0.00000000000000000001% that I’ll make it to Worldcon this year (or, probably, most any Worldcon), which sucks but is what it is.

Apart from that… otherwise life continues apace. Anxiety continues to be ridiculous and terrible and while I have no problem disclosing I have it sometimes it feels like I need to disclose it to function and that rankles me. My hair is still too short, but at least it doesn’t make me want to scream and cry anymore if I don’t think about it too long.

June was… not the month I’d hoped as a result, but onwards and upwards, right? Surely, if I just keep trying, it’ll get better eventually. I did finally reorganise our glasses into something that does not offend me every time I open the cabinet. (Listen, I live with hoarders and I have made that shelf at least passably useable with minimum hoarder upset. I get to be proud of this because I could rant about it for hours. Like there was this time last year when I discovered a bag of flour with an expiration date of 2009 and yes I know it’s flour and all, but come on. If you haven’t used it in ten years, it is not unreasonable to toss it. But no. No, I’m the unreasonable one.)

June was also the month I watched Good Omens, though, and wow do I have feels just remembering this. FEEEEEEEEEEELS. And, of course, it was Pride month and it was… surprisingly low-key. I think I’ve finally managed to curate my timeline to avoid the most virulent of amisia, so it was honestly the most positive Pride month I’ve ever had.

Oh, look. I actually have things to say. Wow.

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The thing about Good Omens that stood out to me most was how incredibly seen I felt. I’d resisted watching it for a while. I had deadlines to stick to! Hugo Nominee material to read! I didn’t have Amazon Prime! I have bad experiences with liking things that are hyped by people talking about it! And then there are the shippers…

Completed Projects

  • 1/1 polish Sing to Me essay
  • 9/4 print format checks
  • Publish Your Prince Has Drowned

July Goals

  • 0/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/12 books read
  • 0/1 proper paper section
  • 0/1 Good Omens essay draft
  • 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft
  • 0/2 discussions of papers in Asexualities

June Goals

  • 19,339/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read
  • 1/1 proper paper introduction
  • 4/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 23,597

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 14,226

DemiPrincess2: It’s going sloooooooow. But I’m almost at the part where I left off. Just a few chapters to rework and I’ll be back to where I need entirely new material. I’m so excited to get a bit further and ‘resume’ sharing the draft with Patrons!

GO Essay: I have an intro and an outline! This is also… all I have and I need to tweak a chunk of the intro. Hopefully, though, it’ll be in a way that cuts down on the wordcount instead of adding to it. Exciting!

Proper Paper: Aaaaaah! I finally have an intro – I hate it – so now it’s time to consider the body! I’ve got an outline for this, so it’s time for the hard work of reading through everything and making sure I know what and who I want to reference where. (Things my university has not bothered to teach its students despite making “how to write essays” an obligatory class every year: how many citations is the bare minimum for work you want published not just read by your tutor for marking? Is there a standard number of times your paper must refer to related-but-entirely-different topics to be considered? How do you make your paper stick to word length constraints? How terrible is it if you go over them?)

Stand-out Positive Moment

Good Omens exists. Nope. No, sorry. That’s it. That’s the whole positive moment.

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Week 26 Update

Posted June 28, 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! Later than usual.

Completed Projects

  • 19,339/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 13/12 books read
  • 4/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Goal Updates

  • 0/1 proper paper introduction

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: Er… I… can’t actually check at the moment. It’s not high, though. Somewhere around 1,000 words if that much.

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,032

DemiPrincess2: Slowly, slowly I’m creeping up on the place where I left off to trail back to the beginning. It is, I think, much stronger now.

GoodOmens MiniEssay: It is… going… [prods it with a foot]

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well. The awesome thing I was hoping for didn’t pan out. I’m incredibly sad about it, but also pretty much everyone who heard the details was like “Yeah, no. That’s probably a good thing”, so… I don’t know how to feel. 🙁

I do have a fan, though! I think I mentioned that? Last year, my old and trusty fan broke during the heatwave and I couldn’t sleep for, like, 5 days straight. So this year I got one the moment I heard we were going to have one and before they were all sold out and oh glorious wonderful sleep! And then I got some baking beans, which I didn’t actually have, and some new shorts because everything I have is too hot and… yeah. Desperately needed something nice and cool.

But, yes. We’re experiencing a heat wave right now and… Well… If I end up being around sporadically or having to cancel the weekly essay reads until it passes… Please forgive me. I am trying my best and don’t deal well with heat. I don’t think that’s likely, but things may be slower as I try to balance life around the heat. Like I mentioned on Twitter, we’re definitely not going to be all right here in Europe because, well, our houses aren’t built to keep heat out, we’re not used to heat, it’s very humid heat and, frankly, the heat waves usually doesn’t last long enough to adjust to the higher temperatures. I’m scared for Cat because she refuses not to stay in a heat-trap and she’s elderly. (So far Cat is fine and logically she will likely stay fine, but still. I worry.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

Jenny (from Reading the End), who is an amazing person, offered to take a look at my Good Omens essay intro and very kindly beat it into a pulp for me. <3 So now it’s much better and more awesome than it was and I just want to give Jenny a shout-out because I get so ridiculously anxious about my essay intros and it was superkind and very helpful. <3 (Jenny is an awesome editor and do not let her tell you differently.)

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Week 25 Update

Posted June 21, 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

  • 19,339/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 12/12 books read

Goal Updates

  • 0/1 proper paper introduction
  • 3/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 10,712

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,347

DemiPrincess2: Queering this book up is continuing apace and editing to get back to where I was isn’t going too badly either. Just, as usual, slow.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Things amble on, as they do. Ambling and ambling. I did, finally, splurge on a new fan, though. And just. I felt so terrible getting something that I know is required for me to actually sleep and for both my physical and mental wellbeing. (Thanks, climate change!)

I also got a haircut, so much of yesterday and apparently even today have been a total wash. It was… necessary to cut it much shorter than I’m comfortable with and, predictably, I am uncomfortable. It’s really weird, though, because cutting my hair below a certain length has always upset me because it’s just plain wrong, but usually I’m much better at… shoving that feeling aside? It’s like this time I’ve given myself permission to actually be upset about this and that makes the emotions more intense?

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points at Good Omens] Hands down, the existence of that adaptation.

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