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The Last Unicorn Read-along: Wrap-up

Posted July 16, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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It’s time for the round-up of the The Last Unicorn Read-Along! It’s been a little longer in coming than I’d anticipated and I deeply apologise for that. Life has a way of, well, getting in the way. But the round-up is here now! We didn’t have a large amount of participation, I’m afraid to say, but I hope everyone who did participate had fun! (And thank you for joining me once again!)

I’ll be linking the posts in groups per week like so [Name: Post Title], though I’ll be shortening my own titles and titles that don’t immediate make it clear what the post is about. You also get a bonus post linking to Stainless Steel Droppings because Carl is an amazing short story reviewer and both his post and the discussions in the comments are, while not a part of the read-along, still of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the available stories set in The Last Unicorn‘s storyverse. ^_^

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Blogging History and Present

Posted July 15, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

A few days ago, Cheryl from Tales of the Marvellous blogging about her blogging history. It’s an interesting topic and, like was pointed out in the comments, not something we always know about bloggers. It’s something that I certainly haven’t really talked about before, even though I know I’ve alluded to it in past posts. I figured it was worth talking about. Or, at least, elaborating on a little and seeing where I wound up. ^-^ I hope it’ll be interesting to others as well!

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TLU Read-along: Week 3 Part 2

Posted July 6, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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And today we find the last post of the read-along before the grand wrap-up post a few days into the future. I’ll be collecting links to compile into a round-up post, so please do be sure to drop me links to any of your thoughts by Sunday!

Today we also talk about three different pieces: Two Hearts, The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and the graphic novel adaptation. I’m talking about them in that order and I’m tackling their structure slightly differently from the other posts. There are no discussion questions available for these pieces. Instead, I’ve discussed Two Hearts and the graphic novel in brief mini-essay-like formats and I’m quoting liberally from The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and commenting on the story (and its relation to the others) as I go along. It seemed like a good idea at the time, so let me know what you think!

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TLU Read-along: Week 3 Part 1

Posted July 5, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Welcome to the third week of the read-along! This week we’re talking about the movie adaptation, the novelette Two Hearts, the short story The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon, and touch briefly upon the graphic novel adaptation of The Last Unicorn just to round things off. This part discusses only the movie. It’s the last part of the read-along to feature discussion questions too.

The movie, while I love it, also casts a bit of darkness on my love of The Last Unicorn. It’s not the movie itself, but the legal dispute that has since been resolved. I’m afraid I didn’t really keep up with it at the time and I don’t have that much information to give you. I understand it was messy and stressful and it makes me sad.

But, yes. That casts a bit of shadow on my enjoyment of the movie nowadays, even knowing it’s been resolved. And to understand my love for this movie… I need to tell you a little about myself. I must have been around four or five when I first saw the movie. We taped it and we only caught part of the opening sequence. I rotated it regularly with my taped versions of Labyrinth and The Lord of the Rings (this one, which coincidentally Beagle also wrote the screenplay for and which, well read here. T_T) every morning.

So I know this movie very well. I was heart-broken when we lost our copy and grateful when I managed to replace it with a new one. (A dvd this time, though.) Even now, years and years later, the movie managed to surprise and delight me. I should know it inside and out – I do know it inside and out, certainly when I’m watching it – but it still catches me by surprise. I love the story so much and it’s a delight to be able to work out some of my thoughts. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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June/July 2013 Goals

Posted July 2, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

First up! Let’s look at my June goals.

I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
– The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction

I managed to read two of the books I’d set out to read: Moving Pictures and The Last Unicorn. I did manage to read a handful of online material, but June has definitely been the worst reading month I’ve had all year. I read three books and… that’s it. I managed to talk about two of them, though! The less said about my experience with Moving Pictures the better. I was hoping to like that one a lot more than I actually did.

Wriing-wise, though, June has been amazing. I (re)wrote almost 52,000 words. O_O To be fair, a little under 10,000 of them were non-fiction, but since they were hard to write I felt that they deserved to count. Since July puts me past the half-year mark, I wanted to give an update on my inkingitout goal as well. The short version: ZOMG! I MADE IT YESTERDAY! I’ve gone from, like, 50K for the entire year in 2012 to 150K in half that time this year! OMG! WHAT IS THIS? I DON’T EVEN.

Again, to be fair, a good chunk of that total counts rewriting. It’s not 150K of absolutely new material. But! Honestly? I should have that at the end of the year all the same.

For July, my goals are fairly ambitious compared to the previous months.

I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

I Want to Write:
31000 words of fiction

See? Ambitious. The reading isn’t all that ambitious, but I’ve signed up for Camp Nano this year and that’s my goal. If things keep up the way they did yesterday I will blast past that number because, um, I kind of… You know, got half of my total for the month written already? Stories that actively encourage banter as part of their structure are fantastic for your wordcounting needs is all I can say about that. I probably won’t be giving you daily updates and, in all honesty, I highly doubt I’ll be able to sustain yesterday’s rate. I’ve reached the part of the story where I hit snags. Plus, I’m working on two pieces. A new one (*cough* Finishing my MA thesis from two years ago *cough*) and one that needs to be completely rekeyed.

I hope I’ll get a chance to stay on top of some of my online reading as well. I’ve fallen thoroughly behind again. I’ve marked most of July as off-limits and as me-time because I feel like I do, truly, need to be a bit more assertive about my time needs.

I hope everyone’s set to have a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing how far along Camp Nano will take me — it’d be great if I could get a rough draft all tied up before September — and getting my reading groove back. I also plan to try and work up to posting a little more often. I’ve been mulling over a post on my experiences as a woman, inspired by one of Genevieve Valentine’s posts, but I keep getting sidetracked by a detour about what the media tells women. (Specifically, what the media tells women who naturally look like the media tells us we should look and whether there are differences with what it tells women who don’t look like the media tells us we should.) I have no answers. I just have questions and phrasing that bothers me. I will let you guess at why the phrasing bothers me and invite you all to throw links my way if you have them. It’s not something I’ve seen crop up in any of the discussions I’ve read and I Fail at googling.

So that’s percolating and it’s scaring me a little and a post on that is also percolating because it’s not exactly like me. I want to try and talk about games a little more. (I have Thoughts on Remember Me, though I should probably get back to it.) I’m working hard to get my collection finished. Two or three more stories and then it’s up to the cover artist. Or the other way around depending on how much work the stories need. I’ve left them because they need the most work, you see.

Busy summer ahead is busy! That’s all not counting the bajillion daily life things I need to be focusing on and am trying to take a break from on doctor’s orders. That’ll pick up again in August at the latest. Murgh. Hopefully I can get loads of this sorted, though, so there’s slightly less looming when it all comes back.

For now! Camp Nano for me! Also setting up a set of templates for posts so I can start writing them a little more easily than I have been. >> So! For those times when I want to talk about books and games in detail etc: what information do you want me to include?

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The Last Unicorn Read-along: Week 2

Posted June 28, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Welcome to the second week of the read-along for The Last Unicorn! This week we’re reading and discussing chapter 8 through to the very end, so HERE BE SPOILERS for anyone who hasn’t finished the book yet.

I hope everyone’s had a good week and we’ve all enjoyed (or are enjoying) the second half of the book. By now, you’ll probably know why I ended the previous week with chapter 7 rather than chapter 8 and I hope you approve of the choice! (That could be an interesting discussion topic, actually: where would you have cut the week’s reading material off?)

This week/discussion we’ll continue talking about the way perception and illusion plays a role in the book as well as its relationship to myths and fairytales. And quotes. I’ll probably use less of them than in the first week, but that’s deliberate. I very much fear that I will not stop quoting once I give myself permission to do that.

I’m very much looking forward to the discussion! (Granted, I’m also still terrified. Did I mention my self-esteem issues last week? Yes? Oh, good. I has them. I try not to let them get in the way.)

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“There are no happy endings because nothing ends.”

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Banner for the seventh Once upon a Time challenge. Art by Melissa Nucera.Today marks the end of the Once upon a Time VII challenge. You can see my utter failure in dealing with time and dates in the fact that I could have sworn it lasted until July. ><

Alas, it does not and it ends on the solstice today, or today on the solstice, depending on your prefered order. The summer solstice for me, and I hope summer will treat me kindly. I feel sad that I didn’t manage to keep up with people’s posts and reads as much as I’d have liked to, but in my defense the months of the challenge have been pretty gruelling. As a point in case, it’s the 21st of June and I’ve read a grand total of two books. I will be very surprised if I get to my monthly stats for June and discover that I’ve read five books in total. It’s been one of those months, alas.

But let’s not dwell on that and focus on the past few months! I haven’t really had the spoons to put up (or write) reviews either for much of the second half of the challenge. I’ll keep the challenge module up for a little while and then take it down again.

You can see a list of all the books (and short stories) I’ve read here, but I’ll mention my top five books/stories here.

Jack in the Green by Charles de Lint

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (Yes, I know the read-along isn’t finished, but I reread back in April too. Have a link to week 1 of the Read-along for some of my thoughts!)

One Saved to the Sea by Catt Kingsgrave

Pearl in the Void by M.C.A. Hogarth

Seaward by Susan Cooper (I may be hosting another read-along for this book come September to celebrate the rerelease in August!)

I had a lot of fun and I do hope to be back (and be back with a better ability to participate actively) next year!

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The Last Unicorn Read-along: Week 1

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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First up, the promised update on Luna. Every bloodtest we’ve done has come back negative, so we still don’t know what on earth is going on. That said, she’s doing a lot better, so we’re back to just monitoring things for a while. I’m just relieved things are going all right, even if we’re still working out what we can do and what we want to do.

Secondly, welcome to the first week of the read-along for The Last Unicorn! I hope you’re all enjoying the book! In… looking back at my questions (which are hopefully at least decently intelligent) I realise that they are rather geared towards new readers and not so much the rereaders. Um. Live and learn?

I’m reading ROC’s anniversary edition (ISBN13: 9780451450524), if anyone is curious. It’s the copy my mum got me before I went off to live half-way across the globe (sans parents) for half a year. It was my really early birthday present.

Below the cut, you’ll find discussion questions and my answers. You’re more than welcome to use them (it’s why I wrote them and all), but you don’t have to. ^-^

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Welcome to The Last Unicorn Read-along!

Posted June 17, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea. – Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn, chapter 1

Welcome to ‘The Last Unicorn’ read-along! Before I do, or say, anything else, let me reiterate the schedule:

The Schedule

June 17th – June 23rd: Chapter 1 through to the end of chapter 7
June 24th – June 30th: Chapter 8 to the end
July 1st – July 7th: Related works (i.e. the movie, the graphic novel, Two HeartsThe Woman who Married the Man in the Moon, etc)

I’ll be putting up my posts on Fridays, so that’s the 21st, the 28th, and the 5th. This way anyone who wants to use my (discussion) questions can do so and have some time left to mull over their thoughts.

It’s a little truncated from the announcement post, but that’s the basic gist of it. I’m new to hosting read-alongs, but I hope it’ll still be fun for everyone who participates. The animated movie adaptation is one of the stories that are fundamental in determining who I am today. I’ll certainly be attempting to explore that in more detail because that’s a rather grand statement to make and I haven’t actually examined it in detail. You can read a little more about my history with the story in the announcement post, but it’s one of my most beloved stories. I was four or five, I think, when I first saw The Last Unicorn. My dad taped it for me and I watched it diligently for many a morning. (I alternated between The Last Unicorn, Labyrinth and The Lord of the Rings. I’m an early riser. I was usually up at 5. Ideal when you want to watch movies your parents are tired of for having seen them too often.) I was devastated when we lost the tape. We’ll ignore the fact that I’d watched the whole thing practically to pieces.

I was seventeen when I first got to read the book. My late teens were pretty good years, writingwise. Books like The Last Unicorn taught me so much about what writing could be, the song of it, the beauty, the poetry. I’d always told stories, but never the way that the authors I was reading did. It was The Last Unicorn that showed me the difference between workmanship prose and prosaic beauty. I love the language and the feel, and I love the story. The way it’s put together, the timelessness of it, the characters, the heart and life it has to me.

I hope that if you’re new to The Last Unicorn you’ll enjoy the story too! Welcome to the read-along and I’ll see you all on Friday (hopefully*) with my discussion and impressions of the first seven chapters!

* As a small pet update: We don’t have Luna’s Lyme results back yet and we’re not quite sure when we’ll get them. The vet hopes to have them sometime this week. Depending on the results, the schedule may or may not be slightly skewed, but I’ll do my best not to upset it much and to keep people updated! I’ll likely end up scheduling posts in advance, so that they’ll go up on time and you won’t notice anything other than a delay in responses. I’m really sorry if this ends up causing people any inconvenience. T-T It’s certainly not how I’d expected my first read-along to happen. But this is just to let everyone know what’s going on. Pet updates will come as they happen.

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