Category: Miscellaneous

Book Talk: Once Upon a Time 7 is here! WHOO!

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

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Banner for the Once upon a Time 7 challenge. Art by Melissa Nucera. In other bookish related news: Carl, from Stainless Steel Droppings has been hosting a reading ‘challenge’ called Once upon a Time for seven years. (Well, this is the seventh year, so it’s not quite seven yet.)

I’ve been too chicken to participate officially the previous few times, but this year I’m signing up. I’m signing up for Quest the First, which goes as follows:

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Normally this wouldn’t really be very challenging, but since I’m tying this in with the new Talking About What I Read feature thing it’s more challenging than it looks! I can make the read-about target easily because the challenge runs from March 21st to June 21st, so that’s about three/four months. It’s the talk-about part that I’m a little worried about. But I’ll manage, I’m sure. That’s the challenge. ^-~

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Februaries, rambles, stories, the usual…

Posted February 8, 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.

More or less. So far my February has been eaten by Let’s Play videos. It started out being really nice to me, but it was just to make up for being mean later on. *blows raspberry at it* (Yes, I’m childish today. It may have been the half a small cake I just ate and all the sugar. We will never know!)

Anyway, despite my life throwing a few curve balls at me that kept me off my writing game, I am actually still ahead of target. You do not want to know how ridiculously pleased I am by that.

Today I finished off a rewrite for one of the two stories I want to work on this month. It needs typocatching, but I don’t think any big issues were thrown up. And, anyway, I’d like to think I can get away with the less than realistic aspects. It’s written like a children’s story and features talking trains, after all.

I cried. So much. It’s a story that breaks my heart and it’s very dear to me. I thought I’d share a line. Don’t worry. It is not a sad line. It’s from before things go terribly, horribly, awfully wrong. (But don’t worry! It sort-of ends well. This is not a spoiler.)

The station master paced along the platforms, crying ‘What shall I do?’ and pulling at his greying hair as if making his headache worse would help him find a solution.

See? Totally not tragic. Yet. It is part of my Super Sekrit Project and once the polishing is done will bring me one step closer to its completion. And then I shall TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

You know, I wish I had this level of silliness in me when I tried to interview myself for the fun of it. It might be funnier. It might also be a heck of a lot worse. Anyone have questions or suggestions I could use? :p

If you count the self-interview (which I may still toss; who knows) I wrote 5,500+ words of fiction to do. GO ME! I also took a break from the story I was actually in the middle of reworking to work on these things, so… Yay for breaks!

Oh! Let’s do the book meme several days late.

I’m in the middle of reading Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper. I gave up on Possession (sadness!) and Fallen Grace (less sadness; I didn’t expect to love this to pieces), so I’m down to my last set book for the month already. If this keeps up, I really am going to have to up the numbers a bit to be more challenging. I have set two bonus reads, but I won’t tell you what they are. They’re more “Hey, if you don’t know what to pick, pick one of us!” selections for when I’m stuck.

As I said, February was nice to me for the first week or so. I do hope it’ll perk up again. Wait, did I set 12,500 for my February goal too? I am less than 4000 words away from reaching that. I don’t know how that happened! O_O

And that’s what’s been going on with me. No doubt the month will continue to seesaw, but I hope I can stay on top of things (and build up a really good word buffer for later on in the year when I’ll need it).

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Awesome people are awesome

Posted January 7, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thanks to everyone who commented on my panicky plea for help post. You’re awesome and I am deeply grateful to you all for responding. I think it works fairly decently, but so far I’m still the only person to have seen the story. I may very well be biased. I may or may not end up trying to steer the reader to one specific interpretation. I hope not! I’m hoping that keeping it gender-neutral will make it easier for aces to identify with Jules’ asexuality instead of harder to relate to the story as a whole.

Have a (run-on) sentence from the latest draft!

I’m not sure if I’m still breathing because it doesn’t feel like I am and I have no idea what to say to her, but I won’t hang up (I can’t) and then I hear her voice and I rush to tell her not to hang up and that’s when I realise that I’m talking to her voice mail.

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Happy new (Gregorian) calendar year!

Posted December 31, 2012 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Happy new (Gregorian) calendar year!

I’m a little early with it, but that’s because I aim to be in bed and asleep soon.

I spent my day reading, for anyone curious. I decided to clear my ereader of the samples I’d loaded onto it. Turns out about half of those samples ended before the story even began. What? How does that even make sense? Why are they calling it a sample?

Another thing I’ve learned from my sample reading is that I have to get my hands on a copy of Team Human as soon as possible. *sits on her grabby hands. is a good girl*

*waves* Good night all!

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A year in postings, a blogging retrospective

Posted December 26, 2012 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

I only started to switch over to WordPress in mid-December and I’m reconsidering the wisdom of reposting all the posts manually. So I was very nice and copied over all the relevant posts to WordPress as well. Now you can have them in both blogs!

This is a meme that does the rounds on at least LJ round about this time of year. I thought it’d be a fun way to go over 2012. However, because I am a complete and total git, I’ll also see about doing a Year In Stories and Poetry list and a Personal Highlights list. We’ll see how that goes. XD You’re also getting this a few days early because I am a bouncy bunny today. (I shall see The Hobbit later today. It is all very exciting. I’ve been rewatching LotR the past few days rather than rereading the book. I plan to do that sometime in 2013.)

But before we get to those lists… (And deepest apologies in advance if I’ve missed someone. I’m doing this by memory. Let me know if I forgot someone? I like congratulating people.)
Before we get to my lists… Let me again extend my congratulations to (in no particular order) Maria Stanislav, Clare K.R. Miller, Memory Scarlett and Amy Rae Durreson! CONGRATULATIONS!

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