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Week 7 Update

Posted February 15, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! I actually have some hopefully very exciting Patreon news to share! Whoohoo!

Before that, though, Patreon has thankfully reacted very quickly to the erroneous flag and fixed it. Hopefully that’ll be the end of it for good, but I’m sure I’ll have to deal with it again.

So… Last year in August I asked people what they wanted me to record for the Lynn reads events. This basically means I’m reading my own work and recording it. I’m not a professional reader at all, but I enjoy it and, hopefully, you will too. They’re available to all Patrons under the tag “lynn reads” (yes, so creative, I knooooooow), but given my current situation recording them tends to be… sporadic. (Basically: I live ina  very noisy area.) But I finally had a chance to record a whole set at once (mostly because they’re short) and so… Starting March, the Lynn reads posts are coming back with a schedule!

For the first 6 months, I’ll be sharing one story per month from Tales of the Little Engine to wrap up the set (also because I like them) on the first Tuesday of the month, so that’s: March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, and August 6th. After that, focus will shift to the Feather by Feather and Other Stories pieces that were part of the original sampler (you can read them all even if you’re not a Patron, by looking through the fbf tag!) and share those. Since the majority of them are really short and there’s, like, 24 of them, I’ve shifted them to being bi-weekly for at least as long as it takes to share the short pieces. So those will appear on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

After that, I’ll be switching to finishing up reading the Patreon pieces posted to date and… then we’ll see where everything is at. I’m excited, though!

Completed Projects

  • 8/8 short stories recorded of Tales of the Little Engine

Goal Updates

  • 15/24 stories recorded of the Feather by Feather and Other Stories sampler
  • 1/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 0/8 short essays for March/April
  • 3,832/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 15/12 books read

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 363

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,702

DemiPrincess2: Whoo! Progress! And the plot’s kicked it up a notch which will be… interesting. Look, you all wanted kelpies. I am not responsible for the consequences of that desire. (Okay, fine. I am.) Progress is sloooooow, but there is progress!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Maybe I should just take this out until I actually have something to report? I enjoyed a delightful single Valentine’s Day yesterday, though. I spoilt myself rotten with productivity and peace and quiet. But mostly, I admit, I was waiting for today to roll about because a) new Star Trek: Discovery episode, b) new The Dragon Prince season!

Stand-out Positive Moment

Patreon actually got to my ticket about getting erroneously flagged (again) within a week! OMG! No need to stress out about losing visibility for over a month.

This Week on Patreon

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Week 6 Update

Posted February 8, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! This is the first full February update. Whoot!

Completed Projects

None yet!

Goal Updates

  • 1/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 0/8 short essays for March/April
  • 3,469/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 9/12 books read (Admittedly, most of them books I didn’t finish because I wasn’t interested enough to finish.)

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,469

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 2,152

DemiPrincess2: Progress has been made! Huzzah! Now hopefully progress will continue and I won’t need to deal with kelpies for a few chapters.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Surprising… no one, there is little new to remark here. Life continues as it does. I continue to muddle through it as best I can. Turns out I’m still really rubbish at condensing 15+ years of freelance into a coherent CV and cover letter.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I have one! But, sadly, I am not able to tell you much about it until later. Let’s just say I’m sitting on some superexciting news that I can’t wait to share with you all.

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January News/Week 5 Round-up

Posted February 1, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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January Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of January. What. It was just yesterday that the new year began!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

One day I will have actual things to report here, but other than the fact that I’m writing this up whilst recovering from a cold I’m afraid I don’t really have much news? I mean, I doubt you’re all interested in my jobhunting woes.

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Plans for 2019

As it’s the new year, let’s take a look at all the things I’m expecting to do and accomplish! It’s only the first, so I have no idea what 2019 has in store for anyone yet, so here is my ridiculously optimistic look at what I’m hoping this year will bring and what I’ll be working towards.

Yeah, that stayed the plan for a long time. I am fantastic at plans. (It’s better than I make it sound. I just… added the ace academic posts to the mix and they’re a bit more daunting than I expected at times. In a good way, mind. I enjoy them.)

Completed Projects

  • 9/9 episodes of The Dragon Prince watched
  • 1 essay draft on reading fantasy books with aphantasia
  • 1 essay draft on writing dyscalculia rep in A Promise Broken
  • 1 novella polished and sent out on submission (wish me luck!)

February Goals

  • 3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 8 short essays for March/April
  • 10,000 words of fiction written
  • 12 books read

Yes, I know. I’m being ambitious. But looooook at January. It should be absolutely doable. Somehow. If I don’t collapse in a fatigue. Which I won’t, but we’ll see how it goes. 2019 is the year I aim big.

January Goals

  • 5/4 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity written
  • 51,257/10,000 words written
  • 34/13 books read

I may have smashed all of them. Yes, all of them. Long live nonfiction? I mean loooooook at those numbers. Now if I could just balance and harness that power for fiction, I’d be all set. To be fair, though, a good chunk of the books are short stories or books I didn’t finish. The only reason I read that much is because I started off the month with a round of reading books to see if they still held my interest.

The writing is a surprise, though it really shouldn’t be.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 16,811

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 34,446

DemiPrincess2: I fixed what’d been bothering me about the chapters, but then I got derailed by trying to stay on top of the essays because what even is time management. I was aiming to get back on track the last days of January, but then I was wiped out by a cold. [sigh]

RibbonDancer: I got to polish up this novella, though, and sent it off to a venue, so now I get to go through the nailbiting waiting period to hear back.

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points up] I got a story off on suuuuuuub. Go me! I punched my anxiety square in the face and sent it off.

How about you? What have you been up to lately? Has anything awesome happened?

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Week 3 Round-Up

Posted January 18, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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

Completed Projects

No new projects accomplished unless you count reworking DemiPrincess2 chapters. Now I’m back to working on shiny new material!

Goal Updates

  • 1/4 short February essays all wrapped up.
  • 1 essay draft on reading fantasy books with aphantasia

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 8,027

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 10,270 (wait, what?)

DemiPrincess2: I had to backtrack a bit to fix up a scene that’d been really bothering me, and I finally pulled the following chapters I had into line. WHOOT! Now it’s back to new stuff because we’re back on track!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Life continues as it always does, boo. I wish recruitment agencies wouldn’t call you about a job application you sent that they know they won’t hire you for. That’s just rude. I’ve been fairly out of it, though, time-wise, resulting in updating Wednesday’s essay on Tuesday. :O

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stand-out positive moment is definitely the time I was struggling very hard with self-rejection issues and reached out to people on Twitter and everyone was so lovely and helpful. <3 Thank you! I’m still working on the don’t-self-reject part, but I have a draft of the essay that made me worry about them, so that’s progress! I know I’d have tossed the whole thing in the bin without everyone encouraging me to write it anyway, so thank you! 😀

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Week 1 Round-up

Posted January 4, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! This is the first week of the new year, so everything is all messy as I start to notice all the things I wanted or needed to do before January began and… get to play catch-up. To give you an idea of how well my brain is functioning right now, I almost forgot to write this up at all. I have absolutely no goals set up for January. So, um, I guess I’d better get on that.

Completed Projects

  • 9/9 episodes of The Dragon Prince watched

Goal Updates

  • 1/4 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 5,036/10,000 words
  • 1/13 books read

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 106 words

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,930 words

DemiPrincess2: Noooope. I have hit the stumbling block of “Must revise these last chapters” and they require Research. (Look, I could keep writing, but chances are I’ll have to toss 90% of what I’ve written if I do.)

Cursed: Hello, incredibly angry protagonist. I have a prologue-y thing now. WHOOHOO! And then my days got eaten by nonfiction.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Nope. I’ve got no updates. Nothing. Sorry! Life continues as it has. We’re not big on holidays as a family. I‘m not big on holidays as a person. Believe it or not, but I’m actually really curmudgeony. Okay, maybe I’m not, but the vast majority of my family consists of extraverts who just expect introverts to Suck It Up because who on Earth needs to recharge in the middle of a ParTAY?

They’re nicer people than that makes it sound, I promise. They just aren’t very good at accommodating introverts and I’m terrible at being the only person in the group who needs such.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Hello, verse novel! I was worried about this one because I had only the vaguest of ideas and then I woke up, January 2nd, because angry ranty protagonist narrator. I’ve no idea where exactly this is going other than “Fairytale mash-up? Fairytale mash-up!” The way this will mess up the Fairytale Verses logo is a problem for future!me.

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Let’s Read Academic Asexual Literature

Posted January 2, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, News, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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After some deliberation, I opted to write and post this today as to give people a decent length of advance notice in case anyone wanted to join in.

As many of you know, I have a strong and vested interest in asexual and aromantic literature, whether that’s fiction with ace and/or aro characters or literature about asexuality and aromanticism.

One of the main aspects of my studies is, currently, simply looking at what individual authors have done with asexual representation and what, if any, patterns in representation that we can find in them. (The latter resulted in an 8,500 word essay examining tropes.) Asexual and aromantic studies are, to my knowledge, incredibly new, so I’m going slowly, making sure that I, well, study the trees before I really start looking at the forest. (It’d be remiss of me not to point out that asexual and aromantic studies are a subset of queer studies as a whole. They are.)

Anyway, one thing that I really want to do – partially inspired by the reception tweeting my initial reactions to Asexualities and partially by fellow Patron creator Sandstone‘s literary work – is share more of that reading with you all.

Which means that I’ve found something to fill up my Wednesday posting slot! At least for a good chunk of the year: I’ll be reading and discussing or commenting on nonfiction relating to asexuality and/or aromanticism. Mostly the former, admittedly. This means I’ll be rereading or revisiting nonfiction I’ve read too.

As with the livereacts I’ve been doing last year, the first post for each book will be publicly available to everyone and the later chapter will be available to Patrons only. I’ll also be commenting on the articles and books as I go on Discord, so Patrons of $5+ can join in with the discussion of specific points or not as they please. That said, due to my erratic scheduling in offline life, they will not be regular or announced with much warning. I’d like to think the fact that they’re books and cover nonfiction topics makes them more accessible than the livereacts were.

What does that mean in concrete terms? Well, the very first book I want to read for this is Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology edited by Mark Carrigan, Kristina Gupta and Todd G. Morrison. This anthology was originally published as a special edition of Psychology and Sexuality. The book was published by Routledge in 2013. The special edition comes from 2011.

That means the articles in this anthology are already somewhat older compared to our understanding of asexuality and aromanticism today. Which I’ll cover in more detail in the discussion of the introduction because I have things to say. Unless I forgot them in which case I had things to say. I’ll be reading through and commenting on one article per week on, as mentioned, Wednesdays.

If you’re wondering why I’m not starting with Anthony Bogaert’s Understanding Asexuality, that’s partially because I don’t have a copy and largely because I’m honestly more interested in what people did after that book was published, but I do want to read and discuss it at some point.

I mean, at present it’s one of three academically published books about asexuality. Oh, don’t get me wrong! There are more nonfiction books about asexuality – The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker springs to mind as an excellent introductory resource – but they’re more popscience than academic.

After reading Asexuality and Sexual Normativity, I’m not sure. I just know I want to start with that one because it’ll allow me to build a stronger nonfiction list of works cited when working on my own essays.

To that effect, I’d like to share some papers and titles I’ve got access to that may be of interest. If it’s marked with an asterisk I’ve read it before. (Note: This is not all that’s out there. This is what I have access to right now.)

Books

  • Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives
  • The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality *
  • All About Demisexuality *
  • Demisexuality and the Asexuality Spectrum *

Papers

Aaaand that’s it so far, but that should easily keep my occupied for… at least half a year? I mean the first book I’m reading is going to take me three months to get through at this pace. That said, please please if you have suggestions for things I could read, throw them at me because I keep getting lost in rather a lot of articles about asexual reproduction in biology which is, um, not what I’m looking for. (Yes, even when I narrow it down to literary articles.) And I’d rather know an article exists (and can’t afford it) than not know it exists at all.

Anyway, that’s the current plan! Starting next week, January 9th 2019, Wednesdays are Talk About Asexuality And Aromanticism In Nonfiction Days until I run out of material to talk about.

Come join me. It’ll be fun. 😀

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Winter Sale!

Posted December 15, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Winter Sale! Get "Among the Glimmering Flowers", "Feather by Feather and Other Stories", "A Promise Broken" and "Rapunzel, Rapunzel" for $0.99 each from December 15 to January 10! Happy holidays!

Happy holidays, everyone!

Because it’s cold and grey where I live and it’s time for the holiday season, I figured it was the perfect time to have a small(ish) sale! From December 15 to January 10, I’ve put four of my books up for sale at $0.99 each (or the equivalent in your local currency insofar as I can control it).

That means discounts ranging between 66% and a whopping 86%! WOW! If you’ve been looking to snap up some of my ebooks for cheap, for yourself or as a gift, this is the perfect time to dive in as these offer up a great selection of my work! Let’s take a look at the ones on sale with buy links and everything for the easiest shopping experience!

Among the Glimmering Flowers – From $5.99 now $0.99! Get it here!

Among the Glimmering Flowers by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Felicity feels stifled by her parents’ protective nature. She’s the crown princess, yet she’s not even allowed to care for her own pony. Her life consists of nothing but rules and permissions. All she wants is a little more freedom.

Horse-friend is happy to have a roof over his head, a job that he likes and food in his stomach every day. He never expected to run into the crown princess as she tries to sneak out of the castle. Or to get caught up in her clumsy attempts at having an adventure.

It isn’t long before trouble, rather than adventure, finds both of them, setting them on a course that will change their lives — and the fate of the kingdom — forever.

Among the Glimmering Flowers is the story of how two lovers first became friends and the first book in a series exploring a demisexual/allosexual romantic relationship. Readers looking for a low-conflict, cosy story should enjoy this novel.

Feather by Feather and Other Stories – From $5.99 now $0.99! Get it here!

Two stylised wings folded into a heart-shaped hug above a pile of feathers.Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a varied collection of over 40 stories and poems. In these stories, demons struggle with their nature (and bake biscuits); a young girl faces a witch in search of the bobble hat that will save her Great-Aunt; a steam engine attempts the impossible; a student finds a book that may spell the death of her; catastrophe strikes Nightshadow and his people, testing their faith in the Stars; a mermaid learns that life above the sea offers far more than princes; ghosts howl their stories at passersby; an asexual teenager struggles with relationships and trust; and Phee… Well. Phee is Phee.

Lynn E. O’Connacht’s first collection is a kaleidoscope of tales, featuring folktale and fairytale retellings, superhero fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction and more. Sensitive, imaginative, heart-wrenching, gentle, witty, candid, and engrossing Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a powerful and enchanting selection. It also includes an explanation on how to write your own triple sestina, a self-interview and brief commentary on every piece published in the collection.

A Promise Broken – From $4.99 now $0.99! Get it here!

A Promise Broken by Lynn E. O'ConnachtIt’s a rainy day when four-year-old Eiryn has to say goodbye to her mother. Scared, confused and unwilling to do so, Eiryn tries to summon water to stop the funeral from happening and her life falls apart. Her uncle is always sad and busy; she keeps hearing her mother’s voice asking her to follow; her best friend keeps getting into fights; and some of her classmates hate her for existing.

Arèn never wanted children, but he’s desperate to protect his niece from his people’s extreme caution regarding magic and other races. Kerisaoina children aren’t capable of using it and his niece is no exception. Despite being only half-kerisaoina, Eiryn is already starting to show that she’ll be one of her generation’s most talented magic-singers and those who don’t approve of her existence are trying to take advantage of a young girl’s grief.

Eiryn is determined to make her uncle happy, but it’s hard to make other people happy when you have to struggle through the day yourself. She’ll find a way, though. She’s promised. And even if her mother won’t keep her word Eiryn will keep hers.

She’ll make everything right again.

You’ll see.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel – From $2.99 now $0.99! Get it here!

Cover for Rapunzel, Rapunzel. A young woman with very long hair and a tower-shaped hat, reaching out to blossoms on a tree branch.You can’t be Rapuzel forever.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.

Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.

Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.

And that’s it! That’s the books on sale this winter from December 15 to January 10! Get them while they’re cheap! I, of course, think they make wonderful holiday reading, but I’m totally biased.

That said, if you’re not sure what to pick… I can try to help out! Let me give you my totally not biased (disclaimer: they may be totally biased) recommendations on what to get if you’re not sure which book is right for you. (Or get multiple ones! Together they’re $3.96, so that’s four whole books – cumulatively over 225K – for less than the price of one!)

I’d recommend Feather by Feather and Other Stories if you’re looking to get a good sense of my range. That’s got a little bit of everything, so there’s bound to be something you enjoy in there. It’s got short stories, novelettes, poetry, fantasy, contemporary, dark fantasy, science fiction…

If you’re more of a novel reader than a short story reader (hi! I know that feeling!), I’d go for Among the Glimmering Flowers or A Promise Broken. Both stand on their own perfectly fine.

If you like your fantasy with fae and a ton of social commentary and just a touch of snark, I’d recommend Among the Glimmering Flowers the strangers-to-friends beginnings of a friends-to-lovers tale that I’m aiming to release in 2019 or 2020.

If you like your fantasy deliciously subtle and immersive as well as very very queer, I’d recommend A Promise Broken. Featuring my tiny child protagonist and her trans aroace uncle deuteragonist. With political machinations and child shenanigans, it focuses on family and community. Be warned of a potential cute overload!

If you like verse novels and poetry instead, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a delightful short introduction to my verse novels. It is, technically, not part of the Fairytale Verses series, but it does retell a fairytale. As you probably gathered from the title already.

Again, happy holidays! May you find something wonderful and delightful to read!

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Book Release: The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted November 6, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

(Fairytale Verses #2)

Get the ebook now

(Friendly reminder that the price goes up to its regular $4.99 sometime around Sunday 11 November. You can still get it supercheap if you’re quick! And, if you like it and want more verse novel fairy tales, the first book, Sea Foam and Silence, and its companion are also on sale right now!)

All Marian wants is for society to accept that she’s just not interested in… whatever society thinks she ought to be interested in. A princess with a reputation for insults and snide remarks, she’s afraid to show anyone who she would be if people would let her. In a fit of temper at her refusal to marry, her father creates her worst nightmare: she is to be wed to the first beggar who arrives at the gates.

Edel was visiting purely for diplomatic reasons, aiming to ensure her daughter inherits a strong and peaceful kingdom. She sees something in Marian that is achingly familiar and when Edel hears the king’s proclamation, only one thing is on her mind: to protect Marian from the fate that had befallen Edel herself.

Their lives threaded together by magic, Edel and Marian will have to find their way in the world in this queerplatonic, sapphic verse novel retelling of King Thrushbeard.

It’s here! It’s here! The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion is finally available! YAY! I’m so happy and so excited to be releasing this superqueer and massively ace and aro narrative into the world. I have… attempted to say a lot about it in the past few weeks, with varying levels of success, and with most things focusing on the queerness of this verse novel.

So here are some fun things about it!

  • Not only are there lots of queer labels used in the text, there are discussions about how we use labels and who/why we benefit from using them
  • Basically everyone not Marian’s father and duke Whatsit is queer even if it’s not obvious
  • But if they’re major secondary characters (like Snow) it’s obvious
  • Edel and Snow’s relationship, though one of stepparent/stepchild technically, is 100% not about blood relationships (and yes Edel is a stepmother, not Snow’s biological mother)
  • There is no reasoning with anti-ace and anti-aro bigotry, but there IS writing stories fuelled by anger at the exclusionism and the goalpost moving and still ending up with a HEA
  • It’s a novella! And a verse novel in dialogue. (If that puts you off, most reviews of my verse novels by people who were hesitant find it enjoyable when they sink into it. Verse novels are actually, in my experience, pretty good for reluctant readers too and I expect the reasons are related.)
  • It has some darker core points and deals with anti-ace rhetoric (called out), sexual assault (strongly condemned), and generally living in a society that accepts most queer people to varying extents but erases aces
  • About the only anti-ace rhetoric you won’t see tackled explicitly is that nonsense attempt to redefine the split attraction model into something ace and aro exclusionary. (And mostly because I can’t even with the nonsense of it.)
  • HEA! (Obviously.)
  • Two fairy tales for the price of one as Snow White gets partially retold in the B-plot!
  • Edel is love
  • Passionate, impulsive ace vs no less passionate, more level-headed ace
  • QUEER PRINCESSES
  • who cuddle
  • and weird fairy godmothers who are surprisingly useless at their vocation
  • I talked about the reasoning behind the title at Huntress of Diverse Books (Thank you again for having me, Sinead!)
  • I wrote a brief (un)FAQ answering questions about the book!
  • I talked about whose labels matter in relation to the ones I’ve mentioned explicitly here
  • I talked about the influences on The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion
  • I also talked about the challenge of retelling a fairy tale that pivots around misogyny without, well, the misogyny

I think that about covers it! So grab your copy for cheap today! And to everyone who preorders, thank you all so much. You are amazing and I hope this story will be everything that you hoped and dreamed it would be!

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Release and Releases: Fairytale Verses #1

Posted October 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection Out Now: She warned of the pain. She did. But no warning can prepare you. Nothing can. One little mermaid sets out to learn about humans and discover what love is, but life is never easy and love rarely looks like you'd expect. Get it now: books2read.com/sfs-boxset

Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection

Sea Foam and Silence: The Complete Collection

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Eagle-eyed readers have undoubtedly already spotted this, but Sea Foam and Silence and A Harmony of Water and Weald have been republished and are now available in a handydandy two-for-one collection in case you want both and save yourself a bit of money at the same time.

You can still get the books separately if you’re prefer that, though! You can get Sea Foam and Silence here and A Harmony of Water and Weald here.

Complete with the rerelease, they’ve also got cover changes! Mostly notably A Harmony of Water and Weald got an entirely new cover to match Sea Foam and Silence‘s cover. WHOOHOO!

So why do this republication days before/after announcing that you can preorder The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion? The short and frankly very useless answer is this “Because I had to”. The longer answer… Well, that’s why I’m here writing this now! Oooooh. So settle back and I shall explain.

Once upon a time, I wrote a verse novel, Sea Foam and Silence. It was a fairytale retelling and I’d always had a vague idea to turn it into a series. Sea Foam and Silence has a good lead-in to two other queer verse novel retellings in its pages. There’s the story of Asta’s mother (The Six Swans) and the story Asta tells Maris (Beowulf but queerer and with 100% more lesbians – which, btw, if that sounds like your jam, check out Rachel Tonks Hill’s Novis; that’s Beowulf in space with lesbians). But instead of writing those I wound up writing Rapunzel, Rapunzel and, after that, A Harmony of Water and Weald and then The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel has always been a slightly odd duck in my queer verse novel retellings, so that one remains as-is until I sort it out. But The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion is a verse novel that is incredibly and unapologetically queer and I desperately wanted to publish it with The Kraken Collective because I really really wanted to publish something 100% original with them.

But as I was working on The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion I realised more and more than what I had on my hands was a series of standalones, tied together by… Well, I won’t spoil the surprise of future stories when they happen. But it’s very magical and Sea Foam and Silence had already laid the seeds for that narrative quietly threading to the rest of it. (Well, some of the rest of it, no doubt.)

And so, The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion and the Sea Foam and Silence books being not just linked by being queer verse novel retellings or by being set in the same universe, they’re actually linked more closely! Which means that the series as a whole needs to be consistent and in one place.

It needed a new look. It needed to have a unified look that said “This is a series” to anyone who looks at the covers. And it needed to happen at least before the actual release of The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion. I would 100% have waited on setting the preorder if I’d had more time, but alas. Things worked out the way that they did. My brain has been a mess this past September, so announcing this before announcing the preorders or trying to juggle both on the same day? Yeah, that wasn’t happening.

But here we are now! Now you know what’s up with the redesigned covers and the series as a whole. WHOOT! So what’s that series?

That series is… The Fairytale Verses series. The Fairytale Verses all retell a different fairytale in verse and with queer protagonists! You can read them as stand-alone pieces, but there’ll be a meta-narrative running throughout at least some of them.

Currently two (or three) verse novels have been published in the Fairytale Verses:

  • Sea Foam and Silence
  • (A Harmony of Water and Weald)
  • The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

I have (tentative) plans for a fourth verse novel, which will likely be either Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast, and after that… who knows. I have very tentative plans to add a retelling of The Frog Prince as well. But that one doesn’t have a cover ready to go for it yet. So… There we go. Depending on how popular the series gets as a whole there are at least six more stories that I definitely want to retell.

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Upcoming Release: The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted September 28, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion (Fairytale Verses #2) by Lynn E. O'Connacht

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Coming November 6th, 2018

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All Marian wants is for society to accept that she’s just not interested in… whatever society thinks she ought to be interested in. A princess with a reputation for insults and snide remarks, she’s afraid to show anyone who she would be if people would let her. In a fit of temper at her refusal to marry, her father creates her worst nightmare: she is to be wed to the first beggar who arrives at the gates.

Edel was visiting purely for diplomatic reasons, to see if Marian or her sisters might be a suitable companion for her daughter. She sees something in Marian that is achingly familiar and when Edel hears the king’s proclamation, only one thing is on her mind: to protect Marian from the fate that had befallen Edel herself.

Their lives threaded together by magic, Edel and Marian will have to find their way in the world in this  queerplatonic, sapphic verse novel retelling of King Thrushbeard.

CW: acephobia/acemisia, arophobia/aromisia, sexual assault, brief allusion to self-harm, PTSD, spousal death, parental death, unsupportive parents

Tags: queerplatonic sapphic fairytale retelling, story in free verse, sex-repulsed MC, asexual MC, aromantic MC, young widow remarries, strained mother/daughter relationships, Marian’s father is a jerk, Duke Whatsit is also a jerk and deserves his stint in prison, f/f aromance, banter so much banter all the banter forever, the banter book, seriously this story is All About Cute Post-HEA Banter, cute girls being very cute, marian wants a little lamb, disaster ace, distinguished aro, labelstravaganza, gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro, sapphic AF, queer AF, basically everyone is queer, not recommended if you think ace/aro is not queer, kissing someone against their explicit wishes is assault, King Thrushbeard but sapphic and better, how did Snow White get into this story?, fridged dad, Part 2 is Not Fluffy, Marian gets teased about being sex-repulsed but in a friendly way which she is okay with, also Edel backs off and apologises when she does accidentally go too far, banterbanterbanter, keeping these two on plot is like trying to herd cats, experimental narrative structure, I will take this harmful insult for myself and HIT people with it, (Marian honey that does not mean it didn’t hurt you), if it’s aphobic it gets called out, I was very angry when I wrote most of this, fairy godmother fail, Edel is definitely the sensible one of the two (most of the time)

Oh, yes. It is time, everyone. The Thrushbeard retelling I’ve been sporadically talking about is finally ready to be released and revealed. WHOOT! I’m both super-excited and utterly terrified of publishing this story. It is gleefully and unapologetically ace and aro in a way that none of my books has been to date. And, well, basically, if it’s a negative stereotype you can take a sledgehammer to, I aimed to take a sledgehammer to it.

As I think most people who know me know by now, I’ve read a fair bit of ace fiction and… Well, I won’t beat around the bush. In my experience, those books tend to fail to tackle stereotypes in a way that I’m comfortable with. From dehumanising aroace people in the title to brushing off the trauma of sexual assault to simply… ignoring that certain stereotypes even exist. (Even though they were googleable in 2012 and 2016+ releases certainly have no excuse not to at least be aware of them, but that is a rant for another time.)

When I set out to write this retelling, I knew that I wanted it to be sapphic and I knew that I wanted Marian to be a homoromantic sex-repulsed asexual. So that’s what I did and once I started tackling ace concepts and ideas head-on I found I couldn’t stop. In part this is due to spending large chunks of Pride Month blocking and reporting vocal anti-ace people again.

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion is one of the angriest books I’ve ever written. Its use of an ace stereotype in the title is 100% intentional and gets explored in the text explicitly. It’s a raw book in places, aimed at capturing and sharing some of the ways in which aces and aros are hurt by a society that won’t make any room for them, even when it claims it’s doing exactly that.

But it’s also a book that is about love and hope and happily ever afters. Because of course I would give Marian and Edel a HEA ending. It just… deals with some bad stuff along the way. It’s a deeply personal book in a lot of ways and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

As mentioned, it’ll be available on November 6th, 2018, but if you’d like to sign up for eARCs before that time, you can do so here.

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