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Week 16 Update

Posted April 19, 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!

Completed Projects

  • Lynn Rambles about… Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

Goal Updates

  • 0/2 essays for May
  • 10/12 books read
  • 2/4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • 0% Abstract submission
  • 3,793/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 video on ace rep in The Bone People

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,067

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 1,338

DemiPrincess2: Chapter 11 is done! I hate it, but it’s done. Huzzah!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Whelp, I got the bill for the fainting of the ambulance. It’s… nowhere near as bad as the US, but wow. Still more than I was expecting. Eep.

Also with spring in full swing, it’s finally time to clean the patio outside and prepare to enjoy the weather there.

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stand-out positive moment for this week is top secret, sorry, so I’ll pick something fairly predictable: season 8 of Game of Thrones has started and in a few weeks’ time we’ll have an ending to the narrative!

Also did I mention I finished chapter 11 of DemiPrincess2?

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March Newsletter

Posted April 5, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals, News / 0 Comments

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March Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! March was certainly over in a blink, wasn’t it? How’d your month go?

This month in “Lynn tries new stuff”, I’m also offering a nice round-up of all of March’s posts at the very end. Plus a few from April, because I don’t want to send out more than one round-up email per week if I can at all help it. Do you like it? Let me know your thoughts! 😀

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I never know what to say here. I’ve had a rough couple of days which doesn’t really help because it makes me less likely to communicate in general. (I know. I know. I mask it well. This is one of the real ways in which it shows, though.) It’s just even with weekly comments to look back on I’m drawing blanks. I lead the most interesting life, I tell you.

I did get a nonfiction rejection, which makes me very sad, but you can expect that piece to appear on the blog sometime in future! And currently I’m head-deep in reading The Bone People for the first time and taking copious notes so I can do a video lecture on it after I’m done. Eep! I’m both terrified and excited!

Featured Post

Essay: Subverting Stereotypes: A Look at Asexual and Aromantic Representation in RoAnna Sylver’s ‘Chameleon Moon’

Though the links between Chrysodrine, disability and/or race are immediately obvious, these moments of acceptance result in the narrative also linking queerness to the way that Chrysodrine physically Others as Sylver clearly demonstrates that the majority of their cast falls somewhere under the queer umbrella. Yet by centralising these characters what Sylver actually accomplishes is the opposite. Instead of presenting these characters in a way that says “these people are different from us”, the narrative presents the characters in a way that says “these people are just like us”. Chameleon Moon uses its intertwining of physically Othering both the cast and the setting as well as the characters’ ability and drive to build a better, more accepting community to Same its characters, to state without question that they and people like them are human.

Completed Projects

  • Sekrit Project/Skies short story
  • 1 Let’s Play
  • Let’s Read! Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • Let’s Read! Asexual Resonances

April Goals

  • 2 essays for May
  • 12 books read
  • 4 discussions of papers in Asexualities
  • Abstract submission
  • 10,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 video on ace rep in The Bone People

March Goals

  • 7/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 13/12 books read
  • 2/2 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 100% Pick a new Let’s Read! project and discuss its future
  • 16,950/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories
  • 1/1 completed new Let’s Play
  • 100% Reread Chameleon Moon for essayage

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 16,950

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 22,765

DemiPrincess2: Lots of whirring and thinking, mainly. I had a plot issue that needing smoothing and sanding before it could work.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Hands down, RoAnna’s reaction to the essay on their book. I’ve been terrified of writing this essay partially because they’re a friend and what if they hate it and I’m completely misreading their intent?! (Well, that’s one of the reasons anyway.) But I know they wanted to read it when it was done, so of course I shared it with them and I had a fantastic discussion about the book with them and it was just absolutely amazing. 😀

Also I finished a short story and it actually stayed a short story!

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Week 13 Update

Posted March 29, 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! It’s a bit later than usual today because, wow, what even is time?

Completed Projects

  • Sekrit Project!
  • 16,950/10,000 words of fiction written

Goal Updates

  • 7/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 11/12 books read

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,704

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 9,346

DemiPrincess2: Chapter 10 is finally done! HUZZAH! Now I can call chapter 11 the chapter of doom instead. I have an outline? Sort of?

Skies: Formerly known as Sekrit Project, this has been finished, rewritten, edited, polished and sent off. Which means… I actually get to talk about it? Maybe? It’s a on spec piece that actually stayed a short story. What even is this magic! I love it a lot. It’s a cosybright SF story that is, I am told, squishable and soft. It’s also decided to the lovely quartzen who encouraged me to write it instead of chickening out. ^_^

Life And Other Such Important Matters

This week has been… nothing but tired. I’m really happy I got most everything on my daily to-do lists done! I’ve been mentioning the monthly list on Twitter a bit. It’s actually larger than the goals list I work through here. Right now there are 7 items left. I’ll complete at least two of hem before the end of the month and none of them are particularly pressing. (Well, recording the Discovery ramble is kind of pressing, but beyond that they’re things I have a buffer for. I’m not happy, but I’ve had to prioritise more pressing matters, so hey. It all evens out.

Stand-out Positive Moment

Finishing the Sekrit Project short story and discovering that it actually wanted to be a short story OMG! Everything else about this week was a haze of tired, sorry. (But also I wrote a short story and it actually stayed short. WHAT.)

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Week 12 Update

Posted March 22, 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! Before we get to the weekly updates, though, some general news and announcements. :O

All of my work is now available on Gumroad. I still need to add links to the website, but they’re all available and I’m trying to find my footing in it for more goodies and offerings. Gumroad lets me keep a bigger cut of the sales and if you think the price is too low you can add a tip to what you think is a fairer price, so it’s a good way to give creators you love (and who use it) a better deal.

I’ve also started to explore itch.io, though currently I only have The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake and Patreon-rewards available there. Patrons, you can go to this page to collect ebooklets of the 2017 and 2018 (and later on 2019 etc) stories released on Patreon. If you connect to your Patreon account, you’ll be able to download the ebooklets in a nicely collected format without having to trawl through the posts on Patreon to find them. You shouldn’t need an itch.io account to access them. I think. If all goes well. It worked for me, anyway. Let me know if there are any problems! (The ebooklets are available in both epub and mobi, so you can choose which to download.)

Exploring means that I’m looking at ways to tie this option into the tiers I’ve got effectively and to see what I can do to offer additional digital content more easily based on the options the site offers. I’m still finding my footing, though, so this may take a bit of time to get sorted. I’m excited, though. I hope that it will offer people some fantastic additional value! 😀

Completed Projects

  • Draft 2 of Sekrit Project

Goal Updates

  • 7/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 8/12 books read
  • 9,246/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 5,058

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 10,017

Sekrit Project: Draft 2 has been finished! Initial betareads have been encouraging. It’s… low stakes even by my standards, so I’ve been worried, but it seems to be doing what I intended to accomplish. YAY!

DemiPrincess2: Now, no longer on hold since the sekrit project is done and will soon be looking for a home! It’s been percolating for a while, so I hope to see a fair amount of progress quickly.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

I have been recovering well from my tumble. I mean, not that that was very hard. I just had a cut and needed to take it easy while my body restored its blood levels, but still! Brexit continues to make life ridiculous and, honestly, the past week means I have very little faith in people as a group right now, which feels weird. I’m the optimistic kind of depressed. (Yes, I know that sounds paradoxical.)

I have, somehow, managed to discover an understanding of shipping that I’ve always lacked. I’m still bemused that this discovery happened over shipping one QPR over another potential-QPR, but of course if anything made me understand shipping wars better it would be a QPR.

Stand-out Positive Moment

The stitches are out! Huzzah!

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Guest Post at The Book Smugglers

Posted March 17, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, News / 0 Comments

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I’ve been particularly slow to update this here because I have had massive update fail, but! Last month, I was over at The Book Smugglers with a guest post about asexual representation in mainstream publishing!

Here’s a snippet to summarise what it’s about:

As an asexual reader and indie author, I see conflicting messages about the state of asexual representation in fiction and my heart hurts. Almost every list of recommendations, every discussion, every moment includes a variation on the lament “There is so little representation” with no elaboration or qualifications. While this essay will prove there most certainly is a lack of representation in fiction, there is also more out there than these articles often suggest and, though it makes little difference to the numbers as a whole, it can have a large emotional impact on individuals, especially those seeking asexual representation. Even if one restricts their search to books published by the Big 5 companies in publishing – that is to say by imprints owned by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, or Hachette –, there is quite a bit more than people seem to assume.

Working with Ana and Thea has been a writerly bucket list dream for years and I’m utterly delighted with how the post came out. Ana and Thea are amazing editors and have fantastic insight, so be sure to check out all of their blog and their work on other sites such as Kirkus as well!

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Week 11 Update

Posted March 15, 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

  • Discuss the Let’s Read Ace Academics future & set up the poll. (Vote if you haven’t already! Help me pick what to read!)
  • Secrit Project!

Goal Updates

  • 0/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 7/12 books read
  • 4,188/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 3,131

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 3,538

Secrit Project: IT IS DONE! Well, the first draft is anyway. Now comes revisions and making it work and then… submissions!

DemiPrincess2: I made some minor copy editing tweaks and kept thinking about it, but the sekrit project has a nearer deadline, so I prioritised that.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, as you may recall I have had a bad tumble. I’m okay except I have stitches in unfortunate places now. That is… pretty much the most exciting thing to happen in my life right now. Boohiss.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I have kind of successfully applied marzipan to a cake! By which I mean I struggled to get it rolled out and applied properly for the better part of three hours, but by golly I did marzipan things. GO ME!

In other news because I have two this week: the manager of the store I’d taken a tumble in called to check on me. The store didn’t cause the tumble or anything like that, I’d like to stress. But it was really kind of them to check in anyway and make sure I was okay. Actually staff and everyone in general were quite kind about it all.

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Week 10 Update

Posted March 8, 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

  • Reread Chameleon Moon for essayage
  • 2 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 1 completed new Let’s Play

Goal Updates

  • 0/9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 2/12 books read
  • Pick a new Let’s Read! project and discuss its future
  • 1,057/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,057

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,854

DemiPrincess2: I… tweaked… sentences. Mostly I spent the writing I did on the short story WIP and I’m letting this percolate a bit.

Untitled: It’s a secret! But know that it was stroppy until I introduced a new character.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Aaaaaaah, no one’s called back yet. Aaaaaaaah! My anxiety is absolutely ridiculous. Note to self: next time ask for concrete dates.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I’m afraid the week is a bit of a blur. All I can think of for a stand-out moment is last week’s essayage. Oh! Essayage! I finally sat down to reread Chameleon Moon and I am finally in a position where I can start the essay about it! Which I did! It’s going to be… like 5-6,000 words? Maybe? I don’t know. We’ll see.

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February News/Week 9 Round-up

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

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability! Wherein we round-up everything that happened this past month and set new shiny monthly goals to reach. Ooooooooooh… Also spring is coming and look at what that’s done to my mood. OMG.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Spring is heeeeeere. And I have toothpaste! Which I should probably explain for anyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter. Er, I guess this may stray into dental TMI? I’m not sure. I have a story!

So… I don’t get on with mint. As in it makes my stomach ache and it makes me (want to) throw up and, basically, toothpaste companies are really really invested in their minty freshness. I’ve tried pretty much every toothpaste in my local area that promised to be mint-free. I had one toothpaste that… worked. Wasn’t perfect, but hey I’ll take not-gagging. And then either we accidentally got the wrong tube (possible) or they changed the formula. I haven’t seen the packaging and they revamped the tube, so I assumed, pretty much, that they’d changed the formula to have MOAR MINT.

This is not, I think, outside of the realm of possibilities on account of people expecting toothpaste to be minty and making minty toothpaste ends up reaching more people (and also nets you more competition, but WDIK about non-book big-company marketing strategies), so I was in a bit of a panic because no toothpaste. And yes fine you can do without and all, but it’s kinda important to me to have toothpaste.

Anyway! I despaired. I cried. And then I found toothpaste without mint! HUZZAH! Also without alcohol. I have no idea what it is, but it’s toothpaste that doesn’t appear to make me feel sick. It is also several towns over and not available to me without setting up a whole days’ worth of travel. But that is a concern for future!me.

Also I made the best cupcakes ever. Or at least they will be the best when I tweak the recipe and get them just right.

Featured Post

This month I’ve actually got a post that’s not hosted on my website or Patreon. It’s a guest post I wrote for The Book Smugglers (who are loves and amazing and if you’re somehow not following them yet, what are you waiting for?!)

Asexual Representation in Mainstream Speculative Fiction

While enough books exist that we can make (short) themed lists and can help readers find the subgenre or ideas that they enjoy reading, it is true albeit cliché to say that for many finding this representation is as likely as finding a needle in a haystack. It is impossible for anyone to walk into a bookstore or a library and be directed towards a variety of books featuring representation. Lucky readers may find that a bookstore stocks one or two books. (When I was in Cambridge in 2016, between four major bookstore chains, I could find a grand total of 3 different titles featuring asexual representation and if I had not known what to look for I would have found none of them.)

Completed Projects

  • 8/8 short stories recorded of Tales of the Little Engine
  • 3/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 16/12 books read

March Goals

  • 9 short essays for March/April/May
  • 12 books read
  • 2 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • Pick a new Let’s Read! project and discuss its future
  • 10,000 words of fiction written
  • 1 short story recorded from Feather by Feather and Other Stories
  • 1 completed new Let’s Play
  • Reread Chameleon Moon for essayage

Nice and ambitious to herald in the arrival of spring! If things work out the way I hope, though, this is nothing. (Also, hi. It is a well-documented fact that 10K per month is ridiculously easy for me; it’s making them fiction words that I trip on because all the shiny research topics and people seem more interested in those.)

Honestly, it’s probably the Let’s Play and the recording that’ll give me the most trouble just because I need dogs and people to all work with me and be quiet so my ridiculously sensitive microphone doesn’t record them too. (It’s a Beecaster if you’re curious. I adore it, but wow it’s sensitive.)

February Goals

  • 3/3 discussions of papers in Asexuality and Sexual Normativity
  • 1/8 short essays for March/April
  • 7,865/10,000 words of fiction written
  • 16/12 books read

Awwwwwwww. I actually have a buffer for the short essays, so I’m good. Just a little disappointed because prioritisation meant I had to shove them to the side so much this month. They’re fun. 😀 It also affected my fiction output a little, but trust me it was worth it and it’s not dreadful. I’m still evaluating whether to cut down on them, though, simply because they do take up a fair bit of time to do well right now and I have half a dozen projects I also want/need to do.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,865

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 17,058

DemiPrincess2: I made some progress slowly and then I got sidetracked by a short piece. Given DemiPrincess2 is very voice-oriented in its narration, I don’t really like to mix them together. So it’ll be on hold until the short is finished or April arrives, whichever happens first. (Watch me not stick to that now.)

Short Piece: This will be a total surprise. I will reveal only this: there is a meetcute. In space.

Stand-out Positive Moment

I know I just mentioned my essay at The Book Smugglers, but honestly? That is it for this month. Working with Ana and Thea has been on my writerly bucket list for ages. And yes, technically I could have crossed it off last year or so, but now the results of our work is available! Look at what their glorious editing and direction created! It’s a 10,000 word essay (plus citations and footnotes, admittedly) on how ace representation looks in mainstream speculative fiction! I’ve been sitting on this essay for over a year and now it’s here. All our hard work has been made visible and shared and, wow, the initial response was already so overwhelming.

And I love that I was right to assume that I would be missing books I hadn’t heard about because more books. I mean, we’re still a long way off from reaching an average of 1% representation a year even with them, but we’re closer! And more books are being published and, honestly, I just want to squee and squeal because this essay is my everything and on the first day of its release into shiny availability it already did everything I’d hoped it would do.

Also did I mention that working with Ana and Thea was amazing and they are fantastic and so talented and good people? Go forth and call up discussions, little essay! Fly, my lovely! Fly!

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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.

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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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