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New Releases Times Two!

Posted June 9, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Due to frantically trying to get everything done, some balls sadly got dropped. One of them was, uh, actually announcing that my newest story is available! So! Without further ado!

The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq is now available and will be discounted at about $1.99 for the remainder of the month. Get it now while it’s cheap! It’s magical girl meets secondary world, but make it more deliberately queer a la She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

I love this story so much. I just honestly still don’t know how to express how much I love that story. It just makes my heart happy and I hope it will make other people’s hearts happy too. And yes I have vague sequel plans to work on when I finish several other things on my plate – unless people fall in love with it and it sells so well it’s worth upending my planning to prioritise it. So if you want more sooner, spread the word!

Title card for Your Prince Has Drowned

Secondly! I, uh, released a short interactive fiction Twine… thing. I wrote this story called Your Prince Has Drowned, except it works better if you can actually code a text parser than it works as a short static story, so inspired by RoAnna Sylver’s experiences with writing actual games, I decided to revisit it in the shape of a Twine game. It’s still not entirely how I envision it because see no text parser, but hey for someone who hasn’t coded a thing since they were nine and something that’s intended to be a story with interactive elements rather than a gamegame, I think it’s not too shabby.

Anyway, you can check out Your Prince Has Drowned on itch.io, if you’re so inclined! It’s free-to-play in your browser! But if you want to support me and/or have access to a very basic hint book, that’s also an option!

And that is all my news this month! I RELEASED A GAME THING! I DID IT!

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Week 21 Update

Posted May 24, 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 anything else, I have an announcement to make. We’ve reached one of the Patreon milestones and goals! Thank you all so much for your support. It means the world.

The goal we’ve reached is the one that makes the sporadic(ish) longer essay drafts about asexual and aromantic representation available to *all* patrons! That means that, if we’ve still reached this goal the next time Patreon collects (that is, like, 2 weeks from now eep), I’ll start unlocking the older essays one a month and the finished draft of Sing to Me will be posted for all patrons to enjoy! WHOOHOO!

Thank you all so much! I’m just floored and flabbergasted and humbled. You are fantastic people. <3

Completed Projects

  • 21,627/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 1/1 proper essay outline
  • 1/1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 12/12 books read

Goal Updates

  • 4/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Look at me go! The writing numbers are a bit of a mess this month because it’s a combination of not recalling when I edited what and rewriting – which yes means I rewrote every word and every sentence even if I didn’t change a thing – but that’s… honestly why I upped the word count this month to begin with. I edit much, much faster than my rough first drafts, so I can up the word count.

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 7,015

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 5,919

DemiPrincess2: Progress is go! I think I mentioned that I hit a point where I knew I needed to go back to revise? If not, I did! And… I finally got that revision sorted out, so I’m making headway getting back to where I left off. So far it’s already resulted in a vastly different opening scene. It took a lot of anxiety and a lot longer than I thought, but I think it’s much stronger now.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

You know when an opportunity arrives that is basically everything you wanted and it seems too good to be true and you’re praying will all your heart and soul that a) it is as good as it sounds, b) the opportunity won’t pass you by? That is my life right now and I’m not saying anything else in case I jinx it.

Also a bunch of geese have decided to live in the vicinity and they alternate between giving me joy and filling with an intense hatred of all things goose-related because when they make noise, they make a lot of noise. Like a lot.

Stand-out Positive Moment

[points up to the top] You all are AMAZING! Thank you so much!

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Week 20 Update

Posted May 17, 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!

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got a new story coming out on June 1st. You can read all about that here, but I wanted to let everyone know that the preorder links for it are live. If you missed the announcement, you can read all about it here, but I wanted to add an advance note that I’ll be having a sale of all my queer books – including this one – on itch.io during Pride Month, so if you want it at the best deal for you that’s where to go. I’ll have a proper announcement on that nearer to June, but it’s all set up, so I’m giving advance heads-up.

Completed Projects

  • The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq is up for preorder!

Goal Updates

  • 14,612/15,000 words of fiction written
  • 0/1 proper essay outline
  • 0/1 completed draft of the essay on Sing to Me
  • 3/12 books read
  • 3/5 discussions of papers in Asexualities

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 11,252 (ish)

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,917

Your Prince Has Drowned (Twine Edition): I, er, forgot to record these words in the past month or so entirely, so I’ve lumped them all into this month. TO BE FAIR, I did a very big chunk of it this week, so it’s not unwarranted to count them this week.

DemiPrincess2: Got momentarily superceded by YPHD and prepping Shimmering for publication. We’re still in Oh God I Need To Revise From The Start Again territory.

Shimmering: Got the final round of edits for it done and set about getting it ready for publication.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, this past week has been nothing but busy. I bit the bullet and pulled a story I’d had on sub for a variety of reasons, I ran around doing all the things, I edited and prepped a novella for release, we did a chunk of gardening. In my case that involved a lot of precariously perching on things to cut and pull down ivy before it strangled a whole tree. New Dog spent the afternoon chasing rabbits. In a hole. Under a shed. Giving us heart palpitations because what if he got himself stuck. (He did not get stuck. Sadly the rabbit he was after was not so lucky.)

And, um, that’s it, I think? Life goes on and we muddle on through. I generally flail around thinking of all the things I could/should/would/ought to/want to/wish I could/etc do and then sit back and look at things and go “Actually, that isn’t little” and the issue is just that I’m a depressed perfectionist and overachiever struggling to balance depression-view with perfectionist tendencies.

Soonish I will have some really lovely news for you from a new writer acquaintance that I’m very excited about sharing. 😀

Stand-out Positive Moment

I got some really lovely feedback on an editing project. I’m so happy they’re happy! 😀

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Upcoming Release: The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq

Posted May 16, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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The Shimmering Prayer of Sûkiurâq

Coming June 1st, 2019

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A deliciously queer magical person story in a secondary world with floating cities and airships, perfect for fans of She-Ra and Steven Universe.

All thaes life, Oibe Ekêmai has wanted to become a lêqnaemi, a travelling dancer skilled at nudging the world’s magic into making everyone’s lives a little easier. Thae has trained years for their chance at the Festival of Paths, where new apprentices will be chosen.

But the lêqnaemi have secrets they only reveal to those chosen to join their ranks and Oibe Ekêmai and thaes new friends soon find themselves thrust into an age-old conflict. With almost no preparation and certainly no training, their group will have to face the horrors all lêqnaemi have sworn to face and triumph, or the entire world may be lost to darkness forever.

CW: Major character death, body horror, citywide devastation, relatively graphic descriptions of gore, references to alcoholism, references to abuse, one moment of accidental misgendering (remarked on negatively)

Tags: aromantic bisexual lead, magical girl but with a nonbinary protagonist, because platonic relationships are just as powerful as romantic ones, friendship saves the day, creepy creatures made of darkness (I’d still totally take some home as pets), exes can be good friends too, questioning side character, assume everyone is queer, airship goodness, buckets are your best friend while travelling, dancing is magic, sometimes you don’t want dreams to come true, it has a happy ending (I promise), stubbornness can be a powerful thing, not on my watch, come for the cute stay for the world-saving shenanigans

SURPRISE! It’s an entirely new young adult novella coming this June! I’ve hinted at this one on Twitter a bit, and Patrons have had a chance to read through older drafts of this story. I’ve always loved magical girl stories – seriously, if you want to know how I tick, watch Sailor Moon season finales – but I’ve also always felt a little… outside of the ones I’ve experiences because bits of it never really felt for me. It’s the structuring and that’s probably an essay in and of itself.

And then I finally decided to write a story in this genre that did things my way. Which means it stars an aromantic lead, all the important characters are queer in some way and most of them are explicitly queer, someone has intrusive anxiety thoughts, language is A Thing, secondary worlds rock, dancing is important, and, oh yes, friendship saves the day. I’m incredibly proud of this little novella. It’s been great to dive into a genre that has meant so much to me and to put my own spin on it. I’ve already got a sequel idea squirrelled away in my head. To work on after I finish DemiPrincess, that is.

That said, as you can probably tell from the tags, this story is going to be a bit darker than most of my other work to date. It’s closer to the peeweww shorts than anything else. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any fluff to it or that it doesn’t have a happy ending, but the road leading there is a bit darker than you might be used to from my work. It also means I end up worrying about how to describe it a bit because did I made the notes and warnings strong enough? Did I overstate them? AGH!

And then I decided that this was the book I was going to use comp titles on and WHY ARE THE BEST COMP TITLES VERY POPULAR TV SHOWS. (Answer: because the magical girl genre is very much a visual genre and also the graphic novels I could compare it to kind of don’t work because they rely too much on being set in this world. Trust me, if you liked She-Ra or Steven Universe because they’re unapologetically queer AF stories, you’ll probably enjoy this one for the same reasons.)

Come meet my trio of doofuses as they hang out by moonlight and do their untrained utmost to fight evil by daylight! It’ll be available on June 1st, just in time to celebrate Pride Month and it’ll be on sale for $1.99 for the duration of the month. In July, it’s going up to it’s regular $3.99 price, so be sure to get it now. THAT SAID, if you’re looking for a bargain, hold off a little on preordering because I have more Pride Month related news coming up and you’ll be able to get it at an even better discount, albeit only slightly, and if you want to support me with just the one book purchase, preordering it is a very good way to go about it.

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Lynn Elsewhere: 3 Tropes I Love In Fantasy Fiction at Dear Geek Place

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

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Surprise Sunday link post! Earlier this week I was over at Dear Geek Place to discuss 3 tropes that I love in fantasy fiction to celebrate Wyrd and Wonder.
The post itself is what it says on the tin: a discussion of 3 tropes I really enjoy in writing.
Wyrd and Wonder is a month-long celebration of all things fantasy. You can read more about it here. It’s an event run by Lisa (Dear Geek Place), Imyril (There’s Always Room for One More…) and Jorie ( Jorie Loves a Story).
There are photo challenges, read-alongs, giveaways… If you enjoy fantasy and talking about books, do check out Wyrd and Wonder and consider participating! 😀
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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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