Category: News

Feather by Feather update

Posted October 17, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


News. The text 'news' underneath a big envelope. News and updates on the site.

Just a very brief little update to say that Feather by Feather is available for pre-order on Kobo for those of you who want to use Kobo/preorder. None of the other retailers offering preorders are listing it yet, so more updates might yet follow.

(Still so exciting. And the scary nerves are starting to set in now.) I also have a couple of posts that I need to schedule or write, so… Content! I shall have it!

Just not shared today because I just spammed feed readers (and dwircles and flists) with posts less than a week ago. Scheduling posts for the future. Lookit me being all organised. :O


Feather by Feather and Other Stories Out November 1st

Posted October 10, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


News. The text 'news' underneath a big envelope. News and updates on the site.

It’s got a release date! It’s got a release date! (I may be slightly excited about this.) Below you’ll find the cover (in all its coloured glory, isn’t it gorgeous?) and the product description. No retailer links yet because the book hasn’t shipped there yet. (N’aaaw. I was hoping it had. I’m using Smashwords’ preorder beta option. But I’ll update the book page when they’re up and make a new post! It’ll just be a little less grand-looking.)

Anyway! Onwards to the book! :O

Coming November 1st, 2013

Cover for Feather by Feather and Other Stories by Lynn E. O'ConnachtFeather 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.

(The collection is roughly 96,500 words long, give or take how you count them. Excited! Er, I am. I am excited. And next weekend is the readathon! Whoot! Good week is being had.)


Where’d the stories go?

Posted August 25, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Lynn's Projects. The text 'Lynn's Projects' next to a big quill. Updates on what I'm working on.

They’re gone! :O The stories have gone! :O :O :O

They have! I’m (admittedly very slowly) prepping to self-publish them in a collection, so I’ve decided to pull them. They’ll be unavailable for around 3 months and then they’ll re-appear, proofread yet again, in handy ebook format all collected and prettified.

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Read-along Announcement & Thoughts

Posted June 25, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


First! The read-along announcement. No worries. It’s not anything dire, but I’ve been diligently writing up my posts as I’ve had the time to revisit the additional material I have and all those posts have turned out fairly long and I feel it’s best to split them up into two posts. I didn’t want to post two long posts on the same day, so I’m splitting them up yet. I haven’t decided whether to post on Thursday and Friday or Friday and Saturday yet, though, so if anyone has a preference, please let me know!

Please also note that for the novelette and short story there will be no discussion questions. Instead they’ll be longer discussions of the texts as a whole. (And yes there will be spoilers for the book.)

Secondly, the read-along has given me a few thoughts on the kind of person I am too. They haven’t been earth-shattering thoughts or anything, but they’ve been important to me. Actually, they’re the kind of thoughts that you know and just don’t really think about until they decide to hit you with a hammer.

I don’t like essays. I have never liked essays. I don’t like analysing texts either, which I’ve known since, uh, certainly my first year at university. I hate literary analysis and essay-writing. I’m enjoying the read-along and working out some of my thoughts on the book. But I’ve been toying with the idea of hosting another read-along later in the year. I’ve already reread the book for it. I just don’t have any questions or words. That’s been frustrating. I’ve just finished up the rough drafts for the discussions of the novelette and short story and those have been… not frustrating but tiring.

And that’s when the mallet hit. Because I haven’t re-experienced those stories a dozen dozen times over already. I don’t know them well. I haven’t had thoughts on them percolating through my brain for most of my life. And the pressure of sounding intelligent and coherent about them (especially when I want to run away shouting “I am not smart enough to understand these stories!”) is tiring. I have to push through that. I can do it – I have done it – but it is tiring.

And that’s how I’ve felt after ever essay I’ve written too: tired. I just didn’t realise why it was so tiring until this read-along. That probably also ties into why I struggle with reviewing things properly. I have to push through very much the same pressure of “I must seem intelligent and coherent”.

So now I just have to figure out how to tackle that more effectively. I do like talking about things and I’d like it to, you know, not leave me feeling half-way towards exhausted for doing it. No wonder I’ve burnt out so soon after starting if I have to slog through that all the time I start talking about things.

I’ve also been sick the last few days, but now that I’m feeling better and can confidently get my non-fiction writing mostly done before July, I’m considering signing up for Camp NaNo. I’ll give it a few more days to think about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised. (I’m supposed to rest, I know. Shush. Writing is relaxing when it cooperates?)