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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.

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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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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.

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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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