Tag: Fairytale Verses

Once upon a time… A Look at Labels in My Work

Posted February 11, 2019 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, My Work / 0 Comments

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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! I know. I know. No one likes Mondays because the week’s off to a new start. But you know what Mondays also mean? It’s time for Monday Musings! Wherein I ramble about various and sundry depending on my whim or Patreon requests/suggestions. Posts are somewhere below 2,500 words at most and consist of short personal essays and discussions.

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Whose Words Matter Anyway? On using identity labels in The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted October 19, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, My Work / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion Coming November 6th. "Aromantic, we call it. You know that, my sweet. Aromantic and asexual, in fact. If you're going to tell it, tell it loud. Tell it proud. That's why I agreed to do this. I want to hear no more of people like yourself who needed words they never learned because no one believed they were needed." Preorder now: https://www.books2read.com/thrushbeard
Oh, look! It’s time for another sporadic not-a-guest-post personal essay about The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion. This time about some of the less nice influenced on the story. You can read the Patreon version (and leave comments) here!

Whose Words Matter Anyway? On using identity labels in The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

A few years ago, I started reading romance novels with demisexual characters in them. Either they’re protagonists or they’re love interests. That sounds great, right? Asexuality, as a spectrum, is gaining visibility and there’s enough visibility now that ‘demisexual romance’ is a term you can actually successfully look for. I’ve got a whole list of them!

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Influences on The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted October 5, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Ace & Aro Studies, My Work / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion Coming November 6th. "Aromantic, we call it. You know that, my sweet. Aromantic and asexual, in fact. If you're going to tell it, tell it loud. Tell it proud. That's why I agreed to do this. I want to hear no more of people like yourself who needed words they never learned because no one believed they were needed." Preorder now: https://www.books2read.com/thrushbeard

It’s been a few days – feels like forever – but I’m back with another short not-a-guest-post essay on The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion! This time it’s about 800 words discussing some of what influenced the story and why it is the way it is.

This essay literally took me ALL DAY to write. I have no idea if it’s good or terrible, but it is done and I’m in too much period-caused pain to care about anything else. (Sorry?)

Here’s the post on Patreon too! (Look, I’m actually remembering to add a link to the specific post now!)

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On Retelling Thrushbeard in The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

Posted October 3, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in My Work / 0 Comments

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The Ice Princess's Fair Illusion Coming November 6th. "Aromantic, we call it. You know that, my sweet. Aromantic and asexual, in fact. If you're going to tell it, tell it loud. Tell it proud. That's why I agreed to do this. I want to hear no more of people like yourself who needed words they never learned because no one believed they were needed." Preorder now: https://www.books2read.com/thrushbeard

It’s mini-essay time! Learn about some of my thought processes behind the creation of The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion. I’m a chronic failure at asking people if they want to host me for promo blog tours (um, if you do and like posts like this, hmu?), so I figured I’d host them on my own site instead! I considered Twitter threads, but as of right now those are too scary, so…

On Retelling Thrushbeard in The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion

When I set out to write The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing. Sure, I had a rough idea. ‘Retell King Thrushbeard, but make it queer and less misogynistic’ is all good and well, but it’s hardly a plot. It took me a fair bit of brainstorming to come up with a plot that would make the fairytale work better for me.

King Thrushbeard is a tale that appeals to me in some ways and just… doesn’t work in others. For one, if it had been a prince who’d refused to marry, we would have had a radically different plot. On the flipside, the domesticity of the tale and the contrast between social classes appeals to me. I just… could do without the whole ‘This proud woman must be humbled through social humiliation and hard physical labour’ aspect of the thing.

It took a fair bit of brainstorming for me to figure out how to retell those aspects of the story in a way that worked for me and I’ll be forever grateful to the friends who listened to me ramble about it and watched me work out the chinks in my mind. But, eventually, I did figure it out.

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Looking at the Sea Foam and Silence Final Proof

Posted August 3, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: Sea Foam and Silence Final Proofs

Welcome back once again to another instalment of Design Adventures! It’s been… a fair bit longer than I wanted or anticipated, but I am back once again to look at the interior changes to Sea Foam and Silence before its release.

In this instalment, we’ll be going through the print version quite briefly and focus on the stylistic differences with the ebook version. You’ll have to live without screenshots of the ebook, but it’s more or less the same kind of structure as the serialised version.

So let’s get to it and wrap this release discussion up! (Well, minus the covers. Eep the covers.)

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Designing the Interior Layout for Sea Foam and Silence

Posted June 16, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: Sea Foam and Silence Proof 1 & 2

Welcome back to another Design Adventure! This time, we’ll be looking at the print edition of Sea Foam and Silence. More specifically, we’ll be looking at the first two print editions. In this post, there will be much excitement because I think the layout is absolutely gorgeous — of course, I would. I designed it — and a lot of pulling out my hair because some things just do not work and they’re a bit more troublesome to fix than you might think from this introduction. (You won’t think it’s troublesome once we see what the matter is, I promise.)

There are pictures again this time around, so be warned of big pictures!

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Book Release: Sea Foam and Silence

Posted June 13, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Sea Foam and Silence

Available from: Amazon (PrintEbook), B&NKobo, iTunes

She warned of the pain. She did.
But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

How could any of us have known
what it is like on the dry sand?
We just watched.

It’s hard, not being able to ask
questions, though I have learned some speech
with my hands. ˆ_ˆ

I miss my sisters. I love my prince.

I have made friends here. I have laughed with them,
learned with them, played with them.
I love them.

She said I would die if he loves someone else.
Will I die? At the beginning I wanted to. It hurts
so much. Life isn’t easy, will never be easy, but…
I don’t want to become sea foam.

Rating: PG

Tags: romance, asexual, aromantic, mermaids, fairytale retelling, humans seen from a non-human perspective

It’s here! It’s here! The full version of Sea Foam and Silence is now available! Yay! Now, if you cannot wait for the serial to end to discover what happens next to our intrepid little mermaid, you can! So let’s have a quick and brief little set of Q&A about the book.

I hope you’ll enjoy the story as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

Where can I buy it?

Most retailers! Sea Foam and Silence is available in both print and ebook format. Yep! I finished the print version as well. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do. The links are at the top of the post, but let me repeat them for you just in case.

You can also wait for the serial to finish. That’ll run until December 16th on my blog and on Wattpad. There are some minor changes and tweaks between this finished release and the serial, mostly consisting of slightly different line breaks for effect and fixed typos.

Um, why is it for sale on Amazon but on preorder on other eretailers?

Because I messed up. I’m really sorry about that! No more released books when I’m supertired and emotionally exhausted in future! (Authors, don’t be like me. This is a silly mistake that is easily avoidable.)

To explain in a little more detail: I dithered and dallied about when exactly to release Sea Foam and Silence for ages and ages. I had the dates all set up for a preorder, then dealt with the anxiety of pressing a button by avoiding the button and discussing the dates with a friend (again), came back to all the settings after changing my mind because timing and… failed to remember that I had it all set up ready to be set to a preorder date once I hit the release button. So when I went and pressed the button… Well, it became a preorder and I couldn’t figure out how to alter that, so I changed it to the earliest possible date I could, which was the 16th of June.

*hangs head* Again, I’m really sorry about the delay! I know it’s only a couple of days, but still. This was… emphatically not how it was supposed to happen.

What’s it cost?

The print version is $13.99. The ebook is currently discounted at $1.99. It’ll remain discounted for the rest of the year. As I said the serial will continue to run until December 16th, so expect the ebook price to go up at some point in January 2017.

The ebook is also enrolled in the MatchBook program, so if you buy the print edition off Amazon US you should be able to claim a (free!) ebook copy as well. I’m sorry to inform you all that the print version isn’t discounted in any way. (I like having it in extended distribution!)

Hey, is this a fairytale retelling?

Yep! It’s an asexual retelling of The Little Mermaid. In verse! With emoticons! Because no verse novel is complete without emoticons! (Disclaimer: many verse novels are actually just fine without emoticons.)

What’s the heat rating? You said it was a romance.

It’s a sweet romance, so the heat rating is low to non-existent depending on your definition of how they work. The two protagonists are both ace spec and (at least) one of them is sex-repulsed, so there is no sex of any kind at any point. There are cuddles, though! And footsies. I think it’s footsies? *looks it up* Yes, Footsies. But mostly cuddling.

What’s with the emoticons?

Our narrator is a mermaid. With no voice. She draws pictures to get her emotions across. It was emoticons or subjecting you all to my terrible and horrendous drawing skills. Trust me, you want the emoticons. I make stick figures look bad. Also, she’s totally the kind of person who’d use emoticons and little drawings to illustrate her moods and how to read things emotionally.

Will there be more?

I can see a couple of companion pieces, yes. When they’ll arrive… I don’t know. They’re on my list of things to be written, so they’ll come eventually. I like the idea of doing a series of fairytale retellings in verse. ^_^

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Goal Review and Upcoming Plans Jul/Aug 2015

Posted August 1, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

Wherein I have made actual progress with something! OMG!

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I Want to Read:
– Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
– Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest
– A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:
As much as I can. >>

As I write this, I have not yet finished Fiddlehead. Nor, indeed, have I started Fiddlehead. I should get on that. I’ve read both Full Fathom Five and A Hat Full of Sky, though! And then I went and read a fair number of other things too for a total of 11 stories, some online, some novellas or novelettes. Good times. ^_^

I also did my best to focus on writing. As always that’s a bit of a struggle. I’ve had days this past month where getting 500 words out absolutely exhausted me. (T_T) I’ve also had some really good days (compared to that) where I’ve managed a staggering 2,500 minimum. (And then subsequently spent the next two days wiped out. Stupid fatigue. I WAS GETTING SOMEWHERE.) Most of what I wrote this month was for the Demi-Princess story. I’m having a lot of fun with that. Or at least I am when I’m not busy banging my head against the wall in frustration.

It’s actually really interesting to me because with Sea Foam and Silence also actively being worked on, that means I’m writing three very different first person narrators at the same time. (Not literally!) I seem to be juggling them all right so far, but it’s definitely not an exercise I’d recommend if your narrators don’t have very strong (and distinct) voices.

So far this month I’ve written a good 10,000K fiction. Okay, I’ve actually just about scraped over it, but with the way the year’s been going I am over the moon with excitement and will have to do my best to keep it up! Since the Demi-Princess story is flowing along pretty nicely (when there are no horses to make me despair), that should actually work out. :O

Of course I also thought that last year when A Promise Broken was going nicely and we all know what happened there didn’t stick. I COULD HAVE FINISHED FOUR THINGS THIS YEAR ALREADY. Well, finished two things and two drafts. Stupid fatigue. Have I mentioned how much I hate the stupid fatigue?

Moving on to something far more fun! August goals!

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I Want to Read:

  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

I Want to Write:

  • As much as I can. >>

August will be interesting because it’ll be filled with… stuff. I know it’ll be filled with stuff. I have no idea what the stuff itself will consist of, but I know it’ll be filled with stuff. Ideally, I’d like to finish up the blog posts I’ve got lying around and some more discussions of what I’ve read. I’d also like to finish up Sea Foam and Silence (or at least get within sight of the finish line) and finally get a proper start on A Promise Kept. I’m really struggling to find where the story wants to begin and since I’m a linear writer trying to pick another starting point isn’t working. Grrr.

But hey two of the other projects I’m working on are cooperating, so I will worry about A Promise Kept not cooperating in a few months and just focus on the rest. Be positive and keep the achievements going and all that.

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Writing News

Posted April 26, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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

I have several bits of writing-related news for you all today and hopefully both will be quite exciting.

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I have a Patreon page now. I don’t plan on mentioning that too often, but I’ll be putting a link in the sidebar somewhere and I’ll add links at the bottom of webserial posts. You can check out the Patreon page for the full details, but it’s essentially a kind of (monthly) tipjar for people who like my blogging or the fiction I share. Hopefully, Patreon will allow me to share more fiction online for free like I’m doing with Sea Foam and Silence and did with A Promise Broken.

Please do let me know if there’s information you’d like to see on Patreon! I’m a little leery of making goal milestones, but if people really want me to I’ll poke those and add them.

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Cover for Feather by Feather and Other Stories by Lynn E. O'ConnachtAs an experiment, I’ve decided to lower the price of Feather by Feather and Other Stories to $2.99 (or its equivalent in other currency) until July st, 2015.

I aim to be a bit more experimental with pricing and promotional pricing in future, but this is still pretty nerve-wracking experimentation for me. I don’t want the people who bought it at the full price to feel cheated and like they were treated unfairly and I’m not entirely sure how to square everything with one another.

Oh, to be the kind of person that wouldn’t care. But then I probably wouldn’t like myself very much. (Well. I probably would because I’d be that kind of person, but the person I am now wouldn’t like that me. I’m making a mess of this whole announcement thing, aren’t I?)

In any case: Throughout May and June, Feather by Feather and Other Stories will be available for $2.99 from all retailers. After that, we’ll see how it goes. That depends on the outcome of the experiment. (Yes, of course I’ll share some of the details with you all. ^_^)

It’s pretty scary, but hopefully the experiment’ll go better than making the book a Kindle-exclusive did.

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Sea Foam and SilenceThe serialisation of Sea Foam and Silence starts next week! Friday, May 1st will see the first poem in the verse novel go live and the serial will update every Monday and Friday until its conclusion sometime in 2016.

I am so excited, everyone! The Little Mermaid has always been a fairytale close to my heart, whether the original version or Disney’s adaptation, and I love retellings. I’m so happy and excited to get to do one of my own! And in a way that feels fresh and new (to me) too!

I hope readers will like it just as much as I do. Or more. More is also good. I’m really looking forward to trying to get readers involved with the storyline as well. I haven’t quite worked out how to go about this yet, but it’ll be loads of fun to find out! The story’s more episodic nature should lend itself well to experimenting with this.

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And… that’s it for me for now. I’m slowly poking at some other things that I’m (in no way) ready to comment on just yet. Writing is going relatively slowly, with most of my focus on building a bit of buffer for Sea Foam and Silence at the moment, and I’ve apparently spent most of April focusing on non-fiction posts. I have made progress on my fiction! Just… it pales in comparison to the non-fiction.

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Webserial Update: Sea Foam and Silence Starts in May

Posted April 7, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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The Sea Foam and Silence webserial will start running on May 1st and will be updated every Monday and Friday for free until its conclusion, projected to be some time around May next year.

Sea Foam and Silence is a verse novel. Currently it is projected to be around 100 poems in total, but this number is not fixed. It’ll be however long it needs to be.

New instalments of Sea Foam and Silence will appear here on this blog and any mirror where you’re reading this. Please note: Sea Foam and Silence will not appear on the Dovelet blog. I just don’t have the time to maintain two blogs running the same content. 🙁 I will, however, collect the ToC there and keep people updated and we’ll see how it all goes.

Sea Foam and Silence Webserial

Sea Foam and Silence

She warned of the pain. She did.

But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

How could any of us have known
what it is like on the dry sand?
We just watched.

It’s hard, not being able to ask
questions, though I have learned some speech
with my hands. ˆ_ˆ

I miss my sisters. I love my prince.

I have made friends here. I have laughed with them,
learned with them, played with them.
I love them.

She said I would die if he loves someone else.
Will I die? At the beginning I wanted to. It hurts
so much. Life isn’t easy, will never be easy, but…
I don’t want to become sea foam.

April is a month of changes here at Little Lion Lynnet’s, apparently! We’ll see how everything combines after giving it a bit of time and space. Hopefully nothing will combine in a way that makes it a good idea to reboot everything from scratch. (Although I’m still seriously considering it anyway. Sometimes it’s just the sensible option.)

For now, though. Webserial announcement! Sea Foam and Silence is go! I’m super-excited about sharing this story with everyone. I’ve always loved The Little Mermaid, though I’ve had my reservations about both the original ending and the Disney-fied ending. Neither of them were ever really that satisfying to me.

It took me a long time to realise that’s because my headcanon mermaid is asexual and the whole narrative as it’s normally told hinges on the fact that she falls in love with the prince. She goes to the sea witch to be transformed into a human out of love for the prince.

But look again and both the original version and Disney’s adaptation are more nuanced than that. Both Andersen’s mermaid and Disney’s Ariel love the human world for its own sake and not just because the prince they love is human. Disney dedicated a whole song to that love and fascinating. Andersen’s mermaid is a little different since she encounters the prince on her first visit to the surface, but she too is described to come to love human life for its own sake. And when she learns about souls, she wants one of those as much as she wants the love of the prince. And then the tale gets a bit murky and slightly ambiguous since it never outright says why the mermaid chooses to sacrifice herself. The ‘because she loves the prince’ is implied, but what if it’s as much about that immortal soul that was so important to her?

So. Sea Foam and Silence looks to explore a retelling of The Little Mermaid that explores that aspect of the little mermaid’s personality: the aspects that are fascinated with humanity for its own sake and asks “What if?”

As I said, I’m really excited to be sharing this tale with you and I hope you’ll all enjoy it too!

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