lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

As it’s now slowly creeping towards September, it is time for a general update. Whoo! It is far too hot where I am for my tastes — oh, to be a migratory creature and just move with the weather — but what’s been going for me on here?

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

Standard disclaimer: Becca is a good friend of mine and I betaread this before it was available. Bias is as toned down as I can make it, but I can’t make Becca into a less skilled author. (Also, I would not want to.)

But yay! Surprise story is surprising! I’ve known about Becca’s Overworld setting for many years and got to read an earlier draft of Wingborn ages past, but I never knew there were prequel stories. Blazing Dawn is set about 200 years earlier and features dragons! And giant eagles! And relationships! And mystery!

So, you know, if political intrigue, QUILTBAG content, dragons, giant eagles, shapeshifting, friendship, and giant skyships is your kind of jam… Give this a go! More details below the cut!

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

A blue gradient with a bubbly background and the text "Sea Foam and Silence"

Sea Foam and Silence is a free verse webserial that updates in one-poem instalments every Monday and Friday. You can find the Table of Contents here.

Yep. She’s jumped into the sea to go swimming.

This one comes with a content note for near-drowning, but it ends happily. (I… hope no one considers that a spoiler. It seems incredibly obvious to me.)

To be fair, things probably would have gone better if no one had thought to try and pull her aboard again. It’s really rather blatantly obvious that she knows how to swim, after all.

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

I was a bit hesitant about starting Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. I don’t have the best of track records with contemporary mystery and, admittedly, the book I read before that had left me feeling less than enthusiastic about being faced with a book that was also about witches in a contemporary setting, albeit that book was horror and supernatural and this one was, well, not.

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

A blue gradient with a bubbly background and the text "Sea Foam and Silence"

Sea Foam and Silence is a free verse webserial that updates in one-poem instalments every Monday and Friday. You can find the Table of Contents here.

Our mermaid ends up making rather a nuisance of herself and then decides that there is one last thing she wants to do before she becomes sea foam.

She’ll regret not doing it, but she really should have thought more carefully about the how.

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

Welcome back to another instalment in Design Adventures! This time, we’re taking a quick break from print editions to discuss ebook editions! Specifically, the second edition for Feather by Feather which I worked on in tandem with the second proof.

I don’t really have a particularly long intro to write here, so let’s just get right to it! With the books I’ve been designing and preparing for print this year, I’ve been tackling the ebook version and the print version simultaneously. This is… not actually that uncommon, of course. It makes sense to work on both when you can! Then you can release both at the same time.

But! Feather by Feather and Other Stories already has an ebook edition! So that leaves me with two choices. Well, it leaves me with more, but they all boil down to two things: I edit the ebook I already have or I recreate a new one from scratch. Now, Feather by Feather uses a lot of different formatting for its stories, because I thought that was a good idea at the time, and that means that redoing the ebook from scratch is… not something I’m particularly keen on.

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

Welcome back to the comparative read of Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s HEX! This time I’m tackling chapter 2.

When last we visited the towns of Black Spring and Beek (stream, if you’d like a translation), we had encountered Stefan, his family and their USian counterparts! We’d also encountered a creepy, kind of stalkerish old lady with eyes and mouth sewn shut.

She basically stared at everyone and banged into a door and I am not quite sure why everyone is frightened of her. (No, okay. Intellectually I am well aware that she’s creepy. I’m just not feeling the creepy vibe just yet. Maybe in this chapter?)

Another important question for this read: Will Lynn be equally grumpy about the creepfactor? (Mild spoiler: she probably will be.)

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

A blue gradient with a bubbly background and the text "Sea Foam and Silence"

Sea Foam and Silence is a free verse webserial that updates in one-poem instalments every Monday and Friday. You can find the Table of Contents here.

The final day has arrived. How will our little mermaid spend it before she becomes sea foam?

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

A blue gradient with a bubbly background and the text "Sea Foam and Silence"

Sea Foam and Silence is a free verse webserial that updates in one-poem instalments every Monday and Friday. You can find the Table of Contents here.

Our mermaid has a conversation with the prince. At least she’s not trying to stare daggers at him.

She’s also woken him up in the middle of the night to talk about love. Poor mite. It’s not like he needs more than the prospect of marriage to worry about as it is.

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lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

Welcome back to another instalment of Design Adventures! This time, we’re taking a look at the second proof for Feather by Feather and Other Stories. This collection is… probably as close to a ‘my bookish baby’ as I’ll get, so getting to talk about it (again) is extremely exciting to me. I’m only tackling the second print proof now and I won’t be making comparisons to the first because, honestly, my memory is not that good.

This is the book that’s been the longest in coming in terms of a print edition and the one I’m most proud of. I’ve been trying really really hard not to snap pictures of every page and go “Look! Look! Isn’t it amazing?!” at you all.

So, without further ado, let’s go look at stuff where I have either done really well (in my opinion) or failed entirely.

Fair warning: I am a grammar geek. (Also an ESL tutor.) Expect me to geek out over grammar at least once in the course of this post (and future ones).

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