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Saturday is going to be SeraMyu livetweet day! :O Why? Well, simply put because I think Saturday is going to have the greatest chance of letting people join in or follow along with the livetweet if they want to. 😀

So… Let’s first start off with the basic details, such as the time. I’m going to start at around 20.00 CEST. I’m really, really sorry to everyone for whom that happens to be the middle of the night! (It’s about 14.00 EDT and 04.00 AEST, so… Yeah.)

This should hopefully give me enough time to do everything I need to that day, so I can focus solely on the livetweets, chat with people a while afterwards if anyone wants to and still go to sleep at a vaguely reasonable hour. The musicals are about 1.5 to 2 hours, but since I’m livetweeting, tend to pause in between to screencap or ramble or the like, you can safely assume it’ll take me about twice that long to watch the whole musical.

I’m really excited about this and I look forward to seeing you all for the livetweets starting this Saturday! <3<3<3<3<3<3

What’s the schedule like?

I’ve already watched the first three, so I’ll leave those out. That leaves the schedule looking like this:

First Stage

  • 22-04 Sailor Moon SuperS – (Kaiteiban) Yume Senshi – Ai – Eien ni… Saturn Fukkatsu Hen (1996 Spring Special)
  • 29-04 Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (1996 Summer Special)
  • 06-05 Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (Kaiteiban) (1997 Winter Special)
  • 13-05 Eien Densetsu (1997 Summer Special)
  • 20-05 Eien Densetsu (Kaiteiban) – The Final First Stage (1998 Winter Special)

Second Stage

  • 27-05 Shin Densetsu Kourin (1998 Summer Special)
  • 03-06 Kaguya Shima Densetsu (1999 Spring Special)
  • 10-06 Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Kaiteiban) Natsuyasumi! Houseki Tankentai (1999 Summer Special)
  • 17-06 Shin / Henshin – Super Senshi e no Michi – Last Dracul Jokyoku (2000 Winter Special)
  • 24-06 Kessen / Transylvania no Mori – Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi (2000 Summer Special)
  • 01-07 Kessen / Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban) – Saikyou no Kataki Dark Cain no Nazo (2001 Winter Special)
  • 08-07 Last Dracul Saishuu Shou – Chou Wakusei Death Vulcan no Fuuin (2001 Spring Special)
  • 15-07 Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady (2001 Summer Special)
  • 22-07 Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady (Kaiteiban) – Wakusei Nemesis no Nazo (2002 Winter Special)
  • 29-07 10th Anniversary Festival – Ai no Sanctuary (2002 Spring Special)
  • 05-08 Mugen Gakuen – Mistress Labyrinth (2002 Summer Special)
  • 12-08 Mugen Gakuen – Mistress Labyrinth (Kaiteiban) (2003 Winter Special)
  • 19-08 Starlights – Ryuusei Densetsu (2003 Summer Special)
  • 26-08Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin – The Second Stage Final (2004 Winter Special)

Third Stage

  • 02-09 Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu (2004 Summer Special)
  • 09-09 Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Kaiteiban) – Marinamoon Final (2005 Winter Special)

Will you be collecting these livetweets into Lynn Reacts ebooks for easier reading like you’ve been doing for the tv shows?

Honestly? Not unless a lot of people want me to and then I’ll probably add it as a smaller scale Patreon goal. These ebooks do take time to create, after all. I’ve learnt my lessons from three seasons of Crystal and the live action version. I would love to make everything available as (everfree) ebooks for fellow fans to enjoy easily wherever they choose, but it’s just not something I’m able to invest time in for no return right now. 🙁

Will you be adding screenshots and gifs?

Most likely only a handful of the former. I’m terrible at remembering to make screenshots and adding gifs would (feel like it) just take ages even now I know what I’m doing. Again, though, if there’s interest in me doing livetweets of tv shows and films, I’d be happy to add it as a specific Patreon goal. 😀

You said fansubs? Where’d you get them?

I did say fansubs, yes. And my deep, deep gratitude to all the fansubbers who made these musicals accessible to those of us who don’t understand Japanese or don’t understand it well enough to know what’s going on.

The fansubs come from SeaofSerenity.net. With many thanks to the people at SeaofSerenity for their hard work and dedication!

I have a question or a comment you didn’t answer!

Ask or comment away! It’s what the comment section is for, after all. 😀

Just to Recap the Details:

Topic: Sera Myu musicals livetweets
Date: Every Saturday, starting April 22th, 2017 until September 9th, 2017
Time: 20.00 CEST / 14.00 EDT / 04.00 AEST
Location: My Twitter account!

I hope to see you all Saturday! <3

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And since, so far, anonymous people from my past have been a big thing in my posts on kindnesses I’ve experienced, let’s continue the trend!

This time we’re focusing on university! Where I took syntax courses. They didn’t advance beyond intermediate English syntax, I don’t think, but that’s okay! You may have remembered from last time that I said that I can get bored by classes?

Well, syntax was one of those classes. Not because I didn’t like the subject (I did!), but because the homework assignments we had didn’t cover what I wanted to learn and what I wanted to tackle. I know why they didn’t and it’s not like I never made mistakes, but they just… felt easy. There wasn’t any challenge in thinking about making the exercises. Figuring out why my answers were wrong, now. That was a wonderful challenge, but it didn’t exactly help me with my homework.

And yes this is the point where I admit to being a terrible student who rarely did her syntax homework on time. I was usually scrambling to finish it five minutes before the start of class. I don’t recommend it, but what’s done is done.

Anyway, I did actually do syntax during the time when I was supposed to do my homework! It just… wasn’t the exercises I should be practicing. It was usually a sentence from the back of whatever book I’d packed to read on the train ride back. It was a sentence I’d carefully selected to practice both the material I was supposed to be learning and explore the ways of syntax that we hadn’t yet covered in class.

And every week I did these sentences, I would check whether our teacher had some time left to go over the work with me and discuss what I’d done with it. She always had time for me. She didn’t always have a lot of time, true, but she always found the time to look the sentence over and correct it, despite the fact that she’d never seen the sentence before and despite the fact that they weren’t in any way academically sound practice sentences.

It’s one of my favourite memories from my time at university. True, I didn’t take syntax or any form of linguistics for my MA and moved onto purely literature, but I genuinely enjoy syntax as a subject and those few minutes at the end of a class to look over a student’s enthusiastic and excited “I like this so much let me do random extra work that’s really difficult!” sentences really meant a lot. ^_^

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March, oh, March. Let’s just see what I’ve been up to in March. You know, apart from trying to recover my feet and get back up. ^_^ Let’s go!

What I've Posted

What I've Read

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd: I think my main let-down about this book was how little it actually was about the body that Fergus found in the bog. It sounded like we’d get some rough balance between their two lives, but we get little more than the bare bones of the historical story. Outside of that, I enjoyed the book. Its plot was a little predictable in places, but the characters and the personalities carry it through. (My main gripe would have been when Fergus speaks up in a room full of archaeologists and experts on the field. I’m pretty sure at least one of them should have had the same idea Fergus did.)

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault: My thoughts will come later, but in short: SQUEE! *lobs a pillow at Larryn because Larryn* I heart this book so so much and I want to use it to set up a writing curriculum on How To Include Characters’ Sexualities Overtly Yet Without Labels. *spins* This is glorious and lovely and I highly recommend it if you enjoy political fantasy and queer fantasy. Read iiiii~t.

The Elephant Party and Other Stories by Paul Biegel: A friend gave me this book because they knew I wanted to try some more Paul Biegel in translation. I didn’t think any of the stories in this were any good, I’m afraid. I can see why this one hasn’t been reprinted at all.

Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron: This was amaaaaaaaaaazing. I loved this! I loved how slowly everything built up and the twists and turns and revelations and the world-building and just whoo! <3<3<3<3<3<3 (My eloquence. Let me show you it.)

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott: I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings and, clearly, something saw me push through in two reading sessions, but I can’t say I enjoyed the book much. It was okay, but it didn’t blow me away. The superficialness and the handwaveyness of the setting bothered me and neither the main romance nor the protagonist’s drive for vengeance worked for me. Also this book comes with a trigger warning for on-screen explicit self-harm and, in my opinion, badly handled self-harm that’s more a plot device that showed up when convenient than an integral part of Suzume/Rin/Yue’s character. Not to mention that the way the book handled Akira’s gender unsettled me in ways I don’t really have words for but that would make me hesitant to recommend it to transgender readers without some large caveats. 🙁

Who Is Willing by M.C.A. Hogarth: Yay, space adventures! More stories about Alysha Forrest. I love Alysha and I love her discovering her self and her morals. I did find that it… annoyed me more than I’d expected to see her be the only person to make any kind of effort to get to know the Nayshi and the Platies. Alysha does have her own prejudices to deal with and these form the emotional heart of the book, but I wished we’d seen just a few more people make more of an attempt the way that Alysha did.

What I'm Reading

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows: This is… An odd book for me. It’s well-written and intriguing, but somehow it’s just not holding my interests at all. T_T

City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault:  One day, I will talk about this. That day is not right now. Suffice to say I find it very hard not to squeal at you all and start a livetweet of my reactions.

A Courtship of Dragons by Becca Lusher: Awww, Estenarven and Mastekh are so cute together. <3

Dragongift by Becca Lusher: Whooo! More Rift Riders stories! Very curious to see where this is going to go. So far (and by ‘so far’ I mean ‘we’re on chapter 2 still’ we haven’t yet had any answers for the questions left by the previous book. We do, however, get to deal with the aftermath.)

What I've Played

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan: I picked this game up as part of a Humble Bundle at some point and only just got around to checking it out. It’s an ARPG set in an African fantasy world and it shows. It’s glorious. The art is beautiful and, while I’m not a fan of the combat system, it’s still fun to use. I haven’t played much of it yet and right now I have some smaller issues with the writing, but overall I’m really intrigued by the narrative and looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds and the system continues.

Torment: Tides of Numenera: Last month, I said that I hoped I wasn’t near the end of the game. Alas, I was. I have to admit that I’m actually a little disappointed because I thought the environment would be bigger. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of replay value and I enjoyed myself a lot, but it wasn’t… what I thought it would be based on the hype surrounding it. It felt short and cramped. Even though I did my best to explore every single option available to me, a single playthrough took me, what, 25 hours when I’m used to them taking upwards of 40 hours. It’s a noticeable difference. Storywise, I liked it. It was fun to discover the setting and the story behind it and I loved some of the tougher choices in the game.

What I've Watched

Beauty and the Beast: Yes. I did watch it. I… have to admit I wasn’t much impressed by anything but the expanded backstory for the Beast and the increase in scenes where he and Belle bond. (Belle is my demisexual Disney princess headcanon, so of course I liked that.) I… am heartily unimpressed with Cogsworth and Lumière as well as with LeFou. And the scene where the wardrobe dresses men up in fancy French dresses just did not strike me as funny. The songs… I get that Disney wanted to make them fresh and new, but I really hated some of the changes. Disney, you’ll have people who want to sing along with these because they have for years, why are you purposefully tripping them up? And… Yeah. I just. When I heard we were getting a live action remake, I admit that I was expecting something I would love even more than the animated film because it’d be longer and we’d have a chance to fill it with all the things we’ve learned and… I felt like the film tossed or altered most of what I loved about the original. T_T

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I saw this discussed recently and I thought that, as a multilingual reader with experience with multiple language markets, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the matter.

First things first: The answer is slightly different depending on the market you’re operating in. If you’re looking to translate your works into English, and you can afford a high quality translation, that’s a massive market that’ll be open to you. It’s not just the English-speaking countries that open up to you. It’s all the countries where English is taught as a second language and your native language is not too. So, if you’re thinking of expanding into the English-language market, the answer may well be “Yes, you should”.

When you’re looking at translating into languages, things get murkier and you’ll need to do more research to decide whether it’s worth it for you. Translation isn’t cheap. (Personally, I’d charge about $0.06 per word, which afaik, is still a fair bit below average and means a novelette at exactly 17,500 words would cost you about $1,050 to translate.) Markets vary in size. I can all but guarantee you that paying me to translate your story into Dutch will cost you far more than you’ll recoup. Besides, many Dutch readers are equally happy to read in English, so your book is already available to the majority. If you wanted to translate into Dutch, by all means do, but make sure you have a kick-ass marketing plan and a good reason to do it at a loss before you start because you’ll need them.

In contrast, for example, the Spanish language market is much bigger. You stand a far better chance at recouping your loss and, in my experience, there’s actually a sizeable chunk of that potential market that cannot access your books in English and will not be able to unless you translate it. That up-front investment in translation (and changing the text on your cover) may well recoup itself in time. You’ll still need a marketing plan and you still need to prepare for the chance of a loss, but the chances that you’ll be making a profit are much higher.

You might be better off doing what some authors have done which is pay for the translation out of pocket and shop it around to traditional publishers, using your indie sales to help convince a publisher that they want to publish the book you’ve already translated for them. They won’t be the ones paying extra for the translation since you already paid it, so you’ll stand a better chance of getting your work accepted than if you were shopping the English proposal around.

Whichever way you look at it: venturing into a foreign market is a risk, especially when it’s a market where you don’t speak the language at all and are dependent entirely on other people to tell you what’s going on. You may not want to deal with that aspect at all.

In short, my common sense advice is really: do your research and figure out whether the cost is worth the risk to you. It’s expensive and, depending on the market, there’s no real gain to be had. Ask yourself why you want to translate your book and look into your options. You may be much better served shopping the foreign rights of your book around to traditional publishers.

Well, I hope that was somewhat useful to you! ^_^

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Somewhere in the grand list of Things Lynn Is Grateful For, I always find myself going back to primary school. Primary school was… not a good time for me. I think there was about one year in which I didn’t get bullied.

I don’t recall if I’ve written about that before, but anyway this is not a post about bullying. I’m just mentioning it because the mindset is important. I went from being a social introvert who loved storytelling and sharing to a wallflower quite quickly.

I wasn’t just a wallflower, though. I became a ‘trouble-maker’. I didn’t like being in classrooms at all. They were loud and, you know, the kids who bullied me were there and I was expected to cooperate with them on things. And mostly I blanked out this part of my life as much as possible, but the main point is this: instead of addressing the fact that I was bullied and getting the other kids to behave they labelled me as a trouble-maker because I get disrupting the class.

They started removing me from the classroom. Which meant I acted out worse because, look, that was what I wanted. (Okay, so the thing I wanted was for things to be quiet and more challenging and for the bullying to not-happen, but since that was the functional result of being moved into the teachers’ lounge…)

My point is that during most of my formative years I was told by teachers that I wasn’t worth anything. They may not have meant to, but that was what happened when they didn’t address the issues I was having and only looked at the surface. My self-worth, already having taken a beating from repeated bullying, plummeted further.

And then, when I was… nine, I think, a new teacher started to work at our school. He wasn’t my teacher (yet), but he was… I’m not sure if he was new and still filled with the energy of a newly graduated teacher, full of ideals. Probably that’s just the kind of person he was.

But the point is that he saw us. He saw me. And he didn’t see a child that was just making trouble for the sake of making trouble. Or whatever the teachers before him thought I was doing. No, he saw a child worth encouraging. He taught me that I was worth something. That I mattered.

And sure it didn’t stop the bullying, but his belief in me was something that I sorely needed.

In secondary school things were somewhat better. At least in the sense that I had teachers who believed in me and who encouraged me to keep up my studies and attend university. (It’s not that I hated school. I like school and learning. Yes, I’m weird. Deal with it? It’s just I hated the bullying and I hated being bored by the classes.) And so I found myself at university after all.

All because one teacher in primary school decided to look past the label of trouble-maker and saw a child who just needed encouragement and someone with an authority position to say “I believe in you”.

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February was a month filled with trying to settle into a new job and a different country and, well, basically it didn’t go well because I sadly wasn’t very suited to it. T_T So now we’re back to square one. Yay? Anyway, February was filled with a few changes, not least of which that most all my posts will be available earlier on Patreon and, as a result of all the upheaval in my life the past month post numbers are accordingly down. This will continue for the foreseeable future.

What I've Posted

What I've Read

Always Be You by RoAnna Sylver: This is such a sweet short story about consent between two ace-spec characters! It builds on the characters introduced in RoAnna’s Chameleon Moon, but you don’t have to read it to get a lot out of this story. I mean, it will make the emotional charge of the story much more impactful because you’ll already know the characters, but its focus on a single moment in their relationship means that you don’t need to to follow along. And it is so sweet and lovely and you should just go and read it because words. What are.

Choosing You by Jaylee James: This is a brief time-traveller romance, of a sort, which has a bittersweet ending, given all that it says about free will and the choices we make. It didn’t at all end the way that I thought it would, which was a great surprise. I liked it a lot, even though it didn’t quite give me the answers that I was hoping to get. (The story’s not geared to providing them, though, to be fair.)

Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones: This was so much fun! I’m slowly reading through all the Diana Wynne Jones books I missed out on as a child (boo!) and this was the one that I found/bought/picked up next after a long drought. I had a lot of fun trying to piece the story together and I loved how layered it is and how much it lends itself to rereading. There’s a good three different main storyline experiences in this, depending on the knowledge you have going into it, and it’s glorious. I really wish I’d read this as a child and could have had the experience of being introduced to Norse mythology through this book.

Hello World by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber: This was so cool! I need to write up a proper post for it, but basically: asexual misanthropist hacker adopts a not-actually-AI by accident and also ends up making the world a better place sort-of by accident in a near-future world. I wish some of the book’s concept had been a little more detailed (I still don’t quite know as much as I’d like about HIDs) and I wished it’d avoided my pet peeve of not giving the reader information the characters clearly have, but overall I gobbled this up. I loved Scott and Sonia and the way their relationship developed, as well as their personalities. They were awesome.

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: My thoughts on this are still going up chapter by chapter, so all I’ll say is that I’m delighted to finally be done with it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: I really appreciated the amount of research Talley put into the book and the distinct voices between the narrators, but ultimately I don’t have any idea what Sarah saw in Linda and I wasn’t comfortable with the romance. Linda is incredibly racist and I don’t know that she changed enough for me to be comfortable with the power dynamics in their relationship.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: My thoughts can be read here. In short, while I did really enjoy this, my enjoyment was hampered by two things: the fact that my expectations were wildly different from the story I got and the fact that the way the narrative introduces Aled’s demisexuality (or just treats him in general) bothers me immensely.

The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd: This is a short MG illustrated novella. I hesitate to call it sweet, since it deals with some pretty heavy topics, but… I thought the way the siblings meet and bond was so sweet. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad I picked it up.

Redshirts by John Scalzi: I am… of two minds about this.  I’m not sure I feel that Scalzi quite pulled off the narrative-in-a-narrative-in-a-narrative meta commentary for me, but I did quite enjot the ride and the characters. I had a lot of fun with this. I wanted to read a chapter to see how I’d like it and stayed up late to finish it.

Rift Riders by Becca Lusher: Now I have to wait until the 17th for book 3! T_T This is very different in tone to the first book, but if you’ve enjoyed the world and the characters, you’ll probably enjoy the change of pace. Just be warned that when I say “change of pace”, I mean “this book is not ‘high adventurer is stuck in fantasy Regency-romancelandia and must escape to her true calling’ but ‘Becca, this death toll and level of world-stage tragedy usually happens prior to book 1 or like somewhere around book 4, stop killing everyone, please at least LEAVE THE DOGS ALONE OKAY'” so just… be warned of that. It is a thing.

Sky and Dew by Holly Heisey: This is a short story that I’ve been meaning to read for… ages now. I finally did! I’d forgotten what it was about, but I really enjoyed the way it was written and the world-building. Again, I’d have liked to see a little more of it, but it wouldn’t have suited this story.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones: I picked this up because I kept seeing it discussed as heavily inspired by Labyrinth, one of my favourite films ever, and… It is. Very much so. Which means that I actually found parts of the book jarring with the way they called back to the film. It’s also very, very different and I enjoyed reading a lot until… right up the end, which was unsatisfying to the extreme. I’ve since seen Jones talk about a sequel on Twitter, so I’m hoping that there really will be one. I’d have been fine with the ending if the book had been advertised to me as the first in a series/duology. Anyway, if you enjoyed Labyrinth, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this, especially if you like your Western-European-based fantasy to draw on the folklore rather than Victorian-era sanitisation. (Yes, I know. It’s Germanic folklore, but the timeframe is the same.)

What I'm Reading

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd: I think I’m only a chapter or so into this! So I don’t really have too much to say, except that it seems to be shaping up into a story I’ll enjoy a lot.

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault: I’m such a slow reader! I’m sorry, Claudie! T_T But this is otherwise absolutely glorious so far. It’s epic fantasy political intrigue featuring loads of ace-spec and aro-spec main characters. I was a little thrown in the earlier chapters because I wasn’t expecting halflings – I’ll forever associate them with D&D – but I’ve adjusted now. I’m really curious to see how the story is going to be shaping up. I love the characters so far. (Well, most of them. There’s a couple of mages I’m not fond of.) Really need to read more. 😀

What I've Played

Torment: Tides of Numenera: Ah, cRPGs. How I love them. This one is a spiritual successor to Planescape Torment, which I’ve never finished. This one sucked me in and kept me up way too late so far. I’m really enjoying it. I hope I’m not anywhere near the end yet, though.

What I've Watched

Nope. I’ve been without a tv for the whole month, so… Nothing. It was glorious!

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Today’s post is going to be a little different, but hopefully it will be a positive thing that people will enjoy reading about. ^_^ I’d like to talk about moments of kindness I’ve encountered. Well, one moment in particular in this post. This first one is one that is… possibly dearer to me than most, for reasons that I’m sure will become clear later on.

I’d like to start off with a bit of a general note on the post. I hope to do more of this kind of post and just, hopefully, spread some cheer and goodness. (Disclaimer: I will be using the abolutely broadest sense of the word ‘kindness’. I just want to spread things that will hopefully spread some positivity.) While I have some personal posts to make, they’ll be either in the public sphere or very general. You see, while I like the idea of spreading a bit of positivity in the world, it also scares me. Not because I’m scared of saying nice things about people, obviously, but because I’m afraid people will feel left out. I have a memory that makes a sieve look watertight and in all likelihood I’ll forget some kindness I would like to talk about. Or it’ll be something where I just don’t have as many words to share as about another. And I’ll worry whether people will be upset that I don’t mention them or have the same amount of words for them. I don’t want to upset people! Especially not with a  project like this.

But some of those people would probably be upset if they were the reason I didn’t do these posts at all (if they knew) and I love them, so… Here I am. I have no idea how regular a feature this will be. Honestly, when I say that they’ll be in the public sphere I’m talking things like “It could be the nice person at the grocery store who decided to let me go first because they had a whole cart full of groceries and I only needed some toothpaste” too. Okay, so maybe that’s not an actually representative example, but it’s small and mundane things like that, just to remind us all that small kindnesses matter too.

So… First up, then, a more personal story. I should note that the story itself comes with warnings for a discussion of the aftermath of losing a loved one.

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January’s list here is liable to be incomplete. I’m scheduling this quite a few days in advance just to be sure that the posting schedule isn’t messed up too badly by the move.

What I've Posted

What I've Read

Survival Rout by Ana Mardoll: My thoughts can be read here, but overall I just wasn’t a fan. I think that, as an ace spec reader, I just wasn’t part of the intended audience. T_T If you like (or don’t mind) romances that focus heavily on lust and the story as a whole sounds like your kind of read, do look into it. You’ll probably enjoy it far more than I did. ^_^ There’s a lot of diversity and a bunch of #ownvoices representation in it as well! It just… wasn’t my kind of book.

The Sea of Little Fishes by Terry Pratchett: Oh, to see Granny Weatherwax again. This was lovely and quite a lot of fun.

What I'm Reading

A Courtship of Dragons by Becca Lusher: Still a sweet little m/m interlude between books and as we wait for the edits she’s working on to be finished. I love how different Mastekh and Estenarven are. They’re both adorable in entirely different ways.

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: Still not a fan of this book, but we’re past the halfway point in every way you could possibly want to count it! WHOOHOO! GO ME. And may you enjoy all the lovely bits of infomation I’ve tried to pack into my attempt at entertaining commentary. You can now also find an index page for the posts here.

Rift Riders by Becca Lusher: We’re nearing the end of the book slowly and its already tense atmosphere is only getting tenser as the questions and secrets continue to pile up. Will we get some of the answers we’re hoping for before the book is done? Who knows! But we’ll definitely get a lot of action and a chance to worry about your favourite characters. (If your favourite character is silly nakhound Bumble, you can probably breathe easily, though. Probably.)

Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault: Henry is the most adorable noodle. I heart him. I’m enjoying this a lot. I would have liked to see the prose a little more tightened and polished, but the story is solid and entertaining and I have been happily recommending it to anyone and everyone. It’s just a lot of fun.

What I've Played

Thief ~ The Dark Project: Well, technically it’s Thief: Gold. I’ll be leaving behind my desktop for who knows how long, so I’ve been playing through some of the levels just to indulge in having a proper game computer at my disposal until I can figure out the move and everything associated with it. Such as how to safely transport a big desktop computer between countries. (Disclaimer: I am not looking for suggestions.)

Seven Kingdoms ~ The Princess Problem: YAY, more alpha content! Still enjoying this game SO MUCH. Aly’s also expanded the public demo to week 5 temporarily. The demo will return to its original length of 3 weeks of gameplay once it reaches Early Access stage. It was already pretty big and offering hours of replay value at 3 weeks. It’s only gotten bigger. Give it a try! As for me, I’m bemused by the way I’ve gotten attached to some of the temporary artwork and just don’t want to see it go.

What I've Watched

Things! I don’t even remember what I’ve been watching, but I’ve been watching things!

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

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

Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (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)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 21: The flogging has taken place. Yep. That’s the only plot-relevant thing that happened.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

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

Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (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)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 20: The townspeople have proven that mob mentality and fearmongering is a terrible thing as the majority of people voted in favour of publicly flogging teenagers for stoning the Wyler Witch.

WARNING: This chapter includes graphic descriptions of flogging.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.