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I know I’m still super-terrible at keeping people in the loop regarding where my writing projects are at the moment, so… Let’s actually do an update now that I actually manage to find words to say things. >> I’m not good at this whole self-promotion business. T_T Other people, yes. I enjoy shouting their names off rooftops (on that note, Cheryl Mahoney released a new book, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, and Becca Lusher recently released the next of her Overworld shorts, Facing the Hurricane. Check them out!)

But this post is all about me. So… first of all… I’m running a special seasonal promo for The Passage of Pearl. It’s $0.99 (or 2 dollars off) for the rest of October. If you’re looking for a quick, scary read… Check it out!

I’ve also managed to figure out how to get The Princess who Didn’t Have Cake price-matched on Amazon, so now it is permafree everywhere. WHOOHOO! I’m so glad that I managed to figure that out! (It actually turned out to be pretty easy, but wow do they hide that price match contact us option deeply.)

I’ve decided that there’ll be no serial next year. I don’t have anything that’s suitable for it at the moment and we all know that if I try to serialise anything that’s not at least halfway finished before I start that I’ll end up going on hiatus right in the middle and no one wants that. (Or at least I don’t and I’m writing them, so.)

Speaking of next year! I’ve got PIP lined up for publication in early 2017. It needs some more tweaking and finalising and I’m pondering whether to try and experiment with availability and/or preordering options. That’s just a little too far into the future, though. It most likely will, however, be released in ebook and print at the same time. Yay!

And speaking of print books, I’m done fiddling with the print versions of A Promise Broken and Feather by Feather and Other Stories! They’re not published yet, so if you really wanted a print copy of them, don’t go rushing off to stores just yet! I’ll be releasing them in November and December respectively, so each can get a moment to shine.

Feather by Feather and Other Stories will get a second edition with a few added extras. This will also be the time when I reset the price, so if you want the (first edition) ebook cheaply, get it before December! It’ll also come with a new cover, so if you love Anna’s art as much as I do and way it to grace your ereader, again, get it before December.

But there we are. I have almost done what I set out to do this year! And then I accomplished a bit more. November is looming and I’d like to try a proper NaNoWriMo again. For a given value of ‘proper’ since I’m not planning on starting anything new. My plan is to continue working on DemiPrincess and get 50,000 words of that added to it. I’m thinking since it seems to like the trilogy format that it’ll want to be around 240 words, so I’ve got plenty to work on! Once November starts, I’ll be updating the word count on the front page. Probably on a weekly basis, but I’ll do my best to check in every day and share snippets. (Because that worked so well last year.) The rest of October’s writing time will be dedicated to finishing up the last bits of “I changed fundamental parts of the setting, let’s rewrite it all” and the nonfiction projects of my bilingual HEX read and the Sailor Moon (re)watch. I’ll be focusing on HEX, though. I really want to try and finish it completely before January. I also need to write one last Design Adventures post for these final proofs, of course.

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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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And this March winds to an end, spring his come and I am too tired to come up with a long intro, so let’s just jump straight to the goals of last month. ^_^

lastmonth

 

I Want to Read:
– Retold: Six Fairytales Reimagined by various authors
– Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
– Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman

I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction

March went soooooo slooooooooowly. On all fronts. Part of that is that I actually spent much of the month reading two books on one ereader. That worked well enough with one book being for a readalong with structured breaks, but not so well with the other book being a collection of short stories. Short stories slow me down. A lot. I like novels. I like their heft and their weight and the fact that you don’t need a hummingbird-speed brain to switch between settings and characters all the time. Don’t get me wrong; I like short fiction too and I’ve got a hummingbird-brain about a lot of things. It’s just that with short stories, I need to be careful how many I read in a row or I get story-overload. I did read all three books that I’d aimed to read, though! GO ME!

And then the writing… Well. It’s a good thing I said that I wanted to write words of fiction in general rather than what project I wanted to work on because I have not one, not two, but three projects that won’t wait for their turn. No, wait. One of those three is the one I wanted to work on with two extras I didn’t want to focus on next. I’M CONFUSING MYSELF.

So. I’m working on three stories simultaneously at the moment, largely because two of them are first person and won’t shut up. I’ve got Promises 2 (which I set out to write this year), a longer (and totally different) version of The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake, and Sea Foam and Silence (a verse novel attempt at an asexual retelling of The Little Mermaid). Yes, I’m finally working that short poem into something longer like I said I wanted to since I first posted it. I also rewrote The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake and shared that earlier in the month.

Only one of these three new projects is in third person and I’m pretty sure that the demisexual fantasy romance has two first person narrators. I am excited and a little scared and more or less going “Thank everything that I only have three stories clamouring this strongly for my attention!”

This will change in a few months when I add “Edit the Space Ghost story for publication, hopefully” to my plate and it’ll be four stories. *rubs face* But I said I was going to try and embrace the “Work on things simultaneously” thing and see how it goes, so that’s what I’ll do. I am totally not going to complain about more stories to share with the world (even if I’d sincerely like to get the hang of this “Stick to a deadline” thing) anyway.

thismonth

 

I Want to Read:
Whatever I feel like.

I Want to Write:
Whatever I feel like.

This month is… going to be all about looking after myself. Due to a recent death in the family, I’m not entirely myself as I write this. (Everything above the banner was written earlier.) So I’m inclined to just see how it goes.

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Welcome back to the third installment of my answer about favourite fictional worlds for the_rck. This week, we’re back to one of my own ‘verses.

My Own Settings: Promises-verse

This may or may not strike people as an odd setting to include since I make very little secret of the fact that kerisaoina frequently make me facepalm or bang my head against the wall in frustration. Sometimes they make themselves do that too because some of them have common sense.

I mean, I get that they’re scared of tearing the fabric of the universe apart (theoretically possible; pratically highly unlikely) and all, but they have an oddly black-and-white view of the world when it suits them. It makes them a pretty interesting bunch to write about, albeit a bunch that frequently makes me want to send cluebats at them.

But it’s a world I know well and find interesting to explore. I serialised the first story in that setting online last year and I’ll be working on the sequel for 2016. But that’s all old news. I should really be talking about what I like about the setting itself since it clearly isn’t half of the people in it.

I love the characters I know. Eiryn is a sweetheart. Arèn, bless him, is clueless but he tries so hard. Anou is awesome. This is not canon in the slightest, but I totally ship Anou/Dernyri and if I were to write fanon then they would take Eiryn and Janyn and move to a small town on the mainland and live there like a teeny little family of people who know how to raise kids.

There you go. I’m the writer in this setting and I officially have a fanonverse for it.

Anyway. It’s a setting I have fun with. It’s changed a lot since the last time I worked within it and I’m pretty curious about the kind of changes that this will bring and the narratives it’ll allow me to tell.

It’s not shaping itself up to be a very big verse, but it’s one I like visiting every now and again. And, honestly, I just like Eiryn too much not to include her. I just want to give her a big hug.

You get no excerpts, just a linkback to the serial website and the description.

Not all promises can be kept. Four-year-old Eiryn doesn’t understand why her mother left her, but she knows things will never be the same again. When Eiryn tries to call for water during her mother’s funeral, everything starts to go wrong. Her uncle is always sad; her best friend is always getting himself into fights; some of the other children hate her… Sometimes Eiryn even struggles to get through the day. She’s determined to make everyone happy, though. Eiryn promised and even if her mother won’t keep her word Eiryn will keep hers. She’ll make everything right again.

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Wherin we see some of the fall-out of Janyn and Myrtan’s actions and Arèn starts to think about the future. Ineptly because he’s still no good with children whatsoever, but he tries. He may even be learning a thing or two!

This post is a touch longer than the others, squeaking in just under 2,500 words. This is the end, everyone. Happened a bit sooner than I was expecting. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it! Thank you for joining me on this adventure!

I aim to release the polished ebook in spring 2015. Some scenes need a bit more tweaking than just typocatches, but editing is already underway as this last installment is released. If you’ve been waiting for the ebook for easier reading, please hold on a little longer.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 47

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Wherein Eiryn meets Dernyri and learns a little about gaodansaoina culture. There is dancing and music (and some worrying about this because kerisaoina), but mostly there is Dernyri trying to soothe an upset little girl. It’s at least a partial success.

Please note! As an end-of-year/holiday season present, we end the serial as we began with posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can read more about the project here.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 46

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After Eiryn runs away and out into the city at large, she meets someone new and encounters gaodansaoina who haven’t grown up in Lir. Not that Eiryn knows that at present. She’s still too upset to may much attention. I promise that nothing bad happens in this chapter. Well, other than Eiryn continuing to be upset.

Please note! As an end-of-year/holiday season present, we end the serial as we began with posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can read more about the project here.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 45

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Content warning for suicide ideation as thought by a four-year-old who doesn’t understand the concept.

Wherein Eiryn gives Radèn her gift, the effects of bullying catch up to her something fierce and songs are sung off-key.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 44

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Wherein Eiryn sulks, a lot, and somehow does not manage to start a food fight. Wherein Radèn is also planning a surprise outing because all the adults are far too busy paying any attention whatsoever. But mostly Eiryn sulks. This section is also a little shorter than usual because it would’ve been far too long otherwise. There’s no other decent break in between sections.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 43

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Wherein Eiryn learns about things such as syllables, Arèn reminds us all he is not cut out for this parenting thing, and Eiryn figures out something she can do for Radèn’s birthday! There’s a tad more sulking going on.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 42

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