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This Blog Has Moved

So, I have a lot of stuff. Materially, and also digitally.

I’m trying to declutter the digital stuff, and when I move to Salem in a few months I’ll be decluttering materially as well.

Part of the digital decluttering is getting rid of blogs, social media accounts, and email addresses I don’t use, and condensing the rest into as tight a circle as possible. Some of this is saddening to me, as I really did love the idea of a gaming blog and wanted very much to talk about the things happening in my brain in regards to by favorite games. I really wanted to put my voice out there in regards to movies, books, and television. I believe in the power of pop culture and strongly believe today’s pop culture will be tomorrow’s anthropological insights.

However, right now, other things in my life have taken precedence.

Writing–not just general blogs, but my original fiction writing, which includes poetry. Vlogging–I find I really enjoy it, and want to do more of it. My school work–I’m moving to Salem, MA to attend Salem State University and it’s really important to me. My Patreon–I like having deadlines and structure and people counting on me to produce a certain amount of content every month.

It’s the sheer variety of content that got to me. I just couldn’t keep all of it going, so I’ve decided to stick with what’s absolutely most important and what I enjoy more than anything else.

Writing and vlogging. Maybe the occasional gaming video.

As part of my effort to begin condensing content, I’m moving this blog to Patreon itself, and you can read my latest post here. All previous content will remain archived here at the WordPress blog, but I won’t post new content here. Writing blogs will be public, so you don’t have to become a patron to read them.

I’m looking forward to creating more vlogs and more content. Including, potentially, a serialized novel. So check out my Patreon if you’re at all interested.

Thank you all,

–S. Lynn

 

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Active Novels

So, I have a few novels in various stages of “being written.”

A … few.



Strange Magic #1: In Touch With Death – The first of a series set in a science fiction secondary world with humans, tomorrow-future technology, and also psychics. There are premonitions, ghosts, detectives, murder, and mystery. This is currently the novel that is most on my mind. I’ve even started actually writing it again.

Children of Broken Promises – Probably not the final title. An exploration of the trope of the missing heir in genre fiction, set in a fantasy secondary world with magic and kingdoms and the requisite murder, mystery, and mayhem. Also plenty of political intrigue.

Hunter – An urban fantasy (in the line of the Dresden Files books, not the Anita Blake books) about a half-human half-werewolf real estate agent by day who hunts werewolves by night. Intended as the first in a series.

Untitled YA Vampires – First in a YA urban fantasy series about Pagan teen twins from a clan of vampire-hunting Witches. The vampires are monsters, not love interests, and the politics between the vampires and the Witches more complicated than they appear at first.

The Bear Princess – First in a YA trilogy about a young princess in a magical kingdom where all teens undergo a magical-spiritual coming-of-age ritual that summons a familiar, usually one that coincides with the familiars of their families. The main character, Princess Adelaide, is fifteen and fast approaching the time of her summoning ritual. First, her kingdom has a bit of political bother she has to hep sort out.

Second Anthology – I had planned for my second self-published anthology to be out for my birthday in April, but a convergence of events have conspired to make that not possible. I do want to release it some time this year, however. It will have even more stories, new stories, whereas Capricious Symbols was a collection of old stories. I hope even more of you will enjoy it.


There are others sitting in my files. These are just the most fleshed-out concepts. Some of them I’ve even started writing as part of NaNoWriMo and have considerable amount of words for them.  No, Draka is not among them, because Draka is going back on the back burner for a while as I reconsider some of the plot and character elements.

These are the projects you lovely readers are most likely to hear about in the near future. I’ll begin next month by talking a bit about Strange Magic #1. Until then!

–S. Lynn

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New Goal Trackers on the NaNo site!

The NaNoWriMo website now gives you the ability to track your progress on any-size writing project throughout the year! It looks pretty much like the tracking graph for your NaNo novel, only you get to enter the word count or the number of hours you want to spend writing. It’s pretty awesome! I’ve set myself a goal of 5,000 for the next month (today through February 20th).

I have one short story I need to edit, and several I need to finish. The one in need of editing so far is titled “Elegy for Elena,” but I want to change it. Mostly because I don’t think it fits the ending as well as I thought it would when I started writing. Which is pretty normal.

I started a new Harry Potter fanfiction, which is weird in itself because it’s been a while since I wrote any fanfiction. I like the idea though, so we’ll see where it goes.

I still need to finish work on most of the stories I started for NaNo this year. Some of the stories I’m most excited to finish: “Ripples in the River,” (time travel/parallel universes) “Hieroglyphs,” (virtual reality) “Assimilation,” (vampires), and an untitled superhero story.

In the comments, perhaps you lovely readers could say which of the listed stories sounds most interesting to you based on the title and/or short description given.

–S. Lynn


Don’t forget, I have a book! Capricious Symbols is available through Lulu.com, Amazon, B&N, and Kobo.

If you’d like to support my work in an even more substantial way, you could contribute to my Patreon for various levels of gratitude and blubbering disbelief in your generosity.

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Post-NaNo

I have not won NaNoWriMo in a few years now, but I can never stop myself from trying. Every year it’s the same: I say, I won’t do NaNo this year. I don’t have the time, or the energy. I just can’t. Then, a week before November 1st, I get a new idea that would be just perfect for NaNo, and I start making preparations.

I love NaNoWriMo. I love it immensely, with all my heart. I love it so much I founded a region and have been an ML in several not necessarily consecutive years. I love it so much I almost always donate, unless money is extremely tight, and I encourage others to donate. I love it so much I’ve talked to college professors who aren’t even English faculty about it, and gushed to near-strangers. I’ve passed out flyers and postcards. I will absolutely bombard you with information about NaNoWriMo if you let me, and why it’s an amazing thing everyone (especially writers) should try at least once in their lives.

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Part of this is certainly because NaNoWriMo is more than just this insane thing people get together every November to do together in a supportive atmosphere–it’s also a nonprofit organization dedicated to literacy and sharing a love of the written word with young people. Their Young Writer’s Program is a gift to the world, and one that deserves to continue being given.

But yeah, it’s also an incredibly communal time of year, even more so than Christmas in my experience, where people get together and talk about writing, and support each other, and are generally better people than they can be at any other time of year. Something about NaNoWriMo just brings out the best in people. Including myself.

I am sad that I didn’t win NaNo in 2016, and that these past years have been so rough that I haven’t truly been able to devote myself to NaNo the way I would like. Every year I fail, it only makes me sadder, and not because I feel like a failure. It makes me sad because I love NaNo so much and every year I don’t win is yet another year I haven’t been able to experience the full effect of writing 50,000 words and feeling accomplished and finishing something that is such a large part of my life.

I don’t know if I will win this year; 2017 has the potential to be a very… intense year for me, filled with a lot of changes. I know it’s very likely I’ll say I just can’t again as November approaches, only to give in at the last minute. If I do, there’s a very good chance I’ll be doing so in a new location, new home, and new region. Maybe it’ll be a new beginning for me for NaNo as well. Only living my life and moving into the future will show one way or the other, but I hope November 2017 will prove to be a far more productive year for me and NaNoWriMo.

Love to all my fellow Wrimos, and to all future Wrimos who have yet to experience the joy of 50,000 words in 30 days, but will.

–S. Lynn

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Empathy and Education: Fight or Flight

My friend continues to write well and be thought-provoking.

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“A good teacher will lead the horse to water; an excellent teacher will make the horse thirsty first.” – Mario Cortes

Inside the academic classroom, we instructors face a number of pedagogical challenges, ranging from constant apprehension regarding proper time management, to confusion over how to best incorporate new media technologies in diverse lesson plans. If the multitudes of our profession may be encompassed by so simplistic a maxim, a good amount of the efforts toward leading our students toward the proverbial well of knowledge involves acknowledging the limits of our ability to engage, and the students’ ability to stay engaged.

Try as we might to liven up lectures on nineteenth-century textual portrayals of class and gender struggles, or lead animated discussion on symbolic content and elements of stylistic form, just to name a couple of personal examples, the passion of an instructor may not always yield a similar investment…

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Empathy and Education: The Double Burden (Part 1)

A very good friend of mine who is a grad student and instructor at Syracuse University posted a two parter on teaching in a post-Trump world. This is the first part, and you can find the link to the second at the very bottom. Very important reading.

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A couple of weeks ago, toward the end of our class’s unit on “Thrills, Sensations, and the Ethics of Nonfiction,” I assigned my students the University of Chicago’s Welcome Letter to the Class of 2020 alongside Sara Ahmed’s thought-provoking “Against Students” (June 2015). The former, a document separately decried or praised as patronizing and oppressive or timely and appropriate, comes from a private University that prides itself as “one of the world’s leading and most influential institutions of higher learning,”[1] and has a notorious reputation among academics for fostering an ultra-competitive – and potentially hazardous – environment for its students.

Following a word of congratulations, the letter states:

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat…

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