owlmoose: (cats - tori carrier)
Here is a list of all my currently active public accounts on the Internet. Will be kept updated as things change.

Journals and Micro-blogging

Dreamwidth: [personal profile] owlmoose
My journal and my primary home base on the Internet. Personal posts, political posts, fandom posts, cross-posting of fic and other announcements. If it's important, it will end up here sooner or later.

LiveJournal: [livejournal.com profile] owlmoose
A mirror of my Dreamwidth. As of this writing, and for the foreseeable future, I cross-post all DW entries to LJ and allow comments in both places. If that ever changes, I will make ample announcement. I also use my LJ to participate in a few communities.

Twitter: [twitter.com profile] iamkj
Brief daily life tidbits and interesting links. This is where I'm most likely to share the kind of links I used to share via Google Reader. June update: Basically inactive right now. I need a better iPhone client.

Tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] lifeofkj
Mostly reblogs (fandom, politics, cute animals), quick fandom thoughts, and daily life spam. Increasingly, I'm posting my fic here first, as well, although anything worth saving will end up cross-posted to AO3. As of June, where I am most active on the Internet.

Fanfiction

AO3: [archiveofourown.org profile] owlmoose
Fanfiction. This is my fanfic archive, complete starting in November 2009, and some older works are there as well. Some things will be posted to DW or Tumblr first, but AO3 will always be the place to find the definitive version.

FF.net: owlmoose
My older work, all Final Fantasy X/X-2. No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.

Writings of an Owlmoose
My WordPress-based fanfiction archive, complete through December 2010.

Other

GoodReads: owlmoose
Updated sporadically. I intend to use it more regularly in 2012.

Pinboard: owlmoose
Links to cool and useful things. Mostly for my own saving purposes rather than sharing, but I'm always happy to add people to my network!

This list is current as of June 3, 2012. Subject to change as communities and my online participation shifts. Feel free to add or follow any of these accounts! I have a fairly free add-back policy. :)
owlmoose: (tea - it's good for you)
I went back and forth on whether I was going to see Ant-Man in theaters. I knew I wasn't making an effort to go opening weekend, but other than that, it was up in the air. Then S mentioned that she was interested, so I decided why not, and I got together a group. We watched it last night, at a local theater that has a bar. Just in case. (For the record, I ended up not getting a drink -- the line was too long before the movie, and the showing ran late enough that the bar was closed by the time we got out.)

Short verdict: it was fun. I was entertained and amused. I'm sure I laughed out loud more times than at any other Marvel movie, including Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Rudd charmed me, as expected. Michael Douglas set my teeth on edge a little bit, also as expected. (Which perhaps makes him an appropriate choice to play Hank Pym.) Evangeline Lilly was great, and I hope we see Hope Van Dyne in future films. Yellowjacket was yet another cookie cutter "titan of industry looking for power and revenge" type, as seen in the Iron Man movies, without the excellent acting of Jeff Bridges or Sam Rockwell to bring a higher level of interest to the character. (I was a little more intrigued by the former SHIELD agent, and I wish we'd gotten more on him.) But I don't expect much from an MCU villain who isn't Loki, at least not in the movies. (The "Agents" shows, at least, are much stronger in that regard.) The visuals and effects were very well done, big screen-worthy if that kind of thing matters to you. I'm actually sort of curious about the 3D version, and I never watch movies in 3D. At its core, Ant-Man is a heist movie, and I do enjoy a good heist movie. It was worth seeing.

But of course I have quite a bit more to say. There have been three main problems dogging Ant-Man since it was announced and throughout the development process: Edgar Wright leaving the project, the absence of Janet Van Dyne, and Marvel's choice to make an Ant-Man movie at all. And all three of these issues also appeared on screen, to greater and lesser degrees.

Behind the cut, for length and spoilers. )
owlmoose: Closeup of Melinda May (marvel - melinda may)
This next batch of episodes takes me up to Age of Ultron, which is of course just now coming out of theaters -- it's playing in literally one theater near me, and it's not one I can easily get to. And it's not out on streaming until September. Boo.

Anyway, the show. The thing I love most about this stretch is the discovery that the first two seasons of Agents of SHIELD are Skye's origin story. Spoilers, length )

Still haven't decided what to do next. But for right now, it's time to go see Ant-Man.
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy hat)
Done, done, finally done!

Title: The Right Partner
Fandom: MCU (specifically TFA and Agent Carter)
Rating: Explicit (NSFW)
Wordcount: 18,517 (!)
Characters: Peggy/Steve, Peggy/Angie, Howard Stark, Edwin Jarvis
Spoilers: Yes, for both (although if you don't know this Captain America spoiler by now I don't know where you've been)
Notes: I started this story rather awhile ago, probably at least in February. Originally, the AU premise was a simple excuse to write OTP porn. Then Agent Carter ended, Angie inserted herself into the story, and things got complicated. I got so stuck, in fact, that in order to finish it, I had to sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang, for the deadline and the artwork incentive. The lovely artwork, by [livejournal.com profile] icanbecreative, is embedded in the story as a cover image and also posted here.

On AO3
owlmoose: (marvel - trip)
Even though I already watched Agent Carter for this project, I thought the mid-season finale would be a good point to take a break and pull together some thoughts.

And they are behind this cut. )

I'll be moving right along to the next batch of episodes, leading up to Age of Ultron; I'm not sure what I'll do at that point, since I'm not sure I'll have the chance to catch it in a theater again. I suppose I could take a break for Daredevil, which I have yet to watch (I'm not sure where it fits in the chronology -- does anyone know?), or Ant-Man, which I'll probably see next weekend (I know, I know, but Hayley Atwell is in it, which is an automatic theater trip for me, yes even if it's just a cameo). Maybe AoU will still be in the last gasp of its theater run by the time I get to that point.
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
Now that the second season of Agents of SHIELD is up on Netflix, I've decided to pick up this project where I left off, with my third viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy.

This is not a particular favorite of mine -- it's a fun ride, easily the most humorous of the MCU films, and I enjoyed it while I was watching. Chris Pratt is always charming, and like everyone I fell totally in love with Groot, but the film's frat-boy attitude gets wearying, fast. Basically, I stand by everything that I said the first time, except that Ronin has grown on me as an antagonist. In particular, I would no longer say that Ronin was a worse antagonist than Maeferoth: he might be a bit annoying and over the top, but he has a much stronger personality, and I got a better feel for his motives the third time around. I still wish we had gotten more on Nebula and the Collector, and I hope we see them both in later movies.

Cut for Agents of SHIELD spoilerish stuff )
owlmoose: a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded by fog (golden gate bridge)
Days written: 20/30
Words written: 9,498
Words of fic written: 9,498 (that may be the first time this has happened)
Words written, year to date: 53,479
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Chart )

Specific goals, June:

1. Write every day that I'm not traveling. I came pretty close, and wrote once during the trip.

2. Finish draft of MCU story. Close enough to submit, anyway, and I have a complete outline now, which was sorely missing at the beginning of the month.

3. Write story for Remix. Success! But they haven't been de-anoned yet, so I can't post a link.

Progress on goals for 2015:

1. Continue tracking wordcounts and monthly goals. Check in with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least three times a month, and share with the weekly workshop at least twice a month. Goals tracking yes, but I've really fallen down on my [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri participation.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. I need to really sit down and do a triage on the first part of this. Wardens of Ivalice has actually been much on my mind lately, and I've poked at it several times, even added a couple of scenes. I think this may become my priority in the second half of the year.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB. In progress! My posting date for [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang is later this month, and the story is MCU. So that's exciting.

4. Post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Archive all Tumblr and flashfic on AO3 on at least a quarterly basis. I haven't been writing much flashfic, and I've barely been updating any of my journals lately -- even my Tumblr is mostly running on queue. I've been saying forever that I need to figure out how to better motivate myself to post regularly, and this still remains true.

July goals:

1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Finish and post [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang story.

3. Cull WIP folder, and make a list of all unwritten request fics. Target one to finish each month between now and the end of the year.

4. Work on Wardens of Ivalice.

Home

Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:37 am
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
We are back from our travels! Actually we got in yesterday evening, but I pretty much crashed (and slept off and on for about 10 hours). I will do more proper trip write-ups later, but for now please feel free to cruise my pretty pictures on Tumblr.

I doubt I will fully catch up here (and definitely will not catch up on Tumblr), so if there is news you would like me to see, drop me a comment!
owlmoose: (book - read in bed)
Back home, briefly, while I prepare for the next leg of the trip. I had thought about making arrangements to fly straight from Las Vegas to Europe, but I’m really glad I didn’t -- it’s nice to have a night off, in my own bed, and a bit of extra time to pack. On the other hand, I’ve been thinking of this series of events as a single trip for so long that it’s weird to be here.

I have, as promised, been posting pics and occasional other things to Tumblr, at the following tag: KJ on summer vacation. Las Vegas was fun, if very, very hot -- yesterday it reportedly got up to 113°F (45°C)! The highest I ever saw on my app was 109, which is bad enough. We saw a show and had a fantastic steak dinner, and today we spent mostly lounging by the pool and then had another fantastic dinner, tapas this time.

I doubt I will post much to my journal during the trip, so if you want to follow along, check out the Tumblr tag linked above. Otherwise, I'll see you next week! :)
owlmoose: (quote - B5 avalanche)
I can't quite believe that it's upon me so quickly. My next two weeks look something like this...

Tomorrow: Work, dinner with friends.
Friday: Write (two stories -- one final, one draft -- due before I leave), last-minute travel shopping, pack.
Saturday morning: Fly to Las Vegas.
Sunday night: Fly home from Las Vegas.
Monday afternoon: Fly to Nice.
Tuesday afternoon - Sunday 6/28: Cruise!
Sunday afternoon: Fly from Barcelona to Amsterdam.
Wednesday morning: Fly home from Amsterdam.
Wednesday night: Sleep forever.
Thursday-Friday: Continue sleeping forever.
July 4th weekend: Family stuff, probably.
Monday, July 6th: Back to work.

And I thought May was busy!

I expect to have extremely limited Internet access in Europe, since I don't have an international data plan on my phone, and we only get 100 minutes of free wi-fi on the cruise (you read that right: 100 minutes total, for five days, for both of us, which is purely terrifying). I'm sure we'll be able to find cafes and such with wireless from time to time, but for the most part I'm steeling myself to be offline, particularly before we get to Amsterdam. I do want to do at least a bit of travel blogging; most likely I'll post to Tumblr, because it's so much easier to post pictures there. I'll let you all know what the tag is, in case you want to follow along. :)
owlmoose: (kh - roxas)
I'm sure everyone who cares has already seen the E3 trailer for the FFVII remake, so I won't bother to put that here. (My reaction: it looks pretty, and I'm curious to play it, but this isn't nearly the rapturous experience for me that I assume it is for many of you.) So I'll show you this video instead, of professional game journalists having a calm and measured reaction to the announcement:



There's also the new Mass Effect game, which I don't know enough about to have an opinion yet, and various other things (that yarn game looks really cute), but really what I'm here for is the new Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay trailer.



Why yes, that IS a Tangled world in the demo. And yes, they HAVE confirmed Rapunzel as a party member character who fights with her hair. And NO, they have not given us a date. Come oooooon, Square, it's been ten years. Give. It. To. Me.
owlmoose: (let go)
Suddenly, you look up and realize that you haven't updated in far too long.

It turns out that June hasn't been much less busy than May -- work, birthday party, travel prep, Flight Rising profit push, two stories due this week, shopping trips (I got a couple of fabulous new dresses for the cruise), interview for a freelance thing (still haven't heard back though), and now the month is half over and I leave for Vegas in five days, Europe in a week.

I'm really excited about my upcoming trips, but when it's all over, I hope I can spend some more quality time with my couch.
owlmoose: (da - flemeth)
I am actually home for the weekend and have no plans at all for today. I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. (Except laundry, which as you might expect piles up when you have travel and/or events literally every weekend day for a month.)

The whirlwind starts again in two weeks, so I suppose the most important answer is to enjoy it while it lasts.
owlmoose: (quote - irritatingly weird)
Days written: 18/31
Words written: 4,880
Words of fic written: 4,345
Stories worked on: Four
Stories posted: Two (one flashfic)

I suppose I have to post it. )

I always knew May was going to be busy, but I didn't think it would eat my time and attention quite this badly.

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days a week, including while traveling. Not close, really.

2. Finish and post DABB story. Now this I managed, and it came out better than I expected. And I started thinking about possibilities for a sequel.

3. Make healthy progress on MCU story and check in on Bradford Challenge. Ish, and no.

4. Write and post at least one Genprompt Bingo story. Didn't even look at it. But I did play around with the second part of Wardens of Ivalice! Once I've finished the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang story, I might even prioritize it.

So, now it's June. I have two projects due before the end of the month -- my WIP Big Bang draft and Remix story (did I mention that I signed up for Remix again? No, I never overcommit to anything, what are you talking about) and will be effectively offline from June 20th through July 1st. So... that should be interesting. Let's plan accordingly.

1. Write every day that I'm not traveling.

2. Finish draft of MCU story.

3. Write story for Remix.

I think that ought to be enough for three weeks.
owlmoose: (BMC - cloisters)
Had a fantastic weekend at the mothership, reconnecting with old dear friends, some of whom I hadn't seen in a very long time, as well as with people who I didn't know that well in school. One of the things about being a Mawrter, for me, is that we share a bond that goes beyond who we hung out with for the four (or however many years) we spent there. A kinship with the place, and each other, that affects us all and brings us close together. At every reunion, I spend hours chatting with at least one person I barely knew before, and come out of the experience with a new old friend. And even if we only friend each other on Facebook and see each other every five years, the connection is there, and it's important. There's a reason I make a point of going back every time.

Somehow I ended up agreeing to be class co-president for the next five years. I've been thinking about getting back into volunteering, might as well jump back into the pool with both feet. Right? Also yikes.

Now, to work on catching up with my life and taking a few weeks to breathe before the whirlwind begins again...
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy serious)
I've made no secret of the fact that I think Agents of SHIELD got much better as it dealt with the fallout from Winter Soldier. As I mentioned in my post on the first part of the season, the pacing of the earlier episodes feels better in retrospect than it did at the time, but it still suffered from having to draw out too little story over too many episodes. When HYDRA comes out of the shadows in "Turn Turn Turn", the plot picks up steam, and (with the exception of the mostly terrible episode about the cellist -- although the Skye vs. Ward plotline almost saves it) barrels ahead to a satisfying ending.

Thoughts, feelings, and errata. )

Overall I liked the whole season better the second time around, although this latter chunk didn't have as far to improve. Now that I'm not longer under time pressure, Guardians of the Galaxy is up next, and I'm curious to see what new connections, if any, I can make to the rest of canon.
owlmoose: (tea - tea cup)
1. My trip to Nashville concluded with relative success. Various potential family dramas were sidestepped thanks to everyone being on good behavior (if not always their best), and I got to spend time with my brother and my nephew, neither of whom I see nearly often enough. I may be seeing much more of my brother soon, which is good news although not under good circumstances.

2. I was on a podcast! [personal profile] renay invited me to come share my thoughts and feelings about Avengers: Age of Ultron on [tumblr.com profile] fangirlhappyhour. It came out today and can be found here, or on the podcast provider of your choice. I recommend you check it out not just today, but in general, for [personal profile] renay and [twitter.com profile] booksmugglers's biweekly conversations on all things fannish, which are always a great time.

3. More travel coming down the pike! My 20 year college reunion is only two weeks away, and I'm getting excited about that. Then, in June, a friend is having a bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, which was supposed to be a long weekend but then I found out that T was being awarded a Mediterranean cruise by his employer. Okay, that's not a thing that happens in real life, is it? Except apparently, it does. So I'll come home on Sunday instead, and then on Monday we fly to Nice. I have to admit that I have a hard time believing that this is something that's actually going to take place. I might not fully accept it until I get off a plane in France. More about all this later, I am sure.

4. I'm still trying to decide whether to go to Baycon next weekend. I've never been, and I actually can go this weekend (often I'm out of town or have other conflicts), and Seanan McGuire is Guest of Honor, and there are many interesting things on the schedule, so that's all really exciting. On the other hand, I have something happening literally every weekend this month, and June is shaping up to be super busy as well, so it might be nice to have a few days off. Still contemplating.
owlmoose: (da - alistair)
Title: Face the Music
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: M-ish
Wordcount: 12,051
Characters: Alistair, Fiona, Teagan, Bianca. Gen, with passing references to past Alistair/f!Cousland and Fiona/Maric
Spoilers: For the mage and Grey Warden questlines in DA:I
Notes: Written for the 2015 round of [tumblr.com profile] dragonagebb. My attempt to answer the question of what a exiled Alistair might have gotten up to during the events of Inquisition. Featuring wonderful accompanying artwork by [tumblr.com profile] stupidlullabies. Thanks to [personal profile] phdfan for a lifesaving beta read.

Summary: Over a decade after he walked out of the Landsmeet, Alistair never expected he'd end up back in Redcliffe as Arl Teagan's master-at-arms, training knights and guards, avoiding his memories -- and fighting the effects of the Calling, which came on more suddenly than he'd expected. As he begins to consider whether he needs to leave, a new responsibility falls on his shoulders: the security of Grand Enchanter Fiona and the other mages taking shelter in town.

On AO3
owlmoose: (otter)
In Nashville for my brother's college graduation. It's sort of a weird time because he's also (very) recently (and somewhat suddenly, from my perspective) divorced, and also lost his job not too long ago, so lots of personal changes all at once. My parents are also here, and his relationship with them is a little bit strained, so I anticipate a weekend of much family wrangling and negotiating.

Still, I am very proud of him for finishing his college degree, especially in the midst of so much personal upheaval. I hope he's proud, too.
owlmoose: (avengers - assemble)
I don't want to write a long post getting out all my various feelings about the new Avengers movie at this juncture, because I'm going on [tumblr.com profile] fangirlhappyhour to chat about it, and I want my thoughts to stay fresh, not get hashed out in advance. (For the same reason, I'm not going to seek out a lot of other people's reviews and meta yet, although I am eager to read all the crit and squee and so forth once the time comes.)

So I'll leave you with the short version, which is that I enjoyed it quite a bit. There are things I loved and things that bugged me; I do think the first one was notably better, and I can understand what people disliked about it. But overall, in terms of the story and most of the characterization and the experience of watching it, I come down in the positive column. Certainly I'm interested in seeing it again.

More to come.

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