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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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: (quote - questions)
Yesterday, Jed posted a link to a really awesome essay by sci-fic/fantasy author Kate Elliott, "The Status Quo Does Not Need World Building." It's fantastic, and you should all go read it. Elliott provides a lot of food for thought, but here's a key quote:

When people write without considering the implications of material culture & social space in the story they are writing, they often unwittingly default to an expression of how they believe the past worked. This is especially true if they are not thinking about how the material and the social differ from culture to culture, across both space and time, or how it might change in the future.

Which details a writer considers too unimportant to include may often default to the status quo of the writer’s own setting and situation, the writer’s lived experience of social space, because the status quo does not need to be described by those who live at the center of a dominant culture.


This is a fantastic observation, and I would extend it a little further -- when the writer leaves out world building details, the readers are going to fill them in, and whether it was the author's intention or not, the readers will default to either the writer's dominant culture or their own. And this got me to thinking about John Scalzi's latest novel, Lock In.

(Note: Spoilers ahead! Well, sort of. No plot spoilers, but there are storytelling spoilers, one in particular that Scalzi seems to have gone out of his way not to mention. So if learning that kind of thing in advance of reading the book will bother you, read the book before you read my comments. It's a great book, and a fast read. So go on, read it. We'll wait.)

Okay, everybody ready? )
owlmoose: (heroes - hiro dino)
So folks may have noticed that I haven't been around so much lately, and I haven't been writing a whole lot, either (this is particularly notable in my monthly writing goals posts). There have been some real-world reasons for my absences, but I've had other busy periods in my life without much time to sit down at my computer, and those haven't necessarily kept me from posting -- here when it was my primary posting spot, on Tumblr once I semi-migrated over there.

I've thought about this relative lack of posting off and on: why it might be happening, why I haven't been particularly motivated to change it. But it didn't really come into focus until today, when [tumblr.com profile] tarysande reblogged a great post by [tumblr.com profile] jadesabre301, "Jade's Guide to Not Caring About the Number of Notes You Get" (which I immediately reblogged with a link to "Internet Popularity and The Claw", which seemed an appropriate addendum).

In a way, Jade's Guide isn't anything I didn't already know. These are all guidelines I try to follow, to one extent or another. But it resonated with me right now, particularly Steps 6 and 8: Post When You Write Something and Write More. Because that's exactly what I haven't been doing: posting, and writing more. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized: my problem is The Little Hater.

The Little Hater is a concept presented by the always-briliant Jay Smooth, in a video about creativity and communication and getting stuck. I've posted about this video before*, but we can always stand to watch it again.



The whole thing is worth watching, but here's the key quote:

I’m sure there are people who wake up every day feeling confident that the entire world wants to look at their face and listen to them talk, but I’m not one of those people. When I’m in the groove, and getting work done, and I feel like I’m making the connection with you guys out there… it feels natural to keep showing up and maintaining that connection. But if I go too long without putting work in, and it feels like that connection is broken, there’s a little voice inside my head that starts playing tricks on me, and trying to convince me that the connection was never really there.


Jay calls that voice The Little Hater, and my Little Hater has been dogging at me for ages now, particularly around my journaling. That voice sends me into a death spiral of perfectionism and procrastination, telling me that no one really cares what I have to say, and it isn't really that good anyway, and if I'm going to post something in my journal now, it had better be good to make up for all the days (weeks, months) of inattention. So I'll start on something, but then get stuck on it and don't finish it (like the Agents of SHIELD post I started writing in June), or I don't bother to write it at all (I've had links in open tabs about the latest "misogyny in gaming culture" blowup for weeks now). It happens with fanfic, too; I start a story and then abandon it, halfway through or even as a final draft, after convincing myself that it's not worth posting. I haven't crossposted from Tumblr in forever (except for the fic WIP meme from yesterday), and I haven't reblogged a Tumblr meme or posted fic there in quite a while. A lack of creation leads to a lack of communication which leads to a lack of connection, and that causes a feeling of isolation that feeds back on itself.

The only way I've ever found to break out of these negative feedback loops is to swim upstream against them. Force myself to write even when I'm not inspired, to post even when I'm not 100% happy with the results, and so here I am, writing about this, and putting the post out for the world to see. At the very least, I need to notice this cycle while it's happening, if only to remind myself that it's not reality, it's just The Little Hater.

And The Little Hater is a liar.

Even when it doesn't feel like it.

*I wanted to link that post here, but going through my archives and trying to find it turned into a project that I was using to procrastinate writing this post, which is exactly one of the traps that The Little Hater likes to use against me. ;) So I stopped looking and got to writing; apologies to those of you for whom this is a partial repeat.
owlmoose: (book - key)
I got tagged to do this over on Tumblr, and I figured I'd carry it over here, too.

The rules: Post one sentence, with no context, from all of your WIP. Then tag five other people to do the same. Except I'm not going to tag anyone, but I would encourage everyone to do it. :) It's good for pulling things out of the cobwebs.

Here are mine, for fairly generous definitions of "in progress" and "one sentence". Some of you might recognize some of these.

  • The candles burned out, one by one, as Teagan waited, alone in the parlor.

  • Varric checked the map. “I don’t know why I’m even looking at this,” he said, crumpling it up and sticking it back in his pack.

  • "Miss Leandra?" he said, eyebrows half up, his Starkhaven accent sharp. "And where are you going, alone, at this hour?"

  • "You wanted to fly, right? Here’s your chance."

  • "Beautiful and deadly," said Penelo. "At least we don’t have to worry about darkspawn."

  • It was, in fact, a man Yuna had never seen before, with dark blond hair, a sharp nose, and a sort of machina weapon slung over his shoulder. And unless she was mistaken, very much alive.

  • "I will return with Jack Sparrow in chains, or not at all," Alice replied, making a brief, stiff curtsey.
owlmoose: (book -- glasses)
I've written another guest post for [community profile] ladybusiness: a review of "The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassai Baharal" by Kate Elliott, illustrated by Julie Dillon. This is a follow-up to my co-review of Elliott's Spiritwalker trilogy, written with [personal profile] renay.

Check it out, if you're interested! No spoilers, really. It's short. (I meant to post this a few days ago but somehow it never went live.)
owlmoose: (B5 - londo oh dear)
Days written: 19/31
Words written: 5,818
Words of fic written: 4,446
Stories worked on: Five
Stories posted: One

lol August )

I spent the last weekend of the month sick in bed with food poisoning, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about August. But we'll go over the specific goals anyway.

1. Write six days a week, except maybe while traveling. Nope, and hardly at all while I was on my trip.

2. Work on Tumblr giveaway fic. I made a few false starts on this. Well, the starts are fine, it's what comes next that I'm having trouble with.

3. Finish and post at least two WIP (one MCU story that's almost finished, check on other IP stuff). The MCU story (Steve/Peggy, post-Cap 2) was finished and posted. And then I actually worked a little bit on Wardens of Ivalice -- not anything like coming close to finishing, of course, but more actually progress than I've made in ages. The secret to writing WoI is apparently having other stories that I feel like I ought to be working on instead.

4. Write [community profile] ladybusiness guest post (for a super sekrit project!). First draft done, posting date postponed, I really need to finish it though.

5. Start on Dragon Age Reverse Big Bang story (due mid-September). Another one with several false starts. I keep changing my mind on what direction I want to take it.

I'm a little leery of setting down goals for September because I've been missing so badly lately. Maybe it's time to scale back a little.

1. Write five days a week.

2. Finish DARBB story and [community profile] ladybusiness post (both due in September).

3. Settle on a direction for Tumblr giveaway story and stick with it, finish at least a draft.

4. Write something for the Chocobo Races.
owlmoose: (ff - team tonberry)
It's time to sign up! Come join me on Team Tonberry!


TEAM TONBERRY


Or, I suppose, Team Cactuar. If you have to.
owlmoose: A photo of a Highway 1 roadsign, with the California Coast in the background (california - sign)
A 6.0 earthquake hit the Napa Valley early this morning, about 40 miles north. It didn't do any damage here, but I did wake up at 3:20 am, alert and ready for the emergency. Then I went back to sleep.

Folks in Napa were not so lucky -- almost 90 people injured (no deaths reported, thankfully), significant damage to buildings, minor damage to roads, power outages and water main breaks, and possibly a whole lot of spilled wine. That sounds like a joke, but it's not. If wineries and restaurants lost too much of their stock, it could have a serious economic impact on the region and the state. It'll be awhile before we'll know the extent of the damage.

This is the second largest earthquake I've ever felt (the largest being the Loma Prieta, back in 1989), and without question the scariest in the moment, in part because it woke me up and in part because it was so long. They're saying the shaking (more of a rolling) lasted 20 to 30 seconds, which is forever in earthquake time. Long enough to know what's going on, but not enough time to really do anything about it.

Fun times. I still wouldn't live anywhere else, but the reminder of the dangers is always useful. We really need to update our emergency supplies. Maybe in a few days, when the initial reaction has died down.
owlmoose: (ff12 - ashe)
Why am I suddenly struck with all these ideas and inspiration to work on Wardens of Ivalice when I have three other exchange/gift fics in various stages of completion that I really ought to finish first?
owlmoose: (hp - a few words)
We got around to seeing GotG this weekend. It was fun and I enjoyed it. Fortunately I had been warned about the casual sexism in advance, so it didn't punch me in the face quite as badly as it otherwise might have. I did, however, roll my eyes a lot. Other people have already said more or less what I think and have done it better, so I will refer you to them. I also felt the villains were underdeveloped -- Ronan is the worst MCU antagonist so far, even less compelling than the barely-there villain of Thor 2, and the others (Nebula, Thanos, the Collector) were barely more than cameos. (It occurs to me that this has been a problem throughout Phase 2 of the MCU -- of the films released so far, only CA:TWS had a fully-realized antagonist.) On the other hand, I liked the main team a lot, and I look forward to seeing more of them. Let's hope that they're saving the other antagonists for the next film, or possibly Avengers 3.

I do have to say that I'm pretty excited about the prospects for how this might tie in to the wider cinematic universe. Cut for Agents of SHIELD spoilers and speculation about other Marvel properties. )
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
The 2014 Hugo Awards were given today, and I have to say that I'm very pleased, overall, with the outcome. [community profile] ladybusiness provides a complete list of winners for anyone who hasn't already seen it.

The big news, of course, is that Ancillary Justice won the Best Novel award in a walk-off. This was more important to me than any other race on the ballot, and so of course I am really happy. Several of my other favorites also won -- let me take yet another opportunity to plug John Chu's wonderful story -- as well as other books, writers, and creators that I didn't rank first but still like quite a lot. Perhaps most importantly in the long run, nothing from the Correia slate* went home with an award, and in most cases they ended up at or near the bottom of the ranking. (Vox Day's novelette came in dead last, even after "No Award".)

One of the things I like best about the Hugos is that they release the raw voting data (link to PDF) every year, so you can see how many votes each work received, how they ranked in each and also how many votes total were cast. They also release the nomination lists, including the ten works in each category that didn't make the nomination cut, and this data can be fascinating. In particular, I noticed right away that "The Sandstorm", the double episode of Welcome to Night Vale, received 30 nominations in the "Dramatic Presentation: Short Form" category. This might not sound like very many, but consider that 38 votes would have been good for fifth place, in a three-way tie with an episode of Orphan Black and an episode of Doctor Who. So just eight more nominations, out of 760 ballots in the category and 1,923 ballots total, and it would have made the cut.

So just a few people can make a big difference. In every single category except Dramatic Presentation: Long Form, the 5th place nominee received fewer than a hundred nominations, and in many cases, sixth place was fewer than ten votes out of contention. When we're looking at those kinds of numbers, it doesn't take much participation to move the needle. So I hope anyone who has been interested decides to participate next year. As much of my time and attention as it took, I'm already looking forward to it (and plotting out how to better plan my short fiction reading).

*If you're not familiar with this particular controversy, Jed provides a succinct explanation with many good links. I will leave it to others to speculate about what effects Correia and his efforts may have had on the awards; my main observation is that, while it seems to have affected the nominations quite a bit, the effect on the final results seems to be minimal to none. And that is a very good thing, both for this year's award and the health of the award process as a whole.
owlmoose: (Default)
For as long as it takes me to eat lunch, anyway. I'll probably get myself some more substantial online time tomorrow.

So, hello! The packing has gone really well -- so well, in fact, that we're almost finished and now have very little to do besides wait for the movers to arrive on Thursday. If anyone within reasonable driving distance of north San Diego county wants to get together, let me know.

The new-to-me car is in great shape. I expect we will have many adventures together.

Now that I'm here with all the world of the Internets in front of me, I find I don't have much to say. How are all of you?
owlmoose: (hp - monsters)
Tomorrow afternoon, I'm leaving for a week in San Diego to help T's sister, W, pack up their mom's house. This trip has been planned for awhile, since before T's mom went through a bad patch a couple of weeks ago. So there was some thought that we might have to cancel, but now things are stable and we're still on -- my SiL arrived in California yesterday.

We don't have to clean out the house completely -- this is just a first pass, to move some of the furniture and other things to Virginia, where my MiL moved in with W a little over a year ago. Still, it's going to be a fair amount of work. On the plus side, I'm getting a car out of it; T's mom had two cars, only one went with her to Virginia, and this way we don't have to figure out how to sell it. On the downside, I'm going to be in a house with no Internet access for a week. I'll have my phone, and I'll check in from there as I can, and I might escape to a cafe a time or two, but for the most part I'll be offline. So we'll see how that goes. If you need me, email or IM is probably the best bet.

This will probably not be the worst trip ever, but I don't expect it to be the most fun, either. So good thoughts and (phone internet) viewable distractions will almost certainly be welcome!
owlmoose: (avengers - captain america)
Title: The Long Goodbye
Fandom: MCU (CA: TWS)
Rating: G
Wordcount: ~1700
Characters: Steve Rogers/Peggy Carter, Sharon Carter, brief Sam Wilson appearance
Spoilers: Yes -- set post TWS.
Notes: Bits and pieces of this story have been working on me since I first saw the movie. I started it awhile ago, got stalled, had an epiphany, and wrote the rest of it in one morning.

Before he heads off on his next mission, Steve pays one last visit to Peggy.

On AO3
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
Days written: 24/31
Words written: 6,895
Words of fic written: 5,909
Stories worked on: Six and some ficlets
Stories posted: Three plus ficlets

Graph )

For July's goals, I'm just tempted to post the word "FAIL" in bright sparkly letters over and over, but that wouldn't really be keeping myself accountable, so...

1. Write six days per week. NO EXCUSES. Better than last month, but still no. I have officially decided that working on substantial meta counts as a writing day. Not every journal entry or fandom meme response, but if I put as much work into it as I do into a piece of fiction? It should count. If I'm serious about wanting to get back into writing posts about things that are important to me, I shouldn't treat it as something I have to find time for in between writing fic.

2. Revise and update guest post for [community profile] ladybusiness. Complete! Okay, I guess I didn't fail every goal.

3. Polish and crosspost [community profile] genprompt_bingo fic and write at least one more. I posted the "Missing Persons" fic to AO3 (but still haven't crossposted it here), and wrote a kind-of draft for another prompt but am not crazy about it. And I'm just not that excited by the rest of that row after all. I'm starting to think that maybe I need a break from bingos entirely.

4. Finish [community profile] dragonagewomen story (and post? I need a better handle on the schedule). This project seems to have been abandoned. I went back and checked the schedule, and posting was supposed to have been in mid-June. I'll probably still clean up this story and post it eventually, but right now other things have mindspace.

5. Work on Tumblr giveaway fic. Didn't even start.

So, this is kind of bad. But not as bad as I thought it would be. And actually, the last couple of weeks I have been feeling a little better about what I write. When I sit down and start rolling, the words that come out are pretty good, and they inspire more words to come, but there haven't been many of those days. If you take a look at the chart up there, you'll see that it's a very few high-count days, interspersed with lots of low numbers and even zeros (although some of those are editing days that don't produce new words). So it's an improvement, and I'm not feeling quite as down and frustrated as I was. Still a little sluggish, but better.

Goals for August, which might have the monkey wrench of being out of town for a week in a place with no or limited internet and/or writing time, but it also may not -- the trip might also be canceled, and I won't know for sure until next Wednesday. So consider these goals provisional.

1. Write six days a week, except maybe while traveling.

2. Work on Tumblr giveaway fic.

3. Finish and post at least two WIP (one MCU story that's almost finished, check on other IP stuff).

4. Write [community profile] ladybusiness guest post (for a super sekrit project!).

5. Start on Dragon Age Reverse Big Bang story (due mid-September).
owlmoose: (book -- glasses)
So if you recall, back when I first joined WorldCon, I had all these grand plans about how I was going to talk about my Hugo reading, through both the nomination and voting process, and how those basically came to nothing. The voting deadline was yesterday, and my votes are in, so consider this a post-mortem of sorts.

Musings behind the cut. )

In conclusion, read Ancillary Justice. ;)

Soon it will be time to start scoping out the landscape for 2014. I spent the last two months reading nothing that wasn't nominated for a Hugo or Campbell, and two months at the beginning of the year reading nothing that wasn't eligible for nomination, so I think I'll be able to better balance it all if I start earlier. Here's hoping, anyway.
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
Title: Not Alone
Fandom: MCU (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Rating: G
Wordcount: 950
Characters: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Spoilers: Yes, set toward the end of the movie
Notes: As a hopeful antidote to writing doldrums, I gave myself permission to write shameless OTP makeouts, canon be damned. It worked, in that I wrote most of the first draft of this story in an afternoon. Then I spent two weeks tweaking it, which probably missed the point, but oh well. I enjoyed it anyway. ;) Somewhat AU, at least by my interpretation of events. Posted on AO3.

"You won't be alone."
owlmoose: (ffx2 - yuna)
Some of you may remember the long meta post about Final Fantasy X-2 and some of the criticisms commonly made of it that I wrote a few years ago. [community profile] ladybusiness asked me to update and repost it, and it's now up!

In Defense of X-2: 2014
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
Woo, fun, fighting with Grant Ward apologists on Tumblr.

I really need to get back to that long meta piece I was working on about Agents of SHIELD, HYDRA, and race.
owlmoose: (otter)
Unfortunately, we had to postpone most of our staycation adventures due to illness, but we did make it down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium today. :) I put a selection of pictures up on my Tumblr -- go for otters, octopi, cuttlefish, and other critters! As usual, it's likely that T's pictures will be better than mine, so if he gets around to processing, I'll share those, too.

We also took a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium! It was presented as an otter tour, but it was really more of a shortened version of the usual backstage tour with a particular focus on talking about the otter facilities -- we didn't actually get to see any off-exhibit otters, or any of the spaces they use, although we did get a quick look at live video feed of the mama otter who's currently fostering two pups. (They keep baby otters out of the public eye most of the time, because they don't want the pups to get too used to humans; it causes problems when they get released back into the wild. The one we saw earlier this year was an exception, because it was the first pup that adult had ever fostered, so they didn't expect him to be releasable anyway.)

(PS: if you like baby otter pictures, you should click that link. I can't remember whether I shared here before, and I suspect it is relevant to many of your interests. ;) )

Anyway, so it was interesting, but not quite as otter-tastic as we had hoped for. However, we did pay several visits to the otters on exhibit, and also saw at least three gamboling in Monterey Bay, so it was worth it.

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