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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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: (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.

Catchup

Jul. 7th, 2014 08:39 pm
owlmoose: a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded by fog (golden gate bridge)
Heh heh week without posting, oops. Hello writing goals, nice to see you as you fall behind me into the dust.

I mostly blame Flight Rising. How dare you be so addictive, game? The dynamics of its economy are both fascinating and frustrating to me. It's an extreme buyer's market, at least for dragons -- I make way more from selling battle loot than I do from buying and selling dragons. In a month of playing, I've never sold a dragon on the open market that didn't get exalted (in other words, "deleted from the site permanently"). I've been doing some advertising on Tumblr and the site forums, and that helps, but it's more work than I had really wanted to put in on what was supposed to be a fun distraction with some pretty dragons.

The dragons sure are pretty though. So it's still worth it, so far.

In other news, T had some PTO to use up and decided to take a stay-cation this week. So that he doesn't spend the entire time sacked out on the couch in front of Grand Theft Auto, we have a number of adventures planned: one day in Marin County, another at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (we're taking the behind-the-scenes otter tour!), probably a couple of museums in SF, a baseball game with my parents on Saturday. It should be fun, if busy. Watch for pictures. Especially of the otters. Yay, otters!
owlmoose: (art - gorey neville)
Days written: 16/20
Words written: 6,425
Words of fic written: 3,587
Words written in 2014: 61,721 (gah)
Stories worked on: Three and two ficlets
Stories posted: One, plus the ficlets

Chart is here: )

Specific gooooooooals:

1. Write six days per week except while traveling. Ha. Ha ha ha ha.

2. Finish my [community profile] dragonagewomen story. I do, in fact, have a complete first draft, as of yesterday. I'm not crazy about it though. Wasn't there supposed to be a check-in at some point this month? I should look into that.

3. Retrieve a [community profile] genprompt_bingo card; write and post at least one story. Successful, although I'm not super excited by that story, either. This is the theme of the month -- I'm just not feeling any inspiration at all.

4. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. Nope, didn't even open it.

5. Post to DW/LJ at least twice a week. Technically yes, although one post was just a pointer to my Cold Steel co-review on [community profile] ladybusiness.

I am sort of afraid to look at my 2014 goals, but June is over, so it's time. Here goes:

1. Keep to personal monthly goals and check in with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least three times a month. I'm doing pretty well with the community check-ins. I haven't decided whether they help me keep to goals or not. I probably hit more goals than I miss, although May and June have been pretty slow.

2. Substantially post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Nope. I even made a point of it this month and barely made twice a week. I think about writing posts, even go so far as to work on them (I have a substantial start on an entry about Agents of SHIELD), but then it takes too long, and it feels like the moment is lost. I'm really not sure what to do about this.

3. Write and post at least one non-Dragon Age fic per month. As I add more fandoms, this gets easier all the time. It also helps, I guess, that DA is in a between-installments lull.

4. Finish An Unlikely Partnership and make substantial progress on Wardens of Ivalice, with an eye to finishing that as well. Nope. My struggles with these two stories are already well-documented, so I'll just leave it at that.

This month had all kinds of distractions -- Hugo reading (which I swear I will post about soon), game replays, travel, local events, various health issues, and a shiny new time sink in the form of Flight Rising, a dragon breeding game (I gather it's similar to Neopets) that took my Tumblr friends by storm. Signups were open early last month; I joined more or less for the hell of it, and have discovered it to be more engaging than expected. I'll post about that soon, too. But like all projects, I'll have to figure out some way to better balance it with everything else I do.

The other problem is that I'm just not that inspired right now -- not by my writing projects, not by my prose. I've had these funks before, and the only way around them is to work through them, so I'll keep plugging away, but it's tough. If anyone has any inspiration dust to sprinkle my way, I would very much appreciate it.

Goals for July:

1. Write six days per week. NO EXCUSES. Even if it's just 10 minutes a day. Do it, self.

2. Revise and update guest post for [community profile] ladybusiness.

3. Polish and crosspost [community profile] genprompt_bingo fic and write at least one more.

4. Finish [community profile] dragonagewomen story (and post? I need a better handle on the schedule).

5. Work on Tumblr giveaway fic.
owlmoose: (quote - eliot hollow men)
I don't remember exactly how the movie Snowpiercer came to my attention, but, as is so often the cause, I blame Chris Evans. However, I've also been following the controversy surrounding it: Apparently, the US distributer (The Weinstein Company, infamous for doing this kind of thing) is afraid that the movie is "too smart" for American audiences, and wanted to cut it down, removing all those confusing things like character development and sideplots and everything making it more interesting than your bog-standard Hollywood action blockbuster (and, although no one comes out and says this, probably soften the violence just enough for a PG-13 rating). But the director, Bong Jeen-ho, stood his ground, and instead it's been given a limited release. Very limited, it would seem: the movie is playing on exactly one screen in the entire San Francisco Bay Area, and it's one of the smallest screens in the multiplex, at that. So because I wanted to make sure I saw it, and I wanted to do my part to help prove Harvey Weinstein wrong, T and I went this afternoon.

Verdict: it was excellent. Smart, stylish, political, thought-provoking. The cast (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, many many others) was amazing, as expected. Some aspects of the premise fall apart if you think about them too literally, but they aren’t meant to be taken literally — it’s an allegory, and on that level it works perfectly. Definitely recommended, if you have the chance.

Fortunately, the theater was nearly full at 1pm on a Friday, and the audience was buzzing at the end. So hopefully the tiny shoebox theater at the AMC Metreon will sell out every showing, and the theater will be inspired to move it to another screen, and/or keep it longer, and/or expand to other venues. It’s a good sign, anyway. UPDATE: Here's a list of all the theaters in the US that have current or future showings scheduled. Sounds like most of the openings are on Wednesday, 7/2, and a few more on July 4th.

Also playing at the Metreon: the new Transformers movie, which also opened today. Here, and probably half a dozen other theaters in this city. Think about how many gazillions of dollars that big, noisy blockbuster film is going to make today. Nothing against big, noisy blockbuster films! I often enjoy them myself. But how many of the people lining up to see it would have gone to see Snowpiercer instead, if they knew it existed? How many of them would have had a more enjoyable experience, and gotten something to think about along with their action fix? All because Harvey Weinstein thinks we’re not smart enough to handle allegory, subplots, character development. The next time someone starts complaining about Hollywood movies and how bad they are, I know what example I’m going to point to.
owlmoose: (book -- glasses)
[personal profile] renay asked me to co-review Cold Steel by Kate Elliott with her, and that review is now live on [community profile] ladybusiness! Check it out, but only if you've read the book -- the review is chock full 'o spoilers for the entire Spiritwalker trilogy.

If you haven't read the book, go read the book instead! It's pretty spectacular, in my opinion. :)

The Stacks

Jun. 21st, 2014 11:42 pm
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
In the latest chapter of my ongoing quest to convince T that I need more bookcases, I went around the house and found all of the random books that I don't have room for on the shelves and stacked them all together in one place:



Think that picture strengthens my argument? ;)

This is not all to be read; most of these are books that I've read already and want to keep (I pulled the books that I know I am okay to get rid of and added them to the two boxes and one back that have been waiting for a trip to the used bookstore). But maybe 20% of these are TBR. (The TBR that don't fit on the one shelf that I have set aside for TBR already...) I should probably stop buying new books until I make a serious dent in the books I already have. But I've said that before. ;)

Also today I got rid of a pile of papers and other assorted crap that has been sitting next to my desk for a long time. Archaeological evidence suggests at least 10 years, although there were a few things that were older. It was a great undertaking, and I wish it felt more like an accomplishment. But really I'm just annoyed with myself that I let it go for so long.

And that was my exciting Saturday. :)
owlmoose: photo of little owl in a stocking cap (owlhat)
T and I saw it today, and we both really liked it. Not a perfect movie by any means, but in most respects, it was better than I expected it to be. From the trailer, I had thought it would be a dark, brooding, by-the-numbers action sci-fi, but the tone was much lighter. It replicates the experience of playing a video game better than any other movie I've seen -- and I mean that in a good way. And there were some fun trope subversions that we enjoyed a lot.

Vague spoilers for the ending. )
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
I downloaded the Hugo voter packet today and seriously have no idea where to even start reading, never mind the whole business of figuring out how to load the stuff onto my iPad. I have to get through all this in a month and a half? (Save the one novel, novella, and novelette I've already read.) Yikes.

Advice?

Wedding!

Jun. 8th, 2014 12:52 am
owlmoose: (ff12 - ashe)
I am just back from [personal profile] lassarina's wedding, which was great fun: a lovely ceremony, a tasty dinner, and a fun dance party. I am really happy that I was able to come, spend some time with [personal profile] seventhe, finally meet [personal profile] lassarina in person, and hang out and chat with some of her friends. There were even fireworks! Probably it was a coincidence, but I prefer to believe they were in honor of Rina and her paladin. :) My feet are tired, and I'm a bit wet from waiting for a cab in the rain after, but it was worth it.

I had been thinking of going to the Field Museum tomorrow. Depends on how early I wake up and how much of a pain it is to get there if it's still raining. Then I'll be seeing [personal profile] tanyad again for dinner, yay! Home on Monday, and fun as this trip has been, I'm looking forward to that, too. A week and a half is a long time to be away from home.
owlmoose: (kh - roxas)
So I never did get around to posting about Bryn Mawr or Boston, and here I already am in Chicago. The short version is that I'm having a very nice trip, filled with seeing friends old and new -- so many people at Bryn Mawr, quality time with A and hanging out with her friends, meet ups with two separate college friends and then the marvelous [personal profile] tarysande in Boston. Then today was basically a continuous meet-up, going from one friend to the next: lunch with [tumblr.com profile] rhiannon42, coffee and a walk around with [personal profile] tanyad, and dinner with one of my best friends from BMC, who lives in the Chicago suburbs and whom I hadn't seen for several years. (Seven years? Can it really have been that long? I think it may have been for another Chicago wedding, back in 2007. Wow.) Then tomorrow is [personal profile] lassarina's wedding, and I know several folks who will be there, and the connections just keep coming.

I like a lot of things about traveling, but maybe one of the best things is that I know people in so many parts of the world, such that almost everywhere I go, there will be a friend there. That's pretty amazing. And you know, in part, I have the Internet to thank for that. Thank you, Internet, for creating such a wonderful wide network of amazing people to be in my life.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - paine glance)
I skipped Round #2 of [community profile] genprompt_bingo because I had too many other things going on, but I decided I needed a nice collection of low-stress prompts right now.

Writing, Text and Quotes High School / College AU Sphinxes and Chimerae Poker Night Vulnerable
Watching Helplessly Bitter Vicious Megacities Fluff
Siblings Stream of Consciousness Wild Card Affection Minorities / Characters of Colour / Women in Canon
Soldier, Sailor, Airman: Armed Forces Member Careless Talk Costs Lives World Ends in First Paragraph Action / Adventure Missing Persons
Hard and Soft Warming / Cooling Drinks Trust Thank God it's Friday... Again: Time Loops Sunrise / Sunset


Someday, I will get a bingo card without High School AU on it, but this is not that day. ;) Meanwhile, that "World Ends in First Paragraph" amuses me. Maybe I can do something with that row.
owlmoose: (BMC - juno)
Reunion was great. Real post forthcoming. Meanwhile, end of month wrap-up! Assuming A's cat lets me finish.

Days written: 23/31
Words written: 9,731
Words of fic written: 7,992
Stories worked on: Six
Stories posted: Five

Have a chart on me )

Specific goals:

1. Write six days per week except while traveling. Not quite.

2. Finish and post Remix and DOINK stories; post DABB story. All present and accounted for.

3. Work on something for [livejournal.com profile] dragonagewomen, which is going to launch another round this month. Just barely remembered to sign up, but once I did, I got a decent start on the story.

Not so bad I guess, but writing has been a slow processes lately. I've been having a hard time getting started for the last couple of months, and an even harder time concentrating enough to for a sustained writing effort whenever I do. But I don't think the answer is to stop writing; I think it would be better to keep writing as many days as I can, while managing my expectations for output.

Therefore, June goals:

1. Write six days per week except while traveling.

2. Finish my [community profile] dragonagewomen story.

3. Retrieve a [community profile] genprompt_bingo card; write and post at least one story. I think this will be a better choice than [community profile] trope_bingo because it's lower pressure in terms of deadlines.

4. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. (How fantastic would it be to finish the second part before DA:I comes out?)

5. Post to DW/LJ at least twice a week.
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
A much-delayed [livejournal.com profile] news post -- turns out I am still following that account, they just never post anything anymore -- asks for feedback on the changes and presents an 11-point list of problems they already know about.

We know that things changing abruptly can be frustrating, and that we don't have the greatest track record when it comes to making changes based on your feedback. (Emphasis mine.) Gee, ya think?
owlmoose: (california - freeway)
I suppose it would be more accurate to say "hitting the air", since most of my travel will be by plane, but that doesn't have the same ring to it. ;) Anyway, it took a bit of wrangling to get all these ducks in their row, but on Thursday morning (early, so so early), I'll be leaving for a week-and-a-half three-city epic trip:

  1. Thursday: Fly SFO to Boston, at 6:45 in the morning. :\ Why, god, why? (Answer: because it was this or the red-eye, and I'll get more sleep this way. But still. Guh.)

  2. Friday: Road trip to Bryn Mawr with A!

  3. Friday-Sunday: 1990s decade reunion at BMC. This is the first time I've ever gone to Reunion in an "off-year", and I'm looking forward to what I hope will be a less structured visit -- there's a few events for the '90s cluster, but it should mostly be just hanging out and chatting and relaxing at the Mawr. Anyone reading this planning to be there?

  4. Sunday: Road trip back to Boston.

  5. Monday-Thursday: Hanging in Boston. This is where I expect to have the most free time. If anyone is in the area and wants to hook up for coffee or whatever, let me know!

  6. Friday: Fly Boston to Chicago (once again stupidly early in the morning).

  7. Saturday: [personal profile] lassarina's wedding!! :D I am very excited to finally meet her face to face (although I have no expectations of quality time, given that it is a wedding). I hope to get some time to hang with [personal profile] seventhe and meet other folks, too.

  8. Sunday: Meet up with Tumblr people, details pending. I should probably get on that.

  9. Monday: Fly home in the early afternoon (one reasonable flight time, yes!).


Sounds suitably epic, right? :) I can't believe it's only a couple of days away.

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