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. Stopped crossposting in April 2017.

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. December 2016 update: Probably the place I am most active and interactive right now.

Tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] lifeofkj / [tumblr.com profile] owlmoose95
The first was active until July 2017. It's not going anywhere but should be considered an archive. I check in on the new one a couple of times a week these days. Occasional crossposts and reblogs. DW and Twitter are much better ways to get in touch with me.


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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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


GoodReads: owlmoose
Updated fairly regularly. Usually, but not always, crossposted to Twitter.

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 January 13, 2019. Subject to change as communities and my online participation shifts. Feel free to follow any of these accounts, no need to ask. If you introduce yourself, or we have otherwise already interacted, I will most likely follow back. See my profile for more details.
owlmoose: (teamoose)
Day 15: Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it.

I participated in [community profile] snowflake_challenge for two main reasons. First, given the recent Dreamwidth renaissance, I wanted to get more connected to people and communities here, and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity. Second, posting to this journal more often is a significant goal of mine this year. Participating in Snowflake seemed a good way to begin as I meant to go on.

Only time will tell if I'm successful in my second objective (although I'm pretty proud that I posted on more than half of the days of the challenge), but I feel confident in saying that the first one was a win. I had the opportunity to interact with many folks I'd never met before, and I look forward to meeting even more in the upcoming friending meme. I got out of my comfort zone a little bit, and also made some practical updates that came directly from challenges (updated my friending policy and my transformative works statement).

Thanks to the Snowflake mods for creating a great challenge, and I hope to participate again in 2020. :)
owlmoose: (Default)
Day 14: Talk about what you think the future holds for fandom.

That's not a small question, is it? Certainly not one with an easy answer. But it's one that's often on my mind, and especially now, given how it feels like fandom is at a crossroads of sorts. Not just because of the changes at Tumblr; although certainly a factor, I feel as though people have drifting away from Tumblr for awhile now, and different sites have been attempting to supplant Tumblr as a fannish platform for awhile now -- there was the Imzy experiment, and now Pillowfort seems to be giving it a go, although I don't have much confidence in them. The resurgence of Dreamwidth continues, and so far has seemed more successful than past efforts to lure folks here from Tumblr. But there are reasons to think that might not work out long term -- in this post, [personal profile] muccamukk suggests that the lack of active fannish communities makes it too hard for new fans to meet each other, and that's a legit concern. (h/t to [personal profile] snickfic for the link! I still need to read through the discussion, which at first glance looks really interesting.) I also think people are going to miss the ease of sharing, and the multimedia options that Tumblr provided. So while I imagine that there will still be some fandom activity on DW in five years, I don't know that it will become the one true fandom platform.

Inasmuch as fandom ever had one true platform. I suspect that LJ is the closest we ever came, but even LJ wasn't a good home for artists, vidders, and other multimedia folks. There's a reason Tumblr took off the way it did. If Tumblr had ever embraced fandom -- allowing friends lock, better blocking and filtering tools, follow lists, and other better ways to personalize the experience -- I don't think we'd have ever left. But Tumblr was alway hostile to the way that many fans prefer to interact, and disallowing adult content was the last straw. (Has any fannish platform ever truly survived an adult content ban to remain a primary hub for fandom? FF.net, LJ, Tumblr... I seem to recall that was also one reason for the exodus from Yahoo! Groups.) Meanwhile, AO3 and DW were built by fans, for fans, and although their backend models are quite different, the end result is similar. Neither platform will ever serve every fan's needs, but I doubt that's possible anyway.

If I have an in-five-years prediction, it's this: AO3 will remain a significant platform for fanfiction, and DW an important hub for personal journals and conversation, but at least one shiny new site will rise to take their place, at least for a little while. (Probably a platform we can't even imagine yet.) Meanwhile, fans will continue their retreat into "walled gardens" like Discord and Slack -- private spaces for private conversations. Part of me hates this trend, but I also entirely understand the appeal. Public spaces have grown more treacherous to navigate in recent years, and it can be nice to have a place to escape from it all.

For me, it comes down to this: when choosing a social media platform, the social is more important than the media. Different media platforms attract different types of community, to be sure, but if the community I want to be part of is on a particular platform, that's where I'll be. That's why I stuck with Tumblr as long as I did, and that's why I hang out on a private Slack, and that's why I'll be on DW and Twitter and even Facebook as long as people I care about are also there. And I don't think that's about to change any time soon.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - baralai scissors)
As long as I'm here, I wanted to mention that my finger is healing well!

I saw the doctor last week and he was pleased with my progress, so he took me out of the permanent splint and put me in a plastic one that's easier to take off and put on. For two weeks, I'll wear it most of the time, taking it off to gently exercise the joint a couple of times a day. Then I'll wear it only while sleeping for another two weeks, and after that I should be done. The fingertip still droops a little bit, but less every day, and I'm now able to hold it straight with a little effort. So it's all good news, except that the new splint is actually harder to type with than the old one. But I'll take a mild annoyance for two weeks if it means I'm more likely to get full range of motion back.
owlmoose: (da - hawke squares)
The Day 13 challenge is to set some goals, but I've already done that, so instead I'm backing up to Day 10: Create a fanwork. Possibly this is cheating, because I didn't write this today, nor on the actual Day 10 -- most of it was drafted over a week ago, and I've edited bits of it over the intervening days. But I polished it up yesterday, and got it posted, and editing and posting is an important phase of creating a fanwork, at least for me. So here it is!

Title: Constructive Solution
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: Teen
Wordcount: 660
Characters: Isabela/f!Hawke
Spoilers: Yes, through All that Remains
Notes: Written for [community profile] ladiesbingo, "Episode Tags and Missing Scenes" prompt. Starts in the final moments of All That Remains. I have now committed fic of this moment for every romance I've played. The Hawke is Sylvie, my purple mage; I haven't talked about her much here, although I'm sure I will once I finish her playthrough.

On AO3.
owlmoose: (avengers - a little help)
Day 12: Create your own challenge.

Here's my thought, and it's fairly simple on the surface, although harder for some than others, and it might take a little research to complete. But since my hope for 2019 is to see a more active Dreamwidth community, I think it's a worthwhile one:

Comment on a friending meme. Then read through the meme and find at least one person to add to your circle.

Where does the research come in? Finding the friending meme! There's usually at least one or two running, and it's been more of a thing lately with the recent migration from Tumblr, but I admit that it might be a challenge. Try searching interests, or browsing your network page, or checking out communities like [community profile] fandom_on_dw and [community profile] fandomcalendar. Or if you can't find one, create your own and promote it in the communities above! (And on that note, if anyone knows of and/or decides to start a Critical Role or Dragon Age friending meme, hit me up.) I've met some great people through friending memes, and I highly recommend participating whenever you can.
owlmoose: (owlmoose 2)
By the rules of the challenge, I know it's okay to skip days and go out of order, but I still feel weird having passed up Days 9 and 10. Oh well, here goes.

Day 11: Talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it?

I feel like I've written a fair amount about creative process over the years, but it's been awhile, and I have a feeling a lot of what I've written has been in response to Tumblr memes that are now lost to the ages. (I've been contemplating exporting all my original posts from Tumblr and crossposting them somewhere, but it sounds like a lot of work, and I'm not sure what I would do with them. It's weird, knowing how fragmented my online presence became for a few years there.) So this seems like a good opportunity to put a bunch of thoughts in one place.

Unsurprisingly, this got long. )

So that's my process, more or less. Feel free to share yours, whether or not you're participating in Snowflake. I always enjoy learning from other people's experiences.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - rikku)
I had time to write up and post about my favorite media of 2018 on Wednesday, but not to cross-link it here. So here it is!
owlmoose: (ffx - shiva)

Day 8: Post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created.

I'm going to approach this differently than I normally would, thereby also embracing the spirit of the Day 7 challenge ("Try something new"*). Instead of rec'ing fic, I'm going to rec some meta and non-fiction that I'm particularly proud of.

1. Comparative Religion: Spira vs Thedas -- For a journaling meme back in 2015, I was asked to compare and contrast the main religious orders of Yevon (from Final Fantasy X) and the Chantry (Dragon Age). It was a fascinating exercise, and I was really pleased with the result.

2. The Tyranny of Do-It-Yourself -- This might be my favorite thing I've ever written for [community profile] ladybusiness. It's an essay about the "do it yourself" response to requests for more and better representation in media, and why I hate it so much.

2a. Also, if you aren't already familiar with [community profile] ladybusiness, check it out! I've been a contributing editor since 2016 and an occasional contributor for much longer, and we post some pretty great stuff if I do say so myself. :)

3. Doing Battle with the Little Hater -- some thoughts on creativity, popularity, and self-doubt, with links to some of my favorite resources on those topics.

* I did something else for Day 7 yesterday, too, but it's a long way from seeing the light of day. Sometime soon, I hope.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - paine with nooj)
(No post for Day 4 because it was a non-journal posting activity. I did it, though!)

Day 5: Promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

1. [community profile] ushobwri is a DW support group for writers. The community was born out of WriSoMiFu (Write Something You Miserable Fuck), a companion of sorts to NaNoWriMo in which the sole challenge was to write something every day in November. When WriSo ended a few years ago, many people decided they would miss the community that had formed around the challenge, and yoU SHOuld Be WRIting (USHOBWRI) was born. Members call themselves "Shoobies" and continue on with supporting each others writing in many different ways, with posts for chatting, sharing snippets, and checking in at least three times each week throughout the year, and regular challenges (including daily writing in November). Although I haven't participated as much in recent years, I found it a wonderful and supportive home for awhile, and I'm so glad they're still out there, doing their thing.

2. [community profile] remixrevival / The Remix Revival challenge is a successor of sorts to Remix Redux. Remix is a type of fic exchange in which you take someone else's story and put your own spin on it. I participated in multiple rounds of the original Remix, so I was quite happy to see it live on in Remix Revival -- especially since Remix Revival is also open to fan artists. As an author, I often find fanart a great source of inspiration, and love getting fanart of my own work, so as far as I'm concerned, the addition of fanart to the mix is brilliant. Remix Revival usually runs from summer through early fall, and I will certainly be keeping my eye out.

3. Fangirl Happy Hour is one of my very favorite fannish podcasts (that counts as a sort of blog, right?), and I'm not just saying that because [personal profile] renay is a co-founder and co-host, or because I'm an occasional guest. Renay and Ana (of The Book Smugglers) have wonderful conversations about books, movies, and happenings around fandom, and I always look forward to hearing what they have to say.

Day 6: Create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

1. Fanart of any fic I've ever written, but especially of my two MegaFlare* stories that were left unclaimed by artists: Reconcilable Differences (Final Fantasy XII) and The Joining (FFXII/Dragon Age crossover)

2. Someone to run a Reverse Bang in a fandom that I participate in, especially Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, or Critical Role. (Or, if such a thing currently exists, a pointer in that direction.) Reverse Bangs are maybe my favorite type of fic challenge, and it's been ages since I've done one.

3. This is an oldie but a goodie, but I've always wished for more people to write Paine/Nooj, my Final Fantasy X-2 OTP and one of my top pairings of all time. It's an under-loved pairing in an under-loved canon, and it would be so great to see more out there.

*A Final Fantasy Big Bang challenge that I ran with [personal profile] renay for two years, in 2010 and 2011.
owlmoose: (ff12 - balthier)
Day 3: Share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I thought about sharing a number of things here: a few books, a few quotes, some key moments from Critical Role Campaign One. But I decided to go a little further back, to a scene that shaped my approach to one of my core fandoms, and launched me into one of my all-time OTPs: Final Fantasy XII, the cut scene of Ashe and Balthier on the Phon Coast.

I enjoy so many things about this scene. The casual-yet-momentous reveal of Balthier's true backstory. A few moments to develop Ashe's character, both in real time and in flashback. The tenor of their interactions -- the first time I played this game, right when it came out, I hadn't particularly noticed any vibe between these two characters... until we got to this scene. Their measured but honest words, the way Balthier is forthright with her about his identity and his fears, her reactions to everything she learns, form the groundwork for a relationship between them. (On later replays, I noticed earlier indications that there might be something between them, but this moment is still where it all comes clear.) So it's a scene I adore not just for itself, but for everything it represents to me: a pairing I love, that got me writing for a fandom I love.
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
Day 2: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

I am totally going to cheat for this and pull my recs from past Lady Business columns. Shameless plug: [community profile] ladybusiness has a regular fanworks recommendation column, typically every two weeks, where various editors share things we love. You can find them at this tag.

Okay, but the point of this is to rec works by other people, not things produced by myself and my colleagues. ;)

One fic, one cosplay-based vid, and one visual artwork behind the cut )
owlmoose: (book -- glasses)
I set myself some reading goals for the second time ever in 2018. I find that I am still learning how to set realistic goals that mesh well with what I want to read and how I want to both expand and limit my book consumption. I want to read more widely, to experience new voices and genres, to support marginalized authors, and to learn more about the world outside of my experience. But I also want to be part of the Hugo awards conversation, and I want to continue to read books by the authors I already know and love. Balancing all of that is tricky, especially when the world is on fire and sometimes I just want to sink into something escapist and easy -- which most often, for me, means television, not books. It's a lot to juggle, and I don't always succeed. But the effort is still worth making, and to that end I'm going to check in on my 2018 goals and make some plans for 2019.

In 2018, according to Goodreads (which might not be complete; I kept discovering books I'd forgotten to add as recently as last week), I read 47 books. This falls just 3 short of the 50 I was planning to read, which frankly is not so bad, especially if you consider that I have 3 DNF books (one that I decided to abandon, one that I might still get back to, and one short story collection I definitely plan to finish).

Other specific goals:

At least 20 books by authors of color. Almost -- 19, and since I fell short on the full number, I actually hit the 40% I was aiming for. Counting by unique authors, I'm at 16 out of 34, or 47% percent.

At least 10 of these by authors who are new to me. I actually beat this goal, with 11 new-to-me authors of color. This is almost entirely due to my reading for Lantix Book Bingo, for which I purposefully chose mostly authors whose work I hadn't read before.

At least 10 books that I already own, with 6 of them (one every other month) to be reviewed for my [community profile] ladybusiness column, Tales from the TBR. Grand total: TWO. And I only wrote one Tales from the TBR column, which disappoints me greatly. The short version is that I deeply disliked the first book I read for this purpose and was not inspired to write about why. And then I liked the second one, but then I got sucked into the new and shiny. I am really determined to do better on that metric this year.

At least 4 graphic novels -- I didn't read a single one in 2017, which makes me sad. Another goose egg here, and not for any particular reason even. Well, actually I know part of the reason: I'm so far behind on all the comic series that I'm reading, that I feel like I need to go back and re-read older collections to have any hope of understanding what's going on, and I've been reluctant to do that. This is the problem with setting reading goals: re-reads don't count, to the point that I've almost given up on them. Me, who used to re-read voraciously and love every minute of it. That's not just reading goals -- it also has to do with keeping up with the new and shiny -- but I've considered whether I should account for it.

But we'll set that one aside for now in favor of scaling the slopes of Mount TBR. To that end, I've set myself the following goals:

  • I've set my annual goal to 50 books once again, and will keep doing so until I reach it. :)

  • For every new book I obtain, I will read at least one book that I already own. You heard me. This is what I want to do, and I am going to do it. In particular, I'm going to focus on finishing some of the book series that I've left to languish over the years.

  • To give myself a better chance of success with the previous goal, I'm going to scale back to finding 6 new-to-me authors of color. But I'm still going to shoot for 50% books written by authors of color overall. Making this plan work will require me to put some thought into what books I buy, borrow, and choose to read off the Hugo lists, and which books I choose off my TBR. But I think it will be worth it.

And that's it. But that's enough. I'm hoping that, between the goals pertaining to authors of color and to clearing off the TBR shelves, I'll be able to do other things as well, like reading non-fiction and graphic novels. And if it fails, at least then I'll know. Maybe next year's goals will involve sorting through my stack to find the books I'm admitting I'm never going to read. But if I can put that chore off a little longer, I'll be happy.
owlmoose: (cats - tori sun)
I've been seeing this annual fandom celebration festival around for years, but I've never participated before. Given the current resurgence of Dreamwidth, and my desire to get more connected to fandom in this space, this year seems like the ideal time to give it a try.

Day 1: Talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane.

I have a number of Happy Places. The corner of my couch downstairs, curled up with a book, a show, or a game, ideally with my spouse in the other corner and our cat snuggling between us. A couple of local cafes, with a cup of coffee in hand, a laptop in front of me, and a view out the window to watch the world go by. At a friend's house, or out to dinner with one person or the whole gang, sharing our lives and talking about the world. The private Slack where I spend most of my online time, where we've built a really fun and supportive community, where we can discuss almost anything. Out on the streets of San Francisco, soaking in the views and the atmosphere. Bryn Mawr College, my undergrad alma mater, which still feels like home every time I go back for reunion or some other gathering. No one of these places would suffice by itself, but all of them together make up a life that I'm quite pleased to call my own. It's a good life, really. Not a perfect life, but the one I've built, and it works for me.
owlmoose: (heroes - hiro dino)
Days written: 23/31
Words written: 6,220
Words of fic written: 1,650
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: Two
Days written in 2018: 282
Words written in 2018: 92,131
Fic words written in 2018: 47,292
Fic words posted in 2018: 35,240

Charts kept typing 2019 in the subject bar instead of 2018; guess they're also glad for the year to be over )

December and 2018 wrap-up )

For a rough year, where I lost almost two weeks of writing straight out the gate when I got the flu in January, this could have been a lot worse. But it also could have been much better, especially in terms of output. I feel the most obvious place to start is my biggest change: signing up for a GYWO Habit pledge rather than a Wordcount pledge. I've always wondered if it would make more sense to look at writing days rather than words as my major metric of progress, because days written accounts for editing and story planning much better (whereas wordcount best rewards pure drafting). So to a certain extent, I should have expected wordcount to go down, and not be bothered by it. And I'd be okay with it... except that I posted so few stories, and wrote so few reviews. In part, I fear that tracking days written by itself incentivized me to spread out my projects for longer and write fewer words each day. If you go back and look at my charts, you'll see a lot of days with fewer than 200 words written. Some of are in fact days where my writing time was mostly spent editing. But more often than not, those are days where I sat down at the computer, poked at a story for the 10-15 minutes that I chose to count as a "writing day", and then stopped. Or wrote a post that just barely passed the threshold, or put in a few minutes on Lady Business tasks. Bottom line: I was much too generous in crediting myself with a "writing day", because I was so focused on hitting that 288 number. And when I start fudging the metrics to hit a goal number for the sake of hitting a number, rather than to accomplish whatever it was I created the goal to accomplish, that means the goal is not working.

So, in thinking about where to go next, I've decided to try something new. One thing I discovered from doing the Journeyman Pledge, and especially from setting myself this particular stretch goal, is that 24 days/month is not so much as average as a maximum, most of the time. So, although I've signed up for the same level GYWO pledge again, I'm going to approach it a bit differently. I'll still have 240 days written as a primary goal (with somewhat stricter rules on what counts), but with a stretch goal involving wordcount rather than extra days.

Which leads us to goals. I'm going to start by sharing my annual goals this time, and then those goals will inform what I do in January.

Annual and January Goals )
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
This was a light year for many reasons, but I wrote some stuff I was pretty happy with; maybe that makes up for it.

Stories Written )

Questions and Answers )

In Conclusion

There's a number of themes I could pull out here, but the one that jumps out at me is just how little I was inspired to write on my own. Except for "The Choice", every single story on here was in response to a prompt from an exchange or a bingo card. When the idea for "The Choice" did come along, I was off to the races, writing like the wind. I'm not sure what this "means" in the big picture, but it's something I need to think about. For one thing, it's probably no accident that I'm writing less fic as I am less involved in the media fandom community -- I've all but quit Tumblr, the new services like Discord and Pillowfort don't entice me to join in, and I haven't really found or participated in Dreamwidth communities to replace them. Chatting meta and seeing other people's thoughts has always been a great source of inspiration for me, and I need to get back to that, somehow. Thoughts for the writing goals post still to come...
owlmoose: (quote - questions)
I haven't seen anyone posting this particular variation this year, but it's the format I've used for awhile now, so I'm happy to stick with it.

Your main fandom of the year?
Another year where no one fandom got the bulk of my attention. I suppose the fandom I've talked about the most is MCU and that I've been the most fannishly into is Critical Role. I need to find more communities on DW.

Your favorite movie seen this year?
Gotta be Black Panther, with Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as a strong runner-up.

Your favorite book read this year?
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I loved the short story on which it's based, and the expansion is even better. I have issues with it, but overall it remains my favorite reading experience of the year.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Of new albums, Chime by Dessa.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
The Good Place takes this one for the second year in a row.

Your favorite video game of the year?
Reigns: Her Majesty, a fascinating phone game that was recommended at a WisCon panel, and I got obsessed with it for like a month. Politics and mysteries and a simple mechanic that kept me hooked. There's a more complete review in the [community profile] ladybusiness May 1998 favorites post.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I seem to be finding a new actual-play podcast every year, and this year it's The Magpies, a post-apocalyptic heist story featuring an all-female, all-queer cast of players and characters. Highly recommended if it sounds at all like your thing.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
The last ten minutes of Avengers: Infinity War.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Not sure I have one this year, really.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Beauregard and Jester Lavore, Critical Role Campaign Two

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
The pure glee I took in watching Oceans Eight.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
This remains Dragon Age, I think. I picked up a DA2 replay about a month or so ago, and I was surprised at how happy it made me.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
It's sort of sad that nothing comes to mind. As I said last year, I'm more likely to dabble in a new fandom and less likely to get really involved. The last new fandom I really "joined" was Critical Role, and I feel like I'm still on the edges of it after two and a half years. Maybe the Dreamwidth resurgence will help?

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Captain Marvel is high, high on this list. I'm anticipating and dreading Avengers: Endgame in approximately equal measures. Upcoming books on my radar include The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, Jade War by Fonda Lee, and Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. The final seasons of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Charlie Jane Anders and G. Willow Wilson being the Guests of Honor at WisCon... and going on my first ever Jonathan Coulton Cruise in March.
owlmoose: (let go)
We saw this last Friday, but for various reasons I am only now getting around to posting about it. Anyway, I'm here to tell you that the rumors are all true: this is a fantastic movie. One of the best animated films I've ever seen, easily the best Spider-Man movie, one of my top five superhero films. Everyone who is heaping superlatives on it is 100% correct to do so. Maybe the only caveat is that it's not your best choice if you aren't at least somewhat familiar with the Spider-Man/Peter Parker mythos, because it shorthands his origin story in a way that probably wouldn't make sense to someone going in completely cold. But if you're at all interested, you likely know at least the bare outline of Peter Parker's story, and that's really all you need.

The writing is great, the characters and acting are great, and it tells a wonderful origin story for Miles Morales. But what really makes this film is the art. Cut for length and minor spoilers, nothing that isn't evident from the trailers )


Dec. 25th, 2018 10:19 pm
owlmoose: (coffee)
Due to illness in the family (everyone is doing well now, but the status of that was very up-in-the-air as recently as Sunday), we had a couple of last minute changes to our Christmas gathering plans. First we were going to meet at a restaurant, but due to some uncertainty about whether the restaurant was open, my cousin M offered to host at the last minute. She and her moms pulled together a spaghetti dinner in record time, the rest of us brought whatever we had on hand to share, and we enjoyed a fine meal and conversation, as well as having our family gift exchange. It's been a long day, with a fair bit of driving (T and I went up to Santa Rosa to have a late breakfast with my parents, and then lunch was in Davis, so that's like a triangle with about 60 miles on each side).

For Christmas Eve, T and I made ourselves a little holiday meal: rib roast (which was his family's traditional Christmas main dish), baby potatoes, broccoli, and we bought a pumpkin pie for dessert. We've never done that before, but it was really nice. Now we're thinking about making it a new tradition. It's nice to have little traditions for just the two of us.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! And a very fine Tuesday to everyone. :)
owlmoose: (hepburn)
Take the first line of the first post of each month, and that's your year in review. (Skipping writing goals posts.)

January: This was my first year ever of doing reading goals, and it was an interesting exercise.

February: I took a break from [community profile] trope_bingo because the cards were getting too repetitive, but after completing my [community profile] ladiesbingo card I decided it was time to give this challenge another try. [I think I wrote two stories, one finished after the posting deadline; so much for that theory.]

March: Hey hey everybody, guess what? There's going to be a fanwork exchange focused on the dwarves of Dragon Age!

April: I don't have much to say right now about this article on the importance of vernacular architecture from McMansion Hell, but I wanted to share and save it, because I think it's fantastic.

May: I can't believe it's less than a week away. [re. WisCon. The fast that this was my first real post in May is saying something about how infrequently I posted in 2018.]

June: One of the most thought-provoking panels I attended at this year's WisCon was entitled "Geekiness and 'Productivity'."

July: I'm just recently back from my most exciting vacation in awhile: a one-week Alaska cruise, from Seward to Vancouver, BC.

August: Has anyone else been having issues with random anonymous spam comments?

September: I got a card for [community profile] ladiesbingo because of course I did.

October: I haven't posted anything about politics for awhile, have I? [re. the Kavanaugh confirmation]

November: My Broadway tour adventures continue with my third season as a member of SHN, the local company that sponsors large scale shows at two venues. [re. Miss Saigon]

December: I mean, Tumblr hasn't officially shut down or anything.

Well even without writing goals posts, that's a pretty meta batch, isn't it? I need to broaden my reach of posting topics in 2019.
owlmoose: (cats - tori sleeping)
A week ago, the for-profit art college where I used to work closed down. It was announced awhile ago, to give the school time to teach out the last few cohorts, but I'd forgotten that the closure was imminent until former co-workers started posting their farewell messages last week. The for-profit education sector is in big trouble right now, and properly so, and I'm not sorry to be long gone from that place (those of you who've been around for awhile probably remember how ready I was to be laid off -- can you believe that was over six years ago now? I've not-worked there almost longer than I ever worked there at this point), but it's still sad, for everyone who ever went there and all of us who were a part of that community.

In much happier news, T and I have now been together 20 years, as of Tuesday. (We count our dating anniversary from our second date, which was to his office holiday party at a science museum.) Although we didn't get married until 2004, I still find this anniversary significant, because we've been together continuously, solidly, ever since. Through all the ups and downs, I have never regretted choosing him, and that he chose me, and that we keep choosing each other every day. Here's to 20 more, I hope.

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