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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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: (narnia - peter sword)
Maybe this is folly, but I liked the idea of having simple prompts around that I could write quickly.

Card Behind the Cut )

There are any number of options here, as always. Documentation is interesting. So is Elephant in the Room. That gives me a row to start with, anyway. But there are other ideas I might play with, too. We'll see.
owlmoose: (owl)
Many of you may have seen the blog post by K. T. Bradford from a couple of weeks ago challenging us to change our reading habits for a year -- specifically, to take a break from books and short fiction written by cis straight white men. At the time, I was mired in my backlog of Hugo contenders, so all I could do was make a note of it. But now that the nomination deadline has passed, and I can justify reading things that aren't sci fi, fantasy, or related works written in 2014 (really, I have got to plan my media intake better next year), I can take some time to consider the article, the challenge she's suggesting, and how I might approach doing it.

Normally, my reactions to diversity challenges like this is to shrug them off. To consider them a great idea for other people, but not something I needed myself. For as long as I can remember, I've actively chosen to read lots of female authors, so I felt like I was doing pretty well on my own. But... am I, really? I don't actually track my reading habits all that closely, so I don't have numbers to back up my vague sense that I read at least as many books by women as by men. Whenever I write a book rec list, I'm conscious of going for gender parity -- but sometimes it's more of a struggle than it should be. And if I'm honest with myself, those female authors I gravitate toward are mostly white, and I don't pay enough attention to know which, if any, identify as gender or sexual minorities. I might be doing all right on gender balance, at least better than average, but in other areas I'm probably not. But how would I know, really, since I don't keep count?

So I'm taking on a modified version of Bradford's challenge. As of today (March 11th), I will do the following for a year:

1. When selecting from books and short fiction already on my to-read list, I will chose stories written by authors who are not cis straight white men, and I will prioritize authors who are not cis straight white women.
2. For works that are new to me (that is, works published in 2015, or that I never heard of until 2015), I will start tracking the books I buy and the stories I read. This will give me a better sense of how I'm actually doing on this metric.

I expect I'll have to make some exceptions for Hugo nominated works, and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle comics (do the writer and artist both have to be female? or can I do some sort of balancing trick here? how badly am I cheating if I exempt comics from the challenge entirely?), but overall I feel pretty good about taking this project on. It's not going to be easy, but what kind of challenge would it be if it were? And I'm curious about what new authors or perspectives I might discover.

Recs absolutely welcome, especially for writers of color and LGBTQA authors.
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
I feel derelict in my duties for not having written up more of my FogCon experience, but maybe it's okay that I just experienced it this year, rather than feeling the need to write it down. I did get involved in an interesting conversation about cultural appropriation and assimilation tropes at the last panel I attended. We were a small group in a large room and would probably have been better off sitting in a circle, but it worked out. I got to recommend "The Goblin Emperor" and a Kate Elliott essay, so my work was done. (I also rec'd Goblin Emperor in a conversation in the con suite, and I rec it to everyone reading this post as well. It is just That Good.)

One sort of recurring theme for me at FogCon is that I'm not very good at making lasting connections. I make contributions to discussions in the structured context of a panel, and I'll force myself out of my shell to make conversation during unstructured time, but it's very rare for such an interaction to end even with the exchange of contact information. So I have no way to continue the connection beyond the con, and when I come back the next year, I feel as though I'm starting all over again, even after five years of seeing many of the same people around.

This year, I actually opened up to a few people on my feelings about this, and I discovered other folks who feel much the same way. So I'm glad it's not just me. At the post-mortem session, I thought about saying something, but my thoughts aren't well-formed enough on this point to say anything coherent, and I'm not sure there's much the con culture could do about it anyway -- I have similar feelings about the professional librarian conferences I've attended, after all, so it is at least partly on me! For one thing, I do intend to seek out more folks on social media and see if I can be at least a bit more engaged. So if you're reading this post because I've recently added you on some platform or another, and you're trying to figure out why, now you know. :) Also I renew my semi-regular pledge to attempt to engage on Twitter more, since that's where so much of the sf/f fandom action is these days.

Will it make a difference in future years? Maybe. It certainly can't hurt, and having more cool people in my online social circles is always a good thing. I have hope for it, anyway.

Do others of you who go to cons feel this way? If so, what if anything have you done about it? I'd be interested to hear about other people's experiences.
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
I have been keeping with FogCon, just with quick hits over on Tumblr rather than doing wrap-up posts here. Mostly because I haven't felt inspired to do detailed write-ups of the panels I've been to. Not that panels haven't been interesting or stimulating -- they have been, for sure. I just haven't walked out of them with a whole lot to say.

I did want to mention tonight, though, for myself if nothing else. It's been a really nice time: I lucked into a table of friendly and interesting people at dinner, in part because I noticed someone that [personal profile] renay had told me to look out for (and she was right). Then I went to the Catherynne Valente author event where she chatted with people, gave autographs, and wrote on people's skin a la Palimpsest. I wasn't sure I was going to get up the nerve to ask for a handwritten note, but then I did, and I told her that my very favorite of her books is The Orphan's Tales, and she said she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

After that I went upstairs to join a game of Slash hosted by Jed. Imagine Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, except the cards list fictional characters, historical figures, and celebrities, and your job is to make the best (or funniest) pairings (OT3s or even more are acceptable, if you can't choose). Ever since he first told me about this game, I've been dying to play, and I was not disappointed. (Note, the rules and gameplay demo'd at the link above suggest a very competitive style of play, but we didn't even keep score -- it was just about having fun and embracing the silliness and new ways of looking at familiar characters.) When we wrapped up, I resisted the urge to vanish and spent some time hanging out in the bar, chatting with people. It's these kinds of more casual interactions that I'm not so good at, and want to get better at: both for the practice networking, and because I feel like I'd get even more out of FogCon if I made more lasting relationships with people, rather than feeling like I'm starting over nearly from scratch every year.

More about that later, when it's not almost 2 AM and about to be almost 3 AM, and I want to be up and alert-ish for the guest of honor readings at 10:30! Good night, internet.
owlmoose: (da - flemeth)
Have some short fics I haven't crossposted here yet, including my stories for this year's Kiss Battles and some Tumblr memes. All links go to AO3.

Kiss Battles

Title: Learning to Lose
Characters: Lulu, Yuna
Prompt: "They get closer and closer to the end, and Lulu doesn't know if she'll be able to see the thing through when they reach the finish line."

Lulu thought she knew what she was getting into.
---

Title: Five Years and a Hundred More
Characters: Larsa/Penelo
Prompt: She sees he's grown up.

Dancing at the five-year anniversary of Larsa's coronation.
---

Title: Visitor
Characters: Flemeth/Solas
Prompt: The Old Days
Notes: Major, major DA:I spoilers.

Flemeth has an unexpected visitor in the Wilds.
---

Other Flashfic

Title: Minor Acts of Sedition
Characters: Malika Cadash, Sera
Prompt: "I have one word for you: sing-a-long!"
Notes: I haven't completed the quest this story references, so apologies for any missteps with canon. But I think it should be close enough. No real spoilers.

When Maryden the bard sends reports of scandalous songs being sung, Malika Cadash has to hear them for herself.
---

Title: A Different Life
Characters: Blackwall/Malika Cadash
Prompt: n/a
Notes: Written to dive a little deeper into a conversation that Malika and Blackwall never properly had about his past. Major spoilers for Blackwall's personal quest.

A conversation put off too long.
---

Title: Good Company
Characters: Alistair/Sereda Aeducan (pre-ship), Duncan
Prompt: "Are you flirting with me?"

Alistair, Sereda, and a lighthearted moment at Ostagar.
owlmoose: (moose - sign)
Days written: 17/28
Words written: 5,734 (I'm surprised it's that many)
Words of fic written: 4,966
Stories worked on: Four, plus kiss battle
Stories posted: One, and the kiss battle stories

Graph is here )

Specific goals:

1. Write six days per week (total, not average) except while traveling. Well, I got the "not writing while traveling part" down.

2. Participate in both Dragon Age and Final Fantasy Kiss Battles. Write at least two fics for each. I only wrote one story for the DA battle, two for DOINK! I'll crosspost them both tomorrow. I am a bit discouraged that neither kiss battle really seemed to take off this year. Some participation in each, but not that much, and not very many different people. I'd say that's a different post, but my dissatisfaction with those events spilled over into my lack of motivation to write this month in general.

3. Wrap up the giveaway fic that's almost finished. Success!

4. Finish first draft of DA Big Bang fic. I made some progress. I forget when I was writing these goals that "check in" isn't the same as "draft due"; I have another month for that. So, it's not finished, but it's coming along, although I've shifted direction about half a dozen times.

Rambling, whining, feel free to skip. )

Anyway. Onward. March!

1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Crosspost all outstanding Tumblr/Kiss Battle/other flash fic (I haven't done this in awhile).

3. Pick another giveaway story and make progress on it.

4. Substantial progress on DABB story -- a complete draft by the end of the month would be ideal.
owlmoose: (da - hawke)
Title: Rescue
Fandom: Dragon Age 2
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: ~2800
Characters: Sebastian, Merrill, Varric, Hawke
Spoilers: Nothing overt, set during Act 3
Notes: Written for a long, long ago fic giveaway on my Tumblr. The request was "Varric, Merrill, and Sebastian get lost in a cave. Where did Hawke go?"

Pretty much what it says on the tin. :) Also posted on AO3.

'I thought dwarves were supposed to navigate underground by instinct.' Sebastian laid a careful palm against the pile of boulders blocking the way forward. )
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy carter)
Who decided it was a good idea to put the season finale of Agent Carter and series finale of Parks and Recreation not only on the same night, but back to back?

My heart. Ow.
owlmoose: A photo of a Highway 1 roadsign, with the California Coast in the background (california - sign)
Who missed me? I was in DC for the long weekend, visiting T's family since we didn't make it out there for Christmas. I am definitely on board with this "going to the East Coast for a holiday other than Christmas", although except for the flights being way cheaper, I'm not sure that February is much of an improvement. Next year maybe we'll try to guess at cherry blossoms.

Now I am home, fighting off a cough (it's bad enough that I'm skipping chorus tonight) and trying to get back into the swing with work, writing, and anything else that takes more brain power than Flight Rising, which has been about all I've had the mental energy for lately. Oh, and I finally watched Outlander! I find myself wondering if the Scottish actors actually speak Gaelic, or if they're learning the lines phonetically. (Answer: No, and in fact the actress who plays Claire is the only person in the cast who speaks it. Ironically enough, since her character is the only one who doesn't!)

Some spoilers. )
owlmoose: (CJ - make out)
Somehow I ended up modding two kiss battles this year. Both of them are running strong, but both can always use more players!

Dragon Age Edition

Final Fantasy Edition
owlmoose: (da - varric)

Welcome to the 2015 Dragon Age Kiss Battle!


Any kind of kiss is welcome -- het, slash, femslash; shippy, familial, gen; cheek kisses, mouth kisses, kissing of... other things; serious, fluffy, silly, or all three at once; fanfic, fanart, whatever you come up with; anything goes!

The post is now open! I don't anticipate closing it, so come by any time!

THE RULES:

  1. To leave a request: Post a comment with character(s) and, if desired, a prompt. Put the pairing/character(s) in the subject line and the prompt in the body of the comment.

  2. To respond: Reply to the prompting comment. Include characters, rating, and title in the subject line. .

  3. Multiple responses are both allowed and encouraged!

  4. There is no limit to the number of prompts or responses you can post.

  5. Prompts from all Dragon Age canons and tie-ins are welcome, including DA:I. There is no rule against spoilers in prompts, but please do your best to be considerate. If a prompt response includes significant Inquisition spoilers, make sure to note it in the subject line. Readers should be aware that there may be spoilers in prompts as well as responses.

  6. Crossovers and AUs are welcome!

  7. Artwork can be posted inline, but try not to make it too large. Please link to images that are very large or NSFW.

  8. Please, be kind to others regarding pairing choices, prompts, or anything else. This game is for everyone! :)

  9. Anon commenting is on, as is OpenID, if you neither have nor want a Dreamwidth account.

  10. Send your friends! :D


If you have questions, please ask them here. Thanks, and happy kissing!!
owlmoose: (da - zevran)
It's coming! Update: It's here!



Based on the Kiss Battle that has run in the Final Fantasy fandom for the last few years (credit to [personal profile] seventhe for the most recent variation on the rules), this is just a fun way to celebrate February with lots of fun kissing fanworks. Any kind of kiss is welcome -- het, slash, femslash; shippy, familial, gen; cheek kisses, mouth kisses, kissing of... other things; serious, fluffy, silly, or all three at once; fanfic, fanart, whatever you come up with; anything goes!

The official post will go up on Thursday, February 5th, probably around 10am Pacific Time. Watch this space for more!

OpenID and anonymous commenting will be on, so you don't need a Dreamwidth account to participate. If you're curious to see how the game works, here's a link to a battle from a couple of years ago.
owlmoose: (quote - eliot hollow men)
Days written: 24/31
Words written: 9,228
Words of fic written: 7,024
Stories worked on: Six (plus ficlets)
Stories posted: Two (plus ficlets)

First graph of 2015 behind the cut )

Specific goals:

1. Write an average of six days per week. Not quite.

2. Finish posts for Talking Through December meme. Still short one.

3. Triage all words in progress and promised stories (giveaway fics). Archive anything not finishable. Pick at least two the workable stories, finish and post them. Have not done this. I'd like to try again in February but it'll probably have to wait until later in the month. I did at least make solid progress on one giveaway story.

4. Do all groundwork for the two Kiss Battles, both of which will open in early February. Not all of it. Got some of it finished.

Yeah, okay. Onward.

February goals:

1. Write six days per week (total, not average) except while traveling.

2. Participate in both Dragon Age and Final Fantasy Kiss Battles. Write at least two fics for each.

3. Wrap up the giveaway fic that's almost finished.

4. Finish first draft of DA Big Bang fic. Check-in is March 5th, and I'd rather not be writing frantically that day. :)
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
I've gotten my DA:I replay through Skyhold, which of course means that I've now played Champions of the Just. And so the Dragon Age writers continue their trend of setting up a world where odds are most people will sympathize with mages, but actually providing a better-written and more satisfying experience when you choose to work with templars. Spoilers beyond.

Spoilers are behind the cut. )

FogCon

Jan. 27th, 2015 06:24 pm
owlmoose: (heroes - hiro jump)
I finally stopped forgetting to register for FogCon today. I don't know why I didn't just do it at the end of the con. Means I missed all the early bird rates but oh well. I also got a hotel room and raised my hand to be on a couple of panels, both fanwork-related. Even if I'm not a panelist, I hope at least one of them makes it onto the track -- as far as I know, there's never been a panel about fanfic and/or transformative work at FogCon, so it's high time we had one. (Yes, I realize I could have just proposed one. But I never came up with a good angle. So I'm glad someone else finally did that for me.)

Anyone else going?
owlmoose: (da - cadash)
I started another DA:I game (who is surprised), and in the process I finally figured out how to get screencaps off my PS4. So here, some snaps of my Malika Cadash and my newly-created Trevelyan, Kendra.

Malika Cadash )

Kendra Trevelyan )
owlmoose: (da - anora)
Two things. First, because I've seen a couple of people wondering about it, the Dragon Age Kiss Battle is definitely a go this year -- I'll be hosting it in my journal again (as well as co-modding the Final Fantasy Kiss Battle; guess I know what I'm doing the first two weeks of February). So watch this space!

Second, and I meant to say something about this earlier and failed, but yesterday was More Joy Day, and what I decided would bring joy to me, and hopefully to others, was some Alistair/Anora fluff. So, have some Alistair/Anora fluff, a day late but who doesn't need some more joy on a Friday?

Title: Expecting
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: General
Wordcount: ~700
Characters: Alistair/Anora
Notes: Post-game. May cause cavities. Fits in with the Fidelity continuity. Crossposted to Tumblr.

The healer had barely left Anora's rooms before Alistair charged inside, eyes wide, face flushed. He stood in the door and gripped the handle, his knuckles turning white. )
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy carter)
So, the Agent Carter mini-series premiered last night, to much anticipation and expectations, at least from me. ;) I've been waiting for this show for what feels like forever. There's a part of me, I think, that was always going to be happy even if the show sucked, just because it exists, because Marvel decided that Peggy Carter -- a character who I was so certain had been relegated to the dustbin of backstory, never to be seen or heard from again -- was interesting and popular enough to headline her own TV series. That's a victory, no matter what happens next.

The show didn't suck, far from it, although I have my quibbles and concerns, which I will get into in a moment. But first, the good stuff:

- The show looks fantastic. The sets and costumes are quite stylized, which gives the entire affair a comic-booky feel, but in a good way. It reminds me of the Expo in CA:TFA -- not the future, but how they thought the future was going to look in the 1940s. This is the past, reimagined by how we think of it in the future.

Cut for minor spoilers. )

And now, the things I am less sure about. More spoilers. )

Recommended, if you are at all interested. If you're on the fence because you were under-enthused about Agents of SHIELD, definitely give it a try! It's a much stronger first episode than AoS had, and despite my comments above I'm really excited to see where it all ends up.
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
We finished last night. Almost 100 hours, wuff. I think I'm going to keep this save around for wrapping up non-plot sidequests, because I never want to do the whole epic scale thing again. Just companion quests and enough extra levels and power points to wrap up the plot, thanks.

My general impression is that it was a little too long, a little too open world, a little overwhelming with all the sidequests and gigantic open areas. I did appreciate that many of the sidequests bore relationships to the main plotline, but it would have been nice to see the connections drawn more strongly, and more often have actual consequences reflected in the main plot. The main storyline, whenever we got around to getting on with it, was interesting enough, and a reasonable follow-on to what came before. Exactly what I would have done, with these characters and this world? Probably not, but I appreciate both what they were trying to do and the various ways in which they pulled it off.

My thoughts on the characters are similar to my feelings about ME2: too many characters, and the pacing in conversations, personal quests, and character development seemed off. In part, this is probably the fault of how T and I played the game -- because he doesn't have the patience to go through long dialogue trees with them repeatedly, we end up missing some conversations and consequently doing things out of order. Dorian's personal quest never fired, despite our having quite high approval with him; I gather this is a bug, and a disappointing one. Our LI was Blackwall, which had its high and low points (more behind the); I liked it well enough, but T found it underwritten, and I can't say I completely disagree with him.

More thoughts, with spoilers. )

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