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.


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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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


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. )
owlmoose: (B5 - Ivanova)
[personal profile] yohjideranged asked me about the character types I like to write.

I gravitate toward a few character types in my writing. Probably the most common, and the one that other people have commented on most often, is competent women. My favorite character list is riddled with women that fit this mold (Paine, Yuna, Fran, Aveline, Natasha Romanoff, Peggy Carter, Susan Ivanova, C.J. Cregg (whom I've never written, but someday, who knows)...) and when I have to create a one-off OC for a fic, there's a very good chance that she'll be very similar. Most of my female Wardens, too, as is my first Inquisitor, and I tend to push my female Hawkes in this direction as well (which is why I don't really play along with the dominant fandom image of Hawke as a Jo Shmo who just happens to be in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time). I like writing about women, and I like writing about people who, for the most part, know what they're doing, so this is a natural intersection.

Another character I enjoy writing is typified by Alstair Thierin and Steve Rogers: the guy with a strong sense of right and wrong, cares about people and wants to do what he can to help, snarky sense of humor when he lets it show, a bit too earnest, a bit too naive, commits to a course of action and sees it through. I say guy, but Yuna fits this category, too, in a lot of ways. I like competence in a male character as well, although it's not a bulletproof kink in quite the same way.

I also like characters with secret pasts: Auron, Balthier, Paine again. I like digging out the details, figuring out how they might be seeing a situation based on what they know that we don't.

I feel like I ought to have more to say on this topic, but I'm blanking for now. Ask me again later, I might come up with a dozen more. :)
owlmoose: (da - isabella)
Days written: 20/31
Words written: 8,780
Words of fic written: 4,747
Stories worked on: Five
Stories posted: Two
Words written in 2014: 103,024
Fic words written in 2014: 73,662
Fic words posted in 2014: 55,042

Graphs behind the cut. )

This is a pretty drastic drop from the last few years, although the downward trend really began last year. Evidence that I'm in a multi-year fallow period? Or an extended bad break, caused by a number of factors (four major trips, a long spate of fatigue after one of them, my broken finger)? Good questions, to which I do not yet have answers.

Progress on goals for December and 2014 )

Onward and upward.


1. Write an average of six days per week.

2. Finish posts for Talking Through December meme.

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.

4. Do all groundwork for the two Kiss Battles, both of which will open in early February.


1. Continue tracking wordcounts and monthly goals. Check in with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least three times a month, and share with the weekly workshop at least twice a month.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB.

4. Post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Archive all Tumblr and flashfic on AO3 on at least a quarterly basis.
owlmoose: (stonehenge)
Happy New Year, everyone! I'm going to have to do my various other annual wrap-up posts tomorrow, because very soon I'll be off to help prep a fondue party (yay, fondue party), but have a quick fandom meme for now. Ganked from [personal profile] umadoshi.

Your main fandom of the year?
Probably still Dragon Age, but I also had a fair amount of focus on Marvel.

Your favorite film watched this year?

Your favorite book read this year?
Ancillary Justice.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Of albums acquired this year, probably the TPR remix of the Final Fantasy X soundtrack.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
If I have to pick one? Orphan Black

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I haven't delved into the Orphan Black fandom at all, but it's probably the best new discovery. That and Leverage.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
I'm not crazy about the direction taken by Sleepy Hollow. Enough that I haven't managed to watch all the new episodes yet. I also haven't yet watched the new season of Elementary.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Steve Rogers

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Natasha Romanoff

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Skye calling out Ward on Agents of SHIELD. "Yes. You are."

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Is it weird to say Dragon Age? I spent most of the year disengaged from the wider fandom because of my desire to avoid Inquisition spoilers, and since I haven't quite finished, I haven't had the opportunity to re-engage yet. And from the little bit I have seen, it sounds like tempers and drama are both running high, so I'm not even sure I want to completely jump back in. Still considering what to do about all that.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I'd like to see about getting more into Leverage.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Age of Ultron and Agent Carter, by a lot. Also, Kingdom Hearts 3, which is only rumored for 2015 but fingers crossed!
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
Doing this one out of order because I probably ought to write it while it's still 2014. ;) [personal profile] umadoshi asked what books and movies I was most looking forward to for 2015.

Movies: The big franchise films are the ones that come to mind -- Mockingjay Part 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also Agent Carter, which is television not movies, but I tend to think of the MCU as a series of movies, and there is nothing else I'm looking forward to more, in any medium. So, so, so excited. Just a week away now! And the new Star Wars, of course, although I'm looking forward to that with as much trepidation as excitement.

Books: The book I'm most looking forward to reading in the near future is Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, which has been out since like October, but I haven't yet gotten around to picking it up. Also Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor, which isn't out in paperback until March (though I may bite the bullet and get that one anyway, maybe as an ebook, because I've heard so many people gushing over it, and I might need to read it before Hugo nomination deadline). As for books that are actually new in 2015, top of my list are "Voyage of the Basilisk" by Marie Brennan, the two new Kate Elliott titles -- "Court of Fives" and "The Black Wolves" -- and "The Fifth Season" by N.K. Jemisin. Not to mention, like, practically every book on this list from [community profile] ladybusiness, which continues to be the most dangerous spot on the Internet for making my to-read list explode.
owlmoose: (ff12 - fran)
Take the first line from the first post from each month, and that's your Year in Review.

Skipping locked and (in most cases) writing goal posts.

January: I spent last night just the way I like it, with a small group of friends, talking and laughing and eating, pretty much the perfect way to ring in the New Year for me.

February: Had a phone interview today, for a position I'd written off until I got a call last week. [Not only did I not get the job, I never even heard from them again. Bad form, interviewers.]

March: In contract to last years multi-week extravaganza, I had a nice low-key birthday today: vet appointment in the morning, quiet afternoon at home, dinner out with a few friends.

April: I have been waiting two years for this movie, and it did not disappoint. [The movie in question was Captain America 2.]

May: Because why not write ladies?

June: 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.

July: Heh heh week without posting, oops.

August: 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.

September: 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.

October: So a week or so ago, I reblogged a post with a bunch of kissing-related prompts over on Tumblr.

November: Wind Flight won Dominance!!!

December: Spoilers through The Thing (as detailed in my previous post). [Context: "The Thing" is the plot mission that marks the end of Act One in DA:I.]
owlmoose: (quote - back to work)
Sure, let's do a post about writing when I haven't written a word in three days. ;)

Anyway, [personal profile] wallwalker asked me to talk about my typical writing process. This got pretty long. )
owlmoose: (lost - locke)
If you've been following all this business with The Interview, it sounds like Sony has "relented" and will be releasing the film on Christmas Day after all, in limited release.

I don't doubt that the hacking and the threats were real. I do doubt that the government of North Korea has the resources to make such a threat credible, certainly not in the United States with everyone on alert. And the cynical side of me has to wonder whether Sony always intended to release the film anyway, but played up the threats and free speech angles to line up audience for a film that they were afraid was going to tank.

Just a sneaking suspicion. (I wasn't going to see it anyway, I am pretty much the opposite of a Seth Rogen fan.) I suppose we may never know either way.
owlmoose: (quote - eliot hollow men)
[personal profile] halberdier asked me about my favorite fanfics, written by myself and others. I will get this out of the way right now: I am terrible at giving fic recs. I haven't been reading much fic lately, and I'm pickier than is really helpful, about quality of writing, about characterization, about canon details. And then, when I do find something I enjoy, I'm not in the habit of bookmarking it or otherwise saving the link to share with others. I love the kudos function on AO3, but it's not as useful as leaving comments for going back to find things again. Last but not least, I'm avoiding my two largest and most active fandoms right now for fear of DA:I and Age of Ultron spoilers, so I'm not exactly super active.

All that said, here are a few favorites, all Dragon Age except for one since that's mostly what I've been bookmarking. They're all older, and there probably stuff that I've thrown at all of you many times before, but then again there are new people here, so maybe not. :)

Canticle by [archiveofourown.org profile] tarysande. The story that actually made me interested in Sebastian Vael. Really I could just tell you to read everything that Tarysande has ever written, she's that good, but this is an excellent place to start. She's more active in Mass Effect these days, so if that's your area of interest, check her out for sure.

Amaranthine by [archiveofourown.org profile] rhiannon87. An AU where the Hawke family ends up in Amaranthine rather than Kirkwall. Rhi is another favorite author, mostly out of DA fandom, but she writes in Marvel as well.

A Hole in the World by sahiya. A sad, sweet, and lovely Temeraire fic.

Love and Levirate by [archiveofourown.org profile] JessicaJones. Maybe the definitive Alistair/Anora story.

Self-recs )
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to have to play DA:I for all three of my major canon universes. I probably would have anyway, but now I'm far more motivated to do so. Although which Inquisitor to match to which canon is still an open question. Also some thoughts on the romance so far.

Spoilers for Skyhold and Crestwood. )
owlmoose: (da - alistair sword)
It has been a week full of dragons. Inquisition continues, of course; today we took a break of sorts from sidequests and worked through some plot stuff. I was also really active in the Flight Rising Battle Royale, which ended last night. I'm quite proud of Wind's third-place finish, even if jumping out the gate in second and holding it for a couple of days gave me secret dreams of nudging our way back up there. (Not first place -- I think we all knew that Light was almost certainly going to win.) It was pretty fun, and our strong finish does give me hope of winning future battles. I don't know that I'd want to see Wind become a dominance powerhouse like Ice or Plague, but it's nice to feel like we have a chance again.

And now we take a fond look back to where all this dragon business began, at least for me. Today's question comes from [personal profile] ossobuco, who asked me to talk about my "favorite quests in Dragon Age Origins & II, why they struck you or stayed with you, and (of course) what choices [my] Wardens and Hawkes made." (See all the questions, or ask one of your own!)

My favorite of the big plot quests in DA:O is Redcliffe and the Sacred Ashes. Cutting for length. )

In Dragon Age 2, my favorite quest by far is Legacy. More. )
owlmoose: (ffiv - cecil)
[personal profile] sathari asked for my thoughts on the Final Fantasy series, including a few specific titles.

I came to the Final Fantasy series, through my husband, T. He had started playing with FFVII, before I met him. Not long after we got together, he bought FFVIII, and he would sometimes play it when I was around, and I was interested to realize that there were video games in which story and character had so much importance (before that most of my experiences were with arcade and arcade-type games, and Civilization/Sim City/other world-building type games). FFIX came out after we moved in together, and I watched the entire time he played, like watching an 80 hour movie, and I got pretty invested in it. Finally, with FFX, for the first time he handed me the controller, and I was hooked: on FFX (which to this day remains my favorite game, not just in the series but of all time), on the Final Fantasy series, and on RPGs in general.

I love the same things about the series that most of its fans love: the characters, the settings, the stories they tell. As a newbie gamer, I appreciated being able to ease into combat via turn-based systems, and that my hand-eye coordination was not often tested (I'm better at that now, though still not great). I've played most of the numbered installments, although I'm still missing some earlier games and haven't ventured into the MMOs -- my biggest gap is FFVI, which I've started several times but never finished. Someday.

Thoughts on specific games behind the cut. )

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