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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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: A photo of a Highway 1 roadsign, with the California Coast in the background (california - sign)
A 6.0 earthquake hit the Napa Valley early this morning, about 40 miles north. It didn't do any damage here, but I did wake up at 3:20 am, alert and ready for the emergency. Then I went back to sleep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graph )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Work on Tumblr giveaway fic.

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

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

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

Musings behind the cut. )

In conclusion, read Ancillary Justice. ;)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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. )

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