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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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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: Closeup of Melinda May (marvel - melinda may)
I took a break from the Marvel rewatch project because I had vague hopes that I might get in another viewing of Age of Ultron before wrapping up Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD. But when it became clear that Ultron wasn't going to happen before the premiere of Season 3, I went ahead and watched those last few episodes, then never got around to writing them up on their own. So my commentary on them is included below. Note that the following post includes spoilers for the first episode of Season 3. Content note, cut for spoilers. )

One of the common complaints about the first season of Agents of SHIELD was its focus on Phil Coulson as its main character. I had my own reservations about whether the character could or should anchor the show, and during the original broadcast airing I felt that at least some of my fears were realized. As a secondary character, I enjoyed Coulson very much -- he would walk on from offstage, be competent, and walk off again. It hurt when he died, but it was only a twinge, not a mortal wound. When word came down that he would not only come back to life but be the lead character on AoS, I was actively annoyed. For one thing, I'm not a fan of the "death is never forever" meme that permeates comic book stories, because death has no meaning when we know that it can be reversed with the stroke of a pen, and I was disappointed to see the MCU play this card so early in its run. But I was also frustrated because, in an extended Marvel universe with so many opportunities for diversity, they were chosing to make yet another media property centering around a middle-aged white guy. It wasn't surprising, I suppose, but it still disappointed me.

Except not really, because on rewatch, it becomes clear that Coulson wasn't the true focus of the show after all. The first two seasons of AoS tell the superhero origin of Daisy Johnson (aka Skye aka Quake), and almost everything that happens to Coulson in Season 1, and many other major plot points along the way, are in service of her story.

Cut for S3 spoilers and length )

A few more thoughts on the final episodes of Season 2:

No spoilers for S3 in here. )
owlmoose: (quote - questions)
Don't want to look at writing goals. Do not want.

Days written: 17/30
Words written: 7,868
Words of fic written: 3,925
Stories worked on: One and some ficlets
Stories posted: Just the ficlets

Chart of doom. )

Specific goals:

1. Write an average of five days per week. Nope.

2. Work on Marissa Hawke fic, and hopefully get far enough to start posting. Didn't even open it. I don't know whether it was going back to Malika or finishing her game by playing Trespasser, but my motivation to work on this story has been completely zapped. Unfortunately, nothing else really rose up to take its place

3. Post at least twice a week. Seriously. If nothing else I could start reviewing books again. Suggestions for post topics from the peanut gallery are also very welcome. Not even close. It's been a week since I even posted anything at all. So much for setting the bar low.

As little as I wanted to look at September's goals, you can imagine how much less I want to think about my progress for 2015, but it is the end of the third quarter so...

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. I continue to track goals, even when I don't want to ;), but I'm participating at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri less and less. It's been over a month since I even checked in. Now that I look at this, I wonder if my lack of participation there has helped drive my lack of motivation to write, or if it's the other way around? Either way, it can't hurt to get back on the horse. I'll try.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. Well. That's a pretty big no so far, and absent some amazing spurt of inspiration and free time, it's not going to happen. Maybe by the end of the year. Maybe.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB. Successful, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang.

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. I actually did archive a bunch of flash this month. So that happened, at least. How to make it a habit, I don't know. Posting, well. I guess I'll just keep muddling through.

All right. Let's wipe the September slate clean and start fresh with October, shall we?

1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Work on Wardens of Ivalice (and buy new Worlds of Thedas book for background reading and self motivation).

3. Pick an owed gift fic and finish it to final draft stage. No matter how lousy. Then send it to a beta and make it better.

4. Post at least twice per week and participate in [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri on a weekly basis.

Age Meme

Sep. 23rd, 2015 11:38 pm
owlmoose: (avengers - a little help)
The Rules: you comment saying you want to do the meme, I give you an age (give me a maximum, either your current age or some younger age, as you prefer), and you fill out the meme questions with what applied to you back then, and what applies to you now. [personal profile] yohjideranged gave me Age 22, which covers the last few months of college and most of the first year out (March 1995 - March 1996).

I lived in:
Then:This was a year of changes. I started out in a dorm room, a suite shared with my friend A, at Bryn Mawr College. After graduation, I moved in with my parents in Santa Rosa, CA for the summer, then into a house with my then-boyfriend and a friend and co-worker of his, in Palo Alto. That housing situation was a disaster, though, and within a couple of months we'd left the co-worker and moved to Mountain View with our friend E, whom we barely knew at that point. Fortunately, it worked out well, and he's still one of my closest friends.
Now: San Francisco, with my husband. We've been in the same place since 2000 and have no current plans to move.

I drove:
Then: I didn't have a car of my own until 1997. No car at all in college, when I lived with my folks I most often drove my dad's '89 Ford Tempo, and after moving out I sometimes drove my boyfriend's '86 Toyota Camry.
Now: A 2009 Honda Fit that was a gift from my mother-in-law when she no longer needed a second car.

I was in a relationship with:
Then: My college boyfriend G -- we started dating that September (after meeting on an airplane) and were together for almost four years. During that year, we were fairly solid. The cracks starting showing a couple of years later, when I went to grad school.
Now: T, my husband. Together going on 17 years; our 11th wedding anniversary is on Saturday.

I feared:
Then: Being broke, never finding a good job, losing touch with my close circle of college friends.
Now: Never finding a good job (this may be the thing that has changed least), serious health problems.

I worked at:
Then: First a college student, and also a student worker at the college library. After graduation, I took back my regular summer job at the local county fair until I stumbled into a secretarial job at a small architecture firm. It was kind of a lousy job, but it got me out of my parents' house and convinced me that library school was my true calling.
Now: Currently, part-time temporary at a social science research organization. There are moves to possibly make it more permanent, which I will talk about when I'm more sure it's gong to happen. It's a pretty good place to work, if not quite the career path job I was wanting.

I wanted to be:
Then: Done with school, in a stable relationship, someone who knew what they wanted out of life.
Now: An academic librarian, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards in the short term. A good partner, a good friend, more healthy, a better writer.
owlmoose: (da - cadash)
I started on Thursday and finished on Friday. So it wasn't very long -- certainly not a post-game expansion on par with Awakening -- but as a coda to the main storyline I thought it worked very well. Lots of questions answered, and the way is cleared for DA4 (which hasn't been announced yet, but, yeah. It's clearly coming).

Some thoughts and points to ponder (reposted and expanded from Tumblr):

Spoilers! )

What did everyone else think of it? I'd be curious to discuss it, and also the other DLCs, now that the story is done.


Sep. 9th, 2015 11:54 pm
owlmoose: (da - cadash)
I finished Descent tonight and Trespasser is now downloading, hooray! I should have a good chunk of time tomorrow night to at least get started, hopefully will finish up over the weekend.

Descent was all right. It could have been a lot better. I much preferred Jaws of Hakkon, though. Also I am discovering that Blackwall is basically indestructible and can win almost any battle single-handedly. How did I not realize this before?
owlmoose: (Default)
I've seen a few people do this, but most recently ganked from [personal profile] umadoshi. I suppose it's appropriate to do a catch-up meme a week after everyone else.

So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?

I've been working a part-time temporary job that might become more permanent soon, but that's by no means a done deal. So I'd rather not talk about that publicly yet. Otherwise I feel like it's pretty much situation normal.

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?

Either Dragon Age or MCU, depending on the day. I haven't been participating much, though, largely because I haven't readjusted to having a job outside the house and with regular hours, and I can't really be on social media while I'm there. Also I have my irritations with both fandoms, in terms of recent content and of the communities, so it's feeling less like happy fun squee times than I want it to be.

Where do you hang out online?

If I'm being honest, I have to say Flight Rising. Breeding and dominance battles continue to hold my attention, and although the site also has its dramas, I'm way less personally invested than I am in my other fandoms. My frustrations with Tumblr as a community and as a platform continue to grow, and I'm taking a semi-hiatus from it, starting tomorrow, mostly to avoid Trespasser spoilers, but in truth I'm running on queue half the time lately anyway.

I do want to post more here, though. More books reviews? (I got some enthusiasm for that suggestion the other day, so thanks for that!) More meta in general? Respond to things on Tumblr here, where we might actually be able to have conversation about them? I guess we'll see. I've also been on Twitter more lately, because it's easier to pop in from my phone while I'm at work.

What are you reading?

I'm in the middle of two books right now: "The End of All Things" by John Scalzi, and "A Red-Rose Chain" by Seanan McGuire. End of All Things is a collection of four novellas, and I'd read the first three when I picked up Red-Rose Chain at McGuire's Borderlands event on Saturday (which was very fun!). Since I was at a good stopping point with the Scalzi, I started reading the McGuire while I was there, and now I want to finish it. So I'll probably do that, then get back to the Scalzi, then begin on the mountain of exciting books that have come out in the last two months (Court of Fives, The Fifth Season, House of Shattered Wings...).

What are you watching?

My main TV project is a rewatch of Star Trek: Voyager. At least, I'd thought it was a rewatch when I started, but almost nothing after the first season has been familiar. I'm positive I watched at least some episodes with Seven of Nine, though, because the reason I remember giving it up was because I got tired of it being the Seven of Nine show. I just finished Season Four, so maybe the part I did watch is coming up. Anyway, I'm enjoying it. It's not as uniformly good as DS9 or later TNG, but when it's good, it's very good, and I really like most of the characters (even Seven, better than I remembered).

We're also sort of slowly working on Sense8, and I've grown into a big fan of The Nightly Show and Last Week Tonight.

What are you making?

Not as much as I would like. I went back on Fangirl Happy Hour to talk about Ant-Man and the current state of the MCU! The episode was released today and can be found here. I have a couple of long projects going, most notably a Dragon Age: Inquisition Hawke/Fenris fix-it fic, but it wants to be an epic and I fear I've bitten off more than I can chew with it. We'll see if I can pull it together -- making enough progress to post it, or at least start posting, is my main writing goal for the month.

What are you squeeing about today?

Not today, exactly, but I already posted about how much I loved Jaws of Hakkon, one of the DA:I DLCs. I've moved on to playing Descent with my Cadash, and I have to admit it works better with a dwarf inquisitor. There's not a ton of unique content for her, but there's enough that I can appreciate the resonance. (No mention of the Hero of Ferelden's being a dwarf, though, not even when Malika asked Renn if he'd met her.) I'm about halfway down to the bottom. Hopefully it won't take too much longer, and then I can move on to Trespasser.

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be.....

Is it wrong to say that I'd love to new people to get into Dragon Age and bring in fresh perspectives, in hopes of lightening the relentless negativity that I've been seeing since DA:I? I'm not saying that I don't want to ever see any criticism, ever -- there are plenty of valid critiques to make of the new game; I've made plenty of them myself. But it seems like the crits are all anyone ever talks about, and it's getting me down.

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik! OMG it was so good. I don't want to say any more because spoilers. Just go read it.

What else is on your mind?

Not a lot, really. Which is why I haven't posted so much here, I suppose. I need to get back in the habit of regular posting, if nothing else to help keep better track of myself. I keep saying that and not doing it, but that doesn't mean it isn't true.
owlmoose: (da - cadash)
I presume everyone who follows such things knows about the final DA:I DLC coming out next week, Trespasser. I'm looking forward to playing it, because I think it's good that they're bringing the Inquisitor's story to an actual end (rather than providing a bunch of different possible directions as they did Hawke and the Warden). However, it's been announced that it's a post-game DLC, meaning that once you play it, you can't go back and finish any of the open world stuff -- including the two other DLC stories, Jaws of Hakkon and Descent. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I picked up Descent right away because dwarves, but I'd been putting off Jaws of Hakkon. I was unable to buy it right away because it was a Microsoft exclusive then, and once it came out for PlayStation I had sort of forgotten about it (and remained somewhat irritated by the exclusive release). And I started Descent with Kendra, not Malika, and there was just no way I was finishing Kendra's complete game in time (What Pride Had Wrought is up next). So suddenly I was feeling the pressure to get Malika through both Descent and Jaws of Hakkon... by Tuesday.

I just finished Jaws of Hakkon tonight, so that's not going to happen. (I'd have to play literally all day tomorrow, and I don't think that would go over very well with certain people who I'm married to.) But I did want to talk about JoH, because I really enjoyed playing it, and I'm very interested in the revelations about the history of Thedas and the Last Inquisitor. There were a lot of things I was into: spending more time with Scout Harding, learning more about the Avvar, some fun puzzles and gameplay (I could have done without the easily-triggered hostile wildlife, though, especially those goddamn spiders), many of the new characters (Kenric -- does anyone else think he's sweet on Harding?, Svarah Sun-Hair, Storvacker -- I totally recruited Storvacker). I ran the area with Blackwall, Dorian, and Varric, and that made for a great combination, both in terms of banter and their comments on events. Almost all of the side quests helped expand our knowledge of either Ameridan or the Avvar, and it had some of the most beautiful and compelling environments in the entire game.

But yeah, Ameridan's story is particularly of interest, and mostly what I wanted to talk about.

Major spoilers behind the cut. )

Anyway, big rec, for anyone who's playing or has played DA:I. Like DA2 and Legacy before it, a DLC is now officially my favorite part of the game.
owlmoose: (avengers - a little help)
Days written: 23/31
Words written: 9,932
Words of fic written: 7,430
Stories worked on: Two, plus ficlets
Stories posted: Just the ficlets

Charts need a little help from their friends. )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days per week. On average, yes; for each individual week no.

2. Cull WIP folder, and make a list of all unwritten request fics. Target one to finish each month between now and the end of the year, including one for the month of August. I went through the WIP folder but failed the rest. I am really unhappy that I allowed myself to get so far behind on this -- I owe three giveaway fics (two of my own and one for a community) and have a handful of other prompts rotting away in various places. No one will ever trust me to write anything ever again. :\

3. Work on Wardens of Ivalice. Not really. I need to pick up the new World of Thedas volume, I think. It would help to replay FFXII a bit, too, but my PS2 isn't terribly accessible right now. I ended up mostly working on a story that was bunnied by my Trevelyan DA:I run, although it's about Hawke. (Marissa Hawke. I need to fix it. If you've played the game, you know why.) It wants to be a monster, and it's taking all the writing motivation I have to keep it from slipping away.

4. Post on DW/LJ at least twice a week. Total fail. I was lucky to post once a week. How do I motivate myself to do this? Seriously, if anyone has ideas I'd be happy to hear them.

September isn't shaping up to be a particularly busy month, life-wise, but there are literally a dozen new books I want to read, and there's the little matter of a major DA:I DLC coming out next week, and I need to take my canon Inquisitor through all the other story DLC first (she's about four hours into Jaws of Hakkon now). So I wish to keep my goals modest. Like, "bar set so low that I could get over it falling out of bed in the morning" modest. I hate to back away from the things I really want to do, but I hate feeling like I've failed even more. Setting goals is of no use if they're daunting rather than motivating.

So, September goals:

1. Write an average of five days per week.

2. Work on Marissa Hawke fic, and hopefully get far enough to start posting.

3. Post at least twice a week. Seriously. If nothing else I could start reviewing books again. Suggestions for post topics from the peanut gallery are also very welcome.
owlmoose: (hp - monsters)
The 2015 Hugo Award ceremony was yesterday. I hesitate to say "the awards were given out", because five six categories received no award -- every category that contained only slate finalists was no-awarded. And the only winner from any of the slates was Guardians of the Galaxy, in Dramatic Presentation - Long Form, which I suspect would probably have won the award anyway. Most of the slate nominees in Short Form also beat No Award, but in every other category, No Award beat all of the slate picks in the final count, and received more first-place votes than most of them. Although I wouldn't call this a victory, exactly, it is the best outcome we could have hoped for, with the slates repudiated and some truly excellent winners chosen.

Lots and lots of virtual ink has already been spilled on the voting and nomination data, and there is sure to be much more. It's been interesting to see the alternate universe slates (io9 has the most complete take), but that's actually less important to me than considering implications for future. When I started playing with the data last night, I did it with the hopes of answering two questions: how many anti-slate voters were there, and how many Sad and Rabid Puppies actually participated in the nominating process?

Chaos Horizon has done a first pass on the voting statistic already (although I feel like they may be double-counting some people to get their estimate of 500 Rabid and 500 Sad Puppy voters -- I'll be interested in the more detailed reports they've promised), and they come up with about 2500 hard-line anti-slate voters, and another 1000 who voted mostly anti-slate with some exceptions. This lines up with the numbers as I calculated them. Together, these voters make more than half of the electorate. This is a pretty solid block, and it proves to my satisfaction that a slate cannot win at the Hugo Awards. The community simply will not permit it.

Controlling the nomination process is another story. The Puppy picks for most categories received between 150 and 300 nominations, and even in the fiction categories that's enough to take over the ballot -- The Goblin Emperor, which would have missed the final ballot if a Puppy author hadn't declined their nomination, received 256 nominations, while the Puppy pick to make the final ballot with the fewest nominations was The Dark Between the Stars, with 263 nominations out of 1827 nomination ballots cast. Down ballot, where works have historically made the final ballot with very few nominations, the differences are more lopsided: Best Fancast, for example, in which the lowest-ranked Puppy pick, Dungeon Crawlers Radio, received 158 nominations, while non-slate podcast Coode Street (which was on the ballot in 2014) just missed the final ballot with 68 nominations (668 ballots total).

So it doesn't take many people to overwhelm the nominations, when so few people participate. As for how many there were, from my analysis I'm going to guess that there were somewhere between 250-300 Sad and Rabid Puppies, split about evenly, with a slight tilt toward the Rabids. I base this estimate on a few things, including the differences between vote totals for works and people listed on both slates versus those listed on only one, and in particular from one of the few categories where the two Puppy factions went head-to-head: Best Short Story, in which both slates listed four of the same works and a fifth that was different. The Sad pick, "A Single Samurai", received 132 nominations, while the Rabid pick, "The Parliament of Beasts and Birds", got 151. Obviously this still makes for a rough estimate, and the number is probably higher in the Novel and Dramatic Presentation categories, lower in categories further down-ballot, but it's a reasonable starting place.

2,122 total ballots were cast in the nomination phase this year. If we use my high estimate, 300, that's about 14% of the nominating ballots between the two Puppy groups. But that was last year. What about next year? If the Puppies see this year's reaction as a success, and there's plenty of indication that they're at least spinning the result that way, they'll certainly be back. And in larger numbers -- bear in mind that anyone who cast a Hugo vote this year is eligible to nominate in 2016. If we're looking at as many as 700 new voters, that brings the slate contingent up to a thousand, and if the rest of fandom nominates in the same numbers as last year, they'd be 35% of the nominating electorate. That's pretty grim.

But remember, they aren't the only contingent with increased numbers. We're also looking at at least 2,500 voters who are anti-slate, and can be expected to nominate accordingly. If they nominate. The most important thing we can do right now, in my opinion, is convert as many of the new voters into nominators as we possibly can. Given how scattered the non-slate nominations are, it's harder to make a guess as to how many 2015 voters are new, but I have to imagine it's a substantial percentage. One thing we do know: a record 3,587 people cast final ballots in the 2014 Hugo Awards; this year, that record was smashed with 5,950 ballots. Some of those new voters were almost certainly slate voters, but even if the Chaos Horizon high estimate is correct, about 1,600 of the new voters joined to vote against the slate. If we can convert those voters into nominations, and convince other people who have historically voted but not nominated to participate, the numbers start stacking up against the slates again. If every person who voted in 2014 had nominated in 2015, the Puppies would have been less than 10% of the electorate, and it would have been harder for them to take over.

I acknowledge that it's difficult for a diverse electorate to break a slate entirely, under the current rules of the WSFS. I understand that both rule reforms proposed at today's business meeting passed, but nothing will take effect until after the 2016 Worldcon, and since the proposals conflict eventually we will have to decide between them. That's an important effort for the long-term, but it doesn't help us next year. The expansion of the nominating pools that would be required to beat an organized slate in 2016 is, I think, beyond the capacity of the community right now. But by encouraging everyone who cast an anti-slate vote to nominate, we can certainly make it harder for them to overwhelm the ballot completely. All we can do is try-- and I think we have to try. Because I can guarantee that the slate makers will be doing the same.

Day off

Aug. 14th, 2015 10:09 am
owlmoose: (coffee)
I decided to play hooky from my casual job today for the entirely necessary purposes of (theoretically) writing in the morning and (actually) playing the new DA:I DLC this afternoon, which I started on Tuesday night but didn't get very far. Since it's intended to be mid-game, and T wasn't interested in playing it with me, I decided to take in my Trevelyan rather than my Cadash, and I'm a little worried that we aren't high-level enough -- my usual party of Varric, Dorian, and Cassandra keeps just barely not dying, when normally we plow through standard enemies like they're butter. Kendra is a two-handed warrior, so normally Cassandra tanks while she slashes, but Cassandra is spending about half her time unconscious. I might have to bring someone else, or spec someone differently, or see about upgrading Bianca.

Meanwhile, more coffee, and perhaps I will actually start writing now. And then maybe a drop by the bookstore -- new N.K. Jemisin and John Scalzi books are out, yay!
owlmoose: (book - read in bed)
After a couple of years of knowing we needed a new mattress and not doing anything about it, we bought one, and it was delivered yesterday. We've switched from a spring-based mattress to memory foam, for a number of reasons, but a big one is that I tend to toss and turn in my sleep, and T liked the idea of not being bounced around anymore. Last night's results were encouraging. The only downside is that it's outgassing (which is to be expected), and gas has a particular, peculiar odor -- it makes me think of cookie dough, but with a really chemically undertone. Fortunately, it's already dissipating.

I feel like I ought to have other stuff to talk about, but I'm really blanking a little bit. What else happened last week? I watched the last Jon Stewart Daily Show as it aired, and it was a lovely tribute, but it also made me sad. I'm coming to really enjoy Larry Wilmore's show (at least the scripted parts -- I feel like the panel segment still needs work), and John Oliver has definitely come into his own with Last Week Tonight, but it's not quite the same. I think he was right to leave -- I've been seeing the signs of senioritis since even before he announced that he was quitting -- but I'm still going to miss him, a lot.

Mostly I'm posting because I said I was going to post twice a week, and the week is almost up. The way to get into a habit is to do the thing, rather than to find excuses not to do the thing. I used to post about life events and trivialities all the time, and I miss doing that. So let's see how this goes.
owlmoose: (Default)
Just a cold, but a bad enough one that I missed three days of work and didn't have energy for much beyond lounging around the house. So what did I do? Consumed a bunch of media!

1. Read comics: Nimona, the latest Captain Marvel collection (Chewie!), and the first three volumes of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye. I've had the Hawkeye books for awhile, and I actually bought and read the first one when it first came out. But then I put off getting the second, and then when I did get it I wanted to re-read the first one before reading it, and then I didn't get around to doing that either. So I read them all in one fell swoop yesterday. And they were great, although predictably I liked the Kate Bishop volume the best. Is the next one out yet? I know it's ending soon, or maybe already has, but there must be at least one more (that was quite a cliffhanger). Nimona was delightful. I don't know whether its initial publication as a web comic messes up its Hugo eligibility, but if not, it's definitely in my first round of nomination picks for next year.

2. Caught up on the last few months of PBS Idea Channel, which I hadn't watched since March or so. Or almost caught up, anyway -- I decided to take a break after the video that discussed Lewis's Law. One of the things I've always appreciated about the host, Mike Rugnetta, is how unapologetically feminist he is, and how he refuses to debate the validity of feminism as a philosophy. So when he spent his entire comment response to that episode pandering to "egalitarians" whose poor feelings were hurt when he compared them to MRAs, I was pretty disappointed. (I don't think egalitarianism, in and of itself, is necessarily a bad philosophy, but those egalitarians who set themselves up in direct opposition to feminism are 1. missing the point of feminism, especially intersectional feminism, and 2. not taking privilege into account.) I get wanting to keep your community open to a wide range of viewpoints, and I concede he may have worded his comparison clumsily, but there's nothing wrong with setting the terms of the debate. I hope this doesn't mean that he either avoids feminist topics in the future, or starts treating them all with kid gloves in order not to offend. Honestly, I'm not sure which would be worse.

3. Picked up my Dragon Age: Inquisition replay. I left my Trevalyen warrior stranded in Halamshiral for months, so I started by finishing up there, and then I played through the remaining Grey Warden quests (as well as a bunch of sidequests in the Western Approach, a few in the Hinterlands, and Varric's companion quest). Some spoilers. )

4. Watched a good chunk of Season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager. I never watched all of Voyager, and not long ago I was struck with the idea of revisiting it. I had remembered watching it for a few years, then getting bored when it became The Seven of Nine show, and most of the first season episodes were familiar, but the second season has been almost entirely new to me. I vaguely remember the business with Seska, and a couple of other things, but either I actually didn't watch it regularly or have blocked the whole thing out. It's been enjoyable to rediscover how much I loved Captain Janeway and B'lanna and Harry and the Doctor, and there's no one I dislike (although I prefer Neelix in small doses). It'll be interesting to see when it starts getting familiar again -- I know I was watching when Seven joined the cast, but I don't remember exactly what season that was, and not much about what was happening before that.

5. With T, watched Jupiter Ascending (which was bananas, but a fun kind of bananas, but I didn't fall in love with it as deeply as many of you did -- probably my expectations were dialed way too high), the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself (which was lovely, and if you have any interest in Ebert -- and can handle watching a man in slow decline, since it was filmed over the last few weeks of his life -- I recommend it), and the first episode of Sense8 (promising, although I don't think I'll be able to binge on it).

Back to work today -- I don't usually work my part-time gig on Mondays, but I fell far enough behind this week that I want to at least start catching up. Fortunately I think I'm up for it, although I am a bit sad to end my mini media feast.
owlmoose: (quote - westing game)
Days written: 22/31
Words written: 12,527
Words of fic written: 9,651
Stories worked on: Three, plus ficlets
Stories posted: One, and the ficlets.

Charts play to win )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days per week. Almost.

2. Finish and post [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang story. Done!

3. Cull WIP folder, and make a list of all unwritten request fics. Target one to finish each month between now and the end of the year. Totally forgot that I was going to do this. Will repeat as goal for this month, and prioritize now that all my fic with deadlines is finished.

4. Work on Wardens of Ivalice. A little bit, at the beginning of the month.


1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Cull WIP folder, and make a list of all unwritten request fics. Target one to finish each month between now and the end of the year, including one for the month of August.

3. Work on Wardens of Ivalice.

4. Post on DW/LJ at least twice a week.
owlmoose: (tea - it's good for you)
I went back and forth on whether I was going to see Ant-Man in theaters. I knew I wasn't making an effort to go opening weekend, but other than that, it was up in the air. Then S mentioned that she was interested, so I decided why not, and I got together a group. We watched it last night, at a local theater that has a bar. Just in case. (For the record, I ended up not getting a drink -- the line was too long before the movie, and the showing ran late enough that the bar was closed by the time we got out.)

Short verdict: it was fun. I was entertained and amused. I'm sure I laughed out loud more times than at any other Marvel movie, including Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Rudd charmed me, as expected. Michael Douglas set my teeth on edge a little bit, also as expected. (Which perhaps makes him an appropriate choice to play Hank Pym.) Evangeline Lilly was great, and I hope we see Hope Van Dyne in future films. Yellowjacket was yet another cookie cutter "titan of industry looking for power and revenge" type, as seen in the Iron Man movies, without the excellent acting of Jeff Bridges or Sam Rockwell to bring a higher level of interest to the character. (I was a little more intrigued by the former SHIELD agent, and I wish we'd gotten more on him.) But I don't expect much from an MCU villain who isn't Loki, at least not in the movies. (The "Agents" shows, at least, are much stronger in that regard.) The visuals and effects were very well done, big screen-worthy if that kind of thing matters to you. I'm actually sort of curious about the 3D version, and I never watch movies in 3D. At its core, Ant-Man is a heist movie, and I do enjoy a good heist movie. It was worth seeing.

But of course I have quite a bit more to say. There have been three main problems dogging Ant-Man since it was announced and throughout the development process: Edgar Wright leaving the project, the absence of Janet Van Dyne, and Marvel's choice to make an Ant-Man movie at all. And all three of these issues also appeared on screen, to greater and lesser degrees.

Behind the cut, for length and spoilers. )
owlmoose: Closeup of Melinda May (marvel - melinda may)
This next batch of episodes takes me up to Age of Ultron, which is of course just now coming out of theaters -- it's playing in literally one theater near me, and it's not one I can easily get to. And it's not out on streaming until September. Boo.

Anyway, the show. The thing I love most about this stretch is the discovery that the first two seasons of Agents of SHIELD are Skye's origin story. Spoilers, length )

Still haven't decided what to do next. But for right now, it's time to go see Ant-Man.
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy hat)
Done, done, finally done!

Title: The Right Partner
Fandom: MCU (specifically TFA and Agent Carter)
Rating: Explicit (NSFW)
Wordcount: 18,517 (!)
Characters: Peggy/Steve, Peggy/Angie, Howard Stark, Edwin Jarvis
Spoilers: Yes, for both (although if you don't know this Captain America spoiler by now I don't know where you've been)
Notes: I started this story rather awhile ago, probably at least in February. Originally, the AU premise was a simple excuse to write OTP porn. Then Agent Carter ended, Angie inserted herself into the story, and things got complicated. I got so stuck, in fact, that in order to finish it, I had to sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang, for the deadline and the artwork incentive. The lovely artwork, by [livejournal.com profile] icanbecreative, is embedded in the story as a cover image and also posted here.

On AO3
owlmoose: (marvel - trip)
Even though I already watched Agent Carter for this project, I thought the mid-season finale would be a good point to take a break and pull together some thoughts.

And they are behind this cut. )

I'll be moving right along to the next batch of episodes, leading up to Age of Ultron; I'm not sure what I'll do at that point, since I'm not sure I'll have the chance to catch it in a theater again. I suppose I could take a break for Daredevil, which I have yet to watch (I'm not sure where it fits in the chronology -- does anyone know?), or Ant-Man, which I'll probably see next weekend (I know, I know, but Hayley Atwell is in it, which is an automatic theater trip for me, yes even if it's just a cameo). Maybe AoU will still be in the last gasp of its theater run by the time I get to that point.
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
Now that the second season of Agents of SHIELD is up on Netflix, I've decided to pick up this project where I left off, with my third viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy.

This is not a particular favorite of mine -- it's a fun ride, easily the most humorous of the MCU films, and I enjoyed it while I was watching. Chris Pratt is always charming, and like everyone I fell totally in love with Groot, but the film's frat-boy attitude gets wearying, fast. Basically, I stand by everything that I said the first time, except that Ronin has grown on me as an antagonist. In particular, I would no longer say that Ronin was a worse antagonist than Maeferoth: he might be a bit annoying and over the top, but he has a much stronger personality, and I got a better feel for his motives the third time around. I still wish we had gotten more on Nebula and the Collector, and I hope we see them both in later movies.

Cut for Agents of SHIELD spoilerish stuff )
owlmoose: a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded by fog (golden gate bridge)
Days written: 20/30
Words written: 9,498
Words of fic written: 9,498 (that may be the first time this has happened)
Words written, year to date: 53,479
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Chart )

Specific goals, June:

1. Write every day that I'm not traveling. I came pretty close, and wrote once during the trip.

2. Finish draft of MCU story. Close enough to submit, anyway, and I have a complete outline now, which was sorely missing at the beginning of the month.

3. Write story for Remix. Success! But they haven't been de-anoned yet, so I can't post a link.

Progress on goals for 2015:

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. Goals tracking yes, but I've really fallen down on my [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri participation.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. I need to really sit down and do a triage on the first part of this. Wardens of Ivalice has actually been much on my mind lately, and I've poked at it several times, even added a couple of scenes. I think this may become my priority in the second half of the year.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB. In progress! My posting date for [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang is later this month, and the story is MCU. So that's exciting.

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. I haven't been writing much flashfic, and I've barely been updating any of my journals lately -- even my Tumblr is mostly running on queue. I've been saying forever that I need to figure out how to better motivate myself to post regularly, and this still remains true.

July goals:

1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Finish and post [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang story.

3. Cull WIP folder, and make a list of all unwritten request fics. Target one to finish each month between now and the end of the year.

4. Work on Wardens of Ivalice.

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