owlmoose: (ffx2 - crimson squad speech)
This is my final crosspost to LiveJournal. I think you all know why. The LJ community was a wonderful space for me for a long time, but it hasn't been that for many years now, and I'm ready to face forward into this new chapter.

I'm not planning to delete anything, and I may still pop in to read occasionally, but functionally [livejournal.com profile] owlmoose should be considered an archival account.

If you post on DW and I'm not already following you there, please ping me so that I can add you. Same with Twitter and/or Tumblr, if that's your preference. Just leave a comment on this post and let me know.

Hugs to all, and see you on the other side.
owlmoose: (B5 - Ivanova)
Being required to accept a Terms of Service written in a language that most of us can't read is majorly dicey. Although from what little I know, it sounds like the things that seem shady are EULA boilerplate (stuff like the ToS being able to change at any time).

I accepted it for now, mostly because if I want to salvage anything from over there I will need access. (If you choose not to accept it right now, it tries to force you to log out.) Still, it just seems like another step down the path towards a problem, even if this is itself not a problem.
owlmoose: (quote - B5 avalanche)
Lo these many years ago, when LiveJournal was bought by SUP, a Russian company, I wasn't too worried, because the staff and servers were staying in the United States (specifically California) for the foreseeable future.

Fast forward nine years. Although no announcement has been made as far as I know, there are strong indications that the servers have recently been moved to Russia. [personal profile] lynnenne explains why this is a problem; the short version is that international courts generally hold that, when legal issues arise around Internet content (privacy, copyright, freedom of expression, etc.), the laws that apply are the laws of the country where the servers reside. Therefore, when the LJ servers were in California, if SUP did something sketchy like sell your personal data or resell your content without permission, you could sue them in California court. Assuming these reports are correct, that's no longer true. And while I don't know specific details about Russian law regarding privacy, copyright, and free expression, I think it's a pretty safe guess that they aren't nearly as strong as those in the USA, much less California.

So... how worried are we about this? I backed up all my LJ content to Dreamwidth years ago, and have been crossposting even longer, so I won't lose any content if my LJ suddenly goes dark. But that fact doesn't assuage the other concerns: loss of privacy, the selling of personal data, copyright infringement, Russia deciding that my political opinions are suspect and someone needs to come after me. (I understand I'm a pretty tiny fish in a very large ocean as far as that last issue is concerned. Still, the fear is there.) Therefore, a few thoughts and questions:

1. Those of you who are cross-posting DW to LJ: are you going to keep doing it? Any thoughts of deleting?

2. Those of you who are still posting and/or reading on the LJ side: are you concerned? Thinking about deleting and/or moving to DW? If I stopped cross-posting, any chance that you'd keep reading me on Dreamwidth, or do I risk losing touch with you?

3. I am deeply reluctant to delete the old content from my LJ. The librarian in me abhors the idea of contributing to the link rot that has caused so much fandom history to be lost (I'm still sad about the abrupt disappearance of Journalfen, for one example). I wish there was some way to redirect links to the archived DW content. On the other hand, link rot is just a part of life on the Internet, and shouldn't my personal safety come first? Any thoughts welcome.

A year ago, even three months ago, this development would not have worried me nearly as much. But with the mounting evidence of Russia and Putin meddling in internal US politics, it's pretty hard to see this move as benign. And that fact that I'm a little nervous even typing that last sentence in an entry that's going to be crossposted to LJ? Maybe that's my answer right there. Still, I'm not making any decisions yet. But I want to put my concerns out there.
owlmoose: (cats - lexi innocent)
Because I'll be out of town for the rest of the week, and not bringing my laptop along, I think it's time to call it in terms of fic writing and posting (although not writing goals for the year -- I'll take care of that when I get back).

Stories Written )

Questions and Answers )

In Conclusion

Not a great writing year, for a number of reasons both personal and structural, although it could have been worse. It seems so long ago, now, with everything that's happened since, but dealing with Lexi's illness, then losing him, took a toll on me in the first part of the year, and then during the second half I was consumed with the election. Either of those issues would have been a problem at any time, but they only worsened the problem of what feels like a long-term writing slump. One thing I did manage to mostly do, though, is meet most of my writing goals, especially the annual ones. I'll be able to take a closer look at that next week; I'll also decide at that time whether to participate in [community profile] getyourwordsout again. Right now I'm leaning toward no, although I could easily be convinced otherwise. One thing I've really lost over the last few years is the feeling of being part of an active community of writers. I fell out of touch with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri this year, and never really jumped into GYWO at all, and have been mostly off Tumblr lately as well. I need to think about what types of communities and challenges are the most useful to me, and how it all plays into my longer-term issues with motivation. Giving up writing is the last thing I want to do, but I have some big questions to ask myself about what I want out of it.
owlmoose: (yahtzee - out of context)
Using the same template as last year.

Your main fandom of the year?
Gotta be Critical Role (see below).

Your favorite film watched this year?
The new Ghostbusters. Arrival was objectively a better movie, and I have more fannish attachment to Civil War, but no other movie was quite as much fun.

Your favorite book read this year?
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan, the fourth book in the Lady Isabella Trent series. I love the directions this story took, and the way the ending has set up the final book in the series. I also need to give a nod to the last Temeraire book, for providing a satisfying and surprising end to one of my favorites series of all time.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
If I'm being honest, probably Hamilton again.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Either the final season of Agent Carter (sniff) or the most recent season of Orphan Black, which returned to form after a slightly off third year. Honorable mentions: Luke Cage, the current half season of Agents of SHIELD, Top Chef season 13.

Your favorite video game of the year?
I haven't played many games this year. The only one that really sticks with me is Solstice, which I mentioned in my mid-year roundup, the new game from the makers of Cinders.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I think you already all know the answer to this one: Critical Role. My first new fandom in the last couple of years, I spent the second half of 2016 watching the series, then re-watching it (I caught up to the most recent episode and then re-watched it a couple of days ago), wrote a handful of stories, and basically became completely consumed. A part of me is glad that the rewatch is over so I can have my life back. A part of me wants to go back and start all over again, again.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
US presidential election season finale Agent Carter not being renewed for a third season. :(

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Matthew Mercer. Is it weird for your fandom boyfriend to be a real person? But it's true -- Matt's performance on Critical Role, both as DM and as a large percentage of the cast, is a huge part of the show's appeal to me.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Peggy Carter, forever.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
"Anything can happen in the woods..." (Spoilers for Critical Role Ep. 72)

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Oh, I don't know, all of them? I feel very out of touch with fandom right now. But at least lately, I suppose I'm most disconnected from Dragon Age. Maybe it's the lack of new content, and also I basically quit all my replays when I started spending all my free time on Critical Role instead. Now that the catch-up project is over, I hope to get back to that.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I never did get started in Supergirl or Star Wars, despite my interest. Solstice might have some possibilities, too.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Star Wars: Episode 8. The final Lady Isabella Trent book, and the last of the new N.K. Jemisin trilogy. The Defenders on Netflix.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - yuna)
Take the first line of the first post from each month, and that's your year in review.

Skipping monthly writing goals posts.

January: By canon, then order of publication. [fic master list for 2015]

February: That feeling when the research paper you're reading has the exact info you need in the appendix, and the appendix isn't included in the online version?

March: I posted a mini-rant on this subject to Twitter last month, but apparently I decided that wasn't sufficient.

April: Written for the 2016 Wintersend Exchange (a lady-centric fanwork exchange for Dragon Age).

May: Today, it was announced that [community profile] ladybusiness is up for a 2016 Hugo Award in the Best Fanzine category.

June: Over a week without posting, oops.

July: Thanks to everyone for your kind words and condolences on the loss of Lexi.

August: Thanks to the recommendations and enthusiasms of MANY PEOPLE (you know who you are), I took the plunge and started watching Critical Role, a Twitch show in which a group of American voice actors play an ongoing Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

September: For our special celebration of Kate Elliott and her books, I wrote a review of her most recent, Poisoned Blade.

October: I rarely write my take on scenes that are probably going to happen soon in canon, but this bunny wouldn't leave me alone.

November: To think that I lived to see the Chicago Cubs -- perennial underdogs to the point that sci-fi authors often use their losing ways as a punchline or a sign that you're in an alternate universe -- win a World Series.

December: For the first time in 13 years. [In reference to my new glasses.]
owlmoose: (da - varric)
I got all the way to November 20th without having to post about how I don't have anything to say today, so I guess that's a good thing?

At least I did manage to get a little editing done on Wardens of Ivalice, and roughed out a missing section that was giving me trouble. My plan is to get it to beta this week; we'll see.
owlmoose: (quote - irritatingly weird)
I have decided that I need a bit of a hiatus from election news. Though I haven't really talked about it here, I feel like keeping up with the presidential election has overwhelmed the rest of my media consumption, and is also really stressing me out. It's not like I can do anything about the latest update to the 538 forecast, or the false equivalences being drawn between the candidates, or the ten million ballot measures that I need to research and vote for. So I've started a 24 hour hiatus as of about 10pm tonight. Which means no Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook, no other news sites, no 538, no RSS feeds.

As soon as I made the decision this afternoon, I started to relax, so we'll see how it goes. And whether I'm able to stick to it. :)
owlmoose: (moose sign)
And although I don't do NaNoWriMo (it's not the right writing challenge for me, for a number of reasons), I do post to my DW every day throughout the month. It's become more difficult over the years, due to my general decrease in posting frequency, but it remains an important tradition for me -- to reconnect with my journal community, with quick-and-dirty writing, with myself. So keep an eye out, and hold me to it.

As has also become traditional, I'm also opening to requests. Either journal prompts or short fic prompts, usual suspect fandoms (which I suppose includes Critical Role now). Leave a comment here and I'll see what I can do. :) Bear in mind that I have a mini-bang due and I'm also determined to get Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 to beta (so close I can taste it), so I make no promises about timeliness or length, although I will commit to getting as much written in November as I can.

Good luck to those of you who are NaNo-ing! As always, I will be cheering you on.

Imzy?

Aug. 25th, 2016 10:09 am
owlmoose: (owl)
I joined yesterday, mostly to snap up my name and look around. Who else is there? How do you find people? Also I have invites, although I imagine that everyone who wants to be there has already joined by now. But if not, and you'd like one, let me know!

I gather it's based on Reddit structurally, which is an interesting idea for a community-based site, although I still think I like the DW-type platform better. Especially the ability to have an individual journal, instead of having to create a "community" for yourself (although I gather the personal journal aspect is coming?). Anyway, we'll see what happens. If it ends up being a viable replacement for Tumblr, I'm all for it.

Behind

Jun. 10th, 2016 06:19 pm
owlmoose: (coffee)
Over a week without posting, oops. I'm behind on all of my writing, too. I have no good reason for this. I suspect it's because I've been in the mood to absorb content rather than create it -- I started re-reading the Temeraire series, in prep for the final book's imminent release, and I've been watching T play Uncharted 4 (we never played the others but it's been easy enough to follow along). Work has also picked up a little, with the promise of a few things moving full speed ahead soon, and the election has certainly been a drag on my attention. (I have many thoughts on Hillary Clinton (I did vote for her, in the end) and her historic (presumptive) nomination as the Democratic candidate, but for complex reasons I haven't yet gotten into them here. Soon, I hope.) Mostly, I've been on Twitter -- it's really easy to pop in, leave quick thoughts on a few things, and pop back out. It makes sense, I suppose, but it's a terrible habit to get into. Twitter is even worse than Tumblr for developing complex thoughts.

Anyway, just wanted to assure all that I am still here, and reading, and listening, even if I don't comment. And I know I owe some replies and will get on them soon. Hope that all is well.
owlmoose: (quote - flamethrower)
So if you follow my Twitter ([twitter.com profile] iamkj), you probably saw that I got locked out of my Tumblr account for a couple of days. Basically, Tumblr had a password security breach in 2013, and they forced the affected accounts to change their passwords. (I'm not quite sure why a breach of three-year old data necessitates a password change today. Maybe they just now found out about it?) Mine was one of those accounts, so I attempted to reset my password, multiple times, without receiving a verification email.

It turns out the problem was on my end -- the email I use for Tumblr is connected to my personal domain name, and the registration had lapsed -- so as far as that goes, this isn't Tumblr's fault. But if I hadn't been able to get my email fixed, I would have had no recourse, because Tumblr doesn't provide any alternate method of identity verification. When I wrote to Tumblr about the problem, their only suggestion was to register a new account with a different email address and start over.

Dear Tumblr staff: this solution is not a solution at all. In fact, it is completely unacceptable. I understand taking security seriously -- I wouldn't want just anyone to be able to pretend to be me, either. But there are ways around this, ways used by many other sites. Offer a back-up method of account verification, such as a secondary email or mobile phone number. Allow your support staff to exercise their judgement and/or common sense in cases like mine and Bryan Konietzko's (read the sad story here). There are all kinds of reasons why someone might lose access to an email account. Maybe you signed up with a work email and then changed jobs; maybe you graduated from college and your school doesn't provide permanent forwarding; maybe your email host went out of business; maybe someone hacked your account and you had to close it... This is a common enough situation that there needs to be some solution beyond having to close your blog and move on.

Move on?? I've been actively curating my Tumblr blog for over 5 years. I have more than 400 followers. I'm a contributor to several side blogs, including two for which I'm the only admin (so those blogs would have been lost, too). I suppose the content would stay up, but the chance to build on it and continue participating in conversations would be lost. And if it can happen to me, it can happen to others (see above), with far more followers and influence than I. Make your site unsustainable to use in the long term, provide poor customer service, and people will move on, all right -- they'll move on to a new blogging platform.

Fix this, Tumblr. Even if it's too late for people like Bryan to regain access to their accounts, please move into the modern era and implement some sort of back-up authentication method. It's absolutely necessary.
owlmoose: Picture of a beanie moose and a small brown owl (owlmoose)
With [community profile] ladybusiness being named a Hugo finalist, a potential change -- one I'd been thinking about anyway -- comes to the forefront of my mind: is it time to take down the wall around my fandom identity?

Not long after I started writing and posting fic, I decided to decouple my fandom activities from my legal name. I wasn't super paranoid about it; there are plenty of people who follow my fandom accounts and know my "real" name, and I've always talked about work and other real life issues in my journals (although I've always taken care not to name my employers or the people in my life). My pseudonym is based on my legal name, and not in a subtle way. I've never minded my offline friends knowing that I write fic and am active in fandom. I've left enough breadcrumbs over the years that a really determined person could probably follow the trail. My goal was to keep the name "owlmoose" and my fandom accounts out of a casual Google search for my legal name, and in that I was successful. (It helps that my name is so common that I'm essentially unfindable on Google unless you know my middle initial, and even then I'm pretty buried.)

In practice, what this means is that I've never shared my writing or anything connected to it on Facebook. That's the space demarcated by the online wall: Facebook and LinkedIn on one side; DW/LJ, Tumblr, and Twitter on the other. I had originally meant Twitter to be on the open side (that's why my Twitter handle isn't owlmoose), but I found that many more fandom people were active there, and I decided to give up that pretense. There are a number of people on both sides of the wall -- although very few non-fandom friends read my LJ anymore -- and I have always been open to inviting individual people to cross the boundary. But the thought of throwing the floodgates open and allowing anyone through, including family, former coworkers, and potential professional connections, is a bit daunting.

On the other hand, the Internet landscape is very different from when I first started doing fandom over ten years ago. Fanfic has become more acceptable as a mainstream hobby. (If I'm being honest, the fact that I don't write much porn, and almost no slash, probably helps here. Still, I have some porny stuff out there. And I don't think I want my mother to read it.) I'm not as serious about building a librarian career as I was then. I no longer work with students, and even if I did, I doubt most of them would bat an eye. And "editor for a Hugo-award finalist website" is a pretty nice thing to put on a resume, especially if I'm serious about getting into freelance writing. This news is exciting, and I'd like to share it with people. And as I mentioned above, I've been thinking about lowering the wall for awhile now. It's more work to keep things separate, and as fannish writing becomes a bigger part of my life, it starts feeling kind of weird to hide it from people.

So that's where I am right now. This is not a small decision -- if I decide to do it, there's no unringing the bell -- so I'm thinking it through pretty seriously before I make any moves. If anyone has thoughts, or experience with making this same choice for themselves, I'd be interested to hear it.
owlmoose: (quote - i can fix this)
That Tumblr replies are back in some form? But they're going to be rolled out across the site, and not everyone has them yet? Including me, as of this writing.

Once I do get them, it remains to be seen how, if at all, my use of Tumblr is affected, but I plan to continue cross-posting for the indefinite future -- that wasn't just about the replies thing for me, anyway. But I'm happy for everyone who was missing them.
owlmoose: (lady business - kj)
I posted a mini-rant on this subject to Twitter last month, but apparently I decided that wasn't sufficient:

The Tyranny of "Do It Yourself!"

As discussions about representation in media continue to grow and gain traction around the Internets and through different corners of fandom, we start seeing a lot of repetition: the same unhelpful arguments being made again and again. One of the responses I see a lot, and that I find among the most tiresome, boils down to this: "Stop complaining that other people aren't making the media you want, and just do it yourself!"

I first encountered this response in media fandom, as a pushback against people who wanted to see more content for an unusual pairing, and/or more diversity in romantic pairings (more femslash, more pairings involving people of color, etc.). It was frustrating there, but it's even more pervasive in the wider SF/F fandom, and follows many of the same patterns. And although I don't want to say that this is the very worst response to calls for diversity -- there are a lot of contenders for that title -- it's certainly up there.


Check it out!
owlmoose: (cats - teacup)
So remember the old days, when we used to write about other people's posts in our own spaces rather than just reblogging everything, maybe with commentary, maybe with a few thoughts hidden in the tags? I miss those days, so here I am, being the change I want to see.

This post about Tumblr and people's issues* with it was making the rounds a little while ago, and it struck a nerve with me. I don't disagree with the original poster's complaint, exactly -- there often is something dysfunctional about the way people interact on Tumblr, and that detracts from my enjoyment of both the site and of fandom as a whole. But it seems to me that the OP has cause and effect exactly backwards. Tumblr isn't a personal journaling site that people are treating like a public forum. Tumblr is a public forum that people are treating like a personal journaling site. Tumblr is a broadcast medium, specifically designed to promote the sharing of content as quickly as possible to as many people as possible. It is not meant for private conversation or personal journaling, so folks shouldn't be surprised when trying to use it that way is a disappointing experience.

I feel like I've been beating this drum a lot, especially since the end of Tumblr comments (and was there ever a more clear sign that Tumblr doesn't want to be a conversation platform than their decision to take away commenting?), and you might fairly ask why I care. It's purely selfish in the end -- I think fandom would be a better place if we would accept Tumblr's limitations and use it for the type of content and interaction that does work well there -- sharing multimedia, links, memes, and other short-form content. As far as I'm concerned, Tumblr works best when you treat it like Twitter writ large. No one expects Twitter to host personal conversations. No one expects an unlocked Tweet to be private. No one expects to avoid spoilers or negative commentary about characters they like. No one expects Twitter to serve as a long-form archive. And yet these are all complains that I hear about Tumblr on a regular basis. The secret to happiness is setting proper expectations, and the way to do that as a Tumblr user is to embrace the site for what it is, rather than fighting the interface to make it into something that it isn't, and was never meant to be.

I get the desire to have your entire community living on a single site. But the days of One Platform to Rule Them All are long behind us, if that particular beast ever even existed. Is it more trouble to go to Twitter for news and links, Tumblr for images and memes, Dreamwidth for meta and discussion, AO3 for fic? Maybe so, but I find that playing to the strengths of each site is making me happier overall. If that means I drift away from some elements of my fandom community, so be it -- I miss some people who I don't see nearly as much as I used to, but I hope to enjoy the time I do spend interacting with them all the more.

*Linking to a reblog because the OP deleted the post. The respondent here words things more strongly than I would have, but as you might guess I largely agree. The fact that the OP can delete but the reblogs live on forever is a whole other can of worms with Tumblr's design, but getting into that would be a different post.
owlmoose: (hepburn)
Thanks to the reminder from [personal profile] umadoshi that More Joy Day is coming, on Thursday, January 14th. It's an idea that's beautiful in its simplicity: on More Joy Day, perform one action that's intended to put more joy into the world. From last year's post:

Remember, even a small act is all that's needed. A call to a friend you haven't talked to in awhile, flowers for a neighbor, letting someone in front of you in line, leaving a happy comment on someone's fic or vid or podcast or graphic, sharing a pic!spam of joyful moments on your journal, giving someone a compliment, planting a tree, or taking a moment to smile at someone else as you walk by them.


I participated in this last year by writing a happy flashfic -- one that made me smile, made other people smile, and it even made the characters happy. I'll try to do the same this year, but even if I have to content myself with something smaller, that will be enough.

I've been thinking for awhile now that I would like 2016 to be a year where I focus on the positive, both in fandom and on the internet generally. I tend to be an optimist by my nature: someone who tries to focus on the bright side of things, to find reasons to like things even when they're flawed. Between the election year and my continued employment uncertainty, there are enough stressful things in my life without making the Internet yet another source of it. Of course, this doesn't mean never saying anything critical ever -- that's neither realistic nor something I would actually want, since casting a critical eye on media is half the fun of fandom, for me. But I want to be more mindful of what I'm putting out in the world. More Joy Year? It certainly can't hurt to try.
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
Master List )

Questions and Answers )

In Conclusion

I find it interesting that so many of these stories are flashfic written to prompts, and (as mentioned above) that I like them better with some distance. What's missing is writing my own ideas, in part because I haven't been struck with enough ideas to write -- and when I have been hit with an idea, more often than not the writing has fizzled when I don't have a deadline to push toward. (I doubt I would have finished "The Right Partner" or "Face the Music" if they hadn't been Big Bang stories.) I've always known that deadlines are helpful to me, but I still miss the rush of inspiration. There hasn't been as much of that lately. But more on that when I get to my goals post. Stay tuned.
owlmoose: (cats - tori carrier)
Here is a list of all my currently active public accounts on the Internet. Will be kept updated as things change.

Journals and Micro-blogging

Dreamwidth: [personal profile] owlmoose
My journal and my primary home base on the Internet. Personal posts, political posts, fandom posts, cross-posting of fic and other announcements. If it's important, it will end up here sooner or later.

LiveJournal: [livejournal.com profile] owlmoose
A mirror of my Dreamwidth. Stopped crossposting in April 2017.

Twitter: [twitter.com profile] iamkj
Brief daily life tidbits and interesting links. This is where I'm most likely to share the kind of links I used to share via Google Reader. December 2016 update: Probably the place I am most active and interactive right now.

Tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] lifeofkj
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 December 2016, less active, although I still usually check in at least a couple of times a day.

Fanfiction

AO3: [archiveofourown.org profile] owlmoose
Fanfiction. This is my fanfic archive, complete starting in November 2009, and some older works are there as well. Some things will be posted to DW or Tumblr first, but AO3 will always be the place to find the definitive version.

FF.net: owlmoose
My older work, all Final Fantasy X/X-2. No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.

Writings of an Owlmoose
My WordPress-based fanfiction archive, complete through December 2010.

Other

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

Pinboard: owlmoose
Links to cool and useful things. Mostly for my own saving purposes rather than sharing, but I'm always happy to add people to my network!

This list is current as of April 12, 2017. 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: (cats - lexi innocent)
I haven't seen these making the rounds really, so I'm answering the same questions as last year (plus adding in one about videogames, which was sorely lacking in the past).

Your main fandom of the year?
Even split between Dragon Age and Marvel.

Your favorite film watched this year?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- yes, really. I need to see it again. Mad Max: Fury Road is probably an objectively better film, but nothing made me happier than watching a new good Star Wars movie.

Your favorite book read this year?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Runners-up include Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear and Black Wolves by Kate Elliott.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
I started trying to research this question, then realized that the answer is obvious: Hamilton.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Agent Carter just nudges out Jessica Jones and Supergirl. Agents of SHIELD was also really good this year.

Your favorite video game of the year?
Broken Age. Also, the Dragon Age DLCs Jaws of Hakkon and Trespasser, which significantly improved the Inquisition experience as a whole.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I haven't gotten into a new fandom in awhile. But Star Wars and Supergirl are both nudging at me a little bit -- we'll see whether anything comes of either. It was nice to rediscover how much I enjoy the Star Wars and Superman universes.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was able to mostly enjoy the movie as I was watching it, but the further distant I get, the more I'm bothered by its many flaws. If the film franchise keeps drifting this far from my interests, I may start focusing on the MCU TV shows, which were much stronger than the movies this year (even given my ambivalence toward Daredevil).

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
No one in particular? I did write rather a lot about Alistair from Dragon Age, though.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Peggy Carter. Close second: Kara Zor-El Danvers.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
The opening chords of the Star Wars theme, ringing out in a darkened movie theater.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I found myself thinking about Final Fantasy XII a lot this year, in part because of the word about an impending HD remake.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
As I mentioned, Star Wars and Supergirl (particularly Kara/James) are both tapping at my mindspace. All it wants is a strong plot bunny.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Attending my first WisCon in May!

In terms of media: Season 2 of Agent Carter. Luke Cage. Captain America: Civil War (although the anticipation there is tinged with more than a little dread). The next season of Orphan Black. Star Wars: Rogue One. The sequel to Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, which I think is supposed to come out in 2016. I'm sure there are other books I'm anticipating, but I don't follow upcoming releases closely enough to know what they are offhand. Solstice, which is the new game from the makers of Cinders -- I know a lot of folks have played this already, but I kept forgetting to pre-order and now it's too late. Maybe Kingdom Hearts 3 will appear next year? We can only hope.

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