owlmoose: (cats - teacup)
I ended up being too busy attending WorldCon (and staying up late hanging out in the evenings) to have much time to write about WorldCon. Now it's our last night and I'm full of so much to say that I don't know where to start. I attended so many great panels and readings (and a few duds), reconnected with a few people and met a ton more, and basically had the best time I have ever had at a con entirely because of the people. It seems clear that the way to fix the feelings of social isolation I sometimes deal with at cons is to know people. Talk to people, get introduced to people, and spend a good amount of time hanging out with people I already know. In this case, having [personal profile] renay, [personal profile] justira, and [personal profile] seimaisin as my social center gave me a comfort zone, and the opportunity to be introduced to more people helped me make more connections -- and hopefully lasting ones. I want to talk more about specific panels and events, but that will be better served by a fresher brain, so I'll leave it for now.

If you've followed the news at all, or follow me on Twitter, you already know that Lady Business did not win the Hugo award for Best Fanzine. File 770 is a deserving winner with an amazing community and a long history in fandom, and its editor, Mike Glyer (who also won Best Fanwriter), did amazing work last year to track and report on the developing Hugo controversy, among everything else that goes on. Really, it's an honor to have taken a strong second place (as borne out by the stats), especially in our first year on the ballot. The ceremony was excellent, both entertaining and well-run -- and fortunately Fanzine was pretty early in the program, so we were able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the show! And then we had an awesome night, making the rounds of the parties, including George R. R. Martin's legendary Hugo Losers Party. (After File 770's win was announced, we literally turned to each other and said "now we can go to the Losers Party!") Even if we're never nominated again (although I do hope we will be), the experiences we had last night will be with me always. If you were there to be a part of it, thank you. And to everyone who voted for us and supported us in so many ways, THANK YOU.

Although next year's Helsinki WorldCon is probably out of my reach, I am delighted that San Jose, CA won its bid to host in 2018. Barring some catastrophic event or schedule conflict, I will be there, and I hope to get the chance to form such wonderful community bonds again. Come if you can! I'd love to see you there.
owlmoose: (star wars - han woohoo)
My connecting flight yesterday was delayed, so I didn't get into the Kansas City airport until after midnight, and it was almost 1am by the time I got to the hotel. Fortunately, my roommates had already arrived and checked in, so all I needed to do was crash. Unfortunately, it was too early for me to try and sleep (given the two hour time difference), so I slept poorly. While I was in go mode at the con, things were fine, but I started fading around 10pm and decided to head back. So I'm now in my hotel room, kicking back and checking in.

There are a ton of interesting sounding panels and readings at this con, way more than I know I'll be able to attend. So I'm picking and choosing as I go, based partly on my own whims and partly on what other people are doing. This is the first time I've ever really come to a con with a group ([personal profile] renay, [personal profile] justira, and [profile] ecthroi), and it's a different experience than being mostly on my own. I think I prefer it, although it's also good that we generally each feel comfortable going off on my own -- and of course I know other people here, the most exciting being that I finally met [personal profile] seimaisin for the first time today!!

Some other highlights: a reading by Courtney Schaffer, whose work I wasn't familiar with before but will certainly be looking for now; a panel about the definition of fan writing, which ended up being mostly about fanfic; the "Bad Boy Woobie" panel, lead by Mark Oshiro, a fun and awesome conversation about who gets to be woobified and why; another fanfic panel, this one about the relationship between fanfiction and pro writers (which can be summed up as excellent panelists, wrong moderator); a live recording of the Ditch Diggers podcast, which is about the business of writing and today featured a panel of three agents answering questions with a hilarious Dungeons & Dragons framing (seriously, go look it up when it's available); and one last great panel, on LGBTQIA representation in media, with a focus on lesser discussed identities such as asexuality, non-binary genders, and polyamory.

Obviously none of this does any of these panels justice, so hopefully I'll be able to get back with more details later. But for now, time to crash. See you tomorrow, MidAmeriCon 2, hopefully with brighter eyes and a bushier tail.
owlmoose: (heroes - hiro jump)
I'm basically all packed, except for things that will be sitting on chargers until it's time to leave, but don't need to head for the airport for over two hours.

I signed up for a free trial of YouTube Red so that I could download Critical Role episodes to watch on the plane. What even is my life?

So excited to see people soon! So ready to escape into con world for a few days. I've needed this getaway from the real world for awhile now, and I'm so happy it's finally almost here.

I'll be around on and off, probably mostly on Twitter, but watch this space for updates, too.

If you're not at the con, have a glorious week and weekend! If you are, see you there!!
owlmoose: Picture of a beanie moose and a small brown owl (owlmoose)
Sorry no post for so long. Work and Critical Role are eating my life in what feels like equal measures (although in terms of hours spent, it's been way more on the latter). On the latter, I'm up to episode 42 or so (a couple of episodes into the next major plotline after Whitestone, which I don't think I can even name without MASSIVE spoilers) and still very much enjoying, even if T shakes his head at all the time I'm spending on my iPad under headphones. I wonder if I can figure out some way to download a couple of episodes from YouTube so I can watch on the plane, on my way to WorldCon and back.

Speaking of: WorldCon! Two busy work days and then I'm on my way to Kansas City. Excited not just to get away but also to see all the people I know I'm going to see. Two of my [community profile] ladybusiness compatriots will also be there, and although we haven't planned any formal meet-up, we'll probably send out a "meet us at the bar at this time!" message at some point. Watch our Twitter ([twitter.com profile] feministponies) for details. If you're going to be there and we haven't already exchanged contact info, drop me a line! I'd love to see anyone and everyone. The panel schedule is chock full of things I'd like to see, and I also feel obligated to at least check out the business meeting, so I'll probably be running around a lot, but the only thing that's set in stone is the Hugo Awards Ceremony. Ping me! (Email or Twitter ([twitter.com profile] iamkj) is probably the best way to get in touch.)
owlmoose: (california - freeway)
A vacation that's just for fun, sightseeing, and relaxation, not tied to an event (such as a con, wedding, or reunion) or someone else's travel plans or visiting family or a staycation. A vacation with a completely open itinerary. I'm trying to remember the last time I did that, and I literally can't. Going back through my travel tag, I think it was when T and I went to New York in 2011. Five years. Wow.

I don't know when, or to where, or with whom. I can't really think about it until after WorldCon, anyway, but I want to put the thought out there, for myself as much as anything.
owlmoose: (hp - a few words)
WisCon actually ended yesterday, but between travel and tiredness I didn't get the chance to write about it. I definitely want to, though, because I wrapped things up with my favorite panel of the entire con -- Rethinking the "Gift Economy" for Fanworks. The panelists led a fantastic conversation on the history of the gift economy, the limitations of the model, the differences between fanfic (where many people recoil from even the idea of monetary gain) and fanart (which gets bought and sold all the time). There's an expectation that professional genre artists create fanart, especially in the world of comics (it's even expected that you'll have fanart in your portfolio), whereas it's only recently become acceptable for a pro writer to admit to writing fanfiction (except for official tie-in novels). We talked about all kinds of things, from the presumption that capitalism is the default economic model (newsflash: it's not!), to the relationship between IP holders and fans, to the backlash fans (especially female writers) can get for going pro, to the growing popularity of Patreon for fan creators, and how expectations change in male-dominated corners of fandom. I could seriously have spent another two hours in that room, talking with those people, and I hope to see the conversation continue in other venues. The Twitter tag is, as usual, excellent.

Things started winding down after that. I packed, checked out, and then dropped by the Sign Out, which is a tradition of setting up tables for creators to sign their work. Because I neglected to bring anything, and didn't want to buy a ton of books to lug back, I decided to mostly skip it. Naomi Kritzer was signing cat pictures, and those I couldn't resist. After one last meal with [tumblr.com profile] pierceaholic and [tumblr.com profile] magnetsorwhatever, it was off to the airport and back to real life.

To sum up... I don't know that I can really sum up. To say that I enjoyed myself, that I found the panels thought-proking and energizing, that I emerged with a sense of having rediscovered my people, would be an understatement. And yet I did have my moments of newbie angst -- feeling like an outsider, the fear of breaking into a group that already coalesced long before I arrived in the room. Multiple times, I thought of going up to someone and saying hello to someone, to complement them on their work, or something they said on a panel, or to renew an acquaintance from FogCon, and then didn't. A con is a tough place to be a social introvert, especially when you want to be with people but aren't sure where to start. Fortunately, I knew enough people there who were able to introduce me to other people, and I came out feeling both like I'd made a couple of new friends, and like I've laid the groundwork for next time.

Because there will definitely be a next time. I'm already hoping to make next year work, and although I can't promise that I'll become an every-year attendee (if nothing else, BMC reunion is also often on Memorial Day weekend), I certainly hope to do my best. This is a community I would like to be a part of, and that's worth some effort.
owlmoose: (lost - hurley dude)
I just registered for MidAmeriCon and booked plane tickets. So I guess this thing is really happening.

Travels

Apr. 17th, 2016 11:48 pm
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
In DC visiting T's family for a long weekend (arrived late Friday, leaving early Tuesday). We missed the cherry blossoms, but it's still pretty. And the azaleas in the National Arboretum are starting to bloom. I posted a selection of pictures to Tumblr, including the azaleas.

We'd thought about the zoo tomorrow, but my knee is not cooperating, so we're going to visit some nice non-hilly museums instead. Probably the National Gallery of Art, where we've never been, and the Renwick Gallery, which has a Maya Lin exhibit. Should be interesting.
owlmoose: A photo of a Highway 1 roadsign, with the California Coast in the background (california - sign)
Today’s adventure was a trip to the Marin Headlands. We walked down to the Point Bonita lighthouse, where despite many drives around that area I had never been -- its hours are very limited (only Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons), and T had always warned me off visiting because the hike involved a steep loose-gravel trail and a rickety bridge, two of my least favorite things thanks to my fear of heights. But fortunately, his information was out of date, because they rebuilt the bridge in 2012, and presumably paved the steepest parts of the trail at the same time. So I found it perfectly accessible for me, and it was worth it.

Point Bonita the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast of the US, and the last in California to become automated. Because it’s still in use, we weren’t able to go up and see the light or the lens, but there were nice exhibits on the history of the lighthouse and the shipping lanes past and present. And the views were excellent. We also saw seals and hawks! So I'm glad I was able to get there.

I posted a few pictures on Tumblr. Nothing special (and no wildlife, alas -- they were too small and far away), but some nice views of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Home

Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:37 am
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
We are back from our travels! Actually we got in yesterday evening, but I pretty much crashed (and slept off and on for about 10 hours). I will do more proper trip write-ups later, but for now please feel free to cruise my pretty pictures on Tumblr.

I doubt I will fully catch up here (and definitely will not catch up on Tumblr), so if there is news you would like me to see, drop me a comment!
owlmoose: (book - read in bed)
Back home, briefly, while I prepare for the next leg of the trip. I had thought about making arrangements to fly straight from Las Vegas to Europe, but I’m really glad I didn’t -- it’s nice to have a night off, in my own bed, and a bit of extra time to pack. On the other hand, I’ve been thinking of this series of events as a single trip for so long that it’s weird to be here.

I have, as promised, been posting pics and occasional other things to Tumblr, at the following tag: KJ on summer vacation. Las Vegas was fun, if very, very hot -- yesterday it reportedly got up to 113°F (45°C)! The highest I ever saw on my app was 109, which is bad enough. We saw a show and had a fantastic steak dinner, and today we spent mostly lounging by the pool and then had another fantastic dinner, tapas this time.

I doubt I will post much to my journal during the trip, so if you want to follow along, check out the Tumblr tag linked above. Otherwise, I'll see you next week! :)
owlmoose: (quote - B5 avalanche)
I can't quite believe that it's upon me so quickly. My next two weeks look something like this...

Tomorrow: Work, dinner with friends.
Friday: Write (two stories -- one final, one draft -- due before I leave), last-minute travel shopping, pack.
Saturday morning: Fly to Las Vegas.
Sunday night: Fly home from Las Vegas.
Monday afternoon: Fly to Nice.
Tuesday afternoon - Sunday 6/28: Cruise!
Sunday afternoon: Fly from Barcelona to Amsterdam.
Wednesday morning: Fly home from Amsterdam.
Wednesday night: Sleep forever.
Thursday-Friday: Continue sleeping forever.
July 4th weekend: Family stuff, probably.
Monday, July 6th: Back to work.

And I thought May was busy!

I expect to have extremely limited Internet access in Europe, since I don't have an international data plan on my phone, and we only get 100 minutes of free wi-fi on the cruise (you read that right: 100 minutes total, for five days, for both of us, which is purely terrifying). I'm sure we'll be able to find cafes and such with wireless from time to time, but for the most part I'm steeling myself to be offline, particularly before we get to Amsterdam. I do want to do at least a bit of travel blogging; most likely I'll post to Tumblr, because it's so much easier to post pictures there. I'll let you all know what the tag is, in case you want to follow along. :)
owlmoose: (let go)
Suddenly, you look up and realize that you haven't updated in far too long.

It turns out that June hasn't been much less busy than May -- work, birthday party, travel prep, Flight Rising profit push, two stories due this week, shopping trips (I got a couple of fabulous new dresses for the cruise), interview for a freelance thing (still haven't heard back though), and now the month is half over and I leave for Vegas in five days, Europe in a week.

I'm really excited about my upcoming trips, but when it's all over, I hope I can spend some more quality time with my couch.
owlmoose: (BMC - cloisters)
Had a fantastic weekend at the mothership, reconnecting with old dear friends, some of whom I hadn't seen in a very long time, as well as with people who I didn't know that well in school. One of the things about being a Mawrter, for me, is that we share a bond that goes beyond who we hung out with for the four (or however many years) we spent there. A kinship with the place, and each other, that affects us all and brings us close together. At every reunion, I spend hours chatting with at least one person I barely knew before, and come out of the experience with a new old friend. And even if we only friend each other on Facebook and see each other every five years, the connection is there, and it's important. There's a reason I make a point of going back every time.

Somehow I ended up agreeing to be class co-president for the next five years. I've been thinking about getting back into volunteering, might as well jump back into the pool with both feet. Right? Also yikes.

Now, to work on catching up with my life and taking a few weeks to breathe before the whirlwind begins again...
owlmoose: (tea - tea cup)
1. My trip to Nashville concluded with relative success. Various potential family dramas were sidestepped thanks to everyone being on good behavior (if not always their best), and I got to spend time with my brother and my nephew, neither of whom I see nearly often enough. I may be seeing much more of my brother soon, which is good news although not under good circumstances.

2. I was on a podcast! [personal profile] renay invited me to come share my thoughts and feelings about Avengers: Age of Ultron on [tumblr.com profile] fangirlhappyhour. It came out today and can be found here, or on the podcast provider of your choice. I recommend you check it out not just today, but in general, for [personal profile] renay and [twitter.com profile] booksmugglers's biweekly conversations on all things fannish, which are always a great time.

3. More travel coming down the pike! My 20 year college reunion is only two weeks away, and I'm getting excited about that. Then, in June, a friend is having a bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, which was supposed to be a long weekend but then I found out that T was being awarded a Mediterranean cruise by his employer. Okay, that's not a thing that happens in real life, is it? Except apparently, it does. So I'll come home on Sunday instead, and then on Monday we fly to Nice. I have to admit that I have a hard time believing that this is something that's actually going to take place. I might not fully accept it until I get off a plane in France. More about all this later, I am sure.

4. I'm still trying to decide whether to go to Baycon next weekend. I've never been, and I actually can go this weekend (often I'm out of town or have other conflicts), and Seanan McGuire is Guest of Honor, and there are many interesting things on the schedule, so that's all really exciting. On the other hand, I have something happening literally every weekend this month, and June is shaping up to be super busy as well, so it might be nice to have a few days off. Still contemplating.
owlmoose: (otter)
In Nashville for my brother's college graduation. It's sort of a weird time because he's also (very) recently (and somewhat suddenly, from my perspective) divorced, and also lost his job not too long ago, so lots of personal changes all at once. My parents are also here, and his relationship with them is a little bit strained, so I anticipate a weekend of much family wrangling and negotiating.

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

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

Some spoilers. )

Home

Oct. 25th, 2014 12:18 am
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
Back from Hawaii! It was an awesome trip except for the part where I fractured the tip of my left middle finger while getting out of a boat. So it's in a splint and my typing ability is rather limited. So I will forgo the long stories for now. Meanwhile, if you want to see pictures and other things, I recommend checking out my Tumblr tag. :) T took a zillion pictures and I'll point you toward those, too, when they're ready.

Busy Busy

Oct. 12th, 2014 10:56 pm
owlmoose: (da - varric)
Two new temp jobs, Giants in the playoffs, out of town friends visiting, chorus starting again, various DOINK! mod projects, getting more involved in Dominance battles in Flight Rising. Lots going on. Keeps me on my toes.

Hey, speaking of Flight Rising, there's a registration window coming very soon! It opens tomorrow at 5:30pmAM, Pacific Time, and lasts for 24 hours. If you're interested in breeding and playing with pretty pretty dragons, come join! Tell them owlmoose sent you. :) Then tell me, and I'll give you a dragon, and some other cool stuff. :D

And then, on top of all this, I'm leaving for a week in Hawaii on Thursday. Two days in Oahu, and then five days on the Big Island with a bunch of friends to celebrate S's birthday. Which is exciting, but it feels like there's still lots to do between now and then. Not complaining, though. Not even a little bit.

Sometimes, life does not suck.
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?

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