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 No longer updated with new stories as of December 2007.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

Burning

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:27 pm
owlmoose: A photo of a Highway 1 roadsign, with the California Coast in the background (california - sign)
Although I was born in the Midwest, spent much of my childhood in Iowa, and have lived in San Francisco for nearly 18 years now, I consider my hometown to be Santa Rosa, California, where my family moved when I was 13. It's where I went to junior high and high school, the city where my parents still live, and the place both my brothers went back to when it was time to go home.

And I've spent the last three days watching it burn.

This got a little long. )
owlmoose: (book)
So, I've fallen behind on reading. I can pinpoint two reasons for this: it's taking me a good a month to read The Stone Sky (not that it isn't very good, but I'm finding it slow going), and I find I want to spend my media time watching TV or listening to podcasts instead. There's no particular reason for this, that I can discern; it's just where my head as been at lately.

Anyway, my goals are posted here, and my last check-in, from July, is here. I have currently read 26 books, still quite a bit behind the pace to hit a goal of 50. Of these, 8 books are by authors of color, or about 30%; not great, but by author I'm at 8 out of 18, a slightly more respectable 44%. And since I've read most of the books in series I plan to read this year, I hope for that percentage to go up. Still no non-fiction (although Trevor Noah's memoir is on deck next -- I need to read it in time to give back to my aunt on Thanksgiving) or graphic novels, and I continue to fail at getting older books off my TBR. Why do great new books need to keep coming out? Why? I will never read everything ever written at this pace.
owlmoose: (Default)
Dear Yuletide author,

Thanks for writing me my very first Yuletide story ever! I'm excited to participate for the first time. While I'm sure anything you write will be great, and I included suggested prompts on my sign-up I wanted to share some of my general likes and dislikes.

In general:

My favorite fanworks are almost always grounded in canon somehow -- missing scenes, what happened before or after the story we saw, delving into someone's thoughts motivations. What-if AUs are great, too, but I prefer seeing canon as the clear jumping off point. I'm less interested in crossovers, fusions, or stories that take the characters and put them in an unfamiliar setting. I am never here for character or ship bashing, and I am particularly protective of the female characters that I love.

I love gen fic, friendship fic, family of choice fic, and romance. I tend to be more interested in het or F/F slash than in M/M slash. I tend to prefer vanilla to kinky (with the exception of threesomes), lots of feelings to porn without plot, and reality-grounded stories to crack. I dislike stories with consent issues: rape, incest, large age differences (especially if one character is a minor and the other is not), sexual situations with prepubescent children, and extreme power differentials. My favorite trope of all time is separation and reunion, and this applies to family and friends as well as lovers.

I hope this is enough to get you started! Thanks again for writing, and have fun! I'm sure as long as you love what you're doing, I'll love it, too.
owlmoose: (critical role - vex)
For more about the Something on Sunday project, see [twitter.com profile] readingtheend's post explaining her vision.

First of all, the main thing for this week is that T is home after almost two weeks away. I think I've taken a couple of nine-day trips without him since we've been together, but it's not common, and it's rare for him to travel without me at all, much less for this long. So that makes me happy: both having him around again, and not having to hold down the fort by myself.

Secondly, this week's episode of Critical Role, which I was able to watch live, was huge, and amazing, and heart-breaking, and stand-up-and-cheer awesome. Vox Machina took on their final boss, and I almost could not have hoped for more. Cut for major spoilers. )
owlmoose: Picture of MLB pitchers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain (baseball - pitchers)
Earlier this week, the always-marvelous [twitter.com profile] readingtheend aka Jenny proposed a simple idea to promote more community and sharing on blogs: "Something on Sunday"

The only guidelines are that you write about something that kept you on your feet that week, whether that’s a person that inspired you, an action you took that you’re proud of, a book or movie or TV show that nourished your heart, a self-care strategy that worked for you, a goofy event or moment that brought you joy. Whatever it is, every Sunday, I want you to tell me something that matters to you.


I think this is brilliant. And I'm always looking for routes back into long-form blogging, because I love it, and I miss it, and although my track record with keeping up on projects like this is poor, I'm going to at least give it a try. Sunday afternoons and evenings are often a good opportunity for me to plan writing time -- it's usually when I do my [community profile] ladybusiness work for the week -- so I can be hopeful!

There is no question what I will pick as my inspiration this week: baseball. The San Francisco Giants had a truly wretched season this year -- they lost almost 100 games and ended up with their second-worst record in the last century -- and I admit I didn't follow quite as closely as usual because it was so frustrating. But last week, Matt Cain announced in a team meeting that this season would be his last. He was scheduled to start yesterday, and within a few minutes of hearing the news, it occurred to me to check for tickets. I got lucky: two excellent seats for a very reasonable price. Since T is still out of town, I asked around friends and family, and my cousin L was able to join me. We went to the game, and even though the Giants lost, it was an excellent and memorable experience.

Matt Cain has been one of my most beloved baseball players for many years, since he came up in 2004, only 20 years old, and developed into the brightest spot on a mediocre team -- Barry Bonds was on his way out, Buster Posey was still a few years away, and the team couldn't score a run to save their life. But Cain kept plugging away, putting in solid-to-brilliant starts and taking losses for his trouble (his final win-loss record, just a hair below .500, is not at all representative of his talent). And he never complained: not to the media, not within the baseball community, and by all accounts not in private either. His nickname was The Horse, because he took the heavy load and kept on going. And then, suddenly, a few years before anyone was really expecting it, the rest of the team around him caught fire and kept going, winning three World Series in five years. Cain was a big part of the 2010 team's success, but 2012 was his year: that was the year of the perfect game, and he started the All-Star Game, and put some brilliant playoff performances, and if he hadn't already been beloved, this was the year that would cement him as a legend in franchise history.

But no sports career lasts forever, and Cain's downhill slide began not long after. He missed much of 2014, including all of the playoffs, due to injury; he had elbow surgery that offseason and was never quite the same pitcher again. His contract is up this year, and rather than try to pull it back together with another team, he's decided to call it a career, and retire a life-long Giant. And who can blame him? It's hard work, and he has young kids, and although sometimes older players get lucky when they try to reinvent themselves, the odds are long. I'm so glad that it worked out for him to pitch one last time in front of the home fans. He made it through the fifth inning, and when he walked off the mound for the last time, met manager Bruce Bochy at the top of the stairs, and shook his hand, then hugged him, the wave of love and support and appreciation was so amazing. It even comes through on the video, how much Matt Cain means not only to the fans but to his teammates. The San Jose Mercury News has a good story about the game itself, and Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles (my favorite Giants blog) does a better job than me of explaining why Matt Cain means so much to the Giants fandom. I'm so fortunate that I was able to be there, and that my cousin was there to share the moment with me.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - paine remember)
Days written: 20/30
Words written: 7,867
Words of fic written: 4,754
Words written, YTD: 75,006
Stories worked on: Six
Stories posted: Three

Charts didn't think it was too ambitious this time, but boy were we wrong about that one. )

Specific goals:
1. Write at least six days per week (except for the one weekend I'll be out of town) and make another run at hitting the wordcount goal for the month. Despite the above I got pretty close to the first half of the goal (I didn't write at all when I was traveling), but the second was a far, far miss.

2. Complete and post the Remix Revival story (due September 10th) Success!

3. Make significant progress on Face the Music sequel. Not really; I was not in the headspace to write an action-y long fic this month.

4. Post at least two media reviews to either my journal or [community profile] ladybusiness. I successfully finished and posted my Buried Heart review, and I also did my two Adventure Zone write-ups, so I suppose those count.

And now for the Q3 check-in on my annual goals:

1. Sign up for [community profile] getyourwordsout with the intention of hitting the 150k goal. Well. Today I realized that I was close to hitting the halfway mark for the year, so I decided to make a point of doing so. And I have. Getting the rest of the way would require writing 25k words per month for the next three months, and I can tell you that this is not going to happen. But I'll do what I can.

2. Keep up the regular linkspam posts in my journal; write at least one, ideally two posts for [community profile] ladybusiness every month; and stay on top of contributing to [community profile] ladybusiness anchor posts and group projects. Except for the linkspam, which is still usually around two a month, and contributing to anchor posts, I have fallen down on this a bit.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang and two fic exchanges. Of these, at least one of these should be new to me. Remix Revival isn't exactly a new exchange -- it's a rebranding of Remix Redux -- but I did participate in it. I imagine I'll get into a holiday exchange by the end of the year, but I doubt I will find a Big Bang between now and then. But I'll keep my eye out.

4. Once Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 is finished, pick a month to prioritize writing a first draft of Part 3, with a goal of getting it posted sometime in 2018. So, I'm torn. I still want to do this, but I also want to finish the Alistair story, and I feel like I need to get that out of the way first. It won't be October. But maybe November will work.

5. Find a fic prompt community I like and participate regularly. Recommendations welcome! I picked up a [community profile] ladiesbingo card that I think will fill out the rest of the year nicely. One story already posted, and I have an idea for the next.

October has the potential to be a really quiet month, or a really busy month, depending on some family stuff that's up-in-the-air. So I'll keep the goals small-ish, just in case.

1. Write six days a week unless I end up traveling.

2. Write at least one more Ladies Bingo story.

3. Outline the Alistair story and work toward having a complete draft by the end of the month.

4. At least two media reviews.
owlmoose: (marvel - jessica jones fractured)
Title: No Case Too Small
Fandom: MCU/Jessica Jones
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 877
Characters: Jessica Jones, Trish Walker
Spoilers: Nope
Notes: Written to the prompt "kittens and puppies". Just a bit of fun.

Also on AO3.

"When you said I should start taking more cases, I didn't think you had this kind of thing in mind." Jessica lowered herself into a squat, hands on her knees, and tilted her head to get a better look through the grate. "What's next, rescuing kittens from trees?"

She didn't have to turn around; she could all but hear Trish rolling her eyes. )
owlmoose: (avatar - korra)
Wow, how did I go almost a month without doing one of these? Clearly I'm not going to catch everything, but here's some highlights/more recent stuff.

  • If you read only one thing on this page, make it Ta-Nehisi Coates's excellent "The First White President", a stark appraisal of how Trump's presidency is a direct response to Obama's. This is from almost a month ago, so I hope you've already seen it, but if not, you must.

  • One of the hot stories lately has been the escalation of the NFL anti-racism protests (and that is what they are, at their root, not any of this nonsense that people have tried to dig up about patriotism and respect for the troops). One of my favorite responses comes from Bob Costas, of all people, who says some excellent things about sports and the conflation of patriotism with support for the military.

  • A New York Times editorial reminds us that protest is almost never popular at the time it happens. NFL fans may be booing now, even as more players and even the owners start getting involved, but history may take a very different view.

  • I found this Newsweek article about Trump's history with the NFL to be pretty telling. It's not particularly a secret that Trump has made several attempts to purchase an NFL franchise, but he's been blocked by other owners as well as outbid. What I hadn't realized was that he ran the USFL (a short-lived would-be competitor) into the ground in his desperate attempts to be accepted. The story is pure Trump from beginning to end, and might explain why he's so quick to go after the owners now. If nothing else, make sure you read the letter from another USFL owner to Trump.

  • Vox has an interesting and depressing article about psychic numbing and the difficulty of getting people to care about large-scale tragedies.

  • The big topic in my newsfeeds a couple of weeks ago was Hillary Clinton's new memoir and the (depressingly predictable) backlash to it. This take from Quartz uses the coincidence of Bernie Sanders introducing his "Medicare for All" bill at around the same time to compare and contrast the way the media talks about Sanders versus how it talks about Clinton. Spoiler alert: sexism is involved.

  • Some of the book got leaked in advance, primarily sections where Clinton talks about Sanders and his effect on the race. (Mostly leaked by CNN, and isn't it interesting that these passages, sure to be controversial and re-spark infighting among the left, are the ones they chose? Instead of, say, one of the apparently many passages where she blasted the mainstream media for their terrible and imbalanced coverage? I wonder why THAT might be.) This analysis of the leaked text points out that her critique of Sanders was both balanced and fact based, but who cares about that when you can promote a "lady was mean to a man!" narrative?

  • Really excellent BuzzFeed article on private-public spaces built by tech companies and why they're no substitute for a genuinely public commons. It's nice that Apple wants to think of their stores as "town squares", but will that last when someone wants to have a picnic there, or a political protest? Somehow I don't think that's going to fly.

  • Another thing I missed was the announcement that DACA will be sunsetting, but that The Occupant is open to signing a DREAM Act-like bill if it passes Congress. (And for once that's not just words; Five Thirty Eight estimates that DACA could likely pass Congress with no trouble, although that doesn't mean it will ever come up for a vote.) Since anti-immigrant sentiment is one of the main issues that got him in the White House, this seems like a contradiction, but I thought Chris Hayes had a good take on why even his most hard-core anti-immigrant supporters might be okay with it: opposition to Obama was never about the policies themselves, but about the fact that a black man was implementing them. White people have taken the power back; as long as that's the case, what happens next doesn't really matter. Racism, my friends. It's the engine that drives so many things.
owlmoose: (moose sign)
So I kind of blew through the rest of TAZ, including all the freely available live shows except the one that posted today (but not the two Flophouse episodes). I am probably not sucked in enough to shell out the five bucks a month to get at the bonus content -- paying for one D&D show seems to be my limit -- but who knows. From Crystal Kingdom right through the end, the story and characters grabbed me in their teeth and refused to let me go, and I found it one of my more satisfying listening experiences in awhile.

I have a lot to say, but most all of it is spoilers. I am VERY glad that I was not at all spoiled for the main story arc, because watching it all unfold for the players as well as myself was a huge aspect of my enjoyment. So putting a spoiler cut here.

Spoilers through the finale. )

It'll be interesting to see how things change when they start playing their new games next month. I expect that I'll enjoy whatever the Critical Role gang gets up to next, in large part because I've already seen them do other things with their various one-shots, so I feel confident that my attachment is as much to the players (and especially the DM) as to the specific team of Vox Machina. I haven't gotten the opportunity to know the McElroys quite as well yet, so I'm not sure whether the changes will take with me, especially if someone else is GMing. But I'll certainly stick with it, at least for now. I look forward to discovering what direction the boys go.
owlmoose: (BMC - cloisters)
There's a lot of fandom cross-pollination between Critical Role and The Adventure Zone, which makes a lot of sense -- they're both story-focused Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, a family of nerds playing their beloved games and sharing them with an audience -- but despite my love for CR, I'd been a bit reluctant to dive in to TAZ. But then I learned that the current campaign would be wrapping up soon (I understand it's recently done so), and I decided to give it a shot. I'd been listening to it every now and again as I had time, but it didn't suck me in as completely as Critical Role did... and then I reached The Eleventh Hour, which is the fifth main story arc. I'd noticed the GM's storytelling and the players' character work improving over time, but everything took a serious level up in the previous arc (The Crystal Kingdom), and early in The Eleventh Hour everything solidified, pulling me into the story to the point that I'm now dying to know what happens next.

It used to be that I never wrote fic for a canon that I hadn't finished, but anyone who knows me and my relationship kinks (specifically, separation and reunion) will probably not be surprised that I was taken by the urge to write about one particular scene. Cut for spoilers. )

I'm sure this moment has been ficced a thousand times, but I learned my lesson about looking for fic when I'm behind on a canon from Dragon Age. ;) So for now I'll just present my own quick take on the scene; maybe once I've finished the Balance storyline I'll revisit it with the full knowledge of anything relevant that happens later. Note, I'm still early in the arc that follows Eleventh Hour (The Suffering Game; I've only listened to the first episode) so please no spoilers for anything later in comments.

Title: Magnus Knows
Fandom: The Aventure Zone
Rating: All audiences
Wordcount: 735
Characters: Magnus, the Chalice, Magnus/Julia
Spoilers: Yes, through Ep. 48 (The Eleventh Hour, Chapter 8)
Notes: See above :)

Magnus knows. )
owlmoose: (avatar - korra)
I realize I haven't had the best of luck with fic bingo cards lately, but how could I resist [community profile] ladiesbingo? My card under the cut.

And Bingo was her name-oh )

There's one prompt on here that I should probably have asked to be excluded, but oh well -- I can work around it easily enough. Or who knows -- maybe I'll get a fun idea to subvert it. I have thoughts about which rows and columns I might tackle, but if there are any prompts in here that you're dying to see me write, let me know!
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
I wrote a book review for [community profile] ladybusiness: some thoughts on Buried Heart by Kate Elliott, the final book in my best beloved Court of Fives series.

There are no spoilers in that review, but if you've read it and want to have a spoiler laden discussion of all the twists and turns and that ending, bring all your thoughts right here.
owlmoose: (otter)
Days written: 25/31
Words written: 10,341
Words of fic written: 4,220
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Charts should have figured the plan was too ambitious )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days per week (total, not on average) and hit my writing goal for [community profile] getyourwordsout's Mid-Year Marathon, which is a commitment to write a particular wordcount during the months of July and/or August. Because of travel and other things, I knew July wasn't going to work, but I've decided to participate in August -- and I'm doing it for the next challenge level up (200k/year instead of 150k). So that's 16,986 words for the month; that's ambitious given my wordcounts this year, but I have a few bigger projects in mind for it, so wish me luck. I met the first part of the goal, and did better most weeks. The second was a clear miss (over 6k words short), but I still got my second biggest wordcount of the year so far, so... that's not too bad I guess?

2. Finish, edit, and post the FFXII story. Success!

3. Write complete draft for Remix Revival assignment. It's pretty close, anyway. The ending needs some help but when was that ever not true?

4. Two book or other media reviews for [community profile] ladybusiness. Wrote most of one review but haven't posted it yet -- look for it on Tuesday.

5. Work on sequel to Face the Music, which really wants to be written. Got a decent start on this! I hope to finish it next month or early October so I can turn my attention to Part 3 of Wardens of Ivalice (which right now is mostly waiting on me to finish my replay of FFXII).

Okay. So. September, here we come:

1. Write at least six days per week (except for the one weekend I'll be out of town) and make another run at hitting the wordcount goal for the month. I expect this month to be really slow at my day job, so that should give me the opportunity to buckle down.

2. Complete and post the Remix Revival story (due September 10th)

3. Make significant progress on Face the Music sequel.

4. Post at least two media reviews to either my journal or [community profile] ladybusiness.
owlmoose: (Default)
Everything happens so much. I haven't heard from my cousin who lives in Houston; I hope he's okay. All we can do from here is watch, and hope, and give money if we can. (But avoid the American Red Cross. Their many problems have been well-documented; for one source, ProPublica has conducted a series of investigations into their alleged misuse of funds.)

owlmoose: (think)
It's been a bit of a wild ride in San Francisco these last couple of days.

Backstory and context. )

How I spent my Saturday. )

I'm glad I went, and I'm glad the response from the city and its people was so overwhelming: your blatant hate is not welcome here. Now I hope we can carry this momentum forward to improve equality for our citizens in other ways. Obviously, SF is not without its problems. But I'm happy to have come together on this important an issue for one day.

Eclipse!

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:53 pm
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
It was only around 75% totality in my area, but still pretty cool. I'm very glad the sky wasn't obscured by fog, which was sounding entirely possible yesterday morning.

Probably I should have gotten my act together to find a place to see the totality. Maybe in 2024, where the totality is further away but closer to people I might reasonably be able to visit.

Meanwhile, have some tree shadows from the courtyard in front of my office.
owlmoose: (quote - B5 avalanche)
Between North Korea and Charlottesville and everything else happening, it's hard not to feel like everything is burning down. But until the world actually ends, it's better to proceed as if it will keep on turning, so have some linkspam.

owlmoose: (ff12 - ashe)
Title: Inapproriate
Fandom: FFXII
Rating: Teen-ish
Wordcount: 7902
Characters: Ashe/Balthier, Ashe/Al-Cid, Penelo, Ondore
Spoilers: Yes but nothing really blatant.
Notes: A few months ago, I was complaining about not having any fic ideas, and [personal profile] renay pounced on me with a suggestion of Ashe/Balthier and fake dating. This is the result. Thanks to Nay for the bunny and to [personal profile] justira for a super-helpful beta read. Also thanks to Square Enix for releasing The Zodiac Age, thereby giving me the opportunity to put the characters' voices back in my head.

Summary: Beset by advisors who are pressuring her to marry, Queen Ashe reacts by bringing sky pirate Balthier as her escort to an important state event. Just having a bit of fun at her council's expense... right?

Posted on AO3.

OH MY GOD

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:31 am
owlmoose: (heroes - hiro jump)
LADY BUSINESS WON THE BEST FANZINE HUGO.

IS THIS THE REAL LIFE?

More when I can actually be coherent about it.
owlmoose: (cats - tori sun)
My regular work schedule is officially Monday through Wednesday, but what with one thing and another I've been working a lot of Thursdays lately. But today, I am not (except for a call in a couple of hours), so I am free! (Mostly.) Currently I am doing the "laptop in cafe" thing, which is usually how I spend my non-working Thursday mornings. Then I'll head home for the call, maybe do a little work, and then I'll have a free afternoon until it's time to meet people for dinner. But I'm sure what I'll actually do is sit around and be jealous of everyone who is in Helsinki for WorldCon.

Speaking of WorldCon, have I told you all how very excited I am for next year? WorldCon in my back yard. And so many awesome people are coming. I wish I could invite everyone to my place and have a big party, but it's 1. too small for a large gathering and 2. about 40 miles from the venue, so it's not like we could just pop over. But if you are attending, and plan to spend any time in San Francisco before or after the con, let me know! I am happy to play tour guide. Everyone should come to San Jose, and we will have excellent adventures together.

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