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Final Fantasy Kiss Battle is GO

I didn't get my act together to do a DA/Bioware/some other combo of Western RPG fandoms battle together in time for Valentine's Day (maybe the last week of February, when I'm not quite as busy with work or an impending concert week), but [personal profile] seventhe is hosting one for Final Fantasy!!

http://seventhe.dreamwidth.org/392208.html

I'm off to check it out now, and if you have any interest, I recommend you do the same.

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I'm trying to keep these to stories and links that I think have long-term use, rather than responding to whatever particular outrage has happened within the last fifteen minutes. There's just no way to keep up with a White House and Congress that's churning out stuff at the rate things are coming in a long-form journal, so I'm not even going to try. I do my best to keep up on Twitter, which is the best source for whatever is the latest and "greatest" anyway.

Anyway, have some links.

  • From former Congressman Barney Frank, a guide on how to make your opinions known to your elected representatives. There are some good points here, but one of the things I appreciate most is that he doesn't try to claim that one and only one contact point is the "right" one. There are many useful ways to engage; pick the one that works for you, or take a multi-pronged approach if you like.

  • "Our Part in the Darkness": this opinion piece, by Rabih Alameddine in The New Yorker, isn't a comfortable read, but I think it's an important reminder that we Americans should not attempt to distance ourselves from our country. Like it or not, support it or not, fighting against it or not, these things are happening here, and while 45, his minions, and his strongest supporters may be extreme examples, less stark examples of their beliefs and actions have always been part of the American landscape. Although not addressed directly, this article gets at why I'm not comfortable with the "not my president" formulation -- I may not have voted for him, I may have done my damnedest to keep him out of the office, but now he's here and he is the president, and I can't look away from that reality.

  • Two on the upcoming fight over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one from Politico and another, much angrier but with a similar takeaway, from journalist Kurt Eichenwald. The short version, with which I agree, is that this is where Democrats need to take their stand. If they lose the filibuster, so be it. A stolen Supreme Court seat is worth making a fuss over, and although I wish they had pulled out the big guns while Obama was still in the White House, better late than never.

  • Good advice on living the resistance from Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. I've been seeing this circulating without attribution quite a lot, so I wanted to make sure to get a direct link in here.

  • While I'm thinking about it, can I just complain about how much I hate the "cut and paste this text on your Facebook page" methodology that's gotten so popular for sharing essays and action items? I understand people's security concerns about not making FB posts public -- I almost never do it myself -- but it's a nightmare for source verification. There's got to be a better way.

  • Going back to Coretta Scott King, I know I just said I wanted to stay away from outrage of the day in my linkspam posts, but this thing where Elizabeth Warren was barred from speaking in the Senate for reading King's letter laying out the proven racism of then-nominee for Attorney General Pete Sessions is so egregious that I have to bring it up. First, a Tweetstorm on the history of the gag rule in the Senate, which was created to keep abolitionists from as much as mentioning slavery on the floor. Second, if you haven't already seen it, the full text of the letter is available in a lot of places now; this link goes to the Boston Globe (which also has an overview of the story). Finally, you've probably seen the new Nevertheless, She Persisted meme -- based on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's exact words when asked why Warren was silenced -- which is possibly my favorite rapid response weaponized meme yet. If you haven't looked at the Twitter hashtag yet, I highly recommend it.

  • From Vox, why the president is not an evil genius, and why that doesn't matter. I agree with both the initial premise of this (if the man and his top advisors were actually evil geniuses, the Republican administration would not be nearly so chaotic right now), and the upshot, which is that the outcome of the administration's actions is more important than their reasoning behind each one. This, for what it's worth, is why I avoid the "distraction" rhetoric that we hear so often these days -- "don't pay attention to this thing, it's just a distraction from that other more important thing!" Everything they are doing is terrible, and it all matters. Of course there's too much for all of us to focus on all the time -- we each have to triage for ourselves. But as the wise [twitter.com profile] sophiebiblio says, we shouldn't shame people for having different priorities.


  • If only. If only...


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Okay, so DA Kiss Battle, y/n?

The Dragon Age Kiss Battle got so little participation the last time I ran one, in 2015, that I didn't do it last year, and no one asked where it was. So maybe I should just assume that the time for this game has come and gone... and yet, I also feel like it could be the perfect thing for a tough time, to have some no-pressure, light-weight fandom fun.

So I throw it out to the masses. If I ran a Dragon Age kiss battle (here's the 2012 edition, for anyone who's not familiar), would you play? Would you create, leave prompts, and encourage others to do the same? My biggest concern is actually prompts; so few people left prompts in 2015, and without prompts there's no game.

Let me know your thoughts! And if your honest thought is "sorry, no one cares about that any more", I genuinely want to know. Thanks.

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Hmm

My WIP triage didn't turn up much to work on next. Just one story really, a Hawke in DA:I epic that's way too big to finish in one month. I don't want to start a new giant thing immediately after finishing up a different giant thing.

Any suggestions?

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Title: The Rising Mist
Fandom: Dragon Age and Final Fantasy XII
Rating: Teen (moderate DA-typical violence)
Wordcount: 26,903
Characters: Ashe, Balthier, Basch, Penelo, Fran, Elissa Cousland, Alistair, Nathaniel Howe, Alim Surana, Sigrun, Leliana, Zevran, many others.
Spoilers: Yes, for all three games and Dragon Age 2. Contains a couple of DA:I references but no spoilers.
Notes: So. I kept saying I was working on it, and here it is. Only five and a half years later. Many, many apologies for the wait, but I'm really happy to be able to share it now. A couple of comments. First, because huge chunks of this were plotted and written before DA:I came out, it's not entirely compliant with its canon. Second, huge thanks to everyone who ever talked story meta with me (names that come to mind are [personal profile] sarasa_cat, [personal profile] lassarina, and [personal profile] alias_sqbr, although I'm sure that's not everybody), and especially to [personal profile] justira for providing an amazing and detailed beta read, above and beyond the call of duty. Finally, my love to everyone who left a review on Part One asking for more, or who commented with enthusiasm whenever I added WoI to my monthly writing goals. Knowing that people were looking forward to this second installment kept me pushing forward, and I look forward to being able to say it's finally completely done whenever I get to writing Part Three (currently targeted to publish in 2018).

Posted on AO3.

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January wrap-up; February goals

Days written: 25/31
Words written: 8,357
Words behind on GYWO: 4,393 (but I mostly edited this month so that's not really surprising)
Words of fic written: 3,928
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One, plus an exchange fic that went live

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1. Write an average of six days per week. If you don't count the time I was traveling, I'd say this is a yes.

2. Beta pending, finish and post Wardens of Ivalice, Part 2. Close. Sooooooooo close. Look for this in a day or two.

3. Undertake the annual WIP triage, and target one fic to finish and post either this month or in February. This got pushed aside by Wardens of Ivalice editing. Next month.

4. Finish and post at least one [community profile] fandom_stocking story (due on 1/5). Success, but sort of cheating -- I didn't make the original deadline; instead I volunteered to write for someone who needed more gifts. Anyway, the fic is here.

5. Write and publish my Hugo recommendations post. No, although I did write a 2016 media in review post for [community profile] ladybusiness. But it's not a proper Hugo post because it includes media not published in 2016. This will also appear next month.

Speaking of next month: goals for February. I'm not even going to include posting Wardens of Ivalice; that's a gimme.

1. Write an average of six days per week.

2. Annual WIP triage and target a fic to finish in February.

3. Hugo recommendations post.

4. Write and post stories for [community profile] monthlysupergo, which I'm trying out as a lightweight prompt community. They're doing a random characters challenge this month, a game I can never ever resist.

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Welp, here we are. Day 7. Here's hoping we make it the rest of the way.

  • More proof that California is not remotely fucking around: Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address. He's previously had some strong words on taking action against climate change, but he laid down the law on a bunch of other issues too: immigration, healthcare, etc. California has 10% of the nation's population and the world's sixth largest economy; that's a lot of weight to throw around, and I fully support doing it. I have friends who keep making noises about a "Calexit", but I think that's both mean-spirited and short sighted. We need to be leading the charge against Trumpism, not running in the other direction.

  • Protest Works: Jamelle Bouie on the power of the 1/21/17 Women's March and why it proves we need to stay on the offensive.

  • Fortunately, it looks like there are a lot more protests in the works: The Scientist March (no date set yet, but they seem to be moving quickly), the Tax March on April 15th, a National Pride March on June 11th (I might even try to get to DC for that one). I think a big protest every two months, with rapid response gatherings in response to specific things like the immigration rallies yesterday and the GOP gathering in Philadelphia today, sounds about right. I hope we can keep it up.

  • As these protests, marches, and rallies come together, I hope that we can be mindful of the many legit criticisms of the Women's March around intersectionality. This is one example, on race issues, but there are many, many others. We can celebrate the good aspects of the march while still listening to the critiques, learning from them, and trying to do better next time.

  • From 2016 but always relevant: Why Rep. John Lewis is not to be trifled with.

  • One of my favorite pieces of resistance (much as I hate that it needs to be done) are the "rogue" Twitter accounts being created by government employees to get around the limits that the new administration has been placing on the spread of information. Unofficial accounts for the National Park Service and individual parks, NASA, the EPA, the USDA, and over a dozen others have started popping up. [twitter.com profile] StollmeyerEU is maintaining an updated list here. Who knew that, when the revolution came, that the National Park Service would be leading the way? (Well, maybe this lady.)


And for today's bit of fun: remains of giant prehistoric otters have been found in China.

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As We Go Marching, Marching

I went to the Women's March in San Francisco today. Because there was an anti-abortion protest earlier in the day (organized months earlier -- they do a march here on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade every year), city officials asked the organizers to make their event later, so the rally started at 3pm. It was a little weird, being at home and watching all the pictures and reports coming in on social media when my march was still hours away.

I ended up only walking about half the march route, for two reasons: rain, and T came along with me despite crowds not being at all his scene, and I didn't want to push him into overdoing it. Still, even if I didn't participate as fully as I could, I'm so glad I had the chance to be part of this amazing and historic event.

Some pictures I took are posted on my Tumblr, and I linked to a few others.

I haven't been to many protest marches, but I always leave them feeling supported and invigorated. Now to turn those feelings into action, tomorrow and every day that follows.

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Critical Role fic: "Sibling Rivalry"

Hmm, I need some Critical Role icons.

Title: Sibling Rivalry
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: GA
Wordcount: 2011
Characters: Percy and Cassandra, mention of Percy/Vex
Spoilers: through episode 73 ("The Coming Storm")
Notes: Written for the 2016 round of Winter's Crest gifts, to a request for a story about the complex relationship between the de Rolo siblings, especially in light of the revelations in episode 73. Set in a slight AU of Episode 74 (giving Vox Machina an extra day in Whitestone).

Summary: Percival and Cassandra sometimes have different ideas about how much information she needs to have to properly rule Whitestone. A conversation, a fight, a reconciliation.

On AO3

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Babylon 5 fic: "Bridges"

Title: Bridges
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 838
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Elizabeth Lochley
Spoilers: Whole series
Notes: Written for the 2016 round of Fandom Stocking, to a request of Ivanova and Lochley meeting for the first time. Apologies for any canon errors, particularly station geography.

Also on AO3

The Warlock popped out of the jumpgate, and Captain Susan Ivanova's hands tightened on the rail at a too-familiar sight: Babylon 5, spinning off in the distance.

When the orders had come in to make a pit-stop at Babylon 5 the Warlock's last port of call before returning to Earth, Ivanova had been tempted to toss them out of an airlock, or send them back with a few choice words scrawled on top. She'd taken this assignment to get away from her memories, bad and good alike; she'd planned to come back for a visit someday, but not yet. Not when the wounds were still this fresh.

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Emerald City?

Dark and gritty Oz-inspired TV series: not sure if want. But The Mary Sue's enthusiastic review is promising. Anyone watching? Any thoughts?

For reference, I enjoyed Wicked as a musical but HATED the book, largely because it had no sense of wonder whatsoever, and that is an absolute must in an Oz adaptation for me. I read the books many, many times as a child; I like the classic movie well enough but find the differences from the book jarring (especially the end).

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The Future of LJ?

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.

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Media Year in Review: 2016

I wrote an overview of my year in reading and watching stuff for [community profile] ladybusiness. You can find it here. I also set some annual reading goals for the first time ever; we'll see how that goes.

Although you can likely infer some of my choices :) this is not a proper Hugo recommendation post. Look for one of those later this month, after I've got more short fiction under my belt. But considering this your reminder that 2017 Hugo nominations are now open!

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Somewhat weekly political linkspam post

I probably need a catchier name for this project....

Not much this time because I actively avoided posting news and politics links while I was in Hawaii. A few gems, though.

  • A quick rundown of the attempt of Congressional Republicans to defang House ethics rules and the almost immediate reversal. The two main takeaways: public outcry sometimes works, but we have to keep watching them like hawks.

  • I found this Tweetstorm on this history of reconstruction from [twitter.com profile] arthur_effect (Arthur Chu) to be both informative and thought-provoking, in terms of what might happen next in this national backlash to progress on civil rights issues.

  • Another on the "Third Reconstruction," from Rev. William Barber, the leader of North Carolina's Moral Monday movement. Moral Monday is an excellent model for liberal resistance, and I hope more of us can adopt it.

  • Very good takedown of the idea that Hillary Clinton lost "working Americans". It largely boils down to the media's limited definitions of "working" and "Americans" (i.e. white men in very specific kinds of jobs).

  • From Brookings, a blueprint for what path the media should follow to cover the incoming administration.


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Days written: 19/31
Words written: 4,327
Words of fic written: 1,192
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: None publicly, one that's hidden for an exchange reveal
Words written in 2015: 105,762
Fic words written in 2015: 59,760
Fic words posted in 2015: 27,132

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Specific goals for December:

1. Write at least six days per week except while traveling (the last week of the month). Pretty close; it looks worse than it is because I didn't write at all on my trip.

2. Finish and post Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 before I leave on 12/27. This didn't happen; see below.

3. Finish and submit story for Winter's Crest Gifts, also before 12/27 (due on 12/31). Success! This is the aforementioned story that hasn't been revealed yet.</em>

4. Write and post at least two substantial articles for my journal and/or [community profile] ladybusiness. If my new weekly linkspam project counts, then yes. If not, then I think it's still a yes, because I wrote a book review for LB and another for The Book Smugglers, although that wasn't published until today. Still, this makes the first time I've ever written an article for a blog that isn't Lady Business, which is pretty exciting!

Specific goals for 2016:

1. Report monthly wordcounts to [community profile] getyourwordsout, and share WIP snippets with ushobwri at least once per month. Stretch goal: hit 150k pledge amount. I missed reporting my wordcount in June, but I basically excused myself from life that month. I've officially moved on from [profile] ushobwri. Not even close on the stretch goal; more on that below.

2. Participate in at least one Big Bang and one fic exchange that I've never done before. I did a Reverse Bang for Critical Role as well as three new-to-me fic exchanges: one for Dragon Age, one for MCU, and one for Critical Role. So that's a definite success.

3. Set aside one month to work on Wardens of Ivalice as my main project for that month. I did this in April, and I got exactly what I wanted from it: momentum. From that point onward, I worked on the story at least a little every month, and it went to beta at the end of November. Although life intervened and my beta hasn't had time to get me edits yet, I still feel very good about my progress, and I have high hopes for getting Part Two published this month or next. (This is part of why I have so many fewer published words in 2016 -- almost half of my fic words are on Wardens of Ivalice.)

One related thing I wanted to mention: in 2015, I set myself a goal to finish all my outstanding WIPs. That was far too broad a goal and I failed it utterly, but I kept the idea in mind when I created monthly goals throughout the year, and of my three outstanding giveaway fics, I wrote and published two of them (and the third is for someone who vanished from fandom over a year ago, so I don't feel so bad about leaving it on hiatus).

4. Participate in at least two journal-writing challenges/projects. Between [profile] lady_business and my weekly linkspam project, I'm going to call this one a yes.

5. Archive all flashfic to DW/AO3 on a quarterly basis. I sometimes had to nudge myself at the beginning of a quarter, but mostly yes -- although I wrote so little flash this year that it hardly mattered.

So the trend of less writing continues -- although I wonder if at some point I will have to consider this level of productivity a new normal. I hate the idea of that, though. Here's my updated year-by-year chart:



I included fic words posted this year (note that I didn't track that number in 2010), so you can see how badly that cratered this year. Maybe what I miss most is the flashfic. I suspect this ties in to feeling more disconnected from fandom lately. Keeping up on Tumblr has been both more difficult because of time, and more daunting because of drama. I got way more into Twitter this year, partly because I met Twitter people at cons and partly because it's much easier to pop in and out during my workday. And I enjoy it, but it means I'm not posting fic memes or participating in meta conversations on Tumblr, which was better from a creativity standpoint. On the other hand, I am writing on DW somewhat more than I have in recent years. Not enough to balance the numbers out, but somewhat.

Anyway, let's do some goals. In January:

1. Write an average of six days per week.

2. Beta pending, finish and post Wardens of Ivalice, Part 2.

3. Undertake the annual WIP triage, and target one fic to finish and post either this month or in February.

4. Finish and post at least one [community profile] fandom_stocking story (due on 1/5).

5. Write and publish my Hugo recommendations post.

And annual goals for 2017:

1. Sign up for [community profile] getyourwordsout with the intention of hitting the 150k goal. Yes, that's right. Yes, I know that means I have to write half-again as many the words as I wrote this year. But I wonder if giving myself a wordcount metric to meet will get me back into writing more words at a stretch. I tried to get myself into that this year by scheduling writing sprints, but I rarely succeeded in doing so. I think it's at least a worthy experiment.

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.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang and two fic exchanges. Of these, at least one of these should be new to me.

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.

5. Find a fic prompt community I like and participate regularly. Recommendations welcome!

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Fic Year in Review: 2016

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).

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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 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.

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Fannish year in review: 2016

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.

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Holiday wishes

Today has been a bit of slow holiday/travel prep -- baking, laundry, cleaning the house, a last-minute shopping trip (I'm getting on a plane Tuesday and remembered whilst in the shower this morning that I hadn't yet replaced my broken travel headphones), wrapping a few gifts. My uncle who lives in Sacramento is hosting the family Christmas dinner tomorrow. Then on Tuesday we leave for a week in Hawaii!! :D After over twenty years together, two of my dearest friends are getting married on Kauai, and we'll be there through January 2nd. This will be the first time in many, many years that I will be out of town on New Year's Eve, but fortunately most of the people I'd be most likely to spend the holiday with will be in Hawaii with me. I'm looking forward to a bit of vacation, and seeing Kauai for the first time.

Happy Christmas Eve to all that celebrate, and Happy Hanukkah for those of you who celebrate, and Happy Saturday to all! The solstice is past, and so the days are already getting longer in this hemisphere, and very soon this year will be over, and I think the end of 2016 is something we can all be happy about, no matter how uncertain the future might seem.

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Weekly Political Linkspam

This will be my last link collection for the year, since I'll be out of town the week after Christmas.



Today's bit of fun: I was reminded of one of my favorite pieces of meta-media: the fake Lucas Lee movie posters from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, featuring Chris Evans. Sadly, the original article with Evans's own commentary no longer seems to be online, but there's a screencap here, and larger versions of just the posters here.

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Review of Luck in the Shadows

My latest TBR book review for [community profile] ladybusiness went up last night, for Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. I enjoyed it, although I also feel like the last thing I need is another series to read. Why don't people write good standalone books anymore?

Also, sick. :P Just in time for the holidays, yay!

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