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Anyone else listening to The Black Tapes?

Thanks to recommendations from [personal profile] renay and others (oddly enough, it was an interview with Joseph Fink of Welcome to Night Vale that finally tipped me over), I spend the last few days listening to the entirety of The Black Tapes, a fiction podcast that everyone describes as "Serial meets The X-Files". The Serial comparison is particularly apt -- I've noticed many ways in which Black Tapes is directly parodying, satirizing, and out-right copying the juggernaut documentary podcast (especially its first season).

Although there are plenty of criticisms I could make, clearly I found it compelling enough to binge on the whole thing in a short time, and I'm eagerly awaiting what's coming next. There's also a couple of things I want to talk about. Anyone want to indulge me?

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Those are just a couple of things that come to mind; I'm sure we could talk about much more. Comment threads are open! Expect spoilers.

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Big news of the week

There are many great things about living in San Francisco, and one of them is that the big Broadway shows often launch their touring productions here. I haven't often been able to take advantage of this fact, because said big show launches almost always sell out quickly, mostly to season ticket holders. Usually, I end up catching a show on its second or third time through (that's how I saw Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Avenue Q), and usually I'm fine with that.

I bet some of you can guess where this is going.

So the local Broadway series recently put season tickets for the 2016-17 season on sale, for six shows, two of which were announced. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was one. And the other? Is Hamilton.

I have never even thought about buying season tickets for this series before, but I immediately started considering whether it was worth shelling out for it this time. Soon, I discovered that a number of my friends were having similar thoughts, and a couple of days ago, we went for it. So I am now the proud holder of a season pass for the upcoming season, and I will be seeing Hamilton in the Spring of 2017!

I like going to the theater, so there's a good chance that I'll be happy to see whatever the other shows are. (Dare I hope for Fun Home to go on tour next year, too? Now that would be an embarrassment of riches.) And although I don't have strong feelings about Curious Incident -- I have yet to read the book -- it reviews well, so I'm sure I'll go see it. But it's all worth it, just for Hamilton. Sure, it's over a year away. But I'm still really excited. Yay Hamilton!

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Feb. 3rd, 2016

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? Yeah, that's been my day today.

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January wrap-up; February goals

Days written: 24/31
Words written: 7,083
Words of fic written: 5,086
Stories worked on: Five, and two flashfic
Stories posted: Four, plus the flashfic

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Progress on specific goals:

1. Write at least six days per week, with at least one half-hour writing sprint per week. Fell short on both of these. Making time to do sprints has proved particularly difficult. But I have an idea going forward, which I'll talk about when I get to this month's goals.

2. Annual WIP triage. Set aside anything that won't get finished, and finish and post at least one story. Task completed, along with the story that I targeted -- Climbing Home, which was an overdue giveaway fic.

3. Post to LJ/DW at least two times per week. On average, yes; on a per-week basis, no.

4. Complete and post least one more story for [community profile] fandom_stocking (reveal date: Jan. 6th). I succeeded in this, although I still need to cross-post both this and the other story I wrote.

Not too bad for a busy month, although I'm not sure how this month ended up so busy.

Goals for February:

1. Write at least six days per week, and schedule at least one half-hour writing sprint per week. My work schedule changed at the end of last month, to give me one day each week completely off (it happens to be Thursdays). I am committing, right here, to a weekly writing sprint each Thursday for the month of February. We'll see how it goes.

2. Super secret goal which I can hopefully tell you all about in about a week or so. I promise, it's a good one.

3. Write and post overdue giveaway fic, a request designed for Femslash February. (I'm deciding between a couple of great prompts. Who knows, I may have to write them both.)

4. Complete first draft of Wintersend exchange fic (final posting date in mid-March).

5. Crosspost outstanding fic from Tumblr and [community profile] fandom_stocking to AO3.

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Jessica Jones podcast

I just realized that I totally neglected to mention here that I recently went back on Fangirl Happy Hour to talk to [personal profile] renay and [twitter.com profile] booksmugglers about the first season of Jessica Jones. Well, really more like "gush about", with a few minor criticisms. :) Spoilers throughout.

Listen here! Also links to download from iTunes and to all the resources we talked about on the show. And if you do listen, let me know what you think. :)

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Cat news

Something I have been dealing with for the last month, but not posting about: we have a sick kitty. Cut for length and details of pet illness.Collapse )

It's a little odd for Lexi to be sick. Tori was always the cat with the chronic health problems, and it's weird to think of her as the healthy, stable one. (But she is -- the vet has been very happy with her status at her last two check-ups, and we're cutting back to every six months instead of every three. So that's good news, anyway.) I'll keep you all posted, of course. He's a good boy, and I hope it all comes out for the best.

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DA Giveaway Fic: "Climbing Home"

Title: Climbing Home
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1910
Characters: f!Brosca/Leliana, Cole
Spoilers: Yes, for the Grey Warden quests in DAI
Notes: This is an extremely overdue fic for a giveaway run by [tumblr.com profile] womenofthedas something like a year and a half ago. I got an idea, then got stalled, then Inquisition gave me another idea, and then I got stalled on that one, too. But I determined that I would finish it, and now here it is. The giveaway winner, [tumblr.com profile] ezio-dafirenze, asked for a Brosca/Leliana story, to include a theme of dwarves adjusting to life on the surface. The Warden in this story is based on her description. Thanks to [personal profile] justira for beta reading, especially their help with the rock climbing part.

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Marali Brosca stood at the base of Skyhold and looked up, shading her eyes against the mid-afternoon sun. The climb didn"t seem too formidable: the stones were rough-hewn, and she saw lots of good places for footholds. And high as they were, climbing them still seemed easier than knocking on the front door.Collapse )

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Random Acts of Fic - Gilmore Girls

Title: Acts of Love
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Rating: G
Wordcount: 943
Characters: Luke Danes/Lorelai Gilmore
Spoilers: Yes, for the whole series but especially the last few episodes.
Notes: When the possibility of a Gilmore Girls revival was first rumored (it's still not confirmed as of this writing, but circumstantial evidence continues to be solid), I decided that it was time to watch the series again, not least because I never finished it the first time (I stalled out early in season 6, not because I wasn't liking it but because I had to set it aside for something else, and just never got back to it). It had been long enough that I thought it made sense to start over again, and I enjoyed it very much, even the controversial Season 7. I came out the series 'shipping Luke/Lorelai and Rory/herself, and although I don't know that I'll ever write fic for it again, this missing scene from the series finale has been buzzing at me since I finished a few days ago. So I wrote it down.

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Tumblr, fandom, and setting expectations

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.

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Dear Wintersend Creator

Hi! Thanks for signing up for this exchange, and for taking on my prompts. Before I get into specifics, first I want to encourage you to follow your own muse. I have a few do-not-wants, but consider everything else I say as guidelines or suggestions. I want you to write, draw, and/or create whatever is most inspiring to you -- if you do that, I'm sure I will love it.

But in case you do want more details, here are some thoughts and ideas:

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Thanks again! I'm really looking forward to seeing whatever you create. :)

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Weekend update

Not a whole lot to report, really. We spent the last few days alternating between getting out and doing stuff (the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, lunch out both days), and staying home and hiding from the rain (which is pounding on my roof right now).

I also managed a fair bit of reading today. I finished House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (which I liked, but not as much as I wanted to), read volume two of Wicked + the Divine (excellent, if not quite as amazing as the first, which I really wish I had read before last year's Hugo nomination deadline -- it would have bumped Sex Criminals, easy), and caught up on the last several arcs of Gunnerkrieg Court (consistently excellent -- I need to figure out which of them were published in 2015). I find it somewhat amusing that two of these works involve the fate of Lucifer as a significant plot element, if in very different ways.

Tomorrow is an off day for me, although I do have a chorus rehearsal. And then Agent Carter is back on Tuesday! I can't wait.

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Blinded with Science

Maybe a month or so ago, T got an email announcing a pre-sale of tickets to "An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson". It sounded like fun, and we had no known conflicting plans, so we decided to go despite the lack of details about what, specifically, the evening might enail. The show was tonight, and it was just as great as we hoped it might be.

The first thing Dr. Tyson did after taking the stage was point out how trusting we were, to buy tickets and come out to the theater based on such a vague program title. The second thing he did was take off his shoes. And then, sock-foot, he introduced the topic of his talk: "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies." It was a fun journey through the science of film, television, and a surprising number of beer commercials, what they get wrong, and what they get right. He talked about some of his more infamous run-ins with Hollywood and fandom -- his tweets about science errors in Gravity and The Force Awakens, getting James Cameron to change the erroneous night sky in Titanic for the 3D rerelease (although he tells the story somewhat differently) -- but there were some unexpected topics, too, like the topography of underwear in Zoolander, clever uses of surface tension in A Bug's Life, and how a mathematical equation helped enhance The Expendables 2. And he was hilarious throughout, as well as informative. If you ever get a chance to see him, I recommend it highly.

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Accentuate the Positive

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.

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Days written: 22/31
Words written: 4,623
Words of fic written: 3,882
Stories worked on: Five
Stories posted: Three
Words written in 2015: 114,645
Fic words written in 2015: 74,523
Fic words posted in 2015: 62,381

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Specific goals for December:

1. Write at least five days per week, and do at least one half hour writing sprint per week. Yes on the first, didn't manage the second.

2. Polish and post [tumblr.com profile] dragonagebb story on the assigned posting date (not yet known). Success!

3. Write and post the two prompts I claimed for [community profile] areyougame (Dec. 7 and Dec. 26). Also success, although both of them were late.

4. Finish the last posting prompt and continue posting at least 2-3 times per week. I never did get that last prompt done -- I'll take care of it soon. (I also let several Tumblr fic prompts lie fallow.) In the three full weeks of December, I did post three times per week.

5. Archive/crosspost the rest of my flashfic for 2015. I ended up finishing this early today; does that count?

6. If time left over, then Wardens of Ivalice. Nope. I did pick up World of Thedas Volume 2 though.

And for 2015:

1. Continue tracking wordcounts and monthly goals. Check in with ushobwri at least three times a month, and share with the weekly workshop at least twice a month. Yes on the first, no on the second. I've come to realize that my regular participation in ushobwri was much easier when I was mostly unemployed. Now that I spend many of my days in front of a work computer where I don't feel comfortable doing personal stuff, it's a lot harder to remember to pop in and participate. So although I don't plan to leave the community, I suspect my commenting and checking in will continue to be sporadic.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. Not even. I poked at WoE a little, and I wrote one of the giveaway fics, but other than that... I have to say this wasn't a particularly smart goal; although I still want to accomplish these things, I need to come up with a better way of doing it.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB. This one, I did accomplish -- the Steve/Peggy/Angie story for the WIP Big Bang.

4. Post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Archive all Tumblr and flashfic on AO3 on at least a quarterly basis. Although I wasn't particularly consistent about either of these things, I feel like I did post more, by taking on some journal writing projects. I'm going to look for ways of doing more of that in 2016.

As I was going through past writing goals posts, I came across this entry that I wrote about The Little Hater in September 2014. It's still depressingly relevant. Darn that Little Hater! She is very stubborn. I wish just reminding myself about The Little Hater was enough to make her go away, but sadly it does not work like that. I'd like to say something grand about how 2016 will be the year I vanquish The Little Hater once and for all, but of course it doesn't work like that, either. But this can be the year that I start to manage it a little better, and come up with strategies and goals that help me work around it.

Another thing I did was look at my wordcounts year-to-year for the first time since I started tracking regularly, which was in 2010. Behold:



The big drop-off actually began in the fourth quarter of 2013, but still, the difference between 2013 and 2014 is striking, and although I did a little better this year, I wouldn't really call it a recovery. As a result, I've been thinking about the things that have changed over that time, and I can come up with a few -- my long-term job instability, some personal health issues, the amount of time I spend on Flight Rising. Some of those things I can't change and others I can (I don't want to quit FR, but I could certainly manage my time there better), but one thing I can easily change is going back to [community profile] getyourwordsout. I stopped doing GYWO after 2013, when I missed the goal and decided I was not interested in word count as my ultimate measurable outcome. Although I still have issues with straight-up words written as a metric, I'm wondering now whether the structure of that community, with its rough daily goals and accountability of monthly reporting, kept me not only writing but writing in longer blocks of time. I mentioned this last month, but one of the things I've noticed lately is that I've been doing too much of my writing in dribs and drabs. There's something to be said for taking advantage of small bits of time where you can get them, but longer writing sessions are so important for getting into a flow state.

Anyway, it's worth a try. So I'm going to sign up again, at the 150k pledge level, and see how it goes. I can always let it go if it's causing me more stress than necessary.

I'm also keen to look for new sources of inspiration. New challenges, new fandoms, new communities. I'm in the process of working on that, so they may not all work their way into my 2016 goals, but I reserve the right to adapt those goals to changing conditions. Impossible or outdated goals are of no use to anyone.

Goals for January:

1. Write at least six days per week, with at least one half-hour writing sprint per week.

2. Annual WIP triage. Set aside anything that won't get finished, and finish and post at least one story.

3. Post to LJ/DW at least two times per week.

4. Complete and post least one more story for [community profile] fandom_stocking (reveal date: Jan. 6th).

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.

2. Participate in at least one Big Bang and one fic exchange that I've never done before.

3. Set aside one month to work on Wardens of Ivalice as my main project for that month.

4. Participate in at least two journal-writing challenges/projects.

5. Archive all flashfic to DW/AO3 on a quarterly basis.

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Fic Year in Review: 2015

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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.

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DA2 Fic: Keeping Up Appearances

Title: Keeping Up Appearances
Fandom: Dragon Age 2
Rating: G/PG
Wordcount: 1516
Characters: Fenris, Isabela, Marissa Hawke. Fenris/f!Hawke.
Spoilers: For the Fenris romance
Notes: Written for [community profile] areyougame, to the prompt "Fenris, forced merriment". The due date was 12/26, but this is a First Day story, so either I'm almost a week late or right on time, depending on how you count it.

Summary: Fenris attends Hawke's First Day party, somewhat unwillingly. Isabela is determined that he will enjoy himself.

On Are You Game / On AO3

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Fannish year in review: 2015

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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On the first day of Christmas

Spent the day with family up in Santa Rosa, starting with a visit to my parents' place to exchange gifts with them and hang out a little, and then we went over to my uncle's to eat. We made the mashed potatoes, from a new recipe, and they came out quite well. My younger brother, who moved back to California this year, joined us for dinner, so this the first Christmas that my nuclear family has celebrated together in something like eight years. A happy occasion to be sure.

I received three books and a Barnes & Noble gift card (which I will turn into a book), meaning that every single gift I got was a book. It's like they know me or something.

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates, and Happy Friday to everyone. :)

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2015: Year in Review

Take the first line of the first post from each month, and that's your year in review.

I haven't seen anyone else do this yet, but I've done it for so many years now I can't imagine skipping it. Maybe I'll set the trend this time. ;) Skipping monthly writing goals posts and similar.

January: [personal profile] yohjideranged asked me about the character types I like to write.

February: It's coming! ["It" being the Dragon Age Kiss battle.]

March: Have some short fics I haven't crossposted here yet, including my stories for this year's Kiss Battles and some Tumblr memes.

April: I've been thinking for awhile that I wanted to rewatch the MCU, see where it hangs together as a single story -- and where it falls apart.

May: I don't want to write a long post getting out all my various feelings about the new Avengers movie at this juncture, because I'm going on [tumblr.com profile] fangirlhappyhour to chat about it, and I want my thoughts to stay fresh, not get hashed out in advance.

June: Had a fantastic weekend at the mothership [Bryn Mawr], 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.

July: We are back from our travels [the cruise/Amsterdam trip]!

August: Just a cold, but a bad enough one that I missed three days of work and didn't have energy for much beyond lounging around the house.

September: I presume everyone who follows such things knows about the final DA:I DLC coming out next week, Trespasser. [The post was actually about Jaws of Hakkon, and re-reading it got me excited all over again. Maybe I should fire up DA:I today and send my Trevelyan through it.]

October: Don't want to look at writing goals. Do not want.

November: As threatened in my writing goals post for this month, I am taking prompts for journal post topics.

December: Despite having written like, one fic the last time I took a [community profile] genprompt_bingo card, I decided to snag another one.

This feels pretty meta to me, somehow. Next year, I resolve to write about more things, and write less about writing about things.

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Holiday break

Today was my last day working before the holidays -- T's company is closed this week, and he took vacation the week after, so I decided to join him, after going in today for a staff meeting. Just like with last year, we aren't going anywhere, except up to Santa Rosa on Christmas Day. (I really like this new pattern of visiting T's family at times other than the Christmas holidays.) So we're getting a nice extended stay-cation. Nothing too much planned yet, although tomorrow is "a get stuff done day" (oil change, haircut, possibly Christmas shopping).

I hope this means that I'll be around more the next couple of weeks, and that I get some writing done (when I'm not grinding away for Night of the Nocturne at Flight Rising). Winter has finally arrived, in all its wet chilly glory, which often puts me in a mood to poke away at words. Wish me luck!

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