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In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I find putting things in order very soothing. Which is both unsurprising (I have a library and information science degree) and hilarious if you know how messy I tend to be. ( tag wrangling digression/grumping )
Nowadays, I scratch that itch doing work for crtranscript, a fan project that captions episodes of Critical Role. Mostly I edit and timeset captions. It's a thing I'm damn proud to be part of, because it has such tangible benefits for so many people, and the work we do is professional caliber.
I also do a weekly cat care shift at a local shelter. Usually I'm in charge of the kittens, and the other person does the cats. It's very satisfying to see immediate results of the things I do, even if sometimes it results in unpleasant litterbox disasters. I enjoy watching the kittens become less shy and more outgoing, and spending time with the ones that are already friendly and well-socialized.
Lest you think I am nothing but virtuous, I also spend a great deal of time laying in bed playing stupid mobile games. Right now there's a lot of Angry Birds Match, and various Picross games (Two Eyes is my current favorite, Hungry Cat Picross is more difficult but you get a cat and unlockable customizations). They scratch the same sort of putting things in order itch the other things do, but with less positive impact.
1. Your main fandom of the year?
Critical Role, probably, with side ventures into Venom, Voltron, and Hannibal.
2. Your favorite film watched this year?
I liked a lot of things for different reasons. Venom and Aquaman are stupid, schlocky brain candy. Black Panther, Get Out, and Widows were fucking brilliant re-imaginings of old genres. Crazy Rich Asians had people who looked like me, and I got to hear my mom say "I recognize this experience from my own life" about it.
3. Your favorite book read this year?
I only read two this year /o\ and I liked them both for different reasons. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay is a great little collection of essays. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is a book that makes you feel less alone about being a writer.
4. Your favorite TV show of the year?
It didn't feel like a very TV-heavy year for me. I've been watching Hannibal on the bus, and I do like it a lot. I also watched a ton of Voltron and it's a perfectly fine show that does not deserve its fandom one bit.
5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?
Twitter and Tumblr pocket friends! They are my sanity check and encouragement.
6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
The Arcana visual novel. I found it when I was going through a brief otome games phase and it's the only one that's actually stuck, probably because the writing is great and the art is beautiful. I love all the characters and I find almost all of their romance paths satisfying (Julian took a while to get there, but I'm glad to see he's getting actual character growth).
7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Infinity War, probably. But what else is new?
8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
Not from TV (or even a boy, but he uses he/him pronouns), but Asra from The Arcana. He has pretty floofy white hair and purple eyes. There's only so much I can resist in the face of that.
9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Again, also not TV, but Nakia from Black Panther.
10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
A revelation about your PC concerning the plague in The Arcana that is revealed only through Asra's path. I may have shrieked a little. The new Critical Role campaign.
11. The most missed of your old fandoms?
Did I have time to miss fandoms this year? I don't feel like I did.
12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Killing Eve. I still need to see Into the Spiderverse.
13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Finishing up Voltron. Watching the rest of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Men in Black: International. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. LOOK AT THIS RIDICULOUSNESS. MY BODY IS SO FUCKING READY. Captain Marvel.
GUYS. Did you know that Semagic still exists? And it's still being nominally maintained? It's still not quite as good as a web-based drafts feature, but it is another option.
I've gotten so used to using the web-based composer on Dreamwidth that it's hard to remember pretty much everything went through Semagic on LiveJournal: entry composition, friends list reading, things I don't even remember anymore but I know were doable through the client.
I don't know if I'm going to keep using it, but mostly I'm amused this thing from the days of ancients still works, like an old Apple IIe with Oregon Trail.
If you'd like to configure it for Dreamwidth, see instructions below the cut.