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Multifandom Recommendations – The Good Place, Harry Potter, Temeraire, Marvel+DC April 24, 2019

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  • Harry Potter | Padma/George | R | Healer
    Then George held out his hand to get a burn healed and she asked, “How’s Fred?” without really thinking about it, and they awoke to their situation in a silent awkward moment of hollow cheeks and recognition.
    series:harry potter,trope:hurt-comfort,fic:one-shot,pairing:george_padma

  • Temeraire | Gong Su, Lady Allendale | G | A Cook’s Tale
    While Captain Laurence was imprisoned for a crime which should not have been, Gong Su finds himself temporarily unemployed. His new position proves to be unexpectedly diplomatic.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,kink:identity porn

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Temeraire | G | Proceed As Usual
    After Laurence is thrust into his new role as an aviator he wonders if sudden-onset telepathy is a typical part of the captain-dragon bond. He tries to find out without asking, and Temeraire is largely unhelpful.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,pairing:laurence_temeraire,kink:soulbond

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Monday Roundup 4/22 (Captain Marvel, She-Ra, Of Magic and Muses, and more) April 22, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Pink and Feathery (wallpaper | Cybele | worksafe)
He’s Gone (sketch | María, the Donkey | worksafe)
We’re Still Here (sketch | María, the Donkey | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Pantheon of the North (AI ver.) (art | Northern deities | worksafe)

Captain Marvel/She-Ra
Captain Marvel Spoilers (comic | Adora, Catra | G)

Of Magic and Muses
Magic and Muses (art | Georgia, Willow | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 3-26-2019 (life drawing, NSFW)
Multifandom sketchpile (sketches | Sam Bee, T’Pol/Archer, Makoto, Viktor/Yurio | NSFW-ish)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sign language saves the rescue operation.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Holly gets an exciting reassignment.

Burns & Allen Transcript: Kill the Rat (1947-03-13) April 18, 2019

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George and GracieThe year is 1947, and Gracie Allen is still way too into The Tall Man, starring Rudy and Trudy — a charmingly deadpan parody of The Thin Man‘s Nick and Nora.

In this direct sequel to Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving, Gracie believes there’s a hit out on George…and tracks down the real Rudy and Trudy for help. Because actors are always just like the caricatured versions of themselves they play on-air, right?

Download the episode here, or listen on YouTube, and read the full transcript below.

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Multifandom Recommendations – Red Dwarf, Temeraire, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, Peter Pan April 17, 2019

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  • Temeraire | Laurence’s family | G | A Reasonable Man
    Whatever happens in this blasted war, George is secure in the knowledge that his brother is a responsible, conscientious man who never gets into any trouble at all. (Or: The Temeraire novels from the perspective of George Laurence).
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:outsider.pov

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Granby, Tharkay | G | If There’s A Prize For Rotten Judgment
    Sometimes Granby despaired of Laurence ever noticing that Granby sometimes stared at him like he was the sun and Granby was a thrill-seeker with wax wings. But then the moment ended, usually because it was time for Granby to intervene and persuade Laurence to act upon the lesser of two harebrained schemes.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,pairing:laurence_granby,pairing:laurence_tharkay

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay, Granby, Temeraire, daemons | shifting
    “You are unsettled, still,” Tharkay says, quietly.

    “I hardly think that is the most relevant topic of conversation,” Laurence replies, because he can think of nothing else to say. “…But yes, I am.”
    series:temeraire,series:his dark materials,pairing:laurence_tharkay,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence’s family, aviators | G | Dreams of Dragons
    Uncle Will had only been to Wollaton Hall twice in her lifetime. The first time, Helena had been only two years old, still in the nursery; she did not remember that visit, nor much of anything surrounding that time at all.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:kidfic

  • Sailor Moon | canon pairings, ensemble | G | They Are
    An exploration between past and present lives.

    They remember, and no one notices the change.
    series:sailor moon,pairing:usagi_mamoru,fic:one-shot,pairing:haruka_michiru,yuri,trope:amnesia,kink:identity porn,genfic

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Madoka/Homura | T | Unbreakable
    Unbreakable red ribbons wrap her waist, her wrists, her ankles. But they are soft, even yielding, they feel like comfort itself on her skin. They don’t bite, they don’t hurt.
    series:puella magi madoka magica,yuri,pairing:homura_madoka,kink:bdsm,fic:bite-size

  • Peter Pan | Peter and Wendy | PG-13 | A Hundred Years Ago
    Though Wendy was a very new mother, she soon discovered the trick of opening up her children’s dreams and stowing their thoughts in a much neater order than they had been. Good things to the top, bad to the bottom, and no child ever the wiser except that he felt happier in the morning because of it. The way Wendy learned of this mothering thing was after one of Peter’s nightmares.
    fic:one-shot,genfic,series:peter pan,trope:trauma,trope:amnesia,trope:hurt-comfort

Tuesday Works Roundup, 4/16 (Doctor Who, The Muppets, Glee, Sailor Moon, Warrior Cats, more) April 16, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss (cover art | Bianca/Emma, Bennett/Cohen, Sparrow, Miranda, Timothy, Jany | worksafe)
Sweater pets (sketch | Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda | worksafe)
Revolutionary Being Patrick (cover art | Patrick, Ilsa, Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Laurel with her hair down (art | Laurel | worksafe)
Magical Lineup (draft | all the mages | worksafe)
Fancy waltzing (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Culture Shock
Comfortable Sunny (art | Sunny | worksafe)

Doctor Who/The Muppets
The Muppet Solitract (art | Robin | worksafe)

Glee
The Blaine-Sebastian Wedding (art | Blaine/Sebastian | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Mars and Eureka (art | Rei, Baba Nanako | worksafe)

Warrior Cats
FireSpotted (art | Firestar/Spottedleaf | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 28 – Canon responsibilities (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Henriette’s part of the Great Being Rescue may be a little harder than anticipated.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Surprisingly tender frenemy bonding with the Agents D.

Burns & Allen Transcript: Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving (1947-03-06) April 14, 2019

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Gracie and GeorgeThe year is 1947. The Adventures of the Thin Man is a major hit on the radio; Stepin Fetchit is still a household name, though the actor has backed away from his movie career out of frustration with the racism in the industry; and Gracie Allen is thinking about changing genres.

This is the first of two episodes where Gracie, as a devoted fan of The Tall Man, ventures down into “the underworld” — posing as hardened criminal Gracie Catraz. She’s accompanied by Meredith Wilson (a guy so modest, he once accidentally bumped into a woman and thought “the honorable thing to do” was to marry her), doing his best to be her “moll.”

Download the episode here, or listen on YouTube, and read the transcript below.

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I got a new cat! — the full Fluffstory (thanks to @affoGATOcatcafe) April 11, 2019

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Mom was in town last week, so we hung out on Friday…and obviously had to visit Cleveland’s new cat cafe.

I wasn’t committed to getting a cat that day, but I was generally in the market for one, with these criteria:

  • A shy cat, maybe one that was rescued from a bad situation, who specifically needed a quiet home with one patient human + few visitors + no other pets
  • Any age, so long as it was housetrained
  • Any breed/appearance/coat length, so long as it had a distinct appearance from all the other cats I’ve lived with
  • Any gender, so long as it was spayed/neutered
  • Had all its shots in general, and no health issues that would put its care out of my budget

So we show up at the cafe, the staff give us a quick rundown of how to behave inside, they usher our whole group into the Cat Room…and there, curled up on a wall shelf across from the door, is Fluffy.

He’s of the cats they specifically called out beforehand, saying “don’t approach him in large groups or you’ll scare him, just go up one at a time, and give him a chance to get used to you.” I walk up slowly and give him some gentle skritching. After cautiously tolerating it for a bit, he leans into it.

I did check out the rest of the room — petted/hugged/played with various other cats — but at the end of the hour, I put a hold on Fluffy.

(There was one other “shy cat, needs patience” described on the board, and she put up with petting when I checked her out, but never showed any sign of indulging in it.)

And by evening, he was hiding in my bathroom!

Fluffy

Living up to his name, he’s a long-hair mix. Instead of totally renaming him, I’m making “Fluffy” a nickname for a longer full name TBD. (The realtime Twitter thread has a bunch of the possibilities.)

He’s mostly white-furred, with cookies’n’cream black spots (Fluffies’n’Cream!), and chronically-suspicious green eyes.

The Fluffmeister was an “on-site surrender” in a humane incident, meaning his original home got reported to the Animal Protection League as unsafe, and a team went to pick him up. (Along with one other cat, who was more sociable, and got adopted earlier.) At the time, he was underweight and dehydrated — the APL shelter put him on a special diet at first, to get his weight back up.

Fluffy

Even now, he only weighs 6 pounds. The fluff looks even fluffier because his actual frame is so tiny. And he’s 2 years old — gotta wonder if this was always his potential full size, or if he was underfed going back to kittenhood, and it stunted his growth.

(My aunt’s cat weighs 12 pounds. My parents’ last cat weighed 18. Not because of obesity or anything, either, he was just big.)

On the first night, April 5, Brave Sir Fluffs-a-lot tried a couple of different hiding places, ending up under the daybed in the living room:

Fluffy

Fluffy

Along with some boxes of Leif & Thorn books, and other convention merch.

In the bathroom I’d petted him and coaxed him to eat some treats. Here I put his food bowls under the end of the daybed, and he ate while he could see me in range to see him. So far, so good.

Then on the evening of the 6th, I did one last check-in before going to bed…and he wasn’t there! At some point he’d made a break for my bedroom. Managed to get there without me even noticing.

Fluffy

(The white stuff on the floor is bits of styrofoam, from when the bed was unpacked. Until now, I had no reason to try to get under there and sweep it up.)

Also, he’d done his business there, instead of in the provided litterbox. Sigh.

So that night we both slept in the bedroom — me on top of the bed, him underneath. It’s the only room (other than the bathroom) with a door that closes, and I kept him shut in there for the day. At this point he was only eating when I was out of the room, so I held off on any further petting.

Tempting though it was.

Still no use of the box, though, and on the afternoon of the 7th, Floofatron 3000 went and peed on the bed. I did some cleanup work, and then, since the mattress was too big to offer any chance of hauling it out of the room, I managed to upend it against the wall.

Ooh, he did not like that. The mattress was by itself on top of the slats of the bedframe, so it was the biggest part of his shelter, and having it removed was a Terrifying Ordeal.

I briefly planned to relocate him to the bathroom. At the cat cafe he’d been incredibly easy to scoop up and pour into his carrier, and he was quiet and docile throughout the car rides, even during our stop at the APL for microchipping. Should be easy to move him again, right?

…yeah, not so much. Not right after the Ordeal. (I like to hope he also had more energy from getting regular meals — the crowd at the cat cafe might’ve intimidated him away from his bowls.)

I did finally corner him, got a hiss and a scratch, and started formulating a new plan based on leaving him in a cat-proofed bedroom.

…and it’s working pretty well so far!

Fluffy

The Terror That Fluffs In The Night finally started using his litter by the night of the 8th, once I squeezed the box into a corner where he’d peed before (and removed the mattress as an alternative). Here he is under the de-mattressed bed.

The boxes/suitcase are positioned to keep him from climbing into the under-bed drawers. There are some thinner boxes under the under-bed drawers, to keep him out of that narrow space. Cleaning supplies are on-hand.

(And I’m sleeping on…the daybed. It’s fine, I spent the first month at this place with no furniture.)

His new favorite place is up on the windowsill. It’s about the height and size of that shelf he had at the cafe — and part of it is sheltered by the upturned mattress.

Looking real suspiciously at his food in this shot, but it still disappears when I’m not in the room, so it can’t be too bad.

His other favorite place is the new highest point in the room…the top edge of the mattress itself!

Fluffy

I’m not putting his food up there. Sir Edmund Fluffery will just have to venture back down when he’s hungry.

We had our current routine established by the 9th. I check in a few times a day, to refresh his food, clean his box, maybe leave some treats, and say calming things while standing at a safe distance.

On the 10th I called the APL, just hoping to chat with a worker who’d handled him during the 2-ish months he was at the shelter, get some insight…

…and had a lovely talk with someone who said “he was one of my favorites, I would’ve adopted him myself, but my home isn’t the quiet space he needs.”

New insights:

  • At the shelter it took The Fluffington Post about a month, with consistent routines, to start feeling comfortable and letting people pet him. Longer than I expected based on his first-night performance, but not longer than I’d bargained for.
  • Sounds like he hissed/swatted at them on a more regular basis until he adjusted, so he’s at least starting on a better footing here than he did there.
  • Took him that long to start playing with toys, too. And he’d stop if he noticed you looking.
  • He’s not picky at all about food — and will work up to being very food-motivated — but in the beginning he only felt safe eating at night. Which I had noticed, but was getting the data muddled by thinking “maybe he doesn’t like this flavor” instead of “oh, shouldn’t have put this out in the morning.”
  • He does have this weird way of eating, very slow, one piece at a time. Someone at the cafe speculated to me that she thought he’d lost some teeth. The person from the APL couldn’t confirm or deny that, but she did say they didn’t find anything to be medically concerned about.
  • He always sat on the highest shelf in his kennel at the shelter, too!

So it might be a while before he does anything worth sharing new photos of. Unless people (other than me) would be excited to see “aww, look, he’s sitting on his shelf some more!”

But now that we have a routine set up that covers all the basics, he’s going to get all the time he needs to get comfortable and come out of his shell.

In the meantime, I’m leaning towards Marshmallow Fluff as his full name, so I can make jokes about his great shelf life.

Multifandom Recommendations – the All Temeraire Edition April 10, 2019

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  • Temeraire | Laurence/Temeraire | G | Seasons
    Laurence and Temeraire have a quiet year together on the outskirts of Sydney. Vague spoilers for Tongues of Serpents, though it may be read at any point if you need to read about Laurence and Temeraire living happily ever after.
    series:temeraire,pairing:laurence_temeraire,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire -| Iskierka, Immortalis, Granby/Little | T | Sex & Vegetables
    Prompt: Anything involving the (most likely harrowing) conversation between Iskierka and Immortalis that must have taken place. Little and Granby do not have to be present, and anon would actually prefer it that way, though they can certainly make an appearance eventually.
    series:temeraire,pairing:granby_little,fic:one-shot,trope:outsider.pov

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Granby, Tharkay | G | a dead carapace of memory
    Most of the aviators in the group are more than friendly with him, if somewhat awkward, and Temeraire is nearly guileless. But Laurence has been paying attention, and he can see how conversations abruptly change when he enters a room, how people pause before they speak to him, how both Tharkay and Captain Granby look profoundly uncomfortable whenever they are near him but refuse to leave his side.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:amnesia,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Temeraire | Little, Immortalis | G | l’chaim
    Most of the aviators in the group are more than friendly with him, if somewhat awkward, and Temeraire is nearly guileless. But Laurence has been paying attention, and he can see how conversations abruptly change when he enters a room, how people pause before they speak to him, how both Tharkay and Captain Granby look profoundly uncomfortable whenever they are near him but refuse to leave his side.
    series:temeraire,genfic,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Temeraire | R | O Captain, My Captain
    A soulmate is not necessarily a romantic bond — it could be your truest friend, your closest comrade, or your deepest enemy — and you don’t necessarily have just one. But whoever they are, your world will not be separate from their world; your life cannot be disentangled from their life. Aviators almost always have the names of their dragons.

    Laurence has two names. Neither of them are in a script he can read.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,pairing:laurence_temeraire

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay, Granby/Little, Temeraire | G | and we’ll figure it out
    A soulmate is not necessarily a romantic bond — it could be your truest friend, your closest comrade, or your deepest enemy — and you don’t necessarily have just one. But whoever they are, your world will not be separate from their world; your life cannot be disentangled from their life. Aviators almost always have the names of their dragons.

    Laurence has two names. Neither of them are in a script he can read.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,pairing:granby_little,trope:soulmates,pairing:laurence_temeraire,genfic,pairing:laurence_tharkay

Multifandom Recommendations – Pet Shop of Horrors, Red Dwarf, Fledgling, Steven Universe, Sailor Moon, Jeeves & Wooster, Animorphs April 3, 2019

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  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister, Cat | M | Buzz
    Lister thinks that talking electronics are cute until he encounters Cat’s newest shiny thing, and typical Dwarfer silliness ensues.
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,amazing,fic:one-shot

  • Animorphs | Aftran/Cassie, ensemble | T | Revisions
    Aftran is–

    A human nothlit with black eyes and long straight dark hair that’s never combed as well or washed as often as it could be. Until she’s not.
    series:animorphs,pairing:cassie_aftran,yuri,fic:one-shot,trope:timetravel

  • Steven Universe | Steven, Gems, daemons | G | We Are All Conscious Manifestations of Light
    For all that they look so similar, Gems and humans are very different. Those differences can be exciting and interesting, but for Steven and his daemon Aster, it can be pretty lonely, too. After all, as Pearl says, “It would be utterly illogical for Gem ‘souls’, as some human philosophers have called daemons, to be bound to the shape of a single Earth life-form.”
    crossover,series:his dark materials,genfic,series:steven universe,fic:one-shot

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Wooster, OCs, aunts | G | Gentleman Boot Camp
    Aunt Agatha threatens to strip Bertie’s inheritance away unless he transforms himself into a proper gentleman under the tutelage of Lord Norby, a severe gentleman stuck in the Victorian Ages. Berti…
    series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot,pairing:jeeves_wooster,kink:identity porn

Monday Works Roundup, 3/25/19 (JJBA, Magical How, Sailor Moon, and more) March 25, 2019

Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Lizard at the Gate (art | Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
The glory of the garden (wallpaper | Leif | worksafe)
Take my hand… (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Bolts and Flowers (art | Birch, Annie, Elisa, Laurel, Leif, Hyacinth, Hazel, Ebony, Geirölul | worksafe)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Jonadio (art | Dio/Jonathan | worksafe)

Magical How?
Gabe and Booker (art | Gabe, Booker | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Satellites of Saturn (art | Witches 5 | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Polyamory pride stamp (stamp, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick’s off to the battle of his life.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Maybe there’s a non-isolated job that Holly’s perfectly suited for…