“There’s still a pandemic on” link roundup (including a set of recovery stories, for a given value of “recovery”)

June 9: “The research, led by scientists at the Britain’s Cambridge and Greenwich Universities, suggests lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but that even homemade masks can dramatically reduce transmission rates if enough people wear them in public.” In case you wanted a source for that.

May 23: “Planet Earth is in terrible danger. Trapped inside the TARDIS, the Doctor calls upon some familiar faces to help save the day…#DoctorsAssemble was home-produced remotely during the ‘lockdown’ period of the COVID-19 outbreak in May 2020.”

June roundup of developments in COVID science & research. Notably:

May 29: “…there is now a growing body of evidence to support the theory that the novel coronavirus can infect blood vessels, which could explain not only the high prevalence of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, but also provide an answer for the diverse set of head-to-toe symptoms that have emerged.” tackles an answer I’ve been waiting for, on how much is “this virus having a unique effect on human bodies” vs. how much is “we’re just seeing all the weird outlier symptoms because it’s hitting so many people”?

May 21: “An Amazon warehouse worker in North Randall, Ohio, died from COVID-19, bringing the total known deaths at the company to eight employees.” If you need something shipped, get it from anywhere other than Amazon. For example:

Bookshop.org, a website that went live at the end of January and is [as of February] in beta mode, is designed to be an alternative to Amazon, and to generate income for independent bookstores. And, perhaps more importantly, it seeks to give book reviewers, bloggers and publications who rely on affiliate income from “Buy now” links to Amazon a different option.

Recovery stories:

April 9: “I experience breathlessness from even mild exertion. I used to run marathons; now I can’t walk across a room or up a flight of stairs without getting winded. I can’t go around the block for fresh air unless my husband pushes me in a wheelchair. When I shower, I can’t stand the entire time; I take breaks from standing to sit down on a plastic stool I have placed inside my bathtub.” A post-ventilator COVID recovery.

May 17: “After cleaning out his locker at Monsignor McClancy High School on March 18 to continue school online at home, he only left the apartment once, they said, to help his mother wash clothes in their high-rise building’s laundry room. His parents and 22-year-old sister also avoided going out and the tests they have had turned up negative.” A 14-year-old’s inflammation-centric COVID recovery.

May 19: “The 43-year-old nurse from San Francisco had no underlying health conditions. He normally worked out six or seven times a week. He weighed about 190 pounds. When he spoke with BuzzFeed News on Tuesday, weeks after he’d been able to start eating foods again, he weighed just 140 pounds. His lung capacity is only now starting to slowly come back.

May 24: lessons learned from being quarantined with tuberculosis from age 12 to 15. “People saying, ‘well, I want to go outside. I’m tired of being cooped up. And then I want to go to work.’ So then when your child gets sick or your grandmother or your sister or brother, then, what are you going to do?”

Wednesday fic recs (Madoka Magica, She-Ra, Temeraire, Good Omens)

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Nagisa, ensemble | T | booboo the fool
    Well, something’s wrong with Homura, Madoka and Sayaka are being rather ambiguously gay, Mami’s adopted a clown, and Kyoko is hungry as usual. In short, it’s just another day for your resident magical girl Nagisa Momoe.
    genfic,fic:one-shot,series:puella magi madoka magica,amazing

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, demon | T | damn.nation, now available on itunes
    When lowly tempt-pusher Amphora (formerly of Stairwell 7B North, before she Fell,) gets the notice that end times are nigh, she gleefully quits her job and cancels her Netflix subscription and takes her place among the legions of hell.

    This, it turns out, was a bad plan.
    series:good omens,trope:outsider.pov,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,fic:one-shot

  • Good Omens | Eric Legion, Aziraphale, Crowley, Anathema | T | Disposable
    Eric Legion, Hell’s punching bag, leads a horrible life. And with the failure of Armageddon, it looks like it’s never going to get any better. Unless, of course, he can get any help from the one demon ever to beat the system.

    He has absolutely no idea what to make of the angel.
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,trope:outsider.pov,fic:chaptered,genfic

Wednesday fic recs (Good Omens, Murderbot, Leverage, Red Dwarf)

  • Good Omens | Crowley, Aziraphale | T | Whatever Road We Choose
    Technically, any being that had ever been an angel could have heard his call for help. He hadn’t had the time to secure the request. It was just…. He had been attacked by demons. Why would another demon intervene? They might have an Arrangement, but at the end of the day, they were on opposite sides. You didn’t rescue the Enemy. You especially didn’t rescue the Enemy from your own people.
    pairing:crowley_aziraphale,series:good omens,fic:chaptered,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, new Antichrist | T | Point Four
    Because Crowley has a vexing habit of being right in matters such as these, the Glorious End does come exactly as he said it would—with Heaven and Hell joining forces to sack the Mortal Realm. And while most would probably have expected it to be inked into the Great Plan with grace and blood and tears, it’s actually typed, with clear bullet points and headings, in the font Papyrus.
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,series:religion,fic:one-shot,trope:apocalypse

  • Good Omens | Crowley/Azirapahle | M | Love in All the Hollow Places
    Look, demons have issues, all right? It’s been a long six thousand years, and some needs don’t go away. They just get twisted up and turned around and tangled up tighter than someone’s first knitting project. Luckily, Crowley has Aziraphale to do some untangling.
    series:good omens,fic:one-shot,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,kink:bdsm,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley | T | Some strangeness in the proportion
    ‘I assume your punishment involved the destruction of the demon, but I am not aware of the details,’ says the Angel. ‘The description was redacted from your file and labelled “Highly Classified” with a red stamp.’
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,trope:amnesia,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Good Omens | Crowley/Aziraphale | M | Duress
    “This court places the angel Aziraphale under the dominion of the demon Crawly until such a time as Crawly withdraws his claim, upon which the principality will be executed,” the demon said, with a wave of his hand and an air like Aziraphale’s fate didn’t matter so long as it was no longer weighing down his docket. “Next case.”
    pairing:crowley_aziraphale,series:good omens,fic:one-shot,kink:bdsm

  • Red Dwarf | Lister, Rimmer | G | Good Enough
    After their return from the mechanoid vessel, Rimmer sneaks off to the Observation Dome to brood and Lister decides to follow. Code to Siliconia.
    pairing:rimmer_lister,series:red dwarf,trope:hurt-comfort,genfic,fic:one-shot

  • Red Dwarf | George McIntyre | G | Last Man Standing
    The hardest moment in George McIntyre’s life had not, in fact, been his death. Nor was it the moment he was left standing in the Drive Room as the entire crew was killed by a radioactive explosion. No, the worst moment was a single word, uttered at his Welcome Back reception: “Speech!”
    trope:outsider.pov,fic:one-shot,genfic,series:red dwarf

  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer, brothers | M | No Reason to Scream
    When Arnold tells on his brothers to their father, John and the others decide to remind him of his place. Or, what if Rimmer’s brothers were truly terrible people who want their little brother to suffer?
    series:red dwarf,trope:hurt-comfort,trope:non-con,fic:one-shot,pairing:rimmer_brothers

  • Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Holly | G | The Silicon Place
    The Good Place AU

    “Human heaven? Goodness me! Humans don’t go to heaven! No, someone made that up to prevent you all from going nuts!”
    series:red dwarf,series:the good place,pairing:rimmer_lister,fic:one-shot,crossover

Music recs: Steve Perry, Superchick (who seriously need to be used for some Catradora fanvids), Tenth Avenue North

Steve Perry: Lead singer of Journey as a breakout soloist, whose work still has the vibe of soft ’70s prog rock well into the ’90s. (Not a bad thing. I like soft ’70s prog rock.) (Steve Perry playlist.)

Superchick: Girl-power rock, fingers perfectly on the pulse of the emotional turmoil of being a teenage girl. Unfortunately a Christian band, so some tracks are cringey and others have disquieting purity-culture stuff, but when they’re on, they’re on. Motivational in the face of everything from restrictive gender roles to toxic boyfriends to eating disorders to the general awfulness of high-school drama. (Superchick playlist.)

This first song is genuinely one of my absolute favorites — I don’t mean from this group, I mean, from music.

…and when I said someone needs to use them in a Catradora fanvid, these last two are the top tracks I was thinking of. She-Ra vidders, please, get on this.

Tenth Avenue North: Acoustic rock meets power pop. More overtly Christian, so, uh, maybe don’t watch the videos. The nonspecific lyrics still make amazing hurt/comfort anthems — and/or odes to your favorite god-tier character. (Tenth Avenue North playlist.)

This first one, for instance? 100% a Madokami theme song.

Monday roundup, 6/22 (She-Ra, Sailor Moon, Utena, lots of webcomics)

Cucumber Quest/Rock Cocks/Shamsee
Rabbits and Renegades (art | Shamsee, Rosemaster, Peridot/Almond, Dakota | worksafe)

Rainbows and Rockets (art | Wallis, Purple, Green, Otra/Winter, their kid | worksafe)

Madoka Magica/She-Ra
Sword Jock Bonding (comic | Adora/Catra, Sakaya/Kyoko | G)

O Human Star/Spacetrawler
Webcomic Pride – The Future is Trans (art | Brendan, Wezzle, Mauricio, Chiphu, Sulla | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
The Four Senshi of the Covidocalypse (art | Ami, Rei, Makoto, Minako | worksafe)

Sleepless Domain/Hovergirls
Marching Mahous (art | Kokoro, Zoe, Kim, Jalissa | worksafe)

The Stoop Gallants
Stoop-Marchants (art | Ru, Denizen, Marigold, Mica, Alta, Flea, Rekhet | worksafe)

Pep Talks by Catra Meowmeow (comic | Catra, Shiori | G)

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