Monday Works Roundup, 2/10 (Utena, BICP, Leif & Thorn)

But I’m A Cat Person
Stronger, Together (cover art | ensemble | worksafe)
Here We Are In The BICP Future (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Snowy Hug (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Fancy Dexippus (art | Agent D10 | worksafe)
Tiny Kitty Petting (art | Tiernan, Kallie | worksafe)
Mothers’ Day (sketch | Plum/Clover, Tansy, Thorn | worksafe)
Fashion Goth Girls (sketch | Hyacinth/Hazel | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Heartswords – Touga and Nanami (art | Touga, Nanami | worksafe)
Heartswords – Juri and Shiori (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Your Genderswap Fix (comic, G)
Figure drawings (life drawing, NSFW-ish)
Happy Tiefling (sketch, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The last page of But I’m A Cat Person. (Thank you, you’ve been a great audience, don’t forget to tip your servers.)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Kale finishes his story, and he and Thorn go their separate ways (or do they??)

Happy birthday, Marshmallow Fluff

A post with mixed news. But leaning towards the good side, I think.

Previously, on Blogging About My Cat:

The local Humane Society retrieved this little guy from some kind of neglect situation — he was malnourished, dehydrated, terribly thin, and petrified — on February 8, 2019. They decided he was about 2 years old, so they marked that day down as his birthday.

Once he was out of serious medical danger, he was transferred to a local shelter. After a couple months there without being adopted,  they transferred him to the local cat cafe. He was only there for about 3 days (huddled on a shelf, and so inactive that in retrospect I’m not sure he was eating much from the cats’ communal bowls) when I came in.

We were warned to only approach him 1-at-a-time. I did. He seemed to respond happily to gentle skritches. I took him home!

That was in April.

I managed to get this photo in May, which is how long it took Marshmallow Fluff to come out from under the bed.

Fluff in May 2019

(At first he was too scared to come out if I was in the room, even if I was asleep on top of the bed. So I spent a while sleeping on an air mattress, on the other side of a closed door, which let him feel safer to start exploring the space.)

Compare that with January 2020:

Fluff in January 2020

He’s bulked up! Fluffed out! And roaming the entire apartment! If any other humans show up, he goes back into hiding — but if it’s just me, and I stay in the same place for long enough, he’ll appear.

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Music recs: Owl City, Plumb, Poets of the Fall

Owl City: synth-pop electronica by one guy working out of his basement. Lyrics can get wonderfully surreal, dreamy, and/or existentially hopeful. (Owl City playlist. Has a few religious songs.)

(This last one is a great Kaname Godoka theme song.)

Plumb: moody pop-rock by a Christian singer whose songs were a little too Evanescence for the traditional religious market. Lots of lovely, angsty goth-poetry renditions of realistic mental-health issues — mania, self-harm, abuse recovery. Also, heartfelt love songs. She’s the musical equivalent of an h/c romance fic. (Plumb playlist. Fair amount of Christian songs, plus a bunch that work great as intense human/human love songs but were maybe not intended that way.)

Poets of the Fall: Finnish symphonic alt-rock. Not all their stuff gets me, but man, when it does…these are honestly some of my favorite songs. I don’t mean from these musicians, I mean from music. (Poets of the Fall playlist.)

If you only listen to one video in this post, make it that last one. The way the music gets subtle and quiet for a bit and then bursts out of the gate soaring is just — *chef’s kiss*

Wednesday fic recs: fake news, Temeraire, Pet Shop of Horrors, Futurama, Good Omens, Doctor Who, Librarians, Murderbot, sci-fi crossovers

  • Fake News | Jon/”Stephen” | M | Divine Interwebtion
    Okay, God, let’s get serious. We both know who’s the big shot here, and I can respect that. But we’ve got to talk, man-to-man, leader of the universe to leader of most-of-the universe. This cannot go on. Because if anybody’s messing with my mind, I know it’s got to be you. There’s no other way any of this could have happened.
    series:fake news,pairing:jon_’stephen’,fic:one-shot,fic:socialmedia

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Temeraire | T | Cast Adrift
    Laurence pauses. Looks around. He finds only the quiet woods, the crackling fire, and the energetic young dragon, now chewing contentedly on a fish-bone.

  • Pet Shop of Horrors | D/Leon, ensemble | T | An Italian Job (of sorts)
    There’s no cars, no chases and no gold involved, but none of that matters, because Leon Orcot’s presence alone is enough to ensure Count D’s blood pressure rises to unexpected levels. This reunion is definitely not going the way either of them imagined.
    fic:chaptered,pairing:d_leon,series:pet shop of horrors

  • Futurama | Leela/Amy | T | das flaming boots
    “Wow,” Leela said. “I don’t know if it’s the gay sex pollen talking, but that was so much better than Zapp Brannigan. And that one time at the orphanarium. And that other time when I was in training.”

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale, Crowley | G | A Sighting of Dragons
    Why couldn’t humankind just do as they were told? Why did they have to go and invent creatures of their own? Why did they have to revere something that was neither Right nor Wrong, neither Light nor Dark? Why did they have to treat the wonders of Creation like a set of Lego, fair game for them to take apart and reassemble?
    fic:one-shot,series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,genfic

Yuletide recs (part 3): Jeeves & Wooster, The Grinch, Matilda/The Librarians, Arrogant Worms, The Good Place, Jane the Virgin

  • Jeeves | Jeeves, Bertie | G | Three Plus One
    Bertie has three unpleasant experiences in the bathroom and one good one in his bedroom. (Platonic soulmarks AU.)
    trope:soulmates,pairing:jeeves_wooster,genfic,series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie, ensemble | G | Jeeves and the Sporting Spirit
    The Drones are hosting their annual Olympics, and all Bertie wants to do is get his own back after last year’s humiliation. But things are never that simple where Bertie is concerned… Featuring an unwanted fiancee, a Pekingese masquerading as a cushion, a new Drones recruit, and the world’s ugliest tie.
    series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot,pairing:jeeves_wooster

  • Jeeves | Jeeves/Bertie, Honoria | M | Rescuing Honoria
    Honoria is engaged. Not to Bertie this time, but to a man who won’t let her break their engagement. Jeeves must be summoned, but Jeeves is on holiday in Herne Bay. What to do?
    pairing:jeeves_wooster,series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot

  • Jeeves | Jeeves/Bertie | M | All the Spinach You Can Eat
    A man finds himself at the mercy of a valet who destroys his engagements, his wardrobe, and then his self esteem. Bertie thinks it’s jolly good pornography but wonders what it’s got to do with him.
    pairing:jeeves_wooster,series:jeeves & wooster,kink:bdsm,fic:one-shot

  • The Good Place | Chidi/Eleanor, ensemble | G | we’re all in this escape room together
    “This isn’t a thought experiment.” The Judge looks at Eleanor. “If we do this — if we reform the afterlife like you want, and keep all the humans — ” (She makes a face at that.) “If we do this, you four have skin in the game. You’re going to live under this system just like everybody else.”
    fic:one-shot,series:the good place,pairing:eleanor_chidi

  • Jane the Virgin | Petra/Rafael/Jane | T | Happily Ever After
    It was all out of Petra’s control. She didn’t know what their game was, and she felt weak to stop it, or demand information. They just kept smiling at her, both of them, with their big dark eyes, taking deep breaths whenever she said something sharp, moving forward. But forward toward what? She had no idea. Was this friendship?
    fic:one-shot,pairing:jane_rafael_petra,trope:polyamory,trope:soulmates,series:jane the virgin

Monday works roundup, 1/20/20 (Utena, Bob’s Burgers, Invader Zim, and more)

Leif & Thorn
Fancy Ragnild (art | Ragnild | worksafe)
Sunset mage (wallpaper | Kudzu | worksafe)
Shades of They (comic | Juniper, D10 | worksafe)

Bob’s Burgers
Louigan (art | Logan/Louise | worksafe)

Invader Zim
Calling Dibs (sketch | Dib/Zim | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Heartswords – Wakaba and Saionji (art | Wakaba, Saionji | worksafe)

Warrior Cats/strong>
IvyFrost (art | Hawkfrost/Ivypool | worksafe)

Star Princess (reward chibi, worksafe)
Ptah profile 2020 (avatar, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bianca makes a pretty final-sounding request.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Kale talks about the time he got a new job!

Yuletide recs (part 2): Captain Marvel, Lilo & Stitch/Phineas and Ferb, Doctor Who/Bojack Horseman, Addams Family, Murderbot, Discworld

  • The Murderbot Diaries | Mensah, Murderbot, ART, Pin-Lee | T | Situation Normal
    Hi, I said, along with amusement sigil 159 = wave. It seemed a little inadequate, but what do you say to the ship that radically altered your appearance, helped you figure out your past, and also threatened you with terrifying weapons? Amusement sigils seemed like my best bet.