Works roundup, 1/10 (Jeeves & Wooster, Magic School Bus, Phantasos, and more)

Got a couple webcomic collections — not my creations, just my recs — into this 13 Best Books With Gay Protagonists list!

…Pretty sure it’s not “13 best” so much as “the only 13 recs we got,” but still. A little good publicity never hurts.

Leif & Thorn
2021 in Leif and Thorn (art meme | ensemble | worksafe)

Jeeves & Wooster
The Discretion is In the Details (fic | Jeeves/Wooster, other pairing(s) | G)

Magic School Bus
“And The Ride Of Their Lives” (fic | the Friz, students, OC families | T)

Phantasos
Great Leap Skyward (art | Zorana, familiar | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Interspecies Grooming (commission | Sid/Geno as furries | worksafe)

Political links for the big anniversary of Coup-Anon

General politics links:

They gave millions to one of the groups that stormed the US Capitol on Jan 6 2021. They were the largest Trump donors in Wisconsin, and Mrs. Uhlein took a fundraising role with the Trump campaign.” Reasons not to use Uline (and alternative places to get your packaging).

“The starting point of any sustainable ecommerce packaging strategy is to ensure packaging is recyclable. In the last three years, a handful of articles have cast doubts on recycling. While the news stories are well intentioned, we are alarmed to see how they have led consumers to be even more cavalier about recycling.

“With every passing minute, more people were posting her picture. Many of them wrote that they didn’t know if what they were reading about Wayfair was true, but they figured that sharing it couldn’t hurt. Samara was about to find out just how much it would.

Court documents detail Mazza’s alleged role in that assault, citing video evidence from surveillance cameras and social media. Investigators say they identified him in part by using video from the siege that Mazza himself had uploaded to Twitter—footage recorded with and posted from the same iPhone he later used to call the Shelbyville police about his gun.”

Police didn’t pursue a case on the grounds that [the harasser who left voicemails like “You guys are a bunch of f‑‑‑‑‑‑ clowns, and all you dirty c‑‑‑suckers are about to get f‑‑‑‑‑‑ popped”] didn’t threaten a specific person or indicate an imminent plan to act, according to emails and prosecution records. […] Reporters connected with him in September on the phone number police called untraceable.”

COVID-related links:

…the White House repeatedly overruled public health and testing guidance by the nation’s top infectious disease experts and silenced officials in order to promote then-President Donald Trump’s political agenda.”

This headline has shown up multiple days in a row, here’s one from January 3: “The U.S. has reported a record single-day number of daily Covid cases, with more than 1 million new infections.”

The electoral benefit, they imagine, is that anti-vaccination propaganda will fire up the base, ensuring a reliable high turnout of their most loyal voters. The cost, of course, is that some percentage of those voters won’t be able to vote in the next election because they’ll be dead.”

“Today, a state once nationally lauded for its prudent, pre-emptive shutdowns that successfully blunted Ohio’s pandemic toll, is cited as standout example of abject failure in public health. It is among the top states at the bottom of the fully vaccinated rates. It recently logged the highest number of COVID hospitalizations, adjusted for population, of any state in the country.

“With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indoors. Yes, you’ve heard it all before. But given how contagious omicron is, experts say, it’s seriously time to upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration respirator when you’re in public indoor spaces.” (Given the state of things in Ohio, I got a pack of these to wear on the bus.)

Something uplifting to round this off:

“Very early on, Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch decided to focus on making a vaccine that would work against not just the existing strain but all of its potential variants as well.” Generic coronavirus antivirals ftw.

Christmas haul: two Yuletide gifts, one case of COVID

Other people get candy or toys in their stockings, I got the Omicron variant. Lucky me.

…seriously, though, it was the better kind of COVID experience. No hospital, no breathing problems, no need for any of the expensive treatments that are in short supply. I just canceled holiday plans, spent a few days sleeping a lot, had a friend drop off some chicken soup, and used over-the-counter fever/cough/etc meds to keep the symptoms in check.

Over a week of doing that, my immune system wrestled it steadily down from “thoroughly miserable” to “minor sniffles.”

And if you’ve been hearing people on the news panic about how Booster Shots Wear Off In Weeks And Then Omicron Can Kill Us All…listen, I didn’t even have a booster. Probably could’ve had milder symptoms if I did? But even un-boosted, the two regular Pfizer doses I got back in summer had the virus handled.

(The cat helped, I’m sure. He was very fierce at it. Scared it right off.)

Marshmallow Fluff having a Christmas nap

I had almost wrestled my Marked For Later list down to 5 pages when Yuletide dropped, and now it’s overflowing. At least reading has been easy for most of the COVID recovery period, so I’ve had time to start making a dent again.

I got 2 gifts!

A delightful comedy about Gideon, Harrow, and associates having low-stakes adventures, with Earth artifacts and attempted wrestling:

fifteen percent concentrated power of will (9120 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Locked Tomb Series | Gideon the Ninth Series – Tamsyn Muir
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gideon Nav/Harrowhark Nonagesimus
Characters: Gideon Nav, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Coronabeth Tridentarius, Judith Deuteros, Camilla Hect
Additional Tags: 5 things (kind of), gideon nav: personal trainer
Summary:

Teaching someone to do a push-up is a love language, when that person is very annoying.

And a treat about Dorothy learning some finer details of Oz magic:

A Long Winter in Oz (14928 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Oz – L. Frank Baum
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorothy Gale & Glinda the Good, Dorothy Gale/Princess Ozma
Characters: Dorothy Gale, Glinda the Good
Additional Tags: Magic, Friendship, Minor Character Death, Implied/Referenced Suicide, no canon character deaths, Romance is a minor element, Worldbuilding
Summary:

Dorothy decides that she ought to learn about magic properly and there just so happens to be a long winter approaching.

End-of-year works roundup

It’s been all Leif & Thorn for a while now. I’ll mix things up a bit next year.

Leif & Thorn
Six Golden Years (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Sunset Stair Strut (art | Sepal, Petal | worksafe)
Midnight Windows (wallpaper | Leif, Valrún | worksafe)
Magical Crime Law Investigation Squad (art | MCLIS magicals | worksafe)
Tender stair night (sketch | Leif/Thorn, Kale | worksafe)
Tatspiration (wallpaper | Hyacinth | worksafe)
Frosted snowglobe (wallpaper | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Character Height Chart Vb (character designs | Sepal, Petal, Gentian, Artie, Dex, Pania, Juniper, Alruna | work-dubious)
Holiday Special 2021 (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)