Music recs: Donnie Munro/Runrig, Styx, Tori Amos

Donnie Munro/Runrig: soothing Celtic folk rock. (Solo act & band with a lead singer, respectively.) Think if Dan Fogelberg was more Gaelic. (Donnie Munro playlist.)


Styx: Prog rock that ranges from working-class anthems to weird sci-fi/fantasy scenarios. Apparently they broke up for a decade or so, then came back together? Everything here is from their ’70s and ’80s work. (Styx playlist.)


Tori Amos: Chamber pop with classically-trained piano, and lots of haunting mezzo-soprano lyrics. Apparently she was expelled from the Peabody Institute at 11 for “musical insubordination”, which is a delightful origin story. (Tori Amos playlist.)

Evidence says: double down on mask-wearing, ease up on deep-cleaning (but don’t stop the handwashing)

A month’s worth of links on preventative measures.

June 26, with visual aids: “I sneezed, sang, talked & coughed toward an agar culture plate with or without a mask. Bacteria colonies show where droplets landed. A mask blocks virtually all of them.

June 29: “For the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, health and government officials assured the public that young people were at little or no risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19. But many young people who have contracted the virus tell a very different story.

July 10, something positive: “We were given a list of the names of residents on each floor and worked our way through every apartment, continuing until they’d all been visited. Testing was completely voluntary, yet not one resident said no. They were incredibly thankful, respectful and grateful for us being there.

July 18: “We had three new positive cases on the same day in this town, but people can’t be bothered to put a piece of cloth over their face. The sheriff’s department is closed to the public because it has a bunch of positive cases, but they still won’t enforce the mask law. One day I said to my co-worker, ‘I need to leave the store right now or I’m going to lose it. I’m going to explode.'”

July 27: “The scientists I spoke with emphasized that people should still wash their hands, avoid touching their face when they’ve recently been in public areas, and even use gloves in certain high-contact jobs. They also said deep cleans were perfectly justified in hospitals. But they pointed out that the excesses of hygiene theater have negative consequences. For one thing, an obsession with contaminated surfaces distracts from more effective ways to combat COVID-19.

July 30: “A local business that operates in a somewhat cramped indoor space sent me an email about how it was “keeping clean and staying healthy,” illustrated by 10 bottles of hand sanitizer without a word on ventilation—whether it was opening windows, employing upgraded filters in its HVAC systems, or using portable HEPA filters. It seems baffling that despite mounting evidence of its importance, we are stuck practicing hygiene theater—constantly deep cleaning everything—while not noticing the air we breathe.

And while you’re protecting each other, take a minute to help protect local museums:

“The institutions surveyed ranged from aquariums to botanical gardens to science centers. […] Their annual budgets ranged from less than $50,000 to more than $10 million, but according to AAM, the vast majority — 87% — said they had only 12 months or less of financial operating reserves, with 56 percent having less than six months left to cover operations.

Multifandom works roundup, 7/27

Leif & Thorn
Just Say YES (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Disney Princesses
Princess Versus Virus #1 (art | Jasmine, Ariel, Tiana, Moana | worksafe)
Princess Versus Virus #2 (art | Cinderella, Mulan, Snow White, Sneezy, Aurora | worksafe)

Fruits Basket/Of Magic & Muses
Zodiac Rats (meme | Yuki, Willow | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 31 – Vicarious living through art (comic, G)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The arrival of four Serious Mages, all plot-relevant in their own ways.

Music recs: The Birthday Massacre, The Corrs, Jedward

In the home stretch! Only got about five more of these in the bank.


The Birthday Massacre – New-wave goth rock. Lighter and airier than Evanescence, darker and eerier than Blackmore’s Night, best when they’re doing creepy-cute lovely melodies. (Birthday Massacre playlist.)


The Corrs – Pop rock with Celtic-fusion elements. Covers the whole emotional spectrum, but in particular, they have a talent for making love songs that go “you are so great and I love you and I’m happy and there’s no catch” in a way that feels earnest and joyful, not thin or superficial. (The Corrs playlist.)


Jedward: Teen pop that’s wildly mainstream-popular in Ireland and the UK — they’ve been Eurovision finalists, twice — but somehow hasn’t jumped the Atlantic. Came out of The X Factor, same as One Direction, although they’re identical twins instead of a 5-part boy-band. (Jedward playlist didn’t exist so I made one.)

Multifandom fic recs (Harry Potter, Untitled Goose Game, Sailor Moon, Doctor Who, Lilo & Stitch, Animorphs, and more)

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, humans | G | Wilson & Sons
    Ever since its establishment in 1768, Wilson & Sons Barbershop had been a proud family business. Customers came and customers went— but there was one who had, apparently, been there since the very start: A.Z. Fell.
    series:good omens,fic:one-shot,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,trope:outsider.pov

  • Lilo & Stitch, Monsters Inc | Lilo, Boo | T | Monsters Vs. Aliens
    Lilo and Boo become room mates in college. They become fast friends, and Boo doesn’t shy away from Stitch and Lilo doesn’t think Mike Wazowski is a weird name for a fish. Everything is going smoothly, until one night when something sneaks into their dorm, and Stitch disappears into the closet…
    series:lilo & stitch,series:monsters inc,genfic,fic:one-shot,crossover

  • Animorphs, a million crossovers | ensemble | T | Resistance
    The Yeerks expect the conquest of Earth will be easy, but more than just the Animorphs stand in their way.
    fic:chaptered,crossover,series:animorphs,genfic,series:good omens,series:inuyasha,series:bunnicula,series:the littles,series:yu-gi-oh,series:lord of the rings,series:ferngully,series:inspector gadget,series:narnia,series:ghostbusters,series:xena,series:captain planet,series:sailor moon,series:lilo & stitch,series:harry potter,series:ranma 1_2,series:young wizards,amazing

  • Pet Shop of Horrors | Leon/D, Leon/plants | M | Your walls are painted green, our vines have intertwined
    “Fuckin’ A,” Leon grumbles, trying another locked door, “did the count dump his whole damn incense supply into a bonfire or something?” The floral scent in the air is so thick, it’s getting hard to breathe. (The part of Leon’s brain that knows what caution is whispers to him, things always get weird when you start really smelling that stuff, but he’s had long, long practice ignoring it.)
    series:pet shop of horrors,pairing:d_leon,kink:xeno,kink:tentacles,fic:one-shot