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Monday Works Roundup, 4/10/17 April 20, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Lamp Miranda (art | Miranda | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Mine babes (sketch | Bram/Gil, Cress/Violet | worksafe)
Embassy Daemons (art | Leif, Katya, Thorn, Violet, Rowan, Birch, Juniper, D, Annie, Mata/Pato, ????????, Olive | worksafe)
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Thorn-Delphinium fusion – Imperial Jasper (art | Thorn, D | worksafe)

Hellsing
Hunter in the streets, monster in the sheets (art | Integra/Alucard | NSFWish)

Sailor Moon
Godmother Naru (art | Usagi, Chibiusa, Naru | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Shades of Blue (art | Blue Diamond | worksafe)
I always ‘remind people of.’ (art | Pearl/Mystery Girl | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Saisen (reward chibi, worksafe)
Uneven rock wall pack (free tiled patterns, worksafe)
Stone block wall pack (free tiled patterns, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Reseda may have a broken neck, but she also has a Plan.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The first adventure in the even-sparklier alternate universe of Magical Thorn!

Erin Rewatches: Enterprise s4, plus wrap-up thoughts April 19, 2017

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Had very little to say about most of this season. But it did have four really good episodes, so there’s that! And there’s a full How Much Of The Show To Watch guide at the end of the post.

I might post a T’Pol Appreciation Watching Guide later. With screencaps.

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Erin Watches: Enterprise season 3 April 15, 2017

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Still watching, still liveblogging.

As of this posting I’m a little way into s4, and it has some eps I’d recommend, but part of my prediction was right: you could reasonably skip this entire season, minus “Twilight.”

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stop this country, I want to get off April 13, 2017

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Everything this week is horrible and heartbreaking, and I hate it. Trying to make it stop feels like trying to hold back a runaway train with a rope.

This weekend is the Tax March. Find one near you.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge, found dead in a river. Whoever did this should be strung up by the thumbs.

Trump can’t remember whether he just bombed Iraq or Syria. To everyone who ~*couldn’t trust Hillary*~ to run our military responsibly, I wish I could personally slap all of you in the face.

Democrats are consistent in how much we approve of missile strikes. Republicans swing from 22% in favor of a Democrat doing it, to 86% in favor of a Republican. That comes out to 64% of Republicans who have no principles whatsoever, just slavish loyalty to anyone who puts an R after their name.

Trump’s policies are hurting poor majority-black Democratic-voting communities as hard as any poor white Trump-voting district. The only difference is that they saw it coming.

Tom Price acted to help kill a rule that would hurt drug company profits shortly after his broker bought him up to $90,000 worth of pharmaceutical stock.” And now he’s running the Department of Health and Human Services.

Chechnya is rounding up gay men in what Amnesty International calls “secret detention sites.” Reports are coming out about horrific physical abuses. Straight people of Chechnya, what is wrong with you?

(Amnesty International could use your donations, and so could RUSA LGBT, a group that supports LGBTQ Russian-speakers — including asylum-seekers.)

A bridge collapses in Atlanta, causing millions of dollars in damage. You could blame the companies that stored flammable materials there, or you could pin the whole thing on a homeless black guy who slept there. Guess which one the city is doing.

Chicago detective Reynaldo Guevara: “accused by at least 51 people of framing them for murders from the 1980s through the early 2000s in the rough-and-tumble Humboldt Park section of Chicago. His alleged misdeeds led 48 men and one woman to be sentenced to a total of more than 2,300 years in prison. Three were acquitted. Five received life sentences. Three were sentenced to death but spared when in 2003 Gov. George Ryan, disturbed by a rash of wrongful convictions, commuted all death sentences to life or less. Two men died behind bars, including Daniel Peña, an illiterate man who testified Guevara beat him into signing a confession he couldn’t read.” Lock this guy up. Also, strive to be George Ryan.

Continued adventures of the Leopards Eating Faces voters April 6, 2017

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Everyone out there who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton because she’s ~*~a warmonger~*~, do me a favor and slap yourselves across the face with a wet herring. Thank you.

Snapshots from people who voted for Trump in hopes that he would punish the Unworthy, and still don’t seem to grasp that everyone, themselves included, is somebody’s Unworthy:

“Because he was told- I was under the influence that he was going to help us.” A Trump voter is surprised about the planned cuts to Meals on Wheels.

“Trump’s budget may wipe out a program that sends doctors into medically under-served rural counties throughout the Delta region, many of them in red states.” Delta Doctors recommends foreign-born, US-trained physicians for visa waivers, in exchange for working in areas where American doctors won’t show up.

“In this town of 16,000 — located near the Texas border in Oklahoma’s Bryan County, where Trump won 76 percent of the vote — excitement about Trump’s presidency has been dulled by confusion over an agenda that seems aimed at hurting their community more than helping it.” This gives details of a whole swath of programs on the chopping block.

“A Mexican man who entered the United States illegally almost 20 years ago is set to be deported on [March 24], amid an uptick in detentions by immigration agents emboldened by President Donald Trump — whom the man’s own wife voted for.

Erin Watches: Star Trek Enterprise, season 2 April 2, 2017

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Second verse, same as the first! Which means lots of good episodes, some fun aliens and wibbly space things, a running theme of the writers being extremely straight dudes, T’Pol being consistently amazing, and the T’Pol-Archer friendship getting ever stronger via the magic of good writing and character development.

The first episode concludes with Archer showing up in T’Pol’s quarters, to thank her for defending them to the Vulcan High Command. They’re BOTH in pajamas. Not even in a sexual-tension way, just a “we have such a level of mutual comfort and respect that we can have a chat in our jammies without any self-consicousness about our professional relationship” way.

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TIL that there exists a thing called “welfare avoidance grants.” March 30, 2017

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You see, if the government gives you cash assistance and calls it welfare, that’s a Bad Thing. But if the government gives you cash assistance and calls it welfare *avoidance*, suddenly it becomes a Good Thing.

No, seriously. Here’s a page on them in MD.

Can we do this for every social program? Build a place where down-on-their-luck people can live, and call it Homeless Shelter Avoidance Housing. Let us all sign up for Medicare Avoidance Insurance. Make the pro-lifers happy by making abortion illegal — but everyone gets access to Abortion Avoidance Procedures.

Multifandom Recommendations, 3/29/17 March 29, 2017

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Sailor Moon | Minako, Setsuna | G | Operation FMD
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3629322

Setsuna’s been single for a long time, and Minako just wants to help out. Setsuna and Minako friendship.
The Hobbit | Bard/Thranduil | T | The latest dream I ever dreamed on the cold hill’s side
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177055

“I like the idea of Thranduil courting Bard, like a lot. But I imagine being old as dirt, the sass king’s idea of flirting has been out of style for centuries.”
Homestuck | Roxy/Calliope | M | big mating party
http://archiveofourown.org/works/716081

TG: callie callie callie
TG: i WILL be satisfied
TG: no matter what!
Hellsing | Integra/Alucard | M | Rules and Restrictions
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10460643

Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing shares an intimate moment with her vampire. If only it were intimate enough…
Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | G | Proposal
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9660665

Yumiko makes an observation.
Hellsing | Alucard/Integra | M | Naptime
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9494999

Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing rarely took naps, but when she did, she preferred the couch in the main drawing room instead of the bed. Reason being that if an emergency required her—which happened often, much to her annoyance—she could immediately be ready for action and retaliation. Plus, this room had an enormous fireplace and she loved to read by firelight before slipping off into slumber.
Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | G | Home
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9914174

Heinkel and Yumiko stay at the orphanage, prompting Heinkel to think of their relationship.
Phineas and Ferb | Perry/Doof | M | Teil das Bett mit mir (das ich nicht so frier)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9712931

Doofenshmirtz is transformed into a stunningly handsome platypus and Perry can’t resist taking him home.
DCU | Clark/Lois, Bruce/Lois | M | Third Wheel
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6918955/chapters/15784000

It isn’t quite a love triangle. For one thing, Clark’s the only one romantic enough to even think the word ‘love’. For another, Clark and Bruce would be beating the holy hell out of each other even without Lois’ involvement. And if Lois was aware of the secrets they were keeping, she’d be beating the holy hell out of the both of them. Overall, Bruce’s visit to Metropolis has been a mixed bag for everyone involved.
DCU | Bruce, Diana, Clark, the Kents | T | Christmas in Kansas
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6663184/chapters/15238855

Clark Kent invites Bruce Wayne and Diana of Themyscira to his parents’ house for Christmas. It goes, in general, pretty okay.
Batman | Bruce, Tim Drake, other Robins | G | Anti-Social
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8019937/chapters/18361021

Batman needs a Robin. (trans!Tim, told in texts/tweets)
Don’t Trust the B—- | Chloe/June | M | Don’t Trust The Oui
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5680069

“Wait, you’re saying you want to use our fake marriage to pick people up?”
Don’t Trust the B—- | Chloe/June, Ellen Page | T | ‘Til You Make It
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9615839

“I ran into Ellen Page yesterday in a Duane Reade condiments aisle,” Chloe says. “Gave her this long sob story about my girlfriend and her tragic medical condition that makes her eyes really big and forces her to wear ugly sweaters, and she invited me to her birthday party.”
Puella Magi Madoka Magica, House | Wilson, Madoka, House | G | Drops of Jupiter
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10460379/

Of all the medical mysteries he’s dealt with, the mystery of the girl with pink hair and gold eyes who appears in the hospital on two separate occasions right before a patient dies might be the toughest one yet, or three times Dr. James Wilson meets with Madoka Kaname.
Sailor Moon | Prof. Tomoe, ensemble | T | Forgotten
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/43661/1/Forgotten

Whatever happened to Souichi Tomoe after Setsuna/SailorPluto took Hotaru away at the beginning of SailorStars?
Good Omens | Horsepersons | G | Repeal and Replace
http://go-exchange.livejournal.com/204326.html

When one of the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse decides to retire early, the other three find it difficult to accept, and are a little miffed at having their fortnightly brunch-drinks-and-trivia-games disrupted by the weird newcomer.
Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, Horsepersons, humans | PG | Apocaparty
http://go-exchange.livejournal.com/201321.html

Five years have passed since the Earth’s Close Call, and Adam is hosting a party to catch up with everyone. Everyone involved was invited…well, almost everyone….When the Horsepersons gatecrash, things get a bit messy.
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | M | A Little Light Reading
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8504365/chapters/19489498

Jeeves has an unfortunate accident which leaves him bedbound . . . and unable to read to himself. Bertie, as always, comes to the aid of the party.
Harry Potter | Harry, Dumbledore | PG | A Little Behind the Times
http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/akissinacrisis/ALBTT01.html

A foray back in time to retrieve a Horcrux means that Harry has an unexpected encounter with someone he didn’t intend on seeing. Suddenly, Hermione’s rules about not meddling with the past become a lot harder to keep.
Sailor Moon | OCs | G | Negaverse Plumbing
http://saintseiyafan.com/stayka/dkhome/eliddell/elid-div/dko-plum.html

Anyway, it *really* all started at the Negaverse immigration offices.
Sailor Moon | Mimete, team | G | Mimete Steps Out!
http://www.oocities.org/tokyo/courtyard/3008/counterclockwork.htm

A Counterclockwork Orange, being the story of a day in the life of a professional agent of pure otherworldly evil and her complete and utter lack of interpersonal skills.

Erin Listens: the Magic Tavern and other podcasts March 28, 2017

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Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100…then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work…and now it’s officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.

If you’re not already listening (and if you’re not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.

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Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It’s kind of…uplifting?…to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don’t have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they’re podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn’t make me sad.

They’re too hard on the ’92 anime — by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can’t help. Of course the first season doesn’t have much sense of “shared past” between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn’t know about it! Naoko hadn’t written it yet!

On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I’m all caught up with now) is too easy on the ’92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.

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I’m listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? — it’s just too slow otherwise.

…also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like “once I get through one of these, I’ll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode.”

More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness — it’s an inherent side effect of their premises — but in measured and relatively-contained doses.

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Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I’d want to do a re-listen.

…in fact, the only series on this list where I’m holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It’s highly re-listenable.

Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:

Honestly, I’d go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn’t been such a painful kick in the teeth.

I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just…don’t have the stomach to go near it.

That’s not an empty promise — anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.

Erin Rewatches: Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1) March 22, 2017

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I’m rewatching Enterprise for the first time since its original run. Have some liveblogged reactions.

T’Pol was my first One True Character — followed very shortly by Integra Hellsing, who I discovered about a year later — and T’Pol/Archer may have been the first ship I had serious Feelings about. (There are other pairings, like Dorothy/Ozma or anything in Sailor Moon, where I was already familiar with the characters by then, but didn’t start actively shipping them until later.) So this is a pretty big milestone in Personal Fandom History.

(Content note: talks about the canon mindrape, and other sexual skeeviness.)

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