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Monday Works Roundup, 12/11/17 December 11, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Remembering those we’ve lost, 2017 (sketch | Henriette | worksafe)
Pillowed Patrick (sketch | Patrick | worksafe)
BICP Cover Tests (art | Patrick, Bianca, Sparrow | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Northern Lights (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
All Downhill From Here (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Big Hero 6
Hamadacest (sketch | Hiro/Tadashi | worksafe)

Fake News
Galactic Amity (fic! | “Stephen”/aliens, “Stephen”/Jon | NC-17)

Harry Potter
Talk Murder To Me (sketch | Bellatrix/Voldemort | worksafe)
Written? Smitten! (sketch | Ginny/Voldemort | worksafe)
Snarry (sketch | Harry/Snape | worksafe)

Precure(/other magical girl series)
Wild Card (art | Joker, Nanoha, Cure Black, Usagi, Madoka, Sakura | worksafe)

Seraph of the End
Feed me Yuu (sketch | Mikaela/Yuu | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Timothy picks up another ally for the quest of Team Not-Killing-Beings.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif is safely out of the way, and gets to enjoy a week of wrestling.

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California is on fire, Puerto Rico still has no power, and also, this. December 8, 2017

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Went to a tiny local pro-net-neutrality rally on Thursday. Spent most of it holding a sign with an older woman who was distinctly not tech-savvy — wasn’t on Facebook, didn’t have a smartphone, wasn’t sure how her service provider interacted with her search engine. She does online research at home, uses email, has sent donations to the Wikipedia Foundation…but wasn’t entirely sure what the rally was about. Just that it was important.

I explained the basics, she was immediately on board. “Corporations don’t need more power.” And what really got her fired up was when we made the connection that this could slow down school and library websites. Extra fees to load your public library, or an academic journal? “They can’t be the gatekeepers of knowledge.”

So that was nice.

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A Russian singer is believed to have been detained as part of Chechnya’s ‘gay purge’. Zelimkhan Bakayev, 26, hasn’t been seen since August 8 and his friends now think he was captured by police in capital Grozny.”

“Rights groups and other experts say the video of the slave market — although no surprise to many journalists or relief workers — is an uncomfortable reminder for Europe that its policies risk trapping the migrants in slave-like conditions.”

For what percentage of your life has the US been at war? (It’s 58.1% for me. And, of course, climbing.)

“After Rapp’s public statement, a man who was friendly with a member of the New York staff approached the magazine to talk about Spacey. At the age of 14, he says, he began a sexual relationship with the actor, who was then 24, that ended with what he describes as an attempted rape. The man is now a 48-year-old artist living on the East Coast with a long-term partner, and he wishes to remain anonymous.”

One Million Moms attacks an ad that features a cis female boxer, calling her “a man in a dress”. (There’s also an actual trans woman in the ad. They didn’t notice.)

“He was the training director of one of St. Paul’s largest security companies — a man certified on when and how to use Mace. Which left police mystified as to why Timothy Knutsen would pepper spray an autistic man in the face for eating a cookie from a Cub Foods sampler tray.” (I’m not mystified.)

“Life-changing surgery is on hold for a 2-year-old boy. His mom says it’s because of red tape between the hospital and police.” Update: the child got a transplant from being on the donor list. But that was after 2 months and 1 rushed hospitalization, and is unlikely to be as close a genetic match as his own father.

The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010.”

Monday Works Roundup, 12/4/17 December 4, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Flex, girl (sketch | Del | worksafe)
The Famitrine (art | Sigrún, the guards | worksafe)
Apartment Entrance (art | architecture | worksafe)

Attack on Titan
Eruri (sketch | Erwin/Levi | worksafe)

Dangan Ronpa
Servant and Mastermind (sketch | Komaeda/Monaka | worksafe)

Kingdom Hearts
Akuroku (sketch | Axel/Roxas | worksafe)

Marvel
Me Loki, You… (sketch | Loki/Jane | worksafe)

Undertale
Frisky Cuddling (sketch | Frisk/Sans | worksafe)
Skeleton Waltz (sketch | Sans/Toriel | worksafe)
Pop-Up Chara (sketch | Chara/Papyrus | worksafe)

Yuri!!! on Ice
First Place In My Heart (sketch | JJ/Phichit | worksafe)
One Shake, Two Straws (sketch | Phichit/Guanghong | worksafe)

Zelda
That tongue tho (sketch | Ghirahim/Link | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda drops some backstory, and Sparrow definitely has questions.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Target practice! The local knights and the away team in a faceoff with arrows.

Multifandom Recommendations 12/4/17 December 4, 2017

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  • The Avengers | Bruce, Tony, Steve, Pepper, Natasha | T | The Kids Weren’t Alright
    Tony accidentally turns himself into a twelve-year-old using alien tech. Steve is stuck as bodyguard, Bruce is stuck trying to fix him, and Pepper is stuck trying to ward off a twelve-year old’s attempts at flirtation. And then things go from bad to worse.
    series:marvel comics,trope:hurt-comfort,fic:chaptered,trope:kidfic,genfic,trope:trauma

  • WebGL Water lll
    Water simulator. Click to make ripples, change the angle, and/or move the ball around.
    resources:drawing,resources:time wasters

  • Medieval Fantasy City Generator
    This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size. The generation method is rather arbitrary, the goal is to produce a nice looking map, not an accurate model of a city.
    resources:writing,resources:drawing

  • Alphas, Betas, Omegas: A Primer
    A brief primer on the concept of Alpha/Beta/Omega Universes: Also known as that trope suddenly showing up in your fandom that doesn’t make any sense.
    resources:writing,kink:omegaverse

  • Four memories returning
    The Good Place ficlet prompt: Everyone gets back ALL their memories from ALL the loops.
    fic:five times,series:the good place,pairing:eleanor_tahani,yuri

Give yourself an early Christmas present, in snowbound short story form. December 1, 2017

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I finished an original story!

Coming out December 20.

I thought about giving it more lead time, but, look, it has flying reindeer. It would feel a little silly to have that drop in January.

All Downhill From Here is 13,000 words of fantasy survival hurt/comfort m/m. A diplomatic conference is derailed by an avalanche, leaving native groundskeeper Leif and visiting knight Thorn buried together in the snow. Featuring romantic tension, divided loyalties, malfunctioning magic, and hungry vampires.

It’s a standalone Leif & Thorn AU, which means it’s totally readable if you don’t follow the comic. And you better believe I have plans for more.

You can preorder the story in ebook-friendly formats on Smashwords, or watch this page right here to buy an illustrated DOC/PDF starting on the release date.

And keep an eye out for more of these, because you better believe there will be.

If we’re done being thankful, here are some things we need to be angry about. November 27, 2017

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Two months after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, a sense of desperation seems to be yielding to resignation at best. More than half of the island is still without power, and hundreds of thousands of residents are fleeing to the American mainland in an extraordinary exodus.”

“Within months, Deen’s career was back on track. There was initial backlash, but none of it stuck. He continued to make money and win awards. But we were back to the drawing board. The network refused to give us the rights to the show and wouldn’t let anyone watch the already-shot pilot. After two years, we are still not legally allowed to show it to anyone.” How the media is set up not only to excuse rapists and punish their victims, but punish random innocent people who unwittingly worked with them.

“The liver department’s clinical director is Irish. Its academic director is Spanish. The hospital recently tried to hire a German as academic head of department, but he declined: He had been awarded a high-value European grant that he could not take to Britain after Brexit.” The (totally foreseeable) real effects of Brexit on the NHS.

“Trump was reportedly considering deporting Guo until aides talked him out of it—including informing him that Guo happens to be a member of his Mar-a-Lago resort (a privilege that costs $200,000 in initiation fees plus $14,000 in annual dues). The president subsequently changed his mind.”

“ICE agents in Austin scrambled — and largely failed — to engineer a narrative that would substantiate the administration’s claims that the raids were motivated by public safety concerns. Instead, the emails detail the evolution of ICE’s public statements once it became obvious that the Trump administration’s narrative was not true.

Militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshipers as they fled, killing at least 305 people and wounding at least 128 others. Officials called it the deadliest terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history.”

“I’m as tired of writing it as you are reading it, but you know good and well that if [this white American terrorist] was a young Muslim — hell, if he had ever even visited a mosque in the past 25 years — that Trump would be tweeting about him right this very moment to tout how essential a Muslim ban is for American safety. […] In this case, though? Crickets.

Remember that time a white supremacist was reduced to a terrified blubbering mess when he realized he might actually get arrested? (Was that really only a few months ago?) A lot of these people are cowards at heart. They treat being Nazis like it’s LARPing. They do not expect actual consequences. Make them suffer consequences.

Multifandom Recommendations 11/27/2017 November 27, 2017

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  • Sailor Moon | Rei/Usagi, Mina/Ami/Mako, Haru/Michi | T | Walk The Plank
    Rei is in denial about a certain someone. Minako, who notices this, decides to help her dear friend accept her feelings and act upon them! However, Rei is really…really in denial. With help of the Senshi, they’ll guide her the right way! Well… drag her kicking and screaming in the right way..
    series:sailor moon,fic:chaptered,pairing:usagi_rei,pairing:haruka_michiru,yuri,amazing

  • Hellsing | Integra, Alucard | M | Starved
    Alucard and Integra are stranded on an island together, and Integra is Alucard’s only source of sustenance.
    series:hellsing,fic:chaptered,trope:trauma,genfic,!work.in.progress

  • Sherlock | John/Sherlock, ensemble | M | The World On His Wrist
    First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he’s lost track. (John lives in multiple realities AU.)
    fic:chaptered,series:sherlock,pairing:holmes_watson,trope:timetravel

  • Doctor Who | Twelve, Bill/OC | G | The Great Masquerade
    After the events of Oxygen, Bill and the Doctor go to an alien flea market and find a teapot that isn’t really a teapot. (Blindness for Twelve, girlfriend for Bill.)
    series:doctor who,fic:one-shot,pairing:bill_other,yuri

Tuesday Works Roundup, 11/21/17 November 21, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Leaf Pearl’s First Opal (comic | Violet, Leif, Thorn | G)
Second Life Resource Center (art | architecture | worksafe)

Homestuck
Matching Sweaters (sketch | Kankri/Mituna | worksafe)
Fishy Shipping (art | Meenah/Feferi | worksafe)

Legend of Zelda
Underwater Royalty (sketch | Link/Sidon | worksafe)

Steven Universe
My Healer (sketch | Steven/Lapis | worksafe)

Teen Wolf
Plaid Cuddles (sketch | Stiles/Lydia | worksafe)

Tokyo Ghoul
Protector and Servant (sketch | Tsukiyama/Kanae | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Shopkeepers and Swords (commissioned art, worksafe)
Mastodon? I hardly knew ‘un! (commissioned chibis, worksafe)
Hoard of Knitting (commissioned chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick is totally down with this plan.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Swords and sorcery! Okay, mostly just swords.

Multifandom Recommendations 11/20/2017 November 20, 2017

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  • Hellsing | Integra/Alucard M | His Reward
    While Alucard loves a good hunt, sometimes it’s not quite enough to scratch the eternal itch that immortality gives you. And Integra is more than willing to reward her favorite vampire for a job well done.
    series:hellsing,fic:one-shot,pairing:integra_alucard,kink:bdsm

nbd, just a bunch of links about how we’re destroying our planet November 14, 2017

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Being caught in a natural disaster can give people long-term PTSD, who knew? (They don’t use the term PTSD, they call it “Katrina brain,” as if this was a total unknown before Hurrican Katrina. It’s bizarre.)

Over 900 people have been cremated in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria made landfall a month ago, but the official death toll is still listed as 51.” And that was as of October 30.

Plants like a more CO2-rich atmosphere, but there’s a high price: “Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2 levels keep rising. We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history―[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.”

“The particles are called microbeads, and consumers can avoid them by checking to see if plastic — maybe polyethylene or polypropylene — is on the product’s ingredient list. Once these virtually indestructible beads enter the water, they attract toxic substances, like PCBs. They become part of the aquatic food chain, soon eaten by fish and then, too often, by humans.”

A $17 million study of climate change in the Canadian Arctic has been nixed for now — because of climate change.”