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Multifandom Recs (Murderbot, Marvel, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Pet Shop of Horrors, Labyrinth) July 31, 2019

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  • The Murderbot Diaries | Mensah, Murderbot | G | Circadian Rhythms
    This is the thing about your neural pathways expanding with practice. Sometimes you open your mouth and say a thing without meaning to, and it’s because you’re better at understanding humans than you thought you were.
    fic:one-shot,genfic,series:murderbot,trope:trauma

  • The Murderbot Diaries| ART | G | Need to Know
    All I wanted was for construction to be completed so that I could be launched and begin researching. Unfortunately, human illogic tends to delay things, and they were the ones running the project.
    fic:one-shot,genfic,series:murderbot

  • Captain America | Steve/Bucky, others | T | tin soldiers
    In his 2009 book on Captain America comic books, war photography, and American propaganda, Everett claims: “There is nothing to suggest that either the graphic novels issued during the war or the photographs taken during Rogers’ stay with the Howling Commandos can serve as a basis for a queer reading of Rogers and Barnes’ relationship. But even more importantly, there is nothing to suggest that such a relationship ever existed in the first place, and as such, those queer readings are not only misguided, but also libelous”
    fic:chaptered,series:marvel comics,pairing:steve_bucky,fic:socialmedia

  • Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Holly, cats | G | Three Million Years
    We all know the insufferable smeghead Arnold Rimmer was brought back to keep Lister, the last human alive, from going insane trapped in Deep Space, but what if there was more to the story? Three million years is a long time, even for the dead.
    series:red dwarf,fic:chaptered,pairing:rimmer_lister,trope:amnesia,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Holly, Todhunter | T | The Madness to his Method
    Only a few months into his time on board of Red Dwarf Dave Lister becomes witness to Arnold J Rimmer’s bizarre exam preparations. Everyone on the ship tells him to just ignore it, but fearing the Second Technician is in a very bad place Lister can’t. Soon it is clear he was right to worry.
    series:red dwarf,fic:chaptered,pairing:rimmer_lister,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister, Low Rimmer | M | Getting Low
    When Low Rimmer ends up on Starbug at the end of the episode, Lister decides to try and rehabilitate him. Can he really turn this work of pure evil from heinous to huggable?
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,fic:chaptered

  • Labyrinth | Jareth, Sarah | G | Lucky 13
    “Won’t you even look at me?” he purred. She pictured claws sinking into her flesh. He’d spin her blood into rubies, hang them from spider’s silk, and wind them tight around her throat. A collar, a choker. A leash.
    series:labyrinth,fic:one-shot,pairing:jareth_sarah

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Monday Works Roundup, 7/29 (Cucumber Quest, Pokemon, Steven Universe, Sailor Moon, etc) July 29, 2019

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Leif & Thorn
Angel Leif and Demon Kale (art | Leif/Kale | worksafe)
Sun Drop Diamond (art | gem!Szélanya | worksafe)
Miniature Enthusiast (art | Lulen, Sigrún | worksafe)
Time Mage, Over Time (art | Acai | worksafe)

Cucumber Quest
Cucumber and Peridot (art | Cuco, Peridot | worksafe)

Pokemon
Ivysaur Trainer (art | Ivysaur, trainer | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Chronos and Thanatos (art | Setsuna, Hotaru | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Crystal Rhodonite (art | Ruby/Pearl, Sapphire | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Snek (reward art, worksafe)
Namesake (reward art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Inter-chapter hiatus to work on Volume 7!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The end of Juniper’s night, and a whole bunch of memes.

Music recs: Full Blown Rose, Genesis, Giant July 27, 2019

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Well, this post came together fast. Mostly because of the first artist….

Full Blown Rose — polished, dramatic pop/rock. Turns out they never released a whole album, just 14 disparate songs (only a few of which got official releases on soundtracks). Surprisingly good songs for that track record! (Full Blown Rose playlist…such as it is.)

(Including good cover songs.)

Genesis – soft prog rock, vocals by Phil Collins, with a range from “mainstream romantic pop” all the way to “nightmare from the POV of a mouse.”

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is a deeply surreal fantasy/dream/psychosexual/anti-consumerist single continuous story that’s worth listening to in full. (Genesis playlist.)

Giant – eighties glam-rock power ballads. (Giant playlist…with some songs from similarly-named bands mixed in. They run out of glam-rock Giant by track 55.)

Music recs – Delta Goodrem, Emmy Rossum, Fefe Dobson July 24, 2019

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A string of female solo singers this time around. Didn’t plan it that way, it’s just how the alphabet lined up.

Delta Goodrem – contemporary piano pop-rock. My favorites are her wilder, more evocative songs, but she does more traditional-type love songs too. (Delta Goodrem playlist.)

Emmy Rossum – dreamy new-age hurt/comfort pop. Sadly, she’s only released one original album, along with one Christmas album and an album of cover songs. Apparently she’s too busy being an award-winning actress to do more.

Her voice sounds oddly processed in a lot of the original songs — not in a bad way, it gives them a distant ethereal quality, I just wish I knew what it was called. It’s not present in the cover songs, and her vocals do fine standing alone, so it’s more than just autotune. (Emmy Rossum playlist.)

Fefe Dobson – punk/rock power pop. She’s got a running thread of songs about “young woman’s anger about gender politics and how they screw with her relationships.” Mostly from a clear straight/cis point of view, but “if I was a guy, here’s all the [obnoxious] things I would do while dating girls” sure works on a lot of levels. (Fefe Dobson playlist.)

Multifandom Recs (Jeeves & Wooster, Murderbot, Temeraire, Harry Potter, Better Off Ted) July 24, 2019

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  • Jeeves | Jeeves, Wooster, ensemble | T | Jeeves and Wooster 1/2
    As if problems arising from a recent vacation touring cursed ponds weren’t enough for Bertie, Aunt Agatha has invited him for a visit, and you can be sure her motivations are nothing good.
    pairing:jeeves_wooster,series:ranma 1_2,crossover,crackfic

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves, Bertie | G | Who’s A Good Boy Then, Jeeves?
    Jeeves was still Jeeves, but he was also not Jeeves, albeit in a Jeevesian fashion. To put it plainly, the man had an unnerving way of acting like a dog at times. Even with his enormous perspicacity, the blighter saw nothing amiss.
    fic:one-shot,series:jeeves & wooster,pairing:jeeves_wooster,kink:puppyplay

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | M | So Small A Thing
    In which Bertie, through no fault of his own, is shrunk to the size of a mouse. Jeeves is more than a little soupy about the whole thing, but it all works out for the best.
    series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot,pairing:jeeves_wooster,kink:tinies

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay, Granby/Little, Iskierka, Temeraire | G | And Then These Idiots
    John is just trying to live a quiet life with his not-so-quiet daughter Iskierka when Tenzing bulldozes into his world with an injured sailor. Now he has two new roommates and an unwilling front-seat to an epic romance – or he would, if Tenzing and Laurence could get their act together.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,pairing:granby_little,pairing:laurence_tharkay,trope:kidfic

  • Harry Potter | Harry/Draco, Snape, Dudley, McGonagall, Ginny/Luna, ensemble | M | Shibboleths
    Muggle Immersion co-Professor Harry Potter spends his days hanging with his son, reading to his “dog,” teaching magical kids about the internet with his cousin Dudley, and irritating Snape’s portrait. He’s understandably annoyed when his cosy life is interrupted by the Headmistress hiring on Draco Malfoy to be Hogwarts’ new Ancient Magical Cultures and Spellcasting professor. But then the explosion happens, and it turns out they’ll all need Malfoy’s knowledge if they want the magical world to survive.
    series:harry potter,fic:chaptered,pairing:ginny_luna,pairing:harry_draco

  • Better Off Ted | Ted/Veronica, Rose, Lem, Phil | G | Albania Seein’ You
    “It’s just a little fugitive situation, that’s all. A few run-ins with the Education Minister of Albania, a couple martinis, a gun or three, and then boom, you’re on the run for two years until you can escape to America and run a company—you know how it is.”
    series:better off ted,fic:one-shot,trope:marriage,pairing:veronica_ted

Music recs: Dan Fogelberg, Darren Hayes, Delain July 12, 2019

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Okay, I’ve decided, I’m doing four songs per artist now.

Dan Fogelberg: soft folk rock, soft pop/country, lots of melancholy ballads. Nobody does wistful nostalgia better. (Dan Fogelberg playlist.)

Darren Hayes: pop with a boy-band-y vibe (though it’s only the one guy), sometimes with dubious electronica tangents. Previously the lead singer of Savage Garden — I’ll do recs for them later. (Darren Hayes playlist.)

Delain: symphonic metal, featuring a keyboardist who left Within Temptation. Not as deep into fantasy-goth, more inclined to dramatic-realism-goth. (Delain playlist.)

I haven’t actually blogged about these pins yet, have I? July 11, 2019

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You know it’s the last day of a Kickstarter when you start having dreams about canceled pledges. And then a dream where a backer managed to pledge “-$1”.

Also, hey, it’s the last day of a Kickstarter! I’m making enamel pins for the cute mascot critters from each of my comics.

Tiernan is Thorn’s soulbonded therapy cat in Leif & Thorn. She provides emotional support, help recovering from PTSD flashbacks, and general adorableness. Also, she cuddles up to Leif at every opportunity.

Patrick is the puppy-shaped starring shapeshifter of But I’m A Cat Person. He’s nervous, determined, eager to please, and always ready to show off his prowess in a fight! …much to the distress of his new pacifist millennial Master.

The pins have black metal outlines and screen-printed spots, to really capture the style of the comics, like the characters just popped off the page.

The poses were voted on by Patreon supporters — and a good thing, too, because the ones I would’ve picked by instinct were…not necessarily the ones that turned out to be the fan favorites.

You can get either pin alone, both of them together, or all kinds of digital bonus packages. (If you’re not a pin person, but still want the project to succeed, you can get a digital-only bonus package!)

And I really do want this to succeed. I have a mini con coming up in September, and could use some variety on the table between the prints, books, more prints, and more books.

Here’s that link one more time. Deadline is 11:59 PM, US Eastern — and there’s less than $100 left to raise. Check it out, tell your friends, get a pin for yourself maybe?

Or, heck, get a pin for a friend. They’re designed to be so cute and full of personality that you don’t even need to know the comics to appreciate them. (Though it sure doesn’t hurt.)

Tuesday Works Roundup, 7/9 (Good Omens, Moana, Little Mermaid, Hitchhiker’s Guide, and more) July 9, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Magical Showdowns (art | Poe, Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele, Miranda, Sparrow, Bianca, Timothy, Jany | worksafe)
Explain Yourself? (comic | almost all the humans | G)

Leif & Thorn
Embassy Gems Height Chart 3 (art | Gem!Gil, Gerri, Olive, Delphinium, D10, Pascentia, Woman in Black, Maggie Persil, Tansy, Thorn, Mata/Pato, Bram | worksafe)
Their own kind of magic (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Bone Saw Heart (wallpaper | Marula | worksafe)

Good Omens
Demonic Herpetology (comic | Aziraphale, Crowley | T)

Good Omens/Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Guide Omens, part 1 (updated comic | Arthur, Trillian, Crowley, Aziraphale, DEATH | G)
Guide Omens, part 2 (another updated comic | Arthur, Famine, Pollution, NutriMatic | G)

Moana/The Little Mermaid
My Ariel (art | Moana/Ariel | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Chibi Ken (Patreon chibi, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 29 – Are we…prestigious, now? (comic, G)
Chibi Sylvester (Patreon chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
A kitty catches sight of a bird.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Juniper is picked up by some secret agents, and has a bunch of opinions.

After half a year, I have health insurance again July 4, 2019

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And let me tell you, it’s a huge relief.

Medical stuff under the cut — nothing icky, just pills and a lot of phone calls.

Also, cat stuff at the end, so feel free to skip to that. There’s some discussion of pet death, but nothing recent.

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We need stronger background checks, defective product recalls, and more prosecutions for trigger-happy cops July 1, 2019

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There is “overwhelming evidence” that [deputy stationed at Stoneman Douglas] Peterson heard gunshots, but no evidence that he attempted to investigate. Peterson instead chose to hide near a stairwell as shots rang out on the campus, the report found.” (He’s getting charged — good — but way more harshly than cops who actually shoot innocent children — not good.)

Black family is held on gunpoint (and threatened with murder) by Phoenix police because a 4-year-old child took a dollar-store Barbie without paying. (Video.)

Shaquille Dukes was admitted into the hospital for double pneumonia. He received doctors orders to walk around the hospital. He was stopped by a racist security guard, who called racist cops. He was arrested and accused of trying to steal the IV machine.” (Video.)

“The authorities say they are investigating how Mr. Martin slipped through the cracks of the Illinois law, which the police might have been able to use to confiscate his handgun years ago. And the Illinois State Police said they were reviewing why an initial background check failed to turn up a criminal conviction that should have blocked him from buying the gun to begin with.”

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission can order the recall and repair of thousands of things, from toasters to teddy bears. If a defective car needs fixing, the U.S. Department of Transportation can make it happen. The Food and Drug Administration deals with food, drugs, and cosmetics. Only one product is beyond the government’s reach when it comes to defects and safety: firearms. Not even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can get defective guns off the market. If a gunmaker chooses to ignore a safety concern, there’s no one to stop it.”

“I shopped the killed piece around for a few days until it piqued the interest of a female editor at Politico, who accepted it as it was on spec. However, my piece was again passed on to a male editor to review — who asked me to change the premise of the piece to shift more of the blame for mass shootings on mental illness rather than toxic masculinity.”