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I’m so confused by the publishing sequence of Jane’s World August 19, 2019

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Okay, I’ve spent way too long trying to puzzle this out, so now I’m inflicting it on the rest of you.

Jane’s World is a gay-centric sitcom-style comic — a lot like Dykes To Watch Out For, but with cartoonier art, and less topical political commentary in favor of more surreal misadventures.

It was launched in March 1998, picked up for syndication in April 2002, and concluded in October 2018.

Here’s a review of the printed omnibus volume 1, if you want a bit about the contents without diving into the full online archive.

This post is just about the order things were published in. (more…)

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Music recs: Gregorian, Hayley Westenra, Heart August 17, 2019

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Starting with a multi-artist cover band.

Gregorian – Gregorian-chant-inspired covers of pop/rock songs, full choir and all. They record in churches and only pick songs that are “translatable into the 7-tone scale,” which I assume is more historically authentic. (Gregorian playlist. Switches to non-cover-music Gregorian chanting around track 175.)


(Pink Floyd)


(Sarah Brightman)


(Celine Dion)


(Simon & Garfunkel)


(anyway here’s Wonderwall)


Hayley Westenra – operatic new-age classical-pop singer. Apparently has songs in over a dozen languages — including Maori, Japanese, Spanish, and (since she did a version of “May It Be”) Quenya. (Hayley Westenra playlist.)


Heart – classic ’70s rock, lots of big hair and power ballads. (Heart playlist.)

Multifandom recommendations (Temeraire, Red Dwarf, Good Omens, Good Place, Sailor Moon, Murderbot, Yuri on Ice) August 7, 2019

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  • Temeraire | Laurence/Granby/Tharkay, dragons | T | From, and To, and Why
    Laurence’s talent for repression, Tharkay’s for self-denial, and Granby’s for exploding when he just can’t take it anymore finally come to a head. Also, Temeraire and Iskierka nearly get everyone killed.
    series:temeraire,pairing:laurence_granby_tharkay,trope:polyamory,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Mamoru/Fiore | M | Rose Seed
    After injuring Mamoru, Fiore takes him back to his home, the Flower Asteroid, and begins to heal him. However, healing Mamoru is not Fiore’s only intention. He plans to finally make Mamoru understand that he is his.
    series:sailor moon,fic:one-shot,trope:non-con,kink:tentacles,pairing:mamoru_fiore

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Usagi/Mamoru, Helios, Shitennou, Inners | G | Cardinal King
    This is the reversed story of Sailor Moon centering on Mamoru Chiba, aka Cardinal King, and his four Heavenly Kings as they search for the Earth Prince and the Golden Crystal. Aided by Helios and a mysterious figure named Jewel Tiara, they fight against an evil Queen and her four senshi henchmen, who also search for the Golden Crystal so that they could use it to unleash an ancient evil force to take over Earth once and for all…
    series:sailor moon,pairing:usagi_mamoru,fic:chaptered

  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, cargo transport | M | The Ship Who Vidded
    I might have sat there forever or at least until my power cells ran down if the cargo bot hadn’t started talking to me again. It was bored out of its mind. Well, obviously it didn’t have a mind, which was part of the problem. It was a sophisticated bot with a lot of processing ability and almost nothing to process.
    genfic,series:murderbot,fic:one-shot

  • Yuri!!! on Ice | Victor/Yuuri | M | Lonely Hearts Club
    Victor meets Yuuri after the World Championships in Detroit and mistakes him for a male escort. Yuuri fails to correct him. (Canon-divergent AU)
    fic:chaptered,series:yuri!!! on ice,pairing:yuuri_viktor,kink:identity porn

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

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.)

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.)

Music recs: Boh Runga, Carbon Leaf, Chicago June 22, 2019

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I’ve been mostly doing 3 songs per artist, but some of them really resist limitation. Maybe I should kick it up to 4 as a standard?

Boh Runga: Chinese/Maori pop-rock musician from New Zealand. Originally the lead for the band stellar*, which had a more aggressive sound — I prefer her more mellow solo work. (Boh Runga’s channel.)

Sadly, she’s been basically-retired from music for the past decade, the better to focus on her jewelry design. (Boh Runga’s jewelry Instagram.)

Carbon Leaf: folk-rock, alt-country, apparently with a mix of Celtic and bluegrass influences? Lyrically, they’re kind of like They Might Be Giants — offbeat, sometimes fun, sometimes wistful. (Carbon Leaf playlist.)

Having gone through a bunch of their albums in chronological order now, I’d say the earliest stuff is pretty meh, and Indian Summer is when they really hit their stride.

Chicago: classic rock, with lots of jazzy horns and soft-but-emotionally-wrenching ballads. (Chicago playlist.)

They make the top 20 in a lot of Billboard all-time-best-bands charts! And yet in my corner of the internet, which manages to drop references to Bon Jovi or Queen or Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago barely ever comes up. (I guess they do have a lack of odd-enough-to-be-memeable lyrics.)

Multifandom Recommendations – Temeraire, The Hobbit, Sailor Moon, His Dark Materials, Madoka Magica, Doctrine of Labyrinths, Beauty and the Beast, To Whatever June 19, 2019

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  • Temeraire, The Hobbit | Temeraire/Smaug, Laurence | M | Thunder On the Mountain
    Temeraire has searched long and hard for his lost captain, in a strange and distant land. One very large obstacle presents itself and demands his attention. And other things.

    Fulfillment of his quest comes with a price, and Middle-earth’s future is subtly altered.
    crossover,series:temeraire,series:lord of the rings,pairing:temeraire_smaug,kink:bdsm,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Roland, Tharkay, ensemble | G | One for the Corps
    Life in the Peak district takes a fresh turn when Jane makes an announcement. Laurence is mortified, Lady Allendale delighted, the Corps love the gossip, Temeraire battles jealousy, and Tharkay just wants to read his newspaper (because as we know, all infants look alike).
    series:temeraire,fic:chaptered,trope:kidfic,pairing:laurence_roland

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Usagi, Ikuko | G | Can’t Let Go
    Usagi shows up at her house the morning after the earthquake with a baby in her arms and tears in her eyes.

    Ikuko opens the door and takes one look at the fresh wounds and the distant, broken look in her daughter’s eyes, and she envelopes Usagi in a hug.
    series:sailor moon,trope:kidfic,fic:one-shot,genfic,kink:identity porn

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | ensemble | T | Last October
    Last October is set five hundred years from now, and uses somewhat sped-up worst-case-scenario official projections of the effects of climate change as a result of unchecked pollution, and the failure of a patchwork half-magic weather and sustainable energy system, and it applies them to the doomsday event that heralds the dawn of Crystal Tokyo.
    series:sailor moon,fic:chaptered,trope:apocalypse,genfic

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Minako/Kunzite | G | Bottom of a Phone Booth
    And now he was sitting in front of her – the leader of the Sailor Senshi, his murderer twice over, and a woman who he’d… who had meant a great deal to him once. She still did, even though he had never met her, and he did not know her name.
    series:sailor moon,pairing:kunzite_minako,fic:one-shot,kink:identity porn

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka, Sayaka, Kyoko | M | Misbehaving Angels
    “I need you to come home. Madoka and Homura are about to start having some kind of deity sex in the kitchen. I’m safe, don’t worry, but there is about to be some seriously supernatural sex going down in the kitchen, any minute now.”
    pairing:homura_madoka,yuri,series:puella magi madoka magica,kink:weird.sex,fic:one-shot

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka, Sayaka | G | Shadow of a Doubt
    “Sayaka called earlier. She said she’d been worried about you lately, so she invited you to the arcade for a chat. While she was leaving, she heard a commotion, so she went back in case you’d gotten into trouble. Did you really shoot out the glass of an arcade game and steal that toy?”
    series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:one-shot,yuri,pairing:homura_madoka

  • To Whatever | Ethan, Whatever | G | Correspondence
    After discovering that I’d saved my correspondence from the early days of our acquaintance, the author of these notes asked for equal time. As you might expect for a translation from a pandimensional runic language that is not actually written as much as it is instantiated, this is only an approximation.
    series:to whatever,genfic,fic:one-shot

Music recs: Bat for Lashes, Belinda Carlisle, Blackmore’s Night June 15, 2019

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More recs for musicians that don’t get enough play in my corners of the internet.

…in the process of making these, I’m finding out that there are some artists I thought I’d rec in general, but it turns out their whole discography only has 3 songs I like.

Bat for Lashes: professional name for singer Natasha Khan, who does pretty, dreamy, classical-influenced indie pop. (Bat for Lashes playlist.)

Belinda Carlisle: previously of the Go-Go’s, later a solo singer of new-wave, power ballads, and other pop-rock. (Belinda Carlisle’s channel.)

She did a cover of Won’t Say I’m In Love, and it’s great:

Blackmore’s Night: medieval/Celtic folk rock. Pretty, lyrical, combines the electric guitar with the mandolin and the nyckelharpe. Exactly how you expect a Renaissance faire to sound. (Blackmore’s Night playlist.)

(This last one is 100% Rose Quartz’s theme song.)