Each section begins with a link to the comic, for anyone who isn’t familiar but wants to catch up.
It started snowing on the night before Christmas, and kept going on-and-off ever since, so everything outside the window is carpeted with perfect winter scenery. Seeing as I don’t have anywhere to go, this has been great.
I got an absolutely heartwarming Yuletide fic, a new take on “Ozma decides to spend some time in Tip form”, featuring some quality Worried Dorothy and Protective Aunt Em:
Homecoming (6127 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Oz – L. Frank Baum
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorothy Gale/Princess Ozma
Characters: Princess Ozma, Dorothy Gale, Aunt Em
Additional Tags: Comfort, Genderqueer Character, genderqueer character misread as male, mentions of past emotional / physical abuse, aunt em has a bunch of unexamined gender and class biases
A nice young person with experience on a farm comes to help Aunt Em with the chores for a celebration.
Meanwhile, Ozma isn’t in the Palace, and Dorothy goes looking for them.
More rec posts to come. I’ve been churning my way through all the promising-looking fandoms, trying to read everything in-the-moment instead of letting it disappear into marked For Later.
…with the exception of a bunch of Locked Tomb fics, because I’m still only 80% through Harrow the Ninth (the second novel), and any time I’ve looked at post-Harrow writing for more than 5 seconds I’ve been spoiled for something. (Fortunately, there are So Many wild and unpredictable twists that it’s turned out I was still unspoiled for most of them.)
On less fandom-y notes:
Half my family is being scrupulous and careful about COVID restrictions, and the other half is…not. I don’t know what to say. They’ve already had two scares (notable COVID-like symptoms that ended up testing negative), you’d think that would make them more cautious, not less. The hospitals are full of people who thought “oh, nothing bad will happen to me.” And by “full” I mean record-breaking cases, record-breaking deaths, “lining up beds in the hallways because all the rooms are occupied” full.
This Week In Virology had a good discussion of the new COVID variant that’s developed in the UK, including a breakdown of why it’s not likely to be more vaccine-resistant than any other variant. There is a serious chance it’s more transmissible, but even if that’s true, it’s not so transmissible that it can overcome all the usual measures — keeping distances, wearing masks, washing hands.
So we just have to stay serious about doing those.
Within Temptation: Gorgeous, epic, symphonic goth rock. (Plus some of those growly male vocals they love in goth-metal. Those tracks, I skip.) The soundtrack for your tormented hero’s fall into anguish, or your fantasy team-up’s desperate last-stand battle. (Within Temptation playlist.)
This first track is another of my Top Favorite Songs, Period:
The Veronicas: Australian electropop-punk. Lots of powerful, fiercely energized songs about intense yearning in all its phases — for a bad relationship to get better, a bad breakup to be forgiven, a good relationship not to blow up, a hot stranger to, ah, answer their thirst. The singers are identical twin sisters (neither one named Veronica). (The Veronicas playlist.)
That last one is boundlessly joyful — don’t miss it.
- Red Dwarf | Rimmer, ensemble | T | Locked Up
A different take on Rimmer after his isolation in “Rimmerworld.”
- Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Cat, Kryten | G | Names
“Guys, you’re missing the point. All we’re doing is trying to figure out what we should be called. You know, theoretically. If we got married. Rimmer thinks one of us needs to change our name, but I don’t want to be a Rimmer and he doesn’t want to be a Lister.”
- Red Dwarf | Lister, Rimmer | G | Trouble Sleeping
On Lister’s first night out of stasis, and Rimmer’s first night as a hologram, both of them have trouble getting off to sleep.
- Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer | M | Across the Spectrum
Rimmer’s curious about all he can feel, now that he’s hard light. All he can feel, pain included. But he’s not great at inflicting pain on himself, so he’s going to need some help.
- Doctor Who | Five, Holly | G | Undercover Operation
The Doctor investigates a dodgy restaurant chain and gets both considerably more and less than he bargained for. Holly gets a new crush.
genfic,fic:one-shot,series:red dwarf,series:doctor who,crossover
- Star Wars, Quantum Leap | Anakin/Padme, Beckett, ensemble | T | The Chosen One
A Star Wars Quantum Leap xover. The night following Anakin’s meeting with Palpatine at the ballet, Sam jumps into Anakin to save him from turning to the Dark Side.
series:quantum leap,crossover,series:star wars,pairing:padme_anakin,genfic,fic:chaptered
- Good Omens | Crowley/Aziraphale, ensemble | T | Instructions Not Included
Archangel Raphael turns up on their doorstep looking for help. Or: Crowley and Aziraphale start a detective agency. Shenanigans ensue.
- Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, Newt/Anathema | M | It Always Ends In the Gavotte
“I’ve sort of stumbled into a job down at the bookshop,” he told Anathema. He was on the landline in the back room—which held, he was thrilled to discover, exclusively paper records of all the shop’s inventory and such.
- Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley | T | To Rest My Weary Soul
“Since when do I give a toss about moral consequences, angel? No, you’ve got a Hell hangover. Must have hit once the adrenaline wore off,” Crowley answered.
Aziraphale’s trip down to Hell leaves him worse for wear.
- Good Omens | Aziraphale, Crowley, angels | G | The Norwegian Civil War
It had never been Aziraphale’s intention to found a sort of secret society of angry angels. Certainly he’d never imagined he might run a halfway house on Earth for them.
- Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley | G | Long-Term
Take, for instance, the couple she’s consulting with this afternoon, for their upcoming October ceremony. Seemingly mismatched in every respect.
- Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley | M | Everything Else Is A Substitute For Your Love
“You can’t have been a demon,” Aziraphale said. “No one used to be a demon. Why would you say that?”
- Good Omens | Crowley/Aziraphale, angels | M | The Strong Tower
After the failed executions, a vengeful angel takes it upon herself to neutralise the threat presented by Crowley and Aziraphale.
- Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley | T | One Golden Glance (it’s a kind of magic)
“You need actual faith for that to work, kid. It’s all about choices and intent. Chalk and candles will only burn your house down. Draw the circle with your own blood or don’t bother. Hope you have renter’s insurance!”
- The Author of the Acacia Seeds | tardigrades | G | The Quiet Rebellion of Tardigrade Sela Writings
You are no doubt familiar with the major genres of tardigrade literature.
metafic,series:author of the acacia seeds,genfic,fic:one-shot