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

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Sailor Moon | Minako, Setsuna | G | Operation FMD

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

“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

TG: callie callie callie
TG: i WILL be satisfied
TG: no matter what!
Hellsing | Integra/Alucard | M | Rules and Restrictions

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

Yumiko makes an observation.
Hellsing | Alucard/Integra | M | Naptime

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

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)

Doofenshmirtz is transformed into a stunningly handsome platypus and Perry can’t resist taking him home.
DCU | Clark/Lois, Bruce/Lois | M | Third Wheel

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

Whatever happened to Souichi Tomoe after Setsuna/SailorPluto took Hotaru away at the beginning of SailorStars?
Good Omens | Horsepersons | G | Repeal and Replace

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

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

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

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

Anyway, it *really* all started at the Negaverse immigration offices.
Sailor Moon | Mimete, team | G | Mimete Steps Out!

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.

Yuletide-y Multifandom Recommendations, 1/4/17 January 4, 2017

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Oz | Dorothy, OC lesbians | G | The Road Built in Hope

Dorothy stays with friends in San Francisco before the events of ‘Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.’
Neverending Story, various | Childlike Empress, Jareth, Wizard, Buttercup, Fisher King, Aslan | G | Five Times the Childlike Empress Wasn’t Really There

That moment when all you can do is wait. And perhaps find some company to talk shop with.
Animorphs | Tobias, Loren, Ax | G | AU where Tobias is raised by Loren

Prompt: Animorphs AU where Tobias is raised by Loren, perhaps about how it’d change the nothlit thing or his interactions with Ax.
Strangers With Candy | Chuck/Geoffrey, Blackman | T | Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Selfishness

Chuck and Geoffrey discover that sometimes, if you don’t try at all, you still get what you want and need.
Fake News FPF | “Stephen”/Jon, /Tad, /Steve | M | The Truthiness about Cats and Dogs

“Stephen” knows he’s straight but he keeps ending up having sex with men like Jon Stewart, Steve Carell, and Tad.
Compendium of World Knowledge | Hodgman, Hobos | G | The Very Secret Areas of My Expertise

In which John Hodgman discovers that there is more to Hobo history than he had previously realized, and that sometimes truth disguised as lies is the strangest and truest knowledge of all.
The Devil Wears Prada | Miranda/Andy | M | We Arrive in the Dark

She sees her there, standing on the steps of the ball.
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves, Bertie | G | OMO Wooster and the Standing Stones at Midnight

In the thick of the Great War, intelligence officer Reginald Jeeves is injured, and forced by circumstance to rely upon the help of hapless, well-intentioned medical orderly Bertie Wooster.
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie, aliens! | T | The War of the Worlds and All That

I relayed the information I’d so masterfully committed to memory in my youth, re: the prophet Elijah being taken up to heaven while still alive and in full possession of his faculties. I’d won a prize for Scripture-knowledge and so had details of this sort at my fingertips.
Utena, Madoka Magica | Kyubey, ensemble | T | Four Ohtori Students Kyubey Never Made a Contract With and One He Nearly Did

Ohtori is full of girls with wishes. None of these happened (except maybe the last one), but here’s what would have happened if they had…
The Martian, Yuletide | OCs | G | Revisions To A ‘Dear Writer’ Letter, Yuletide 2035.

To whoever matched me on NASA RPF and didn’t just now default, you are my hero.
His Dark Materials | Lyra/Will, Lyra/OC, others | T | Selected Moments in Introductory Symbology

Lyra in Oxford after the Fall, relearning the alethiometer and discovering a life of her own.
Beetlejuice | Lydia, Beetlejuice | G | Let Me Tell You a Thing

Lydia Deetz, struggling photographer, accepts a position house-sitting, in order to have more time for her photography.
Antler Guy (Sculpture/Tumblr post) | ensemble | T | It’s a Neighborly Day in This Beautywood

The Old One, The Sleeping Beast, Seeker of Blood and Devourer of Souls, Haunting Abomination of the Darkened Woods, woke to find his sacred grounds were no longer there.
Futurama | Amy/Kif, Fry/Leela, ensemble | G | Kiffy McKifFace

Amy sends her love to Kif in the best way she knows how: Popularity.
birdsrightsactivist | Bird, OCs | G | Aviens Rex

In which Brad and Steve just want to have a picnic and a Tyrannosaurus is only another kind of bird.
The Hundred and One Dalmatians | Perdita, white cat | G | Missing Persian

Perdita understands why the white cat wants to stay missing.
Hellsing | Integra/Girlycard | M | Simple Motions

Alucard has the strangest of ideas when it comes to presents. PWP.
Lord of the Rings | Galadriel, ensemble | T | Love Me And Despair

The Lady Galadriel, daughter of Finarfin, Lady of Lothlòrien once thought she would sail over the Sundering Sea.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour | Frank/Croach, ensemble | M | Close Encounters of the Blue Kind

When Sadie time-hops off to her own adventure, Frank Doyle winds up with an unusual guest in his penthouse apartment.

Lesbians for Yuletide, and other Christmas cheer December 26, 2016

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Yuletide is open! Here’s all the fake news (& related) fics.

It’s my second Yuletide, and the first one where I’ve written treats. So if you read a fic and think “huh, this writing style/character interpretation/combo of favorite tropes seems familiar”…you might be right.

And for a gift — guys, I got my incredibly-niche moonshot prompt — it’s Dorothy hanging out with lesbians in turn-of-the-century San Francisco!

The Road Built in Hope (5346 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Oz – L. Frank Baum
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorothy Gale/Princess Ozma
Characters: Dorothy Gale, Uncle Henry, Original Female Character(s), Eureka (Oz)
Additional Tags: Slice of Life, Canon Compliant, Misses Clause Challenge

Dorothy stays with friends in San Francisco before the events of ‘Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.’

Bonus cheer:

NBA stars playing Carol of the Bells using basketballs. Hardcore.

Vintage holiday wishes from Catball & Clown Girl:

Wednesday Multifandom Recommendations, 11/2 November 2, 2016

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Steven Universe | Steven, Centipeetle | T | Acidic Phoenix

She was broken beyond repair, and then he repaired her anew with the utmost kindness.
Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Lister/Rimmer/Cat | T | Desperate Measures

“It used to happen on JMC vessels all the time,” Rimmer explained, “especially before they let women enlist. You’re surrounded by the endless, yawning void of space, trapped in a floating metal tomb with only your fellow crewmen for company, light years between you and the touch of a consenting woman… and suddenly, sausage starts to seem a lot more appetizing.”
Leverage, Marvel | Sophie, ensemble | T | Re-Enlistment

Sophie left SHIELD a long time ago, and now they want her back. (Eliot is livid.)
Fake News | Jon/everyone | M | At the Heart of it All

It’s Jon’s last day, and the Best Fucking News Team (past and present) wants to show Jon their appreciation.
Fake News | Jon/”Stephen”, others | PG | Don’t Let The Rain Come Down

What if every time “Stephen” had a homosexual thought or feeling, it caused a rainstorm? “Inspired” by the anti-gay ad that was running during the Prop 8 thing in 2008.
Fake News | Jon/”Stephen”, Stephen/”Stephen” | T | The Man in the Mirror (or: Persona Non Drama)

Like everybody else, I loved the glimpse of Jon and “Stephen” in their retirement cabin that we got on the Late Show. Unlike everybody else, I promptly started plotting weird reality-hopping friendship fic as backstory for how Late Show Stephen was able to visit it.
Hunger Games | Lyme | T | I can’t be your hero, baby

Winning the Hunger Games means the worst days of your life aren’t just televised; in District 2, they become inspiration. For Lyme, still battling guilt and trauma as she recovers from her recent victory, the adoration comes too soon.
The Hobbit | Thorin/Bilbo, ensemble | T | An Accidental Engagement

Bilbo’s fake-it-’til-you-make-it interpretation of dwarven culture is working quite well for him, thank you very much — all the way up until it really, really isn’t.
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie, Bertie/OFC, ensemble | G | A Deuced Difficult Dilemma

Bertie is dismayed to find that he rather likes the latest girl that Aunt Agatha is egging him on to marry.
Sailor Moon | Kunzite/Minako, Shitennou | K | ghosts ‘n’ stuff

Kunzite’s past haunts him (literally).
Hellsing | Alucard, Seras | T | Ballistics

Thirty years later, Alucard and Seras are reunited. She’s had a lot of things to say to him.
Justice League | Bruce/Diana, team | T | Aspire to Touch the Sky

Princess of Lost Island of Women to wed in First Diplomatic Marriage of Twentieth Century
Classicists Stunned; Distraught
Fake News | Jon/”Stephen”, others | T | A Man’s Best Friend

Jon reaches out to Stephen after the death of his beloved dog Gipper, and things begin to change for both of them.
Madoka Magica, Burn Notice | Madoka/Michael | R | prom notice

“you have to become a magicl girl” sayd kubes

“sounds legit”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Wesley, ensemble | G | New All Over

When Wesley intercepts an amulet sent to Giles, he is changed from an annoying adult Watcher into an eight-year-old boy. Set post ‘Consequences’ in S3 of Buffy. Another Everyone Is Nice To Wesley fic.

Wednesday Multifandom Rec Post, 10/26 October 26, 2016

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Fake News | Jon/”Stephen”, Stephen/”Stephen” | T | The Man in the Mirror (or: Persona Non Drama)

Like everybody else, I loved the glimpse of Jon and “Stephen” in their retirement cabin that we got on the Late Show. Unlike everybody else, I promptly started plotting weird reality-hopping friendship fic as backstory for how Late Show Stephen was able to visit it.

Fake News | “Stephen”/various | T | Five People Stephen Colbert Fell For (but three of them don’t count)

A cycle of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and… more denial.

Justice League | Batman, various | G | Rub-a-Dub Dub (A Bunch of Capes in the Tub)

A bunch of times Batman ambushed people in the shower, and a time or two someone ambushed him.

DCU | Batman | G | Bad Publicity

Bruce Wayne is either really bad at Twitter, or really, really good.

DCU | Jimmy, OC | G | #weedhorse69

Superman decided to try out a new costume. He did not consult the artist. In fairness, he was a little miffed that he’d been drawing weird porn of him, so. Fair’s fair.

Harry Potter | Harry, Voldemort, ensemble | T | Hit The Ground Running

The Horcrux in Harry’s head wakes up and begins talking to Harry long before he’s ever heard the name Voldemort. Philosopher’s Stone AU.

Harry Potter | Dudley, Lavender, George | G | If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d’ve Baked a Cake

It was funny to call it normal, but life can be funny sometimes: that was what Lavender had said, and Dudley, who knew he wasn’t very clever, was bound to agree with her.

Harry Potter | Harry/Draco, Hermione, Ron, Pansy | R | The Potter-Malfoy Problem

The room of requirement’s gone mad — at least, that’s what Harry thinks. There’s no way that Draco Malfoy ‘requires’ him, of all people, but why does it keep dragging Harry there like he’s some kind of furniture, every time Malfoy enters it? Throw in Pansy the pervert and a clipboard-wielding Hermione, and things can only go from bad to worse. And that’s not even mentioning the pirates . . .

Hut 33 | Minka, Archie, Charles, ensemble | T | Love in Wartime

Minka knows something that the world should know.

Hut 33 | ensemble | G | Painting by Numbers

In which Hut 33 prove, once again, that they’re decades ahead of their times, and they discover the rarest of men.

Hut 33, Hetalia | Gordon/Feliks (Poland), ensemble | T | A Taste of Home

Minka has vanished and has been replaced by an unconvincing impersonator. Gordon is surprised to realise he’s the only one to notice.

Hut 33 | ensemble | G | The Stars in the Bright Sky

The staff of Hut 33 must stay in Bletchley over Christmas. Minka has an idea about how to celebrate.

Hut 33 | ensemble | G | The Hazards of Grammar

After an unfortunate response to a German transmission, the staff of Hut 33 find themselves on unofficial combat training.

Legally Blonde | Elle/Vivian, others | M | Serious

Elle’s always noticed women. Elle, Enid, and Vivian, lovers and friends in law school, learning how to be who they are.

Oz | Langwidere | G | The Princess of Ev

When Langwidere is seven, her uncle chops off her head.<br/>
It doesn’t kill her, of course.

Best of Hillary Clinton on SNL October 19, 2016

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Some of the things I watched while waiting for tonight’s real-life final debate.

A Hillary Christmas: 2015!Hillary (Kate McKinnon) gets a time-and-space-crossing visit, as Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reprise their roles as 2008!Hillary and Sarah Palin.

Hillary Campaign Ad – HRC starts adapting Bernie’s policies…also his mannerisms, outfits, and hairstyle.

Hillary & Bernie Cold Open – towards the end of the primary contest, the candidates get drunk in a bar together, schmooze a bunch, and end up dancing.

Hillary Clinton Bar Talk – McKinnon!Hillary pours out her woes to a bartender…played by the actual HRC, who takes some ribbing with grace.

The Evolution of Hillary Clinton – NBC presents a montage of SNL’s portrayals of Clinton over the years.

Presidential Debate #1 – “He’s spent his life cheating middle-class laborers. Laborers like my own human father, who made, ah, I guess drapes, or printed drapes, or sold drapes, some’pm with drapes, and he was relatable, and I am, also, relatable!”

Presidential Debate #2 – “Get real. I’m made of steel; this is nothing. Hi, girls.”

I’ve watched that last one three times now. Already looking forward to how they’re going to salve the wounds this weekend.

Wednesday Multifandom Rec Post, 9/7 September 7, 2016

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Hello From The Magic Tavern | Arnie/Chunt | T | (untitled ficlet)

“I’m not sure I feel that comfortable sleeping with a guy who was a badger just a few days ago.”
Sailor Moon | Ceres, Minako | T | doppelgäng

My life before hers, or: Ceres has pink hair. — Ceres, Venus.
Doctor Who | G | Ten/Donna, Doctors | The Ten Weddings of Donna Noble

Ten husbands, ten regenerations, I couldn’t help it, sorry.
Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek TNG | Gaeta, ensemble | K+ | Going Native

What do you do when you’re a lost Starfleet officer in the Beta Quadrant? You blend in and hope for the best. [Gaeta was from Earth all along, Enterprise makes first contact with the Fleet, and the crossover worldbuilding is amazing.]
Superman | Clark, Lois | T | “To be clear,” Clark asked, “did I just help you commit a felony?”

He looked down at Lois, and his inexplicably mischievous demeanor conspired with the slight disarray of his blue-black curls to make him look younger than usual. “What *did* we do in there?”
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka | T | Magical Girl

Madoka never did tell Homura what her wish was. But when Homura began traveling back in time, it became all too obvious. [MTF Madoka.]
Madoka Magica, US Politics | Bernie, Trump, ensemble | T | Bernie Magica

He has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time… Bernie Sanders, an eighth grader of USA middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, he had a very capitalistic encounter. He doesn’t know if it happened by chance or by fate yet. This is a fateful encounter that can change his destiny- This is the beginning of the election.
Harry Potter | Voldemort!Harry, ensemble | T | Seventh Horcrux

The presence of a foreign soul may have unexpected side effects on a growing child. I am Lord Volde…Harry Potter. I’m Harry Potter. In which Harry is insane, Hermione is a Dark Lady-in-training, Ginny is a minion, and Ron is confused.
DC Comics | Bruce | G | Internet conspiracy theory fic

bruce wayne maintains a presence on all conspiracy theory boards with the screen name BruceWayneIsTheBatman
DC | Martha, Jonathan, baby!Clark | T | [untitled time travel fic]

The first time a man from the future showed up at Martha Kent’s house, Clark Kent was two years old.
Doctor Who, Buffy | Anya, Ten | T | THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE CRACKING MOSH TOAD (fragor beelzebufo), by A.C.E. Jenkins.

Ten and Anya in a bar, post-Doomsday/post-Hells Bells, commiserating on their problems and discovering that Pete’s World is the world without shrimp.
Steven Universe | Steven, Centipeetle, Gems | G | Corrupted, Corrosive

Centipeetle is the first gem to be fixed once Steven figures out how, but she has been broken so long she is unsure of many things.
Dresden Files, Beyond Belief | Frank/Sadie, Harry | G | House Taken Over

Harry Dresden meets the Doyles, and they happen to need his help.
Harry Potter, Stargate | Harry, DA ensemble | T | D.S.S. Requirement

The Dumbledore’s Army use the Room of the Requirement to get themselves a spaceship.
Steven Universe | Steven, Jasper | G | Transference Rehabilitation

Steven, believing that Jasper has a chance to become more good and not be so mean, offers to try to teach her niceness.
Steven Universe | Peridot/Amethyst | G | jump then fall into me

“It would improve the integrity of the group if I were able to fuse with another Crystal Gem,” Peridot said stiffly. “I believe that you are the best initial candidate.”
Jeeves & Wooster, Doctor Who | Bertie, Jeeves, Jack, Ten, ensemble | G | Jeeves and the Last Time Lord

Bertie’s even more confused than usual when two lunatics who appear to know his valet show up in London.
Steven Universe | Rose/Pearl | T | Attention to Pearls

While visiting White Diamond’s court, Rose Quartz takes an interest in an unusually damaged Pearl. And not a moment too soon . . .
DCU (Animated) | Clark/Bruce | T | A Wedding, a First Meeting, and a Honeymoon (in that order)

Superman and Batman discover a hitch in their wedding plans. Luckily their friends are willing to help them get past it.

Wednesday Multifandom Rec Post, 3/30 March 30, 2016

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The Cat in the Hat | ensemble | G | Bad SF dystopia: Hats have been banned and the government controls cats.

The sun did not shine / There was no time for play / As we sat in the safehouse that cold, cold, wet day.
Akimbo Comics – Comics Everyone Can Hate

“Do you even know what we’re supposed to be doing? Stories are supposed to lift people up! They’re supposed to be bright and fun!”

[This gives me fresh chills every time I re-read it. So good.]

Steven Universe | Connie, OC, Gems | G | that which they defend

You never really thought much of Connie Maheswaran. She was just that one shy, nerdy girl. Then, she comes back in seventh grade and it’s like she’s a completely different person. And this person has a sword.
Sailor Moon | Makoto, Inners | T | The Aerodynamics of Friendship

When Mako faces a troubling school assignment, it’s up to her friends to come to the rescue! For some value of “rescue”.
Fake News FPF | “Stephen”/Sweetness, “Stephen”/Jon | M | Weapons of Misdirection

A love story (or two) through the sights of a gun.
Narnia, Lord of the Rings | Susan, Eowyn, Ents | G | a home for every season

Susan was across the battlefield when Eowyn faced down the lord of the Nazgul, Merry and his little dagger at her side. Susan was sending arrows into orcs and oliphaunt drivers, guiding her horse with her calves and heels and shifts of her weight.
Sailor Moon | Haruka/Michiru, Kunzite/Zoisite, senshi | T | Haruka and Zoisite Get Together :O

Haruka’s sad because Michiru is too busy with Sailor business to play monopoly with her. Zoisite’s upset because Kunzite got fed up with opening jars of pickles for him. When the two meet up and start hanging out, what will this lead to? Will Michiru and Kunzite be able to get their partners back? Will Zoisite learn to open pickle jars? Will Michiru ever put some clothes on?
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Wooster, Madeline/Honoria | T | The Rummy Affair of the Brinkley Ball

Galaxy Quest (1999) | Gwen/Jason, others | T | Touch the Sky

Starships were meant to fly.
Better Off Ted | Veronica, Linda, Ted, Phil, Lem | G | In Lighter News

“And in lighter news,” Veronica said, reading on, “despite the combined efforts of both the American and Chinese cyber-divisions, Jabberwocky has gained control of the stock exchange.”
Leverage | Parker/Hardison, Eliot | M | The Underwire Job

Parker recruits Eliot for a side job. Comedy and horror ensue.
Better Off Ted | Ted/Veronica/Linda, others | T | Rated B for Brillig

“I can’t believe your solution was to invent an imaginary project,” Linda said. “Isn’t that what got you into this Jabberwocky mess, having to come up with a new product?”
Cabin Pressure | Martin/Arthur | T | Contents May Have Shifted

Martin gets stuck in the flight deck locker with Arthur. More than once.
Dave the Barbarian | Dave, Candy, Fang, Chuckles | G | Meanwhile, In Udrogoth

Everything was fine until the Yule bears invaded.
Cabin Pressure | Douglas/Martin, Arthur | M | A Very Good Place to Start

“Believe it or not, Martin, there isn’t actually an SOP – updated or otherwise – for getting stuck in a foreign country due to a volcanic ash cloud, having to impersonate a married couple with your fellow pilot and then accidentally snogging them whilst watching Julie Andrews play the guitar.”
Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | T | Dualität

Yumiko has an important question for her partner.
Welcome to Night Vale, The Dresden Files | Carlos Ramirez/Cecil, Tamika, Harry, ensemble | T | Love is All You Need to Destroy Your Enemies

There are a few things that Carlos may have neglected to tell Cecil. Like his last name. Or how he hasn’t actually dated anyone since his junior year of high school. Or that he’s a wizard of the White Council and the regional commander of Wardens in the western United States and not, in fact, a scientist.
Welcome to Night Vale | Carlos/Cecil, Dana, Kevin, ensemble | T | From the Ground Up

Carlos is a loyal company employee, who has never been to any place called Night Vale and never met anyone named Cecil…which doesn’t explain the mysterious woman appearing in his lab, or these dreams he’s started having…
Cabin Pressure | Martin/Douglas, Martin/Gordon, ensemble | M | A Million By Tuesday

AU: Gordon Shappey’s disgruntled ex-employee, Douglas Richardson, seeks revenge by kidnapping Gordon’s trophy husband, Martin.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Usagi, Phobos, Deimos | G | Feathered Friends

Usagi makes friends very easily.

Erin Listens: The Goon Show (a rec post. with downloads!) March 28, 2016

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Still at the job with the long days, still spending a lot of hours on headphones. I’ve run out of Blondie, soured on Gildersleeve, SAYER has wrapped up, and you can only listen to so many Yo, Is This Racist? episodes in a row…it was high time to splice in a Goon Show re-listen.

And to make notes on which episodes I should use to sell it to new listeners.

The Goon Show is a British radio comedy from the ’50s, spiritual predecessor to Monty Python. Great wordplay. Amazing absurdist humor. There’s no single premise, just a regular cast of a dozen distinct characters (played by three actors, plus a guest star here and there) in a different AU each episode. Today they’re doing a police drama! Last week one of them was Robin Hood! Next week they’ll be in World War II!

Unfortunately, this being the 1950s, the occasional non-white characters tend to be skeevy racist caricatures. There’s refreshingly little on the sexism front — it probably helps that there aren’t many women in the first place — and the one regular female character is very much a character rather than a Token Chick archetype, which is nice.

Earlier episodes tend to have more coherent plots. In the later years, the episodes have a way of collapsing into a scramble of catchphrases and self-referential jokes in the final act. (“We’ve written ourselves into a corner here, haven’t we, ladies and gentlemen?…well, good night.”) Still funny, just probably less accessible to new listeners.

With all that in mind: episode recs to woo you in! Featuring snappy humor, ridiculous characters, the most listenable storylines, and the least racial skeeviness.

1953-10-02 The Dreaded Piano Clubber — A mysterious criminal is going around London hitting people with pianos. Inspector Seagoon is on the case! (“Did you get the number of the instrument?” “No, he had his lights out.”) No one is safe — not the police, not Parliament, not even the show announcer.

1954-11-09 Lurgi Strikes Britain — A terrible contagion is sweeping Britain, and a couple of unsavory characters convince Neddie Seagoon to lead the fight against it. (“We must move fast.” “What do you suggest?” “South America?”) Can Neddie find a cure before catching the disease? Will it help if he spends much of the episode hiding in a trash bin?

1955-11-20 The Pevensey Bay Disaster — A snowstorm blocks the Pevensey Bay rail lines (The snow rose up from inches three / To inches three-foot-four”), and, as if that weren’t bad enough, saboteurs decide to use the disaster to take over the signal station. Our heroes must race to clear the snow and save the trains. (“The sound you are hearing is Neddie and Eccles driving a wall at speed. We thought you ought to know.”)

1956-03-13 Scradge — This week’s epidemic is mysterious boot explosions, which Moriarty attributes to the loss of Britain’s natural deposits of scradje. Time to replenish the supply with an Arctic expedition. (“Have we got any cases of frozen feet?” “We didn’t order any cases of frozen feet.” “What? We’ve got to eat, Seagoon!” “Okay, I’ll put him in the oven.”)

1956-12-26 Six Charlies In Search Of An Author — So meta I don’t know how to describe it. (A lot more satisfyingly meta than the play its title is a riff on….) The cast scrambles to outwit the author, and each other. There’s a lot of panicky use of typewriters.

Want more, you’re in luck: Archive.org has a ton for download. They’re hard to search for because some modern-day sports show with the same title dominates the results — you’ll want to skip straight to The Goon Show compilation part 1 and The Goon Show compilation part 2.

I am so happy that this fic is a thing that exists. March 8, 2016

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Bernie was shocked. “Trump made a contract with you too?”

“Yes,” said Kyubey. “When I asked him, his answer came immediately. He wished for a small loan of a million dollars.”

–Bernie Magica: exactly what it sounds like.