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Monday Works Roundup, 7/2/18 July 2, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Dragon Sword (art | Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
#GothPrideProblems (art | Angelica, Hyacinth, Hazel, Vine | worksafe)
Character Height Chart IV (art | a bunch of the men | NSFW-ish)
Lettuce Quartz (art | Gem!Leachtric, Mistel | worksafe)
Garden Parry (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Home
Boov-Human Fusions (art | Tip, Oh, Pig, DieAnne, OCs | worksafe)

Read or Die
Mini Wire Master (art | Maggie | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Future Princesses (art | Chibiusa, Nehellenia, Kakyuu-Seiya kid | worksafe)

Voltron
Prince Carry (art | Lotor/Allura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Lesbian Pride Flag (stripes with symbolism)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Rowan is on bed rest, and his sister is “helping.”

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I dread the day when the suffering of my fellow is none of my concern June 28, 2018

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I’ve had Grace Petrie’s “They Shall Not Pass” in pretty heavy rotation for a few days now, and wanted to share.

Stand up today that we might save tomorrow
Oh I know there’s a way that we might save tomorrow
Yes it’s late in the day but we might save tomorrow if we try

We shall not turn against each other, for our creed or for our colour
Nor the ones we choose our lovers, or our class
You that beckon us that way, you shall not pass

Monday Works Roundup, 6/18 June 18, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
You Belong At Pride (comic | ensemble | G)

Leif & Thorn
Rainbow Ensemble (wallpaper | Rowan, Kale, Ivy, Juniper, Del, Thorn, Leif, Violet | worksafe)
Centaur Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
29 Panels That Always Work (comic how-to | ensemble | G)
Modern AU pride chibis (comic | Leif/Thorn, Ivy, Del, WiB, Geirölul, Sigrún | G)

Revolutionary Girl Utena/Witch Hunter Robin
The Witch and the Hunter (art | Anthy, Robin | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Goddess of Love is Love (art | Minako | worksafe)

Star Wars
May The Frose Be With You (sketch | Finn/Rose | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Catswap AU (art | Lion, Steven, Jasper | worksafe)
I think you’re so good, and I’m nothing like you (art | Pink/Pearl | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes – Wonderful, if you insist (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Messages of love, pride, and solidarity.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Can Leachtric have her big dramatic moment before the staff finally agree to evacuate the theater?

Guns in the hands of people who should not have guns. June 15, 2018

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People killed by police in the US, 2018. Currently at 524.

“For more than a year, the state of Florida failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits, potentially allowing drug addicts or people with a mental illness to carry firearms in public.” The government is coming down hard on the background-checking employee who couldn’t log in. Buried in the article is the reveal that she never even asked for the job: “Wilde told the Times she had been working in the mailroom when she was given oversight of the database in 2013. ‘I didn’t understand why I was put in charge of it.’

At Gun World in Hilliard, Ohio, a dealer was found in 2016 to have repeatedly sold firearms to people who appeared to be prohibited from owning them, including a customer who self-identified as a felon. It is a federal crime for a felon to have a gun. An A.T.F. inspector recommended the store’s license be revoked. […] Gun World remains open. When reached by telephone, an employee at Gun World hung up.”

Guns will be barred during Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance at an upcoming National Rifle Association convention to protect his safety.” So even the NRA won’t stand behind the NRA’s “more guns = more safety” claim.

Citigroup won’t do business with companies that don’t background-check their gun sales. As a commenter notes: “I have worked for several banks, and they all have criteria for determining who they will do business with. Unacceptable lines of business often are those engaged in marijuana/drug sales, adult retail or film industry, gambling.”

In Indiana, after the enactment of the [“red flag”] law [in 2005], we saw a 7.5 percent decrease in firearms suicides in the 10 years that followed […] We didn’t see any notable increase or decrease in non-firearms suicide.”

“According to a 2008 RAND Corporation study evaluating the New York Police Department’s firearm training, between 1998 and 2006, the average hit rate during gunfights was just 18 percent. When suspects did not return fire, police officers hit their targets 30 percent of the time.

Two Gardena police officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of using their position to acquire firearms and illegally selling more than 100 of the weapons to others, including a convicted felon.”

Multifandom Recommendations, 6/13 June 13, 2018

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  • Kim Possible | Kim, Shego, ensemble | T | Possibility Engine
    Kim is thrown into a maelstrom of possible realities and must rely on her wits, and a little help from some alternate versions of her friends, if she’s ever going to find her way home. (Pre-Kim/Shego.)
    pairing:kim_shego,genfic,series:kim possible,yuri,fic:chaptered,trope:timetravel

  • Unicode Text Converter
    Convert plain text (letters, sometimes numbers, sometimes punctuation) to obscure characters from Unicode. The output is fully cut-n-pastable text.
    resources:internets,resources:writing

  • ImageGlitcher
    Automatically generates a glitchy version of an image.
    resources:drawing

  • PaintsChainer
    Automatically colors your sketches/lineart.
    resources:drawing

  • Red Dwarf, Doctor Who | Ten, Martha, Dwarfers | T | Don’t Smeg The Reapers
    “That’s the craziest thing I have ever heard. Everything always exists somewhere in time- that’s what makes time travel possible in the first place,” The Doctor said.
    “Well… it seemed like a good idea at the time,” Lister finished, lamely.
    fic:one-shot,crossover,genfic,series:red dwarf,series:doctor who

  • Doctor Who | Bill/Sappho, 12 | G | Love, That Loosener of Limbs
    “Like, finally here’s a poem that isn’t just some bloke whining about how a beautiful girl won’t give him sex, and it’s basically ‘sweet mother, I’m too gay to do my chores, blame Aphrodite’. Like, honestly? Most relatable thing I’ve read in years.”
    series:doctor who,fic:bite-size,pairing:bill_other,yuri,trope:timetravel

Fun art/comics/fandom links. June 9, 2018

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“Clark Kent is still Clark Kent, no Spanish name for him. However, most superheroes, villains and supporting characters have Spanish names.

How manga characters change and evolve: before-and-after photosets.

I laughed. “Thanks, Sasuke420, I guess not everyone is as serious as I am about the Classic Ships.” Then I turned on the best song, “Spice World,” by the Spice Girls. I saw his eyes go wide as he got my musical reference. He was a keeper.”

(And from FFA: What would your Ready Player One: Girl Edition references be?)

“Among the dozens of works on display in a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is one that is possibly the first depiction of a same sex couple—the silhouettes of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant of Weybridge, Vermont, entwined in braided human hair that is also shaped into a heart.” (…not sure where they’re getting “first” from, given that there are depictions of same-sex couples going back to ancient Greek pottery, but still.)

“To demonstrate the media’s severe butch-phobia problem, I’ve put together a visual list of 100 ‘girl-meets-girl’ pairings that have something in common…They’re all ‘femme/femme’ pairings (catered to male fantasy and often portrayed as sexually flexible).” (Much as I feel them on the lack of butch characters, I admit I’m pleasantly surprised there was this much canon f/f on TV at all.)

“Drench” is an unfairly addicting point-and-click puzzle game. Reminds me of Minesweeper, but with prettier colors.

“But when worldbuilding fails, it can wreck your whole story, and leave your characters feeling pointless. Here are seven deadly sins of worldbuilding.

Mueller’s investigation has obtained 5 guilty pleas and 17 criminal indictments. So far. June 7, 2018

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“A majority of Americans — 59 percent — say in a new survey that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 campaign has not yet uncovered evidence of any crimes, even though in reality, Mueller has already obtained five guilty pleas and 17 criminal indictments.

“Benjamin Franklin wrote that ‘perhaps I am partial to the complexion of my country, for such kind of partiality is natural to mankind.’ He favored ‘the English’ and ‘white people,’ and did not want Pennsylvania to become a ‘colony of aliens,’ who ‘will never adopt our language or customs, any more than they can acquire our complexion.’ He was speaking of the Germans.”

“Their study finds a correlation between white American’s intolerance, and support for authoritarian rule. In other words, when intolerant white people fear democracy may benefit marginalized people, they abandon their commitment to democracy.

“During the first nine days after Harvey, FEMA provided 5.1 million meals, 4.5 million liters of water and over 20,000 tarps to Houston; but in the same period, it delivered just 1.6 million meals, 2.8 million liters of water and roughly 5,000 tarps to Puerto Rico.

I get a letter from the state saying I’m a witness against Lula Smart—for what? All I know is it’s a lie. Bottom line. She’s never brought me anything about voting. I’ve only seen that girl twice in the past five years. Racism’s all it is.”

Count up your assets, subtract your debt, get some data: “The [Boston] household median net worth was $247,500 for whites; $8 for US blacks (the lowest of all five cities); $12,000 for Caribbean blacks; $3,020 for Puerto Ricans; and $0 for Dominicans (that’s not a typo either.) ”

“When Kevin Smith was jailed on a drug charge in New Orleans in 2010, Blockbuster was still renting DVDs and President Barack Obama was still trying to pass his signature health care bill. Smith’s case never went to a jury.” They finally dismissed the charges, after nearly 8 years of holding this poor guy without a trial.

Black men who commit the same crimes as white men receive federal prison sentences that are, on average, nearly 20 percent longer, according to a new report on sentencing disparities from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC).”

We need to stop treating the NFL like anything other than what it is: a for-profit association of billionaires (the average franchise value is $2.5 billion) that produces a product that hundreds of millions of Americans pay for.”

Multifandom Recommendations, 6/6 June 6, 2018

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Looney Tunes, crossovers | Daffy, others | T | Bounty on a Bunny
    Fed up with the Looney Tunes, Daffy Duck is looking into other universes to find a worthy foe for Bugs Bunny. What’s a rabbit to do?
    series:bugs bunny,fic:chaptered,genfic,crossover,series:star wars,series:friday the 13th,series:lord of the rings,series:pulp fiction,series:shrek,series:terminator,amazing,series:pinky and the brain,series:animaniacs

  • Madoka Magica, tons of crossovers | ensemble | M | Offers you Just Have to Refuse
    “Make a Contract with me, Reader, and you’ll become a Magical Fanfiction Reader. You will have to fight Witches, and probably dubious grammar and lame humor as well. But it will be worth it! At least for me…”
    crossover,series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:one-shot,series:high school of the dead,series:evangelion,series:ranma 1_2,series:code geass,series:dc comics,series:bugs bunny,series:star wars,series:powerpuff girls,kink:tentacles,series:pokemon,genfic

  • Sailor Moon | Kakyuu, Galaia | T | Star Dancer
    Kakyuu has always wanted to be a Star Dancer. Refused in this, she resents that her new bodyguard is the strongest Star Dancer known to the galaxy. When Kakyuu convinces Galaxia to teach her magic, she sets into motion events that cannot be stopped.
    series:sailor moon,fic:chaptered,genfic,!work.in.progress

Monday Works Roundup, 6/4/18 June 4, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Palace Clouds (art | Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
World Map (graphic | all the countries | worksafe)
Character Height Chart III (art | female character ensemble | worksafe)
Musical Posters (art | graphic design | worksafe)
Live. Die. Reincarnate. Tell your own story. (art | Rhódon, Leachtric, others | worksafe)
Magical Femmes (art | Hestia, Ebony | worksafe)

Beauty and the Beast
My, What A Guy (sketch | Gaston/LeFou | worksafe, mostly)

Homestuck
Tavriska (comic | Tavros/Vriska | G)

Kagerou Project
Boyfriend Chord (sketch | Kano/Kido | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
I Now Pronounce You Moon And Wife (art | genderswapped Usagi/Mamoru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 18 – Saving some work (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Title dropped, punchline achieved, chapter ended, we can all go home now.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leachtric calls for help from the most powerful allies of all: nerds.

*massive sigh of post-moving-to-Cleveland relief* May 31, 2018

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I made it!

Staying at my aunt’s apartment in Cleveland, which is in a building tall enough that I can see Lake Erie from the window. All the boxes I shipped ahead of time have arrived — they make a surprisingly small pile in the corner of one room.

My parents showed up for the last few days in Boston, so everything I own that isn’t here is in the trunk of their car. Another couple trunkfuls of stuff went out on the front curb — books, dishes, still-half-full bottles of shampoo and body wash, lamps, fans, two entire cupboards’ worth of unbrewed tea.

All the furniture also went. For a while I was thinking about hiring movers for a few things, but finally decided to let it all go, including the couch I brought all the way from Baltimore and have been napping on since middle school. (It’s the one all the cats have sat on.)

The next-door neighbor complained about all this stuff being outside “when trash pickup isn’t even until next week.” Meanwhile, a regular stream of people came by and took things they wanted. (Guess what race/gender the neighbor was. Guess what race/gender most of the picker-uppers were not.)

My two housemates each cleaned their own rooms, but, for various reasons, made no effort to help with the kitchen or bathroom. (Or return rental equipment, or put general-house-use items on Craigslist, or…I could go on.) So, while Mom focused on helping me pack the last round of boxes, Dad basically scrubbed the whole apartment. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them.

And then…at last…to the airport! It had one stop after Boston before continuing on to Cleveland — same plane, just a new flight number — but I guess the computer hadn’t figured that out, because I had to haul my stuff off, get my boarding pass re-scanned, then turn around and haul it right back on.

Didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before. Didn’t get any sleep on the plane, either. Every time I closed my eyes I saw half-packed boxes.

But now I have slept! And eaten. And restocked on conditioner/deodorant/etc from the local CVS. And programmed my webcomics to allow admin access from this IP address.

So far…so good. (Knock wood.)