Tag Archive | Pet Shop of Horrors

Post-Yule retrospective on the past few months

First, a PSA:

8tracks is shutting down. In 3 days. They did install an automatic “save playlist to Spotify” button to back up everything before they go…so I guess I’m finally getting a Spotify account, huh.

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I got a delightful Yuletide fic!

It looks like this:

curiosity and candy (makes the world go round) (3481 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pet Shop of Horrors
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count D/Leon Orcot
Characters: Count D (Pet Shop of Horrors), Leon Orcot
Additional Tags: Swearing, Canon Era, Canon-Typical Behavior, Canon-Typical Levels Of BDSM References, yes this is a tag now, Yuletide, Supernatural Elements
Summary:

Word has gotten out that Leon is D’s new chosen mate, and the supernatural is pretty eager to test out his worthiness for the role.

Shame that Leon hasn’t been informed of any of this.

I also gave one, in a niche-enough fandom that it’s barely gotten any attention — but, listen, the recipient liked it, so it’s a win.

Slowly working my way through the rest of the archive, but I have a bunch of pre-Yuletide fic recs that I haven’t even queued yet…so the rec posts of not-for-me Yulefics may take a while in coming.

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I subscribed to Hulu With Live TV for the month, purely so I can watch the new Steven Universe episodes before the internet has a chance to spoil them.

Seriously, the speed at which people can draw fanart of totally-new character designs is unreal.

And during the rest of the eek, I’m trying to make the most of the subscription by bingeing as much other Hulu-exclusive content as possible. Caught up on Archer and a smorgasbord of superhero movies, still working through Family Guy and The Resident, got an apprehensive eye on Stargate Universe.

Surprisingly entertained by Gary And His Demons. (Satirical commentary on Chosen One narratives, Rick-and-Morty-type dysfunction-based humor, our hero has a magical-girl-style transformation sequence for which he sings his own theme song…it’s a lot.)

…they have over 300 episodes of ER. And it’s excellent background-watching-while-making-comics TV. I may or may not end up going another month with this.

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Speaking of avoiding spoilers: I saw Frozen 2!

It was enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but also awfully weird. Go watch Jenny Nicholson’s review for a good, thoughtful, funny breakdown of a lot of the reasons why.

Haven’t been any other movies since Endgame that I was really determined to see in theaters. Considered it for Star Wars: The Final Movie For Real This Time Really, but at this point I’ve been spoiled for enough of the reveals that, eh. Might as well wait until it’s out on streaming, and pick that time to do a free Disney+ trial period.

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Decided to bake cookies for Christmas at the last minute, which had me trawling the internet for “recipes that can be made using the ingredients currently in my cupboards” on Christmas Eve.

Sidenote: I have seen so many retail outlets this year advertising “our stores are open on Christmas Eve! and will even have limited hours on Christmas Day!”, and, guys, that is not something to brag about. Go watch one of the thousands of adaptations of A Christmas Carol, then swallow your profit motive for a couple days and give your people the time off, already.

So I wasn’t going to go buy late-night groceries, because I am not a monster, and here’s the recipe I was able to make. It’s just flour, butter/margarine, brown sugar, and vanilla. Plus a bag of butterscotch chips, because I do what I want.

They were a hit at the family dinner! Then a hit again when I brought the leftovers to work. Go make ’em some time. Mix up the base with your own (premeditated or improvised) favorite add-ins.

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WordPress was offering a deal on paid blogging plans, and it was cheap enough that I sprung for it.

…only to find out it doesn’t include any customization that wasn’t already in the free version. You have to pay twice as much to control your own CSS.

Oh well. I’ve gotten enough value out of WP over the years that they’ve probably earned the donation.

Prompted me to finally look for a new theme, too. Took way too long to find something that was (a) 2 columns, (b) didn’t collapse to 1 column when you weren’t practically fullscreen on desktop, (c) had spaces to keep all my widgets and menus, and (d) didn’t have clashing colors in places that non-paying users weren’t allowed to customize.

Came out pretty nice, I think.

The theme is Bouquet. The header image and the purple background are customizable. All the pink is one of two pre-set options (the others are blue and orange), which thankfully coordinates with the header pretty well.

Apparently it’s also infinite-scroll and I don’t know how to turn that off, but oh well, you can’t have everything.

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Bumped up to the next-higher dose of Wellbutrin a couple months ago, and it’s been a smashing success.

Before the switch, it had gotten to the point where I was sleeping 10+ hours a day, and could feel the not-getting-anything-done. (Doesn’t help that I have a longer Day Job workweek these days — it’s great in most ways, but having it eat up all my awake time was a bit of a drawback.)

First week on the new dose, I felt refreshed, could focus way better, and was able to draw more than I got to do in probably the whole month before.

Turns out taking the higher dose too many days in a row leaves me not sleeping enough…but by now I’ve got the hang of swapping in the lower dose before I start to feel too wired, and it’s balancing out really well.

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The last Leif & Thorn Kickstarter alternately feels like it happened forever ago, and like it just ended last week.

The first unbound proof arrived a whole month ago, in November:

I ended up tweaking both files, and asking for a new proof of just-the-cover. (There was some tricky color correction involved — you don’t know exactly how it’ll come out in CMYK until you see it in person.)

So the new one arrived…and somewhere between the file I sent and the paper coming out of the printer, the colors got changed in ways I didn’t do. Not in a way they would notice when quality-checking, either — it looked perfectly-balanced, which is the problem, it’s supposed to have a purple tint.

(Volume 1 was pink-tinted. Volume 3 — the one with the magic vine attack — will be green. Volume 4 is shaping up to be red.)

The company blamed an equipment failure, apologized, and sent a free replacement. I now have 3 separate copies of this cover, and the books themselves are gonna be in production…any day now. Depends on when people come back from vacation.

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I drew 2 full pages ahead in BICP!

Then decided the events of those pages should be bumped back to happen after other events. Which leaves me in the fascinating position of “two pages of scanned and fully-polished lineart, still hasn’t gotten me ahead re: the page I’m supposed to post on Monday.”

…One of my New Year’s resolutions is to actually finish the series in 2020. Fingers crossed.

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Marshmallow Fluff continues fluffin’ along.

I did a family visit that left him alone for the weekend, and he seems to have coped just fine:

No special Christmas dinner for Fluff, because he started turning up his nose at canned food a while back. I figure it’s a good thing — he’s no longer afraid of imminent starvation, so he feels secure enough to be picky — but it really cuts down on my “treats to provide for special occasions” options.

He also sometimes sits on one end of the couch while I’m sitting on the other! And almost relaxes. I get the joy of having a judgmental mop staring at me.

This Week, 4/18-4/24

Doctor Who
Star Journalist (art | Sarah Jane | worksafe)
In For The Kill (art | Iris Wildthyme, Panda | worksafe)

Fake News
Art Stephen Up – Vampire (manip | vampire!Stephen, Alucard!Emmy | worksafe)
The Weapon I Choose (mix | “Stephen”/OC | R)
Art Stephen Up – Narnia (manip | Stephen, Emmy, warm coats | worksafe)
You Were Not Mine To Save (mix | “Stephen”/OC, Jon | R)

Fake News/Pet Shop of Horrors
Disney Magic (fic | Jon, an Olberclone, D | PG)
Princess Carry (art | Jon, an Olberclone | worksafe)

Hellsing
Dogs Of War Playing Poker (art | Anderson, Alucard, Walter | worksafe)
A Night On The Town (art | Girlycard, Seras | worksafe)

Sailor Moon(/Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Golden Princess (art | Serenity | worksafe)
Move Over, Chibi Chibi (sketch | Chibi Chibi, Madoka | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Usagi breaks out the Holy Grail, and everything gets blown to…somewhere.

Meanwhile, on Japan…

Madoka comes back tomorrow! And the fandom rejoiced. (Right before Walpurgisnacht/Whaleparties Night/Walmart Purge Night killed us all.)

Jaw-droppingly complex origami. Seriously, those are each a single sheet of paper.

The manga-education market pulls foreign students in droves to Japan.

An analysis of maid caf├ęs: the way they’re organized, the social dynamics they foster.

Background on what drives the manga industry, and how to keep a title in print. Sadly ironic, that’s a Tokyopop article — and here’s a roundup of news about their recent implosion. There goes my Pet Shop of Horrors T_T

In happier news, Kodansha answers questions about their new release of the Sailor Moon manga. Looks promising.

This Week, 3/7-3/13

But I’m A Cat Person
Patrick Attacks (art | Patrick | worksafe)
Mandy, You’re A Fine Girl (art | Miranda | worksafe)

Fake News
Ratings-Grabbing For Two (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, audiences | G)
Fugue in C Minor (fic | “Stephen”, Jon, OCs | PG)
My Little Pony (fic | “Stephen”, Jon | G)
The Affair (fic | you’ll see | PG)
Night Kept Chain’d Below (fic | vampire!”Stephen”, Jon | R)
That Pundit’s Dynamite (art | vampire!”Stephen” | worksafe, some blood)

Pet Shop of Horrors
Sugar Me, Sweet (art | D, Leon | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Never Leave Erin A Placemat 5 (miscellaneous sketches)

Next Week in Shine:
Maggie Mui does not have time for this BS.

This Week, 2/28-3/6

But I’m A Cat Person
Reseda Attacks (art | Reseda | worksafe)

Fake News
Colbewart sketchpile (sketches | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Dancing On The Killing Greenscreen (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Cougar Hutning (comic | Kristen, Olivia, Sam | G)
Indecision 2002 (art | Rob, Ed, Rachael, Jon, Stephen, Mo, Stacey | worksafe)
And Make It Snappy (fic | “Stephen”/Barry | G)

Pet Shop of Horrors
Feeding v1 (draft art | D/Leon | worksafe)
Darkness At The Finish (art | D/Leon | worksafe)

Powerpuff Girls
The Steamypuff Girls, part 1 and part 2 (Powerpuff Girls picspam, worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Mucha Shoyru (old art | Sailor Shoyru, a pet | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Anderson, Dark Walter, and Girlycard have a three-way. …Battle! A three-way battle.

These Weeks, through 2/20

Fake News
You Might Say She’s A LOLivia (art | Olivia, a cat | worksafe)

Hellsing
Bubbles (art | young Integra, Puppycard | worksafe)
This Is Not A Valentine (art | Integra/Alucard | worksafe)
I Will Be The Flame (sketch | Integra | mildly NSFW)

The Eagle of Hermes
In Care Of Thee, a new side story, has begun.
Girlycolbert (art | “Stephen” | worksafe)

Pet Shop of Horrors
Little Brother Orcot (art | Leon, Chris, Q-chan, Honlon | worksafe)

Carmen Sandiego/Where’s Waldo
My Favorite Place Is Me And You (mix | Carmen/Waldo | G)

General/Miscellaneous
But I’m A Cat Person – Characters (art | Sparrow, Spot, Peter, Bianca | worksafe)
Wasteland sketchpile (miscellaneous sketches, worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Witch Hunter Robin is running around in Rome, we learn how things went down between Walter and Jeeves.

This Week, 9/6-9/12

Fake News
Pace Yourself For Me (fic/synopsis | Jon/”Stephen”, families | through PG-13)
Strawberry Pajamas (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Timid Stephen sketches (sketchpile | Stephen, Sweetness | worksafe)
Five Ways Stephen Reconciled His Faith And His Sexuality (fic | past “Stephen”/Jonathan; a cat named after Ronald Reagan; “Stephen”/Lorraine; OCs; P. K. Winsome; angel!Feist; Jon/”Stephen” | PG, warnings)
Hypothetically… (old-ish art | Stephen | mildly NSFW)

Fake News/Hellsing
Eat It, Brett Favre (comic panel | Jon, “Stephen”, a broken broom handle | worksafe)

Hellsing
Baby’s First Gun (art | Integra | worksafe)
Baobhan sith prowling (kao-ani | the baobhan sith | worksafe)
Fruit Salad (art | Seras, Helena | worksafe)

Lord of the Rings
From The West (old sketch | OC | worksafe)

Pet Shop of Horrors
Sketch Pile of Horrors (old art | D/Leon, T-chan, Q-chan, Jill, misc | worksafe)

R.O.D
Books Are Sexy (art | Yomiko | worksafe-ish)

Sailor Moon
Moon Faerie Misadventures (old 10-page comic | moon faeries, a kitten | worksafe)

Sailor Neopets
Old sketches, all worksafe: Roll of the Dice | Would You Like Some Toast? | Leslie, Golden Girl | Sailor Neopet Sprite Brigade

General/Miscellaneous
Mika art: TinierMika Expression Sheet | Jane, stage 1 | Mika’s Big Change | Color Tests
You Can’t Take My Toys From Me (a couple of penciled still lifes)
The Trouble With Cats (a penciled not-so-still snoozing cat)
Never Leave Erin A Notecard (doodles | Sailor Moon, Luna, Integra, Stephen, an eagle | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Hasn’t been enough Integra in this strip lately. Let’s fix that.

Website Updates
Fixed/updated download links over at And Shine England Then.
New sneak-preview image over at the TWC voting page!