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Monday Works Roundup, 7/23/18 July 23, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Vintage Coats (art | Reseda, Kara Lynn, Cybele, Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Fallen Patrick (sketch | Patrick, Bianca | worksafe)
Tiger Blep (sketch | Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Magical Telga (art | Telga | worksafe)
Broadsword Hearts (art | Thorn, Violet | worksafe)
Magical Laurel (art | Laurel, Fallon | worksafe)

The Incredibles
Let me into the forcefield around your heart (art | Violet/Voyd | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Kissing (comic | Finn/Kylo | G)

Steven Universe
…And your little pumpkin dog, too (art | Lapis, Pumpkin | worksafe)
Sisters Universe (art | Steven, Blue Diamond’s daughter, Yellow Diamond’s daughter | worksafe)

Rainbow flag stamp – base (stamp)
Lesbian labrys flag stamp – base (stamp)
Bisexual flag stamp – base (stamp)
Thandiwe (commissioned character art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda finishes her theory, and everyone but Jany is very impressed.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Rowan trusts his new friend with some impressively personal information.


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)

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?

Monday Works Roundup 5/23/16 May 23, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Poe as Poe (art | Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
This is a public ocean (comic | Ivy/Holly | worksafe)
Lace and body pillows (comic | Violet/Rowan | NSFW, barely)
This is a public garden (comic | Olive/Magnolia | worksafe)
Fancy Rowan (art | Rowan | worksafe)
Not!phone sex (comic | Annie/Birch | worksafe)

Black Butler
Dance with the devil (art | Sebastian/Ciel | worksafe)

Fake News
How Far I’ve Gone, How High I’ve Climbed (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Steve, Sam, others | T)
In the darkness with you (art | Jon/”Stephen”)

Homestuck sketches (sketches | Dave/Karkat, Davepetasprite^2 | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Hairstyling (sketch | Rey/Kylo | worksafe)
Stormpilot cuddling (sketches | Finn/Poe | worksafe)
Lightsaber Summer Fun Buddies (sketch | Finn/Rey | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Politics
Big Angry Cheeto Puff vs. Big Angry Cheeto Puff (art | Trump, Jasper | worksafe)

Infinity tattoo design (text tattoo, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Start of a new chapter. How’s Jany been doing lately?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Our heroes plan for their not!date. Then: Holly goes on a field trip.

Monday Works Roundup, 3/28 March 28, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Good With Kids (art | Josh, Maria, Dove, Lamb, Donkey, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
These costumes are tacky, but… (prompt comic | Stanczia/Imri | mild NSFW)
This was supposed to be hot (prompt comic | Leif/Thorn | mild NSFW)
The cuddling got too intense (prompt comic | Birch/Annie | NSFW)

Phineas and Ferb
Candace Crush (art | Candace/Vanessa | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica(/various)
Floofy Teenage Goddess (sketch | MadoSaya | worksafe)
Variant Incubator Breeds (art | Luna, Diana, Ryo-Ohki, Chuchu, Mokona, Mickey, Pikachu, Keroberos, Patrick | worksafe)

Red Dwarf/Star Wars
Imperial Officer Rimmer (art | Rimmer, Vader | worksafe)

Steven Universe
One Eyed Pearl (art | Blue Pearl | worksafe)
Rose’s Other Pearl (art | Lion as Pink Pearl | worksafe)
La Petite Perle (art | Crystal Gem Pearl | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
It’s never a bad time for awkward middle-aged sexual tension, right?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The kids are okay, but Juniper is still in danger, and Thorn gets sidetracked while running to the rescue….

Monday Roundup, 7/9 July 9, 2012

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But I’m A Cat Person
Kara Lynn Attacks (final) (art | Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Fake News (/Star Wars, /Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Gauzy and Golden (sketch | Jon/”Stephen” | borderline NSFW)
Princesses Leia (art | Olivia, “Stephen” | borderline NSFW)
Republic City’s Best Fake News Team (art | Jon, “Stephen”, Wyatt, Sam, Jason, Aasif, Kristen, John Oliver, Larry, Jessica, Olivia | worksafe)
Not Sure If Breakthrough + Snowflake + Pulpit (ficlets | Jon/”Stephen”; “Stephen” and family | through PG-13)
Homecoming Queens (FINALLY FINISHED FIC | Jon/liberal!Stephen and family | soft R)

Mina And The Count
There’s Always Room For Jell-O (art meme | Mina/Count, Lucy, Nick, others | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (+ Hellsing)
Homura + Integra (sketches | Homura, Madoka, Integra | worksafe)
…and she glows (sketch | Madokami, Anthony | worksafe)
Erin Watches Madoka Magica…With Friends! (The Sequel) (rewatch, with spoilers)

The Newsroom
Review & reaction post for episode 1
Review & reaction post for episode 2

Monkey King (art | Son Goku | worksafe)
Running and Jumping (art | Olympic chibis | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Following a long night of work, Kara Lynn wakes up with Jany. Cuddling and secrets to follow…

Anachronistic references in historical/AU settings January 7, 2011

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When writing in a setting that is very much Not Our Own, how do you deal with words and phrases that are specifically tied to to our world and its history?

I’m thinking mostly of fantasy worlds (LotR, AtLA, Pokémon) and sci-fi ones that aren’t supposed to be part of Earth’s future (BSG, Star Wars), although the same question can easily come up in historical fiction, too.

Would you write about one of Arwen’s chairs coming with an ottoman, or Gaius Baltar having an Adam’s apple? Would you find a synonym for the term, or try to work around it? Does it make a difference if it’s only in the third-person narration, as opposed to the thoughts/speech of an actual character?

How about phrases that any character could conceivably come up with, but that we recognize as literary allusions? Princess Leia walking in the valley of the shadow of death, for instance. There’s no way to come up with a wholly original phrase that will carry the same weight for readers, even though her galaxy has never seen a King James Bible. Is that a reason to be more lenient?

Discworld does a pretty good job of coming up with its own equivalents for things in our world, and referencing them to similar effect, with the result that it comes off as self-contained, richly detailed, and comfortably familiar, all at once. But that kind of equivalence takes time and investment to construct, which is hard to pull off, especially if you’re writing a short fic and the canon hasn’t already given you something to work with.

One of the quickest and most elegant examples I can think of is in Caprica, which tossed off a quick line about how “polls find that many college students are getting their news from comedian Baxter Sarno.” And now I want to know what Caprican Backtalk With Baxter Sarno RPF looks like. Actually, scratch that, I want stories about Caprican fans putting together illegal mods of their favorite characters and turning them loose in V-World. I bet they have a lot more fangirls into machinima…

Back on topic! Do your standards when reading this sort of thing compare to your standards when writing it? How big a disconnect does there have to be to throw you out of the story? How much does the silliness of the source, and/or the fic, factor in? I’m sure nobody would bat an eye at Team Rocket bursting out with “we’re not in Kansas anymore!” So how cracky would the fic have to be before you would tolerate hearing it from Frodo?

(This slew of questions brought to you by the sudden realization that I tried to use the phrase “lost her train of thought” for a character in a pre-industrial setting, and the unexpected philosophical crisis that followed.)

These Weeks, 12/6-12/19 December 19, 2010

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Doctor Who(/Rudolph, /The Muppet Show)
We’re A Couple Of Misfits (art | K-9, the Misfit Toys | worksafe)
Muppet Doctors – One (art | Statler as One | worksafe)
Muppet Doctors – Two (art | Sweetums as Two | worksafe)
Found And Lost And Found Again (mix | Sarah Jane, various | G)
Found And Lost And… (art | Sarah Jane | worksafe)
Muppet Doctors – Three (art | Piggy as Three | worksafe)

Fake News(/Princess Tutu, /Year Without A Santa Claus)
Princess Coco (art | ballerina!Conan | worksafe)
Super Patriot (sketch | Stephen | worksafe)
Golden Olivia (art | Olivia | worksafe)
They Call Me Fear Miser (art, song | Fear Miser, Sane Miser | worksafe)
In His Clutches (art | evil!Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

Fake News/Hellsing
bitey Stephen (sketch | vampire!”Stephen”/Jon | worksafe)
The Eagle of Hermes side story: The Rally to Restore Humanity
OVER ONE THOUSAND (extra-vintage sketches | Integra, Jon, Stephen | worksafe)

Sailor Moon(/Star Wars, /Wonder Woman, /Haruhi Suzumiya)
Erin Watches Sera Myu, stage 3 part 1 (reviews & reactions)
Sailor Alderaan (sketch | sailor!Leia | worksafe)
Sailor Vader (sketch | sailor!Vader, Deathstar-P | worksafe)
Sailor Themyscira (sketch | sailor!Diana | worksafe)
The Melancholy Senshi (sketch | sailor!Haruhi | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Alucard’s back! (Took him long enough…!)

An extensive and wide-ranging compilation of various FANDOM STUFF OF YAY. October 8, 2010

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Kirk and Spock are the 23rd-century Jeeves & Wooster: a very convincing video essay, featuring lots of well-timed eyebrows.

Huffington Post goes around analyzing the slash potential in photos of politicians. Ranging from the sweet to the sultry.

If You Were Gay, fake news edition. The expressions are perfectly chosen, and hilarious.

Speaking of fake news, if ever anyone was a little short for a Stormtrooper….

Speaking of Star Wars, what if it were an Icelandic saga? In, just to make things as epic as possible, Old Norse (with English translations).

The Hellsing Essays, part 1: a semi-serious but unabashedly invested aria to the glorious over-the-topness that is Hellsing. Spoileriffic to the extreme, but full of so much love that I almost want to recommend it to non-fans anyway, as a way of luring you all into the series.

The follow-up essay is on character, slightly more structured and equally fascinating. Here there are more things I actually disagree with, but it’s generated enthusiastic debate in the comments, all of which is more than worth a read.

A carefully reasoned theory on how Rose Tyler makes a whole lot more sense as a lesbian in denial.

Another reasoned theory, this one by P. G. Wodehouse, on how Sherlock Holmes was rich and evil.

And, combining the two: evidently the new Sherlock series exists in the same universe as Doctor Who. One of Sarah Jane’s aunt’s books is on Holmes’ bookcase :D

The story of one of the ghostwriters behind the Hardy Boys: how much he secretly hated the books, and how bits of his innovation managed to slip through the torrent of drek anyway.

Some hot genderbending Toy Story cosplay. FTW.

This Week, 1/5-1/11 January 11, 2009

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Fake News
Colmes, Fired? That Bites (art | vampire!Alan Colmes – it’s canon! | worksafe)
Those Workouts (comic | Jon, Stephen | PG)

Fake News/Strangers With Candy
Why Should I Care? part 3 (fic | Seamus/OC | PG-13)
Same Old New York (art | Seamus/OC | worksafe)

Fake News crossovers
Daily Wars (art | Han!Jon, Leia!Stephen, Luke!Steve | worksafe)
Rocky Horror TDS (art | Rocky!Stephen, Frank!Jon | NSFW)
Godless Caring Machines (art | True Heart Bear, Truthy Heart Eagle, Jewy Heart Mouse | come on, it’s Care Bears)
Colbamalot (art | Arthur!Jon, Patsy!Bobby, Lady of the Lake!Jon, Historian!John-H, Tim!Tad, Killer Rabbit!Stephen Jr. | worksafe)

Tek Jansen
Tek and the Daily Girl (art | Tek, totally-not-girl!Jon | worksafe)

The Mighty Boosh
Le Petit Boosh (art | Old Gregg, Bollo, Howard, Naboo, Vince | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Yomiko’s in trouble. Walter to the rescue…?

Happy Newspaper Carrier Day! September 4, 2008

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Re: the subject: I’m Not Making This Up. Now, on to the news!

Dude is building a castle. Kind of awesome.

Headline: “Fandom’s Rising Price.” It’s not what you think: they’re talking about sports.

Awesome things about Sarah Palin, for people who disagree with her on every issue: (1) She’s bringing the hypocrites out of the woodwork. (2) Her office is decorated with dead bears. (Stephen should be thrilled.)

Cats are growing ‘wings’. I’m looking forward to the macros.

Headline: 2 [college presidents] Withdraw From Petition To Rethink Drinking Age. Second sentence of the article: “But 15 more from across the country have signed on.”

Animated West Wing, written by people who evidently Know Fandom.

Say what you like about Maureen Dowd; this is funny.

Is anyone else disappointed by the cheesiness of the graphics in the new Star Wars interquel? Lucasfilm should have the tech and the cash to do better. Especially when we’ve finally clawed our way up out of the Uncanny Valley.

Harry Potter compared to Left Behind. Best line: “Left Behind is Protestant and Harry Potter is Catholic.” And they’re right.