war effort

Les Mis Group Watch Presents:  Les Mis in Space! 

R O G U E   O N E  

A STAR WARS STORY

Are you interested in stories about ragtag groups of rebels fighting for Hope and Future and A World About To Dawn against a powerful imperialist dictatorship? (If not, what are you even doing in this fandom?)

Have you ever wanted to know what this “star war” is that everybody’s always talking about but don’t know where to start because there are way too many movies and you’re not sure if you’re ready to get invested in some silly 1970′s indie flic?

Then join us A Long Time Ago (next Saturday*) in A Galaxy Far Far Away (Slack**)!

Yes I know there has been Discourse about whether it’s actually Les Mis in space and I don’t care. For our purposes it is.

The essential stuff:

  • The date and time is Saturday April 29th at 4pm GMT
  • The movie’s length is 2h13min and there will be a short break in the middle
  • The meeting “place” is the group watch Slack team (Team Shoujo Cosette)
  • Contact me if you want to join in! And please do so before Saturday! You can reach us on Tumblr or by email: teamshoujocosette[at]mail.com

Group Watch FAQ is here if you have more questions (or you can just ask)

And as usual: EVERYBODY IS WELCOME!


* time is relative 
** so is the internet

Corner Store (Final Rose)

One of the simple pleasures in life that Winston had truly begun to appreciate was being able to go to the corner store without drawing too much attention. Oh, sure, people still stared. They would probably always stare, given how he looked. But after a few months of living in his apartment, the neighbourhood had gotten used to him. 

Most of his neighbours thought of him as a gorilla Faunus with particularly pronounced gorilla features. Any other eccentricities he had were chalked up to him being a scientist that worked at the professor’s lab. Likewise, working at the lab entitled him to a bit of leeway. After all, the lab was well known for its contributions to the war effort against the Grimm. Anyone who worked there couldn’t be that bad.

Winston ambled to the corner store to buy some more bananas as well as some bread and peanut butter. He was enjoying a rare day off, so he intended to spend it doing very little and enjoying a good meal or two. After all, he got plenty of exercise since the professor insisted on him doing regular training against some of the academy’s students and instructors. Winston was, apparently, quite handy in a fight, and she could never be certain when the next robot uprising might occur (personally, he thought it would be arriving either next Tuesday or next Wednesday).

On the way to the corner store, he waved to some of the other people who lived in his apartment building. It was a fine spring day, so there were plenty of people out and about. A few of them were even walking pets. It made him wonder if he should get a pet. The professor had Professor Cuddles and Diana had that snake of hers, Strangles. Even Penny had a pet, or rather, she had pets in the form of two goldfish and a cat with some prosthetics.

Perhaps a dog would be good? He did get on well with them. Then again, cats had their own advantages. With how much time he spent at the lab, he might want to get an animal that could be more independent. Goldfish, for example, wouldn’t care much one way or another if he was late home from work. Or perhaps he could get a hermit crab or a snake of his own.

In any case, it was a good feeling to be thinking about such things. He felt like he had a home here, and that was something he had not felt in a long time. He heard a quiet buzzing sound and turned to find a drone hovering near him. Given how many drones here had either been constructed by or designed by a certain dark-haired scion of mischief, he had a good feeling he was being watched.

“Good morning,” Winston said to the drone. “Is that you, Diana?”

The drone bobbed up and down before a voice came from its speakers. It was indeed Diana. “Yo.”

“Do I want to know how you found me with a drone?” Winston asked.

“Heh. I have a backdoor built into most of the drones I make that lets me scan for various things, like familiar faces. When one of them spotted you, I decided to drop by and say hello. This guy,” Diana said, referring to the drone. “Is already done for the day since all he does is deliver newspapers. Rather than send him back, I’ll let him tag along with you.”

Winston chuckled. “Well, you’re welcome to come even if I’m not doing anything interesting.”

“That’s okay. I’m multi-tasking. I can watch cartoons and talk to you at the same time.”

Winston continued to the corner store with a smile on his face. Was this normal? He didn’t care. It felt normal.

More Xros Wars AU thing~ in XW, Nene becomes an Idol in Hong Kong right? well, here Lapis will become a musician with her band Knife of Gay “Water Witch” also this was mostly inspired by that poster of Yamato in this same pose and I tried to copy the background as well :3 also I forgot how to properly color OTL and for the sake of the otp, a peculiar nerd will be her manager.

Peri can’t see shit btw

Fic Recs

These are some of my favourite fics to read and re-read when I’m down.  Sorted by fandom and occasional subgenre.  This list is the short version - and if I rec a fic by an author I would gladly say that anything by the author is worth reading.    #please check individual fic tags for warnings/ships/etc

Names in brackets are AO3 alias’ if they aren’t @ its because I don’t know or can’t link to their tumblr (or they don’t have one).

The problem with rec lists is that I could go on and on for ages and people who don’t get mentioned can feel left out like their writing isn’t good enough.  I hope that whether I have or haven’t mentioned you here that you know that your writing is good! its amazing! its wonderful and worth putting your time and effort into and I appreciate it so much!  I just had to cut this off at some point.

*sends love and hugs to the writers*

Star Wars (current obsession - buckle up lovelies)

RE-ENTRY + JOURNEY OF THE WHILLS - by @deadcatwithaflamethrower (flamethrower).  This fic kept me sane when I was struggling badly last year.  Re-Entry itself is complete; the sequel series Journey of the Whills is ongoing.  Qui/Obi is the main pairing though there are others.  This got me into star wars fics and meant that I found a wide circle of awesome fics writers on tumblr and ao3 who are kind, lovely and talented.  (IN A LONELY PLACE is a great fic by the same author and is smaller in size if you want something to get started with.  It’ll break your heart ten different ways but its so worth it)

BALANCE  by @norcumi and @dogmatix.  this series is partly Star Wars fic, partly Re-Entry fic and wholly itself.  As someone who is a big fan of Grey-Jedi and middle way paths I love this series and it is also on my Re-read when down to feel happy again list.  Ongoing series.

PULSION by @poplitealqueen part of her larger Frisson AU that looks to be super exciting this is a story set during the Rako Hardeen arc from the Clone Wars.  One of the things I love most about this story is the way Pop creates anticipation and her pacing is spot on.  Currently ongoing (on hiatus in Feb)

COURSE CORRECTION by @freakishlemon Though only two chapters and currently ongoing I would highly recommend keeping an eye on this awesome time-travel fic. I adore the opening scene and the change that comes is epic and I love it.  Makes me smile.

CORUSCANTI ROSE - by @the-last-hair-bender (emocezi)  I didn’t realise I needed this fic until I read it.  And then I was like HOLY SHIT!  Its a really interesting look into what could become of Obi-Wan when the Jedi Order kicks him out. Ongoing (pretty please)

PERILS OF ELECTROCUTION TO SITHLY PLANS - by @ilyena-sylph and @bow-weaver (Merfilly)  These lovely writers have a ton of awesome fics and so I picked this one as my favourite; it’s a great read and the characterisation is really spot on. Complete

AND YET, I LOVE YOU STILL - by @punsbulletsandpointythings Bail/Breha/Obi OT3 of my heart.  I adore this so much, its a rareship and there’s just so many great moments that made me smile and its sweet as chocolate mousse. 1 shot, complete.

TANO AND KENOBI - by @fireflyfish  Ahsoka has gone back in time and Obi-Wan is a soon-to-age-out Initiate.  Can she convince Qui-Gon to accept her Grandmaster as a Padawan or does the Force have a different plan.  EPIC! DELIGHTFUL! There’s a gorgeous duel in there that just had me visualising so hard I nearly missed my train stop.  First season is complete.

OLD MAN LUKE - by @scarletjedi  Old Man Luke is thrown into TCW era universe.  Beautiful characterisation, caught my eye and then my mind and finally my heart.  There’s something kinda awesome about a fic where Luke is old enough to be Anakins dad.  Ongoing

(not fic but I want to give a shoutout to @wolveria and her amazing Star Wars AMVs which you can find here)

Dragon Age (previous/concurrent obsession)

LOOKING GLASS - by @feynites.  An elegant and epic HUGE fic that’s spawned AUs and crossovers and all sorts of goodness.  Time-Travel fic where Lavellan is sent back to Ancient Elvhenan.  And there’s a group of authors on tumblr who have OCs and crossovers all of which are awesome. - shoutout to @circadian-rhythm‘s Janiculum and @mayaiai’s In an Elvhen World

LOGOLEPSY - by @weatheredlaw and @vehlr Cass/Varric in letters.  This will make you feel all the feels.  I highly recommend the entire series and also having some alcohol and chocolate on hand when you read it. 

FELL FAR FROM THE TREE - by @dammithawke and @hawkeabelas (LinnyBear)  An interesting twist on DAI - with a young girl as Inquisitor and as she’s Hawke’s daughter you know you’re in for a wild ride.  Unfinished but still very much worth the read.  I adore seeing Hawke and Fenris as parents.

THE UNENDING WAKE -by harellanart a really interesting Solavellan story. Would also recommend the sequel/AU Those Who Forget.  It captures all the heartbreak and heartache that comes from being set post-Trespasser.

WALKING IN CIRCLES - by Milee_Cosgrove  Solvelyan fic, a what if scenario (what if Solas was captured by Templars and taken to a Circle) really heartbreakingly written, a vivid look at life within Circle walls, a great cast of characters and the last few chapters have been intense and heartbreaking.  Ongoing.

MGiT AUs

DISLOCATED SOULS + DISLOCATED SOULS: SKYHOLD - by LonelyAgain  a diary style fic, really well written.  MC is not the Inquisitor, is from Earth, is not the only one from Earth. Lots of interesting social justice themes and a look at the inquisition from a working elf’s POV. Dislocated Souls is complete, the sequel is ongoing.

SIGHS AND RAISED EYEBROWS - by @i-dropped-the-chief (seeing_blue) this starts in Kirkwall and covers the events of DA2 as well as DAI.  MC is the inquisitor and Alaran is just such an incredibly interesting OC, I love her.  Also its really cool to sort of see the events of DA2 from someone else’s perspective.  Currently Ongoing.

THERE AND BACK AGAIN - by ElyssaCousland.  A DAO fic wherein the MC is from Earth and goes back and forth between the two worlds.  Not the Warden but helps the Warden and others in defeating the Blight along with a lot of other things along the way.  Currently ongoing.



Plus A Smattering of Critical Role

AFK: A critrole MMO AU - by @shippeh  This is really cool, I adore the way shippeh captures the interactions of VM in this modern setting.  There’s lots of great scenes, things that make you smile and things that make you cry.

TRY AGAIN TO GET IT RIGHT by TazmainianDevil  A time travel AU wherein VM find themselves in Whitestone at a critical point of history and ensure that things don’t happen the same way twice.

WHEN THE WICKED PLAY by @shadowedhills (seimaisin) Perc’ahlia and modern AU and holy hell there’s some wicked wicked stuff that will leave you fanning yourself in here.  Currently ongoing.

BONUS MENTION:

Discworld -
An Exert from: THE PATRICIANS HAT by @thebibliosphere (Demmora)  its just. perfect.

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band of brothers part i // currahee

“Soldiers of the Regiment. Tonight is the night of nights. Today, as you read this, you are en route to the great adventure for which you have trained for over two years.”

“So that’s why they gave us ice cream.”

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For the last Woman Crush Wednesday of Women’s History Month, a meditation on the roles - real and symbolic - that American women have played in wartime propaganda. Click the images for information about the posters and the collections they come from. 

April 6 marks 100 years since the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany, entering World War I. The war took the lives of 17 million people worldwide. But what’s not as well-known is the role that animals played at a time when they were still critical to warfare.

Horses in particular served alongside troops on both sides, and several million died during the war. The animals were so crucial to the war effort that they also became military targets.

“You need these horses to move, to fight, to exist,” says Christopher Kolakowski, director of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Va. “It would be like maintaining your car today.”

Hundreds of thousands of horses and mules were shipped to Europe from Newport News, Va., the largest departure point for horses and mules, during war years. The area around the port on the James River is now full of condos, office buildings, and even today — shipyards.

The Unsung Equestrian Heroes Of World War I And The Plot To Poison Them

Photo: Courtesy of U.S. National Archives

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It’s officially back to school time here in the Brandywine River Valley and, to mark the season, we’re sharing a few pages from the 1944 Ward’s Back-to-School Sale catalog. This catalog clearly shows that 1940′s high school students were snappy dressers. More interesting, however, are the revealing details give us a peek into daily life in wartime. Aside from the noticeable absence of older male high school students, the catalog also contains notes like:

Regarding Cuffs on Boys’ Trousers: Present Government regulations permit cuffs on trousers but still restrict maximum leg length. Some inseam lengths, therefore, may be finished with cuffs, others will be finished with plain bottoms.

Trade Catalog .W254 1944, in Hagley’s Published Collections