danceswithgary: (Personal - M&T Bench)
I've been enjoying the 100 Days of Happy posts and I've finally decided to attempt to join the fun. Thinking of what makes me happy often leaves me disgruntled by my physical limitations, but focusing on the positive should ultimately be a good thing.

Today's happy?

Organic waffles spread with Nutella washed down with chocolate truffle flavored coffee. Yum! The sugar and caffeine should power me through my weekly icon-making for mcshep_icontest and sga_icontest - I've entered weekly for years now. Anyone can vote in those comms (they post the entries Monday/Tuesday every week).

Another happy?

I've been nominated at No Rest For The Wicked Awards in the following categories:

Title: That Which Waits To Be Discovered
Fandom/Pairing: SGA Ronon Dex/Jennifer Keller
Word Count: 12546
Categories: Partners in Crime (best het), Dream a Little Dream of Me (best romance/fluff)

Nominations List:

Although that story isn't McShep, it's still in my top ten for AO3 kudos. It always makes me smile when I get another kudo on it because I stepped outside my comfort zone to write it.

A final happy for today?

Gary is off wandering on his motorcycle, so the puppies are cuddling next to me as I watch Star Trek: Vogager on Netflix, yet another show I've never watched before. The difficulty of balancing my Bamboo tablet is offset by Molly's warmth smooshed under my arm. I'll manage as I always do. :-D
danceswithgary: (McShep - Buddy Love)
I am actually getting out of the house - even out of my yard - to play this. Gary and I pack up the dogs and drive to the village so we can safely walk around to Pokestops and take advantage of lures when they appear. We don't actually fight, just enjoy the collecting aspect, as well as finding interesting places/memorial we'd never noticed before. It is so great to see so many others out and about and the dogs are loving the chance for extra sniffing. It's even worth the cold I managed to catch as I rejoined the world outside of my safety zone. I just wish it was a Pokemon I could transfer to the Professor for candy instead of the sniffling/coughing/bleary-eyed reality. ;-D

We've also been gardening - another of Gary's ploys to get me off the couch and outside. I have a video of the results so far at if you'd like to see.

Molly and Tessa really enjoy the extra time they get outside with us.

When I'm not playing Pokemon Go, I am building DWGville in SimCity BuildIt, fighting off invasions in SkyForge, and battling comic book villains in DC Universe Online, all while watching various and sundry Netflix offerings. It's great pain management (need more input) but means there's not a lot of writing/artwork going on. I open and close files in fits and starts, but it's just not happening. *shrug*

I have been enjoying the 100 Days of Happy entries appearing on my flist and am considering joining in. Perhaps it'll nudge me to be creative. Maybe. We'll see.
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Title: Mirai ni furemasu (Touch the Future)
Author: [ profile] danceswithgary
Artist: [ profile] selenic76
Pairing: Aiden Ford/Miko Kusanagi
Rating: PG
Words: 11334
Warnings: Non-linear storytelling and blatant abuse of canon.
Summary: It wasn't until she faced an active stargate for the first time that she understood what she and her grandmother had seen in the glowing crystal orb.


Link to fic:
Link to art: or

I do not claim to be an expert on Japanese customs or language, merely an avid user of Wikipedia and the internet. Please consider any blatant errors simply part of this alternate universe along with the method of divination used by Miko's grandmother and her ancestors.
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McShep/SGA/Joe Flanigan/David Hewlett/Other icons and artwork (banners and backgrounds) up for grabs.

Please credit so others can find my galleries and please contact me if you'd like them customized.

I do take requests for covers, banners, and icons (John, Rodney or McShep only)

These SGA icons and artwork are not bases and I ask that they not be altered without crediting my work.


001.RJKiss 002.JR 003.JR 004.BvS

More icons and artwork behind cut )

danceswithgary: (John - Help)
I'm writing a Miko-centric story and I have been researching everything, but I could use a beta who can correct my more egregious errors. I could even use someone to bounce sections off. I'm hoping to have something readable in a few weeks, needing to have beta and corrections complete for latest possible post on April 14th.

Anyone interested? I can pay with icons and artwork of your choice.
danceswithgary: (McShep - Xmas)
I love what my daughter gave me for Christmas. She knows that all too often I run out of spoons, so she bought me a sonic spork!


*smishes her so much*

PS. My next favorite present I gave to myself - finishing and posting a 13000 word McShep AU. I actually managed to write every day for almost 6 weeks. I'm hoping to continue the trend.

Happy Holidays!
danceswithgary: (McShep - Xmas)
Title: Universal Gravitation (Metaphorically Speaking)
Author: danceswithgary
Recipient: squidgiepdx
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Daniel Jackson/Rodney McKay (past)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~13000
Disclaimer: SGA characters are not mine, more's the pity. Not a medical professional, I only play one on the internet.
Warnings: Potential consent issues/triggers. I started this as a lighthearted romance but, as I researched physical therapy, I was reminded there were questions of ethical conduct that needed to be addressed when a medical professional becomes involved with a patient, even a former patient. I'm hoping some magical hand-waving will be excused to allow romance a chance.
Author's Notes: Present day "Never a Stargate" AU suggested by Oh, and because of my fuzzy-headed research, please pretend along with me that Stanford's mascot isn't a tree. *facepalm* See the end for more notes.
Summary: It was all Newton's fault.

Universal Gravitation (Metaphorically Speaking) )
danceswithgary: (John - Help) reach down to scritch your adorable dog's ears and come back with a handful of 'wtf did you roll in now?' Yes, it's that time of year when the deer wander thru our yard eating the fallen crab apples and ornamental pears - leaving the dogs nauseatingly odoriferous presents in return.

Of course, Gary had just driven away to have lunch with some friends, so guess who was stuck bathing two dogs. Unfortunately, I couldn't just leave them outside until he got back - they wouldn't understand why they'd been exiled and it's too cold to sit outside with them. *sigh* I was considering new collars, but realized I'd have to wrestle the tags off anyway, so I held my breath and washed them too.

I called Gary to let him know the rest of the mess - including the wet towels on the bathroom floor - is his to take care of and that going to the 'Y' to exercise after lunch probably wasn't a good idea.

There's a reason I take the dogs to a groomer every six weeks. I think I just used some of my spoons for next week. I certainly don't have any left for today and likely none for tomorrow. Guess it's a good thing daughter's not coming home for the holiday and we had nothing special planned. Right now, I'm thankful for clean dogs. :-P

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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A while back [personal profile] kate posted her statistics from AO3. Sitting here a wee bit bored because my most recent time waster was downloading and I'm mulling over the next scene in my sga_santa story, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Warning: Serving a little whine with those stats )
danceswithgary: (McShep - Walk Away)
McShep/SGA/Joe Flanigan/David Hewlett/Other icons and artwork (banners and backgrounds) up for grabs.

Please credit so others can find my galleries and please contact me if you'd like them customized.

I do take requests for covers, banners, and icons (John, Rodney or McShep only)

These SGA icons and artwork are not bases and I ask that they not be altered without crediting my work.


001. 002. 003. 004.

More icons and artwork behind cut )

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My daughter just called from DragonCon where she had a lovely conversation with David Hewlett. She took two pieces of my art with her, one for him to sign and one for him to keep if he'd like - no pressure.

The one he signed (I'll get the signed one in the mail after she returns)

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The one he kept (Dragon! DragonCon!)

Click for fullsize

In addition, he asked if I had a website where he could check out other pieces (I managed to send an unsigned piece I did for sgareversebang - doh!). Daughter stammered a bit and said I also did McShep pieces and he smiled and said he understood, but still pressed for more info especially after she mentioned my disability. He's currently working on a documentary about disabled people needing a brain/mech interface to allow them more freedom (sic) and is very interested in how the internet facilitates interaction for disabled people who used to languish in isolation. He ended up giving daughter his email address so she could send links to my less slashy pieces. Really, I do have those. *grin*

She was so excited and said he was the best celebrity she's ever met!

So cool.

Also reminds me I have a huge post of art and icons to do when I can summon the energy.
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I make a post about posting more, then I disappear again. *rolls eyes*

There's a good reason, really. I'm completely absorbed in a new game called SkyForge. It keeps me so well-occupied that it took me 10 days to figure out why my pain had spiraled so out-of-control that I was downing entirely too many of the opiates I try to avoid. I tend to withdraw even more when that happens and my depression was taking over when I discovered I'd loaded my pillboxes wrong, halving my dosage of Wellbutrin. Doh!

A week later and I'm slowly returning to a more reasonable level of pain and fatigue.

Gary is also hanging around for a while, after being away most of the summer on motorcycle trips and in LA with his family. Now he's buzzing about taking care of all of the chores he put off. Perhaps he'll also finally manage to sell one of his THREE motorcycles. He promised he would when I said he could get the latest one for back road biking in the wilds of Canada

Sometimes I think there's a sign above my head flashing PUSHOVER.

It's more like I live vicariously through him and his travels and can't deny him his fun just because I can't anymore.

He does bring back great photos. :-D
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...with all the missing SGA artwork associated with others' stories and a few challenge pieces. I didn't realize how many I hadn't uploaded from years ago.

It felt terrific. I managed to stay focused for hours and I really enjoyed going thru all those pieces and remembering how they were made.

For my next session of uploading, I'll organize my SGA wallpapers and post the best, but first it's icons for mcshep_icontest and sga_icontest - which I've entered weekly for years now.

Thunderstorms were so bad last night, my iPhone woke me with a flash flood warning. My concentration may be spottier than usual today. Fingers crossed, I'll manage the wingfic cover.
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Chronic fatigue sucks.

I have so many things I want to do. When I think about them all at once, it overwhelms me and I fail to do anything.

My solution: Break it all up into manageable chunks and tackle them as I can.

One of those chunks is to post here more often, not just when I've completed something.

I'm currently on my own - Gary is off on another motorcycle trip with a side flight to Los Angeles to visit his family. The puppies and I cuddle on the couch while I watch Netflix and I do fannish things like icons and art and reading and reccing and modding (but not writing because the words just aren't there). I also play DC Universe Online where I can build and play fun 'toons that fly like Superman and fight like Wonder Woman and use fun gadgets like Batman. I have friends that I chat with and run challenges with, so I feel a little less isolated. When Gary is here, we play together.

What I'm working on now while watching Vampire Diaries:

1. Artwork for [profile] brumier - loved her wingfic
2. Icons for weekly icontests
3. A roundup post for SGA icons and art (it's been 6 months!)

What I have on my to-do list to accomplish in small bits:

1. Update my CLex recs with new items (my to-read list is soooo long)

2. Go thru my journal and AO3 and make sure I've posted and crosslinked my art for other people
([personal profile] wanted_a_pony pointed out a missing piece and I've found others)

3. Post artwork not associated to stories to AO3

4. Read and comment/kudo/rec SGA stories (so many wonderful stories to read)

5. Finish writing my many WIPs *sigh*

Exercise should be on those lists, but merely walking up/down stairs often wipes me out. What I do is make sure I get up and move around after every episode. The puppies are also good at nudging me out of my lethargy long enough to go outside with them. They are such good girls - except when Molly raids the bedroom trash can and shreds tissues everywhere.

Molly says "Lies, all lies. Now it's time to move!"

Molly Says WhatUp
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I spend my days too fatigued to do much of anything, but I couldn't let this one just pass by.

Thanks to [personal profile] phoenixnz, I was alerted to the ebooks-tree 'theft' of 34 pieces of my fiction and artwork. ( They are apparently from a bot scrape of AO3.

I would suggest checking the site for your fanworks under any of your pseudonyms on AO3 and follow the suggestions here or here for getting ebooks-tree to remove the works from their site.

Do not give them any credit card info!!! This site is a scam from start to finish.

I'm not going to pull my work from AO3. It isn't their fault some scam artist managed to scrape some of my pieces from their site. IMO, AO3 is still the best multi-fandom archive.
danceswithgary: (McShep - Bed)
Title: Go Sports!
Author: [personal profile] danceswithgary
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 848
Summary: Which sport is the best and it is worth arguing about? Set in Playing Along 'verse, sequel to Calling The Game but may be read standalone.

Go Sports! )

danceswithgary: (Do Not Copy) (CLex - Mute)
Written for 2014 CLexmas Exchange

Title: How to Survive the End of the World and Other Post-Christmas Worries
For: [personal profile] josephina_x
Type: Fic, ~1100 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Summary: Late night television watching can be hazardous to your peace of mind.
Request: Fluff, mild hurt/comfort, and romance.

How to Survive the End of the World and Other Post-Christmas Worries )


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