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Saturday, April 24th, 2010 11:00 am
If you'd like to use any of my fanart as fic prompts: I hereby give blanket permission. (Link me to the fic when it's done?)
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Hawkguy: Afternoon Stroll (story by neveralarch)
[click on preview pic]


and other fan comics (SGA, Angel, The X-Files) )

one shots

The Avengers/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D:



Leverage:


Fullmetal Alchemist:

SGA )

(all oneshots collected in a single post here)

more oneshots (Bones, XF, Angel )


orginal art )
I'm always fine with linking to any of my posts, but please don't upload my fanart or original art to other sites without permission. (Feel free to snag the thumbnails.)

I'm selling several of the fanart pieces I made over the years (prints and originals). See this post for details.

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Sunday, November 27th, 2016 12:31 pm
Behold, more boating pics. For I was paddleboarding yesterday and the frost on the grass in combination with the fog in the air made for an enchanting atmosphere. I didn't even mind the cold (much) because it was so beautiful.

I took the pics with my phone so they got a bit darker than it actually was, but considering I took them from a moving board, vaguely pointing in the right direction while trying not to spin off course, I'm really happy with how they turned out.





and two more )

This is the creek that runs through town. It's usually too shallow for canoeing, but my board doesn't need a lot of water underneath when I don't put on the fin. I only touched ground a few times when passing groundsills; hope the level will rise another 20cm or so in the coming weeks. That would be perfect.
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Friday, November 25th, 2016 11:01 pm
Oh man, it's been half a year since I last posted here. There are so many distractions. I'll see if I can change that and be a bit more present here.

Anyway, this year I fullfilled a longtime dream of mine and got a paddleboard... they're making them inflatable now, so being carless is no longer an issue. I've spent a considerable part of my free time this year on various rivers in the area, and here are some photos. I hope they can convey some of the beauty and joy you get while paddling.







more under the cut )

I plan to go tomorrow as well... been keeping my eye on the outside temps and water levels and it's looking promising. :)
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Saturday, March 26th, 2016 09:58 pm
In which Fitz and Simmons join Ward’s and Mike’s ragtag team.



Renegades series on AO3

I'm really happy with how this turned out. :) I asked for prompts and got so many different character suggestions that I thought, why not do an ensemble piece.

(no character hate in comments please.)
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Monday, February 29th, 2016 12:20 pm

Skyeward:

What Kind of Man - SarahRoseSerena (WIP)

Chapters: 5/? (29307 words)
Relationships: SkyeWard, Leo Fitz & Skye/Daisy
Characters: ensemble plus cameos
Additional Tags: Hellfire, Parallel Universes, quakefire, Redos, Post 3x10, Multiverse
Summary:

“Jumping around parallel planes, changing the course of a hundred histories, altering timelines wherever she goes. She’s made a mess out of the universe, you know. For you.”
Daisy is shifting earth on nothing but her grief, her determination, her command of tectonic plates and the heartbeat of this planet. On a mission to save the world from the Destroyer that spread the disease. The ancient Inhuman in Grant Ward’s body.
“There’s no coming back from this, Skye. But you knew that when you started.”
This fic was inspired by the Interdimensional Time Travel gifset series, and it’s one of the best stories out there right now, imo. Gripping plot and amazing characterization of Skye/Daisy in particular. This is the Skye I was longing to see on the show!
I’m not sure where she’s going with the plot but I’m on tenterhooks.
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hello from the other side; - thatbluebox
8913 words

Skyeward & OCs
Tags: AU, henchdog au, ft. the henchdogs aka grant ward’s most trusted henchmen, the season 3 we deserve

Summary: There is a lasting second of heavy silence before they begin to talk strategy and disarming SHIELD, its key players, and weaponry. But it must all be in their heads, the team decides, because their leader is thorough. His face slips into a cool mask of sparking fury, which transforms the indifference of his tone. SHIELD’s reckoning has come once again and they will be at the forefront, he promises. But then his fingers linger on the photo of a brunette agent for a moment too long, and, for a moment, they’re not so sure.
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Things - Overdressedtokill [complete] »

24353 words
Skye/Grant Ward
Tags: Inhumans, Future Fic, AU - Canon Divergence
Summary: Future canon. Grant’s got powers now. But he doesn’t want to be back on the team. He doesn’t want anything to do with any of them. Especially not Skye.

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Across the Board, by Eienvine

Chapters: 11/13, 164611 words
Skye/Ward, team, Kara; future fic; slow burn; action
Summary: Skye once thought that she would hate Grant Ward forever. But time has a way of changing things, even hate.

It’s a slow burn Skyeward fic that also has wonderful Kara&Ward friendship moments. And cool action spy stuff as backdrop to the careful character development.
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Okay, I don’t remember how much SW was in this next one but it’s hilarious:
House of Hydra by CaptainSummerDay
Summary
In a bid to attract new investors, Ward decides that Hydra is in need of rebranding and a change of direction.
Otherwise known as Agents of Shield if Tyra Banks took over as showrunner in Season 3.

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Switching it Off (and turning it on again) by CaptainSummerDay

Skye/Ward, Fitz, Simmons; IT tech AU; industry spies and IT guys/romance;

Summary: Skye loves her job at Shield Consulting. There’s only one thing that can cast a cloud of grief on her day.
Dealing with Tech Support.

Office AU in which Grant makes a bad first impression.


Cool plot, kickass Skye. Here’s a dose of happiness after the finale that should never have been.

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Stay the Course by eedmund [now complete!]
Skye/Ward, Agent 33, Mike Peterson, team; action/adventure/romance; warning: graphic violence; 51835 words
Summary: The course of love never did run smooth but, let’s be real honest, no course runs smooth for Skye and Ward. Skye’s trying to find out who or what she really is and her fact finding mission leads her and her friends back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and into a nasty altercation with a terrorist group. (part 4 of “An Honest Conversation”)

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Read more... )
 

 


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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 11:14 am
Warrior Witch, by Eustacia Vye

Summary:

Gretel doesn’t know much about magic, and isn’t sure what she felt about being a white witch herself. But one thing is for sure… She wasn’t going to stop killing evil witches. (3865 words)

Great casefic in the vein of the movie, with action and humor.
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Friday, February 5th, 2016 11:58 am
Zinc Man, by Selena

Tags: Case Fic, Afghanistan, set mid-s3

Characters: Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Arkady Ivanovich, Gabriel, Oleg Igorevich Burov, Yuri Victorovich Silfigarow (OC)

Summary: Elizabeth and Philip are charged with tracking down a young soldier from Afghanistan who has gone rogue. But what will they find? (6007 words)

This is the same level of honest writing and authentic feel that I’ve come to expect from the show itself. Really, this could have easily been an episode.

I recommend this fic even if you have never watchted The Americans. The story stands on its own, it’s like a mini-episode. (Does contain a significant s2 spoiler, though.)
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Friday, January 22nd, 2016 09:10 pm
I just finished meeting with my new Japanese tandem partner and I’m exhausted. She as well. That must mean we did it right. ;) We studied for three hours straight. It was really fun and productive but wow, I'm so wiped. She's only been learning German since October or so, but it's amazing how much she already knows. Shame she’s only gonna stay for a couple more months. Gotta make the best of it.

Next week we're making okonomiyaki. :o)
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Monday, January 11th, 2016 09:38 am
I've taken up Yoga again and I'm enjoying it. I quit yoga class about four years ago because with the contant influx of newbies we were rarely getting into any of the more challenging stuff, plus I already had a gym membership and the climbing wall doesn't come cheap, and all the expenses added up.

But I had to realize recently that yoga isn't a luxury for me but a necessity - I've been getting stiff as hell. Any longer and I'd get real back problems. When I went to a trial class, I couldn't do movements that were no problem four years ago. Yikes. After two times, I feel like there's already a tiny improvement, back's started to loosen up a bit and after the second class my lower back didn't hurt like it did after the first one. (Forget about actually challenging stuff... I'll be happy sticking to the basics...)
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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 07:13 pm
You know, tumblr has many shortcomings and part of me will always loathe that site and wait for fandom to finally find a new platform to move to.

But their tagging system is vastly superior to LJ/DW, no two ways about it.

p.s. I can't believe it's been almost a year since I posted here. Yikes. Between tumblr and my job there just was so little time left to hang out here.
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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 06:59 pm
Been a while since I posted here... let's see if I remember how it works ;)

I already posted this one, but since I'm between jobs atm, I used the time to fix some older fanart. In this case, I gave Kara Palamas her real face... something that had bugged me to no end.



note: I love Kara Palamas and Grant Ward and will be forever bitter about the way canon treated them. I don't want to discuss it here and I don't want any comments dissing any of the characters in this pic. (aos is the kind of fandom where you need to state this)
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Friday, May 22nd, 2015 11:34 pm
maybe i don't know how to love (but maybe i do) by skyesward
Skyeward; superhero sidekick AU; part 1/2, 4041 words
Summary: She doesn't think she'll ever see him again. It's New York. It'd surprise her if they ever stood on the same street corner again.
As it turns out, fate has a thing for irony.

the one where skye is everyone's favourite superhero, and ward is the damsel that searches for distress.

you live with ghosts by Overdressedtokill (SkyeStan)
Skyeward sorta; semi-canon compliant s3 fic; 2824
Summary: superhero Skye confronts supervillain Ward. Except maybe he’s not that much of a supervillain, and maybe nothing’s ever black and white. And maybe Skye hates him. And maybe she doesn’t at all.

you and i can make our escape by thequeenofokay
Kara/Ward; post S2 fix it fic/ Castle crossover; 1560 words
Summary: ‘We were given a tipoff that you’re in danger,’ the officer says. He checks his notes. ‘Something about a past that you need to escape from.’
// in which kara palamas gets a new identity and a new job with the nypd.

chasing those lies (you spend it all) by shineyma
biospecialist; The Magical Place tag;2754 words
Summary: Jemma is summoned to the Hub three days into their team’s downtime.

Looks like a oneshot but I'd love to see this developed into a full story.
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 01:34 pm
Switching it Off (and turning it on again) by CaptainSummerDay
Skye/Ward, Fitz, Simmons; IT tech AU; industry spies and IT guys/romance; WIP (15,538 words)
Summary: Skye loves her job at Shield Consulting. There's only one thing that can cast a cloud of grief on her day.

Dealing with Tech Support.

Office AU in which Grant makes a bad first impression.



Cool plot, kickass Skye. Here's a dose of happiness after the finale that should never have been.
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 11:10 am
take the gun, count to three by WingedWolf121
FitzWard; AU; spies & secret agents; WIP (2857 words)
Summary: Agent Grant Ward is the best her majesty’s secret service has to offer. So when M sends him out to investigate the suspicious Daniel Whitehall, he expects nothing more than a lukewarm leftover from the cold war and the chance to kick a few criminals in the face. But Whitehall hasn’t just been making himself a castle fortress—he’s been recruiting scientists. And one of them might be even grumpier than Ward.

Feat 007!Ward, Melinda May as M, Skye as the charming Moneypenny, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons as scientists who most certainly did not sign up for this, Whitehall as the same psychopath he’s always been but with some Bondian twists, and more!
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Only one chapter so far but it's so fun, I gotta rec it right away...
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Sunday, May 10th, 2015 11:36 pm
A Walk in the Park by AlphaFlyer
Gen; Clint Barton & Maria Hill; spies & secret agents; 1410 words
Summary: Clint Barton has complaints, and a job to do; Maria Hill has a ringside seat.

Vulnerable Mind by Athelassa
Gen; Grant Ward & team; mission gone wrong/action/hurt/comfort; WIP, 8551 words
Summary:“Look,” Coulson said with a frown, “I’m the director, I make the decisions. This is a mission that suits Ward’s qualities perfectly.”
Oh yes, right. There was primarily one quality that predestined him for this mission.
“I get it, Coulson,” Ward threw in with a smirk of false bravado. “I’m expendable.”


(baby you're) super by SafelyCapricious
Biospecialist; very AU; superheroes & supervillains/humor/crack; 2943 words
Summary: They give him what amount to super powers and then they try to brainwash him. Needless to say, it doesn’t stick. He has to hand it to whoever in HYDRA’s upper echelon decided on the order of the procedure.

Surprisingly not angsty, given the subject matter.

The only exception (is where the lines overlap) by Poetgirl925
Skyeward; AU; spies & secret agents/action/UST; 20700 words
(part 3 of The Head and the Heart series)
Summary: Skye and Ward continue to build on their working relationship as they both try to ignore the attraction that still simmers between them. Skye's first field mission doesn't go as planned, and Grant realizes that Skye is a dangerous exception to his hard rules.

Important words (you understand it's love the first time you say "no") by Matarreyes
Skyeward; epilogue; 3369 words
(part 3 of the Who they become (always depended only on them) series)
Summary: He'd be content to leave the past well enough alone. Forget his time with John, forget his time with Coulson, live just the present. Too bad that Skye is under some strange conviction that if she makes enough balancing, she'll convince Coulson and Grant to play along. It'll never work, he knows, because half of the hate on Coulson's part is subconscious seething about the fact that Grant took Skye away from him.
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Sunday, May 10th, 2015 01:48 pm
SHIELD Up by NezumiPi
Gen; characters: original team; vignettes/snapshots/character study; WIP, 14722 words

A series of insightful vignettes through the lives of the characters, starting from when they were little kids. It's perfect. Go read!
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 12:37 pm
Stay the Course by eedmund [now complete!]
Skye/Ward, Agent 33, Mike Peterson, team; action/adventure/romance; warning: graphic violence; 51835 words
Summary: The course of love never did run smooth but, let's be real honest, no course runs smooth for Skye and Ward. Skye's trying to find out who or what she really is and her fact finding mission leads her and her friends back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and into a nasty altercation with a terrorist group. (part 4 of "An Honest Conversation")

Six Between the Two of Us by EllieCarina
SkyeWard, team, Kara; undercover/mission/romance; 7776 words
Summary: Skye has to deal with Ward, Ward has to deal with Skye. And then there is a mission to go undercover...to Hydra of all places. And as a couple, of all things. // Continuation and speculation on the episodes after 2x18.

queen of no identity by owlvsdove
Jemma & Ward & Kara team-up, plus May; friendship/action; 8331 words
Summary: Grant brings Kara to Jemma for help.

Pull Me Down by larry_hystereks
Skyeward canon AU; fluff/action/slow burn; 1736 words
Summary: A continuation of 'Push Me Up'.
Skye saves Grant.
(Part II of the Push series)

dear forgiveness, i saved a plate for you by catteo
Skyeward; 3741 words
Summary: This came about when Redbrunja asked me whether I thought Grant would buy Skye a ring in order to propose. I ended up justifying my argument in a rather long-winded fashion. You are so welcome. The Skyeward proposal I GENUINELY never thought I would write.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 12:32 pm
I got so many bookmarks saved up, I'm splitting them into two posts.

Across the Board by Eienvine
Skyeward, slow burn; WIP: 4071 words (Only one chapter out so far but it's a great start.)
Summary: Skye once thought that she would hate Grant Ward forever. But time has a way of changing things, even hate.

blame the evil squirrel by themidsummersoldier
Summary: /// “You boys need a moment?” \\\ in which hunter falls, ward catches him, and bobbi almost laughs. (632 words)

Dawn of Understanding by Athelassa
Skye, Ward, Kara, Thomas Ward; [now complete, 18373 words]
Summary: “Someday you’ll understand,” Ward had told her back then on that fateful day Hydra had raised its ugly heads for the first time.
Months and a terrifying transformation later, Skye is not even an inch closer to comprehend the man who betrayed the team and her. All she can see is the lies and the path of destruction he left behind. However, when all comes together in a mission and she encounters someone from his past, can she finally start to understand the complicated mess that is Grant Ward? (Set five weeks after 2x10)

Judas by thedevilyouknow106
Ward&Fitz, SkyeWard; WIP: 29,096 words
Summary: What will the team do when they must depend on the person that ruined their family in order to put that family back together? Skye has been taken and the new recruits are MIA. Can Ward and The Team stop bickering long enough to bring home the person that means the most to them? Slow Skyeward burn.

nice to meet you, where you been? (i could show you incredible things) by exsanguinate
Skyeward AU; 2495 words
Summary: skye gets confronted by a tall, dark stranger who is definitely not named stan anderson, who she definitely stole some luggage from.
(Part II of the Stolen Luggage AU)