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Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fiction
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FANFICTION:

General Disclaimer: These stories are based on characters and situations created and owned by other people and corporations. I make no money from this borrowing of intellectual property, and intend no copyright or trademark infringement.

Organization: This list is organized primarily by fandom; within each fandom, it's arranged first by associated story cycles and then by writing date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations.

Content/Warning Policy: 1) I am not consistent about warnings! I use them when I remember, for a few relatively broad categories of potentially problematic content, but if something is off-page, non-explicit, or generally backgrounded, I probably won't think to note it in the metadata. 2) The things I try to warn for are explicit sex, rape, murder, torture, cannibalism, incest, depression/suicide, familial dysfunction, and occasionally also societal dysfunction (aka dystopia). Sometimes I just slap a general content warning on all my fic for a given fandom and don't label each individual fic. I also don't generally warn for violence, unless the violence in a fic is dramatically out-of-step with the violence in its source canon. 3) I don't use any content rating system unless I'm posting to a site or community that requires or encourages ratings, because I find movie-style ratings counter-intuitive when applied to written fiction, and not particularly useful for anything other than denoting the presence of explicit sex, which I already note in the metadata.

Quality Rating System: I've marked my favorite stories with asterisks, on a scale of 1 to 4. The more asterisks, the more I like the story. This doesn't necessarily mean that stories without asterisks are bad, just that I don't like them as much. Also, I am not claiming to be an arbiter of taste; you may love stories I dislike, and vice versa. I am just providing a heads-up about the ones that I think are best written and/or most interesting.

Where To Read: What I post on my journal tends to be the equivalent of a beta draft. If I have cross-posted a story literally anywhere else (except Tumblr; fic content there is just a mirror of fic content here), read the version that isn't on my journal. Versions on AO3 are definitive. If there is no AO3 version, read the ff.net version. If there is no ff.net version, read the FictionAlley version (only applicable for HP fic). Failing that, read the journal version, because that's the only one there is.

Harry Potter Fanfiction

Naruto Fanfiction

Angel Sanctuary Fanfiction

Chronicles of Narnia Fanfiction

Homestuck Fanfiction

Minor Fandom Fanfiction
(currently includes BtVS/A:tS, Daredevil (MCU), The Dark Is Rising, FF7: Mercverse AU, Inception, and Star Trek: AOS)

Miscellaneous Fanfiction
(Currently includes: American Gods, An Ash-Blonde Witch, Arthurian Mythology, Batman, the Bible, the Black Jewels series, the Bourne trilogy, Captain America (MCU), Charlotte's Web, Code Geass, the Darkangel trilogy, Death Note, Discworld, Doctor Who, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Glee, Gormenghast, Hamilton, Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders, Howl's Moving Castle, Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, Lucifer, Mad Max: Fury Road, Merlin, the Oz books, Ranma 1/2, Rise of the Guardians, Sailor Moon, Saiyuki, Seaward, Shakespeare, White Collar, Wolf Hall, X-Men, and Yu-Gi-Oh!)

Crossover Fanfiction
(I do not cross-list crossovers and fusions under their component fandoms; this is the only place to find them. Currently includes: the Anita Blake series, ASoIaF, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Black Jewels series, BtVS, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chronicles of Narnia, the Darkangel trilogy, The Dark Is Rising, Discworld, Doctor Who, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Ender's Game, Gundam Wing, Harry Potter, Hikaru no Go, Homestuck, Inception, the Indiana Jones movies, Leverage, Lucifer, MCU (various), Merlin, Naruto, the Oz books, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: AOS, Vorkosigan Saga, Welcome to Night Vale, and a couple other things that only appear in memes rather than actual fic.)

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ORIGINAL FICTION:

These stories are all mine! *grin* I use the same warning policy and quality rating system as for my fanfiction.

All Original Fiction

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My various bingo cards: Cotton Candy Bingo, Round One; Cotton Candy Bingo, Round Two; and Daredevil Bingo, Round One.
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1. Applied to two jobs. One emailed back an interview request, and I have set up an appointment for Monday morning. It's not the most exciting job in the world, and is also sadly part-time rather than full-time, but hey, something is better than nothing! And it's always nice to get any kind of response after what feels like eons of sending applications into the void. I checked bus schedules to make sure I'll get there in plenty of time, and will poke around the company website tomorrow. (...I should also make sure my laptop is talking to my printer, since I'll want to bring some copies of my resume. Right. That goes on tomorrow's list.)

more items under cut )

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go drink some box wine. :)
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a small green bell pepper with a hand for size comparison


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Pepper update!

This one is off the weekly schedule because I just wanted to squee a little over all my tiny adorable actualfax peppers. They are SO CUTE!

The top photo is my early pepper, and the bottom three are peppers that started growing this week.

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L. E. Modesitt is a... 'guilty pleasure' is really not the right term, because that implies a level of active joy I don't get from his books. Semi-inexplicable fascination, perhaps? Yeah, let's go with that. Like, his protagonists are all slight shading variations on the same cardboard cutout, he is not a deep philosophical mind regardless of what he'd like you to think, he has what might as well be a fetish for including the letter Y in proper names, and he literally writes out sound-effects. But I do genuinely enjoy the parts of his books when he plays the show-my-research game about practical things like woodworking or road-building, and about half the time he does manage to hook me into vicariously enjoying the power-fantasy aspects of his work.

But man, he is so weird about such a lot of stuff. Like, he has a veneer of feminism? His books are very clear, on an explicit textual level, that toxic patriarchy and misogyny are bad. He also manages to extend the thought and say that any culture where one sex dominates and restricts the other is bad, because women are people rather than plaster saints. But he has a strong tendency to turn his male protagonists into living avatars of 'Not All Men' -- people are constantly telling them that most men are terrible but they're decent people, and obviously they keep getting in trouble because they're not acting like violent brutes. Which, uh. Undermines the explicit message. A lot.

I'm thinking of this mostly because I randomly reread Fall of Angels last week and was struck by the utter weirdness of telling a story about a majority female spaceship crew stranded in a patriarchal fantasy world and struggling to survive both the physical and social environmental hazards through the POV of the single surviving male crewmember. I didn't notice that the first time around because A) I was young, and B) all of the Recluce Saga novels are from male POVs (some interstitial chapters follow female characters, but always from third-person omniscient rather than third-person limited) so this seemed like an obvious extension of that pattern. But in retrospect, that's screwy, and the way all the female characters keep reassuring Nylan that he's Good and Special and Not Sexist comes off skeevier and skeevier the more it happens.

Anyway, I was at the library a few days ago and figured I'd see what Modesitt had been writing over the past decade or so, and I discovered that he'd finally written one Recluce book with a female protagonist! (That was in 2009. Then he promptly went back to the relentless male-centrism.) But Arms-Commander seemed like it might be worth reading to see how he handled female protagonists in this particular setting -- especially since it picks up the thread of that stranded spaceship crew about fifteen years down the road.

cut for length )
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That 21 questions Dreamwidth meme that's been going around, ganked from [personal profile] krait and [personal profile] the_rck:

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
Because I didn't trust LJ very much after Strikethrough and Boldthrough (though those incidents didn't affect me personally), and because I like the ethos of a site that supports itself through subscriptions to paid accounts rather than advertising. I also really like the split into a reading circle and an access list instead of automatically jamming both together into a 'friend' list. (I mean, I don't actually give access to anyone because all my posts are either completely public or locked to my eyes only, and I don't want to look like I'm playing favorites, but I appreciate the conceptual de-linking.)

2. Why did you choose your journal name?
When I got an LJ invite code in late 2003, I needed a name quickly and my fannish pen name (Elizabeth Culmer) was too long for the character limit. So I grabbed something thematically related to a little 15-minute ficlet I'd just written (and which had gotten me the notice of [personal profile] isis, the person handing out invite codes). I only realized much later that 'edenfalling' makes me sound like an evangelical Christian, which is a hilarious misrepresentation of my religious views. But I have worn the rough edges off my pseud over the years and by now would feel weird using anything else as a screen name.

3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
Yeah, I have an automatic crosspost to LJ set up, because I still have readers (and people I read) over there, though I think fewer than on DW by now. I also made sure that the posts on each site reciprocally auto-link to each other, because there are few things I find more frustrating than not being able to get 'there' from 'here'.

more questions under the cut )
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Stuff done Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday:

1. Worked more shifts at the church recycling sale: 9am-12pm on Sunday, and 10am-2pm on Monday. The sale runs three days, usually: Saturday is full price (subject to occasional negotiation), Sunday is half price, and Monday is bag day. This used to mean that every item was knocked down to 10 cents, but that proved inefficient for many reasons so a couple years ago we switched to a new policy: everything is 'free,' but please make a donation at the door as you leave. This both saves time and, somewhat ironically, earns us more money. :)

What staff do on Monday is sort of float around the various departments to help people find boxes and packing material, help them carry heavy loads to the door/their cars, and move things up from the floor to the display tables as items disappear. Then around 1pm, we start breaking down the tables and moving all unclaimed items down to the parlor for various disposal methods. Fabric scraps, for example, go to Sew Green. I believe books get passed on to the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Some things may go to the Salvation Army store. And a bunch just goes straight to the dump, because the cycle of reuse is not eternal.

Anyway, I floated mostly in housewares and the holiday/crafts room, I dismantled several plastic display tables and moved them to basement storage, and I helped pack and move stuff from both linens and holiday/crafts to the parlor. I also made off with the following items: two decorative cushions for my sofa and armchair, a short glass tumbler to replace the one I dropped on my kitchen floor last year, a backup Corningware grab-it bowl lid, a set of magnetic plastic clothespins for use in my kitchen, and a cheap-ass tiny electric sewing machine, complete with instruction manual. It only has the two bobbins and one needle currently attached (because somebody nabbed the box of spares that were meant to go with it), but I get really annoyed at hand-stitching hems and it's hard to argue with 'free' as an asking price. (I donated $5 for the lot.)

more items under cut )
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twelve pepper plants in terracotta pots and plastic windowboxes
twelve peppers, Monday, 22 August 2016


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Pepper update!

All twelve are doing well. There's only one of the mature plants that doesn't have any visible buds, flowers, or peppers (which I think is a squirrel repellent problem), and even it may develop some over the next week or two. The Lazarus pepper continues to grow, and even though it's about two months behind the others, it may yet bloom sometime this fall. :)

As you can see, the early flower has become a recognizable pepper, about the size of my thumb's distal phalange. Several other plants are blooming and two have even progressed to the fingertip-button stage of actualfax peppers. (I have no photos of those because they tend to come out blurry and useless.)

I rearranged the pots last week in anticipation of thunderstorms, and decided to leave them in the new configuration. (There is a hole in the gutter right over one of my kitchen windows, which can get overwhelming for plants too close to either the resulting waterfall or its backsplash.) Basically I took the two pots that used to form the center and right of the front row and moved them to extend the back and middle rows rightward. (This left only one pot in the front row, which I guess is not much of a row anymore. *wry*) The Lazarus plant is thus in less danger of getting knocked flat by water, and the tall plant that used to sit beside it is no longer in danger of soil leaching. Success all around!

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Stuff done so far today:

1. Worked two shifts at the recycling sale, both of them in the Holiday/Crafts room. (We jam the two categories together because neither can fill a room alone.) I now have a concrete schedule for what I will be doing Sunday and Monday: namely, Sunday I will staff Housewares from 9am-12pm, and Monday I will be sitting/standing outside to sort of generally keep an eye on things from 10am-2pm.

2. Poked around once I was relieved from duty, and bought a replacement wallet for when my current one falls apart, a box of Christmas cards so I won't have to spend twenty bucks on an identical product come November, and a replacement pajama t-shirt for when my current ones inevitably fall apart. (I am very particular about my pajama t-shirts.) This loot cost me all of $4, and since I found a five-dollar bill somebody forgot to remove from the wallet I just bought... :DDD

3. Hardboiled eight more eggs. I also started a batch of veggie sidedish plus chicken (and slightly tweaked spices) to which I will add rice around, oh, let's say 10pm. I feel very productive on the food front.

4. Applied to Not the IRS for the 2017 tax season.

5. Read and reviewed another Ladystuck Remix fic. I will defeat the archive in the end!

6. Narrowed NFE options down to three. I am leaning toward one of them, but I think I will wait on a final choice until I try some preliminary brainstorming/outlining for each tonight.

And now I am going to take a nap.
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Stuff done so far today:

1. Started a batch of veggie sidedish, which should be done around 10pm. I also hardboiled some eggs.

2. Volunteered for the church recycling sale. I am a little unclear what I will actually be doing, as the response got mangled by the coordinator's iPhone autocorrect -- it says, and I quote, "How about Saturday and housewares 830 to 11 or 11 to 2 or him and Sunday we could use some help monocot cashiering and Monday 10 to 2" -- but I will show up to work housewares tomorrow morning and hopefully get clarifications about the rest in person.

3. Started the application process for Not the IRS 2017 tax season... by which I mean I determined that the application website now supports Chrome (yay!) and put the three relevant positions into my job cart to deal with tomorrow.

4. Attempted a new method to combat depression-induced inertia and executive dysfunction, namely, in the morning I will text Vicky one or two things I want to do that day -- specific tasks, with clear endpoints -- and she will text me once or twice later on to remind me and/or ask if I've finished yet. I think this will be helpful, and may improve my productivity on other tasks as well because it's a lot easier to keep going after I get in a groove of doing stuff than it is to get started on that first task.

5. Cleared out the backlog of old reviews/comments I'd been avoiding because they required actual thoughtful responses.

6. Read and reviewed another Ladystuck Remix fic. This leaves me with three to go in the main collection, plus three in the treats collection (and the originals that inspired them). They're all really good stories, but there's a difference between reading just for the hell of it and reading with the intention of leaving a comment that says more than just, "Hey, I liked this."
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My list of writing projects, now that I'm done with Ladystuck Remix and WIP Big Bang:

1. Narnia Fic Exchange, due 8/31. I still haven't picked a prompt, let alone started writing. (This is what happens when all the options sound brilliant!) I will try to have something selected and outlined by Sunday. I may also be beta-reading for some other people.

2. Three Cotton Candy Bingo mini-ficlet prompt meme requests. (Tumblr mirror.) I'm stuck on the first one because I think it wants to be porn, and, well, me and porn? Not the greatest of friends. Also the terms of the prompt -- 'using the Sharingan after Sasuke came back' -- require me to deal with late Naruto canon, and I don't really want to put in the work to figure out a better resolution to Team 7's various emotional arcs. Nrgh. (I'd avoid the issue by setting it in the Tides AU, but I suspect I'd get hung up trying to make detailed plot outlines for the two sequels I never wrote.) On the other hand, if I'm writing straight-up porn, I don't really need to explain anything, right? The term PWP exists for a reason...

(FYI, you can still go make requests for the remaining three Cotton Candy prompts, either via a comment on Dreamwidth or via my Tumblr askbox. I will probably take several weeks to write the fic, but I won't forget.)

3. I have no idea if Remix Redux is actually happening this year. The mods made a preliminary announcement, and then... *crickets chirp*

4. Yuletide nominations will open in a few weeks. I should probably start thinking about that.

...Actually, let me hash that out right now. I will always make requests for The Dispossessed and The Lions of Al-Rassan if they're available, but do I care enough to use my nominations on them? The former, at least, seems to often get taken care of by other people, but I know the latter has vanished sometimes when I haven't nominated it myself. *ponders options* I think other people will probably take care of the Black Jewels series, and even nominate Karla because she's well-liked. (I still want my Karla-has-a-happy-lesbian-sex-life fic, dammit.) I want Syllva and Eryka to be character options for the Darkangel trilogy, so I'd better nominate them because I don't think anyone else will. I also think I might go for that Saga of the Skolian Empire prompt as well this year, so I'd better make sure Rocalisa is on the character list.

So if we still get three noms per person, it looks like I will be asking for Al-Rassan, the Darkangel triology, and the Skolians. Okay. Good. Now I can stop thinking about that. Back to my list of writing projects!

5. I got a Daredevil Bingo card. I am going to ignore it until at least mid-September. (You can claim specific prompts, though! Here is the information post (yes, it's the same post as my current Cotton Candy Bingo request meme) and you can leave me a prompt request via Dreamwidth comment or via Tumblr askbox. Just, you know, don't expect fast results.)

6. I should really finish the five remaining parts of "The Transient and the Eternal" now that I'm crossposting the extant component fics to AO3.

7. No, I have not forgotten about "Guardian." I never forget about any of my WIPs, even if I've ignored them for years. Trust me on this. :)

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