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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 date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations.

Warning Policy: Any story with explicit sex or other potentially problematic content (mostly death, torture, or various forms of psychological, familial, or societal dysfunction) will be marked as such; otherwise all stories are equivalent to PG-13 at most -- i.e., there may be some darkness, violence, or mentions of sex, but it will either be off-page or non-explicit. I do not use any content rating system unless I am posting to a site or community that requires or encourages ratings, because I think movie-style ratings are counterintuitive when applied to written fiction, and because I have never found ratings particularly useful for anything other than denoting the presence of explicit sex, which I am already warning for.

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, 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, The Dark Is Rising, FF7: Mercverse AU, Inception, and Star Trek: AOS)

Miscellaneous Fanfiction
(currently includes American Gods, Batman, the Bible, the Black Jewels series, the Bourne trilogy, Captain America, Code Geass, The Darkangel, Death Note, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Glee, Gormenghast, Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders, Labyrinth, Lucifer, Merlin, Ranma 1/2, Rise of the Guardians, Saiyuki, Seaward, Wolf Hall, X-Men, and Yu-Gi-Oh!)

Crossover Fanfiction
(I do not cross-list crossovers under their component fandoms; this is the only place to find them)

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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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And just for my own reference: my Cotton Candy Bingo cards, for Round One and Round Two.
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I left Madison at 3:30pm and arrived in Ithaca at 7:30pm. The drive went very smoothly; even the stretches of road with heavy traffic were moving, which one cannot take for granted. I have put away all my stuff and checked on my peppers which are still doing fine... and now I am kind of mopey because my apartment feels empty without Dottie, even though she was only here for two weeks. *sigh*

Tomorrow morning I have another reemployment services workshop -- this one is about interviews, and how to come off looking like a person anyone would be stupid NOT to hire. Then on Friday I'm attending another workshop on civil service jobs. I have no particular feelings about civil service departments one way or another, but it's good to know what the options are and apparently there's a lot of hiring rigmarole involved. Tests and stuff, I think. So I am going to become Informed On The Topic. :-)
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I got on the road at 10:15am and arrived in Madison at 2:45pm, which is not the best time I've ever made, but not bad at all considering I had to walk Dottie at every stop and there were some construction delays around Binghamton and Scranton. Dottie was thrilled to be home, but shortly realized that my parents weren't here waiting for her. She then got onto the back porch, climbed onto a table, set her paws on the windowsill, and stared disconsolately toward the garage where their car mysteriously failed to appear. :-(

I have fed her, walked her, and played her own particular variation of "fetch" with her (the trick is that she won't bring the toy to you; it's as much a game of "tag" as anything), and she is now sitting on my lap as I'm typing these words, soaking up the comfort of human contact even if it's not the contact she really wants.

My parents' flight was delayed leaving London, so instead of landing shortly after 9pm, they are now forecast to land shortly after 10pm. They will call once they exit the plane, at which point I will get into the car and start driving. With a bit of luck, their time in customs and baggage claim will match my time in transit, and we will meet outside Terminal B. Failing that, I can just circle the airport and try again. *wry*

I have washed two loads of laundry, one of which is now dry and one of which is currently in the dryer. The third load -- all my linens, basically -- is in the wash. And a bunch of shirts and pants are hung up on drying racks or hangers and should be ready to pack tomorrow.

I believe the plan is for Mom, Dad, and I to go out for breakfast -- or maybe just do a sit-down meal with pancakes and bacon? A proper "family meal" of some sort, anyway. So Susan and I have agreed to meet for lunch at 1pm at the sushi place by the bowling alley, near the border between Madison and Chatham. I will avoid ordering anything with raw cucumber or avocado, and will bring a couple Benadryl in case I want to live dangerously and sample something from Susan's plate that I'm allergic to. (I do like sushi, but my raw vegetable allergies -- and particularly my avocado allergy -- restrict my options a LOT.)

And now I am going to kill time for four hours until I get a phone call summoning me to my chariot. :-)

Porchfest!

Sep. 14th, 2014 08:17 pm
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In the event, I did not work on the watercolor. (Nor am I going to tonight. I'm tired and intend to pack in early since I am driving to NJ tomorrow.)

Instead, I went to Porchfest. The fest has gotten bigger each year so far, so they keep playing around with the format. This year there were six performance time slots: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Each porch owner could volunteer their space for as many or as few slots as they liked. This helps keep people moving around (and thus potentially stumbling over acts they weren't intending to see but enjoy anyway) and also, I think, helps ensure that performers aren't too close to each other, which has sometimes been a problem in the past.

I took Dottie out for a walk at 12:30pm, stopped and listened to four groups en route, and returned home shortly before 2pm. I had lunch while the first group started performing on my front porch, then took Dottie outside at 2:30pm to listen. We stayed through the end of that group and the entirety of the second group -- so until 4pm -- at which point there was a logistically complicated switch and I took the chance to sneak inside for a drink and other sundry tasks, after which I returned to the front sidewalk and listened to the third group perform.

Dottie got nothing out of the music, but she did cadge a lot of snacks from people who thought she was adorable. (To be fair, she is adorable.) She also was not thrilled about the influx of strangers in what she is coming to consider "her" territory, but she only barked during the applause after songs, so that ended up all right. *wry*
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The colored pencil illustration is finished, scanned, and cut to remove the spiral notebook binding wire at the top of the image. Tomorrow I think I will try to finish and scan the watercolor. Then, on Tuesday, I will install GIMP and see about tidying them up a little... and after that, I can finish writing the accompanying text.

(Monday I will be driving down to NJ to return Dottie, pick up my parents from the airport, and hopefully see Susan either that afternoon or Tuesday morning.)

Progress!
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Somebody has been setting off firecrackers across the street and I am now typing this one-handed due to unexpected armful of quivering dog.

There there, Dottie. It's all right. I won't let the evil noises hurt you.

<3
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vandalized pepper 01

vandalized pepper 02


Some animal bit one of my baby peppers off its stem yesterday. I have no idea what happened to that one... but the same animal or one of its compatriots in crime bit off another pepper this afternoon, and I found that one half-buried in the soil of a neighboring pot.

I brought it in, washed it, and stuck it in the fridge for the moment. I’m not sure what to do with it, really. It’s nowhere near ripe, and it’s tiny. Also covered in tooth-marks.

But hey, look, I have a pepper. *wry*
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I have now posted all my non-Apartment Manager AU Naruto fic to AO3. Go me!

I don't want to post the Apartment Manager sidefics until I've posted the existing chapters of "Guardian," because I would like "Guardian" to directly follow "Apartment Manager" in that series... and I don't want to start posting "Guardian" until I have a new chapter written. (This is the same reason I haven't crossposted "The Courting Dance" yet, just FYI.) So I'm going to keep sitting on that for a while.

*frowns thoughtfully at to-do list*

I should get back to work on the art for the next section of "Trollstuck," come to think of it. I have a pencil, I have references, and I have explicitly told people not to expect decent quality pictures from me, so what is holding me up? Nothing but inertia!

Well, okay, and some uncertainty about how to deal with images now that I have a different computer so scans won't dump directly into the program I'm used to manipulating, which was an HP photo editor. I think at the moment the only art program I have is MS Paint, which is... not helpful for correcting stuff like fuzzy scans.

Hmm. I specifically got a GIMP "our program is awesome and here are some tricks!!!" magazine as one of my weekly freebies earlier this year, and I think, maybe... yeah, it has a CD included. So yeah, I will see what I can do with that.

In the meantime, I still have a pencil. :-)

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ETA, 11:45pm: Okay, the pencil sketch has gone from "vague outline" to "okay, now I just need to trace this over in ink and erase the scribbly stuff." Or maybe I will stick with colored pencils? You know, I think I am in a colored pencil mood. I will do that tomorrow.

And then, back to the full-page watercolor project! *evil laughter*

(This section has a lot of art, because of Reasons.)
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1. This week I have attended two workshops at the reemployment center. One was on job goals and training and education and certifications in general, aimed toward people who are trying to switch career tracks (which I am; I would prefer not to go back to retail), and the other was a specific introduction to an online training database. I have signed up to get an account on that database, but bureaucracy being what it is, that will take a couple weeks. *sigh*

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2. Sunday is Porchfest, and once again Downstairs Neighbor S has signed our house up as a stage. The schedule and map aren't up quite yet, but I have scrolled down through the full list of musicians (which also lists performance times and locations), and I believe we will be hosting three sets: one each at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

This is good because it means I can attend the activities fair after church and still get home in time to reassure Dottie before the music starts. (I will probably have to go in through my back door, though, since I suspect the porch will already be covered in extension cords and other paraphernalia.)

I may take Dottie out to experience some of the music, since I think she will react to that better than to being stuck indoors in a place that is "not hers" with loud music playing right on the other side of the wall.

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3. My parents had to adjust their schedule by a couple days, because of an impending Air France strike. They will leave Morocco on Saturday rather than Monday, and spend the intervening time in London doing who knows what. Well, there is a lot of stuff to do in London. I am sure they will think of something. It probably won't be as cool as visiting Marrakesh, but eh, you can't win 'em all.
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It’s time for another dilettante tabletop gardening photoset!

my tabletop garden
All of my peppers, Sunday 9/7/2014


I have accepted that not all of my pepper plants are going to produce peppers. The two in the gray circular plastic pots got their buds knocked off and have not regrown any. The one in the lime-green plastic pot is the one that went all funny at the growing top, probably from a pesticide overdose. (It also used to be in a terracotta pot, but it either fell or was knocked over a couple days ago and the pot broke. I repotted it before it could dry out, but the shock didn’t do it any favors.)

But setting aside those failures, I have four plants that are currently growing peppers, one that is currently in bloom, one that has a couple visible buds, and a bonsai pepper that may yet surprise me! So you know, all in all I have not done too badly.

Next year I am going to plant my seeds in March, though, and apply anti-squirrel measures from the moment I move the seedlings outdoors. I would like my plants to be a bit further along by this time of year, because regardless of Ithaca’s lake valley microclimate effect, you never can trust the weather. *sigh*

more pictures behind the cut! )

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In other news, today was Sundae Sunday -- aka, the first regular church service after summer's end. It also doubles as our Water Communion celebration.

Services this fall and winter will be a little odd, since our minister announced his retirement quite abruptly earlier this year and will not be giving many (maybe not any?) of the sermons. I believe the plan is to do a lot of congregational soul-searching, since this is the second... um... irregular ministerial job termination we've had in the past decade.

I think the main problem is that the old long-term minister who retired in the later 1990s got a lot of congregants used to really exciting and well-delivered sermons. Then, for inexplicable reasons, the next two ministers called -- Rev. Sears and Rev. Grimm -- were fairly pedestrian and/or repetitive preachers. This created an obvious source of tension. (In Rev. Sears's case there was also, IIRC, some conflict with the office staff. I personally liked Rev. Sears a lot, but that may have been because he was really into campus outreach and small group ministry, so I got to know him by talking with him on a personal level instead of listening to him talk at me on Sunday mornings. I was not attending services at that time.)

I have not been much involved in these issues, since my main point of contact with the church has been the RE program and thus the quality of weekly sermons was irrelevant to my spiritual life. But since I'm not teaching this year, and since I would like to stop being embarrassed by my congregation's high maintenance reputation, I think I will try to attend more congregational meetings and so-on -- if only to keep a finger on the search committee's progress.

*crosses fingers, hopes for minimal idiocy and circular arguments*

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