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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, 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, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Glee, Gormenghast, Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders, Howl's Moving Castle, Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, Lucifer, 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, 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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And just for my own reference: my Cotton Candy Bingo cards, for Round One and Round Two.
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Hey everyone! [livejournal.com profile] aishuu wrote a thing and dedicated it to me!

Proceed to Heaven: Every step Peter takes is toward Narnia even when he's forever cast from her blessed shores. This is a story of a different kind of love. (6,188 words)

As Aishuu says, this is a story that looks at Peter through the lens of 'Peter the Rock' and related imagery/allusions, while still viewing him as a person rather than an allegory. It's quiet and introspective -- no great outward battles, just conversations, family, friends, and a few paths not taken -- but Aishuu has a sure hand with both her theme and her words. Go read this!
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Summary: Rose said later that "I was really fucking bored" was insufficient explanation or indeed justification for the First Triennial Human/Troll Flashstepping Competition.

Note: This is a response to the "Leave me the first sentence of a fic and I will write the next five" meme, for [tumblr.com profile] madamehardy, who gave me the summary sentence as a prompt. I had a little trouble with verb tenses, so you get two ficlets for the price of one. :-)

Things To Do Post-Sburb When You're Bored, Take One )

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And then the other version!

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Things To Do Post-Sburb When You're Bored, Take Two )

I don't think those ficlets take place in exactly the same continuity -- Rose's participation level doesn't quite match up -- but they use the same implicit background of the various players all living together in some sort of communal housing.
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Snacky is also doing the "leave a sentence and I'll write the next five" meme over on Tumblr.

I left her this sentence: It was raining when Susan arrived in New York -- a hard, stinging rain, rushing ahead of the lightning that flickered and grumbled in the western distance beyond the Manhattan skyline.

She wrote a glorious ficlet about Susan a long time post-TLB, with a brilliant crossover idea that I'd never thought of before but which makes perfect sense and will make you squee in turn if you know the other series in question.

Here is the link to the fic!
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A couple memes from Tumblr, because why not. (Well, and because I want a place to archive an answer to the second meme, and as awkward as DW is for archiving, Tumblr is ten million times worse.)

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Mini-ficlet meme

Leave the first sentence of a fic in a comment and I will write the next five.

(May not be exactly five.)

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Fic-specific questions meme

Drop the title of one of my fics and a number in a comment, and I will tell you:

1. What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?
2. What's my favorite part of the fic?
3. What's the part of the fic I'm most proud of?
4. What part of the fic was the hardest for me to write?
5. What part of the fic am I still dissatisfied with?
6. Who's my favorite character in the fic?
7. Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
8. Was there anything I only learned about the fic after I had finished it? (themes, motifs, symbolism, etc)
9. Did anyone in the fic surprise me by doing anything? If so, what?
10. If I had to sum up this fic in a sentence, what would it be?
11. If I were to rewrite this fic, what would I change?
12. Did any thing about this fic's reception surprise me?
13. What were my beta's major comments about the first draft of this fic?
14. If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
15. Any other question about the fic!
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Oh right, it's that time of year again. :-) Here are the results from 2014, 2013 and 2012, for comparison purposes.

I currently have 359 stories posted on AO3, which is over twice as many as last year, about six times as many as in 2013, and about ten times as many as in 2012. As you can see, I finally got around to cross-posting a lot of my back-catalog. (I still haven't put up the Angel Sanctuary fics, nor the longer chaptered WIPs, but hey. Progress is progress!) I backdate all those old stories, so their hit and kudos counts remain relatively low.

With that said, here are my top ten stories on AO3, by hit count:

1. What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 12,707 [Naruto, remix]
2. Trollstuck - 4,910 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
3. Of Stone and of Sky - 3,923 [Homestuck, Ladystuck]
4. I Must Increase My Bust - 3,830 [Homestuck]
5. Four by Four - 3,507 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
6. Dreamers of the Day - 3,438 [Inception]
7. With a Vengeance - 3,026 [Naruto]
8. Weregild - 3,021 [Inception/Anita Blake, chaptered, WIP]
9. More Sins than Condemnation - 2,919 [Naruto]
10. A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love) - 2,848 [Star Trek: AOS, remix]

This is noticeably different from last year. "Of Stone and of Sky," posted January 2014, climbed all the way to number 3! (I am still not sure what's going on there.) "Four by Four" moved up because I posted a third chapter in December, and the two sidefics to "What Isn't Broken" rode their parent story's coattails back up the rankings, shoving a couple Homestuck fics down and off the list.

Meanwhile, "What Isn't Broken" has become even more disproportionately better-read than all my other stories on AO3. I've been tracking it with sort of bemused curiosity, and for the record, it passed 10,000 hits last October, and 12,000 hits on my birthday in February, which was a nice but trivial additional gift. *wry* It also dominates the kudos and bookmark lists.

On that note, here are my top ten stories by number of kudos )

I'm not going to do lists by number of bookmarks or comment threads, but I will say for the record that the bookmark list is pretty similar to the two lists I did write out in full. (The major difference there is the inclusion of The Way of the Apartment Manager at number 4, though backdating means that fic still languishes low on the hit count and kudos lists.) The comment list, on the other hand, pulls up some very different stories. That is entirely because of the Yuletide effect -- Yuletide being a fest with a culture of active commenting, perhaps as a holdover from its pre-kudos-button years, or perhaps because tiny fandoms of the heart inspire greater enthusiasm and a wish to communicate with others who also love your particular tiny and obscure sources of joy.
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A while back Dad sent me a link to the real estate listing for Ardis's old house -- the people who bought it after she died are now moving and therefore it's on the market again. It's weird to click through the photos, both because there's been extensive remodeling and because I know kinesthetically exactly how big the space isn't so the angles used to make the rooms feel bigger are VERY obvious.

The major changes are to the overall color scheme (a general shift from dark brown to light tan), removal of carpeting in favor of wood floors, and some landscaping alterations. The big tree in the front yard that made it impossible to keep a lawn seems to be gone, and there are little brick patios both beside the front door and in the back yard, complete with lawn furniture and a wooden trellis.

That last change led to the odd realization that I had never been into Grandpa and Ardis's back yard. I visited that house for over twenty-five years! And I never set so much as a toe out there. Not once. I couldn't even tell you what they did or didn't do by way of landscaping on that side of the house. All our visits were centered indoors.

Habit is a funny thing.
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Things I have done today:

1. Buy groceries.

2. Pot a baby spider plant, which I am going to inflict upon a coworker on Tuesday. (Hey, she specifically asked for it!)

3. Google a lot of penthouse apartment floorplans as part of the revision process for "The Law of Conservation of Mangrit." Attempt to sketch blueprints based on vague descriptions in the fic. Tear hair repeatedly in frustration. Realize yet again that I should never be an architect.

4. Finish reading The Age of Revolution and start reading The Age of Capital.

5. Read the proposed bylaw revisions that are up for approval in tomorrow's church meeting. Suddenly realize that I'm not sure if I still qualify as a voting member. (I didn't pledge last year or this year, on account of financial uncertainty, and I think I missed the congregational meeting last spring.) Shrug and hope for the best.

6. Agree to work more hours at Not the IRS on Monday.

7. Call my parents to catch up. Sympathize with my dad about his encyclopedia editing woes.

8. Walk into town twice, first because I had to return some library books and then later on because I just really wanted Chinese takeout for dinner.

9. Recharge my bus pass.

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I lead a boring life, and I like it that way. :-)
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The difference a day makes! (And by 'day,' I mean not even twenty-four hours. These photos are from ~10am on Thursday, April 9, and the previous set were taken at ~1:30pm on Wednesday, April 8.)

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four tiny pepper seedlings on Thursday, April 9; the one on the bottom left is still wearing its seed coat over its leaves

three plastic cups with pepper sprouts and one cup of plain dirt
three more tiny pepper seedlings, and one no-show on the bottom left

three plastic cups with pepper sprouts
and the last three tiny pepper seedlings, slowly uncrumpling and turning toward the sun

So far ten of eleven seeds in this batch have sprouted and are growing at a ridiculous pace.

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Gosh I love plants. :-D
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Here is the overview shot of all my potential peppers, plus the two closeups of the first batch, planted on March 15. They have grown since April 1, but the two seeds that hadn't sprouted then are still no-shows. In another few days, I'm going to empty the green plastic pot on the far left. (The other no-show is in the left-hand off-white pot, which had two seeds on account of being stupidly big for seedlings.)

all my potential peppers
all my potential peppers on Wednesday, April 8

seven pepper sprouts, left side of table
seven pepper sprouts (and two continuing no-shows)

eight pepper sprouts, right side of table
eight pepper sprouts

You may notice, in the overview shot, that the second batch of seeds -- planted on March 25 -- have started to sprout. They began to poke above the soil on Monday, April 6, two days before I expected any signs of life. I took the following photos around 1pm, right before I left for work, and the seedlings had visibly grown by the time I got home at 9:30pm. Very exciting!

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I love gardening. :-D

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