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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, Daredevil (MCU), 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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Ha, a third NFE story edited! *collapses*

I do enjoy editing -- it's an interesting change of pace from writing and just reading for fun -- but it takes a lot of concentration to do properly. Judging the line between "I think this reads awkwardly and should be rephrased" and "you must write passage X this way instead" is particularly tricky. I tend to rewrite shorter passages while noting that these are only suggested rephrasings (and often explaining the reason I made the change), whereas with long and complicated things I'm more likely to leave a note to the effect of, "Hey, I had problem Y while reading passage X and I think making a change of type Z would help resolve the issue." (And then of course sometimes I do rewrite long and complicate things -- maybe even several paragraphs in a row -- though in those cases I always leave an accompanying explanatory note. These are not hard and fast rules.)

It's always easier to edit in person, where you can just verbally explain to the writer what the problem with passage X is and offer several suggestions for how to solve it. In writing, I find that I tend to offer only one suggested solution, because writing out three variations is way too time-consuming. (I learned that lesson in high school, when I edited a research paper for my ex-boyfriend and my edits ran six pages long for a three-page paper. He was still laughing about that years later. *headdesk*)

Tuesday evening I will edit my own fic, which is both easier and harder than editing someone else's. Easier because I don't have to worry about explaining myself (nor worry about hurting anyone's feelings), and harder because one main point of editing is to shine a light into the writer's blind spots, and you can't exactly see your own blind spots. You have to work them out by inference and extrapolation from other people's past feedback. Anyway, once I've done a preliminary pass-through, I'm going to send the story to Vicky, who can see my blind spots and who knows she doesn't need to be nice when pointing them out. Sisters are useful that way. :D

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In other news, I was offered four extra hours at the health garage on Thursday. I have accepted them. Yay work! Yay money!
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I gave up on my NFE fic this afternoon and wrote a completely different story instead. In retrospect, I am not surprised at my complete and utter failure to make my first idea (or my second idea, or the blending of the two) work in any way, shape, or form. I will explain why in two weeks, after authors are revealed, but for now I'll just say there are reasons I treat a certain area of human life the way I do in fiction, and I should have known that attempting to approach that area from certain other perspectives would end in tears.

But hey, I did finish and post a fic! It's horribly rough, but the bones of the thing are sound and I have a week to bash it into better shape. I will count that as a victory.

(And I think I managed to be anonymous! I mean, I always think my writing is pretty obviously me -- I can spot my own vocal tics at a thousand paces -- but I was able to keep the obviously identifying details of my world-building out of the story, which is something I was very worried about for a long time.)
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Today I spent five hours working at my church's annual garage sale. I'd volunteered in a non-specific fashion ages ago, and earlier this week I got an email that was like, "Hey, non-specific volunteers, could you please be specific now? We need people to do [list of things] this coming weekend." And in a fit of temporary insanity, I said I would work 11am-4pm on Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday despite having several other things I need to do this weekend.

Apparently things got crazy enough that none of the last-minute volunteers actually got penciled in to the schedule, so when I arrived it took five minutes for anyone to figure out where I should go. But I ended up staffing the crafts & decor room (which is mostly fabric, beads, and endless Christmas knick-knacks) for five hours, which was not terribly exciting except when somebody dropped a bead kit and I had to pick up the contents and get them back inside. *sigh* I also spent a fair bit of time re-spooling ribbons.

I have no idea where they'll put me tomorrow. I suppose it will be an adventure.

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In other news, as of this evening I have beta'ed two people's NFE fics, and I would like to inform you all that if the rest of the collection lives up to their standards, we are in for a very good year. :D
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Another podcast, another pair of coloring book pages. :D

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And I finally managed one that doesn't include green! Not that I have anything against green -- green is a lovely color, and obviously goes well with pretty much anything -- but I was using it at least twice as often as any other color and that was starting to get silly.

Now I am going to kill another fifteen minutes before heading off to my blood donation appointment. It was actually scheduled for 12:30pm, but the Red Cross had some logistical issues setting up (and getting a supervisor on-site), so I was told to try coming in a bit later and see what happens. So I suppose I will see.

ETA: They were still in the final stage of setting up when I arrived, but they processed people through pretty quickly so I was done by 2pm and left the snack table by 2:10. Now I am eating another small snack (plus drink) at home, and will shortly brave the ominous thunder and dark western sky on my walk to work, blargh.

Ah well, rain and wind won't kill me.
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I ran out of sewing projects (or more accurately, I ran out of patience for sewing projects), so I have started using coloring books as the focus aid that lets me actually listen to podcasts instead of losing concentration about two minutes in.

I'm currently working through a set of geometric stained glass patterns, from a book by an A. G. Smith. I've finished seven and have seven still to go, which is at least three hours of listening time. Then I have a proper paper coloring book -- also geometric patterns -- which I think will be a colored pencil task rather than a marker task.

Anyway, I am going to share the colored pictures with the internet so I don't feel quite so much like I've been wasting my time with them. *wry*


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As you can see, I got a little better about even color application over time. (Also, I uploaded these to imgur rather than to tumblr, which means that the links should remain stable instead of breaking the next time tumblr staff decide to 'upgrade' their site.)
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Things I have done today:

1. Get a haircut.

2. Buy groceries.

3. Enroll in the Not the IRS tax prep course which starts mid-September.

4. Prune the daylights out of the shrubbery at the side of my house, which was encroaching heavily upon the driveway. If those suckers want to be trees, then I will make them ACT like trees and have no branches until at least eight feet up. *resolve face*

5. Start applying for a job at Not the IRS. (I haven't finished because I want Vicky to look over my cover letter for improvements. I am very bad at writing cover letters.)

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I don't feel completely wiped out by all that, either, which is nice! Having a regular job doesn't alter my physical energy levels one way or the other, but it does noticeably raise the amount of mental/emotional spoons I have on an average day -- and today is an average day, not one of those once-in-a-blue-moon 'I can do anything; watch me go!!!' days that I try to milk for all they're worth when they come around. I think it's a combination of reduced stress (less panicking over finances) and an external regulator for my schedule. I am terrible at internal motivation for... well, pretty much everything... so having an externally imposed framework around my days is a godsend. It keeps me anchored to time instead of drifting off into the vast untethered gray wilderness.

(I've been trying to anchor myself a little by walking to Cascadilla Creek and taking a picture from the Tioga St. bridge every day, which has been helpful, but that's not the same as an actual 'be at Place X at Time Y' job requirement.)
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Ultimate Fanfic Trope Showdown, where twenty-eight narrative tropes fight it out to see which ones you love best. :D

My results are as follows:

1. Found Families
2. Loyalty Kink
3. Role Reversal AU
4. Soulmate Identifying Marks: Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc
5. Enemies to Friends to Lovers
6. Rivalmancy
7. Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
8. Friends to Lovers
9. Espionage AU
10. Age Difference (possibly due to time travel)
10. Vampires/Werewolves AU
the rest of the list and some thoughts )

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In other news I got a haircut today. I really should have gotten it trimmed last weekend, but my trip to New Jersey precluded that and so I suffered through excessive shagginess this past week. My life: so hard.

(The annoying thing about short hair is that you notice relatively minor length differences a lot more than you do when your hair is already halfway down your back. The nice thing about short hair, though, is that it is so easy to deal with in the morning. I mean, I have started having vague thoughts about, 'hey, what if long hair and ponytails and braids...?' again, but they are still extremely vague and half-hearted even though this is the longest I've gone with short hair since, uh, ever. I dunno if they'll come to much of anything or if I'll settle into a more permanent hairstyle.)
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Oh hey, looks like this one is going around again. :-)

I currently have 387 works archived on AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 387 (the first thing I posted*), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it!

*Technically this is not true, because backdating, but it is the oldest work which is the relevant point.

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#187: "Blueprints" [Inception]

#259 and #144: "What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed)" [Naruto] and "Narutostuck: The Mother of Necessity" [Homestuck/Naruto fusion]

#227 and #27: "Bluebell" [fairy-tale retelling] and "Mycophilia" [Homestuck]

#167: "Dreams From My Mother" [Black Jewels]

#184: "Lives by Mending" [Darkangel Trilogy]

#66: "Small Favors" [Naruto, specifically the 'Apartment Manager' AU]

#221: "Everything Ends" [Doctor Who with elements from Ender's Game]

#198: "Sparkly Rainbow Blood" [Homestuck]
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I know exactly what I want to write for my NFE fic -- I have the characters, I have the subject of discussion, I have the ending (...ish), but I cannot for the life of me figure out where the story needs to start. Every single thing I've tried just fizzles out in a sputter of futility. And that's if it even stands up long enough to make it from my brain to the page!

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In summary, BEARS.

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