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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 have been reading through this year's Narnia Fic Exchange stories with great enjoyment. I am not done yet, even though there are only twenty-five of them. This is because I try to take more time with gift exchange fics, and leave thoughtful comments.

I think I do that partly as a sort of interest payment on my normal utter failure at leaving feedback ("kudos" and "like" options are a godsend, seriously), and partly because I know that I spend the anonymous portion of such fests twitchy and nervous, wondering if people will like my work without my name attached to it. I mean, not that I have all that much name recognition to start with, but I have a little simply by virtue of kicking around various fandoms for twelve years now. There is value in being a known quantity. And I figure that if I feel nervous, at least some other writers probably do too, so I want to say, "Yes, people are reading your work and responding positively!"

This can, of course, get tricky with some stories, depending on the subject matter and the writer's skill level, but there is always something you can pick out and say, "I liked this metaphor," or "I liked how happy everyone seemed," or "You got the melancholy mood across very clearly," or "I had never thought of X that way, but you have convinced me it's an interpretation worth examining," etcetera ad infinitum. And you just shut up and don't mention the parts that are Not Your Ship, Not Your Kink, Not Your Writing Style, or whatever, unless you know the writer is okay with concrit in a public arena... which, given that the stories are usually anonymous at the time, you have no way to be sure of. So be polite. :-)

(I guess this maybe sounds like I advocate fraudulent praise as payment for participation? That's not what I mean, though. My praise can be extremely selective in focus -- I would never deny that -- but if I say I liked an element of a story, I honestly mean that I liked that element.)
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Summary: Ekanu rides the wind, but not as a leaf. She is a bird, and will always return to her home. (300 words)

Note: Look, it's original fiction! \o/

So, okay, things I may not have mentioned about Ekanu. She does eventually end up in a stable relationship with Ain h'sut chung h'Ril of Pythas, but it's not a closed relationship. He stays in one place and raises their daughter, but Ekanu never stays put anywhere for more than a few years. And when they're apart from each other, it's understood that they can love as they will. (This is partly a Domaris cultural thing, and partly a personal negotiation.)

This freedom results in two "outside" sexual relationships on Ekanu's part: one with Jo├║ Shaha Vagyu, a fisherwoman of Rudara, which is a mostly coastal saltwater marsh country on the Inner Sea of Nivenos, and one with Refan sin Alar, an Akhite mystic living in Talstrom in the rural lands around the holy city of Ikhalla. There's also her ongoing relationship with Kadeotak, her old best friend/lover from the Ice, but that predates everyone else in her life -- yes, even Denifar -- so it's not really the same category.

Anyway, Ekanu is in her early forties in this ficlet. Refan is about ten years younger.

Migration of Souls )

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You know, I should really finish "Harvest" one of these days...
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Hey everybody! The Narnia Fic Exchange 2014 is now officially open! Stories will remain anonymous for a week so I cannot (yet) tell you what I wrote, but in the meantime let me direct your attention to the lovely gift I received. :-)

Diplomacy with Giants: When the Narnian rulers hear about giants killing their subjects Susan and Lucy must go investigate.

One of my requests was for Susan and Lucy to have an adventure together, and this fills that admirably! People who have different attitudes toward the world working together to watch each other's backs! Tense political standoffs! The aftermath of Jadis's century of oppression! An explanation for a much later bit of canon! Sisterly love! Really, what more do you want?

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In other news, the NFE Madness 2014 collection is still open. Peruse all the prompts, choose one you like, and write something! There is no minimum wordcount, and you have until next weekend to post your fic.

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And now I am off to read the rest of the stories in the main collection. :-D
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Summary: It's not safe to meet in person, to make these tiny, transient bubbles of illusory comfort. It's not safe, and it can't last. Rose/Jade/Dave, Alpha Timeline Fluff... for certain idiosyncratic values of fluff, anyway. (425 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

Who You Are in the Dark )

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Okay, now back to revising my NFE fic -- thank you very much to my betas, btw! -- and working on a super-sekrit project I can't talk about for a while. *evil grin*
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Summary: Who ever heard of a witch that really died? (250 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

They Do Not Always Like It )

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So yeah, that happened. Tiny Narnia finger exercise for the win? (Even if it does directly incorporate TLB, ugh. But hey, I am always in favor of making that book's ending even creepier, especially if all I have to do is point out aspects of his own creation that Lewis either forgot or preferred to gloss over. This is 100% canon-supported, you know!)
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NFE fic is done and posted! Victory is mine!! Mwahahahaha!!!

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Now I just have to edit the blasted thing before the collection goes live next week.

Hey, is anyone willing to help me out on that front? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, why did I pick this story idea for NFE? WHY??? I mean, it's a cool idea and I get to play around with lots of stuff I love (both as a writer and a reader), and it's good to stretch out of one's comfort zone, and I like to write things that are well over minimum wordcounts for challenges... but even so!

*glances over shoulder toward looming deadline, flees in panic*
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Some more noodling around for "Sunbright and Shadowfall," that Sleeping-Beauty-with-lesbians-and-world-conquest story I mentioned a while back. This is a moment from Shadowfall's childhood, before things go terribly wrong for her family. (600 words)

Paved with Love )

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The princess that Shadowfall's father mentions is Sunbright, by the way. Yes, she has a Sleeping Beauty curse. No, that is not the main point of her story. I did mention the whole "conquering the world" part, right? :-)
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1. I got a flu shot today! Thus far, I have not encountered any of the weird side effects I've had in some previous years -- I mean, my shoulder aches like somebody smashed it with a hammer, but that's normal and expected, so eh -- but one year my body didn't glitch out on my until about twelve hours after the shot, so... we shall see.

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2. In other news, there's a frost advisory for Tompkins County from 3am to 9am Friday morning. This is more relevant for areas up on the hilltops than areas down in the lake valley, but even so, I think I may bring my peppers in overnight. It would be a shame to lose them because of one bad night when the following week is forecast to be much warmer.

ETA: My peppers, back indoors:

peppers, temporarily indoors

They take up a lot more room these days!

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3. My parents, having arrived home on Monday, took two days to do laundry and readjust to American time, whereupon they packed their car (...okay, minivan, whatever) and headed back out west to Minnesota. They will arrive in Bemidji on Saturday the 20th, pick Vicky up from the airport, and all reach Star Island that afternoon. Vicky will stay with them for about a week, as I did back in August.

I will be heading down to NJ one last time on the 26th and 27th, to collect my parents' mail and send any relevant bills to them, care of the local marina. They intend to close the cabin around the 8th or 9th of October and pick up the Camry on their way home (at which point we will do lunch and I will make them help me take my AC out of the window for the winter), but if the weather turns nasty and/or very cold, they may leave up to a week sooner.

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