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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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December 20: favorite holiday traditions (for [personal profile] musesfool) [Tumblr crosspost]

My family doesn't have very many holiday traditions, so I guess I'll just list what I remember.

The only holidays that qualify are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, and maybe birthdays? Vicky and I both quit having parties around thirteen or fourteen years old, and since then Mom and Dad take us out for a nice dinner instead. It used to be all four of us, but since Vicky lives in DC and I live in Ithaca, that's not practical these days. And if either of us happens to be visiting our parents near one of their birthdays, we join the dinner party at whatever restaurant the birthday-haver picks.

They also go out for a nice dinner on their wedding anniversary, which I suppose counts as a tradition after forty years. :-)

Thanksgiving is always the four of us, occasionally with guests. If there are guests, I get drafted to say grace before the meal. I'm not entirely sure why that became my responsibility, but I don't mind it. For the past decade or so, we've tended to do a blind wine tasting. That started because I live in a wine-producing region, which has lots of little touristy vineyards. We pick two or three Rieslings over the year and do the tasting on Thanksgiving afternoon, then drink the rest of the wine with Thanksgiving dinner. Mom has also decided that touring vineyards is a good way to occupy the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; this is easier if we're doing the holiday at my apartment, but New Jersey has some actual wineries these days so it works there too.

For Christmas, Mom still tends to hang stockings for me and Vicky on her mantel, though we have told her several times that we are grown women and it feels silly. I think she's indulging in nostalgia. We open presents between 9am and noon on Christmas day; the time depends on whether we eat breakfast first. Sometimes we've done the open-one-gift on Christmas Eve thing, but not consistently. Unlike Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner doesn't have a set menu, though we've gravitated toward bacon-wrapped steak for the main dish.

When Vicky and I were kids, Christmas was the go-visit-relatives holiday. We often ended up having three or four Christmasses, spread over the course of a week: with Grandmother Ruth in the Twin Cities, with Grandpa and Ardis a few miles away in a different suburb of St. Paul, with Granddad and Grandma Doris in Iowa, and on our own back home in New Jersey. All my grandparents are dead now, but this year we're doing Christmas in DC so I suppose the family roadtrip is making a resurgence as a tradition -- though at least this version is saner than piling four people plus dog into a minivan and driving twenty-odd hours nonstop from New Jersey to western Iowa, which we did a few times after both Vicky and I had our driver's licenses. *wry*

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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Ha, victory! I knew once I actually sat down to write the damn fic, it would come fairly quickly, and I was right -- I wrote the whole thing in under twelve hours. The POV ended up switched to the other main character, and the plot arc took some unexpected minor swerves, but this is about 85% the story I intended to write, and that's a better outline-to-story accuracy rate than I usually get.

I need to get it edited, of course, but the main point is that there is something to edit.

(On that note, does anyone want to beta a short fic about what happened to a couple people after the end of their canon story? The book in question is obscure, but I can provide a canon synopsis and what I mostly need to know is if I adequately signaled a few things within my fic, and that requires no canon knowledge whatsoever.)
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December 19: mapping worlds and fandoms, cont'd (for [livejournal.com profile] joyeuce01) [Tumblr crosspost]

I talked about mapping fandoms (or, more accurately, NOT mapping them) yesterday. Today I am going to talk about mapping original secondary worlds.

The short answer is, I do this a lot. Not always! I have written stories which, as with my fanfiction, have only verbal geographies. I have a bunch of projects I started to map but never got further than a preliminary sketch. And I have a bunch of maps that don't have proper stories attached to them. (Yet, anyway.) But I love maps, so I am going to show you every map I currently have at hand, and explain them at such length you will probably give up and click away from this post in despair before I am halfway through.

*ominous smile*

Let's start with Kerr!

cut for images and length )

(I think I am just going to continue this topic for any day I don't have an assigned topic. Like I said, I have a lot of maps and a lot of words to say about them!)

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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December 18: mapping worlds and fandoms (for [livejournal.com profile] joyeuce01) [Tumblr crosspost]

Heh. This one requires some visual aids, I think. :-)

(I am assuming you mean physical maps, by the way, not social maps.)

I don't draw maps for my fanfiction work. The closest I've come is a seating diagram for the Great Hall in Hogwarts (did you know it changed between the first book and the later series?), a terrible architectural sketch of Ayakawa Yukiko's apartment building, and a vague attempt at assigning locations to a few buildings in Konoha.

Here are the two HP seating diagrams:






Here is an illustration of why I should never be an architect:



FYI, the section labeled A-D and the section labeled G-J both go up to the 7th story. The E-F section stops on the 5th or 6th story, which is why there are two staircases. The water tower sits between the front and back sections, and that little area is where Yukiko sometimes goes to get a bit of privacy. (IIRC, her own apartment and office are the E and F units on the 1st floor -- aka the ground floor, for Europeans.) The only time I really bothered to dig up and reference this diagram was when I had to assign Sasuke an apartment number.

And here is a terrible and probably incompatible with canon sketch of Konoha at large, which I don't think I have ever actually used as a writing aid:



I do have some ideas about 'what goes where' when it comes to parts of the Narnian world that aren't on any of the (incredibly implausible) maps of dubious canonicity, but they're entirely held in my head or in verbal form -- you can read my first Thoughts on Calormen post to see what I mean. I have made a similarly verbal attempt to rationalize Kaori Yuki's contradictory statements about the geography of Heaven and Hell in Angel Sanctuary, but again, that's not a map.

Original work is a different question entirely... and in fact requires so many illustrations that I am still in the process of scanning and/or photographing stuff and haven't even begun uploading things to Imgur. So I'm going to talk about that tomorrow, since I don't currently have an assigned topic for the 19th. Serendipity! :-)

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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(FYI, I am swapping the prompts for the 17th and 18th, because the original prompt for today requires a lot of illustration and I'm not done pulling the images together.)

December 17: what makes a crossover work/not work? (for [personal profile] transposable_element) [Tumblr crosspost]

The most important thing is that you must not make the characters of any fandom hold the Idiot Ball compared to the characters of any other fandom. Presumably they are all competent people. Let them be competent! This is even more important than power differentials. It may seem impossible to jam together a canon where people can casually blow up planets with a canon that has no fantasy or sci-fi elements at all -- and I agree that that would be very difficult! -- but if you let the unpowered people react like actual people would react in that situation, and let them work to find ways to deal with their relative limitations, you can still get a cool story out of the scenario. This goes for jamming together low-magic fantasy worlds with, say, sufficiently-advanced-technology science-fiction worlds as well. If you respect the characters, everything else can be hammered into functionality with enough time and handwaving. If you don't respect the characters, you're sunk.

(The exception is a crossover written specifically to argue that everyone in Canon A is useless and stupid, and the people in Canon B could fix Canon A's problems in five minutes, but I find those are a very disposable sort of fic: perhaps mildly enjoyable the first time, but with no reread value whatsoever. Also you're going to piss off at least half your likely audience, which is a stupid move.)

Another thing to consider is the kind of crossover you're writing. There are numerous options. Perhaps both canons have always existed in the same world. This can be fairly simple -- say, a cop show and a doctor show both set nominally in modern-day Earth. Or it can be trickier -- say, a modern Earth-like world with superheroes and a high fantasy secondary world with three moons and a red-giant sun -- in which case you have to decide which world is the dominant setting, and how much of the other world you want to retain for flavor. Perhaps your chosen canons have suddenly merged, two radically different worlds smashing into each other; that will certainly provide fodder for exciting plots! Perhaps characters from one canon travel to the other canon, which will have different effects depending on which canon contained the transport Macguffin. Perhaps the characters from Canon A take the places of the characters from Canon B, and act out the plot of Canon B with minor adjustments for their own quirks... or act out the plot of Canon A with minor adjustments for the world-building of Canon B. (Those are typically known as fusions, IIRC.)

Dimension-travel and dimension-merge crossovers don't work very well with non-fantastical canons, unless the story is about the mechanism behind the portal or merge and its aftereffects on the suddenly connected canons. On the other hand, always-the-same-world crossovers can be tricky to sell if your canons have sufficiently different rules of 'magic' -- for example, Doctor Who, the various Star Trek series, and the Stargate franchise all disagree profoundly about interstellar travel methods, the future history of Earth, and the nature of alien life in our galaxy; making them coexist in the same universe takes a LOT of handwaving. (Oddly enough, it is often easier to merge a fantasy canon and a sci-fi canon than to merge two sci-fi canons or two fantasy canons. Their rules are less likely to be in direct conflict.) So you should consider your canons carefully before deciding what type of crossover you want to write.

But those are just suggestions. So long as you keep the characters competent (or funny, I suppose, if you're using a comedy canon) and let them react to the crossover canon in ways that feel in-character, you can smash anything together. Some combinations may not be very sane or sensible, but hey, if we can't go nuts and reach for the moon now and then, what are we even in fandom for? *grin*

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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December 16: Talk about your favourite themes/tropes! Which do you like to read, write, or both? Do your preferences change when it's fanfic versus profiction? Which themes do you think you've handled well, or do you want to try in future? (for [personal profile] krait) [Tumblr crosspost]

Hmm. I don't know if they're tropes, exactly, but I find myself constantly writing about people wrestling with ethical dilemmas and questions about morality in general, about people dealing with the lived experience of religion, and about people creating and navigating networks of social relationships. I'm very big on friendship and family. I like fairy-tale elements. I like to write about people who have everyday lives that keep rolling onward regardless of whatever big plot arcs are happening. I like to design cultures on both material and ideological levels.

I think I said once that you can summarize my habitual story arc as follows: a person attempts to balance their own needs and desires against the needs and desires of their community, and learns things about themself in the process. Sometimes it has a happy ending, sometimes less so, but you can map a LOT of my work onto that general structure.

What I like to read leans more toward action/adventure, though preferably with a high degree of character development and interaction, and interesting and detailed world-building. But I am all about exciting plots. I want stuff to happen. Heck, I want stuff to explode. I want whole galaxies to explode! (Which is funny, given how internally focused my own writing can be, but I am large; I contain multitudes. *grin*) I also have a soft spot for stories that run on fairy-tale or dream logic, with elegant prose.

I would actually like to write more action/adventure stories, with swordfights and battle magic and huge dramatic challenges and consequences, but the thing about that kind of story is that they run long, and I am so very bad at time management that I prefer not to start something that will require that kind of commitment. (Except when I do it by accident, of course. *headdesk*)

I think my fanfic and profic tastes are fairly similar: action/adventure and emotional realism, with a sideline in lucid dreaming, and gen is almost always more interesting than sex. The main difference is that I'm willing to cut fanfic a lot more ethical slack, because it's often an id-tastic reaction to canon rather than something trying to create an ethically coherent secondary reality. So I can cheerfully enjoy fics where characters are serial killers, or other extremely messed-up scenarios, which I would side-eye with extreme wariness if they were original works.

As for things I want to try in the future... *bites lip* I'm going to cut this because it's a little embarrassing ) And it is terrifyingly easy to lose control of stories which cut that close to one's own id vortex.

(You may notice that those story ideas still include ethics and religion and social networks and stuff -- it's not like my other ingrained obsessions go away just because I'm indulging a different one -- but there are a lot more big dramatic outward gestures to balance the inward reflections.)

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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December 15: how do you sustain writing over a long period of time, for example: the guardian in spite of herself? (for anonymous) [Tumblr crosspost]

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure! I certainly don't keep stories constantly 'alive' at the same level of interest in my head for the entire stretch, but if there was a big enough spark at the beginning to create a story I bothered to world-build and outline and get at least a few thousand words into, I have thus far always been able to dredge that up again with a bit of time and attention, even years later. It may simply be the fact that they're incomplete. Unfinished things nag at me; somewhere in the background of my mind, I'm always turning them over and wondering what happens next.

On a purely technical level, I keep outlines and timelines and background world-building files, so I can refresh my memory on the details that inevitably slip away when a story is on hiatus. It always pays to write stuff down, even things you're sure you couldn't possibly forget. Because trust me, you will forget them. *wry*

Tangentially, I've been lucky not to run into a problem I've seen disrupt other writers, where incessant reader interest and demands for updates turn a beloved story into a chore. This is mostly because I don't receive a lot of those reviews, which may be related to the kind of stories I tend to write, or may be related to my deliberately low-key fandom presence. Additionally, I turn writing into a chore purely on my own -- for various and sundry reasons, I treat a publicly posted chapter as an implicit promise that I will finish a story, however long it takes and however little anyone may care by the time I reach the end -- so outside expectations only add a little to a weight that already exists instead of creating pressure out of nowhere. I have gotten choosier about posting unfinished stuff over my years in fandom because I don't want to box myself in with too many of those promises, just in case.

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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1. This afternoon I applied for health insurance via New York's state health exchange website. Turns out I am eligible for Medicaid -- big surprise, given my current finances. I have written down the number to call when I get another job and am not, you know, slowly eating up my savings.

I had to call my current insurance provider to get some information the exchange wanted but which was not printed on my insurance card. That was kind of annoying, but the operator I got was very nice and helpful so aside from the terrible crackly hold music, the experience was largely painless.

I am not completely clear on how my newly acquired Medicaid is meant to work. Presumably I get a card in the mail or something, and then have to make sure I only go to health providers who accept Medicaid? I dunno, if I haven't received anything by January I'll call until I find someone who will explain stuff coherently.

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2. Today is my first training session for the H&R Block receptionist-by-any-other-name job. There are three of them -- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, each 6-9pm out near the mall. So I can catch the #13 bus there, but I'll have to take the #30 bus back and then walk a mile from the Commons to my house because the #13 makes its last inbound trip at 6:30pm. Oh well, walking is good for me. I think this scenario will hold for any shifts I get at either of the mall-adjacent offices. The one down on S. Meadow St., on the other hand, may be trickier. I mean, I could walk there and back, but it would take roughly 45 minutes each way. And there is a bus, but I'd have to walk into town to catch it, and I'm not sure when the last inbound trip is on that route.

I'm nervous, of course. New things are always a little fraught. But hey, I am an intelligent person and I give good customer service. Everything will work out fine. (Also, they are paying me for the training. The pay is peanuts, but still. Earned income!)

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3. I am still thrashing my way through the maze of "oh god presents, what do???" but I have at least learned several things NOT to buy for various people, because other people have already bought the items in question. So, you know, progress! *sigh*
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back to part 43

Trollstuck: Make Her Pay, part 44 )

Hey look, I'm still working on this story! We are inching ever-closer to a hopefully dramatic conclusion. :-)

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