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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, 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, Sailor Moon, 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 said I'd report back, so here is the report:

What I did was take three chicken thighs, one green bell pepper, one medium-sized onion, and about half of a 28oz. can of diced tomatoes, put them in the crockpot, and add one Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic packet and about a quarter of a bottle of white wine. Then I cooked the whole mess for a little over nine hours, mostly on low.

If I do this again, I will drain some of the tomato juice into the sink rather than put it in the pot, and probably use a little less wine, since the resulting sauce was a bit more watery than I'd really prefer. I might also add a smidge of cumin and/or chili powder for increased flavor. But it tasted fine on top of some elbow noodles for dinner last night. :-)
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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Sandedge: Unfortunately, when you turn around, you realize the cave was already occupied. Fortunately, the occupant can be reasoned with. (The Dolorosa meets the Disciple.) [1,325 words]

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This is a treat written for [archiveofourown.org profile] ratherrumpus, who asked for an exploration of the Dolorosa's relationship with the Disciple. It's kind of a sequel to an unwritten story about the Disciple's early childhood that I've been struggling with for over a year. That fic would start with a tiny, nameless, feral troll girl slowly and warily getting domesticated by the abbess of Sandedge, and end with her flight into the desert after the abbey's destruction. I'm not sure I'll ever figure out how to write that story, so it was nice to have a chance to pick up some of the background work and repurpose it in a slightly more hopeful setting.

The fic is part of my Ancestral Nights continuity, though I obviously couldn't add it to that series while the Ladystuck archives were still anonymous.

And now for a trivia note! I've mentioned the Sandedge spaceport twice in Trollstuck: Make Her Pay -- once as the location of a fight between the Summoner and the Grand Highblood, and once as a line in a wiggler rhyme that Vriska uses to disrupt Davven's thoughts and dialogue. So it's part of my general headcanon about the Ancestors and Alternia, though I haven't had a chance to explore it in detail, either as a spaceport or an abbey.
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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The Rule of Threes: The day Aradia Megido arrived in New York, three important things happened, though she only noted two at the time. [1,375 words]

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This is a treat, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] ChameleonSerket. They requested a humanstuck modern magic AU with the following elements:

-Aradia, a hedgewitch in a small town with a talent for fortune telling and prediction, moves to a big seaside city to seek fame and fortune (or something like that anyway).
-Feferi, a very rich noble who is the most powerful seawitch that has been seen for decades.
-Jade, a mysterious witch living in Aradia's apartment block who may or may not have space altering powers.
-Finally, Rose who is a seer plagued by horrible rage filled episodes (possession?) with an affinity for both light and dark magics.


I didn't get Feferi on-page, but I managed the rest. As with "The Moons of Skaia," there's a much larger story I didn't have time to write -- in a very real sense, "The Rule of Threes" acts as the opening chapter for that unwritten fic. And again, maybe someday I will come back and see where the threads I laid will take me. :-)
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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New Roots: I think a fic with gardener Jade and author Rose would be nice. Perhaps Rose was buying flowers for her mom, or Rose simply keeps a garden at home. Maybe Jade could be the person who helps Rose out, then discovers that Rose was the person who wrote Jade's favorite book. [2,300 words]

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This is a pinch hit, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Ghost_Assist, because the prompt was too adorable to resist. Sometimes I just want to write something warm and fluffy, you know? And who can resist a flower shop meet-cute with lesbians. :-)

I had particular fun inventing an imaginary urban fantasy series for Rose to write and Jade to be a fan of. The Persephone Noir tetralogy is more or less described within the fic, but to summarize, it's about a young woman whose mother had an affair with a horrorterror and spent the rest of her life emotionally addicted to dark magic and trying to push her daughter into following her own path. Instead, Sephy becomes a hero, saves the world, and ends the series by breaking free from both of her parents' plans and influence.

I suspect that after Rose finishes her Complacency of the Learned series -- you may notice she's just published its first volume at the opening of the fic -- she writes another set of Persephone Noir books, in which Sephy meets an enthusiastic earth witch who wants to analyze magic from a scientific perspective. Together, they fight crime! (Er. I mean, they fight nameless things from beyond the walls of the universe. And possibly also shadowy government organizations. As one does.) Fans are divided over happiness at Sephy finally getting a steady girlfriend, and annoyance at the increased intrusion of romance plotlines into their dark action/adventure series. *evil grin*

(Also, yes, I know Jade really should have at least one assistant on the clock if she's running a store of that size. Please assume the assistant was out delivering some commissioned floral arrangements and returned shortly after Rose left. *blatantly handwaves*)
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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The Moons of Skaia: Twelve sweeps after the Collapse, Justiciar Redglare came to the moons of Skaia on the trail of Her Imperious Condescension. [2,450 words]

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This is my assignment, written for chthonianCrocuta (lovesthesoundof). I wrote a pinch hit for chthonianCrocuta last year because I fell in passionate infatuation with one of their prompts; apparently this trend holds true, because I wanted to write for all five of the prompts they made this year as well. In the event, "The Moons of Skaia" is only a response to three of them: one about linguistics, one about world-building a cultural melting-pot planet, and one about Redglare going about her life. I was going to squeeze in Redglare meeting Terezi as well -- that's kind of vaguely implied in the ending action of the fic -- but I realized that doing so would require me to write the whole plot of Redglare finding the Condesce, capturing or not capturing her, and so on. Sadly, I did not have time to do all of that by the exchange deadline, but I'd like to write more in this world someday, so... who knows!

I think the basic world-building is clear in the fic itself, but here are some details I wasn't able to make fully explicit on-page. This universe is a post-game mashup of the final iterations of both the humans' and trolls' universes, with some significant game-related additions. The Collapse is the name given to the moment when the new universe was created... except it came with a retroactive past, such that people remember both their lives in their old universes and in this one. (Also, people were taken and/or resurrected from all up and down their old universes' timelines.)

Skaia is a gas giant planet that orbits a massive yellow-white star. It has eight moons, which are slightly more scientifically plausible versions of the eight kids' Lands. I suspect Prospit is an inner world in a Venus-type orbit, and Derse is out in a Uranus-type orbit. The name of the star is Calamity. The debris out near its heliopause is a symbolic echo of the Möbius tangle that forms around a fully developed Battlefield in Sburb.

As for the players who were alive at the end of the game, I think they were offered the option of becoming gods of their newly created universe, and rejected that either as part of the price of defeating Lord English, or because they'd seen too much of power corrupting, or because that was incompatible with recreating bits of their old universes instead of creating a completely new slate. Whatever the reason, they retain some fraction of their game powers, but they live and age as normal members of their species.
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1. I am making a crockpot thing with chicken, onion, green pepper, tomato, a Lipton garlic and whatever seasoning packet, and some white wine. I have no idea how it will turn out -- this is an experiment -- but it should be done sometime tomorrow morning and I'll probably have some for Sunday lunch or dinner, at which point I will report back.

I am sure it will at least be edible, but there's a big difference between edible and good, you know?

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2. Valley Boss has formally passed me over to Hill Boss, which means my scheduled hours have been significantly reduced for the next few weeks. This was likely to happen anyway, as Valley Boss acquired a couple more receptionists to work into her schedule, but it's still a little sad. On the bright side, this does mean I'll have more time for college reading and job searching, so. *makes equivocating gesture* Six of one, half a dozen of the other, I guess.

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3. I had a scare with my refrigerator yesterday. It made really distressing noises around midnight on Thursday, and on Friday the door felt a little reluctant to open and the cold air didn't come on the way it usually does, even when I opened the freezer. But I decided to wait an hour before calling Landlady, in case of false alarms, and about forty minutes later things were working normally.

I'm going to keep a closer eye on the fridge from here on, though, because a dead refrigerator is not something anybody needs.
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Generally speaking, I think movies made from books are never as good as the original material. The Silence of the Lambs has not joined my short list of exceptions.

This is not to say that it's a bad movie! No, it's a very good movie. It deserved that Oscar. But the book is better.

Obviously the case had to be streamlined, which was by and large done sensibly... )

But really, Clarice Starling is the heart of the story; it lives and dies with her characterization. I miss seeing her do technical forensic work, and I miss seeing her consciously decide that she's willing to flunk out of Quantico rather than abandon Catherine Martin and the case, but aside from the sexist warping of the basement scene at the end, she makes it largely intact from book to screenplay and Jodie Foster brings her convincingly to life.

So yeah. A good movie. Still not as good as the book, but a very good movie. I'm glad I watched it. :-)

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(For the record, the two movies that I think are better than their source books are The Princess Bride and Mysterious Skin. There are probably also some movies that are better than their source short stories, but while those face the problem of translating from one medium to another, they don't have the problem of how to tell the same story while chopping at least half of it out.)
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Summary: Sunbright has a complicated relationship to the prophecy that shaped her life. (425 words)

Note: More exploratory noodling for "Sunbright and Shadowfall." This is my initial attempt at Sunbright's POV, though it's not very tight; there are shades of third person omniscient around the edges. But it's kind of hard to write a story if you don't have a handle on one of the two main characters. *wry*

The Queen in Waiting )

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Yay, I wrote a thing!
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I gave blood today, which went well. The Red Cross was set up in the basement of the Baptist church a few blocks from my house, so it was very easy to get to. (There are actually two churches within a few blocks of my house, which I suppose is because my neighborhood -- Fall Creek -- used to be kind of an independent suburb of Ithaca, way back in the day, and it still has traces of a tiny business district, though most of those have faded and it never did get separately incorporated.)

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In other news, I've gotten through all of the Ladystuck Treats archive and am working my way through the main Ladystuck archive by reverse wordcount, which means so far I've looked at a lot of art and read some short comics. There are 191 works in the main archive (though at least one of them is a duplicate, and another is also part of the Treats archive so I'd already seen it there), and I have gotten through perhaps thirty of them.

(I would normally be faster, but I'm trying to comment on every work I open, because I get weird like that about exchanges. Plus I am still dealing with the all-things-Hannibal obsession I mentioned yesterday. *sigh*)

I have a long way to go...

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