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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 took a break from crossposting old HP fic today and crossposted some old miscellaneous fic instead. So now my three tiny Captain America 3-sentence ficlets are up on AO3, as are the three 15-minute Ranma 1/2 ficlets I wrote back in 2004.

I am always slightly at a loss when dealing with 3-sentence ficlets. They seem too small to stand on their own, yet there isn't always a logical way to group them. Thus far, I've posted all the Narnia ones as standalones (though grouped into series or collections, as appropriate), and have done multi-chapter collected versions for Star Trek: AOS, The Dark Is Rising, and now Captain America, since those didn't have the timeline issues that were a concern for the Narnia ficlets.

When I finally finish my HP crossposting, I may try to knock off some of my random crossover fics. Or not. I might be completely burned out by the time I reach that bridge. *sigh*

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On a completely unrelated note, I am in search of a good image-hosting website. I finished writing a Homestuck kinkmeme fill yesterday, but I think it might work best presented as a series of images rather than plain text. The thing is, since the images are a series of letters written from various characters to one another, it seems weird to store them on DeviantArt -- they're not really art, you know? But the only other place I post images is Tumblr, which is definitely not the right place for this sort of thing.

Advice, anyone?
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Melodrama's birthday gathering last night was a lot of fun. We met at 6pm at Viva!, a local Mexican place. The smoke shop crew was represented by me, Sweetheart, Boss Lady, Melodrama (obviously), and Boss Lady's husband. Ms. Conviviality also showed up about an hour and a half into things, which was a lovely surprise! Two of Melodrama's non-work friends were also there, for a total of eight people. We started with drinks and general conversation, and after about an hour managed to snag a table and order some dinner to go with the next round of drinks. We left Viva! around 8:30pm, after which the others were discussing whether to go bowling or to go surprise Melodrama's boyfriend at his job, or something else, but I was tired and peopled-out, so I said my farewells and walked home.

This is the thing about being an introvert. I can have an absolutely wonderful time out with a group of people in a noisy restaurant/bar! But then I need to go be alone for a while, because I have just run myself dry -- in an enjoyable and rewarding way, to be sure, but what I get back from social interaction is never going to translate into energy or spoons.

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I brought my peppers indoors again this evening, since the temperature is forecast to drop into the 30s tonight. (Fahrenheit, obvs.) I also did some yard maintenance, by which I mean I heavily pruned the tree that grows against the house and whose branches scrape along my living room windows. I probably should have cut the whole thing off at the roots three or four years ago, but I'm soft-hearted and wanted to give it a chance... but only so long as it doesn't interrupt my sleep with hideous wood-on-glass screeching noises. I must remember to stuff some more insulation into the cracks between the upper and lower window panels this coming week, since they are old and have a tendency to rattle in high winds.
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1. I ran into Melodrama downtown yesterday and we talked for a couple minutes before returning to our respective errands. Her birthday is tomorrow and the smoke shop crew (plus some of her other friends) are meeting for dinner and drinks, which will be cool. :-)

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2. Last night I finished transcribing Book II of our collection of wacky customer (and clerk) antics, and this afternoon I did a final editing pass-through before emailing the file to Boss Lady to post on our private Facebook group. I really should have had that finished ages ago, but I put all the books in a bag and took them to NJ with me in August, so I could keep working on them despite my brief dislocation... and then forgot to unpack the bag when I got back to Ithaca. *headdesk* So I only got back to the project two weeks ago. My wrists start hurting if I type too many pages at once, so I do maybe ten a day. This book took longer than the first partly because it includes more entries, and partly because I decided to scan some images -- newspaper clippings and business cards and stuff that we taped in to illustrate certain entries. Now I just have Book III, Book IV, and the memory book to go. *resolve face*

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3. I have received my books for my college course, and today I got an official email with some tips on how to access the course module. It should become accessible one week before the official start date, so on Monday or Tuesday I will try to sign in and see if I can get a head start. :-)

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4. A couple days ago I went into Trader K's (a local consignment shop) and discovered they were having a buy-one-get-on-free sale on women's pants. (Trousers, not underwear.) So I tried a bunch on and bought two pairs, which I have now washed and will have to hem. This is fine. It gives me an excuse to listen to podcasts. :-)

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5. My Tuesday interview went well, I think, but because of the structure of the company in question, I won't receive any results for about three weeks, since all hiring decisions are made by the main office, not the franchise managers. And it's a seasonal job anyway that wouldn't start until January, with some training in December, plus it's a part-time thing... but I think I'd be good at it and could fit some shifts around any other job I acquire between now and then. It's always good to have more income.

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6. My church is trying out a new hospitality system this year. Hospitality, in this case, means decorating the sanctuary every week, doing set-up and clean-up for coffee hour, ushering, and other stuff like that. Previously those tasks had been assigned on a week-by-week basis, with a lot of begging for volunteers, but that's stressful and inefficient. So now the congregation has been divided into four teams, each of which collectively does the whole shebang for a month or so. I am on Team 4, and since our first assigned service is November 30th, our team leaders have invited us to a potluck dinner on October 25th, to meet and make plans. I have signed up to attend and bring food -- I think I will take the potatoes au gratin hotdish thing I experimented with a couple weeks ago. :-)

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7. I'm still crossposting my old HP fanfiction to AO3, and am not anywhere near done. I'm learning some things about the posting interface as I go, I guess. Did you know that when you preview a story, the preview URL is actually the URL the story will end up with? You just need to chop the "preview" bit off the end. Likewise a saved but unposted draft has the same URL that it will have as an actual posted story. This is useful for making inter-story links in summaries and/or notes. I have also been somewhat haphazardly trying to save things as drafts and then post them all in very rapid succession, which I hope gets them all lumped together in a single notification email, rather than spread out in a bunch of separate and thus annoying messages.

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And I think that's everything of note!
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Summary: Tabitha Redding mindwalks for the first time. Naturally she chooses her twin as her target. (300 words)

Note: This ficlet is set in an original world for which I've done a bunch of world-building but hardly any actual fiction writing. (Well, not in the past fifteen years, anyway.) The general idea is that the world of Intarre is highly permeable to other worlds, and has also been locked under two worldwide spells -- the Word and the Way -- since the aftermath of a devastating magical war. Tabitha and Thomas Redding are the grandchildren of a sorceress who fled Intarre for Earth. On their thirteenth birthday, Tabitha summons a dragon to take them back. The dragon's price is as yet unknown...

This is an incident from a few years after the twins' arrival in Intarre, when they're around seventeen.

A Dream of Snow )

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Yay, original fiction! \o/
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Summary: The cult of the Signless Sufferer has no clergy and no rites, only one rule. Latula Pyrope is five sweeps old when she first learns it. (400 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

The Whole of the Law )

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Okay, that was something I never expected to write. *blinks* I'm not sure what I think about it, other than it's obvious I still have a thing for ethics and religion.
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(This post has been slightly edited for clarity of phrasing, and to add a couple additional qualifiers in the end notes. I want to be precise about what arguments I am and am not making.)

I don't want to harsh on people's squee, which is why I am writing my own post here on my journal instead of appending these thoughts to anything on Tumblr. But. Because Tumblr is aware that I am into Narnia and related stuff, and also into awesome women (and also because sometimes people I follow reblog things), I see a lot of movie-centric "Susan Pevensie fuck yeah!!!" style posts. Mostly I just shrug and pass them by, because the Narnia films are not my canon, and also not really my thing in general for various and sundry reasons, and people like what they like and that's cool. But tonight I saw a post that contrasted book!Susan to movie!Susan and implicitly declared the former a terrible character in comparison.

And I just.

NO.

cut for angry meta )

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Okay, I feel better now. I still want to write about a hundred book!Susan fics showcasing her differences from movie!Susan and why those differences make her AMAZING, but it's late and I'm tired, so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

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Four additional things:

1) I would like to clarify that I have nothing against movie!Susan in and of herself. I just cannot stand people holding her up as a reason to tear book!Susan down.

2) I do think the changes in her character from one medium to another are a symptom of a large-scale failure of vision on the part of the filmmakers, but I can and do say the same for the changes in Peter, the Beavers, Reepicheep, Caspian, and even Aslan himself, not to mention all the plot alterations, so it's not as if I am holding her up as an isolated example.

3) Yeah, the ending of TLB sucks, but it sucks for everyone, not just Susan. Everyone else dies! Heavenly reward or no heavenly reward, that is not any kind of happy ending I recognize.

4) I am not saying Lewis is a flawless writer. Far from it! I mean, his fuckups on physical world-building alone... *headdesk* But the filmmakers are nowhere near flawless either, and I personally find their flaws more irritating than Lewis's flaws. Other people's mileage may, obvious, vary -- which is as it should be! -- but choosing to accept the flaws in a work or creator doesn't mean you get to pretend they aren't there.
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As of one hour ago, I am officially registered for the Fall 2 term at Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning! I am taking one class, on the economic history of the west. My course materials should arrive from the college bookstore next week and the class itself will begin on October 27th.

Vicky very kindly stayed on the phone with me while I negotiated the registration interface, reset my forgotten password, experienced literal cold feet, and wrote a check for the largest amount of money I have ever paid anyone all in one go. I am so glad I have a sister. We don't see each other in person very much these days, but there's a lot of comfort knowing she'll always have my back when I need her. (And I will have hers, too, of course! It goes both ways.)

This year has been wildly up and down for me -- more down than up, I think -- but this right here? This is a good thing. :-)
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I am slowly cranking into gear on crossposting my old Harry Potter fanfiction to AO3. I posted three fics tonight and will try to keep going at roughly that rate until I'm done. That will take a while. *sigh*

I've decided not to bother corralling most of them into any sort of collection. I have a handful of stories that use the OCs and/or the Weasley family backstory I created for "Secrets" and "Five Years Is a Lot of Later"/"First You Have To Get There," but which have no other connection and may, in fact, contradict each other in various places. I'm just going to link to "Secrets" in the author's note section of each relevant fic so people aren't left wondering who on earth Apple Rumluck is or what is up with the story of Ginny's childhood friend making her practice kissing a feather pillow. There's also the question of "Eden," "Shame," and "Fire" -- the latter two being direct expansions of sections of the former -- but again, I think that's probably best handled with links or maybe a series, not a collection.

It's weird looking through these stories. They're a decade old, on average, and I like to flatter myself that I've improved as a writer since then. I've also sort of... narrowed down what I'm good at? It's not that I've stopped experimenting, but I was experimenting back then, too, and there are reasons I don't write in first person anymore. *wry* The kind of information I put into story metadata, and the phrasing I use in doing so, has also changed a lot -- some of which is just me getting older, but some of which is also due to changing fandom mores. For example, I don't think I've written a disclaimer in years. (I was still copypasting them into ff.net crossposts, but that's more for consistency of presentation than anything else.)

I've also been updating my own copies of each file as I go, since most of them are in Word 1997-2003 format. Yikes!
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I survived! :-D

(This is not a surprise, regardless of what I said in my previous post. I just find that one effective way to manage bouts of panic and/or nerves is to start listing everything that I feel will go wrong, and get more and more exaggerated until I am up to "and then I will spontaneously combust in defiance of all known laws of physics" levels of catastrophe. At that point the ridiculousness of my words crashes down on me and I realize the worst that can happen is very boring and ordinary and also unlikely, and I go do the thing. I don't recommend that method for anyone with generalized anxiety issues, but since my anxiety is entirely situational, I can usually make my hindbrain recognize that my fears are illogical and thereby dissipate my jitters. These days I try to do that internally, since reciting a litany of "oh god we're all going to die" scenarios out loud tends to get really irritating for the people around me. *wry*)

Anyway, I have an interview for a part-time job on Tuesday evening. The job in question would not start until January, with some training in December, but even so. A potential job! And the lady staffing the table (who will also be doing the full interview) thought I was awesome!

I also have lines on paid training programs to become either a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or an electrician, neither of which requires any previous experience. And several other employers seemed to like me and encouraged me to submit online applications to supplement the resumes I left with them. So, you know, there are options!

I collected a LOT of literature and business cards, and also a fair amount of chocolate. Tiny candy bars are apparently good "come talk to us!" bribe material.

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To sum up, that was exhausting, but I am very glad I went. :-)

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