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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, Daredevil (MCU), 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, the Darkangel trilogy, Death Note, Discworld, Doctor Who, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Glee, Gormenghast, Hamilton, Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders, Howl's Moving Castle, Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, Lucifer, Mad Max: Fury Road, 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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Some incidents from the last two weeks:

cut on general principle )

...

I am having fun, really! But every job has its share of utter WTF, and this particular one has to cram a year's worth of crazy into only four months. It is an interesting ride. *wry*
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Today was going to be my "Liz applies to twenty gazillion jobs" day, but then I got a call from...

Uh, hang on. Background.

So as I said last year, there are three Not the IRS offices in Ithaca: one down in the valley, and two up on one of the surrounding hills. Of the two hill offices, one is in a shopping mall, while the other is simply near a shopping mall. (The same mall, actually.) I am currently working in the two hill offices, which will henceforth be known as the mall office and the plaza office; their respective managers will be known as Mall Boss and Plaza Boss. (These two people are replacing Hill Boss, who ran both offices last year but is now working elsewhere. The valley office is still run by Valley Boss.)

So I got a call from Mall Boss saying that her office was swamped, and could I please come in and provide additional coverage even though Monday is my day off. I said okay, and there went my afternoon and evening.

On the one hand, yay money and experience! On the other hand, I am not going to come anywhere near my target number of job applications for the day. *sigh*

...

Okay, time to go look up the job one of my plaza office coworkers told me was going to come available today.
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Summary: The Enterprise is on its third day surveying yet another uninhabited star system beyond the Federation's borders when they receive a highest priority message from the Confederacy of Surak. (575 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

Request and Require )

So about that one non-canonical planetary name...

I continue to think that the name 'New Vulcan' is stupid and unimaginative, and also speaks to a terribly human-centric worldview. In my heart, the Vulcans' new homeworld will always be called Vik, something I picked up from [archiveofourown.org profile] jacquez's amazing fic The Word for World Is--, which deals with the rebuilding of Vulcan culture after the disaster that nearly obliterated their people. (You should go read that story. It will stick with you for a long time.)
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Things done today:

-prepared two tax returns
-showed new receptionist how to check return status and file completed returns
-made some 'hey, come in and see us!' phone calls to clients
-got a haircut
-changed linens
-did laundry

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I would like to also get some writing done, but I'm scheduled to work a twelve-hour day tomorrow so I think, instead, I will go to bed early and attempt to get an extra hour or two of sleep.
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I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens after work today.

That was a fun movie. That was proper Star Wars. :D

It was also a very silly movie in some places, and the dramatic tension (which was really good up through the first, oh, 1/2 to 2/3 of the movie) fell apart in really unnecessary ways toward the end. For example, I believe it's still polite to cut for spoilers )

But those quibbles aside, I loved our heroes -- both new and old -- and am looking forward to Episode VIII in a couple years.

(I do not have high hopes that the next movie will deal with the social, political, and economic consequences that spoiler, I guess ) will have on the New Republic, nor provide much explanation of the relation of the Republic to the Resistance and why the fight against the First Order appears to be covert rather than overt, but hey, that's what fanfiction is for. Canon just needs to keep providing good characters, narrative tension, and dramatic fights, whether those are space battles or lightsaber duels. *grin*)
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I started writing ch. 17 of The Guardian in Spite of Herself tonight. (I did the outline breakdown back in December, but I don't always start translating that into actual narrative for a while. Also I am out of practice writing stuff that can't be finished and posted in a single writing session.) We open with yet another interminable Amane family argument, though this one's going to get interrupted and shoved in a new direction within another couple hundred words because there is only so much talking in circles that A) people are willing to read and B) I am willing to write.

I'm currently planning three scenes, though I might end up breaking the middle scene into two sections because otherwise Sasuke and Naruto are at risk of temporarily falling out of the story. It will all still be the same event, but I could (probably should, come to think of it) show it from both Yukiko's and Sasuke's POVs for, I dunno, depth of perspective or something. Actually, yeah. That is a good idea. I will do that.

*makes note in outline*

Now the question is who to use for which part of the event in question...
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Today was a Liz vs. the kitchen day, and I have emerged victorious. :D

I started a batch of pork whatever (pork, onion, and carrots with applesauce, some spices, and a little white wine) in the crockpot. I think this one will turn out better than the previous experiments of that general type because last time I used that general recipe, I figured out what was missing in the spice mix: sage. See back when I got the crockpot and then stocked up on spices, I wasn't sure whether to buy ground sage or just dried sage, so I left it for another day and then just... never got back to it. *headdesk* And it's hard to approximate sage without actual sage, so.

(Recipe as follows: chop one medium sized onion and some carrot (1.25 to 1.5 times the onion by volume) into a slow cooker. Add 1 to 1.5 lb of pork, whatever cut is cheapest. Cover with ~12oz unsweetened applesauce and add about a shot glass worth of white wine for flavor. Then 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp sage, a pinch of rosemary, and a dash or two of thyme. If you're feeling experimental, you can also add a dash of ginger or cinnamon, whichever sounds more appealing. Cook on low until the pork falls apart when stirred, which should take, eh, let's say eight or nine hours. Serve over some kind of starch. Probably feeds six? (As you can tell, I am not very exact about these things.))

I also made a batch of Laddie's hotdish, and baked some brownies that are now cooling on my kitchen table. I have two servings of pot roast and two servings of bean soup in the fridge (along with the Laddie's hotdish and a batch of veggie sidedish), and I have another three servings of pot roast, two servings of soup, and a full batch of chicken whatever in the freezer where the pork whatever will shortly join it. I think I'll buy supplies for cheesy potato hotdish tomorrow after work, and make a batch of that along with another batch of bean soup on Wednesday or Thursday.

And hey, if anyone has a simple recipe for a hunk of pork loin, please tell me! I would like to try something new with some of the meat in my freezer.

(By simple I mean it cannot have more than three steps. For reference, 'open and/or chop all the ingredients and mix them in a pot' counts as one step.)

yay taxes!

Jan. 23rd, 2016 08:25 pm
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Today I filed my first two tax returns as a paid tax preparer. They have been accepted by the IRS. And the sky did not fall!

(I've been 'working' for three weeks, but most people don't get their W-2s until late January and there was a computer glitch relating to my NY state paid preparer ID number, so until today I was just doing practice case studies, sitting in to observe other people doing returns, and answering the phone/scheduling appointments for other people.)

It's funny how you can know perfectly well that you can do a thing but still be all twitchy-paranoid until you actually sit down and do it once for real, you know?

I'm still not sure if tax preparation is something I want to do on a continuing basis, but I feel much more confident about getting through the next three months. :D
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Memory is a funny thing.

Vaguely apropos of a discussion I've been following on Tumblr, I asked Vicky tonight if she remembered when we switched from calling our parents Mommy and Daddy to calling them Mom and Dad. I was fairly sure it happened sometime between my eight and tenth birthdays, but I couldn't pin it down more specifically. Vicky was slightly more definite, and said she thought it happened in the fall of her first grade year, which would make her six and me nine. So far, all in agreement.

But what we remember around that incident is radically different. I remember that shortly before we made that choice, Mom told us a story about how one of her brothers (our Uncle Charles) decided that their family should switch to calling their parents Mom and Dad because it sounded much more mature (and/or cool). Vicky does not remember that. What she remembers is the conversation in which we made our decision, which happened at night, at my instigation, while we were ostensibly 'sleeping' in our bunk beds. I do not remember that.

and now a bunch of tl;dr rambling )

...

I think I had more of a point when I started writing this, but oh well.

In summary, memory is weird, sibling relationships are weird, personal space is weird, and I am glad that Vicky and I learned how NOT to have screaming knock-down fights as we got older. We were always very close, but over the years we consciously chose to like each other as well as love each other. And I am very grateful for that.

(I am also grateful for our parents, who were not perfect -- nobody is -- but who I think did a pretty good job all things considered.)

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