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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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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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Summary: It's hard, having an egg for a lusus. But Terezi has no regrets. (375 words)

Note: I wrote this with the vague intention of participating in #protect terezi pyrope week, because I am all in favor of giving Terezi things to be happy about. This is part of my Alternian Nights series. It's a little hard to place since it's a character study rather than a specific single incident, but there are references to the Team Charge Flarp disaster and its aftermath, so it's currently the last in the sequence.

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

Excelsior )

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So that's my tiny finger-exercise for the day. :-)
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Back in 2013 I had a story idea for the Ladystuck Dark challenge, which I called "The Time-Traveler's Kismesis." It was born from a couple stories I'd seen that had the Demoness tracking the Condesce through her life, and hating her passionately. And I thought, yeah, that works... but the thing the Demoness would hate most isn't casual entitlement. It's hope. And the person who has that, the one who tries to change the world for the better, and most particularly the one who also has personal experience with slavery, is the Dolorosa. The Demoness knows nothing is ever going to change. Nothing will ever matter. And the Dolorosa, despite being caste-bound into a form of servitude, and having her son killed in front of her and his movement destroyed, and being mind-controlled and raped, keeps on going.

I never did write that story. But this is one of the scenes that would go into it: shortly after the Dolorosa flees the brooding caverns with the Signless, she meets the Demoness for the second time... at least from her perspective. (825 words)

[ETA: The slightly revised final version is now up on AO3!]

The Time-Traveler's Kismesis: Counterthesis )

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Now I want to outline and write the rest of the story properly. Stupid plot bunnies!
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Summary: Aradia and Sollux have been borderline non-platonic friends for a while, but neither has had the courage to take that last step and ask if the other is also feeling pale. Then Aradia has a run-in with her neighbor's robots and ends up with a psionic burnout headache at the most inconvenient time. (3,000 words)

Note: This story was written for Cotton Candy Bingo Round One, in response to the prompt: headache.

[ETA: The slightly revised and extended final version is now up on AO3!]

The nerves in patterns on a screen )

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Ye gods and little fishes, that story took WAY longer to finish than it had any right to. But victory is mine!

"The nerves in patterns on a screen" is part of my Alternian Nights continuity. It obviously comes after Romancing the Sky, wherein Sollux and Aradia meet, and (slightly less obviously) comes before Raiders of the Deep Caverns, wherein Aradia has had her radiocarbon analyzer for a while, but I'm not completely sure of its relation to the other fics. Probably it's roughly contemporaneous with Scourge of the Sea, maybe set a perigee or two later.
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Random fic scraps I've written at work. I don't have dates for these -- I am not always as scrupulous about dating pages as I'd like to be -- so they go from shortest to longest.

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Jade, isolated )

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Davesprite and wing repair )

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In a Purple Wood - aka, Terezi meets Nepeta )

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I have no idea where I was going with the first fragment.

The second fragment was going to be another "Tales from the Yellow Yard" fic, but it never really clicked and I abandoned it unfinished.

"In a Purple Wood" is canon for my "Alternian Nights" sequence of fics. It's just disproportionately shorter than the other three stories and I couldn't figure out where to go after the initial meeting -- what happens is Nepeta takes Terezi back to her cave for the day and then Terezi cautiously allows Nepeta to visit her own hive in return, but I couldn't make that narratively interesting, alas. :-(

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And that's pretty much it for fic scraps, aside from some original fiction which is too short to contain any useful contextual information, and I don't feel like writing ten paragraphs of non-fiction to explain two paragraphs of actual fiction. Somehow that doesn't feel like a good use of my time. *wry*

In any case, I should get back to writing the epilogue of "Secrets," which has been giving me absolute fits of frothing frustration. I think I have been approaching it all wrong and should start over with a different scene at a different time and place (though the same three characters) which will hopefully be more conducive to making them have the conversation I want them to have. *resolve face*
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This story started as a fill for a Three Sentence Ficathon prompt (any, any, toss a coin), but it quickly became obvious that it wouldn't fit the format restrictions. So I kept writing, and after a while it occurred to me that it also works as a [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fill, for the prompt: money. So that is what it is now. I have said so, and my word is law. *nods firmly*

Terezi and Vriska on a typical Team Scourge Flarp campaign. (900 words)

Note: This seems to have turned into a prequel to Scourge of the Sea, though both fics can, of course, stand alone. Also, given that this is Terezi and Vriska playing Flarp, warning for children killing each other. (Yes, I count the fic as fluff despite that. Fluff is relative and Alternia is a deeply fucked-up planet.)

[ETA: The slightly revised final version is now up on AO3!]

Sing a Song of Sixpence )

Not quite what I meant to do with my night, but what the hell, writing is good. :-)
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Vriska tries to teach herself to sail. Terezi waits on shore for the inevitable disaster. 2,100 words, written for [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo prompt lending a coat in the cold.

Because Vriska had to learn sailing at some point -- she was clearly comfortable on ships when she and Eridan were Flarp partners, and if nothing else she would have jumped at yet another way to imitate Mindfang -- but I sincerely doubt she would have wanted to learn from Eridan. A teaching relationship would give him far too much implicit power over her. Terezi, though... yeah, I think Vriska might have been willing to be vulnerable in her Scourge Sister's company. And before the Team Charge debacle, I don't think Terezi would have taken advantage.

[AO3 version]

Scourge of the Sea )

That story is obviously not the songfic I was talking about. The thing is, when I opened that fic for editing it was blatantly obvious that I'd only written half the story and I needed to write a parallel/mirror second section in the alpha timeline. And that will require some actual structural planning -- I need to make song choices and work in ways for Rose's aspect and title to affect her life like I did for Roxy in the beta timeline part that's already written -- which takes a lot more time and thought than just setting two characters into a basic scenario and seeing what happens.

So you get Vriska and Terezi instead, because I always meant to write something about their relationship and this seemed like a good opportunity. :-)
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Sollux Captor meets Aradia Megido when she's looking up at the stars instead of down at the ground. She takes him flying. Sollux <> Aradia, 1,125 words, written for [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo prompt space.

[AO3 version]

Romancing the Sky )

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Two more prompts -- sing and lending a coat in the cold -- and I will have a single-column bingo! Then I may try for another single-line bingo in a different fandom. Perhaps Narnia. *grin*
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Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fanfiction: Homestuck
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Organization: This list is organized by associated narrative cycles; within each section, stories are arranged first by timeline (if applicable) and then by date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations.

Content/Warning Policy: 1) I am not consistent about warnings! I use them when I remember, for a few relatively broad categories of potentially problematic content, but if something is off-page, non-explicit, or generally backgrounded, I probably won't think to note it in the metadata. 2) The things I try to warn for are explicit sex, rape, murder, torture, cannibalism, incest, depression/suicide, familial dysfunction, and occasionally also societal dysfunction (aka dystopia). Sometimes I just slap a general content warning on all my fic for a given fandom and don't label each individual fic. I also don't generally warn for violence, unless the violence in a fic is dramatically out-of-step with the violence in its source canon. 3) I don't use any content rating system unless I'm posting to a site or community that requires or encourages ratings, because I find movie-style ratings counter-intuitive when applied to written fiction, and not particularly useful for anything other than denoting the presence of explicit sex, which I already note in the metadata.

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.

Notes: I completely and utterly blame [personal profile] askerian for my descent into this fandom. I hadn't even heard of Homestuck before she started writing fic for it, but I love her writing and generally trust her taste. So in late January of 2012, I did a little poking around via Google, found the comic, and... yeah. If you're here, you know how it hooks you. Then I made the mistake of reading through the backlog of [community profile] homesmut kinkmeme posts and fills. Before I knew it I had a file of prompts that looked intriguing. Then I was writing one. And it was porn, which if you know me is so bizarrely out-of-character there are no words. There was really no turning back after that.

I am still trying to figure out exactly how this fandom mugged me so thoroughly, but what the hell, it's been a fun ride so far and I'm sure it will continue to be so. :)

Where To Read: As always, if an AO3 version exists, it is definitive. FF.net versions are definitive in the absence of an AO3 version. Journal versions are the equivalent of beta drafts, though the shorter and/or fragmentary works may never be posted anywhere else.

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Untimely Ripped )

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Leaf and Letter )

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