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The Apple and Daphne Rumluck who feature in Secrets as OC yearmates of Ginny Weasley were not originally created for that story. They are transplants (with alterations, obviously) from a world I created in my teens, with occasional help from Vicky. In that world, Apple is the heir to Ivy House and the northern third of Elsewhere proper (one of the four mountain valleys that make up the tiny country of Elsewhere -- the other three being Nowhere, Eastwick, and Southward). Daphne is still Apple's second cousin, but she is also related to the Turnagain family, who rule Nowhere from Briar House.

Apple has a slightly awkward relationship with Blue Turnagain, one of Daphne's cousins, which you can read about in the ficlet Apple & Blue. Blue does not feature in the following ficlet, however, which tells the story of a single incident from one of Apple and Daphne's childhood visits to Briar House. I think Apple is thirteen and Daphne twelve in this story. Therefore, Frost is fourteen, Coin is twelve, and Moon is eleven. Moon is Blue's little sister. ...Actually, given those ages, this is most likely set only a week or so before Blue announces that he's leaving home to see the world.

But anyway. On to the story! (700 words)

Heirlooms )

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Someday I really must get around to writing the story in which Apple and Blue, and Daphne and some as-yet-unknown characters sort out a political plot in Meriwhen and Elsewhere, with all the complications of having to piece the thing together from two ends and then wait four or five days for letters to travel from Candlewick (the capital of Elsewhere) to Myria (the capital of Meriwhen). But not now.
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I can't remember if I ever said, but the characters Apple and Daphne Rumluck in "Secrets" didn't come from that story originally. My sister and I invented them for a different story altogether, in a different world. (It's my world, but Vicky decided she wanted to play in it a little, and I didn't mind too much at the time.)

Anyway, the Apple and Daphne of "Secrets" aren't that much different in personality from their progenitors, but there are significant environmental differences, such as their extended families.

This is a snippet about that Apple Rumluck, the heir to Ivy House and the northern third of the valley of Elsewhere proper.

Blue's Story )

And there you are.

I did actually work on "Secrets" yesterday, for about 200 words, but then Tom needed to respond to Ginny, and I just flinched away from writing him. So today I reviewed all my Tom stories and parts of stories on my hard drive, to try and get back into a state of mind where I can at least write the no-good skunk.

We'll see if it worked.
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I can't remember if I ever said, but the characters Apple and Daphne Rumluck in "Secrets" didn't come from that story originally. My sister and I invented them for a different story altogether, in a different world. (It's my world, but Vicky decided she wanted to play in it a little, and I didn't mind too much at the time.)

Anyway, the Apple and Daphne of "Secrets" aren't that much different in personality from their progenitors, but there are significant environmental differences, such as their extended families.

This is a snippet about that Apple Rumluck, the heir to Ivy House and the northern third of the valley of Elsewhere proper.

Blue's Story )

And there you are.

I did actually work on "Secrets" yesterday, for about 200 words, but then Tom needed to respond to Ginny, and I just flinched away from writing him. So today I reviewed all my Tom stories and parts of stories on my hard drive, to try and get back into a state of mind where I can at least write the no-good skunk.

We'll see if it worked.
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Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fiction: Original Stories
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Organization: This list is organized primarily by... *ponders terminology* by universe, shall we say. Within each universe, I organized stories by timelines, by associated story cycles, or by degree of relation to the main story; the summaries should hopefully make the patterns clear. When the 'universe' is a category rather than a fully realized secondary world, the stories are arranged chronologically by writing date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations. (Especially the writing dates. *headdesk*)

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 am shamefully slow about my original writing, and I almost never seem to finish anything. Nonetheless, a fair amount of the following stories are complete, if only because I try to avoid posting those likely to be permanently unfinished. *sigh*

Also, a general advisory: you may or may not have noticed while reading my fanfic -- my quirks are somewhat disguised and/or mitigated by working in other people's universes -- but I am fascinated by ethics, religion, families and other social networks, sociology, history, culture clashes, world-building, and the nature and structure of truth and stories. I also have a strong tendency to focus on female characters. A lot of my original fiction is slower and more 'thinky' than a lot of my fanfic, and my issues show through more clearly.

None of these are necessarily bad things, but I figure it's only fair to tell you what to expect from my work. :)

Contents: Firsthome, The Sum of Things, The Summoner's Tale, Ironheart's War, Winter's Daughter, The Witch of Immish, fables and fairy-tales, Camia ('Finding Marea'), modern America, autobiographical (kinda-sorta), Ithaca Paranormal, Elsewhere, Ashes, Sunbright and Shadowfall, Utilitarian Virtue, Intarre, random stuff

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Firsthome )

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The Sum of Things )

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The Summoner's Tale )

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Ironheart's War )

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Winter's Daughter )

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The Witch of Immish )

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Other fables and fairy tales )

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Camia ('Finding Marea') )

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Modern America (occasionally, I write stuff that isn't fantasy or sf) )

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Autobiographical (kinda-sorta) )

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Ithaca Paranormal )

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Elsewhere )

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Ashes )

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Sunbright and Shadowfall )

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Utilitarian Virtue )

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Intarre )

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Random stuff )

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