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[personal profile] branchandroot said: Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke: tradition; Naruto and Sakura accompany Sasuke in some small family or festival tradition.

Note: So this ended up much longer, more angsty, and trickier to write than I expected. Story of my life, apparently. *sigh* Anyway, this fic is an installment in my Summer Camp & Politics AU, in which the elemental countries are modern nation-states locked in an uneasy regional standoff, and Team 7 (plus others!) met as children at a summer camp and now, as adults, are trying to drag Fire Country into being a functional multi-party democracy instead of an oligarchy that flirts heavily with military dictatorship. It takes place about a year before Zero-Sum Fallacy, the UMCC/the Glasshouse is the unified military command council/its headquarters, and the rest should be clear from internal context. (2,775 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

Rekindling )

Bingo at last! \o/
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Okay so.

I am stuck like a stuck thing on "Guardian" ch. 17 scene 3 (not because I don't know what comes next; I just... can't make the words happen). I can't manage to focus on "The Courting Dance" instead (because guilt? tone mismatch? who even knows; brains are weird), and when I try to avoid the issue and write something completely unrelated, I just kind of blank out, like those two fics are gnawing away all the processing power that would normally go to the part of my brain that comes up with new ideas and/or picks an old idea and says 'your time in the sun has come, small plotbunny!'

I think you see where I am going with this, yes? Yes. It is once again mini-ficlet prompt meme time, because when I can't jumpstart my own creativity, I beg other people to do it for me. (Because it works. Why? Who knows. See above in re: brains being weird.)

The caveat this time is that I want to write fluff!

Here is a link to my open Cotton Candy Bingo card, which still has sixteen unfilled squares. For those who prefer lists to graphics, the open prompts are: picnic, soft, sleepwalking/sleeptalking, tradition, the little things, names/naming, WILD CARD, eyes, favorite, adventure/quest, color, open, cute, cuddle, free, sunrise/sunset.

Leave a comment with one to four characters, a prompt word from the list, and a scenario, and I will write you a ficlet of at least 500 words. Scenarios must be fluffy!

(...Look, I know my definition of fluff can get pretty idiosyncratic. But work with me here, okay? If the characters end the ficlet on a happy note, we're good.)

Anyway, if you have ever wanted a sequel to one of my oneshots, or another installment in any of my series/AUs, this is your chance to make me write it for you. :)

[Obligatory small print: Crossover prompts are fine! I reserve the right to reject fandoms I am not familiar with and produce ambiguous gen when attempting to write shipfic. Also, if someone else has previously claimed your requested prompt word, I will tell you so and offer you a chance to make a new prompt.]

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Fill List:

1 ) A Problem That You'll Understand - 1,025 words, jane and dirk, the little things, one of them helps the other recover from a bad mood?, written 4/30/16 for [tumblr.com profile] longroadstonowhere. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

2 ) Have Dominion - 1,075 words, I'd like to claim Names/Naming for a Narnia ficlet (Magician's Nephew): when Helen was just a girl, it had been so easy to dream up endless names for some future child; now, she had no idea where to start with a veritable zoo of creatures all awaiting names of their own, written 5/1/16 for [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

3 ) But Every Hour Is Saved from That Eternal Silence - 1,450 words, susan pevensie, sleepwalking/sleeptalking, at home in a thunderstorm, written 5/3/16 for [tumblr.com profile] rollinginbooks. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

4 ) Rekindling - 2,775 words, Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke: tradition; Naruto and Sakura accompany Sasuke in some small family or festival tradition., written 5/8/16 for [personal profile] branchandroot. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

5 ) Almost at Odds with Morning - 2,100 words, Untimely ripped, Damara (+ another dancestor?), sunrise/sunset. :3, written 5/14/16 for [tumblr.com profile] asukaskerian. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

6 ) Cardcaptor Uhura - 900 words, Can I use the wild card on: Uhura, Spock and Gaila chase friendly but flighty magical cards (a la Card Captor Sakura)?, written 5/17/16 for [personal profile] sablin27. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

7 ) Who Contract the Habit of Eating - 2,450 words, Characters: Rose, Jade, Word: Favourite, Scenario: 'Rose & Jade have very different ideas on favourite food. They try to find something of mutual delight.' Could be in the same universe as Leaf & Letter, but it's so general it doesn't matter x), written 5/29/16 for [tumblr.com profile] gracefularchitect. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

8 ) Truth or Dare - 875 words, Prompt: Rose + Dirk, Open, making Dave very nervous and Roxy very why-is-everything-always-so-wonderful, written 6/2/16 for [tumblr.com profile] runespoor7. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

9 ) A Splash of Color - 1,600 words, I would love to claim "color" with Morwen and Telemain and the results that come about when Telemain gets distracted from a tricky experiment, written 6/9/16 for [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmemory. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

10 ) Responsibility - 2,550 words, Can I claim "adventure/quest" and ask for more of Susan and Lucy's Interesting Times? Please? 'Susan only went to fetch a few jars of jam. Meanwhile, the daring Captain Lucy, aged nine, accompanied by her loyal crew of Otter cubs, set sail to the Port of Pantry', written 6/25/16 for [personal profile] marmota_b. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

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And that, as of 6/25/16, is a wrap! Thank you for all the prompts. :D
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I'm still not entirely sure this hangs together -- seriously, if you have suggestions or concrit, please tell me -- but I finally managed some sort of ending and I'm tired of staring at the screen until the words blur into meaningless syllables, so. Have a fic!

Summary: Sakura and Sasuke thwart an assassination attempt on Naruto during a political rally. SasuSaku, implied NaruSasuSaku. (2,800 words)

Note: This story is a response to the Cotton Candy Bingo prompt believe, and to a suggestion from [personal profile] askerian that I write a Summer Camp & Politics story in which Sakura and Sasuke thwart an assassination attempt on Naruto. In retrospect, there is a slight conceptual mismatch between assassination and fluff, and also between discussion of political corruption and fluff, but what the heck, there's flirting and love and trust and a mostly happy ending, so I will call it fluffy if I want to. *resolve face*

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

Hold These Truths )

In terms of series continuity, this happens after Zero-Sum Fallacy, in which the trio are about twenty-eight and before After Frost in which they're about thirty-four. This time I actually sat down and did a little structural thinking about the political setup in this weird AU version of Fire Country, and my conclusions are as follows:

cut for lengthy world-building babble )

And I think that's everything I dealt with in this fic. If you want to know anything else, please feel free to ask!
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How my brain works:

1. Hey, it's about time I actually did something with my completely untouched Cotton Candy Bingo card from last year. I will write fluff!

2. Hey, I have a file of prompt suggestions people have left me over the years. Why not combine one of them with one of my fluffy bingo square theme words?

3. Okay, my theme word is "believe" and my prompt is Sakura and Sasuke thwarting an assassination attempt on Naruto in the Summer Camp & Politics AU.

4. *starts writing*

5. Oh my god, stop talking about politics, you are depressing me beyond words and this is supposed to be cute and fluffy, and whoops shit there goes the assassination attempt.

6. Um. Wait.

7. It occurs to me that I may I have built a slight conceptual mismatch into this exercise.

8. ...

9. You know what, fuck it, there's flirting and they all end up together; it's fluff if I say it's fluff and I will fight anyone who tries to argue.

10. But oh my god, stop talking about politics, seriously.
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This fic is a response to the Cotton Candy Bingo prompt don't need to get married. (I realize the amnesty posting period is over, but it's always useful to have a source of prompts on hand. *grin*) This fic is also part of the Summer Camp & Politics AU, because why not.

Summary: Sasuke doesn't want to harm Naruto's election prospects. Naruto and Sakura have other priorities. NaruSasu, implied NaruSasuSaku. (1,200 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up.]

Zero-Sum Fallacy )

Hmm. I have now written a Naruto-and-Sakura fic, a Naruto-and-Sasuke fic, and an all-three-together fic in this AU. I should do a Sakura-and-Sasuke fic just to balance things out. And then maybe another all-three-together fic when they're adults rather than young children. *ponders options*
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This was written for [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11, in response to the prompt: Hinata + any of the girls, moving on. I stuck it into the summer-camp-and-politics AU partly because I had an IDEA, and partly because I wanted to round off that world's continuity.

This is the most depressing story I have written in ages. It is also, I think, a hopeful story, and a funny story in some sections, but Hinata is not in a good place mentally or emotionally, and has not been in a good place for the majority of her life. So, you know, warnings for depression, learned helplessness, severely dysfunctional families, and a traumatic backstory involving kidnapping, long-term captivity, and murder. None of it is graphic, but even so. (4,850 words)

ETA: The slightly revised final version is now up on the AO3 and ff.net! (AO3 version; ff.net version)

After Frost )

Like I said, depressing. But also hopeful. And that is the end of the summer-camp-and-politics AU, at least for the moment. I will try to tidy up and post all three fics on ff.net and maybe also the AO3 by the weekend.

And now I move on to the trollstuck fic for [livejournal.com profile] explodingfrogs! Hopefully that one will be less emotionally draining, even if it does start with Troll Jade Harley frantically trying to stop minor Act 5 troll backstory spoiler ) I think narrative tone of voice makes a huge difference, for one thing. (Now I just have to convince myself that I cannot and should not try illustrating the damned thing...)
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This fic was written for [livejournal.com profile] askerian, in response to the following prompt: Or how the summer camp they're at is actually pretty high security, because a lot of the kids who go there are from clan or otherwise privileged backgrounds. Sakura got in her first year because she was friends with Ino (who's low clan, but still clan) and Ino wanted to show off. Except then Sakura fell in with Naruto and Sasuke and got tangled in high politics almost despite herself.

What Is Essential: 3,200 words. Sakura went to summer camp to be with her best friend Ino. Somehow over the next two years, she ended up best friends with two jerks instead. Another installment of the summer-camp-and-politics AU.

The slightly revised final version is now up on the AO3 and ff.net! (AO3 version; ff.net version)
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This was written for [livejournal.com profile] cherokee1, in response to the prompt: Naruto AU, summer camp counselors Naruto and Sakura. Camp by the lake.

Last Call: 2,250 words. Sakura and Naruto discuss their futures during their last summer as camp counselors. (The sociopolitical details of the AU ended up dominating the fic, despite my occasional attempts to remember the camp setting. Sorry about that.)

The slightly revised final version is now up on the AO3 and ff.net! (AO3 version; ff.net version)
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I had today off work after all, and I am bored. None of my current writing projects are really calling to me, so... please tell me what to write!

The first six people to give me a fanfic prompt (on LJ and/or DW) will get a ficlet of at least 100 words. :-D

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Fill List:

1. Last Call for [livejournal.com profile] cherokee1: 2,250 words, Naruto AU. Sakura and Naruto discuss their futures during their last summer as camp counselors. The sociopolitical details of the AU ended up dominating the fic, despite my occasional attempts to remember the camp setting. Oops. :-/

2. Implications, aka Jim Kirk Loves His Crew for [personal profile] jjhunter: 575 words, Star Trek: AOS. What it says on the tin. (But not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter! :-p )

3. What Is Essential for [livejournal.com profile] askerian: 3,200 words, Naruto AU. Sakura went to summer camp to be with her best friend Ino. Somehow over the next two years, she ended up best friends with two jerks instead. Another installment of the summer-camp-and-politics AU.

4. Narutostuck: The Spider and the Flies for [personal profile] runespoor: 2,400 words, Homestuck/Naruto fusion. The eastern countries have reached out to the new government of the Land of Space, inviting the village of Hidden Time to send participants to the upcoming chuunin exam in Konoha. Vriska Serket is very interested in whether her country's new leaders will accept, and ropes her teammates into helping her spy on their meeting.

5. After Frost for [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11: 4,850 words, Naruto AU. In the shadow of a vote over a bilateral free trade agreement with Thunder Country, Hyuuga Hinata moves on. Warnings for depression, learned helplessness, severely dysfunctional families, and a traumatic backstory involving kidnapping, long-term captivity, and murder. Another installment of the summer-camp-and-politics AU.

6. Trollstuck for [livejournal.com profile] explodingfrogs: WIP, Homestuck AU. Wherein the four beta!kids are and always were trolls on Alternia, Sgrub/Sburb does not exist, and Troll Jade Harley is on a quest to keep her friend Aradia from dying. Things will almost certainly get more complicated, but that's a good place to start. (Collaborative audience participation fic! Come play with me!)
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Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fanfiction: Naruto
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Organization: This list is arranged first by associated story cycles 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.

SERIES-SPECIFIC GENERAL CONTENT WARNING: Naruto is a series about ninjas (defined in-universe as a mix between assassins and magically-powered special forces units) who start their training around six or seven and graduate to semi-professional status around eleven or twelve: child soldiers, in other words. The manga is mostly action/adventure, but I sometimes like to play around with the darkness of that underlying concept. Take it as read that my Naruto fics almost always contain textual or implied violence, sometimes contain death, and often at least glance at societal and individual methods of rationalizing and valorizing mercenary bloodshed.

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 actually like all of my Naruto stories. I think this is partly because I've gotten better at writing over the years, but it's also because I'd mostly stopped writing 15-minute ficlets by the time I fell into manga fandom, which means I wrote fewer stories and tended to give more time and thought to each one. All fics are manga canon only, since audiovisual media are not my thing and I've only ever seen one episode of the anime.

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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