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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 writing 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.

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 (except Tumblr; fic content there is just a mirror of fic content here), 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, Avengers (MCU), 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, Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU), Hamilton, Hexwood, The Homeward Bounders, Howl's Moving Castle, Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, Lucifer (comics), Mad Max: Fury Road, Merlin, the Oz books, Ranma 1/2, Rise of the Guardians, Sailor Moon, Saiyuki, Seaward, Shakespeare, Star Wars, Tam Lin (Pamela Dean), 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, Cardcaptor Sakura, 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 (comics), MCU (various), Merlin, Naruto, the Oz books, Sandman, 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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My various bingo cards: Cotton Candy Bingo, Round One (Blackout!); Cotton Candy Bingo, Round Two; Daredevil Bingo; Genprompt Bingo; Domestic AU Prompt List
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And another six fills! Four are 3-sentence, one is 4-sentence, and on the sixth... eh, sometimes you just give up and let the ficlet do what it wants.

As ever, here is the link to the ficathon if you want to come play too. :-)

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13. ) For [livejournal.com profile] vialethe: Narnia, Susan, Oh, the queen of peace/ always does her best to please/ is it any use/ somebody's gotta lose, written 12/6/15 [AO3 version]

in exchange, a bride (175 words)

Tashbaan is never fully dark, and so they are discovered before the Splendour Hyaline is a bow-shot from the docks; the sea-chain (and how did they not notice its anchor-towers before?) is raised, and the threat of flaming arrows and a boarding action brings them back to shore. They could fight, could make a last stand and die free, but Susan talks Edmund down, reminds him that they cannot deprive Archenland of her only heir, and forgives him for what he perceives as a repeat of his old betrayal; reluctantly, he agrees, and a month later leaves Calormen in chains for mocking delivery to the North.

She marries Rabadash to buy her brother's life -- marries him, bears his touch and his children, smiles at his triumphs, comforts his griefs, and dies at his side -- and if she resents the price, if her submission is a lie, if hers is the hand that wields the poison to end both their lives in racking pains, no living man could say; Susan keeps her secrets unto death.

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14. ) For [livejournal.com profile] crucified: Labyrinth, Jareth/Sarah, I can give you your dreams, written 12/6/15 [AO3 version]

everything that you wanted (75 words)

Jareth wrapped his arms around Sarah and met her eyes in the mirror, claiming one last minute before she stepped through to the overworld. "I can give you your dreams, if that would make you stay another night; whatever you want -- fame, power, beauty, magic -- only say the words and it's yours forever in my kingdom and your own."

"I know," Sarah said, "and thank you, but I'd rather win my victories myself."

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15. ) For [livejournal.com profile] idhren24: Doctor Who, any, jetlag (TARDIS-lag?), written 12/6/15 [AO3 version]

a minor glitch in the itinerary (150 words)

"Someday," Martha said as she stared out the TARDIS door into pitch black night -- rather than the promised 'glorious nature reserve, the most botanically fascinating place in a hundred light-years and two millennia, and around noon the angle of the sunlight strikes rainbows from crystals in the tree bark; you'll love it' -- "just once, you are going to land us on a planet at the correct relative time of day, at which point I will applaud madly, but for now, you owe me tea, a good fry-up breakfast, and a pirated copy of the third season of that Rigelian soap opera whose name I can't pronounce, because there is no way in the world I'm going to risk breaking my neck for plants I can't even see."

Outside on the gravel path, the Doctor pouted: "Oh, but Martha, think of the stargazing we could--"

"No," Martha said, and shut the door on him.

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16. ) For [livejournal.com profile] silvr_dagger: Any fandom (or original), any characters or pairings, the princess in the tower, written 12/6/15 [AO3 version]

none of these rescues, please (425 words)

"Pardon me, but are you all right in that tower? If not, would you like any assistance in getting out?" Daystar called up toward the narrow window in the ivory spire that had mysteriously appeared on the Enchanted Forest's northern fringe.

"Thank you, but no. The room is enchanted to take care of most things, I have a mirror to call my sister if I get bored, and I think I've made more progress on my novel in the past two days than in the previous two years," a young woman called down -- a princess, judging by the length of her flax-gold hair and the silver tiara she wore, though Daystar didn't think he'd ever met one who wanted to be a novelist before. He wondered what quest she had gotten tangled up in.

"You won't stay uninterrupted forever," he said. "Magical towers always attract princes and knights, and most of them won't believe you if you say you don't want a rescue."

"I suspect they'll change their minds if I toss enough ink out the window," the princess said. "Or I might be able to convince them I'm an oracle instead of a princess -- my parents are passionate believers in astrology and I can spout gibberish for hours. Actually, that reminds me..."

She reached up and unpinned the tiara from her hair. "Behold my cunning disguise!" she said, as she tossed the tiara over her shoulder into the depths of the tower. "I'll cut my hair, too. I know I saw a pair of scissors somewhere around here."

"That might work, but you'll still be spending hours on conversation instead of writing," Daystar pointed out. "Why not borrow a guest suite in the castle instead? Oh! By which I mean the royal castle of the Enchanted Forest. I'm Prince Daystar; my apologies for not introducing myself sooner."

The princess flapped her hand dismissively. "Don't worry about it! I'm Crown Princess Meliora of Stowe-on-Moor, and I've had enough of castles to last another twenty years. I'm sure yours is very nice!" she added hastily. "But I like having a place all of my own without other people banging around upstairs, downstairs, and right next door. I can put up with a few knights in return for that."

Daystar doubted that she completely understood what she was letting herself in for; judging by his mother's stories, a few knights would rapidly become a flood. Still, it was her choice.

He left Meliora the gargoyle's mirror address and an invitation to call if she ever wanted to borrow some books.

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Note: An Enchanted Forest Chronicles fill, obviously, set sometime after "Talking To Dragons". :D

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17. ) For [livejournal.com profile] silvr_dagger: Mad Max: Fury Road, any characters or pairing, the gift of water, written 12/7/15 [AO3 version]

I lift my lamp (175 words)

Four hundred and thirty-three days later, Max slowly turns the radio dial in his newly scavenged car, listening for scraps of signal in the static: electricity is rare these days, but there are still satellites overhead and some enclaves broadcast boastful warnings that help him evade and avoid potential trouble; a voice fades into coherence -- a woman, he notes; men are more common, since people assume there's more weight behind their threats -- and he waits to hear the next set of coordinates to add to his map.

It's only when he's laboriously picking the numbers and landmarks out on the fabric that he realizes this recording is a welcome instead of a warning, that he knows the woman's voice, and that Furiosa is offering water to all those who thirst: calm and fearless, as if she isn't calling catastrophe down on her head and all those around her.

He listens through another repetition, stares toward the horizon as if he could see the Citadel beyond the desert and the hills.

Then he turns the wheel and begins to drive.

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Note: The satellites and radios are courtesy of a really neat Tumblr post on the subject, which I immediately wanted to do something with.

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18. ) For [livejournal.com profile] silvr_dagger: Any fandom (or original), any characters or pairings, salvage, written 12/7/15 [AO3 version]

shall be reborn (125 words)

Furiosa leads a caravan back to the wreckage two days later -- sooner than she should, with three settlements still in chaos and flux and her own repairs so fragile, but symbols are important and she's always run her rigs on the mantra of leave no crew behind. The Rock Riders have already begun picking over the carcasses of both cars and humans, but they scatter into the hills at the blare of engines and horns, too battered to risk another confrontation after the last two.

She brings the War Rig home; her other half is past repair itself, but its parts will let blackthumbs resurrect other vehicles, as the bodies of the war boys' brothers will find new life in the green they help to grow.

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Note: Yet another Fury Road fill.

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And that is that... for now. *evil grin*
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Oh hey, looks like this one is going around again. :-)

I currently have 387 works archived on AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 387 (the first thing I posted*), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it!

*Technically this is not true, because backdating, but it is the oldest work which is the relevant point.

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#187: "Blueprints" [Inception]

#259 and #144: "What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed)" [Naruto] and "Narutostuck: The Mother of Necessity" [Homestuck/Naruto fusion]

#227 and #27: "Bluebell" [fairy-tale retelling] and "Mycophilia" [Homestuck]

#167: "Dreams From My Mother" [Black Jewels]

#184: "Lives by Mending" [Darkangel Trilogy]

#66: "Small Favors" [Naruto, specifically the 'Apartment Manager' AU]

#221: "Everything Ends" [Doctor Who with elements from Ender's Game]

#198: "Sparkly Rainbow Blood" [Homestuck]
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December 6: thoughts about Doctor Who in general (for [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11) [Tumblr crosspost]

The main problem I have with Doctor Who is the same problem I have with any television show: I find it hard to sustain consumption of audiovisual media for more than a few episodes, no matter how interested I am in the story, characters, or world-building. I have poked at that for many years, and my current theory is that the key problem is the lack of control. With printed media (whether words, pictures, or a combination) I control the pace at which I consume the story. You cannot do that with audiovisual media. (Can't do it with purely audio media either, though in that particular case my issues with attention distribution outweigh my issues with control of pacing.) I have to sit down and mark out a set piece of time for anything I want to watch, and while I'm watching I can't do anything else. Also, audiovisual media pull the weird trick of being simultaneously more and less immersive for me -- more because the visuals are concrete, and the addition of vocal cues, body language, and background music adds layers upon layers of emotional meaning and manipulation... and less, because I'm not trying to do all that work myself and am thus less present in the story; I'm just watching rather than actively participating by building a writer's blueprints in my own mind.

Which is a long way of leading up to saying that I haven't watched much Doctor Who, though I adore the concept and a lot of the characters. I saw the first three seasons of the revived series, plus a handful of serials from the old series... and then ran out of oomph before season four was available on DVD. It takes a very high level of investment for me to be able to watch audiovisual media on a sustained basis, and it's next to impossible to get that white-hot fandom limerence back after it fades. I have never once managed to watch an entire television series, even when said series was finished and entirely available for binge-watching.

So you should take anything I say about Doctor Who with a large grain of salt, because I only know the majority of canon secondhand.

That said, I do like the pieces I've managed to watch. I mean, it's a series about people who travel in time and space and see the entire universe while saving worlds along the way. How can that possibly fail to be an attractive concept? Obviously the execution is incredibly variable -- with a concept that broad, variability is unavoidable -- but that's a virtue of a long-running show, I think. There will always be eras that aren't to one person's taste, but wait a few years and things will change as the staff and cast inevitably come and go.

I like the slower pace of the old serials compared to the more hyperkinetic feel of the revival. There's less pressure to compress material into a set 45-ish minute run time, or extend it to 90 minutes, when 60 or 75 might be the ideal length to explore a certain idea without either cutting or padding. On the other hand, I do very much like the focus on Companions' lives outside the TARDIS that Russell T. Davies added when he resurrected the show; that helps make everything seem more emotionally realistic. And the special effects are less, um, endearingly terrible these days. I sometimes wish that the science behind various plots were a bit more solid, but good character arcs, snappy dialogue, and scary monsters go a long way to making me suspend disbelief despite the occasionally ludicrous amounts of handwaving necessary to swallow certain lines and scenes. And the TARDIS is functionally a magic box anyway, so I'm not sure why I was looking for hard science in the first place. *wry*

In fandom, I generally like the Doctor best when he's not romantically involved with his Companions -- or if he is, if it's a polyamorous relationship and there's no "One True Love of his lives!!!!1111eleventy!!" being shoved at me. Obviously the true loves of the Doctor's life are the TARDIS, exploration/discovery, and Earth/humanity at large, and his one true frenemy is the Master. Beyond that, everything is transient, as it should be.

Also, speaking as an American, it's very nice to see a futuristic universe that doesn't revolve around my own country. I would be even more pleased if the Doctor's universe didn't revolve around Britain instead -- there's a whole planet here, you know! variety is the spice of life! -- but it's a British show, so hey. I'll take what I can get. New York and Los Angeles deserve a break from alien invasions now and then. *grin*

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December Talking Meme: All Days

(As a reminder, I do still have several days open and unclaimed. If there is anything you want me to talk about, just drop me a comment at the index post linked on the line above.)
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I took a brief nap to recover after a busy visit from my parents, and woke up to a wonderful surprise: both the RemixRedux 11 and Remix Madness 2014 archives are now live! Anonymously, of course, so my own work will remain a mysterious subject of mystery for another week, but in the meantime I highly recommend you go read the three (!!!) stories that have been written using my old stories as a springboard.

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Overground (The Rat Without A Maze Remix): [ETA: by [archiveofourown.org profile] qwerty] Sarah might have left the Goblin King, but she never meant to leave the Labyrinth. (1,025 words)

This is based on Balance, a Sara/Jareth story I wrote back in 2006. "Balance" was a reworking and extension of an even earlier work -- "Running from Her Shadow" -- that was itself an extension and fictionalization of a tiny irritated/outraged meta essay I wrote to and for myself back in 2001 directly after watching Labyrinth for the first time and reading it as a story about the rejection of female sexuality. (Which is kind of a funny response in retrospect, coming from someone who is thoroughly asexual and aromantic, but eh, I am large; I contain multitudes. *wry*)

Anyway! My remixer has taken the basic premise behind "Running from her Shadow" (which is the first chapter of "Balance") and elaborated on it wonderfully, bringing in rich details about both the Labyrinth denizens Sara slowly outgrows, and the normal life and people she fails to fit in with. I glossed over most of that, so it's very cool to get to feel Sara's growing sense of dislocation instead of just being told what the problem is. Go tell my remixer they're awesome!

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Where The Wood Drake Flies (The Squirrel With The Table Remix): [ETA: by [archiveofourown.org profile] Estirose] Amanda is still learning control, but at least she has Sarek. (300 words)

This is based on Penelope, Weaving, which is a little Amanda/Sarek 15-minute ficlet I wrote as a first toe-dipping venture into Star Trek fandom after the 2009 reboot movie. Both my story and the remix are character studies of Amanda, centered on how and why she agreed to be (at least superficially) a housewife on Vulcan. The remix, though, has a more sensual way with words, and casts a tighter focus on Amanda's love for Sarek and how much their relationship means to her. Go read it!

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Turbulence (The Storm Warning Remix): [ETA: by [archiveofourown.org profile] Gehayi] Before her descendant Jadis was brought to Narnia, before she herself came to Charn, Lilith was a Carrionite, and her people had been banished by the Eternals to the Deep Darkness. (3,450 words)

This is a remix of Storm Warning, which is not actually a three-sentence ficlet despite being written for the 2011 Three Sentence Ficathon. (I am not always very good at structural restrictions, alas.) My ficlet is about Jadis discovering the secret tale of how Lilith came to Charn via tricking the Doctor into giving her passage in the TARDIS, and how the Doctor tricked Lilith in turn by stranding her on an empty world that circled a dying sun.

The remix tells Lilith's story. The author neatly and brilliantly weaves Lilith into Doctor Who canon, with its insistance on science over magic, its plethora of ancient universe-spanning powers and wars, and its cavalcade of alien refugees on Earth... while simultaneously working in all the Middle Eastern mythology that surrounds Lilith, and giving Aslan an ominous cameo. It is a tour de force and you should read it immediately!
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I've filled 21 prompts, though only two of them actually managed to stay within the three sentence limit. I am so bad at length restrictions. *hides face* (I did get another one down to four sentences! That's not too far off, right? And one of the multi-sentence ficlets is only a hundred words long... *makes feeble excuses*)

Anyway, eleven of them are responses to one person asking for a specific scenario in a specific fandom -- Inception, girl!Arthur/Eames, for [livejournal.com profile] be_themoon -- and they all fit into a unified timeline. So I'm going to post those separately.

All the other random stuff (so far) is in this post. *grin*

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1. Storm Warning - Doctor Who/Narnia )

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2. Loyalty - Merlin )

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3. Tribute - Chronicles of Narnia )

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4. In Strict Obedience to Her Commands - Lucifer )

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5. Everything Ends - Ender's Game/Doctor Who )

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6. Seek and Ye Shall Find - Chronicles of Narnia/Dark Is Rising )

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7. Of Horses - Chronicles of Narnia, WARNING for brutality to animals )

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8. No Illusions - Inception )

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9. I'm Your Gun - Captain America )

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10. Birds in the Hand - Chronicles of Narnia, WARNING for crime, child abuse, and prostitution )

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More to come, probably. Dammit, why can I not find this level of inspiration for my actual fics???
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Here is another iteration of the 'name ten characters and answer silly questions about them' meme, this one gacked from [livejournal.com profile] selenak.

Name 10 characters without looking at the questions, then answer for them. (Note: two questions require some basic familiarity with Doctor Who and House, respectively, but nothing particularly detailed.)

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Characters:

1. Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
2. Nyota Uhura (Star Trek: AOS)
3. Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
4. Caine aka Hari Michaelson (The Acts of Caine series, by Matthew Stover)
5. Belial (Angel Sanctuary)
6. Izanami (Lucifer)
7. Lucifer (Angel Sanctuary)
8. Lady Taranis (Seaward, by Susan Cooper)
9. Joisan (The Crystal Gryphon trilogy, by Andre Norton)
10. Umino Iruka (Naruto)

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Questions )

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The lesson here, of course, is that it is much easier to create an interesting scenario than it is to attach a functional plot to said scenario, let alone sit down and write an actual story about it.
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Writing for Femgenficathon 2008
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I am always fascinated by other people's writing processes, since everybody seems to have different habits (and then any given story may demand a totally different process from one's normal pattern). I also find ficathons interesting, since they're more directed than random plot bunnies.

So. This is how I dreamed up and then wrote The Affairs of Dragons for Femgenficathon 2008, with a lengthy digression into Doctor Who and a brief digression into The Dark Knight.

tl;dr rambling on writing processes )

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And that is one way I write stories.

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In real life news, I refused and returned the unwanted books, turned the bad checks over to my bank (which will try ordering them again), bought two more shirts, bought some wire for making Christmas ornaments, and bought two more Doctor Who DVDs, thus exhausting the stock of my local Borders. *sigh* I really need to spend less money, but I suppose I could say that I'm doing my part to support the economy?

(I'm not really in debt -- I pay off my credit card bill in full every month -- so I suppose it's not as bad as it sounds to me. But my family will definitely be getting stories and homemade ornaments for the holidays this year, rather than presents that cost actual money.)
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Writing for Femgenficathon 2008
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I am always fascinated by other people's writing processes, since everybody seems to have different habits (and then any given story may demand a totally different process from one's normal pattern). I also find ficathons interesting, since they're more directed than random plot bunnies.

So. This is how I dreamed up and then wrote The Affairs of Dragons for Femgenficathon 2008, with a lengthy digression into Doctor Who and a brief digression into The Dark Knight.

tl;dr rambling on writing processes )

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And that is one way I write stories.

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In real life news, I refused and returned the unwanted books, turned the bad checks over to my bank (which will try ordering them again), bought two more shirts, bought some wire for making Christmas ornaments, and bought two more Doctor Who DVDs, thus exhausting the stock of my local Borders. *sigh* I really need to spend less money, but I suppose I could say that I'm doing my part to support the economy?

(I'm not really in debt -- I pay off my credit card bill in full every month -- so I suppose it's not as bad as it sounds to me. But my family will definitely be getting stories and homemade ornaments for the holidays this year, rather than presents that cost actual money.)
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Note to self: it is NOT, in fact, a good idea to say, "Hey, I could take half an hour and start watching Genesis of the Daleks before going to bed."

Have watched episodes 1 and 2 so far. Jesus, this is creepifying.

*anticipates unsettled dreams*

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