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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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Okay, let's try the external motivation writing progress report thing again!

As of ~4pm, EDT, I am at 20,400 words and the start of space battle, phase 2: boarding and negotiations. Let's see if I can knock off the whole thing today!

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~5pm, 20,800 words.

The word count is actually underselling the amount of finished text I produced, because this section of my 'and then and then' draft contains more dialogue and therefore more of it was usable as-is without the need to elaborate. (Well. Mostly as-is.) I did have to find a good place to stop and add some emotional reactions and a bit of scene description, and also went back to tweak a bit of dialogue in the previous scene (because reasons), but I think I'm making pretty good progress. :)

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~6pm, 21,250 words.

I have named one of the previously unnamed characters, go me! (I think I only have two others who still need names?) As before, the word count is somewhat misleading since I've been able to essentially copypaste large swathes of dialogue. The new words are mostly interstitial stuff, like character description and some logistical details.

Also I have one placeholder note saying, effectively, [medical thing goes here] because I was on a roll and didn't want to stop to research it right then. But that should be pretty easy to fix later; it only needs to be one paragraph long and there's no need to get very detailed.

(For reference: I have not yet reached the Enterprise cameo, and I have 1,900 words of rough draft left to convert to beta draft. I expect that will turn into ~4,000 words of finished prose, give or take. And then of course I have to go back and backfill a bunch of stuff into earlier sections, so... hmm... this story will end up being maybe 25,000 words total? I guess we'll see how it goes!)

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I think I am going to take a break to do some chores/errands for the next hour, though. I'm starting to feel a little brain-fried.

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~8pm, 21,400 words in narrative form (1,600 words of outline left)

Again, I have been basically copypasting dialogue. I also stopped to do some packing for my trip to NJ tomorrow evening, and to have dinner. Yay dinner!

And unnamed character #2 now has a name, so that's nice. :)

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~9pm, 21,700 words (1,350 words of outline/draft left to fix)

The final unnamed character is now named, and I filled in some other stuff I'd left as [fill in thing] in the rough draft. Yay progress?

I don't think I'm going to get the final scene finished today, but I should definitely be able to wrap up the space battle, so that's something. And hopefully I will have some free time at work tomorrow to bash the ending around a little. *crosses fingers*

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~10pm, only 25 additional words in the total count, but! I am down to 1,100 words of draft/outline left to fix. This part of the story is actually pretty solid as-is; I am just changing tenses, adding correct punctuation, and occasionally slipping in a word or three of description.

(I also took time out to cook some rice for tomorrow's lunch, because I forgot to do that earlier today. *headdesk*)

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Okay, done for the night at 21,850 words total, 950 left to bash into shape, and one space battle that is not my problem anymore because it is DONE. \o/

Tomorrow, the aftermath. (And with a pinch of luck, also the first round of backfilling edits, but those are less vital. I can probably send the thing to beta without them so long as I include some notes about what WILL get changed over the coming week. What I can't do is send out the story without a properly finished ending. *wry*)
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Okay, clearly self-motivation is not working fast enough, so.

I am trying to get my WIP Big Bang draft into shape to send to my betas. Saturday evening is my absolute down-to-the-wire final deadline, but I would strongly prefer to get this done sooner -- tonight or sometime on Friday.

So I'm going to post every hour(ish) with a current word count and general progress report, in the hope that this will be enough external motivation to kick me into flow state instead of what I've been doing, which is progress by about three paragraphs per day. *headdesk*

As of ~5pm EDT, the story is at ~18,600 words and I am still bashing the space battle into functional prose instead of its current 'and then and then and then' state.

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~6pm, EDT: 19,050 words, still fighting the stupid space battle.

The problem with translating 'and then and then and then' into actual narrative is A) I elided a LOT of details in the rough version (intentionally; that is what it is FOR) which means now I have to actually come up with them (although not while ALSO coming up with the general shape/movement of the story, since those bones are what the 'and then and then' consists of), and B) I always wind up 'and then and then'ing in vaguely omniscient third person present tense, but the story is in tight-POV third person past tense. This requires some tweaking. *wry*

Anyway, back to the salt mines!

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~7pm, ~19,400 words.

It would have been more, but I ran into a section where my rough draft had something completely factually inaccurate and I had to figure out a replacement that would serve a similar narrative function. *sigh*

And I think I'm going to have similar trouble in the next hour, because I've hit a place where my draft reads, more or less, 'quick summary of events in [place], this is where Character Y's Big Damn Heroes moment should kick off,' without any details about what that Big Damn Heroes moment should be, nor how to logistically pull it off. *headdesk*

Why do I do this to myself???

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~8pm, no change.

I took an hour off for dinner... and also got interrupted by Mormon missionaries, which was MUCH less intentional, but whatever. *wry*

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~9pm, 19,800 words.

I got past one part that I thought would be ridiculously melodramatic and impossible to pull off, and it was... surprisingly not? I mean, I DID lay setup for it several sections earlier, though I think I should probably make that even more pointed on my next revision pass-through.

I also cheated and completely elided the Big Damn Heroes thing because hello, SPACE BATTLE STILL GOING ON HERE. It turns out 'spaceships attack!' is a pretty good functional equivalent of 'ninjas break down the door!' when it comes to abruptly getting out of narrative corners. :p

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~10pm, 20,250 words.

It would have been more, but I got ambitious and spent about twenty minutes looking up some basic stuff about orbital mechanics because occasionally I have delusions that scientific verisimilitude is relevant to space operas. *wry*

Anyway, I think I am nearly done with phase one of the space battle (aka, ships and more ships) and will knock off for the night once I finish that. Tomorrow we move on to phase two (aka, boarding and negotiations), and then the aftermath (during which I will have to finally detail the logistics of the Big Damn Heroes thing I keep cheating my way around *sigh*).

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Okay, done for the night at 20,400 words and ~10:45pm.

Tomorrow, the rest of the space battle PLUS an exciting and dramatic cameo from the crew of the one and only (haha) Enterprise!

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These space battle scenes are ridiculously long and are going to completely unbalance the story unless I go back and edit in a bunch more stuff in the medical plot. Which I should do. I also need to edit in more character stuff and foreshadowing for the eventual space battle plot so the story doesn't feel so much like it completely jumps genres halfway through, whoops.

(The space battle is necessary because of the original prompt that is the reason I am writing the story at all. I just kind of... got really carried away with the medical plot, so now the fic has two plots that I can hopefully get to work together instead of just kind of lying there giving each other weird looks. *headdesk*)
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I did not finish 'and then'ing the space battle today, but I made some good progress and actually it turns out the space battle really needed to be broken into two scenes because reasons, so. I finished the first one? And got a couple paragraphs into the second one so as to leave myself in a place where my reaction is 'OMG what next?!' rather than 'yeah, that's a good stopping point' because I would like to have some residual momentum on my side when I hit the keyboard again tomorrow.

I am really going to have to revise the earlier sections of this story to properly foreshadow all this stuff, or this is going to come off as a really weird and unbalanced fic that switches plots halfway through. Which. Uh. It kind of does? But also kind of not, and my job will be to make the latter assessment feel more convincing than the former.
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This morning I gave up on 'proper' writing and just 'and then, and then, and then'ed my way through about half of the battle, plus I found a good place to bring back a thing I'd vaguely hinted at earlier, PLUS I discovered for good and for keeps exactly what the relationship between two characters should be.

(Context: I'd originally intended them to be [thing], but another character made an annoying comment about them earlier in the story and I started wondering, hey, what if [other thing] instead??? And my answer to that question is YES, GOOD, LET'S DO IT. *grin*)

I think I will try to 'and then' the rest of the battle scene tomorrow, and maybe 'and then' the falling action/wrap-up on Wednesday, after which I can start A) turning bare-bones present-tense 'and then' material into properly fleshed-out past-tense story, and B) backfilling necessary support and foreshadowing for some stuff that popped up in the 'and then' process.
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Note to self: it is much easier to write space battles when you remember your story is really about ethics, relationships, and dubious handwaved science. :)

(This note brought to you by me starting to make progress again on my WIP Big Bang fic, which, yes, has a climactic space battle because apparently I live to cause myself trouble. *wry*)

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Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go hit the laundromat.
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For [personal profile] rosaxx50, for the Fic DVD Commentary Meme (which is still open, fyi!)

I wrote this ficlet in response to a prompt from [personal profile] sablin27: Can I use the wild card on: Uhura, Spock and Gaila chase friendly but flighty magical cards (a la Card Captor Sakura)?

This was a little tricky in that I have never read nor watched Cardcaptor Sakura (though I have read several volumes of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, because obviously one should read the weird AU remix before reading the original *headdesk*), but I have picked up enough via general fannish osmosis that I figured I could manage a short ficlet. Which I did. :)

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Cardcaptor Uhura: Nyota Uhura occasionally regrets her sense of responsibility, particularly when the magical cards she accidentally released onto Starfleet Academy campus get in the way of her classes. Fortunately (or unfortunately), Gaila and Spock make sure she never misses a crisis. (900 words)

So the title is nothing but a literal and factual description of the story concept, but I couldn't not because of the syllabic/phonetic similarities between 'Uhura' and 'Sakura'. Which is also why this is not called "Cardcaptor Nyota," even though I only call Uhura by her first name in the story text, since we are in her POV.

Cardcaptor Uhura, with commentary )

And I think that's pretty much everything!
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Snagged from various places:

Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

(The phrasing is unclear as to whether we're discussing whole stories or just story sections, but hey, pick what you want! You can find all my fic via this link. The majority of those stories are also available here on AO3.)

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Cardcaptor Uhura, for [personal profile] rosaxx50

The Law of Conservation of Mangrit, for [personal profile] othercat

The Courting Dance, chapter 7, for [tumblr.com profile] bluejayfic

The Way of the Apartment Manager, chapter 11, for [personal profile] wistfulmemory

The Guardian in Spite of Herself, chapter 16, for [personal profile] jjhunter
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1. Put away laundry.

2. Wrote some character descriptions for "Intervention" and emailed them to my WIP Big Bang artist. That was actually a very useful exercise, because I had not thought in detail about the characters' appearances before and now I can try to work some of those visual details into the story text.

Like, about all I had before was that Kath is short and wears her hair in braids, Jahiem is a lot taller than Kath, Adam has blond hair and always wears black, Inez wears a gold cross necklace, Jayavanti is a bit taller than both Kath and Hegev, Nico is tall and often sleep-deprived, Hegev is Tellarite, Zhi-ren has long hair he sometimes puts into a ponytail, Fra Treefell is weather-beaten, and Elakwa looks like Marina Sirtis's more tired and less fashion-conscious cousin. Which is not a lot to be going on. Now I know a lot more. :)

3. Put my peppers and squash out all day on Wednesday, since the forecast predicted a mostly cloudy day rather than full sunlight.

more items under the cut )

10. Finally got around to cooking the fajita filling for which I chopped and froze the ingredients a couple weeks ago. \o/ That's now in the fridge, cooling down, and I'll stick it in the freezer in the morning.
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[livejournal.com profile] akatsuki210 said: For the "science and magic" prompt: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Sandman. When Data begins to use his dream program, he encounters Morpheus, who welcomes him as the first non-biological life-form to enter the Dreaming.

Note: I seem to have wound up with Daniel rather than Morpheus, whoops. Also, TNG is not really my Trek, so I cribbed everything about Data's dreams from Memory Alpha. *wry* Also also, I'm pretty sure there have been other non-biological species in the Dreaming before -- it's huge, it's old, it touches multiple universes -- but Data can still be the first of his species to get there. (400 words exactly)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

Transition State )

Two down, more to go... :)

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