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Oh hey, thing of potential interest.

Back in November, [archiveofourown.org profile] mothlights asked if they could podfic What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed), which is the epic-ish NaruSasu (or maybe SasuNaru? I dunno, they never get anywhere near actual sex and there certainly isn't any fixed "A always tops B" dynamic to their interaction, so whatever) fic I wrote in Remix Redux 8. I said sure, so long as the podficcer noted that my fic was a remix, because I would never have written it without [livejournal.com profile] megyal's amazing template. (That would be put a little fixing on it, for the record.)

Long story short, the podfic is now finished and available on AO3!

What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed): Madara lied about the eye transplant's effects. Captured and brought back to Konoha, Sasuke must adjust to blindness and his unexpected survival. Remix of "Put a little fixing on it," by megyal. [Podfic by [archiveofourown.org profile] mothlights]

The fic is 24,500 words long, and the audio file is three hours and fifteen minutes.

I haven't listened to it myself, but that's only because I find listening to my own work excruciatingly embarrassing and because I don't have any sewing projects handy to keep my attention from wandering off. For those of you who don't have those limitations, and who have any interest in Naruto fanworks, why not give it a try? :-)
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I thought I would take a moment to mention that I have finally, finally finished one of my far-too-many writing tasks.

The edited and expanded version of What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) is now up on ff.net, along with its two sidefics. I will also be posting the revised version and sidefics to the AO3 as soon as I finish coding in the damned italics... so, maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow night; it depends on my boredom tolerance levels.

[ETA: And here is the AO3 version! I do like their series function; it keeps related stories together without needing to post sidefics as subsidiary chapters of a one-shot.]

Also, fair warning: if you thought the original one-shot was long at 21,000 words, I must in all honesty tell you that the revised version is now 24,500 words. So yeah.

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Look, I have never claimed not to run on at the word processor!

Anyway, the main changes are designed to fix typos, remove extraneous commas, smooth out some of my worst stylistic quirks, include Sasuke's interactions with more canon characters, better foreshadow the NaruSasu relationship, and fill in the time jump between Sasuke's start at the academy and the climactic scenes.

Now I am off to code italics. *headdesk*
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This is another sidefic for What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed), describing what leads up to Iruka cleaning his house. It starts the morning after Sasuke is brought home; in other words, shortly after the end of With a Vengeance, and around the time Sasuke wakes up in his holding cell.

I wrote it on Monday, but it was awfully bare and abrupt. So I sat on it for a few days until I was both awake enough and distant enough to see where it needed some fleshing out, which I did tonight. It's still pretty bare and abrupt, but I think it flows better now. (2,650 words)

The title is half a quote from Henry Ward Beecher.

[ETA: The revised and slightly expanded final version is now up on ff.net and on the AO3.]

More Sins Than Condemnation )

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And that is more or less that.

Oh, god, leaving tomorrow. I hate trips. I get so twitchy the night before I go anywhere that I cannot sleep worth a damn. It's especially annoying since I have no problems with actual travel -- just the lead-up to a trip.
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So, about those sidefics for What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed)? This is not one of the ones I mentioned. Instead, this is Sakura the night Naruto brings Sasuke back, right at the beginning of the story. Also, I ran a little over the time limit, so it's technically a twenty-five-minute fic. Ah well. (875 words)

[ETA: The revised and slightly expanded final version is now up on ff.net and on the AO3.]

With a Vengeance )

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And now to bed, since I have another Festival-busy day ahead of me. *sigh*
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Remix reveal day! I wrote What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed): Madara lied about the eye transplant's effects. Captured and brought back to Konoha, Sasuke must adjust to blindness and his unexpected survival. Remix of Put a little fixing on it, by [livejournal.com profile] megyal. NaruSasu, 21,000 words. (And here is an alternate link that will get you a sidebar with links to navigate the collection.)

[ETA: The ever-so-slightly revised final version is now up on ff.net.]

[[ETA 2: As of 12/5/10, I finished the revisions I did not have time to make before the Remix Redux posting deadline, which means the AO3 and ff.net versions are now the exact same text, and the story is now 24,500 words long, plus two sidefics. *headdesk* Look, I never claimed brevity was my forte!]]

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21,000 words. Twenty-one thousand words. Which I wrote in exactly two weeks, starting the night of May 9 and finishing at 4am on May 23. Actually, it's even worse than that. When I posted the rough draft on May 16, I had about 5,000 words of story plus 1,500 words of outline: scene overviews, some rough-sketch blocking, and occasional dialogue fragments. That means I wrote 16,000 words in one week. And given that on the afternoon of May 22, I had about 15,000 functional words (the ending sections being more a half-assed expansion of my outline than proper scenes), I wrote 6,000 words in one day. So yeah.

In all honesty, the story is so long because I didn't have time to make it shorter. I could likely cut at least a thousand words out of it without affecting the plot or character arcs. (Of course, if I start editing, I may well write a thousand new words to even out the difference in sensory description and Sasuke's obsession with knowing the exact dimensions of his surroundings between the start of the story and the end, but whatever.)

Um. Where was I?

I knew from the start that this was going to be a long story, partly because [livejournal.com profile] megyal's story is long (7,300 words), and partly because I wanted to show the gradual progression of Sasuke's emotional arc, which meant that if I wanted to be convincing, I couldn't shorthand the steps. But I was thinking 8,000 to 10,000 words -- maybe 12,000 tops. Instead What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) is, by over 3,000 words, the longest oneshot I have ever written.***

I sincerely hope I never break that record again.

[ETA: And then I broke it less than a year and a half later with Out of Season, which was written for the 2011 Narnia Fic Exchange and is roughly 27,000 words long. Whoops! But I doubt I'll ever have the patience to write a 30,000 word story as a one-shot, so... *crosses fingers*]

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details about remixing -- you should probably read the stories first )

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I have at least three potential sidefics floating around in my head. One is about Iruka cleaning his house and setting it up for Sasuke to move in. (The room on the ground floor used to belong to his great-aunt -- who is, of course, Aunt Sadako from Lessons and The Way of the Apartment Manager, because I am nothing if not self-referential -- and Iruka has to take all her possessions and move them upstairs to his parents' old room, which he then locks.) The second is about Naruto and Sakura helping Sasuke move into his new apartment, arguing cheerfully all the while. And the third is about Naruto giving his genin the bell test, probably from the kids' point of view.

I will probably never write those, but it is, I think, a measure of how much I was eating, breathing, and sleeping this story by the end that they occurred to me at all. The world [livejournal.com profile] megyal created and I adapted became so real to me that it turned into something of a full-on secondary canon.

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***The second-longest oneshot I've written, incidentally, is Paint the Town, which is a 17,500 word Harry Potter fic. The third-longest is, I think, Finding Marea: Truth and Change in the Circle of Kemar, which is 16,500 words and is original fiction, not fanfic.
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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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The Apartment Manager sequence )

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The Tides sequence )

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The What Isn't Broken sequence )

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Summer Camp & Politics AU )

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