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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. Read at your own risk! 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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Slightly modified from various places: Ask me my Top Five Whatevers, fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really. I will answer them all in comments or a new post. (But definitely not with pictures. *grin*)

Because I am bored and I hate all my WIPs -- including the two things I was trying to write for Femgenficathon and which I failed miserably to finish by even the extended deadline. Please help distract me?

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ETA:

--5 fanfics I will never write (but want to read), courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] aishuu

--5 favorite manga and/or anime series, courtesy of [personal profile] theodosia21

--5 favorite stories I've written, also courtesy of [personal profile] theodosia21

--5 Naruto characters who've had all of five panels, but deserve their own story arcs/gaidens, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] leahnari

--8 favorite things to eat, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11

--5 favorite scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia, also courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11

--5 favorite female characters (from my childhood), courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] uminohikari

--5 tropes I love, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] rianax
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At the beginning of the month, I posted about a deeply stupid AU idea that I had for Code Geass, which has not only refused to die, but which continues to tick away in the back of my mind, developing world-building details and plot incidents. (I am still not actually writing it, but I am now resigned to at least producing a detailed outline.)

Also, I have written two sidefics. Which are really more like backstory fics, or let's-try-out-the-world-building fics, but whatever. One of them I posted in a somewhat sloppy version as a comment!fic for [livejournal.com profile] askerian. The other is new.

So. Here is the second one, about Cornelia li Britannia and her family. (1,450 words -- and you really ought to go read the background post first, or this will make very little sense.)

Etiquette )

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Teen!Cornelia is very cute when she is trying to be serious and adult. I suspect Marianne agrees.
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At the beginning of the month, I posted about a deeply stupid AU idea that I had for Code Geass, which has not only refused to die, but which continues to tick away in the back of my mind, developing world-building details and plot incidents. (I am still not actually writing it, but I am now resigned to at least producing a detailed outline.)

Also, I have written two sidefics. Which are really more like backstory fics, or let's-try-out-the-world-building fics, but whatever. One of them I posted in a somewhat sloppy version as a comment!fic for [livejournal.com profile] askerian. The other is new.

So. Here is the first one, about Marianne vi Britannia and her son. (875 words -- and you really ought to go read the background post first, or this will make very little sense.)

Mother Wolf )

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The fun thing about writing an AU that requires as much world-building as this one does is that I can throw out or twist quite a lot of canon backstory, so long as I get Lelouch, Kallen, Suzaku, and CC to Shinjuku in a reasonably plausible fashion, without making them too unrecognizable from their canon selves. *evil laughter*
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I posted chapter 13 of "The Guardian in Spite of Herself" to ff.net last night. So far, several reviews have included some variation of "OMG, you're not dead!/OMG, you're alive!/OMG, I thought you'd quit writing!"

On the one hand, it is a really warm, fuzzy feeling to realize that people still remember and enjoy my story after, you know, a two and a half year hiatus. On the other hand... dead? Not writing? I've been posting at ff.net all this time -- just not that story, and mostly not that fandom either.

If I were a more statistically inclined person, I would say something intelligent about mono-fandom focus, or about how using ff.net's story alert function rather than the author alert function can put blinkers around people's view of various writers and their work, or even about how it's amazing that people don't seem to go from checking a story they like to also checking its writer's profile to see if ze has written anything else of interest. But that sounds like work, and I am opposed to work this evening.

So I will simply say that I have never had so many people express joy at my continued survival, and leave it at that. :-)

*wanders off to watch more Code Geass and do more world-building for the stupid shapeshifting AU I am not actually writing*
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I want this out of my head, so I am going to write up the scenario so as to (hopefully) lay it to rest.

The basic idea is to add one extra fantasy element to Code Geass (well, one element with subsections, as it were) and see what it does to the plot. Logically the plot should diverge from canon at some point, because otherwise there is no point to the extra element, but I have no idea where that would happen, because the idea is more a series of images and scenario-flashes from a dream I had last night than an actual story.

Right. So the extra element is... there is no way to make this not sound stupid, but dreams never make much sense. Anyway, in this AU, people are born with a sort of... totem animal? Soul animal? Whatever. Everyone has some animal (or mythical creature) that represents part of 'who they are,' so to speak. And for most people, that's pretty meaningless, but for some people, that part of their soul is strong enough that they can 'manifest' -- i.e., actually shift into the form of their soul beast thingy. Also, if you can manifest, usually you will display some personality traits of your soul animal even in human form (though not physical traits, except maybe coloring).

All members of the Britannian royal family are dragons... )

So yeah. Like I said, a crazy idea without a proper story attached to it. Hopefully I will be able to move on and think about my actual fics now.

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ETA: So not only will the idea not go away, I have committed background/prequel fic for it. *headdesk* Made Manifest: Mother Wolf is 825 words on Marianne vi Britannia and her son.
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1. The revised version of Lemonade, chapter 17 is now up on ff.net. It includes actual descriptions of the blue insect demons (who do have a name, as does their world/dimension/planet/home; it just hasn't come up in the story yet), a bit of description of their horse-equivalents, and also some revisions to their weaponry. (In other words, their world is metal-poor and macuahuitl are dead cool -- actually, that last is all the justification I really need. *grin*)

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2. On a completely different topic, here is a meme seen in many places: What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about [fill in topic] I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

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3. On a slight tangent to that last, which stories are you most interested in seeing me post? I am feeling slightly directionless at the moment (mostly because a really stupid idea for a Code Geass AU with an extra fantasy gimmick has been eating my brain all day, but it is, you know, stupid despite the cool factor, and also has no plot, and the last thing I need is another novel-length WIP with no clear direction) so I would appreciate being told what to write.
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Completely random observation from episode 5 of Code Geass:

I presume that the graphics were done in English to start with, since the conceit is that Britannia is... well, an unholy combination of the British Empire and American Manifest Destiny gone wild. This makes sense, actually, because the web search results and the magazine articles in episode five are very obviously not written by a native English speaker -- the gist comes through, but the phrasing is stilted at best and borderline unintelligible at worst -- and one would expect that if they'd been translated from kanji/katakana/hiragana/romanji/whatever into English as part of the subtitling process, the translation would read more smoothly.

Even worse than the phrasing, though, are the line breaks in the magazines. Someone was trying to justify the text into nice, even columns, but that person had absolutely no idea of how English words are split. Instead of breaking them at syllabic break points and marking the breaks with hyphens, they are broken at random letters with no punctuation marks to show what's going on.

In other words, instead of a column
of text that looks something like
this, with rational line breaks and
occasional use of hyphens to signal
the division of any words that ex-
tend beyond the right margin (with
said divisions occuring at a some-
what natural break point)...

You get a column of words that look
s something more like this, with li
ne breaks in the middle of words wi
th no punctuation signals whatsoeve
r, which is damn confusing to read.
It may line up more neatly than syl
labic breaks would, but no native s
peaker would EVER write that way!


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That has no real relevance to anything. It's just interesting to note that while word-breaking at syllabic joints (or component word joints) is something that I had never really thought about -- probably because native speakers and readers pick it up by osmosis -- it's apparently not obvious to people who use a notably different writing system.
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I have now watched the first five episodes of Code Geass.

Overall impression: this series is on crack.* And it is awesome.

in slightly more detail )

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My DVD came with both sub and dub options, which I think is very nice. I've been using the original Japanese soundtrack with subtitles. I may watch the episodes again in the dub version just for curiosity's sake, unless general consensus is that it's awful.

Is there a general consensus about the Code Geass dub?
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1. I went grocery shopping this evening and discovered that Tops has decided to close the P&C location on Hancock St. (Tops is a grocery chain that recently bought most of the old P&C grocery chain; what they didn't claim, Price Chopper did.) Either they were not able to negotiate rents with the couple who own the site, or they decided the store was not profitable enough.

It will close in mid-April.

This is unfortunate, as that store was the only grocery store within walking distance of my apartment, and all other stores require a twenty-minute walk into town and then a fifteen or thirty-minute bus ride (in other words, forget buying dairy products; they will curdle) or a ten minute walk and a five minute bus ride to the ultra-discount Aldi, and I don't really like discount stores; they have such awful selection.

So it looks as though I will be joining the Ithaca car share program and doing all my shopping once a week down at Wegmans. *sigh* Damn it all to hell.

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2. In a fit of madness, I signed up (at least, I think I signed up) for this year's [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest. I found a prompt that really spoke to me in a fandom I know. I think it may have originally been intended to be about a man dealing with subsidiary issues of being gay, but it can be read equally validly as a man dealing with asexuality, and upon considering said character (Astrin Ymris, from Patricia McKillip's Riddle Master trilogy), I suddenly cannot see him as anything but asexual and cannot figure out why I didn't realize that before.

And the fest is allowing prompts and stories about asexual issues this year, so my interpretation is allowable. Yay!

I have realized over the years that while I see some characters as asexual and tend to write most people as not especially interested in sex and/or romance unless said desires are notable character traits or sex is the point of a given story, I have never really written about asexuality as an issue. It will be interesting to try. It's something weirdly personal, in a way that other issues aren't usually for me. (Not even feminism, because for me, being female and therefore part of a community of women and girls has never been a question, whereas being asexual is something it took me time to realize and start working out what the implications meant for me on a practical and emotional level. And I still have not told my family in so many words, though I have danced very pointedly up and down the edges of the issue.)

Of course, from another point of view a ridiculous amount of stuff I write is already dealing with asexuality and/or aromanticism, since even when I am writing sex and romance, my treatment of said elements is awfully dry and glossed over, and I place more importance on friendship and familial relationships anyway. But still, the one time I previously tried writing a story specifically about asexuality, I was still not down with the whole implications of the thing (I had identified myself as asexual, but not really connected that to there being other asexual people) and therefore tried to justify a character's planned asexuality as nerve damage or some-such instead of just letting his orientation be natural and normal. That pathologizing of my own orientation is probably as much a reason I abandoned that story as my growing lack of interest in Harry Potter in general.

Anyway, hopefully I will be working on both my issues and this new story, and have something presentable done at the end of May.

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3. I've been overdosing on Code Geass fanfic the past few days. (You may have noticed over the years that I have a thing for mind games and antiheroes, though I rarely write them. I also have a thing for explorations of morality and ethics, which I do write about. Also, war stories are cool.) The upshot of this is that I have added the series to my Netflix queue and am morbidly curious about whether I'll enjoy it.

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