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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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More thinking out loud! As before, constructive feedback is welcomed with open arms. :)

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Here is Susan's prompt, as discussed via telephone and text message: Protagonist (age somewhere between 20 and 40, all other details up to me) has a cool secret, which gets revealed. Other characters are duly impressed. Preferably a world superficially like our own, but with magical/supernatural elements. (This last is because worldbuilding a coherent secondary world in only a couple thousand words can be hard and might detract from the secret and the reveal, which should be the heart of the story.)

Secret-keeping for someone's safety (but not in a cheap or self-justifying way) is an appreciated element.


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brainstorming, no outline yet )

Hmmmmmmm.

Suggestions, anyone?

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ETA, 3/3/17: I think one thing I'm tripping over is that worlds 'just like ours' except for one fantastical difference tend to bug me unless the difference only appeared recently. Because logically, history should change! Those worlds should NOT be nearly so close to ours on the surface. I can accept that for reading, but it tends to bug me when I'm writing. (Which is not to say that I don't ever write such worlds, just that there tend to be some significant changes lurking in the background. They may not make it to the textual level in an in-your-face manner, but they're there.) And creating a one-step-removed world and figuring out where it should be the same and where it should be wildly different is actually harder than creating a completely new world from scratch.

...hang on, being called away for work stuff.

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Okay, back now, coworker and I figured out the form in question. :)

a wild idea appears! )

Yeah. Okay. I'm doing this. >:DDD

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So now I need an actual outline. Argh.

backstory )

I will get back to this after lunch.

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ETA, 1:30pm: So, actual outline time, yes? Yes.

no, this doesn't work )

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Argh, I don't like that. I need more action-drama and less talking-drama. I want Greenleaf to reveal her magic via DOING something -- something big and interesting and obvious -- rather than just telling Clearwater over tea in her kitchen or whatever. So I think we should probably start with... hmm...

Okay, trying again.

this version seems much more functional )

And that is an outline, yay!

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I have now successfully outlined the two things I needed to outline. Next up, finishing the edits on "Second Chances." That shouldn't take too long, except for the minor problem that I can't effectively do that job at work and am often pretty spoonless by the time I get home in the evening. *sigh* But I hope to have that done by next weekend, after which I will finally be able to get to work on my FandomTrumpsHate auction fic. \o/
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I continued not to work on "Guardian." *sigh*

Instead, this afternoon I wrote a tiny 250 word snippet from Harvest, a woefully unfinished original story. Then tonight I copypasted that into the full story document and did about two thirds of the work necessary to blend it into the existing words. I think I just need one or two more sentences, mostly to describe the scenery in proper sensory detail and layout, and then I'll be good to pick up on the continuing 'Ekanu and Denifar argue about sixty different things which are all stand-ins for arguing about their relationship' plot thread. After which I need to have some kind of meteorological event that Ekanu can take as a spiritual sign and Denifar can take as a perfectly natural phenomenon, because I like to maintain a firmly agnostic stance toward all my fictional religions. :)

For future reference, "Harvest" is now a touch over 15,000 words. Once I finally get Ekanu and Denifar back off the vision island (and back into a semi-functional friendship rather than an extremely dysfunctional romance), I need to wrap up Ekanu's temporary posting in Ileara and ship her back off to Vinaeo for training as a chapterhouse inspector in preparation for her trip to Yanomy... where I have two other unfinished stories waiting for me, ugh.

Writing is such a pain.
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Summary: Ekanu and Denifar on the vision isle. (250 words)

Note: This ficlet is another snippet of "Harvest," this one set sometime after Harvest: Downwind -- I'm inclined to think perhaps the next morning?

Harvest: Stepping Stones )

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I would really like to finish "Harvest" by the end of the year...
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I finished off my stained glass coloring book listening to three podcasts of varying length, and have started in on my weird geometric pattern paper coloring book. That one is vicious and evil on my wrist, because the shapes are so small and fiddly and colored pencils have much smaller tips than big Crayola markers so they fill space at a much slower rate. I think I may toss that book out after I finish the one pattern I started and print out some mandalas or something instead.

But anyway, pictures!

cut for images )

The first pattern has no particular significance, but the second and third are, respectively, the associated color sets for Nesta of the Waves and the Serpent: two of the Estarian Trinity from my Firsthome stories. (The Star is not represented because his/its colors are white, black, and occasionally gray, which struck me as defeating the basic purpose of stained glass.) Nesta gets blue-purple-gray because she's a sea/water goddess, and red because her other main symbolic association is blood. The Serpent gets green-brown for the earth, and yellow-orange for fire. (Dreams and lies do not have colors and are therefore not represented.)

The fourth pattern is a weird color scheme that I am somewhat ambivalent about, but hey, if experiments all worked out flawlessly they wouldn't be experiments. And the last one is just a classic four-color combo that I knew was going to be excellent, because I wanted to finish this series on a high note. :D

(You can find the previous seven stained glass coloring pages in this post with five patterns and this post with two patterns, or you can look at all fourteen pages at once here on imgur.)
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Summary: Ekanu takes a class on the history of the Three Day Revolution and the end of the Estarin Empire. (415 words)

Note: This ficlet is set during Ekanu's student years in Estara, though judging by her grasp of Common and recognition of Trinitarian religious imagery, she's been there at least a couple years. So it comes after Learning To Listen, Barycenter, and Craftsmanship, but before Seduction in which she goes to Vinaeo to begin her service payment for her education.

Ripples in Time )

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Yay, I wrote a thing! It's tiny, but still. A thing!

This was kind of odd to write, because I had to placeholder several things while writing and then go look up the details later from my world-building files. Like, I remembered the name of the last high priest, but not his number or official title; likewise, I couldn't remember if I'd ever come up with titles for the local head priest/priestess of the three Estarian deities, or named the bay at the mouth of the Mekhul River. Turns out I hadn't. *shrug* Well, at least Nesta's clergy now have titles. And I suspect the bay is called the Bay of Sinnesta, because let's not get fancy here. (Sinnesta is Estara's port, btw, since the coast has moved several miles downstream since Estara's founding.)
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Summary: Ekanu finally tells Kadeotak that she's going to leave home. (325 words)

Note: This is kind of... backstory for a future story? It's set during the opening section of Learning To Listen, which is the tale of how and why Ekanu came south to Estara and wound up studying at the University and befriending Denifar. Kadeotak is Ekanu's childhood friend, which is clear in "Learning To Listen." She and Ekanu are also each other's first lovers, which is not especially clear in that story. But it's always been true in my mind.

Kadeotak is also an important character in the as-yet-unwritten story (or stories) of Ekanu's initial return to the Domaris, so I wanted to get her properly on-page and start exploring who she is as a person.

Empty Hands )

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For reference, Ekanu's name literally translates as 'I listen,' and what Kadeotak says -- Ekanu kanususkaket -- means 'I-Listen never listens at all!' Kanu = to listen, suska = never (a negation of ka = always), and ket is an emphasis particle. Kadeotak talking about Ekanu flying away is also a bit of a joke, since Ekanu's family name, Sulila, means '[a/one] thousand birds.'

Kadeotak's name means 'empty hands,' hence the title and the line about filling them.
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Summary: Ekanu spends the summer on the shores of the Inner Sea in Nivenos. (350 words)

Note: This ficlet is set when Ekanu is in her late thirties, after she's attempted to settle down in Pythas and start a family with Ain Taylak. That fell apart for various reasons and she's been doing University chapterhouse inspections again, this time in Nivenos rather than Yanomy, until she got shipwrecked in a spring storm near the western coast of the Inner Sea. Jou Shaha Vagyu found and saved her, and they've been living together while Ekanu heals.

Wash Us Clean )

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I have been wanting to write these two together for years, and ha! I finally managed it. :-) The actual full-length story may end up being from Jou Shaha Vagyu's POV -- I have an opening paragraph to that effect, written longhand a few years ago -- but for the moment I'm just glad to plant a little signpost toward future goals.
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December 21: mapping worlds and fandoms, cont'd (for [livejournal.com profile] joyeuce01) [Tumblr crosspost]

More maps, yay!

So okay, Firsthome. Firsthome is another world I dreamed up around age thirteen, but in this case my initial terrible notes (which included, IIRC, a legendary pirate and a mermaid??? I dunno, it was forever ago and the notes in question were, at best, one sentence summaries of concepts that need at least a thousand words to make any sense) were extremely minimal and I didn't get around to making maps until much later.

(Except for Yanomy, but Yanomy is a weird case I will explain in a bit.)

I first 'mapped' Firsthome verbally, and since then have been engaged in an off-and-on struggle to make those verbal descriptions of geography and climate into functional images. Like, there are seven continents in this world. Three in the northern hemisphere (Arina, Yanomy, and Tirith Ansam), three in the southern hemisphere (Nivenos, Kerabada, and Chida), and one that pretty much straddles the equator (Ohiyesa). Some of these names are, um, approximations in Common (aka the language of the Estarin Empire, which is still the common speech of Estaria, a big region of Arina) for names in the language of whatever people the Estarins happened to conquer first on a given continent. So Yanomy comes from the Sirinese (or Umestai) Yan hu'Komi, Chida is short for Chidantl, and Kerabada is an expanded version of Khrabda.

I have little verbal geographic sketches of the entirety of Arina, Yanomy, and Kerabada. I have about 80% of Nivenos verbally mapped, and maybe 20% of Tirith Ansam. Ohiyesa and Chida are very vague -- though I've actually written one ficlet each set on those continents. (Seduction is set in the city-state of Vinaeo, which is on the northern coast of Ohiyesa, and Clockwork is set in Besmodu, an as-yet-unmapped region of Chida.)

At one point I started a project to map the whole world by hemispheres, but I only finished the east; west, south, and north are all sadly blank. And the map itself is pretty sketchy and subject to future revision, particularly Chida and Ohiyesa. But here it is. (The scribbly bits are mountain ranges.)

there are a bunch of large images from this point onward )

And that's all I have to say about Firsthome today, since the topic is maps rather than history or linguistics or children's games or religion or epic poetry traditions or any of the other things I have created and written down over the past twenty years. :-)

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December Talking Meme: All Days
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Summary: Svedanya sin Alar and Tallo Nashialle face a disruption to their attempt at a private life after the Three-Day Revolution. (575 words)

Note: It's been ages, so I doubt anyone remembers, but Svedanya and Tallo are two friends (and later lovers) who live about five hundred years before Ekanu Thousandbirds. They are some of the leading figures in the Three Day Revolution that beheads and topples the Estarin Empire, and end up roped into the first post-imperial government of the Free City of Estara. Suffice it to say that after a period of dictatorial rule, and then a term of democratic service, they attempt to retire from politics. This proves... um... tricky. (Also, by this point they've both gotten better at dealing with their particular magical gifts: Tallo calls lightning and Svedanya can feel the most likely future.)

The Edge of the Knife )

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Whee, more original fiction!

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