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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
01 January 2037 @ 01:01 am
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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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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
16 January 2018 @ 05:44 pm
Stuff done recently-ish:

1. Washed, ironed, and attempted to frame the pastel cross-stitch unicorn I made when I was eight or nine years old. The frame provided is dreadfully lacking in several ways -- starting with its lack of a back, yikes -- and I may just buy a cheap replacement from Michaels on Friday.)

2. Cleaned my bathtub.

3. Paid my bills and reconciled my credit card statements.

4. Cooked a batch of veggie sidedish.

5. Discovered what had become of a family heirloom book and notified my parents. See, they gave me and Vicky each a copy of the ghost story collection for Christmas, but it turns out that I'd acquired the slightly damaged original copy back in July 2015 -- it used to live at the cabin on Star Island, but there was some minor trouble with mildew and I wound up with both the ghost story collection and the illustrated fairy-tale collection. Mom and I have agreed that the nice new copy of the ghost story collection should go to the cabin, and I will keep the battered old copy.

6. Arranged a meeting with the DRE to talk about church youth group stuff on Thursday morning.

7. Downloaded and printed my 1099-G and 1099-DIV forms. (I love online accounts. They save so much time compared to waiting for paper documents in the mail.) I think all I need now is my W-2 from Not the IRS -- which, ironically, usually distributes those about as late as possible without being illegal.

8. Plonked away some more at the Enchanted Forest prompt ficlet. I think the tone is slightly off -- for some reason, all my rough drafts in that fandom tend to drift toward people being outright mean/nasty in their bickering, which is not at all the right mood -- but the structure is working much better now. :)

9. Finished reading The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto, which is one of the titles I gleaned from my trip into the city at Christmas -- from the Tenement Museum's gift shop rather than the NYPL's business branch, but still. I may or may not attempt to say more about it at the end of the month, but for now suffice it to say that this is a good book; I recommend it. (It suffers a tiny bit from being written in 2003-2004, since Shorto feels a need to make gestures toward contemporary relevance and thus to 9/11, but annoying attempts at topical relevance are such a common failing in history books that I almost feel bad mentioning it. *wry*)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
15 January 2018 @ 07:26 pm
Did my first tax return of the year this afternoon. \o/

I always have this irrational suspicion that I've forgotten everything about taxes over the summer and fall (which is ridiculous considering the continuing ed courses I have to take), but apparently doing even one return is enough to make that little voice settle down and stop trying to tell me the sky is falling.

Also I got the client a health insurance affordability exemption, so go me. :)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
12 January 2018 @ 10:35 pm
I added some words to the Enchanted Forest prompt ficlet, but I increasingly suspect the reason it's been stalling me so hard is that I am writing the wrong story. Or no, the base concept/premise is fine. I just picked a drastically wrong starting point. All the stuff I've been struggling to write should be relegated to two or three sentences of backstory and the actual ficlet should focus on the situation that the backstory leads to.

Anyway, while I'm turning that over (and finding a new starting point/structure), I also added some words to another stalled WIP, which can be summed up as "five times Matt Murdock let himself enjoy soft things, and one time he shared with someone else." I currently have three of six sections written, but I'm a little vague on what to do for the remaining ones -- particularly since I started noodling at this pre-Defenders and I'm not sure whether to set the final scene before or after that series.

*makes face*

In non-writing walks of life, I went to Target and spent too much money on a new umbrella (to replace my various partially-broken ones), three new bras (to replace old and/or small ones), two new shirts, and another copy of the super-comfy cardigan that I bought around Christmas.

I also got a haircut, finished a mandatory paid training session on the new tax law (in summary: everything is even more complicated than before and wow, this is job security for years), set up to pay my bills and cook a batch of veggie sidedish tomorrow (I am much more likely to complete tasks if I split the setup into a separate task and do that a day or two beforehand), and bleached/scrubbed my shower curtain since it had gotten mildewed at the bottom.

All in all, a productive day. :)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
11 January 2018 @ 05:41 pm
Good news: I got a scholarship!!!

Bad news: As part of the terms, I have to attend an orientation session in an inconvenient location at an inconvenient time with super-inconvenient bus schedules. Also they Strongly Recommend that I attend a banquet (date and location TBD, but probably also inconvenient) in order to meet my sponsor. That kind of social interaction is nail-bitingly awkward and unfun and now I'll be low-key dreading it all month.

...

Other news: This morning I got a message saying my student loan application was denied because I wasn't taking enough credits to qualify, wrote back saying (politely) WTF I am so taking enough credits, and got a quick "whoops, our bad, processing it now!" response. So that's happening.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
10 January 2018 @ 05:54 pm
I used to keep monthly reading logs, but I stopped in late 2009 for... I don't remember why, exactly. Just ran out of steam, I suppose. (Also I was probably reading too much fanfic.)

I sort of want to start that up again this year, but that might be one commitment too many.

(I am already regretting facilitating the church youth group this year, mostly because schedule changes mean we're only meeting two weeks each month and also all the kids are super-busy so I get at most two of them per session. That makes it hard to plan any events, which makes it hard to drum up enthusiasm to attend regular meetings. So I kind of sit there in futility. I loathe futility. *sigh* At this point I'd rather attend services downstairs in the sanctuary, or even just sleep in.)

Maybe if I don't bother too much with summaries/reviews? That could help...

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
10 January 2018 @ 04:23 pm
I just picked up two extra hours at Not the IRS tomorrow (going in at noon instead of at 2pm to cover for a coworker who had an unexpected scheduling conflict), which, on the one hand, yay extra money! But on the other hand, goshdarnit, I had plans for those two hours that did not involve sitting around in a boring and underheated office. *sigh*

Oh well, at least my college financial stuff seems to be mostly straightened out by now...

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
10 January 2018 @ 03:06 pm
My writing to-do list for 2018 looks roughly as follows:

1. Finish my last prompt meme ficlet from last summer. Possibly also finish "A Question of Familiarity" along with it -- or not, if I can get the prompt ficlet to work without that background.

2. My FTH fic from last year, yikes, I am so overdue...

3. The urban fantasy superhero novella I owe Susan from years ago.

4. The vaguely surrealist kids' fantasy novelette I owe Vicky from years ago. (Unless I wind up writing the first volume of the vaguely Lovecraftian urban fantasy f/f tetralogy I outlined at her and which she expressed enthusiasm for instead. We'll see how that shakes out when I get there.)

5. WIP Big Bang? I have so many languishing fics I want to get off my back, and by late spring/early summer I will probably want a fanfic break from original work.

6. Narnia Fic Exchange. (This is non-negotiable.)

7. Remix if it runs.

8. Yuletide.

9. "Trollstuck: Make Her Pay" -- I am so close to done with that one, and I can't use it for WIP Big Bang because it's already illustrated and I do the (terrible) pictures myself.

10. Two or three chapters of "Guardian" assuming I still have time.

11. Presumably the next round of the Three Sentence Ficathon in December, because that's always a nice palate-cleanser. :)

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It's a lot of work, but it's completely doable if I can keep my focus. And on that note, I am absolutely NOT ALLOWED to run mini-ficlet prompt memes in 2018. Shout at me and poke me with sticks if I try to weasel out of that commitment!

(Yes, this looks very similar to last year's goals. Hopefully this year I will not get derailed by depression and general distraction.)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
09 January 2018 @ 05:32 pm
As always, here is the link to the current ficathon. It's wound down for the year, but if you're looking for interesting prompts or just a bunch of intriguing tiny ficlets, you could do a lot worse than heading over for a bit. :)

Anyway, ficlets!

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26.Collapse ) For anonymous: Any, any, amethysts and garnets, written 1/8/18 (prompt choice courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] kalicofox) [AO3 version]

by her own petard (175 words)

In the first year on the meteor, Rose alchemized a pair of friendship rings -- each set with an amethyst and a deep red garnet, nestled together at the base of a filigree silver heart -- intending to give one to Dave in mocking return for the ironically terrible rap he'd written to commemorate her newly admitted crush on Kanaya.

It wasn't until she slipped her half of the set onto her right ring finger and saw the evidence of her connection to Dave (genetic, chosen, whatever) that she realized she'd made an error and stirred genuine emotion within her chest -- and she wasn't sure whether it would hurt worse to see Dave wear his ring ironically or wear it in full sincerity; infuriatingly, Rose couldn't bring herself to simply turn the rings back into grist, so she settled for hiding them in the center of a yarn skein while she tried to decide what to do with them, and who she wanted to become as a person.

The timeline ended before she brought herself to make a choice.

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27.Collapse ) For anonymous: Any, any, the moon in hiding, written 1/8/18 (prompt choice courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] dreadlord-mr-son)

Ghost Moon Rising (150 words)

Note: This is set in the same world as There's Always a Catch, a short fic I wrote many years ago based on a dream I'd tried to hammer into a coherent story. That fic is an excerpt from about halfway through what I eventually settled on as the overarching plot; this is a stab at that plot's beginning. If I ever do write the book, it will probably be called "Solace in Darkness," because reasons. *wry*

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When Sorgerund and her companions used the Crown of Worlds to wrest the city and hinterlands of Solace from the fractured lands and stitch it into the fixed world, they left one gate cracked open behind them and a handful of warnings for their descendants, for contrary to aphorism, what people don't know can hurt them -- and so when the ghost moon rose on the Day of Reconciliation in the six-hundred-and-tenth year of stability, nobody worried much at first. Past waves of magic that washed across the debatable border and through the Intangible Gate had brought more good fortune than ill to the city, and much as the word "luck" is often taken to mean specifically good luck, the ghost moon had come to be considered a sign of serendipitous magic rather than simply magic strong enough to trip the founders' wards.

This proved to be a mistake.

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28.Collapse ) For anonymous: Any, any, why spiders spin, written 1/8/18 (prompt choice courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] davisoer5) [AO3 version]

utility plus beauty (100 words exactly)

"Why do spiders spin webs?" Wilbur asked one long, hot summer afternoon, as he lounged on his side under the barn door. "I know it's to catch flies, but aren't there less complicated ways to do that?"

"There are, and some spiders use those -- there are spiders who jump and pounce on flies like cats do on mice, spiders who build trap doors underground and ambush beetles, and even spiders who fish in streams for minnows as well as insects," Charlotte said, "but for myself, I like the comforts of home and turning a basic bit of architecture into art."

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29.Collapse ) For ama_ranth_827: Any, Any, She watched the sunset surrounded by the palpable, yet comforting silence. Her hands were shaking and her mind was blank, written 1/8/18 (prompt choice courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] violsva)

the sun, the moon, and the truth (100 words exactly)

Note: I suspect this is a fragment from the same story as Grass and Silence, which I WILL write properly one of these days. (That and "A Change of Season" are the two big Narnia fics on my to-do list... next year.)

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"I wanted to kill Rabadash," Susan said eventually, as the last rays of the sun faded behind the western horizon and the sky turned velvet dark, shading from deepest blue and violet at the rim to moon-drenched black at the zenith. "More than kill him -- tear him apart, scatter his bloody scraps in the desert to feed the jackals, dance on his bones until they shattered under my feet; what kind of person does that make me?"

"Human," Aslan said, and the comforting warmth of his breath stirred her tangled hair as he shifted close for her to lean on.

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30.Collapse ) For anonymous: Any, any, why winter comes, written 1/9/18 (prompt choice courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] riana-one) [AO3 version]

the mournful kingdom of sand (125 words)

Note: A tiny glimpse into an AU in which the other sister won the battle in Charn. *evil grin* (I do not have time to write this plot bunny. YET.)

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"We thought her rule was a blessing at first -- endless summer sounds very pretty, after all, with warm sun, blue skies, and long, lazy afternoons -- but have you ever tried to stay awake for days and days on end?" Mr. Tumnus asked. As Lucy nodded, frowning, he continued, "Exactly so; you fall into a delirium because the body needs sleep, and so it is with seasons; the earth needs the cold, the dark, and the snow, for without them summer's garden quickly becomes a desert, and so it has been in Narnia for a hundred years -- a hundred years of summer and never a drop of rain. When Aslan returns to overthrow the General, he will bring the cool and damp of autumn, and release our suffering land at last into its slumber."

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And that is the last batch for this round! \o/

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
08 January 2018 @ 11:23 pm
bleh  
I wrote four three-sentence ficlets today, and was going to knock off the fifth and final one, but it unexpectedly wants to be a full-length fairy tale. *headdesk* So I have shelved that for tomorrow and will try to think of a proper plot while I am falling asleep tonight.

(Other things I did: finished my preliminary triage of a cardboard box of miscellaneous stuff. I now know what's in there! ...I still have no idea what to do with most of it, but at least I know what it is.

Also I recycled a quarter of the stuff because if I haven't looked at it for over ten years, clearly I won't miss it. I will probably end up recycling another batch later on, but I want to look at those papers more closely first.)

And now to bed, because it's late and I'm tired.

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