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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

MCU fanfic (assorted)

Minor Fandom Fanfiction
(currently includes BtVS/A:tS, The Dark Is Rising, the Darkangel trilogy, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, FF7: Mercverse AU, Inception, and Star Trek: AOS)

Miscellaneous Fanfiction
(Currently includes: American Gods, An Ash-Blonde Witch, Arthurian Mythology, Batman, the Bible, the Black Jewels series, the Bourne trilogy, Charlotte's Web, Code Geass, Death Note, Discworld, Doctor Who, Girl Genius, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Glee, Gormenghast, 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), Vorkosigan Saga, 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 (blackout!); Genprompt Bingo, Round 12 (blackout!); Genprompt Bingo, Round 15; Ladies Bingo; Daredevil Bingo; Domestic AU Prompt List

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Current Location: ithaca, ny
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
08 November 2019 @ 09:19 pm
1. It snowed yesterday afternoon and again overnight, and then again this morning/early afternoon. I object strenuously to needing to haul out my winter coat before Thanksgiving.

2. Tomorrow is my church's annual Service Auction. I am not donating anything personally, but I did contribute items to two of the themed baskets we're testing as a replacement for the silent auction portion of the evening: namely, two types of tea and a jar of honey for the tea-themed basket, and a hand rake for the gardening-themed basket. I am also bringing a loaf of banana bread for the dessert portion of the pre-auction dinner, and I've volunteered for the cleanup crew. So that's some stuff going on in my life.

3. We rented our last 5-bedroom apartment today! \o/ Of course, we still have too many 6-bedroom units hanging around, but progress is progress.

4. I feel like it might be useful to make an audiobook equivalent of my monthly (...for certain values of "monthly") book list posts, both to track what I've been listening to and as a sort of "okay, maybe I've been reading less non-fanfiction stuff on paper (for certain values of "paper"), but it's not like I haven't been learning stuff" corrective to negative thought patterns. But that is a task for some time other than this evening.

5. I should probably get twenty or thirty dollars from an ATM tomorrow. Maybe I'll drive downtown during my lunch break to drop off the banana bread and grab cash, and pick up something portable to eat back at the office? Yeah, that sounds like a functional plan.

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Current Location: ithaca, ny
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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
I got my Yuletide assignment, which is (predictably) for a fandom I offered on a wave of "oh hey I remember loving that when I was a teen!" emotion and now am kind of going "...oh shit I haven't read the source for twenty-five years, thank god there's an ebook version now because it was SUPER out of print the last time I checked and I have SO MUCH REREADING to do." But it was the kind of source canon that I am pretty sure will not have been hit by the suck fairy in the intervening years, and my recipient's prompts are very promising, so. Here goes nothing!

In other news, today is a day of Many Errands, while tomorrow will be a day of driving to Vestal (argh) for a six-hour mandatory training session for Not the IRS. At least I'm pretty sure it's paid training? I would have gone to the Ithaca session, except this is the only one that fit into my work schedule. On the one hand, I like my schedule at the rental office -- I get three days off per week and two of them are weekdays rather than weekends which is more useful for errand purposes -- but on the other hand, the long hours mean it's hard to do stuff on work days even at times that are notionally "after work" because I'm at the office until 7pm instead of getting off at 5 or 6. *sigh*

Anyway, I am now going to go vote in local elections and then get started on my Day of Errands.

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Current Location: ithaca, ny
Current Mood: mellowmellow
 
 
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
03 November 2019 @ 10:16 pm
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. (I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.)

[NOTE: some sections still under construction as of 11/3/19]

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Okay. On to specific fandoms.

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The Darkangel TrilogyCollapse )

Saga of the Skolian EmpireCollapse )

Books of the RaksuraCollapse )

And that is that. Thank you again, and happy writing!

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
01 November 2019 @ 08:46 pm
I brought my peppers and my eggplant in for the night, since the forecast is for the temperature to kiss freezing overnight. I think they will stay in until Tuesday, since the weekend looks to be chilly and on Monday the temperature won't break 40F until well after I'm at work.

Work was very slow today, which resulted in me writing about 550 words on the old WIP I've been poking at, as well as reading a quarter of a nonfiction book about the history of opium. (The book straddles the line between annoyingly wrong (because the authors are a doctor and a writer rather than professional historians and quote several popular misconceptions about various topics/areas) and usefully informative. I will report in more detail in my next book list post.)

After work I went to Target and purchased some new shirts/sweaters for the coming winter season. I don't buy new clothes every year, but now and then it's good to restock as things wear out or stop fitting right despite my best care with laundry methods. And I have much better luck with winter shirts at Target than I do in secondhand shops -- though I get the majority of my pants and jeans from secondhand shops, and several of my t-shirts, too (both work-appropriate and decidedly not).

Tomorrow I intend to bake banana bread: a new culinary experiment, for which I purchased a small bread pan as well as some banana bread mix and some bananas that I have been carefully letting (over)ripen and I think they're about ready now. Here's hoping it turns out well. :)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
31 October 2019 @ 09:22 pm
It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in August through October, 2019. Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.

Hexarchate Stories, by Yoon Ha Lee
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The Orphans of Raspay, by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Bryony and Roses, by T. Kingfisher
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The Raven and the Reindeer, by T. Kingfisher
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The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells
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The Serpent Sea, by Martha Wells
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The Siren Depths, by Martha Wells
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Stories of the Raksura, vol. I, by Martha Wells
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Stories of the Raksura, vol. II, by Martha Wells
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Digger, by Ursula Vernon
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Particularly attentive readers may note that I did not finish the next two books in N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. This is not because I disliked them! On the contrary, I got about halfway through book two and found it just as good as book one... and also just as bleak, which apparently was not something I had the emotional spoons to handle at the time. So I put the series aside and read other things instead. I will return to them someday when I'm in the mood for something in the "thousands of years of continual slow-motion apocalypse with attendant dystopia" vein. *wry*

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Current Music: rain on the lilac outside my window
 
 
 
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
31 October 2019 @ 08:26 pm
1. I made it through work today without A) falling asleep on my keyboard (an occasional risk with cold medications) or B) sounding TOO gross TOO often when blowing my nose, though there were definite moments of "oh gods how can so much snot fit in a human body?!" Ugh.

There were two studio tours scheduled for the afternoon. Both people were no-shows and didn't bother to notify us they'd cancelled. I was not terribly surprised, because rain set in around 1:30pm and has not let up since, but still. If you request a tour and we schedule a specific, personal one just for you, I think it's rude not to at least drop a line to say, "Sorry, the weather's horrible, can we reschedule for another day?"

On the bright side, we rented the 10-bedroom apartment! So that's one millstone off our necks, though we still have too many unrented 6-bedroom units. *sigh*

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2. I arrived home around 7:30pm, having stopped to buy a sandwich en route, and found Downstairs Neighbor S on the porch distributing candy to trick-or-treaters brave enough to venture out into the pouring murk. She seems to have knocked off around 8pm, and we are now completely out of candy, as per usual. This is actually pretty impressive, considering the weather! (This year I let S organize the candy/cash collection and just contributed my mom's stash plus a couple bags of my own, since I knew I wasn't going to be home for the majority of the evening.) Anyway, I nicked one Baby Ruth bar as tribute and will shortly eat it as my dessert. :)

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3. Current temporary family consensus seems to be that we will do Thanksgiving in NJ at my parents' house -- exact schedule TBD, based on my aunt and my brother's itineraries, though Mom thinks no winery tour this year -- but Christmas may be in Ithaca. This is partly because of my work schedule, but also a little because it's quite likely to be my last Christmas while living in Ithaca and it would be nice to finally get to the Xmas Eve service my congregation does, because we do the service in Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus. So I have been delegated to ask how the logistics work, vis a vis parking on campus or buses or whatever.

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And now I'm going to browse the Yuletide tagset to see whether there's anything I want to request besides my three nominated fandoms, and what I can offer without regretting all my choices once assignments go out. *wry*

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
28 October 2019 @ 12:27 pm
ugh  
The cold got worse overnight, so I called in sick. :(

I managed to haul myself up at 10:30am to shower, dress, and eat breakfast, but I think I am going to fall right back into bed after I make a quick run to the grocery store to buy some more NyQuil.

Being sick is exhausting and I dislike it intensely.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
What I did today: woke up with a cold, which was not a surprise, since it began to hit me around 9pm on Saturday night. I forced myself to shower, dress, and walk to church anyway... where it turned out that nobody had made provision for a Board Minute in the service so I didn't have to talk after all. So I ducked out early and went home, where I slept for about four hours. Then I took another shower, got dressed again, and did laundry in and around roasting a batch of asparagus as my vegetable side for both my belated lunch and my dinner. (The rest of lunch was half a sandwich left over from Saturday and the rest of dinner was five fried dumplings left over from Thursday. Leftovers are lifesavers.)

I also turned my mattress and swapped my lightweight summer blanket for my winter comforter. This is probably not the best day for that, since we're in the middle of an unseasonably warm spell, but it needed doing sooner or later so whatever.

And now I am going to fall into bed once again, because I would like to be able to A) make it to work in the morning and B) pretend to be a moderately functional human being while in the office. *wry*

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
26 October 2019 @ 12:28 pm
Thinking out loud again:

I have to do the Board Minute at the service tomorrow morning. Since we don't have a lot to announce at the moment, what I'm supposed to do is basically introduce myself to the congregation, as part of a "meet the Board of Trustees" sort of thing. So.

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My name is [Liz Culmer] and I've been attending First Unitarian off and on since I moved to Ithaca in 2000. I got more involved around 2005 when I began teaching RE and signed the membership book. I taught various age groups in RE for about a decade. More recently, I've been involved with hospitality teams and on the Stewardship Committee.

I agreed to join the Board because for me, the participatory aspect of organized religion is very important. You can be spiritual on your own, but there's power in groups, in joining together to work toward common goals and supporting each other on our various journeys. Because it's important to me that this congregation exist, I want to be part of keeping it alive and growing, and helping figure out where we go together.

Also, I want to remind you all that I am super introverted and bad at people, so if I can do this, anyone can. Help us make First Unitarian into the community YOU want and need!

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Eh, it'll do as a draft. I'll tweak it some before tomorrow morning.

And now, lunch!

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