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01 January 2037 @ 01:01 am
Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fiction


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, Girl Genius, 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.)



These stories are all mine! *grin* I use the same warning policy and quality rating system as for my fanfiction.

All Original Fiction


My various bingo cards: Cotton Candy Bingo, Round One (blackout!); Cotton Candy Bingo, Round Two (blackout!); Genprompt Bingo (blackout!); Ladies Bingo; Daredevil Bingo; Domestic AU Prompt List

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
10 November 2018 @ 07:42 pm
New experiences in my life: reading alien tentacle foursome porn at my church's service auction. I mean, I read fic in church a fair amount, but not usually porn.

I feel like I should feel more awkward about this than I actually do.

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09 November 2018 @ 08:58 pm
1. Thursday night I went to my induction ceremony for Phi Theta Kappa, which is the two-year college equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa (more or less), because why not. There were indifferent sandwiches, pretty good cupcakes, two good introductory speakers, and indifferent main speaker, and an unexpectedly dramatic moment after we'd all gone up front and signed the chapter membership book and been arranged on risers, when a mother was overcome with pride for her daughter's achievements. I felt a bit of a fraud for having taken the whole thing so lightly, but what the hell. Go proud student and proud mom!

2. Today we had sleet all afternoon, ugh. It eased off into cold rain as evening fell, and nothing stuck to the ground anyway, but it was still thoroughly unpleasant.

3. I showed and rented a three-bedroom apartment this afternoon, go me!

4. I wrote ~350 words toward a prompt fill, which are not terrible by any means but have made me realize that I am approaching the prompt from the wrong direction, so now I get to start all over again. *sigh* At least this time I know where I'm going instead of just kind of flailing around to see what clicks.

5. I am on the final lecture of my Italian Renaissance Great Courses series, and should definitely be able to return it to the library by Sunday.... only three weeks late. *headdesk*

6. I'm continuing to reread potential Yuletide canon material, and discovered I was sadly misled by the list of which books Character X appears in -- one of them seems to have made it onto the list solely because Character X is namechecked in one sentence placing them at Event Y that takes place at the end of the story. Gnrgh. Well, it's not like I didn't enjoy rereading that book despite the mixup. It's just a little annoying from a time-management perspective, you know?

7. I did a bit more background world-building and outlining for an f/f urban fantasy tetralogy with vaguely Lovecraftian flavor that I occasionally toy with writing. It still needs a lot of work before it becomes writable -- for example, at the moment one of my two antagonist groups is basically "evil conspiracy trying to drain/store magic for unnamed nefarious purposes," which is too flimsy for even a 1000-word ficlet. *wry*

The other antagonist group also needs a bit more solidity, but that plot thread is on much more stable footing -- probably because it has hooks into a lot of other emotional and character stuff instead of just sort of being there to make Required Plot Events happen. (These things happen when the central figure of the other antagonist group is your protagonist's estranged mother.) I'm sure I'll figure out a way to hook the Evil Conspiracy of Evil in on that level too, eventually -- probably via the protagonist's love interest, for balance and mirroring and stuff. But anyway, the upshot of today's work is that my protagonist (Sephy) now has a defined day job, I know how she and her love interest (Thorn) meet, I know how and why Thorn gets on the radar of the Evil Conspiracy of Evil, and I figured out the setup for why Sephy and Thorn start book 2 on shaky relationship ground. \o/

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07 November 2018 @ 11:06 pm
Things I did today:

1. Attended the third and final two-hour virtual classroom session of my intermediate depreciation course. (Yay taxes?) Now I just need to get into a Not the IRS office so I can do the case studies and the exam.

2. Put away a bunch of the laundry I washed yesterday.

3. Drove to and from freaking Vestal for a mandatory three-hour Not the IRS paid training session, because I am working tomorrow and therefore can't go to the one in Horseheads. *sigh* Well, at least it's out of the way, and I made sure to look up my route before I left so I only got very mildly lost one time and in an easily recoverable way. (In other words, I turned one street too early at the very end and had to circle around the back of a mall instead of going through the parking lot like a normal person. *sigh*)

4. Finished a Spanish vocabulary quiz and got started on some exercises due over the next several days.

And now, I think, it is time for bed. :)

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07 November 2018 @ 12:04 am
According the the NY board of elections' unofficial results page, it looks like I have ended the day... pretty much exactly where I started it, at least in terms of my personal representatives. Same governor, same Senator, same Congressperson (that fucker Reed, UGH), same state senator (...I voted for him rather than doing a blank or a write-in, because on due consideration I wanted to help make sure the challenger didn't win), same state assembly-person (who ran unopposed).

About the only difference is extremely local, where the main challenger knocked the old county sheriff out of office, which I think was richly deserved. We needed some turnover there.

Also, apparently my polling place may have had the highest turnout percentage in the county -- 86% as of 6pm, and more people came in between then and the poll closing at 9pm. That's ridiculously high for ANY election, let alone a midterm!

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06 November 2018 @ 09:01 pm
Today was my civic responsibility day! By which I mean I not only voted, I also gave blood. And that latter means that next week, once I've gotten my blood fluid levels back to normal, I can get my flu shot -- yet another item to tick off my civic responsibility list. :D

It feels good to do responsible things.

(Also I ran into Upstairs Neighbor P and Mini Upstairs Neighbor S on my way home from voting, and got to explain blood donation to Mini Upstairs Neighbor S, who had never heard of giving blood and was kind of boggled by the whole concept. She is dangerously cute.)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...

I have been sort of flinching away from answering the long and thoughtful AO3 comments on a certain fic for several days now, and I'm trying to figure out why. Clearly there is something about that process that's tripping me up, but what?

Generally I am not just cool with but actively interested in talking literary analysis and authorial intent versus reader experience, or varying theological perspectives, but in this case I just... dunwanna, I guess. And that puzzles me. Why am I so flinchy here? Possibly it's just that I am already shouldering a lot of mental/emotional stress right now, what with college courses and the general state of the world? But that doesn't feel like all of it.

I think some of it may be just that I don't want to deal with criticism right now. Which, you know, fair. Nobody is always in the right frame of mind to deal constructively with criticism.

Some of it may also be that I don't feel emotionally up to untangling criticism I consider valid (look at that plot hole! it sure is a pretty deep plot hole if you don't know the mental handwave I have never actually written or published!) from criticism I consider invalid (based on theories of literature I think are bullshit and/or irretrievably anchored in purity culture) from criticism I consider interesting but tangential at best (based on radically different religious perspectives and therefore best handled by explaining that I have a different religious perspective and discussion on that topic is not going to go anywhere useful unless that's acknowledged, generally followed by polite disengagement).

[Yes, this is a Narnia fic. That is really the only fandom in which I encounter this issue. Other fandoms, I either get complete whackjob rants or thoughtful appreciation. Narnia is the only one that seems to inspire, hmm, call them literary/theological rabbit holes that just don't stop from getting deeper, I guess. And I am congenitally weak to the temptations of rabbit holes.]

Some of it may also be that I want to write the story that fills the plot hole so I can then point to it and say, "See, I have dealt with your only relevant objection! Ha!" but that story would of necessity be long and complicated and also centered around a particular kind of emotional arc I'm not great at handling and would prefer to avoid. I mean, I could probably technically fill the plot hole with a much shorter vignette sort of thing, but I did make one stab at that approach and it fell utterly flat, so.

...Maybe I was just trying to use the wrong POV? That might have been a significant part of the flatness, come to think of it. Perhaps I could just try writing a drabble or a 3-sentence ficlet and see if the structural restriction can shove me past the sticking points.

Yeah, I think that wanting to have a solid thing I can point to and say, "See! This solves the plot hole!" is definitely the main reason I'm reluctant to answer the comments just yet. And probably general political/cultural exhaustion is also part of it. I wonder if I'll feel less twitchy after the midterm elections, assuming they go well? (Maybe even if they go badly; even then they'll still be done.) So I will try the structured tiny!fic approach and see if that produces anything useful, and otherwise absolve myself of any need to answer the comments until at least Saturday night.

*nods firmly*

Yes. That is my plan.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
05 November 2018 @ 05:13 pm
You know, just once this decade I would like to have a simple, easy choice in my state senate election. But the local Democrats keep picking people I cannot vote for, and the incumbent Republican, while objectionable on gun rights, further right than I'd like on health care, and endorsed by Tom Reed (that fucker), is otherwise mostly interested in environmental protection, local museums and parks, ensuring citizens have access to government agencies, and things like establishing regular schedules for parking garage structural inspections -- which, you know, I am also in favor of.

Furthermore, this year's "Democratic" candidate has not only been accused of domestic violence against her ex-wife, she has switched to calling herself a "progressive Republican" after she lost a bunch of endorsements over the domestic violence thing, is equally objectionable on gun rights, and has an economic program I find questionable on both theoretical and practical grounds.


There was a perfectly good alternate candidate running in the Democratic primary! I voted for him! I would have been happy to vote for him again tomorrow!

...Maybe I'll do him as a write-in, just because. (I am pretty damn sure the incumbent's going to win anyway. *sigh*)

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03 November 2018 @ 10:23 pm
It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in August through October, 2018. 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.

Rogue Protocol, by Martha Wells
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Exit Strategy, by Martha Wells
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Annnnnnnd... I didn't read any other books qua books, though I did read a metric shit-ton of fanfic, plus a lot of magazine and newspaper articles, a couple short-story ebooks by Diane Duane, and two-thirds of my State and Local Government textbook.

Also I listened to 75% of a 36-lecture Great Courses series on the Italian Renaissance, and the entirety of a 24-lecture Great Courses series on the Etruscans. So it's not like I've been a slug or something. I have just been directing my attention and efforts in other directions. *shrug*

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
When I said I got bogged down in a tangle of AU worldbuilding details, I really wasn't kidding. By way of demonstration:

This world goes AU when Cimorene, upon her initial departure from Linderwall, remembers that the talking frog's advice was based on her explicitly expressed wish to be eaten by a dragon rather than marry Therandil -- and so she thinks twice about following it and goes into the small pavilion made of gold, surrounded by trees made of silver with emerald leaves, rather than continuing on to the hovel.

The woman she meets in the gold pavilion is a sorceress, who generally enchants questing princes who foolishly disregard their advice. Cimorene manages to disconcert her and win her over the same way she does to Kazul in canon, and the sorceress sponsors her entry into Stokey's Academy while promising to seed a half-dozen suitably extravagant tales of various magical creatures or events carrying Cimorene off to all corners of the world, so as to divert attention from her true location.

Cimorene spends three years learning magic and then, a bit uncertain about what to do with her adult life, decides to look up a handful of the Academy's more non-traditional graduates. She's unable to locate Telemain, gets very little useful from the enchantress in the muddy forest with the invisible night-blooming chokevines (from Calling on Dragons), and visits Morwen for her third attempt. They hit it off famously, and Cimorene promptly settles in the Enchanted Forest to do more or less what she ends up doing in canon while raising Daystar.

Meanwhile, I think Woraug and Zemenar's plan to get Woraug crowned King of the Dragons works out... at least at first. Woraug clearly makes a terrible king, and the dragons are deeply unhappy about his policies vis-a-vis wizards and the Caves of Fire and Night, but assassinating him would be un-dragonish, so... what to do? Fortunately Alianora and the stone prince still exist! She gets him to help her run away from Woraug (which is perfectly traditional in outline, though a bit odd in practice) and they flee to the Enchanted Forest to beg for help.

(Side note: there's obviously been no reason for the wizards to try causing trouble between the Enchanted Forest and the Mountains of Morning yet, given their unimpeded access to the Caves of Fire and Night, so Mendanbar is cheerfully ignoring politics in general.)

Alianora and the stone prince run into Cimorene, who takes them to Morwen, who is, after all, still good friends with Kazul. And they put together Alianora's knowledge of Woraug's treachery, Morwen and Cimorene's magical skill, Kazul's knowledge of draconic traditions, and the stone prince's ability to challenge Woraug over Alianora in a way that Woraug really CAN'T refuse to answer, and... I dunno, some kind of big climax goes down, Woraug turns into a frog for un-dragonish behavior, and Kazul wins the next kingship challenge. At which point the wizards begin their plotting to cause a war between the Enchanted Forest and the dragons, but they're on a much worse footing because Cimorene DID introduce herself to Mendanbar upon formally moving into his kingdom (some behavior patterns are drilled in too deep to erase, you know?) and therefore manages to politely shove him into actually attending Kazul's coronation and getting to know her.

I think the wizards instead turn their attention to Mendanbar's marriage prospects, figuring that if they can get control of the new queen and therefore the heir, they'll have it made for decades. And our story opens with a princess, who's been unknowingly roped into one of their plots, trying to figure out how on earth she wound up in the Enchanted Forest when she was fairly sure she was supposed to be carried away to the land beyond the North Wind instead.

And of course she meets Morwen and Cimorene. :)

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