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[personal profile] wistfulmemory said: Plays and Scripts, with Cimorene and Mendanbar watching a play that was written in their honor. (125 words)

Note: ;)

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Interrogating the Text from the Wrong Perspective
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Halfway through the performance, Mendanbar leaned toward Cimorene and murmured into her ear, "In theory, I'm all in favor of stories where a princess saves a prince rather than the stereotypical way around. In practice, this is excruciating."

"I can't figure out what she sees in him," Cimorene agreed. "At least with paper-thin female characters, you know that the male characters only care about their appearance, but a woman who's intelligent enough to buck tradition ought to have the self-confidence not to sell herself short when looking for a partner."

"Oh, I don't know," Mendanbar said, suddenly seeing the play in a new light. "Shouldn't equality mean that women get to be shallow too? Eye candy for all!"

Cimorene bopped him with her program notes.

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End of Ficlet

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
[personal profile] sholio said: Another Year Older: Birthdays - Someone among the Iron Fist and/or Defenders characters having their next birthday after making their new friend(s) in the show. (450 words)

Note: I have no idea why this turned into a dialogue-only ficlet. Sometimes these things just happen to me.

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Many Happy Returns of the Day
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"Hey, Matt, it's Danny Rand. Oh, did I get the time zone conversion right? This isn't a bad time for you?"

"It's fine, I'm on lunch break. Happy Birthday, in case my text didn't come through intelligibly. I forgot to have anyone proofread it."

"It was fine. Well, the happy birthday part was fine. I guess speech to text works best with standard phrases like that. The rest got a little garbled but hey, birthday cards are supposed to be funny."

"Sure. So, you didn't call all the way from... Cambodia?"

"Laos, this week."

"--from Laos without a reason. Do you need help?"

"No. Well, maybe? Or no, probably not. But. Uh. So, I got your text. I also got texts from everyone even tangentially associated with you, Jess, and Luke, and some people I can't even figure out how they're connected, and that's cool and all -- I'm grateful you guys made the effort! -- but, uh..."

"You've sent all of us birthday cards, or texts, or ridiculous voicemail messages. Obviously that kind of connection is important to you. And sending a text isn't like running a marathon or Olympic level weightlifting."

"I guess. I know emotional stuff isn't easy for everyone. But see, the thing is, I got this one text that's a little, um, weird. Even for our context."

"Oh?"

"Yeah. It said, 'Thank you for guarding Matthew's city while he recovered. I've removed you from our target list for six months. Happy Birthday.' And it was signed with a little... what's the word for emojis that are made out of text instead of an actual picture?"

"I am the wrong person to answer that question."

"Right, yeah, sorry. Anyway, a little sai made of dashes and a capital E."

"Ah."

"Yeah."

"Hmm."

"Matt, how did your dead evil girlfriend get my phone number?"

"...I plead the fifth. But when you think about it logically, that's not a half-bad present. Imagine what you can do with six months free of random Hand encounters."

"That is-- okay, that's pretty cool, but that is not the point! The point is that an undead assassin has my phone number and knows my birthday!"

"I have faith in you to make the best of the situation. Happy Birthday, Danny. See you when you get home."

"Matt, you asshole, don't hang-- Fuck. Great. You know what? Just for that, I will make the best of the situation. I'm going to text Elektra back and tell her you're being a scaredy-cat so she laughs at you. Then I'm going to become her best friend, and rescue her from the Hand, and get you back together. Yeah. Because that's what friends do, you dingus. Happy unbirthday."

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End of Ficlet

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And now back to pretending to work. It is such a SLOW DAY. *wilts over keyboard*

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
[tumblr.com profile] runespoor7 said: warning signs, NejiHina (or Hinata+Neji), something about them partnering up for political upheaval of the hopeful kind?

Note: This is set in the Summer Camp & Politics AU, directly following After Frost. (Look, if you say "politics" to me in context of Naruto, you have a 98% chance of getting something in this AU. It's reflexive at this point. *wry*) [550 words]

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Which Constrains Them To Alter
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One of the ground rules Tenten had laid down when she agreed to establish a law firm with Neji was a two-hour lunch break from one to three o'clock. The years had given them no reason to alter that policy, though the rule about no politics or business discussion did slip after a while, which was why Neji had his laptop open to watch his cousin make her ghostwritten speech against Uzumaki's bilateral free trade agreement live on K-PAN. He always hated hearing her parrot Uncle Hiashi's words, but this silent witness felt like the least he could do.

Except Hinata set down the papers and spoke in favor instead.

He could almost see the future flicker and lurch like pixelated static resolving into a new image. "Fuck."

"Seconded," Tenten agreed as she muted the broadcast. "I knew Sakura wanted to talk to her about the vote, but..."

"No warning signs?"

"Just general stress, and with Hinata, that's hardly unusual."

"Fuck," Neji said again. He ground the heels of his hands against his eyes, counted to ten, and picked up his cell phone. "Call Assemblywoman Hyuuga's office," he said, and pressed the phone to his ear.

The call went straight to voicemail, where Hinata's recorded voice informed him that the box was full, apologized for the inconvenience, offered her official email as an alternative way to reach her, and terminated the connection.

Neji sighed.

"I don't know what else you expected," Tenten said from across the conference room table, where she was interspersing bites of white rice with a horribly bland mix of skinless chicken, carrot, and wilted spinach. "If you want, I can get her personal number from Sakura -- assuming she hasn't turned that phone off too. There's no way she'll see any emails until next week at best."

Neji considered that for a minute. On the one hand, even a small gesture of support from a family member might go some way toward countering Uncle Hiashi's disapproval. But on the other, if Hinata wanted him to have her private number, she would have found a way to get it to him before now.

He shook his head. "Thanks for the offer, but I like to think I've learned a little bit about boundaries since our teenage years. I won't push her. Just let Sakura know to pass on my support if she has the chance."

"You got it," Tenten said, and set down her chopsticks in order to send a quick text. "Anyway, assuming the treaty passes--"

"After that? It will."

"--assuming it passes, how thoroughly will we need to adjust our arguments in the Makishima case? Considering the international trade terms were a big part of the contract disagreements, I think we might need to--"

Neji's phone rang.

"Hold that thought," he said, and accepted the call. "Hyuuga Neji speaking."

There was a pause on the other end before Hinata's soft voice said, barely audible over the background noise of the Assembly chamber, "Cousin Neji. I'm sorry to bother you, but I think... I think I might need to hire a lawyer. In case Father... after the vote... since I'm only here because of his... um..."

Neji took a deep breath and kept his voice level and calm. "Yes. Of course. When do you want to meet?"

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End of Ficlet

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And now I'm going to take a walk, grab some lunch, and then probably do some more gardening despite the heat. Ugh, summer.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
04 July 2019 @ 02:09 pm
Note: I am repurposing my stock Yuletide letter here, which is why some of the sections may seem slightly off-topic for a single fandom exchange.

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write context-free porn, I'll be thrilled just to get a response to one of my prompts. *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.)

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Okay. On to specific prompts.

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The Mysterious Mrs. LefayCollapse )

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And that is that.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
I hate my life and all my current writing projects (including the prompt fill I am still working on from the last mini-ficlet prompt meme I opened, ARGH, that thing is made of kudzu and frustration but I am GOING TO BEAT IT eventually), and I just want to do some tiny finger exercises to hopefully clear out the cobwebs in my brain so I can focus again.

Here is a link to my Genprompt Bingo card.

For those who prefer lists to graphics, the open squares are: Exploration, Missing Persons, Biography / Autobiography, Virtual Reality, Plays and Scripts, Violence, Anticipation, Rich and Poor, Warning Signs, Cherished, Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold, Winter, WILD CARD, Honey, Cowardly, Mentors, Angst, Energy Beings, The Tower, Another Year Older: Birthdays, Monsoon, Kids / Babies, Something Useful, Heat, Explorer

If you would like to claim any of the open squares, please choose a prompt from the card, add one to three characters plus a scenario or mood, and I will write you a ficlet of at least 100 words.

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Obligatory small print:

1. I reserve the right to veto any fandoms I don't know well enough to write, and ask you to please try again.

2. Crossover prompts are fine. On the off chance that anyone wants to read a snippet from any of my original worlds and stories, ofic prompts are also fine.

3. In this challenge, WILD CARD means to grab any prompt from the complete round 15 prompt list. I reserve the right to veto any such wild card substitutions and ask you to please try again.

4. Genprompt Bingo fills do not have to be gen! (The 'gen' refers to the squares, which do not automatically presuppose shipping.) Just be aware that I'm not great at romance, so if you request shipfic, it will come out fairly low-key and may end up as ambiguous gen anyway. Porn is unlikely, though you can always ask.

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Fill List

1. A Matter of Record: Biography/Autobiography, Aravis! For [personal profile] musesfool, 275 words. [Tumblr crosspost]

2. Which Constrains Them To Alter: warning signs, NejiHina (or Hinata+Neji), something about them partnering up for political upheaval of the hopeful kind? For [tumblr.com profile] runespoor7, 550 words. [Tumblr crosspost]

3. Many Happy Returns of the Day: Another Year Older: Birthdays - Someone among the Iron Fist and/or Defenders characters having their next birthday after making their new friend(s) in the show. For [personal profile] sholio, 450 words. [Tumblr crosspost]

4. Interrogating the Text from the Wrong Perspective: Plays and Scripts, with Cimorene and Mendanbar watching a play that was written in their honor. For [personal profile] wistfulmemory, 125 words. [Tumblr crosspost]

5. Aim High: Mentors - Vorkosigan - Alys, Ekaterin, Laisa. Or Gregor and the next generation. For [personal profile] joyeuce01, 250 words. [Tumblr crosspost]

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
01 July 2019 @ 12:27 am
It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in June 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.

Proper English, by K. J. Charles
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Summer in Orcus, by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon)
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The Door Into Fire, by Diane Duane
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The Door Into Shadow, by Diane Duane
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The Door Into Sunset, by Diane Duane
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The Levin-Gad, by Diane Duane
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The Landlady, by Diane Duane
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Any Other Name, by Devan Johnson
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The Killing Moon, by N. K. Jemisin
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The Shadowed Sun, by N. K. Jemisin
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Isabella: The Warrior Queen, by Kirstin Downey
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So that's that for June, and I am off to bed. :)

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
Work today was slow yet eventful -- which is to say, not a lot happened and most of the day was pretty empty, but the few things that did happen were rather significant.

1. When I came in, I discovered that I couldn't access either of our office's two shared drives from my computer. When Mom Boss came in, she advised me to restart my computer and see if that cleared things up (for obvious reasons, I didn't want to do that while I was alone in the office), and although it turned out that my computer had been waiting for a restart to install some updates, that didn't fix the problem. In fact, Mom Boss discovered that she couldn't access the shared drives either. So her husband (who is one of our joint Maintenance department heads) went off to investigate, but wound up having to physically take the drive in to our on-call computer place.

Fortunately they got it fixed by about 1:30pm, but that was still a good four-plus hours of being unable to access 90% of the files both Mom Boss and I needed to get through our planned tasks for the morning. *sigh*

2. In the afternoon, there was a big Thing with a tenant who's brought a very loud emotional support dog into their apartment without providing any advance notice, getting their roommates' consent, or following any other steps in our ESA approval procedure. So that derailed Mom Boss's afternoon.

3. While Mom Boss was consoling the tenant so they didn't tip into a full-on breakdown in our office, we got a robocall from NYSEG saying, in weirdly vague terms, that they had to shut off electricity in our neighborhood from 11pm to 6am this same day. Which is ABSURDLY short notice for something billed as planned rather than emergency response. So I notified our other Maintenance department head, who called NYSEG and verified that this was legit.

Then Mom Boss and I hashed out the phrasing for some informational notices, I printed about 100 copies, and then I had the great joy and pleasure of taping them up and slipping them under doors in every. single. one. of our buildings. In 85+ degree heat. UGH.

And then a NYSEG worker showed up about fifteen minutes after Mom Boss left for the day and casually dropped the information that actually the outage should (at least in theory...) only affect ONE of our buildings, plus two other nearby buildings that belong to other landlords. *headdesk*

Oh well, better to have notified for something that turns out to be nothing than to NOT notify for something that winds up being a big deal.

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In other news, I finally got my 2019 NFE tag noms done. They are mostly sensible and geared toward reproducing four of my 2018 prompts, but I am also planning a fifth prompt that... well, it has two parts, really. The more general part is pretty innocuous and offers wide scope for a writer to play around. The more specific part, if someone chooses to fill it, is straight-up evil but makes me crack up so hard just thinking about it that I really couldn't not. And there was no way I could make that prompt if I didn't ensure that a very specific handful of tags were available, so.

(Two of my other planned prompts also require some very specific tags, but they're much less cracktastic and I'm sure other people may also get some good use out of those options. I mean, in all honesty people can probably get some good use out of my cracktastic prompt tags, since they really only turn evil in combination... >:D )

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
26 June 2019 @ 02:33 pm
This morning my alarm went off, I got up and took my pills, and then decided I was still tired and would go back to bed for an hour. I reset the alarm...

...and then failed to actually turn the alarm back on, as I discovered when I subsequently woke up at 12:30pm. Oops.

I guess I needed the sleep?

Anyway, I am now heading into town to run an errand, after which it's a bunch of annoying minor household chores, plus the outdoor gardening I didn't get around to yesterday. *sigh* It's disgustingly hot -- okay, context; for me, anything over 80 Fahrenheit is inexcusably hot, so interpret that as you will -- and I don't WANT to do yardwork under these conditions. But needs must, I suppose. The weeds are going DOWN.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
Today's tasks:

1. Groceries, including picking up my prescription refill
2. Tidy back porch garden
3. Weed back yard garden (UGH)
4. NFE tag noms, and also plan my signup for this year
5. Read another chapter of the biography of Isabella of Castille I'm working through
6. Write at least three sentences on the annoying fic
7. Weed bookshelves?
8. Take my daily walk
9. Lunch and dinner

I have already reconciled my last two months of credit card statements and receipts, so that's one task down.

I think I will go pull together some lunch and attempt either the writing or the NFE stuff while eating, after which I'll pull together my grocery paraphernalia and head into town to catch a bus there.

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Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...
24 June 2019 @ 06:52 pm
I got a little writing done today at work -- by which I mean I continued tweaking the intro section of this fic so it hits a little closer to the right emotional and sociological notes, and then added some new stuff on to the active section where "I have written this" runs into "and here there is a giant blank space, yikes."

Sometimes I wonder about my brain -- for instance, why take an inherently ridiculous crossover and try to use it to do serious character development of a might-as-well-be-OC minor character from one canon plus a bunch of serious worldbuilding for the other canon? -- but then I remember that if I can make this blasted thing work, it's going to be ridiculously awesome.

Also it has a tongue-in-cheek fairy-tale element because I can't help myself, okay, that's just how I roll.

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