Welcome to Alder's Grove
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"Because everything is better with the end of the world."


Welcome! Below you can find hundreds - thousands, really - of posts, many of them fiction.

I write a lot - much in established universes, some in one-off settings. Much of what I write ends up here. In addition, you'll find homesteading blogging, the occasional crafts-and-clothing post, and journals of my wine-tourism of New York State.

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Haunted House 20: Girl Talk
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous: Wardrobe

🌳🏚🌳

Mélanie sat with the wealth of clothes on her bed - her bed, her room - and was unsurprised when they began to carefully hang themselves.  “I don’t suppose you do alterations, do you?” she asked the air. The clothes would fit her, mostly, but the very nce trousers would look nicer if they weren’t cinched in three inches with a belt.

The hanger tilted side to side thoughtfully.

“Maybe?  Sort of? Requires you to talk and you’re not a big fan of talking?” Mélane guessed.  She had no idea if the house could talk and, if it could, why it didn’t.

But on the last option, the hanger started tilting forward as if nodding.  

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Experts
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A Fae Apoc story prompted by @SkySailor.  Set in the post-apoc of Fae Apoc. 

💠🔹💠

“Excuse me?  Excuse me, I’m looking for an expert?”

He looked like nothing you’d stop to look twice at, and most people didn’t even bother with looking once.  He was weedy, small, underfed. Fifteen years after the collapse of most of the world, he looked like - well, like it was a miracle he was still alive.

Nobody worried about him.

“What sort of expert, son?  We’ve got all sorts here.” The aging professor had not been quite so aging when the school had stopped being quite the same institution he’d been hired by.  Tenure was, however, tenure, and there weren’t that many universities hiring Labor Economics professors in this day and age.

Not when they were more worried with the simple economics of laboring enough to survive.

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The Hidden Mall 37: By a Thread
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Abby didn’t scream. Later, it would occur to her as strange: her heart had dropped she’d grabbed for the ropes around her, but she hadn’t screamed.  She hadn’t made a sound. But as soon as she had any sort of handhold, she’d looked for her Livs.

They were both fine; Vic was fine, if gaping.  and her shoulder was suddenly yanked as all of her weight fell onto her hands grabbing onto the thinning ropes.

The pavement was a long, long, long way below.  Someone else was screaming - someone near her, someone who had been too close and was scrambling backwards, reaching forf some sort of support.

Abby looked at her Livs.  She looked down, down, down at the pavement.  “There,” she grunted. “up there, on the left.  Meet me there.”

“But you-”

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Funerary Rites 23: Home
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🔑

Erramun stepped through the door, looked back at her, and looked back into the room.  “There is nothing particularly troubling, unless you count the decorating.” He wrinkled his nose.  “That, on the other hand, is fairly disturbing.”

Senga stepped in, grateful for the small humour.  “I don’t think my Grandmother did anything but renew the Preserve Working on things that her grandmother had chosen.  As far as I know, it’s not tied in to any legacy or anything…”

Her grandmother’s grandmother had preferred pink floral chintz and an everything-matches set-up that made the room look something like the inside of a pepto bismal bottle.  But everything was still intact: the bed with its pink chintz canopy and excessive decorative pillows, even with the hollow where her grandmother’s dogs had slept at the foot of the bed; the Queen Anne furnishings that had been painted just as pink as everything else, the wide windows with their matching curtains, valances, fringed… things....

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Purchase Negotiation 15: Orders
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First: Purchased: Negotiation
Previous: Owned

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Mr. MacDiarmad raised his eyebrows at Leander.  “Is there a problem?”

He shifted, setting his weight on his heels and doing his damnedest to meet his owner’s eyes.  “No, sir. No problem.”

“Sylviane?  You agreed that you’d take on a bodyguard.  So what’s the problem?”

“The problem isn’t him, Daddy.  It’s you. You! I’ll take a bodyguard, fine.  If you insist that having him under your Name is the only way for you to be sure that he’ll do his job fine.  Have him Belong to you. The problem is that you shoved him on me without taking to him. You know better.  You ought to, at least. He’s on edge, he’s uncomfortable, and he looks like he’s waiting for the rug to be yanked out from under him at any moment.”

“I’m not…” Leander fell silent as she kicked him in the calf.

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A New World 25: Jamhaier
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The bar was not all that different from pubs and taverns that Kael remembered.  There was louder music, yes, the lights were different, but the drinks were much the same - just more variety.  She bowed to Gemma’s expertise for the first drink and got a wink and a decidedly flirtatious smile in return.

“Are you encouraging me to get you drunk, Madam Kaelingrade?”

“As a matter of fact, I might enjoy that,” Kael agreed.  “But I’d have to hope that you have better than an apprentice’s garret to take me back to, since that’s all that they give one for ‘room and board’.  Well at least for the room portion.  The board is quite nice.”

“Did she call you - did she call you Madam Kaelingrade?”  The bartender, a handsome man who was a little younger than Kael’s apparent age, looked surprised.  “Is there a new Kael in the tower, then? You look…” He studied her for a moment. “You look genuine.”

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Captive in the Bear Empire
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First: Running in the Bear Empire
Previous: Teamwork in the Bear Empire

🐻

“So that’s how you did that knot.”

“What?  Oh, yes.”  Deline tightened up the last of the spell-rope knots around their would-be murderer with a yank.

“Do they teach that in spy training in the Empire?”  Carrone shifted the blade he was holding so that it was in a slightly less threatening position against the assassin’s throat.

“That’s at least three assumptions.”  She sat back and looked at the woman, who glared balefully at her over the thick gag of rag and socks.  Dirty socks; Deline was not in a charitable mood.

“Hunh?  I guess it is.  Are you going to give her the—”

“Hsst.”  She looked down at the woman.  “You have three choices.”

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The Hidden Mall 36: Further up and further in
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They went through the door, into a cement hallway.  No, that wasn’t right. Abby glared - oh. Oh, there was a second door, on her left.  She ignored the one on the right and, while Vic was swearing and complaining - at least, that was the general feel of her stream of French - pulled the left-hand door open.  “In!” she commanded.

And in they went, the Livs dragging Vic-French along.

The sounds of carousel music almost made Abby go back through the door.  The images of that gaping clown mouth, the silently-dancing carnival, all of that haunted her.

But this one wasn’t grey and bloody, this one was bright.  And Vic was staring in awe.

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Spoils of War 11 - Animalia
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First: Spoils of War I: Surrender
Previous: Out of Hell

Aran left a solid block of the road converted into salt and then, for good measure, the two cross streets.  The slug could move around it, sure, but it would take the thing time.

By that point, hopefully she could figure out how it was trailing them.  She closed her eyes again. Maybe-

“Wait.  It’s an animal, right?  I mean, we hope it’s not a person.  So why don’t you steer and I see if I can figure it out?”  He poked her in the arm and snorted. “Come on, you worked in team.  A troupe. So why are you trying to do everything yourself?”

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Thimbleful Thursday: Parts and Points
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“You, uh, really take trying out your product seriously, don't you?”

The man was nervous. Sheen’s workshop did that, got people thinking about all the pieces coming to life, or about all the meat parts they still had.

That was, however, no excuse for rudeness.

“Mmm?” Sheen made like he

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Helping Hands I
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How can I help?

Yarrow Tallum had said those words all her life.  She’d grown up in a family that had helped. She had gone to a church that had helped.  She had moved to this city working with a not-for-profit that, above all things helped.

When the not-for-profit had turned out to be not qu

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August Patreon Theme Poll!
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Once a month, I do these polls.

I like polls a lot; they sometimes surprise me but often tell me where I'm going in re. what my readership wants.

The point of this poll in particular is to determine what I’ll be writing for my month in Patreon. This covers two very short stories, two long stories, some reposts, some meta, and whatever else comes to mind.

And no matter if you're a Patron or not, if you read my stuff or not, you can vote.

No DreamWidth account? Leave me your vote in the comments - up to 7 votes for the first question any any suggestions you want for the next three months' themes. I like it if you sign those comments, that's all.




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Bad Things: Pet
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Content warnings: dehumanization (literally), torture, captivity, more torture, humiliation, loss of self, semi-starvation and food-based torture.  Off of this prompt. 



@Chanter_Greenie, I bet you know who this is. 



Someone remind me to post the post-Ghost Story bit once I find it?



The transformation had hurt like hell.

On bad moments, he held on to that.

She was good at these things; he was pretty sure she could've made it painless.  She liked the pain — she like his pain.

When he'd realized what she was doing, he'd tried to run away, despite the shackles holding him down, despite the blades she'd driven through both his feet.  “Little beastie,” she'd purred into his ear. “Beast you are, and I don't think you look the part enough.”

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Haunted House 19: Wardrobe
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous: In the Henhouse

🌳🏚🌳

“You said…”  Mélanie washed the eggs slowly.  “You said that I had two assignments?  I suppose that I should do those before morning is over…?”

“Oh!  Thank you for reminding me.  Yes. When you’re done with those eggs, we can go upstairs and I can show you where to find the best clothes.  And then perhaps I’ll go out and do a little trading and give you some more time to yourself. Would you like that?”

“I.... I think I would be a little confused by that.  But I would not dislike it, sir.” She finished the eggs and set them on a tea towel that appeared next to the sink.  “Thank you, House. so… five outfits?”

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Bad Things Happen Bingo: Mischief
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Count: ~800
Chara(s): A god of Mischief (OC*)
Pairing(s): N/A
Fandom: Org Fic - Fae Apoc xover
Prompt: Muzzled

So this.  This is a series of stories taking place in my universe, Fae Apoc, at the time just before the aforementioned apoc.  Portals are opening up to one other world at that

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Beauty-Beast 40: Yourself
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First: M/m Keeper/Kept
Previous: Clothes

🔒

“…We should do what we have to with our day.”  The look on Timaois’ face had nothing to do with business and everything to do with business.  But his words… he had to pay attention to his words.

Ctirad cleared his throat.  “As you wish, sir.”

Timaois’ expression, if anything, became more lascivious.   “Oh, oh Ctirad, you are delicious right now.  Can you smile a little for me?”

“For ‘delicious,’ sir, I can smile more than a little.”  He let his lips turn up in a broad smile and lowered his chin, not out of shyness but to look up at his owner through his eyelashes.  “I’m glad you the way I look in the clothes you bought me, sir. Timaois.” He shifted one hip, posing. “And when we are done with business I hope you like taking them off of me too.”

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Hidden Mall 35: Miss Piggy
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First: The Hidden Mall – a beginning of something
Previous: Ordinaire

“Quelle est cette merde dont vous parlez?!”  

Abby blinked and froze.  Liv — probably Liv-1 — rescued her.

“Pardonnez-moi?” she started, in her best offended Miss Piggy.

Then the other one picked up with a line of offended-sounding French, which the first Liv picked up a moment later.  Abby — she had taken Spanish; Liv had taken French. It hadn't actually been their first fight, but it was the first one that had nearly ruined their friendship.

A few offended exchanges later— Abby caught “merde” a few times, something about Colonials, and something clear about The Enemy — the Livs had gotten through something to …

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A New World 24: Mistress and Apprentice
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First: A New World
Previous: Idiots



“Perhaps I will teach you.”

Was she looking for an apprentice?  Or for - well. Certainly she hadn’t been at a lack for invitations since she woke up.  Of course, she had spoken to more people who did not work for her in the last day than she had in many months, perhaps many years, in the time before her long nap.

“I might enjoy you teaching me.”  Gemma smiled at her with an expression that might have been interested in learning - or in other things.  “You have a fascinating way of looking at the world. What is it that you do, that isn’t pretending to be an ancient potions-mistress?”

“Well, mostly, I am a modern potions-mistress,” Kael admitted.  “It helps to have someone in the Tower, I suppose, that knows what sort of potions will actually work, which won’t do anything, and which could be fatal if handled incorrectly.”

“It certainly has to add verisimilitude.   But there have to be other things you could be doing - working for one of the big corporations…”

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Purchase Negotiation Fourteen - Owned
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First: Purchased: Negotiation
Previous: Performance Anxiety

💰

“What?”

Leander felt a sudden surge of panic and a twist in his gut.  Fuck, he thought this had been going -

well, ridiculously too well.  He wasn’t the sort of guy you bought for this, let’s be honest.  He wasn’t the sort of guy you bought for anything but being a thug, unless you were a particular sort of sadist.

His owner or his… handler? being a sadist was still on the table, he reminded himself.

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Blog Post: Last Weekend with Friend Visit
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I had an Eseme visiting last weekend!

I hadn't seen Eseme in five or six years (she'll know the specifics; I just know it had been ~forever~).  So this was a very special occasion, and not just because she drove 8+ hours each way to see me (and the kitties).

(Not that it won't be awesome if

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Beauty-Beast 39: Clothes
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First: M/m Keeper/Kept
Previous: The Right Way

🔒

Ctirad stood while his Owner walked around him.  He found that he had closed his eyes and settled into a waiting position. It was comfortable.  It was more than comfortable; it was pleasing. He liked being here like this.  He liked waiting for what Timaios would do to him.

That was new.  So much about all of this was new, but that was definitely a novel sensation.  He liked it, he realized; more than liked it, he was looking forward to more of it.

A hand brushed over his ass and he shivered.  “I want to show you off. Here, come with me and we will dress you in your new clothes.”

“They’re here already?”  He didn’t open his eyes, but there was a hand on his collar and that was enough to move with.

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Thimbleful Thursday: Vent
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Content warning: Barbie nudity discussed, technology/human hybrid



“The trick has always been balance.” Idella Passmore had that dangerous combination of skilled enthusiasm and charisma; the tour group was listening intently, despite having no idea what she was talking about. “You want sufficient technology to retard or stop decay, of course, but people want to be people. This particular model involves a cybernetic torso with a RealSkin(tm) cover. Most of the organs have been replaced, but the brain remains and the heart continues to pump blood. In some cases, we choose to keep the uterus; in some we replace the heart with a technological marvel like our HeartPump2000.”

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Teamwork in the Bear Empire
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First: Running in the Bear Empire
Previous: An Inn in the Bear Empire

🐻

A movement somewhere outside her window woke her in the middle of the night.

It’s the storm, she told herself, but Carrone had woken, too.  The noise from the storm had settled down to a quiet rainfall. There was very little wind at all, no sounds of sleet - but something had scratched across their wall.

The walls were more secure than they had been, but it wouldn’t stop someone from -

She rolled to one side of the bed and off as Carrone did the same on the other side.  The wrong side, too close to the wall. Just as they rolled, a dart went flying over the bed - it would have hit Carrone in the neck, if he hadn’t moved.

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Kaijune: How Cuute
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The worst thing you can say about an enemy is “Aw, how cute.”

Not because you risk offending them - we’re talking someone who is already an enemy, for one, and in this particular case, we’re talking about things that would have to go through a whole translation process to sort that out, beca

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Haunted House 18 - In the Henhouse
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous: The Yard

🌳🏚🌳

Mélanie froze. Oh, dear wasn’t the sort of phrase that normally led to angry owners, but there had been that one...

That had been a long time ago.  And that was not Jasper. “Oh dear, sir?” she breathed, as quietly as she could and still hope to be heard.

“Be careful, Mélanie, but come around to the side of me, if you wish.  Just be ready to duck.... ha.”

Those were not particularly calming instructions, but Mélanie did as she was told, of course, slipping to one side of Jasper to look at the chicken pen.  Hutch? No, the little building to the right was the hutch. But she didn’t know what the pen was called.

Whatever its name, the pen was one of the tidiest parts of the whole yard - nice, big, several roosting places, a mesh roof overhead.  Which made the thing sitting in the middle of the pen even more confusing.

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Crossposting appears to be broken...
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...But you might want to go look at http://www.edallyacademy.com/

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Spoils of War 10 - Out of Hell
Leaf
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First: Spoils of War I: Surrender
Previous: Future

It was another hour before they cleaned up the dishes from their dinner, packed up everything in their packs, and lay down together on a bed that was surprisingly comfortable.  Nikol made a soft noise as she settled in. This was - well this was good.

Aran laughed.  “You can’t be surprised that it’s nice.  You were just telling me about putting curtains on your tent, right?  You’re good at making a place feel like home.”

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The Problem With Ferrets
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The completion of the Problem with Chickens/Assignments story.

🐔

Trenner slept surprisingly well, tucked in on a couch that still had its no feet on the furniture sign, in very fussy handwriting, prominently displayed.

After all, if there were strange noises outside, they were no stranger than the ones she might hear in the dormitories.  And if there were strange breezes coming across her, well, her second-year roommate had left the window open all winter. It was, she realized, more relaxing than her trips home, where everything felt not nearly lumpy enough, too quiet, and too soft.

Once she had woken, performed her morning ablutions - she did not ask where the water had come from, and her guide did not tell her, but it smelled sweet and washed her with no ill effects - and geared up, they were on their way into the wilds that had, once, been the Dormitory and Agriculture Quad.

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A New World 23 - Idiots
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First: A New World
Previous: Out



“How did these idiots every manage to conquer the Hoeraija?

“Well, there are several ideas about that, actually.”  

Kael did not jump.  She had not lived as long as she had without learning how to remaining calm no matter what snuck up on her.  But she did turn around slowly with a raised eyebrow.

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(Not) Getting Old
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Inspired by Life Extension, by Isaac Arthur. 

...People will obviously still leave jobs, but they’re no longer retiring.

You are not going to get the management slot when Sally retires in two years, you are not inheriting Dad’s business, at least not for several centuries.

You’re not inheriting his house either.

When he does die odds are good he will have several thousand descendants kicking around.

You also now have a de facto gerontocracy....

His sci-fi videos are chewy but really interesting. 

A story of Cya Red Doomsday, who does not get old, and one of her descendants, who hasn't had time to grow up yet. 

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Fleeing the City
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This is, more or less, slice of life as the world burns.  The gas station guy came to me and I needed to give the story something of an end if not a beginning.

So here it is, Fae Apoc, early in the war so mid-2011.  



 

“What do you mean,'no satellites found?’”. Hayley pounded the

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The Isle of Time, a piece of Pratchett Fanfic
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I was re-reading Thief of Time, and there is a line in there about “just dump the extra time in the ocean.” It was always wet and watery:
Oh, maybe fishermen would start to dredge up strange whiskery fish that they’d only ever seen before as fossils, but who cared what happened to a bunch of codfi

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July Patreon Theme Poll
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Once a month, I do these polls.

I like polls a lot; they sometimes surprise me but often tell me where I'm going in re. what my readership wants.

The point of this poll in particular is to determine what I’ll be writing for my month in Patreon. This covers two very short stories, two long stories, some reposts, some meta, and whatever else comes to mind.

And no matter if you're a Patron or not, if you read my stuff or not, you can vote.

No DreamWidth account? Leave me your vote in the comments - up to 7 votes for the first question any any suggestions you want for the next three months' themes. I like it if you sign those comments, that's all.





No idea what these settings are?

Tír na Cali - http://www.lynthornealder.com/category/verse/tirnacali/
Bear Empire ( no landing page yet) - http://www.lynthornealder.com/tag/bear-empire/
Aerax/Expectant Woods - http://www.lynthornealder.com/category/verse/expectant-woods/
Things Unspoken - http://www.lynthornealder.com/category/verse/unspoken/
Fae apoc (no landing page yet?) - http://www.lynthornealder.com/category/verse/faeapoc/

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Kaijune: Catch ‘Em
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“Rashi, what did you do?”

The interns at the laboratory known only as The Lab did their level best to be close enough to hear the argument while far enough away to avoid any fallout.  Just three weeks ago, a new intern had taken umbrage at being shouted at and, while the Boss was fine - the boss was always fine - three nearby interns had lost parts or all of their limbs to a parasitic vine.  With the memory still clear - with Yando still sitting in his mechanized chair, working the controls with what were only sort of fingers (and sort of vines) everyone was very cautious this time.

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The Hidden Mall 34: Ordinaire 😐
Leaf
aldersprig
First: The Hidden Mall – a beginning of something
Previous: Copies



All three Livs were staring at Abby.  Abby was feeling rather like, if she could, she would stare at herself.

“Are you talking about - collecting?”  Liv-Old looked a little horrified. “Do you know how obvious you would be?”

“Do you know how obvious we are anyway?  We’re alive, we’re not plastic, we’re not robots; we stick out pretty much every place we go.  Having five or six or an army of us, well. It wouldn’t be Aslan, but it might give us a chance.”

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World Building June Day 13 - Money and Mooches
Leaf
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It'so June WorldBuilding So I'm building Worlds!  Aerax/Expectant Woods over on Patreon, and Bear Empire and a new thing here!

(mostly Bear Empire now, though I'll make sure I at least post everything I wrote on the Ezra IV Colonies)


13- What type of economic structures do they follow?
As

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An Inn in the Bear Empire
Leaf
aldersprig
First: Running in the Bear Empire
Previous: Prey in the Bear Empire

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The town was a little closer than Deline had estimated - in part because they struck a rather quick pace, not trusting the clouds hovering over the mountains, and in part because they took advantage of two wagon-rides offered to them.

The first one didn’t take a large amount of distance off of their trip, but it was almost all uphill, and they were both glad to let the big draft horses to the climbing.  The farmer, a quiet woman with a distant look in her eye, didn’t ask many questions and didn’t provide much information - but as she was pulling the wagon to a stop, she told them, “if you’re going Ghomau way, Ewdin there might be running the wagon into town.”  She peered up at the sun. “You make a good pace here to there, you might catch him. He’ll talk your ear off, but he likes the company.”

They made it to Ewdin in time to help him load straw into his wagon and ride up with him.  Deline had been a little worried about what they would tell him, what they could tell him, but it turned out to have  been a vain worry.

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The Haunted House 17: The Yard
Leaf
aldersprig
First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous: Assignments and Plans

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Jasper was still watching her.  It took Mélanie a moment to remember what the last thing she’d said had been.  Oh. Fun.

It wasn’t going to be too fun if the house ate her, was it?

She would have to worry about that later.  Hopefully, the house wasn’t telepathic.

Hopefully, her boss wasn’t telepathic.

“I’d like it if you had fun,” he admitted.  “That’s a better result than I hope for, but this life, I enjoy it.”

She wanted to see the yard, to do anything to move away from this sort of uncomfortable conversation.  Mélanie finished her food in three bites. “Can I clear your plate?”

“You can.  Eager to see the chickens and the horses?”

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Time to shorten the writing list again
Leaf
aldersprig
I want to shorten my writing list again!

Just for a little bit, but I want to work the novel in to the writing queue in lieu of one or two of the stories I'm currently posting (the first 10 items on the list).

But since I'm asking what you like reading, I'm also going to give you the chance to pick a few that I should be able to pick up again that have fallen off the list.

This will be open until July 1st, at which time Camp Nano gets added to the list anyway. :-)

One time offer: If you are patronizing me at the $15 or higher level, commission me for $15 or more of writing, or are a certain person who has been a super-user for nearly a decade now (If you don't know who you are I'll tell you), you can pick one of those first ten items (up through Mermay/etc) and declare that it has immunity; it will not be removed from the list. (Hey, renovations aren't cheap ;-) )

If I get more than 7 of those we'll have to talk.



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World Building June Day 10 & 11 - Holidays and Governments
Leaf
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It's World-Building June!  So I'm building Worlds!  Aerax/Expectant Woods over on Patreon, and Bear Empire and a new thing here!

It's also June WorldBuilding - so we're getting two sets of prompts.  

Still going on the catch-up!


10. What holidays & traditions are observed in your world?
Major holidays in the Bear Empire include:

* A major feast near the end of autumn

* a day called the “day of sleep” after the first major frost.  

* A spring-thaw celebration

(these three above together are referred to as the Hibernation festivals)

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Blog Post: On Family, on Death, on Connection
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aldersprig
Content Warning: The below discusses family issues, death, disconnection, drama, and pain.  It's as close to unfiltered as I get on a public space.

 



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Spoils of War 9: Future
Leaf
aldersprig
First: Spoils of War I: Surrender
Previous: Mountains and Rats

Nikol wasn’t going to apologize for ordering him to come back.  Not when he’d already admitted he’d tried to run away. Not when the Mountain might be on their trail.

“Yeah, well.  To be honest, you’ve got the horses and our supplies and there’s a slime-slug out there.  I probably woulda come back anyway.”

She smirked at him.  “Well, supper’s appreciated.  And I bet the cats appreciated it too.”

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Kaijune: Little Monsters
Leaf
aldersprig
Written in the setting/time of my 101 Apoc Nights story.



They had been passing bathtub hooch for hours and the fire had burned down to coals, on which they were roasting whatever they still have to roast.  And then one old woman, her hair white and her skin a maze of wrinkles, set down her

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Darling it’s better… a tale for MerMay
Leaf
aldersprig
Things Unspoken, South Coast



There were not people in all the seas.

Some of them were too dark, too cold, too inhabited by things that either had been driven off the land or had simply claimed the water for their own.

Some were too close to human people, some were too heavily sailed,

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Callista after School, a ficlet
Leaf
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Decisions weren’t easy, which was how she’d ended up in college.

Rory had suggested it, Ioanna had seconded it, and she went to the same school as Io, pooling child care and sharing a big house off-campus.

It was a foreign land.  She hadn’t meant to end up in the support group....

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Beauty-beast 38: The Right Way
Leaf
aldersprig
First: M/m Keeper/Kept
Previous: Doll

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“Ctirad.  Ctirad, my darling.”  A click; the screen went blank.  Another moment; there was a hand over his eyes, another hand on the back of his neck.  “Ctirad. Hear me.”

He swallowed.  He could breathe.  “I. I hear you, sir.  I hear you. Master.”

“No, my darling.  Not that. Your sir, I will take that.  But Master is a title I haven’t earned, not from you.”

That was strange enough to shake a bit of the fog away.  “Sir?”

“Ah, well.”  Timaios’ tone was… rueful?  “I did say I’d accept that. Ctirad.  I’m going to move my hands. Can you tell me what happened?”

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World Building June Day 8/18 - Running and Running Around
Leaf
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It's World-Building June!  So I'm building Worlds!  Aerax/Expectant Woods over on Patreon, and Bear Empire and a new thing here!

It's also June WorldBuilding - so we're getting two sets of prompts.  After I exhaust the answers I've written, I might just default to Inspector Caracal's qu

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Prey in the Bear Empire
Leaf
aldersprig
First: Running in the Bear Empire
Previous: Arrows in the Bear Empire

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Deline counted down on her fingers.  Three, two-

“Oy, you in the old Pattane house!  Come out with your hands up. I know you’re trespassing there, and I’ve every right to shoot you, but if you move slowly and ain’t try nothing, I shan’t but warn you on.”

“That....” Deline whispered quietly, “is not a Deklegion bounty hunter, or if she is, she is very good at mid-Fox-lands dialect.”

“Ain’t try nothing?” Carrone muttered.  “Want to shoot him anyway?”

Deline stood up, to a chorus of swearing from Carrone.  “No harm meant,” she called. “The storm lit on us something fierce,” oh, it had been a long time since she’d tried this dialect.  “an’ nothing but our little tent to keep us from the cold. We ‘bout to take ourselves on to somewhere else, we were, when your arrow said hello.”

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The Haunted House 16: Serving
Leaf
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First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous: Assignments and Plans

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“Ah, Mélanie.”  It was as if Jasper had read her mind.  “It will all make sense to you eventually, I hope. Either that or you will start throwing dishes at me and demanding that you go somewhere else, which is also a possibility.”  He shifted like he was going to stand up and then sat back down. “Please, at your leisure, finish your meal.”

She looked at her food and, slowly, began eating.  It did taste good, certainly better than anything she’d been eating before she came here.  Of course, she’d made it, but she’d made it with fresh ingredients and the help of a cooperative kitchen.  Very fresh ingredients... “Do you steal food as well?”

Now, why had she asked that?

“Well, I have chickens, and I might have had to go out and steal some, but they came with the house, so I didn’t have to.   The rest, generally, I trade stolen goods for. I try to be more like Robin Hood and less like some evil taxman; for one thing, if I steal from the poor, the house gets very cranky with me.  For another, I get really cranky with myself.”

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