aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
2018-09-24 10:27 pm

Welcome to Alder's Grove

"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.

Here (and here on Livejournal) you'll find an index of my universes. Each 'verse has its own landing page with an index of stories within.

Find all of my writing links on lynthornealder.com.

A loose posting schedule (and on LJ) covers weekly recurring posts; other things are posted as the mood hits.

My commission rates are here (and on LJ); you can drop a dollar or two in the tip jar or commission a story to be written. Or you can become a Patreon Patron and unlock even more fiction! This is everything I've written for Patreon to date!

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aldersprig: (Mermaid 2)
2017-10-17 01:03 pm

A New World: Myths

“That is… a very good question.  But I suppose the answer lies in the fact that Kaelingrade is said to have disappeared, isn’t she?  Whereas Carrenonna-”  She trailed off, hoping someone knew.

“Kaelingrade vanished without a trace, tower and all, in a cold spring one day during the Aterpian Wars,” read the father. “What are - oh, those were some of the wars before we landed, weren’t they?  Skirmishes?”

Kael raised her eyebrows at the man. “Skirmishes?  You are talking about battles when thousands on thousands of people died.”

“But they didn’t have real technology here, did they?  Before we, I mean, before colonists came.  That was a long time ago, but I know there wasn’t anything like modern warfare.”

“Oh, come on, Dad.”  The older daughter rolled her eyes.  “Just because we can drop bombs and blow up entire cities now doesn’t mean that we’re superior or something.  And besides, they had magic back then, real magic, didn’t they?”

“Aria, what did we say about-”

read on…
aldersprig: a red-heded freckled girl, smiling (Autumn)
2017-10-17 09:54 am

Patreon Posts!

 

This is a weird one.  Today’s Patreon Sum-up involves three stories I wrote, not to prompts, but because they appeared to me.  All crossovers of one sort or another. 

 

Okay, so I’m working on my outlines for Finish It nanowrimo coming up in, well, November.  And I got to the one for Facets of Dusk and I started thinking about – well, the doors they might open

🚪

“Get us someplace with medical care!” Simon shouted.
“Someplace with advanced technomagical medical care.”  Aerich’s aristocratic snarl sounded panicked.
“Someplace they’re not going to shoot at us.”  Cole’s voice was calm.  But Cole, who had Josie in his arms, also sounded serious.
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I blame this on my current marathon re-read of the Sandman comics.  

📚

On Halloween, 2011, when the walls between worlds were thinner than they had ever been, the woman called The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (because her Mentor had been fond of Robert Heinlein, in his day and in her day) left her kids with her sister, as per their arrangement, and slipped out between those world-barriers.

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Okay, I guess the theme is really talking to me this month. 

Here’s another bonus, spurred on but not really related to a line from a Popular Mechanics article I read last night: (paraphrase) “AI is going to make the Industrial Revolution look small.”

🤖

Autumn knew better than to grab the strands of the world too much around Hallowe’en.
Everything was thinner at that time, more responsive, more willing to bend and twist and open.

Read On!

aldersprig: (NanoGiraffe)
2017-10-16 09:10 pm

REASONABLE sized poll for NanoWrimo, IV

The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

This is four out of either five or six.

Poll #18954 Fourth Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


Planners, Unicorn/Factory, Standalone and/or Shadow Rebellion: Which of these stories should I continue?

View Answers

Beginning with a Kiss
0 (0.0%)

Breaking In
1 (16.7%)

Change
1 (16.7%)

Where Do Unicorns Come From?
3 (50.0%)

Duty
0 (0.0%)

The Silver Road
3 (50.0%)

Cleaning House/Observing
3 (50.0%)

The Shadow Rebellion
3 (50.0%)

Packing
0 (0.0%)

Friendly Fiend Forgetting
2 (33.3%)

The Tuesday Map.
1 (16.7%)

A Toque for Hill Primus.
1 (16.7%)

Eralon Explains
3 (50.0%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Science!, Fairy Town, Things Unspoken, and/or Inner Circle?


The Links
Beginning with a Kiss
Breaking In
Change
Where Do Unicorns Come From?
Duty
The Silver Road
Cleaning House/Observing
The Shadow Rebellion
Packing
Friendly Fiend Forgetting
The Tuesday Map.
A Toque for Hill Primus.
Eralon Explains

Links for original Poll

Stranded/Reiassan Poll

II: Addergoole/Tír na Cali Poll

III: Dragons Next Door, Vas' World, & Facets of Dusk poll
aldersprig: (Side Quest)
2017-10-16 09:19 am

Side Quest Chapter Twenty-Three: Cleaner

They made it to the bathhouse without further incident. Raizel had never been inside a place like this, but she’d heard the stories and descriptions from people in the town that went down into the flatter lands: There were rainfall devices where you soaped off, and then big drinking-trough tubs to soak in and bathhouse boys and girls to wash your back and your hair.

She left her things in the locked box she could see from her tub, the key around her wrist, and stood under the lukewarm falling water scrubbing herself with a bar of soap her trei had bought them. Next to her, the Diamond Raven, clad in nothing but a golden rope around his neck, did the same.

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aldersprig: (lynSnow)
2017-10-16 08:33 am

Internet, Connection, Changes: A blog post

Our router gave up the ghost last week, leaving us with considerably less interwebs than we are used to, and, due to an Amazon misunderstanding (did you know Prime ever meant not-quick-shipping? We didn’t!), this situation persisted through the weekend.

I (re-)read all of the Sandman graphic novels and Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice.

I also started thinking about the time before we had two computers, and the time when we didn’t spend so much time on the internet that having one connection was a hardship.

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aldersprig: (Cali)
2017-10-11 10:12 am

Tír na Cali-Flight Rising

 oops

🐉

They had been meant to be field workers, fodder, perhaps sacrifices to the Goddess if the year was lean.

Their parents didn’t even know each other.  They had been “suggested” to breed by the simple expedient of feeding them the strongest aphrodisiac drugs and then locking them in a small padded room together with nothing else to do.  The farm needed workers, and, in a year like this, sometimes the Goddess needed a couple brought to her side to help them.  Nobody spoke of that, of course, like a pile of other things that nobody spoke of, but it still happened.

read on...

aldersprig: (Side Quest)
2017-10-11 09:43 am

Side Quest 22 and 21

Twenty-Two: Lost and Found

“Why her?” The Diamond Raven shifted so he was standing almost between Raizel and the Left Hand. “Why this stranger on the street?”
 
“Because she’s not a stranger, is she? She’s the one that everyone’s been muttering about. She’s got you, which is interesting in and of itself. She’s made it through some pretty strange things, and I just saw the two of you put off a deserter, and almost nobody has managed that. He’s been following people around and sticking to their sides like burrs. And yet he wanted you, when he wanted nobody else, and while he was there, something magical answered your question, which I’ve never seen happen before.”

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Twenty-One: Pssst

“I don’t think she really wants the kitten gone,” the Diamond Raven commented, when they were out the gate and on another road.  “And I don’t blame her.”
 
“It’s pretty cute, isn’t it?”  She looked down at it, and it looked up at her and mewled.  “I bet it’s terrified.  All this being moved around by people bigger than it-”
 
“Empathizing?” the Diamond Raven chuckled.  “Sounds like your life.  Or, come to think about it, mine.”  He touched the gold lasso around his neck lightly.  “I’m pretty tossed around, too.  And even in the same way.  Can I hold it?”

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aldersprig: (CyaSmile)
2017-10-11 09:05 am

Patreon Posts!

   

Okay, so I was playing around with a roleplay with Cal and Cynara decided to build herself a castle. Well, a play castle, this is ~8×8 with a tower; it’s a shed-sized castle. 

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The poll has spoken!

The walls between the worlds are thin in October, especially as Hallowe’en approaches.  It’s easier to step between universes – or to slip and fall down a rabbit-hole you were never expecting.

This month’s theme is Crossovers –  those slips, those falls, those determined steps into another world.

Open to $5+ “To-do List” Patrons!


I mentioned a story about renovations…

🔨

The renovations started in June.

They closed on the house in October — Judy had a feeling about the place; Steve thought it had good bones — and lived with the ugly panelling, the wonky ceilings, the strange toilet all winter long.

As soon as the weather was consistently warm, down came the hideous paneling.

Read On!

aldersprig: (AylaWorried)
2017-10-10 11:19 am

Addergoole: A Ghost Story (Crossposting still broken)

Interlude: Halfbreed Changes



Bonus Meta Week! This week we will be taking a break from our scheduled interludes to present some fae-related metatext.


The genetics of inheritance of Ellehemaei are, at best, poorly understood – that is after all a primary motivation behind the creation of the Addergoole school. What combinations create what kinds of halfbreeds? What causes an individual to express as a halfbreed, rather than a pureblood? And so on and so forth.

read on: http://www.addergoole.com/gs/interlibris-2-3/interlude-halfbreed-changes/


Interlude: Abaddon 3



Abaddon had put it off as long as he could. He had come up with excuse after excuse, but the problem was, Gennie knew why he’d gone to talk to Professor Sakamato, and she wanted to know the answer. The longer he put it off, the more suspicious she got.

“You know, you don’t look like you could be Japanese,” she was trying this time. “But if he was your father, that would explain why they all sent you to him to talk about it.”

read on: http://www.addergoole.com/gs/story/interlude-abaddon-3/
aldersprig: A Roman Gladius, with the words "Keep Sharp, Live Long" against a leather background. (Sharp)
2017-10-09 01:36 pm
Entry tags:

The Hidden Mall: Liv, Liv, Liv

Oh was exactly what Abigail didn’t want to hear. She pulled clean-Liv towards the fountain, biting her lip, wishing she had a weapon, any sort of weapon, even a fork.

How had Liv gotten so far away? How had she let Liv get so far away?

This Liv didn’t listen to her, and the one whose hand she was holding was trying to get away, and – “I am not cut out to be the responsible friend,” Abigail muttered. She shoved aside a clothing rack and hauled Liv in toward the fountain.

Dirty-Liv was naked, in the fountain, which was easily deep enough to serve as a bath, and she was staring at –

At Liv.

“Fuck.”

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aldersprig: (City)
2017-10-05 03:32 pm

Patreon Theme Poll... October

This poll will determine the stories written (and reposted) in my Patreon all month long!

And, since it worked well last time, you get to suggest themes for the next polls!

This poll will remain open until I wake up on Monday.

Don't have a DW account? Feel free to vote in the comments!

Poll #18897 Patreon Themes October 2017
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


What should the October 2017 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Fae Apoc {Spooks and creeps} (Setting)
5 (45.5%)

Stranded {Autumn} (Setting)
6 (54.5%)

Things Unspoken {Things that go Bump} (Setting)
3 (27.3%)

Fairy Town {Dressing Up, New Faces} (setting)
5 (45.5%)

Storms Rolling In (Theme)
2 (18.2%)

Harvest (theme)
0 (0.0%)

First Frost (Theme)
3 (27.3%)

Pumpkins and gourds (Theme)
0 (0.0%)

Ghosts and Specters, Haunts and Haunted (Theme)
3 (27.3%)

Urban Legends (Theme)
8 (72.7%)

Costumes and Disguises (Theme)
4 (36.4%)

Encyclopedia Worldia (type) (All About The Worlds)
0 (0.0%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (9.1%)

Crossovers: the boundaries between worlds are thin (Type!!)
7 (63.6%)

What should the November 2017 Theme Options be?

What should the December 2017 Theme Options be?

What should the January 2018 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: (NanoGiraffe)
2017-10-04 11:17 am

REASONABLE sized poll for NanoWrimo, III

The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

Poll #18894 Third Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Vas World, Dragons Next Door, & Facets of Dusk: Which of these stories should I continue?

View Answers

Fears/Loophole/Neighborhood Watch
3 (42.9%)

Sturdy Walls & Bridges in Walls.
4 (57.1%)

Sharing Stories.
3 (42.9%)

Aud & Sage’s courtship and Rules.
7 (100.0%)

Learning and Lies.
3 (42.9%)

Rule Two, Parent-Teacher Conference, Showing Off, Human Town
4 (57.1%)

Planning Board Woes
3 (42.9%)

Lessons Learned in School.
0 (0.0%)

Bianna
3 (42.9%)

Falling
1 (14.3%)

Christmas
1 (14.3%)

the medieval/wild West mix-up
3 (42.9%)

the door that the Jameerery went through
3 (42.9%)

The Uniform
0 (0.0%)

Horseback
1 (14.3%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Planners, Unicorn/Factory, and/or Shadow Rebellion?



The Links:
Fears/Loophole/Neighborhood Watch
Sturdy Walls & Bridges in Walls.
Sharing Stories
Aud & Sage's courtship and Rules:
Rule One; the Over the Wall thread includes Rule ThreeDwimors, and Self-Hating
Learning and Lies
Rule TwoParent-Teacher ConferenceShowing OffHuman Town
Planning Board Woes
Lessons Learned in School.
Bianna:
 Then and Now, waiting-for-sponsorship Under PressureHands-on-KnowledgeFriends Do.
Falling 
Christmas
the medieval/wild West mix-up
the door that the Jameerery went through.
The Uniform
Horseback 

Shadow Rebellion
Landing page and tag 



Stories that WILL be written because I've already started their outlines:
Heroes
Catbois in Cages
Space Accountant Accidental Marriage

The other winners of the first Poll (At least 2 of these will be written):
Bless the Cat.(AF)
Legacy Cat.(AF)
King(maker) Cake, etc.(AF)

Current Winner of Stranded/Reiassan Poll (feel free to vote if you haven't already!)
Stranded in Winter
Love Meme: Autumn and Ink
Rin and her Mother, and Knowing Where His Place Is
Road Map To....

Current Winners of the Addergoole/Tir na Cali Poll
Bjorn: Uncle and The Uncle’s… Pet?
Return to Sender/Old Debts and Old Favors***
Little Lost Kitty Girl
Clarisse: Paint it Blue and Paint Me Blue
aldersprig: (GIRAFFE!)
2017-10-03 01:19 pm

Back from Talen Hall

 Written to Thnidu’s commissioned continuation of Down to Talen Hall

🌕

Do not go by the TalenHall
Where ruined Talen’s Holdings Lie

🌕
My sisters dance by Talen Hall
Where ruined Talen’s Holdings lie.
My aunts and cousins, once in thrall,
Sing taunting songs to pale moonlight. 

They were not my sisters, and yet they were.

My sister stood off to the side, an iron firepoker in her hand.  She’d grown while I was gone, and grown again in the time I’d been back.  She was a woman.

read on...

aldersprig: (lock and key)
2017-10-03 12:02 pm

Beauty-Beast Twenty-Five: Kitten

 First: M/m Keeper/Kept

Previous: Home

🔒

He was startled and then terrified to find Timaios’ hand at the back of his neck.  He was going to be hauled off to a cage.  He was going to be locked away like the miserable bad thing that he was.  He was –

“Ctirad.  Look at me.”

He didn’t try to the fight the order.  He looked up, unable to control his expression and barely even thinking of trying. “Sir?”  A surge of misery struck him.  That was wrong, that wasn’t what he was supposed to call his master.  “Timaios?”

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aldersprig: (Side Quest)
2017-10-03 08:46 am

Crossposting Broken: Side Quest and A Dream Story

Twenty: The Kitten



The gardener in front of them cut a strange figure, her pockets wriggling.

Raizel bowed politely anyway. If she had learned anything so far on this trip it was that she might find the god-touch or even stranger things in places she was expecting nothing of the sort. “I, uh. I offer apology? We were hiding from,” she dropped her voice lower. “We were hiding from a deserter who wanted to accost us, and this was the first open gate. I didn’t mean to trespass.” She might have said We didn’t mean to trespass, but she was fairly sure the Diamond Raven had meant exactly that.

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Dream: The King’s Castle



Story based on a dream I had

💤
The King was raving.

Not that anyone would ever say that; he was the king. You didn’t mention he was raving — or hallucinating, or having fits — if you wanted to hold on to your head, your soul, and your volition.

But the King had gotten it in his head that one of his trusted advisers and lieutenants had betrayed him, and was going around the castle, using The Voice that filled every corner of that huge edifice, declaring that when he found that Lieutenant who’d betrayed him, he would kill them, rend them, destroy them.

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aldersprig: (AylaWorried)
2017-10-03 08:41 am

Crossposting Broken: Ghost Story

Chapter 48: Cynara



Monday, February 19, 2001

Cya felt like, if she held herself perfectly straight and perfectly still, nothing would fall off. Otherwise, she was afraid, she was going to shatter into a thousand pieces.

She kissed Dysmas and made the appropriate wiggle as he grabbed her butt with both hands and pulled her in towards him, then headed off to class, not straightening her skirt until she was out of sight. Nobody tried to hit on her; Alexander looked over at her with sad eyes and she pretended she couldn’t see. Save your sadness for someone who needs it.

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Interlude: Joff



Joff woke up from a nightmare to find Zeke’s hand on his shoulder, his lover’s face just a few inches from his. “Joff? Joff, man, you were – you were doing that thing again.”

Doing that thing was fairly vague, but the worried expression and the emotions pulsing off of Zeke explained it well enough. “It was – it was Meshach again.” He had been feeling something from Rafe’s room.

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aldersprig: (Viddie)
2017-10-02 09:18 pm

Patreon Posts!

Originally posted August 21, 2011 and, would you believe it, the only thing to show up in a Google search for “harvest” of my Dreamwidth blog.

🌽

The Aramob had not been expecting resistance when they went against the Village. Town people were soft, and folded easily. That was the wisdom of the elders, that was what the young warriors preached. Especially water-towns, where their food came easy and they could waste their time in games.

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This is Viddie (Viðrou, but his mother didn’t want to call him Vitthie.), the son of Cynara and Leofric from, among other things, Addergoole: a Ghost Story.

🎃

In theory, it should have been easy.

Viddie knew pumpkins.  He’d grown up eating pumpkin pie from scratch, and he knew all of the ins and outs of what made a pumpkin a pumpkin.

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This turned out a little strange…

🔥

Sub-bureaucrat Azenia had her hands full and her lamp was burning far past closing time.

She knew, of course, that the over-bureaucrats liked it that way.

Open to all Patrons!

aldersprig: (AldersGrove)
2017-09-27 01:51 pm

The Hidden Mall: Cozy and Clean?

Liv-clean opened the door and peeked inside. “I think we’re still in the same world,” she murmured. “And I don’t think it has anything to do with Beavers, but I think – well, come on. I think it’s a store.”

“A store.” Dirty-Liv grumbled. “If it involved clowns, knives, or fish, I’m going the other way.”

Abigail was with her on that one. “Let’s peek?”

🌳🌲

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aldersprig: (GIRAFFE!)
2017-09-27 09:01 am

A Different Stripe

Written to Anke's prompt. 

🐉

When you spend your time trying to learn as much as possible about the other people around you and working on finding the best in all of them - sometimes by viewing them by your cultural standards, sometimes by theirs, sometimes by some neutral third party - and then you find them using a kind of casual racism against creatures you think of as being the same as them, you tend to find yourself a little shocked or, if you are like me, a little stupefied.

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