aldersprig: (Oligarchy)
Looking for more of my fiction? It’s splattered all over the web like I threw it up in the air just to watch it fall down! (What a good strategy, Lyn…)



On Ko-Fi, free for anyone to read:Too Old for This Cow Shit - Asta was too old for this shit.

read on…
aldersprig: (Theocracy)

What should the November 2018 Patreon theme be? - Strawpoll.com


Vote now: What should the November 2018 Patreon theme be? - Aunt Family [Setting]*, Cyber-run (Magical Futurism) [Setting] * or … Whats your opinion?



 

* These three are the settings of my three NanoWrimo projects
aldersprig: (HalloweenAldersprig)
It's time for the poll.
What poll?
The poll about the Patreon
What'treon?
The Tree about VoodDoo
Who do?
You Do.
Do what?
Remind me of the poll.

Poll #20516 October Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


What should the October 2018 Patreon theme be?

View Answers

Tir na Cali (setting)
4 (28.6%)

Bear Empire (Setting)
7 (50.0%)

Aereax/Expectant Woods (Setting)
5 (35.7%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
4 (28.6%)

Shifters, Changers, and the Unknown (motif)
5 (35.7%)

Brass (motif)
4 (28.6%)

Scary! (motif)
2 (14.3%)

Pumpkins and Ghosts (motif)
3 (21.4%)

Haunted and Magical Houses/locales (motif)
10 (71.4%)

Halloween (motif)
3 (21.4%)

Harvest (motif)
6 (42.9%)

Everybody Cosplay (motif)
5 (35.7%)

Geometry (motif)
2 (14.3%)

Music (motif)
3 (21.4%)

Costumes and decorations (motif)
5 (35.7%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (7.1%)

What should the November 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the December 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the January 2019 Theme Poll Options be?

aldersprig: (AldersGrove)
Poll #20394 September Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What should the September 2018 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Tir na Cali (setting)
3 (30.0%)

Bear Empire (Setting)
5 (50.0%)

Aereax/Expectant Woods (Setting)
4 (40.0%)

Kael’s Tower (Setting)
5 (50.0%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
3 (30.0%)

Road Trips (motif)
3 (30.0%)

Tradecraft (motif)
3 (30.0%)

Spring (motif)
1 (10.0%)

Back to school/Education (motif)
5 (50.0%)

Stranded World: Autumn (motif)
6 (60.0%)

Apples, Pumpkins, Harvests (motif)
4 (40.0%)

Rituals (motif)
5 (50.0%)

Falls: Autumn, falling, waterfalls. (motif)
1 (10.0%)

Cats (motif)
4 (40.0%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (10.0%)

What should the October 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the November 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the December 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)
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.


Poll #20295 August 2018 Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What should the August 2018 Patreon Theme Be?

View Answers

Tir na Cali (setting)
4 (40.0%)

Bear Empire (Setting)
6 (60.0%)

Aereax/Expectant Woods (Setting)
3 (30.0%)

Kael’s Tower (Setting)
4 (40.0%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
4 (40.0%)

Adventures (motif)
1 (10.0%)

Road Trips (motif)
5 (50.0%)

Thunderstorms, storms, watching the sky (motif)
6 (60.0%)

Oceans and Seas (motif)
4 (40.0%)

Royalty (motif)
1 (10.0%)

Food and Drink (motif)
1 (10.0%)

Distant relations (motif)
1 (10.0%)

Miscommunication, confusion, Deception (motif)
2 (20.0%)

Celebrations, birthdays, personal holidays (motif)
3 (30.0%)

Boats and ships (motif)
2 (20.0%)

Keeping cool (motif)
2 (20.0%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (10.0%)

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

What should the September 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the October 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the November 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

aldersprig: (Cali)
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.



Poll #20176 July Patreon Theme
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


What should the July 2016 Patreon Theme Be?8

View Answers

Tir na Cali (setting)
6 (50.0%)

Bear Empire (Setting)
4 (33.3%)

Aereax/Expectant Woods (Setting)
4 (33.3%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
3 (25.0%)

Fae Apoc - PreModern (Setting)
8 (66.7%)

Cooking sans kitchen (motif)
4 (33.3%)

festivals/parades (motif)
3 (25.0%)

birth of a nation (motif)
0 (0.0%)

berries (motif)
5 (41.7%)

Cats (motif)
7 (58.3%)

Picnics (motif)
2 (16.7%)

Birthdays (motif)
2 (16.7%)

heat (motif)
5 (41.7%)

Lucky Sevens (motif)
2 (16.7%)

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

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
2 (16.7%)

What should the August 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the September 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the October 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

I put in one of these by accident. How much do you like this poll?

View Answers
Mean: 7.75 Median: 7.5 Std. Dev 1.71
Stop it Really 10 (0.0%)
20 (0.0%)
30 (0.0%)
40 (0.0%)
51 (12.5%)
61 (12.5%)
72 (25.0%)
81 (12.5%)
91 (12.5%)
Love it More Polls! 102 (25.0%)


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/
aldersprig: (Library)
okay, I'm a little behind on this... 

Last month’s theme was

Libraries and Librarians

Things marked with a * are free for everyone to read.



See the first 1/3 of April here.

Stories
The Library of Secrets There are two places in the Empire that are often called The Library of Sec

read on…
aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
What is this?
It's a poll!
Ahem
It's a poll to determine the theme for June on my Patreon.

Okay, why?
Because I like themes.
The theme gives a direction for the monthly Patreon prompt call, and for meta-posts and reposts and other such things.

But your Patreon is for Patrons...
Well, technically, yes. But there are always free posts. And many stories are made public after a while.

What if I don't have a DW account?
Vote for up to seven options in a comment below! Comments are open to anon, just sign it so I know who you are.

Poll #20023 June Patreon Theme Poll!!
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


What should the June 2018 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Unexpected moods (motif)
5 (35.7%)

Summer vacation (motif)
5 (35.7%)

Founders (motif)
3 (21.4%)

Graduation (motif)
2 (14.3%)

circles and spirals (motif)
8 (57.1%)

Bunnies! (motif)
3 (21.4%)

seedlings & planting (motif)
8 (57.1%)

Flowers, birds, and bees (motif)
2 (14.3%)

Picture prompt (type)
1 (7.1%)

Encyclopedia Worldia (type) (All About The Worlds)
2 (14.3%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
3 (21.4%)

Tiny Fiction (type) (fiction with specific small wordcounts)
0 (0.0%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
4 (28.6%)

Tir na Cali (Setting)
6 (42.9%)

Fae Apoc - PreModern (Setting)
5 (35.7%)

Bear Empire (Setting)
7 (50.0%)

Aereax/Expectant Woods (Setting)
5 (35.7%)

What should the July 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the August 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the September 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

aldersprig: (Dragon Orange)
Poll #19881 May 2018 Patreon Theme Poll
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


What should the May 2018 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

seedlings & planting
6 (54.5%)

Bunnies!
6 (54.5%)

Building(s)
2 (18.2%)

Weddings
3 (27.3%)

Pilgrims and Pilgrimages
1 (9.1%)

Flowers, birds, and bees
7 (63.6%)

Beginning of the End
1 (9.1%)

Picture prompt (type)
1 (9.1%)

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

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
2 (18.2%)

Tir na Cali (Setting)
4 (36.4%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
5 (45.5%)

Aunt Family (setting)
7 (63.6%)

Cloverleaf (Sub-setting)
3 (27.3%)

What should the June 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the July 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

What should the August 2018 Theme Poll Options be?

aldersprig: (Library)
This month's theme is

Libraries and Librarians


Things marked with a * are free for everyone to read. 



The Expectant Wood: Chapter 21: Worlds of Differences
Portal Bound - a beginning

A Last Conlang Word going in to April *
Cloverleaf’s Library  *


read on…
aldersprig: (Library)
Poll #19741 April Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


What should the April 2018 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Libraries and Librarians (motif)
9 (100.0%)

tracks & paths (motif)
5 (55.6%)

Bunnies! (motif)
7 (77.8%)

Taxes, tithes, and tolls (motif)
4 (44.4%)

Rain, mud, and April Showers (motif)
2 (22.2%)

Shoveling (dirt) (motif)
1 (11.1%)

seedlings & planting (motif)
5 (55.6%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
4 (44.4%)

Aunt Family (setting)
5 (55.6%)

Tir na Cali (setting)
4 (44.4%)

Cloverleaf (Sub-setting)
3 (33.3%)

Encyclopedia Worldia (type) (All About The Worlds)
1 (11.1%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (11.1%)

What should the May 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the June 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the July 2018 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
Okay, this is a little bit late.  But here we go: What happened in my Patreon in February.

Things marked with an * are free for everyone to read. 

The theme was Return of the Light.

The new stories in theme:

Bring Back the Sun
They had done all the rituals in the days leading up to the solstice and the long night vigil of remembrance on the night itself.  They had lit the candles and sung the songs, they way their people had been doing since that horrible night so many lifetimes ago. 

read on…
aldersprig: (Shooting star)
It's time for the monthly Patreon Theme Poll, and, well, my Dreamwidth subscription lapsed.

So here is a poll in Wordpress, just to see if it works out.

What are you voting for?  The theme for my Patreon for the month.

This will dictate the story posts as well as informational posts,

read on…
aldersprig: (blizzarded)
Hey it's almost the shortest month of the year!

And so we're going to have a poll!

The theme poll determines both the theme of the Patreon prompt call (for $5-and-up patrons) and of the Wednesday (usually) reposts; I try to fit the other things, such as the map and the Trunk story, into that theme as well, but some themes are more useful for that than others

For a look at my Patreon posts up through August 2017, see here.

If you don't have a DW account, the comments are open to anon voting!


Poll #19390 Patreon February 2018
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


What should the February 2018 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Reiassan (Setting)
5 (41.7%)

Edally Academy (Setting)
3 (25.0%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
4 (33.3%)

Tir na Cali (Setting)
5 (41.7%)

Long winter nights (motif)
4 (33.3%)

circles and spirals (motif)
6 (50.0%)

Shoveling/snow (motif)
3 (25.0%)

return of the light (motif)
8 (66.7%)

Hearts (motif)
1 (8.3%)

Chocolate (motif)
7 (58.3%)

Olympics (motif)
2 (16.7%)

Young Love (Motif)
3 (25.0%)

Travel (motif)
3 (25.0%)

Romance, Dates (motif)
5 (41.7%)

Groundhog Day (motif)
1 (8.3%)

Doomed Love (motif)
1 (8.3%)

The King is dead! Long live the King! (motif)
6 (50.0%)

Holidays (motif)
2 (16.7%)

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

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
4 (33.3%)

What should the March 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the April 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the May 2018 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: a red-heded freckled girl, smiling (Autumn)


A long time ago, M.C.A. Hogarth posted something in her LJ about tropes she’d like to see. One of them – which I have tried more than once to write – was about the young male (it might have been a mage?) recruiting the older female fighter?
Anyway, I was looking through my archives and I found this first chapter, or so, of Fiametta, a Strand-Worker living up on the top of a mountain.
⛰️
There were those who had called Fiametta cruel. Back when her hair was still red, more than one man had accused her of enjoying the pain of others. She’d never denied it, finding that a simple smile made them far more uncertain than any argument would, and so had a reputation as a bit of a wicked woman.
She remembered, fondly, her favorite of those complaints…
read on…



and on Wordpress...
aldersprig: a red-heded freckled girl, smiling (Autumn)


Everyone gets their inspiration from somewhere; every setting has its seeds in something.
Stranded - well, Autumn - came out of the book Blue Highways.

According to Wikipedia, this book came out in 1982. I don’t think I read it that early at all - I would’ve been six - but someone recommended it to my father, and I read it. I was probably in my early teens.
read on…

Autumn at the Ren Faire


I was playing around a little with Pinterest and Image Search today.
Here’s some pictures that are pretty close to Autumn’s garb at the Ren Fest, although her costumes are almost always in red, orange, gold, and brown.

read on…

read on…

Traitors

Jan. 5th, 2018 11:35 am
aldersprig: (AldersGrove)
Now on Patreon!

🌳

Nobody had expected the Trees to be the ones to go over.

The Zedriygro had been pushing at the Atraoya borders for years now.  They had been sending in agents - some of them Human, but just as many Elf or Centaur or Animal expats who had been living either in Zedriyg

read on…
aldersprig: (CeRilla)
 
December is Lexember, so for today I’m looking at some tree words from Calenyena, the language of Reiassan. 🌳

 

Originally posted Dec. 16, 2015

Today’s word is thorn alder, because I can!

In further proving that my Reiassani persona is a Bitrani transplant to Calenta (tall, light-skinned, short hair, prefers less bright color combinations), the alders, including the thorn alders, exist on Reiassan almost entirely in the borderlands between South and North.

read on




 
This is one of my oldest stories-for-submission.  It made my mom cry…

💧

The best part of spring, when the winter let go of the land and the snow melted away, was the creek that ran along the edge of my parents’ property.





Happy New Year!

Have a bottle of… ??!

Originally posted February, 2012

🍾

The island was big enough to sustain life for their small group.

Which was good, because they couldn’t figure a way off of it, and, even if they had, they weren’t certain there was anything to return to.

read on…



Originally posted Sep. 14, 2014

🌲

“It’s perfect.” Ce’rilla looked around the old hotel. “It has an atrium, it has rooms, and everything else can be fixed.”

read on…


read on…
aldersprig: (Jaunx)
Welcome to 2018!
We're starting off the year with... a poll!

The theme poll determines both the theme of the Patreon prompt call (for $5-and-up patrons) and of the Wednesday (usually) reposts; I try to fit the other things, such as the map and the Trunk story, into that theme as well, but some themes are more useful for that than others

For a look at my Patreon posts up through August 2017, see here.

Curious about the settings listed?
Their landing pages are:
Fairy Town
Stranded World
Tír na Cali (incomplete, see also here)
Things Unspoken

If you don't have a DW account, the comments are open to anon voting!

Poll #19247 January 2018 Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


What should the January 2018 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Summer in January
7 (63.6%)

Beginnings
4 (36.4%)

from the pantry
5 (45.5%)

fire and ice
4 (36.4%)

Darkness
1 (9.1%)

Resolutions
2 (18.2%)

Temporary deaths
6 (54.5%)

Midwinter
3 (27.3%)

Bills
2 (18.2%)

Remembrances/created memories
2 (18.2%)

Joie [toasts]
3 (27.3%)

Hopes/shattered
1 (9.1%)

Bubbles
2 (18.2%)

Top 5 of ___
1 (9.1%)

Cold beauty
3 (27.3%)

Changeover of the year/calendar
4 (36.4%)

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

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings))
2 (18.2%)

Fairy Town (Setting)
5 (45.5%)

Tír na Cali (Setting)
5 (45.5%)

Stranded World (Setting)
8 (72.7%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
4 (36.4%)

What should the February 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the March 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the April 2018 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: (Stormclouds)


Originally posted  March 9th, 2011.

⛏️ 

They were building it anew.

There hadn’t been much left after the devastation, and the city they’d lived in had been a stinking, rotten, fetid ruin. Better to leave it to the dead and dying, better to leave the diseases to work their course. Those of them who could walk, who could carry a pack, who wanted to live, had banded together and headed for the hills.

Read On





Nobody in the Fae Apoc really knows what’s going on, do they…?

📝

The Grigori would not listen to her.

Natela was not particularly surprised.  For one, the Grigori rarely listened to anyone who was not Grigori, and although she had their blood, she was not of them, but by their standards.

Open to all Patrons!





This story takes place 50 years past the original story, nearly 40 years after the apocalypse, after the Retirement stories.

👻

Kailani and Rozen were being followed.

Not exactly followed — more like followed-in-front-of — and not by a person or people.  Rozen would have been able to deal with people.

Open to All Patrons!



aldersprig: (Library)
Hello, Friends!

This is the time of month where I ask anyone who might have an interest in my Patreon to vote in the poll for this month’s theme.

The theme, which can be an extant setting, a motif, or a type of story, determines both the main four stories of the month (two very short and two “flash”) and the mid-week reposts for the month.

As this is Lexember, I will also come up with one or two lexicon entries for whichever setting wins.

If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, you can vote (for up to five options on Q1) in the comments.

Poll #19156 December 2017 Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


What should the December 2017 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Family (motif)
1 (16.7%)

Trees, Bare branches (motif)
4 (66.7%)

cinnamon and cocoa (motif)
2 (33.3%)

endings (motif)
2 (33.3%)

Long winter nights, the Longest Night (motif)
3 (50.0%)

the rule of winter (motif)
1 (16.7%)

negative space (motif)
1 (16.7%)

Celebration and Holidays (motif)
1 (16.7%)

Renewal (motif)
3 (50.0%)

Holly and Mistletoe (motif
1 (16.7%)

Tir na Cali {seasonal holidays} (Setting)
1 (16.7%)

Planners {scarcity} (Setting)
1 (16.7%)

Stranded {Winter} (Setting)
2 (33.3%)

Things Unspoken {Myths and Dreams} (Setting)
2 (33.3%)

Reiassan {The Cold Times} (Setting)
0 (0.0%)

Fairy Town {Cycles} (Setting)
2 (33.3%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (16.7%)

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

What should the January 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the February 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the March 2018 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)

 

In apple season, we make this an average of once a week.  As a matter of fact, we just diced up a whole bunch of apples, dipped ‘em in lemon-juice-water, and stored them in the freezer (Chinese soup containers) with the sugar needed for four of these cakes.

🍏

Open to “Recipe Box” Patrons!





Originally posted March 10, 2013.  In Vas’ World, in the “First settlers” era.

A  continuation of Holy Fuck, it’s Snowing.

🦃

The snow kept falling.

The clear-sky thing hadn’t lasted for more than a few hours; now the sun struggled to be seen through thick layers of cloud cover, and the flakes fell and fell and fell.

Read On!





Originally posted Oct. 15, 2011. This is a story of Baram. Actually… I’m going to put in a bit from Addergoole: TOS first. Warning: discussions of death, violence. 👹

 

“That hairdo took a long time,” [Shahin] told [Baram], sounding blandly irritated, “and you’ve messed it all up.” It gave her time to peel off a glove – the long sleeves of her widow’s weeds would still cover her wrists – and rest her hand on his forearm.

Read On!


aldersprig: (AldersGrove)
Patreon Theme poll!

This one is going to be open for just about (24*3) hours, because I have to get going on #nanowrimo very very soon.

Vote away!

Poll #19007 November 2017 Patreon Theme
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


What should the November 2017 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Temporary Deaths
3 (42.9%)

Family
1 (14.3%)

Freezing, First Frost
0 (0.0%)

Reunions & Coming Together
2 (28.6%)

Flocks, Herds, and Schools
3 (42.9%)

Embers
3 (42.9%)

(in)gratitude
1 (14.3%)

Fae Apoc {Rebirth and old myths} (Setting)
4 (57.1%)

Things Unspoken {Traditions} (Setting)
1 (14.3%)

Fairy Town {Dressing Up, New Faces} (setting)
1 (14.3%)

Aunt Family {Also Traditions} (Setting)
1 (14.3%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
1 (14.3%)

What should the December 2017 Theme Options be?

What should the January 2018 Theme Options be?

What should the February 2018 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: a red-heded freckled girl, smiling (Autumn)
 

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.
Read On


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: (CyaSmile)
   

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: (City)
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: (Viddie)

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: (Library)



Originally posted February 27, 2015

🌶️

The fighter pilot with the callsign Spice was new to the team and, although all her credentials assured that she was not, indeed, new to space fighting as a concept or a skill, still the team had to be reassured.

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Fancy Dresses, long lingering kisses, awkward moments with your friends, bullies… Prom!

Anton had figured he didn’t have a chance.

He was new to Hieder Hill High, he wasn’t one of the popular kids – was the new guy ever the popular guy? – his family wasn’t rich or even that well-off, and he didn’t dress like or act like the popular guys.

Open to All Patrons!





I live!  It’s been a hell of a month.  But here I am. 

🍎

This story originally posted June 4, 2011.

📚

He came to the school in autumn, once the crops were in. They’d gone back to old habits and old practices in the Academy, as in so much of the world, knowing that the old existed and had survived for so long for a reason.

Read On!




And On Wordpress…
aldersprig: (Library)
This poll will determine the stories written (and reposted) in my Patreon all month long!

Also, for the first time, you get to suggest themes for the next polls!

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

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


Poll #18771 Patreon Themes September 2017
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What should the September 2017 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Stranded {Autumn} (Setting)
5 (50.0%)

Addergoole etc. {Back to school} (setting)
5 (50.0%)

Tír na Cali {seasonal holidays} (Setting)
5 (50.0%)

Planners {Getting ready} (Setting)
4 (40.0%)

Harvest (theme)
4 (40.0%)

Storms and other Acts of God (theme)
4 (40.0%)

aged polaroid photos (theme)
1 (10.0%)

Spices and Trade Wars (theme)
8 (80.0%)

Encyclopedia Worldia (type) (All About The Worlds)
2 (20.0%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
3 (30.0%)

What should the October 2017 Theme Options be?

What should the November 2017 Theme Options be?

What should the December 2017 Theme Options be?

aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)



Originally posted April 15, 2012. 

🏞️

“So what do I do?” He couldn’t help but betray his common roots, she knew, or his American upbringing, but here and now, it rankled.

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Originally written March 8, 2012, as a belated birthday present for my mother.  It’s about a magical moment.

🌳

The forest was still that day.

Read On




🌳

Their walk took them further and further out past the stem of Aereaxera , past dozens and dozens of the little hezzai-ai and several other fascinating creatures.  Cartwright stopped three times to gather plant bundles, which he hung off of his pack till he began to look like a sort of walking herbery.

Open to all Patrons!


aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)



For TNG, Cap, and Tal, with all my love. 

🌑

The whole world whispering

Born at the right time…

Read On




We danced in graveyards with vampires till dawn
We laughed in the faces of kings, Never afraid to burn

 ⚰️

Everything not mandatory is forbidden
 📜

The sun set quickly, as if it wanted to get out of the way.

Open to all Patreon Patrons!




This story comes after  Hostage Situation, Ketchup, Salt, and Released.  Jin, Aud & Sage’s teenaged child, has dealt with a hostage situation in unique fashion. 🥞

🥒

Police Captain Iverny was not having a good day.

That was not true: Some parts of his day were very good.  The part where the monster in the bank had only managed to kill one person – that was wonderful.


Open to all Patrons!


aldersprig: drawing of the author (LynLyn)



🌴

If I had been made to make a list, back in the times Before, of people I would most like to be stranded on a desert island with, he would not have been on the list…

Open to all Patreon Patrons!





Originally posted January 2013

🐸

“There’s a problem with the second restriction.”

The country of Foros had a lot of gods, and, like any good nation with a lot of gods, it had a lot of priests.


Read On!





This is another recipe that is more than half technique, modified from an online recipe.

🥞

Sometimes you want a few pancakes, sometimes you want a lot. Sometimes you want a Just Right Amount, right in the middle.


Open to all “Recipe box” Patreons!


aldersprig: (Ruan)


Originally posted April 29, 2012

If Jean had learned anything in the five years he’d been married to Zoe (and twice that if you included dating), it was that when her family said “tradition,” the best thing to do was to shut up and get out of the way.

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📆

The spellbook had been one of the best finds on the planet they had poetically called 17-5-12.

The original population had been something very close to humanoid, as far as the drawings, the records, and the shapes of the buildings showed.

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Warning: this one makes me cry to read it. Written on or around December 2010.

🌳

In the Northeast, every city, every town, every blink-and-you’ll-miss-it village has at least one, a grove of trees that will never know the cut of a saw.

Open to all “Trunk” Patreons!


read on…
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)


🚧


This week on our 1870’s farmhouse, we’re demolishing the ceiling(s) of the bathroom!

The first thing to do was pull out all the old insulation – and junk – from the attic side.  After our homeowners (us) pulled out eight or nine garbage bags of old cellulose insulation…


Take a Peek!





Originally posted April 15, 2013.  

α

It all began with the first of us, called, as was appropriate and due, the Alpha.

I never knew what other name the Alpha might have held, before this place, before Everything Else. But sometimes we called her Anna, or Angie, when we were being informal.


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Speaking of Magical dates…here is the Day of Magic in Fae Apoc!

 🎃

In the world of the Faerie Apocalypse – Addergoole, Doomsday, etc. – there is something that is colloquially called The Blindness of the Gods, and something called a Mask.

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read on…
aldersprig: (Oligarchy)

Don’t shoot me. Might be a beginning rather than a full story?

🐉

The pixies were freaking out.

In the days before enlightenment and society, when dragons had lived in caves, solitary or in groups of one or two, they had kept pixies captive to tell them when another dragon — or any of the Nearly Large races — was coming.

Available to all Patreon patrons!




This month’s Saturday repost theme is Summer Reading, one-shots and worlds we’ve not seen since.

📚🔖

He was, he admitted, a bit of a hoarder. He took things because they looked pretty, or because they were a shortcut to what he wanted to say.

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So, Hob prompted me this prompt from Reddit for his birthday, and… some time later, I actually finished it. I thought it was going to be Dragons Next Door, but I’m not sure it is.
🚪

It wasn’t as if Cary didn’t know that there were strange things in the world.

You saw it on the news sometimes, of course, dragons in the sky or someone really small turning bank thief.

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aldersprig: (flower aldersprig)

📰
Summer is cranking on and it’s nearly August!

July was a bit of a mess for me — see That was Spinal Tap — but I’ve been trucking away!

Read On!




The poll has spoken! And Magical Dates is the motif for August.
This can be about magic on the calendar, dates that get sparkles, dating a magical girl/boy...



It’s going to be a sparkly month!

Read On!




Originally posted April 17, 2012.

📅

"So what are we doing again?"

"Lost Day!" Raquel, Smith Tertia Vestis, grabbed Ward, Jones Secondus Ludicrum, by the hand, dragging him down the hall of the megacomplex.

Read On!
aldersprig: (post)
Each month, I ask you, the readers, to help me pick a theme for my Patreon. Then I ask all $5+ patrons to prompt me to that theme!

You can find my Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/aldersprig
and an archive of all my Patreon writing (and past themes) here: http://www.lynthornealder.com/read-me/patreon/#2017

Poll #18626 August 2017 Patreon Theme Poll
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


What should the August 2017 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Magical Dates (theme)
6 (66.7%)

Thunder, Lightning, and other ancient gods (theme)
3 (33.3%)

Road Trips (theme)
6 (66.7%)

Holidays, Vacations, and Tours (theme)
1 (11.1%)

Smoke and mirrors (Theme)
2 (22.2%)

Castles in the sky (Theme)
3 (33.3%)

Cursed objects (Theme)
2 (22.2%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
2 (22.2%)

Things Unspoken (Setting)
2 (22.2%)

Reiassan (Setting)
6 (66.7%)

Stranded World (Setting)
5 (55.6%)

Facets of Dusk (Setting)
0 (0.0%)

Tír na Cali (Setting)
5 (55.6%)

aldersprig: (LynConstruction)



“Fore!… Damnit! I don’t know what’s up with me today, Jim, I just can’t swing a damn stick!”

Open to all Patreons!




Originally posted Aug. 10, 2011

🛒

I think it's fair that I thought Farnah was male.

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This week on What an Old House, we’re doing some exploratory demolition in our 1860’s farmhouse’s bathroom.

🏠

Now this bathroom has some interesting features right from the get-go. You can see from the photos that the entire bathroom was covered in these 50’s-era Masonite panels.

Take a Peek!
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)


The “Junie Joins the Girl Scouts” pair of stories, published on October 18, 20011 & 2013.
🏕️
There are words a mother never wants to hear. I’ve got a list of them; I keep it in a notebook which is otherwise filled with very boring accounting. I don’t want to give the kids ideas.
Read on!!




Our garden has been loving the sun-rain-sun-rain cycle.
🌞

Take a Peek!




Originally posted February 13, 2012. Part of the Aunt Family setting.
🌘
The bonfire had died down to embers by midnight. The children were asleep, the husbands and brothers drinking beer and playing poker, and the sisters-in-law settled off watching the children.
Read On!

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