Archive | September 1, 2014

Cats and Grandmas, a story(beginning) of Beryl and Radar for the Giraffe Call

To eseme‘s prompt

The Grandmothers, as Aunt Eva tended to call them, had been on Beryl’s case recently about The Cat.

They didn’t all have the Spark, they didn’t all know first-hand what The Damned Cat was, but they all knew, and they all seemed to think that, since Beryl could talk to (or hear) the Cat, then it was her sacred duty to do whatever it was they wanted her to do about the Cat.

She’s stopped listening after a while, and when that had gotten her full-name-scolded (and reminded that she was not currently the Aunt, no matter what the cards seemed to hold, and would thus be respectful, thank-you-very-much), she had tried dodging questions.

When that hadn’t worked, she’d decided to take the problem to the source and ask Radar and Lam what she should do.

Lam was, predictably, no help at all. “Bite them.” The tiny Siamese kitten groomed herself between answers. “Then growl and hiss until they go away.”

Radar, more surprisingly, gave the matter some thought. “They want to know what I am, and why Lam exists, yes?”

“What you want, yes, and ‘why you made Lam.'” Beryl petted Radar behind the ear, where he best liked being petted. “They don’t listen when I say that you didn’t make her.”

“They wouldn’t want to. It means someone else is doing something they’ve forgotten how to do.” The orange tabby (today, at least, he was an orange tabby) sighed, an angry huff. “Well, child-kitten, I suppose we’re going to have to go into the attic.”

“Aunt Eva’s attic?” Aunt Eva’s attic was a terrifying place.

“No.” At least this time, he didn’t sound as if she was being stupid. “Aunt Bea’s attic. I’d suggest you bring gloves.”


Next: Cat’s in the… Attic

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Oil & Water

Thimbleful Thursday is a new microfic prompt site (mine!). This week’s prompt was “Oil & Water” and the word limit was 200 (180-200).

I barely made it in at 220.

“You have to understand.” The cultural attaché was using the high-pitched voice that meant that not only did Tyre have to understand, but that she was failing at this simple task.

Tyre was used to this from cultural-attaché-sorts, and did not take it personally. “I am trying, I promise you. Please continue.”

As always, the slightly baffled look served to soothe. “The Sureare and the Unbling, they are like – like oil and water. They do not work together, they do not talk together, they do not sit together for a fancy dinner, no matter who we are ‘honoring.'” The attaché managed to making “honoring” sound like a perversion.

Perhaps in their culture, it was. But Tyre had a job to do, and she was going to do it. “Oil and water, hrrm?”

“That is what I said, Ambassador.”

“Let us see, then. Oil and water need mustard. Somebody tangy and a little astringent who can rub up against the ‘oil.’ Would you say the ‘oil’ is the Sureare?” Tyre didn’t wait for a response. “So, that would be… the Adlyma. Invite a group of five Adlyma, say, their chiefs. And we’ll need an agitator. Pavlin Ajanae should do well. Don’t forget to limit the entourage to four.” Tyre smiled brightly at the attaché. “Or do I still not understand?”

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A Week in Alder

The Highlights

A Few Stories
Other Soldiers, Other Fates (posted on Patreon for Reiassan)
Wildlife Refuge, a Fae Apoc story
Seasons’ Change, a fantasy-style story

Tell me Things
New Novellete-Series Idea

My Serials
Jumping Rings Chapter Five: Thrust
Edally Academy Chapter Seven: Classes and Challenges

A Piece of my Life
The Falls at Taughannock
Weird Summer

Other People
Doomsday Academy: First Day of Math by
Possibly all of my Djinni Icons
K Orion Fray’s Inspiration Wednesday: Mountains, Gandalf!

New Writing Prompt Site: Thimbleful Thursdays

Giraffe Business
Did You Know (Giraffe Call Commissions still open)
Two Continuations Anonymously Paid For (GiraffeCall)

Feedback Requested
Please help me narrow down this tag to 5 or ten choices…
Reiassan/Edally Wiki Question

Photos
Anyboy Want some Kale?
The People… They look Like Ants…
Taugannock Falls St. Park – looking out across the gorge to the lake

My Life
8 Years Ago in my Personal Life

Landing Pages
Langing Page: Doomsday (new)
Landing Page: Dragons Next Door (updated)

Links
Fursona Generator

Stories
Doomsday
Aquilina at School
Going to Learn How to be A Samurai
Being a Samurai takes Work
Visiting Doomsday
Addergoole
Outtake: Things Need to Change (posted at Addergoole.com/9)
Adergoole/Criminal Minds Xover
Fae Apoc
How do you know that it won’t work?
Aunt Family
How the Family Does Things
Reiassan
With the Goats
The Goat Legacy
Tír Na Cali
Some Jobs Just Aren’t Worth the Risk
One-Offs
Entanglement for 3 Word Wednesday
Friday Flash: Intelligent Life

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September Theme Poll Open!

This month’s Theme Poll options are:
1. Stranded World (Setting)
2. Fae Apoc (Setting)
3. Love Stories (motif)
4. Gender-funkery (motif)
5. Hurt/Comfort (motif)
6. Impossible situations (motif)
7. micro-flash-fiction (type)
8. Demifiction (type)
9. Vas’ World (Setting)
10. Dragons Next Door (Setting)

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If Patreon gets to the $150/month goal level, there will be a Q&A with a character that fits into the month’s theme.

Progress towards first Patreon Goal:

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