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What I am Writing - a Summary Updated 

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(Also my former profiles)

I write fantasy, dystopia, apocalypse, & romance; I blog about home improvement, which can be all 4 of those.

Live with 3 cats, 1 husband, & my imagination.

Writer, oenophile, cat-person.

See here - - for interests.

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Hi, I’m Lyn (aldersprig).
I like

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(bread, cake, etc.)

(in theory) (slightly less theoretical), other

(see above)
and any you might have (see also above).

I live in cow country in the Finger Lakes, NY State, US.

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Addergoole/Fae Apoc: a primer 

Hello all y'all.
As the toot planet is moving to, so is the Lyn moving to @aldersprig

I will slowly be migrating everything over there between now & Groundhog Day, so follow me there if you wish to keep up with, for instance, possibly a Groundhog-day style fic on that day.


6/6 Day7

-- to determine what their news of musical tastes are like.But I know that a concert hall in the Bear Empire at full capacity has to be an amazingly raucous, beautiful spectacle.  Not for the faint of heart!


~accompanied by drums and perhaps something like a trumpet; the Puma people definitely prefer rounds.

Looking at other nationalities: people from Halor preferr complicated rhyme schemes with simple melodies; the harmonies are generally more sophisticated & often involve musical Easter eggs.

Honestly I don't know enough about the rest of the nations on this continent - or those they may have encountered by the Cyber era from other continents -


Music that originates from the Guardians' Peoples tends to be group music, including sing-alongs & play-alongs where one person leads & the rest join in. Concerts in the Bear Empire involve a great deal of audience participation.

In terms of specific tribes: the Snake people are very fond of flute-like instruments; the Fox people go for complicated call & repeats where part of the idea is to trip up the other side. The Elk people prefer deep singing~


of one parent if they are within a community of that tribe, it can be hard to tell a child of the Puma from a child of the Fox from physical looks. These differences were much more marked in the Imperial time, or at least more known - they could be anything from a specific shade of blonde hair to the general size of the nose.   In the Cyber era, most people will say 'Bear' and mean 'the Guardians' peoples.'

* I'm using "tribe" here because "the People of a Guardian" is rather long



Then there are groups who have come into the Empire from other nations, mostly south of the Empire - the Empire fills most of the Northern top of the continent. These groups often share a look, sometimes a language, and often a cultural heritage.

In the Cyber run era, physical differences between the Guardians' Peoples are harder to see in most cases. It's been an Empire for a very long time, and although they often hold with the cultural & social actions of the tribe* ~~

Day 6 segues nicely into the Day 7, which is if certain music types are associated with certain cultures or specific regions?

To begin with, I have to discuss culture in the Bear Empire. There are the various Guardians' People - obviously, Bear, but also Eagle, Cat (Puma), Fox, and Snake, among others. There's also the people of the Whale, but they are a mysterious group who in the post-modern (cyber) era, do not interact much with the rest of the empire.


 The Cyber or post-modern era is similar to, say, ShadowRun or CyberPunk - cybernetics exist, cities are in some places heavily populated, and the family/village structure has started to break down just a bit. Magic still exists but is considered almost mythical by many people.


Since I'm using two eras here, I'm going to pause to define them again. The Imperial Era is the era in which Running in the Bear Empire is written ( ); technology in this era is to horse-drawn carriage and wagon, swords and bows. Definitely pre-Industrial, and the magic is not such that it fills too many of the holes there.


I got the first 5 questions of the WIP-Worldbuilding thing done in a toot or less and then question 6 took me three toots.

Question 7 is going to take more.

Sleep in a chair
Nothing to lose
But a nap
At the wheel
Is a permanent snooze.

~ a definer in Bear Empire in any era then in modern US and definitely less a definer in the Imperial era) or by position.

People sing the same songs, play the same music, and have the same myths, regardless if they're a two-person mining family in a hut or a 20-person line marriage around the governorship of a region.

something like a harpsichord, an elaborate set of instruments most similar to the tuba and the saxophone, and the giant drums, as big as an adult's arm-span (Although I am going to note these sets of instruments are rarely played together).

While an affluent household might own its own giant drums, harpsichord, or saxophone, a village almost certainly WILL own one of these.

Apart from that, music is not divided much at all by social class at all - either class defined by wealth (less~)


Are different types of music associated with different social classes? 

In the Bear Empire different forms of music

(~are considered especially heinous. The Special Tunes Unit... ahem)

are generally associated not with different social classes, but with different regions, villages, and, of course,  Guardians' People.

That being said, there are some instruments which are considered which are generally too expensive for a poor household to own:



The frost held strong, the wizard saw to that.

It was lonely, and she owned more socks than she ever imagined she would.

Every day she would make sure the demon remained frozen.

Sometimes steam would waft off it, and she would reinforce the runes.

"A job well done is what keeps me warm," she'd tell herself.

"You needn't do the job alone," said the woman who delivered her supplies.

"But you're no wizard."

"True, but I have warm arms."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

"Yield, foul beast!" the knight shouted.
"Eh," the dragon shrugged.
"Know, vile wyrm, that I chose good over evil a long time ago, and-"
"Wait, what? When did you last choose good over evil?"
"Why, when I was but a young squire."
"You think you only have to choose once?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

My likes to add random capitalization, so I end up sort of sounding like Carrot writing a letter home to his father.

In the Bear Empire different forms of Music are generally Associated not with different social classes, but with different regions, Villages, and, of course,  Guardians' People.

When the aliens established contact, the human representatives asked "Why now?"
"Other spacefaring entities have used Earth as a fuel stop for a long time, which we think is unethical."
"Faster-than-light travel needs non-physical fuel."
"Your ghosts."

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