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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 20 is now on AO3: When They Sound the Last All Clear.

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"Arcade — have you ever fired a gun before?"

"What? Me? Of course I have."

"You're the first person I've seen using energy weapons, is all." Gunnar found some pinyon nuts in a backpack pocket. "Do the Followers use a lot of energy weapons?"

Arcade tentatively leaned against the shack wall. "Energy weapons? Of course not." Then he tensed. "I mean… but, we study all sorts of science and technology so, you know, we… you just kind of get familiar with them. Yeah."

"Uh huh. You're a terrible liar."

"Who says I'm lying? I'd like to see you try using one of those, at night, against enemies you can't see."

"Okay, you're not lying. You're just a lousy shot." Gunnar smiled, to show no harm meant.

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Patreon: It's Up!

Some of you who've been around a long time may remember a certain long-running series of SF stories I wrote.

This, with editing/cowriting by <lj user="porkwithbones">, is the new, updated, original-universe version of it!

You can find it
herehttps://www.patreon.com/ArtisentChronicles.

Here’s the introduction from our Patreon page:

We’re Grace Punska and Lou Webber and we write the science fiction short story series The Artisent Chronicles. We started posting in May 2019 and currently post twice a week because that seemed to be the consensus ideal number of posts for a text story, but we’re certainly open to posting more often than that if our readership calls for it. Why?

Because at this rate it will take us two years to post our currently-written stories, and we keep pulling farther ahead. But we want readers to join us on our journey.

That journey centers on a group of clones who revolted against their owners, escaped, and made their way out of the solar system. Now they’re facing the unexpected challenges that come with establishing a colony on an exoplanet. Those challenges range from a shortage of certain professions among their population, to the absence of particular materials on their new planet, to their own biology working against them.

"Okay, but what else?" All-ace cast who are almost all aro to boot. Survival and building a new world with limited resources. The constant paranoia that they'll be found. Alien life and wild chickens.


It’s here. It’s free.
Here’s the first story, and links to the next story are at the bottom of each previous one.

Want bonus content? Ah, that’s where Patreon comes in:

You guys, we can’t stop writing this. We want to share more. The Artisent Chronicles as it is will always remain free to read, but how can we do more? How about a Patreon-only bonus story each month? How about occasional sneak peeks at our writing process and chances to give us story prompts? All that is available to anyone who pledges at any amount.

Want more? How about allowing people to vote on who appears in the bonus story each month? First crack at chances to prompt us when we’re taking prompts? All that will be available for a pledge of $3 a month or more.

Finally, just can’t get enough of the Artisent Chronicles? Want the opportunity to read next week’s stories a week early? That’s yours for a pledge of $5 a month or more.

Plus it gives you the satisfaction of supporting two female, LGBTQIA-friendly writers with families to feed.

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Here's the wooden postcard

(the "wood putty" thing yesterday was a joke, btw. The USPS taped it together before delivering.)


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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 19 is up on AO3: I'll Walk Alone.

Boone hadn't forgotten Bitter Springs. Not completely. But he'd remembered it less and less, which was a blessing. Boone had been fine not going there, even after he'd decided he should. Now it was upon him. But he was in better shape now to handle it, he hoped. They'd find out.

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Gunnar, Boone and Arcade finally get back to Bitter Springs.

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Wooden cards

I got a wooden postcard today from [personal profile] ringsandcoffee! Unfortunately wooden cards do not do well in the USPS machinery and it was snapped in half. The USPS did put it all in a plastic bag so it could at least get to me. I'll get some wood putty.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 18 is now on AO3: Do I Want to Set the World on Fire?

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"Is the Mojave actually NCR territory?" Gunnar asked.

"Yes."

"No."

A pause ensued.

"Because there's raiders now in the Mojave," Gunnar said. "And I've heard a lot of complaints about the taxes and the abuses of landowners in California."

"You're saying the NCR shouldn't be here?"

"I'm thinking they've bitten off more than they can chew, and people get resentful when liberators, or whoever’s in charge, take taxes and products in a perceived unfair exchange, and that doesn’t even get into — The Mojave's becoming the — what was it — there were examples from history, of places where the nation's armies got bogged down for years or even decades, and their pride kept them from just cutting their losses."

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It's Friday and I've got Three Things

Meme time! [personal profile] ironymaiden gave me three things that I may or may not know or care about:

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Drop a comment and I'll give you three things!

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 17 is now on AO3: Terrible Things.

Gunnar covered his ears as the explosions shook the glass panels in their housings.

"And a rapid-fire G-28 grenade launching system ensures the Securitron is deadly in close-range engagements."

He's giving a demonstration for me, Gunnar thought, because nobody else is around to appreciate it. Why show off to an empty room?

~ ~ ~

"Did you hear that?" Arcade cocked his head. Boone did too, listening.

"Thunder?" Arcade guessed, uncertainly.

"I don't think so."


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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 16 is now on AO3: Button Up Your Overcoat.

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"You’ve never washed clothes by hand before, have you?" Arcade asked.

But before Gunnar could ask what he meant, Boone returned, a well-worn throw blanket held to cover the important parts.

"Cold as a witch's ti — You're back," Boone said, on seeing Arcade in the room.

Arcade looked from nearly-naked Boone to shorts-clad Gunnar. "If this is meant to be a set of hints, I think one of you should buy me a drink first."

"It's not a hint," Boone said tightly.

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Garden update

@Kuro-tsuki-san asked me "how are the tomatoes doing?" and I realized I hadn't posted about them in a while. So!

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Patches and totes



I've got 3 more patches on the bag now: Big Bend National Park, Blueberry Picking, and SCIENCE. 2 more patches to go but I'll probably have to hand-sew those. One is iron-on and one is blessedly sew-on.

At this point, most of the patches I want are on here (or will be soon). Now it's getting down to being picky. There's still plenty of room though.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 15 is now on AO3: Chasing Shadows.

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"C'mon, Vault dweller. On your feet."

Gunnar blinked up at the voice. Voice was almost right, hair was right but wrong, glasses? Those were wrong.

"It's still me," Arcade said, hand extended. "You remember me, don't you? Handsome doctor and patron of hopeless causes?"

Gunnar frowned in confusion. "I thought —"

"Yes?"

It was gone, whatever it was. "Where's Boone?" he asked.
~ ~ ~

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Some junk journal WiPs

Been getting into junk/art journal making and of course I have, like, 6 different ideas/plans at once. Pix below the cut. Originally posted at Pillowfort.

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

From FI-3498620:
"I send you a part of a Finnish national folk costume! It is the upper back part of dress and you can use it without the lining of course. (It was just easier to send it with it.) I found the dress at fleamarket, it was old and partly broken (as you can see) but the skirt was fine. So I cut it to two pieces and now use the skirt sometimes. :)

"The dress is Puulaveden Kansallispuku if you want to google it and see it. I also have the "pocket" (and the shirt, but shirt is also unusable).

"I think the fabric is wool and it is made with loom. Usually the women wove fabric by themselves and sew dresses too, by hand if dress is really old. For me it seems this was made by hand... My interest to national dresses is coming from my school time, I studied to be a weaver."




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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 14 is now on AO3: Nightmare/The Dreamtime.

Gunnar's body was alive, but Gunn himself wasn't there. What had Caesar done to him?

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Sparrow, black-throated
Chat, yellow-breasted
Flycatcher, dusky-capped
Flycatcher, brown-crested
Grosbeak, black-headed
Wren, canyon
Flycatcher, ash-throated
Wood-pewee, Western
Pyrrhuloxia

We are now at 130 species for the year!

These were identified from photos taken at the park (often they are far away and you can only take the pic and hope you can zoom and enhance etc later).


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The Day the Scorchbeasts Fell Like Rain

Greta is minding her own business (running up to the silver deposit to grab some ore - fun fact, the ore extractor will turn it directly into scrap, but if you want the mining achievement, you have to get the raw ore, not use the extractor) and suddenly she sees a scorchbeast fall out of the sky with no warning or gunfire.

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Summer Fashion Forward

It's summertime in Appalachia! Time to unlayer from heavy full-body clothing and cool off. Greta sports a summery pink blazer and shorts combo with long socks to prevent tick bites, comfy shoes for sprinting across fire zones, and a hat to avoid sunstroke. Add a fabulous pair of sunglasses and she's ready to blast giant crabs out of the old swimming hole!



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1940 fashion means LOTS OF POCKETS



Paragraph 3:

Pockets (your clothes will be covered with them) are large and small, on dresses, coats and everything, either anchored to your hips or suspended from the waistline. The tailored ones are knapsack, saddle or plain patch, and softer ones are developed in peg-top style, puffed or beautifully embroidered pouches.

Really big image here

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 13 is now on AO3: The Lord High Executioner's Song.

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All day, Boone watched and waited from the campground overlooking the cove. He lay where he wouldn't be silhouetted against the sky, rifle at the ready, watching. He knew it would be hours before Gunn returned, if at all.

He should have gone with him.

He should have insisted.

And when they got there, killed every last Legionary until he was out of bullets and blood.

Or he should have kept Gunn back — but there wasn't a good way to do that, either, was there. Gunn was going to save the world even if it got him killed, and it didn't matter who was in his way.

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