Spring Flower People for Wednesday Whimsy

shanjeniah:

A beautiful post, especially for those of us still in wintry climes well into the spring!

Originally posted on Veronica Scott:

005Since we’re in Spring now, I’ll share some Victorian trade cards with flower irisaltpeople and people dressed as flowers….iris are my favorite flowers (well, along with roses) and I fell in love with these two Iris Knights to the left. To the right is a photo I took on my morning walk the other day.

I also love pussy willows (or “catkins”), which my mother and I used to gather for bouquets when we lived in upstate New York. Here’s a stanza from a particularly apt poem:

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???????????????????????????????“I sometimes think the Pussy-Willows grey
Are Angel Kittens who have lost their way,
And every Bulrush on the river bank
A Cat-Tail from some lovely Cat astray.”

― Oliver Herford, Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten

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“In the Spring, I have counted…

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A Somewhat Surreal Vision: March 26, 2015

ROWin’ past the finish…and on to the beginning!

Well, here we are, at the official end of Round One, and I feel a little like I’m surrounded by a Dali landscape. Know what I mean?

Time seems fluid; my dreams are exceptionally vivid. Characters are talking (not always the ones I’m listening for, but it’s good to hear the voices in my head, so I’m trying to just be happy I have characters with stories to tell…although I do feel a little like writing T’Pol a letter to remind her that humans need more sleep than Vulcans do, and revealing emotionally intense moments in her life just as I’m drifting off is not sleep-inducing – it’s writer-brain inducing!).

Tired writers with stories whirling in their heads are seldom logical…

Anyway, on to the business at hand. I’m moving along with the reverse-engineered story revision; I’m at the threshold of the last stages of plotting my first CampNaNo novella, and I have a better idea what’s going to be in my A-Z Challenge posts. As you’ll see below, there’s plenty to occupy me over the break, as I prepare to launch myself into four straight months of mad writerly creativity (should I cackle and rub my hands together, here, or stroke the cat, who’s been begging for it?)….decisions, decisions…

While I mull it over, here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Scrivener file set up with ordered chapters/scenes. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. 24/24 Scene Summaries complete! Next up, Cheat Sheets; then the rest of the plan, then on to Book 2, which I’ve been giving a little thought. No, I didn’t get both novellas planned before the end of the round, but I’ve made significant progress, and this will remain a focus until I either finish both, or run out of March. If that happens, I’ll finish plotting Book Two while drafting Book One.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More hometending projects. A couple of slower days, as I nurse a sore footand I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or so…I didn’t necessarily do all of the things on my goals list, but I did a lot of decluttering, purging, cleaning, and organizing. That and a fair amount of added physical activity added up to what I’m calling a solid win in this area.
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Scene summaries completed for both! Cheat Sheets: 8/16 – both complete through Midpoint; Scrivener story file created; Cheat Sheets and Template added. Next up, the other half of the Cheat Sheets; then a rewrite! Okay, I’d hoped to be long done with this by now, but I think it was necessary to go through and reverse engineer a structure for this story. I feel the revision will come together more quickly, and be far better, because I took the time. This will remain a priority for the rest of the round.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday and ROW80 posted. Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, and Eight Sentence Sunday scheduled. Final ROW80 post and Second Serving Sunday in progress. Next up, finishing these, and moving forward on queuable posts for April. After a few rough weeks, I got back into a better place, and I’m posting regularly again, and even moving ahead a bit. I’m happy with my progress, all things considered.
  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts. Paragraphs completed through G (third day of Week Two); next up, the other 19, then actually writing the posts. Again, I was hoping to have all of the posts written by the end of the round, but I know I’ll be able to focus on these more as I finish some of the other, longer term prep work. Since I have all month to get them posted, they’re a secondary focus until either the novellas are plotted, or the short story revised. I definitely want to have Week One, at least, scheduled by March 31.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Embellished collages for first Walk With Jo. Next up, edit essay for 3/30 post, and draft Walk With Jo Post. I’m happy with the progress here; it’ll remain a secondary project for the rest of the month.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Feb18, first batch of the sunset as we drove down I-5 to Eugene from points north; Next up, the last of the Feb. 18 editing, then sharing more on FB album. This is going slowly, but I’m editing and sharing a couple of times a week, so I’m pleased. I’ll continue this as a secondary focus.

Adding during the break:

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update. Moving to a tertiary position, until a couple of other things are done.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post. This is a secondary goal.
  • Draft my Round 2/ April goals. This is a tertiary goal.

In case you’re wondering, the cat won out, as cats generally do. =)

You’ve reached the end of my Round One – find other ROWers’ wrapups right here!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali. Fair use image via WikiaArt.

WIPpet Wednesday: “Curses Upon Thou!”

WIP it! WIPpet good! (At least, I hope it is!)

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

This week, I’m returning to Chameleon’s Dish (which may or may not become Never Doubt I Love) – where we check in with Henry, a young boy with a potentially deadly problem – someone or something is stealing from his snare lines, and winter is coming…

In the dangerously superstitious past of Shakespeare’s England, an amnesiac girl and a foundling boy must keep her strange nature hidden as they stalk the Bard’s words and Hunt her lost identity.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is March 25, 2015.
  • You get 25 sentences today. =)

Henry’s breath puffed out in quick angry bursts, matching the clenching of his fists. It could be no beast, so it must be man – or, more like, Verity’s boy Homer, or the twins whose names seemed ever to slip his mind, and to belong at once to their matched, sullen faces. He gave them more than he could easy spare, already, but those children seemed always empty and wanting, their mother endlessly grasping, and’ twould not be the first time they had stolen what he might have freely given.

The fourth empty snare set  fear chewing through his anger, the deep fear that had once been always with him. He’d thought himself long shut of it. But yet, here be another snare empty – another three days’ worth of meat and a fur taken – and Henry bowed under the weight of the clouds, and those hungry children, and his own need…

No – fear was a deadly foe; it stole energy for life as surely as the thief had taken his kills. Better that he give himself to the anger – anger could give warmth, and life, and energy he needed, if he was to survive. He clenched his fists until his nails bit into his own flesh, feeling that pain, holding to it against despair and fear. But it sat uneasy in him; he wasn’t angry by nature.

“Curses upon thou, whatever thou art!”

The wisp of a shadow leapt away, up a tree ten paces ahead. Mayhap he had only just missed the rabbit-mort at his work. Henry cursed himself for a fool, even as he took up his slingshot and pebble sack, loaded, and released, all before his next breath steamed the air. But his pebble bounced off a trunk, harmless and useless, and, though he stared to the place where the shadow had vanished until his eyes took an ache, nothing moved there. Though his ears sifted through every sound, none came from that place. Mayhap, though, he had affrighted the thief – hope was a fine thing, if not carried too far. He set off again, stepping quickly, lest the mort be there afore him.

Some people spoke of witches in these woods, or fey creatures. Verity spoke of demon-spawn, and the threat of Satan, and all spoke as though these things were as true as the changing of seasons, or that rabbits and people would breed, and children be unwanted, unnamed, and unfed -

A child’s fancies, boy. Thou art no child, nay, not truly. Leave thy imaginings here, and be about thy business, Henry.” His mouth twisted; he sounded like one of the severe sisters who had tended the children in the foundling’s home. He had escaped that life, three years gone, but mayhap he would ever carry it within him.

Will Henry find the thief? Survive the winter? Be able to feed those hungry children who aren’t his, but for whom he feels responsible?

Well, you’ll have to wait a while to find out. For the next four months, I will be posting new writing, as I dive into a series of writing challenges, delving further into existing stories, and creating new ones…

And, of course, I invite you all to come along for the ride… =)

While you wait for next week’s excitement, you can peek at more WIPpet Snippets; as always, we offer assorted genres, sizes, and styles to choose from! =D And, if you’re so inclined, follow the little froggie, post your own snippet, and join in on the WIPpety fun!

Coffee and Conversation: “Traveling Through the Alphabet” A-Z Theme Reveal

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while! It’s time for Coffee and Conversation!

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.

Okay, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve remembered or managed to get here. Oops…! But it’s that time again…April approaches, and, with it, the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge – a letter each, every day but Sunday, until the alphabet is all planted. =)

 

April will bring showers of words! Click the calendar for more fun alphabetical activities!

I’ve begun this post twice before, and it seems to have gotten lost in the sweeping sands of time…in other words, the effort that it would take to locate it is a lesser one than what it will take to create a third post…so, in that vein, I’m going to go ahead and write it again….and post it this time, because it’s time for the Big Theme Reveal! =D  But before the curtain goes up, let’s talk a bit about why I love this challenge, and my own personal history with it…

I’ve participated in the  A-Z April Challenge for the last three years. In 2012, I chose random topics.

For 2013, I focused on a theme – I wrote 26 stories that became the exploratory basis of two novels – the original fantasy The Stars Are Fire, and the Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise fan fiction, Perchance to Dream.

Last year, for my third trip through A-Z Land, I decided to explore a niggling idea that I’d had for nearly a year – life on Kifo Island, a no-charge island hospice resort – a little like Fantasy Island for the dying. Each letter represented a character name; every character is either a dying person who has come to live out their life and create memories; a loved one; or someone who volunteers on the island. They’re a diverse mix of ages, personalities, and cultures. Some of the stories are romantic; a couple are humorous; and several are ominous or sad. 

Each year that I’ve undertaken this challenge, I’ve gained some stories, developed ideas, expanded my horizons, and learned a great deal, not only about my characters and their realities, but also about myself.

And now, April is on its way again, and it’s time to think about this year’s challenge. I toyed with several ideas – writing more Kifo Island stories – but I will be writing two novellas for that series as my April CampNaNo Challenge, and I don’t have 26 new characters in mind to develop.  So I’ve decided to go in a different direction -or, more accurately, several – this year.

Ready for the Big Reveal?  Well, ready or not… here it comes!

And the curtains slowly draw back to reveal…..

For several years, I’ve wanted to blog about the early years of our marriage, when my Accomplice and I traveled the country, working and playing in various places, including three national parks – Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Everglades. Along the way, we had some adventures that have become stories and vignettes that are a part of our family history and lore.

So, this year, I’m going to share these with you, alphabetically, as my challenge.

Now, without further ado, here’s my topic list for the month:

Wednesday, April 1:

  • A – Alligators and Agave

Thursday, April 2:

  • B – Bison and Black Sand Basin

Friday, April 3:

  • C – Chicago

Saturday, April 4:

  • D – Diving Here and There

Sunday, April 5:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 6:

  • E – Everglades and Eagles

Tuesday, April 7:

  • F- Firehole and Fumaroles

Wednesday, April 8:

  • G – Grand Canyon

Thursday, April 9:

  • H – Havasu Falls

Friday, April 10:

  • I - In the Dark

Saturday, April 11:

  • J - Joshua Trees

Sunday, April 12:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 13:

  • K – Klamath Falls

Tuesday, April 14:

  • L – Lone Star Geyser and Lava Lake

Wednesday, April 15:

  • M- Mooney Falls and Mosquitoes

Thursday, April 16:

  • N- Nine Mile Pond

Friday, April 17:

  • O -Old Faithful and Oregon

Saturday, April 18:

  • P - Pacific and Pennekamp

Sunday, April 19:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 20:

  • Q-  A Quiet Quarry

Tuesday, April 21:

  • R- Robert is Here

Wednesday, April 22:

  • S - San Francisco, Sequoias, and Stars

Thursday, April 23:

  • T - Thermal Features and Tourons

Friday, April 24:

  • U – Umpqua

Saturday, April 25:

  • V – Viewpoints

Sunday, April 26:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 27:

  • W – Wyoming and Wild Things

Tuesday, April 28:

  • X – X Marks The Spot

Wednesday, April 29:

  • Y – Yellowstone

Thursday, April 30:

  • Z – ZZZ…Sleeping Outside

And that’s it…my A-Z Challenge all laid out. I even mapped it out on my day planner, so that I know what to do. And now, I just need to write the 26 posts, find relevant images and links, and get them all set up and scheduled.  

Throughout the month of April, if you see this logo at the head of the post, and a letter badge, you’ll know you’re in for a bit of adventure (and often humor, too!).

Sound exciting?  Looking for a little adventure in your life? There’s still time to join in, or read others’ posts! =D I’ll brew a fresh pot of coffee, and you can reveal your April theme!   And I’ll see you Out There, under that Wanderin’ Star!

Second Serving Sunday: The “It’s Spring, Sir!” Edition

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphere

Life Stuff:

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The It’s Been A While Edition

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

It’s been an interesting week. We’ve had a taste of spring, followed quickly by the return of winter weather, and a power outage that lasted about five hours. Things are warming up sllloooowwwwyyyy, now…

I’ve got a split on the bottom of my foot (my skin tends to crack during the cold season), and it’s making walking very painful. I’m thinking that I’ll try a corn cushion pad, and see if I can get back to moving without a limp, because limping around while hometending just isn’t my idea of fun.

In other news – while I’m still feeling “behind” in my prepping for the various challenges I’ve scheduled for the next four months, I’ve done a good chunk of plotting for my CampNaNoWriMo project – the first two novellas in my Kifo Island Chronicles series, which is based on my A-Z Challenge posts from last year. I’ve also written a new Trip and T’Pol story, roughed out two essays, edited and collaged some pictures for future blogposts, and done most of the reverse engineering needed for revisions of my TnT short story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”, which I wanted to submit to Ad Astra in February, but am hoping now to get out before the end of March.

I’ve also been hometending – getting a jump on the spring fling, even if the weather isn’t exactly cooperating with me, just yet.

All that to say, I’ve been doing stuff. Lots of it. =)

And now, last week’s features:

Coffee and Conversation:

  • Nothing this week…but stay tuned!

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • Peace in the Stars?: An excerpt from my time-travel fantasy novel-in-progress, Chameleon’s Dish. Tisira is with her father, watching the stars that have always brought comfort – but her reality is shifting, and she was somewhere else, a few breaths ago – was she not?

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • I, Eye, Aye, Sir?”: The highly illogical vagaries of written English prove problematic for Enterprise‘s Vulcan Science Officer, with unexpected and amusing results.

Eight Sentence Sunday:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

Variety’s Spice: Two reblogs, this week, and both well worth a look! =D

What’s Next:

March Focuses:

  • Wrapping up ROW80 Round One – the round goes in the books, officially, on Thursday. I’ll post my final update on Wednesday, and then look at my longer-term goals during the break before Round Two starts on April 6.
  • Completing and submitting homeschool paperwork (done!), and my fan fiction story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”, currently in revision.

This week, on the blog:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: At long last, my Blogging from A-Z Challenge Intro Post. (Yes, I thought that it would be posted this past Monday, but it turns out I was a week early for the Big Theme Reveal, so it will post this week, instead.)
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: A final bit from Chameleon’s Dish, at least for the next few months, as we find out what happens next to Henry, a boy on his own, facing a possibly disastrous situation…and then we move to new stuff for April – July.
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS):A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. Might be fiction, or not, but it’s always surprising!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight more sentences from the Prologue of The Earth Doth Move. This is the last week for a while – I’ll be sharing excerpts from my Kifo Island Chronicles novellas during April.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land: A celebration of spring!

Penultimate Vision: March 22, 2015

ROWin’ to the end…

Spring’s still out to lunch, and will be for another few days, it seems. It is getting slowly and unsteadily warmer, and I’m moving forward as the round, the month, and the time for prepping come to an end, and the four-month writing surge commences with the (eventual) change of seasons…

It’s the second-to-last update of Round One. During the next few days, I’ll be striving to wrap up as many of these goals as I can manage, and move others forward. The break will bring more intensive focus on plotting and setting up April posts, goals, and hometending ,with the aim of being ready to dive into CampNaNo, and my two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas- to -be on the first. I’d love to have all of my A-Z blogposts prepped and scheduled by then, too…but it’s likely that that won’t happen, since there are three other people living here, and they call me things like “Wife” and “Mom”…because they’ve got the right to!

So, I’ll be focusing on doing the best I can to get ready for April, and, somewhere in there, I hope to be able to start ramping up for Story-a-Day May, then JuNoWriMo, then July CampNaNo

As I’m typing this, it feels just a bit insane…and I think I love it! It’ll be a full-on creation fest…

And I’ll love August and September, for the slower pace, and the chance to delve back into editing!

What about you? Do you have big spring plans, or are you just ready to sit back and enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, and green things?

As for me, here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. All Goal/Motivation/Conflict completed. Next up, setting up the Scrivener file with ordered scenes, and the rest of the plan, then on to Book 2, which I’ve been giving a little thought.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More hometending projects. The house is even tidier…and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Completed through Plot Point 3, for both. Next up, the final 4 scene summaries, and then the Cheat Sheets for all 16 scenes.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday, and ROW80 posts in progress Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and Stream of Consciousness Saturday posted and/or scheduled, as well as a reblog. Next up, finishing this week’s, and beginning next week’s, posts.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. More of Feb18th edited, up through t the end of our first visit with Jim’s sister Jennifer. Next up, more Flickr uploads, then the last of the Feb. 18 editing, of the sunset as we drove down I-5 to Eugene from points north.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Wrote a jumbled essay rough draft and highlighted for revision. Three collages formatted for first Walk With Jo post. Next up, edit essay for 3/30 post, and embellish collages for Walk With Jo.
  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts. A and B paragraphs completed; next up, the other 24, then writing the posts.

Moving to the break:

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post.

Well, that’s it for me, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =) And, because it’s spring, I leave you with something perfectly bouncy…

 

 

SoCS : “I, Eye, Aye, Sir?”

Row down the stream-of-consciousness with us!

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme.

The idea is simple – post an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt -this week’s is I/eye/aye, which yielded a flash fiction story inspired by Star Trek: Enterprise, and the vagaries of my native tongue…

Disclaimer: Hoshi, T’Pol, Trip, and the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just love to play with them!

Hoshi Sato frowned at the display on her datapad as she entered the Mess Hall, wondering whether it would make more sense to address this problem to the Chief Engineer, or the Science Officer.

As luck would have it, they were both here, and bickering.

All you ever eat is that broth and salads. How can you survive just on that?”

Commander Tucker, I have ‘survived’ my entire life on a plant-based diet. My metabolism and nutritional requirements differ from yours, and my physical dimensions are appropriate for my age and species.”

Your age, huh? Now, what would that be?”

T’Pol raised one elegantly groomed brow the width of two hairs. “Classified.”

Trip groaned. “I swear every Vulcan should have that word tattooed across your foreheads at birth -”

You propose to disfigure my entire species, Commander?”

Trip spluttered, “Maybe not, but it would save time.”

Excuse me, Commander, Subcommander,” Hoshi said, before Trip could get himself in any deeper. “I’m having a problem with transmissions from the Science station, and I was wondering if either of you could tell me where the glitch is, and how to fix it.”

A problem?” T’Pol set her spoon carefully into the bowl of plomik broth before folding her hands in front of her.

Have a seat, Hoshi, and tell us about it.”

Hoshi pulled up a chair. “Well, for the past three days, I’ve been getting random strings of Vulcan characters in the Sciences readouts, or else gibberish – not English, and not Vulcan either, but a hybrid of the two.”

With you so far,” Trip said, around a mouthful of mashed potatoes nearly drowning in gravy. “T’Pol?”

Is that a representative sample?” The Vulcan tipped her head slightly toward the pad Hoshi held.

This is the complete rundown.” She handed over the pad, and tried not to smile as the two heads, one fair and one dark, leaned in toward one another as they studied the readout together.

Looks like a glitch in the translation matrix – but why’s it coming up in Vulcan?”

I’ve programmed the station to accept written commands in my native tongue, and translate output to English,” T’Pol said.

Why? Doesn’t seem very efficient to me.”

T’Pol actually looked uncomfortable. She reached for her tea, and sipped, studying Hoshi rather than Trip. “I learned to speak English in childhood, but I couldn’t read or write it when I was assigned to Enterprise. It is – a most perplexing and inexact language, and poorly suited to reporting of a scientific nature.”

Trip nearly sprayed mashed potatoes on the pad, and T’Pol’s hand as she held it between them. “What the hell’s that supposed to mean?”

T’Pol looked directly at him and said, “I. I. I.”

You what?”

Precisely.” T’Pol sipped at her tea. Trip sat there with his fork dangling in his hand, staring at her.

Precisely, what?”

Were I speaking in Vulcan, you would have known that I was speaking three separate words – ”

Come again?”

I think I get it,” Hoshi said. “Not I, I, I, but -” she tapped her chest. “I.” Next, she pointed to her face, and blinked. “Eye.” Then she pulled a mock salute, and said, “Aye, sir.”

Precisely,” T’Pol said again. “It’s the same word, when spoken, but each meaning is written differently.”

But you speak English as well as any of us- ”

Better than some,” Hoshi chuckled, and Trip gave her a dirty look.

I can infer spoken context, but I find it prohibitively difficult to discern which spelling is accurate for many words I wish to use. English doesn’t follow even its own convoluted rules. This poses considerably difficulty where precision and alacrity are necessary.”

So you input everything in Vulcan, and the station computer translates for you?”

Apparently not as consistently as it should.”

Trip took the pad from her, scrolling through the display. “Shouldn’t be a problem – looks like there’s a faulty circuit in the translation matrix – not all of your signal’s getting through. I’ll come up and fix it for you at the start of shift tomorrow, and, now that I know your little secret, I’ll keep an eye on it for you. Hoshi, will that solve the problem?”

Aye, sir.”

Trip groaned. “You know, I just heard it. Sorry I teased you, T’Pol. I’m guessing that I wouldn’t do half as well even just trying to speak Vulcan.”

Most members of your species lack the muscular control needed to produce many of the vocal forms.” T’Pol picked up her spoon, and sipped daintily at her broth.

Guess I deserved that,” Trip muttered, digging back into his potatoes.

She’s telling you the truth, Commander. I could understand Vulcan years before I could speak it.” She looked at T’Pol. “If you’d like, Subcommander, I could help you improve your written skills.”

That would be most generous, Ensign, although I would find it a simpler matter if Starfleet had elected to make a more logical choice regarding the operating language on its starships.”

Like what?” This time, Trip took the time to swallow the potatoes before speaking.

I’m competent in written and spoken Latin. Since it lends itself well to scientific discussion, it would be a more logical choice.”

Only a Vulcan would make a suggestion like that. I flunked Latin – twice.”

T’Pol reclaimed the pad, and, in flawless Latin, looked at Hoshi and said, “If you’re free, I will assist you in translating these data streams.”

Hoshi smiled. “Tempis fugit.”

An illogical statement, in any language.”

She and T’Pol rose together. Hoshi didn’t need the translation matrix to read the touch of humor and enjoyment in the Vulcan woman’s eyes as they walked away, leaving a scowling Chief Engineer to chew on mashed potatoes and Latin.

Enjoy stream-of consciousness writing? Come play – there’s just a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos in my mind! =)

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