My Penultimate Nest: December 21, 2014

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So, what’s happening in your life, this penultimate Sunday of 2014?

For me, there’s the sound of a snapping fire in the woodstove, the washer chugging along as though it’s talking to itself, and the random sounds of laughter from the boy’s room (I think he’s watching American Dad!), and running narrative from the girl’s (where she’s building a Girl Nest on her loft bed). The occasional jingle of the Corki-dog’s tags…and the tapping of my fingers on my laptop keys.

Oh, and I’ve finished the penultimate scene in The Earth Doth Move...I’m hoping to have a complete draft before our local NNWM Write-In later tonight…

And then, I’ll dive back into Perchance to Dream….my other “hanging” WIP, from July CampNaNo 2013.

Here’s hoping we all have a lovely, lingering, dreamy, penultimate Sunday filled with promise and life!

Would you believe this Monsterdscript is now almost 265,000 words, with a few thousand left to go?!

And now, for something not so completely different…

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • New entries added; more to come. It feels good to know what I’m doing when again!

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Tentative plans firming up for our Oregon trip.

  • Feelers out to some friends we’ve been missing.

  • Attending local NNWM Write-in tonight.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Stair music” with Annalise.

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water daily.

  • Fish or seafood 3/1 (shrimp; smoked oysters).

  • Soup: 2/1 (French onion).

  • Whole grains: 4/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain roll; multigrain cereal/milk; whole-grain crackers).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 3/3 (broccoli; clementine; veggie tacos).

  • Greek yogurt: 3/2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Pre-holiday happiness at the toy store!

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits.

Maintain blogging schedule.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Moving forward; will be caught up by the end of year. Dealing with one comment category at a time, for past comments, and new ones as they come in.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 2,048 words.

  • Thursday:    6,200+ words. (forgot to count).

  • Friday:         5,651 words.

  • Saturday:     6,080 words.

  • Scene: 59/60. Third resolution (and penultimate) underway at midnight, which is my cutoff for updates.

  • I expect to finish today or tomorrow! =D

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • Plan to plan next scene (52/60), very soon after I complete TEDM.

  • After that, writing gets underway. Still aiming to finish in 2014!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • More focused attention to cleanup of targeted areas. (study; kitchen; family room all got time).

Clean up files:

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain below 100 messages.

  • Back under 100, deleting, reading, filing.

Clean up Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • Looked Tidbits over and got a general sense of what I want to do. Next up, doing it!

  • Made second pass on Desktop – much cleaner! One more pass should do it!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

  • Plan to complete Round 1 list.

  • Next up, the 2015 Big Picture Goals.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Pulled another slip. Will update when complete.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one workout at the Y each week.

Meet or increase existing cardio goals.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Nothing new.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 complete.

Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • After a 29 day hiatus that didn’t feel that long; I’m back, with an informal schedule.
  • Thursday, 10 minutes. Yoga, strength, aerobics, and balance exercises.
  • 1/3 days this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 4/5; (3 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

  • Wrote something that may form the basis of the draft; will play with it later this week.

One of my gifts – I get to live with her! <3

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

 

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other penultimate ROW posts here!

Another gift? I get to live with him, too! <3

SoCS : No Time for Excuses

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 excuse.

Since I’m now in the midst of the penultimate scene of my Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel-in-progress, The Earth Doth Move; this will be my last SoCS post from it…wouldn’t want to give away the ending. But this prompt gave me the perfect opening to what I knew would be a difficult scene; a conversation between Ambassador Sarek, Spock’s Vulcan father, and Amanda Grayson, his human mother, as they begin the long process of deciding whether or not to remain married to one another.

Disclaimer: Spock, his family, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful even when I’m not logical!

Her eyes glistened with the tears she had yet to shed, and they searched his with an intimate fervor common in her people, and nearly unheard of in his. Except for T’Pol, who seemed to have learned such a great deal from her time among humans, and not to have forgotten. He thought that he could benefit from her ease with human ways, in this moment when he faced the woman who was his wife.

“Sarek, I’m sorry. I should have said it months ago, when I first came home. I never should have left you that way, and I knew it even when I was doing it. I wanted to punish you for all the things I thought that you had done – to me, and to Spock. I was cruel, and I left you when you desperately needed someone. If I hadn’t done that – well, maybe I could have offered you enough, when the crisis came, that you might not have needed Winona – or, even if you had, you might have been able or willing to let her go when the immediacy of your need passed.”

“Such conjecture is pointless, Amanda, and illogical -” Sarek was aware that he spoke in part defensively. He found that he did not want to explore her words more deeply, not in her presence. Perhaps he could be excused for that reticence; given the emotionally laden nature of the content.

“And human.” Her chin came up in a challenge; he had triggered some response in her. “No, it’s not a dirty word, Sarek – it’s who and what I am. I’m done making excuses, for me or for my son. I owe you an apology for my behavior – I made some choices that hurt you; I intended to hurt you, to punish you, and that was never my place.” She stopped, and, surprisingly, drew the three centering breaths, slowly and deeply, her eyes closing. Sarek watched her; she hadn’t released him from the request to watch her.

He thought that he had never seen anyone nearly as beautiful as she was, in this moment, when she practiced the centering practice of his people.

In the next heartbeat, he wondered if there was some inherent flaw in this, that he found her most beautiful when she was emulating his culture, rather than expressing her own.

She opened her eyes, and said, “What I won’t apologize for anymore, and won’t excuse, to you or to anyone, is being human. Certain things are human nature, just as others are Vulcan nature. I’ve almost always done my best to accept Vulcan nature, to not ask of you anything that’s against your nature. But you haven’t given me the same consideration, and you certainly haven’t given it to Spock, who has his own nature, with elements of yours, and mine – but a lot that’s his own, and not like either of ours.” She was breathing more quickly, now, and her voice trembled. “Between us, Sarek, we’ve nearly destroyed him, more than once. If not for T’Pol – if not for her…”

“I know,” Sarek said, quietly and truthfully. “I objected to her role in his life. I objected to allowing Spock to express the entirety of his nature. I am beginning to see that this is inexcusable, and -” he broke off, knowing that what he said next could bring an ending, or a new beginning. “My reasons were not logical; nor were my reasons for choosing to marry you.”

“Humans seldom marry for logical reasons, Sarek.” Her voice was gentle.

“It concerns me more that I thought them to be logical, Amanda. As I thought that my reasons for requiring Vulcan discipline of Spock, holding him to a Vulcan life, was logical. There are significant flaws in my perception, and I must take the time to consider them, before I will understand what course of action I must take, to restore balance to my life, and those I have wounded with my illogic.”

She made a small gasp – of surprise, or shock, or denial. Her eyes were wide and frightened, fixed on his face. “That was almost exactly what I was going to say to you.”

Which way will this marriage go? Will it end here, or will they find new reasons to come together, and heal? No, I’m not telling…

Enjoy stream-of consciousness writing? Anyone can play, so long as they are willing to follow a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos in my mind! =)

Join in or read more SoCS posts here!

Second-Serving Sunday – uhhh -Thursday: The Traveling Edition!

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

This is a very, very late Second Serving Sunday post…and it’s not going to have a lot of chatter.  The kids and I visited out-of-state friends last week, from Thursday- Sunday, and I haven’t been getting much sleep these last couple of weeks…because the stories are alive in my imagination, and they need to be written…

So I’m going to go ahead and get this posted, and then get on with the writing…but, before I do, I want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!

And now, on to the week’s goodies!

Last week in life:

  • Another local NaNo write-in, a trip to visit our New Jersey friends, more writing, and hometending…

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: The SQUEE! Edition:

And now, last week’s features…

Coffee and Conversation:

  • 33 Round Tuits Update – I check my progress on those 33 things I’d been “meaning to get around to”.

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

ROW80 Updates:

Giving with her whole self…

What’s Next:

My writing plan for December:

  • Complete kids’ first quarter homeschool reports, due December 15.
  • Complete rough draft my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move, another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fictiongreat progress this week; I’ve now got only 7 scenes left to write.
  • Complete rough draft of my “dangling” fanfiction WIP from July 2013 CampNaNo, Perchance to Dream. – 10 scenes left to write. I’ll finish this one after I finish TEDM.
  • Complete and post the review I promised. (overstrike; completed)
  • Draft a basic writing plan for 2015, with a focus for each season/round. I’ve given this a little thought, and will rough out ideas this week.

And on the blog:

Have a very stick pony Christmas!

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

      • Writing and traveling. Ice skating for one child; a trip to the farmer’s market and an organic micro-dairy for another; dinner out, new friends, old friends, music, and fun for us all!

Want to join in on the Second Serving Sunday fun? Here’s how!

Snuggling into My Nest: December 17, 2014

Wanna ROW with us? Another round starts in January!

Can you believe Hanukkah has begun, and Christmas Eve is only a week away? That we’re down to the final two weeks of 2014?

Do you have big plans, for these two weeks?

I’m wrapping up. Not gifts, so much – we have a rather non-traditional approach to gift-giving, here, and the kids have pressed ‘purchase’ on their Amazon wish lists, so, other than stocking stuffers, that’s done.

Instead, I’m wrapping up my 2014 writing; and looking forward to 2015.

It’s been a banner year…I’ll have more on that for Round 1, 2015; but, for now, I’m recovering from our weekend trip, making steps to get our home back into a state approximating chaotic order. I’m making progress, and getting closer to the end of my NaNo novel…and wrapping up other projects.

And I’m giving myself some time and space to relax, and dream, and allow that to help me shift to a new year, and new goals.

And, on that note…

Thanks to George Takei’s Facebok page! <3

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children. Completed 12/15.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Both done and submitted on Monday. Free now until March.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Recently visited our friends, the Woodmans, in New Jersey.

2014 Fitness:

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

  • Reduced weight by 1 pound from October weight; didn’t check in November.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water

  • Fish or seafood (shrimp).

  • Soup: 2/1 (French onion).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • I’m dragging my Second Serving Sunday post. Post-travel tired; family time. Will get to it today or tomorrow.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Momentum stalled; still backlogged. Will change this by the end of the round.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Sunday: 2,048 words.

  • Monday: 4,126 words.

  • Tuesday: 3,070 words.

  • Scene: 56/60. At the beginning of the first resolution scene.

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire,  and Perchance to Dream.

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • I’ve reread most of the current draft, in preparation for planning and new writing.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Puttering and general cleanup; no big progress.

Clean up files:

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain below 100 messages.

  • A little above 100, on average. Playing post-travel catch-up.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

  • General notes and impressions; will write a draft later this week.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new. By the weekend, though.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • Very mellow cardio workout; first time back in three weeks. I was very fatigued, post-travel.

Meet or increase existing cardio goals.

  • Treadmill:.5 mile/10 minutes; about 2 minutes off my target/mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 6.2 miles/30 minutes; 1.8 miles off target.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Nothing new.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Nothing new.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 complete.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 3/5; (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Whole grains: 2/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain roll).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (broccoli; clementine).

Celebrating New York’s Dutch roots…our way!

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.

  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Greek yogurt.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

  • Wrote something that may form the basis of the draft; will play with it later this week.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

WIPpet Wednesday: A Horse’s What Did You Say?

 

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 is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

I’m sharing a snippet from The IDIC Romance, my Story A Day May Challenge project. This is a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip.

Disclaimers: T’Pol, Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

Last week Trip and T’Pol tried to figure stuff out. This week, they take it a step – or a saying – further…this one’s pretty long, but I had fun with Kathi’s word, ‘horse’s’ – pretty much everything in this snippet is brand new material! Thanks, WIPpet Mistress!

Will Trip be able to explain slang toT’Pol? Do they both have secret agendas? Read on!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is December 17, 2014.
  • My simple math: 18 paragraphs, with lots of quick dialogue, and one added as a December treat (one shabbos candle; one star; one snowflake; one month to go till 2015, one saying, or another…your choice!)

Add-on scene for the pilot episode: Broken Bow Part 1. Ive done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.

 

So, you like being in the company of a horse’s ass, then?” I whispered it so softly, I wasn’t even sure I’d made a sound, but T’Pol turned to face me again, the frown right where I thought it would be. Figuring her out was promising to be even more fun than figuring out that fancy Warp Five engine up on Enterprise.

Is ‘a horse’s ass’ analogous to a ‘jackass’, Trip?” She raised a brow at me, and tipped her head a little, and I’d be damned if it didn’t look like she had a bright little glimmer in her eyes while she waited for her answer. Was I really gonna finally get lucky enough to have a woman I wanted to figure out think I was worth figuring out, too? But then I remembered that she was going to be gone, as soon as we got that huge Klingon fellow back to his own people. She’d be at the damned Vulcan Consulate, where protocol said she had to stay put, not even go out for a few minutes. They sure as hell weren’t going to let her keep in touch with a human engineer…

Unless I could figure out a way to make her want to stay, the Cap’n agree to keeping her around – and the damned Vulcan High Command to assign her to us permanently…

If you are attempting to discover the lower threshold of my auditory range, you have done so.”

What – oh. No, I didn’t say anything – I kinda got to thinking…” But I couldn’t tell her, not yet. I figured we needed to actually get to bed with each other, first, spend some quality time where she could let go the way she seemed to want to, at least sometimes.

Does my query truly require so much analysis?”

Your query -?” Damn, I’d gotten distracted by plotting to keep her here; what the hell had she asked me?

Are the terms ‘a horse’s ass’and ‘jackass’ analogous?”

Oh. Right. Well, yes and no, I guess. I’m pretty sure a ‘jackass’ was actually a term for a male donkey, originally. A ‘horse’s ass’ is technically the – well, the rump of the horse.” I patted my own backside for effect. “But, when they’re used to describe behavior, they mean pretty much the same thing.”

I fail to see the logic in the terminology.” That glimmer was still in her eyes, and I suddenly got the idea that she might just be indulging her ‘fascination’ with me, too.

Maybe that’s because it’s not ‘terminology’, and it’s not supposed to be logical. They’re just sayings, T’Pol – you know, idioms. Figures of speech. Expressions.” She just looked at me, her face never changing, as though maybe she was waiting for me to start making sense. It might be a long wait, sweetheart…but I was damned sure gonna try to teach her something; make good use of every chance for inter-species understanding I could. “There are a lot of sayings with horses in them, maybe because they were an important part of our history.”

Such as?”

You can lead a horse to water; but you can’t make him drink. Getting up on your high horse. A herd of wild horses couldn’t keep me away. Horsefeathers. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Horse sense. That’s a horse of a different color. Dark horse. Don’t beat a dead horse. I could eat a horse – ”

I believe I have heard enough. Does each of these – figures of speech – carry some significance, to humans?”

Well, it’s kind of cultural; informal language isn’t the same as formal. People from different areas use different expressions. Malcolm, Travis, and Hoshi all use some I’m not used to, because they grew up in different places. It’s not an exact science, or a science at all, but, if you understand the expression someone’s using, it gives you a better sense of what they mean, without them needing to explain.”

It seems a most -inexact method of communication. There is no such confusion, in Vulcan.” She looked like she was trying to figure out if that was a good thing, or not. Maybe she was fascinated by slang- wouldn’t that be something, with the way she talked?

You mean, there aren’t any idioms, at all?” She shook her head a little, and I tried to imagine what that would be like, but couldn’t. Or maybe I could – a whole planet of people who sounded like living computers, the way she sometimes did, at least before we got locked in here. “I guess we’ve got a lot to learn about each other’s cultures,” I said. “I’m looking forward to having the chance to figure it out with you.”

Perhaps at least some of the ‘figuring out’ could be done upon a comfortable bed, and behind a door that can be locked.” She’d been still, this whole time, but now she started to quiver again – and her scent and her eyes spoke another type of language entirely. One I thought I could spend about a lifetime getting to know…

Did T’Pol just proposition Trip?! Will they find the elusive bed and door, and the time to use them to figure each other out?

Come back next week to find out more!

Coffee and Conversation: Flames of Redemption Cover 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..

This week, I’m turning this space over to my writer friend Fallon Brown, who’s got a fiery treat to share for this holiday season…let’s sip, nibble, and listen, shall we?

Title: Flames of Redemption

Cover Design: Marianne Nowicki @ Premadeebookcovershop.com

Release: January 2015

Summary:

Kayla Brooke has firefighting in her blood. She followed her father’s footsteps into the Crystal Glen Fire Department, but when she shows an interest in the whys, she moves into her uncle’s path; fire investigation. Fighting the flames has cost her: a man she thought she’d loved and friends taken by the flames that call to her. After her fiance walked out on her because he couldn’t handle what she was, she never expected another man to light a different kind of fire in her blood. Until Adrian Riley ran into her life.

Adrian Riley came from a family of cops, but he decided to start over in a town where no one knows his family. Now, on the fast track to promotion, he thinks this new case could be the key to proving himself. Then, he butts heads with a hotheaded firefighter on the scene, and his whole world turns upside down. She could be the key to everything, or the one weakness that could take him down.

They fight the sparks that threaten to burn them both. But, once they light, there’s no stopping the blaze. Kayla’s been burned before, but this time the flames may consume her. When more fires start, they know it’s more than a simple case. But, when the arsonist seems to have turned his attention to Kayla, Adrian will do everything within his power to keep her safe, even stand between her and the fire.

Learn more at Goodreads!

Excerpt 1:

When she stepped outside, though, the cop was still there. She couldn’t see his face as he leaned over the railing of the porch, but she still recognized him. The lines of his back were as strong as his front even with his coat on. Maybe it was a good thing that he reminded her of a fighter. He’d fight for this family, for Josh, if it did turn out to be arson.

Something about his posture now was different than when he’d been inside. The bowed back, his head hanging down. He couldn’t have been hurt in the time it took to walk out here, but she knew not all pain was physical. She was sure of it when a shudder passed over his body. What was wrong with him? She hadn’t gotten the impression he had known Josh. He hadn’t seemed affected inside.

She took a step toward him but backed away again when he spun toward her. His hand reached toward his side, where he was probably used to wearing a shoulder holster. He wouldn’t carry a gun to a funeral home though, would he? His jacket lifted, revealing the badge on his belt.

She held her hands up and worked up a smile. “I come in peace.”

He relaxed a bit, but something still held him rigid. The pain was evident in those hard blue eyes. “You’re one of Josh Nunley’s colleagues.”

His voice put her on edge. Her own back stiffened. “One of his sisters, so to speak. What are you doing here? Aren’t we allowed peace to grieve our brother’s loss?”

I wasn’t trying to get in the way,” he said. “In fact, I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible. I’ve lost colleagues in the line of duty before. I understand. But I still have a job to do. I would think you’d want me to find who is responsible for your friend’s death.”

Excerpt 2:

Yet he found he wanted to take care of her. Not like she would allow it. Still, he reached out and brushed a lock of hair behind her ear. She looked shocked by the gesture. “How much sleep have you gotten?” he asked.

She stepped back from him, bringing her own fingers to touch the lock of hair. “It doesn’t matter,” she said. “I can still do the job.”

I never said you couldn’t.” He shoved his hands in his pockets. “Look, I don’t really know what your problem is with me. The only thing I’ve tried to do so far is my job. Are you really going to hold that against me?”

Your job sucks, then. Coming to question us when we’re grieving for our friend. Crashing his funeral. We should be able to have those moments.”

I didn’t question any of you. I was only there observing. Watching for some suspicious behavior. Anything that might give me a clue to who did this.”

You think that’s so much better? What, do you think one of us did it?”

He kept silent at that accusation, not quite sure what to say to her. She apparently took it as confirmation. “You do, damn it.” She held her hands out in front of her. “Well, why don’t you arrest me now, Detective, if you think I’m guilty.”

I never said you were guilty, or that I even thought that.” His voice was low, the calmness not matching the turmoil he felt. No, the anger boiled in his veins.

Whew…I can feel something smoldering, between these two, can’t you? Might need to break out the hoses, by the time we get to the end of the book…till then, I’ve got some ice water available- care for a glass?

 

Author Bio:

Fallon Brown was born and raised in a tiny town in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania. At one time, she dreamed of having a cabin in the woods or mountains where she could be left alone to write. Instead she spent three years studying psychology before realizing that wasn’t for her. She now lives outside of a slightly larger small town in the same corner of her home state with her husband, two children, dog, and cat.

She spends her days interfering in the lives of fictional characters while trying to keep a semblance of a clean house. Often the clean house bit fails. She published her first novel, Duty to Protect, in April of 2014, and with all the characters crowding in her head, there is more to come.

You can find her around the online world at:

Blog: https://fallonbrownwrites.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frbrown906

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fallon-Brown/110648795680839?ref=bookmarks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8137139.Fallon_Brown

 

Movable and Inspiring Nest: December 14, 2014

Wanna ROW with us?

Hey there! How are ya?

The kids and I have been visiting our dear friends, the Woodman family, since late Thursday. We live in upstate New York, and they live in central New Jersey…but Skype and text chats can only go so far, so, a few times a year, we load up the Outback and make the five-hour drive to our “second home”.

No one gets much sleep, but a tremendous amount of fun is had…the pictures will say it better than I can!

Writing is not as prolific for me, here – too many wonderful other things to do, and, after all, it’s not why we came, even if Sylvia is my personal patron of the arts and loves to have my typing away at her kitchen table, on the guest bed, or in her living room…so, while there is writing, the focus narrowed to blogging, the kids’ reports (nearly done, and due tomorrow), and my NaNo WIP, which is getting close to the resolution scenes, and still surprising me…

But the inspiration? That will ride home in the car with us, later today, and be with me for some time to come…be on the lookout for many, many words in the next week or two!

Here’s looking at you and yours, Sylvia Woodman! You guys make me a better me! =D

Do you have personal friends who inspire you to go more deeply into your passions? Have you let them know what that means to you?

Creating her own ice cream volcano! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Finally “caught up”: but with a travel weekend, I still might slip a bit behind this week before I hit an even keel.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Currently visiting our friends, the Woodmans, in New Jersey.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Played “Emperor Penguin Catch” and went for a walk.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water

  • Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

  • Nuts: 3 / 2 (pumpkin seeds; slivered almonds).

  • Yogurt: 2 /2.

  • Whole grains: 3/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain challah bread; Cheerios).

  • Fruits/vegetables: lots: Number uncertain (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub; carrots; hummus; steamed broccoli; clementines).

    Soup: Tomato basil.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Four friends, piling up for Minecraft fun! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – answer comments.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Increasing momentum; there’s still a backlog.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 3,505 words.

  • Thursday:    2,034 words.

  • Friday:         5,112 words.

  • Saturday:     3,002 words.

  • Scene: 54/60. Getting very close to the end; things are beginning to come together.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Out of town – nothing new.

Clean files:

  • Nothing new.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added one item.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about two-thirds done.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Our trip to visit friends has included ice skating for Annalise; lots of physical play; and going for walks.
  • 1/ 2 complete.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 2/5 (both salads).

I’m festive! Hats were a big part of this weekend! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Besties at the ice rink, apres skate. Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.