Plan B Reflections… August 31, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

Oh, Monday…how did you get here so fast?

And, Sunday, where did you go in such a hurry?

The last time I checked in, I was eagerly waiting for my new power adapters to arrive. Well, they came, but didn’t solve my problem. Neither could my tech-oriented son.

Right now, money does not exist in our budget to seek repairs, so I’m getting cozy with Plan B – an elderly machine that is quite limited in its abilities, but is able to do most if not all of what I want. Not quickly, and not flexibly, but competently, in a workmanlike fashion.

I made significantly less progress than I’d hoped, and, on Wednesday, (or maybe Thursday), I’ll be revamping my goals for September, taking the reality of reduced resources into account.

 

Here’s where I stand, on the eve of August’s demise…

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 95,000 words..
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-W paragraphs completed;23/26. Next up: X-Z.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this round.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Mostly on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Posting and comments a bit delayed due to power issues. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing new. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5. Did more here, as stress relief and an option to computer stuff. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Annalise’s report proofed and RTG. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new. Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 8/6; mandalas, t’ai chi and tai chi walking. Techniques: 2/2; eating meditation; tai chi walking. Next up: Continue practice.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots of time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

 

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/6 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t’ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 3/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait NolanROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!

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The Adversity’s Gift Edition: Second Serving Sunday

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

Are you ready for a Second Serving?

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: Eighteen Years 

  • It’s been an interesting week. My laptop is down for the count, there was a surprise sleepover for my daughter, and a susequent visit with a friend I hadn’t seen in too long for me.The computer issues, though potentially frustrating, have shifted my routine, putting my focus on other things in ways I’ve often found restful and delightful. So, while I’ll be thrilled when the issues are resolved and I can go back to using a modern machine, there is definitely value and joy to be had in this time of unintended change…

So, here’s what happened in this atypical week in my life….

Annalise and Logan and summertime snow, courtesy of the Clifton Common Ice RInk.

Last week’s features:

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

  • The Best-Laid Plans:  While I still thought a power adapter would be the cure for what ails my laptop, I realized that some things were not going to go exactly as I’d hoped.

Eight Sentence Sunday:

The Blog Hop For Everyone Who Loves to Write!

Ready, Set, WRITE!  A Summer Writing Intensive, with Cheering Section!

  • Penultimate, Already? The second-to-last week of RSW finds me with lots accomplished, and much more on my horizon…I didn’t yet see the storm clouds of computer chaos brewing.

Mindful Monday:  Because Self-Awareness is Vital to a Joyful Life.

WIPpet Wednesday: Date-related WIP Snippets!

Coffee and Conversation: Grab a cup of something refreshing, and let’s chat!

  • Selling Back-to-School: My thoughts on the seemingly endless succession of back-to-school ads, and what they might be saying to the children headed back to the classroom.

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

A weekly prompt to free the mind, and the words!

  • Well..(and Other Four Letter Words): When mishaps strike, there’s a choice to be made – anger, or acceptance? Maybe this can be expressed by the type of four letter words we employ, at times like this.

Variety’s Spice: Those little extras in life!

What’s Next:

  • August is nearly done, and is ending in ways I didn’t anticipate. September brings my boy’s fourteenth birthday, due dates for homeschool paperwork, and the first hints of fall. It also brings a continuation of these goals, some homeschooling adventures once most kids are back in class, and the end of ROW80 Round Three.

This week, on the blog:

  • Ready, Set, WRITE!: Update #12.

  • Mindful Monday: When adversity comes calling, we get to choose what we take from it. A mindful exploration of the art of lemonade-making.
  • ROW80 Updates: On Sunday and Wednesday, for the duration of the round.
  • WIPpet Wednesday:  Kaivaara perceives a new threat that must be dealt with -but how?
  • #8sunday: Another snippet from Kaivaara’s POV.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land: What Piqued My Interest This Week

  • 55 Reasons TO Homeschool:  Why does my family, along with a growing number of others, choose to live a life beyond school parameters? Here are more than four dozen reasons…and there are many, many more!

That’s what I’ve been up to, and will be getting up to.

What about you? Anything exciting happening in your corner of the world?

Any Second Servings to offer?

(Yes, I’m a little nosy. Writer thing.)

If you want to satisfy my perhaps inappropriate curiosity,

drop a line, a link, or an image into the rectangular receptacle below –

or just pass around the serving platter!

Well… (and Other Four Letter Words) for SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hills Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: use a four-letter word as your theme.

Well, I’m running quite late with my SoCS post tonight, and I hope I’ll make it by midnight. If not, I’m posting it anyway, because, honestly, I’ve earned it!

A Big Bad Thing happened to me this week. My wonderful Lenovo Yoga laptop, which is only about 18 months old, started to get extremely finicky about taking a charge. This is an issue I’ve had with every Lenovo in this house, so I ordered two new power adapters Monday night, and was sure they’d be the fix – that is, until Wednesday night, when even very careful placement of the existing adapter (itself a warranteed replacement I got in early March) wouldn’t get me a charge, and, although I knew there had been 32% battery power when I shut down, the machine wouldn’t boot up.

That was when I started to suspect a deeper problem, which was borne out Thursday when the adapters came and nothing changed. Yesterday, our resident Tech Boy looked at it, after reading on the Lenovo forums. He knows a fix, but our efforts were unsuccessful, and he doesn’t feel he has the expertise to go further with it.

He doesn’t think the repairs will be terribly expensive, which is good…but, at the moment, our family finances are at an ebb point, and even inexpensive is too expensive to consider.

Sometimes, being a grown-up kind of sucks, you know?

So I’ve got reason to use four letter words. I might even have reason to throw a first class fit about the unfairness of it all…But I strive not to be that person….so, instead, I’ve got another four-letter word:|

 

SNOW!

OK, some of us had more (much, much more!) than our share of that, last winter. But this is different.

This is August snow, in a playground parking lot, shaved from the ice of the skating rink and deposited where kids in shorts and flip flops can have a bit of cold weather magic on a hot summer day.

Gabrielle, Logan, and Annalise enjoy a four letter word in August!

Gabrielle, Logan, and Annalise enjoy a four letter word in August!

It’s where friends can play, and then have a sleepover (and the mom coming to pick her girl up turns into a lovely visit with a mom friend she hasn’t seen much of the last couple of years, and plans for more sleepovers, and getting a little lost trying to find our way home, and an SoCS post being written quite literally in the eleventh hour, on a very elderly computer which isn’t even remotely frilly, and whose keys are smaller than this writer’s fingertips, but which is functioning….and a hell of a run-on sentence!).

I’m grateful. For this machine, and friends, and the magic of summer snow, and a means to reach out and connect with others. For the realization that like, love, kiss, calm, and grin are also four-letter words. For knowing that while what happens (to laptops, and to us), isn’t always a matter of choice, we do get to choose how we respond to the adversity in life.

Well, to quote Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.

Have you tried stream-of consciousness writing? Come join in there’s just a few simple rules. Check out the brand-new #SoCS hashtag, or Get more SoCS right here!

 

 

“The Child of Her Soul”: Foul Deeds Will Rise for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their #8sunday posts.

It’s a second chance to share a small snippet of my current writing. Most weeks, I tie them back to my current WIPpet Wednesday post, so reading both can give a deeper peek…

This nine-sentence snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Preying Upon Her. It’s from Foul Deeds Will Rise, Book #2 in my Trueborn Weft Series.

Shentaa is a new mother, apart from her nursling, Osiru, for the first time since his birth. She’s not sure exactly what to do with herself, and so she Runs, somewhat aimlessly, considering the powerful pull of her child, and realizing that she will never again be truly alone.

The Child of Her Soul

This day, though, was her own. Canivaar had pack matters to tend to; he’d offered to run with her, but she had wanted to begin with strength, and taking him from his work so that she would not be alone was not the action of a strong huntress.

And so Shentaa ran, until she became tired, and then she found a likely denning place under an overhanging ledge of rock, and curled herself into sleep, nose neath tail.

She was floating, near as soon as she slept, running above the clouds, but, somehow, the sodden air was filled with the scents of the world neath her…the scents of growing things and wild life lived in balance

But she wasn’t meant to be running in the Huntlands, or even above them. Nay, her hunt lay along a different trail, and she ran on, out of Canivaarii places, into Untribed holdings, intent on her prey – the Kai’s Keep, and the Kai, who had been as her child long before Osiru the Hidden had suckled from her breast, filled her womb…

She must see Kaivaara, and know that she was well.

Why she must, she knew not; questioned not. It was as it was, and she must, and the knowing it was enough to spur her on, to Run her swiftest –

She Ran, because Vaara, the child of her soul, had placed bonds upon her, and needed her.

Who is Kaivaaraa, and does she truly need Shentaa?

Is the dream a reflection of reality?

What does it mean, or dies it mean anything?

Where will it carry Shentaa?

Next week might bring the answers – or only more questions…

Want more #8Sunday? 

 

Selling Back-to-School: 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.

So kick back with a cuppa or some freshly pressed cider, help yourself to a cider donut, and chat a while…

It’s that time of year again…the nights are getting a bit longer and crisper, and sometimes I can pick up a hint of coming frost. Here in the Northeast, the first tinges of color are appearing on leaves, and the apples, sunflowers, and balckberries are ripening…

And that means that the back-to-school ads are in full swing – on TV, on the radio, and even in our mailbox.

School is usually portrayed as a wonderful  place where kids go after a summer of boredom. They  get to hang out with old friends, and make an impression on the In Crowd. Having the perfect look, gadgets, and art supplies, or eating the right breakfast cereal, will ensure social, athletic, and academic success.

An illusion of school is a cool and happening place every kid wants to be is being sold as certainly as clothes, shoes, backpacks, technology, and art supplies.

This propaganda is pervasive and  unrealistic. In school, cliques abound, and some kids are the Cool Kids, while others aren’t, and no amount of money spent on trendy clothing or gadgets will change it. Aside from that, is looking good the reason parents send their children to school?

What if ads stopped presenting school as a social gathering place for dancing, happy children, and were realistic instead, showing how, a few weeks in, the excitement of the new will wear off under the day in, day out grind that is school?If they were honest that school can contain a great deal more drudgery than pageantry?

Of course, that probably wouldn’t sell as many clothes, backpacks, tech gadgets or art supplies….

But that’s not the worst…

It was intended to be funny.

I think it’s mean-spirited and insensitive – a version of kicking someone when they’re down. Most kids in school don’t have a choice.  They get those precious few weeks of relative freedom each summer, and then, ready or not, vacation is over and it’s back to work.

What if the televisions at every adult-oriented vacation resort played taunting ads celebrating the pending return to work? What if that was used as an excuse to sell things?

Kids have far less control of when and how their vacation time will be spent than adults do. That’s why shows like Phineas and Ferb and games like Minecraft are so popular with kids – they offer a fantasy of real, meaningful freedom most kids don’t experience in their own lives.

Do the people who design these ad campaigns consider how this  feels to kids? Indirectly or not, children are being told they’re not welcome during these hours of their parents’ lives. Yet, each fall, those ads roll out, without regard for the feelings of the people who are about to be tethered to school schedules, assigned more work to fill their non-school hours, and placed at the mercy of bullies – not just other students, but sometimes teachers and other school staff. Isn’t that the opposite of freedom?

Wouldn’t it be better to understand that another word for ‘students’ and ‘kids’ is ‘people’, and that all people, even young ones, have their own perspectives, their own priorities, and their own emotions? Wouldn’t things be better if advertisers respected that, and approached the coming school year with a sense of compassion for these young people?

Wouldn’t it be better to focus on helping each child to feel welcome and safe at school, to be seen and valued for their own individual strengths and character, regardless of the labels on their back-to-school duds, or which store they came from?

It might not be as good for selling things, but it could do wonders for how kids feel about that return to school, if they knew adults remembered that going back to school can be anxiety-ridden.

Once in a while, though, an ad gets it just right.

This message is a valuable one. It doesn’t hide the fact that going back to school can be less than wonderful. Maybe a facial tissue won’t solve every emotional schoolbus crisis, but a simple act of kindness can go a long way toward soothing the rough patches in life.

As for us, we plan to hit the back-to-school sales for art supplies – not items ticked off a school list, but simply things my kids want, that are far more budget friendly this time of the year.

And then? Well, we’ll go right on living our life as we please, no school added…we’ve got trips planned to musuems, a favorite apple orchard, libraries, gardens and farms, and more…because many of our favorite places are about to become a whole lot less crowded, with the mass exodus back into the classroom.

What are you feelings and thoughts about back to school ads and attitudes? If your kids go to school, how does that change your life? Theirs? Are they eager, or longing for more freedom? Are you? If your kids don’t go to school, what are your plans for the onset of the back-to-school season?

I love learning about others’ perspectives and experiences! Please feel free to share yours in the box below – and I’ll pour the apple cider, and put out a fresh plate of cider donuts right next to those fresh crayons that are for just anybody to draw on the butcher paper tablecloth, cause that’s how we roll! =)

Modeling for a NOT-back-to-school ad? ;D

Modeling for a NOT-back-to-school ad? ;D

The Best-Laid Plans…August 26, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

It’s the last week of August, and I’ve got cool air blowing on me from my bedroom window and the stand fan on low while I type this and watch Prospectors. I’ve got a cuppa by my side, even though it’s past midnight, and my body is pleasantly achy and alive from an intense tai chi class.

Life is good -despite the hiccups it brings…

Like the power adapter for my Lenovo, which is becoming increasingly capricious.

Two new cords are en route. I’ve found a position in my study that’s working for charging. So I’m charging, using, repeating. It’s a different rhythm for me, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve focused on things I might not have, and spent time with each of my beloveds. I’ve also had more space for a certain Vulcan and the human who loves her to start whispering in my head again…

My progress may look minimal, but appearances can be deceiving.

Some things are best measured in smiles! Annalise in the backyard, with the Rose of Sharon.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 85,600/~150,000 words drafted. Scene 29/50 in progress. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-O paragraphs completed;15/26. Next up: PZ.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Posting up to date; comments a bit delayed due to power issues. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits .Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Looked, but didn’t empty anything. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5. Surface cleaning, and routine maintenance. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Nothing new. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. . Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 3/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots of time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 1/5 at home practice sessions; 1 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Sunset, over the roof of my house, last Sunday.

Preying Upon Her: Foul Deeds Will Rise on WIPpet Wednesday

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! She‘s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

This week, I’m sharing more from Foul Deeds Will Rise, and hoping my increasingly capricious power adapter will hold out until the replacements get here later in the week…so, in order to conserve what may be very limited battery power, I’m keeping this short and perhaps sweet.

Shentaa has recently given birth, and this is the first time she’s been separated from her infant son, Osiru…

WIPpet Non- Math:

  • Today isn’t August 19, 2015but this is the snippet I would have shared then, if I hadn’t shared A Pet Name?

  • So I’m being a rebel this week – or I’m time-traveling. You get to decide. =)

Almost 14 years ago, I was the new mother (of a ten pounds plus giant baby boy!)….

Preying Upon Her

Shentaa was alone, Running.

There had seldom in her life been a time when she was alone, and she hadn’t known, until a fiveday past, how much she enjoyed and was affrighted by it, together.

Mayhap it was that, though she was alone, she was not, in the same breath, nor would she ever be, now.

Once, she had thought her ties with the child called Vaara were the strongest bonds she would ever know, and, before the child, she’d thought it either her Pack, or her family and friends in the Seers’ Keep.

Then had come Solemating, and then, borne of that, Osiru…

It was the deepest thing of all, she thought now, to harbor a child within her own body, to grow it from her Solemate’s seed and her own egg, his blood, her Line….

They had created a new life, and now, she would ever be bound by it. By her son.

But, as much as she could be alone, in this breath, she was. Osiru was with his Huntmother; he was young for the first parting, but Trueborn. What had been denied to Vaara by their imprisonment, she was most determined would not be denied their child, even if he yet had no Tribed name. He would take his Huntmother’s milk as well as his mother’s, sleep in her embrace, be shown by her his first tiny sniffs and tastes of the Wolvenkeep’s life.

Truth, though – he was still with her, preying upon her mind and her heart…

How was it that a being so small in size could be so stealthy a Hunter, when all he had Hunted till now was her milk and his own baby rousal?

Shentaa knew not; knew only that it was so.

He Hunted her, and he would take her. She was his mother, and that made her his own.

But she would yet Run. He would be with Larys until dawning; that’s what they’d agreed upon, and she wouldn’t be the one to undo this most important matter, simply so that she could lay with him, suckle him, and breathe him in – truth, though, that is all she would Hunt, on the morrow.

Will all go well for Osiru’s first day with his Huntmother?

Will Shentaa be able to stay away?

What will she do with her time?

I’ll be posting the next ten lines from this scene for #8sunday,  if you’d like to find out what’s next.

Looking for more WIPpet Snippets, with chattier writers whose power adapters are A-OK? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!