Is it Too Late for A Lemonade Stand? Ready. Set. Write! August 24-31, 2015 (Week 12 Update)

346d0-rsw2Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

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And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

  • Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan…and that was this past week, for me. My laptop started having charging issues, so I ordered two new adapter cords…I’ve been this route before – only, this time, the adapters didn’t work, and even my ace-in-the-hole, my technologically skilled 13 year old son, couldn’t fix it. It’s going to need to be repaired, it’s out of warrantee…and our family finances are at an ebb point, at the moment.

  • So, I’ve been making do with an elderly and almost forgotten laptop. There’s no battery in it, so I’m attached to an outlet, and it’s far less capable than my once-trusty Lenovo. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I am determined and strong-willed.

  • I’ve been slowed down to a crawl, this week, as I climb the learning curve. I expect this week to be a little better, and, at some point in the not-too-distant future, I hope to have either my laptop back in service, or a more equitable replacement.

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Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 95,000 words. Current total: 85,600/ 90,000. 9,400 words to goal. Nothing new.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Draft exploratory summary paragraphs for Enterprise A-Z 2016 stories – letters F-O (33 paragraphs). FX complete; 24/26 letters. I exceeded this goal!

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Nothing new.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3. Nothing new. .

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post authorized reblog. 8/9 posts completed; no reblogs.

  • Catch up all June and July blog comments and visits. Nothing new.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Proof quarterly reports; prepare end of year materials and submit to school district. Annalise’s report proofed.
  • Clean/tidy study; focusing on hoosier cabinet this week. Completed.
  • Clear round table; add tablecloth: Take TWO! A lot of progress made here, although I didn’t quite finish.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation – and the all-important budget. Make birthday plans with the boyo. Boy birthday plans; visit to Y; sleepover for the girl and dinner and a local walk for the boy.

  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Three, through S3E17: “Zero Hour”. 7 episodes. When things get a little stressful, Trip and T’Pol can always make it better! =)

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate seven times. Do one eating meditation. Journals: 7/6; Meditation: 8/7 (madalas; tai chi); Tai chi walking.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. At home: 4/5; Class: 2 /2.

  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag once daily, because this is my last chance to do it while it’s still happening! I did all right until Wednesday, when it all fell apart…I’ll do better next year, I promise!

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A favorite passage from my story:

  • I didn’t write any new words this week; but I did find this passage that speaks to me:

Come away from the thought, my own. There can be nothing other than pain in it. You will find the doe with a birthling, and you will wait for her to drink, and you will take the fawn. Only that. Nothing other.”

She held to that, to his prohibition against thinking at the edges of the act; at the edges of her own maddened memories…

But he was staring into the murky liquid again, milky white swirling slowly into green, changing him, Changing him…

There is danger in this, Kaivelt who is Dragon.”

There is danger in merely living, Niaan who is Tuhlys.”

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The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • The incapacity of my laptop. At first, it felt more than a little like losing a bit of my brain – and there are a few files I can’t access, because they’re in Dropbox, and it doesn’t like to let me get at my stuff remotely (most likely I’m doing something wrong, and maybe, one day, I’ll figure it out…until then, I’m adapting.

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Something I love about my WIP:

  • I love that all my characters are at transitional points in their lives. Some will grow, and others will stagnate, and some things have been set into motion that will have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences.

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And here we are! It’s Monday, August 31, – the final RSW update – why does it seem like we just got started?

My fingertips are celebrating Manuscripts and Manicures, thanks to my favorite young manicurist, my daughter Annalise. The blue is for the Jeweled Walk in my story – it’s made of translucent blue gemstones, and has a sinister purpose. The sparkles are for the firestars of Everdeep, which contains my protagonist’s Solemate somewhere in its vastnesses. And the tint of red on my thumbs – that’s for blood. Because, yes, there’s blood in this story. My manicure is a bit untidy, fitting for a first draft.

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Once this update is posted, I’ll celebrating a summer of accomplishment with other RSWers at the #manicuresandmanuscripts event!

What’s next? Well, I love the weekly goals, and I’ll be keeping that format. And I’ve made some new friends to keep in touch with, too!
And there’s always next summer!

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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!

Love, Marriage, and Goal-Adjusting : August 23, 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.

With August waning, it’s time for me to look at my wildly flowering garden of goals, and do a bit of weeding and pruning, so I can nurture those that are healthiest. I’ll come back to some of the others, next month…

It’s also my eighteenth wedding anniversary, so I thought I’d share some celebratory images, and a poetic glimpse into our lives

Sunset in Florence, Oregon, 2000. Yup, we took selfies LONG before they were cool – with a film camera, no less!

And now, a goals adjustment:

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. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. 200 new words; Scene 28/50 complete. 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-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ.

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. 16/16 scenes compiled! Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision. Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.Moving through the point-by-point re-envisioning. 8 points completed. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Next up: On hold until September…

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. More comments; August caught up; July working backward to the 10th. Posting up to date. 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. I lost track. It was one or two, so I’ll call it one. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB/Twitter linksNext up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing. 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. 5/5;mellow due to heat wave and extra t’ai chi. 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. Proofed Annalise’s ELA section. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting; save IHIPs for September.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Setting aside for Other Things.

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: 8/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Next up: Waiting for September.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. 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, 4/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, playing ball, arts festival and garden visits. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 6/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 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! 

Still Selfy after all these years – September, 2013, sixteen years and a bit in….Photo by Chef Bluebeard, of course!

“You May Carry Me”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s 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 WIPpet Wednesday  post, so reading both can give a deeper peek…

This ten-sentence snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet,  A Pet Name? (add link)

T’Pol has reported for duty, in the aftermath of some undisclosed personal trauma she shares with Trip, but she’s clearly not up to par, and, when the Captain orders her to eat, she is unable to hold down even a tiny sip of plomeek broth. Trip’s trying to take care of her and get her to Sickbay – but will Captain Archer, dealing with a jealousy he doesn’t want to notice, allow that?

Standard-Issue Disclaimer:

I don’t own Trip, T’Pol, or anything Star Trek. I also don’t want to make any money from them; I play with them for the sheer fun of it, and, well, because they keep putting these stories in my head…

How could I not write their stories?! I mean, just look at them – they’re adorable, and fascinating, and there’s all that lovely friction….

“You May Carry Me”

“All right. You’re both relieved of duty for the morning. Trip, get her to Phlox, and make sure she stays there until he’s got some answers.” Jon paused, expecting T’Pol to protest that she was fine and didn’t need help.

But all she did was lean into Trip. Her legs didn’t seem very steady at all, and Jon was kicking himself mentally- how could he have missed such a marked deterioration?

“It’ll take us all day to get down there, at this pace,” Trip said, gently but firmly. “Maybe we should call for a stretcher, if you won’t just let me carry you.”

“You may carry me.” T’Pol wrapped an arm around Trip’s neck as he gathered her up, and rested her head meekly on his chest, her eyes more closed than open.

Will T’Pol be all right?

Will Phlox be able to help her?

Will they make it to Sickbay without soiling Trip’s boots?

Will the Captain admit his jealousy, even to himself?

On a personal note, today is my eighteenth wedding anniversary, which is why I’m sharing from The IDIC Romance, rather than Foul Deeds Will Rise, which is not particularly romantic. FDWR will be back for next week’s WIPpet Wednesday and #8sunday posts, though, so, if you came here for Niaan and company, you’ve only got a few days left to wait.

As for Trip and T’Pol, TIR will make future appearances (thus far, there’s nearly 200K words in this project, so I’ve got LOTS to share!). I don’t know just when, right now, but they’ll be back…but for now, I’m off to make sure this is a welcoming home for my Accomplice to come home to.

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August 23, 1997. Promises Made…and honored, ever since.

Romantic Reflections: August 19, 2015

ROWing toward an important day…

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.

The forward progress continues, on several fronts. With next week the final week of Ready. Set. Write!, my focus, for the rest of the month, will be on wrapping up those goals – or, if not, coming as close as I can before the month ticks over, and we ROW into the final days of Round Three, here.

It’s also my anniversary week, so my mind is focused on connecting, remembering, planning, and dreaming. It’s been a mostly wonderful eighteen years – and, during the inevitable difficulties that come in any life, and any marriage, there’s no one I’d rather have at my side or my back…

OK, enough mushy stuff…on to the raison d’etre of the day…

This photo from the Sterling Renaissance Festival, 2009, is one of my favorite candids. Can’t you just feel the joy?!

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. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot. begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Nothing new. Next up: Finish plotting scenes 11-24.

  • 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-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ paragraphs.

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. Highlighted notes Cheat Sheets categorized and compiled; 4/16 scenes complete. Next up: Finish highlighting; draft revision plan.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. 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. More comments; most of the August caught up; posting up to date. 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 (many links shared to my FB writer page, with hashtags).. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB and Twitter linksNext 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. 2/5;mellow due to heat wave. 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: Complete IHIPs, proof and package end of year reporting.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

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 as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • 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.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. 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. It feels good to move!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 3/5 at home practice sessions; 1 / 2 classes. Next up: get to par –on track for this week.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s  ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – ROW along with us!

Reflections: Looking in on the carousel from outside. One of my requirements for a spouse was that he must be willing to ride a carousel with me, at least once. We rode the carousel in Missoula, Montana, in 2000, and he even caught me the golden ring! =) This is the Congress Park Carousel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

A Pet Name? The IDIC Romance 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…

OK, here’s the thing... I planned on sharing more from Foul Deeds Will Rise but then, I realized that this is my anniversary week...and, while FDWR is a perfectly fine story, it’s…well, most of it isn’t very romantic.

Fortunately, I have another story – one with “romance” right in the title….and it has a Vulcan! =D

So, guess what? (C’mon, you don’t really need to guess at what’s coming, do you?!)

Two Wednesdays back, Captain Archer ordered T’Pol to eat her plomeek broth like a good First Officer…. And then, for #8sunday, Trip uttered these momentous words: “You Missed My Boots.”

So, T’Pol’s not exactly at her best, just now. Thankfully, she’s got a protector who’s willing to take care of her – if the Captain will allow it, that is…

…Touching and Touched…Our hands, July 4, 2010, in the car.

Standard-Issue Disclaimer:

I don’t own Trip, T’Pol, or anything Star Trek. I also don’t want to make any money from them; I play with them for the sheer fun of it, and, well, because they keep putting these stories in my head…

WIPpet Math:

Today is August 19, 2015.

I‘ve got 19 sentences todayone for each year of marriage to my Accomplice, and one for luck. Or, alternatively, one for each day of the date, but that’s less fun, no?

A Pet Name?

“I’m quite capable of standing, t’hy’la.” T’Pol unfolded, and Trip helped her back onto her feet with a shrug.

“Suit yourself.” Whatever that Vulcan word she’d called him was, he didn’t seem to mind.

Was it a pet name? From T’Pol?

It was getting harder and harder not to notice these little things – until T’Pol helped him by jacknifing,  and letting go all over again.

Trip was right there, like he’d expected it, but this time he only supported her as she leaned against him. “Stubborn little pepperpot.” He stroked sweat-soaked bangs off her forehead, and Jon turned his head when Trip leaned in to brush his lips against the newly revealed skin, as though the engineer had forgotten anyone else was there. “No fever. That’s good – but I’m taking you to Sickbay, and I don’t care how much you argue about it. You need the doc, pepperpot.”

“Stand down, Captain Tucker.” Jon was rewarded by a blush the fair-skinned engineer couldn’t hide.

T’Pol retched and brought up another thin stream of nothing that looked like food, and Jon realized that, much as he hated it, Trip was right. T’Pol needed medical attention – maybe she’d needed it for days. And Trip seemed to be able to support her in ways Jon was pretty sure she wouldn’t accept from anyone else – certainly not from him.

“Uhh – sorry, sir – but – ah, hell, T’Pol – damned volcanoes on the Fire Plains haven’t got a thing on you -”

What’s making T’Pol sick?

What did she call Trip?

What does it mean?

Will Jon let Trip take her to Sickbay?

Will T’Pol?

Is there anything left in her to bring up?

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

Okay, I’ll grant you that this isn’t the sexiest of romance scenes…but if I’ve learned anything in nearly eighteen years of marriage (and I’ve learned a great deal), it’s that the greatest expressions of love, the ones that can sustain a relationship, are often the ones that come in the less than wonderful times.

And, as we probably all know by now, Trip Tucker is a gentleman. And gentlemen take care of damsels in distress, even when the damsels have pointed ears and overly sensitive digestive tracts prone to spontaneous eruptions that still might douse their boots…

Could it be….true love?

Looking for more WIPpet Snippets where no one’s in danger of getting icky stuff on their boots? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

Moving Reflections: August 16, 2015

ROWing reflectively….

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.

After the in-tent-sity of Unschoolers Rock the Campground (I’ve finally gotten all the camping gear stowed -OK, somewhat haphazardly piled in the Chaos Porch until I’m up to making another surge of order happen there…), followed by exhaustion, then the scattered return to a more typical rhythm, comes….

  • Progress

  • Growth

  • Epiphanies

  • Creativity

  • And lots of words!

The forward progress, as predicted, is piling up, like the storm clouds on these dog day afternoons, or the snowflakes last winter – do you remember last winter? The one that went from December into May, and which we were incredibly lucky enough to get a ten-day Oregon intermission from, because yours truly was smart enough to have a Left Coast guy want to be her Accomplice in Mischief?

If you don’t, don’t worry – I have pictures…pictures guaranteed to cool you down a bit on even the hottest August afternoon!

Subarus in the Snow!

And now, my week so far….

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. 82,017/~150,000 words drafted. I’ve had other focuses, this week, but some words happened, and ideas are simmering. Next up: Draft to 87,500/~150,000 words – 5,483 to incremental goal.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot. Begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Reread existing plot outline‘ plotted scenes 6-10. Next up: Finish plotting scenes 11-24.

  • 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. Nine stories imported; current word count:194,101. Next up: A-E paragraphs.

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. Highlighting done for all detailed notes. Next up: Break out highlighted notes and GMC scene outline to create the revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision.  Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Nothing new. Other focuses prevailed this session. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. 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. Comments/visits moving along, several times. ROW80 post a day late (Monday); otherwise up to date, with extras! Next up: More comments/visits/posts, and pending file. 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! 2 /2 (reblogs, shares to FB and SSS; SoCS posts to FB page).. Next up: Do it again!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 3/3 – browsing my tabs; SoCS posts; FB linksNext up: Do it again!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. 1 /2 Did some pruning while sniffing out a message I needed to address. Next up: Aim for two sessions this week.

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; energy built as the week moved along. 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. General categories listed. 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. Drafted both quarterlies. Next up: More of the Paperwork Avalanche! Complete IHIPs, proof and package end of year reporting.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

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 as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 6/6; mandalas, t’ai chi, eating meditation. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. 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. Read Kait Nolan‘s Red another wonderful, edge of the seat thrill ride – this one with fangs! Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi; weeding. Next up: I think I need one day a week where this isn’t an obligation; changing goal to 6/week.
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. Two classes; 4/5 at home practice sessions. Next up: get to par – almost there!

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

She loves a snowy day!