JusJoJan Day 20: Our Kinda Economics

Just Jottin’ through January!

Does time move quickly for you, Tempus Fugit style? Or is it doing the crawl, imitating a sloth as it drags along, seeming to have no particular place to go, and no need to get there until it does?

Something in between, that changes along with the mood or circumstances?

Now, what about your finances?

See what I did there? I guess you weren’t expecting that *giggles*.But economics is a part of life, like it or not, and I don’t want to end my ten days of ‘rithmetickling (yup, I totally just made that up - I’m sorry you’re welcome!) without taking a little peek into the fabulous world of money, goods, services, and commodities.

Some things that happened in our family:

  • Annalise, 10, wanted the new Monster High DVD. She was paying back an advance on her allowance; and the family budget was already stretched with the preparations for winter, the dryer that died, car repairs, and holiday plans. We chatted about finite resources, and how she could get this item. We could come back and get it later, or she could put it on her Christmas list, or wait until she’d paid back her allowance – she decided to wait until it’s on Netflix or Amazon. She’s still a little disappointed , but she’s reached a decision she can live with.

  • Jeremiah, at 9, wanted a 3DS. We told him we would get him one for Christmas. He was determined to get it on his tenth birthday, in early September. We told him we would pay for half, and a game, but couldn’t manage more then. With a few months to earn the money, he arranged to do odd jobs for his grandparents. He got up early even when he’d gone to bed late. He worked hard and well, only taking breaks when authorized. And, on his tenth birthday, I took him to the store of his choice to purchase his new 3DS in the color of his choice – as well as that new game to play on it.

I love watching my kids learn about economics. I’m fascinated with how they weigh alternatives, budget their money, debate the relative value of this over that. I’m endlessly reminded of who they are in the approach that they take.

Jeremiah tends toward minimalism, and at the same time has big dreams and high standards. When we offered him offered a reconditioned laptop last year, he declined, because what he really wants is a gaming computer that costs thousands, and we have a hundreds kind of budget. He says he’ll wait until he can buy it himself. He’s eager to get his working papers in a little less than a year, so he can take a regular job, and he still works for his grandfather many weekends when the weather is nice enough for home and yard maintenance.

Annalise is expansive, with many passions. She tends to spend her money quickly, but not as quickly at 10 as she did at 8. She’s always had a discriminating side t- at 5, I would show her all the options for Littlest Pet Shop figures that fit the week’s budget, and she would go through a lengthy process of elimination until she made her selection. She often takes advances, and always knows how much she owes. She’s coming to the realization that she can save some, and still spend some, and to see ways she can get more out of her money. One month, she explored her bank statement, and became deeply interested in the idea of earning interest. She was so captivated that she asked for our family bank statement, and read the entire three pages!

As a child, I didn’t have an allowance, and discussions often ended at, “We can’t afford it,” “That’s a waste of money,” and the seemingly evergreen favorite, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” My parents handled the finances with their own rituals that didn’t include us, unless we happened to overhear. Money seemed mysterious and rather terrifyingly powerful to me as a child, and it took me well into my thirties to really start to sort out how I feel about it, and how to use it comfortably and intelligently.

It’s cool that my own children will get to adulthood with these and many other small and large experiences with economics already in their experience banks. They’ll have a lot less to figure out later, when the consequences of mistakes could be far costlier.

If you have kids, how do you approach family or personal finances with them? Did you have an allowance as a child? Was it tied in to chores, grades, or behavior? Did you have the power, or do your kids, to make some money decisions independently of adult authority? Did you, or have your kids, set financial goals for yourselves? How did that turn out?

Penny for your thoughts! =)

Shopping at the Erie Canal, fall 2014.

January Goals: A Renewed Vision

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Oh, hi! Have you been here long? It’s been a busy couple of days, and I didn’t notice you there, at first.

Here we are, already, at the first ROW80 check-in of 2015. I’ve missed this!

For me, this first two days have been a blend of writing, family, home, and self, in shifting proportions. There’s a new front door in the family room, and I’ve had time with all my beloveds, gotten acquainted with some new projects, and returned to renew my friendship with some older ones. I’m finding a pace and a rhythm, and ideas abound…

I’ve posted my 2015 goals, and my Round One goals.

A yaar for building on success!

Now, it’s time for my January goals.

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough.

  • Goals in progress: green.

  • Goals-in-waiting: red.



Write rough draft of Terrance’s story.

  • Reread two stories that directly connect to Terrance’s.

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

  • Stories are sorted into ten novella groups.

  • I’ll be developing the Barry/Corinne/Terrance; Ava/Donovan/Karina; and Gladys/Howard/Iris sets this year.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise; rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

  • Ideas forming for next Warp volume.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 6/6 days.


Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • Reread scene in progress and relevant background material to reorient myself in this story.
  • Began revising the scene in progress.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Reread this week’s section; took notes for revision.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

  • Reread existing stories; simmering before beginning revision process.


Revise “Morning Coffee”.

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

  • Added “The Venom Club”.

On our way….

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • On track, thus far.
  • I’ve decided to tackle at least 5 comments neglected in the NaNo madness each week until caught up with those.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 general queue post; and 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit at least twice weekly.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share at least 3 items a week.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 5/6 days over 25 this month.


Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean all kitchen counters to left of sink.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • A few small steps.

Replace calendar and candle.

  • Purchased.
  • Next up, hanging and preparing for use.

Use the space at least once per week.

Personal Administration:

Clean, organize, and backup Desktop and Writing Bullpen files’ sort Leisure Time Reading file.

Maintain inbox below 100 messages at least twice weekly.

  • Checked/sorted on Monday.

Homeschool Administration:

Complete second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.


Submit sponsor post.

  • Two sets of comments saved.
  • Next up, creating rough drafts.

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Will have all visits made by the time this posts.

Something worth tending, seventeen years later!


Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

Interact at least weekly online.


Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least once a week.

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 books bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.


Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

One on one time with each, at least twice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • Workout, snuggles, and couple time.
  • 1 /2 for each!

Paying it Forward:

Complete at least two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.

  • Read first scene of beta read 1 /2.

Yummy goodness!

Fitness and Nutrition:


At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

  • Short, moderate intensity weight/cardio workout on Tuesday.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

  • 3 laps on the track, and a workout, with Jeremiah.


Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:


Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

  • More on this Sunday; maintaining thus far.


Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the other ROWboats – visit more ROWers here!

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

It’s (Nearly) A Wrap!: 2014 Writing Goals

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How do you say farewell to the outgoing year, and welcome in a new one? Do you have goals, or fly more by the seat of your pants into a wide-open future? Do you feel that everything is more or less the same, from one year to the next?

As the last days of 2014 unfurl, I’m drafting the final five scenes of Perchance to Dream, my last “hanging WIP” (incomplete draft). If I finish it before midnight on Wednesday, this will be the first year since I began writing seriously that I’ve had this “clean slate”. I’ll be able to begin 2015 with all of my projects ready for the next stage of creation.

I think that’s pretty cool!

Since 2012, I’ve framed my writing goals using Kait Nolans wonderful A Round of Words in 80 Days. Much more than a writing challenge, ROW80 is an amazing online writing community, a resource, and a means to track progress, refine goals, and be accountable for moving toward them (Round 1 2015 starts on January 5, if you’re interested in joining us!).

At the beginning of 2014, I set annual goals, using a long-term list I created in Kristen Lamb‘s excellent Blogging for Brand class. Now, at the end of the year, let’s peek back and see where I’ve ended up….which will help me to set my Big Picture Goals for 2015.

Into the Time Machine we go…

2014 Blogging:


Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, answer comments.

  • Comments still more hit-or-miss than I’d like. Something to address.

  • Posting is better; mostly regular.

Overhaul sidebar for Trueborn Jottings (it’s the least noxious!).

  • Done- but thinking this blog will expire in 2015, and be merged into my website-to-be.

Add all useful bits, templates, links, etc, for each feature to Master Resource File.

  • Done, but now use templates, instead. Good learning experience.


Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Not so much…

Build positive blogging habits –build queues, and share diversely.

  • Still more hit-or-miss than I’d like. Something to address.

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Not much written, but a lot of beneath the surface pondering.

  • TUL will be incorporated into the website, in some form.

Not This Year:

Queue one post for each regular feature.

  • I need a better plan for queuing. Or a plan, period… =/

2014 Writing:


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

  • Both completed this year.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Draft two more novels in the Trueborn double series, as NaNo projects.

  • Shifted goal to one; at over 270K words, the Monsterscript is complete!


Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • Currently writing scene 56/60; may still be wrapped up by year’s end.

Not This Year:

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

  • A little progress; I want more.

2014 Editing:


Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • My first serious revision using a plan. It’s taking a lot longer than I anticipated, but the results are an order of magnitude or two above the rough draft, so I’m very happy with that!

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

  • Again, this took longer than expected. I completed 1/3, “A Splash of Red”.

  • ASOR” was submitted to, accepted, and published in World Unknown Review!

Not This Year:

Complete first revision passes for Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • These are waiting until CD is complete.

Revise all poems for Queen of My Infinite Spaces, until satisfied with the results.

  • Nope. And now I’ve added a second set of OctPoWriMo poems….

2014 Hometending:


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

  • Not as much forward momentum as I’d hoped, for various reasons to be analyzed before Round 1.

Continue the family room reset.

  • Creeping along in chaotic fits and starts, but getting there.

Spend time daily in my study.

  • Again, this went in fits and starts; with periods of use and non-use.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • This was also more hit or miss than I wanted it to be.

Experiment with play project schedule.

  • I did this for a while; then moved on to other means of organzing and arranging my time.

Not This Year:

Research small business establishment /administration.

Read at the Small Business Administration website.

  • Not really ready for this, so set it aside.

2014 Lifetending:


Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect.

  • Got together with several friends; contacted even more, and made some new ones!

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

  • Yes!


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

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.

  • I did not as many as I wanted; but some.

So, there’s my 2014. I’ve finished a few things, moved many forward, and left a few largely untouched. I’ve lived, and learned, and grown….

Now it’s your turn! What was your most stunning success of 2014? What do you wish you’d done more of? You know what to do with that little box down there, right? =)

Sprucing and Pruning My Nest: December 10, 2014


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So, how are you doing, this late winter? Here in the frozen north, we’re wrapping up a two-day storm. I’ve taken advantage of a disparity in mine and the kids’ sleep/wake cycles to get in some words, move the reports forward, and evaluate my goals buffet, pruning some branches I’m not going to get to this round.

The next few days, the kids and I will be away, so I’ll be writing more hit-or-miss until at least Monday.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

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

  • My box is clear, and I now intend to keep the level below 100.

2014 Fitness:

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

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Snow shoveling.

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

  • Played ‘cat with ball’ with Annalise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Still wrapped up in story, and still a bit behind with blogging…

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Still very slow; but forward momentum.

2014 Writing:

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

  • Sunday: 1,983 words. My first “almost” of the month.

  • Monday: 4.998 words (at least; didn’t chart.)

  • Tuesday: 4,082 words.

  • Scene: 51/60.

  • This was where much of my focus was, this session.

2014 Hometending:

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

Complete the family room reset.

  • More general cleaning.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • We STILL have a kitchen counter! And it’s even a little cleaner!

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Organizing and sweeping.

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is.

  • Nothing new.

Clean files:

Clean up all Desktop files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • Made the first pass. Cleaned/organized some story and novel files.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about one-quarter 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.

  • A few more pages of The Unschooling Handbook. 131/219.

  • 1/3 complete.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • The kids and I are preparing to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

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

  • Completed another slip, and snuggled up to someone special.

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.

  • Ready to spend a few days with friends…there will be ice skating.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Yogurt: 1 /2.

  • Whole grains: 1/3 (dry multigrain cereal).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub)

Not Yet:

  • ‘Tis the time to drop a few of these until 2015 Round 1.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, (overstrike) 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.

  • Write rough ideas for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • 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 Lifetending:

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

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

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.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

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!

Coffee and Conversation: 31 Round Tuits…and Counting…

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..

Remember back in August, when I shared my idea of 33 Round Tuits? I meant to post monthly updates, but life….

With the philosophy of better very late than never, I’m finally getting a round tuit! So, without further ado, here are the 33, neatly categorized and itemized.

Of my 33 Tuits:

  • 2 are complete.

  • 19 are in progress.

  • 12 are still waiting for me to “get a round tuit”.

Sweet L’il Lenovo, now rehomed. <3

I “got a round tuit”:

Delete files from old computer (Sweet L’il Lenovo), reset to factory default, and give to Declan, a young friend looking for an XP machine for gaming.

  • I completed this in August.

Write a blogpost about my long-lost friend, Barbara Leonard, whom I would LOVE to reconnect with.

  • Completed in October.

One of my old photos – Lone Star Geyser with raiinbow (geyserbow?), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1999-2000ish.

I’m “getting round tuit”:

Scan all old photos, organize files, and begin sharing them digitally.

  • I’ve begun by scanning a few pictures for use in blog posts. I plan to intensify this effort in the winter months.

Reread and organize all my old story notebooks.

  • I’ve organized the notebooks; another project I plan for the winter (upstate New York winters give many opportunities for this type of activity!)

Read all nine books currently in my bedroom To Be Read stack.

  • Currently reading: 3/9.

Complete all the items in my Play Jar.

  • I’ve completed two or three of these; slow and erratic, as whims take me. You know, playfully! =D

Finish resetting the family room, playroom, and kitchen.

  • The family room and kitchen are both underway. The (former) playroom was, as well, but it’s also the front porch, and my Accomplice bought a new door he didn’t have the chance to install before the cold weather came, and now it may wait till spring to be addressed.

Rehome wandering game pieces.

  • Accumulating into a central area, as a first step.

Contact Kristen Lamb and collect my WANACon Social Media Prize.

  • I made contact, and we’ve chatted once or twice, but then – life, and the need to ponder my goals and next steps. Another this-winter project.

Update my bio and my blog sidebar – it’s outdated and jumbled.

  • I’ve looked at it, and started to consider changes that will transfer to a website.

Finish organizing my study.

  • Forward progress made; a long way left to go. I intend to take my time and enjoy the ongonig process of creating a nurturing space of my own.

Buy a wheeled storage footstool.

  • I’ve selected one I really like; now to budget for it…by spring, I hope.

Buy a set of Corelle dishes.

  • I’ve looked briefly online and in stores; no decision yet.

Read all old writing practice notebooks and mine for usable materials.

  • I’ve organized the notebooks for winter reading.

Begin submitting Trek fan fiction to a fan fiction site (this will require a bit of experimentation to find the right “home”.

  • I’ve been reading at different sites; choosing one or more will be an early 2015 goal.

Complete rough drafts of all novels in the Trueborn series (I think there are between 3-5 waiting to be developed and drafted.

Complete the first revision pass of Chameleon’s Dish.

  • 12/60 scenes completed.

  • Once all scenes have been revised; I will complete a full-draft pass.

Reclaim the flower beds, and begin growing cutting flowers, herbs and vegetables.

  • The beds were reclaimed, mostly weeded, and put to sleep for the winter.

Complete revisions of 3 short stories: “Morning Coffee”, “A Splash of Red”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”; submit to L.S. Englers World Unknown Review.

  • I’ve submitted one; and had it accepted! WAHOO!

  • The other two stories are scheduled for early 2015 revisions.

Write 31 new poems for OctPoWriMo; revise the ones written in 2012.

  • The new poems are written; nothing revised as yet.

Return embarrassingly overdue library books.

  • I’ve gathered what I think are all the books; next up – actually remembering to take them back.


I need more of these! “RoundTuit”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I haven’t “gotten a round tuit” yet:

  • Watch all of Star Trek in chronological order.

  • Blog about it.

  • Go get a professional massage.

  • Buy an Irish cloak.

  • Buy a new pair of workout sneakers.

  • Learn how to thread my sewing machine.

  • Buy wireless television headphones.

  • Create a visual timeline for my Trueborn series.

  • Create rough outlines for the Kifo Island Chronicles novella series.

  • Contact the high school teacher who changed my life.

It’s amazing how much we can accomplish, when we make it a priority…just writing things out, and posting them, has helped me to keep them as a greater focus in my life. I’m enjoying this adventure of “getting a round tuit” more than I thought I might…

How about you? Are there things you’ve been meaning to do, “when you get a round tuit”, too? Join in the conversation, and I’ll get you a fresh beverage while I listen!

Yup! Looks like we all need a refill, and not when I ‘get a round tuit”, but right now! =D

OctPoWriMo Day 28: Hunger

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Eight!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I’ve followed many of the prompts, and had the double joy of play and discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem to fit this equation:

Prompt: Hunger + Secondary Emotion = Your Poem

Add to HUNGER another, secondary emotion of your own choosing.

Possibilities include






self doubt


(or fetch your own via five minutes of free writing on the theme of hunger.)



    is the






                tom cat

       of the



Yesterday’s poem was epic, so maybe it’s fitting that today’s is a mere 15 words….

But 14 potent words, born of one of my first memories. I was in my crib, walking back and forth running my hand along the rail = I liked the cool smoothness of the plastic bite guard under my fingertips. It was daytime, and I was waiting for my mother to come upstairs and release me from my nap. There was a small high window near the foot of the crib, and, as I looked out the window, I saw Hunger.

Hunger was a local stray, big headed and with prominent ribs – and, back in the early 70s where spaying and neutering weren’t mentioned much, I suppose, he had a seemingly endless appetite for scraps and our tortoiseshell cat, Hudson.

I watched Hunger strut and stalk through our yard, aware of everything around him, and I thought that “Hunger” was the perfect name for him…even as a toddler, words have been a playground for me.

And, even at the age of 45, if someone says the word “hunger”, that beat up, half-starved prowling creature of appetite will be the first image-meaning that slips into my mind…

I’m not sure if the secondary emotion comes through, or is just implied- it’s emptiness, loneliness – and maybe a touch of nostalgia.

Hungry for more OctPoWriMo?

OctPoWriMo Day 27: Just a Dream of Broken Hearts

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Seven!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I intend to follow many of the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem that dealt with sleep or dreaming….

And they’ve been in my head, showing me what happens, when they dream…

So I gave them 1300 words or so to each say their piece; of course, they both surprised me. Then I went through both passages, and created a list of found phrases, which, adapted, became the components of this blended dream.

If I pulled it off, you will feel two distinct voices throughout….

Warning: this is a rather epic poem, at over 700 words. No, I didn’t plan that!

And for those who care – SPOILER ALERT! This poem has MAJOR, HUGE, BIG-TIME SPOILERS for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Home” and points surrounding. Don’t go further if you don’t wanna know…

Disclaimer: 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!

Word Prompts:

sleep (sleepy, sleeping)

dream (dreaming, dreamer)




Just a Dream of Broken Hearts

“oh god, T’Pol – why can’t

this be just a dream?”

you watched her get married

she’s Koss’s wife not yours

you have no right to her now

it’s his bed she’ll share tonight

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

her beautiful face blurred

and ran with my tears and hers

an old oil painting melting

beneath her hot red sun

What right had Koss to me?

Angry blood seared my veins.

“oh god, T’Pol – why can’t

this be just a dream?”

not the friendly sands of Florida

sands of another world

red sands where she

sacrificed herself

on the altar of her logic

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

My nails dug into my palms.

“I must meditate.”

To whom did I speak?

There was no one here.

“oh god, T’Pol – why can’t

this be just a dream?”

“She’s mine – “

“Yes, Trip – I am yours – “

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

Koss had the right

to take me as wife.

“oh god T’Pol – why can’t this

just be a damned dream?”

we moved together

no hurry but unspoken urgency

bodies and minds and souls

tangled together

inseparably forever

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

In this space, I could pretend…

Pretend if I went out the door,

turned left, rounded the corner,

and crossed the corridor,

felt it rising surging

bursting forth – power

and crushing pain

that I would be at Trip’s door -

he would welcome me in,

her citrus-and-sandalwood

arousal scent blended

with the salt air of home

He’d take me into his arms

and I would come fully to life.

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

her eyes glowed and it was almost

as if I could feel what she felt

touch what she touched

know what she knew

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

hot fingers trailed down my chest

plasma arc of sharing

everywhere she touched

Peace slipped away and popped

like the soap bubbles on Trip’s chest.

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

to lose myself in her fierce bliss

popping like soap bubbles

under her virgin fingers

as she learned at last how

to play just play

without purpose

but just

for fun

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

“You don’t play nearly

enough, pepperpot.”

Vulcan children did not ever

Play simply to play.

she was opening receiving

all I could give

giving so much more

than I thought she had

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

What he’d fanned into vibrant life,

now dull, numb, broken toys.

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

“don’t suppose that’s sugar-free pie?”

sugars hit her hard and fast

take logic and inhibition

toss them out the airlock

we don’t need them now

My hot touch excites him

Into vivid human flame.

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

she rained kisses on my face and I

kissed her pecan pie tasting mouth

deeper and deeper breathing her in

but never breathing her out

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

hot sticky smears over my chest

before I could say anything but “hey!”

well she certainly learned how to play

“oh god T’Pol – why can’t this

be more than just a dream?”

Tempt me from solitude

And quiet meditation

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

her hot breath came sharp and quick

cutting through the sounds of the waves

and the gulls and the setting sun

Cool human fingers soothing

The heat of my hungry skin.

“oh god T’Pol – what does it mean

that we’re dreaming the same dream?”

Our tumultuous bubble of peace

Punctured by tradition and duty.

she kissed my cheek and

gave me the gift of

her thoughts and her tears

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

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