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

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

Life Stuff:

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

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

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

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

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

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

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

And now, last week’s features:

Coffee and Conversation:

  • Nothing this week…but stay tuned!

WIPpet Wednesday:

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

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

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

Eight Sentence Sunday:

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

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

What’s Next:

March Focuses:

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

This week, on the blog:

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

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

Penultimate Vision: March 22, 2015

ROWin’ to the end…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

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

Moving to the break:

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

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

 

 

“In Nearly All Cases…”: #WeWriWa – #8Sunday

Leap into the fray!

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky list with your name, blog url and email address on Mondays, 8:00 AM EST. Each week, the list remains open until Saturday, 11:59 PM. Then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

It’s a chance to share a small snippet -exactly eight sentences – of my current writing. I’m sharing an excerpt from The Earth Doth Move, a Star Trek TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel. This is a rough draft written for NaNoWriMo 2014.

Disclaimer: Spock, his family, and all of Star Trek are the property of Paramount. I’m not making any money; I only play here.

This snippet immediately follows last week’s post, “Seeking Clarity”. A young Spock is out in the desert, where he has come to gain insight…

Yes, Sarek would begin, and likely end, with that, as if doing so were all the argument that was needed. He would say it, and have no thought of what the words denied – the desire of the one to choose a course for himself. If the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, then it was illogical to speak of what any wanted, as wants were certainly to be placed far beneath the logic of need.

Spock remembered those words, spoken to him, each night, before Sarek took his leave, and again in the morning, as greeting. They were ingrained, now – and that was the intent of the repetition, he suspected – to build into each Vulcan child the belief that their own needs – much less their desires – must ever be suborned, if they came at the cost of denying a greater number what they needed.

Empirical evidence suggested that the method was highly effective, in nearly all cases. Spock paused in his journey, to admire the clean sharp line of a dune, and the way the sudden gusting of chill air from the Forge set off a miniature sandstorm, shifting and obliterating that line…

Yes, it nearly always worked.

Last week, I was welcomed warmly into Eight Sentence Sunday, although one commenter expressed concern, because I hadn’t specified what I intend to do with my Trek fan fiction. The truth is – I just want to write it and share it. I’ve been writing it since I was 13; I’m 45 now, so I don’t expect I’ll stop. I fully intend to get better, and I love playing in these worlds. Ultimately, I will be submitting to fan fiction websites.

What I have no intention of doing is making any money from this writing. I offer it as a gift, a way of sharing my passion for and appreciation of characters and a fictional reality that have, in no small part, shaped my life. I write other things with the intent to earn money – this is what I do purely for love…

And maybe because those Vulcans in my head won’t let me stop…they claim it’s only logical.

They also insist that it’s logical for us all to visit other #8Sunday posts, and comment on those we find agreeable.

An Active Vision: March 18, 2015

ROWin’ on to the final week of Round One! =D

So, how’s the weather? Spring’s taking a coffee break here, or just reminding us in her capricious way that it’s still winter for another day or so… the wind is sighing, somewhere just below freezing, and the skies are fitful…

My creativity seems to be bound to the weather, in some manner. I’m feeling a bit fitful today, a little restless and as though a shift in my personal energy is imminent…but that could just be because our power went out about 20 minutes ago, and other than one quick blip, has stayed off. We’ve got some firewood, a lantern and candles, and I’ve got a good and mostly charged battery on the laptop. I’ve even got internet access through my new phone (what a world we live in!)…so I can keep working, and, so long as the daylight lasts, even do some hometending, if this outage lasts. My suspicion is that it’s weather related, and will be over in a few hours, at most.

For right now, I can work on this post (hooray for writing posts offline!), and several other projects. I’ve got 70% power on the laptop, which translates to nearly four hours of writing time with power saving settings. And I’ve got lots of planning I can do without going online…

So life goes on, at an altered tempo…

Here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Read all experimental stories, and ordered them for later reference. Minor editing and highlighting. I have almost 5K of story material to draw from. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. Character arcs completed – Step 4/13. Next up, Goal/Motivation/Conflict for all existing scenes, the rest of the plan, then Book 2.
  • Blogging. My A-Z Challenge Intro post is completed and scheduled! The Big Theme Reveal is Monday, March 23, so check here then!
  • Hometending and lifetending.  More hometending projects; a mellow workout with Jeremiah, and some strenuous firewood toting, too. The house is even tidier…and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Trip’s GMCs complete. Scene Summary Template added to both. Inciting incidents and Plot Point 1 completed for both. Next up, the other 12 scene summaries.
  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday, Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and ROW80x2. Next Monday’s C and C post finished and scheduled. Next up, WIPpet Wednesday, and this ROW80 update, both in progress.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Edited up through our first walk on the 18, and added most to Flickr. Next up, more Flickr uploads.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Began topics and queues lists for development. Next up, write essay rough draft; set up first Walk With Jo post.
  • Sign up as a Round Two sponsor. Email sent! Confirmation received.

Things are humming along, so I’m going to add two goals this time through:

  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post.

You’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =)

Diggin’ in for the final week!

 

Second Serving Sunday on Monday: The It’s Been A While Edition

Another helping of the good stuff!

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

In my life:

  • Vacation was – amazing. Perspective shifting. The catalyst for big changes I’ll be talking about more over the next weeks and months.
  • As we waited at the Portland, OR airport to board our flight to Chicago, en route for home, I learned that Leonard Nimoy had died that morning. Anyone who knows me or reads here will maybe understand that this news made the trip more than a little surreal, for me.
  • Arriving home was accompanied by head colds and jet lag…followed shortly thereafter by a charging issue with my laptop…
  • Since then, it’s been readjusting, catching up, and springtime hometending…

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The Sayonara Edition

  • Yes, I know it was nearly a month ago! It wasn’t intentional; sometimes life’s just like that, y’know?

And now, features from the last weeks

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • Nothing:A girl, fleeing dangers from within, without, and across time and space, falls from a tree, and awakes to…nothing? From Chameleon’s Dish.

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

Love Is In Da Blog:  A month-long celebration of love; with weekly themes and daily prompts.

  • Fathers and Feelings – Day 17: Spock considers something he hasn’t, until now – that his Vulcan father might have strong feelings. An excerpt from The Earth Doth Move.

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

Variety’s Spice:

What’s Next:

March Focuses:

  • Wrapping up ROW80 Round One.
  • Completing and submitting homeschool paperwork (done!), and my fan fiction story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”, currently in revision.

This week, on the blog:

  • For WIPpet Wednesday: Another bit from Chameleon’s Dish, as we find out what happens next to Tisira, a young girl who may or may not be lost in the woods – unless it’s all a dream…
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS):A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday.
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Something new has been added – eight sentences each week from the Prologue of The Earth Doth Move, my Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel-in-progress.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days; posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land: It’s a Nimoy-centric jaunt, today…

Life Stuff:

  • A quiet week is in the offing. Blogging, plotting, revising, hometending, and the kids both need new spring sneakers for their swiftly growing feet. =)

First morning in Oregon…

Shifting Spring Vision: March 15, 2015

ROWin’ merrily to the end of Round One! =)

Has Spring sprung where you are, or are you feeling the first notes of fall? How about your goals? Do you find that the shifting energy of the season motivates you to focus on them – or do you find yourself in a more chaotic place, mirroring transitional weather?

For me, the coming of spring means that I’m seeing things differently – new possibilities, new approaches, new focus. Like the first hints of greening grass finally emerging from beneath the snow pack, I’m growing…

My strategy of pulling only a few items at a time from my comprehensive goals lists is helping me to focus, and I’m making steady forward progress on the current round. I’ve completed one and added two, this session, and I’m feeling better about my ability to get my fan fiction story submitted, and my two April novellas plotted.

I am so ready for moments like this! =D

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

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Homeschool reports.  Both reports complete, proofed, and submitted three days early! Ahhhhhh, bliss!
  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. I have two novellas to plan and plot, and I want to finish planning before April – even though there’s a long way to go. I now have a plan for how to plan to write the novellas. =) All character material reread. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. Next up, reading all experimental stories, and ordering them via list for later reference.
  • Blogging. My A-Z Challenge Intro post is partially completed – I’ve given it some thought. I’m caught up on ROW80 and other visits, this week. ROW80 visits and all #LoIsInDaBl posts are – finally, finally! – all caught up! I did all Wednesday WIPpet and ROW80 visits – on Wednesday! First time in way too long! I’ll begin drafting the A-Z post tonight or tomorrow.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More cleaning, decluttering, and organizing, and to resume my weekly workout at the Y, this week. More of all of the hometending projects; and some strenuous ice cleaning and firewood toting, too. The house is looking a LOT tidier… and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising and writing: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and completing Terry’s story. Terry’s story is complete – it only needed two paragraphs. Added some meta-writing and musings to the simmering broth of “SJA”. Copied out GMC for story; reread both character‘s existing info. Plot/pinch points sketched for both. T’Pol’s scene-by-scene GMCs fleshed out; Trip’s in progress. Next up, summaries for each scene.
  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. February comments/tally; Round One Writing and Editing; and 2015 Writing comments completed. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. WIPpet Wednesday post was ready and posted at midnight! My first Eight Sentence Sunday post was scheduled Thursday night for Saturday posting; SoCS on Friday night for Saturday. My ROW80 post is progressing, right here. Began setup (Feb. posts and intro) for Second Serving Sunday. Will continue into Sunday, if need be, and begin my C and C A-Z post by Sunday night.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Edited up through our first walk on the 18, and added most to Flickr. Next up, more Flickr uploads.

Spring really IS on its way, Nature Girl!

Two new goals this time around:

  • Sign up as a Round Two sponsor.

You’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =)

I’m ready for spring….are you?

 

SoCS : Communications Issues

Come roll down the stream with us!

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

The idea is simple – post an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt -this week’s is “pat/pet/pit/pot/put.”

This week, I’m offering a twofer – a paragraph about my dog, and a snippet inspired by my Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction NaNo novel-in-progress, The Earth Doth Move.

Disclaimer: Spock, his family, and the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just love to play with them!

Okay, this prompt, right off the bat, is making me think of a previous prompt: “bat/bet/bit/bot/but.” For that one, I wrote a nifty story snippet for Sarek, where the nonsense syllables were the crystallization of all the things he didn’t understand about his toddler son, and all the things that separated their philosophies regarding the commencement of Spock’s adult life.

So, I’m going to do both!

**

We have a companion dog. He is not a pet, although he loves to BE petted, patted, scratched, and thumped lovingly. His name is Corki, because, although, he seems to be a pit bull/Vizsla by dubious pedigree, he has a little corkscrew of a tail more suited to a bulldog. One of his favorite things is when he sees the pasta pot come out for mac and cheese, since he knows he’s going to get something to finish up or lick clean before long, and cheese is his favorite treat. As soon as the leftovers are put down for him, he wiggles his entire backside and goes to work – a one-dog cleanup machine!

Happy Corki-dog! Did he just get mac and cheese?

Well, that was easier than I thought it might be! Nifty! Now, on to the other idea…one which may not go as quickly, or as smoothly…kind of like life with a toddler who can claim two diverse species as his heritage, and who must also learn to find some balance between them…

**

The difficulty with the child began, predictably, with a whining that would have caused Sarek to wince, if he had not repressed the impulse.

He’s teething, and feverish,” Amanda said, as the whine turned into a wail that was even more distressing to Sarek’s sensitive hearing.

Were he Vulcan, he would find adequate soothing in his current activity.”

The boy lifted his head from his nursing, but did not unlatch. He stared at Sarek; he knew just where to look, and the dark eyes were vivid with intelligence, despite the alien human tears that leaked from them. “Aah Ehh Ihh Ohh Uhh!” His small face wrinkled into a scowl, and his fist knotted into the amber necklace Amanda wore, which she had explained was intended to offer the boy some comfort as his teeth erupted. It did not appear to be so; but Amanda did wince at the force of the child’s grip.

There is no logic in attempting to communicate while your mouth is full, Spock.” Sarek stated the obvious.

Perhaps there was also illogic in continuing to expect that the child would respond well to such statements, despite his obvious ability to do so if he so chose. He clamped his mouth down on Amanda’s breast with enough force to elicit a short exclamation, and repeated himself, pounding that fist, which still clenched at the necklace, with each mangled syllable.

Kroykah,” said Sarek, but the child did not desist.

Be kind, Spock,” Amanda said, softly, gently taking the boy’s hand in her own. She made no attempt to disentangle him from the strand of amber, but she did tap the matching band around the child’s wrist. “You can chew on this, or nurse. It’ll help with the pain.”

Spock’s tears still fell, but his face smoothed as he looked at his mother. He released the nipple, and said, “Bat bet bit bot but?”

I wish I understood,” she sighed. “Or that you could show me what you want.”

He has command of seventeen words, in Standard, and thirty-two, in Vulcan. Additionally, he is sufficiently skilled at two hundred forty eight hand gestures to assure we will understand his intent. I find it difficult to accept that, among them, he has no means by which to express his need or desires.”

The boy shifted focus again, and released the necklace to slide from his mother’s lap. He came to stand before Sarek, tears wetting his face and milk dripping from the corners of his mouth. “Batbetbitbotbut.”

Enunciate.” If the child would insist on the syllables that had no apparent meaning, at least Sarek could encourage that he do so with precision.

The child’s face contorted again, then smoothed into something more like a Vulcan demeanor – except that his eyes were as fierce as any Burning male at Koon-ut-kal-if-fee. “Bat. Bet. Bit. Bot. But.” He waited, only staring, as he lifted his wrist to begin gnawing at the amber bracelet he wore.

Sarek nodded. “That is satisfactory.”

But the child would, apparently, be contentious. “ “Bat. Bet. Bit. Bot. But. Pat. Pet. Pit. Pot. Put. Dat. Det. Dit. Dot. Dut. Mat. Met. Mit. Mot. Mut. Fat. Fet. Fit. Fot. Fut…” He went on, from one beginning sound to another, stopping only to worry at the amber, then beginning again.

It’s how human children learn to talk,” Amanda said, coming to stand beside him, and smiling indulgently at their son.

Perhaps it was so, and this a normal part of Spock’s unique path to language. However, Sarek was certain that the boy was challenging him. The syllables went on and on, and the child’s focus never faltered.

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

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