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A Mindful Monday ReRun: “I Am, and Ever Shall Be, Your Friend”

Greetings. On alternate weeks, I usually post a new Mindful Monday essay in this space. But I have a special post in the works for next week, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Still, I didn’t want to just post nothing this week, and today is a day with deep personal meaning, so I’m instead going to share a post I wrote on February 28, 2015.

Today, you see, is Leonard Nimoy’s second yahrziet.  Since he was Jewish, it seems fitting to share this, as my symbolic lighting of a candle in honor of a man who changed the course of my life without even knowing it.

I was ready to get on a plane in Portland, Oregon yesterday morning when I read this. I didn’t have time to absorb before I was embroiled in a cross-country marathon journey with my family.

Today, there’s only one topic for me to write about…

This is likely to be a scattered bit of writing. I’m full of thoughts and emotions that don’t translate so well into language. Oceans and tides are moving within me, swelling and ebbing. I’m simply allowing them to flow, and I’ll do the same with these words.

I feel I’ve lost a friend today. No. It’s more than a feeling. I have lost a friend.

Maybe we all have, even if we don’t know it.

Let me go back a bit…
 

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Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

“Illogical Gibberish”: #Loveuary Day Twenty-Six

Ritu from But I Smile Anyway created the #Loveuary blog hop,  which feels like a perfect time to explore the next three chapters of my Star Trek: Enterprise  TnT fan fiction story, Love and Loss  – a hundred words at a time.

I’m using word prompts for each day, randomly gathered. Prompt words appear in bold, and today’s contributors are credited at the end of the post.

Today’s drabble occurs a day or two after my previous Trip story, “Really?” Trip begins to adjust to the idea of T’Pol’s impending return.

One more thing: Standard disclaimer applies. I don’t own these characters or the world they inhabit. They just like whispering and shouting stories into my brain, which I share with you freely, as an act of love.

Illogical Gibberish”

Trip tested the wire rope swing, checked the welds on Dad’s bumper bar, tugged his sheetbends and truckie’s hitches. He’d been over-clocking himself, tap dancing around the PADD, but she was an afterburner thrusting deep under his skin.

Subcutaneous intrusion?” She was parchment-fragile in his mind. “I apologize.”

He’d taken the picture on the transport. She was wearing her jacket and heather-purple tunic. Light auburn hair, eartips peeking out. “I dumped my raw sewage on you. Phlox helping you?”

With pharmaceutical support.”

“Good. I hope the bluebird of happiness comes to perch on your shoulder, pepperpot.”

“That’s illogical gibberish, t’hy’la.”

How will Trip respond to T’Pol’s comment?

Anonymous Donor:

  • Sewage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Auburn
  • Parchment
  • Heather
  • Sheetbend
  • Truckie’s Hitch
  • Over-clock
  • Bumper Bar
  • Afterburner
  • Bluebird
  • Wire Rope Sling
  • Tap dancing
  • Subcutaneous

Chara 47:

  • hair
  • jacket
  • happiness
  • burn marks

Seacook:
 

  • Gibberish

Come on back tomorrow, and stop by Ritu’s place for more #Loveuary delight!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2017, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round One 2017, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom

Building On Inspiration: February 26, 2017

Hey there!

Well, here we are at the penultimate update of February! I’ll have my final wrapup of these goals on Wednesday, and my brand-new list of March goals will appear in one week. My Round One End-of February update will also post on Sunday, March 5.

It’s been a week with a lot of progress, but also the type where a lot of it feels a little subterranean. In other words, there’s more to this update than meets the eyes. And I’m okay with that – my experience is that these times translate to productivity in their own time, and in their own way.

Suffice it to say that I’ve had a few inspirations and epiphanies, and they’re settling and simmering…and I’m happy.

And you?
Are you loving February, or happy to see it going?

Writing:

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 4,693/~5,000 words. Scene 4/4 complete. More notes for later chapters; more clarity for the remainder of this one; more notes for LAL; simmering.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; revision in progress; p 3/5 complete. Adapting: complete and submit Scene 7; back-burnering 8 until March.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished business – by the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 25/28 complete. #atoz: Week Two: Formatting/links/adding images completed; 6/6 (B-G). Week One: A post finished and scheduled; 1/26 ready to go! Week Five: created files for posts; moved to directory folders; 7/7 (T-Z). Week Four: Moved posts to website blog interface; 6/6 (N-S). Adapting: I’m going to create a single page on this WP blog for the #atoz posts, rather than format them all again. That will save time, and help me to link and brand the two sites together.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. WIPpet Wednesday/ #8sunday/ #weekendcoffeeshare/#SoCS complete. Next two WIPpets and one more #8sunday also in progress; two Mindful posts simmering, as well as next Skywatch (March 2). Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise: History/Geography in progress; section 5/14.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Kitchen; study; family room 3/3.Bedroom; living room; bathroom: 2/2. General: 41/29.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Finished last week’s batch; caught up; 15/27 for this week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling; journal; tic tac toe; videos; food prep.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Some online interaction; revising a piece to submit to the group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. First beta chapter completed, another ready to go in March; awaiting fanfic story.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 6/6; 99 minutes: 6/2; Strenuous: 6.25/8 hours; tai chi; moving firewood; yardtending.

  • Intuitive Eating:  Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.Back-burnering till March.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder. Back-burnering till March or April (at least, until the homeschool reports are submitted).

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. Back-burnering the reviews.

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Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

“It’s Chilly in Here”: #Loveuary Day Twenty-Five

Ritu from But I Smile Anyway created the #Loveuary blog hop,  which feels like a perfect time to explore the next three chapters of my Star Trek: Enterprise TnT fan fiction story, Love and Loss  – a hundred words at a time.

I’m using word prompts for each day, randomly gathered. Prompt words appear in bold, and today’s contributors are credited at the end of the post.

This drabble happens immediately after my previous HoshiTravidabble,Getting Warmer. Travis has a personal mission – can he accomplish it?

Warning: This story has some flagrantly suggestive elements. Proceed at your own risk…probably NSFW or younger children, unless you like answering intensely awkward questions while reading!

One more thing: Standard disclaimer applies. I don’t own these characters or the world they inhabit. They just like whispering and shouting stories into my brain, which I share with you freely, as an act of love.

It’s Chilly in Here”

    “Love letters on amethyst paper. The ribbon’s tied into a blue bow.”

    “It’s chilly in here.”

    OK, how kinky are you?” He appraised her; other than her pretty blush. “Fishnet stockings with stitching up the back?”

    “You might melt a snowflake.”

    “Are we talking Romanesque? Reclining couches and lots of booze?”

    “Now the snowdrift is melting.”

    “I’ve got it! It’s your pole dancing getup.”

    “The warp manifold is still the hottest thing on Enterprise.”

    “What kind of aberration turns you on? Bondage rope? Pleasure knots?

    Hoshi purred like a kitten. “You’ve struck corona, Travis. Want to try for the core?”

     

    Will Travis finally get an incendiary response from Hoshi?

    Thanks to today’s prompt contributors

    SoCS:

    • how

    Chara 47:

    • letter

    • amethyst

    • blue bow

    • kinky

    • snowflake

    Miah:

    • ribbon

    Anonymous Donor:

    • blush

    • Romanesque

    • snowdrift

    • stitching

    • pole dancing

    • manifold

    • aberration

    • bondage rope

    • pleasure knot

    • corona

    Seacook:

    • fishnet stockings

    • melting

    • kitten

    Come on back tomorrow, and stop by Ritu’s place for more #Loveuary delight!

    This post is also part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, brought to us each week by Linda G.Hill at Life in Progress. This week’s prompt is “how” used however we like! Click the icon to dip your toes in the stream!

     

     

    Posted in #atozchallenge, Blog Hops and Fests, Parenting, Unschooling

    Coffee, Drafting, Allegiance, and My Son:#weekendcoffeeshare

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s been an eventful week – and no, I’m not talking about politics (It’s not that I don’t, or won’t, but this isn’t a post where I want to do that, because it would take away the chance to talk to you about other, far more pleasant bits and pieces of my life).

    So come on in. If we’re lucky, there are still a couple of the salted-caramel cookie ice cream sandwiches my son made, and you can try one. He’s interested in playing with food these days; part of his ongoing preparations to become independent. It’s refreshing to know that, when he’s on his own in the not-so-distant future, he won’t starve without take-out. Growing up with a chef dad definitely has its advantages!

    About that boy. The other day, he and I were making bagel sandwiches together at the kitchen island. We moved at the same time, and bumped heads. My temple collided with my fifteen year old’s chin! He’s tall, broad-shouldered, and getting bigger and more grown up seemingly by the second. To give you an idea what I mean, it’s not that I’m small – I’m 5’9”, which puts him easily over 6 feet (and taller than my Accomplice, too!).

    Oh, right. I haven’t served you yet. Get me talking about my kids…so, anyway, we have coffee, a selection of bag teas, and Oregon Chai Tea Mix (also salted caramel; it’s a theme). You can add whole milk or cashew milk. There’s also honey and flavored creamer, if either of those are your thing. Feel free to snag a clementine, apple, or banana, and there’s fresh vegetables if you like a crisp, fresh crunch with your beverage.

    OK, now that we’ve got what we need, shall we chat? If you’re here early Saturday, it’s likely to be nice outside, so we could sit in the yard and listen to the world greening up around us. Later in the weekend, though, we’re expecting heavy rain; how about we sit at the hand-lathed table in the family room?

    Sunday, my son and I went to a special film showing of George Takei’s musical, “Allegiance,” which deals with life in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about that, but we’ve talked about the camps a few times recently, so I invited him to go with me. Turns out that he enjoyed it “a lot more than I thought I would” even though he thought it was going to be a documentary. Lots to talk about – and that’s been a recurring theme since.

    We went to Starbucks, then back to the theater entrance to play air hockey and let him shoot pixellated big game…something he’s loved since he was littler than the little boy he helped. He got his sister a rainbow ball at the claw machine – when he was nine, he spent the summer researching prize and vending machines, and that and his knack for physics make winning likely. He never really wants the prizes he wins; he’s all about the challenge, so he usually gives his winnings to his sister, friends, or other children.

    After, we took a stroll through a bookstore, and then had dinner at Five Guys, because he’d been wanting to do that, and neither of us had been. We weren’t sorry!

    I absolutely love this guy, and treasure these days we spend together, because he’s so close to being a man who doesn’t need his mother in the same way. And he’s going to be an amazing, kind, irreverent man.

    I also finished the rough draft of The Far Shore, the sixth of my Kifo Island novels. That leaves one more novel to finish in March, before I get to this year’s novels beginning in April. There’s ten scenes left in my Trueborn epic fantasy series. That’s a project for March.

    On Thursday, I went to tai chi class. It was a particularly strenuous class, and I found big pieces of the form becoming, if not instinctive, certainly more natural for me. The energy and peace in that class is amazing, and, since it’s at the Y, it’s completely free with my membership. I think if everyone in the world practiced tai chi, we would live in a far more peaceful world. I always leave with a smile and a lingering glow of peace.

    I’m often not up for high-intensity writing after class, so I spent time working on my Blogging from A-Z April Challenge posts. All the writing has been done, so now it’s down to formatting and scheduling, and I want all of them ready to go by the end of the month, so it was a good project to play with, since it didn’t need as much concentration.

    And now it’s Friday evening. My Accomplice goes back to work tomorrow, and our routines will shift again. You’ll be ready to go soon; I can see you’ve emptied your mug. But before you go, won’t you share what’s going on with you?

    You can drop me a line in the comment box below, and you can visit the other friendly folks at #weekendcoffeeshare, hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain. Click this link, or the icon below!

    Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

    She Was Beautiful: #Loveuary Day Twenty-Four

    Ritu from But I Smile Anyway created the #Loveuary blog hop,  which feels like a perfect time to explore the next three chapters of my Star Trek: Enterprise  TnT fan fiction  story, Love and Loss  – a hundred words at a time.

    I’m using word prompts for each day, randomly gathered. Prompt words appear in bold, and today’s contributors are credited at the end of the post.

    This drabble happens a few days after my previous TPol story,And No Peaches. Shran has a surprise meeting...

    One more thing: Standard disclaimer applies. I don’t own these characters or the world they inhabit. They just like whispering and shouting stories into my brain, which I share with you freely, as an act of love.

    She Was Beautiful

    Walls rose to form an arched roof. He was walking on carpet, but Shran felt as though he was in an Earth ocean, rather than a glass hall.

    She was sitting on the floor just past the point where the tunnel bent, watching the marine life. She didn’t seem to notice him. Shran put his focus on the signs: great white shark, whale shark, lemon shark, hammerhead shark, reef shark, tiger shark.

    He took measured glances as muted light washed her face in pink, purple, green, yellow, and orange, in turns. She was beautiful.

    “The wrong man. The right scent.”

    What does T’Pol mean by that?

    Chara 47:

    • walls

    • roof

    • hall

    • floor

    • great white shark

    • whale shark

    • lemon shark

    • hammerhead shark

    • reef shark

    • tiger shark

    • pink

    • purple

    • green

    • yellow

    • orange

    • beautiful

    Anonymous Donor:

    • carpet

    Come on back tomorrow, and stop by Ritu’s place for more #Loveuary delight!

    Posted in "Monday Morning Coffee", alternative history, Published Works, Short Stories, Social Consciousness, Weekend Writing Warriors, Weekly Features, writing, Writing Sample

    Simple and Everyday: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

    Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

    It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

    If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

    “Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

    From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

    Context:

    Rose’s gesture of kindness to a desperately-underdressed man has taken an unexpected turn.

    Simple and Everyday

    “But if we might meet here again, and talk – ” I couldn’t keep looking into his eyes; it was too intimate, and I too aware of him.

    “Perhaps we will, although I know not where life will carry me, and so I’ll repay you now, kind Rose, and leave no unfinished business between us.”

    I finally palm my wallet, and start to wiggle out a bill; he zips open his fraying bag, and removes a crisp newspaper as though it is the most valuable thing he possesses. It’s an improvisational dance, with no place for the gears and machinery of my workaday life or complex social constructs.

    Jeremy taps the pages of his paper. It smells clean, and of fresh inks. Simple and everyday; coffee and the newspaper.

    What is Jeremy going to do with his newspaper?
    Will he accept Rose’s money?
    Will she see him again?

    Any guesses you’d like to share?

    “Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review,  edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and add it to my backlist.

    Need more #8Sunday?