Purposefully Taking A Break: July 20, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Do you have any special summer traditions?

For the last six Julys, my daughter, son, and I have been attending Unschoolers Rock the Campground at Pinewoods Lodge in Plymouth, MA. It’s a chance to see friends from across the Northeast, and sometimes further.

We’ll be leaving tomorrow morning and returning on Sunday evening for what might be our last year, depending on when we make the move to Oregon. It’s a special time, and writing and writing-things aren’t high on my priority list for the next few days.

I’m taking a break. Since I already live upstate*, I guess I’ll have to go east. At any rate, my Sunday update may be late, and will almost certainly be sparse.

Are you fond of camping?

Other outdoor pursuits?

Or are you more the indoor type?

*gratitious Hamilton reference.

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were. For full versions of my July, Round Three, and 2016 goals, check the links below!

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each).Marriage of the Magi” past the Big Reveal up to 18,872 words. – I may keep going with it. Story 21/31 complete.

Revisions:

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress. I’m going to set this aside and post my stories in August. I simply don’t have enough July to go around, at this point.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 1/2 so far.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 1/4; just for a few minutes. Might not get to 4 while camping; on the other hand, I might. =)

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Yup. I think I visited everyone in the linky list. Might take a bit to get through the Wednesday list, though, as internet will be sporadic, and my focus will be elsewhere.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Yeah…No. Between homeschool reporting, write-ins, and getting ready for camping, I’m up over 300. Might not get to many this weekend, either, due to trees and water and sunshine and friends…

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Need to write a post explaining that I’ll be sharing my stories in August, because I just can’t fit revising and sharing into what’s left of this month, unless being impossible to live with was on my agenda – and it’s not.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) End of Year test: reviewing materials and procedures ongoing. Miah engaged in test prep: reviewing Khan Academy mathematics videos. Narrative assessment form in progress. Completed Annalise’s Second and Third Quarter Reports (sans attendance. That leaves only Miah’s and the dull-as-dust attendance tabulation to complete all the back paperwork. Added to Annalise’s Flickr portfolio. School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify new superintendent next week, because she may not know.)
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 3/4. The rest of the week, it will be keeping our campsite tidy, as I won’t be at home.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Big Fish gives us 180 days to use game credits if we want them, but our gamer boy likes Steam, these days, and I have lots of Cake Mania already!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Preparations for Unschoolers Rock the Campground in full swing. Write-in for me; bottle return with my girl.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays.2/2/. I will skip Sunday’s write-in. I tried to do that last year, but I had no focus left, so this year, I’ll stay home. 
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling. Conversation. Bottle returning.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 2/5 journals; 1/5 meditation. This will be an easier prospect in the pines. Tent life is very meditative, for me.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 3/5. Camping preparation is very good for my activity level; actually camping is even more so.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  

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What’s My Purpose? July 17, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my family is dealing with a sudden shift in our lives. When I wrote that post, the news was brand-new, only hours old. We hadn’t had much time to consider what was in front of us, and next steps were nebulous, mostly a matter of what-if.

Now we’ve had nearly a work week to absorb and adjust. We’re still pretty much in what-if land, but the terrain is becoming a bit clearer. I’m not ready to divulge any details just yet, but the clouds of uncertainty are breaking up a bit, and the rays of a dim sun are finding places to come through. We’re taking some small steps we hope will lead to more stable ground, and feeling things out.

We’re also enjoying some of the perks of time off, whether planned or not. More family time. More things getting done around the house. More rest. More tending to ourselves, because our circumstances do come with a certain amount of stress.

How do you face unsettled times? Do you see them as a challenge and a chance for growth? Terrifying turbulence that rips you out of your comfort zone? Something else?

This post only includes the July goals I interacted with during this session.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,452/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress; I added 150 new words. Pacemaker goal (although I fell out of practice with updating it.)

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 18/31 completeyes, you read that correctly! I am ahead, for the first time this month! Now, to stay that way till I catch ‘em all! =D

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. (This goal subject to change as timing indicates.) With all the added chaos this month, I’m not likely to get to this one. I’ll draft it later in the round, when I finish plotting and can give it the focus it deserves.

Revisions:

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress; but still a back-burner project, at the moment.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 2/2 for this week.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 3 /4; swift and quiet running.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. All goals updated; visits made (plus).

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Keeping up.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. One new story follower; looked up, but they read, not write.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Still behind; want to be caught up by Thursday.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Finished/submitted First Quarter Reports; End of Year test received; began reviewing materials and procedures. Researched Oregon homeschool laws. Adapted district’s narrative assessment form to something more streamlined and usable. It’s ready to use pending final revision and printing. Began Annalise’s Second Quarter Report. Began collecting test prep links at Khan Academy. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. New school superintendent= (hopefully an improvement!) School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify her because she may not know) but acknowledged this year’s Letters of Intent (acknowledgment due 7/11) only one day late. Progress! =)Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 6/4; hometending.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Used the six Audible credits we had. Canceled.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Planning our upcoming annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting; planning.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Twelve (page 109/253) completed.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 7/5 for journals. Meditation: 3/5.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 4/5; hometending; walking; vet visit; errands.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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“Hawks Eat Doves”: #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, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

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

It’s been a wild ride here, the last week. As I write this on Friday, it’s one week past my daughter’s twelfth birthday. Wednesday was our second child’s birthday, but since Elijah died when he was only 12 days old, it’s not the kind of birthday to celebrate; it’s more a time of reflection and remembrance…

Except that, this year, it was also the day that my Accomplice was fired from a job he’d had for nine years, because the owner of the restaurant he helped to create wanted to move in another direction, and hire his own son as chef.

We’re facing uncertainty, and looking at it as an opportunity to move in a different direction.

We’ll see where life carries us. In the meantime, here’s another serialized snippet from “A Splash of Red.”This surreal fantasy story is the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license. We’re getting close to the end, now, so things that have been mysteries will  become clearer…

More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.

Context: A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above. We left last week with our focus on the child’s tentative  and aborted attempt to accept a small token offered by the woman.

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative.

“Hawks Eat Doves”

“Are you – are we – a dove now? Are – our – children happy?”

A shadow covers the sun, falls upon us, and she shivers as the hawks give a cry of threat and hunger and jagged brokenness.

“We’ve grown into a dove. Our children are happy, and free, and their laughter is my – our – favorite music.”

The hawks lift higher, circling, silent, waiting, seeking vulnerable prey.

“Hawks eat doves.” She stares a challenge at me; then up at the hawks.

How will the woman answer the child’s challenge?

Will the hawks attack?

Are woman and child safe?

Next week may bring answers, or new questions!

Like what you read? Want more?

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets:

 “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review,  which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer. Until then, may your week be delightful! =D

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A New Purpose: July 13, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Have you ever had a day so full of changes and deeper meanings that you can’t articulate it adequately?

Yup. That’s today. Thirteen years ago, I was desperately trying to recover from a very difficult birth so I could go to the NICU and meet my second son. He was four hours old and on a respirator when I accomplished that goal. Twelve days later, he died.



Today, my Accomplice was fired from a job he took when our twelve-year-old was a toddler. The restaurant owner wanted to hire his son and move in a new direction. For us, this is a time of uncertainty –  and hope We’re getting ready to move across the country, and maybe this is ultimately a good thing – a liberation of sorts…permission to move on with our lives.

For me, it might mean returning to the workforce I left to focus on homeschooling. It might mean leaving for Oregon sooner than we planned.

It might mean many things. What we know for sure is that change is different, and there will be growth as a result of it.

Have you ever suddenly found yourself in a similar position? What did you do? How did things turn out?

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were, and helps me adapt, going forward in this round and beyond.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,302/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress. Behind due to life, hope to be caught up by the end of this weekend. Pacemaker goal (although I fell out of practice with updating it.)

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 11/31 completecatching up.

Revisions:

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue readthrough aloud (record and listen). Rough revisions through Scene 6/24, and submit to crit group. Completed and submitted through 2/24; 3/24 in progress; hard copy notations complete for these 11 pages.

  • New Goal: #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 6/31 complete; setting this aside until I have the drafting caught up.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 1/2 for this week.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 1 /4 so far this week.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. All goals updated; visits made (plus).

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Keeping up.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Reviewed First Quarter Attendance logs. Finished reviewing Jeremiah’s First Quarter Report; calculated attendance units. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. Currently, the school district is behind on last year’s IHIP (determination due by 5/25) and this year’s Letters of Intent (acknowledgment due 7/11). Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 2/4; hometending.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Took kids for ice cream, and daughter to write-in. Doctor and vet visits. Planning annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays. Two for two.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; chatting; walking; music.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Eleven progressing; page 89/253 complete.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 3/5 for journals.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 2/5; hometending; walking; vet visit.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Finish the Kindness Challenge; check out Facebook page. The post has gelled in my mind; I expect to write it later today.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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Inescapable Possibility: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for 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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt

I have a confession to make.

I’m writing this post just past 6 am, on Thursday, July 7. Yup, that’s nearly a week before I want to post it.

Why?

Because this is a busy stretch of days, and the physical side of that can’t hold a candle to the emotional one. It begins tomorrow, when my daughter turns twelve. I’m still finding that almost impossible to believe!

Then, I have a busy blogging and writing weekend, with things all pretty much behind, at least as I type this, and a couple of dollops more in the way of necessary administrative duties than I’d like. Then, next week, my daughter has a vaccination appointment, the kitten goes to the vet –

And then it’s Wednesday.

And not just any Wednesday, either. Wednesday, July 13.

The day our second son, Elijah, was born.

He died twelve days later, in the NICU where he lived his entire post-birth life.

I don’t want to be writing these words, then, so I’ll write them now.

Elijah would be 13 this year. A teenager. But he’s not. 13 birthdays we didn’t get to share with him. That pain dulls, but never ever disappears.

Because I’m his mom, exactly as much as I am my older son’s, and my daughter’s.

And that makes sharing the last sentences of this scene more poignant, and maybe gives you a clue why Ava’s desire to live and die as she chooses is so important to me.

Elijah James Burton, July 13-25, 2003. Our Tiny Tiger at 6 days – halfway through his life.


Nuff said. Let’s rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes.

Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own (well, shared with Karina and Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

The premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan beginning in August as the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group. Until then, I’m focused on new writing.

Your input is gratefully accepted, and might go a long way toward making this a better novel!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is July 13, 2016

  • I’ve got 3 sentences today, because I am the mother of three, blessed to raise two, and because that wraps up Donovan’s scene.

Donovan reads Ava’s medical records while she sleeps. Because it starts in media res; here’s the preceding paragraph, posted last week.

She sounded lucid, but was asleep within moments. Donovan watched her for a moment, marveling at how trusting she was, how willing to put her well-being and safety into the hands of a man she’d only just met. Of course, he wouldn’t have any idea how thoroughly she or her legal representatives had had him vetted unless she told him – she might know more about his work history than he even remembered. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Inescapable Possibility

Of course, there was another inescapable possibility, and that’s the one that kept him sitting on his heels for a long time, watching the sleeping child who would never become a woman, before he got up and went to begin reading her files.

She could simply be too sick to keep herself awake, and far too sick to protect herself, if she needed to.

When he began to read her dossier at last, that worry sharpened into a knife of apprehension.

What is so concerning to Donovan?

Are his concerns valid?

Next week, we shift to Ava’s point of view, and learn more.

To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the links:

If you’re enjoying my Kifo Island posts, and would like to see the evolution of my two upcoming WIPs, The Far Shore and Tsunamis, I’ll eventually be posting an index for my Story a Day May 2016 vignettes. Until then, clicking the link will take you to the category, where you can play.

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

 

This song does me in….because it’s so perfectly expressed, and not unimaginable to me, or to many others. Warning – there may be tears. I went with the childlike animation because there are no clips from the show…and it seems fitting.

Purposeful Non-Focus: July 10, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

What do you do, when the news from outside is heart-wrenching, but your own life holds cause for celebration?

Senseless deaths, and a twelfth birthday.

I’m feeling so many things, and, as I’ve mentioned, July is already a turbulent month for me.

Maybe it’s not at all surprising that I’m a bit out-of-focus, and that I haven’t written any new fiction words for the last several days. So much going on beneath the surface…

I let myself have that. I needed it – the day spent with my birthday girl, and the deep thoughts that say I need to stand for a better and safer world. The voice that said to write too soon was to take my attention from where it needed to be…in the moment, and in my own deep places.

So I focused on revisions and homeschool administration, and being with those I love. Reading, and writing a bit about the week’s events here and there. Listening to Hamilton. Watching PBS.


Living. Learning. Loving.

I feel words bubbling up now. I’ll be heading to my write-in soon; I’ve planned to dive back into fiction tonight, and there will be words on current events forthcoming as well. First, though, it’s time to account for this session’s progress.

This post lists the July goals I’ve interacted with during this session. This gives me a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus are going, which helps me to adapt as we move through the round, and beyond.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 19,316/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress. Behind due to life, hope to be caught up by next weekend. Pacemaker goal.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 6/31 complete (all longer). Reread “Magi” (~ 15K) to refresh my mind before diving back in.

Plotting:

  • For July CampNaNoWriMo: Complete Planning/plotting for Tsunamis (Kifo Island Chronicles #6), using The Writer’s Coloring Book.  All remaining planning/plotting pages printed/collated; ready for next steps. Pacemaker goal pending.

Revisions:

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue readthrough aloud (record and listen). Rough revisions through Scene 6/24, and submit to crit group. 3/24 in progress; hard copy notations complete for these 11 pages.

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 6/31 in revision.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 4/2 for this week.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 3 /4 so far this week.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. All goals updated; visits made (plus); and sponsor post submitted. Jackpot!

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Mostly; fell behind due to birthdaying.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Still behind; will be caught up by Friday.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Began Lise’s current-year portfolio and drifted through lovely memories; collected a LOT of unsorted raw material. On my way with this part. Reviewed Lise’s First Quarter Report prior to sending. Reviewed First Quarter Attendance logs. Began reviewing Jeremiah’s First Quarter Report; page 4/9. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 5/4; book cleaning/sorting; hometending.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Birthday outing for daughter later this week, and planning our annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA. Considering several movies in the coming months.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; walking; wrapping/chatting; opening gifts; conversation. Birthday trip – shopping, mall, movie.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Nine/Ten completed; page 85/253 complete.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 7/5 for journals. 1/5 meditation.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. I should blow this away while camping; it’s very hilly, and we tent camp, and there’s a lake for swimming.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 5/5; moderate walk with daughter; hometending; standing desk; birthday trip.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Finish the Kindness Challenge; check out Facebook page. I now know what I want to write about; letting it simmer a bit more before I begin.

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Cleared books from shelf of bookcase going into Lise’s room.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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“What Happened?”: #WordHighJuly for July 4

Welcome to Word-High July, a chance to explore some lovely Filipino words – one each day. Clicking the first link will tell you more about the challenge, and the second includes the word list, so you can play along.

Many of these words deal with specific emotional states in concrete terms…perfect for a Vulcan woman and a human man seeking common emotional ground. I’m writing 31 sequential flash fiction installments of The IDIC Romance, my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction. Read my introductory post, “Hoshi’s Gift”, for more on the characters and the challenge.

I’m still running behind; but I’m still writing and loving it!

Standard disclaimers apply. I don’t own the characters, but they certainly like putting stories in my head. I write fan fiction for passion and joy, not money, to share what I love about this inter-species couple. My fan fiction has always been, and ever shall be, my totally free gift to you!

Disclaimer: These words and photos are from a lovely article by BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language. All credits goes to them.

That takes care of the essentials, so on with story #4. The aftermath of a wild night T’Pol scarcely remembers.

If you like this story, stop in at my fanfiction.net page, where you can find many more TnT stories.

“What Happened?”

Rated PG-13 for suggestiveness and mild language

T’Pol awoke to the slow steady music of a human heart, the cool of human skin, and the scent of a human man who had called her tinatinga and ashayam – his special one, as he was hers.

But was this real? Or was she lost in dream, memory, or delusion? There was the residual icefire in her blood – there had been trellium. Logically, she couldn’t trust her own memories while she was affected.

“Good morning, sleepyhead.” Trip’s arm curved over her hip, fingers tracing an intriguing pattern upon her skin. Fascinating, the way touching her body aroused her ashayam.

My mate.”

“Oh, is that what I am, now?”

T’Pol was uncertain what response he’d find most agreeable. But then Trip chuckled, his fingers drawing her in against him. “You wish to mate,” she whispered.

He snorted; the sudden percussive sound brought an impulse to flinch away that T’Pol repressed.

“Like hell I do!” His hands moved down either side of her spinal ridge, teasing the appropriate neural nodes as he encountered them. T’Pol knew she would never tolerate such intimate touch from any other man, but he’d learned her as well as Enterprise’s engines. “I don’t want to mate with you, pepperpot, or even ‘explore our mutual sexuality.’ What I want more than anything is to make love with you, as sweet and as long as we can manage -” He made a small groaning sound as she arched into him, instinctively offering herself. “But firstlet’s have breakfast in bed -”

“Breakfast – in bed? Why would we choose to do that, rather than go to the Mess Hall?” A tangle of human emotion shivered through the bond, touching the memory of a dream – or, perhaps, reality?

Trip smiled as though there was nothing amiss. “I’m going to love showing you all the logical reasons for doing illogical things, now that I’m your tinatangi, and you’re mine.” He kissed her nose. “But first, I’ve got to visit your head and take a quick shower, then we’ll see about breakfast. Here’s something for you to do while I’m out of targeting range.”

He held the PADD out to her, still smiling, still concerned, his eyes acquiring the same aspect they had when he was assessing his engines. T’Pol would find it agreeable to ease his mind, but she didn’t yet understand the nature of his unease. She took the PADD, and his fingers lingered for an additional four seconds, so that she could brush the backs of hers over them.

“You all right with me being out of reach for five minutes, tinatangi?”

“I am Vulcan, tinatangi. I’m capable of waiting even when I don’t find it agreeable.”

He nodded. “Good. I wait much longer, I’m gonna embarrass myself.”

T’Pol watched his retreat, finding  pleasure in his unclothed form marked by their shared intimacies. She had thought he would never again mate with her. She was inclined to join him in the shower, just to prove to herself that he was indeed here, with her, her ashayam, her tinatangi. But there was no logical reason to doubt it, when the scent of their couplings was heavy in the air. Comforted, T’Pol engaged the PADD.

It displayed the menu of Filipino words Hoshi had compiled for them. One was highlighted.

Gunita. A memory or recollection.” There was another folder open; it was labeled  “T’Pol’s Insurance Plan.” Clearly, Trip intended her to study this material, as well, since she’d created no such directory.

The folder contained an order of medical rest leave – for her, and for Trip, as well. The reason was listed as exhaustion, with a notation that they not be disturbed for two days.

The other documents were copies of her commissioning and confidentiality agreements, signed by Captain Archer – last night, at 1918 hours.

T’Pol attempted to recall last night’s events; everything beyond the wholly sensory was inaccessible to her. Clearly, Trip’s human gunita was superior, in this instance. So she took the most logical course of action. She closed her eyes, and simply breathed in their mating- no, their lovemaking. He was her ashayam, her t’hy’la, her tinatangi. He was here. He was hers. She was his.

Trip emerged, wearing only a towel and the proof of her ardor. Before she could become lost in her desires, and his, T’Pol asked, “What happened in the Captain’s Mess last night?”

This round definitely goes to the lady.  There’s some tasteful skin here; be warned.