“In the Middle of Sickbay”: #JusJoJan Day Seventeen

Welcome to Day Seventeen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: complaint,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the first installment to my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner sequel story, and follows my Day 15 story, “What’s Up, Doc?”

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“In the Middle of Sickbay”

“Uh, you sure you want to be hugging up on me like this in the middle of Sickbay, pepperpot?”

T’Pol breathed in the scent of her mate, wondering how she had come to be in his arms. But that question had little relevance; if her memory was to be believed, Phlox had been witness to considerably more intimate contact than this.

“I have no complaint with our current connection, t’hy’la.”

“As indeed you should not. However, it might be more prudent to move to the treatment bay; there will be more privacy there.” Phlox’s voice was calm, but firm. “While this contact is no doubt beneficial for you both, you might prefer to keep it between us.”

“Doc’s right.” Trip was watching her, his concern palpable in his eyes and his scent. “You’re the Captain; and a Vulcan.”

“I am aware of both facts.” She attempted a controlled tone, but her voice emerged in a deeper voice, more suitable to their sexual explorations. Nor had she made any move to separate from her mate.

“Mmn-hmn,” Trip said, with a crooked smile that didn’t erase his worried expression. “You’re aware; but you aren’t going to let me go, either – don’t even waste the time to tell me the logical reasons. Let’s just go ahead and move to somewhere we can pull a curtain between us and anyone who’ d be willing to gossip.” He stood up again, and carried her to the alcove, settling onto a bed with her. “There. Now, do you want me to go while -”

“I do not.” Belatedly, T’Pol realized that Phlox must have called Trip, and that suggested there was some cause for concern. She’d been in the imaging chamber – yes. A scan she’d requested – “Where is Porthos?”

“He’s gone back to his bed. Perhaps, however, he would be more comfortable with you, where he might visit the Ready Room. However, at the moment, it is your condition that must be addressed, Captain.”

“What’s Up, Doc?”: #JusJoJan Day Fifteen

Welcome to Day Fifteen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: “mercy,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the first installment to my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner sequel story.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“What’s Up, Doc?”

Trip waited as long as he was able, but when his pacing damned near ran him into T’Pol’s window for the third time, he realized he needed to go check on her.

He hadn’t wanted her to go alone in the first place, but she out-logicked him, arguing that if the Acting Captain couldn’t manage to walk to Sickbay independently, it was conclusive proof that she needed to relinquish command. There was an undercurrent that said that, if she had to, she would order him to wait for her return. Trip didn’t press his luck; he wanted to be able to do just what he was doing now – going after her, because she’d been gone too long with no word, so that had to mean that something was up.

He was rounding the last bend to Sickbay when Phlox’s voice sounded from all the comm panels. He broke into a run, his stomach lurching first into his throat, and then down to his feet, as he heard, “Commander Tucker, please report to Sickbay at once.”

Oh, damn. Was there no mercy? Jon was dead, and T’Pol was in deep trouble –

He slammed his hand on the door release, and didn’t stop moving until he was inside. Phlox was still at the panel, staring at him. He didn’t see T’Pol anywhere –

“T’hy’la!” The half-yell was followed by thumping and the distinctive echoing bay of a beagle. “T’hy’la!” It sounded like she and Porthos were competing to make the biggest racket.

Trip didn’t wait for Phlox to tell him what the hell was going on here. He went to the imaging chamber, and pressed the button that would slide the biobed, and his frantic Vulcan lover, out of the tube.

She was wriggling down the bed almost before the toes of her boots emerged, and Trip braced himself. He’d had more than a few examples of how relentless she could be; he knew the signs.

Sure enough, by the time Porthos hopped off the bed, she was coming for him, and the impact was almost enough to bowl him over, even though he’d prepared. “T’hyla!” she whispered, and latched herself to his lips, smothering her repeated little cries. Trip gave himself to her, gathering her in close and maneuvering them onto the biobed with her straddling him. If Phlox had still had any doubts about what they’d been up to in her quarters during the last few hours, this was probably going to put an end to them.

She finally let him up for air, and Trip opened his eyes to see that Phlox was a few steps away, watching them. T’Pol didn’t seem to care; her body was hot and making demands he didn’t think she had any control over. He looked at the doctor over her head, and said, a little breathlessly, “Commander Tucker, reporting to Sickbay as ordered. What’s up, Doc?”

What is up?

Is Trip prepared for this?

Is T’Pol?

What’s next?

There will be at least one more installment for this story; maybe more. So, if you like what you read – c’mon back!

Building While Traveling: January 15, 2017

Hey there!

It was a busy week of coming and going, doing and being…and, somehow, I managed to cross a few goals off my list, move several further along, and even start a couple I hadn’t gotten to. As I enter the second half of the month, things are looking pretty good for a fine month.

Writing:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete essays for T-Z posts. Primary goal. I decided to get this out of the way Wednesday night, and wrote the seven remaining essays: 26/26 and goal completed.

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 14/24 in early progress. 5,270/5000 weekly words; 43,828/~65,000 total.

  • Patreon  Posts – Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal. Made initial list of what I’ll need each month.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Arachnid Nebula,”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner.” Side goal. Chapter Two of “Arachnid” installments #2: 560 words; and #3: 435 words; as JJJ posts. Chapter complete.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Ordered new black printer cartridge so that I can print the worksheets. Simmering.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Created timeline; added all ten currently drafted or projected novels. Goal completed.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Began tracking IDIC events through end of Season One on paper.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. First pass edits complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. FC,WJ: See below.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Lesson 2/22: working through Main Character Re-focus Worksheet; 4/8 characters complete: materials ordered for Lesson 3, which is ready when I am. I got behind schedule due to a week of going and doing that was better suited to less intensive projects, but I expected that.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January; Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 14/31 complete. I’m guest hosting Sunday-Tuesday; Sunday post scheduled; 1/3 complete. Simmering a guest post. #atoz: Week One: Post moved to blog interface; Week Two: Links added to F and G posts; 6/6 complete.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. The duplication is spotty, still, but I’ve started; created a sidebar icon for the WP blog, and verified my top of page website link. Goal completed.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Reviewed and polished; submitted first revision.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Family room: 3/3.General: 30/27. It’s hard to get to the kitchen with my Accomplice home and using it. I supplemented with more general cleaning to keep my rounds on par. I may adapt the goal.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Into the tertiary round of folder sorting/organizing; this is a large directory, and will take several more sessions to complete.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos selected; all photos divided into 30 photo groups; 12 in total.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Couples’ workout; canoodling; chatting.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans; workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; workout/swim Thursday; Miah to his weekend plans on Friday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Second piece highlighted for comments; page 2/19 complete.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.

Selftending:

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

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 7/6. Strenuous: 4.85/6 hours: weights; swimming.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Started listening to the audiobook on the way home from dropping Miah at his meetup spot, and continued Saturday. 36% complete.

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“There Is No Cure”: #SoCS and #JusJoJan Day Fourteen

This post originally appeared on my website, Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos; click the icon to see it there.
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Welcome to Day Fourteen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: the letter p,” used any way we wish, with extra points for beginning and ending with “p” words. Today, I offer you another peek into my fan fiction playground, because the prompt was perfect, with a third and final installment to my Arachnid Nebula sequel story, still unnamed.

To access the other #JusJoJan installments:

This is also a Stream of Consciousness Saturday post – click to learn more.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“There is No Cure”

Perhaps Kov should feel discomfort at the open intimacy between T’Pol and Trip. Were he living a more typically Vulcan life, he certainly should have, but the course of his investigations into himself and the true nature of his people had led to a greater understanding of the deeper needs that drove them, and the forms they might take. This physical expression was perhaps as near as T’Pol could come to revealing the esteem in which s he held her human Intended. His willingness to share in it was an expression of the deepening emotion he felt for this woman.

It was also an exceptionally efficient and apparently instinctive panacea against the neural devastation the onset of Pa’Naar Syndrome could cause in those afflicted.

Perhaps that explained the calming of his own agitation, as well.

“Please elucidate upon Pa’Naar Syndrome.” Had she adopted a more human manner of speech with intent, or were they already so closely connected that she would be influenced by the physical contact? Fascinating.

“The specific causes are uncertain, although it always involves a melding, and generally one that is in some way not wholly wanted by both participants. The resistance to the sharing causes a disruption of the neural net that is exacerbated if the limbic system is engaged. Untreated, it’s immediately terminal.”

Terminal!” Trip increased the pressure of his embrace; T’Pol seemed to welcome it, and to be untroubled by the significant volume of the human’s exclamation. “If that’s true, why the hell aren’t we treating her now?”

“We are treating her now, Trip. “Kov smiled. A most passionate man, and protective of those he cared for. “The emergency support provided in T’Pol’s quarters, and the contact you are currently providing, are precisely the type of treatment she needs at this stage, whether or not she develops Pa’Naar.”
“When will we know, and what is the prognosis?” She was a noted scientist, and a woman being supported by her Intended. T’Pol accepted the treatment without question, and set her attention to the next issue. A most remarkable woman, in the mate she had chosen, but she was still Vulcan.

“The next six hours will ascertain whether the damage will result in Pa’Naar Syndrome. If you have contracted the disorder, treatment will mitigate the progression for a time.” Kov paused to draw a centering breath; he didn’t wish to deliver the eventual result of the assault, but the responsibility had fallen upon him. “There is no known cure. Those afflicted eventually and invariably perish.”

How will T’Pol react?

What about Trip?

Does she have Pa’Naar Syndrome?

Well, that will have to wait a little while, but I may begin another story in a day or two, so don’t forget to come back!

Building and Going: January 11, 2017 Update

Hey there!

The first ten days of the month have whooshed by for me! I’ve dived in deeply, dipped my toes in, floated along on the current, made progress with a strong forward stroke, and even sat on the bank taking in the view.

And, while I was doing all those things, some progress was made – both the kind that shows on the goals list and that other kind – the kind that isn’t expressed in language. That counts at least as much to me as the progress I can quantify and tally up.

As I mentioned on Sunday, this is a busy week, and I’m still in the thick of it. The boy has new clothes, and my Accomplice and I got a couples’ workout. I attended my weekly write-in. Still upcoming is a coffee date, grocery shopping, tai chi, and meeting my son’s friends halfway on Friday and Sunday (we live in upstate New York, and the party is in Pennsylvania). Each round trip will be 200 miles…so Saturday, I’m going nowhere.

But that’s still in the future.

Right now, it’s time to take account of where I am, right now.

 

  • Note: Goals I engaged with this session are listed in  this update. For complete goals list, check the links below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Currently Scene 13/24 in progress. 4,069/5000 weekly words; 42,621/~65,000 total. On Sunday, I was considering reducing this goal, but…well, I added words, and broke through the “stuck” place I was in. So, for now, I’m keeping this goal as-is.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough Aeon Timeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Finalized selections for Camp novels. Created rough paper timeline with all current/planned stories placed.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 10/31 complete. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Getting there with the rhythm…at least for now.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. First duplicate posted.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Made initial contact with Jaz.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 3/3; bedroom and living room; 1/1. General: 17/27. Tuesday was a very active day for hometending.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie/TV; write-in, plans for the weekend; clothes shopping with son.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans;workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; tai chi Thursday; Miah to his party on Friday – and attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. First piece complete; second simmering; third downloaded.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; promo post completed.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 3/6; Evening: 0/3. Return to mandalas.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 3/6. Strenuous: 3.75/6 hours: weight/cardio/moving firewood. Over halfway, with two-thirds of the month left – finally, a hooray here! =D

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During the transition from this WordPress blog (which will soon be undergoing some changes) to my website as my primary online presence, I’ve neglected something I’ve wanted to do all along…make duplicate posts.

Today, I’m correcting that. This is experimental; it may shift as I get the hang of it.

At any rate, here’s my Day 10 Just Jot It January post, “There Are Other Dangers.” Click on the post title, or the image below:

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Building a Solid Foundation: January 2017 Goals and Update

Hey there!

We’re a week into ROW80 Round One (learn more by clicking the image above, or the link at the end of the post). I’ve been mostly focused on my revision goal, as I’m taking Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel, and it’s rather intensive. It’s going to change nearly everything about the way I handle revision, and for the better.

Other goals aren’t moving forward as quickly, but that’s fairly typical at the beginning of things – and revision is something I need to learn to do efficiently and much more quickly than I have so far, if I want a professional writing career. It’s part of my foundation. And I do….so, other things may take a backseat for a while. Some goals may adjust in the next week or two, or I may find a level of equilibrium.

How about you?

Have you set goals or resolutions for this coming year?

How are you doing, at this very early stage of the year?

How often do you assess your goals?

Have you shared them with others?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete: Currently Scene 12/24 in progress. 1,343/5000 weekly words; 39,230/~65,000 total. Secondary goal. Since I’m focused on revision, I may reduce this goal.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Downloaded Toolkit worksheets; read through all 66 pages.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Finalized selections for Camp novels.

 Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. I’ve made needed changes to 13/15 pages; simmering an idea for the POV transition.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Worksheet 1B; 82 pages of manuscript notations in progress (through Scene Twelve). Revision notebook now current; updating as I go.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 7/31 complete; drafted. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Completed revision pass; simmering for a day or two before I finalize and submit.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 2/3; bedroom 1/1. General: 22/27. This goal has gone more by the wayside than I wanted, so far.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Time with Lise; canoodling; movies; sharing photos; lunch.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Workout/lunch with my Accomplice. Schuyler Mansion and Crailo (Catherine Van Rennselaer Schuyler’s family home) Twelfth Night and local author event on Saturday, all by myself. Miah attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Comments progressing on current piece; page 10/21 in progress. Downloaded, filed, and read the second piece; simmering until first piece completed.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 6/6; Evening: 1/3. New meditation video.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 6/6. Strenuous: 2.5/6 hours (tai chi/moving firewood).

Leaps of Faith:

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Open fire cooking at Crailo - best pea soup I've ever had in my life - and then there was fresh buttered bread, Dutch doughnuts, and mulled cider...perfect for a very cold upstate New York night.

Open fire cooking at Crailo – best pea soup I’ve ever had in my life – and then there was fresh buttered bread, Dutch doughnuts, and mulled cider…perfect for a very cold upstate New York night.