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Creative Reset: ROW80 Update, 4/30/14

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Well, hello there, and welcome to the last day of April!

It’s raining on our brand-new trampoline, and looks like it will be all week. One pogo stick of a girl is very miffed with this weather, so I hope the aftermath is warm and dry- and flower-filled!

It’s a time for me to wrap up some things, and to begin others. This update will account for my April, and make the shift to May…there’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in!

Goals being shifted for May appear thusly.

April’s focus:

May’s focus:

  • Story-a-Day May

  • Sponsor post

  • Homeschool reports

Memory of a sunny spring day, May 2013

2014 Blogging:

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

Continue posting on my regular schedule. On target!

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Complete April A to Z challenge. Target attained!

  • 26/26 stories posted!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts.On target.

  • Complete and post 31 Story-A-Day May Enterprise fan fiction stories, following prompts.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • Caught up on Sunday, and now behind again!

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. Target exceeded!

  • Sunday: 2/3

  • Monday: 7/3!

  • Tuesday: 4/3

  • Visit three Story-A-Day blogs each day, on average.

Spring 2013 unfurling….

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

Complete TBONTB rough draft as a CampNaNo project..Target attained!

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.Target attained!

  • The Stars Are Fire: Draft one scene each week.

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

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my 2014 A to Z April Challenge project.Target attained!

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge,Target attained!

  • 17,915 words of workable material created!

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30 .Moving forward…

  • 17/31 in development.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • 2/31 scenes prepared.

  • Complete 31 Stories for The IDIC Romance, using prompts wherever possible.

2014 Editing:

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

For April:

  • Continue revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish, as time and focus permit.Nope.

  • Chameleon’s Dish: Revise one scene each week.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

  • Get the computer desk and moved out of the room.Stalled.

  • Complete pantry cleanup; move; organize. Stalled.

  • Plan the new coat area.On target.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

  • Complete the bulletin board reset. Stalled.

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Bookcases moved. Chair coming soon! =D

  • Buy and place new chair.

  • Clean work surfaces.

Set up coffee/refreshment station.Target attained!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

For April:

  • Freewrite about what organization and productivity mean to me. Stalled.

  • Begin considering ways to use this information in my day-to-day life.Stalled.

Move to Round 3 or 4.

Sunlight and shadows on the front lawn, last May.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.

For April:

  • Resume picking and completing slips as a playful complement to the more intensive blogging, writing, and editing. Stalled.

Open myself to opportunities to spend time with people I enjoy.

For April:

  • Attend at least one NaNoWriMo Tuesday Write-In.No.

  • Attend the Regional Food Bank Charity Dinner. No.

Contact one person from my People I’d Like to Meet list. Target exceeded!

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Mostly

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Target attained!

  • One salad; one blueberry/pomegranate smoothie.

  • 2/3 attained.

  • Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 4 times a week.

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

For April:

  • Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, or measured by pedometer outside.Not so much.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.On target.

  • A slow week for this. Helped set up a trampoline, though!

  • Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Some.

  • Ride my bicycle at least once a week.Not yet.

  • Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Some.

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Blogging from A-Z: Z is for Zeke (Kifo Island Chronicles)

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Zeke stared out from the wings. He knew what it meant to work the late show on a Tuesday; there’d probably be nothing but barflies too drunk to even hear the jokes, and any laughter there was wasn’t likely to have anything to do with him. But that didn’t bother him, especially – he was no stranger to laughing when no one else could hear the joke.

He took a deep breath, and went out on stage –

And that’s when he saw her, just coming in, looking a little lost, and a lot too sober, to be here. Damn, she was gorgeous, with a long mane of russet hair that caught the dim floor lighting. She wore a tight little black number slit up to there, with a neckline so low she was in danger of falling out of it – and somehow, the thing looked classy, on her.

She came right up to the front, and she looked stone-cold sober. She made Zeke feel drunk when she met his gaze, hers moving on to look him up and down with brazen green eyes. A small smile tugged at the corners of her mouth, and parts of him that were just a little too obvious.

Photo by Tracey Alvarez, courtesy WANA Commons at Flickr.

“Psst, Carstairs! Get on with it, or get off the stage!” The whisper was loud enough that she heard, and put a hand over her mouth as laughter danced in her eyes.

Urged on by how beautiful she was, Zeke ran with the opening. He snapped himself straight, looked around as though just realizing where he was, and ad libbed. “Oh, now THAT’s what I forgot!”

She laughed outright, and he launched into his regular routine- but he wasn’t listening to himself any more than the drunks were – or she was. No, what was happening between them had nothing to do with comedy ; he could feel it rising within him, and her eyes made it clear that she knew it. Everything he said was a message, and she sat there, her legs crossed so that he could see a creamy, enticing thigh as she swung her heeled foot

His mouth was dry, but his palms were so wet, so eager, that he could barely hold the mike, and he had no idea really what he said, or how he said it, or even whether he was at all funny.

All he knew was that he had her attention, and she had his, and something was going to come of it.

 

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Blogging from A-Z: Y is for Yvette (Kifo Island Chronicles)

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Yvette placed the planters in a row on the low windowsill. She’d created a stained-glass effect, taking inspiration from the island.

Seven terra-cotta planters; seven scenes: a palm tree swaying, with the ocean behind; a dolphin beaching the surface in a glistening, elegant arch; a shell-half-buried in the sand, with footprints leading up to it, and a glorious sunset behind; a couple standing on the beach, the woman’s long skirt and hair playing tag with the breeze; a child running alone, with a kite sailing against blue skies above; an osprey, wings sharply canted, diving upon a jumping fish; and the last, a tiny boat with a single woman at the oars, straining to press beachward against the powerful winds of a dangerous storm, piling in the sky and sending lightning toward the water’s surface.

As the tea brewed in her copper kettle, she took a wine bottle from the rack; and, after opening it, she poured it straight down the kitchen drain, then took another, pouring half of it out, too, before filling a glass.

Preparacion de Wampole, courtesy of the Miami University Library, via Flickr Commons.

She sipped as she looked at the planters from this new angle, admiring her work and the way they looked in the late-afternoon light which entered softly at the wide window. She drank enough wine to scent her breath before pouring most of what remained down the drain before pouring her tea.

Yvette thought of these deceptions as another art form, but one intended for a very different purpose. She chuckled at the irony; she spent nearly as much time pretending a carelessness about alcohol as one addicted might spend in pretending they weren’t.

Her phone signaled. Yvette settled the tea and the wineglass together on the table beside her wicker chaise lounge, then allowed herself the time to get comfortable before checking the message. As she read, she felt a warm glow spread through her, and she resisted the desire to get up and do a giddy dance, instead turning off the phone and slipping it beneath the pad of her seat, and pulled out her small sketch pad.

She finished the tea, leaving the wineglass where it was, and busied herself with rich organic soils and the herb seeds she’d picked up from the soft-spoken German man who ran the nursery. The rich, deep brown scent combined with the savory leek soup she had been simmering all afternoon.

She was wiping the soil from her hands when Xavier walked in. “Dinner ready?” was his half-grunted greeting, as he went to the table and dropped into a chair.

She ladled stew and paired it with crusty bread, brought the salad out, and poured him wine, setting it all before him. She poured another glass of wine, settling in the chaise with it.

Xavier glared at her from across the room – and then his eyes fell upon the row of cheery planters.

“I’ve forbidden you to paint!” he roared, and, leaping up, he ran across the room. He swept the planters from their place on the sill, with a stiff arm. They crashed to the tile floor, spraying soil and littering the floor with colorful shards.

Xavier whirled, and the door slammed behind him.

Yvette smiled, and, humming softly to herself, took up her pad, and began to sketch the wreckage.

 

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Coffee and Conversation: I’ll Give You a Story a Day!

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my familywas driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

Hey there! How are you, this fine Monday?

April is drawing to a close. I’ve completed my CampNaNoWriMo challenge, and I’m in the process of writing the last two stories for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge.

So, does that mean that I’m going to breathe a sigh of relief, and put my feet up?

Uh, no. I’m a writer, and writers write. Writing is fun, and there are stories happening in my head all the time, anyway, so …

I’ll be participating in the Story-A-Day May Challenge beginning Thursday, May 1, and continuing on throughout the month.

And, just to make things interesting, I’m going to follow the prompts in Julie Duffy‘s A Month of Writing Prompts 2014 , which I bought last week.

And, because I really dig interesting, I’m going to add another wrinkle.

When there is a celebrity prompt (as there will be, on May 1, from none other than Neil Gaiman!), I will do everything I can to incorporate it into the day’s story. Depending on the nature of the prompts, that may not be possible, because of my final wrinkle….

Each post will center around the characters T’Pol and Trip from Star Trek: Enterprise. Yup, that’s right. I plan to write canon fan fiction as my challenge. So, I may have to adapt or alter a few contemporary prompts, or skip them if I can’t fit them into the operating rules of the fictional reality I’m choosing to play in.

Why Enterprise, you ask?

Well. the answer is simple:

Because I want to. And, maybe more importantly, T’Pol and Trip want me to. And those two…

Those two can be mightily convincing, especially when they want the same thing. As Trip observed, they really do make a hell of a team.

They’ve been in my head for a year now, insisting – T’Pol quite logically, and Trip most passionately – that there is much more to their story than four seasons of Enterprise showed. I mean, there are all those places between scenes, after episodes, mess hall chats, neuropressure sessions, projects worked on together…and a days-long trip on a transport to Vulcan.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve wondered about the hidden places – in people’s lives, in relationships, and in stories.

T’Pol and Trip seem to have quite a lot of hidden places, bwtween them, and a relationship that intrigues me.

And so, for May, I will indulge my own desires to peek into those deeper places, and let my imagination run free.

That would be payoff enough, but there’s more.

This month will also be about stretching my writing muscles, and challenging myself to create something new each day, within specific parameters, and then polish it up and release it out into the world ­

Quickly, before I have time to think it through.

It’s a chance for me to find out what else happens with these two intriguing characters. What does an interspecies romance look like, when so much of their understanding isn’t shared, and instinct can’t be relied upon?

It’s a month-long self-indulgence, an acknowledgment that fancy and fantasy are potent and necessary tools, for the fiction writer – and maybe for us all!

I will be posting each day’s story, in whole or in part, with a bit about the prompt or prompts I used, and the episode or episodes that inspired them. I invite you to come by, once or more, and enjoy my playful explorations. Leave a comment or join the conversation if you’re so inclined; I’ll have a variety of beverages and snacks available all month!


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Blogging from A-Z: X is for Xavier (Kifo Island Chronicles)

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Xavier kicked hard at the foot of the easel, sending it clattering to the clay tiles. A muffled thud from the canvas; the paint sprayed and spattered.

“I’ve forbidden you to paint!”

“You’ve forbidden?” It was a mocking echo. Her heavy-lidded eyes focused on him, ignoring the mess. Xavier kicked at it again, and paint smeared beneath his shoe, nearly tripping him.

“I have.” Xavier was determined to hold to his dignity, although the paint had splashed his face.

D’accord. You forbid it, so I will not paint – not while you live. After, what I do won’t be any concern of yours, n’est-ce que pas?” She laughed with a merriness he’d thought he had long since thrashed out of her.

Fury rose fever-hot, bringing an itching to his ears and palms. He clenched his fists, rage growing, swelling, bursting forth. He didn’t know he’d crossed the floor until the first punch landed with a sweet jolt of impact. He wanted to laugh, but he rained blows instead, delighting in the solid strikes as she raised her arms with a cry; and he loved the feel when he connected with the soft firmness of her breasts or buttocks –

She brought her legs up to her chest; she was panting and grunting, but she didn’t cry out, and Xavier determined that he would not stop until she did –

She launched both feet at once. Xavier went down hard, retching, and it was he who was crying.

“You will not hit me again.” She was standing over him as he curled around his pain, his emasculation. “Jamais!” She spat at him, and a cruel smile twisted her mouth. She left the room, her strides smooth, the door clicking softly, as though there had been no trouble between them.

Xavier groaned, rolling in the paint and pain and mess he’d created.

 

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Creative Accomplishment: ROW80 Update 4/27/14

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Well, hello there! How are you?

Me? Why, thanks for asking. I’m just dandy. Let me tell you why!

This week:

  • I completed my CampNaNo goal of 33,333 words, split between two WIPs.

  • I signed up for JuNo WriMo, cause I’m crazy like that.

  • I am down to the wire (3 left) with my A-Z posts.

  • My Story a Day May plans are coming together.

I also did a fair amount of hometending, got rid of a bit of clutter, and got more exercise than I have in the last few weeks, and hung out with a friend and my beloveds…

And I’m feeling both accomplished, and very creative! =D

So, watch out, world – here I come!

And now, for what I’ve been up to:

Note:

  • Goals reviewed monthly- I’ll be doing that on Wednesday.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout round.

  • Update lists only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focus this month is on:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • 23/26 stories posted. Three to go – all in development!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. On target.

  • See Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits.  On target.

  • Continuing to respond; returning visits at that time. =)

  • Running a little behind; but will get caught up this week.

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. About even, I think.

  • Sunday: 3/3

  • Monday: 0/3 (I totally forgot!)

  • Tuesday: 4/3

  • Wednesday: 5/3

  • Thursday: 4/3

  • Friday: 4/3

  • Saturday: 0/3 (I was busy with other things…)


2014 Writing:

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

For April:

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.Target attained!

  • 6,355 new words.

  • 21,738 April WIP words.

  • Scene 38/60 (in progress; near completion)

  • WIP total: 88,651/~100,000 words. (It will be more like 120-130K, I think)

  • NaNo count: 33,336/ 33,333 words.

  • Taking the rest of the month off, to focus on completing my A-Z stories, and more intensive planning for Story-A-Day May.

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

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plan, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge. On target.

  • 23/26 complete.

  • Development continues – this will be my main focus until complete.

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 Enterprise fan fiction stories by April 30. (2014 Story-a-Day May). On target – in a big way!

  • Story ideas are popping, especially since I bought the prompt book, so I can plan ahead.

  • Selected episodes for stories from Plot Point 1 to Pinch Point 1, for both characters.

  • Began developing GMCDs and watching episodes. #itswritingreseacrh!

  • Updated scene list.

  • This will be my secondary focus until A-Z posts are completed.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • First bookcase emptied; Sorting wrapping up.

2014 Lifetending:

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Targetexceeded!

  • 2 salads.

  • 3 smoothies.

  • 1 pomegranate juice.

  • 6/3 attained. I do love fruits and veggies! =D

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

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.So-so; tired week with lots of writing and hometending

  • Sunday: yes

  • Monday: 2/3

  • Tuesday: yes

  • Wednesday: no

  • Thursday: yes

  • Friday: 1/3

  • Saturday: 0/3

Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, on treadmill, or measured by pedometer outside. Better.

  • .4 mile outside, with kids and dog.

  • .4 miles on treadmill.

  • .2 mile walk with Lise and Corki-dog.

  • 1.0 /1.5 this week.

Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Outside bubble play with Annalise.

  • Monkey in the Middle with both kids.

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Saturday’s Share: An Enterprising May!


Welcome to Saturday’s Share -Reflections and impressions inspired by and celebrating images from daily life, to add a bit of sparkle to the weekend. Happy Saturday!

Today’s Share is the scale model of the starship Enterprise (Designation NCC-1701), from the original Star Trek television series, which aired its last new episode a mere month and a half before I was born.

I took this photo myself, in 2008, at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. We were there as Jeremiah’s 7th birthday gift. He’d heard of the museum, and wanted to go, so….we went. =)

At the time, I was a little chagrined that they put “my” starship in the middle of the gift shop – but now the brilliance of the placing is evident.

I mean, people who dig Trek tend to become interested in space and space travel, even if only in a peripheral way. And we all know that Trekkies ( or Trekkers, if you prefer) are a rather….um, enthusiastic lot. If we know the Enterprise is in that museum, we’re going to find it.

And then we’ll be in the gift shop. Maybe with our family tagging along…

Yup, the gift shop got some business from the Burton bunch, that day. =)

So, why am I sharing the Enterprise today?

Maybe I’m trying to tempt you; or maybe I’m giving you fair warning, depending on how you see it.

This blog is about to go to the Enterprise.

Okay, not the same one. I’ll be focusing on the Warp Five Enterprise, NX-01. More specifically, I’ll be playing with the interspecies romance between First Officer T’Pol and Chief Engineer Trip Tucker. I do love exploring human/Vulcan pairings, and these two…well, these two stormed into my head last spring, demanding space for their stories, and they haven’t left yet.

So, I’ll be indulging them for the entire moth of May, with a post each day. I don’t delude myself into thinking that’ll be enough for either one of them; but maybe it’ll appease them for a while, so that they slow down on those plot tribbles they keep lobbing as though they were stun grenades.

Maybe…

I plan on having a great deal of fun, though, even if they don’t, and I want to invite you to come along for the ride, if you’re so inclined. After all, space is very big, and it’s sure to be an adventure…

Look for more mission details in Monday’s Coffee and Conversation post – until then, may you live long and prosper.

How about you? Are you a Star Trek fan, or is there another show you love? Have you ever found the characters whispering to you that there’s more to their stories? Do you feel compelled to tell them?

I’d love to hear your stories and opinions! After all, Saturdays are for sharing!