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

“You’re READING It!”: #Loveuary Day Fifteen

Ritu from But I Smile Anyway created the #Loveuary blog hop,  which is 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.

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.

This drabble takes place a few days after the last T’Pol story,Research.” Phlox has invaded hallowed ground, and T’Pol has something to say about it….

You’re READING It!”

“You interfered with my research, Phlox!”

“I moved it aside to eat breakfast.”

“You’re reading it!”

“Indeed. The roles of the butterfly, dragonfly, and succubus in human mythology. A comparative exploration of cricket and baseball.”

“Please desist.”

“The history of the A-line skirt and a biography of Lady Gaga. Characteristics of the Terran wombat, platypus, and the megalodon, now extinct. Chemical formulas for diatomaceous earth and polysaccharides.


Stockholm syndrome;  definition of ‘kilobyte’; an egg roll recipe. A very – diverse – list, T’Pol.”

“I can fill myself with this.”


“Perhaps, Doctor, it’s also that I can’t kill myself with research.”

What does T’Pol mean by this?

Today’s prompts are courtesy of…

Chara 47:

  • butterfly

  • dragonfly

  • megalodon

Anonymous Donor:

  • succubus

  • cricket

  • A-line skirt

  • Lady Gaga

  • wombat

  • platypus

  • diatomaceous

  • polysaccharides

  • Stockholm


  • kilobyte

  • egg roll

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

Posted in fantasy, Kifo Island Chroincles, Sea Changes (KIC #!), Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing Sample

He’d Ruled Her Life: 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

Hi there!

It’s been an eventful week for me, so far:

  • I bought tickets for my daughter and I to attend a Welcome to Night Vale Live Show, All Hail, which will, we assume, deal with the Mighty Glow Cloud.

  • After a very dry December and January, February has brought snow! Sunday, we received about a foot of the white stuff. Our yard has gone from blasé brown to winter wonderland!

  • I’m very, very close to finishing the first draft of my sixth Kifo Island novel (like, within 2,000 words, maybe less than a thousand)!

  • I’m in the midst of some serious hometending.

  • Epiphanies large and small seem to be drifting as high as the snow, just now!

But, all that aside, it’s Wednesday again, and that means another WIPpet (Work-in-Progress snippet).

We’re still with Ava Garcia  in Sea Changes, from my Kifo Island series. We’re getting close to the end of the scene, and then I’ll be moving on to something else…I’m not sure what that will be yet, and you can help me decide.

Do I offer more marketable fiction, or would you rather have some more of my TnT fan fiction for a while? Something that’s in revision, or something newly created? One-shots, or, like this, something I share extended portions of in serial fashion? Drop your ideas in the Suggestion Box below!

Now, back to Ava, who really doesn’t have time to wait…

She was a constant revelation during the writing of her story. Her struggle goes beyond the issue of whether people should be allowed to choose the manner of their death. She encapsulates my personal attitudes about how children deserve to be treated. It’s an honor to share her voice with you!

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?


This passage has been rough-edited (trust me, you don’t want to see the muddled-beyond-hope original version! I’ll be creating a more structured revision plan once the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group (proceeding very slowly), and I’ve completed Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel  class.

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


Ava’s father just made a salacious accusation about her and Donovan.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 15, 2017

  • I went with a Valentine’s theme, for 2 paragraphs.

He’d Ruled Her Life

Donovan my sweet, don’t assure him of anything.” What did it matter that she’d been drowning? She wasn’t dreaming now. Ava stared at her father as she reached out and put her hand on Donovan’s arm. He’d ruled her life, all her life. It was time to stand for herself, put him in his place – out of her life, and her death. She stroked her hand down Donovan’s arm. “Especially when it isn’t true – “It took most of the energy she had left to reach out and disconnect the call.

Donovan was staring at her. Only then did Ava realize he wasn’t happy with her. She hadn’t meant to go so far… “I’m sorry.”

What will Donovan say?

How will Ava’s father respond?

Can Ava fix this?

What happens next?

Come back next week to learn more!

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Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2017, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Parenting, Round One 2017, Unschooling, Writing in Freedom

Building A Rebellious Teen: February 15, 2017

Hey there!

Well, it’s finally happened. I was warned, long ago, by a family member who stated authoritatively:

“All teenagers rebel, at least a little.”

She was sure our shift from authoritarian to partnership parenting would be a disaster. Our oldest was only 8 at the time, and we had a ways to go before any teens lived with us, so I didn’t argue.

It took the teen who calls me “Mom” almost 15.5 years to get around to what he calls his “cunning rebellion.” It was totally unexpected, when the moment came.

So, what happened?

Tuesday afternoon, I was chatting with him while I got some dishes soaking in the sink. Usually, I make it known that help with this ongoing cycle in our lives is appreciated, but this time there weren’t that many dishes to attend to, so I told him, “I don’t need any help with these dishes.”

I went to do something in another room, and, when I returned in a couple of minutes, the rebellion was in full swing, right there at the kitchen sink.

That’s right – my 15 year old son was washing the dishes!

When I asked if this was the teenage rebellion I’d been warned about, he confirmed, saying, “I finally got around to it.”

 I’m building rebels, one kindness at a time! =D

Other than the rampant and rather sudsy adolescent rebellion, it was a peaceful session. A foot of snow on Sunday set the mood for simmering and more targeted focus. I’m very close to wrapping up one of my major goals, and I’ve moved significantly closer on a few others.

I’m well set up for the second half of the month, which is good, because it looks to be busier than the first, with several outside activities.

Were you  ever a rebellious teen? 

  • Note: Goals engaged with during this session are detailed in this update. For complete goals lists, click the links below.


  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 24/24 in progress. 5,867/5,000 words; 68,389/~65,000 total (Scrivener count). I’m ahead of projected word count for the novel, and my weekly goal, but I expect to have this finished by Sunday’s update, because waiting to write a couple thousand more words at the most seems a bit silly, and I want to be finished!

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Journaled notes for Cowled; reread notes; simmered, and wrote 189 words. I suspect the chapter will be in the 2-5K range; I’ll know more as I move through it. Simmering a plan on how to draw the drabbles together for the basis of a LAL chapter.


  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 7-10. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; simmering for revisions.


  • 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 businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 14/28 complete. I’m having so much fun with this!

  • 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. Mindful Monday post completed. Skywatch in progress forFriday.


  • 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. Bedroom 2/2. General: 27/29.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; canoodling; snuggling; video watching; punning.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Upcoming “busy spell”: Couples’ workout Thursday; Homeschool teen pizza party with daughter Friday; Allegiance with son on Sunday. Welcome to Night Vale Live Show with daughter in April (tickets purchased!) Kids and I in early planning for Unschoolers Rock the Campround Ten in July!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Virtual wordsprints and visiting the group page; working on my revision piece and posting to group.


  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/2 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: 3/6; 99 minutes: 3/2; Strenuous: 3:10/ 8 hours; snowshoveling.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Rereading Chapter Three; Question 1/3 in progress for 4/5 goals; this is the beginning of my approach plan.

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