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“Why Did You Agree?” for WIPpet Wednesday

Hi there, and welcome to WIPpet Wednesday!

It’s 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’ve been almost over-my-head-deep in plotting The Last House, my Kifo Island prequel WIP, which will be my April CampNaNoWriMo project beginning on Saturday…but I’m taking a bit of a break from that to bring you another installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story,  just because I can!

I’ve got a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects – and I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

There will be hints and shadows and lots of delicious Trip and T’Pol sassiness once she actually comes aboard – but first, we’ve got to lay the groundwork that gets her there, and that’s where we are right now.

Recap:

T’Pol has been summoned to the office of her superior, Ambassador Soval. He addresses her by a rank she’s never held, and they share a contact reserved for family members, after which he explains that, had she remained in service to the Vulcan High Command, she likely would have attained that rank. T’Pol observes that rank was intended to be earned, not granted based on probability….

And now, we’ll shift to Soval’s POV, and learn whether he’s going to explain this mysterious promotion and recommissioning.

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is March 29, 2017.

  • I subtracted the 2 in the date from the 9, to give you 7 sentences.

And now….on to today’s WIPpet!
 

“Why Did You Agree?”

“Starfleet, and perhaps this entire species, is, as yet, inadequately prepared to conduct the mission they insist upon assuming.” Soval kept his eyes averted; T’Pol was troubled, and what remained to be said would likely cause further unrest. T’Les had never been satisfied with her daughter’s ability to contain her emotional responses; he had no wish to compound the difficulty by directly witnessing what T’Pol therefore perceived as a personal failing.

“If you don’t think them capable of achieving the return of the Klingon to Qo’noS, why did you agree to allow them to attempt it?” He felt the shift in her energy as she leaned slightly forward, watching him with a directness that reminded him, perhaps illogically, of Jonathan Archer.

It would likely be unwise to express that similarity of bearing to his young kinswoman, so he did not.

“Perhaps, Sub-Commander, it’s necessary for the humans to learn this fact independently of my counsel.”

What does Soval mean?

What does this have to do with T’Pol’s recommissioning?

Will she accept the explanation?

The promotion?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles,  where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

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Penultimate Building: March 29, 2017

Hey there!

It’s officially a ROW80 break – Round One is over, and Round Two won’t begin until Sunday….but, since I set my goals by month as well as by round, here I am, offering up my penultimate March update.

My primary goal, at this point, is to finish plotting The Last House (Kifo Island #7) in time to start drafting on Saturday, when April CampNaNoWriMo begins. I figure I’ve just about got enough time to do that. So this update, and the next, may have a marked decrease in other goals pursued as I hunker down and birth an open-ended outline.

When you’ve got one goal you really want or need to focus on, is it easy for you to do that, or do you find yourself pulled away by all the other things you want or need to do?

Ready? Me too (I think)!

Then off we go!

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

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Complete The Story Toolkit for April novel; flesh out with pages from The Writer’s Coloring Book. Flesh out AeonTimeline. File new series bible materials. Primary goal adapted. Love Interest and Antagonist Character Arcs; Romance Arc; and Subplot sections complete. Printed remaining worksheets. Setting aside timeline for now; that can happen during or post drafting. Overall: Step 10/22 complete. I should pick up speed from this point forward, since I’ve done most of the “heavy lifting.”

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 10/33;

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; planning; dreaming; flirting; scheming.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Discussed currently queued posts with authors; write-in; online chatter.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 1/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 0/4 journal; 0/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 2/5; 111 minutes: 1/2; Strenuous: 4 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 End of Round One Update

Hey there!

ROW80 Round One has ended, which means it’s time to evaluate where I am on my 2017 goals before I set my sights on Round Two. My aspirations for the year are soaring; now’s the time to measure the reality…

Do you have aspirations for the year?
How are you progressing toward them?

Writing:

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them. New collection of drabbles; new chapters for three stories; three more in planning/drafting. This will be an ongoing project, with more drabbles and chapters planned for Round Two.

  • OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems.


Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Began plotting Rose and Jeremy #2; Step 12/22.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Timeline and series bible COMPLETED! Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Step 7/22 in progress.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. 

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fictionEnterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation; timeline underway. Episodes complete through 250; on target to complete this goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaitting copy editing; nothing more needed until then.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Scene 7/24 submitted to the group.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Fan Fiction: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact; With Jazz). using Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class materials; Love and Loss  and A Backdrop of Stars;   other stories/chapters as desired. Chapter 2/7 of ABOS in progress. FCWJ: Lesson 2/22 in progress; p. 11/82.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry. A bit of information gathering.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. At a waiting point; see above.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Played with/consulted artist on cover art and gathered lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed. One chapter of ABOS revised and submitted.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission.

Website/Blogging:

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. Synchronization and branding progressing. Roughly sketched list of pages needed.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. IHIPs, and first and second quarter reports completed. Assessed Miah’s requirements; he should be able to complete them by the time he’s sixteen, or soon thereafter.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. Some progress in several directories here.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. All travel photos scanned.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Progress being made in the rooms listed.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Moving forward; gathering velocity.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes, every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Yes; more or less.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Two promotional posts completed; beta’ing chapters.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Getting more consistent at this.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Up to 99 minutes 5/week; 111 minutes 2/week, and 6 hours/month at Round One finish.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits.
  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Reading and began worksheets.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Creating a CV.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, labeling/logo assistance; writing letters.

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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals Final Update

Hey there!

It’s time to update my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and I still have lots to do today, I’m just going to dive right in!

 

Writing:

  • Complete my two “hanging” novel drafts: The Far Shore (Kifo Island #6), and Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft #2). Primary goal. FDWR: Scene 42/50 in progress. I’ll continue this goal until draft is complete.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella (needs a better name!): Draft Chapter Two: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea.” Secondary goal. Back-burnering till Round Two.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/May offerings. Tertiary goal. Adapting. Have one month’s offerings ready to go; then launch. Didn’t happen this round.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft three new chapters for Love and Loss; add one each to Arachnid Nebula, A Beagle’s Bedside Manner, and Cowled. Side goal. Cowled COMPLETED. LAL: 1 scene written; basic outline sketched for the 3 chapters. Good progress made.

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. Step 12/22 in progress; sketches simmering for rest of stories. This goal has been moved to the “Leap of Faith” section of my goals; my focus will be on my NaNo project for the rest of the round, and/or until it’s fully plotted. No further progress.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal. Plotting: Step 8/22 in progress. Materials added to bible as complete.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple  to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal. Back-burnering until Round Two or Three.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. “MSMF” complete pending copy editor review, which won’t happen for a few weeks, at least. Nothing on Philodosia.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year (you know – after it’s plotted and drafted!)

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-9 16. Tertiary goal. Scene 7 completed. Reduced this goal to Scene 9. Umm…REALLY not happening fast.

  • The IDIC Romance: Continue beta revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was “First Contact; With Jazz”) and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Adapted side goal. Continue creating revision plan for OATN, using How To Revise Your Novel. Complete Lessons 2 and 3. Chapter 2/3 in progress for ABOS; back-burnering 4-7 to Round 2. Not much progress; other focal points took precedence.


Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal. Art and packaging in early stages; consulted with my artist of choice; simmering. Back-burnering until Round Two.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17 3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing. Reducing ABOS goal to Chapters 1-3. A bit of progress…

Website/Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog : Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Adapted: Swapping Love is in da Blog, which is taking the year off, for #Loveuary, writing TnT drabbles exploring the next Love and Loss chapter(s). #Loveuary Drabbles COMPLETED! #atozchallenge: Just need to add a few final touches, and I’ll be finished. Almost got this big goal finished, but not quite.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday:  Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal. Working on pre-stocking for April, to have most posts scheduled ahead. Good progress.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list of what I want to do, and ideas for more refined plans.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. Adapting: I’m rethinking this; will delve more fully in Rounds Two and Three. Back-burnering till then.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Lots of good, visible progress – and much more to do.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal. Back-burnering; might be the perfect “breather” during Round Two/Three’s Creative Chaos Marathon (TM).
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. . Adapting: I’ll sort in Round Two. Scanning and Side goal COMPLETED!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal COMPLETED!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Promo posts for #BOAW2017; crit group piece returned to author; 2 pieces for series I’ve previously beta’d, another pending. Good progress!

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. Not perfect, but made good progress, overall.

  • 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 COMPLETED!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal. Adapting: Making this a Leap of Faith goal in conjunction with Smart Change.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Rereading: Chapter Three in progress; began worksheets. A bit of progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”. Postponing.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site. Moving slowly; changes in Accomplice’s work schedule and helping with his business paperwork sidelined this.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Moving sporadically through Lesson 2/22. I decided to do this spontaneously; it’s a bit trickier to work it into my existing plans.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans. Saving relevant posts. On track.

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Building in Some Deep Breaths: March 26, 2017

Hey there!

I know it’s officially a ROW80 break – Round One is over, and Round Two won’t begin until Monday, April 3….but, since I set my goals by month as well as by round, and since I was rather busy out of the house on Wednesday and Thursday, and playing catch-up on many things Friday and Saturday, I missed my midweek post.

All that said, I’m here today to update for the week, and help myself get centered for the week in progress…I’ve got 6 days left of March, and some goals that are rather important for me to meet before April gets here…and I’m feeling an intermittent panic I tell myself is unreasonable, since these are personal goals, and lives don’t depend on them. But, still – I know why I set them, and how other goals will be complicated if I don’t finish certain things…

Deep breath.

And again.

Then once more.

I think that’s better.

Do you ever find yourself in a position like this, where the things you’ve “assigned” yourself seem to be piling up, and your progress creeping along?

If so, how do you deal with the feeling?

  • Note: Goals I engaged with during the past week are detailed in this update. For complete lists, see the links below.

  • #oneword for 2017

  • Round One goals (updating later today)

  • 2017 Goals  (updating later today)

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Write 6,666 words/week till complete (by March 31). Primary goal – adapted. Scene 44/50 in progress; 3,775/6,666.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Complete The Story Toolkit for April novel; flesh out with pages from The Writer’s Coloring Book. Flesh out AeonTimeline.  File new series bible materials. Primary goal adapted. Antagonist Character Arc: p. 7/7 in progress (3/3 arcs); Overall: Step 8/22 in progress.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Secondary goal. I’m all set until the copy editor goes through my story; not before the end of round, so calling this COMPLETED!

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as needed. Primary goal COMPLETED!

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on shanjeniah.blog; write theme reveal post and schedule for reveal date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Have all materials scheduled and ready to launch by March 18. All posts are scheduled; will be going back to add link for Theme Reveal, and Mindful Monday branding to B,H,N, and T posts (part of my scheduling goal, below); (and daily during April to add the #atozchallenge links as they appear.)

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday and Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts where possible; have all drafts in website interface or Scrivener by March 31. Tertiary goal. I have a schedule for how to proceed; WIPpet completed. Set aside weekend posting for this week, too – I’m focusing on drafting and plotting, because I really want these two tasks finished by month’s end.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 27/33; Kitchen; living room; study; bedroom; bathroom completed: 3/3. Porch: 1/1.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; planning; TV and movies; canoodling; flirting; and a rare storm of tempers lost and reconciliation reached.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Discussed currently queued posts with authors; write-in; online chatter.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Behind on beta read; will get to that this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 6/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 2/4 journal; 1/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 5/5; 111 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous: 4 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours; tai chi.

Leaps of Faith:

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“A High Probability” 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

Last week, I gave my fellow WIPpeteers what they wanted – the first installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story

This began as a series of stories I’ve been wanting to pull together, revise, and share. So, if you’re reading this, you are, in some sense, my “test subjects” for this personal pet project. If you like what you’re reading, let me know, and there will be more….as much more as you can handle, for quite some time to come.

One thing, though…

It’s going to take a bit of setup before the sassiness factor kicks in, so please be patient with the Vulcanism at the beginning of the story. I promise – once things get rolling, there’s going to be all kinds of sassy going on in this space, and, hopefully, it’ll be worth the wait, if I’ve done my job properly. =)

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is March 22, 2017…the Ides of March.

  • I added the month and day: (2+2+3=7 paragraphs for 3/22)

And now….on to today’s WIPpet!

A High Probability”

She stepped closer, and moved her paired fingers until their bioelectric signatures made contact, with their emotional content transferred from one to the other. It was a brief contact, lasting only a single breath before they dropped their hands by tacit consent.

However, it was long enough to understand that there was more Soval would say, and that he was uncertain as to her reaction to the information, which almost certainly involved the irregular reassignment.

“You wish to speak, kindaughter.” He turned his chair so he wasn’t facing her directly, offering her a measure of privacy. It wasn’t a question; she was regrettably lacking in her ability to adequately screen her emotions from one as perceptive as he, particularly during such an intimate contact.

“At the time of my departure from the Seleya, my rank was Major.”

“After re-examination of your service record, it was determined that, had you remained with the High Command, there was a significant probability that you would have attained the rank of Subcommander by this point.”

“A high probability is not equivalent to a certainty. Rank is intended to be earned, not granted.” It would be illogical to say more. T’Pol waited silently for Soval to elucidate and clarify. She had known him her entire life; she was certain that he would do so.

She was correct.

What did Soval sense from T’Pol in the ouz’hesta?

Will she accept this promotion?

Why has she been promoted?

What does this mean for T’Pol?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles, where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy below will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!

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Slices of an Unschooling Life: A #Mindful Monday #atozchallenge Theme Reveal

This is a bit of a different Mindful Monday post; more of a directory than an individual essay. That’s because today is the kickoff of Blogging From A-Z April Challenge  season. The #atozchallenge is a month-long annual blog hop that focuses on the alphabet. Participants aim to post each day, excepting Sundays, on any topic that is, in any way, related to the letter of the day.

Although it’s not necessary, many people choose to use a theme. The first year I participated, I didn’t have one, and I floundered, even though I also wrote some posts I’m quite proud of.

Since then, I’ve always chosen a theme. Twice, I’ve written Star Trek fan fiction; once with original interwoven fantasy. Two years ago I explored a travel theme that took many paths, some of them completely unexpected.

I like having a theme, because it allows me to plan far ahead, and develop it over the course of 26 posts – which both gives me a framework to work within, and the freedom to go far wider and deeper.

Overall, it’s a more mindful way to approach the challenge.

So, why unschooling?

When I was considering this year’s theme last summer, there was one that kept teasing at me – something I’ve wanted to write on at length for some time, but couldn’t quite find the way that didn’t sound like I was preaching. While I believe strongly in unschooling, and know the joy and benefits it brings my family, I realize that most parents won’t want to do what we do.

So what is my point? Mostly, I just want to share some slices of a life I love. People are often curious about homeschooling in general and unschooling in specific. There’s also a lot of misconception when some people learn that we live together in partnership with our children.

This series of posts will be peeks and musings into our lives, offered freely for whatever my readers might take from it.

Each entry will begin with a poem. Partly, this is because I love words and wordplay, and I wanted to explore some new types of poetry – and April is also National Poetry Month,  which I seem to have always missed because I was doing this challenge and writing a novel for April CampNaNoWriMo

I used ShadowPoetry’s Invented Forms  for most of these posts, so all are experimental. That’s rather the nature of unschooling – experimenting and playing with ideas, and sharing them. So I’ve linked to the description and examples of every type I’ve used.

    These poems are the entry portal for the short essays that follow. They give a different perspective on the same theme.

    Each essay will be followed by question (or a few). These are meant to encourage mindful conversation and reflection. Sometimes, they’re intended as a suggestion of ways of thinking differently or making changes. Just suggestions, never rules or demands. What you do with them, if anything, is entirely up to you. I offer them freely.

     

    List of posts I’ll add the links and icon for each post as it goes live, to take the guesswork out of following along, or browsing. Clicking the post title or the icon will take you to that letter’s post.

    Week One:

    April 1: Autodidacts Artfully Acquiring Alliterative Acumen

    Week Two:

    April 3: Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond (Mindful Monday post)

    April 4: Creative Chaos

    April 5: Dabbling, Delving, and Daring Deeply

    April 6: Exuberantly Exploring Everything

    April 7: Freedom From “F’s”

    April 8: Growth, Gains, and Gaps

    Week Three:

    April 10: Hamilton, History, and Hitting the Highway (Mindful Monday post)

    April 11: Inspiration is Swift and Shy

    April 12: Jettisoning Judgment

    April 13: Kittens Kindling Knowledge

    April 14: Love, Laughter, Learning, Life

     

     April 15: Minecraft, Makeup, Music…and Security

    Week Four:

    April 17: Nocturnal Namaste (Mindful Monday post didn’t happen).

    April 18: Openness, Not “’Onarchy”

    April 19: Podcasts, Presence, and Potential

     April 20: Quietudes and Queries

     

    April 21: Reality and Relating

    April 22: Storms and Skeletons

     

    Week Five:

    April 24: Television and Trust (Mindful Monday post once again, didn’t happen…)

     

    April 25: Understanding Uniqueness Universally

     

    April 26:Variety and Verification

     

    April 27: Who What Where When Why (and How)

    • April 28: Xavier and the Xylophonists

    • April 29: You Never Know

    • April 30: Zero, Zilch, and Zestiness

    Why is this post here on Mindful Monday? Well, I’ll also be drafting a novel in April, so, to conserve a bit of time and creative energy, I’ll be sharing my B, H, N, and T posts here on Mindful Monday throughout April.

    So, come visit once, weekly, or daily…whatever you choose, I aim to have content that will inspire thought and nurture change, if you wish to make it. Until then, don’t forget to stop by the Blogging from A-Z Theme Reveal, and Colleen Cheseboro’s A Mindful Journey for more Monday mindfulness!