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“Intellectual Therapy”: #StaD May; Day Seven

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

“Intellectual Therapy”

“Mr. Velik? You’re the second Vulcan Surprise Package I’ve had lately. You gonna tell me I’m an obtuse fool?”

“No. I believe the inverse to be true. My purpose isn’t minatory.”

“But it is an aberration. Things don’t happen in a vacuum, at least not Earthside. Tell me why you’re here.”

“The accusations against you are manifold. I offer my assistance in detecting the reticulation pattern which motivates them.”

“So, do we try the mathematical order of operations? Trigonometry?”

“I propose a logical consideration of all relevant factors.”

“Well, come on in, then. At the least, it’ll be intellectual therapy.”

Who is Mr. Velik?

When did Trip meet him before?

Will they be able to work through the accusations?

And just what ARE those accusations, anyway?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the brand-new series link! 

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“Want to Talk About It?” for Story A Day May; Day Seven


“Want to Talk About It?”

“Ophelia Martin – no, it can’t be you, can it?”

The voice jerked her head up from the bin of camisoles and panties she’d been fishing through. There was something familiar in it – and in the face of the girl, about her own age, who was staring at her like she simply didn’t compute.

“I’m Ophelia.” She dropped the intimate apparel, thankful for a complexion that didn’t exactly reveal a blush. None of the things she’d been holding would come close to fitting her. “I’m sorry, Miss – ”

“You don’t remember me.”

She was opening her mouth to try to deny it when the other girl laughed, her aquamarine eyes sparking – and that, and the sound of her laughter, gave her identity away, even if it seemed incredibly coincidental that they would end up in the same Ohio town, in the lingerie section of the same department store, at the same time.

“Lucy Prior!”

“Yup. Didn’t mean to embarrass you at the underwear bin, but I was afraid if I waited -” She mimed a ‘whoosh’.

“It’s okay. These aren’t for me, anyway…” Ophelia trailed off; she had no idea how to explain Marilyn, and her problems, or even if she should.

“Someone’s in trouble.” Lucy wasn’t asking, or guessing.

“How do you always know? Even when we haven’t seen each other for – what, six or seven years?”

“Want to get a smoothie once you’re done here, and talk it out?” Lucy had a way of answering questions with questions. “I’m buying.”

“I don’t think I can – not now.” Ophelia didn’t want to refuse. Marilyn needed pretty much everything. All of her clothes were so loose, they were practically falling off her, everywhere but her swollen belly. Maybe she should be in the maternity department –

“Whoever’s the one in trouble, you’re not going to be as much help if you make your whole life about tending to her needs. Now, there’s no use arguing with me – not when you know I know what I’m talking about here. Come on – let me help you, for old time’s sake, and then we can take a break and catch up. I’ll call my aunt; don’t want her to worry.”

Ophelia had almost forgotten what a force of nature Lucy was. Some things apparently didn’t change – even an alcoholic mother and absent father hadn’t crushed her will.

Wait. Lucy had lived through that – could she have insights that would help Ophelia to help Marilyn?

“All right,” she said. She wouldn’t ask anything unless it felt right – but Lucy did have a point. She’d spent the last three days pretty much consumed by what Marilyn needed, scarcely even taking the time to eat. Sleep eluded her every time she tried, because she just had nightmares where Marilyn was back in that lump on her daybed, surrounded by rag dolls, wearing her own blood and nothing else. “But let’s do it now – I need to stop and think about what still needs to be done; my brain’s too fried right now.”

She let Lucy lead her to the smoothie place, and sank into a chair as Lucy went up to order. She was suddenly aware that she was beyond fatigued, basically running on autopilot. She didn’t even care what Lucy brought her; she was pretty sure she was too tired to even taste it.

Her old friend came back with a tray bearing smoothies and soft pretzels – one of their favorite cheap treats, back in the sixth grade, when all they had were their allowances – and Lucy’s mom often forgot that. “Thank you.”

“It’s nice to be able to even the score a little. You spent a lot of allowance on me, after all.” There was a companionable silence, as they opened straws, sipped, and chewed. Then, once they were both settled, Lucy looked at Ophelia and said, “Okay, old friend. Want to talk about it?”

Does Ophelia want to talk?

Can Lucy help Ophelia?

Can Ophelia help Marilyn?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

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Sowing New Perspectives: May 7, 2017

Hi there!

It’s one of those weeks that feels momentous, even though I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I think it’s more like I’ve made an inner shift – not something that can be quantified or defined (at least as yet), but which is permeating my life on multiple fronts, and which may well shape my path, moving forward.

I’ve felt, for much of the week, as though I’ve been scrambling to not quite keep up. I’m in transition in many areas, and things are shifting and stirring…

Always an exciting, if unsettling, place to be.

Have you ever had that transitional feeling?


  • Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 6/31 drafted for both projects. On target.


  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arc ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 6/31 complete. On target.


  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 6/31 completed. On target.

Social Media:

  • Kindness Challenge:  Write twice/weekly posts on weekly themes (7 week challenge, so it will continue through and a bit beyond this round. Respond to comments daily, and visit at least 3 other participants each week. Primary goal. First post is up: 1/14 completed. Self-love: Meditation; journaling, taking care of myself in a time of conflict; walking; attending to my personal health; . Other-love: Ami snuggles; hometending with love and intention; time with beloveds; walks;The Power of Vulnerability; interacting online with other meditators; shopping/lunch with my son. On target.

  • Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 6/31 posted. bit behind still on linking at the site, visiting, and responding to comments. Some progress.


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Completed all! Success!


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Videos, walks, business and relationship stuff, planning, flirting, shopping/workout/dinner with my teen. A win!

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. 3 hour45 minutes/10 hours. I ran out of week….some success.

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Simmering first book. Some progress.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: complete; evening journaling 1/2 complete.Some progress.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. 84 minutes on Wednesday – not a win, but not vegetating, either. 111: 3/5. 5/4 hours strenuous: Baby Steps to 5K program; yardtending; weights; cardio. Although I didn’t hit my daily targets, I did stay mindfully active every day, and did better than my goal for overall strenuous activity. Solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Marketing With Muscle.  This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Skimmed the Facebook page before sleep Friday – just in time for first posts.

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“Like a Human?”: #WeWriWa #8Sunday


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks – much as I try, I seem to get swallowed up in new projects, especially ones that are novel-length. I’ve also been very remiss in visiting and commenting…something I’m getting a gradual handle on, now that the insanity of April’s challenges is settling into the slightly saner one I’ve taken on for May.

But, all that said, it’s getting late, and I’d love to be able to make it onto the linky this week, so on we go!

“Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.


Rose has just missed her train to be with Jeremy, who noticed and commented.

Like a Human?”

“There’ll be another – and you’re much more interesting than my job, Jeremy.” I hope he notices that I don’t say, ‘Lost Jeremy’.

His eyes are on the paper sculpture he’s creating – a rose, I think, but I don ‘t ask. “I’m glad you stayed. It’s been a very long time indeed since anyone has treated me like a human.”

Like a human?’” Tears gather at the back of my throat. Daring much, presuming more, I reach to his chin, lift and turn gently so he’s looking at me again.

Why is Rose upset by Jeremy’s words?
What is he making?
How will he react to Rose’s touch?

Any guesses you’d like to share?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review, edited by L.S. Engler.  Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and add it to my backlist.

Read more #8sunday right here!