Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!
Ready to read?
Well then, what are we waiting for?
The chance encounter. Have you ever run into someone you know when you look grubby? Or maybe you see an old boyfriend at Starbucks. Or perhaps, as in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous Stranger’s On a Train, you run into a stranger who offers to do you a service, like murder, in return for you returning the favor. Think of a chance encounter that could leave you shaken, stirred, or in deep trouble.
Main Project Premise:
Ophelia recounts the story of her parents’ first meeting.
Fleshing Out the Premise:
While attempting to settle an agitated Marilyn, Ophelia “makes up” a love story – but it’s actually a very thinly veiled account of their father’s first meeting with her mother – a sweet and touching tale of a tiny social tragedy and what it sparked. She doesn’t tell her sister that this is the story of her own conception.
“He calls her ‘The Pot of Gold at the End of The Rainbow Sprinkles.”
Side Project Premise:
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.
Trip wanders off into bittersweet dreams of a chance encounter with a Vulcan Surprise Package.
Fleshing Out the Premise:
Trip’s finally getting some sleep, now that Lizzie got him good and drunk. And who’s waiting for him in Dreamland? Why, his beautiful, cowled Vulcan Surprise Package, of course – sitting there at the table in the corner like Vulcans visited jazz clubs every Tuesday night!
Prompt Word Donors kitndavj:
Trip wanted a man cave to hide in, but all he’s got is Jon’s couch. But Lizzie had gotten him good and drunk on overproof rum and Corona. “Dream of that gooey cream filled eclair you’re pretending you’re not mooning over.”
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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.
Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!
So, the good news: While Story A Day May flash fiction and fan fiction drabbles are top priority this month, I’ve also added almost 1,500 words to my “dangling” fantasy epic volume, Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2), which is nearing its climax – and I have a better idea how and why that climax will play out.
In less good news, it’s been a bit of a rough week. My Accomplice and I argued, it’s been cold and damp, and Mother’s Day is around the corner (I love my children – all three of them. Being able to be part of only two of them growing into adulthood….that’s hard. Elijah would be almost 14 now – and it’s still hard. Sometimes the edges can be smoothed out, but the wound remains).
But enough about things that can’t be changed, so must be accepted as-is. On to the WIPpet.
You’re here for another installment of my soon-to-get-sassy-I-promise TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. 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.
T’Pol reacted strongly to an image of the human man named Trip – but will her uncontrolled response lead to her reassignment before she even reaches Enterprise?
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.
Today is May 10, 2017.
I have 5 paragraphs for you today: the month subtracted from the day.
In Serious Danger
“I’m well.” T’Pol didn’t know whether this was true, but, logically, she couldn’t divulge her doubts, and certainly not the reasons. If Ambassador Soval learned of her past breaches of protocol on this world, she would likely be removed from her position at the Consulate, and certainly denied this posting to the Terran ship where he awaited her.
“Are you certain?” The fact of the question revealed a degree of doubt that her words were to be trusted. T’Pol must convince him she was indeed fit for duty; however, she couldn’t shift her focus from the screen. Emotions and memories surged and tangled, and she was in serious danger of revealing them outright.
T’Pol drew three centering breaths, holding each until she was certain she could control her autonomic response. “I’m certain, Ambassador.” She was still unable to meet her superior’s regard, but T’Pol held herself still under the inspection. If he concluded that she was unsuitable for this assignment, would there ever be another chance to encounter her human?
“Although the service is compulsory, Subcommander T’Pol, you still honor Vulcan in your willingness to accept this challenge. You are at liberty until your medical examination. Perhaps meditation will alleviate your unrest.”
“It is my honor to serve.” T’Pol struggled to control her relief. She turned and left, blue Terran eyes foremost in her mind.
Has T’Pol kept her secret?
Will meditation help?
What will happen when she gets to Enterprise?
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 my brand-new Story A Day May drabbles – a loosely-connected serial of bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts and fan prompt words.
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 above 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!
I was just getting ready to try to explain the deep internal explorations I’m in the midst of, and the complicated emotions that go with them…when I realized that a good part of this current inner turbulence could be related to the fact that Mother’s Day is this weekend.
As the mother of three children – two living, and one not – Mother’s Day is, at best, complicated. Fraught.
It being a rainy week, and having one of those blindsiding disagreements with my mate don’t make things any less turbulent.
But turbulence, while sometimes unpleasant to be in the midst of, is also essential for growth, and mighty handy for a writer. So, I’m bearing up and trying to stay grounded [more on that in another post], and trusting that all this not-necessarily-lovely chaos will lead me to places where I need to go.
All this is reflected in my goals – where social interaction was needed, I didn’t have much to offer Thursday -Monday. I’m feeling a bit more up now that the moon is full, the dust-up is settling, and I realized my emotional fragility with the bombardment of Mother’s Day…I’m just tired and headachy, not so much wanting to hide out from everyone who doesn’t live here. =)
For those who are parents, no matter the age of your children, may you appreciate them – this weekend, and always. And if, like me, you have a child you can’t hug – then please accept one from me; I grieve with you.
Note: Goals I engaged with during this session are detailed in this update. For complete lists, see the links below.
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. 9/31 drafted for both projects. On target.
Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal. Scene 45/50 in progress; 1,361 words added. Progress, but not sure it’s on target, yet.
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 9/31 complete. On target.
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. Simmering combo post 2/3. A bit of progress; behind on the visiting.
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 9/31 posted. A 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. Hometending: 3/6. I’ve been tired and it’s been chilly. Family room 2/3 (sorting items from Miah’s room as he cleans and minimizes – his idea). Progress.
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. Conversation, text chat, walk.
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. Still struggling to get to that minimum, since the app counts activity differently than I do, but still satisfied that, overall, I’m moving more. 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. Read all current posts in the Facebook group before sleep Sunday – simmering responses, and taking a deep breath before I dive into the participation side of things.
The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!