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“My Mind Rules” 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. 


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!

I…uh….didn’t post last week. I meant to, but the week got away from me. You see, I’d gotten behind in posting my #StoryADay stories, and wanted to have them finished by the end of the month – which, of course, was last Wednesday.

I made it – but only barely.

I didn’t make it here, though.

Today, I rectify the error. We left T’Pol standing outside the door to Jonathan Archer’s Ready Room, trying to convince herself that she’s going to be able to follow the directives of the Vulcan High Command, and resist a certain human who goes by the name of Trip.

I think most of us can guess how well that’s going to work out…but let’s get on with this, because we’ve kept a certain pointed-eared lady waiting on the threshold, and a certain engineer is poised on the edge of getting the surprise of a lifetime – for the second time…

Yup, it’s time for another installment of my on-the-verge-of-getting–sassy-I-promise TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. 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.

Recap:

T’Pol stands outside a door of the Terran Warp Five vessel, Enterprise, to which she has been temporarily assigned. Someone on the other side causes strong physical responses within her, jeopardizing her control.

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 June 7, 2017.
  • I have 7 sentences for you today.

“My Mind Rules”

“I am Vulcan. My mind rules.” The mantra did nothing to still the trembling, or the accelerated blood flow; but it did allow her a point of focus beyond the physical symptoms he caused within her. “I am Vulcan. My mind -”

“ – I’d be more comfortable with Porthos on the bridge.”

The impact of the voice erased all control, and, without conscious thought, paired, shaking fingers pressed the signal which controlled the door, and she was stepping through, to the place where Trip waited.

Why does the voice affect T’Pol this way?

Will she be able to regain her control?
What will happen on the other side of the door?

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 my Story A Day May drabbles  – a loosely-connected serial of 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 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!

Note: This is what happens when Star Trek goes to cable TV. Video potentially a bit too saucy for work or small children.

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2017, Challenges and Contests, JuNoWriMo, Life Writing, Marketing my Writing, Round Two 2017, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom

June Bloom; June 7, 2017

Hi there!

We’re now seven days into #JuNoWriMo, and my new goals/priority structure. At the last update, I said I was a little fatigued. I’m considerably more than that, as I type this. I haven’t slept more than 2 or 3 hours at a stretch for two days, as I adjust to the new schedule and host #JuNoWriMo sprints.

After tonight, I get a break from hosting for three nights. I enjoy contributing, but I’m also looking forward to that break – a chance to renew, reset, and, maybe most importantly, REST!

But that’s not here yet, and the time for an update is, so, off we go!

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. Primary goal. 9,937/50,000 words.Non-fiction is slower for me than fiction. Just a shade below target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Secondary goal. Picking up a bit of pace, but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, because that can be confusing. A few ahead of the writing. On target.

 

Revising:

  • Look at the #StoryADay critique group; choose one of my last two SN stories and submit for peer review. Take action as indicated to polish the story; share for #StoryFest. Story submitted; first two critiques read; simmering. Stretch goal *

*Stretch goals are that “little bit extra”; things that might make me uncomfortable, but will facilitate further growth. They will be in the background, mostly, so they don’t scare me too much! =)

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting has begun; not back on a regular basis yet. Primary goal.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Both  hashtags Sunday-Tuesday. Stretch goal.

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Secondary goal. My laptop is on one network; I can’t seem to get my printer to make the leap, so I’m using a very short USB cable. I still managed to work out the sizing issue with the label; created a revision checklist and verified w/him. On target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles  class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan.Stretch goal. Worked through new items. On target.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful hometending: 1/5. Read and critiqued 3 short stories in preparation for StoryFest.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 1/8 not the best week for this, so far.

  • Lifetending: Continue developing professional goals and connections; reading and audiobook listening, and The Star Trek Chronology Project. Onward w/marketing, #writingcrew, #JuNo, andcritiques. Some new tactics learned.

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