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“Hey, T’Pol?” for SoCS

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.

“Hey, T’Pol?”

“Mind if I join you?”


“What are you reading?”

“I have a new language lesson from Ensign Sato.”

“Well, you look a little confused.”

“I am. Your language is most imprecise, Commander.”

“Tell me about it. On the other hand, don’t.”

“I already have. I can’t undo the action now.”

“You could if you talked to the Cap’n’s friend, Daniels.”

“That is illogical. The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that time travel is impossible.”

“Hey, T’Pol?”

“Yes, Commander?”

“Wanna know something?”

“If it is something of significance?”

“Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.”

“What did you wish to tell me, Commander Tucker?”

“I’ve determined that the Vulcan Science Directorate having a single imaginative thought between them is impossible.”

“It’s not their duty to pursue imaginary thoughts, Commander. It’s their duty to advance scientific theory.”

“Whatever you say. You want help with the lesson?”

“I’m uncertain that will be possible.”

“Are you criticizin’ my command of my native tongue, Sub-Commander?”

“Not at all. You seem to communicate well with your fellow humans, despite what Ensign Sato has intimated.”

“Let’s come back to what Hoshi said about me later. If you don’t think I’m incompetent, why don’t you think I can help you?”

“Because my difficulty is with the illogical nature of the material, not with your proficiency. You can do nothing to alleviate that problem.”

“Wanna bet?”

“If you’re proposing a wager, Commander, you must first name the terms.”

“Looks like you’re almost out of tea. If I can’t make some sense of whatever’s got you stymied, I get the refills.”

“And it you are able to provide clarification, Commander?”

“You put the PADD down when I bring the next round, and we just talk until it’s gone.”

“Your wager is acceptable.”

“Okay, then. Show me the part that’s tripping you up.”

“It is this: ‘Rain. Reign. Rein.’”

“I can see why that would be tricky – honestly, that one got me a lot when I was a kid, too.”

“I’m neither a young human, nor an immature member of the goat family, Commander Tucker.”

“Yeah. I know that, but that’s a whole different thing. I’m not ready to start working out idioms with you. That would be like pulling your eye teeth.”

“I wouldn’t advise attempting it -”

“You don’t say.”

“I just did.”

“Forget it.”


“I mean let’s change the subject, before you give me a headache.”

“Are you unwell, Commander? If so, there’s no need to attempt to assist me. Perhaps you should return to your quarters and rest.”

“I’m fine – it’s that damned language barrier again. Or the brain barrier. I’m not tired; I need something to figure out. So c’mon. Hand it over. Hmmm…so what is it about those three that’s catching you?”

“The words are each spelled differently, and have different meanings. I further suspect that there are nuances of meaning, in each case, which I don’t understand. For instance, rain. Your language database contains a remarkable diversity of words to define liquid precipitation, all of which are essentially variations on several easily quantifiable conditions . Would it not be more efficient to identify the forms by those measures?”

“Well, I guess that’s true enough – but that’s just not how we do it. It wouldn’t be useful to me unless I was conducting some kind of experiment.”

“Why not?”

“Let’s circle back to that one – I need to think it over a little. How about the other two?”

“I would rather focus on precipitation now, Commander. It seems likely that Ensign Sato will be able to adequately explain my difficulties with the other versions of ‘rain/reign/rein’ when I next consult her.”

“Okay, so what do you want to know about rain? I mean, what can I tell you that you don’t already know first-hand? Defining rain by measurable variables doesn’t say anything about the way ir feels on your face, you know?”


“No, what?”

“No, I don’t know. I have seldom felt rain in that manner, and have never had the leisure to explore the sensations associated with it.”

“You mean you were never an adorable tiny little pointy-eared pixie with great big eyes turned up to the sky in a rainstorm? Not even once?”

“No. It seldom rains on Vulcan, Commander, and virtually never in the region where I was raised. When rain occurs, it never reaches the ground.”

“Never? What – is the whole planet a desert or something?”

“No. One point six percent is not.”

“And so you never felt rain when you could just be there with it?”


“Well, then – that’s why all our names for rain don’t make sense to you. You don’t have a frame of reference.”

“That is unlikely to change.”

“Now, wait a minute. We can’t exactly just step outside and take a walk in the rain, but there’s a way you could get an idea why we have so many way to describe rain. Play with the adjustments on your shower; Starfleet assigned something pretty dull, but I went all out and made sure every shower head on this ship has enough variety to simulate at least a few dozen types of rain, more or less – you’re not saying anything.”

“I’m considering the concept, and devising an experiment to test the theory.”

“Well, while you do that, I’ll get the refills. It’s up to you now – did I win my bet, or not?”

Trip grinned as T’Pol set her PADD to the side, decisively. Now all he had to do was not let on how much he was fighting imagining her in the shower.

This post is for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where this week’s prompt is rain/reign/rein, one or all, used any way we like.

Wade into the Stream of Consciousness right here!

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More Than Perhaps for #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

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.


A new connection between a shabbily dressed man and a commuter is interrupted by her train’s arrival

More Than Perhaps

Jeremy feathers kisses across my forehead. “May you have a day as beautiful and charming as your soul and your smile, dearest Rose, fellow human.”

“I don’t want to go.”

He folds his newspaper. I will carry a fresh one, tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…I’ll carry the paper, and come early to the station.

“You have your life, dearest Rose, and I mine. Perhaps time and life will bring us together again, and perhaps not.”

“I want more than perhaps,” I say, and then can’t bear to see if it was too much, and far too soon.

What will Rose do now?

Will she ever see Jeremy again?

Does Jeremy have a better answer than he’s given?

Any guesses?

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 use it as my initial self-published offering.

After last week’s chaos with the car breakdown, this week, so far, has been calm – and yet – exciting. Things are happening. Important things. Potentially life-changing things. They have to do with my Accomplice’s business, finally beginning to launch in a very soft manner, and in my own transition from writing as avocation to writing as profession. And also in the growing of our children, and a sunny Tuesday that follows a stormy Monday.

I’ll have more to say on those things in coming weeks.

Find more #8Sunday right here!

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR2

Hey there!

Below are the intentions I set forth at the beginning of the year. I wrote then that they were subject to change…and so they will, once I’ve had time to absorb and apply the new things I’m learning.

For now, though – the update.

Did you set aspirations for 2017?

How are you doing with them?


  • Complete Hanging Manuscripts from 2015-2016. Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Scene 44/50 in progress.

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September. 66 May stories complete.

  • 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. A second collection of drabbles created, revised, and posted to


  • 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. Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Steps 15-22/22 in progress in situ.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. 64 stories plotted for May.

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/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 260; on target to complete this goal.


  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaiting final line editing.

  • 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.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Contract received and returned; awaiting edits.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Simmering on cover art and lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback. Read Starting Out as an Indie Writer; #itswritingresearch.

  • 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.


  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog, and 2017 Kindness Challenge. I started the Kindness Challenge late, but now working through it.

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. This didn’t happen, or only happened barely, in April and May, but June saw steady progress as I built up my blog pool, and had material to share.

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

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Lists and links for April posts gathered.


  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. Tests arrived; paperwork current.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. New laptop; more organization in files and email.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files.

  • 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.


  • 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. Betas in progress.


  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Backslid here.

  • 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. Here, too.

  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new/

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleting this goal, at least for now.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased. Read for research. Have Angela Ackerman’s Writing Business Plan article; working through Step 4/7; completed Build Your Marketing Muscles class.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, lots of labeling/logo assistance, branding, marketing.

  • Listen to the 8 books currently on my Audible account. 6/8 in progress.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 10/24 complete.

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