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Beautiful Naked Ears 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!

Well, last week I was announcing that I was getting into the habit of posting early…but then the month ended, the month began, my focus shifted…and now it’s after 7 PM on Wednesday, and I’m just getting to this post.

Okay, so it’s a habit, but not yet an ingrained one. =D

Anyway, I’m here now, and that means…

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-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.


Trip’s “Vulcan Surprise Package” has just walked into his life for the second time –and he’s seeing lots of possibilities….

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 July 5, 2017.
  • I have 5 paragraphs for you today – one for each day of the month, so far.

Beautiful Naked Ears

“Oh, I forgot – Vulcan females have a heightened sense of smell -”

John said it like the lady didn’t know, and went on to blame poor Porthos. But Trip was thinking fast, wondering if she liked the way he smelled as much as he liked the way she did. Maybe this conversation was his way to find out, and wangle an opening with his sweet Vulcan Surprise Package into the bargain.

“I took a shower this mornin’, Cap’n. How ‘bout you?” He laid the accent on nice and thick, friendly-like, hoping it would hit those beautiful, naked ears just right, compared to the way Jon was snapping at her.

It worked. Jon made the introduction – okay, he dumped the entire “Commander Charles Tucker the Third” on the poor woman, but that was all right, because now that the formalities were over, he could focus right where he wanted to – on the informalities. Trip got up, trying to look to Jon like he was just extending courtesies along with the hand he stuck out for her.

What he said now mattered. One chance to see whether he still mattered to her. She was turning to him, and his hand was waiting. He looked into those guarded hazel eyes, and wanted more than anything to see them open up again. “Trip. I’m called Trip.”

Will T’Pol shake Trip’s hand?

Will she call him Trip?

What’s next?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my 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!

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Historic Growth; July 5, 2017

Hi there!
This morning’s journal entry:

Yesterday was amazing!

Miah and I went to the July 4 festivities at Schuyler Mansion – his first visit there – and then to Panera and to shop a bit before we came home.

Then, I got a migraine. That was a little less amazing…

Between the two, I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped…but I did get at least a start on many of my goals, and, other than a laundry run where I could read or write (I’ll have wifi), I don’t have any more away missions scheduled this week.

I may have to learn to accept that things move slower, and my focus is more diffuse, when I am out and about, “filling the well.”

Truth is, we had a lovely time, I took in a lot of inspiration and detail, bonded with my almost-a-man teen, and restored my soul…

That’s worth a few unfinished goals, any day! =)

How do you handle balancing outside activities and writing goals?


  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8).  7,169/66,666 words. Primary goal; a bit below target, since I didn’t write on Tuesday.


  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit to finish plotting this novel. 18,979 plotting words; began Antagonist #1; Step 6/22 in progress (TST); just need to do coloring materials for TWCB. Primary goal; solid progress.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Missed Monday post; began prepping ROW80 Round Three goals and this post. Primary goal; a bit below target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprint Monday; chats Mon-Tues. Answered two or three questions on Quora; read more. Stretch goal; on target.


  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Added to Facebook Business Page; discussed posting, signage, and sales. Scheduled Thursday as a focus day for moving forward. Secondary goal; great progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instructin Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Hometending: 2/5 (and some on Tuesday); brainstormed a bit for IHIPs; Lise testing completed; Miah in progress.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Time w/writing group, all beloveds, and myself; 1/5 activity – 27 minutes/ 2 hours strenuous (BSto5K); meditation/journaling 3/8.

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Ink-smudged copy of the American Declaration of Independence, Schuyler Mansion, Albany, NY July 4, 2017.