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Precise and Inviolable 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, I’m getting to this about 12 hours earlier than I did last week – but I may have to sleep before I finish it, and I haven’t been great about visiting. I’m making that a goal for this week – to visit everyone who posts a WIPpet this week.

But, fir now, let’s just get on with it, because I’d love to get this posted before I let dreams have me.

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 has just made his informal introduction, and offered his hand to the new Science Officer. Now, we get to see how T’Pol responds…

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 12, 2017.
  • I have 12 sentences for you today – one for each day of the month, so far.

Precise and Inviolable

“Trip. I’m called Trip.” There was something in his eyes, his voice, his extended arm.

Openness. The offer of connection offset the Captain’s obvious prejudices.

“I’ll try to remember that,” she said. It would be most agreeable to tell him that she hadn’t forgotten it for a moment of the last fourteen months, three weeks, and five days. The effort not to accept the gesture, or return it, required all of her discipline, and left her badly in need of privacy and meditation against the powerful impulse to heedlessly take hold of that hand, and give herself to whatever intimacies would follow.

However, her orders from the High Command were precise and inviolable. It was her responsibility to protect this Terran crew. If she touched him now, she was certain she wouldn’t be able to objectify him as she must if she was to fulfill that duty. Her entire body was quivering slightly, attuned to his mind and his scent, and longing to share as they had in the restaurant when the strange music played.

Will T’Pol surrender to her impulses?

What will happen if she does?

If she doesn’t?

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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Growth, Transferred; July 12, 2017

I’m skipping my usual cheery greeting today.

It’s not that I’m not happy to see you – it’s more that tomorrow is the kind of day that jars with a flippant approach.

Tomorrow, our second child, Elijah James, would be 14 years old. Instead, he died at 12 days, in the hospital NICU where he spent his entire life.

Somewhere, his heart valves open and close in the chest of a teenaged girl we’ve never met. I hope that heart is full of far more joy than sorrow. I’m glad our son’s death meant a better life for her. 

At the same time – he was my baby boy, and I watched him die. Time smooths some of the edges, but it doesn’t take the pain away. Nothing can. Being a writer, sometimes I pour that pain into stories. I’m doing that this month, with my CampNaNoWriMo novel, Still Nameless.

The next days will be – emotional. I don’t know yet what direction the emotion will take, or exactly where this story is going, either. That’s yet to be discovered.

Both will be as they will be.



  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 25,124/66,666 words. Primary goal; caught up, and moved most of a day’s count ahead.
  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 20 min/2 hours; worked on ROW80 post intros. Secondary goal.


  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit to finish plotting this novel. 21,064 plotting words; Antagonist #1 in progress; Step 5/22 (TST); just need to do coloring materials for TWCB. I’m debating setting this goal aside, until and unless I get stuck. Right now, I’m finding the writing is flowing without going further. Primary goal.


  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two ago. Most of manuscript organized; missing some pages. I found some pages; not all of them, but close. Will reprint missing pages, and call it good. Stretch goal; a little progress.

Social Media:

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page; and once weekly to Instagram  and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Posted a photo of Chef Bluebeard at the farmer’s market to Instagram (see below). Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints and chats each day applicable; read a bit on Quora. Stretch goal; on target.


  • Assist my Accomplice with labeling/ branding/ platform/ marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). New labels; new signage; posted to Facebook Business Page twice. Farmer’s market on Monday; we more than qudrupled our sales, garnered a lot of interest, and picked up some tips to look into over the coming week or two. 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 Instruction Plans); complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Hometending 2/5. Jeremiah’s test scores are in; he easily surpassed the 33% minimum required scores. Will submit to school district later today. Miah chose to attend Unschoolers Rock the Campground with friends. I updated our info on the database to reflect this.

  • 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. Activity: 2/5; Strenuous: 1 /2 hours; Meditation/journaling 3/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Finish back business for local crit group; and one chapter/week for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Working through a questionnaire for local crit group member. Next chapter of Spellfire and a story chapter I promised Fallon before I began Stained have been highlighted for notation once questionnaire is complete.

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Chef Bluebeard and some of his flavor enhancement sauces, July 10, 2017.