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Down, Boy 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 Wrayburn.


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!

It’s Wednesday again. Saturday was my birthday – a low-key day. I don’t do parties, since my birthday falls only four days after the anniversary of my son’s death. A quiet, personal recognition of the day is all I can handle.

Last week, I wrote about how getting through Elijah’s Days felt like the moments after running a marathon. This week, I’ve got that feeling again, in a different way, and for a different reason.

The Chaostivity Marathon – four straight months of writing challenges – ended with July, and I have August off before the Chaostivity 10K kicks off with Story A Day September, on through OctPoWriMo, and then on to the main stage of the race – NaNoWriMo in November.

So this is my month of rest, organizing, and securing loose ends.

But, of course, there’s room for Trip and T’Pol…so let’s get to it, shall we?

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.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my initiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!

Recap:

Trip’s Vulcan Surprise Package would never have turned her back on him, but the snippy Vulcan woman in Jon Archer’s Ready Room just did – and rejected his friendly handshake, too. Now what?

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 August 2, 2017.
  • I have 10 sentences for you today. I added the digits of the month and date.

Down, Boy!

Porthos was outgentlemaning his master, with his front feet right up on her hip, offering her a friendly doggy hello. Trip couldn’t see much of her expression as she twisted a bit to look at what might be her very first-ever beagle, but the fact that she reacted at all made him grin, even though it stung that she’d rejected his handshake and dismissed him as though she didn’t even remember him, like she’d gone back into the Consulate that Tuesday night and never given Trip Tucker another thought.

Where was the lovely young woman who had swayed to the music, stared into his eyes, and – well, that first magical night when Miss Pointed Ears Under That Cowl stalked into his life, things had happened between them he still didn’t understand, all these months later.

But now she got the hell out of here as though she couldn’t wait to make her escape from the distasteful illogic of him, Jon, and even Porthos, who had to be the cutest dog on any starship.

Trip might think he’d imagined the whole thing, or had the wrong Vulcan.

Except for the way she smelled. Her scent was even more potent than he remembered. It filled the small space, and it was definitely doing things to him that Jon would notice if he looked, and Trip sure as hell didn’t want to try to explain that.

Down, boy!

Not sure he could follow his own order, Trip plunked himself back down in the chair, grateful when Porthos decided to jump up into his lap and give him something to hide behind.

Did Jon notice Trip’s response?

Will Trip find out about T’Pol’s physical response to him?

Will Porthos win over the Vulcan scientist?

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!

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August Growth; August 2, 2017

Hey there!

July is over, and August has begun.

Which means that my four-month Chaostivity Marathon has ended, and I have a month-long breather to renew my energy and focus before my Chaostivity 10K, which runs from September – November.

I could have set goals that tried to do a lot of catching up or surging forward on non-writing goals. I’ll admit that the idea is tempting….

But I ‘ve learned some things about myself in the five years I’ve been participating in ROW80. One of them is that I need a low-impact stretch after times of intensity. It’s my gathering time; a refilling of the wellspring of creativity. It’s a time to rest and dream a little….and dreaming is essential for fiction writing.

So, this will be a month devoted to fun as well as productivity. And here’s the scoop on that, one day into this new month…

What’s on your agenda for August?

Drafting:

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed).This one’s been nearly finished for months – I will complete it by end of August. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I will complete The Far Shore, and move Still Nameless in that direction. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. Sometimes prompts are available early, other times not. This affects the degree to which I can plot ahead, but I will end the month with general arcs and outlines of what I’ll explore next month. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Plot as needed for SN, using hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit. Thus far, I haven’t done much plotting (I did do over 20K of character/planning work, though, and this was my Story A Day May main project). I like the way the story is evolving, but keeping this option open. Secondary goal.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 7 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” Improving the quality and efficiency of my revision process is essential to my career development, so this will be a major focus until complete. Primary goal.

Submitting:

  • Explore Duotrope;  compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. This is self-explanatory. Primary goal.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. I usually read these emails while I’m in the middle of other things, and set them aside “for later”. Well, it’s later. =) Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. This will help me with consistency, and with the goal below. Primary goal,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. I’ve got 50K words or so of raw material to turn into blog posts and series. Time to bring some order to the process! Secondary goal.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page, Instagram,  Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1/3 hours; mostly Patreon, for monthly post; one post each to Instagram and Facebook Writer page. Stretch goal; good early progress.

Business:

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. This may include marketing; social media; website development; financial matters; direct sales; labeling; and anything else that I can do to make this a success. Primary goal.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article byAngela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 33% complete; working through Exercise #1; one point a day. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; some early progress.

Tending goals:

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Drafted Lise’s English Language Skills for fourth quarter reports; section 1/14. Looked up World Book Typical Course of Study for Grade 8, then copied and categorized items to draft objectives. It’s a start; this will be a major focus until completed.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 1/3 hometending sprints complete.

  • 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. Carrying over from last month’s busy-ness. This month will be better for selfcare; I’m important, too! Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 20 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. I’ve had these on my docket a lot longer than intended. Time to change that.

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