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Of Battenberg Lace 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.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, contemplating the gift given to her by a shabbily dressed man, and beginning to see her m life in new ways….

Of Battenberg Lace

How can Jeremy afford to eat there, or have this kind of money, and claim not to need it?

Another question –

Why have I spent so many days hunched and huddled away in this desolate little office?

Jeremy created beauty, in only a few moments, with only a newspaper and his skills. I have time and abundance, and yet, this space is devoid of character. What did that say, about me?

I’ve never before imagined what my office could be. There’s a window high up in this basement – it’s bare, but I can reach it, and there’s a shelf beneath where I could place potted flowers. Curtains would add softness. I’ve always been fond of Battenburg lace…

What makes Jeremy and Rose so different?

Will Rose act on her new ideas?

Will she meet Jeremy again?

Why does he want to meet her there?

Any guesses?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

I’m running a bit earlier this week. I’d love to say it’s that I’ve gotten everything into order, and things are ticking along like a train on the track….but if I did, I’d be giving you a second work of fiction.

Honestly, it’s that I’m not likely to have time or focus to do this tomorrow or Saturday, as I’ll be spending both days away from home – exploring cafes with my best-friend-since-forever; and then a homecoming party.

Then, Sunday and Monday, we’ve got the final markets at two of our venues. It’s going to seem strange not going there each week – but next weekend, our round of fall festivals, craft fairs, and even a large swap meet kick into a higher gear for the next several weeks.

We’re also expanding a bit. I’m experimenting with adding some writing to what we offer, and we’ll also be launching our “gift buckets” – an actual royal blue bucket with either 3 or 5 sauces. We can make a few ahead, or make them custom to guests’ tastes.

But first – posting this, and finally getting around to those visits I’ve been trying to make all week!


Until we meet again, may you and yours be well!

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Something to Say 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!


But right now, it’s time for another installment of my 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 intiation 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 walks away from his Vulcan Surprise Package – and straight into the music he’s got to face…

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 September 27, 2017.
  • I have 4 paragraphs for you today – I subtracted the first digit of the day from the second, incorrectly, because I have a bit of a cold and my brain is a little muzzy. (72 only equals 4 in my addled brain).

Something to Say

Hoshi Sato was standing there when Trip got to the Situation Room, and the way she had her arms crossed over her chest, and her foot tapping, said that he’d gotten in trouble with her. They’d become friends way back when she was trying to decide whether to take Jon’s offer of joining Starfleet. It wasn’t going to matter to her that he was her commanding officer, if she had something to say.

“What the hell are you thinking, Commander Tucker?” Her voice was a quiet hiss of fury; it reminded him of the way Miss “My Name Is T’Pol”’s eyes had somehow flashed anger at him even though nothing in her expression seemed to have changed by so much as a micrometer.

“I don’t know what you mean.” He gave her an aww-shucks shrug and grin, hoping she was young enough and complacent enough that she would let it go.

“Like hell you don’t, sir. She hasn’t done anything to any of us; she’s only been aboard for 8 minutes. It’s not fair to antagonize her just because she got assigned here, and she happens to be Vulcan. She can’t help who she is, or how humans feel about her people. Play nice, Commander Tucker, or I’m going to tell your mother when we get home.”

Will Trip play nice?

Will Hoshi tattle on him?

Will T’Pol’s second 8 minutes be as eventful as the first?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page.

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 Goes On: September 27, 2017

Hey there!

Remember my mantra for September?

Keep It Simple.

Okay….it’s a good mantra. Not necessarily one I’m very good at…but it’s like I’ve always told my kids. Practice makes better.

Not necessarily perfect.

So, I’m going to keep practicing. I’m currently working through the early exercises of The 12 Week Year, to practice in another way. I have a good feeling that, with this as a framework, I’m going to see the shift I need to find the best way to set goals that make my wide-angle mind, and, at the same time, move forward in a more direct, focused manner that also leaves time for the rest of life.

I’ll have more to say in my Round 4 goals post (that will be up on Sunday or Monday; I kind of have to go through the process first), and I’ll have more on the hows and whys of the process.

In the meantime, I can say that I’m excited to be seeing things in a new way!

For now, though – my Keep It Simple September goals!

What do the last days of September hold for you?

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal on target.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. #ROW80 Gap Sunday (a day late) and 2017 EOR3 Updates posted/shared. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly.Visited ROW80 posters. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 9.5/15 hours: worked two farmer’s markets; booked weekend event for November; contacted lead for December event; simmering social media. Primary goal on target.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 30 min./1.5 hours. Goal on target.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 2.6/8 hours (have a bit of a cold; taking it easy). Meditate 3/8; journal: 3/8. Goal a bit off target.

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Growth in the Gap: September 24, 2017

Hey there!

There’s currently no round in effect, but my goals are set on the monthly plan, so I’ve still got a week left with them. I also like the rhythm of updating regularly.

I’ll be keeping these goals, with two additions:

  • I’ll be using The 12 Week Year to work out my goals for the 12 week period beginning on October 1.

My mantra for September:

Keep It Simple.

I’m not sure I’ve managed that as well as I wanted to, but I have strived to at the least let go of thinking I can do it all, just because I want to…now, I’m learning how to better assess the time and energy I have available, and how much I can get done while still making room for friends, family, and fun.

That’s what Round Four and beyond will be about – learning those parameters, so I can move forward productively and sanely.

I siad this at the beginning of the month, and it’s still true:

I’m excited for new challenges, and for finishing those I’m still in the midst of…

What will you be doing “in the gap”?

  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble  each day, to challenge prompts. Day 23/30 finished for both, Primary goal COMPLETED for this week; on target for the month.
  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 2,235/2,222 words. Secondary goal; on target for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 3,352/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal EXCEEDED for this week.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Writer’s Market 2018: bought the Kindle book. 8/25 markets; Primary goal; modest progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Midweek; #8Sunday; #weekendcoffeeshare posted/shared..Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited all Sunday/Wed. ROW80 peeps. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 21.5/15 hours; worked on social icon downloading; upgraded display/signage; magnet designed and banner designed/ordered; worked craft fair. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Personal professional Development: Complete and post September Patreon offerings. Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide.. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. This suffered from attrition. Class ended; I barely got started. Have access to facebook group page for the rest of the week, so...Adapted: Get all relevant materials from Facebook group page for later reference/potential catchup before page vanishes. Stretch goal.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 8.26 /8 hours. Meditate 8/8; journal: 7/8. Goal nearly completed for this week.

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR3

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 there are some changes here, and more to come as I shift to a new way of looking at goal-setting (I’ll be sharing more of that when I post my Round 4 goals, and there’ll be more detail on the process in my upcoming sponsor post).

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); Nearing completion; currently adding 2.222 words/week. On target.

  • Complete short stories for #StoryADay May and September. September: 46/60 stories complete; on target.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts. This hasn’t happened yet, and is now a stretch goal for 2017.


  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Simmering; Rose and Jeremy #2 still at Step 12/22. Moving this to stretch goal status for 2017.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Planning complete for both; plotting gave way to more of a discovery-based method; will resume if/as needed.On target.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel. Earliest stages of planning for Solemates, in tandem with my Story A Day September Challenge stories. May leave some of the plotting undone, so I can write with the discovery method. On target.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. September stories as stated above; sparks being gathered for poems. On target.

  • 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. Episodes complete through 320. On target.

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”andPresence.” “MsaMF” (now “Being Colette” completed. “Presence” set aside for 2018. Adapted target COMPLETED!

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Moving this to 2018.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas. They have to be writen to be revised. Deleting goal.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Goal COMPLETED!

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. I have more left to learn than originally thought. Taking this more slowly; deleting goal.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission. On target.

  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog  , and 2017 Kindness Challenge. Kindness Challenge set aside out of kindness to myself; Adapted goal COMPLETED!

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. Some progress; on target.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. This changed; letting website go. Setting goal aside for 2018.

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Deleting goal.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. All 2016-2017 paperwork completed. 2017-2018 IHIPs completed and accepted by district. On target.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. No progress.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. No progress.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Off target.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Off target.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes, every week. On target!

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week. On target!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. On target!

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Betas in progress. On target.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Still not so great at the night routine, but still trying. Some progress.

  • 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. Off target, but good progress.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits. Nothing new.
  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleted goal, but now working part-time for our small business, so…Goal COMPLETED!

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Working on this from a variety of angles, from the practical to online courses, and encompassing both Chef Bluebeard and my writing. On target.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Yes, in many ways! On target!

  • Listen to the 8 (oops, 9!) books currently on my Audible account. 7/9 in progress. On target.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 18/24 complete. On target.

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“Nearest the Fireplace” 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.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, exploring the gift given to her by a shabbily dressed man, when she discovers something unexpected – a hundred dollar bill folded into the shape of a thorn and containing a message whose first line read, “Your kindness went beyond guilt, or a token gesture, and has touched me deeply.” Now, the rest of the message…

“Nearest the Fireplace”

I’d like to learn more of you. If you wish, you may meet me at 6pm this Friday, at the address below. I’ll be at the table nearest the fireplace. The money, I leave you as a gift; do with it what you will. I have less need of it than you might suspect.

With gratitude to my fellow human,

Lost Jeremy.”

The address is for Scrimshaw, one of the finer restaurants in this part of the city, notable for its large koi pool and the real trees, strung with tiny lights, that grow in its covered arboretum.

Does Jeremy need the money?

Will he appear at Scrimshaw?

Will Rose?

Why does he want to meet her there?

Any guesses?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

I’m pushing up against the deadline for posting, yet again… eventually, I’m going to find ways to blend the creation of this new business, and my writing. I’m certain of it – but it’s still all very new, and I tend to find myself scrambling to get things done more than I would like, at this point.

It’s in a good cause. After a few weeks plateau, business-wise, we’re back in a growth phase, as we shift from farmer’s markets to craft fairs, and expanding into the retail market. It’s exciting – and, for me (the marketing/branding/design/business administrator), it’s also a LOT of learning as I go.

We’re nearing the end of Rose and Jeremy’s story now – and I’ve given almost no thought at all to what I’ll share next (except that, as I typed that, I had an idea!). Stay tuned…if it turns out to be one I still like in a week or two, I’ll reveal it then.

Until next week, may you and yours be well!

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Coffee at the Craft Fair: #weekendcoffeeshare for September 23, 2017

If we were having coffee, we’d be having it in the local American Legion field, enjoying a hot but breezy day at our booth at the local craft fair. I’d invite you to sample Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces, and ask if you like the way the table’s set up. You see, we’ve just doubled the size of our table, and added some embellishments, and feedback is always welcome.

I’d also tell you that life has continued to move at warp speed. Not only are we still doing farmer’s markets as we shift some of our energy to craft fairs and fall festivals, and I work on our gift buckets (not baskets, galvanized blue pails) and designing magnets, banners, and our business website, in addition to kicking up my activity level, planning a special series of blogposts for October, and taking courses and classes to build my knowledge base – both for the hot sauce business and for furthering my writing career.

Oh, and there’s that matter of the new teen driver in my life…

So our coffee is here, al fresco. I’ve offered you my chair in the shady place under the canopy. I might need to stop at any point to take care of a sale. It’s quiet here right now, but we’ve had a flurry of activity and sales, which is nice.

Our tiny little newborn business is starting to find its place…and I nearly lost mine, as we had another sale. We’re up to 8 bottles for the day, now, with just under an hour and a quarter left to this event. That’s significantly more than we’ve been selling at the Saturday market we had been doing – for the last two weeks, we didn’t make back our space rental there.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it’s fascinating to me, the way this business is evolving. We’re haven’t borrowed any money to fund it, so the growth has been gradual, as we learn, research markets, have experiences, and learn again…

We’d been in a bit of a plateau since we went from one small market a week to three early in August. But this week, we’ve made some forward leaps – into craft fairs, adding UPC labels so we can market our sauces in stores, the new signage you can see on our larger table, and a banner to announce our business to those who pass by.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this is a twofold learning process for me. Within the next year or two, I’ll be ready to start self-publishing, and, before that point, I need to learn how to market myself and my writing. Because I was raised not to “brag,” I have trouble with the idea of “tooting my own horn.” On the other hand, it’s easy to sell my Accomplice. We’ve been married for 20 years, I believe in him, and as his wife, I feel it’s part of our partnership for me to laud his skills. I began when we were newlyweds, and I wrote his resume and cover letter, and doing so for this new venture, which is his passion, makes me feel happy and connected to my mate.

So I’m using the business marketing to ease my way into marketing myself as a writer.

I see you’ve just about finished your coffee, and we’ve only got another half hour before the craft fair ends. I’m sure you;ve noticed that a lot of the vendors are packing up and leaving – something I really don’t understand. If a market runs till 4PM, I’m generally going to stay until 4PM, and then start breaking down. Maybe it’s a little different for the vendors who have a lot to break down – as you can see, we really don’t at this point – but some are smallish, and scoot out quite early, which seems a bit defeatist.

But now the event is officially over, and we’re just about ready to scoot over to the grocery store, then home. Another early day tomorrow, this time for a farmer’s market. The season for those is winding down – just a couple of weeks left to go. I’ll miss them; but the craft fairs and festivals will fill the void.

While we finish up, how about you tell me about your week, or anything else that’s on your mind?

This is my round at the #weekendcoffeeshare blog hop. To share a virtual drink and catch up with other coffee share participants, join in!

See you next weekend!

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