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“I’ve Got a Lot of Work to Do”

So says Trip Tucker, from Star Trek: Enterprise.

I can relate.

Everything I want to get done is all bunched up together. It’s been that way for me for months now – first it was my seemingly ever-increasing role in Jim’s nascent hot-sauce business while attempting, at the same time, to move my own writing career to the next logical level. Then it was Jim’s illness, and attempting to care for him as his condition deteriorated while at the same time preparing the kids and I for a life without him.

Time bunches together; it seems nearly impossible that the entire process of dying was encompassed in a day less than two months – leaving my head spinning, with a bunch of what I’d intended to accomplish still left undone as those last weeks brought a rapid, crashing decline that began with the literal crash of Jim’s body hitting the dining room floor when he could no longer reliably locomote.

And then he was gone – and it was like the bunches of undone tasks were breeding like tribbles – a new litter every few hours, and no concerns whatever for things like inbreeding…

I feel like I’ve been scrambling for a long time, trying to find the right blend that lets me address all the things left undone when Jim died – like that life insurance policy I never found, so had to do an end run by finding the withdrawal on our bank statement and going from there – and those things that move our family life, each of the kids’ growth, and my own professional and personal development further…

I’m still scrambling.

But the life insurance claim has finally been submitted, two and a half months after Jim’s death. Last night, I filed our income taxes. I’ve helped the kids connect with their far-flung friends, and there are more plans. As spring blooms, I’m cleaning, decluttering, and planning for some desperately needed home improvements. Jim was going to do these – but that didn’t happen, so I need new plans.

Planning my goals for the next quarter is among the bunch of things I still want to finish before a new month dawns at midnight (not literally – literal dawn will take another few hours).

And when that dawn comes…

I’ll be embarking on two new writing challenges, and the first of four months of intensive writing pursuits:

I’m far less prepared for this than I normally an. For my April project, I’m working on finishing a novel I began last April. I’m not quite halfway in rereading, as I type this, and I haven’t even glanced at my outline. I’m hoping to do both before midnight – but I have to accept that I might have to choose between winging it, or waiting to start writing till I’ve caught up…

I only have a rough idea where I want the A-Z posts to go, when I prefer to write them ahead of time, revise, and schedule all before April starts.

And, in the midst of all this, I still have two major and one minor writing course I’m in the middle of…

Yup…

It’s a bunch.

It could be stressful if I chose to be stressed.

Instead, I’m trying for a different approach. Rather than trying to force myself to do everything perfectly and to completion, I’m going to see it as more experimental. Can I begin from where I am, and move forward without indulging in insane amounts of stress? Can I focus on growth, passion, and the joy of creation? Can I find the balance point between all the many aspects of a transitioning life, and ride it like a wave, or will I end up choking on a bunch of sea foam?

Only time will tell….

This bunch of words is my entry for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where this week’s prompt is “bun,” used however we wish. Wade in yourself – the water’s fine!

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Endings and Beginnings: Non- #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 12

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 Last Wednesday, I wrote about settling-in and new possibilities as I scrambled the end of ROW80 Round One.

Since then:

  • The round ended, but I was busy with my presentation for my first meet the author event, so this is the first I’ve returned here to update. Here’s my portion of the program (transcript available soon on my Patreon page).
  • I’ve moved forward a bit with taxes, and considerably with the life insurance claims.
  • I’ve laid the footing for that new possibility. Still not ready to talk about it, but maybe before too long.
  • I’ve been preparing for the visit of a dear friend I haven’t seen in far too long.
  • Spring is officially here, and the earth is gradually warming and softening.
  • And now My second 12 Week Year is also complete, so I’ll be spending the rest of the month wrapping up some loose ends, preparing for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, April CampNaNoWriMo, and developing goals for Round 2/12 Week Year 3 – the first full quarter since Jim’s death.

How about you?

Did you reach your first quarter goals?

What’s on tap for the next?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

Round One Self-evaluation of each category appears after its heading.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Overall, I did fairly well in this category, despite the challenges of Jim’s illness, death, and the aftermath.

Complete homeschool reports and submit.  Week 11.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Week 12.

  • 5/4; including learning how to put air in a soft tire.
  • Progress: 100%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Week 12.

  • This continues to be a strength.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Week 12.

  • Each day this session, for more than 5 minutes. Hometending; shopping; facilitating interests/goals; and plenty of financial administration.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

I consistently did well here.

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Week 12.

  • Every day this week; between home and erranding.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Week 12.

  • More hometending discussions.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

This was a difficult area for me; the concrete realities of Jim’s illness and death were a mountain range, and I managed a molehill at a time – at best. More stability at end of round.

Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • I finally got all but the few loose bottles inventoried – and, since I’ve decided not to deal with those at the moment, I’m calling this one DONE AT LAST!!!!
  • Progress: 100%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • More progress, incrementally, on life insurance and listing – phone app gives a better real-time sense of auto-payments Jim set up. Taking far longer than expected.
  • Progress: 95%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Found  paperwork that may lead to  (eventually) meeting this goal.
  • Progress: 50%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Started the process at last.
  • Progress: 50%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • Didn’t finish, but did get a much better sense of where we are, and what our financial needs are likely to be going forward.
  • Progress: 80%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Week 12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Week 12.

  • A bit of work on current chapter-in-progress of Stained Blood.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers   reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Week 12.

  • Sprints as possible; A Little Higher for WiPpet Wednesday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Did a bit better here than with the above section.

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Week 12.

  • Progress: 80%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Many new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Week 12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Week 12.

  • Jumped on an unexpected opportunity.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

This was a strong area throughout the quarter.

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 12.

  • Each night.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Week 12.

  • Fixer Upper; Cake Mania; lunch with Miah;  Hanilton singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Week 12.

  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Week 12.

  • I think so, but was distracted from conscious planning for this.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Week 12.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

A very strong area – probably what saved my sanity this round.

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Week 12.

  • Yes – they were perfect for developing my presentation.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Week 12.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Week 12.

  • Yup!
  • Progress: 100%.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

Since it’s between rounds, and someone cracked me up with this, I decided to share it with you – happy ROW80 break!

Posted in Enterprise fan fiction, Fan fiction, Just for Fun!, Uncategorized, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing in Freedom, Writing Sample

A Little Higher  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!

Two weeks in a row – yay, me!

I feel like things are starting to settle into something like a rhythm…not quite a routine, which is fine, because I’m not the kind of person who enjoys having each day play out the same. But we are getting to a point where there’s a normalcy about being a family of three and not four; where Jim’s absence, though still acute, isn’t quite as raw. I’m not feeling as though I’m fumbling and stumbling along nearly as often…and, once or twice, I’ve even felt as though I’ve got something that approaches a handle on things.

Which doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a tremendous amount to learn and do…only that I’m starting to feel like, eventually, I’ll crest that mountain and be able to scan the horizons that await us…

On to the WIPpeting!

It’s time for another installment of my TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of sorts, 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 Tucker has something he needs to say to Enterprise’s brand-new Vulcan Science Officer, but she’s not exactly making it easy when she says she doesn’t expect any better of a human.  We pick up immediately after my last TnT post, A Vulcan Question Mark,

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 March 21, 2018. I added the two digits of the date to offer 3 short paragraphs.

 “What the hell’s that supposed to mean?”

The words burst out before he could catch them. Her eyebrow slanted up a little higher, and she regarded him coolly. There wasn’t any need at all for her to say even a single syllable in response.

Trip could see it in her eyes. He’d just proven her point.

What point did Trip prove?

Can he recover from this?

Will T’Pol accept Trip’s apology?

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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Scrambling to the End: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 12

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

 On Sunday, I wrote about our weekend with friends, and how it renewed me.

Since then:

  • We’ve made it safely home, settled in, and had a small uptick in our financial situation, as survivor’s benefits kicked in.
  • I’ve committed to getting taxes and life insurance claims done by the end of the month.
  • I had a lovely and inexpensive Olive Garden lunch with Miah, after we ran errands together.
  • Some exciting new possibilities have opened up. I’m not ready to talk about them yet, but I am exploring them.
  • I have a solid idea regarding my Saturday presentation, and am working out the broad strokes.

How about you?

Are you where you want to be with your goals, or are you scrambling, too?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit.  Week 11.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Week 12.

  • 3/4 already; including most of our return trip from New Jersey and local driving in urban areas and in traffic.
  • Progress: 75%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Week 12.

  • This continues to be a strength.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Week 12.

  • Each day this session, for more than 5 minutes. A bit of hometending; travel; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; and financial administration.
  • 3/3 for this session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Week 12.

  • Every day this week; between travel, home, and erranding/lunch.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Week 12.

  • Some talk over the last days; mostly hometending.
  • Progress: 100%

 Professional/Financial:

Doing:

Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Progress: 93%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • More progress, incrementally, on life insurance and listing. This is taking far longer than expected, but I am getting there.
  • Progress: 92%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • No concrete progress; sorted and skimmed some tax paperwork.
  • Progress: 45%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Upon consideration, our 2017 taxes aren’t  as complicated as the 2018 ones will be, so I decided to do them online this week and chose a program.
  • Progress: 45%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • Discussed grocery budget with both kids; they’re a bit skeptical, but willing to give it a try.
  • Also discussed online subscriptions with Miah, and decided to cancel one of mine. I want to be sure we’re using those we have.
  • Progress: 75%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Week 12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Week 12.

  • Monday sprint; one blog post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Week 12.

  • I finally started a brainstormed list…on a piece of PAPER. With WRITING!
  • Progress: 80%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Many new ideas happening…. but I’m not ready to share details just yet.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Week 12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Week 12.

  • Jumped on an unexpected opportunity.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Week 12.

  • Missed a bit of Sunday. Added Voyager to my lineup, since it’s restarted.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Week 12.

  • Fixer Upper; Cake Mania; lunch with Miah; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Week 12.

  • Invented a meal as I went along.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Week 12.

  • Driving/visiting Sunday; mellow Monday; erranding Tuesday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Week 12.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Week 12.

  • Yes – lots of them, post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Week 12.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Week 12.

  • Yup!
  • Progress: 100%.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

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Theme Reveal: Blogging from A-Z April 2018

I’m running a bit late to the Theme Reveal Party this year…but then, it’s been quite a year, so far.

And therein lies my theme for the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge, 2018 edition.

My husband died on January 12, after a brief but intense illness with metastatic pancreatic cancer. We’d been married 20 years and 1 day when he was first seen in an emergency room for what we suspected might be appendicitis, but was diagnosed as a “sludgy” gall bladder – not so uncommon for a man in his 50s who had struggled with his weight and a fondness for rich foods for most of his life. As almost an afterthought, we were told there was a “small spot” on his liver, most likely fatty liver disease – again, not at all uncommon for a man of his age and eating habits. It was suggested that he get it checked out by his primary care physician – “to rule out cancer.”

He was feeling better by the time we left, and we were relieved that it wasn’t anything serious. He went on with his life, and didn’t follow up with his doctor –

Even if he had, it would already have been too late. The tumor had leapt from his pancreas to his liver, and set up shop there, with fatal aggressiveness. Jim would feel “off” more and more over the next few months, with abdominal pain he assumed was either his gall bladder acting up, or a persistent constipation, or maybe an ulcer.

But we were also very busy with a brand-new cottage industry selling his artisanal hot sauces, so he simply kept going…until his doctor suggested a colonoscopy to rule out problems there. We were relieved that there were none, but he’d been having leg pain that intensified in the following days. The next week, he went to the doctor for that, was referred to the emergency room, and was admitted with a deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot stretching from his groin to his shin.

During the course of his treatment, proteins caused by cancerous cells were found in his blood, and that led to the diagnosis, which he received on November 13 – a day less than two months before his death. At the time, he was given six to twelve months to live, and we were hoping to beat that diagnosis.

However, things didn’t go as planned. The day of his first (and, as it turned out, only) chemotherapy session, he reacted poorly to two of the drug infusions, and then had what was later diagnosed as a minor heart attack. That resulted in a ten-day stay, and a release on hospice care.

He was released from the hospital on December 13 – a month after his diagnosis, and less than that until he would die in our bed, in the same spot I’m sitting as I type this.

And that wraps up this history, and leads to the theme reveal.

This year, I will be writing the Alphabet of Grief, as I and our children, ages 16 and 13, learn to live in a new way, and process the loss of the man who was my husband and best friend, as well as an involved and loving father to them.

I haven’t had a lot of time to plot, draft, revise, prep, and schedule my posts as I usually like to do. This year’s posts will be more in the manner of stream of consciousness, as this post is. I can’t promise what you’re going to see here; only that it will be genuine.

I’m not sure I can say that I look forward to sharing what I will share in this space. I hope it will be therapeutic for me, and maybe for others, as well. I hope there will be some value in it for everyone who reads it.

I will see you again on Sunday, April 1, with my A post.

Until then, it’s back to my regular life-in-progress.

Are you participating in the A-Z Challenge?
What’s your theme, if you have one?
If not, what’s your plan for the month?

A candid couple moment at the playground, September 2013.
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Stepping Away: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 11

 Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 On Wednesday, I wrote about my sometimes sideways journey through grief – what I was feeling two months after Jim’s death.

Since then:

  • With homeschool administration tended for another quarter, I shifted my focustoo other tasks – and found that our financial situation is quite precarious at the moment. It’s temporary, since I haven’t yet filed our taxes or submitted the life insurance claim …but lets me know that I need to deal with those things this week.
  • The kids and I packed ourselves up and traveled to see dear friends in central New Jersey. It’s closer to spring here*, with daffodils already up and trees budding.
  • I’ve had a chance just to relax and be for a while. I think I needed that more than I realized.
  • While visiting, I got some solid input on revisions for a short story pending publication, and for the meet-the-author event I’ll be doing next Saturday. It’s my first event of the type, and I’m very uncertain about what to do and expect.
  • On that note, I also wrote and submitted brief bios for that event, and for the Northeast Unschooling Conference, where I will be speaking this summer.
  • Yesterday**, the kids and I went with two of our friends to see the movie Every Day, which Lise had been wanting to see. It was even better than I expected, and stirred up discussion after the fact, and story ideas for me.

*Here means New Jersey.. I typed this on Sunday, but now it’s Monday, and we’re home.

**Yesterday means Saturday.

So, how was YOUR weekend?


Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Miah’s report proofed, letter written, both submitted.
  • Progress: 100%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • 3/4; including a 5 hour drive to New Jersey.
  • Progress: 80%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 11-12.

  • This continues to be a strength, as we find our way forward together.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 11 -12.

  • Each day this session. Hometending; cooking; travel; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; and homeschool reports. 7/7 for week.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 1112.

  • Every day this week; between home and visiting.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 11-12.

  • Joint hometending as we prepped for our trip; purchased a second-hand ribbon board for Lise’s room – something she’d been wanting in favorite colors.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Progress: 93%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Progress: 90%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Progress: 40%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Decided to bite the bullet and make the appointment for this week.
  • Progress: 40%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • As something of a warmup, we set a budget for our weekend travel, and easily remained within it- this could be a first for us!
  • Progress: 70%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1112.

  • Nothing this week.
  • Progress: 50%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 11-12.

  • Srpints Wed/Thurs; and sporadic catching up over the weekend.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 70%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Bounced various ideas of my friends Sylvia and Jim, who are excellent sounding boards.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 1112.

  • Sylvia treated us to a movie; we accepted happily. =)
  • Progress: 100%

 

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 11-12.

  • Missed Friday due to travel.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 11-12.

  • Fixer Upper; decluttering/organizing/hometending/ooorganizing/beautifying; drawing my fantasy home improvement plans; photography; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 11-12.

  • Lots of ideas from Sylvia.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 11-12.

  • I think so, but honestly didn’t pay too much attention while we were away.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 1112.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 1112.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 1112.

  • This, too – in spades!
  • Progress: 100%

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A Vulcan Question Mark  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 been a couple of weeks since I’ve managed a WIPpet post. There’s so much that needs to happen after the death of a spouse, and I sometimes get pulled away by those realities. I thought  it had only been a week since I posted, but clearly that’s not the case.

But I’m here now, for Pi Day, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

It’s time for another installment of my TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of sorts, 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 Tucker has something he needs to say to Enterprise’s brand-new Vulcan Science Officer.  We pick up immediately after my last TnT post, Uhh…Listen, switching to Trip’s POV.

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 March 14, 2018…Pi Day.
  • Pi is an irrational number. Therefore, I made no count of paragraphs, lines, words, or anything else…I just wrote till I was ready to stop.

She stared straight at him, and there was something in the directness that reminded him of the way she’d looked when she first walked into Fusion – like someone totally out of her element and lost, but either afraid or unwilling to admit it.

And he was the only person she came close to knowing here – except Jon, and it sure as hell didn’t seem like he was going to be even a tiny bit receptive to any problems she might be having.

Hoshi was right. He was an ass of the highest order, and for what? Because she hadn’t wanted to shake his hand?

Get over yourself, Tucker. She needs a friend, and you’re the closest thing she’s got. So put your libido and ego away, and act like a Starfleet officer.

“I’m listening, Commander. However, I have a great deal of work to do, if you have nothing further to say.” She didn’t move, or shift her eyes, but some tiny muscles in her face moved a fraction, giving him the impression she was impatient.

“I shouldn’t have lashed out at you like that.”

“’Lashed out?’” One of her lovely, delicate brows went up a bit, and her head tipped slightly. A Vulcan question mark, maybe?

Trip thought fast, trying to put what he’d done in terms she might understand. “I let my emotions dictate my response. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“You are human. I expect nothing else, Commander Tucker.”

What does T’Pol mean by her comment?

How will Trip take it?

Is this the end of Trip’s apology?

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!