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Gearing Up for New Growth: September 20, 2017

Hey there!

So, Round Three is about over, but September still has ten days to go. So this is my midweek update on monthly goals – and I’ll have my end-of-round update on Thursday….because I like to use the last day of the round to the fullest.

My mantra for September is:

Keep It Simple.

I think that would be an easier mantra to achieve if our business hadn’t just entered a new growth phase, at the same time my son’s learning to drive, and I’m in a phase of personal growth, too…

I wonder if a clone would make things simpler, or if I’d find enough shinies to match whatever number of me I happen to have…?

Well, all silliness aside, on with the update.

Do you ever find your life getting more complicated just when you planned on simplicity?

How do/did you handle that?

 

Excerpt from “Far Beyond Her Reach“:

It was well into the night, and the sky was clear. There would be Kaivelt’s firestars, and nay soon enough to please either of them, his ship would be another light in the sky.

And then he would come for her, and she would come to him, and the long, long sunrounds of waiting would finally have come to an ending.

Excerpt from “She Knows Everything(standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from them):

“T’Pol, we’re friends. I can’t force you to talk, but I’m worried for you.”

The memory-coil again. Two men. Running. Chanting priest. Restraining hands.

And T’Pol knows. She knows everything.

“You have logical cause to worry, Jonathan.”

Excerpt from Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2):

“You feel me at last, my Shentaa!” She had never thought to hear such jubilation in him again as he had had when she whelped a child of his blood. But it surged in him, and through him, to her – and Shentaa felt the first fleeting whispers of hope.

And, through the whispers, and his jubilation, she thought she might begin to See a path that would lead to the vengeance she craved.

 

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

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Added 3 contests from Writer’s Market 2018: 8/25 markets. Primary goal; modest progress.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Writer’s Market: 6 non-fiction/poetry markets; 11 /10 for Step 1. Okay, they didn’t all come from the mail, but the general purpose has been met. Secondary goal; stage 1/2 complete.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. #weekendcoffeeshare and #ROW80 Sunday posted; WIPpet Wednesday /scheduled.. Tentatively rough scheduled October special project. Primary goal; solid progress.

  • October special features blogpost drafts: Revise, package, and schedule this project. Once I’ve got two weeks’ worth ready, announce the project with schedule (I do better at these things when I commit to a time frame). Made a tentative schedule for this project; simmering production schedule to revise and package posts. Secondary goal; modest 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. 6/60 Story A Day visits complete; it’s a start. Played on Instagram. There may be somewhere short of 60 to read. Stretch goal; good early progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 10/15 hours; worked market; worked on creating/researching marketing materials; applied for craft fair; downloaded UPC codes Jim purchased (a prelude to store sales). Primary goal; good progress.

  • 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. Finished Patreon post, with Scene One of a never-before-seen story; shared twice. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. .7/1.5 hours. Goal on target 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: 3.8 /8 hours. Meditate/journal: 4/8. Goal on target for this week.

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Penultimate Growth: #ROW80 September 17, 2017

Hey there!

I’m writing to you today from the bank of the Erie Canal, where Chef Bluebeard and I are at the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market.

No sales so far; it seems to be a slow weekend. Waterford (the oldest incorporated village in the United States) is having its village-wide garage sale this weekend; people passing through seem to be moving slowly, and ambling more. We’ve had interest; it just hasn’t converted to sales yet.

It’s a beautiful day to be beside the water, though, and there’s good free wifi, conversation, and live music. Later, I’ll be heading back out to my weekly write-in at a Denny’s about 30 minutes from home, where I’ll chat and write by turns (we run 2o minute sprints through the evening).

It’s also the penultimate update of Round Three. I’ll have  my regular update on Wednesday, then a final tally for my Round Three goals on Thursday. Then, although Round Four won’t begin until October 2, I will continue posting on these goals through the end of September. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be making major changes to the way I set goals at that time. More on that aswe get closer…

So, what are you doing this #SundayFunday?

 

  • 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 16/30 finished for both, Primary goal; COMPLETED for this week; on target for the month.

Snippet from You Have News:

“Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?”

“Nay – I will tell it. I want none of the flogging Mother gave me when I fell asleep with it.”

Snippet from The Hard Way:

Trip pokes at the flaky croissant, dips it in cherry jam – then puts it back on his plate, uneaten. He stares at the page on the PADD without really seeing it. The print swims; he still hasn’t slept.

  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 3,459/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal EXCEEDED for this week!

Snippet from The Last House:

Drea promised herself she was going to stop on the way out and take a picture or two to remember them by, since tulips had a fleeting season.

She was tempted to do it now – but she was afraid that, if she lost her momentum, she wasn’t ever going to open the door and go inside.

And she needed to open that door.

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

Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 5 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” 5/5 hours completed. Lesson 5/22:Conflict: 14/21 scene cards completed. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

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

Snippet from My Name is T’Pol

“Human courtesies, Commander Tucker. My people’s customs differ -” She considered how to broach the topic of what he had offered, and what it meant among Vulcans, but that was a discussion which required a level of privacy the current circumstances wouldn’t accommodate.

“Was there supposed to be an end to that sentence – cause I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I wouldn’t want it reported to the High Command that I interrupted their chaperone before she was done preaching at me.”

  • 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 3 #weekendcoffeeshare, #SoCS, and all WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 bloggers; commented on each 4/60 visits complete; it’s a start. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 16/15 hours; worked event/two markets, did a bit of market research; and worked on gift bucket prototypes. Primary goal ExCEEDED for this week.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Filmed videos #2 and#3. Still need editing. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • 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: 7.76/8 hours, including Run 5K, swimming, and tai chi class (I really, really missed it!). Journal; 7/8; meditate 11/8. Very solid progress!

  • Lifetending: Reading: The 12 Week Year  by Brian P. Moran; and How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career, by James Scott Bell. Listening; Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling; and Welcome to Night Vale September podcasts; and The Star Trek Chronology Project Episodes 311: TNG: Relics to 320: DS9: Past Prologue. 12WY and #WTNV: 100%. HTWSSAUTTFYWC: 36%. Solid progress; on target for the month.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: 1.6 /3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3; current obligation met. 3.25/3 hours on betas; Stained Blood: highlighted Chapter 2 for future commenting. Began comments on Spellfire’s Kiss, Chapter 3 completed and delivered; Chapter 4 highlighted for future commenting. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

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Hard News for #StoryADay/#SoCS

Hi there, and welcome to my joint #StoryADay/ Stream of Consciousness Saturday post.

The #SoCS prompt for this week is “vol.” I used three “vol” words, and a list of prompt words from a worksheet created by my friend and NaNoWriMo ML, Shannon Kauderer. Those are listed before the TnT drabble. I confess to editing that one to maintain the 100 word limit, so you can consider it a bonus if you’d like.

The first post is completely unedited.

I haven’t been posting my #StoryADay writing on a daily basis, but it fit so well here, I couldn’t resist. Learn more about StoryADay September 2017.

“You Have News” 

(Preparation for my upcoming Trueborn series epic fantasy series WIP, Solemates.)

“So, sister, you have news you have nay shared with me yet.”

Niaan might have been surprised, once, at the ease with which Rachyl discerned such things, when she had thought them camouflaged and safe from encroachment. But she was sitting on cushions beside a voluminous planting of sensates. She could nay read any but the most basic of the messages the plants made, but Rachyl tended to the plants as to dear friends, and they spoke to her even if she didn’t touch them.

“Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?”

“Nay – I will tell it. I want none of the flogging Mother gave me when I fell asleep with it.”

“As though I would flog you for simply being as you are, sister. Come, now, you know me better than that. Besides, your fangs are far sharper, and your Huntskills far stronger, than they were then. I value my skin too much to wish it punctured. Even more my breathsource and bloodsource, sister. So, if you will nay tell me now, I will wait on your choice, and hold to my own wonderings.” Rachyl sipped her tea sedately; as though nothing could ever disturb her.

Mayhap it could nay. She was a fine healer, and had been so since she was a child. It was she who had made and applied the salve after Mother’s flogging.

But, if there was that which could disturb her, it was like as nay the news Niaan had to share. It had been so long, near to her lifetime, and many tended to think she had only imagined it in some fever-sickness long past, and that she was merely a fool who chased after dartwings, and would nay release the dessicated carcass of a prey long since dead.

She set her drinking bowl on the flat rock beside her, and studied her sister closely for a moment. “Kaivelt is coming to me, Rachyl.”

Word Prompts for September 16, 2017:

  1. flaky
  2. bloody
  3. well-groomed
  4. bounce
  5. page
  6. cherry
  7. trick
  8. print
  9. embarrass
  10. brother
  11. prickly
  12. finicky
  13. bored
  14. domineering
  15. volatile
  16. voluble

Standard disclaimer:

I don’t own or profit from these characters.

The Hard Way

(Exploration for upcoming chapters of my Star Trek: Enterprise TnT fan fiction story, “Highly Classified Mission,” which is based on S2E7: “The Seventh.” All previous and subsequent Story A Day September Drabbles can (eventually) be found on my fanfiction.net page.)

Trip pokes at the flaky croissant, dips it in cherry jam – then puts it back on his plate, uneaten. He stares at the page on the PADD without really seeing it. The print swims; he still hasn’t slept.

Bored with playing a volatile, domineering tyrant so soon?” Malcolm doesn’t look tired enough. There’s still a bounce in his step. He’s well-groomed. “Too finicky for Chef’s breakfast, too, I see.”

Trip is prickly. Malcolm’s too damned voluble. Trip’s brother taught him well how to embarrass someone, and and Malcolm Bloody Reed’s about to learn a trick or two – the hard way.

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Growth and Shiny Things: September 13, 2017

Hey there!

After the crazy-happy-busy week I detailed in my Sunday (well, posted Monday) update, the week has settled into something that’s not really a lull, but definitely the wake of that mad ROWing!

It’s a quietly productive time fueled by the shift in the seasons and the air, the late night and early morning fogs, the cooling of the nights and the softening light of the days, the songs of the crickets and the cry of the blue jays. Things are being born in me: autumn is an intensely creative time for me, and I tend to be abustle with tending goals and plans for a long New York winter by the time September is midway through… which it very nearly is, as I type this in the last minutes of Wednesday morning.

It can be tempting for me to want to charge ahead with each new plan or idea or Shiny Thing as it arises, particularly as the vibrancy of color intensifies, and the cool shifts to a frost-edged chill…

There’s a reason for my September mantra:

Keep It Simple.

Much as I might want to add new goals, and chase after the Shinies of life…I’m going to stick with what I have. I’ll remind myself as needed that these goals were the Shinies as I moved into the month, and that I set them with intention, in service to long-term contributions. I do have a plan to add one thing to the upcoming Round 3/Round 4 break – but it’s a thing that will make all the other things easier to attain.

Rather than adding goals, I’ve decided to indulge my desire for new Shinies by seeing some goals in a new way, and by embracing some new experiences, large and small. And, of course, by getting out into this lovely weather regularly, rather than spending all my time at the keyboard (which is essential to a writing career, but certainly not all there is to experience in life!).

So, here we go…on to my Keep It Simple September Roughly Midmonth Update!

Do you find yourself creatively energized by cooler weather?

Do you have autumn where you live?

  • Notes: For clarity, only goals I engaged with this session appear in this update.  Comprehensive goals lists can be found below. Standard disclaimer applies on Trek excerpts – I neither own nor profit from these characters.

  • September goals

  • Round Three goals (updated)

  • 2017 Goals

  • #oneword for 2017

  • 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 Twelve finished for both, Primary goal; on target for the month.

Excepted from: “Far Past Time:”

“It’s about time.”

“It is far past time.”

“Blame me, Jim – I took too long getting into my dress uniform.”

Excepted from: “Triaxian Silk:”

I caress the cloth -Triaxian silk, in an appealing rainbow of color. I worked hard for a whole night to make the deal that bought me these, but I figure if I get to see her wearing it even once, I have made a profit.

Excepted from: S48: “I Will Hold You:”

Niaan woke alone, and chilled despite the warmth of her borrowed furs. Kilyp was nay here; she must have slept overlong, and he, in the manner she knew so well, had gone to tend to her fastbreaking and morning brew, as though she could nay tend to it herself.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. A writing group friend mentioned having several 100-word prompt lists. She’s shared them with me; I’m now word-rich, and shouldn’t need more! Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Finalized my schedule for September (finally!). Made up #SoCS. WIPpet and this post in progress. Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1/1.5 hours.

  • 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: 2.9/8 hours, including Run 5K and tai chi class (I really, really missed it!). Journal; 3/8; meditate 3/8.

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Multi-Directional Growth: September 10, 2017

Hey there!

It feels like only yesterday I was welcoming the new month – and now it’s a third of the way over. Maybe it’s really flying by that fast, or maybe it’s that my life’s been even busier than during a very busy summer?

Sooner or later, I’m going to have a slow month…or maybe just a slow week. I know it will happen – but this doesn’t seem to be the week or the month for it.

The highlights include a new driver –  who of course has a lot to learn, and wants me to be the one to facilitate that –  and changes and growth in our still-newborn cottage business.

Oh, and there’s changes happening in the way I look at my life, productivity, my place in the business, and my writing…

There’ll be more on those changes in Round Four. For now, let’s just say I’m growing, and, though it’s a bit scary and a lot uncomfortable, it’s a good kind of growth, and discomfort is a chance for learning…

Which makes me glad for my September mantra:

Keep It Simple.

How are you growing this month?

  • 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 Nine finished for both, although I. Primary goal; up to date.
  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 2,232/2,222 words. Secondary goal COMPLETED for this week.

That the Canivaarii had a hunt that might bring harm to Niaan was a risk that must be accepted, in the quest for his own quarry. But, if Vaara proved the stronger –

That stopped him, and sent the chill of the water, down from the heights of the Snowsdeep Mountains, into his soul. He had nay considered that – that Niaan might trespass the Kai’s holdings, and lose in a battle with Vaara.

That would end all his plans, before they were well begun.

  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 2,050/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal; solid progress.

Maybe that’s why she and Tim had worked. He didn’t know anything at all about that part of her life, or how fast she’d been willing, once upon a time, to drop her pants for anyone who’d let her get at what was in theirs. It didn’t matter whether they were men or women – or even how many there were, sometimes.

It was only about the empty place. Only now, years later, did she see the truth.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. More simmering than plotting, but still getting words. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week.

T’Pol moved to the console he indicated, and sat on the chair anchored to it. It was unsettling to do so; most Vulcan duty stations were designed for standing use. Kaiidth. It was as it was. She would adjust to it, and to the unspecified discomfort of the furnishing, which had been designed for a human occupant. Neither of these discomforts were of any significance to this mission. She would be aboard for only eight days; it would be inefficient and illogical to expect the station to be altered for her benefit.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Saved five contest sites to Pocket for further exploration; 5/10 for Step 1. Secondary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Missed #SoCS (may post Sunday) and #8sunday this week. WIPpet Wednesday; drafted #weekend coffee share; checked #SoCS prompt/simmering. 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 all posters on the #ROW80 Facebook page for the most current update. Pinterest; Instagram. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 15.5/15 hours; shopped for trim materials for gift buckets, set up prototypes; began designing magnets; Tugboat Roundup Day 1. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Skimmed Facebook page again; saved resources, added an app; checked out Challenges #2 and #3;staging/planning for #2 . Stretch goal; modest progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 120 min./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: 7.92/8 hours. Journal; 7/8; meditate 8/8. Very good progress.

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The Aftermath of Growth: August 30, 2017


Hey there!

After last week’s frenetic pace, this week has been less intense.

We’ve had our Sunday and Monday markets, and I slept well every night. Tuesday morning, I went for a 3.31 mile walk with my almost-16 year old son. We discussed tentative plans for his Saturday birthday and a radical feminism blog he’d read from and wanted to critique for some ideas that weren’t exactly based in reality….to say the least.

Honestly, it’s still Tuesday as I’m typing this – it tends to be a restful and recuperative day, and it’s better if I don’t try to take on too much. But Wednesday will be devoted to shopping with my daughter, because, while the aftermath of business growth may be a more restful period, the aftermath of my children’s growth is that they need larger clothes! I took Jeremiah shopping for his “standard uniform” – grey cargo pants and blue T-shirts – in July, before his camping trip, but Lise needs new cooler-weather clothes to fit a body that’s considerably more womanly than it was as last fall approached. Her taste in bedding has changed, too, so there will be some major updating of her overall “style.”

I’m growing, too… but in ways that are a bit less concrete or easily put into words. A bit ironic for a writer, isn’t it?

How have you grown lately?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 2,514/3,333. Primary goal; good progress.

He watched the man and the child as they talked, standing there by the pyre that still smoked faintly. The child poked a stick into the embers.

When the last one dies, Lasu will be forever gone.” He had the thickness of tears in his voice. Lasu had been huntmother to many; was she to a child who would nay ever be a hunter? Truth, she had a softness in her soul that would permit such a thing.

  • 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. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes forHighly Classified Mission,” Checked site and signed up on the list for prompt posts. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet in progress; simmering #weekendcoffeeshare and #8sunday. Primary goal; a bit of progress,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. .1 hour; began prepping two posts for Chef Bluebeard’s blog . Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • 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. 40 min/3 hours; mins/ Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1 hour hometending/week. Adapted goal; .5/1 hr.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity. Catch up Baby Steps to 5K; meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4.25/6 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8. Solid progress.

  • 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. Crit Group: .25/3 hours. Finished Chapter Two of SK, sent to author; 1 /2 hours.

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Empty Places for #SoCS August 19, 2017

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Note: This post contains suggestions of adult material. PG-13.

Empty Places

Did she want to be alone? To live here, by herself, without Tim? Stay here, and not run off to Devin, asking him to fill the empty places inside her?

“Well, why not?” Her voice sounded strange in the room – different and more echoing without Tim’s things. Or was that all in her head?

So many questions, and really no answers. That was scary in the same way it had been every time she left the courtroom in her mother’s custody. She’d always known she’d end up back in the courtroom, then a foster home – and, sooner or later, back in another courthouse, leaving with her mother again, with no one asking her if that’s what she wanted, because it was cheaper for the state if she wasn’t a ward of it.

Maybe that’s why she and Tim had worked. He didn’t know anything at all about that part of her life, or how fast she’d been willing, once upon her time, to drop her pants for anyone who’d let her get in what was in theirs. It didn’t matter whether they were men or women – or even how many there were, sometimes.

It was only about the empty place. Only now, years later, did she see the truth.

She’d been trying to fill herself, exactly the way her mother had. Only, what she had done with sex, her mother had done with heroin.

She’d always blamed her mother for that, for the destructive addiction that had eventually killed her, and left Drea parentless. But she was the same. Her destructive addiction just hadn’t killed her.

But who was to say it wouldn’t, if she didn’t find a healthier way to fill the voids?

Will Drea find a way to heal her emptiness?

Who is Tim, and where has he gone?

What’s next for Drea?

This snippet comes from my novel-in-progress, The Last House, from my Kifo Island series. I expect to finish this draft by the end of the summer.

This post is my entry for Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consicousness Saturday (#SoCS), where the weekly prompt is “pant,” used any way we choose. To read more unedited stream of consciousnes pieces, click on our brand-new badge at the top of the post, or right here, for post listings.