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D is for Death’s Doorway: #atozchallenge, Day 4

Doorway of Beckoning

Death has a threshold

Death has a doorway

Doorway between here and there

Doorway between then and now

Now he’s crossed the threshold

Now I stand alone and apart

Apart from the life I dreamed of

Apart from twenty years more

More life and love and laughter

More touching and much more time

Time ran out for us far too soon

Time is endless and yet finite

Finite as the spaces between heartbeats

Finite as the first and final breaths

Breaths that slowed then stopped

Breaths I now take on my own

Own the rest of my life

Own the place on the threshold

Threshold he carried me over long ago

Threshold now between wife and widow

Widow a word I never wanted as mine

Widow a word to strange to define

Define a journey we used to share

Define the steps I will take from here

Here was a marriage seasoned well

Here was my heart my love my soul

Soul battered and bleeding with loss

Soul that must find a way to heal

Heal the hollow echoes of his lost voice

Heal the emptiness that wears his shape

Shape of my life now indistinct

Shape of edges amorphous and blurred

Blurred as the horizon seen through tears

Blurred as this suddenly alien reality

Reality stings with the depths of loss

Reality awaits for I am still alive

Alive and breathing heart beating strong

Alive and unable to simply remain

Remain on the threshold where he stood

Remain where he left me when he moved on

On with life and the stuff of living

On into the future a widow I now go

Go to where our children wait

Go forward on a different path

Path winding away toward something new

Path still unknown but beckoning

Beckoning me on to life my life

Beckoning me to what will now be

Be

Life

When I began the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I hoped to keep up to date, posting each day’s poem and the musings that follow on the appropriate day.

However, this week, life’s doorway has led me on several journeys that have resulted in my scrambling to get this poem up a full day late – and I haven’t been on time once.

Starting on a Sunday was tricky. Sunday is the day my writing group meets, and April is the first CampNaNo WriMo month of the year, so it was rather a big day. More, a former member who relocated was visiting, so our night started a little early.

Monday brought an online class.

Tuesday, my daughter’s friend came – we met her mom halfway, so there was a couple of hours’ travel time in addition to the visit.

Early Wednesday, my son and I went grocery shopping – and our regular store was having their floors stripped. We ended up going to the next store, about ten miles from home. We’re not familiar with that one, so things took longer.

Wednesday night, we had a get-together to spend a bit more time with the visiting group member, and, after, a friend and I decided to check out the local health foods co-op. I had no energy for posting by the time I was home, and the purchases put away.

Today has been spent largely in novel writing, cleaning and organizing, and cooking…

What does all this have to do with today’s poem?

Well, life is for the living, and it tends to happen, whether we’re ready for it or not. Jim died, but I’m still alive, and, while the sorrow is still sharp and painful, life does keep on, and fills my days with…well, living, in all its lovely chaos. Sometimes I feel a little guilty about that – but I have a finite time left to live myself, and staying trapped on the threshold between life and death seems like it would be wasting this one wild and precious life I’ve been given.

And so I go forward, posting a bit late, not yet getting into the swing of visiting (though I have a plan!)…and living.

Please come back tomorrow, when I will be Exploring Emotional Terrain.

More daring, delightful D posts can be found here.

On a different threshold, at the other end of a marriage, August 23, 1997.

 

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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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%

ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

Inspired at Sylvia’s happy kitchen table. She made herself my patron years ago, and lives up to it with each visit.. =)
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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!

 

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Finding My Strut? #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  End of Week 9

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

 On Sunday, I wrote about striding and strolling my way to my goals.

Since then:

  • I’ve had a couple of days of intense activity, followed by two mellower days.
  • I mailed the package to Jim’s family, and feel freer without the emotional burden of that self-imposed obligation.
  • Lise’s homeschool report is drafted, and Miah’s has been started.
  • My recently composed flash fiction story, “Symphony at Song Glass Cabin,” was accepted to Pub 518’s upcoming anthology, Exploits in the Adirondacks. First round of edits due at end of month; a first review found only minor fixes needed.
  • I’ve also had an epiphany regarding our house, and how we can deal with some rather significant structural damage in our one bathroom. It involves a cargo container addition, possibly two, and moving several rooms. I’ve got a quick sketch and a headful of ideas, but very little else, thus far. I’m watching Fixer-Upper, though – so stay tuned!

I’m not sure I can claim a strut just yet – but with my reading approaching swiftly, and things taking on some semblance of order here…I can sense it out there, somewhere…

What brings out your strut?

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: opened file; began adapting intro. It’s a start.
  • Progress: 47%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 9-12.

  • Weather not especially conducive; talked about pre-licensing course and gear-up for his license.
  • Progress: 30%.

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 912.

  • Touching base in bits and pieces.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 9 -12.

  • Yes, each day. Hometending; personal enrichment; cooking; shopping; connection with and facilitating interests/goals for both. 7/7 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 912.

  • 7/7 days this session: mostly in kitchen area while cooking/cleaning.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 9-12.

  • Discussed division of home labor; major renovation ideas; upcoming travel; and puppies.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Stored labeled sauces to make room for inventory of unlabeled (for which I have a different plan).
  • Progress: 93%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • First step: we have an eating out budget for the month.
  • Progress: 55%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 912.

  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some sprinting; some blog reading/commenting.
  • My #SoCS post, Redefine.
  • Prepped for #BOAW2018 Blogfest.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 912.

  • The very beginnings of a list, sort of. I listed a few essentials in my #SoCS post.
  • Progress: 63%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 912.

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

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Continued simmering ideas on how to request help with our improvement projects.
  • Progress: 15%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 912.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 9-12.

  • Every day, yes.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 9-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; drawing simple renovation plans; photography; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing; coffee with a friend; walking.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Made couscous and sautéed ground turkey.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 9-12.

  • New Plated recipes.
  • Progress:100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 9-12.

  • Active two, then restful two, when I couldn’t give any more.
  • Progress: 75%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 912.

  • Not so much Wed. and Thurs., but couldn’t avoid it on Friday and Saturday, when I napped and dozed frequently.
  • Progress: 50%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 9-12.

  • Better than at the beginning of the week.
  • Progress: 50%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 912.

  • Again, a bit better.
  • Progress: 50%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 912.

  • Success here, at least!
  • Progress: 100%

ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

 

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2018, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round One, slices of life, The 12 Week Year, The 12 Week Year 2018, The 12 Week Year Two, Writers' Resources, writing, Writing in Freedom

Stride and Stroll: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 9

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

On Sunday, I wrote about how things are moving along as I adjust to my new normal.

Since then:

  • My new printer is up and running, and so is my keyboard.
  • I’m using Command Center and laptop interchangeably.
  • I’ve made headway on the homeschool reporting.
  • I’ve also moved forward with personal matters related to Jim’s death – preparing to send his ashes to his sister in Oregon, and emptying the remains of the many medications the hospice nurse destroyed with dish liquid on the night he died, then left for me to flush. I wasn’t up to these very real bits of unfinished business until this week, and there’s liberation in tending to them.

There’s still a mountain range worth of things to tend to – but, though sleep has been rare with the full moon, I’m gaining confidence that I can and will tend to them. Sometimes I need to stride forth on something specific; other times, I can stroll along puttering at this and that, but I will make progress along the trail and up the peaks.

What mountains lie on your horizon?

How will you scale them?

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.

  • Annalise’s report: Section 10/10 drafted.
  • Progress: 45%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 9-12.

  • 1/4; talked about areas where he needs more practice.
  • Progress: 25%.

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 912.

  • Touched base with Lise while we were having lunch together, and with Miah while hometending together.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 9 -12.

  • Yes, each day. Hometending; personal enrichment; administration; shopping; connection with and facilitating interests/goals for both. 3/3 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 912.

  • 3/3 days this session: car; home; yard.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 9-12.

  • Discussed division of home labor; improvements in common and personal spaces; travel; and puppies.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • More insight, and the beginnings of a plan.
  • Progress: 92%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 55%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 912.

  • Comments for 9, Sc.2 completed.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 912.

  • Responded to blog comments and visited/commented in return; Monday/Tuesday
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 912.

  • Nothing written thus far; approach plan evolving and simmering.
  • Progress: 60%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Talked with both.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Some early ideas on how to approach this.
  • Progress: 10%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 912.

  • A whole new set of ideas here.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 9-12.

  • Every day, yes. I also reread a 535 page fanfiction novel I wrote.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 9-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing; coffee with a friend; walking.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 9-12.

  • Well…not so much. Active every day, with the fatigue to prove it!
  • Progress: 50%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 912.

  • Doing won out.
  • Progress: 50%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 9-12.

  • Not so much – I’ve been pushing more than is best.
  • Progress: 30%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 912.

  • Uh, not so much.
  • Progress: 20%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 912.

  • Success here, at least!
  • Progress: 100%

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“Uh, Listen….”  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!

Well, I did manage to get a WIPpet post done last week – my first since my husband died of pancreatic cancer in mid-January.  However, I didn’t get around to visit as many of you as I had hoped to.

This adjusting and resumption of blogging is apparently still very much a work in progress for me. So, with that in mind, this week I have a goal of visiting at least 3 of my fellow WIPpeteers. If you’re here just because you follow this blog and/or enjoy my fanfiction, please consider joining me in supporting the other diverse writers who join the WIPpet bloghop – who knows, you might find a brand new favorite! =D

Now, 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 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

 

T’Pol, Enterprise’s new, unwelcome Vulcan Science Officer, is attempting to contain her reaction to a human engineer who presents unique challenges. Now, we see what happens next.  We pick up immediately after my last TnT post, A Further Complication.

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 February 21, 2018.
  • Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the day I met my husband.
  • I added the digits of 21, and have 3 paragraphs to share with you.

“Uh, Listen…”

That she found the prospect highly unsatisfactory was irrelevant. She was assigned here to assure that the humans didn’t create imbalances in the existing dynamics of this region of space. She was not intended to interact with them other than what was required to attend to that duty.

Commander Tucker made a strange vocalization that was not language, and shifted again. “Uh, listen….Sub-Commander?”

She looked up from the as-yet incomprehensible console and waited for him to speak.

What does Trip want to say to T’Pol?

Will T’Pol spend the voyage in her quarters?

And why is her console incomprehensible?

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!