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Building and Going: January 11, 2017 Update

Hey there!

The first ten days of the month have whooshed by for me! I’ve dived in deeply, dipped my toes in, floated along on the current, made progress with a strong forward stroke, and even sat on the bank taking in the view.

And, while I was doing all those things, some progress was made – both the kind that shows on the goals list and that other kind – the kind that isn’t expressed in language. That counts at least as much to me as the progress I can quantify and tally up.

As I mentioned on Sunday, this is a busy week, and I’m still in the thick of it. The boy has new clothes, and my Accomplice and I got a couples’ workout. I attended my weekly write-in. Still upcoming is a coffee date, grocery shopping, tai chi, and meeting my son’s friends halfway on Friday and Sunday (we live in upstate New York, and the party is in Pennsylvania). Each round trip will be 200 miles…so Saturday, I’m going nowhere.

But that’s still in the future.

Right now, it’s time to take account of where I am, right now.

 

  • Note: Goals I engaged with this session are listed in  this update. For complete goals list, check the links below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Currently Scene 13/24 in progress. 4,069/5000 weekly words; 42,621/~65,000 total. On Sunday, I was considering reducing this goal, but…well, I added words, and broke through the “stuck” place I was in. So, for now, I’m keeping this goal as-is.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough Aeon Timeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Finalized selections for Camp novels. Created rough paper timeline with all current/planned stories placed.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 10/31 complete. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Getting there with the rhythm…at least for now.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. First duplicate posted.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Made initial contact with Jaz.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 3/3; bedroom and living room; 1/1. General: 17/27. Tuesday was a very active day for hometending.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie/TV; write-in, plans for the weekend; clothes shopping with son.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans;workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; tai chi Thursday; Miah to his party on Friday – and attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. First piece complete; second simmering; third downloaded.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; promo post completed.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 3/6; Evening: 0/3. Return to mandalas.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 3/6. Strenuous: 3.75/6 hours: weight/cardio/moving firewood. Over halfway, with two-thirds of the month left – finally, a hooray here! =D

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The Prosperity Principle: December 28, 2016

Hey there!

Welcome to my second ROW80 Interlude Post. I’m moving along; focusing on just a thing or two at a time rather than the wide-angle. I’m reasonably sure I won’t finish everything on my list, but I will wrap up a couple more, and move others closer to the completion point.

In the space between a quiet family Christmas and the new year, I’m enjoying this combination of finishing up existing goals within my grasp, and, at the same time, reaching a little higher as I move through the process of setting goals and objectives for 2017.

It’s a kind of prosperity, this time…prosperity I’m creating myself.

I added a few words to The Far Shore, so I thought I’d give you a little taste…

Holding her imagined actions in mind, Ubunta began reaching and digging her way down through the rocks. It was going to take longer than she’d thought, but she was succeeding, and she was tucked in under the boardwalk that ran above.

  • Note: I’ve listed the goals I engaged from Sunday- Tuesday. For complete goals lists, click the links below.

  • December goals

  • 2016 goals

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,792/~65,000 words/ 297 new.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. February writing goals added to Aeon Timeline; 2/12 months. I’ll be adding my “tending” goals once I get through March.

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week Two: Added photos for B-G posts (so much fun going through our pictorial history!) 6/6. Created folders for these posts; added images to all. Week One: Added links; proofed; formatted, pulled from planning document, and moved to A Post file; 1/26 ready for scheduling once I have the #atozchallenge icons.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Completed second revision pass for Chapter 1/3, “Returns and Remembrances;” Chapter 2/3 “Clinging to One Another,” first revision pass complete. Reread.color-coded Chapter 3/3 for first revision pass.“FC;WJ”: Began revising the new Scene Four.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. ROW80 done.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 0/5. Kitchen: 0/5. Indoor random; 9/25.`

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; menorah lighting; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 3/5; 90 min: 2/4.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal. Work table is clean, and I can get to the board; reviewed current projects and made rough list for updating; simmering.

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 10/19; 29% complete.

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Reflections on an #atozchallenge Just Past

It’s been not quite two weeks since I posted my last Blogging From A-Z April Challenge 2016 post, Zinnias and Azaleas (or, Z to A). I haven’t exactly slowed down, yet, because spring is my Season of New Writing. Still, it’s time to put together my reflections on the challenge, so here I am, slipping in under the proverbial alphabetical wire.

The Personal:

I stretched and grew through my A-Z Challenge.

  • Through the month, I wrote stories every day, posted them, and went visiting.

  • My creativity was nurtured, and I set several major storylines in progress.

I extended the challenge to achieve a personal goal.

  • One of the pleasures of A-Z is that we can make it anything we want it to be.

  • I decided to use the challenge to explore my fan fiction passion, with alphabetically themed stories.

  • And then I had an idea – a BIG idea.

  • I decided to extend my challenge, and add longer, value-added stories posted, for the first time in my life, to a fan fiction site.

  • I also used A-Z to begin finally exploring a timeline creation program – something that will help me in every one of my longer-term fiction writing projects.

I had a delightful time, and learned a lot through my posts.

  • I learned about the timeline program, and the fan fiction interface, both things that are on my goals list in one form or another.

  • I also learned how to write and revise a story in a single day, at least in a rough-and-ready sense. I really didn’t have a choice, at times, if I was going to keep up with the goal. That’s important, because I’m focused on revision this year, in my long-term progress toward a sustainable writing career. Some of the stories were several thousand words long, so this was no mean feat.

  • I also ended up with over 30 stories posted and readily available here. Pop on over if you’d like to take a look. =)

The Minioning:

  • My personal sticking point in previous years has been visiting other A-Zers. I tend to get so consumed in the challenge that I forget or can’t manage to get around to make any kinds of rounds. Sometimes, it was even tricky to get to those who commented on my posts, which just isn’t good.

  • This year, I volunteered as a part-time minion, which gave me an obligation to visit 11 other blogs each day. I did miss about three days, two of them right at the end of the challenge. But, for the most part, I got to those 11 blogs every day, and finally participated in a regular fashion with other challengers.

  • I discovered many wonderful blogs, and followed a good many of them. That means I can find lots of great things to read for the rest of the year and beyond.

  • I helped keep the list full of blogs who were posting, which is something like weeding a garden. It was a service that I could give to the challenge as a whole, and

  • I lightened the load for my co-host, John Holton of The Sound of One Hand Typing, and it was a good way to support the challenge as a whole.

The Cool Kids:

  • Like I said above, I encountered some amazing blogs, and some wonderful themes. Here, I’ll list three of my many favorites. Why three? Because it’s my favorite number, and because, honestly, I’ve moved on to Story A Day May, and now I’m pushing up against the deadline for the linky list for this hop. Honestly, I could have filled three blog posts with just my favorites!

 

 Everything Must Change: The Child and The Prophet

Small Town Nerds (transgender honesty)

Writing Wings (alphabetical cryptic serial story)

The Assessment:

  • I’ve used the challenge in different ways, through the years. My first time out, I didn’t even have a theme, but it worked out well enough. I floundered a bit doing the post every day, because I didn’t realize I could write and schedule them ahead of time.

  • The next time I participated, I had a theme. I did fan fiction stories that year, too, mixed with my own intertwined original fantasy novel. I did a certain amount of advance planning, and more last year, when I did travel posts. I got a few of those done ahead of time. This year, I had all the shorter vignettes drafted – but next year, I’m going to improve, and have at least the first week’s posts scheduled, if I can’t get them all done. Of course, I can’t do that until I decide on a theme…which brings me to ..

What’s Next?:

  • I’ve got a few ideas.

  • Selection will happen by the end of June, and planning by the end of August.

  • The Road Trip – something I’ve always meant to do, but tend to forget. I’ve bookmarked blogs to come back to, and plan to visit a couple each week, starting next month.

  • And, of course, I’ll be keeping tabs on the many great blogs I followed during April.

Hope to see you in the #atozchallenge next year!

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Boldly Go! #atozchallenge 2016 Star Trek: Enterprise Fan Fiction Adventure Index

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Clicking on each letter will take you to the appropriate vignette story. If you enjoy the vignette, and would like more, you can find it at my fanfiction.net page, where I’ve posted expanded forms of each story.

Disclaimers: I don’t own them; CBS Paramount does.  They also make money from them; that doesn’t interest me. These stories are an act of love, freely offered, freely shared.

Some stories are rated for adults or older children; I’ll specify that above their icons; please exercise due caution when reading!

Comments and reviews always appreciated!

Now, engage!

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Zinnias and Azaleas ( Or, Z to A!): Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day Twenty – Six

A to Z  – the final blogging frontier…

Captain’s Log: April 30, 2016

These are the fan fiction voyages of the starship Enterprise (NX-01),  the first Warp Five capable Terran craft. Humans are now able to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go….

I don’t own Enterprise  or her crew. No monetary profit is gained from these stories. I just want to share my passion for these characters and their world.

Still using the timeline as it exists. This story takes place a few weeks after Season Four, Episode 3, Home, shortly after my previous story, You Might Not Believe This”. Spoilers for “Home”. Approximate time, mid March, 2154.

Trip is drunk and wandering – in his own mind, and somewhere he’s not sure how he got to, or even where ‘here’ is…but he’s sure that T’Pol being married to someone else just isn’t right.

If you’d like more, you can find the complete story- in – progress, “Love and Loss”, by clicking the title. It is rated Mature, and some portions are NSFW.

This story is rated PG-13 for alcohol use and adult themes.

Zinnias and Azaleas

(521 words)

“I suppose that depends on how you define gentleman.” She’d said that to him once, and a little part of him had hated her, because she knew things about him no one else did, and she wasn’t  who his fantasies had painted her to be, and she didn’t seem at all interested in trying to live up to the part he’d assigned her.

But now, he knew it for what it was. Jealousy. Yearning she couldn’t dare to let loose, and which she had no idea how to express. He’d been intimate with another woman; didn’t matter that it wasn’t sex. To T’Pol, hands were a primary erogenous zone. He’d stuck his into a box of pebbles with another woman. He hadn’t known what it would do to her; hadn’t really even thought of her.

She’d been shocked, and angry.

Now, she seemed to be neither. Just –

“Bereft. Desolate. Hollow.”

Human words. He’d done that to her; given her feelings that her own world had no words for. He hadn’t meant to, any more than she’d meant to bite him that first time, when she needed to anchor herself against spiraling emotion and sensation.

He’d made her feel human things, and now she had those emotions, and a Vulcan husband. How could Koss understand? Would he even try?

How could she be married to a Vulcan? That made no sense. It was wrong.

“She’s supposed to be married to me.”

Just because it sounded like he was the jilted lover didn’t mean that it wasn’t true. Wait. Was he actually, really thinking of marrying T’Pol? Not just to get her out of this thing with Koss, like he’d offered at the Fire Plains, but really, honestly, Mom and Dad married?

Yes. That’s exactly what he was thinking. And that meant that he needed a drink. Or as many as he could choke down before he passed out again.

There was the sound of crunching gravel – she probably woulda heard that two minutes back. Someone or something was coming this way, and Trip didn’t want to have to explain what he was doing lurking on this road in –

Where was he again? Why was he here? Hadn’t he been in the swamp?

Didn’t matter. Knew he was too drunk to even try to hide it, and he might get apprehended as an intruder…that sure as hell wouldn’t look good on his Permanent Record…

Trip got himself out of there, staggering off the path into a pretty half-wilderness of flowers, live pine, willow, and moss, until he got hung up in a clump of fuschia azalea bushes, lived up to his nickname by tripping and twisting his damned ankle hard enough to make him yelp – so much for the covert operations – and fell into a bed of pretty zinnias just the color of one of T’Pol’s sweet work uniforms. He had just enough time to get a whiff on the way down and decide that she smelled way better when his head found a rock at the border of the bed, and it was lights out for ol’ Trip Tucker.

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For an added treat, visit other blogs on the #atozchallenge roster. There is a huge diversity to choose from, and I think that’s something T’Pol would find most agreeable, indeed.

Remember, though the challenge ends today, the writing continues. You can find all of my TnT fanfiction at my fan fiction page. And there’s the Reflections post and the annual #atozchallenge Road Trip will kick off soon!

 

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“You Might Not Believe This”: Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day Twenty – Five

A to Z  – the final blogging frontier…

Captain’s Log: April 29, 2016

These are the fan fiction voyages of the starship Enterprise (NX-01),  the first Warp Five capable Terran craft. Humans are now able to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go….

I don’t own Enterprise  or her crew. No monetary profit is gained from these stories. I just want to share my passion for these characters and their world.

Still using the timeline as it exists. This story takes place a few weeks after Season Four, Episode 3, Home, shortly after my previous story, Xenophobia Wasn’t Logical. Spoilers for “Home”. Approximate time, mid March, 2154.

Trip, drunk and all alone in the Everglades, tries to record a letter to the Cap’n, but memories of T’Pol intrude.To read the complete story-in-progress, now twelve chapters, click the story title. Warning; the story earns its Mature rating; NSFW.

This story is rated R for alcohol and sexual references.

“You Might Not Believe It”

Cap’n –

Not sure how to say this – hell, I haven’t been sober since – well, since it happened. Maybe I won’t be able to talk at all.

Since what happened? Yeah, I can hear you askin’.

Since she ripped my heart out, shredded it, and let my red human blood spill all over those damned sands of hers, that’s what.

You know me an’ desert worlds. Shoulda never let you talk me into goin’ with her. Thought it was about perfect – you wantin’ me to take care of her, help her – the perfect excuse to be alone together.

Well, I took care of her, all right- neither one of us wore a damned stitch of clothing, once I got my tour of engineering. She said we’d been on the damned planet for six hours before we came up for air enough to get dressed and disembark – she’d know, I guess, with that damned computer brain of hers. Probably assessed and rated my performance every time we ‘had sexual relations’ – yeah, that’s exactly how she puts it. Makes it sound real damned romantic, doesn’t it? Like we’re two computer systems interfacin’, or something, with no passion at all….

But it’s not like that, Cap’n. You might not believe it, but she’s the most passionate woman I’ve ever met, let alone made love with. She turned my life and my opinion of what Vulcans are on its ear- she walked right into my soul and set up camp there.

Thing is, I love her. Not just a little – with everything I am. Know how I took you to that jazz club you hated, told you I met the most beautiful woman in the universe there, only I didn’t exactly meet her?

Well – surprise, surprise – it was her. Betcha didn’t see that one comin’ did ya? Yup – me an’ T’Pol – we shared something that night, somethin’ I don’t even pretend to understand – but there’s no mistakin’ what it did to me.

How the hell stupid am I, to think it did somethin’ to her, too? Shoulda listened when she told me that she was just ‘exploring human sexuality’. Shoulda known it was too good, and a helluva lot too illogical, to last. She got what she wanted, whatever the hell that was, and now – well, now she’s married to him – and where the hell does that leave me?

Out here in the Glades, all alone, wishin’ I could scratch her itchy back – did you know her back itches, constantly, that she sits there on the Bridge all day, repressin’ it – that and bein’ chilly, cause we keep things about 25 degrees cooler than what’s room temperature, to her? No, betcha she never said a word – doesn’t want anyone to know she’s uncomfortable

Can almost feel her fingers on me – oh damn, those fingers. There’s another one you wouldn’t believe. Helluva sexy woman, and I’ve seen you lookin’ – you, and Malcolm, and even Travis – god knows, I loved gettin’ all tangled up with that body, in that body- but you’re all missing the sexiest part of her, right there in the open on the ends of her hands. Do you have any idea how sensitive those fingers are? How much she feels through them? What I can do to her – aww, hell – just by touching them? What she can do to me with them?

Do ya know why Vulcans don’t wanna shake hands with us, Cap’n? Why they use a numbing agent on their fingertips if they think they might have to touch us?

Well, I do. And I understand.…damn, if only her fingers were here now –

Oh, hell. Sorry about that – guess you can tell I kinda forgot what I was doin’ here- well, I’m not sending ANYONE this letter- gonna try ta either sleep it off or, better yet, get drunk all over again…

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For an added treat, visit other blogs on the #atozchallenge roster. There is a huge diversity to choose from, and I think that’s something T’Pol would find most agreeable, indeed.

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Xenophobia Wasn’t Logical: Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day Twenty – Four

A to Z  – the final blogging frontier…

Captain’s Log: April 28, 2016

These are the fan fiction voyages of the starship Enterprise (NX-01),  the first Warp Five capable Terran craft. Humans are now able to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go….

I don’t own Enterprise  or her crew. No monetary profit is gained from these stories. I just want to share my passion for these characters and their world.

Still using the timeline as it exists. This story takes place a few weeks after Season Four, Episode 3, Home, immediately after my previous story, Wrong. Spoilers for “Home”. Approximate time, mid March, 2154.

TLes writes a letter to her daughter T’Pol to express her concerns and regrets regarding T’Pol’s recently formalized arranged marriage. To read the complete story-in-progress, now eleven chapters, click the story title. Please be aware that the story deserves its mature rating, as it contains sexual content and references to drug and alcohol abuse.

This story is rated R for references to sexuality.

Xenophobia Wasn’t Logical

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T’Les saved the correspondence, then sat before her candle. The events of the last week had left her too agitated. The lingering odors of the frenzied couplings reminded her of the Burning times with her husband, and made meditation impossible. Perhaps she should neutralize the mating-scent and restore T’Pol’s room to order, but she resisted the thought. She had instigated the chaos with her own insistence that her daughter fulfill a familial obligation that interfered with her own nature. What right had she to erase any evidence of the results of her own actions and assumptions?

T’Les watched her flame, and remembered.

T’Pol was conceived in flame. Perhaps that was why she was so drawn to it as an infant. She had moved so swiftly, thrusting her small paired fingers into the flame as though she wished to share intimacies with it. She’d been so silent and still, only the odor of  her burning flesh had alerted T’Les to open her eyes and see what the baby had done.

T’Pol had shrieked out her rage when T’Les pulled her away, and had struggled fiercely to reclaim that which could destroy her.

As the flame had compelled her in infancy, the alien man had compelled her as a woman. T’Les felt the pull between them from the first moment; when they thrust their fingers together into the flame, she knew.

They were bound.

Commander Tucker hadn’t been destructive. It was her own assumptions, her own illogical xenophobia, that had fractured her only child’s katra.

“I am bereft, Mother.” Those were the last words T’Pol had spoken. T’Les had searched for a meaning for the Terran word. It had no Vulcan equivalent. When she had read enough to have some understanding, it was already too late. T’Pol was gone, the marriage was formalized, and her nascent bond with Commander Tucker was in danger of collapsing.

Could T’Pol survive, if it did? Would she choose death, rather than healing?

When Solnat had died, T’Les had wanted to die, as well. She had told Commander Tucker that they had shared a deep connection. She hadn’t told him about the bond; she hadn’t thought then that a human could understand either the concept or the reality.

Xenophobia wasn’t logical. Perhaps a human couldn’t understand, but that didn’t mean that no human could be bound.

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For an added treat, visit other blogs on the #atozchallenge roster. There is a huge diversity to choose from, and I think that’s something T’Pol would find most agreeable, indeed.