Posted in Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, NaNoWrimo, Parenting, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Grateful Growth: October 26, 2015

So, how was your weekend?

The kids and I spent Saturday at an indoor waterpark, where Annalise and her friend attended a birthday party. Jeremiah and I hung out together, had lunch, talked, and connected.

The party was for the child of the relative who instigated the events that occuied so much of my focus the last few weeks. I was determined to be civil, and not broach the topic during this child’s big day.

It wasn’t difficult. I wasn’t stressed. I relaxed, and let the day unfold as it would. I was rewarded with the gift of my growing-up-fast son, and the giggling of tween girls in the backseat all the way there and back.

Life is very, very good. =)

In other news, I’m shifting my focus for the rest of this month, as I prep for NaNoWriMo and weekend travel.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

  • New Goal = magenta.

Writing:

  • Write one poem daily for the OctPoWriMo Challenge. Each poem will fit the theme “Gratitude”. 17/31. Still behind; still doing some…This week: Complete and post all poems.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete 2/3 paragraphs for the remaining letters (Q-Z); do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. Choose one paragraph for each to develop into the post; make episode list for rewatching. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen. 21/26 letters completed; 1 /2 V completed. This week: Complete drafting.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, complete rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Rewrite and offer as a beta read.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises  and submit.

  • Monday Morning Coffee”: My World Unknown Review submission was lost in the editor’s email ether. Review/revise as necessary, and resubmit by 10/31.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible: This week: Do all regular features; schedule all October WIPpets and #8sunday posts;figure out what to do about C and C and Mindful Monday posts for November.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This week: Keep on keeping on. Do better at visiting; that seems to be tripping me up, ATM. Still not where I want it to be. A little better; still not great. It’s a Life Thing.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Complete and submit Round 4 Sponsor Post. This week: Visits; try for a few extras. Read Monday post.

  • Empty email inbox and maintain below 333 messages. This week: Maintain inbox and habit. Some, but not as much as I’d hoped. I backslid a bit…need a better plan for busier times.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 5/5 days. General hometending; desk declutter; Annalise’s room; outside; porch. This week: Continue; focus on clearing the decks for NaNo and travel, and implementing ideas from 5,000 Words Per Hour.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Attended birthday party; sleepover canceled. This week: Lise doctor appointment and Halloween shopping; weekend trip to New Jersey.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Regular write-in, and a plotting workshop. This week: Read the first of the critique projects; ‘attend’ the kickoff party virtually from NJ.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121). This week: Work on this as I can; it’s a busy week, but it might be perfect while traveling.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with each, already, and more to come!
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 7 reviews. Read The Flying Burgowski, by Gretchen K. Wing. 3/3 books complete. Loved this YA story enough to recommend it to the 14 and 11 year olds at my house. This week: Bite the bullet and write all the reviews!

Selftending

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journals 7/7. Meditation: 7/7. This week: Journals; eating meditation; meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. This week: At least two at-home practices.

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. Activity: 6/6; Tracking: 3/3. This week: the same.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks

  • Website/Business blog: early brainstorming with my Accomplice.

  • Fantasy convention

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in Enterprise fan fiction, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, Uncategorized

The Candle and the Harmonica for #OctPoWriMo Day 20

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If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

I’ve been debating how to post, since I’ve been writing sporadically and out of order. I’d been hoping to go in order as much as possible – but, at this point, I think I’m just going to do the best I can to finish each new day’s poem, post it, and catch up the ones I haven’t yet written, as well as those I’ve written but not shared on this blog, as I can.

I still hope to finish the month with 31 completed and posted poems. Things have settled out in other parts of life, and, with the moon between new and full, I feel the creative surge pulsing through me. I’ve got a lot of projects in the works, and some waiting that I would love to get through…

But, just for now – NOW, the only moment we really ever have, any of us – I’m going to share this just-written poem…a slightly silly, slapdash love poem between Trip Tucker’s harmonica and T’Pol’s meditation candle.

Because Trip. And T’Pol.

This one’s a variation on the loop poem, and follows, at least in spirit, the Day 20 OctPoWriMo prompt – a love poem. I went the suggested route, and used the love note between two inanimate objects.

As always, I don’t own Trip and T’Pol. Although I own a candle and a harmonica, I don’t own theirs. Nor do I make any money from writing about them – it’s purely an act of passion I’m inviting you to be a part of! =D

The Candle and the Harmonica

You make spirits soar and dance.

Dance like the light you bring.

Bring music and lightness to life.

Life made softer by flickering shadows.

Shadows and layers in every breath.

Breath shivering on glowing bare skin.

Skin tingling at the beautiful created song.

Song of the flame reflecting in their eyes.

Eyes hazel, eyes blue, bright with feeling.

Feeling of calm and peace in your flame.

Flame he rouses, when he plays upon you

You edge my silver with golden warmth

Warmth of the wild human notes playing

Playing with candlelight that means home

Home is in your music let free

Free as your dancing light.

Like what you read? Drop me a comment in the box below!

And find more lovely and loving poetry at OctPoWriMo!

No candle; no harmonica.  But a rather poetic Trip monologue…and I love that!

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, OctPoWriMo Challenge, Sexuality and Erotica, Writing in Freedom

Candlelight Commingled Kisses for OctPoWriMo Day 2

If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

For October 2nd, the prompt is imagery, using a favorite scene, muted. My poem’s subject is a first time – between T’Pol of Vulcan and Trip Tucker of Earth.

Why them? Well, I’m grateful for Enterprise, and this relationship that feels so true, and has given me endless material to dream and write about, and delight in…and this moment was beautifully written, acted, and presented.

Need more proof? Here’s the scene that inspired today’s poem.

Candlelight Commingled Kisses

After all the words parried and thrust

Candlelight on their dulled blades

All the words have vanished

Like smoke from the candles

Blended into the air

And the sound of our breath

Here in this womb of a room

Held in deep space

Quiet as breath

And the waiting heartbeats

And then leaning in

The instant of decision

Candlelight in dilated eyes

That hold nothing of doubt

But contain all that matters

In this life

The kiss a potent live thing

Known and alien

Binding and promising

Eyes the color of

Earth’s summer skies

When there are no clouds

Dazed and wide open

Not quite believing

Never so close as this

Closer than the next

Poised and whispered breath

A candle’s flickering uncertainty

Between what has been

And what will be

The leaning in and pulling away

Like the dancing of these small flames

Decision held in hazel eyes

Hands lifting in another dance

Silk robe slipping away

Unveiling proud curves for

Candlelight’s caress

Welcoming sky colored eyes

Wide and dazed

Pulled down the length

Of the revealed form

Then up, up, up

Back to soft

Welcome promise demand

An end to mystery

A beginning to knowing

Lips parted eyes holding

Wanting that erases

All control

All discipline

All logic

Except this

This breath

Warmed by candlelight

Witnessed by chaotic

Space

Standard Disclaimer: I don’t own Trip, T’Pol, or Trek. I also don’t accept money for playing with them. It’s an act of passion, like the suddenness of T’Pol’s kisses. =)

If you’re interested, you can find links to my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction here!

Return tomorrow, for my next poetic thanksgiving….and, until then, maybe you could share what you’re grateful for today!

If poetry happens to be on your gratitude list, you can find more imagery-centric poems at the OctPoWriMo Day Two list, or visit the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

This video was my alternate selection, so I’m sharing it as well.

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, OctPoWriMo Challenge

Full Moon Clouds for OctPoWriMo Day 1

If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

For October 1st, the prompt is “Clouds”. My poem’s subject is the nightly walks that my daughter and I take – specifically, the walk we took last week, just following the Super Blood Moon full lunar eclipse.

Full Moon Clouds

We step out the door,

My girl and I

for our nightly walk.

Full moon night

After an eclipse

And a skyful of clouds.

The silver moon

Glows like a nightlight

Seen behind frosted glass.

We walk and talk

My girl and I

Illuminating spirits.

We sit in the front yard.

In our camp chairs

And watch the clouds.

“They look like snow

When the wind’s blown it

Into little hills and valleys.”

“Or the surface of a brain

If you flattened it out

And it was white, not grey.”

It’s about more than clouds

This time that we share

More than full moons and walks.

It’s about connection

Little moments holding hands

And sharing secrets.

She’s growing up fast

This girl of eleven

Will soon be a woman.

She’ll live her life grown

On her own terms

With clouds we don’t share.

Our walks will be memories

These hand in hand times

Sharing secrets beneath cloud blankets.

What we’re weaving tonight

While clouds roll above

Is the fabric of her future self.

Return tomorrow, for my next poetic thanksgiving….and, until then, maybe you could share what you’re grateful for today!

If poetry happens to be on your gratitude list, you can find more cloudy poems at the OctPoWriMo Day One  list, or visit the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

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Posted in Blogfest Entries, Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, Sexuality and Erotica, WIPpet Wednesday

WIPpet Wednesday: Cowl Invites Touch

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. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

My life has slowed down considerably the last few days. I came home from our local NNWM Write-In Sunday night with a migraine and an odd dizziness that made me feel not quite in charge of my body…I’m better, but I’ve got the feeling that, if I push myself too much…so I’m writing, but my pace has slowed. I’m paying attention to what my body needs, rather than rush back to a more typical routine.

And, just in time for the new year, I got my three contributor’s copies of World Unknown Review!

My story, “A Splash of Red”, is a combination of a dream, my own life, and a lot of imagination…I first conceived it three years ago, and there’s been a lot of tinkering, revisioning, cutting apart, shuffling, and putting back together (literally)…

Pretty amazing, to read it in a collection on my Kindle screen, and hold a print copy of the anthology in my hands, flip to page 37, and see my own name, and my own story!

It totally makes up for the not feeling great in body…my spirit is out there, dancing on stars!

If you’ve got $.99 burning a digital hole in your digital pocket, this anthology is definitely worth it (yup, that’s a shameless plug. Forgive me; I’ve never had a story published before, and I’m excited!).

I’m writing the penultimate scene of Perchance to Dream, the last WIP I have left in a “hanging” state, and which I want to have finished by 2015. I think I’m going to be able to do it! =D

Trip and T’Pol are finishing up their holiday break this week, but they’re in a giving mood, and have invited us in for another take on their first meeting…no, I’m not talking about the ‘official’ one, in Captain Archer’s Ready Room, but a more clandestine encounter, when a young Vulcan woman illogically follows her curiosity, and chaotic music, and is Awakened to a smiling human man who holds music in his hands

This poem was originally written for OctPoWriMo; TnT snuck in to claim several poems for their own, this year. This one is a little rough, in places, but it’s got potential – like seeing someone utterly unexpected walk into the room, and shift the course of your life, without saying a word, or touching in any way you’ve ever known…

It’s a blitz poem, one of my favorite new poetry forms. It’s intended to be read aloud and quickly, without punctuation….

Disclaimers: Trip and T’Pol, , as well as the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

WIPpet Non-Math:

  • Today is December 31, 2014.
  • It’s New Year’s Eve, and this moment has a festive vibe (who knows, it might even BE New Year’s Eve!), there’s the correlation. I’ve probably mentioned by now that I’m not especially a rules girl….and I like daring Kathi’s flying monkeys now and then! ;D

You can catch a bit of  the cowl here…

Cowl Invites Touch

Alien woman prowls in

Face framed by a cowl

Cowl hides pointed ears

Cowl names her Vulcan

Vulcan eyes search

Vulcan eyes stare

Stare into me

Stare and declare

Declare alien yearnings

Declare Vulcan fires

Fires hot and unexpected

Fires like plasma arcs

Arcs sear and burn through me

Arcs scorch through soft jazz

Jazz binding us together

Jazz winding through us both

Both caught in arcing music

Both caught up in a breath

Breath tangles into music

Breath exhales wanting

Wanting this to never end

Wanting so much more

More music more time

More whatever this is

Is she feeling what I do

Is she even able to feel

Feel her heart beat faster

Feel hot blood in her veins

Veins green-hued not red

Veins from mind to heart

Heart opening to heart

Heart conquers mind

Mind pleads for reason

Mind begs for logic

Logic burned by plasma fire

Logic utterly undone

Undone by Vulcan eyes

Undone by shadows

Shadows moving softly

Shadows on her face

Face transformed by music

Face inconvenient facts

Facts of human man

Facts of Vulcan woman

Woman breathing in music

Woman I long to touch

Touch her deep within

Touch her man to woman

Woman

Within

Next week, we’ll go back to that nondescript little Suliban cell where TnT are creating the shape of things to come – and lots and lots of sparks and friction!

May you, one and all, ring out 2014 with fondness and warmth; and welcome in 2015 with love and a sense of adventure!

 

Posted in Blogfest Entries, Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, OctPoWriMo Challenge, Parenting, WIPpet Wednesday

WIPpet Wednesday: Not This; Nor That

 

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. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

Trip and T’Pol are taking a holiday break this week (no telling what kind of mischief they’ll get up to, but it was time that they had a bit of privacy…).

Instead, I’m going to offer you something I’ve never done as a WIPpet before – a poem.

Just a short one, in the diamante form…about another pointy-eared fascination of mine….

In other news – I’ve been published! Even cooler, I get to share the anthology with a fellow WIPpeteer, Fallon Brown!

My story, “A Splash of Red”, is a combination of a dream, my own life, and a lot of imagination…I first conceived it three years ago, and there’s been a lot of tinkering, revisioning, cutting apart, shuffling, and putting back together (literally)…

Pretty amazing, to read it in a collection on my Kindle screen!

If you’ve got $.99 burning a digital hole in your digital pocket, this anthology is definitely worth it (yup, that’s a shameless plug. Forgive me; I’ve never had a story published before, and I’m excited!). Just click on the image, and it’ll take you to the link!

Looking for something to read by your Christmas tree?

Disclaimers: Spock, his parents, his sehlat I-Chaya, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

WIPpet Non-Math:

  • Today is December 24, 2014.
  • It’s Christmas Eve, and diamante poems look a little like stars, so there you go!
  • Sehlat bit starts at 3;13; but the whole thing is good!

Not This; Nor That

Half

I am

As I am

Not this; nor that.

What is it that I am?

Did my parents consider that?

Query whispered to my old sehlat.

I-Chaya answered not; nor cared that I am half.

I sought after answers, silently sat

Upon my meditation mat

What is it that I am?

Not this, nor that.

As I am

I am.

Half

May you, one and all, pass the Christmasing hours, or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, simply a joyous winter Thursday…with light and love and life and laughter and a dream or two coming true!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2014, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, NaNoWrimo, OctPoWriMo Challenge, Round 4 2014

A Little Late to Nest: November 3, 2014

 

Come ROW with us!

Well, October is in the books. How was it for you? I hope it brought piles and piles of delight!

I ended October and began November in New Jersey, at the home of my dear friend Sylvia and her family. The kids and I have had a tradition of spending Halloween with them, whenever possible, for the last several years – which means that I usually start NaNoWriMo at Sylvia’s, too. She’s my personal patron of the arts, supplying coffee, sustenance, and thought-provoking conversation in abundance while the kids swirl about, providing further inspiration.

She’s become an important part of my NaNo tool kit! =D

With November here, I’m unveiling an adapted and pared down goals list. The fitness and nutrition sections will look pretty much the same – writing requires fuel, and also oxygenation. There’s still a few hometending and lifetending things there, too – because, well, it’s nice to live in spaces that aren’t deathtraps, and to feed the mind and soul during intense creative efforts.

But, as for writing and blogging, I’m sticking to the basics for this month. I’ll make my regular posts, and queue if I get the chance; answer comments; and share. But updates will probably be a bit less chatty than they often are, so that I can get on with my NaNo fast-drafting.

Since it was a weekend away, and a new goal focus, I’ll save the actual progress report for Wednesday – between the ending of Daylight Savings Time, and the driving, and the writing…well, I’m already into Monday to post this – and I’ve got two other posts to get out today….so, for now, just the goals.

I plan on a leisurely December, to follow up these two challenge months! =D

That was then….Sweet Little Devil at age 7.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

2014 Blogging:

  • Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

2014 Writing:

  • Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level.
  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.
  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly .
  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.
  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts; whole grains; soup).

    Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

This is now….10 year old Nightmare Fairy. Makeup and concept by Annalise S. Burton.