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A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Final Update 2017

Hey there!

Round Two is now officially over, and it’s time to assess my progress toward the goals I set for this quarter.

April contained the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge and CampNaNoWriMo.

Next was the #StoryADay May Challenge, and, as I write this, I’m in the backstretch of JuNoWriMo, where I’m using my allotted 50,000 words to build a stock of blogpost drafts – something I’ve been wanting to do for the last few years.

And now, it’s a reality! =)

Did you have any major goals for this quarter?

How did things turn out?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House  (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal back-burnered after April; but a Camp win at 65,570 words.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Modest progress. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. As of the end of Round Two: 36,537 words; more before you read this update) Quaternary goal on target; will complete during the break before Round Three.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc; create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1; experimentation complete. this didn’t come up in rotation until the round was less than an hour from ending, so not much to report here. On the other hand, now that it has rotated in, it will be one of my focus goals until the end of the month. Quaternary goal; very modest progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two. Adapted goal: Audited Lesson 4; chose to back-burner it to Round 3. Lesson 3 complete excepting transcribing/revising scene notes onto index cards. Primary goal in progress.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor Approve line edits if they’re ready this month. Nothing new as yet. Secondary goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as/if needed. Signed and returned contract. Primary goal.

  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. This will likely go into higher gear toward the end of June, in the break, as some of my primary goals are achieved and ticked off the list…Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge:  Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. I completed the challenge, but didn’t respond to as many folks or visit as I wanted to. This seems to have been a popular theme with the venue change. Primary goal; progress fair.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Started late – in mid-June. Will finish around the end of July. Posted through Week One. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal; Progress poor.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year. Added a few pictures for both kids; more to come. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goal; solid progress until Mid-mayish.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal on target.

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon. Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with his goals. Recorded a video for Patreon. Designed 4/5 labels for Chef Bluebeard’s sauces, and Tertiary goal progessing.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit two other posters for each challenge, at least 5/week. Not where I want it to be, but I’ve started visiting. Tertiary goal; Spotty progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Generally good progress. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Again, solid progress. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. 3/3 audio in progress/4/6 read. Secondary goal on target.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnered while I took a marketing course.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round. I need more pondering time, and to clear some mental and emotional space. Back-burnered.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round. Back-burnered.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories by end of round. Back-burnered.

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A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Goals 2017

Hey there!

Round Two is nearing an end – and I haven’t gotten around to updating my progress on my quarterly goals. Today, I’m changing that. =)

This update my look a bit uneven – I’ve had a major sea change in the way I see things since the beginning of the round, and that’s reflected in what I chose to work on, and what I set aside.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal back-burnered after April.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Modest progress. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction  drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. Quaternary goal; will complete during the break before Round Three. No progress.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc; create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1; Experimentation complete. Quaternary goal; in progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two.Lesson 3 in progress. Primary goal in progress.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor Approve line edits if they’re ready this month. Secondary goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. This will likely go into higher gear toward the end of the month, as some of my primary goals are achieved and ticked off the list…Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge:  Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal; progress fair.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Stalled out. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal; Progress poor.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goal; solid progress.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal on target.

  • Career Furtherance:  Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with his goals. Some progress. Tertiary goal progessing.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit two other posters for each challenge, at least 5/week. Tertiary goal; Spotty progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Generally good progress. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Again, solid progress. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. 2 audio/4 read. Secondary goal on target.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnered while I took a marketing course.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round. Back-burnered; I need more pondering time, and to clear some mental and emotional space.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round. See above.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories by end of round. This, too.

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Full Moon and Stories in Bloom; June 11, 2017

Hi there, and Welcome to StoryFest Weekend!

I hear you scratching your heads and trying to figure out what I’m talking about. Well, no worries – I’m here to answer your questions. StoryFest is a recital for those who participated in the #StoryADay May Challenge – our chance to spiff up our favorite story of the month, and offer it  for the world to see. This year, there was even a brand-new mini-critique group to help the polishing process along.

The selection is diverse and engaging. There are dark reads, light reads, humorous and heroic and tragic tales – there might even be a bit of naughtiness among the offerings.


Tempted? Well, it IS the weekend, so read away! Click on the icon above, and be transported anytime until the end of day Sunday, and have at it!

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 17,140/50,000 words. Primary goal on target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired.Plot tribbles have arrived; I’m letting them at the quadrotriticale…so we’ll see what happens there. Did a snippet of new writing for my upcoming WIPpet post, Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Picking up a bit of pace, but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, because that can be confusing. Secondary goal on target.

Revising:

  • Look at the #StoryADay critique group; choose one of my last two SN stories and submit for peer review. Take action as indicated to polish the story; share for #StoryFest. Revised and posted. I was a little less than two hours late submitting my link, but the form took me, so…\Stretch goal COMPLETED!

*Stretch goals are that “little bit extra”; things that might make me uncomfortable, but will facilitate further growth. They will be in the background, mostly, so they don’t scare me too much! =)

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting has begun. Still not up to par, but closer; had an idea for repurposed blogposts for July. Primary goal on target.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Complete Patreon  profile and launch.Wrote a post, changed profile and cover images, did some liking as my FB page; reviewed videos and selected one to use; liked and followed, added Layouts, and posted a collage on Instagram. Created a new secret board for Jim’s business in Pinterest; one public post, too. Secondary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Both sprints/ chats Wed. Read on Quora, Stretch goal om target.

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I worked out several complications; created a solid prototype ; accepted info for next product and began creating template; will begin sometime in next coupke of days. Secondary goal on target at last.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan.Skimmed through new items. Went through some of the material I’ve missed. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

It really wasn’t the best week for my tending goals; the full moon and transition from May to June caught me somewhat off-guard and off-form.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 5/5 I(brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo. Contacted school superintendent to request approval for our required standardized testing.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 1/8. Hour; 3/5; Strenuous: 1.5/5.

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June Gear Shift for #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, you might just find me scratching my head and saying, “Wow – June seems to be flying by!’ I may also be scratching my head and staring around me in stark befuddlement….

Or, more likely, I’m at my laptop. I’m finished with #StoryADay May, other than StoryFest this weekend – I’ll tell you more about that a bit later in the post – and I’m about a third of the way through the #JuNoWriMo Challenge (think a more freeform version of NaNoWriMo).

But here I go, putting the conversation before the coffee again. I have a tendency to do that when my mind is busy, and I’m deeply involved in something….or when I have a new passion. Please do come in, sit down, make yourself at home. It’s cold and rainy today (I’m typing this on Tuesday), but it’s snug here in the house, if none too tidy.

That goes hand in hand with my busyness of the mind and overall sense of distraction.

I know, I know. I’m rambling. Haven’t slept much the last couple of days. My sleep/wake cycle seems to be influenced strongly by the moon, and there are a couple of days most months when I don’t actually sleep at night; just take a catnap or two during the course of the late morning/early evening hours. You’re catching me after the second night…and I’m more than a little bit tired.

But that doesn’t mean you’re not welcome. I’ve got a wide variety of teas, coffee, lemonade, and an assortment of snacks. Please, help yourself.

So, in addition to my marketing and revision classes, I’m also still refining my Accomplice’s labels, and now taking a more professional approach to the business side of my writing career. I’ve gotten very efficient at producing first drafts, adequate and gaining skills at plotting, and I’m making strides with revision – which means the only remaining obstacles to publication are production and marketing.

I like to start learning things before I specifically need them, so I’m making an internal shift toward those things. As time goes by, I expect to be putting more of my energy into them.

And that’s a bit of where my JuNoWriMo effort fits in. This year, instead of writing fiction for a third straight month, I’m drafting blog posts (including this one). When I’m in a place of creative intensity, I tend to get too absorbed in the project at hand to focus on writing new posts – or even reblogging older ones. Also, since I’ve been deeply engaged with fiction projects for the past two months, I’m in need of a bit of a breather – a changing of the gears, so to speak.

So I’m using my breather productively to create a blog pool. I’ll use some of the time to get back into the rhythm of my weekly blog schedule, which was abandoned somewhere along the middle of April, and really hasn’t been seen in anything more than the barest glimpses since.

But the rest will become my rough draft inventory, to be revised, polished, and packaged for later consumption.

For the first time, I will have a substantial stock of material ready to develop; once the month is finished, dedicating to a few hours a week of maintenance and replenishment should keep me in good shape. August brings another month without a major challenge, so I’ll use that for developing and finishing posts and ideas.

I think I’m onto something here, and it’s making me very happy.

Oh, I almost forgot!

This weekend is StoryFest – the “virtual recital” of the StoryADay May Challenge. If you’re a fan of short fiction, stop by the homepage anytime before Monday morning (EST), and enjoy a nibble, or a buffet, including my 1,100 word story, “Broken.” Writers write for readers to read! =D

There’s probably a lot more I could say, but I feel like I’ve been talking your ears off already, figuratively. Now I’d just like to sit here quietly and sip my drink while you tell me what’s been going on with you. If my eyes start to drift closed, feel free to just leave your cup on the table. I’ll get to it….later.

As you venture out on your way, I wish you a week that’s filled with all the joy you can imagine – and then a little more!

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I’ll Admit It…#SoCS and StoryFest for June 10, 2017


Okay, I’ll admit it. I really don’t have any idea what I’m going to write. It’s a full moon, and it’s been nearly a week since I’ve had a regular night’s sleep.

Things are a bit off-kilter this week, and, despite trimming back my monthly goals significantly. I’m feeling like I’m going in way too many directions at the same time, and the result is that I’m feeling a bit mired and at a standstill.

Also, my Accomplice isn’t feeling well. He hurt his back at work earlier in the week, while doing some heavy lifting, then he mowed the lawn. The pollen count was quite high, and he’s a transplanted West Coaster with no native immunity to our allergens. He’s also dealing with an upset stomach, and chills….

So there’s just an “up in the air” feeling here. Even my phone apparently agrees – my health app doesn’t show my 3.07 mile walk with my daughter, despite running the entire program and giving me the proper end-of-run cues. So it’s telling me that I missed a scheduled workout, despite logging the time spent in the activity.

I’ll admit it. That’s frustrating. I was working toward a perfect record, but I’d have to do five miles tomorrow to finish the week with my schedule full- and I don’t think I quite have the fortitude for that…even if I felt I could spare the time.

You see, the homeschool reports are due in five days, and I’ve barely started them. That means there must be time devoted to that legal requirement during the next few days. I’ll admit that I’m not exactly looking forward to that dull, dry, largely lifeless writing…but it’s the law, and the price of our getting to live a live that fulfills each of us.

I’ve finally, after what seems like a huge amount of learning, frustration, experimentation, and more failure than I was hoping for, managed to create a label prototype my Accomplice loves. There are still a couple of minor changed to make, but I’ve topped the wall on that one, and now I have a template we can adapt for all of his sauce flavors….

I’ve also managed to get my story revised for the #StoryADay May StoryFest, which is this weekend. I polished up my Kifo Island story, “Broken” after submitting it to the mini-critique group, where I garnered good suggestions, great insights, and some favorable response.

If you’d like to read my story, and/or other short stories, head over to the StoryADay site. The StoryFest posts will be on the front page all weekend – read one, read all, read somewhere in between. It’s up to you – but writers love feedback, and to know people are reading our words. Won’t you make a writer happy this weekend?

I’ll admit it – that was a rather shameless plug.

On that note, I’m going to admit defeat. I never really found a cohesive thread in this post – but I did add another 500 words to my #JuNoWriMo word count, so there’s that.

I’m tired, and I’m thinking about admitting myself to dream-land.

This post is a part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where this week’s prompt is “admit,” used any way we want. Find the rules of engagement here, and take a dip in the stream here.

Want to join the conversation? Use the comment box below to share your thoughts and experiences. When have you felt mired? Do you have strategies to move through and past it? Your ideas just might be what someone else needs to get out of a stuck place, so feel free to share!

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Lavender? #StoryADay May; Day Thirty-One

The Prompt:

  • Write A Story About A Writer.

  • This story is the thirty-first in a series of explorations for my upcoming novel, Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8) , which I will be drafting in July.

Today marks the final story in my expedition to learn more about my pending novel’s characters. So it seems fitting that we’ve come full circle, all the way back to what began this series – a postcard of a tropical beach, written in lavender ink, and carrying a shocking, presumably impossible message.

It’s time to meet the author of that postcard, and learn something of the reason for it…

But, before we do that, please let me take this moment to thank everyone who came by to read some or all of this story. Things got a little crazy between physical and fictional realities, and I haven’t been as prompt at responding to comments as I’d like to be.

I’m going to take a few days of (relative) rest, though, and, during that time, comments will be high on my agenda, because I really do love reading and responding to them.

And now, I present…

Lavender?

Ophelia tapped the edge of the postcard on the play table. She looked at the clay, the sinks, the tools, the paints. It was all bright and lovely , and she had it pretty much to herself – the young woman who ran the place was out on the attached beach with her husband and twins.

She hated being here. It was so much like home. But so poisoned, to her mind, by everything that had happened here, ten years ago.

She had to know.

There was no way that Lavender could be alive. She’d held her while she died, while Marilyn was off in the bathroom shooting up her last-ever dose of opioid poison. She’d always wondered which of them had died first, or if it had been at the same time.

She also wondered why that mattered to her. Dead was dead; the end.

Unless, somehow, Lavender was alive.

The bells at the door tinkled, and it opened. A girl who looked barely into her teens came in.

She was blonde, blue-eyed – and she was wearing lavender – a sundress that slipped gently over new curves. She had a wide sunhat with a lavender band, and she looked around the room, then, apparently noticing Ophelia, she came right up to her table.

“I see you got my postcard,” she said, softly, ducking her head. “I wasn’t sure you would come.”

“Why did you write this? Who are you?”

“It would be easier to show you. Can I sit down?”

Ophelia nodded. She hadn’t expected a child – or someone who looked almost like Marilyn brought back to life the way she’d looked in some of those old family portraits in that mausoleum of a house where she’d grown up. Maybe she should be on her guard – but this girl could be Lavender – if Lavender had been a quick developer…

“I brought you a little gift. Maybe that will help me explain.” The girl reached into the handbag slung over her shoulder – it was made of denim, and trimmed with embroidered lavender flowers. She pulled out a long box, gift wrapped in silver paper with lavender hearts, and tied with a satin bow, also lavender. It seemed a bit like overkill, until Ophelia remembered being this age, and how forcefully she’d identified with certain things.

She took the package the girl offered. “Thank you.” A pause, and the child ducked her head. “With all my heart. Please open it.”

Ophelia did as the girl asked. Inside was a bed of – what else? – lavender tissue paper. When she lifted it, she discovered a purple stethoscope.

“I don’t understand. I’m not a doctor or a nurse.” She didn’t add that she also didn’t see what any of this had to do with Lavender.

“But you had a baby niece. Ten years ago. She died.”

“How do you know this? And why did you write this postcard?”

“I – didn’t know how to meet you. And I wanted to.”

“Why?”

“It’s been ten years. I thought you might want to hear your niece’s heart beating.”

What does the girl mean by that?

Who is she?

How does she know about Lavender?

Any guesses?

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Three Drabbles: #StoryADay May; Day Thirty-One

The Prompt:

  • Write A Story About A Writer.

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

Something different for the final day’s writing – instead of just one drabble, I’ve got three for you – one each to wrap up Trip, T’Pol, and Soval’s story arcs.

I’ve also decided to do these without prompts; a bit of a celebration just for me! =D

I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I enjoyed the writing!

“Just Like That?”

“You mean that’s it? All the charges were dropped? Just like that?” Trip focused on closing his jaw. Anything else would be asking more than he could manage, right now.

“There have been other efforts, Lieutenant, but none managed to answer all aspects of the charges, as you know. This, however, covers everything. You’re exonerated.”

“Can I hear it?”

“The introduction isn’t classified.”

“To all Terran authorities: I must offer testimony into the difficulties being experienced by a male of your species -”

Trip sat stunned into silence while his invisible Vulcan Surprise Package saved his ass – and his career.


Out of the Fire

T’Pol closes her eyes. The candle remains in her mind. It dances with the music of the place where they met.

She imagines illogically that it’s dancing in the eyes of her human as he sits across from her, smiling.

“I’ll be damned! How the hell did you know I needed you to pull my ass out of the fire?”

“Your mind is powerful, and easily sensed.”

“That surprises the hell out of you.”

“Agreed.”

“Why did you – is this logical?”

“It’s logical that I correct the harm I caused you.”

Awareness fades. Eyes open.

T’Pol begins to write.


Incontrovertible Proof

T’Pol’s letter had reached every human authority on the planet, from an undisclosed location. She had used all her skills to assure that, wherever he was, the man who stood accused in her place would not suffer further consequence.

It violated all protocol associated with her position. Her action befit the infant who had dared to touch the flame – and more.

It was incontrovertible proof that she was aware of her Intended on a telepathic level; Lieutenant Tucker’s situation was not public record.

This proved much he had only theorized.

Soval opened an encrypted personal file and began to write.

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