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Friendly Advice for #StaD May; Day Five

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 5 prompt,  by writer Phil Guinta:

You walk into your office and see a new message written on your whiteboard: “Whatever happens, don’t die. See you Monday.”

The note is not signed and you’re not certain who wrote it…

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia walks into her “office” – a tiny alcove in her studio apartment – to find the message scrawled in dripping letters on her whiteboard.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • With Marilyn in a rehab program, Ophelia goes for a run, looking forward to a day of solitude and rest. But, when she gets back to her tiny studio apartment, planning to call her mother to touch base, she’s greeted by a message scrawled in dripping maroon letters – and, then she sees the huddled and bloodied form on her bed.

Favorite Bit of “Don’t Die”:

There is a sudden sound from further into the apartment – from the corner where she had her daybed, screened by mosquito netting, to remind her of home. She clutches the keys, wriggling them so they poke out between her fingers like weapons, and peers around the corner in the direction of her bed.

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.

Side Project Premise:

  • TPol enters the laboratory she’s been assigned in Yellowstone Global Park, to find words she doesn’t understand written on a display board above her work station.

Word List:

  • constitution

  • manslaughter

  • strange

  • toothbrush

  • folly

  • dungeon

  • slime

  • tentacle (or plural)

  • succubus

  • alchemy

  • radioactive

  • defenestrate

Fleshing Out the Premise:

T’Pol enters her laboratory space to find something written on her work surface. Since she doesn’t read any human languages, she doesn’t know what it says until another scientist visits. – and then they itemize all the ways in which she might die. T’Pol hasn’t considered any of these during her studies of the potential dangers. Then the visitor explains that they meant this communication as a “joke” – a form of interaction she doesn’t understand.

Favorite Bit of “I’m Just Joking”:  

“But what about radioactive slime on your toothbrush? Or if I defenestrate you, or throw you in a dungeon? Strange tentacles created by alchemy? Or attack by succubus zombies? Hey, why are you staring at me like that? I’m only joking – I’m not prone to manslaughter.”
 

To see this story in full, as it posts, visit my fanfiction.net page

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May,  click the links and learn away!

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing Sample

“Kindaughter, Respond” 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 Witt

Ever come out of a period of intensive focus blinking and kind of wondering where you are and how you got there?

That’s me right now.

I’m on a brief, post CampNaNoWriMo hiatus from drafting The Last House,  my Kifo Island prequel WIP project. I’m shifting it to my tertiary drafting goal for this month; I’ll be focusing on Story A Day May flash fiction and fan fiction drabbles first, then my “dangling” fantasy epic volume, Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2), which is nearing its climax, and which I definitely want to wrap up, and soon!

So, I’m relaxing a little into a slightly mellower flow (my brain doesn’t like to get too slow, so there’s still lots going on). Taking walks, soaking in the post rain greening up, the scent of the lilacs and air saturated with the scent of rain and lilacs.

But, whatever else I’m writing,  it’s time for this week’s installment of myTnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. I’ve got a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects – and 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.

Recap:

There will be hints and shadows and lots of delicious Trip and T’Pol sassiness, eventually. But first, we’ve got to lay the groundwork that gets her there, and that’s where we are right now.

T’Pol reacted strongly to a file on the data device Soval assigned her. Now, we’ll start to learn why.

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 May 3, 2017.

  • I have 5 paragraphs for you today, for the month.

Kindaughter, Respond”

“Subcommander T’Pol, are you well?”

T’Pol registered the voice on a surface level, but could give no response.

Language was lost, for this moment. She was pulled back to that restaurant. To the pulsing, discordant music. To the compelling blue eyes of a human called “Trip”, and the dangerous emotions he’d aroused in her that day.

The man who now stared back at her from the screen with those same compelling eyes. Eyes she had never expected to see again. Her fingers twitched, trembled, and paired themselves into an ouz’hesta; she longed to touch the image’s face with an intensity that was wholly illogical.

Kindaughter, respond.”
 

Why is T’Pol so affected by Trip?

What’s the story of that restaurant?
Will this change Soval’s decision to send her with Enterprise?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to my brand-new Story A Day May drabbles  – a loosely-connected serial of bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts and fan prompt words.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy below 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!

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing Sample

Unlikely to Suffice for WIPpet Wednesday (Umm, THURSDAY?!)

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 Witt.

Umm, hi there!

You can’t see me right now, but, if you could, you’d know that I’m hanging my head a little.
I’ve been abysmal at answering comments, and not much better at getting around to visit my fellow WIPpeteers. 

This Rest of Life thing, you know. I hope to do better this week, but right now…

As you read this, I’m getting close to my 65,000 word CampNaNoWriMo drafting goal for The Last House, my Kifo Island prequel WIP project. I actually thought that would be enough to finish the novel, as that’s midrange for the six Kifo books I’ve already drafted. This year, I’m using The Story Toolkit for the first time*, and that’s opened up some new possibilities as I move from three-act to four-act structure.

Which means that the book is going to be longer…maybe even edging up toward 100K territory, and I’m going to follow this through, and see where I go, because it’s already taken me to places I never expected…but which fits the theme even better than I planned, and with a great deal more nuance and feeliness…

*I’ve chosen a new method each year for the past four years, incorporating the best aspects of each into a hybrid plotting toolbox that I can adapt according to my needs.

But you’re not here to listen to me talk about plotting methods, are you? I know you…

You’re here for another installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story!

T’Pol ordered me to tell you all that making “heart eyes” at her mate is not only illogical (he’s not even in this scene!) but also dangerous. If you don’t believe that, she would find it most agreeable to demonstrate…
 

Any questions? =)

Today’s snippet comes from 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.

For those who are impatient – don’t worry…we’ll get T’Pol to Enterprise

Eventually…

Recap:

Ambassador Soval has just handed T’Pol a personal data device. Now, his thoughts on this…

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 April 26, 2017. Well – it could be the 27th, by the time this posts…

  • I subtracted the first digit of the date from the second, unless I did that for yesterday’s date, and have 4 paragraphs for you today.

Unlikely to Suffice

Soval watched as his young kinswoman took the three prescribed cleansing breaths taught to all Vulcan children as the first and most essential key to emotional control. It was evident that the discipline didn’t entirely provide the calm she sought, although T’Pol attained an acceptable level of outer impassivity. The tension that remained indicated a need for meditation; however, meditation would be unlikely to suffice, once she began her review of the material the device contained.

It might be more comfortable for T’Pol to view the contents in private, but there were things Soval must know, before she departed with the Terrans. It was quite possible that the mission would succeed or fail based upon her reactions, and therefore logic dictated that his acquisition of that information must have precedence over her emotional response.

“This data device contains translations of the material Starfleet has provided the Consulate regarding Enterprise’s command structure, as well as the schedule for your pre-departure preparations and protocol for the duration of this assignment.” As Soval expected, T’Pol engaged the device at once, and began to access the personnel files he had placed in primary position. “Study it carefully; you must be prepared to assume your duties immediately upon reaching the ship.”

T’Pol proceeded to the second entry in the directory, and her pheromones released as she exhaled in a harsh, uncontrolled gasp
 

What’s spurred T’Pol’s reaction?

Why did Soval expect an emotional response from her?
Will this help or hinder
Enterprise’s mission?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday (or maybe Thursday…), you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page,  or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles,  where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts. These were so much fun to write, I’ll be doing another series of these in May, based on my short story, “Cowled”.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy below 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!

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing Sample

“My Honor to Serve” 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 Witt

Hi there!

As you read this, I could be drafting The Last House,  my Kifo Island prequel WIP, which is my April CampNaNoWriMo  project.

There’s also a good chance I could be learning more about how to use my new (well, refurbished, but still new to me, and an order of magnitude smarter than my former not-quite-smart-enough pay as you go phone. It’s stuffed full of goodies, and I was able to painlessly migrate the info from my old phone, which is now my daughter’s.

Between that and a still-new computer, and the hot sauce labels that still have a few hurdles, I’ve got lots to occupy my mind…which might, just maybe, excuse this last-minute post that might not quite get to the linky by local midnight.

But you’re not here to listen to me talk about my new tech and new ventures. You’re here for another installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story,  just because I can!

I’ve got a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects – and 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.

There will be hints and shadows and lots of delicious Trip and T’Pol sassiness, eventually. But first, we’ve got to lay the groundwork that gets her there, and that’s where we are right now.

Recap:

T’Pol has been assigned to a temporary station aboard a human ship, despite not being qualified, because she’s the best available option.

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 April 19, 2017.

  • I added the digits of the day for ten sentences.

And now….on to today’s WIPpet!

My Honor to Serve”

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. It is my honor to serve.” T’Pol lifted her hand, and offered him the ta’al.

If Soval had expected anything more, he said nothing of it. Instead, he returned her gesture. “Your service honors us, kindaughter.” He reached within his robe, and brought forth a personal data device. “ You are to report to Captain Archer on Enterprise at 0800 tomorrow, Terran Standard Time. You are expected for medical examination and required inoculations at 2100 hours, measured by the same chronological system, after which you will be debriefed.” He offered her the device, and T’Pol accepted it, carefully avoiding further touch.

What is on the data device?

Will there be tension between her and the human captain?
Will she find any surprises?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles,  where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

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!

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing Sample

“I am Unqualified”: 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 Witt

Hi there!

As you read this, I might be working on The Last House,  my Kifo Island prequel WIP, which is my April CampNaNoWriMo  project.

I also might be asleep.

It’s been a week of kid-connecting and adventuring. I have a new computer, which is a sure sign our tax rebate is in. My son went with me to make my purchase once I’d finished my online research, and confirmed that I wanted to upgrade to a newer Lenovo Yoga that is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than my previous model. Despite its petite profile, the screen is the same size (smaller border), and the keyboard is nearly identical.

On Saturday, my daughter and I went out to do some much-needed clothes shopping, because, on Monday, we were headed out to the Welcome to Night Vale Live Show, “All Hail”.

Then, Tuesday, I took my son to the local convenience store and for a slice of pizza, which we ate by the Hudson River, by the Stillwater Blockhouse, a historical recreation of an eighteenth century structure.

On top of all that, he and I designed a prototype label for his hot sauce business, and he’s joined our local chamber of commerce. We’re so close now to him being able to sell, and we’re hoping to get the rest of the details taken care of quickly-ish. It’s taken some time, but we’ve managed a lot on a very limited income, and without taking a loan.

That’s a lot of stuff, and I haven’t slept yet….hoping to get this done, a bit more hometending, then take a quick nap and get down to some serious writing, because all this being busy with my family means not many words got added, and I’d love to change that today.

But you’re not here to listen to me talk about my weekend. It’s time for another installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story,  just because I can!

I’ve got a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects – and 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.

There will be hints and shadows and lots of delicious Trip and T’Pol sassiness, eventually. But first, we’ve got to lay the groundwork that gets her there, and that’s where we are right now.

Recap:

Ambassador Soval is meeting with his young kinswoman, T’Pol. He’s revealed that she’s been assigned to a temporary station aboard a human chef.

We rejoin them here, with a POV shift to T’Pol, as she absorbs the news.

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 April 12, 2017.

  • I added the digits of the day for three paragraghs.

And now….on to today’s WIPpet!

“I am Unqualified”

“I am unqualified to serve upon a human vessel,” T’Pol objected. Logically, there was no other reason he would have summoned her here, then revealed this information.

“They will not delay for an officer be sent from Vulcan. You are the most qualified Vulcan already on Earth. You are therefore assigned to Enterprise, for the duration of its mission to Qo’noS. We have secured officer’s quarters, and you are encouraged to bring whatever personal items you wish, as you will be expected to remain there when not required for duty.”

Even on a human vessel, she wouldn’t be allowed the freedom to interact with this fascinating species T’Pol focused her attention on attempting to suppress her emotional response before it surfaced in her demeanor. If she attempted to explain her convictions to Soval, would he suspect the deeper purpose, if she requested a measure of discretion in how to spend her leisure time? Or would that present sufficient reason for another to be selected?

Will T’Pol keep her emotions in check?

Will she ask for more personal freedom?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles,  where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

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!

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, writing, Writing Sample

“For the Duration:” 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 Witt.

Hi there!

As you read this, I’ll likely be tapping away at The Last House,  my Kifo Island prequel WIP, which is my April CampNaNoWriMo  project. I’ve taken a break from that today. I spent a few happy hours in the company of my kids, the third wheel as they sibled, then watching a video with my daughter, and running errands with my son. I have to say – these two big kids just get cooler and cooler as they grow.

Then there was some time with my Accomplice. I guess, even with a novel to draft, some days need to be about family.

But now, all family members “filled up” with my presence, I can take a little time to bring you another installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story,  just because I can!

I’ve got a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects – and 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.

There will be hints and shadows and lots of delicious Trip and T’Pol sassiness – but first, we’ve got to lay the groundwork that gets her aboard, and that’s where we are right now.

Recap:

Ambassador Soval has just informed his young kinswoman, T’Pol, that she has been recommissioned to the Vulcan High Command, at a rank beyond that which she had formerly attained. As he expected, she has questions, and he has begun to explain that the humans are determined to attempt a mission for which they are unprepared.

We rejoin them here, as Soval continues his conversation with T’Pol.

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 April 5, 2017.

  • I used the day for a simple 5 sentences.

And now….on to today’s WIPpet!
 

“Is that wise?” She dared much with him, and, were he not aware of her altered state and her nature, the question would have merited reprimand.

“My experience with this species indicates that they aren’t likely to accept the truth of this sentence. However, they were in need of certain astronomical information. In return for relevant databases, they have agreed to the inclusion of one Vulcan officer for the duration of this mission.”

What altered state is T’Pol in?

What does any of this have to do with T’Pol’s recommissioning?

Will she accept the promotion?

Has Soval misjudged the humans?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page,  or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles, where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy below 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!

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Short Stories, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing Sample

“Why Did You Agree?” for WIPpet Wednesday

Hi there, and welcome to WIPpet Wednesday!

It’s 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 Witt

I’ve been almost over-my-head-deep in plotting The Last House, my Kifo Island prequel WIP, which will be my April CampNaNoWriMo project beginning on Saturday…but I’m taking a bit of a break from that to bring you another installment of a sassy TnT fan fiction story,  just because I can!

I’ve got a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects – and 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.

There will be hints and shadows and lots of delicious Trip and T’Pol sassiness once she actually comes aboard – but first, we’ve got to lay the groundwork that gets her there, and that’s where we are right now.

Recap:

T’Pol has been summoned to the office of her superior, Ambassador Soval. He addresses her by a rank she’s never held, and they share a contact reserved for family members, after which he explains that, had she remained in service to the Vulcan High Command, she likely would have attained that rank. T’Pol observes that rank was intended to be earned, not granted based on probability….

And now, we’ll shift to Soval’s POV, and learn whether he’s going to explain this mysterious promotion and recommissioning.

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 29, 2017.

  • I subtracted the 2 in the date from the 9, to give you 7 sentences.

And now….on to today’s WIPpet!
 

“Why Did You Agree?”

“Starfleet, and perhaps this entire species, is, as yet, inadequately prepared to conduct the mission they insist upon assuming.” Soval kept his eyes averted; T’Pol was troubled, and what remained to be said would likely cause further unrest. T’Les had never been satisfied with her daughter’s ability to contain her emotional responses; he had no wish to compound the difficulty by directly witnessing what T’Pol therefore perceived as a personal failing.

“If you don’t think them capable of achieving the return of the Klingon to Qo’noS, why did you agree to allow them to attempt it?” He felt the shift in her energy as she leaned slightly forward, watching him with a directness that reminded him, perhaps illogically, of Jonathan Archer.

It would likely be unwise to express that similarity of bearing to his young kinswoman, so he did not.

“Perhaps, Sub-Commander, it’s necessary for the humans to learn this fact independently of my counsel.”

What does Soval mean?

What does this have to do with T’Pol’s recommissioning?

Will she accept the explanation?

The promotion?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to Loveuary Drabbles,  where you will find bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy below 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!