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Presently Plotting: March 16, 2016

So, how’s the weather where you are?

Here, it’s spring, even though there was scarcely a winter. My lawn is greening, and the crocuses are up by the big pines at the edge of the yard. Birds have all kinds of things to say…

And my mind is fertile. Mostly, I’ve been focused on plotting, with a generous side helping of Life Stuff, nearly all good. And I’m yearning to get back to that, so, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get spring right to the update.

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 stories. Draft Post Template. Revise all 26 stories; draft Week One and Two expansion stories; post to fan fiction site. Set Up Week One and Two posts; polish and schedule Week One. 9/26 plot/pinch complete. (I). 2/26 revised vignettes completed. (B).

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for Shifting Tides by the end of the month. POV Character Story World Mandalas complete, before midnight. That means I’m on schedule, and ready to start basic scene plotting. The story is stirring and growing in my mind.

  • Sort all existing poetry into broad categories for future projects.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: “First Contact, With Jazz”: Submit to crit group; assess and apply suggestions as indicated; read revised version aloud. Tweak as needed; and offer to at least three betas. Cursory review of critiques thus far; all completed.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Considering dropping this goal until after the spring creative rush ends…or just going ahead and posting it.

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least thrice weekly. I may not get to them all; but I will get to some. 2/3.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post. Still brainstorming and simmering my sponsor post.

  • Prepare and submit bio for A-Z, where I will be a part-time minion for Holton’s Heroes – my first time volunteering in this challenge! =)

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Working on my schedule, still….

  • Clear out Inbox and Archive twice weekly; Weed through Transactions in Progress, keeping only currently useful items. Nothing so far this week.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering; deep cleaning. 2/5.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes for me and my girl (see below); planning to see Zootopia with both kids Thursday night; possible Littlest Pet Shop event with my daughter on Saturday.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group. 2/3 pieces read; 1/3 prepped for comments.
  • Complete 6 pending book 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. Journaling 3/7; meditation: 3/7. Didn’t exactly do the eating meditation, but was more mindful of what I ate. Took a mindful walk; hope to do this at least once a week.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Back to class on Tuesday; it was wonderful!

  • For March: Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool).

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Tai chi was strenuous; 1/2. Also walking, dancing, and hometending this week.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk and/or FanFiction.net. Find a beta reader or two for “Mission” at one or both sites prior to submitting. Nothing yet on betas for Mission. Set up the first pass for “Scavenger” revision passes.

  • Begin beta reading of Stained by Ashes; aim for 1 chapter/week this month. Will begin once I have the draft; a tentative schedule made.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

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“Ava?”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) 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.

Happy Wednesday once again!

It’s not actually Wednesday as I’m typing this. It’s the magical time of day when afternoon fades to prevening, on a sunny, warm Saturday. My daughter and I will be going for a walk soon, and tomorrow we have an early in the first day of Daylight Savings bowling birthday party to attend.

Why I am I typing my WIPpet Wednesday post on Saturday, you ask?

Well, it’s now a bit over a third of the way into March, and then comes April. And that’s rather a Big Deal. I’ll be doing CampNaNo and the Blogging From A-Z Challenge, and serving as a ROW80 Sponsor, as usual…

But I’ll also be expanding on those A-Z posts, and serving as a Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes.

Now it’s early hours Tuesday. Sunday was swallowed up in the party (much fun) and our weekly writing group (more fun, and lots of inspiration). Monday was a restful day of delving back into writing, that still hasn’t ended, which is why I’m here now to share another snippet from Donovan Nash in Sea Changes.

Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own story (well, shared with Karina, and maybe someone else, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new here, the premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan this month or next. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is March 16, 2016
  • I‘ve got the next 17 sentences of Donovan’s story today – sixteen for the date, and one because I’m bestowing the luck of the Irish upon you a day early.

Context: Donovan has set his thoughts of the young Russian woman aside, as he waits at the door for his appointment to begin. And now…

“Ava?”

“Please come in,” said a soft voice through the intercom. “I’m not able to get to the door quickly.”

“I understand.” Donovan wondered at someone who wouldn’t check his credentials, but this wouldn’t be the first trusting soul he’d met here, and he always tried to be worthy of that trust. “My name is Donovan Nash, and I have an appointment with Ava Garcia.”

“That’s me.” The voice sounded young, and tired, but Donovan had been here on Kifo for nearly three years, now, and he knew that voices could be very deceiving. “I’m in the front room. It’s the darkest; I was told you preferred that.”

“Thank you,” he said. It had been a long time since he’d tried explaining that it was a need rather than a preference. It would likely be obvious, when she saw him, or it wouldn’t.

Donovan opened the door and stepped inside. It was pleasantly dark, with all the windows shuttered and only filtered sunlight coming into the room through the slats, and even that muted by the shades.

The space was open, and he saw a small person sitting in a chair in a darker corner of the room. There was another chair facing. “Ava?”

Is the small person Ava?

Why is Donovan here?

Why does he know so much about people on Kifo?

What’s next?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more of Donovan’s story.

To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the links:

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

And, in honor of Eire, it seemed appropriate to share some Irish music!

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Is it Too Late for A Lemonade Stand? Ready. Set. Write! August 24-31, 2015 (Week 12 Update)

346d0-rsw2Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

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And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

  • Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan…and that was this past week, for me. My laptop started having charging issues, so I ordered two new adapter cords…I’ve been this route before – only, this time, the adapters didn’t work, and even my ace-in-the-hole, my technologically skilled 13 year old son, couldn’t fix it. It’s going to need to be repaired, it’s out of warrantee…and our family finances are at an ebb point, at the moment.

  • So, I’ve been making do with an elderly and almost forgotten laptop. There’s no battery in it, so I’m attached to an outlet, and it’s far less capable than my once-trusty Lenovo. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I am determined and strong-willed.

  • I’ve been slowed down to a crawl, this week, as I climb the learning curve. I expect this week to be a little better, and, at some point in the not-too-distant future, I hope to have either my laptop back in service, or a more equitable replacement.

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Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 95,000 words. Current total: 85,600/ 90,000. 9,400 words to goal. Nothing new.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Draft exploratory summary paragraphs for Enterprise A-Z 2016 stories – letters F-O (33 paragraphs). FX complete; 24/26 letters. I exceeded this goal!

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Nothing new.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3. Nothing new. .

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post authorized reblog. 8/9 posts completed; no reblogs.

  • Catch up all June and July blog comments and visits. Nothing new.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Proof quarterly reports; prepare end of year materials and submit to school district. Annalise’s report proofed.
  • Clean/tidy study; focusing on hoosier cabinet this week. Completed.
  • Clear round table; add tablecloth: Take TWO! A lot of progress made here, although I didn’t quite finish.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation – and the all-important budget. Make birthday plans with the boyo. Boy birthday plans; visit to Y; sleepover for the girl and dinner and a local walk for the boy.

  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Three, through S3E17: “Zero Hour”. 7 episodes. When things get a little stressful, Trip and T’Pol can always make it better! =)

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate seven times. Do one eating meditation. Journals: 7/6; Meditation: 8/7 (madalas; tai chi); Tai chi walking.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. At home: 4/5; Class: 2 /2.

  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag once daily, because this is my last chance to do it while it’s still happening! I did all right until Wednesday, when it all fell apart…I’ll do better next year, I promise!

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A favorite passage from my story:

  • I didn’t write any new words this week; but I did find this passage that speaks to me:

Come away from the thought, my own. There can be nothing other than pain in it. You will find the doe with a birthling, and you will wait for her to drink, and you will take the fawn. Only that. Nothing other.”

She held to that, to his prohibition against thinking at the edges of the act; at the edges of her own maddened memories…

But he was staring into the murky liquid again, milky white swirling slowly into green, changing him, Changing him…

There is danger in this, Kaivelt who is Dragon.”

There is danger in merely living, Niaan who is Tuhlys.”

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The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • The incapacity of my laptop. At first, it felt more than a little like losing a bit of my brain – and there are a few files I can’t access, because they’re in Dropbox, and it doesn’t like to let me get at my stuff remotely (most likely I’m doing something wrong, and maybe, one day, I’ll figure it out…until then, I’m adapting.

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Something I love about my WIP:

  • I love that all my characters are at transitional points in their lives. Some will grow, and others will stagnate, and some things have been set into motion that will have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences.

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And here we are! It’s Monday, August 31, – the final RSW update – why does it seem like we just got started?

My fingertips are celebrating Manuscripts and Manicures, thanks to my favorite young manicurist, my daughter Annalise. The blue is for the Jeweled Walk in my story – it’s made of translucent blue gemstones, and has a sinister purpose. The sparkles are for the firestars of Everdeep, which contains my protagonist’s Solemate somewhere in its vastnesses. And the tint of red on my thumbs – that’s for blood. Because, yes, there’s blood in this story. My manicure is a bit untidy, fitting for a first draft.

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Once this update is posted, I’ll celebrating a summer of accomplishment with other RSWers at the #manicuresandmanuscripts event!

What’s next? Well, I love the weekly goals, and I’ll be keeping that format. And I’ve made some new friends to keep in touch with, too!
And there’s always next summer!

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Really, Really Spring: April 15, 2015

ROWing along through April!

So, can you believe it?!

What, you ask?

Well, here in upstate New York, it’s spring at last! Yup. And I’ve got the proof, right here in this post.

Witness Exhibit A:

Crocuses! Real, live crocuses! In my yard! =D

Yes, indeedy. The most intrepid of flowers, the crocus, is blooming, at the edge of my yard, slightly shaded by the huge pines – which leads to another proof of spring. During the early part of the winter, we lost a branch large enough to be a tree itself. Now that the snow is melted, my son and I tried to drag it (uh, NOT going to happen; it’ll need to be cut where it lays). In the process, I got a healthy coating of pine pitch – yup, the sap’s running!

In the wetlands of ponds, I’ve seen several red-winged blackbirds. Some people watch for robins, but I’ve seen them weeks before the winter weather ended. The blackbirds, though, don’t show up until spring shoves in.

So, now that we’re ten days into the round, with seventy to go, how am I doing on my goals?

I‘m still mostly concentrated on my two April challenges: the #atozchallenge, and CampNaNoWriMo. I’m definitely writing a shorter novel rather than a novella; I’ve made my peace with that. The story is flowing, and surprising me – the part I love the most!

Within the next week or two, I’ll be much closer to finishing both of these challenges; and then the majority of my time, for the rest of the month, will be split between editing existing works, and preparing for May and June challenges.

For clarification, here are my Round Two  and overarching 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.
  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.
  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1  completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 17/24 in progress; 35,811/~ 50K words. Act Three has commenced =D Next up, Scenes 17-24.
  • Generations: Plotting: Scene Summaries (and the plotting phase) complete. Set up Scrivener file . Cheat Sheet 4/24 Complete and added to Scrivener outline. Next up, finish hometending for scenes 5/24.
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available. I’ve had a thought or two about this; may change this goal a bit on Sunday.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/14 (L); Drafted through 4/17 (O). Next up, Draft P-Z; schedule M-Z.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.

Hometending:

Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 2/5 days. Moderate day Sunday; very mellow Monday; no hometending on Tuesday.

Lifetending:

Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • I’m opening up like the crocuses in the yard. More details on the way…eventually…

Selftending:

This entire category fell by the wayside last week to allow for “Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Attempt #1 at yardtending; more furniture moving; a mellow workout; and a one mile walk.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 2 /2: Attempted to move a very large branch that wasn’t structurally stable enough to last the winter. The only thing that moved was the pine pitch I got all over my hand! A one mile walk, because I parked at the grocery store and walked to and from the Y.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2: Reviewed journal’s current entry, and updated. Five minutes of breathing meditation; getting more natural, with less thought-clutter.

What are your favorite sure signs of spring? Are they different where you live now than when you were growing up? What are your favorite spring activities? Leave a note, an image, a link, or a comment in the little box, and share your springtime with us!

My next update on will be posted Sunday. Till then, let’s ROW along the ROW80 Blog Hop River, or, if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain! The icon is your portal!

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And, before I go, and especially for Tammy Rizzo, who spoke longingly of missing them – I offer 45 seconds of another sure sign of spring, here – peeper frogs, accompanied by bullfrogs, and what I think are ducks…no real visual, but the sound….that’s a whole symphony of spring!

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SoCS and #LoIsInDaBl Day 13: A Couple of Three

Put a Little Love in Yours!
Put a Little Love in Yours!

Happy Valentine’s Day (if you celebrate that kind of thing). Otherwise, happy Saturday to you! Today, Bee prompts us to write about a single/bi/threesome relationship. Over at SoCS, Linda‘s prompt is “attach/attachment.”

I’m offering up an excerpt from The Earth Doth Move, the Star Trek: TOS and Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel which was my NaNoWriMo 2014 project. My characters surprised me by becoming a threesome (that wasn’t in the story plan at all!). I’ve edited a few typos, but it’s otherwise exactly as written – in true NaNo-frenzied stream of consciousness style!

Disclaimer: I don’t own Spock (despite what Paramount claims, I’m not sure they do either!)

**Warning: Sexually graphic scenes depicting group and extraterrestrial acts. You must be of legal age to proceed past this point. Those offended by erotica or explicit material might best click away now.**

There had been no hands on his back, then, stroking down to his buttocks, urging his plunging, hungry surges. No, nor breasts and lips to suckle, or to be suckled by, as he came, and came again, the bodies always shifting, giving new pleasure, and now their was a stavril, open to him like a lovely petal, stamen inflamed, and he dared to taste its sweet nectars, and then, transfixed by its beauty, by its pulsing, glistening beauty, he could not stop tasting, exploring, his mind held open to feel the way to give the precise pleasures she craved – and his stavrit – his stavrit was claimed it turn by hungry lips, playful teeth, and then, as he thrust tongue and stavrit, deeply, together, there was another mouth upon another stavril, making a harmonic wave, and then – and then there was Attunement – and T’Lys, stalking amongst them, stroking them, binding them into one Huntthread, so that they could feel together, touch one another, need not be close to be dancing.

“It is like to arytana, when the nectars are concentrated into a syrup,” she said. “Let this be your arytana, my fierce one.”

And so they drank another dose, and then another, and a third, and were the tide and the dancing together….

Spock reclined against the bed, with Mara on one side, and Thistle on the other, and there was the touching that was pleasant when all had found Completion – akin to the washings of the Pride, that bound them once Matehunt released them…

“What the hell is it with you, man?” Thomas was in the doorway of Spock’s quarters, watching them, smiling. “How the hell do you do it?”

“Essentially, the same way as you do, Thomas.” Spock lifted a brow. “Are you seeking more – pointers?”

“Why you arrogant – hell, I can’t even say it, with the three of you glowing like that, and you looking anything but arrogant – hell, you just look natural. Keep your pointers, Spock – I don’t think they’d do me a damned bit of good. You’ve got something I’ll never have – maybe it’s the points on your ears, even when you cover them up…I don’t know what it is, but you’ve been back less than a day, and you’re – you’re what?”

“We’re a couple.” Thistle giggled at that. “Aren’t we, our Dragon, our Mara?”

“Yes.” Spock and Mara answered together.

“What? No discussion of the illogic of calling three people a ‘couple’?”

“No, Thomas. It is – most logical to do so, for that is what we are. It is what we have chosen, to spare pain, and to find delight. It is – “

“Time to get ready for the party, is what. Which you’d know, Mara, if you’d been back to your room. I’ve got us starting at 7, and that’s only an hour away.”

“I was not finished speaking, Thomas.”

“Hey, Spock?”

“Yes?”

“Anyone ever tell you that you talk way too much when you’re drunk and horny?”

Spock considered this for a moment. “No. No one ever has.” Before he could say anything else, Mara claimed his lips, Thistle his stavrit, and, the next time he looked, the door was closed, and Thomas, if he had even been here, was gone.

“I fear that we are quite late for my party.”

The touching had spiraled, once again, carrying them into the tide, into sharing- of absinthe, and cannabis, and one another.

“It’s called being fashionably late,” Mara said.

“Making an entrance,” Thistle added.

“We are already inside,” Spock said, most logically.

But they only laughed, and dressed him, together, with nothing beneath the robe, and nothing over but a light cloak, edged in passion-green. Each of them selected one of the long Vulcan tunics for each other; as he prepared another dose – Sybok had brought a case of absinthe, this time, and they had more than enough to share, so, once the women were dressed only in the tunics that brushed the middle of Thistle’s thigh, and slightly lower on Mara’s, with light cloaks tossed over them, they arranged the bottles, and Thistle made a little sign in a lovely script, that read, BOYG – Bring Your Own Glass. Sybok had seen that there was sugar, as well – if they ran low, Mara said, someone could go to the Mess Hall and get more.

And then, they were ready – still bound together by what T’Lys had woven with them, within them, still dancing, at a level not far beneath Attunement, so that there was a strong sense of one another, and of oneness…

“There are – a great many people outside this door,” he said, and they could hear with him – well enough, at least, not to ask the seemingly perpetual human question – “Are you sure?”

Float down the Stream With Us!
Float down the Stream With Us!

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SoCS : No Time for Excuses

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme.

The idea is simple – post an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt –this week’s is excuse.

Since I’m now in the midst of the penultimate scene of my Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel-in-progress, The Earth Doth Move; this will be my last SoCS post from it…wouldn’t want to give away the ending. But this prompt gave me the perfect opening to what I knew would be a difficult scene; a conversation between Ambassador Sarek, Spock’s Vulcan father, and Amanda Grayson, his human mother, as they begin the long process of deciding whether or not to remain married to one another.

Disclaimer: Spock, his family, 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 even when I’m not logical!

Her eyes glistened with the tears she had yet to shed, and they searched his with an intimate fervor common in her people, and nearly unheard of in his. Except for T’Pol, who seemed to have learned such a great deal from her time among humans, and not to have forgotten. He thought that he could benefit from her ease with human ways, in this moment when he faced the woman who was his wife.

“Sarek, I’m sorry. I should have said it months ago, when I first came home. I never should have left you that way, and I knew it even when I was doing it. I wanted to punish you for all the things I thought that you had done – to me, and to Spock. I was cruel, and I left you when you desperately needed someone. If I hadn’t done that – well, maybe I could have offered you enough, when the crisis came, that you might not have needed Winona – or, even if you had, you might have been able or willing to let her go when the immediacy of your need passed.”

“Such conjecture is pointless, Amanda, and illogical -” Sarek was aware that he spoke in part defensively. He found that he did not want to explore her words more deeply, not in her presence. Perhaps he could be excused for that reticence; given the emotionally laden nature of the content.

“And human.” Her chin came up in a challenge; he had triggered some response in her. “No, it’s not a dirty word, Sarek – it’s who and what I am. I’m done making excuses, for me or for my son. I owe you an apology for my behavior – I made some choices that hurt you; I intended to hurt you, to punish you, and that was never my place.” She stopped, and, surprisingly, drew the three centering breaths, slowly and deeply, her eyes closing. Sarek watched her; she hadn’t released him from the request to watch her.

He thought that he had never seen anyone nearly as beautiful as she was, in this moment, when she practiced the centering practice of his people.

In the next heartbeat, he wondered if there was some inherent flaw in this, that he found her most beautiful when she was emulating his culture, rather than expressing her own.

She opened her eyes, and said, “What I won’t apologize for anymore, and won’t excuse, to you or to anyone, is being human. Certain things are human nature, just as others are Vulcan nature. I’ve almost always done my best to accept Vulcan nature, to not ask of you anything that’s against your nature. But you haven’t given me the same consideration, and you certainly haven’t given it to Spock, who has his own nature, with elements of yours, and mine – but a lot that’s his own, and not like either of ours.” She was breathing more quickly, now, and her voice trembled. “Between us, Sarek, we’ve nearly destroyed him, more than once. If not for T’Pol – if not for her…”

“I know,” Sarek said, quietly and truthfully. “I objected to her role in his life. I objected to allowing Spock to express the entirety of his nature. I am beginning to see that this is inexcusable, and -” he broke off, knowing that what he said next could bring an ending, or a new beginning. “My reasons were not logical; nor were my reasons for choosing to marry you.”

“Humans seldom marry for logical reasons, Sarek.” Her voice was gentle.

“It concerns me more that I thought them to be logical, Amanda. As I thought that my reasons for requiring Vulcan discipline of Spock, holding him to a Vulcan life, was logical. There are significant flaws in my perception, and I must take the time to consider them, before I will understand what course of action I must take, to restore balance to my life, and those I have wounded with my illogic.”

She made a small gasp – of surprise, or shock, or denial. Her eyes were wide and frightened, fixed on his face. “That was almost exactly what I was going to say to you.”

Which way will this marriage go? Will it end here, or will they find new reasons to come together, and heal? No, I’m not telling…

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Sprucing and Pruning My Nest: December 10, 2014

 

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So, how are you doing, this late winter? Here in the frozen north, we’re wrapping up a two-day storm. I’ve taken advantage of a disparity in mine and the kids’ sleep/wake cycles to get in some words, move the reports forward, and evaluate my goals buffet, pruning some branches I’m not going to get to this round.

The next few days, the kids and I will be away, so I’ll be writing more hit-or-miss until at least Monday.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

  • My box is clear, and I now intend to keep the level below 100.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Snow shoveling.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Played ‘cat with ball’ with Annalise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Still wrapped up in story, and still a bit behind with blogging…

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Still very slow; but forward momentum.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Sunday: 1,983 words. My first “almost” of the month.

  • Monday: 4.998 words (at least; didn’t chart.)

  • Tuesday: 4,082 words.

  • Scene: 51/60.

  • This was where much of my focus was, this session.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Complete the family room reset.

  • More general cleaning.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • We STILL have a kitchen counter! And it’s even a little cleaner!

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Organizing and sweeping.

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is.

  • Nothing new.

Clean files:

Clean up all Desktop files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • Made the first pass. Cleaned/organized some story and novel files.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about one-quarter done.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • A few more pages of The Unschooling Handbook. 131/219.

  • 1/3 complete.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • The kids and I are preparing to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Completed another slip, and snuggled up to someone special.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Ready to spend a few days with friends…there will be ice skating.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Yogurt: 1 /2.

  • Whole grains: 1/3 (dry multigrain cereal).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub)

Not Yet:

  • ‘Tis the time to drop a few of these until 2015 Round 1.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

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

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, (overstrike) and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Write rough ideas for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

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