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Outgrowing the Box: August 16, 2017

Hey there!

On Sunday, I asked this question:

Have you ever been poised on the edge of a dream, staring at the precipice, and the amazing reality on the other side?

Today, I ask the follow-up:

Have you ever been staring across from that precipice – and seen a bridge crossing from where you are to where you need to be? A bridge that was there all along, but you couldn’t see through your fear and preconceptions?

There’s been a lot of conversation in our house about the events in Charlottesville last weekend, and the unacceptable response of the Trump Administration to these hate crimes.* Somehow, in our consideration of what we can do, and how we feel, we evolved into a discussion of our financial situation, and where we would like to see his business and my writing go – and there, right before us, was The Bridge.

I’m not going to say a lot about it right now – only that we aren’t the type to take out loans for anything – and we’ve found a way to invest in our projects, and ourselves, without doing that.

A huge weight has been lifted. Now, if we can only get the nation to a place where every American is safe and equal – not only under the law, but in truth.

* To be clear about it, one doesn’t go to a peaceful rally armed and shielded. One goes to war, or rampage, that way. And a mob armed and shielded? I don’t think any of us need to guess that the intent was to intimidate, and to deprive others of their Constitutionally granted rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are hate crimes, and responding to danger by counter-attack isn’t remotely the same as marching through the streets of a city armed and attacking its citizens. These are not equal actions, regardless of what Mr. Trump says. The proof? What would this incident be called if every other element was the same, but it was people of color shouting epithets against white Americans, or driving a car full speed into them?

We cannot have a double standard and consider this nation one of “liberty and justice for ALL.”

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 0/3,333. Wrote nearly 2k words, and then promptly accidentally deleted them. Primary goal; no net progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page, Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. .25/3 hours; Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 15 hometending sprints/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 1/15 hometending ). A bit of progress; goal adapted.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 3x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditate/journal 2/8. Solid progress; goal adapted.

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Professional Growth: August 13, 2017

Hey there!

Have you ever been poised on the edge of a dream, staring at the precipice, and the amazing reality on the other side?

That’s where we are as a family – and where I am, too, on a personal level.

Two weeks ago, my husband learned that his employer was struggling financially. Since he was the highest-paid employee, he would be let go, with the option to pick up some part-time work on Labor Day Weekend.

Our financial situation has been uncertain for over a year, now. We’ve been managing, mostly because we don’t have house or car payments, live simply, and have a family tendency toward both innovative approaches to difficulties, and a conscious choice to look for the possibilities in even the most challenging of situations (even when the process of getting there is a bit ugly).

So now, we’re poised on the edge, all together, and ready to take the leap of faith that will carry us to the other side…

Have you ever taken a huge Leap of Faith? How did it go?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal complete for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Last House The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I was mistaken about one of the titles. It’s The Last House. Reread last several scenes to find my way back into the story, which I began in April.1,133/5,555 words. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

You don’t need to be alone anymore, Tim.”

The sweetly accented, slightly husky voice was so real, he would have looked around, except that he was busy fantasizing now that he really did have Rebekkah right here with him. It didn’t matter that he’d never seen her face; maybe it was even better than he hadn’t, because his imagination could make her however he wanted her.

The possibilities were endless.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes for “Highly Classified Mission,” and received first batch. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: Is That an Order?” Secondary goal complete for this week.

You just tried to shake hands with a Vulcan.”

“You said we were supposed to extend her every courtesy. Just thought extending my hand was part of the deal.” Trip shrugged. “Apparently, she doesn’t agree.”

And then some.”

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet done; simmering schedules. Tentative August blogging schedule and most weekend posts drafted. Primary goal; some progress,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. Went through JuNoWriMo directory, organized raw material into folders. 1 hour. Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram; Pinterest; and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1.5/3 hours;all main sites excepting Patreon /1 hour dabbling; Quora. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 10.25/11 hours; first Southern Saratoga County YMCA Farmer’s Market; some promotion/ business communication/market research. Primary goal; excellent progress!

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 58% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; very good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 5/5 hometending) ; 2/3 yardtending sprints complete; bedroom sprint. Progress improved over last week despite very busy week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4/5; Strenuous: 2.5/2 hours. Meditate/journal 7/8. Solid progress.

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Trekkish Growth; August 8, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve had a Trek-centric beginning to my week – and that makes me a very happy Shan. Actually, I’m purring like a contented tribble!

Sunday was the #AllStarTrek #Trektacular on the Heroes and Icons channel. For those not in the know, they do a 5-hour block 6 nights a week, with an episode from each existing Trek series (and, on Sundays, they add an hour of Star Trek: The Animated Series, as well). There’s a live (and lively!) Twitter chat that goes along with the airing, and I’ve found my “Trek tribe” there, which essentially means I can stop driving my family nuts talking about this stuff.

This Sunday, though, H&I ran non-stop Trek from 12pm-3am. There were many documentaries I hadn’t seen before, and enough Leonard Nimoy to make me cry a time or three from the joy of seeing him again. I watched most of the fifteen hours, and chatted for the majority of what I watched.

Monday night, a few of kept on chatting after Enterprise (the final installment in the line-up, and my favorite Trek series), and the conversation was wide-ranging and free-flowing, inspiring my writing mind in all kinds of ways….which showed up Tuesday, as I dug out and polished the first chapter of a fan fiction story I wrote a couple of years ago, now titled, “Highly Classified Mission.” It’s getting positive reviews over on fanfiction.net, and will serve as the base of my StoryADay September TnT drabbles.

My mind is humming with ideas that extend beyond sci-fi…Star Trek has been a conduit to other writing for me since I was 13, and indulging my passion for it makes me a better writer – and a better human, too.

Do you indulge your non-writing passions?
If you do, do you find they feed your writing?

If you don’t….why not give it a try?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week.

The communication is thankfully brief, and, once it’s concluded, T’Pol moves away from her work station. Perhaps it would be wisest to begin reviewing the encrypted information that accompanied the transmission, but she will admit to herself that she is agitated at the thought of doing so. Instead she brings forth her table, her cushions, and her candle, and attempts to meditate.

Each time her eyes close, however, there is a sense of – of something. She can’t name the emotions she’s experiencing. Nothing in her training has prepared her to do so. She has been fascinated by the diverse range of words the humans she lives and serves with give to their emotional states; but she often doesn’t understand the emotions to which they are referring. She’s been conditioned, from infancy, to suppress emotion, to separate it from thought and action, rather than to label and define and allow it into every action and thought, as her human colleagues do.

Perhaps it would be useful to be a human now. A human could feel freely, and define the emotions. A human might also know how to deal with them. A human wouldn’t be compelled by duty to their world to pursue a fugitive they were frightened to pursue.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I chose my theme for Solemates (it’s anything relating to both characters’ backstories and eventual meeting) and the TnT story to create drabbles for: it’s Highly Classified Mission,” the original segments of which were written a couple years back for #StaD, so perfect for developing there! Reread story as-is; made a polishing pass of Chapter One; and posted to fanfiction.com. Will finish submitting before September 1; I’ll add the request for words there. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram; Pinterestand Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. .5/3 hours; mostly rereading/sharing Patreon page, one post to Instagram. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 3, 75/11 hours; mostly at market; some mellow promotion. Primary goal.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 53% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; good progress.

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Sent fourth quarter reports a month early; mailed Lise’s test scores. Goal COMPLETED!

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 0/5 hometending) but 3 partial); 1/3 yardtending sprints complete.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

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Growth, Diversely; August 6, 2017

Hey there!

Ever have lots of things you want to do – but only a couple of things Well, most of my week was spent between Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces and homeschool administration.

Sometimes, that’s how things go. Most of “my own things” were set aside while I was occupied with those – but the admin is winding down now, until the next, less intensive round is due on December 1, and I’m getting closer to a point when I can put the business matters on more of a maintenance schedule….both of which will, obviously, allow more time for my writing and other projects.

If you’d like more details on the week just past, I’ve written and photographed bits and pieces of it in my #weekendcoffeeshare post.

So, though I didn’t get to many of my goals this week, I’m feeling good, because I’ve freed up more time to work on them through the rest of the month.

How do you deal with the times when life pulls you toward some things, and away from others you really want to dive into?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 1,120/3,333. Primary goal; some progress.

Mayhap there was something in that which she could learn from.

“But not this night, old one.”

“I am scarce a hand older than you, my little rabbit, my Kai.” It was a warm and welcome whisper in her ear, only for her, even with all the Tribed ears so near. Sparks leaped and danced.

“Nay – I speak to he who rests there,” she pointed to the pyre, and Xanaas’ body upon it. “He has earned respect, and his rest, and better than to have the Huntleader gone when it is his time for Final Welcoming.”

“I’ve been listening to stories, my Kai. It seems that he would far rather have you here, than the one called Tacivaar.”

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. In the simmering stage for the main stories. Primary goal; a bit of progress.

Trip might think he’d imagined the whole thing, or had the wrong Vulcan.

Except for the way she smelled. Her scent was even more potent than he remembered. It filled the small space, and it was definitely doing things to him that Jon would notice if he looked, and Trip sure as hell didn’t want to try to explain that.

Social Media:

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. No organizing, but a #writingcrew sprint gave me the idea for how to do it! Simmering. Secondary goal.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram; and Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1/3 hours; mostly Patreon, for monthly post; one post each to Instagram and Facebook Writer page. Played a bit on Quora. Stretch goal; good early progress.

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. IHIPs are submitted to school district. Reports are complete, pending final proofing, which will happen Sunday. Excellent progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 2/5 hometending sprints complete; study. Not the best week for hometending; the focus was on paperwork and business that took us away from home. Very modest progress.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Carrying over from last month’s busy-ness. This month will be better for selfcare; I’m important, too! Activity 2/5; Strenuous: 1hr/6 min/2 hours. Meditate/journal 7/8. Moderate progress.

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Farmer’s Market Table from July 31, 2017. Chef Bluebeard is open for business!
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A Season of Growth; #ROW80 Round 3, 2017

Hi there!

My annual Chaostivity Marathon has now ended, and it’s time to rest, renew, recharge, and shift to a slower, more contemplative pace, before I begin my Chaostivity 10K from September-November.

But, since it’s a new month, it’s also time to take a look at my July progress on my Round 3 goals.

So let’s get on with that, shall we?

  • Trueborn Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); This was my July 2018 CampNaNo project; paused at 86,840. Will resume once both Kifo novels are complete. Secondary goal.
  • Blogposts: Complete all finite series begun during JuNoWriMo. I’ll have a better sense of what these are when I organize them in August; more details then. Stretch goal.

  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit to finish plotting this novel. I wanted to finish this before July started; instead, I’’m plotting on the fly while drafting. 21,064 plotting words; Antagonist #1 in progress; Step 6/22 TST; just need to do coloring materials for TWCB. Setting aside until/unless needed. Primary goal.
  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. I have enough material in development to carry me through maybe a dozen or so additional posts. Secondary goal.

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 50 hours revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Rather than set a goal by lesson, I’m trying a time goal. Primary goal.

  • Blogposts: Revise blogposts for use through November 2017.  Secondary goal.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it. Make a decision regarding sharing it with critique group, or waiting to run it through HTRYN. I will be running this through HTRYN, likely in 2017. Stretch goal COMPLETED!

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Partially through revision pass. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for all projects I’d like to submit in 2017. I’m evaluating what/if I’ll be submitting this fall; developing ideas if so. Secondary goal back-burnered. I believe focusing on revisions is ultimately a more productive goal, at this point in my career.

  • Explore Duotrope;  compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Research these; choose ten to pursue further. This is pretty self-explanatory. Stretch goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to /maintain regular blogging schedule, and prepare for November NaNoWriMo. I’m planning something a little special for this fall….stay tuned! Primary goal; some progress.

  • Refine labeling/branding/platform/marketing for my Accomplice, and branding for myself; complete the PicMonkey branding tutorial for both ventures. I continue learning and moving through the process of creating platforms and brands. Set up Pinterest and Instagram accounts; a bit of posting. More plans simmering for him and me. Secondary goal; great progress.

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Hometending. Started IHIPs. Testing complete; results submitted. Canceled reservations for campground; arrangements for Miah.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling. Complete Gwen’s 30 Day Selfie Challenge. Dropped the challenge; too much going on. Stretch goal; some progress.

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A Music of Their Sorrow for #SoCS August 5, 2017

High above, the venting holes for the cookfires showed the stars. Niaan remembered a time when she’d lain on the ledge, demanding to see the stars. Kaivelt’s stars. Xanaas had stood for her, even against the Huntleader’s wishes, made walls of furs so that she could see, and still be warm and tended.

She’d dreamed of Kaivelt – but he was absent from her mind, now, as he sometimes was.

She needed him now, but he was out there somewhere circling a small yellow star on a planet called Earth, or Terra 3. Strange, faraway names. Would that world sing to him, as Aletris once had for her?

If the stars were lower, closer to the ground of her world, could she reach up, and dance her way back to Kaivelt, as she had when she was a child, and so was he?

Would they ever come together, truly?

“Huntleader?”

“I’m not your -” But she stopped herself. She couldn’t continue to refuse the name they’d given to her, or the role it assigned to her. Tacivaar was gone, stalking her as his prey. Shinjao was gone, off to seek what was needed for the days to come. Xanaas was gone to the End Hunt – or whatever awaited a healer who had served long and with compassion. Sylain and Teslyn did as much as they could – but they were not Hunters, and not Trueborn, and had not the knowing that came of all those lessons trapped in the stifling little room in Mother’s Keep, meant to make a Kai out of her while Vaara was hidden away in a forgotten chamber.

“I beg pardon of you, Huntleader -”

Teslyn’s voice was soft, hesitant – lost, as Niaan had never thought to hear it. They were all lost. The Tribeless who had escaped with their lives, and nothing more than those. The wounded, some of whom still might not live, even more so now that Xanaas did not.

All of the Pridekeep, lost, bereft of their Huntleader, so that they put her in his place, and made of her what they had need of from her.

“No pardon is needed of me, Teslyn. I beg mine of you. I heard the child’s missive, and did nay come.”

“I would I had nay need of you. Sleep is what Sylain says Xanaas ordered…but there is no other fit to light his pyre. I thought mayhap you would -”

“Yes. It will be honor to offer him his Final Welcoming.” She pried herself out of the nest. She could smell the fires, and the lingering scent of those Welcomed yesternight, and the two nights before. How many more nights, before there were no more dead to tend to?

She followed Teslyn to the entrance of the Pridekeep, wondering why her limbs felt like the heaviest of Osiraan’s branches.

She heard the Pride before she saw them. They made a music of their sorrow, with all notes woven into the tapestry. Her mind played with the thought of Rachyl weaving this song into patterns and colors – the borders the lowest of the moans and the highest keening wails….

This post is my entry for Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS), where the weekly prompt was “high/low.” It is a brand-new snippet from my novel-draft-in-progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise, part of my Trueborn series.

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Down, Boy 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 Wrayburn.


Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!

It’s Wednesday again. Saturday was my birthday – a low-key day. I don’t do parties, since my birthday falls only four days after the anniversary of my son’s death. A quiet, personal recognition of the day is all I can handle.

Last week, I wrote about how getting through Elijah’s Days felt like the moments after running a marathon. This week, I’ve got that feeling again, in a different way, and for a different reason.

The Chaostivity Marathon – four straight months of writing challenges – ended with July, and I have August off before the Chaostivity 10K kicks off with Story A Day September, on through OctPoWriMo, and then on to the main stage of the race – NaNoWriMo in November.

So this is my month of rest, organizing, and securing loose ends.

But, of course, there’s room for Trip and T’Pol…so let’s get to it, shall we?

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s 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.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my initiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!

Recap:

Trip’s Vulcan Surprise Package would never have turned her back on him, but the snippy Vulcan woman in Jon Archer’s Ready Room just did – and rejected his friendly handshake, too. Now what?

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 August 2, 2017.
  • I have 10 sentences for you today. I added the digits of the month and date.

Down, Boy!

Porthos was outgentlemaning his master, with his front feet right up on her hip, offering her a friendly doggy hello. Trip couldn’t see much of her expression as she twisted a bit to look at what might be her very first-ever beagle, but the fact that she reacted at all made him grin, even though it stung that she’d rejected his handshake and dismissed him as though she didn’t even remember him, like she’d gone back into the Consulate that Tuesday night and never given Trip Tucker another thought.

Where was the lovely young woman who had swayed to the music, stared into his eyes, and – well, that first magical night when Miss Pointed Ears Under That Cowl stalked into his life, things had happened between them he still didn’t understand, all these months later.

But now she got the hell out of here as though she couldn’t wait to make her escape from the distasteful illogic of him, Jon, and even Porthos, who had to be the cutest dog on any starship.

Trip might think he’d imagined the whole thing, or had the wrong Vulcan.

Except for the way she smelled. Her scent was even more potent than he remembered. It filled the small space, and it was definitely doing things to him that Jon would notice if he looked, and Trip sure as hell didn’t want to try to explain that.

Down, boy!

Not sure he could follow his own order, Trip plunked himself back down in the chair, grateful when Porthos decided to jump up into his lap and give him something to hide behind.

Did Jon notice Trip’s response?

Will Trip find out about T’Pol’s physical response to him?

Will Porthos win over the Vulcan scientist?

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 Story A Day May drabbles  – a loosely-connected serial of 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!