Second-Serving Sunday: Big Stretch Edition


A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere

Do you like to stretch? I mean, reaallllyyyyy strrrrrrrreeeeeetttttcccchhhhhhh!?

I do. A luxurious stretch when I wake up, or if I’ve been reading or writing for a while. The pleasing stretch and pull of the weight machines. T’ai chi. Yoga. Stretching out my strokes when I swim, hugs with the kids, conversations with my Accomplice in Mischief...long, powerful notes in Jewel or Tori Amos songs, stretched and held perfectly –

And stretching out of my comfort zone, into new terrain and new realms…

Recently at shanjeniah:

A time-traveling week of contemplation and remembrance of the treasures that remain after the passing of the lives that offered them; traveling to the Globe Theatre on 29 June 1613, while revising Chameleon’s Dish; into the future, and Spock‘s past, while drafting Perchance to Dream; a time- themed SoCS post, and a visit to the Sterling Renaissance Festival, complete with an old friend. Elan Morgan abstains from Facebook likes. Mat Honan embraces them, and I attempted and failed to share this video wherein T’Pol expresses rather strong feelings about smoking, time travel, or perhaps both…

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

ROW80 Updates:

  • A Time-Traveling Stretch: In which I travel through time in various way, and write some things, and revise others, and remember, and take lots of pictures, and meet up with an old friend.
  • An Odd Stretch: In which I do many things that weren’t on my list, and look at things from new perspectives.
A bit of an awkward stretch….

What’s Next:

My focus for August and September is on revising my time-travel fantasy novel, Chameleon’s Dish, set in the 1612-13 London area. I’m also drafting another WIP, Perchance to Dream, a Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fanfiction novel, and the second half of a duology. And there’s the ever-present homeschool administration – I’ll be eyeball-deep in masses of reporting and testing.

  • For Coffee and Conversation, I’ll be sharing a list of my Mental To-Do’s Not Done – you know, those things I’ve been “meaning to get to” for entirely too long… – and inviting folks to remind, nudge, or cajole me into “getting around to it”.
  • WIPpet Wednesday will host an excerpt from my Story a Day May exploration, The IDIC Romance I’ll be picking up where I left off last week, with the eighth installment of “Tigress T’Pol”. Trip and T’Pol collect themselves after a brief and unresolved entanglement, and consider breaches of protocol.
  • And for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), I’ll be doing just what the title suggests – writing a stream-of-consciousness post on the weekly prompt.
  • ROW80 Updates: Sunday and Wednesday are my days for updating my goals progress for A Round of Words in 80 Days.
Stretching to connect….

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:



Stretching into Commitment….

Life Stuff:

  • Marriage is a huge stretch. And we’re in it for the long haul. Seventeen years and a day, and still stretching, learning, growing together, striving…and loving. Without the loving – seventeen years and a day would’ve been too long a stretch.
  • Taking a chance and putting my words “out there”, especially on difficult or sensitive topics, is a stretch. I did that twice this week: I entered a national writing contest for World Sexual Health Day, and I wrote a post on discrimination for the Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge.
  • Dealing with the convoluted dynamics within my family of origin is a stretch I’d often rather avoid, but I chose to embrace it, and breach a years’ long Neutral Zone, to honor a milestone birthday for one family member.

How about you? What kinds of stretching have you done lately?  Join in, and we’ll celebrate with you! =D

A poised and happy stretch. Photo credit: Annalise S. Burton


    • Why thank you! It’s been quite a ride, so far! ❤

      People keep accusing me of organization, which always makes me chuckle. In school, I was that kid with the haphazard stack of books and trailing papers, who dropped the whole mess over and over and…

      I'm not nearly so organized as I am aware of how my mind and life work, and work together. Maybe that is a type of organization, but I usually feel like I just have a different, somewhat tidier stack of stuff, and there are far more loose ends than I wish there were. I scramble plenty to get to the things I want, and sometimes I don't make it…

      And my house…well, we're a bunch of creatives, and I'm the only one who seems to have any consistent knack or interest in organizing anything. Natural learning is amazing, but, at least here, seldom neat…

      You're just seeing the more organized bits of my life! =D

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