WIPpet Wednesday: Cowl Invites Touch

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. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

My life has slowed down considerably the last few days. I came home from our local NNWM Write-In Sunday night with a migraine and an odd dizziness that made me feel not quite in charge of my body…I’m better, but I’ve got the feeling that, if I push myself too much…so I’m writing, but my pace has slowed. I’m paying attention to what my body needs, rather than rush back to a more typical routine.

And, just in time for the new year, I got my three contributor’s copies of World Unknown Review!

My story, “A Splash of Red”, is a combination of a dream, my own life, and a lot of imagination…I first conceived it three years ago, and there’s been a lot of tinkering, revisioning, cutting apart, shuffling, and putting back together (literally)…

Pretty amazing, to read it in a collection on my Kindle screen, and hold a print copy of the anthology in my hands, flip to page 37, and see my own name, and my own story!

It totally makes up for the not feeling great in body…my spirit is out there, dancing on stars!

If you’ve got $.99 burning a digital hole in your digital pocket, this anthology is definitely worth it (yup, that’s a shameless plug. Forgive me; I’ve never had a story published before, and I’m excited!).

I’m writing the penultimate scene of Perchance to Dream, the last WIP I have left in a “hanging” state, and which I want to have finished by 2015. I think I’m going to be able to do it! =D

Trip and T’Pol are finishing up their holiday break this week, but they’re in a giving mood, and have invited us in for another take on their first meeting…no, I’m not talking about the ‘official’ one, in Captain Archer’s Ready Room, but a more clandestine encounter, when a young Vulcan woman illogically follows her curiosity, and chaotic music, and is Awakened to a smiling human man who holds music in his hands

This poem was originally written for OctPoWriMo; TnT snuck in to claim several poems for their own, this year. This one is a little rough, in places, but it’s got potential – like seeing someone utterly unexpected walk into the room, and shift the course of your life, without saying a word, or touching in any way you’ve ever known…

It’s a blitz poem, one of my favorite new poetry forms. It’s intended to be read aloud and quickly, without punctuation….

Disclaimers: Trip and T’Pol, , as well as 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!

WIPpet Non-Math:

  • Today is December 31, 2014.
  • It’s New Year’s Eve, and this moment has a festive vibe (who knows, it might even BE New Year’s Eve!), there’s the correlation. I’ve probably mentioned by now that I’m not especially a rules girl….and I like daring Kathi’s flying monkeys now and then! ;D

You can catch a bit of  the cowl here…

Cowl Invites Touch

Alien woman prowls in

Face framed by a cowl

Cowl hides pointed ears

Cowl names her Vulcan

Vulcan eyes search

Vulcan eyes stare

Stare into me

Stare and declare

Declare alien yearnings

Declare Vulcan fires

Fires hot and unexpected

Fires like plasma arcs

Arcs sear and burn through me

Arcs scorch through soft jazz

Jazz binding us together

Jazz winding through us both

Both caught in arcing music

Both caught up in a breath

Breath tangles into music

Breath exhales wanting

Wanting this to never end

Wanting so much more

More music more time

More whatever this is

Is she feeling what I do

Is she even able to feel

Feel her heart beat faster

Feel hot blood in her veins

Veins green-hued not red

Veins from mind to heart

Heart opening to heart

Heart conquers mind

Mind pleads for reason

Mind begs for logic

Logic burned by plasma fire

Logic utterly undone

Undone by Vulcan eyes

Undone by shadows

Shadows moving softly

Shadows on her face

Face transformed by music

Face inconvenient facts

Facts of human man

Facts of Vulcan woman

Woman breathing in music

Woman I long to touch

Touch her deep within

Touch her man to woman



Next week, we’ll go back to that nondescript little Suliban cell where TnT are creating the shape of things to come – and lots and lots of sparks and friction!

May you, one and all, ring out 2014 with fondness and warmth; and welcome in 2015 with love and a sense of adventure!



  1. Congrats on the anthology! That’s really exciting! I’ve got the Amazon page open in another tab, I will buy it in a sec.

    I admit I’m not really that good at reading poetry, but the short lines and your descriptions in this one really do add to the level of intensity.

  2. Congrats on the published story. The anthology will be on my kindle shortly. 🙂

    Great poem. I love the opening way you describe T’Pol.

    • Fallon’s got a great story there, too! =D

      I’m not in love with the beginning of the poem…it’s not quite what I wanted, but I’m not sure in what way it’s not right. I kind of jammed a few parts into the form, and, eventually, I’ll be going back to fix them…

      I also spent two hours looking for the video that had several good shots of T’Pol in the cowl, as well as going into and sitting in the jazz club…but I didn’t save it the last time I saw it, and I couldn’t find it for the post – *pouts*.

      Writing the poems in October definitely helped get me where I wanted to be for the November and December drafting extravaganza!

  3. Congrats! I have a .99 burning in my pocket, I’ll love to take a gander since you hyped me up! Love the poem, although I’m not normally a stark track gale. Happy New Years!

    • Thank you! Clicking on the link will take you o Amazon. The other stories I’ve read so far have also been interesting and thought-provoking.Well worth the money, even if I wasn’t in it.

      What I love about Trip and T’Pol is that they have a very real relationship that evolves over the four years the series aired. It’s helpful to know some things about their reality to understand just how complicated a Vulcan/human romance is, but it also transcends that, and becomes a love story with lots of drama and false starts…

      It’s always cool when someone who isn’t into Trek can enjoy my fan writing. The best Trek has always been able to do that. =)

    • Thanks, Elaine! It is still a bit surreal, and, because there are elements of my own life in it, I feel a bi vulnerable…which isn’t going to stop my from ding it again!I hope your first hours of 2015 are going well- stll three and a quarter hours of 2014 left here….

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