Seeking Clarity: #WeWriWa – #8Sunday The First

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Today, I’m trying something new – Weekend Writing Warriors Eight Sentence Sunday. It’s a chance to share a small snippet -exactly eight sentences – of my current writing. I’m sharing an excerpt from The Earth Doth Move, a Star Trek TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel. This is a rough draft written for NaNoWriMo 2014.

Want to know more about #8Sunday? Check this out!

It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky list with your name, blog url and email address on Mondays, 8:00 AM EST. Each week, the list remains open until Saturday, 11:59 PM. Then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

And now the excerpt!

Memory swirled with the gentle whirls of the sands, as the young man made his deliberate way across the expanse, senses awake and open to perceive any possible danger, but his awareness, at once, turned to past and future, inward and outward…

He was seeking.

Since he was only a child, even before his Kahs-wan, he had come to the desert when he needed clarity. Sarek his father would insist that location was far less important to such seeking than the disciplines of meditation. Sarek had said this to him, six hundred and four times, thus far. If he learned of this excursion, he would no doubt say it again – he was nothing if not predictable. If he knew the reason that Spock sought clarity, on this night, he would doubtless say other things- perhaps, a good many other things, and at great length.

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – or the one.”

This post is, in part, a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who died on February 27, at age 83. Leonard has been, and will continue to be, a major influence in my life. I will miss him, and I am profoundly grateful that, for a time, we walked the same Earth. I shall endeavor to do as Spock bid us, and as Leonard did. And I wish the same for you – that we all will live long, and prosper, whatever that means for each of us… 

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  1. Welcome to the WeWriWa blog hop 🙂

    It’s a good excerpt with understated emotion. It feels like you chose phrases carefully, like Spock would.

    You don’t say what you plan to do with this story, but are you aware that people writing Star Trek fanfic cannot publish it anywhere that could earn them money, without permission from the franchise? They’re very tight-fisted about who’s allowed to make money off Star Trek. I’m sure you’ve looked into this, I just don’t want to see any writers get in trouble for something that could be avoided.

    • Marcia,

      Thank you for your kind words and concern. Fortunately, I don’t want to make money from Star Trek (even if they weren’t so closed-handed, which, to me, seems rather counter to the spirit of Trek, but then, I’m not a corporation, and money isn’t a big deal to me).

      I write Trek fanfic because it’s a passion, and because the two Vulcans in my head seem to demand it. One of them’s been doing that since I was 13 – and I have a stack of notebooks in a cupboard in my bedroom to prove it!

      It’s taken me about three decades to get around to sharing these stories publicly. Later this year (this month, if all goes well), I’ll begin sharing them via fan fiction sites.

      Trek has given me so very much, I can’t imagine trying to make money there. I write original fiction for that purpose. =)

    • Vulcans are easy for me- I’ve been writing them for over 3 decades now. I think they’re permanently in my head and my soul.

      Thanks for the warm welcome! =D

    • Thank you for the welcome, and the kind words. I somehow find Vulcans very easy to write – and I’m sure that the relationship between Spock and Sarek was particularly contentious during those early years.

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