Lots of progress this week, and also some revelations. So, let’s get right on with the stories and the update, shall we?
“Do You?” Finale:
“Vulcans mate. Humans make love. Our bond was forged while we were engaged in the latter activity.”
Trip took his tongue back out of his cheek. He hadn’t been going to correct T’Pol’s ex-husband, even if he had to bite it. But she’d done it for him, and he leaned in to her. Her pupils dilated as she drew him the rest of the way with her paired fingers, and, right there in front of her ex-husband and his newhusband, Trip gave his wife a good, old-fashioned, human tongue-tangle of a kiss.
Parted From Me
She held to that. She would be a good bondmate in this one way, if she couldn’t be what he needed or desired in any other way. The pain and suffering, exacerbated by the trellium that allowed her to feel him, were the price of this commitment.
If this was the one thing she could give him, she would give it willingly, whatever the personal cost.
Only October goals I engaged with this session are included in this update.
- The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Vignette 2/5 (“Do You?”) complete at 2007 words. Vignette 3/5 (Parted From Me): complete at 2, 528 words. Vignette 4/5 (A Backdrop of Stars) Reread previous stories for this arc in preparation for writing; simmering.
- Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 7/31 complete; a day behind.
Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Reread character work, since it’s been a while since I’ve looked at this Made a few minor notations on existing material. Began Xavier’s Settings worksheet; 1/3.
Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Simmering; I have a theme, and inspiration struck again very late Saturday!
For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review . Primary goal. Reconstructing the bones of the story; had a major story breakthrough that’s simmering. Transcribed reconstruction into LO; reread original story. Simmering.
Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited all fellow WIPpeteers; some #8sunday, and a couple of #weekendcoffeesharers and #SoCS folks.
- Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Instagram; ROW80 2/2. Blog/website once each.
Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Posted WIPpet; gathered and did most of the assembly for three ReBlog posts.
Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Random (inside/weeding/ declutter outside): 23/20; all rooms to quota.
- Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Email at 66 messages; working through the remaining (ones I want to read before deciding on) from oldest to newest.
My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; writing stuff; canoodling.
NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Shared a link; read a bit. Finished the queued critique and sent back.
Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 7/6. Meditation: 6/6. I keep forgetting the evening round.
Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 minutes: 5/5; 90 minutes: 3/3.
Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour, 10 minutes; monthly total:2 hours; 20 minutes.
Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through “Burn”; page 240/287.
Leaps of Faith:
Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Revisions underway for DaB.
The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal. Read and commented a bit at Ad Astra; may submit there in the next week or two.Trix’s submission system has been broken all year, and it doesn’t seem like it’s likely to be repaired, so I’ll focus on AdAstra, where there really aren’t many TnT stories. I can change that! =)
Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. Found pictures of the Cooper’s Hawk (see above) for cover image. Discussed candidates with daughter; edited three images as potential cover bases.