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, 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 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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  1. Great progress so far this week! if reading counts as a non-writing passion then yep, I definitely indulge 😉 And it does seem to help feed my own creativity.

  2. My non-writing passions all ultimately lead back into my writing! My passion is history, and I love so many things related to history, like antique cars, bygone fashions, and classic films. Other passions, like world languages and religions, also lead back into my writing.

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