A Huntress is Born, Lives, and Stalks Through My Fantasies…

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 It’s #WIPpet Wednesday –K.L. Schwengel’s brainchild which encourages writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

Welcome to the final snippet before March, when I will be revising CD, and offering you even better passages! Yes, March will be an editing month, and then April and May will be creating months, with the 2014 A to Z April Challenge , CampNaNoWriMo, and Story-a-Day May.

Lots of busy happiness ahead, and I’ll be sharing more details on these in the coming weeks.

For now, though, it’s getting late, and I still have things to do before midnight….so on to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

Today is February 26, 2014.

  • Today’s math is 26-14 =12. 26, for the date, 14, for the year, to make 12.
  • Today’s WIPpet is 12 words, from just after the previous scene, in last week’s WIPpet, Burning Desperation. In actual timelines, this snippet is set on 29 June 1613 – the day of the Globe Theatre fire.

In the dangerously superstitious past of Shakespeare’s England, an amnesiac girl and a foundling boy must keep her strange nature hidden as they stalk her lost identity.

Chameleon’s Dish is the companion volume to Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp series Star Trek fan fiction).

 Perhaps, she was already too late to reach him, to save him.

Will Tisira get the trapdoor open, and save Henry? Will they survive the fire? And what comes next, now that Tisira has remembered herself?

I know, I know -those are the same questions I asked last week. And the answer’s just about the same – for that, you might just need to read the entire book…! Of course, I’m going to need to revise it first…my business for next month.

Here’s a fitting song for the moment…recorded live exactly 400 years after the Globe fire!

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It’s #WIPpet Wednesday again!

The purpose ofK.L,Schwengel’s brainchild is to encourage writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

WIPpet Math:

Today is October 30, 2013.

  • For today’s offering, I’ve subtracted the month from the date (30-10=20).
  • Then I added two, for a Halloween treat!
  • You get 22 sentences today!

During October, I offer the paired volumes,Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft series), and Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp series).

Chameleon’s Dish is my YA fantasy WIP. Here’s the logline I’ve created for it:

In the dangerously superstitious past of Shakespeare’s England, an amnesiac girl and a foundling boy must keep her strange nature hidden as they stalk her lost identity.

This week, Nockatee discovers a key to her forgotten identity – her name.

This rough-draft passage is lightly edited to remove obvious gaffes and for style.

Enjoy!

All of life was more beautiful. Henry was with her and within her. Father had mentioned the childbond, and how it was done, after the celebration of her last nameday. He had told her that it was to her to choose, at whatever time she was called to someone.

Almost, she could see his face, for a moment, but then there was only Henry, filling her senses.

And that was just as it should be, her spirit singing and dancing and getting all twisted up in his….

“Nockatee -“

“Tisira.”

The word hung between them, for a moment, and then a meaning attached itself to it. “That is my name, Henry. Tisira.”

“Tisira.” He echoed, and she could feel him tasting the flavor of it in his mind, comparing it to the name he had known her by. “It is a very comely name – but, if you will let me, I will still call you Nockatee. To me, that is a lovelier one – for it means you, to me.”

“You wanted to say something to me, Henry – before I remembered my name.”

“Just that I – love you, and I never knew I could be so close to anyone. You – you’ve changed everything.”

“Without you, Henry, I would likely have died. You have most certainly changed everything, for me.”

They were nearly into the outskirts of the city, now, and Henry stopped to adjust her kerchief. “I love your ears”, he said, “but I think they could lead to the sort of attention I don’t think you’ll want.”

 

There we have it – Nockatee is Tisira. What will be next, now that she knows her name? Will she regain all of her memories? Will she learn what she needs to know to stay safe in this time? Will she and Henry stay together?

No, I’m not telling you – not yet. There’ll be more of Henry and Nockatee’s adventures, eventually.

For Novenber, I will be giving Tisira and Henry a bit of privacy, and instead sharing brand-new excerpts from my NaNoWriMo WIP, King of Shreds and Patches.

Today, I offer another oldie, just for fun…. =)

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It’s #WIPpet Wednesday again!

The purpose of  K.L,Schwengel’s brainchild is to encourage writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

WIPpet Math:

Today is October 9, 2013.

  • For today’s offering, I’ve used the digits of the month and day (9+10=19)
  • Then, I added the digits of the year (2+0+1+3=6; 19+6=25).
  • Then I added three lines, because they fit I like you!
  • You get 28 sentences today!

During October, I am sharing the paired volumes, Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft series), and Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp series), while I plan my November NaNoWriMo WIP, King of Shreds and Patches, which I will share NaNo fresh next month.

Bounded by a Nutshell is a Star Trek fanfiction novel that tells the other side of Tisira’s story – her family’s search for her, after her sudden disappearance..

This week, we eavesdrop on an interaction between Spock, McCoy, and Spock’s young daughter, Kirana, who is Tisira’s twin, as they prepare for the arrival of Captain Kirk and his cavalry…

This scene occurs some hours after the incidents I shared in Kivaswine Conversation and Soulwounded. Spock has had some time with his wife, followed by a time of peacefully reading with Kirana.

This rough-draft passage is lightly edited to remove obvious gaffes and for style.

Enjoy!

Leonard’s eyes darted to Kirana in surprise, and Spock found himself amused. His eyebrow wanted to lift, but the muscle relaxant had made it impossible to manage more than a twitch.“I didn’t know you could do that,” the Kiral said.

“Obviously, I can,” Kirana said,and her mind followed merrily with, “Or I would not have done so.”

McCoy groaned. “So this is how it goes. Now I have to deal with two generations of this?”

“You are required to do nothing, Leonard. If you wish to be released from your service, or to reside elsewhere, I will not attempt to dissuade you.”

“You pointy-eared martyr, you know I was joking. Read to your daughter. I’m going to grab a shower and go to the nursery with my family. I will meet you -right back here on this couch, mind, in an hours or so, if not a little sooner.”

“When will Jim arrive?” Spock asked, and would have frowned, if he was able – had he not already asked that?

“Lost your time sense, have you? He’ll be here in a little over an hour. You – uh – might want to put a shirt on, before he gets here, so I’ll bring you one.”

“No, He must know, quickly, the scope of my current difficulties. The marks of my Huntress upon me will likely speak more clearly than words can, to one who has seen them before.”

The doctor looked a little surprised. “Not holding back at all, are you?”

“There seems little point. I am long since bonded, and my mate will be with me. Moreover, he must know.”

“Okay, then. I will be here, before Jim is.
Best the two of you not be left alone.”

There we have it – a relatively peaceful moment, in a time of chaos. Will it last? What will happen when Jim Kirk gets there? And, maybe most importantly of all, will they find Tisira, and bring her safely home?

No, I’m not telling you – not yet. There’ll be more, in two weeks.

For October, I will be alternating between Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, so check back next week if you want to read more about Tisira and Henry, and what they are up to!

This seems like a good week for another father/daughter song – this one for Spock and Kirana, because, really, Tisira has been getting a lot of attention!

 

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It’s #WIPpet Wednesday again!

The purpose of K.L,Schwengel’s brainchildis to encourage writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

WIPpet Math:

Today is September 18, 2013.

  • For today’s offering, the math is simple.
  • I’ve added the digits of the day ad the month, (9+18=27).
  • You get 27 sentences today!

During August and September, I am focusing on editing the paired volumes,Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft series), and Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp series).

Bounded by a Nutshell is my August WIP. It is a Star Trek fanfiction novel that tells the other side of Tisira’s story – her family’s search for her, after her sudden disappearance..

This week, we meet Tisira’s twin, Kirana, as she is reunited with her father after an unexplained absence of several hours, shortly after Tisira’s disappearance.

This is actually two passages; there was a bit in the middle that may not stay and didn’t fit the passage, so I pulled the good stuff from the edges and pushed it together. They fit together very well, I think.

This rough-draft passage is lightly edited to remove obvious gaffes and for style. Enjoy!

Kirana, though, seemed to sense her parents’ need to be alone together, and, maybe, even something of the importance of that need. Every so often, she would go quiet in her play, and study the door, her brows drawing together in exactly the same way Spock‘s always did when he was trying to decipher a puzzle.

But she didn’t say anything about it, or even ask what was keeping her parents so long, when she was accustomed to spending many hours a day in their company. She also didn’t ask why Spock wasn’t busy examining the device, or doing something to help find Tisira.

She just went about her play with Andrew…some animal game with an involved and ever-expanding cast of invisible characters. And every so often, her deep blue eyes would go to the bedroom door, and that frown would appear.

And every time she did, Andrew’s eyes would follow hers, and then he would hug her and add an element to the game, and Kirana would let herself be distracted into play once more.

Almost as though she understands, somehow, what’s going on in there. And why it’s going on, now, and that it’s too important to wait…

Finally, nearly eight hours after they’d gone into their room, the door slipped open to reveal Spock and Jeniah, dressed in matching robes, their faces still aglow with the secret hours they had spent together, watching them. Seth was sleeping in his sling, seeming perfectly content.

Kirana rose slowly from the rug where she had been pretending to be a grouchy old sehlat. She clasped her hands behind her back and looked back at them both, her expression, for a moment, as unreadable as Spock’s had ever been. “Father, art thee well?” she asked, formally, and in Vulcan.

For answer, Spock knelt on one knee, and gestured for her to come close. He himself didn’t seem to want to give up the doorway- maybe because he was not wholly certain that he was ready to rejoin the flow of life, just yet.

Kirana went, slowly, holding her father’s eyes with her own, as though she were feeling her way. Step by step, she advanced. Spock stayed still, not dropping his eyes, but stretching out his hand with two fingers extended.

Fingers that trembled, just a little bit, but enough to say clearly that even if he’d eased the immediacy of the situation, his eropsitone levels were still elevated, and he would not likely be up long….

I am – quite well, ti’kahm.” He too spoke in Vulcan, but fondly, with the hint of fire and amusement layered into the warm, rough tones. His eyes were intent on hers. “I regret if I caused you any concern.”

You are – different – ?” She tested the words. “No, not different, but also not as you have been.”

There we have it. Spock is not as his daughter has known him. Will this shift affect the search for Tisira? Spock’s relationship with Kirana?

No, I’m not telling you – not yet. There’ll be more, next week, and every Wednesday in September.

Here’s a song this scene reminds me of…a longtime favorite,with a fiercely wild and very fitting drama. Feel free to do your best 70s dance, or just watch and worry!=)

 

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 It’s #WIPpet Wednesday again!

The purpose of  K.L,Schwengel’s brainchild is to encourage writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

WIPpet Math:

Today is September 11, 2013.

  • For today’s offering, I’ve added the digits of the day, month, and year (9+11+2+0+1+3=26).
  • Then, I added one, because it adds a lot of flavor to the snippet. =)
  • You get 27 sentences (mostly dialogue) today!

During August and September, I am focusing on editing the paired volumes,Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft series), and Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp series).

Bounded by a Nutshell is my September WIP. It is a Star Trek fanfiction novel that tells the other side of Tisira’s story – her family’s search for her, after her sudden disappearance..

This week, we finally learn what caused Tisira’s disappearance.

This rough-draft passage is lightly edited to remove obvious gaffes and for style. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have written an alternate version of this scene. I don’t have an online version of this experimental version. It’s a far more sexual scene, and Spock is much less in control than McCoy is. Like last week, I expect that I will take elements of both, and combine them in the next draft. I am especially interested in opinions on this dialogue and Spock’s emotional state…likely to be very different in the next draft!

Enjoy!

Ambassador Spock, is it possible that one of your daughters was alone in this chamber approximately 4.942 minutes ago?” His eyes scanned the room; fixed on the open cabinet and the nest of blankets within. “Perhaps, within a radius of 5.51 meters from that corner?

“Affirmative. Tisara was asleep in that cabinet when I left this chamber 6.368 minutes ago. It seems unlikely that she would have awoken and left in the intervening time. However, she is not here, now, nor can I sense her presence in my mind, although my wife and daughter can sense her dimly.” He studied Semil; the man appeared grim, even for a Vulcan scientist. “Have you some pertinent information that accounts for these facts?”

“Affirmative.My colleagues and I have been testing a focused temporal distortion wave. The device was in initial testing; there was no intended target. The readings indicate that a female Vulcanoid child was captured by the beam.”

“And sent where? And when?” That was Leonard, pushing forward to confront Semil. “‘No intended target’, eh? Haven’t you people heard of safety precautions? How the hell did this happen?”

Semil said nothing for a moment, and his brow lifted in consternation at the emotional assault. Spock considered interceding, but he decided instead that Leonard had asked all the questions he would have, and far more succinctly.

The scientist finally drew a centering breath, then said, in a neutral tone, “We have not yet ascertained the location or point in time the beam intersected. The device is highly experimental, and in the first testing of the prime prototype. There has, as yet, been no way developed to adjust the temporal or geographic settings. Nor were we aware that the intervening walls were not impervious to the beam.”

“That’s a hell of a lot of uncertainty to accept, when people are living here.”

There we have it – the reason for Tisira’s disappearance – and no way to trace where -or when – she has been sent. What will Spock do next?

No, I’m not telling you – not yet. There’ll be more, next week, and every Wednesday in September.

There are a few songs that speak to me of the connection between Spock and Tisira. Here’s a particularly family-friendly and sweet one from my favorite singer/songwriter. You are most welcome!

 

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 It’s #WIPpet Wednesday again!

 The purpose of  K.L,Schwengel’s brainchild  is to encourage writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

WIPpet Math:

Today is September 4, 2013.

  • For today’s offering, I’ve added the digits of the day, month, and year (9+4+2+0+1+3=20).
  • Then, I added one, because it fit, and in honor of my son’s birthday week. =)
  • You get 21 sentences today!

During August and September, I am focusing on editing the paired volumes,Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft series), and Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp series).

Bounded by a Nutshell is my August WIP. It is a Star Trek fanfiction novel that tells the other side of Tisira’s story – her family’s search for her, after her sudden disappearance..

This week, we begin at the beginning, with the first scene, as written. In the midst of a conversation, Spock collapses, leaving Doctor McCoy to figure out why.

This rough-draft passage is lightly edited to remove obvious gaffes and for style. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have written an alternate version of this scene, which can be found here. It’s a spicier scene, and I’m not decided on which to use…likely, there will be elements of both in the next draft. Feel free to read both, and comment as you wish.

Enjoy!

Spock stopped speaking, mid-word, his eyes glazed, and nearly fell into his chair, slumped over and far too pale.

“Spock?” Len asked, alarmed, and, when the Vulcan didn’t respond, “Spock!

Spock’s breath was coming in pained and infrequent gasps. Len grabbed at his scanner, not even taking the time to mute it. The Vulcan looked far past the point of caring.

There was no physical trauma – but his brainwave patterns showed some areas of highly chaotic activity, almost as though he had suddenly retreated into himself, searching for something.

“Tisira!” Spock shouted, and jerked upright, his eyes wide, wild, and unseeing.

McCoy gripped his shoulders. “What is it, Spock?”

Spock’s stare darted, then fixed desperately on him. His eyes hadn’t focused, yet, though, and he didn’t seem aware of much beyond whatever was going on in his mind….

He lurched to his feet. He finally fixed on Len. “Tisira is gone. From my mind. I must – find her.”

“Not like this, Spock. Not logical or efficient.Give yourself a minute.”

“Tisira may not have one.”

There we have it – a father who has suddenly lost his child. What will happen next?

No, I’m not telling you – not yet. There’ll be more, next week, and every Wednesday in September.

And now – release the comment hounds ! =)

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As I update this plan , ROW80 Round 3 is well underway. Without the structure of these 80-day blocks of goalsetting and attaining, and the twice-weekly self-evaluation, I suspect I would still be floundering along with abundant stories jumbled in my head, rather than this former tangle slowly unraveling into a smooth double series, braiding together in fascinating patterns…

I created this plan to give focus to my noveling energy, and to keep track of the various works-in-progress (WIPs) I am in the midst of, as I bring the disparate projects into the cohesive whole of my interwoven fantasy/Star Trek fan fiction double series –Trueborn Warp and Weft.

Since I began focusing on monthly noveling goals, I have:

  • Begun planning and writing, the first novels in each series, The Stars are Fire(Weft), and Perchance to Dream (Warp).
  • Begun revising Chameleon’s Dish.
  • I have learned much about outlining and revisions.
  • I have a clearer vision of the shape of each individual series, how they will fit together, where the gaps are, and how to fill them.
  • I have a far stronger concept of the individual novels, backstory, motivations, and recurring themes.

I expect there is far more to learn in the coming months, and I am eager to learn it.

So, what have I been up to, specifically?

August 2013:

Writing:

Write at least 25,000 words in To Be or Not to Be On target.

  • Completed 7,963/25,000 words.
  • WIP total:146,646 words. 

Write or plan one scene weekly in The Stars are Fire – Trueborn Weft Series – On target.

  • Completed 51,923/ ~100,000 words on August 10.
  • Planning complete through Scene 22/60.

Write or plan one scene weekly in Perchance to DreamTrueborn Warp SeriesOn target.

  • 54,262/~100,000 wordson August 10.
  • Planning complete through Scene 15.

Revision:

Print and reread, WIP, making on-page rough notes. On target.

  • I have been reading aloud to the children, ages 9 and almost 12, skipping scenes that are a little too suggestive for their tastes.
  • They’ve had suggestions and questions that deepen my understanding of the story and possible revisions.
  • I’ve made on-page notes through Scene 2; page 19/248.

Write one page of notes for each existing scene (goal/motivation/conflict/disaster), and leave pages for pending scenes. On target.

  • Note page written for (pending) Prologue and Scene #2.

Share excerpts from this WIP as part of the WIPpet Wednesday meme, and receiving feedback that will aid the revisioning process. On target.

Use Rock Your Revisions to create a revision plan. Pending.

  • Create rough plan once rereading, and note-taking are completed.

And for September:

Writing:

Write at least 25,000 words in To Be or Not to Be.

  • Write or plan one scene weekly in The Stars are Fire – Trueborn Weft Series .Write or plan one scene weekly in Perchance to DreamTrueborn Warp Series .

Revision:

Bounded by a Nutshell:

  • Print and reread, WIP, making on-page rough notes .
  • Write one page of notes for each existing scene (goal/motivation/conflict/disaster), and leave pages for pending scenes.
  • Share excerpts from this WIP as part of the WIPpet Wednesday meme, and receiving feedback that will aid the revisioning process.

I will update and adapt here again at the end of the month.  May your days pass sweetly until then. =D



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