I expect this will be the last post from my fanfiction the Was Variation for a while. I’ve allowed myself enough escape time from Courting the Swan Song that I’ve lost track of the story I wanted to tell (thank the gods for notes).
For today though, given the departure theme, let me give you ten sentences from Kieri’s perspective as he and his passengers head off in search of Jayce’s father … and Kieri’s own (though he hasn’t told anyone of his plans yet). Ten equals twelve for the date minus two for the month.
There were no long good-byes. He managed a discrete wave to Martyn and Anocka when Atyriaa wasn’t looking. When she was, she shooed the children from him as if he were virulence itself. Not once did the shadow fade from her eyes until they were secure in the ship. Then, because he knew she’d sense his Sight, he panned the family watching their departure with The Pride’s high aspect sensors.
And only after the ship was well beyond the atmosphere did he finally see her again. He watched a small tear that slid down her cheek, watched her whisk it away with a fingertip, watched as her expression turned soft and, if not loving, at least tender. Just as the scanners could no longer make out the details, he used his Sight, just to see her whisper “Thank you for understanding.”
But he didn’t.
Consistency was my overarching theme for this ROWnd, and it seems o finally be happening. Days go by, and more often than not, I’m making steady progress on most of my goals. It may be time to step up the pace on a few. Or, I may need to shift my focus to those few that keep hanging on, barely touched:
- write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences everyday, although not always fiction
- finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song no progress since last week
- make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
- maintain active sponsor participation more progress on the sponsor post (although still not done); the rest– check
- energize myself with more physical activity relaxed Monday, solid workout yesterday
- reclaim my writing spaceI found my desk, even removed some papers from it
- go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) cleared out some more emails–yeesh that stuff piles up!
- laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more… Mom’s Night Out with Shan Jeniah last night; visit to the “out-laws” on Sunday and a family symphony with Dan and the Boodle (Michigan Miller and the Search for the Lost Symphony) because the Boodle loves his symphonies too
- attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) no Twitter activity at all since Saturday
So that’s it for me for now. Time to go to the dentist and get a crown re-cemented.
- Perseid Meteor Seen From Space (NASA, International Space Station, 8/13/11) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)
- Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano: NASA’s View from Space (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)