Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lowered Levels

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A younger Valichii Mirniia... and by that token, something of a younger Valistii as well.

My drawing of Valichii works for Valistii too; they are identical twins (more like them during the Swan Song Series)

Well, my grand plan to work on Courting the Swan’s Song seems to have staggered (I wrote a paragraph last night and one on Saturday, plus… ooh, a bit more back-story Monday evening).  I have however done a few scenes in my Was Variation.  So guess which story you’re getting?  (Yes, Shan, you get more ‘Listii.)

These  eight paragraphs follow last week’s scene.  I included the last paragraph of that post (complete with ‘Listii’s crankiness :-D) for reference.  This piece, as with last week’s, is written from ‘Listii’s POV.

WIPpet Maths 4 +3+0, plus one from last week:

“A hell of a lot better than you’re going to when they let me up.” He glared at Alanii. Bad enough he had to deal with this. Did the man have to add bad jokes on top of it all? “You’re taking longer than normal, Senior,” he said after a bit. “What’s that damned screen telling you?”

“That if you didn’t have the implant, you’d be in a bed next to Kieri Vestimorn, captain.” The man stood up and passed the scanner back to his assistant and walked over to Alanii. “And while you’re doing a good job of hiding it, I suspect you took a T2 before your last dose wore off, milord. You looked blocked more than normal when you walked in here. Seeing Captain Mirniia in the same straits as your son just proves it to me.”

Alanii shrugged. “At the time, the separation was more important. This is only a temporary connection as it is, Koru. Given what we know, it’s not likely that Atyriia will be around for any of us much longer. Does it matter if I burn myself beyond sensing?”

Valistii wasn’t sure if his flinch this time was because of the assistant or Alanii’s words. Someone had to say it, he guessed, but he could have savored the moment a bit longer before having it stated so bluntly. He sighed. “We don’t know that for sure, Alan. She’s tougher than you give her credit for.”

Behind him, he felt the tech reach over and start removing the probe. Instinctively, he reached out and grabbed for the pail Alanii passed to him. All was forgiven in that moment as the man held the pail steady while he emptied his stomach.

Someone appeared with a glass of water. Alanii began guiding him to the recliner. He raised a hand, staving off the man’s attempts to help. “No,” he croaked. “It’s worse if I lay down.” He did let the man support him as he sat at the edge of the chair and gathered himself. Then he took the cup, sipped some. After a few more seconds, he glared at the senior. “You lowered my levels.” That had to be why he felt so much worse than any other time he’d gone through this. He still felt worse, disoriented and strangely achy. Yes, he still had the bruised rib and the broken knuckles, but this was deeper. A half-second of concentration said it had nothing to actually do with him.

The senior medic nodded without looking up from noting something on his computer terminal. “Since you’re involved, captain, you might as well bear some of the burden milord’s son is. Hopefully, this will ease the stress on his system. The boy has overused his ability for a while now. I need to get him stabilized.”

He watched Alanii’s brow twitch. Before the man spoke, ‘Listii grabbed his wrist. “It’s okay, Alan. I can handle it.”

Alanii frowned, but acquiesced. “I know. But it should have been your choice. Does it really matter if Koru buys Kieri a few extra days at your expense?”

It’s WIPpet Wednesday where we post a piece of our Work In Progress at this linky and offer support and constructive observations to our fellow WIPpeteers.  Jump on in and join us.  We’re a friendly group.  Thanks to Kathi at My Random Muse for hosting.

ROW80 Check-in

ROW80LogocopyYou can find an overview above in the intro to my WIPpet.  Since Sunday I’ve done just a bit of writing.  Mostly I’ve read and taken notes (I’m doing a beta for one of my fellow WIPpeteers)–oh, and clean house and my language lessons…  Yay for Duolingo on the iPhone!  With it, I am teaching myself French and Portuguese (well, re-teaching myself French since I need to practice those skills).  I’ve also discovered a way to use Google Translate on the phone to really teach myself Norwegian (yes, I am a linguaphile).

Not much else has changed, just a slow burn in the IRL direction (trying to maintain my happy face here).  Let me present the check-list:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences see above
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   ignored
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) check
  • maintain active sponsor participation  check
  • energize myself with more physical activity  super workout on Monday; moderate exercise yesterday…  making a point to stand and move more often
  • reclaim my writing space re-shelved scattered books and created more scraps of paper type in 🙂
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) very little
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  I could write a book here, but…   there have been hugs and cuddles, a lot of those…  we need them with everyone else’s ideas of how we should live
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) nada

That’s all to this check-in.  If you’d like to check in with other ROWers, please follow this linky to visit a few.

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In the Quiet Moments

IMG_3654crop1…some of the most earth-shattering things can happen.

That’s not to say that things have been quiet here, or very loud even.  Life has simply been good.    See –>  How can one argue with a rainbow (grabbed out the car window as we drove down the highway yesterday evening)  😀

But in the quiet moments, we find the clarity to absorb all the things that happened in more chaotic times.   We find time for reflection, for processing, for rejuvenation…

… and time for wonder.

Last night, the three of us went to the Albany Symphony to see their performance with Cirque de la Symphonie a small troupe of acrobats, gymnasts, and clowns that perform in music theatres around the world.  If you’d like to see some of what we saw last night, please watch the Cirque’s promotional video from their website.  It’s a good representation, though our local venue, the Albany Palace Theater, does not have the height of ceiling nor the depth of stage for them to have performed all the stunts.  However, the piece from Swan Lake was spot on (in the video, contortionist Elena Tsarkova, in the white leotard on the doubled stool), the juggling…  I think the only thing we missed out on was the airborne ring-work, but performer Vitalii Buza gave us some astounding Cyr wheel work to make up for that lack.  As my husband noted, to just be able to spin that long and still walk steadily afterwards is impressive, not to mention doing tricks at the same time.

And of course…  The Albany Symphony Orchestra was at its usual awesome standard.  The selection of pieces where the orchestra performed sans circus acts came off as perfect interludes to allow us to savor the prior act and contemplate what new delight awaited us.  Frankly, the evening ended way to soon, and I was so glad that Dan didn’t oppose my suggestion that we go to Applebee’s for a nibble and some discussion of the show.

Picture from Mr. Cockerll's concert last year

Picture from Mr. Cockrell’s concert last year

The only disappointing part of the evening?  How many empty seats there were in the theatre.   I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me.  I tried this year to encourage families at my son’s school to come to the Family Sunday symphonies that the ASO puts on by posting a flyer on the school bulletin board and having a copy of the flyer sent home to parents….  no one, not a single parent spoke to me about our experience or asked how to get tickets or…

Thankfully, the school’s director and I share a similar view regarding the value of field trips and exploring local artistic offerings whenever possible.Well, on May 13th , Findlay Cockrell’s  will be performing again at the Troy Saving’s Bank Music Hall to close out the Tuesdays at Noon season.  And he’s doing the original piano score of one of my favorite pieces, Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an ExhibitionYES!  The Boodle and I already looking forward to that field trip.
So, let me leave you with a “quiet moment” (before theROW80 check-in) from another favorite artist of mine, Roger Hodgson ofSupertramp:

ROW80 Check-in

ROW80LogocopyProgress, yes, but I’m still not reaching that consistency goal I set for myself at the beginning of the Round One.  I’m sabotaging myself somewhere along the way here… have to think more about it.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences mostly journaling and some fanfiction
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   ignored
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) check
  • maintain active sponsor participation  check
  • energize myself with more physical activity  feeling definitely more active…  must be Spring
  • reclaim my writing space dreamed about shelving…
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) some progress in photo directories and writing backups
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  yes, Yes, YES!  😀
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) oh, yes!
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Rain, Rain… Coming Down

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Pretty much the skies here

Rainy, dreary days, like today, sap the mental circuits.  I’ve stared at this monitor for almost two hours already, and I still don’t know what direction to take this post in.  I mean, it’s not a lack of writing (or ideas).  Creatively, life has been good, and the muses have been generous with their gifts.

What do I see?  Sunshine reflecting off a car window outside…  Ooh, sparks!  Will it be enough to kickstart the old gray matter?

Oh, it’s gone now.

But it was here long enough for me to read over the last few scenes I was writing in The Was Variation (hmm, I’ve got to stop calling it my Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors fanfiction; the story left that world nearly a novella’s worth ago and has dwelt solely with my storyworld since).  Looks like you’re going to get five small paragraphs from the fourth Variation “book” today:

In this excerpt, ‘Listii and Alanii have been dragged into the medical office of their military base for a not-routine check-up.  This is from ‘Listii’s POV; just for you, Shan.

“Glad to hear that,” he muttered. He gave Alanii a wry grin as the man looked on with an odd expression. He wondered if the man still envied him this. It wasn’t as if the device had done all they’d hoped. Except that he didn’t need to be conscious to take an arringtine pill, he still wasn’t going to make it too long without his ‘tianiel.

He knew he was wincing, nervous twitches running along his body as Koru took his readings, stimulating his system in various ways. When he’d first received the implant, he’d tried holding back his reactions. Now he just let them flow through and past him. It was another annoyance like any other in life. He’d volunteered to be the program guinea pig anyway. What right did he have to complain?

“What you smiling at, blue-eyes?” he grumbled. He hated being hooked in this way, hated it even more when others were around to watch it. Why in Her Name hadn’t Valary hadn’t taken ‘Myyu to another room yet? At least she was able to get up and leave when he caught her gaze and mouthed, ‘take him out’. Alanii was as stuck as he was at the moment.

Alanii was gnawing at his lip the way he did when he was wishing he had his pipe. But the man did stop long enough to give him a real smile. “Nothing serious. I just was wondering what we might see if we plugged you into one of the master viewers in the Council Hall. Do you get good reception?” The man’s mouth twitched as the tech next to him undid the tourniquet. He rolled down his sleeve before waiting for a bandage.

“A hell of a lot better than you’re going to when they let me up.” He glared at Alanii. Bad enough he had to deal with this. Did the man have to add bad jokes on top of it all? “You’re taking longer than normal, Senior,” he said after a bit. “What’s that damned screen telling you?”

It’s WIPpet Wednesday where we post a piece of our Work In Progress at this linky and offer support and constructive observations to our fellow WIPpeteers.  Jump on in and join us.  We’re a friendly group.  Thanks to Kathi at My Random Muse for hosting.

ROW80 Check-in

ROW80LogocopyOh, happy day!  Excepting this morning’s slow start, things seem to be on the upswing.  Guarded cheers…  Today’s been pretty much… well, not so up.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences new story, most of the first draft of my sponsor post, plus
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   more backstory on Andre; she’s becoming such a fun character to explore
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) not only the basics, but an extra post this week!
  • maintain active sponsor participation  check
  • energize myself with more physical activity  Easter Egg hunts, volunteer time, playgrounds….  I kept busy
  • reclaim my writing space no progress here
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) nice shiny clean Inboxes
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  I could use some more of this today; it’s been a hard day, even if yesterday was full of cuddles….
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) two

Time to go now.  Tonight is the Boodle’s promotion to a Blue Belt in karate.  Need to get the boy soon and get him to the dojo for warm up.