• Writing

    Yup, Still Writing FanFic

    by There’s really only one reason, and that reason trumps all of the arguments against doing it, which mostly boil down to how you can’t make money playing in other people’s universes unless you’re specifically invited by the rights holder. Here’s the thing, though. I don’t write my fanfic because I’m trying to make money at it, I’m doing it because I want new stories in the Star Trek prime universe that I would have enjoyed reading or seeing on the screen. If anyone else happens to enjoy them, too, then that’s a good thing. So far, I’m at: Published = 2 novels and 7 short stories. And I’m using…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Chronological vs Series Order

    by I have a general preference for series order when it comes to watching Star Trek. Or I would if I were starting from the beginning for a re-watch at this point. At this point in my life, I’m more likely to take each series as a separate entity. My daughter and I are closing in on the final season of DS9 and I’m preparing to do an Enterprise watch of my own. More on that another day. Most people seem to suggest that if you’re going to start a watch of the entire universe, you go in series order. That looks something like: TOS TAS TOS Movies TNG TNG…

  • Fiction

    Star Trek Sunday: The ST FanFic List

    by So most of this on the page I have dedicated to it, but keeping the Star Trek Sunday trend going, I thought it might be fun to list all of the TOS fanfic I’ve produced so far. There’s a decent amount of it, especially in terms of raw word count, but not a flood. Yet. Give me time. Eventually, all of the ideas I have will turn into stories. I’m not going to link to the individual stories that I’ve released, but rather to the dedicated page on this site and to the basic search string on Wattpad that will give you the full list of what’s currently available.…

  • Television

    Star Trek Day, Officially

    by While some of us in Canada may have celebrated on Sunday, myself included, as far as CBS in particular is concerned (and since they own Star Trek, their opinion is paramount, pun intended), the date of the anniversary of the first airing in the US is the official Star Trek Day. So, once again, happy Star Trek Day, everyone! I’m a little surprised at how much they have set up for streaming specifically for this date considering how well recent anniversaries have been marked so far as I could tell, but I’m happier this time. The planned stream includes: The pilot episode of every series (although in a weird…

  • Television

    Happy Star Trek Day, Everyone!

    by What’s that you say? I’m two days early? Well, yes. Officially, I suppose. But from a Canadian perspective, most of the world is two days late. Common wisdom suggests that the first broadcast of Star Trek was the 8th of September, 1966 on NBC in the United States. Therefore, September 8th is Star Trek day and we should all celebrate. I agree with the last four words in that sentence, but the rest… not as much. The actual first broadcast of the show happened two days earlier and in Canada. Never heard this before? Well, I promise I’m not just making it up and I offer you the first…

  • Writing

    Star Trek Sunday: Voyages, Volume 1

    by I first had the idea to write a few Star Trek stories of my own a year or so before the 50th anniversary of the first TOS airing. Life intervened, of course, as did other interests and responsibilities, and by the time I managed to get the first draft of the last of the seven initial stories, it was only about two weeks until that anniversary and it seemed like there wasn’t a lot of stress to get them ready for anything. Editing the stories was done in brief spurts across the next couple of years. In the meantime, I’d also drafted a novel-length story, Fractured Unity, and did…

  • Movies

    Star Trek Sunday: The Point of It All

    by When I first thought about writing this post, it was going to be a grand argument about how Star Trek was the expression of a fundamental need in the human spirit, that it explored not just strange new worlds but the very nature of humanity itself. At its best, Star Trek holds up a mirror to humanity and pushes the boundaries of what it means to be human, to remind us that we’re stronger together than apart, that it’s important to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, and that we should always strive to be better than we are. But how do I compete with the…

  • Life,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Lower Decks

    by So there have only been two episodes so far, but at this point, Lower Decks is making the best impression of any new series or movie since Enterprise ended. Yes, really. If you don’t appreciate the type of humour involved, you’ll probably disagree. It’s face paced, sometimes silly, sometimes mindlessly silly, and to some extent relies on satirizing other bits of the existing canon universe and SF in general. But it’s also about friendship, loyalty, compassion, understanding, finding your way, coming of age, and expanding what it means to be a Starfleet officer and sentient being, human or otherwise. The character interactions come back to the base of Star…

  • Gaming

    Star Trek Sunday: STO

    by I’ve been playing STO (Star Trek Online) for about two and a half years now and I still log in most days for at least a few minutes. I actually tried the game about five years before that on PC (I’m an Xbox player these days) but my laptop at the time couldn’t keep up with the processing power needed. It doesn’t take long to figure out the basic mechanics of the game and at this point there’s a lot of storyline you can follow, plus cooperative and competitive scenarios, regular events of various durations with various rewards, an in game economy with multiple currencies, projects, regular new content,…

  • Television

    Star Trek Sunday: TAS

    by Star Trek The Animated Series. Slipping back to something I didn’t really cover very well. I didn’t encounter TAS first run, since that was when I was 2-3 years old. That time frame does coincide with what I believe to be my earliest Star Trek memory, but I can’t imagine my father watching a Saturday morning cartoon with me at that age. I could be wrong, and I could find out by asking him, but I don’t have any recollection of that happening even later in my childhood. But I did encounter it when I was older, maybe seven or eight, when we were living in Comox, and again…