Author has written 31 stories for StarTrek: The Next Generation, and StarTrek: Voyager.
Let’s just say that I grew up in the SF and ST fandoms. I’ve been to many World SF cons. I was even at the first and second ST con in New York. Did you know that archery is the official sport of ST? At least, according to the first NY con's program book. It also means that I’ve been in fandom and have been writing fan fic for decades. I’ve gaffiated for years when real life interfered. But I always came back.
I’ve made many a friend in fandom. Some of those friendships still exist in the real world. And some of those friends have been true friends for more than 40 years.
I’ve been an editor, publisher and/or writer of fan fiction fanzines for many, many fandoms. And I do regret the passing of fanzines. For one thing, fanzines provided a place for artists to display their efforts. Hard copy zines provide artists an outlet that the internet just can’t provide.
But the main thing that fanzines provided was a training ground for would-be professional writers. Beta readers are well and good. But far too few writers on the net use them. At least fanzine writers had an editor. I can always tell when I’m reading fan fic, the difference between the writers that really want to write and learn how to write; and those that think that whatever they type is perfect and needs no improvement or corrections. The best writers are always trying to improve their skills. And with fan fic's ability to go in after a story is published and still edit the story and correct typos, the writer finally has a chance to do something that hard copy writer's never really could - they can fix things. Fan fic is a great way to learn how to write. The feedback really helps. It’s amazing how many pro writers got their start writing fan fic. I know that in certain fandoms, some pro writers still write their fan fic. If you’re a fan fic writer, you understand the power of obsessions.
My main fandoms have always been the Star Treks: The Original STAR TREK, STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK DEEP SPACE 9, STAR TREK VOYAGER, and STAR TREK ENTERPRISE. And now, the new STAR TREK movie(s). I’ve also been involved with REMINGTON STEELE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1990s, THE EQUALIZER, BABYLON 5, FARSCAPE, FIREFLY, all the STARGATES, SHERLOCK(Cumberbatch), THE GOOD WIFE, CASTLE, JUSTIFIED, X FILES, WHITE COLLAR, THE CLOSER, MAJOR CRIMES, COPPER, LUTHER, MORSE, INSPECTOR LEWIS, RIZZOLI & ISLES, BEING HUMAN, LOST, LOST GIRL, COVERT AFFAIRS, TORCHWOOD, ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, HAVEN, the Swedish miniseries MILLENIUM trio and ANNIKA BENGSTROM, etc.
Right now I have finally posted all my TNG novels, as well as the stories and novellas that Orion Press had published. They used to archive the TNG stuff, but no longer do so. Most of my writings are stand-alone stories. All of the Orion Press stories have been re-edited. Some of them have added chapters and/or additional scenes that were never printed. In many cases when I caught a factual error I corrected it since most of these stories were written before the Alpha and Beta Trek websites existed for the double checking of facts, etc.
I am working on a sequel to A DREARY MAN IN A TEDIOUS JOB. And ATTACHED MEANT has a brand new series of sequels the first of which is called DE-TACHED: Life with Beverly. I am currently posting the chapters to the fourth story in the "Life With Beverly" series. I've discovered that a lot of people like alternate universe stories. In case you hadn't noticed - so do I.
The "De-Tached" Series is going to contine with a bunch of stories besides "Life with Beverly." Soon there will be "Life with Will", "Life with Wesley", "Life with Worf" etc. Beverly and Jean-Luc will always be the main focus but life still goes on away from them as well as around them. As for the title, I'll be explaining it in stories to come.
All of the VOYAGER fan fic is brand new. And I will be adding more stories. I was late coming to the VOYAGER fandom due to family circumstances. Only recently (Thank heavens for NET FLIX!) was I able to actually watch all the episodes in a row. I'd missed quite a few the first time around. I do mourn for what should have been with that show. At times it was as good as Next Gen. But there were so many missed opportunities. The slavish devotion to teenage fanboys by TPTB really handicapped the direction of the show. Though I cannot fault Jeri Ryan's performace as 7 of 9. I watch BODY OF PROOF because she is in it - and because it is another strong feminine centric show. But then, whenever TPTB screw up, there is fan fic to the rescue.
I've recently watched on NET FLIX the STAR TREK ENTERPRISE seasons. I must admit that the first season had some really awful episodes including the pilot. But finally, when the show found its voice and was truly on its way to becoming another ST milestone, it was cancelled. Eventually I may write some stories, though I have too many other plot lines in my head at the moment.
The first time ENTERPRISE aired, I only saw one or two episodes about the Suliban. Those of you who have read THE BEST LAID PLANS know that I used the Suliban as one of my major villians. Surprisingly - at least so far - nothing that I've seen contradicts what I've wrote. I'm sure someone will let me know otherwise if I am in error.
Some people have questions about my STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION alternate universes. I have two major differing alternate universes. The main one encompases the two novels THE BEST LAID PLAN, and THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. And the short story FIRESIDE CHAT. The second a/u is ATTACHED MEANT. ALL of the other stories are in their own universes and do not cross over into the two main universes that I've created. However, there may be plot points that do overlap a little. I hope this helps.
The BEST LAID PLANS universe is set right after STAR TREK GENERATIONS, after the Enterprise D is lost. THE SKY'S THE LIMIT follows, and is far from canon as well.
ATTACHED MEANT's universe diverges from canon immediately after the episode "Attached". Nothing that happens after the end of that episode is included in this universe which means that Data doesn't die, Riker does become the captain of the Enterprise, Robert and Rene are still alive, etc.
THE BEST LAID PLANS and THE SKY'S THE LIMIT are both adult novels with adult language and romance. ATTACHED MEANT and DE-TACHED, though not graphic in language or love scenes, still deserve their K ratings since as I writer, I find myself enjoying the 'naughty' scenes and how far I can take them before they cross over into NC 17 range.
The only two 'adult' novels are THE BEST LAID PLANS and THE SKY'S THE LIMIT. Everything else that I've written, at least for ST, may border on the naughty, but is not graphic.
Some people have asked where I came up with the idea that Jean-Luc was a Comte - a member of the French nobility. Memory Alpha has quite a bit about this. One of the "Generations" DVD features is about the Comte d'Holl and the Picard family. The photo album that Jean-Luc rescues from the crash of the 1701-D has the family crest on the cover. And a fairly elaborate backstory, that was not used in the film, is established. Jean-Luc does inherit the title, on the death of Robert and Rene.
As for my STAR TREK VOYAGER universe, though I enjoy reading intense, serious, well-plotted STV stories, and some of them on fan fic have been riveting, I do prefer a lighter touch now and then. Chakotay and Janeway did have a sense of humor. Sometimes certain writers seem to ignore this. So I started conceiving a series of short stories set in the Delta Quadrant. Right now, these stories are close to canon. Though I've had a few a/u plot lines percolating that I may bring to fruition.
Eventually, I will be posting my REMINGTON STEELE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and EQUALIZER stories. I will also be posting more stories for CASTLE. Some of the stories are adult. Most are gen. I generally don’t write slash but who knows what the future will bring.
The REMINGTON STEELE stories and novels should be posted some time in 2013. When I started writing, I used a manual REMINGTON typewriter. Then I graduated to an IBM selectric. In spite of the modern marvels of today's computers, there are times when I still miss the solidity of the Selectric. My first word processor took a 5 inch floppy disk. I think my cell phone has more memory capacity than my next three computers combined did. I quickly learned that since the storage formats are quickly evolving, to never let anything I've written get beyond more than one jump in the MSN evolutionary process.
And yes, for those who asked, I do like the obscure references. Just about every throw-away ship's name, red-shirt wearing character, etc., was named as a cross-reference to some other fandom or literary citation.
I will try never to post anything that isn't completed. Or close to being completed. One of my pet peeves is reading a story then discovering that it isn't finished.
Finally, if you enjoy reading fan fic on the web, think about going to a fan run convention like Shore Leave. These are cons run by fans for fans. (Google their names to find their web sites.) They can be a lot of fun. They are not the giant money grubbing cons. And you might even be able to find fanzines at such cons. Not to mention having the unique experience of talking to people in person. And then there are the art shows. There are some fine fannish artists out there whose work you'll never find on the web.
Thank you for reading. I am very appreciative of all of the reviews and comments, not to mention the 'visitor' totals for some stories that are in the thousands. And I would appreciate any feedback. Feeding the writers with reviews and comments is one way to encourage us to keep on writing and posting here.
Live long and prosper.
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