G & T Show 274 – Unique Perspectives

Unique Perspectives can connect the modern world with the Star Trek Multi-verse.

G & T Show 274 – Unique Perspectives

The G & T Show - Unique Perspectives

The G & T Show – it’s all about story, characters, and Star Trek

G & T Show 274 – Unique Perspectives is now available to download. Check it out here. While Nick is away celebrating his anniversary, Terry and Mike are joined by Allen and discuss all of the latest happenings in and around the Star Trek multi-verse. This week, they examine Book, Television, Movie, and General News. They highlight some Unofficial Productions and examine how canon is not a straitjacket, as well as, how modern day characters, locations, and situations taking place in the Star Trek universe can provide unique perspectives into our world.

Farscape

As usual, they begin with their introductions before jumping into this week’s Coffee Klatch. Nick is away and celebrating his anniversary with his wife. Allen is joining them.

Mike has had a rough week. He lost a big contract for work. Because it happened without notice, it threw the entire month upside down. He also listened to the Klingon Pop Warrior’s new EP. He loved it. He’s also been rewatching Farscape. Terry and Allen own Farscape on DVD but have not watched it yet. The show ran for four season and then concluded with a four hour television mini-series. He’s currently in the second season and is loving it again. The aliens are truly alien. It’s great sci-fi and one of the few good things that came out of Australia.

Chicago

Allen has been busy with work and got some done this week. He’s gearing up for their upcoming trip. He only has eight work days left in the month. He’s cramming thirty days into nine.

Terry was in Chicago this week. She was there for a conference. She had a great time visiting with the Klingon Pop Warrior. They had so much fun. Mike had heard about it from Jen Usellis after the fact. He was jealous that two of his favorite ladies were together and he couldn’t be there. Terry points out that he would not have been very comfortable since it was mostly Girl Talk. Allen wonders what would Klingon Girl Talk be like. They speculate for a few moments, before Terry mentions that she was introduced to the UnTapped Beer App that let’s her track the different beers that she tastes.

The Chicago trip was their first trip of the year. They have thirteen more ahead of them. When they started out, they had a big trip planned for the end of the year, but then more trips started coming up for work between the two of them.

Gods of Eukon

Mike did one more thing this week, he played Gods of Eukon. Terry was packing for Chicago and couldn’t join them for the fun. Mike shares a story about Jim’s character crossing the river and rolling for depth only to land a 20, which suddenly found him plummeting 20 feet below the water’s surface. It was hilarious and led to the party searching for a safe path across the river.

Then, since they mentioned Gods of Eukon, it was an ideal time to play this week’s Live Love Play’s announcement from Ross, while Terry grabs a cup of coffee. Gods of Eukon is the first Patreon perk LLP has released. Live Love Play’s patrons can listen to the episode a week before it goes public. Mike points out that the episode currently available on Patreon is the episode recorded a few weeks ago featuring Terry and Mike. The episode recorded this week should be released soon. Check it out and support Live Love Play. Ross puts a lot of effort into Live Love Play and it shows. Mike describes some of the specific offerings that LLP offers before returning to Gods of Eukon.

Therm and Corva

Gods of Eukon is a post apocalyptic world. Terry is a genetic engineered cat-like person and Mike is a teenage MacGyver of sorts on the run from something bad. Terry describes Mike’s character as a rogue Wesley Crusher. It takes place in its own universe. The label of post-apocalyptic isn’t quite right for it since the world ended, restarted, and got built up to point.

Mike confirms that his character is human and can intuit how things work and can come together to make new things. Terry’s character is a Splicer; a chimera of sort. Terry’s character and has fur and has the ability to see in the dark which to Mike made him think of a cat. Mario picked up some dog abilities and has super-human hearing.

For her pathfinder character, Terry rolled really low points on her character, while Mike had rolled really high when he made his character. It’s a lot of fun.

Return of TrekLit

Mike thanks DefCon for filling the TrekLit space. Mike finds all of the latest book news there. Kirsten Beyer’s Voyager: Architects of Infinity and DS9: Original Sin by David R. George III have swapped spots on the book release schedule for 2017. Kirsten is involved with Discovery. Mike believes that this book was written before she took the job on Discovery.

Dayton Ward sets the record straight in terms of the April Fools Joke regarding his and Kevin Dilmore’s break up announcement on Star Trek.com. It’s a humorous article and Mike loves the included photo. TrekToday also reviewed Dave Mack’s new book Section 31: Control. Mike suggests everyone pick up Dave’s book and give it a read. It is available on Amazon right now.

Headlong Flight

Terry has been reading Dayton’s latest novel TNG: Headlong Flight. She finished the book already. She started reading it during the flight to Chicago, continued it on the flight back, and read the final twenty-five pages or so once she got home. It was her favorite TNG book to-date. It was so much fun. She thinks Dayton had a lot of fun writing it. Without revealing too much right now, she does say that the story does involve a little bit of time travel and alternate universes featuring the Enterprise D and Romulans. It’s also the first Enterprise E book that has the ship and its crew exploring rather than dealing with the politics back home.

To Canon or Not To Canon

Some writers feel constricted by canon, while others see it as a means to create some amazing stories and Dayton certainly does the later. Allen admits that Dayton’s eyes twitch whenever someone mentions canon, but he does a great job finding ways to take stories in new and unexpected directions, while keeping them firmly rooted within the universe. He’s an inventive authors. Mike thinks that the reason some writers claim to have issues adhering to canon is because they are not as familiar with the material as they should be. Dayton knows Star Trek inside out. He grew up with Star Trek.

Mike believes that Orci and JJ have such issues with Star Trek canon is because going in they are not familiar with it. For them, canon is this restrictive thing rather than a wonderful universe they can play with. Allen agrees. They are thinking of canon in an artificial way, while people like Dayton naturally think along those lines. There are dots that can be connected. Coming into something as large as Star Trek with over 700+ episodes and a dozen feature length films, canon becomes a straitjacket.

Technical Issues Abound

While in their discussion, the chatroom lost the stream. Mike verifies the issue and tries to get it working in the background while the discussion continues.

Most of the Trek novels take place prior to the destruction of Romulus as seen in the 2009 film Star Trek. Terry wonders if the authors are going to find a way to bring the universe in line with those events or if they will go in a different direction with the story.

Into Darkness vs. Beyond

Mike takes a moment to compare Star Trek Into Darkness to Star Trek Beyond. The writers for STID, it seemed, binged on two maybe three Star Trek TOS-era films: Star Trek II Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III Search for Spock, and a little bit from Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. Beyond was written by Pegg who is a fan and knows the material. The Easter Eggs in STID were much more obvious and took Mike out of the film, while Beyond’s were subtle and didn’t pull you out of the story. It was an appropriate homage, whereas, STID was much more blunt and obvious with them.

Beyond had the heart of Star Trek and the progression of Kirk as a character made it more enjoyable for her. She hated Kirk in the first two films. Allen states that it takes time for actors gel with their characters and with the costars and with Beyond, they have had the time to do it. He goes on to agree with Mike’s assessment of the two films. Allen appreciated the way that the characters were split off in Beyond and the interplay between them. It made it fun to watch.

Mike points out that writer knew these characters and knew how they would react in these combinations. The writers of STID didn’t know the characters well enough to be able to pull off a task like that. For them, canon was the obstacle they had to overcome. Terry adds that the canon was an obstacle that didn’t exist since they created their own universe. And, even though they did create a new universe, they didn’t do anything new with it, but rather bastardize everything that had come before it. It was sloppy.

Writing For Character

Terry thinks STID’s writers don’t know how to write for character. But in Beyond, the characters are allowed a quiet moment to learn more about those characters than in the previous two films. Allen agrees and praises how the writers tackled the pairing of McCoy and Spock. Even during the action scenes, the interactions with the characters continued to build. He attributes it to the actors getting more comfortable with each other and their characters. He finds them much more appealing and is willing to go down the rabbit hole with them.

Terry hopes they will do a fourth film and one that features the entire cast. Right now only Quinto and Pine are signed to do the next film. Mike mentions an article that quotes Pine as saying that he’s eager to find out more about the next film but hasn’t heard anything yet. He admits that actors are usually some of the last ones to know about a film, since production designers and other roles are required in advance of the actors coming onto the project. In the last film, everyone had great scenes and if they are allowed to do the same in the next film, Allen believes the fourth film will be a very successful one.

Mike summarizes that canon is not a straitjacket. Authors like Dayton, Dave, and others grew up with the canon. They know and understand it and are able to wield it properly. It is only when someone new comes along that doesn’t understand the material that canon becomes a problem.

Spoilers for Headlong Flight

With ample warning, Terry proceeds to discuss a portion of Headlong Flight that some may consider a spoiler. It takes place a couple of months after the series Prey and everyone on the crew is happy to resume their exploration mission. They encounter a planet that is out of phase along with a communications boyou with a message to stay away. And, of course, they don’t listen and send an away team down to find out what the problem really is. Shortly after the shuttle crash lands, the planet and the away team disappears.

The story takes unique perspectives into account and switches to the alternate dimension and at a different time. They are about a year after Wolf 359 and Riker is Captain. He couldn’t save Picard. Jellico is Admiral and isn’t happy with Riker. The story jumps between different dimensions. The reader is familiar with all of the characters on the Enterprise D, but they are different because they lived different lives since Wolf 359.

She thinks its a fascinating take and she wants to read more about the adventures of the Enterprise D in this universe. Dayton must have had fun with this story. He was able to do so much despite canon.

Star Trek Prey

The Star Trek Prey books are now available as audio books. Mike mentions that he heard about a pronunciation error in regards to a character’s name. Apparently, the Klingon Potak is pronounced similarly to the derogatory word p’taq. Otherwise, Mike is very pleased that the series is now available as an audio book. Mike read the books but hasn’t listened to them. Allen wonders if there was a director or someone that would have overseen the project. Mike thinks that if there was, they weren’t as familiar with Klingon as some readers. It’s probably not something that can be easily fixed either.

Allen isn’t familiar with the series, so Mike offers a synopsis. The series takes place in the modern novel era but references Kruge from The Search From Spock. It features the Enterprise E, Aventine, and Titan. It’s a political story and the Enterprise has to return from exploring and must deal with this current Klingon crisis.

When Kruge died, he had no direct heirs, so his cousins, nephews, uncles, and other relatives took what was his and split it among themselves in order to keep from drawing the Empire into Civil War. Then, someone claiming to be the direct heir to Kruge steps forward and takes everything back, nearly plummeting the Empire into Civil War. The story is Klingon-centric but features the Enterprise E, Aventine, and Titan extensively. But, it does have a lot of creamy Klingon goodness. Mike is pleased that the streaming issues have been resolved.

Star Trek 4

They briefly discuss the article about Chris Pine. He’s eager and excited to get started with the next Star Trek movie. They discussed it already, but quickly reminds everyone that Chris hasn’t heard anything and has put everything on hold until he does. The actors are the last ones to hear about it. Allen points out that he has been pretty busy and hasn’t been pining for Star Trek to move forward. Mike adds that he’s probably thinking about his schedule doesn’t want to schedule something that might conflict with it. Terry mentions that he’s probably contracted not to accept new work until Trek is off his plate. They hope that they all hear something new about it soon, especially after the success of Beyond with Pegg as a writer.

Star Trek: Discovery

Terry shift gears to television news to talk about the latest from Star Trek: Discovery. With Sasha killed on Walking Dead on Sunday night, on Monday morning, the news about her role on Discovery had been released. Sonequa Martin-Green will be playing First Officer Michael Burnham on the show. It was also confirmed that her fate on the Walking Dead had been sealed long before she got the job on Star Trek. Mike was disappointed to see Sasha leave the show, but he was not disappointed with the way she tried to go out. It was true to her character and was a brave move.

The other name that had been revealed for Sonequa’s character was either a red herring or misinformation. The show will focus on the First Officer rather than the Captain. Mike reminds everyone that as First Officer, she is a heart beat away from the Captain’s chair. Although she may be starting the series as a First Officer, nothing is stopping her from becoming the Captain by the end. Allen likes Jason Issacs cast as the Captain. It’ll be nice to see him as something other than a villain.

Bigger and Grittier

With the show debuting on CBS All Access, they can take more risks than they could before. Mike mentions that the Screen Rants article quotes Sonequa Martin-Green who describes the show and her role on it. The article also makes the case that serialized Trek stories from DS9 and Enterprise have been darker than the more episodic content. Terry clarifies that serialized stories tend to me more dramatic rather than dark. Allen hopes that what they do with the show isn’t gratuitous. Episodic television has to be resolved by the end of the hour, but serialized stories don’t need to be.

A Name is Just A Label

There was some bruhaha that came out this week over Sonequa’s character being named Michael. Some people were upset that they gave her a traditionally male name. Terry points out that there have been lots of women named Michael, including some famous ones. Names are labels and don’t have a gender. Mike shares a story of going to school with a lovely girl named Michael. Terry adds that if she had a child, regardless of gender, she would have named her child, especially a daughter, named Michael. It spurs from a tradition in her family. Allen thinks it was much ado about nothing. Mike welcomes her to the club.

Next, they discuss the release date for Discovery. They have not heard anything about another delay taking them away from the August / late summer release date for the show. Mike thinks that the reason for the delay was because of the Walking Dead season finale. They needed her to finish her role there before they could put her to work talking about and advertising her role on Discovery. He thinks that August is a realistic date for them.

Heroes and Icons

Allen has been watching Star Trek on the Heroes and Icons channel. All five series has been played daily as they played them in order. He noticed that one night, every episode was a time travel story. Voyager had the first part to the episode Future’s End. Enterprise was a crewman Daniels episode. He’s enjoying watching the show this way on Heroes and Icons.

Each series has a different feeling depending on which season they are in. The early episodes of a show tends to be rougher than others. The other night he watched Up the Long Ladder. It gets more cringe-worthy with every viewing. He didn’t like the early seasons of DS9 either, saying that its around season four when the series really starts to get interesting. Mike points out season four is when they brought Worf onto the show. Bashir is the most annoying character for Allen in the first few seasons. Mike talks about the genetic engineered curve ball they threw at Bashir later on in the series once he had just figured out his character.

Fish Out of Water

Allen thinks the time travel episodes are his favorites because they offer unique perspectives into humanity today. Plus they offer a entertainment because of the fish out of water aspect to them. He enjoys seeing these characters out of their comfort zone. He references Star Trek IV The Voyage Home, as well as episodes of TNG and Voyager.

Tom Paris is supposed to be an expert on the 20th century but in Future’s End, his expertise isn’t as exact as he thinks. By using words like Groovy at the wrong time, he reveals that he doesn’t quite belong there. He knows that it belongs in the 20th century but the timing for its usage was incorrect. Language can change from decade to decade to decade. Mike uses Back To The Future III and Jules Vern references within it to help illustrate the point.

Language can change dramatically during a century. Mike once again illustrates it with the example of 911. During the early 20th century, it was just a string of numbers, by the end of the century it is a phone number to call in an emergency. Yet, in the first part of the 21st century, it has changed again to reference a specific terrorist attack in New York. In a little more than a century the usage of a single word can evolve dramatically from what it first appeared as.

Alternate Voyager

During his research on the episode Future’s End, Allen discovered that Sarah Silverman was considered for a re-occurring role. They wondered what would have happened if they had gone through with it. Mike immediately thinks the Paris / Torres dynamic would be thrown-off. The charisma of the actress could have changed the dynamic of the show. It happened when they brought Seven of Nine joined.

We have knowledge of what has happened since that episode and in order to consider what Voyager would have been like if Sarah Silverman had joined the cast, you have to discard all of that knowledge. Terry thinks it might have made it more funny, but it would have damaged the Janeway character. It happened with Seven of Nine and the Doctor.

Unique Perspectives

Characters like Spock, Neelix, the Doctor, and other aliens allow us to see humanity differently by offering unique perspectives into ourselves. The Doctor started off as comic relief, but as a manufactured lifeform, he was able to offer unique perspectives on humanity. However, he evolved away from the comic relief when Seven joined the crew and began rediscovering her humanity. Through her and the Doctor’s characters the audience was introduced to more unique perspectives on humanity.

Mike thinks that Sarah Silverman’s character would also offer some unique perspectives, showing how far humanity had come or how much farther it still needed to evolve. Seven’s character was able to take it even further because she was learning what humanity was. The Doctor may have been a life created, but Seven was a life rediscovered.

Seven of Nine

Allen references the Voyager episode with the small collective created when their vessel crashed on a planet. Her fear of liberation caused her to create a mini-collective with the other drones she traveled with. They sought to be disconnected from their collective, but it was because Seven was assimilated as a child (rather than as an adult like they were), she was fearful of being free from the Borg. It was all she knew. She didn’t understand their unique perspectives on freedom and sought to squash it.

Seven was assimilated as a child and her development stalled. Although she grew up, emotionally, she was still five years old. Then, when Voyager liberated her, she was not only rediscovering her humanity but also learning what it was to be human. Her experiences growing up with the Borg offered unique perspectives into humanity.

Voyager had to move away from its central characters and their primary mission of just going home in order to remain interesting. Voyager could only do the Gilligans Island thing for so long. It had to evolve and become more introspective and communicative on the human condition.

Amy Mayrhofer Imhoff

Terry came across Amy Mayrhofer Imhoff’s Facebook post and was upset by it. Mike thinks she’s one of the members of the Women At Warp podcast.

Amy was doing five panels for a local convention. During her second panel, Breaking Into Pop Culture, the moderator wanted to impose his own agenda on her panel. While she was talking he wanted to shut her up so he could speak or bring the conversation back to his agenda, he reached over and covered her mouth with his hand. She pushed his hand away and said No loudly that his actions were unacceptable. He defended his actions by proclaiming that he was the moderator as if it gave him a license to be rude and never ok to touch someone without their consent. He made one last remark about women attending conventions before storming out of the convention and vowing never to return. She is filing a complaint against him for his actions.

Allen, Mike, and Terry were very upset by it. It doesn’t matter what she was saying; it’s never appropriate to touch another person without their permission.

Returning to the topic of Sarah Silverman joining Voyager, she thinks she would have played the fish out of water role. However, that would not have been sustainable. It would have been a comedy relief role that got old fast.

Janeway

Janeway appeared schizofrentic in Voyager because she wasn’t the main character. They allowed the focus to shift to other people, specifically the Doctor and Seven, who were written to be much more interesting characters, rather than focusing on Janeway’s character, her relationships with the crew, and leading them home from the Delta Quadrant. Although Braga had good intentions to bring Star Trek back to Gene’s Voyager, but in the end, they did more damage than good. Voyager would have been a much stronger program if they had dumped the episodic nature of it completely and focused instead on a serialized drama, led by the actual Captain.

Allen doesn’t completely agree with Terry’s assessment. He likes some of the stand-alone shows that have nothing to do with their journey home. He likes the science fiction episodes that deal with a specific issue or have some quirkiness that they must overcome. In Voyager, he likes the Distant Origin episode with the Voth. It was a high concept, and fascinating episode for him. Another episode he enjoyed was the one when the ship got stuck around a planet where time is accelerated. It was a fascinating study. Those types of episodes only worked because they were so distant from the rest of the Star Trek universe.

The Problem with Episodic Television

The problem with the episodic format is that characters weren’t always consistent because they were adapted to service the story. He has noticed that problem in some of the TOS episodes as well. Mike attributes that to the reset button at the end of the episode, coupled with the producers not taking enough care to ensure that characterizations were consistent, which was made all the more difficult by the crazy schedule that television shows were produced. It doesn’t lend itself to keeping characters true to themselves. Episodic television could be shown in different orders at different times, and didn’t require people to watch every single episode to know what is going on.

Television was evolving during that time to a more serialized format, but most of them ran from the fall to spring, with reruns during the summer, and sweeps in May. Allen points out that it wasn’t easy to rewatch television back then, so keeping it episodic made the most sense, since consistently attracting people to sit in week after week wasn’t an easy job. Once people were able to rewatch them on DVD or through streaming, it has forced television to be written differently. Terry is eager to see how Star Trek will be written for this new format and in this new media.

Running Out of Time

Running out of time for this week’s episode, Terry quickly touches on a number of links that they couldn’t get to this week. Star Trek Continues, Renegades, Klingon Pop Warrior’s new EP, and many more. Check out the links below. However, she did want to touch upon Axanar.

Axanar

Axanar’s plan to get more money through Indiegogo to pay for the studio’s rent appears that it will ultimately fall short of its goal. They are spinning it that the landlord is taking over the studio, but Terry believes that the reality probably is that the landlord is seizing their property since rent is no longer being paid. Even if the lease is broken, the money agreed to in the contract is still owed. Axanar leased the warehouse for three years and paid for the first year up front, leaving the last two years of the contract owed. If they had not paid anything since then, then, the lease holder is within their rights to evict them.

The landlord gets to keep the build out because those are real changes that were made to the space. It is being used as partial back-rent. If they are lucky, they can get another tenant that can use the build out. If not it will be torn down and sold as scrap with the hope of recooping some of their losses. That is what this latest announcement from Axanar really means without the spin. Everything that isn’t part of the build out has to be move which is why they are putting it into storage. Axanar is over.

A lot of people gave a lot of money to see Axanar. They could have done it with less than $1.4 million and a three month lease of an existing studio. He took advantage of people. The fandom was hurt by this one. She believed it was a fun story and Terry was looking forward to seeing it. But he blew it because he got greedy, wanted more, and lost focus. He owes his fans an apology.

Announcements

Mike couldn’t think of any announcements other than to say check out other BLB Productions. He goes on to mention Star Trek Continues and Renegades: Requiem Part 1.

Renegades isn’t Trek anymore, but he could see where the Trek connection would have been. They had changed it due to the fan film guidelines. The one thing he couldn’t get over were the uniforms. It appeared that they had turned the uniforms around. Terry gives them credit for doing what they did with the money they had. Mike liked the story and wants to see Part 2. The funding they received was enough to produce half of the film. They are currently fundraising for the second half.

Star Trek Continues hits it out of the park once more with their latest episode. He recommends everyone check out Star Trek Continues Episode 8 Still Treads the Shadow.

Finally, Mike loves the new EP from the Klingon Pop Warrior. Definitely check it out.

In Conclusion

Mike thinks the episode will be posted late because of his medication makes him sleepy and dizzy. He thinks the show notes will be mostly incoherent.

Next week’s episode is still up in the air. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out if they will have a show next week. Share their episodes. Mike is traveling to New Mexico. He arrives late, so there may or may not be a show, but they will let you know.

Thank you for checking out this episode of the G & T Show – Unique Perspectives. They thank Allen for joining them. They invite you to join them next time for an all new episode of the G & T Show.

 

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Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper.

But, wait. There’s more.

He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.

During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.

Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
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Michael Medeiros

Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper. But, wait. There’s more. He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing. During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic. Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.

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