Back with something funny

19 04 2010

Yow, lookit all the cobwebs on this blog! My bad. The bedroom flooded in the Mother Of All Rainstorms during the winter, and it’s taken months to repair the damage — including moving the soggy furniture and several crowded bookcases into the living room and hallways and every other bit of spare space for forever. It was like camping out, except indoors, with workmen tromping through every day, busting holes in the wall, measuring for mold, hammering, painting, etc. We had an air purifying fan (loud) going 24/7 for several weeks, that was fun. No wonder I never liked camping.

So! Here’s something that tickled me this morning. It’s 4 months old, and no doubt everyone’s seen it but me — I don’t have time to go to YouTube and check out the cool vids du jour. But luckily my husband does, and he told me about it. It’s long, but well worth your time if you’ve ever suffered through a movie that cost enough to feed a small country, and should have been great, but was a resounding turkey.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Review

I’m one of those people who watched that trainwreck known as “The Phantom Menace” with a WTF?! look on my face throughout. I was ticked off by it long before the hype died down and hating the Star Wars prequels became fashionable. For those of you too young to have experienced the thrill and wonder of the real Star Wars trilogy when it originally hit theaters, my sympathies. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas made good Star Wars movies. As Lord Acton wisely said, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In my work as a writer, effective story structure is the sun around which my universe revolves. Rarely have I seen such a hilarious primer on story structure as this. I went to Mike’s website, and lo! he has reviewed a bunch of Star Trek movies too. As well as the even worse SW prequel, “Attack of the Clones.” I can’t wait.


The Mannerly Art of Disagreement, by Macedon

16 10 2009

There used to be a link at TrekBBS, in the old Rules, to a document called “The Mannerly Art of Disagreement.” It was originally written for the Alt.StarTrek.Creative newsgroup, but I found it an invaluable guide for anyone who engages in discussion, debate, or objective analysis.

Alas, the link to the guide no longer exists. 😦 Perhaps it will turn up someday on the Wayback Machine. In the meantime, I provide it here as a public service: just click on the link at the top of the page. I have referred to it often in my job as moderator at TrekBBS, and I highly recommend it. Thank you, Macedon, wherever you are, for writing it.

Farewell “Redivivus” and the Reconnecting Series, hello professional fiction

26 06 2009

The finale of “Redivivus”, the last story in the Reconnecting Series, is up at

I’m now on indefinite haitus from fanfiction writing as I pursue professional projects. These Enterprise stories are near and dear to my heart, though – they were a great education in prose fiction writing style, and they led to my first professional sale. I’m always up for discussing them, or writing, or Enterprise, if you ever have questions or comments.