Happy 20th for Star Trek:The Next Generation; man I’m old.

Posted: September 28, 2007 in Scifi
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I had seen this video on the Trekmovie.com and thought this was creative and brilliantly sung. I do have one small bone to pick with season 2 where Q Who as listed the season finale. The correct episode should have been Shades of Grey but for the sake of the song, Shades of Grey does not rhyme with Season 2. For that, I understand and forgive. Nonetheless, I had recently seen all ST:TNG episode recently on dvd and forgot how incredibly well done this series was produced. All main characters of the show except for Beverly Crusher actually grew beyond their original roles.

This led me to think about the past 20 years of my own life; which is half my life ago. When I saw my first live ST:TNG episode, I knew that this was my Star Trek. Another way to explain this is if you are a James Bond fan, who was the Bond that you grew up with? For me, Roger Moore was my Bond even though Sean Connery was the first and best one. TNG started me off on the love of scifi women. Tasha Yar by far won me over Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher.


This is not to say they weren’t attractive but rather, Tasha can kick your ass without breaking a sweat and you would like it. I did feel sad when she past away on the Skin of Evil episode. Even more important were two things that happened as a result of this episode: first, I really developed my love of reading for pleasure and two, I started to work on my screenwriting career all because of Star Trek: TNG.

First off, reading for me, for the mere pleasure, had never had an appeal to me despite being drawn to two books in high school – Ethan Frome and MacBeth. After then, I hardly read anything until TNG aired. I think, either during or after season 1, Pocket Books started to publish TNG books. The first one I completed was the Children of Hamlin from cover to cover. I picked this one because it had Tasha in it. I couldn’t believe how well my imagination was fired up from reading this story. I needed to get my TNG fix more than just once a week and with the books, I could take my TNG family everywhere I go. After a few novels, I started to get the bug to write.

This was another area in my life where I could not write to save my life especially my brief time in Brooklyn College. About 1989 – 1990, I started to work for a table top commercial film production company as a studio manager. There was where I met my mentor – Maryann. While there was about a 15 year between us, I found her to be a striking older woman who love both series of Trek; TOS and TNG. I really fell for her from a distance but Star Trek brought us together as friends. She encouraged me to write for an amauter fan magazine since I really had a passion for these characters. Roberta Rogow was the editor and publisher of GRIP fanzine who I met at scifi convention with the two captain Patrick Stewart and William Shatner. As such, I submitted a brief vignette scene between Worf and his Alexander saying goodbye just before Alexander staying with Worf’s human parents. I was pleased by the results as Roberta found an artist to illustrate this piece. When I saw the final result of my printed work, I knew I wanted to do more with my writing. I did another piece which was much longer but dealt with the after effects of Geordi’s kidnapping from the Romulans. Once more, I was published but I still wanted more. This was when word got out that DS9 was the next Trek spinoff series.

All that I knew at that time was a Captain who fought at Wolf 359 and was manning a space station. This was my opportunity to get closer to my mentor and we wrote a screenplay of what DS9 should have been. One of the things I am most proud of was a shapeshifting character I created called Taba which we now know as Odo. The difference he was that Taba loved to change shape each new experience he encountered. Basically he wanted to be anything and everthing but himself. There was a side of Taba I wanted to explore since I was going through a tough time in my love life or lack thereof. Maryann and I knew that the script was not going anywhere but we still registered it with the Writer’s Guild. This was a great excersice in learning how to write. Shortly thereafter, I moved down to Miami where my parents moved down a year earlier. I was getting tired of New York, my old friends were moving on or getting married, and my then ex-fiance was truly gone from my life.

As I started my new life in Miami, I was able to get work at the very first Border Books and Cafe in Florida. There I met a great friend named Rudy who helped me reshape my script I wrote with Maryann to more acceptable version. The story dealt with Hugh and the Borg takling control of DS9 and where waiting for their god. The god was the V’ger/Decker entity who transformed the Borg to be a more organic lifeform on the outside and yet still machine on the inside. Basically, the Borg were flawed and off the track of their evolution. This script was then submitted to Paramount Studios. While I did get a rejection letter, I was very proud of this accomplishment nontheless. I wanted to continue writing with Voyager and Enterprise but the fan submission policy was closed for good.

While I did not want to give up writing, I did create my fanzine called Cloud Minders. This title was from the TOS episode called oddly enough The Cloud Minders. I had several co-workers submit their artwork and stories from various genres. This was a labor of love since my tools were limited as I used Word, Pagemaker, and a copy machine. The magazine came to over a 100 pages – double sided. This proved to be the one an only issue I published. I have kept up with my writing by submitting letters to Starlog about my hatred for SeaQuest. The last letter published was in the Star Trek Communicator Magazine near the end of its publication on why Enterprise was bad.

After Enterprise went off the air, I had been looking for ways to continue be creative and having an outlet for my work. I had a blog and website on yahoo which was okay but received little attention. Podcasting was another venture I started in 2006. After 3 shows, my laptop was stolen and all the data and music was gone this year. I started blogging on wordpress in late July after I went to a Library 2.0 seminar. I am still trying to incorporate future podcasts into my blog. Anyone like to share how to do this?

I do have an eagerness to delve into writing screenplays and get caught in the fun in creating the plot, story, character development and make it all work. As time progresses, if I start to pursue this, I want to document the process and the journey on my blog and make this a full time career. I still haven’t given up my dreams. I just believe that all these experiences and interactions throughout my life has help me to develop a good sense of structure in my life. Now, it’s time to put dreams into motion and even if I don’t make it, at least I’ll have fun trying. 


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