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Well, I have to say, this has been one of the busiest holiday times I've had in a lot of years! [info]yagkyas was just as big as last year, coordinating about 40 new Generation Kill stories through the challege. I was so delighted to receive The Right Time, a wonderful Rudy/Pappy story by [livejournal.com profile] demonic_fish. There's just not enough Rudy/Pappy in the world, and it makes me so happy that this exists!

For [info]yagkyas, I wrote two stories: first, the Haven/Generation Kill crossover Family Confidence which posits Nate Fick as Nathan Wuornos' cousin (not that kind of cousin). Honestly, I wish it could have been more fleshed out, but I'm very glad it exists and it was fun to try and figure out.

Second, I wrote Not Only the Living, a Battlestar Galactica-Generation Kill fusion that makes Bravo Two the Colonial Marines on Galactica in the show. I was ecstatic to be able to write this--I'd wanted to do a BSG fusion for a long time, and to be able to do it for [info]yagkyas was the icing on the cake. I think it should make sense to folks who aren't too familiar with BSG--just think of Bravo Two as Space Marines--but I'm also proud, because I think it was a solid fusion that showed the potential of mashing the two fandoms together.

Because I'm ridiculous, I also modded the [info]dresdenficathon, the first time that challenge had been run since 2008. Dresden Fandom poses some interesting challenges--namely, it's not really a cohesive fandom in the least--but we got 18 awesome new stories out of it, which I encourage you to check out. I didn't receive a story for [info]dresdenficathon, but I did write two stories, both about Harry Dresden and Harry Raith. The first is Trade in Kind, which is about Thomas' proclivities not being as put-upon as the books suggest (or as Harry thinks); and Facing Down, about Thomas and Harry and the stupid things Morgan le Fay's sons do. It's been fun writing Dresden--I haven't written much, so this was a great opportunity to be more active in the fandom.

I did the Inception [info]dream_holiday exchange as well, writing To Continually Descend, a Penrose steps PWP featuring Arthur and Eames, which was cute, and a lot of fun. I received Of Postcards and Love Notes, which was a beautiful multimedia story about the correspondence between Arthur and Eames over the course of their relationship. It's just lovely. <3

Also, earlier this month, I did a couple of pinch hits for [info]happy_trekmas. First, Countermeasures, a Star Trek XI story with Jim Kirk and Bones McCoy and the challenges of the holidays. I also wrote The Vertical Expression of a Horizontal Desire, a Star Trek Voyager Paris/Kim story where Tom takes Harry dancing. That was a lot of fun to write--I hadn't thought about Voyager in years.

And then there was Yuletide. I contributed 6 stories to the main Yuletide challenge this year, which I will enumerate after the new year. I was so lucky to receive two stories this year, both of them for Haven. The first, Two Men, One Woman and a Christmas Tree, is adorable and hilarious, and the second, Proverbial Trees, is wonderfully slow and nuanced with an amazing Nathan perspective. Thank you, Yuletide santas. <3

And now, well. I'm going to watch 24/7 Flyers-Rangers and try to muddle through the last few days of the year. I think I'm going to go see the Portland Winterhawks play for New Year's Eve, and I'm pretty excited for the Winter Classic on Monday. (Have I mentioned I love hockey? I love hockey. Hockeyyyyyyyy.) Mostly, though, I just want to sleep--maybe even until the new year. <3, everyone, especially [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold, my co-mod for [info]yagkyas this year, and to everyone who helped me get through the last month. It's been a trip.
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I took this picture to show off my shiny new computer decals--points for the nerds that know what the logos specifically refer to--but the cat decided to investigate and once there, wanted to be photographed as well. (Yes, I have two computers. I use them for different things! On a daily basis! And an iPad! And, and, and...)

God, I love Etsy.
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Vector Map
by templemarker

Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] lisamariedavis in the first round of the [info]trek_exchange. With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre, [livejournal.com profile] ailleann23, [livejournal.com profile] marcolette, and [livejournal.com profile] affectingly. Set during the five-year mission.

McCoy finds him in his ready room, dark blond head bent over a console.

Read it at trek_exchange or at the archive.
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Passing It Forward
by templemarker

Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] jain, in the '09 Femslash Ficathon. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] affectingly, for being a willing ear, and [livejournal.com profile] marcolette for beta review. This borrows from Star Trek VII: Generations, in the sense that Demora Sulu is not actually an original character. Trufax.

She's still got it.

Read this story at the Femslash Ficathon or my fic archive.
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by [personal profile] templemarker

Notes: A ficlet for [livejournal.com profile] affectlingly. Spock/Uhura, PG13.

"These are curious beings," Spock notes, allowing one of the fireflies to land on the tip of his index finger so he might examine it more closely. The smile Uhura shoots him is but the barest twitch of her lips, and Spock knows, intimately, that she learned such an expression from him. He restraints the shudder that would wreck through him, and instead pushes the small insect from its perch.

"In Kenya," she continues, accepting his silence as it is intended--to listen--"we would spend all of our summer nights outside, and the sky would be filled with fireflies. We call them kimetimeti," she says carefully, and he notes the pronunciation that he might speak it to her satisfaction later.

She says, "When I was a child, I would look at the stars, and be confused because some of them would move. And when I put my hand to the sky, the stars would land on my fingers and blink at me. I always wanted to go there, even then."

Spock says nothing, for there is nothing to say that might convey his gratitude; she shares these things so freely with him, these moments that defined her life, as if they are not of the gravest importance. He has learned more of her identity through anecdotes she deems small than through the thousand beautiful things she has left unsaid.

When Nyota looks at him, fireflies wink in the space between their bodies, and though he keeps the desire to pull her close to him pulled back in the ordered recesses of his mind, he knows she sees it anyway. She brushes fireflies away from his brow, and there is no mindmeld that could convey as much affection.
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First: an addendum to the previous resourcey meta post. [personal profile] sinatra does a more concise account of money in the Federation. I would only say further that "money" is not the same as "currency," and that the politics of the Federation are such that capitalism is no longer the driving force behind economic growth.

Additionally, intelligence abounds in [livejournal.com profile] skywaterblue's thoughts on 24th century economics, in terms of Class M (hominid-habitable) planets and energy credits that is well worth looking at. I have to say I'm pretty firmly planted in the 23rd century right now, but she makes some excellent points--and I think that further supports my assertion of that currency is not equivalent to money per se in the UFP.

However, that's some stuff I might come back to later, because I have finally sacked up and put together my posts on Spock.

It is in three parts.

Yeah, I know.

(Quick reminder: the Star Trek universe is often wildly contradictory in and of itself, and that's okay! But the information I'm presenting here is based largely on a compilation of those stories designed to provide new or revisiting fans with an infodump for their fanworks. It's perfectly fine to use contradictory source material.)


Let's go. To understand Spock, you have to understand where he came from, and to understand that you need to know about Amanda Grayson and Sarek. I was delighted that they appeared in XI, despite the circumstances that played out, because in the TOS episode "Journey to Babel" their introduction was so influential on the audience's understanding of Spock. So: Spock's momma.

Amanda Grayson (is so awesome). )

Sarek. )

Sybok. )

Perrin Landover. )

T'Pau. )

So that's the family. Next up: the Life of Spock, and the Whole Deal With Vulcans and Romulans.
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So I still haven't finished my post on Spock. I'm sorry for the lamitude; all kinds of nonsense has been happening at Casa Templemarker and I just haven't managed to get it done. There's all this meta stuff I have to get through, and sorting that out reminds me of this Bioethics paper I wrote last year, in the less-than-fun sort of way.

But whatever! I was talking with my beloved E about Star Trek at lunch today, as you do, and we ended up getting into the very important discussion of UFP Economics. So like, there has to be an economy, right? But Gene Roddenberry, bless him, said stridently that there was no money in his future. (This was Paramount Canon, which meant it was TNG and beyond Canon. Picard explicitly says that there's no money in the future in "First Contact." This is an enormous pain in the ass.)

In the true nature of ST canon, though, it contradicts itself like a Klingon having Romulan Ale, neat. For example, there's a credit system in place in TOS, TNG, and DS9 (the show; the station itself had *some* kind of economy, but because of the Bajoran and Cardassian influence, that doesn't necessarily speak to the UFP's manner of currency), and gold-pressed latinum is clearly of currency value, likely because a) of its scarcity and b) you can't replicate it.

But the theory is, if you can provide food, shelter, healthcare, and education to all of your member worlds, colonies, fleet of starships, etc., then what do you need money for? And whether Roddenberry intended it or not (I'll err on the side of not) he did set up a level of economy in Star Trek: the acquisition of Dilithium. (Speaking of GPL, and in support of this notion, Quark asked if dilithium was the method of currency in the DS9 time-travel episode "Little Green Men," suggesting that it's commonly accepted as having monetary/barter value for entities outside of the UFP. But I'm getting ahead of myself.)

Dilithium, if you haven't gleaned this already from Scotty telling you that he can't make the Dilithium give any more than she's got, Captain!, is the thing that makes warp travel possible. One of the reasons the Constitution-class starship was so exciting (in the original timeline and presumably AOS) is because it was among the first class of Starfleet ships to utilize dilithium instead of lithium. It's what made deep space exploration possible--it could handle greater warp speeds more efficiently over a longer period of time, cutting down not only on travel time but also drydock/starbase repairs.

Dilithium: in the same series as Kryptonite. I bet Superman couldn't fix a warp core. )

To break out an old phrase, money is power, and in Star Trek, dilithium crystals are money. So keep in mind that whatever Kirk and his crew do in AOS, the need to grow in power and in numbers will be a huge priority for the UFP. They have to replace the thousands of cadets who perished at the Battle of Vulcan to maintain their fleet, they have to compensate for the loss of Vulcan's millenia-long influence on the Quadrant and the Federation, they need more dilithium crystals to power the new fleet of ships that will have to be rebuilt, and they have to contend with a newly riled imperial presence from the effects of Nero's incursion into the timeline. The joyous optimism and wonder of TOS doesn't quite fit in this new version of the universe; everything's gotten a bit scrappier.

I spent a bit of time nosing around the Starfleet shipyards today. There's not a whole lot there, but it's really f'n pretty. I can't wait until I can have an LCARS of my very own.
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I'm about a third of the way into my post about Spock, and there is just so much information to compile. Hopefully I'll have it up tomorrow, but in the meantime, my "people are wrong on the INTERNETS" rage is sufficiently peaked to address something I'd planned to talk about after the backstory resources were done. Namely: authorial intent with regards to Star Trek XI, and the problematic necessity of a Director's Cut.

[Administrivia note: these posts are available crossposted at [livejournal.com profile] templemarker and [personal profile] templemarker; you are welcome to add these journals if you want. It's solely for public fandom things. Nothing will be locked.]

Thar be spoilers under this cut.

Why Adam Roberts is wrong. )

Why Abigail Nussbaum is wrong. )

Why John Rodgers gets it right. )

How did we ever get by without audio commentaries and Director's Cuts? )

If you skipped (or made it to the end!) of my pontificating, here's your reward: Wired Magazine's fantastic TOS retrospective pictures, compared side by side with screenshots from the new film. Ace.

Also of interest: Bad Astronomy's science review of Trek XI, which is particularly interesting if you take into account the science Orci & Kurtzman describe as being the basis for Star Trek XI.

As well as the Shuttle Atlantis wake up call last month (right click save target as). NASA at Houston woke up the crew with the original TOS theme song, and the whole exchange just made me laugh in delight.

Oh god, now that I got all that out of my brain, I have to get some sleep.
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I'm getting a headache trying to put together a post on Spock and, like, all the stuff that happened to him, and it just keeps getting bigger, longer, and uncut. The headache and the post. So while I wrestle with that, please allow me to share a couple things with you:

1. Check out this absolutely wicked picture of the TOS cast back in season two. It may or may not be my desktop right now. Look at all the primary colours!

2. So, a Kirk/Spock vid set to the "Glee" cover of Journey was the first thing that greeted me from the internet today, and let me be the first to tell you: my life is better for it. Don't Stop Believin', because Spock is nothing if not a small town girl.

3. I discovered that [community profile] starry_sea existed today, and made me a happy little TrekLit fangirl. Essentially it's devoted to the Star Trek novels and why they are awesome and we love them; if you're just getting into Trek for the first time (and haven't been scared off by all the ridiculous backstory I've been putting together) this would be a great place to start getting into some of the canon-ish stuff that's been around for several decades.

4. Similarly, [livejournal.com profile] nestra is running an interest poll about a TrekLit inspired ficathon. This is clearly the most awesome thing to happen since that Journey vid I just linked you too (this newly invigorated fandom is so ridiculous every single day), so go take the poll and watch for that.

I think I'm going to go watch XI for the fourth time to clear my head of Spock's incredibly complicated life and get some perspective with the application of Zach Quinto.
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In the last resource post we covered the basics of the Star Trek universe. In this one we're going to talk about the life and histories of other TOS characters, except for Spock, who is getting his own post because I am way too bloody chatty about the dude to make it fit into this one.

We're going to start with Uhura, because she's been on my mind lately. Things to keep in mind as you read this and all subsequent resource posts on Star Trek at this journal: there is a lot of information, almost five decades worth, and a lot of it is contradictory. The majority of it does not conform to Paramount's canon guidelines, but if I include it here it's because either it's generally known among the fandom pre-Trek XI, it could be useful for the fanworks people put together, or it's just that damned cool.

Nyota Uhura. )


Montgomery Scott. )


Pavel Chekov. )

Let's go to Sulu, or as I call him, HI JOHN CHO HOW ARE YOU SO HOT.


Hikaru Sulu )


Hoo boy. McCoy's next. Here's a corker for you. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. )


So that's the main characters from The Original Series. There's a handful of minor characters that are helpful to know, since they do or probably do exist in the alternate reality of Trek XI, and since we weren't given their stories it would be awesome if people made them up themselves.

Christopher Pike )


Christine Chapel. )


Gary Mitchell. )


Yeomen Smith and Rand. )

Okay. I think that's everyone. Spock gets his own post, which might be next because I need to talk about the Romulans some more, and if I talk about the Romulans I need to talk about the Vulcans. That seems a pretty good point to go into detail about Spock, since he was embroiled with both races to the point we see him in Trek XI.

As before, I welcome discussion in the comments. Let me know if I missed something or someone! This is a lot of information and it's easy to muddle something up.
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Other Marks of Respect
by templemarker

Notes: For [profile] catalysticat.Title from US Naval Regulations, Chapter 12, Section 3.

Uhura had gone into Starfleet knowing that the best way to develop the research she was most interested in would be to work in the forefront of the field. Xenolinguistics, developed the moment Vulcans had made first contact in the twenty-first century, had centuries of data to sift through. But with the universe opened up to the people on the third planet from Sol, there were so many more languages to learn, research, and analyze. Uhuru wasn't satisfied with what was known; she wanted more. More phonology to comprehend, more syntax to break down, more data for her dissertation and the contributions she was making to the field.

She joined Starfleet to accomplish this goal, and was presented with another: upholding the honour of those who came before.

Like so many others from Terra, she sought out Starfleet as shorthand to the knowledge and education and experience necessary to an increasingly space-faring population. Like so many others, she learned the meaning of crewmanship; of duty; and of command.

Standing outside the medical bay as Enterprise limped her way back to Starbase One, she watched the silent flashing light over Captain Pike's bed beat in time with his heart. The events that transpired over the last several weeks were still a shock. As reality settled in that over half her cadet class were dead, that she would never walk side-by-side with Spock on the desert rock of Vulcan, she sought out the captain of this vessel--the commissioned captain, not the sobered Acting Captain Kirk.

Honor, and duty, were things every Starfleet cadet learned in their first class at the Academy. Some two percent dropped out after that initial lecture about the meaning of the uniform they wore, but entry numbers were so high and increasing every year that it more than compensated for those who left before they began. Honor, and duty, and respect for the commanding officer, for the hierarchy of rules and regulations that governed the growing force that was the Federation's armada.

There, lying on a bed with the ruins of his legs hidden beneath a standard issue blanket, was a man who had walked headfirst into clear danger to give his crew, his untried crew, time. She had watched his face as the decision was made, and never saw one flicker of doubt.

Uhura didn't enter the room, but only watched for a few minutes more, and resolved that she would be like him: duty in the face of crisis, honour in the face of fear, respect given in service of what must necessarily be done. Pike didn't stir, and neither did she.
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This is a brief introduction to Star Trek, primarily as a relevant guide for writers new to the vast breadth of and wealth of canon, fanon, books, comics, movies, cartoons, and stuff out there in the universe of Star Trek. It is also what devoured my Tuesday evening like a three year old with a cookie. Three things before we get into it:

1) This is not complete nor is it meant to be comprehensive. You want comprehensive? Pick an article at Memory Alpha and start working your way through the related topics. Those folks have detailed every piece of minutia relating to Star Trek in the last 44 years, and while I wish they had chosen a better stylesheet to present it in, my hat's off to them. If you think I missed something/got something wrong, mention it in the comments.

2) This introduction is geared primarily towards new writers in the fandom, hopefully to provide a easy way to get relevant information and offer a straightforward guide for further investigation. I love all the writing you're doing, people, and I want to make it easy for you to write more.

3) I'm going to use TOS to indicate The Original Series and AOS to refer to Alternate Original Series, i.e. Star Trek XI. It's not an endorsement of AOS as a descriptor, mind. It's just easier to type.

So! In the beginning there was the Milky Way Galaxy. )


The United Federation of Planets. )


Starfleet. )


Klingons, Romulans, and the Borg, oh my! )


Cool. So now we know the lay of the land a little bit. Here's some basic biographical information about Jim Kirk and his time on the Enterprise. All of this is drawn from TOS and original-storyline materials unless stated otherwise. There will be a booklist at the end of this, I promise. Or threaten. Maybe both.

Jim Kirk. )


So there you go. Introduction to Star Trek, Starfleet, and Jim Kirk. If there's interest I'll do a round-up on Spock and the rest of the crew; a lot of Spock's life is covered in AOS, but to really understand the timeline of Spock to the point we meet Spock Prime in AOS, you need to go through a bunch more stuff that I am happy to consolidate here for you.

Relevant novels. )

Other things:

Star Trek Countdown 1-4. The prequel tie-in comics to Star Trek XI; great bridge between the events of Unification and XI, and fills in some honkin' big plot holes. 52MB zip file; you will need Comical (Mac) or CDisplay (PC) to view. www.mediafire.com/?qyiuzgmz5y2

Star Trek Universe Map; really big detailed map of the stuff in the Milky Way Galaxy. JPG, 2MB. mediafire.com/?yy4h2j0zigc

Navigational Manual; truly fascinating pseudo-physics and guide to the ST Universe circa 1980. PDF, 45MB. mediafire.com/?n0tmzh0yzmj


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