Date: 31 May 2013 15:21 Title: The Days Are Numbered
Well ... I think her objections are overstated by her.
It can be very easy to go into a difficult situation and be terrified by it, to think that it is some form of error. And to also believe that success is nigh well impossible. But success is very possible here.
If Sydney gets through it, she will have some serious bragging rights. If she wins over Sutek, then she'll be able to win over everyone and anyone. It's one thing to be able to hit a ball off a tee and have it dribble to the pitcher's mound. It's another entirely to hit a fastball from an ace pitcher and have it soar out of a big league park.
You're in the majors, now, kid.
And, to you - Intrepid Sovereign!
This piece made me believe about these people. They feel real and true. The objective is believably overstated by the character, and fills in a nagging hole that I think has been in a lot of Trek, where no one ever seems to actively complain about their assignments, or ever dig in their heels if they're suddenly getting a transfer. After all, despite how wonderful, say, the Enterprise is, a person even being transferred to it might lose friends, stature, routine, a lover or even just familiarity and comfort. It is mighty refreshing to see someone objecting to being traded away like a playing card. Kudos, mucho kudos.
Date: 12 Nov 2009 18:42 Title: The Days Are Numbered
I LOVE how it turns out not to be a human/Vulcan thing, but the fact that Spillane has quirks that makes her relatable to Sydney. (Or would you say that's just her attempt to find a PC answer? Not sniping, honestly curious.)
One thing I'm curious about--what is it about the Pennsylvania that makes it such a hard ship to pilot? With the kind of precision mechanics and computers they have, I'm just wondering. (Granted, I see it with some of the machines I use at work at times...but I'm curious to know your thoughts.)
Author's Response: The Penn is like a car that constantly gives you trouble, but when you take it to the mechanic, they can't find anything wrong with it. It's like she has a mind of her own, and nothing will get don't unless you do it her way. For twenty years Sutek was the only captain she ever had, so he knew her idiosyncrasies better than anyone. He doesn't have a "romantic" attachment to a ship like Humans often develop, but it's logical to him to take the ship as is than forever looking for and attempting to fix what might be wrong. When the engineers (and the helmsman) take that attitude, the Penn can and will do amazing things.
Date: 25 Sep 2009 15:48 Title: The Days Are Numbered
If I didn't already love Spillane, this chapter would clinch it. Not just the manner in which she impressed upon Sydney the need to follow the orders and make the most of the experience but also because of how Sydney describes some of her attributes and ways, summing them up with 'weird'.
..you're...weird...ma'am. If I can deal with that, I can deal with your midnight galley raids and Kirk imitations and polka nights.
Hee hee. Oh I'd love to hear more about that. Of course when Sydney precedes that with the following:
I can deal with weird. I'm weird. I sing to the ship. I sniff around people's quarters for good food and beg for some. I dance when there's no music playing!
I just fall for her too. Great characters.
Date: 27 May 2009 13:08 Title: The Days Are Numbered
A wonderful story. Your portrayal of Sutek was amazingly insightful. Vulcans do come across as stiff and yet you infused him with depth and personality, as much by the reflections of others as by his own thoughts and actions. Bravo!
Author's Response: Thanks! :D
Date: 26 May 2009 22:08 Title: The Days Are Numbered
Review for The Days Are Numbered:
Goodness, the drama certainly is thick with young Satterwhite. Methinks Captain Spillane enjoyed the hell out of that encounter, though she'd doubtless deny it if asked.
One wonders if Sutek doesn't intentionally cultivate such a reputation to help in bending eager and impetuous young officers to his ways?
Author's Response: Spillane was trying to calm Sydney down, but, yeah, I think she got a kick out of it. ;)
Sutek doesn't cloak himself in all the trappings of his reputation, but his crew does, and that's where a good many of the stories come from, and, of course, they spread like a virus. He can't stop them, so he doesn't try. But if it keeps the youngsters in line, that's work he doesn't have to do. So, in that sense, it does appear that he's intentionally cultivating this near-mythic image.