Penname: Lil black dog [Contact]
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52, mother of three.  Live in PA, have been a die-hard TOS fan since I was 11 and saw my first episode 'A Private Little War'.   I'm particularly partial to the Kirk-Spock-McCoy friendship (no slash here), so most of my work centers around this.

I've had no formal training, never took writing classes, nor had a burning desire to put pen to paper since childhood.  Outside of assignments for school, I'd never written anything in my life until early 2009, when two other Trek-author friends dared me to try my hand at fan fiction - something I was convinced I simply couldn't do.

Well, apparently they knew better than me. ;-)  Since then I've penned 60 stories, with more in the works.  Just want to say thanks to two wonderful ladies who helped me discover a side of myself I never knew was there. :D

Since I've become more prolific than I ever intended, here's a list of my works, in chronological order within TOS as well as my own 'fanon':


Matters of the Vulcan Heart
In the Weeds
Betrayed
Before the Dying of the Light
Childhood's End
The Ruthless Hand of Man
For the Love of a Good Woman
The Road Less Traveled
The Best-Laid Plans
Hidden Truths
For the First Time
One Small Step
Great Expectations
Sequelae
What Lies Within
Letting Go
For the Hundredth Time
All in a Day's Work
See the Cosmos
Sleeping With the Enemy
Through the Looking Glass
Turning the Tables
Simple Gifts
Perdition's Flames
Three Sheets to the Wind
Lost
Call of Duty
The Awakening
Echoes
Our Brother's Keepers
Intersection Points
His Last Breath
Silence
Learning Curve
Precious Gift
Reflection
Aftermath
The Ties That Bind
Into the Lion's Den
Six Degrees of Separation
Into the Maelstrom
The Winds of Change
Shadows and Dust
The First Terrace of Purgatory
All That He Was
As I Lay Dreaming
Breath of Life
The Family I Know
Brother of the Heart
Shiav
A Mother's Love
Secrets

AU stories - in alphabetical order:

Breakable
God Only Knows
Hell to Pay
Journey's End
The Last Full Measure
The Long Way Home
Ripples
Where I Belong


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It went bang by Gumnut    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (28
Summary: Past Featured StoryIt went bang. Started as a one off ficlet, this story is my current Work-in-Progress and I'm quite excited about the possibilities. Unfortunately progress is slow due to RL and a wandering muse. Hopefully the patient will find an ending.
Chapters: 9    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Mystery
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence
Series: None
Completed: No    Word count: 9487    Read Count: 24686
[Report This] Published: 24 Mar 2009 Updated: 03 May 2010
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 20 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: It went bang

Wow!  Those last two chapters were powerful!  Again, the day we all fear, and it's playing to each crewmember's own private hell.  This story is riveting, and heartwrenching, watching how the aftermath of that terrible event is affecting all of them, and yet in spite of that they continue to function as efficiently as we would expect them to.

Not sure where this is headed, but if it's going to what seems to be the inevitable, it's gonna be sheer anguish to read.  You are very good at capturing the intensity of the moment and evoking all kinds of emotional responses in your readers (well, this one at least ;-) ).

Waiting for the next chapter with bated breath and gnawed-off fingernails!

Communiques by mdgarcia    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary:

Two children exchange messages over subspace.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Universes
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Where No One Has Gone Before
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1254    Read Count: 1529
[Report This] Published: 26 Mar 2009 Updated: 26 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 22 Oct 2010 Title: Chapter 1: Communiques

I loved this story to pieces!  It transcends time, culture, rings true and resonates on a deep level.  A hundred years ago, children were pen-pals with other kids around the world; nowadays they are email or IM buddies, and I'd like to think that in 300 years kids will be able to communicate with those on other worlds in the galaxy.

The technology aspect is great, but it's really the personal element in this story that hits home.  What child hasn't grappled with those same issues?  And they tend to ask those questions of each other (at least during their younger years) rather than parents or a teacher or other authority figure.  You captured those feelings of uncertainty and grudging respect for one who is able to pursue his or her own dreams as opposed to those of parents perfectly.  Bravo!

Fix it by Gumnut    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: He would fix it. He had to.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Scott, Montgomery (Scotty), Spock
Genre: Drama, Friendship
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1277    Read Count: 1248
[Report This] Published: 28 Mar 2009 Updated: 28 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 28 Mar 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Fix it

That was just perfect! All of them so true to character. I could just see Scotty yelling at Spock, waving that probe ominously in his face. Well done! Sure beats the hell outta my idea for this challenge...

Author's Response: Oi! No putting your ideas down. Now I know you got one, I wanna see it :D I knows you writes good and I wanna see fic ::is demanding:: :D But thank you so much for reading my fic and commenting with such encouragement. You feed my pen. Now go write! :D Nutty (insane, but with style)

Kestrel - Hunting Grounds by Miranda Fave    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (262
Summary: Past Featured Story

The USS Kestrel, an aging Miranda class, serving as part of the Border Service has the thankless task of patrolling some of the murkier corners of the Federation. As the seat of Federation power in a dangerous and wild region of space, the Kestrel acts to paraphrase her firebrand captain, Captain Gregory McGregor, as the rule and the law, the line in the sand, the first and last line of defense for the Federation.

"So we can't be calling in the cavalry at the drop of a hat. We are the cavalry. We stand the line, we duke it out, we shout them down, we clean their windscreens, and we set out the welcome mat. It's not all bad you know."

This is the first story featuring the ramshackle, rough and ready crew of the Kestrel. I'd call them an unorthodox crew but hey isn't every crew unorthodox in their own way!

Led by the acerbic, sarcastic, bombastic, over the top, pain-in-the-ass, coarse and unprofessional Captain Gregory McGregor. Just the type of behaviour to get stuff on the border done! There's no time for Jean-Luc's niceties here!

The Border Dogs might be seen as the ‘poor cousins' of the Fleet and the Miranda might be seen as the ‘Ford pick-up of Starfleet' but the Kestrel in the humble opinion of her Captain shows the Fleeters how to do things the proper way.

 


Chapters: 55    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Cartwright, Molly, Ensemble Cast - USS Kestrel, McGregor, Gregory
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Humor, Mystery
Warnings: Adult Language, Character Death
Series: Kestrel
Completed: No    Word count: 149473    Read Count: 150431
[Report This] Published: 28 Mar 2009 Updated: 14 Apr 2011
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 01 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 1: 'He's an Hawsehole!'

LOL!  He's a hawsehole all right, this McGregor.  He's managed to piss off friend and foe alike, but even in the little bit we've seen, his crew seems to stand by him unerringly.  Usually for a crew to do that, it's not because they *fear*, but rather *trust* their captain implicitly.  Curious to see what he's done to earn that trust, considering he's rubbed so many others the wrong way.

Dunno what he's done to make T'Hos Likk so mad; mad enough to risk so bold a plan as infiltrating a Federation starbase and planning to board a ship of the fleet and 'kill all who walk her decks' before doing in her captain.

Something tells me there's much more, not less, to McGregor, and that I'm gonna like him immensely. :-)

That Which Survives by Anna Amuse    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: Beauty isn't always that which survives. In fact, it rarely is. Dark AU tale.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series, Alternate Universes
Characters: Kirk, James T., Scott, Montgomery (Scotty), Spock
Genre: Alternate Universe, Slash, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 7459    Read Count: 1541
[Report This] Published: 31 Mar 2009 Updated: 31 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 01 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was an incredibly insightful look into the malevolent side of Jim Kirk. While we mostly saw his good and noble side in TOS, it was plain that this evil was lurking just under the surface. We saw glimpses of it when the transporter twinned him; when he allowed Spock to be blinded; in the things he said to Spock when trying to anger him to neutralize the effects of the spores; when he chose men under his command to die; the way he would snap and fume if things weren't done or weren't going exactly as he planned. We also saw this manipulative side of his personality, but it was more benign, tempered with affection, concern, empathy. Not so here. And as much as we admire him for his goodness, it is just as easy to see this evil surface within the parameters you paint. And this aspect of one's personality is what often makes great and capable leaders, able to make the tough and unpopular decisions when necessary. However, they must find a way to balance that evil side, or they become despots, murderers, sadistic madmen. Jim Kirk did that in TOS, but unfortunately was not able to manage it in this tale. A really masterful job. It was dark, and gritty...and exceptional!

Author's Response: Thank you, Cuppy. I believe the point I was trying to make was that real life doesn't act like that malfunctioning transporter, but rather creates circumstances which force people to make conscious selections -- what to save, what to let go. Jim's choices here seem consistent with Jim to me, in all respects. It's often tempting to say, 'I will be good later, when I can afford it.' The sad truth is that this 'later' either never comes, or there's nothing good left by the time it does. Admittedly, it was Spock here who sent the chasm in motion, because unlimited power is probably the last thing one would wish to tempt Jim Kirk with, even at the best of times. Spock knew better than to play with fire, but did it anyway, and in the end paid the price for it. The sad thing is that in the end he probably still thought it was worth it. Sorry, a minor case of rambling. ;-) I'm glad you found the story readable.

Rank Has No Privileges by SLWalker    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary:

(2249) - What good is rank, really, when you're part of the same family? Written for the 'Orders Be Damned' challenge; way out of context, obviously.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Corrigan, Andrew (Corry), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Arc of the Wolf: Below Fifty South, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1164    Read Count: 1182

[Report This] Published: 04 Apr 2009 Updated: 04 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 05 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

A really nice look at the relationship between the two. I'm still only two-thirds through ONOW - seems I've been distracted of late, writing stories or some such nonsense - but I've read enough to understand how these two relate to one another, and it was great. I especially liked the 'invoking the wrath of mom' bit - and we all know it works every time. ;-). Thanks for a sweet ride, Steff.

Author's Response: It's probably best in broad context, but I couldn't fit the challenge into any earlier time really. But thank you very much for reading it, and for the comment! Yes, invoking Cor's mother's wrath is definitely not something either of them want; biological or adopted son.

The Empty Chessboard by Gumnut    Rated: K+      Reviews (5
Summary: He had lost so much.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., Spock
Genre: Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2477    Read Count: 2033
[Report This] Published: 06 Apr 2009 Updated: 06 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 07 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: The Empty Chessboard

I read this before somewhere else, and it was just as touching then as it is now. If this was one of your early works, you are a gifted writer, indeed. It was bittersweet and sobering and joyous all at the same time. A beautiful piece - thank you.

Basil by Gumnut    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: Spock, are you sure about this?
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., Spock
Genre: Humor
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1254    Read Count: 1352
[Report This] Published: 08 Apr 2009 Updated: 08 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 08 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Basil

OMG! That was hilarious! McCoy's always wanting Jim to lose weight - seems like the perfect opportunity. These light-hearted moments are always a delight to read. Maybe some Horen to wash it down with...;-) Thanks, Nutty.

Bookends by SLWalker    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: (2246) - If you believe that the 23rd century is a perfect utopia and none of the things that exist now will exist then, then this isn't the story for you. It is, however, a reasonably optimistic tale. It's not tightly scripted or plotted, it's just another of those 'life is close to the ground' stories that's more about the characters than anything else.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Corrigan, Andrew (Corry), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty)
Genre: Family, General
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: Arc of the Wolf: True Bearings, Arc of the Wolf
Completed: Yes    Word count: 7474    Read Count: 1337
[Report This] Published: 11 Apr 2009 Updated: 11 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 12 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was a beautiful look into friendship, brotherhood, and RL. I have no doubt these types of issues will still plague mankind in the 23rd century, just as family issues must have plagued the first cavemen to live in family groups. Some things never change. ;-)

The piece was well written, the descriptions of life in New England, especially winter there, making me wonder if you've had first-hand experience?

These two have an easy way about them, much as we'd expect from good friends, or siblings. It all rings so true, right down to Cor's desire to shoulder the responsibility himself and spare his parents the anguish. Nice work!

Author's Response: Thank you very much! This is one of my favorites, mostly for the spoken and the unspoken stuff; the layers, which are very many. And when I wrote this, I hadn't been to Maine yet, and Pittsburgh doesn't quite count as New England to me. But I did my best to visualize it, and I'm glad it came off well.

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 29 Jul 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Just reread this after four years and it still stirs the same feelings in me:  That no matter how much we 'evolve,' no matter how much Mankind learns from the mistakes of the past, some things will never change.  Kids will be kids, and do things in their youth that are not wise, despite knowing that it will hurt those around them.  That even coming from the best of situations, it doesn't mean your life will be perfect.

That some families are good, and loving, and willing to take the good with the bad, and work to strengthen and support each other no matter the situation.  And just because you weren't lucky enough to be born into such a family, it doesn't mean you'll never have one, or receive - and even give - that kind of love and respect.

That there is an unspoken bond between siblings that isn't necessarily related to blood ties, and that even though they may fight with one another, no outsider better mess with them - ever!

The descriptions in this piece were lovely, and evoked images of the bitterly cold, blustery winters in my corner of PA, but this piece is about so much more; is so much deeper, and it's only after you're done reading it, and have time to carefully ruminate on all the things that were *not* said, that you are struck by its sheer beauty.

Truly an exceptional piece of writing.

The Image and the Spirit by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K+      Reviews (7
Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Cardassian refugee Hirhul Mendral tries to settle into the social life of his Phoenix high school--only to discover that after a year on Earth, he's still not through with culture shock...

(Written for the April TrekBBS Writing Contest. Thanks to Mistral for expressing an interest in Mendral's high-school days!)


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Universes
Characters: Mendral, Hirhul (SigCat)
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--Catacombs of Oralius
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2099    Read Count: 1385
[Report This] Published: 27 Apr 2009 Updated: 27 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 05 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: The Image and the Spirit

Wow!  It seems that no matter what century we're in, or what races we are dealing with, teenagers will still be the same - some remarkably mature and well-adjusted, in tune with what's right and what isn't, and will someday prove to be a credit to their generation.

And then there's the rest of them...

You captured very well the problems and issues of being a teenager, no matter what era they live in, and how peer pressure, and a willingness to stand up to it, help to decide a person's path in life.

Very well done!  I enjoyed this immensely.



Author's Response:

Thank you...I'm very glad you enjoyed it! :-)

While I obviously didn't have THIS particular experience, I definitely drew on a lot of things I observed and experienced at that age.

Stand And Wait by IntrepidSovereign    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Commander Sydney Satterwhite, formerly of the USS Toledo, reflects on the past and the future as she waits for her next assignment.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Satterwhite, Sydney, Sutek
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: Tales Of The Storyteller
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1937    Read Count: 1256
[Report This] Published: 27 Apr 2009 Updated: 28 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 01 Jun 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wow!  Not sure what I expected, but it certainly wasn't this.  This blew me away, so lovely and touching was it.  It packed quite a punch for such a small piece.  I think, because all of us have been there at some point in our lives - a teacher, a professor, a mentor, a superior, etc., who expected more from us than we thought we were capable of giving, but in living up to that expectation we found something within ourselves that we didn't know was there.  Kudos to Sutek for seeing it in Sydney and having the patience and determination to nurture it, bring it forth and help it to blossom.  And this is so true to life - it is often these people we didn't like very much at the time that we look back on later in life and thank for believing so strongly in us; for helping to shape the person we became.

And you, my dear, have recruited a fan.  I'll definitely be checking in on these two again. :D

Expanding the Oecumene by Anna Amuse    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (23
Summary: The events taking place during Spock’s final year at Starfleet Academy continue to shape him into the person and officer he will become. Featuring Pike, N1 and some OCs. A tale about friendship and adventure.
Chapters: 9    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Pike, Christopher, Spock
Genre: Action/Adventure, Friendship
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: Absolute Horizon
Completed: Yes    Word count: 48300    Read Count: 23448
[Report This] Published: 28 Apr 2009 Updated: 07 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 28 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

You know my feelings on this already, but I'll say it again - loved it! Especially that Spock is not the model cadet. We have already discussed why I believe this to be true, but to add to that, most (if not all) kids go through a rebellious stage where they think they know everything, and given Spock's strict upbringing on Vulcan, this would be the first chance it had to manifest for him. Thanks for not forgetting that, and for allowing some personal growth for our favorite Vulcan!

Author's Response: Nah, I can't allow or forbid him anything. It's the other way around. ;-) Thanks, Cuppy.

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 07 May 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

And so it ends. And as usual, terrific read. As I said before, I enjoyed immensely watching Spock's journey through the oft-confusing world of human emotion and motivations.

An interesting thought stuck me, though, as I read this last chapter again. This story goes a long way to showing the differences between Sarek and Pike, and how Spock reacts to criticism and discipline from each. Sarek's reprimands made Spock rebel, and yet Pike's reprimand inspired Spock to search his soul and try to understand human motivations in some situations, and how they differ from, but are not necessarily better than, Vulcan motivations. With one well-intentioned reprimand that didn't belittle Spock, Pike was able to accomplish what Sarek was unable to do in eighteen years - earn Spock's respect. This in no way is meant to say that Spock doesn't respect his father, but it is a different type of respect altogether, and one that was inspired, not required. I so love stories that show this type of journey for our heroes...which is why so much of your work appeals to me. ;-) Nice job, as usual!

C.

Author's Response: Considering how much headache it cost you to beta this, I'm awed you found any nice words to say to me when it's over. LOL. Thanks, Cuppy. I only described one episode. I'm glad if it makes sense. ;-)

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 07 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Damn these stars - the bane of my existence! :D

The Big Night by Mistral    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary: Pop culture in the Star Trek universe.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes, Original Series
Characters: Spock
Genre: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 663    Read Count: 1505
[Report This] Published: 28 Apr 2009 Updated: 28 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked
Date: 28 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was a fun read. Neat twist at the end (don't want to spoil it for everyone else). ;-) Excellent job. Thanks for sharing.

Echoes by Gumnut    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (8
Summary: He dared not wish them away.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T.
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 565    Read Count: 1317
[Report This] Published: 08 May 2009 Updated: 08 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 08 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Echoes

This was stirring.  It makes one realize just how difficult it would be to be responsible for the lives of others, and the fine line one would have to walk between complete detachment and allowing these individuals close, making their loss all the more painful.

It was a very insightful look into Jim Kirk.  We could see on his face how each loss affected him, but it was a privilege to hear his thoughts, and fears, and regrets.

Superb job.  Thanks for sharing

Dealing With It by IntrepidSovereign    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Sydney grapples with a painful event from her past. Some dark humor at work here. Response to Mistral's Signature Challenge.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: Satterwhite, Sydney, Sutek
Genre: Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: Tales Of The Storyteller
Completed: Yes    Word count: 950    Read Count: 1119
[Report This] Published: 08 May 2009 Updated: 08 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 15 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Dealing With It

I read this last night, and while I am totally unfamiliar with the characters, the story still resonated, despite not knowing about the events which were alluded to.  It's part of the universal human condition to experience grief and regret when we feel we have not performed to the best of our ability.  To second guess ourselves, thinking that the outcome might have been different if only...  And the flip side of that is to seek understanding, forgiveness for the transgression and ultimately redemption.

All of this was captured admirably in this tale.  I ached for Sydney.  Perhaps she can find some solace in knowing that Randolph did not blame her.  Here's hoping that Sutek can help her make sense of and come to grips with, this tragic event.

Well done!



Author's Response: Thanks a lot! :) If you want to know more about Sydney, check out my "Tales of the Storyteller" series. < /shameless plug > ;)

Facet by Mistral    Rated: T      Reviews (4
Summary: One night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn't there....
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine
Characters: Ensemble Cast - DS9
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2037    Read Count: 1361
[Report This] Published: 14 May 2009 Updated: 14 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 15 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I have never seen DS9, and yet this story made perfect sense.  It's always better to understand first-hand what one is fighting for, or striving for, or working toward.  It makes us willing to sacrifice so much more.

BTW, loved George's Hawaiian duds.  Added an element of lightness to a story that could have been very dark.

Nice job!



Author's Response: Thank you. As a wearer of Hawaiian shirts, I firmly believe they should take the place of starched shirts and ties in the workplace.

Rehabilitation by Rocky    Rated: K      Reviews (6
Summary: A "missing scene" from the end of the most recent movie, Star Trek 09.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Original Series
Characters: Pike, Chris (Greenwood), Spock (Nimoy)
Genre: Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1902    Read Count: 1940
[Report This] Published: 18 May 2009 Updated: 18 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 20 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I enjoyed this immensely.  Chris Pike was an integral part of TOS even though we only ever saw him in that one episode.  He must have been a special man, indeed to cause our logical, rational Vulcan to risk everything - his friendship with Jim, his career, his very life - to see that his suffering was eased.

IMHO, Chris Pike was one of the best things about the movie, and it was a nice nod to canon to get to see him live up to the potential we only glimpsed in TOS.  I was also waiting for the horrific event which we expected in some form or another, and was glad to see something positive come out of this reality which changed so many things and people for the worse.

It must have been so - moving, for lack of a better word - for Spock to see Chris Pike alive and functional as opposed to the man he was in TOS.  Despite the real and painful losses Spock Prime witnessed, at least there was something positive for him to hold on to.

Great story.  Yours is the only one I've permitted myself to read about the movie, and it didn't disappoint!  Excellent job!



Author's Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback.

The Thesis Paper by Mistral    Rated: K      Reviews (5
Summary: How would the people of the 23rd Century look back on Earth's time of troubles two hundred years before?

A tongue-in-cheek look.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: General
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 667    Read Count: 1183
[Report This] Published: 19 May 2009 Updated: 19 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 16 Jul 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Okay ... that was just bizarre, and yet hilariously funny.  I lost it with the blue kids, and it only went downhill from there.  You not only have a talent for dead-seriousness, but absolute silliness as well.  Bravo!

Motivation by Rocky    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (7
Summary: Winona Kirk makes a disturbing discovery.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T.
Genre: Family
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1339    Read Count: 2243
[Report This] Published: 20 May 2009 Updated: 20 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 20 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Motivation

I enjoyed this.  I also have written about how the events Jim witnessed on Tarsus shaped his destiny and future motivations.  This topic had so much potential in TOS; it's a pity more wasn't done with it.

There was only one thing which gave me pause - and it's a minor quibble.  The last line (don't want to spoil it for others) seemed incongruous for a mother.  I have three kids myself, and my concern would be for their welfare, given what happened to Jim's father, and the dangerous nature of his chosen profession.

All in all it was a wonderful read, the fleshing out of George Jr. and Aurelan's characters just perfect.  I just love stories that fill in the holes that were only alluded to in TOS.

Thanks for sharing!



Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Re: the last line, Win's interpretation is that a "hero" is one who puts his own life on the line in order to save others. She was expressing her concern that the same thing which drove Jim to enlist in Starfleet was also going to make him take risks--possibly some unnecessary and/or dangerous--in order to be a "hero". She has already lost her husband in the line of duty, she doesn't want to lose her son as well.

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 21 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Motivation

Aha!  That definition makes all the difference.  Fits perfectly now!  Thanks again, this was a great read.



Author's Response: Thanks!

The Next Stage by Rocky    Rated: K      Reviews (5
Summary: "Lord Khan is dead."
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: None
Genre: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 968    Read Count: 1283
[Report This] Published: 21 May 2009 Updated: 21 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 23 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: The Next Stage

Excellent job!  Nice exploration into how Khan and his followers managed to get off Earth.  If they were such hated and hunted men, I always wondered how this was possible.

Thanks for providing a fitting scenario.  Great work.



Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked the story.

Pedestals On High by Gibraltar    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (9
Summary:

A brief window into the young life of Ashok of Bolarus IX.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: Family
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Gibraltar
Completed: Yes    Word count: 843    Read Count: 1338
[Report This] Published: 23 May 2009 Updated: 23 May 2009
Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed
Date: 05 Jun 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Pedestals On High

It seems that is one lesson mankind will always struggle with - trying to force your goals and aspirations onto your children.  Don't get me wrong - there's much to be said for parents who encourage their children to succeed, must it must be support for what they choose, not what we see fit for them.

I have often wondered how many great discoveries have been lost, how much breathtaking artwork has not been created, how many inventions never came to be, merely because parents saw fit to force their children into paths they weren't meant to follow...

The prose was touching and poignant and very evocative of the feelings young Ashok must have been experiencing.

A pleasure to read!



Author's Response:

Thank you very much.  You offer a fascinating question as to the impact of parents pushing their own goals and unrealized dreams onto their children... food for thought.