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Star Trek Continues is a great series

Greetings, readers. YouTube is so wonderful. Last evening I stumbled on to a web-series created by a gentleman named Vic Mignogna, who is obviously a fan of the original Star Trek. I found three full-length episodes, based on Gene Roddenberry’s old show.

The first story, “Pilgrim of Eternity,” was a sequel for the original series episode “Who Mourns for Adonis?” The greek god Apollo (played by the same actor, Michael Forest, who played the role in the original) comes back as a dying old man and asks for help from Captain Kirk and the crew. As time goes on, he can’t help but to want to be worshipped again. The captain and crew, of course, can’t stand for this.

The second episode, called “Lolani”, is about a beautiful Orion slave girl who comes aboard the Enterprise and longs to be free. Her villainous owner is played by the famous actor Lou Ferrigno, known most notably for playing the incredible Hulk in the 1970s.

“Fairest of them All” is the third episode which goes back to the mirror universe and is a continuation of the “Mirror, Mirror” episode in the original series. Mr. Spock goes against his captain, along with several others, to save the Terran empire.

Now, for my personal opinions. One of the actors I recognized was the former co-star of Mythbusters Grant Imahara who did a very good job playing Mr. Sulu. All the performances were extremely well done, especially that of Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk, who was also the series producer. Mr Scott was played by Chris Doohan, the son of the original cast member James Doohan. Not only were all three of these episodes extremely well done in every facet, writing, acting, and production, but either they re-created all the sets perfectly, or were able to use the 1960s show’s sets. In all three episodes not once did I say to myself, “Oh, that looks amateurish.”

I’m going to link the website here so that you, my readers, can check it out. It is called Star Trek Continues, and this link will get you to the index page. I certainly hope that they make more episodes, but I fear that they are finished. I invite you to find this episodes through the link or on YouTube. Any fan of the classic Star Trek will be happily surprised and pleased.

It is a winter wonderland here in central Pennsylvania, so in closing I wish you all to be safe, warm, I wish you a good day, and as always, happy reading.

Update 1/22/15: Since I posted this entry yesterday, I found out about the Kickstarter program that the creators of Star Trek Continues have to raise money to make more episodes. Yay, at least two more episodes! They set a goal for $100,000 to be met by February 16, 2015, and as of this update they have $86,770 in pledges. I’m very impressed. Next week, I will pledge what I can, for I definitely wish to be part of this endeavour, even if it is in a small way. I looked up Star Trek Continues on Twitter, and I plan to make contact with them there to say I love what they are doing.

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Update for this week – 11/5 – 11/7, 2014

Greetings, readers. This is Rebecca and my week off from work. I’m not sure if we mentioned that last Friday. So, this very short entry is to say hi, wish you all a good week and weekend & tell you that blogs will be back on Wednesday, the 12th. 😀 Until then, take care and happy reading.

Blog update – 1/1/2014 :-)

Greetings, readers. As you may know, I [The Mimic] had an air guitar, air drum and vocals show of KISS songs on December 20th. Today Rebecca and I chose some pictures which we added in a brand new page; Performance Pictures. It’s our brand new tab. Here other photos…, once we get through the 1000 +, may still be added. 🙂

Tomorrow, Rebecca and I will be posting a new blog entry. This was just a quick update note from me. Have a great night, pleasant dreams and happy reading.

It’s a multi-topic day!

Greetings, readers. Last week I wrote that my ex-wife asked me to look into two events scheduled for September 11th in Washington D.C. After research on the internet in the past few days, hunting for information dealing with the 2 Million Bikers ride and the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) march, we found not much of anything to report. apparently, the bike ride through the city went off without incident, even though they were denied a permit by the Park Service to ride through the city without stopping for red lights. As far as the Muslim march, originally called “The Million Muslim March” and later renamed the “Million American March Against Fear,” led by Rabbi Alam, apparently only roughly a dozen people showed up for it, according to a friend of mine who saw it on the news. I’m not certain if that was due to lack of planning on their part, or if people who would have shown up stayed away instead because it was a day of mourning. Trust me when I tell you, readers, Rebecca and I spent almost an hour looking up resources on the internet today and I was expecting to find lots of articles to use for facts. When facts were extremely hard to find we realized that these stories were barely a blimp on the radar and have passed into history.

Now, on to a progress report on how my personal days went. As will always happen with me, my progress was slower than I anticipated but a lot did get accomplished. One of the main objectives that I’m trying to fix is my hoarding problem. I’m having to go through personal items such as things that were my mom and dad’s, as well as other odds and ends, that I want to make a final decision on; keep them or finally get rid of them. One big task is what do to with my father’s classical record collection. My friend across the hall has shown definite interest. Once problem solved.

What was going to be a rather leisurely experience has been kicked into a higher gear, by the fact that there is going to be apartment maintenance done to change the sprinkler heads. They are everywhere in my apartment, including my walk in closet doubling as my storage space. Between now and Monday morning, I somehow have to get this place presentable for the staff to inspect it. This should not be an issue but I’m not going to kill myself either. It will be what it is.

Lastly, after the thunderstorms that passed by several days ago, State College Pennsylvania has experienced glorious weather with cloudless warm days and clear cool nights. I sure could go for that. But as the joke goes, in State Cloudy, PA, good weather is the exception rather than the rule.

Until Friday, when Rebecca and I will have another interesting topic to write about, take care and happy reading.

Back from camp and off to a slow start

Greetings, readers. First, thanks to Rebecca for keeping you all up to date while I was gone. This is going to be a short entry; I’m still trying to get my back-to-work routine worked out and have not gotten off to a good start. I plan to put another blog entry up tomorrow and to get back to the at-least-two-a-week schedule by next week.

Greetings, Readers the book turned out very well. Here’s to success.

Lastly, a little bit about my trip. Fishing was as good as it ever was since I’ve been going to camp. Baskets full of bass and white perch everyday. Plenty to go around to all the family members. We had bonfires and story time as well as a couple of powwows with my best friend Dave. I just love our brother-to-brother chats. On Friday, however, I felt like building an ark. Three and a half inches of rain, with local flooding, in a twenty hour period. I actually had to pack the morning I was leaving. Not fun. But I made it up to Maine and back, including a side trip to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, with no problems.

Until tomorrow, take care, enjoy, and happy reading.

Top ten list will come over the weekend

Greetings, readers. With Rebecca and I on such a hellish roll on proofreading, we have decided not to put the top ten list up today. With our weekday being over at 3pm, we are going to keep on trucking. I will post it Sunday evening or Monday, as Monday is my completely free day. On a slight side note, by then I will be 48 years old. Whoo-hoot.

Take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Where we’ve been

Greetings, readers. Just a quick update as to where we’ve been most of the past week. Rebecca was sick and I was coping, emotionally, with the loss of a good friend. However, on Wednesday, Rebecca and I will back at the salt mines putting the finishing touches on the new material for my latest book.

Also, on Wednesday or Friday, we’ll get another new blog post up. Until soon, have a good rest of your Monday, take care and happy reading.

Feeding Keekee and Update 5/3/13

Greetings, readers. My kitty cat Keekee has learned a few new tricks. When it is her dinner time, she seems to know it, and stands on the arm of my recliner chair, and just looks at me, as if to say, “Ok Daddy, it’s time.” I say, “Do you want your dinner?” She gives a meow that has to be heard to be believed, leaps over the work table, and stands by her feeding area in the kitchen. She also knows words like treats and aqua. Very smart cat. When I am getting her dinner out, she makes sounds like she hasn’t been fed in a week. I feed her … I swear it! LOL. Yes, Keekee does have me wrapped around her little paw.

On a personal level and on a work-related level, the past nine days or so have been rewarding but grueling. Luckily, everything seems to be coming back to an even keel, and starting next Wednesday, we should be able to put up two new blog posts up a week.

With the A-Z read-through now completed, what is next for the current book project is to create and edit some new material. Once that is finished, we’ll toss it into the formatted blank, fiddle with the formatting to make it look just so, and hopefully by July, my third book will be out on CreateSpace.com.

My screenplay project, sadly, is off to a slower start than I hoped for. It is still early in the ballgame, however, and I am in no way giving up hope.

Until next week, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

From Joe and Rebecca: Corrections on the blog

Greetings, readers. As those of you who are regular readers know, my next book will be blog posts from my first year of doing this blog. As we started going through the entries on our A-Z document, we noticed some typos and other errors that we corrected, and that we want to correct in the blog as well. This led to a discussion between Rebecca and I.

{From Rebecca: I have a perspective on changing things in blog entries after they are published, that comes from reading other blogs and seeing how they handle changes. I also read a blog post – a long time ago – on why changing or just deleting posts and/or comments on blogs is wrong. It takes something off that blog, after some people have read it and some people have not, and that is not playing fair. I am paraphrasing and I don’t think I am clearly stating the author’s point, but that is the gist of what I read as far as I can remember. The changes I see on other blogs are handled with a strike through of the part being changed and the correction next to it: example, The broon brown dog jumped. So that is where I was coming from on making changes in the blog.

{However, the changes we have found so far in the first few posts in the book are simple typos, and Joe would like to just change those in the blog without calling attention to the mistakes. It is his blog so he will do it the way he wants to, of course, but he values my opinion. I thought it over, and realized that the spirit of the issue is that typos and inserting a word in to clarify a sentence does not change the meaning of an entry. But changing someone’s name or spelling of a name, or adding a sentence/paragraph to a piece, etc., is different. That would change the meaning of the post enough that we would then want to let people know that a change was made after the post was published on the blog.  The best way to do that is with the ‘strike through the old version next to the change’ approach.}

From Joe: I agree with Rebecca and this is going to be our new adopted policy for changes. Hopefully there won’t be many to change, but we wanted to have a stated policy in place. And this entry today is to let you know what we have come up with. A small change will just be edited in, and a large change will have a strike through next to it.

From both of us, have a good weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Update on future writing plans

Greetings, readers. On July 13th, 2013, I will be 48 years old. In my 47+ years of life I have, writing wise, accomplished two small books, one play and my blog. Not bad material, but I’m a tad disappointed at my volume and quality of my work. I have a tough act to follow. My dad, Professor Joseph J. Kockelmans wrote 30 books dealing with philosophy and religion. I guess I am comparing myself to that kind of production and I just don’t stack up.

I am about to make a slight career change. I’ve always loved writing, but not prose writing. After this next book comes out, hopefully by August, I’ll be turning my attention back to play writing. That’s where I think my true talent lies. My first play, Kimberly, was a cute little play. Now I want to knock people’s socks off with a powerhouse. That will take dynamic characters, a great plot and excellent writing. Have I got it in me? Do I have the right stuff? I think so . . . with a lot of work.

I have, for fun, written little one-act plays since I was an early teenager. I, of course, was never going to show my work to anyone at that time because they were extremely unpolished. I just knew I loved writing and wanted to get better at it. Rebecca has numerous folders chock full of ideas for that next big writing project. One of them, I’m sure, could be developed into a play. And even if not, I have an idea which I’ve been working on, on and off, for about eight years. I’ve got the notes in a tablet somewhere in my apartment.

Does this mean I will never write another book? No. CreateSpace.com, along with Rebecca’s expertise and talents, has made book publishing almost effortless and fairly inexpensive. When I go back to playwriting, however, I will eventually have to hook up with an agent or someone of the like. As far as I know, CreateSpace.com does not publish plays.

Now to wrap up and on a slightly different topic, the frigid weather has finally broken here in Central PA. We might actually get above freezing today. Tomorrow morning we will have those two words that I always hate; wintry mix. Looks like I won’t be going out for my morning coffee. With no outside appointments scheduled, I might take this evening to do some computer work, watch a few movies, and then sleep in tomorrow morning. Until quite soon, take care, enjoy your day, and happy reading.