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Oopsie, I forgot, my bad

Greetings, readers. This is the first of two blog entries I will write today, for I completely failed to post one as promised this past weekend. I got so wrapped up with football and other events. For the time being my plan is to do a blog entry for Wednesdays and one to post on Sundays every week.

Unfortuanantly my writing projects have stalled again, but hope springs eternal. I’m having a dinner meeting with my co-creator to discuss project number two. I think when I take more detailed notes, I will be able to get a much better start. I tried to write the ending she wanted first, which was a tactic I used in a very successful writing project of my own many years ago. That decision failed miserably this time around. I’m going to have to pick my co-author’s brain for character traits and start at the beginning.

Over the last week and a half, I’ve tried to keep my creative brain moving by watching three films from the library: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Rebecca’s highly recommended film Invincible; and the classic, The African Queen. Invincible, about Vince Papale of the 1970s Philadelphia Eagles team, was a feel good story and highly inspirational. You have to love those true stories. STII is still considered the best Star Trek film. I saw in an interview, with Ricardo Montalban, that for the first two weeks of rehearsal he was reading the lines like Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island; he had to go back and watch the original series Star Trek episode “Space Seed” to get back into the character of Khan. And believe or not, The African Queen is my first Humphrey Bogart film, you can’t do better than Bogart and Hepburn.

Watching STII inspired me to go to YouTube and re-watch all of the episodes in the Star Trek fan fiction series called Star Trek Continues, which was produced by Vic Mignogna. Vic does a better William Shatner’s version of Kirk than William Shatner did. Amazing. Too bad Paramount shut them down. Their reason was copywrite infringement. I think it was because they were too good.

On to sports news, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-4 and barely have a pulse. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was clobbered by two of the Baltimore Ravens’ players and got knocked senseless. It didn’t help matters that he had to walk with help into the clubhouse because the cart broke down. A black mark for the Heinz Field staff.

Staying within our division, the Cleveland Browns got pummeled 31-3 by the San Francisco 49ers Monday night, thus rendering the AFC North the weakest division in the NFL. When a team is 1-4 and they still have a good chance to make the playoffs, that is a sad division.

That’s going to wrap up blog entry number one, for our weekly meeting is going to take place any minute. This entry will go live today. Entry number two will be written today and will be scheduled to go live on Sunday afternoon. Again, I apologize for my faux pau. In a week or two’s time, I shall try to find a time of day that I can pump out a Sunday entry by myself.

Until next time, take care, have a great few days, love one another, and happy reading.

Star Trek Continues … continues

Greetings, readers. On Twitter, I follow one of the cast members of a wonderful Star Trek fan produced series. She is Michele Specht, who plays Counselor Elise McKennah on Star Trek Continues, which also stars Vic Mignogna as Capt. James Kirk. I wrote about the series in a previous post. I tweeted to my acquaintance, Michele Specht, and she informed me that there will be three more episodes produced this coming year. I am super excited.

I truly thought Star Trek Continues was over after just eight episodes. CBS, which has a brand new Star Trek series on the way, and the parent company Paramount decided that they were going to block everyone’s creativity by exercising the copyright infringement law. I shall try to keep my cool as I dictate this, so here goes.

I can understand if the new Star Trek series would not want fans producing material with the brand new characters. But in my humble opinion, any fan film which portrays the earlier characters, such as Kirk and Spook, are simply paying homage to a wonderful series and franchise. To my knowledge they are not making any money or profit from it, so who are they hurting?

There are three wonderful series’ that I watch on YouTube; Star Trek Continues, Star Trek Phase II, and Starship Farragut. Me being a struggling writer, I would love to write an episode for any of these series’. But how do we convince CBS and Paramount to ease the restrictions? I don’t know that we can.

A couple of the guidelines that I read about are that any future fan fic film of Star Trek can only be 15 minutes in length or shorter and can use no previously created character. No Kirk, no Spock, no beam me up Scotty; what’s the point?

I have already made contact with Michele Speck with a question about writing a script for Star Trek Continues. I don’t know if any other episodes are planned after the aforementioned three, but hope springs eternal. I’ve always been a sci-fi nut, and a Star Trek fan in general, and this topic, if anything, can yank me out of my writing rut at warp speed. So wish me luck; in six months to a year from now you just might see my name on one of those series’.

Rebecca and I will be working tomorrow and I will have a top ten list for you on a topic yet to be determined. Until then, I bid you a good day, take care, and as always happy reading.

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.