Review – Inside Information

Review – Inside Information

A Nostalgic Review of Inside Information

Inside Information brings the In Between Days Series in line with Star Trek: Discovery.

Background

On the Discovery, a young crewman knows something no one else does. His ancestors have visited him in his dreams, and they have told him there’s a way to get home. And this young crewman is Douglas Malcolm Beckett. But he’s changed his name to Hayes.

Inside Information

Douglas Jay Hayes Beckett (Steven Culp) – image is for educational purposes only

Plot

For the ghosts of Douglas Jay Hayes Beckett and Charlotte Lilienne O’Day Beckett, it’s irresistible. Their descendant is in peril and he’s afraid. So they enter his dream state and they comfort him. But they also let him know that he can get home if all else fails.

For one of the great patriarchs and one of the great matriarchs of an enormous dynasty, the chance to help one of their own will always be on the table. And so Doug and Lili arrive, in mists and clouds and mystery.

Family Tree

Doug the younger is the son of Jay Hayes Beckett. Jay is the son of Joss, who is Doug and Lili’s first born. Doug the younger is also of interest because he’s born on December 3, 2229, giving him the same birthday as Douglas Jay Hayes Beckett. The difference, though, is 127 years.

Doug the younger’s sister, Lilienne Melissa Beckett, is born in 2230. In Fortune, Q shows her to Lili.

But the tree goes on and Doug the younger also connects to Barnstorming. In 2265, he marries Penny Webb. Their son, Steven Hayes, is born in 2270. He marries Lucy Kimura. Steven’s daughter, Lilienne Charlotte Hayes, is born in 2309. During Play, Time Out, and Overtime, Lilienne is one of the thirteen living descendants of Doug the elder.

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Lili (image of Naomi Watts is for educational purposes only)

Their son, Jay Neil Hayes (born 2307) has a daughter, Sheilagh. She marries Don Porter. Their daughter is Tamsin Jennifer Porter, another of the thirteen.

The Thirteen

Doug the elder’s thirteen living descendants in 2379 are:

  1. Douglas Daniels, born in 2305 (also Lili’s descendant via Malcolm Reed)
  2. Michael Daniels, born in 2341 (also Lili’s descendant via Malcolm Reed)
  3. Lilienne Charlotte Hayes, born in 2309 (also Lili’s descendant)
  4. Ariana LaForge, born in 2337 (also Lili’s descendant, via both Doug and Malcolm)
  5. Edward LaForge, born in 2322 (also Lili’s descendant, via both Doug and Malcolm)
  6. Geordi LaForge, born in 2335(also Lili’s descendant, via both Doug and Malcolm)
  7. Misty Dana MacKenzie, born in 2329 (Melissa Madden‘s descendant)
  8. Martin Douglas Madden, born in 2322 (Melissa Madden’s descendant)
  9. Jay Neil Hayes, born in 2307 (also Lili’s descendant)
  10. Sheilagh Hayes Porter, born in 2331 (also Lili’s descendant)
  11. Tamsin Porter, born in 2354 (also Lili’s descendant)
  12. Tina Reed O’Connor, born in 2291 (also Lili’s descendant via Malcolm Reed)
  13. Kevin Reed, born in 2344 (also Lili’s descendant via Malcolm Reed)

Story Postings

Rating

The story has a K rating.

Upshot

Doug the younger even refers to The Human Pioneers of Lafa II, neatly bringing Norri into the fold. It was a quick story, tossed off fast. But it ties the story together even more, and the family lives on, from generation to generation, and from series to series.

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Progress Report – Third Quarter 2018

Progress Report – Third Quarter 2018

Progress Report – Third Quarter 2018

Third quarter 2018 was more transitioning from Star Trek fan fiction over to the wholly original stuff.

Posted Works

Barking up the Muse Tree | Janet Gershen-Siegel | jespah | Quill | Third Quarter 2018
First of all, on Wattpad, for the third quarter 2018, I posted The All-Stars and then I posted Play. So it was a lot of Barnstorming posting to try to finally get that series out there.

And on Fanfiction.net, I also finished The All-Stars and then posted Play and started Time Out.

Finally, on the G & T Show forums, I posted absolutely nothing and that is just going to continue. I am sure that that ship has sailed. Those forums don’t even exist any more.

Milestones

See the Stats page for individual read and review counts.

WIP Corner

I kept working on Overtime to try and finish it before the end of the year and, particularly, before the start of NaNoWriMo.

Prep Work

I continued to write wholly original works and prepare for this year’s NaNoWriMo. This also included submitting various short stories to small literary magazines, in the hopes of getting some more publishing credits to my name.

This Month’s Productivity Killers

It was work, of course! Life got frightfully busy at the end of the previous quarter and it has not yet let up. If it ever will, and now I am really doubting that. I am a middle manager now, with two direct reports! Yeah, life isn’t going to slow down any time soon, if ever. Save me!

In fact, this level of busyness was starting to push me to giving up certain volunteer work I have done, some of it for years. But I have to protect my own physical health, so adding yet more and more work and filled hours to my day was not doing me any favors.

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Review – Time Out

Review – Time Out

A Pretty Harsh Review of Time Out

With Time Out, I abandoned the sports theme completely and instead did some personal head canon repairs. That is, I had put characters into an alternate temporal scenario and then I needed to get them back to the prime timeline. And I had to do this without destroying the continuity I was creating in the Barnstorming series.

Background

At the time I first wrote this story, I was even more burned out than before. I was absolutely running out of things to say, and so I shuffled the cards, big time. This also rather neatly plugged a hole in the Times of the HG Wells series. Now, that was a hole that only I could see. But I do like to be consistent.

The hole in the Wells timeline had to do with Dana, who hooks up with Rick. Once I realized I would rather she was Marty’s great love, she would have to somehow not fall prey to Rick’s charms.

Plot

Time Out stepped outside of the sports theme entirely for a very new story line. Instead of being a coach, Mack MacKenzie, is now called Dana, and she is the Tactical Officer on the Enterprise-E. As before, Martin Madden is still the First Officer. However, other players are in new places. And it’s all because of the accidental firing of a pulse shot.

At the same time, Marty is investigating an odd phenomenon which seems to directly relate to the O’Day-Hayes-Beckett-Digiorno-Madden-Reed family. New relatives show up, including the exceptionally annoying Tamsin Porter. Much like in the prime timeline for this series, Porter has the hots for Madden, and the radiation band cycling phenomenon still exists. It is one of the drivers of the plot.

Story Postings

Rating

The story has a K rating.

Upshot

One thing this story did well was show just how hit and miss so many of the time travel missions should have been during the Wells series. It was also a chance to showcase an earlier Rick, one who hasn’t yet met the Becketts. Hence for him, the time frame for the story is pre-Temper.

In addition, it brings up one interesting point. For the temporal and spatial dislocation in Crackerjack, it’s due to the remnants of a pulse shot. Originally, I had wanted it to be a post-Temper leftover of Empress Hoshi‘s doings. But what if it was due to experiments by Szish, the Gorn who built Mack’s ship, the Cookie? With the other references to the Crackerjack dislocation, this could be a way to wrap that up as well. I am currently trying to wrap up the final book in the series, so I might use this insight.

But I was flagging, and it shows.

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Review – Play

Review – Play

A Brutal Review of Play

With Play, I continued the Barnstorming saga. However, I started to run out of things to say.

Background

To continue the Barnstorming series, I had to give Dana and the rest of the gang something to do. The main invention was a fake Tellarite game called Kreesta. I wanted the most ridiculous kind of a sport imaginable. Hence Kreesta is a cross between competitive eating and table tennis. And yes, it is just as messy and undignified as you are probably thinking.

Plot

Play is the second story in the Star Trek TNG/ENT Crossover series, Barnstorming. The story follows Dana MacKenzie and her traveling sports team, as Martin Madden investigates a mysterious phenomenon. The story, at its end, sets up a crossover with ENT and with the Times of the HG Wells series.

Music

The story does not have any major music or musical themes.

Story Postings

Rating

The story has a K rating.

Upshot

The real problem with this story is the one for the entire series. I was horribly burned out and so the ideas did not come as freely as before. In addition, I was ready to write a lot more wholly original works, full-time. This meant taking time away from truly developing this story line. And then at the end, I copped out in a lot of ways, and dovetailed into the old family.

That is because I essentially grabbed the first canon character I could think of who could work, and I made him the anchor character. Martin Madden is the initial anchor character, but then Rick Daniels becomes the secondary. As a result, the story line got increasingly muddled and weird. And then it took a left turn into time travel, but that did work to fix a hole in the Wells series. So, yay? Maybe?

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Progress Report – Second Quarter 2018

Progress Report – Second Quarter 2018

Progress Report – Second Quarter 2018

The Second Quarter 2018 brought more changes. Because I am not posting much new works, its main purpose was to post the older pieces.

Posted Works

Barking up the Muse Tree | Janet Gershen-Siegel | jespah | Quill | Second Quarter 2018
First of all, on Wattpad, I posted Inside Information (more information below) as a part of Later Days. I then swung into the Eriecho series, with Release, Beats, Double Helix, The Mundane World, Recessive, A Gathering, and Across the Universe. I then posted The Puzzle and Theorizing, both as standalone stories. My next foray was going to be into the E2 timeline, with Reflections Down a Corridor. However instead I went with the Barnstorming series, starting with The All-Stars of course.

And on Fanfiction.net, I posted the Hold Your Dominion series in its entirety. That consists of Hold Your Dominion, Smash Your Dominion, Good-Bye, and Wider than the Sargasso Sea. And then I moved onto Mixing It Up, posting Freak School, Report Card, D’Storlin, The Reptile Speaks, Insecurity, Losin’ It, Truth, and Transported. I added Alien Encounter, Milk, and The Black Widow to this collection as they don’t really fit in anywhere else. And I then got caught up by posting Inside Information. I posted Coffee and Siberians as a separate Voyager Collection. Then I started the Barnstorming series, with The All-Stars, and then moving along to Play. I also posted, as a standalone, Inside Information.

Milestones

See the Stats page for individual read and review counts.

WIP Corner

There really isn’t anything in progress. Inside Information was completely unexpected. However, because I’ve started Barnstorming, I need to finish Overtime. So I did some work on that and moved it along. I can see how I’ll finally end it.

Prep Work

On the WattNaNo profile, I added to WattNaNo’s Top Picks for 2018.

This Month’s Productivity Killers

Work got worse. Basically, while I am grateful to have a job, I am also alternating between boredom and stressed panic. Some of that boredom is my own fault; I take responsibility for it. I would just like a little more balance. But I’m sure we all would.

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Progress Report – First Quarter 2018

Progress Report – First Quarter 2018

The first quarter 2018 was a time to kick start my creativity into high gear. I spent the time writing, brainstorming, gathering inspiration, and editing. I was very productive. And it helped for trying to create the habit of doing something related to writing every single day.

Posted Works

Barking up the Muse Tree | Janet Gershen-Siegel | jespah | Quill | First Quarter 2018
First of all, on Wattpad, I continued to post He Stays a Stranger. I then swung into the Deep Future collection. This meant that I posted It’s Not Really a Reset if You Remember ItThe Sweetest UniverseCalendar Turning Event #3111, Happy Stuff 3111, Mirror Masquerade, Meeting of the Minds, I Do Again, I Do Again (and Again), and Timeless.

I shifted back and posted Gratitude and Dear Captain. I also posted Theorizing and The Puzzle as standalone works.

And on Fanfiction.net, I posted in the Deep Future collection and added Meeting of the Minds, Timeless, I Do Again, and I Do Again (and Again).  Then I shifted, as the ENT stories are pretty much played out there, and posted Crackerjack. I also posted, as a Barnstorming collection although the real Barnstorming stories won’t be there for a few months, Imprecision, Overture, You Make Me Want to Scream,, Loss, and It’s a Small Universe After All. In addition, I swung into two TOS-era Hall of Mirrors stories, That’s Not My Name and It Had to Be You.

My next stop on Fanfiction.net was a hop to Eriecho. I posted Release, Beats, Double Helix, Recessive, The Mundane World, A Gathering, and Across the Universe.

Finally, on the G & T Show forums, I posted nothing as there is still nothing there and there may never be again. Ah, well. I suppose that’s for the best.

Milestones

See the Stats page for individual read and review counts.

WIP Corner

Because I am not creating anymore Star Trek fan fiction, my works in progress are all wholly original works. I spent a lot of time writing short stories to stay sharp.

Prep Work

In addition, I worked on a number of smaller ideas and I may have come up with the plot for my 2018 NaNo novel! Hint: it will be set in the Obolonks universe but it will be a lot like the Times of the HG Wells series. I may rename that series; it may turn out to be more like Boston Meg Precinct or the like. Plus there’s also the third book in the Real Hub of the Universe trilogy. However, I am still working out the ending for that one.

This Month’s Productivity Killers

So it was work and the weather! While I work from home, frigid temperatures meant spending time running the car to keep the battery from wearing down. And snow of course meant shoveling.

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Progress Report – December 2017

Progress Report – December 2017

December 2017, like pretty much the entirety of 2017, meant no need Star Trek fan fiction but a lot of other writing.

Posted Works

Barking up the Muse Tree | Janet Gershen-Siegel | jespah | Quill | December 2017
First of all, on Wattpad, I posted the remainder of Shake Your Body and then started He Stays a Stranger.

And on Fanfiction.net, I posted the rest of Eight and then went back to Deep Future to post The Sweetest UniverseCalendar Turning Event #3111, and Happy Stuff 3111. I also posted Mirror Masquerade as a separate story.

Finally, on the G & T Show forums, I posted nothing as none of that has settled down yet. I have no idea whether the show will come back or change or anything of the sort. Since there have not been any forums for quite some time, it seems silly to even consider it.

Milestones

See the Stats page for individual read and review counts.

WIP Corner

I continue to work on Mettle. I already won NaNoWriMo so it was time to continue and get some finesse in there. My main goals are to edit both it and The Real Heart of the Universe, and start to get the final story in the Hub series outlined if not off the ground in 2018 (possibly for NaNoWriMo). I still don’t quite have a name for that last one. It might be something like The Real Power of the Universe although I confess I would prefer a word starting with ‘H’ for the third word in the title. That word might turn out to be ‘honor’.

Prep Work

Next year, I will only be writing these progress posts at the end of every quarter. It strikes me as being far easier and more interesting to have more to report. Plus I have no idea if anyone even reads these any more.

This Month’s Productivity Killers

Work and the holidays, mainly. The end of the last quarter of the year is always strange and a mixture of people goofing off plus people working like dogs to get everything done so that they can goof off.

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Personal, or, Thank You to Fan Fiction

Thank You to Fan Fiction

Thank you.

Thank you for your kind support.

And thank you from me.

To you, the readers. To the professionals who create this great show, and to anyone who has stumbled across my blog and my work, even if you didn’t care for it.

Thank you anyway.

An Announcement

But now it’s time to scale back, big time.

Because I just cannot do this anymore.

This does not mean I stop posting! Oh, no. It’s more that a monthly blog post and even the twice weekly posts are just not going to happen anymore. Not unless things change rather drastically in my life. And I would rather they did not.

So, what does this mean, really?

The Future

Life has changed for me, big time. If you have been following my journey at all, then you will have seen how I grew from someone who could not wait to fling fan fiction goodness out to the ether, to someone with writer’s block. And a published author as well. And an avid NaNoWriMo participant as well.

I also got a job in there. In January, I will have been blogging here for six years. Holy cow! I think I’ve only worked at a job once for longer than that, no lie.

So I was bound to change. And here is how things are changing.

My Blogging Plans

It will take a lot – and I mean A LOT – for me to write any more fan fiction of any sort. It’s not that I don’t care for it. I love it! But I’ve grown beyond it.

However, there is still plenty to post at both Fanfiction.net and Wattpad. I will run out of new fanfiction to post at FF.net long before I run out on Wattpad. So I estimate I will finish on FF.net this year. As for Wattpad, maybe in 2019? I’m not sure.

Hence this blog will scale back to only once every quarter for these progress updates. I’ll have more to write about per post, which should presumably be of more interest. And I will be able to save some time.

Some musings on creativity

I have written well over a million words of fan fiction (I haven’t tallied up every single story but I will). That’s a lot of words. However, writers are often told that our first million or so words are garbage. I had written perhaps a total of 100,000 before I got to Star Trek fan fiction writing, so I like to think I hit my stride right about the time 2014 or 2015 started.

This is just about when Untrustworthy was accepted for publication, so I suppose that works. I also wrote Revved Up during this period, and I revisited the Obolonks and continued and finished their story. I even went to graduate school and created a Facebook author page.

As for fan fiction, that was about the time that I mainly worked on the Barnstorming series with a few short stories in the HG Wells universe but nothing else and that’s pretty much the way it’s been ever since.

Original Work

Untrustworthy isn’t really the gold standard, but it was published so there’s that. I truly think I have gotten better and I can really see the seams in that work now.  One thing that has proved fascinating is that folks from Europe seem to prefer it. Perhaps I should market it there more aggressively.

The Obolonks could use an overhaul. I know that trilogy drags in spots. The Enigman Cave has been professionally edited – and that was kind of costly – so I would like to get it out there, somewhere. I may end up self-publishing that one. A big thank you to Roberta, the best editor in the multiverse.

The Real Hub of the Universe is a good series but it needs an ending. And Mettle needs an ending, too. But those are both far better. If I shop another story to publishers, it will be either Mettle or I will try for the Hub series. We’ll see.

2018 Writing Plans

I fully intend to change the way I write and submit. To that end, these are my plans although work and life might derail them, and they probably will.

  • Write like for NaNoWriMo every odd-numbered month, and keep a tally. These would be short stories and longer form pieces.
  • Write like Ray Bradbury, which is – you just get out 2,000 words or so every single day no matter how you’re feeling. Fortunately, I have a jar of writing ideas and a ton of prompts. This would, again, only be during the odd-numbered months.
  • Spend the even-numbered months doing all the ancillary stuff – editing, researching, querying, and promoting.
  • Cultivate more beta readers and work closely with them. I have a few but what I would really love is a writing partner, someone who I can trade with regularly. But those can be a lot like a marriage. It’s not easy to find a writing soulmate, as it were.
  • Get something else professionally edited, and that something is probably going to be Mettle if I can get it finished and beta read. If not, then I might get started on the Hub series. I’m not sure.
  • Get together a great 2018 NaNoWriMo book. That might turn out to be the third Hub book.

Apple Carts Were Meant to Be Upset

Yeah, about all those plans? Who knows how well I’ll be able to do any of them.

Work is reportedly going to go a lot closer to full-time. I have been enjoying only working about 20 – 25 hours per week but that may have to change.

My other issue is family stuff, and to see what happens with my elderly parents and mother in law. Of course I am hoping for the best all around.

As for my own health, it’s better than it was a few years ago.

Possibilities

This is where I leave you – temporarily – with possibilities. My next post will be the progress report for this month, and then nothing until the end of March. Onward and sideways. Or as characters have said:

  • “Let’s go steal from the nuns.” – Elise Jeffries, Mettle.
  • “We communicate in stories. And so I want to tell you this one.” – Marnie Shapiro, The Enigman Cave.
  • “Have courage, Ceilidh Aisling. Muster up those reserves from when you first left for America.” – Ceilidh O’Malley, The Real Heart of the Universe.

See you soon.

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Review – Untrustworthy

Review – Untrustworthy

Background

Untrustworthy - Barking Up the Muse Tree

Untrustworthy

Untrustworthy is my first-ever published novel. Much like Reversal, it begins with a dream. And that makes perfect sense, as a dream inspired it.

Plot

As Tathrelle begins the part of her life related by the story, the reader sees flashbacks of what seems like a dream and then seems like an earlier existence. However, the older life gets cut short in favor of the new. Tathrelle’s life, instead, centers around her wife Ixalla, and the children they are about to have.

The Cabossians, a species made up by me, can have children in any combination, so long as both parties are fertile. Hence both mpreg and all varieties of marriage (same- and mixed-sex) figure in the plot.

Furthermore, Tathrelle’s new job drives a lot of the action, as she has won an election and represents the people in what obviously starts off as a military dictatorship. Also, in the background, a disembodied voice tells the people what to do. The first statements come out more as helpful hints and requests, such as to thank the public transportation driver or set the thermostat to a particular setting.

But that’s all about to change.

Music

The inspirational song for this book is Bastille’s Pompeii. Years later, and I am still incapable of hearing the song without thinking of the book, and vice versa.

Story Postings

Unlike any other works in this blog (as of now), this story is for sale and is not truly ‘posted’ anywhere. Even on the NaNoWriMo site, all you can find is a short snippet.

Rating

The story is Rated T.

Upshot

Without giving away more of the plot, I think the story is okay but the truth is, I have written better since then. However, it is a great first effort for publication. Furthermore, I feel it works in some ways to get me into the publishing game, but then what? I feel the book was promoted pretty well but not very well. I know it has more reviews than a lot of other indie works, but not as many as others. Sales come few and far between.

In the meantime, I write about different things. Can Untrustworthy serve as an entree for diverse works such as the space opera of The Enigman Cave, the science fiction detective stories in The Obolonk Murders and its two sequels, the Victorian urban fantasy of The Real Hub of the Universe and its two sequels, or the odd science fiction dystopia of Mettle?

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Portraits of Characters – The Saviors of the Vulcan Race

Portraits of Characters – The Saviors of the Vulcan Race

Portraits of Characters – The Saviors of the Vulcan Race

Julie Parker, one of the saviors of the Vulcan Race

Julie Parker, one of the saviors of the Vulcan Race (image of Halle Berry is provided for educational purposes only)

The Vulcan Race is saved by a lot of people. Because I have already covered Jack Shaw, Julie Parker, and Theo Carter, I won’t go into them again. Eriecho and her kind have other benefactors.

Origins

Portrayals

  • First of all, Bruce Kimura – I see Ninomiya Kazunari as him, to dovetail with both Takashi Kimura (Hoshi‘s canon husband) and Bruce Ishikawa, Deirdre Katzman‘s boyfriend and eventual husband.
  • Takara Kimura – I see Zhang Ziyi as her, to dovetail with Takara Sato Masterson, but also Marie Helêne Archer from the E2 timeline, Takara Kimura (Hoshi and Takashi’s daughter), and the cloned women, Trea Hoshi, Trea Aqili, and Trea Mirana.
  • In addition, Angela Righetti – I see Elisabetta Canalis as her, thereby dovetailing with Gina Righetti Nolan, who is her descendant.
  • Leah Robinson – I see Mayim Bialik as her, to dovetail with Leah Benson and World War III soldier Phyllis Benson.

Also mentioned in the series:

  • T’Moona does not have an associated actress as she is only mentioned and never seen. I use this name (which means ‘picture’ in Hebrew) for Sybok‘s mother.
  • Finally, Vir’ajen – I see Colin Ford as this young Suliban boy.

Personalities

Bruce Kimura, Takara Kimura, Angela Righetti, and Leah Robinson mainly work as big-hearted volunteers. With the Vulcan race near extinction, they volunteer their homes and bodies. This task would be difficult even under the best of circumstances, but teaching a child to not really have emotions when the adoptive parents do? That would be an uphill climb.

Furthermore, with Bruce and Takara raising Ambassador Sarek‘s son, Selek (a shout-out to the Animated Series), they would have to take even greater care. Their second child (for they are doing this twice) turns out to rather conveniently be Sollastek‘s. As for Leah, she’s carrying Eriecho‘s child.

Relationships

The only marriage is Bruce and Takara Kimura. Angela Righetti and Leah Robinson are both single.

Mirror Universe

Because these characters come from the Eriecho series (and, therefore, the Kelvin timeline), their development differs from the prime timeline. Does this mean they can’t have counterparts? Not necessarily, although the odds seem to diminish. After all, even counterparts within the prime timeline should be rare. Also, the Kelvin/Nero/Jellyfish kick back in time probably only happened on one side of the pond. Hence the possibility falls drastically.

Quotes

  • Angela Righetti:  “I’m the only one in my area, but there are others on Proxima. We used to get together, yanno, tea and cake and complain about your swollen ankles, that kinda thing. We even had a baby shower for one girl. I forget what she really named her baby. But it wasn’t – isn’t – being used. I saw them not too long ago, and she called the kid Maureen.”
  • Takara Kimura: “It’s over a year. It’s worth it and I love Selek. But I wonder, you know, how is he gonna grow up? I mean, really? I mean, these kids are all supposed to have Vulcan names, but you know there are people who just give them a Vulcan name, but they’re called something else at home. And how the hell is this crowd gonna accept a Vulcan who’s used to being called Butch or Missy?”
  • Bruce Kimura: “And this is Selek. We came in from Lafa II. We’re on our second.”
  • Leah Robinson: “Well, they want to raise these kids as Vulcans. I guess I can’t really blame ‘em, except I don’t think anybody really thought it all through. I mean, in less than a decade, a few thousand kids will be separated from the only family they’ve ever known. It doesn’t seem right, as I think about it.”

Upshot

To save an endangered species, a million things must happen, and that’s for non-sentient ones. But what about for a sentient species? And what about the fellowship of the Federation itself? I went with surrogate mothers and adoptive-style families because, to my mind, they made more sense than a lot of genetic engineering and artificial wombs. This also, of course, ended up as one of the drivers of Eriecho’s own story.

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