A Bucket List...Without The List

Well, here it is the end of May and I just finished up principal writing for my next novel, Star Trek Renegades: The Judas War. After a really slow start the first of the year, I was able to break through and pour it on this month, ending up with what I think is a pretty kick-butt Star Trek story. I have a little work in front of me to touch it up before I’m ready to send it off for editing and I’m not quite prepared to launch into writing the follow up novel just yet. But since I need to write something, I figure after 8 months without a blog post, it’s about time for a new one, right? Honestly, to be fair, I did write a guest blog for Star Trek Renegades: For The Love of Trek, back in April, entitled “Down the Temporal Wormhole.”

If you haven’t read it, here’s your chance to get a little glimpse into why Trek is such a big part of my life, even today. Right HERE.

Anyway, since my last post, the past 8 months have been a wild ride, to say the least. Going from full-time employment to a fully commission-based HR job is a transition, and not altogether an easy one. I’ve had bad days, great days, tumultuous times, and other times that have been rather pleasantly surprising. If you asked me last fall where I thought my career would be today, writing or otherwise, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I suddenly find myself. It’s quite true that sometimes you think you know where life is going and suddenly, you’re just hanging on for the ride.

And what a ride it’s been.

You know, to backtrack a tad, when I first envisioned a blog for my website, I had some ideas to kick out regarding specific writing topics. I still do. As a matter of fact, I have one blog post that’s been in the can and ready to go for the past 9 months or so, about writing combat and action. It was more of an informative post, designed to help newer writers get through something that sometimes can be rather daunting, even if you’re good at it. One of these days, I might even post it. But at the moment, most of my writing attention is on Star Trek. It has been something I grew up with and today, it has become a rather important and integral part of my life.

As you know, I was tapped to write the novel for Star Trek: Renegades. What originally was the chance to write the novelization for the Renegades movie that released last fall, has turned into an opportunity to write all the novels across the Renegades spectrum. That includes the novelization of the original movie, the novelization of Requiem, which is due to release late this year, and a pair of canon-creating novellas to set up the Renegades universe. The first one, as I mentioned early, has been completed.

Along the writing journey, I had the opportunity a couple months ago to write a storyboard for Requiem—yes, the upcoming movie. In the end, some of my work was used as the basis for Tim Russ (Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager) to write the script for Requiem. I’ve seen the final shooting script. Yeah, some of my blood is flowing through that. And it’s a good feeling.

And now, here we are today, with the biggest bomb of all. I just received my travel confirmation and I will be flying out to Burbank, California in June to be on set for the shoot of Star Trek Renegades: Requiem. Not only will I get to be a part of this whole wonderful project and meet with the actors (Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, Nichelle Nichols, Adrienne Wilkinson, and more), but I’ll actually get to act right alongside them. Yep, my first (and probably only) Hollywood appearance will be as an extra in the movie. I have been cast as an alien, so I have zero idea what I’m going to look like.

A Horta, maybe?

Heck, they could trot me out as an Orion slave girl and I would be like, "it just doesn’t get any better than this." Thankfully, for everyone that will ever see the movie, as well as my own sanity, Orion slave girl isn't in my acting future. But something is; I just don't know what yet.

Can you say Bucket List items? Heck, I didn’t even know I had these things ON my Bucket List. You don't wake up one day and say "OK, I'm ready to become a part of a universe I have revered all my life. Where's my list?" I feel like Charley Bucket (see what I did there?) from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and my Golden Ticket looks like this.

That’s actually a golden pizza cutter, but it looks awesome. That, by the way, is now on my bucket list. Yes, a golden Star Trek pizza cutter. Until about 30 minutes ago, I was unaware that such an item existed. Now it’s a must have.

So, with visions of the Enterprise slicing through enemy pizza, I’ll close this blog post and set the timer for another one sometime down the road, maybe even by the end of the year. And in doing so, I’ll leave you with something that I have begun to learn over the past few months.

…even if you don’t know what’s on it.

Live Long and Prosper.


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