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Dream A Little Dream of Me - With Winscenario (James T. Kirk) - Adult content warning.
We Just Wanted A Nice Night Alone - With Winscenario (James T. Kirk) - Adult content warning.
Intimate Bathing - With Winscenario (James T. Kirk)
We'll be born again, again, and again - With Kosu (Spock)
Soulmates - With Intrepiding (James T. Kirk)
Hurt/Comfort - With Kosu (Spock) & Winscenario (James T. Kirk)
Secretly Married - With Kosu (Spock)
Snowfall - With Winscenario (James T. Kirk) & Kosu (Spock)
Meme of Firsts
Sensory Deprivation - With Admiral Pike (captainpike)
Little Steps
On the road again! - With punch_it (Captain Jane Kirk)
Shut Up, This Is My Jam - Kosu (Spock)
Nursed Back To Health
Ghost Hunting - borrowyourcoat (Rose Marshall)
Bodyguard - thecanarylives (Sara Lance)
Random Scenario - theycalledmeacurse (Rogue)
Little Steps - theycalledmeacurse (Rogue)
Horror Tropes - scales_and_silence (Alex)
Be My Therapist
Nursed Back To Health - thecanarylives (Sara Lance)
Confessions - punch_it (Captain Jane Kirk)
Body Heat - thecanarylives (Sara Lance) and Winscenario (James T. Kirk)
Picture Prompts
Sick Day - theycalledmeacurse (Rogue)

OOC: Plurk

Mar. 27th, 2017 12:07 pm
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I've had a few people ask me over the past couple of months if I have a Plurk account.  Figured I should probably get my old self up to speed with the times and finally give it a try.  If you're at all interested, I can be found under the username k_nic.  The userpic should be a dead giveaway.  As always, you can still reach me on DW PM.  Thanks!
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1.  Trips to radiology with your eyes closed are hell's special roller coaster ride.

2.  There are two types of people who work the ER:  funny/caring/gentle and those who see you as a set of symptoms.

3.  When the nurse asked you "So you're telling me after all that pain medication, there's been no change?", it shouldn't take you 24 hours to realize they never got around to actually giving it to you.

4.  "Dumber than a box of rocks" is a legitimate answer to "how are you feeling?" 
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As far as dreams went, it really couldn't get any better.  No alarm.  Comfortable sheets.  A quietness that enveloped the room.  A separateness from the world and all its responsibilities.  An arm flung over his torso and the perfect fit of a beautiful woman snuggled up behind him.  He felt a toe play lazily with the length of his achilles tendon and fingers splay flat across his chest.  

Then he realized he wasn't actually dreaming at all.  He opened his eyes to the familiar surroundings of his quarters, laying uncharacteristically on his side.  Marie's breathing had formed a warm spot between his shoulder blades.  A contented sound escaped him as he reached to cover her hand with his own. 
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I mentioned I had a hard time envisioning Urban as a hitman.  My other half laughed at me and sat me down to watch RED.  Yeah, we may have watched it more than once.  And then the sequel.  Which was lacking in Karl but still fantastic.

"Yeah, I got this.   Grandpa." 
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The conversation with Jim that followed his discussion with Spock proved to be far less aggravating than he expected. They agreed to resolve the matter off the record once he was feeling better. But the time spent up and about, even if it was to his office to sit at his desk, hadn't done him any good. Just as he and Jim were finishing up, M'Benga had popped his head in to lay down the law. He'd spent an extra day in Sickbay because of it.

Sleeping in his own bed was a vast improvement. Being a patient in his own work space was too much like lounging on the job. In his own quarters, he could chew on his chaotic thoughts and recuperate in private.

When he wasn't silently cursing his own uncooperative body, he was thinking about Spock and the all too short encounter they'd had in his office. Truth be told, he'd spent a lot of time thinking about her lately. He owed her an apology for losing his temper, if nothing else.
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"Sarek" by A.C. Crispin holds a unique place in my collection.  I've only read it once.  Alongside its peers with broken spines, pages falling out, and damaged covers, it stands out.  I bought it new and sat down to read it cover to cover.  I've meant to reread it but just haven't gotten back to it.  I don't honestly remember much about the plot.  Set sometime after the last TOS movie, it mainly involves the Romulans.  What struck me about "Sarek" was the beautiful thread woven through it that tells the history of Sarek and Amanda.  She passes away in this book and although the novel carries her husband's name, large chunks of the book consist of her journal entries and thus, her voice is dominant.  Sarek reads her entries and as an audience, we're treated to his flashbacks.  The relationship between Spock and Sarek is also touched upon but I don't remember it being particularly pretty.   A must read for any fan of Spock's parents. 
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"Spock's World" by Diane Duane is a must read for any TOS fan.   The hardback cover art portrays Spock in a TMP uniform with Vulcan in the background.  The story itself is most assuredly set post TMP based on the dialogue and ease of familiarity that has returned to the big three.  Vulcan stands on the eve of a great debate.  Remain or depart from the Federation?  Tension builds as each character takes their turn debating for or against, as the reader bears witness to Vulcan of old, as a sinister plot is uncovered.  

It's really a very cerebral story with many aspects I adore.  Sarek, Amanda, T'Pau, and T'Pring all return.  Bones plays a pivotal roll in both investigating and arguing.  What it means to be a Vulcan it explored.  The fact that not all Vulcans are unified in their thinking is highlighted.  Rich descriptions of the Vulcan home world and its history are beautifully intertwined into the story.  

And of course it gave us one of my favorite all time Bones quotes:

"Dammit... when did I last turn down an argument with a Vulcan?  I can hardly pass up one with the whole planet."
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Fireworks woke him at five a.m. New Year's Day. 

Who the hell sets off fireworks first thing in the morning?  It was the first conscious thought that crossed his mind as he sat up straighter in the bedside chair.  Rolling his shoulders brought to life all the aches and pains he expected to feel after a long night of nodding off while upright.  He briefly massaged his forehead then rubbed at his burning eyes.  In the bed before him, the subject of his nocturnal vigil slept on undisturbed.  The tips of her ears were still bright with fever but the expression on her face was peaceful.

He considered closing his eyes again and going back to sleep.  Until another round of firecrackers exploded outside.  "Morons," he muttered, shaking his head.  He rose, stretched, and went downstairs in search of coffee.

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Her readings were in the toilet, the lowest he'd ever seen them.   His professional mind told him this was normal and to be expected when it came to a Vulcan healing trance.  Another less rational part of his brain sent his heart racing every time he glanced at the display above her bed or at her unnaturally still features.  It made for an uneasy wait.   The wound in her side was nearly healed though so he knew the remainder of that wait would be short.   It was a small consolation as his worry kept him company.

M'Benga and Chapel had both tried to relieve him to no avail.  He forced himself to keep busy but stayed close by, checking regularly.
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A very merry Christmas to those of you celebrating and a happy New Year!   A big thank you to those of you I've rp'd with the last few months.  You've brought light to a darker than normal year.  May your 2017 rock like a rockin' thing.  :)
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"The Kobayashi Maru" by Julia Ecklar, not to be confused with the ENT novel with a similar title, is really a simple little story. 

Kirk, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, and Bones are facing a no-win scenario.  They're stuck in space on a fried shuttle with no way to get home and no way to communicate.  So what do you do when you have time to kill?  Tell stories of course!  Each in turn (minus Bones) takes a round to share their Kobayashi Maru experience.  Their collective experiences end up being the key to solving their current no-win scenario. 

Formulaic?  Yeah, probably.  But that doesn't necessarily detract from the story.  You know as a reader they're not going to die but the author does a wonderful job of creating and sustaining tension.  The dialog is very much in character as are too the mannerisms.  (I find some novels get one or the other but not both.)  You get a glimpse of Kirk's anxiety over possibly facing a real no-win scenario and the uncertainty that comes with command.  The individual backstories are also fun and varied in tone. 

How many time have I reread it?  Too many times to count. 

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This is the book that started it all.  My folks were having a garage sale one weekend when I was kid so I decided to wander through the things they were selling.  I found "Strangers From The Sky" in the collection of books.  My reaction was immediate.  "There's Star Trek BOOKS?!?!  NO WAY!"  Needless to say, I ran off with it and from there on out, pestered my parents about taking me to the local bookseller.  If there was one, there had to be more.  Sure enough there were. 

Beyond being the first Star Trek I ever owned/borrowed/stole, it too cemented this idea I spoke of in another post.  If Kirk and Spock were at each other's side, all was right with the world.  Bones is also part of this equation and this book highlights that nicely.  It helped form my concepts of trust, familiarity, and concern that the big three had for each other.  One unit, three persons, intricately intertwined. 

Here's a small excerpt:

"Spock reached within, took up the silver thread that linked his mind with Jim's.  Those whose minds had touched and been touched were given this.  Spock searched, found no immediate external danger to the human he so valued.  he might have probed deeper to the unconscious levels, but to do so without permission was a grave breach of Vulcan privacy.  Were he needed, he would know.  Jim Kirk's voice had called to him from across a galaxy once before, drawing him from the reaches of Kohlinahr, and he had answered.  He would do so again."

The back cover does a decent job of capturing the essence of the story:
"IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: United at last after countless years of warfare, humanity turns toward the stars.  But when an alien spacecraft crashlands in the South Pacific bearing visitors from another world - The Vulcans - Earth must decide whether to extend the hand of friendship, or the fist of war...

While in the distant future, horrible dreams torment Admiral James T. Kirk, dreams prompted by his reading of STRANGERS FROM THE SKY, a book about the historic first contact.  Dreams of an alternate reality where he somehow changed the course of history - and destroyed the Federation before it began!" 

Written in the late 80s, the story of course predates the TNG movie that gives you a glimpse of the same event and the ENT episode that deals with the same first contact scenario.  Lots of h/c in this one with Bones first diagnosing Kirk's behavior as a problem and then defending him against his peers.  Also, Spock is instrumental in both discovering the nature of the problem and then helping his friend solve it.  Also, lots and lots of Vulcan backstory.   How many time have I reread it?  Too many to count.

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So... I shamelessly admit I stole the cover image of this book off of ebay images.  Where someone was trying to sell it for $800.  I had a good, hard laugh.  Why would someone try and sell it for that much?  Well... "Killing Time" came into being and quickly fell into controversy.  It started out (apparently) as an intended K/S fanzine submission but instead became a Pocket released novel.  The first 150,000 copies released featured an unedited version, a printing mistake.  The mistake was quickly discovered and the edited version soon took its place.  I didn't find this all out until I was an adult.  I picked up my bruised and battered copy in a used book store when I was a kid.  Is it worth $800?  I don't really think so.  Would I sell my copy if someone offered me $800?  Probably not. 

In an alternate universe, Spock is captain and Kirk is a troubled ensign.  Characterizations are... ho-hum.  But get better as the story progresses.  What did I enjoy about it and why do I keep it?  I got it into my head (again as a kid) that all was right with the world if Kirk was captain and Spock was at his side, a steadfast friend.  Inseparable.  Holding a unique place in each others lives.  Places that couldn't be filled by anyone else.  Like old Spock says in Star Trek (2009)... "a friendship that would define you both".  This book helped form and cement that concept.  I didn't have slash glasses on when I read it but looking back now I can see the controversy.  The second edition is less overt.  

If you'd like to read more about the background, google it.  Commentary on the first edition is more available than the book itself.  Which of course can be found online as a pdf:  https://7chan.org/lit/src/Della-van-Hise-Killing-Time-1st-ed.pdf 

Also (as a fanfiction aside), if you enjoy a K&S reversal of roles, Gloria's T'Varon Chronicles are a fun read:  http://www.arigol.plus.com/tvaronin.htm

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Star Trek + A Murder Mystery = Two of my favorite genres all wrapped up into one book.  I'm starting this review series with my favorite Star Trek book of all time.  "The Vulcan Academy Murders" is a fast, approachable read by Jean Lorrah.  Much like "Spock's World", it provides a valuable look at Vulcan society and social mores.  Lorrah creates several new and compelling characters in this book, both Vulcan and Human, and the interactions between them offer wonderful insight.  Woven throughout the social aspects is a simplistic murder mystery with Kirk set as the lead investigator.  The perpetrator is fairly easy to spot but doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment.  There's enough twists and turns to keep the story moving, the action is enjoyable, and the characterizations of the big three remain in keeping.  How many times have I reread it?  Too many times to count.

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An Introduction

I got to talking with Kosu about Star Trek novels and commented I could provide plenty of recommendations.   There are so many wonderful books out there and I have a ton of them sitting on my bookshelf.  I used to religiously purchase anything the bore the name Star Trek.  I've gotten rid of a lot of those books over the years but my favorites still remain.  Not all were created equal (or interesting).  I am of course biased when it comes to fulfilling my own desires.  I prefer TOS over anything else.  I could never get into Enterprise (as much as I wanted to).  And I think Voyager had potential but came up short, especially in the character development department.  DS9 and TNG are shiny jewels but for massively different reasons.  My favorite characters are Kirk, Spock, and Bones.  I love a good mystery and enjoy some h/c if the setting is appropriate.  I hate drama in real life but find it necessary in story form.  Without some conflict, there isn't much to read.  Having said all this-

"Fictionally Speaking" is a look at the ST books I kept and why.  

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