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3-4-All #015 Blog as a Character – Transitions

Captain’s Log Star-date 67463.6

Admiral Jespah XV & Miranda Fave has just sent through new orders, which can be viewed by any of the crew USS False Bill at: –

After some debate I have decide to ask Admiral Emmylou Galyaski of Starbase USS Ganges to respond on my behalf, as Captain Lily seems to have acquired a two day R&R pass from someone.

Private Log Star-date 84009.83

Dear Diary,

How are you? Me? Oh I’m much the same as yesterday only that the mysterious non-corporeal force known only as FalseBill appeared in my office this morning and proceeded to set me the task of answering some questions for him least he do something nasty to myself and the station personnel under my command.

However the questions aren’t the easiest, so I’ve got the whole USS Ganges Command Crew to help out. I attached a recording of this morning discussion on the questions.


Q1. How do you handle transitions?


Ike: That’s a bit of an open-end question to start with!

Jalke’i:  What sort of transitions? I mean I didn’t handle been transfer from the Station onto the Q skating ring that well.

Emmylou: No Jalke’i I don’t think that what the question is getting at.

Luxani: Traditionally non-corporeal life forms are more interested in emotional changes perhaps you should discuss one of your recent emotional transitions Admiral?

Emmylou: Which would you suggest Councillor?

Luxani: Well becoming a widow was a major transition—

Emmylou: Luxani, the lower cargo-store room does need an full deep clean and re-inventory by hand were you just volunteering?

Jalke’i: Why not try a happy transition instead, like meeting me for the first time

Senezqu: Happy transition, meeting you?

Jalke’i: Hey—

Emmylou: Number One, that is uncalled for!

Reqknor: Arresting Jalke’i and you Admiral for the first time in that Dixon Hill Holo-adventure was a happy transition for me.

Emmylou: Glad you enjoy that.

Ike: Was it the completing the holo-novel or the Admiral in handcuffs that did it for you then Reqknor?

Emmylou: Ike!

Senezqu: Mister Minorus, that ‘s a whole inappropriate question in a staff meeting.

Luxani: Yes we all know that it was Jalke’i in handcuffs that did it.

Emmylou: Councillor!

Senezqu: Shall I ask Dr. Chamze to scan the station for remaining traces of the cupid various Admiral?

Emmylou: Now that’s one transition I don’t want to be reminded of, when all my senior staff turned into a bunch of love-struck Romeo & Juliet’s and kept trying to romance me.

Senezqu: perhaps we should just answer, very badly?

Emmylou: yes the Answer to question one is very badly.


Q2. Do they frighten you? Inspire you? Sicken you? Amuse you?


Ike: Well that depends upon the transitions because it’s could be any of them.

Luxani: I do agree with you Ike.

Emmylou: fine that easy, Watching people reveal via transition to be a member of species 8472—

Senezqu: I believe it prefer to called them the Undine these days.

Emmylou: 8472 or Undine the tipeds infiltrators watching the reveal transitions is frightening what ever they’re called as a species.

Jalke’i: Well when you put your game face on that inspires me Admiral.

Ike: Jalke’i turning into the Admiral’s number one fan-girl–.

Luxani: Now Ike, you should book a session with me to discuss your problem with—

Emmylou: In the room, can you three take this off-line please?

Ike: Yes Admiral.

Senezqu: now watching those three face transition changes, when you tell them off does amuse me, Admiral.

Emmylou: A reminder I’ve still got a lower cargo-store room needing a full deep clean and re-inventory by hand, so be nice to each other.


Then my dear diary is when we got onto the awkward question with two parts to save my crew blushes I’ve only included the essential part of the conversation.

Q3. Tell us about a memorable transition: –

Q3a. One that went well?

Emmylou: Taking command of my first command the USS Trireme and get my eldest child Sophia to accept life in a starship nursery without a hiss-fit.

Jalke’i: Going from a happy-go luck cadet to a serious Starfleet ensign on graduating the academy.

Ike: A serious Starfleet ensign?

Jalke’i: Yes, hence why I’m the Admiral’s best personnel assistant.

Senezqu: My marriage to my beautiful Klingon bride Grilkasa, I want from a stuffy by the book officer to a more rounded individual, with a wider cultural appreciation.

Ike: More rounded Senezqu? I’m going to call Doctor Chamze now we clearly had a break out of a different strain of the cupid virus; everybody has gone lovesick and Delusional.

Luxani: You know cynicism doesn’t suit you Ike.

Emmylou: No but cleaning the lower storeroom does, we see you later Ike.

Ike: Yes Admiral.


Q3b. One that didn’t go so well?

Ike: having to go and clean the lower storeroom.

Luxani: Bye Ike.

Well diary I didn’t tell the senior officers but I know one of the worse transition I had to endure was the day I finally got my Scott, may he rest in peace, to admit and face up to his binge drinking problem. It was so hard going from a happy couple to one with miss-trust issues ever time alcohol was around, it took far too long to work our way through that issue. The only transition memory that was nearly as bad was back when I became the USS Atlantis X/O after the first battle of Cait and my first task was working out just who and how many friends and colleagues we lost in that failed Dominion assault, at least that horrid only last a day.

Bonus questions!

Let’s say you meet a character. It could be a canon person, or not. They might be from your universe, or not.

Dear Diary it’s me again now what on Earth does FalseBill mean by Canon person? I’ve consulted the Starfleet database and even the Federation interweb database and both are just drawing a blank, so I’ll just go with historical hero or heroine instead.

Well as soon as I said that change to the bonus questions, Jalke’i said she wanted to answer these questions, so over to Jalke’i

Thanks Admiral, the persons I most like to go back and meet so I could help them would be Prime Minister Kulei and Commodore Lily Fitzroy just before Centauran first contact with the Federation.


Q4. What would you tell them about a transition that they might be going through?

A4. Well I tell Kulei that she is leading the Centauran through it most important transition in its history, to have less faith in the old court and judges system and not listen to old myths and start first contact by provoking Lily via aggressive greetings.

I also tell Lily not to wear the formal uniform hat to the meeting with Kulei and go with a Vulcan hand salute rather than an Earth handshake.


Q5. How could you help them with it?

A5. Well having attending the Academy course on diplomacy and first contacts I’ve read and writing essay on both ladies biographies and have watched the classic Centauran film ‘Successful Failure’ as part of my first year at the academy. I understand


Q6. Would you help them?

A6. Screw the Temporal prime directive, I would offer both Kulei and Captain Lily Fitzroy my sage advice and experience to prevent the tragic misunderstanding that was Centauran First Contact.


Till next time XXX & OOO to you diary.

Admiral Emmylou Galyaski

USS Ganges

Blog #016 – End Of The Year Blog

Captain’s Log Star-date 67460.1

The USS False Bill is enjoying a rare break at space-dock and so we are now all in reflection mood and preparing for the forthcoming Hogmanay event. We have no orders or questions to answer from the Admiralty at the moment.


Private Log Star-date 67460.1

It hard to believe that it’s now 533 star days since stardate 66927.1 (or 198 days or so since the 17th June in the old earth calendar) when I first join the elite Ad Astra Captains Table. In that time I’ve learn more about the Federation, it allies and even its enemies.


I’ve met amazing fellow captains and their crews made new friends from around the Milky Way listen to their story and their morale dilemmas, their victories and sometimes their defeats.


I’m not sure what has been my favourite moment or story of these first six months but the favourite thing has been the kind and helpful productive atmosphere of the forums.

The regularly weekly free write, the grammar workshop and the monthly challenges that you’ve all help to make the forums as well as the archives something special and have helped me to explore my writing faults and my characters more believable.


This December I’ve seen the true spirit of Christmas as each C/O has created personal gifts of stories of story reviews for their fellow captains or offer sage advice in the Stuff the Stocking Forum set-up by Admiral SL Walker.


So thank you all, for all your advice what ever it has be. So all I can say for the next year is may it be better it all ways and —

Space: The final frontier

These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise

Its five-year mission

To explore strange new worlds

To seek out new life and new civilizations

To boldly go where no one has gone before.



False Bill

3-4-All Blog Prompt – Beginnings.

Well the NaNoWriMo anomaly is defeated for another year.

Anyway, no let up Admiral Jespah was sent more questions to answer ( so without further ado, l shall tackle them.

Let’s talk about beginnings—


Space: The final frontier

These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise

Its five-year mission

To explore strange new worlds

To seek out new life and new civilizations

To boldly go where no man one has gone before. 

Have all isn’t that how Star Trek begins? After all it from that simple phase first used in the 1960’s that all Star Trek grow out of. Hence why Enterprise series and Star Trek: into Darkness ends with it.


But you could equally argue that it was Gene pitch of “Wagon Train to the Stars!” which got Star Trek on to our TV’s and all of the later versions and series still trace their beginning back to those simple pitch.


Anyway onto the questions: –

Q1. First sentences, first kisses, first missions, etc. – what are some of your favorite ‘firsts’ on Ad Astra?

A1. That a tough question with a far to long answer so I try to get to the five first that spring to my mind in no particular order they are: –

1)    The very talented trekfan first date story for Seven and Paul, “I Don’t Want It To End” ( because this story is so sweet and it fair to say both characters remain believable and the date feel like the start of a real love affair rather than a force device.

2)    The next is the lean mean writing machine that we all know as Jespah and her First Eriecho story “Release” (, The one that introduces Eriecho to us, a Vulcan raise in prison unfairly for her whole life and only gets a pardon when Vulcan is destroy be Nero. A wonderful person who is trying so hard to fit in on the Vulcan camp on Mars.

3)    I wouldn’t be me if I did give one shout out to the wonderful Weekly Prompts thread on the forum (, where we get to meet so many wonderful characters for the first time and a variety of first draft of the great story that fill the Archive.

4)    Now a left field choice, the key first of the wonderful Ad Astra Forums the key Heya Everybody (introductions and all that) ( Since it the starting point for meeting and understanding the wonderful writers who appear in the Forums and across the archives.

5)    Okay my fifth choice is a little vain but it was my first story posted to the Ad Astra Archive, “Argonaut – Prime Minister Incident” ( the failed first contact by Captain Lily Fitzroy. A story born of a throw away line in one of my WFW stories over on the forum. To which I’m greatly indebt to Lil black Dog for helping me through getting from an alpha draft up to Ad Astra posting standard.


So that my five ‘first’ choices I could name many more featuring the great work of the usual regulars of Ad Astra.


Q2. What sorts of openings and firsts and premieres get you to keep reading?

A2. Um that a question I’m not sure I know the true answer, the best answer I can give is the openings are the ones with a hook. Whether the hook is the situation, the character or the overall plot mystery.


Bonus questions!

Q3. How do you convert blank pages and blank computer documents into works of art?

A3. By releasing the inner muse, then painstakingly adding one letter or one line at a time, as I chase and mark the muse fading patterns onto the chosen format.


Q4. How do you get first ideas?

A4. Any creative person least favorite question, I could claim I get them from the idea store like a certain professional writers claims when asked, but in truth, I don’t know. I get them from newspaper articles, dreams, what-if thoughts, or just a throwaway line in another WFW Forum story or in a song.

In short I’m an idea magpie, and I’ll take whatever ideas take my fancy and I think I can do justice to.


Q5. What gets you started, or re-started?

A5. The urge to escape this mundane world and imagine what it be like to soar between the stars to meet new civilizations and face alien challenges and see people who live up to the standards of real heroes and succeed.


Well that’s my two-penny worth’s on the topic of beginnings for you Admiral Jespah.

As always thanks for reading, and feel free to comment unless you a spammer in which case all phasers are now set to heavy stun.

False Bill