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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

Music & Writing – A reply

Well hailing frequencies are open again,

Well Admiral Jespah in her bunny suit, it’s apparently it’s in the new admirals uniform code, has issue new orders and wants answer to these questions, The orders can be reviewed here: –


So without further a do here we go, be warned thou you not in danger of entering the chaotic space region of my music taste, so set your deflectors and shields to full intensity. However thanks to the admiral I’m going to add some pretty pictures to this blog to try and liven it up, fingers crossed then.


There is no need for that face yet Carol!

Q1 Does music inspire you in your writing?

A1. Yes, I regularly have music on when I write, or when I’ve got writers block, I find it helps when I’m seeking for the clue to seek the way forward or the feel the heart of the moment of the current scene. Indeed I’ve music on now and *laughs* at self currently up on Itunes DJ is “The way I feel” by Mary Chapin Carpenter. This can be found for listening to on you-tube here: –


Q2 Do any characters have a song that just clicks for you?

Q2. So far the only character that has a song that does clicks for me is Lily Fitzroy. When I want to write her personnel down period during her punishment time teaching at the academy after the Centauran prime minister incident, I make a point of listening to Doug Supernaw singing ‘Carousel’ which can be heard on you-tube here: –


Shall we leave the comments about a British person, who listens to county music to one side for the moment? I don’t quite know why this songs connect, other that the sad feeling that something of past glories is missing and it seems to match the tone of those stories.

Actually know that I think of it Captain Douglas Gorrim Bug hunt in the WFW had the unofficial theme of Dougie MacLean Marching Mystery for the early part, which can be heard on you-tube here: –


(Apologizes this was the best clip I could find and the first 30 seconds or so on this youtube clip is a news article on the Lewis chessman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_chessmen) that inspired the song). Again I can’t quite draw the direct link but that my eccentrics mind for you.

Q3 Do any character relationships have songs (e. g. they’re playing our song)?

A3. Not yet, but somehow I feel when I get to review and write the key relationship in more depth, they will gain a song. Actually I’ve the feeling that Emmylou and Scott song will be Perfect 10 by the Beautiful South, which can be heard on youtube here: –


Though I know somehow that Scott did a very bad karaoke version of Dr. Hook & the medicine Men ‘When she cries” to Emmylou, yes it is also findable at you-tube here, well the proper version at any rate: –



Though as you can see I’ve got a top team work on a item relationship song.

Q4 Do lyrics inspire you?

A4. Yes, the Titan story in WFW #017, I was inspired by the lyrics from Queen the invisible me, you can find the story here: – http://forums.adastrafanfic.com/index.php?/topic/895-weekly-free-write-17-music-for-the-moment

For those who read that one, here’s Vic, showing even on DS9 songs matter!


Q5 Do rhythm, beats and instruments inspire? Is one genre preferred to another?

A5. O yes, all music inspires me, if you’ve not guess already from the ecliptically music choices covers so far, it doesn’t need words it just needs to speak to me, so no one genre is my preferred dominant one, you should see the fit my itunes has trying to organize my music taste into categories for genius mixes, and I write to them all.

Q6 Do any of your characters sing or play instruments?

Um I don’t honestly know, I’ve not written any of them doing either, my laws of averages one of them must, but I guess sucking at both myself, it not something I ever thoughts about my characters doings, perhaps I should start a ships band on the Argonaut and see which characters turn up? That is one for me to think about.

Q7 Do any of your stories or characters have play lists?

Q7.  Not yet bar the songs mention above, however I get the feeling a play list will develop for them in time.

Bonus questions!

Q8 Have you ever used music to set a scene or a mood?

Strangely no, which does surprise me, perhaps as side effect of my eclectic music taste, I’ve kind of assume no-one would recognize the songs, I guess in the current multi-media age that going to changes, as you only every a you-tube link away from most songs.

Q9 Do you feel it was successful?

Q9. Not applicable yet.

Since I’ve got no answer here a picture of Picard trying to play his alien pipe.


Q10 Have you read others’ musical connections to fan fiction?

Q10. Yes I’ve read the music links that turn up on Ad Astra Forums for the Multiverse II round robin.

Q11 Did the music help in your enjoyment of the piece(s), or did it detract?

Q11. Usually yes but occasional no. When the music fits the piece then I believe it greatly add to the story, but when it doesn’t fit my mood mind-set for the piece it can be a little jarring, which can sadly distract but then I suppose that true of professionally written and musically scored TV episodes as well.

Well that’s all for now.

Thanks for reading, or at least enjoying the pretty pictures.
I hope you enjoy the ride; you may lower your shields and deflectors now.

Till next time.