Chris, I was actually directing the living universe thing to Dayton3. I suppose mentioning who you're talking to is a good idea.
Also, I wouldn't be too ashamed of the sparks line. Sparks flying out of consoles is part of the Trek Canon, after all. Also, now that you mention it, I've never thought about how a person would go about depicting a space battle in a written medium. I'll have to use that as a creative writing exercises someday.
William Leisner wrote:
Sorry... she is cracking jokes and behaving with less than perfect decorum while on duty. She does, however, refrain from having sex on the bridge.
Well, we've only read one book with her in it. Who knows what the future has in store?