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Old October 23 2008, 03:13 AM   #196
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Re: Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead

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No matter who Leone's friends and family are, I don't think she deserved that kind of treatment, especially not from a fellow starship captain. But Maxwell does strike me as a character who might take offense with the privileges Leone might have had.
You should've seen the first draft. This is actually the toned-down fourth draft. Maxwell was actually more direct and didn't play to any subtle phrases whatsoever. But, it was determined, by my alpha readers at the United Trek forums, to be far too hostile.

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I like the tension between the two characters as it makes for great storytelling opportunities down the road. I for once am hoping for Leone to stick it to the old man somehow later on. Maybe Phoenix gets into a serious jam and only Farragut can help .... oh, how delicious that would be for our 'Princess'.

Great segment!
Which is exactly what I was trying to set up. The antithesis to Maxwell's contempt for Leone is going to come to a head in the second season, shortly before he takes Phoenix into Cardassian territory and starts shooting up ships ("The Wounded"). The tension begun in Eight The Hard Way is a set-up toward that inevitability. I'm going to tr and have fun with it as much as I can

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Old October 23 2008, 05:14 AM   #197
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Well, well, well. So Maxwell was an asshole even BEFORE he went postal on the Cardassians.

Then again, as you might expect from someone who writes Gul Macet as one of her lead characters, I never was inclined to see that particular character very kindly anyway.

The way you portrayed him just put a chill up my spine. Yes, maybe Leona had a lot of connections or whatever--but you could definitely see the calculating madman simmering beneath the surface. Or maybe it's more that I see it through the lens of my version of Macet...I don't know, but to me there's definitely a lot of foreshadowing of that singleminded madness: perhaps he thinks if he scares his underlings enough, they won't question him when he goes on his little vigilante mission?
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Old October 23 2008, 05:46 AM   #198
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Well, well, well. So Maxwell was an asshole even BEFORE he went postal on the Cardassians.

Then again, as you might expect from someone who writes Gul Macet as one of her lead characters, I never was inclined to see that particular character very kindly anyway.

The way you portrayed him just put a chill up my spine. Yes, maybe Leona had a lot of connections or whatever--but you could definitely see the calculating madman simmering beneath the surface. Or maybe it's more that I see it through the lens of my version of Macet...I don't know, but to me there's definitely a lot of foreshadowing of that singleminded madness: perhaps he thinks if he scares his underlings enough, they won't question him when he goes on his little vigilante mission?
Full credit for my interpretation of Maxwell goes to the phenomenal portrayl by the very talented character actor, Bob Gunton. He seems to find himself in similarly-written roles ("The Shawshank Redemption," "Demolition Man," "Patch Adams"). It was so easy to just hear his voice and figure out what he might say given his performance, and O'Brien's description of him when they asked for his opinion. I needed a new foil for Leone, since I traded away Hargreaves from Milk Run and Eternal Midnight.

Fact is, Leone is not a nice person, in spite of her being the main character. People could easily side with Maxwell given her recent history as sort of a reckless captain (seen through the eyes of Tricia Hargreaves). Leone's only card really is her familial ties in the upper upper echelons of Starfleet. And she is the type of person who's used them to her advantage pretty much her career. Her reputation is well-earned.

But yeah, there's a little crazy there, but before he went crazy... he had the reputation of being a rock-steady starship commander. So, I guess we'll see what happens. This was his only appearance in this episode, but since Farragut is assigned to his task force, this won't be the last time we see him.

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Old October 23 2008, 05:52 AM   #199
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Yeah, as I read, I'm not liking Leone either--but like I said, I do come at the character of Maxwell from a bit of a biased perspective. (Same deal with Picard for a similar reason, but much more ambivalence there.)
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Old October 23 2008, 05:57 AM   #200
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Yeah, as I read, I'm not liking Leone either--but like I said, I do come at the character of Maxwell from a bit of a biased perspective. (Same deal with Picard for a similar reason, but much more ambivalence there.)
Some people really like Leone, though. I guess the need for an anti-hero is greater in Trek. That's something I felt was never fully explored within the shows.

Some people really love Ariel, but I think that's because she's walking sex more than anything else

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Old October 23 2008, 06:05 AM   #201
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Understand that when I say I don't like her, it's not your writing skill I'm critiquing. You are doing a GOOD job of portraying a character that gets that sort of reaction.
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Old October 23 2008, 06:06 AM   #202
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Understand that when I say I don't like her, it's not your writing skill I'm critiquing. You are doing a GOOD job of portraying a character that gets that sort of reaction.
Oh, I got that. I never write with my ego. I lost that when writing professionally.

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Old October 23 2008, 08:26 PM   #203
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Good work so far-what's next?
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Old September 15 2009, 03:37 PM   #204
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Re: Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead

The Chains of Error, a crossover novel with Gibraltar, has posted chapter 6 over at Ad Astra:

http://www.adastrafanfic.com/viewsto...=232&chapter=7

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Old September 16 2009, 11:37 AM   #205
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I love what you guys are doing with the Chains of Error but I was genuinely wondering the other day when we'll get some more Full Speed Ahead. You got an ETA for us on that?
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Old September 16 2009, 03:10 PM   #206
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Oh geez... uh... well... it really has a lot to do with the fact that my primary job has been kicking my butt for the past few months since we released our new product, so when I get home, I'm totally wiped. Plus, I do a radio show twice a week on Japan-A-Radio, so it cuts into my writing time.

I'm working on finishing Eight The Hard Way, but the plot something I'm not feeling. I may dump it and go in a different direction (or get there by another route, maybe).

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Old December 29 2009, 07:43 PM   #207
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For those of you who have been waiting with abated breath for more FSA...

Head over to Ad Astra: http://www.adastrafanfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=635

I'm not going to be posting any more long fiction pieces here, just links. It's difficult to hand-edit the fiction for BBCode, and plus if you guys could leave reviews over there, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks for your continued support!

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Eight the Hard Way is finally complete.

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Eight the Hard Way is finally complete.

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Excellent news!
Ah, Gibraltar! I think you're my only reader.

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