Welcome back to my notebooks!
We’re still plodding through my Star Trek fan fiction notes, and I confess, it’s mostly because that’s what I’ve been working on lately. I’ll try to keep this as interesting and useful as possible.
I’ve titled this “Red Star Trek,” because as far as I can tell, this is the only red one thus far in my growing collection of Star Trek notebooks. Seriously, growing. Since the last time I posted one of these blog posts, I’ve started and nearly finished a whole notebook. I’ll be starting a fresh one either tonight or tomorrow. They take up lots of paper, these notes.
This notebook Is another basic single-subject, 70-page, college rule Top Flight spiral, and it had a brief past life as my British Writers 2 notebook. Scribbled inside the front cover, the back of the back cover, and in the margins of the first page are some of my favorite lines from John Dryden’s “Absalom and Achitophel” (which everyone should read, by the by). I’ll share those excerpts now.
Plots, true or false, are necessary things,
To raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.
For who can be secure of private right,
If sovereign sway may be dissolved of might?
Nor is the people’s judgment always true:
The most may err as grossly as the few;
And faultless kings run down by common cry,
For vice, oppression, and for tyranny.
Fools are more hard to conquer than persuade.
Beware the fury of the patient man.
He meditates revenge who least complains.
The last few quotes sound like epitaphs for murder mysteries, don’t they? In fact, the last one reminds me very strongly of something Poirot says in one of his cases…. I won’t say which one, but the husband kills his wife (probably describes half of them, anyway), and Poirot says he suspected it because the man bore his wife’s pestering too well. Either he no longer cared, or he knew he would soon be free.
The first page, front and back, consists of my notes on Dryden, which appear to be the only notes I took for this course…. What did I learn about Dryden? Well, he was the first poet-critic. He also said, “Wit is a propriety in thoughts and words; in other terms, thought and words elegantly adapted to their subjects.” Essentially, he believed that greatness, “wit,” if you will, is the ability to not only see the things that are natural, but also to say those things elegantly, artfully, in a way that will get a universal, natural reaction.
So that’s Dryden.
The rest of the pages are Star Trek.
As with most of my other notes, all of the right-hand pages (front of the page) are devoted to the transcripts of episodes used to write my chapters, while the left-hand pages (back of the page) are reserved for other notes.
The right-hand of this notebook begins barely into the episode “The Corbomite Maneuver”, and ends partway through the episode “The Conscience of the King.” All of these pages, oddly enough, are done in black ink (as are all the Dryden notes).
The left-hand of this notebook is completely filled, all with chapter outlines (which episodes I’m doing, and where I’m adding in non-episode chapters with original content). Five pages are devoted to “Cold Start,” the story for Star Trek: Enterprise. There are 87 chapters, and all of this is in a burgundy ink, except for the last line, where I had run out of burgundy and wrote it in turquoise. Eight pages are for the Star Trek: TNG episodes, all 122 chapters, and outlined in burgundy with one “oops” added in turquoise after I’d run out of burgundy.
Eight more pages have my Star Trek: DS9 outline, with most of it in burgundy, and the last two and a half pages in turquoise. There are 155 chapters. Eight pages, all in turquoise, then for my Star Trek: Voyager notes, all 130 chapters. One page, all in turquoise, as the brief notes for the films (Khan through Nemesis, as the first film’s notes are in another notebook), basically a list of the films and a note for each that they’ll be covered as a oneshot. I then take eight pages to outline the 64 chapter story of Xebel (my interrim OC) at the Academy, with a more traditional chapter-by-chapter outline. This is also turquoise.
Three more pages outline the story of Xebel on the USS Enterprise-B, also in turquoise, for 21 chapters. The last nine pages of the notebook outline the story of the Buckingham girls (sisters Savannah, Sadiana, Beryl, and Sophie; and their cousins Cynthia, Evodia, and Daphne) from the time Savannah and Cynthia begin at the Academy to when Daphne graduates the Academy. This covers many more years than the one about Xebel’s schooling, but it does it more briskly, not showing it in as much depth, and telling several events almost entirely in letters. This outline is 66 chapters, and is written, once again, entirely in turquoise.
Well, that’s the red one. Hopefully that wasn’t too dull. The Dryden stuff might have been a kick.