Into my Notebooks: Purple Star Trek

Welcome back to my notebooks!

Once again, we’re looking at my Star Trek fan fiction notes.

So, I’m not completely certain, but I think this is what I meant when I wrote the note to myself: “Star Trek Purple.”

I might have multiple purple ones. Not really sure. I guess we’ll find out when I reorganize my notebooks again like I so desperately need to do. My whole floor is covered with notebooks. It’s such a mess.

Apparently this notebook was originally intended for a fantasy novel? Not sure which one. I’ve got a couple in the works, and whatever the first page in here was, it was torn out and now likely resides in a manila folder.

Really quick, this is a purple Top Flight single-subject, 70 page, college rule spiral. It’s completely full on one side, the back of each page left blank for further notes.

The facing page, the right-hand side (front of the page), consists of transcripts of episodes to help me work through the chapters, beginning most of the way through “A Taste of Armageddon” and finishing with partway through “Operation: Annihilate!”

It’s a pretty straightforward notebook from there. I’ve written all these chapters already, so if you’re interested, you can check them out on my fan fiction page, story Crossing Borders. For those who might care, this is done almost entirely in black, with a half a dozen pages in the back in turquoise when I moved on to a new pen.

Sorry if that was boring. Maybe this notebook will grow later, but for the moment that’s really all there is to it!




Into My Notebooks: Red Star Trek

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.



Into My Notebooks: Star Trek Flip Book

Hello, and welcome back to my notebooks!

Today we’re talking about more of my notes for my Star Trek fan fiction, and I’ve actually completed this notebook as far as what it will contain for this project, so it’s the most up-to-date record for my fan fiction project.

Previously, I included in one of my notebooks a list of episodes to be covered in chapters. This flip book, as I’ve called it, is actually a sort of legal pad that I used to keep track of the chapter titles for each story. I have a separate notebook, which I won’t include in depth because it’s literally just a list, which has all of these chapters written out in order I plan to publish them, and there’s twenty-seven pages of it in a college-rule spiral, if that gives you an idea.

This flip pad is a Mead 6×9 in. “ruled writing tablet”, 100 sheets. According to the front, it fits in no. 6 3/4 envelopes. Like much of my stationary items, this was inherited from a sibling, so there’s pages torn from the front that I never wrote in, and four pages written on in pencil were loosely stuffed in the middle, probably those very same pages. I’ve taken them out and tossed them since.

I’ve got thirty pages written on in different colors, so I’ll just take it story by story here.

“Crossing Borders,” the TOS story, has two pages, with a list of 65 chapters, all written in black ink.

“Wanderings,” the TAS story, is a single page written in black with 25 chapters.

The next page has the titles for the stories based on the films, in order. This includes the classic and TNG films, not the modern films. Apart from the first film, they’re all going to be oneshots, so there’s titles written, in turquoise. The first story, “To Go Again,” covers the original film and is divided into three chapters. This is outlined in black.

“Continuing Legacy,” the TNG story, is written in turquoise over three pages, with 121 chapters.

“Cold Start,” the Enterprise story, is written in turquoise over three pages, with 87 chapters.

“Furthest Reaches,” the DS9 story, is written in turquoise over four pages, with 155 chapters.

“Severed,” the Voyager story, is written in turquoise over four pages, with 130 chapters.

I’ve got a oneshot written in turquoise on a page to itself, which is a transition from “Cold Start,” tying it more firmly to the OC from “Crossing Borders.”

Then I’ve got two pages of “Academic,” outlined in turquoise, for 64 chapters. This story is about the Academy years of Xebel, the son of my TOS OC, father of my TNG OC – the tie between the two sections, if you will.

“Shadows of History,” outlined in turquoise on a single page, is 21 chapters of Xebel’s brief serving on the USS Enterprise-B, before he serves on the station where he meets his wife and raises his children.

“A Logical Emotion,” written on a page by itself in turquoise, is a oneshot about Xebel’s courtship and marriage.

“Buckingham Women,” is two pages, 66 chapters, begun in turquoise but mostly written in pink. It’s the story of Xebel’s four daughters, and their distant cousins (raised as close cousins) in their time at the Academy – which all seven girls attend. As Sophie is the main focus of my TNG story, Daphne is the focus of DS9, Evodia is my focus in Voyager, and Cynthia is a prominent fixture in Voyager’s Pathfinder episodes, this is a valuable precursor to those characters.

“In an Instant,” is a single page, 20 chapter, pink outline for a story of Daphne’s time at the Medical Academy, and her friendship with Julian Bashir.

“Naturally,” is a oneshot listed on a page by itself, in pink. This is the story of Cynthia’s relationship with Barclay that isn’t covered in the Voyager scenes with Pathfinder,  supplementary if you will.

“Put Right,” is an outline on a page by itself in pink. 30 chapters, this story is a dual-plot story, telling the story of what becomes of Daphne and Evodia after Voyager returns. It begins upon Voyager’s arrival back at Earth and ends with both sisters are married and beginning families.

“Unique” is the story I started all of this for, ironically, and it’s a single page outline covering 25 chapters in pink. It’s the story of the daughter of the OC from the TNG story, Sophie. Parts of the plot are based on the video game, Star Trek Online, but it’s been molded and reworked given my earlier story and my own vision of how it would happen. And simplified, honestly, because there’s way more going on in the video game than I could work neatly into a story.

Finally, the oneshot “Family” is listed in pink on a page by itself, as a sort of epilogue to the series. This shows not closure exactly, but shows what becomes of some of the characters down the line.

Yes, this will take me a very long time and a lot of organization to pull off. Considering I’ve only got almost fifteen chapters of “Crossing Borders” finished, there’s a long way to go.

Still, as you can see from the large and lengthy notes that I’m keeping for the project, meticulous planning and careful records can make any project seem possible. Big, but possible.



Into My Notebooks: Star Trek Notebook Again

Hello, and welcome back to my notebooks!

We’re back with my Star Trek fan fiction project notebooks, and I don’t have a nickname for this one, since it’s general notes out of sequence from the rest of my notes.

We’ve got another of those Top Flight single subject college-ruled 70 sheet notebooks that I’m so fond of. This one’s blue, and was originally (my label tells me) for my French 33 notes. I don’t actually recall taking notes in that class, but apparently I did, because the first page has a list of companies that are French (Bugatti, Citroën, Peugeut, Renault, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy), and notes about the differences of stereotypes of the French and les québécois (in French, naturally).

Then the notebook had a brief life as notes for my jobs for Claremont Sports Connection – the one club I was in for college. Page two are notes on my jobs for the second annual Sports Industry Day, which was basically price-checking various components of the folders we were handing out on the day, from printing costs to where to buy the folders.

Then I must have brought it back to french class, because I have verb sets for the next three and a half pages. At the bottom of the next one, I have a list of people I was considering getting things for if I did study abroad. It’s a long list. Needless to say, my final list was much shorter.

Then I’ve got another page of French notes (apparently I did more in that class than I remember…)

Then I have this little flash-fiction piece that I don’t remember writing:

Wisps of smoke were sucked up into the prevailing fog, invisible to anyone around to see. Anyone who might have noticed this was dead. A single pair of eyes pierced the fog, a mist so thick and heavy that it hid from those eyes what secrets lay on the forest floor: blood, bones, flesh. Fog could cover the sight of the massacre, bu tit could not cover the scent: of metallic blood and putrefying flesh, of scorched skin and hair and wool and earth.

The wolf’s paws fell on ash as it surveyed the clearing caused by fire. The smoke had burned out almost entirely. not a single living presence could be sensed.

Beauty can be seen in the right sort of death, awe in all death. But this, this was not death. It felt closer to oblivion.

Snow would come, and perhaps in spring it would begin again.

I’m not really sure when I wrote this, because as I said, I don’t remember writing it. However, as I have a short story that has a similar mindset to this (without the wolf) that’s longer and (I think) better, I doubt I’d ever do anything with this piece except maybe cannibalize it for parts. I’m not sure that isn’t what I did already.

From here I actually have ten pages of a draft outline for my six generation Harry Potter fan fiction, the full outline I discussed in a previous post.

At present, only the next three pages are Star Trek. They’re notes on where my fan fiction series goes after the events of DS9 and Voyager, with what is essentially a list of plot points, some only a line jotted down, some a paragraph that takes up a third of the page. I also have a list of people who are actual characters from other Star Trek series who will make significant appearances or important mentions in this story.

Why do I list this as a Star Trek notebook while there’s only three pages thus far? Because that’s currently what it’s in use for, and likely will be its use for the remainder of its life. But this is the typical life of one of my notebooks, mixed and matched and used and abused. Thought that might be interesting to see.



Into My Notebooks: More Star Trek Notes

I ought to number these things. That’s the first thought I had when I was trying to title the post for this week based on the notebook I’m covering.

Welcome back to my notebooks!

We’re digging back into my Star Trek notes, the ones for my massive fan fiction project.

I’m doing these a bit out of order, so don’t expect any kind of logical progression on the Star Trek project. Today we’re doing this one because it’s the one that was on top of my pile. I just updated my TOS story this week, and it was from my notes in this notebook.

This is from a stack of notebooks my mother bought my first semester of undergrad, and I’ll be honest: I don’t like it. It’s a Mead College Ruled, Single Subject 90 sheet notebook, but it’s not perforated and it’s got a plastic spiral instead of metal, and it feels a bit cheap. I’ll be glad to see the back of using it and its brothers. It’s got purple leopard print as a cover, which is probably why my mother grabbed them: she thought they’d be fun.

This was originally my intro Gov journal, so the first page, front and back, is actually class notes. From there, it’s Star Trek.

It begins with the end of notes on the episode “The Conscience of the King,” which I’ve already posted my chapter on. This also has, among other episodes, the outline of the first non-episodic chapter in my entire Star Trek project. That was pretty exciting.

The notebook finishes off with most of the episode “A Taste of Armageddon,” which finishes in a different notebook. I’ll have to figure out which one soon, as this is the next chapter I’m writing.

Also, on the outside of the back cover I have four lists that are basically to-do checklists from that first semester at college. Compared with my current organizational methods, it looks sort of pitiful, but that was the first attempt at getting my life in order, so I suppose it’s not surprising.

So that’s this notebook! Basically, outlines and dialogue of several chapters of the TOS fan fiction, written entirely in black ink.

See you next week!



Into My Notebooks: Star Trek Mini Notebook

Good morning, and welcome back to my notebooks!

Today we will be continuing into the mass of notebooks for my Star Trek fan fiction, today covering a mini-notebook, and perhaps continuing with this set of notebooks next week.

This notebook, before we discuss content, is a Mead 3 subject College Ruled notebook that originally had 150 sheets (many have been torn out. I call it a mini notebook because it is not my usual standard sized notebook, but instead a 9 and 1/2 inch by 6 inch notebook. I have used my Pilot G2 pens, half in black, half in brown. Little bits of light blue are used as checkmarks.

No pages are left in the first subject section. On the first barrier I’ve written out the speeds of Warp classifications. In one column I have Warp 1 down to Warp 9, then Warp 9.2, 9.6, 9.9, 9.99, and 10. In the next column I have listed how many times faster this is than the speed of light, according to the Original Series figuring. The second column is how this was adjusted for TNG and after.

Below these columns, I have written some brief ratios to help me conceptualize the speed difference between traveling the speed of light and traveling at Warp.

Then I have a page dedicated to characters who were in Xebel’s year at Starfleet Academy, with his future wife listed at the top of the page. [Note: Xebel is an OC who is the son of my TOS OC and a canon character I will not name for spoiler purposes]. I have listed the names, what they majored in, and the highest level of rank they achieve in their career. I have starred the top of the class, and boxed the major where that major is listed next to the person who topped that major for the year. For example, I have a character who majored in Exogeology and Engineering. Exogeology is boxed; Engineering is not, but it is boxed next to the girl who topped the year. I underlined the lines on which people who majored in the same subjects as Xebel rest, so I could figure out who would be likely to be his friends and enemies based on proximity.

The second page is sort of like this, but instead of one year, I have the three of Xebels older daughters all listed on one page, so this is a sampling of each of their years, not a complete list of students from any of them. Because of this, at the end of each line I have written the initial of the sister they were in the year of, to keep them straight when I write a complete timeline of Starfleet to organize my thoughts.

I have nothing written on the second subject barrier, and then I have the character list for Sophie, my TNG OC. This is structurally identical to Xebel’s list, except for one small detail. I have a bracket at the beginning of the line of students in one flight squad, and a long line at the front of lines where students are in the opposing flight squad (think Wesley and Nova Squadron).

The next page is the same as Sophie’s, but it covers the twins, who are the children of Sophie and a TNG OC, unnamed for purposes of spoilers.

The next page is a list of Star Trek children, although it is currently incomplete. It only covers TNG and DS9. And the term children is used loosely. For example, it has Robin Lefler, who was an Ensign in her Star Trek appearance, and Wesley’s “friends” from the Academy when he had his flight incident. I’ve yet to add children from Voyager – namely Naomi and Icheb and Miral, but they’ll be added in course of my cataloging.

After that I have eight pages of an in-progress list of secondary characters, alphabetical, who I am keeping track of to help fill in my charts and timelines of duty rosters and the like. This list is the 23rd century, so thus far only those covered in TOS and the earlier films. I’m in the P’s, so perhaps it won’t be too long until I move into the 24th century. Where there will be many more characters. This entire list is in brown, where most of the previous pages (excepting some checkmarks in brown and blue) are in black.

That’s it for this notebook! Check in next week for what will almost certainly be more Star Trek notes!



Into My Notebooks: Untitled One

Welcome back!

So, as you might have noticed from the title of this post, today we’re looking at my notes for an untitled novel project.

This is a bit of a rarity for me, to be honest. I like to have at least a working title for most projects. In fact, Natalie Cannon and I were brainstorming working titles for a brand new project yesterday morning. We weren’t having much success to be honest, but something will pop up.

This is a project I’m working – slowly – on a draft for. It’s a novel that’s got three distinct parts chronicling a relationship in three stages. It’s a tragedy, not that this should surprise anyone at all. i’m still drafting part one.

I’ve got a manila folder for this one, and in that folder I have a spiral and five loose sheets of paper. Let’s start with the loose sheets.

At the top of the first sheet is a quote from something, I’ve forgotten now what. It was either a school newspaper article or something I said to a friend as I was reading that article, but it says: “Because sex does not initiate large-scale change, except when you’re having an orgy.”

That’s not relevant to the story, I just liked the quote.

I then have a very rough outline of the three parts, with about half a dozen points listed for each part so I could get a sense of the story arcs. At the bottom, I have a character list.

The other four loose leaf pages are an unordered list of necessary events for the novel. Next to each event is the roman numeral of which part it belongs in.

The spiral is a purple, 70-sheet college ruled Top Flight, once again. This one was originally meant to be my notes for my Formative Judaism course. Which was a great course, by the way. I learned so much my brain could barely hold it all.

I’m not sure I took any notes in it, though, because if they ever existed they are not in this notebook anymore. I have the events written out again on the first four pages, this time grouped by which part they’re in. Next to each one I have it’s Arabic numeral for what order they occur within their part.

I then have five pages for the official chapter-by-chapter outline. Part one covers a little over a page (ten chapters worth), Part two a little over a page (eleven chapters), and part three not quite a page and a half (eleven chapters). If the math seems wrong, it’s because I’m being rough about it.

I’m still drafting part one, so don’t expect to be hearing about this project again as ready for the next stages any time soon.

After the notes for this novel I then have fifteen pages of notes that I will probably discard and start over on for a fan fiction I promised some friends in the Sherlock fandom. It’s a combining of characters, taking my Sherlock OC and having a bit of a reversal, with her turning out to be Irene Adler. The character list and outline only cover a few of those pages. The rest are my most extensive collection of notes on BDSM practice, positions, methods, and equipment. I do have several collections of notes on this topic, but these are the only notes I know the current location of….

As I said, I will probably restart notes on that story, because I wasn’t happy with how the outline was turning out. I’m going to pare it down and try again. This doesn’t happen to me very often, but I suppose it happens to everyone sometime. It’s the only reason I haven’t removed the notes from the spiral and put them in their own notebook.

Well, that’s all for this week! Stay tuned in a couple of days for more from my bookshelf! We’re finally leaving Shakespeare behind!