December 25th, 2004



Got me the DVD of Festival Express, got me Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales, got me The Very Best of the Eagles, got me a pair of slipper socks, got me some colorful wool socks, got me some Dr. Shoales blue thingies that will keep my feet from hurting, and best of all, got me a new digital camera! Woo hoo!

Tonight, after we got home from my parents', Aoki decided to crawl into a white shopping bag that was on the floor of my office. terri_osborne, amused, picked the bag up. Aoki was unconcerned. The new Aoki avatar that accompanies this post was the inaugural picture with the new camera.

Is she not the cutest thing?

My five cousins are all much more interesting now that they're between 15 and 23, my thrice-divorced uncle arrived with an, er, interesting new girlfriend (and his son, who seemed rather stunned by the boisterousness), and everybody was loud and hilarious and snide and loving. I gave various copies of my books to my cousins, as I always do, and I was especially proud of myself for giving Resident Evil: Apocalypse to one particular cousin, who said she'd actually read that one.....

Tomorrow it's my aunt's place for a more relaxed dinner and more prezzies.....
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    "Doolin' Dalton" by the Eagles

cat in a bag

My first two pictures with my new digital camera were of Aoki after she crawled into a bag:

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Cutest. Kitten. Ever.
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    "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" by Sting
war peace

Tales from the Captain's Table table of contents

In 1998, Pocket published a six-book miniseries called Captain's Table, in which Enterprise Captains Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk, and Jean-Luc Picard, Excelsior Captain Hikaru Sulu, Deep Space 9 Captain Benjamin Sisko, Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway, and Excalibur Captain Mackenzie Calhoun were brought to the mysterious Captain's Table, a timeless saloon open only to captains, where the only price to pay for a drink is to tell a story.

In 2000, the anthology Enterprise Logs provided more adventures of the various captains of ships with that name, from the Revolutionary War and World War II, to the first starship Enterprise skipper, Robert April, to the aforementioned Pike, Kirk, and Picard, to Willard Decker, Spock, John Harriman, and Rachel Garrett.

Since then, several captains have been added to the Star Trek pantheon. In 2000, New Frontier's Commander Shelby got promoted, and was eventually given command of the Trident. That same year saw the debut of Star Trek: S.C.E. and the introduction of Captain David Gold of the da Vinci. The 2001 debut of Enterprise gave us Jonathan Archer. In 2002, Pocket launched the Stargazer series focusing on Jean-Luc Picard's adventures on his first command, and the movie Star Trek Nemesis gave us the long-awaited promotion of William T. Riker, and the movie ended with his going off to take command of the Titan. And then in 2003 we got the launch of my own I.K.S. Gorkon series starring Captain Klag, son of M'Raq; the promotion of Chakotay to captain in the post-finale Voyager novel The Farther Shore; the entry of Bajor into the Federation and the transformation of Kira Nerys from colonel to captain in the Deep Space Nine hardcover Unity; and the Lost Era novel Serpents Among the Ruins ended with Demora Sulu replacing John Harriman as captain of the Enterprise-B.

With all these new captains popping up, I felt that the time was ripe to reopen this unique tavern, so I gathered up a bunch of Trek authors, and in June 2005 these new skippers will get their chance to belly up to the bar and spin a yarn in an all-new anthology.

Tales from the Captain's Table will feature nine new stories -- plus an all-new introduction by the man who built the Captain's Table, the miniseries' co-developer Dean Wesley Smith.

The table of contents is as follows:

    Introduction by Dean Wesley Smith
    Captain William T. Riker of the U.S.S. Titan: "Improvisations on the Opal Sea: A Tale of Dubious Credibility" by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels (Titan: Taking Wing)
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Stargazer: "Darkness" by Michael Jan Friedman (Stargazer: Maker)
    Captain Elizabeth Shelby of the U.S.S. Trident: "Pain Management" by Peter David (New Frontier: After the Fall)
    Captain Klag, son of M'Raq, of the I.K.S. Gorkon: "loDnI'pu' vavpu' je" by Keith R.A. DeCandido (I.K.S. Gorkon: Enemy Territory)
    Captain Kira Nerys of Deep Space 9: "The Officers' Club" by Heather Jarman (DS9: This Gray Spirit)
    Captain Jonathan Archer of Enterprise (NX-01): "Have Beagle, Will Travel: The Legend of Porthos" by Louisa M. Swann ("Earthquake Weather" in Strange New Worlds VII)
    Captain Demora Sulu of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-B): "Iron and Sacrifice" by David R. George III (The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins)
    Captain Chakotay of the U.S.S. Voyager: "Seduced" by Christie Golden (VOY: Spirit Walk)
    Captain David Gold of the U.S.S. da Vinci: "An Easy Fast" by John J. Ordover (S.C.E.: Identity Crisis)

More -- like the cover -- will be forthcoming in the new year.

The book is available for preorder from the good folks at
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    "Children's Crusade" by Sting

more pressies!

Got back from my aunt's for the more sedate part of Christmas. We had a nice dinner, and exchanged our gifts with said aunt -- which means she gets lots of gifts, and we get one each, but whatever. I got a new beard trimmer -- as did my father. Both our beard trimmers apparently started dying this fall, and so we asked for new ones. *laughs*

One of my aunt's presents was a DVD player, which terri_osborne and my father set up for her. She also got some DVDs -- the That's Entertainment boxed set -- which we watched some of. Busby Berkeley is still tacky, Frank Sinatra was an arrogant ass, there's no doubt that Liza Minelli sprung from Judy Garland's loins, and Fred Astaire is fucking amazing.

Home now, and plan to spend the evening relaxing -- maybe watching one of my new DVDs.

...and to all a good night...
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    "After the Thrill is Gone" by the Eagles