September 22nd, 2008

wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

tagged by marinarusalka

1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.

Marina hit me with B. I'm gonna take it one step further and only do characters I've actually written. In no particular order.....

1. B'Oraq (Star Trek novels). I'm quite proud of this character, whom I also created. She's a Klingon woman who's singlehandedly trying to improve the state of Klingon medicine, a crusade she began by attending medical school in the Federation. Her development has been great fun to write -- and, I hope, to read. She also surprised me, as I didn't realize she and Klag were destined to become a couple until I started writing their first sex scene. *laughs*

2. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). One of the things that always appealed to me about Buffy is that she is the type of hero I prefer: the type who doesn't particularly want to be a hero, would have a much happier life if she wasn't a hero, but when it counts she always antes up and kicks in. On top of that, she has great wisecracks. She's basically a short blonde Spider-Man, and Spidey was always my favorite...

3. President Nan Bacco (Star Trek novels). One of my proudest contributions to the Star Trek franchise, not least because Trek had never given us a Federation president who wasn't male. (Of all the presidents that have ever been established in print or onscreen, the only women are the ones I came up with. Yes, this is appalling.) Bacco is also a tribute to my late great grandmother, Grazia Silverio DeBacco, whom I called Nana. I also have to give props to David Mack, who wrote Madam President perfectly in the Destiny trilogy, as you all will see soon.

4. Stella Bonasera (CSI: NY). You'll always win with me if you create a sassy Mediterranean New Yorker, so I was hooked on Stella from the git-go. Giving her a taste for cannoli in Four Walls was very enjoyable, and I think I honestly had more fun in her head than any of the other regulars (except maybe Flack).

5. Beka Valentine (Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda). I'm also a sucker for tough women with troubled pasts that they manage to (sometimes) overcome: Kira Nerys, Susan Ivanova, Aeryn Sun, Xena, and yes, Beka. For all that half the book was devoted to Tyr's plot, I always pictured Destruction of Illusions as Beka's book, and I honestly would much rather have seen the series starring her as the captain of a clapped out cargo ship. (Irony: I wrote DoI in summer 2002. After it was long finished, Firefly debuted, with a setup eerily similar to that of the Eureka Maru pre-Dylan Hunt. But by the time the book was released in early 2003, Firefly had been cancelled. Life is weird, sometimes.)
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my Sunday feeling

Got some good work on Ghost Writing Project #2 this weekend, and also put the final touches (to wit, incorporating Rockne's notes) on issue #4 of the Farscape comic.

This week will be spent living, eating, breathing, and defecating GWP2, with occasional breaks to revise the StarCraft: Ghost Academy proposal and write down the mental reworking I've been doing of Super City Police Department. That'll take me to the end of the month, then it's full-tilt boogie on StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres, which is due at the end of October.

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chronic rift

The Chronic Rift (re)commences

The first episode of The Chronic Rift podcast -- aptly titled "What is the Rift?" -- is now up and running!

This inaugural monthly episode runs just under two hours, and sets the tone for the podcast going forward. It includes book, DVD, TV, comic book, and videogame reviews from our panel of experts, including myself on the TV side, reviewing Stargate Atlantis. Then we have "Bringing it to the Table," wherein podcast producer John S. Drew drewshi, Judy Furnari jafinnola, Orenthal Hawkins popfiend, and Andrea Lipinski reminisce about the old public access TV show and ruminate on what you'll get in the future from the Rift.

It's available on the Rift web site, on podOmatic, and it should be available on iTunes, as well (though I haven't been able to find it, grump grump). Edited to add: Turns out it's listed on iTunes under "thechronicrift" with no spaces. We're trying to get that fixed.... *wry grin*

Check it out!
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