Wednesday Links, or “There’s coffee in that fanfic”

You know what’s an awesome way to procrastinate? Get lost in Memory Alpha.

Captain Kathryn Janeway

“Coffee. Black.”

Let me back up a bit. The literary magazine The Mondegreen is accepting submissions for “To Boldly Go: The Star Trek Issue.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series, they’re putting out a special issue on September 8 (the importance of that date will be obvious to fans) and are seeking, among other things, nonfiction, poetry, and—wait for it, wait for it—fan fiction.

You might have heard me squeal a little when I found out.

As anyone who’s had the misfortune of sitting near me will inevitably find out, my first geekdom has always been Star Trek. Even more than Star Wars (which I love) or Doctor Who (which I really love), the vision of a better tomorrow had me hooked well before 1977 (which is when Star Wars came out and is one of those signpost years for me as a result). I come by it genetically, I think—my parents were fans of the original series—and it would not be a lie to say that I’ve taken a stab at one or two (or more) story treatments. I even had a chance in college to interview someone, for a creativity class I was taking, who’d had a chance to pitch stories to the writing room at The Next Generation.

Envious, me? Nah.

Anyway, I’m reading up about my favorite coffee achiever and Starfleet captain, Kathryn Janeway, because I’ve got an idea that I might submit for this. Picard would say “make it so” but Janeway, not one to mince words, would just say “Do it!”

If you’re a fan, you might want to consider it yourself. Check it out.

By the way, if you’re looking for places to submit your work, NewPages classifieds is a good resource.

Okay, my list of links this week is a bit short because I’ve been working, so check out these two bits of wisdom:

“I write first thing, when I can suspend disbelief in the act of making things up.” Will Self on his writing routine at the Guardian.

“Float Free or Die” is a great article by my friend Laura Trethewey at The Walrus. Check it out.