Week 7 Blog Like A Boss Prompt #2: What is the hardest story you ever had to write? What was the easiest? And why?

What was the hardest story I ever had to write? What was the easiest? And why?

Let me start with the first question. The hardest story I ever wrote was called Hard Realities. Hard Realities was really a labor of love for me as a writer. It took me nearly two months to get the complete picture of the story I wanted to tell before I put it into words.

Hard Realities takes place in the TNG world, somewhere between Season’s 6 or 7. The Enterprise comes to the aide of the badly damaged U.S.S London, when they arrive, she’s adrift in space. No functioning engines and in the Gamma Quadrant.

When the Enterprise tries hailing them, they get no answer. So Picard sends an away team over to the London.  The London is barely holding it together. They arrive to find a little girl screaming and her mother pinned under some titanium support beams. The screaming little girl notices Riker and mistakes him for her father. Confused but staying with the mother and daughter as they beam to Sickbay on the Enterprise, Riker plays it down.

In this scene we find that Riker’s ‘twin’ from the episode Second Chances has married and had a family of his own.  On the verge of death we find that the woman Riker’s ‘twin’ has married is called Morgan. She soon passes on after giving birth to a daughter named Erica.

In the second chapter we find that ‘Thomas’ has recorded a video for Riker in case anything had happened to him. The video reveals that he’s leaving both his daughter’s Jessica and Erica with Will and to take good care of them.

Riker finds fatherhood rewarding yet challenging.  Jessica and Erica worm their way into Will’s heart and he learns to cherish every moment with them.  He plays with Jessica and her stuffed dog Spot, and he plays peek-a-boo with Erica.

His happiness is cut short when Rose and Roger Jansen, Morgan Jansen-Riker’s parents contact Will to say that they want Jessica and Erica.  They are to meet at Starbase 96 to discuss who would get custody of the girls.

When the Enterprise arrives, both Riker and Troi find that it is a trap and that a Family Support JAG Officer has taken the side of Jessica and Erica’s grandparents.

A week passes by and Riker finds himself alone and unable to sleep. He receives a message from Roger Jansen, Jessica and Erica’s grandfather informing Will that there has been an attack on the U.S.S. Hood. A Cardassian Warbird crossed the Neutral Zone into Federation space and attacked. In the loss of 35 people aboard the Hood were Jessica, Erica and their grandmother Rose.

Riker is beside himself with grief. He goes to Ten Forward and grieves while he nurses a few drinks. He retells what he’s learned from the subspace message to Troi and Guinan. Q to cause more of a mess appears and Will lunges at him, angry at everything in the universe, and what it had stolen from him.  He asks Q to bring his girls back, but Q replies with:  I cannot bring them back. The universe wanted them.

I absolutely bawled as I wrote this story. There was just so much Tragedy in it. One of my best-to-date though.  The last chapter we see Q has sent Will to the past and we see through ‘Thomas’ eyes, the birth of Jessica. Trying to avert the tragedy that has happened in the future hasn’t helped. Morgan had intended to send Jessica and Erica with her parents anyways.

Again, Hard Realities was a labor of love and difficult to write since there was so much tragedy in it.

If you’d like to have a look at the fanfic it’s posted to the Archive:

Hard Realities

Comments most welcome. I spent a lot of time on this and am proud of it.


Second Question: What was the easiest fanfic to write? The easiest story for me to write was Trapped In The Past: Area 51. 

I’d had the idea of Riker, Troi and Doctor Crusher going to the past and experiencing what life was like for us in our time frame.  Area 51 seemed appropriate because it was about aliens and alien contact.

The premise is this: Q transports all three to the past and to Area 51. Troi and Riker are caught and arrested at one of the restricted area entrances to Area 51. Doctor Crusher is found at another gate on the East side of the compound.

The fanfic tells the story of the three of them having to deal with 21st Century tech and not knowing exactly what things were. Doctor Crusher on the other hand knows how each medical instrument is used and what’s it for, for that time frame.  The doctors in the secret facility soon find out that Troi is only half human and want to take her and Riker’s daughter from them to see where she comes from. It appears that the doctors at the facility are hiding more than they lead on.  Troi soon gives birth to her daughter Laura and she is taken to a nursery with four other children that we find are from Riker’s past. This is where it gets kind of AU.

Each child is taken from a different point in time. We find that the scientists and doctors have found a way to open up Temporal Distortions and move through time.

Q toys with them a little longer and after Riker demands he send them back to the Enterprise, he reluctantly sends them back. He sends them back to the same point he took them from. Laura is safely tucked away inside her mother.

Soon things begin to change when the scientists from the 21st Century find the right frequency to open up a Temporal Distortion into the 24th Century. They board the Enterprise, surprised at the technological advancements made in the last 3 centuries. They are highly suspicious.

But there is only one soldier/doctor who isn’t suspicious and is absolutely fascinated by everything the future has to offer. He doesn’t agree with the other doctors and breaks away from them. We learn his name is Wallens, and soon Doctor Crusher takes him under her wing.

Later we find that Doctor Crusher’s great-great-great-great-great grandmother is working at Area 51. Q has transported them back there just after Riker and Troi find that Laura was a twin. The other baby, Lily had essentially hidden from all medical scans for 8 months.

It’s a tough labor with Lily, but with Doctor Crusher and her grandmother’s help, everything goes smoothly.

I finish off the story with Q sending the three, now four back to the 24th Century and the Enterprise. A happy ending for all.

We also get to learn about Doctor Crusher’s grandmother and her grandfather.


This fanfic can be found on the Archive:

Trapped In The Past: Area 51


Comments most welcome. The fanfic is 22 chapters long, but believe me, well worth it.

Week 7 Blog Like A Boss Prompt #1: What has Star Trek fandom — and ficcing specifically — mean to you?

What has Star Trek fandom–and ficcing specifically mean to me?

Well, the Star Trek fandom has always been special to me. Ficcing especially for TNG has been a source of enjoyment for me since the early 2000’s.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know all the TNG characters, watching episodes to get ideas for my fanfics. But I especially like writing Riker. Ficcing gives me an outlet in which I can express myself.


I hope that I can continue to express myself with the different stories to come.

0 post for Blog Like A Boss Week 7: Prompt: The Little Things

So, this one is my Post #0 since I posted it before I knew the prompt for Twelve Trials of Triskelion Week 7 Blog Like A Boss.  More of a fun little piece for you all to enjoy!


It was the little things in life that Will Riker looked forward to after each duty shift on the bridge.  He enjoyed coming back to his quarters he shared with his wife Deanna Troi and his four little girls, Laura, Lily, Carmen and Mayra. Sharing a meal with all five of his girls was always something he cherished after a particularly hard day on the bridge.

He knew that at any one point, all of it could be taken away in an instant. That was the risk he’d taken joining Starfleet. He spent every precious moment he could with his little girls, often playing dress up with the two oldest and having tea parties with them. While playing peek-a-boo with the two youngest who were only 4 months old.

Riker smiled as he sat and had pretend tea with Laura and Lily. He remembered each and everyone of their births as if it were yesterday. Laura came into the world early, by two months, but no one would suspect it now, looking at the strong and healthy seven year old. Lily on the other hand was on the other end of the spectrum. She was born 2 weeks past her due date.

Unlike her sister, who only weighed barely 2 kilos when she was born, Lily weighed a whopping 4 kilos and had a good set of strong lungs to go with it. Lily was now 5, and more and more like her father each and every day.  Then came Carmen and Mayra.  They were the surprise for both Will and Deanna.  The couple hadn’t expected a pair of twins at all. But of course, it was part of the little things in life they enjoyed. Having a family and spending time with them were the most important things.

Laura brought Will out of his thoughts.

“Daddy? Would you like another muffin? And some more tea?”

Riker nodded and held out his plastic plate while the other hand held up his tea cup to Lily who poured water into it.

“Thank you ladies. These muffins and tea are wonderful.”

Both Laura and Lily giggled and began reaching for more muffins. After arranging them on a a tray, Lily reached for the plastic beads around her teddy bears neck and put them around her father’s.

“Now you look even prettier daddy. You have a nice necklace.”

Laura gave her daddy a small mirror and he admired the plastic beads around his neck.

“I have to say Lily, this necklace does go with the color of daddy’s uniform.”

Sitting back, Riker sighed. Yup, it was the little things in life that couldn’t get any better than this.


I am also linking this to the Archive.  If anyone would like to have a look at it over there. Titled: The Little Things


I hope you all enjoyed this.  🙂

My Entries for Week 5 of TTOT 2014!

Here are my entries for The Twelve Trials of Triskelion Week 5:

Curiosity Begs the Question: in the beginning 

Summary: Written for a prompt a day challenge. “Daddy? Where do babies comes from?” Riker fidgeted on the couch. How was he going to explain this one to his four year old daughter Laura? 

*My kind of comedy piece for the week.*

Transfixed by daddy’s Uniform

Summary: Written for Day #2 of Prompt a day Challenge. 2 month old Laura is fascinated by the color red of her father Will Riker’s uniform. 

*An aw moment before the storm. My fluff piece if you will.*


Cold and Lost

Part 2: Going Against Orders

Summary: While picking flowers for her mother, 4 year old Laura Riker finds herself lost on a planet she’s never been to before. Can her parents find her in time? *Don’t worry, this has a happy ending. Now I see where I scare people away. * 🙁 

Comments much appreciated.

Fanfic: Veeloze 10

So I’ve had this idea for awhile and I decided to write this for the Weekly Free Write #124 Back-to-Nature.

As per-usual in my fics I put Riker/Troi through a lot of different scenarios. I find this one unique to my writing style because of the premise I’ve decided to use.

Summary: When their shuttle crash lands on the seemingly uninhabited planet of Veeloze 10, Troi, Riker and Doctor Crusher must find shelter in a series of caves that may hold more than they bargained for.  

Here are the 1st two chapters for everyone to sink their teeth into:

Chapter 1: Veeloze 10

Chapter 2: Raging Storm


Will add cover art later.  Working on it in GIMP.  Feel free to let me know what you guys think! Thanks!