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Kali Nicholotti

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  1. I feel incredibly honored to be counted among the amazing writers who received awards here today, and I'd like to congratulate each of you. It is more than apparent the hard work you put into your writing and your contributions to the game, the surrounding community, and everything that Starbase 118 is. You are the lifeblood that has kept the spirit alive for 26 years, and that which will keep it going for at least 26 more!

    Cheers to the winners! ::Lifts the glass of champagne.::

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    Kettick was going through a routine check of the holodecks. You were never too cautious with holodecks. One day, they worked just fine, and the next thing you knew, you were locked in deadly battle with Evil Emperor Repulso for the control of the main computer core, just because an over-imaginative crewmate had found a way around the safety protocols.

    Indeed. Here's our next mission!

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  3. Ash was once a provisional ensign aboard the Resolution, having rooted herself so far into the science discipline she was basically a walking textbook. Intel was her career change, and one that I'm discovering fits pretty well with her overall need to hide in plain sight. I would have never guessed it, but my characters have a habit of surprising me on a continual basis.

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  4. Last month we visited the idea that our favorite Star Trek characters could make some pretty awesome additions to some of our other favorite science fiction shows or movies. On the heels of that question, we will now consider the opposite. With so many well loved shows and movies out there, each with their own beloved characters, it might be easy to blur some of the lines to see crossovers in both directions. What? Is that Han Solo at the helm console? Is the Doctor over at science?

    This week's poll of the week question asks, if you were putting together the perfect crew, and you could pull over one character from another 'universe', who would you choose and what role would they play? Consider the chaos that could ensue! There really is no limit to who you could pick, but be sure to let us know why you chose what you chose in the comments below!!

  5. There are a number of quotes from our favorite television shows that we can return to, inviting a flood of memories back about the episode and what we were doing in our day when we heard the words. Few shows have grown beyond that, but Star Trek is definitely one of them. Rather than having to stop and explain a scene to your friends or co-workers, it's easy to let one of these popular phrases fly and get a response from nearly any audience. Even those who don't consider Star Trek a part of their lives will recognize some of them.

    Perhaps that is why Trek had such an amazing following throughout the years. It wasn't just the progressive attitudes and the willingness to delve into the unknown both in the show's reality, and in our own psyche, but the manner in which the words resonated through multiple generations. And that, of course, brings us to our poll of the week. What is your favorite famous Trek saying? Let us know if it's one of those we love, or if you have your own, and don't forget to join the conversation and tell us when you put your favorite phrase to work below.

  6. We all know that when Star Trek originally made its debut, the uniform colors were a bit different than what we saw as the franchise developed. Like any good military, evolution came with time, and that included both the uniform style and the colors that were used for the different departments. Modern military uniforms have gone through their own evolution as well, though we see less in the inclusion of colors and more in the style. For Trek, though, colors have a very important significance - they tell us a person's job.

    Between the Original Series and The Next Generation, Command duty stations turned from gold to red, while Engineering and Security went from red to gold. Science and Medical remained blue, but only for the time we know of. And that is what leads us into this week's poll of the week. If you could recast the color of command again, what color would it be? Would you stick with the dark red that seems to command respect, or would you opt for something entirely different?

    Let us know what you'd choose, and why below!

  7. There are few science fiction fans out there who are content to constrain themselves to the fandom of a single show or series, or movie for that matter. Most of us have multiple 'sci-fi loves', some of which we draw on when we write our characters here in the 118 fleet. While there were often common threads that the genre pulled on to weave intricate and interesting stories, each show and each movie brought something new and different. From the outside looking in, however, we have to wonder what might happen to our beloved stories, and the characters that exist within them, if we were to mix them all up.

    And that brings us to this week's poll of the week; what Star Trek character would you have appear in another sci-fi show or movie, and what show or movie would that be?

    We've all seen crossover shows before, like when Scotty appeared in The Next Generation, or when characters from one show visit the story of a spinoff show of a similar name. But what would happen if we literally pulled our favorite characters out of one show and universe, and stuck them in another completely different show and universe? Depending on the combination, things could get disastrous, or the hilarity may ensue. Only you can be the judge of that!

    Let us know what combination you think would result in the best episode (or movie) and tell us why below!

  8. We're often enamored, or at least intrigued by cultures that we are unfamiliar with in our world. From different ethnic foods, to traditions that we aren't used to, there's a lot to learn from stepping outside of our comfort zone and immersing ourselves in the realm of another group of people. Certainly this isn't a new idea, as exchange student programs have been around for a while and people have been traveling the globe for hundreds of years. But what would happen if that globe suddenly got a whole lot bigger?

    That brings us to this week's poll of the week question: If you could choose to be involved in an exchange officer program with any other Star Trek 'nation', which would you choose? Each of the options offers intrigue and the opportunity to learn a great deal, just like exchange programs here on Earth do, but which appeals to you the most? Is it the Romulans and their secrecy, or the warrior nature of the Klingons? Or maybe you'd like to spend a year with a race from the Gamma quadrant? Let us know, or feel free to add in a race we didn't think of and let us know why!

  9. ((USS Excalibur-A, Holodeck 3 ))

    :: Feeling the tension suddenly radiating from the Counselor accompanied
    by a slight colouring to her cheeks :: oO This didn’t work, she not to
    well Oo

    Logan:: Stopping his movements and dropping his arms :: Computer. Make a
    cushioned chair, suitable size for the counsellor:: Upon the chairs
    appearance he motioned towards it :: Ma’am

    Jolara: ::nodding slowly:: I am sorry.

    Logan:: After the counsellor had sunk into the cushions Kurt sunk to one
    knee to be more on her level and so to not loom over her :: Would you
    like me to call a Doctor ma’am oO As I may have done combat medicine but
    even the holo patients wanted to heal themselves.

    :: Rune shook her head. What could the doctors do? Nothing! ::

    Jolara: No. A doctor can not help. It is just... ::her mind raced as
    fast as her heart:: I am going through something physical and being
    close and your scent... I mean... I am sorry. It is not anything you did.

    :: She had no idea how to explain it to him in a way that would not
    embarrass both of them. ::

    Jolara: ::quickly adding:: Not the first impression I wanted to make. I
    am so sorry. I was hoping I had more time to figure things out and that
    it would not interfere with my duty. I had no idea the effect
    non-Al-Leyans would have on me.

    Logan oO What am I supposed to say to that ??. She's obviously more
    going on than just crew tantrums Oo :: Smiling gently :: It's ok Ma'am,
    I apologise for using this program. It’s a good job the Instructor has
    been disabled Mrs wynter is a terrible fuss pot and you would have been
    plied with copius tea and cushions. :: Smilling broadly he hoped the
    image of fending of cushions would relax the counsellor::

    :: For the first time, Rune looked directing into his eyes. He was very
    attractive. As soon as that crossed her mind, she mentally kicked
    herself. She normally did not think of the attractiveness of others.
    Would he understand or think she was... she wasn't sure what he would
    think she was. But he deserved some sort of explanation. ::

    :: She hung her head for a moment, trying to collect her thoughts. When
    she looked back up, she smiled but it was a nervous and confused smile. ::

    Jolara: Al-Leyans experience what we call 'Season' every 4-5 years in
    which they have to mate. I am at least a year early.

    Logan oO I’ve heard of the Vulcan Pon farr thingy, its sound similar to
    this, but there has to be something else Oo Forgive me Ma’am but how is
    that a problem ?

    Jolara: It is complicated by the fact it is forbidden we mate with
    non-Al-Leyans. ::she laughed nervously:: I guess it should not be a
    problem for me since I have broken away from them for other reasons.
    ::she waved her hand:: Which is a whole other problem. But I am finding
    it very difficult to turn my back on everything I have ever been taught.

    Logan: I see but could you not go back even for a day to oO how to
    phrase this delicately Oo Sort this out. Would an escort because of
    these other reasons help ?

    :: It was a question she had been asked every time she tried to talk to
    someone about this. The very thought struck panic within her. ::

    Jolara: ::shaking her head:: I can not go back there. Ever!

    :: The tension that had been slowly dissipating from her returned with a
    vengeance catching Logan a bit of guard :: oO ok that’s never going to
    happen I see not willingly at least oO

    Jolara: Our society is very strict. Any deviation from the 'norm'
    results in attitude readjustment therapy or worse. I experienced the
    worse once before and I lost who I am. I can not let it happen again. If
    I go back they will force me to go through it again.

    Logan:: Still kneeling Kurt edged closer and gently laid his left hand
    on her forearm :: Forgive me Ma’am but I can’t see what you have done
    that could be that bad, as you’re wearing a Fleet uniform with rank and
    responsibilities associated with it. oO What ever they did has her
    terrified her forearm is a knot to tension or is that fear to match her
    voice. This attitude adjustment therapy doesn’t sound like anything to
    be going through, and worse ? Oo

    :: He understood fear well, how to use to it and what it could do to
    you. Now Security may be a foreign world but one thing about it he
    understood well, and that one thing he was good at ::

    Logan:: Gently gripping her arm so the counselor would look up:: There’s
    a saying in the Corp that a Marine stands, and it’s not to do with them
    not being clever enough to know how to use a chair. oO Good a small
    smile Oo It means the Marines don’t give…….period. During the battles
    with the Borg a unit was giving protection to a team of Engineers
    examining a small Borg craft that had landed on a small planet when they
    were attacked by drones. The rescue shuttle couldn’t land to near in
    case it too came under fire, so to allow time to get to safety the
    marines stayed behind. When they too had suffered casualties one marine
    stayed to allow the injured to be evacuated with the others, knowing
    what would happen to him he stood his ground.

    Jolara: ::tilting her head slight:: I do not understand.

    Logan: I’m new to fleet and to this type of duty and especially this
    colour, but I do know our responsibility is the protection and safety
    all any and all crew with us, that means you’re in that category. So If
    ..ANYONE.. comes with the intent of force, they’ll have to go through a
    Marine that stands. oO This is one thing I do know how to do Oo And I
    don’t go down easy oO Ask the Ambassadors about that Oo :: A smirk
    played at the corner of his mouth :: And I suspect a good few others in
    this crew as well.

    :: Why? He hardly knew her. Of course she knew why. He was Starfleet, a
    fellow crewmember... family. ::

    Jolara: ::smiling:: I appreciate that Ensign.

    Logan: I don’t know about your culture Ma’am in regards of turning your
    back on things but my mother once said that a custom or practice that
    holds you up should be held onto with both hands, one that holds you
    down should be left to wither and die. oO What am I doing …what do I
    know about counselling someone especially a counsellor I have a problem
    I hit it or shoot it Oo All I know is Mathew Flynn.

    Jolara: ::puzzled:: Mathew Flynn?

    Logan: He grew up near us on my home planet, not really into jumping off
    a cliff into a 20ft pool of water :: Smiling at the memory:: He was more
    your Science geek.

    :: Rune still wasn't sure where this was going, so she just listened. ::

    Logan: It was just before I left for earth and Marine training that
    Mathew announced and introduced his boyfriend.

    Jolara: ::it hit her:: Oh.

    Logan: Most of us asked if they were both coming to the party, some were
    polite, others were openly against it. His parents threatened to disown
    him if he didn’t ..:: Searching for the right word :: Change

    Jolara: ::nodding:: I understand too well.

    Logan: Mathew agonised his decision for a while oO It was a sad time Oo
    Then he came to the only decision he could, he told his parents they had
    no say in it and that he was going to live his life his way, there now
    both working in the space port back home as civilian contractors and
    happy with life. oO Except his parents that still refuse to speak to
    him, so they come to ours for home cooked meals Oo Sorry Ma’am I’m no
    counsellor, so I probably haven’t helped, that’s just how I see it.

    :: Rune took a shallow breath. She wasn't sure what she was feeling at
    that moment. Everything was jumbled together. ::

    Jolara: Actually that does help some. That is exactly why I can not go
    back to Leya-I. It is strictly forbidden to even have feelings such as
    that... and I do. That is what makes this all the more complicated. The
    first time I went through my Season, I did not have a choice to... ::her
    face reddened slightly:: It was not a pleasant experience. I would
    rather not but I do not know that there is any other way to get through it.

    Logan oO There’s me thinking you had to be enlightened as a race to gain
    entry into the federation. What am I supposed to say !!!. She probably
    already thinks I’m an idiot with my babbling about marines standing,
    protecting her and matthew. Great I can just her entries to my records
    Ensign Logan babbling bumbling buffon, hey that almost rhymes. Oo ::
    Taking a large breath of air :: oO Borg, Hirogen, Breen fine any day,
    but this…giving advice . Oo Ma’am excuse this but I can’t believe there
    is no one who doesn’t find you attractive and vice versa, talk to them
    and see what happens.

    Jolara: I would not even know who to... How could I? Al-Leyans do not
    have relationships the same way humans do. We do not... ::trying to find
    the right word:: commit in the same way if at all. oOWhich makes things
    that much more complicated with Nikki.Oo ::shaking her head:: I am
    sorry. I did not mean to... how do humans say it? Spill my guts?

    Logan:: Chuckling :: Yes that’s the saying. Ma’am, although my mother
    would make us laugh by making us say. I’m terribly sorry to burden you
    with these issues that have happened upon my door but I thought you
    might be able to help me in shinning a light upon these troubles. It
    always made us smile having to say to so a little easier to get our
    problems out. :: Another smile …thanks Mum :: Sometime those with the
    answers have their own questions. :: He gave her a warm smile :: I’m
    Honoured you confided in me especially being the one who turned the
    lights of when trying to teach a lady to dance :: Letting a small giggle
    escape :: But one thing Ma’am who said anything about Commitment.

    Jolara: ::looking puzzled:: Is that not what humans expect?

    Logan: When my father first met my mother he would only promise to love
    her today and tomorrow. And to this day they hold to that. It’s because
    with only those few days to concentrate on they can put their hearts
    into making them good days and not looking years ahead.

    ::Rune thought about that and then nodded.::

    Jolara: That does make logical sense.

    Logan: For what it’s worth Ma’am find this person and work on today and
    tomorrow and see where that road takes you two.

    :: Rune smiled. ::

    Jolara: Thank you. Hopefully once I get through my season, we can do
    just that.

    Logan: NO..... :: His answer came out in a short burst, looking directly
    at the counselor :: No, never wait. Go now and sort it. How many
    chances do you think you'll get in life ??. Besides today is counting
    down. Of course that and your season with your needing to mate, it could
    well be the perfect time to talk :: He gave the counselor a wink ::

    Jolara: This certainly has not gone the way I thought or intended.
    Perhaps it would be better to do your official evaluation later.
    Although if you have anything you feel you need to talk about, ::smiling
    warmly:: it is only fair I listen.

    Logan:: Shaking his head :: That seems to be life, Ma'am I've told you
    what you need to do so go and find this person, and make today count..
    oO I thought this would count as the session Oo Me :: Letting out a
    small chuckle :: ....nothing that can't wait Ma'am oO More like where
    would I start. But last time I was honest with a counselor all it got me
    was trouble and reprimands Oo Do you need or would you like an escort
    ma'am, to find this friend :: Smilling at her :: of yours?

    Jolara: ::smiling back at him:: I will.


    A joint post with great pleasure
    Ensign Kurt Logan
    Security Officer

    With Great patience, Understanding and Ability from ((thank you Mr. Logan))
    Lieutenant Rune Jolara
    Ship's Counselor
    USS Excalibur

  10. I really loved the Flashback week challenge we did a while ago. I found it interesting to participate here and in the Ongoing Worlds contest. It was awesome to get feedback from the Fleet, where I am used to writing, and from those outside of our group.

    I will miss the challenge. Though I would have liked to enter more often than I did, I am glad I got the chance to participate when I did. =)

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