Guests Of Honor
I first began writing K/S in 1980. I'd been reading K/S since 1976, starting with Gerry Downes' pioneering fanzine "Alternative: The Epilog to Orion", but although I did write some gen Trek during that time I didn't attempt to write K/S for another few years. I was in awe of all those fabulous authors who were writing such wonderful stories. I didn't think I had anything to add.
When Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out, with that Sickbay scene and all those unresolved questions about what happened to split them apart - well, that movie was very inspirational. I began writing my first K/S story while ST:TMP was still playing in the theatres. That story, "Thataway", plus several others, is posted on ksarchive.com
Around that time I decided there wasn't enough K/S out there, and that the best way to get more K/S is start publishing a K/S fanzine. I published the first issue of T'hy'la in 1981, and now, in 2010, I'm working on # 31.
At Shore Leave in 2006 we had a panel discussion about how K/S fandom was going strong in fanzines, Yahoo groups, and individual websites, but not LiveJournal. Many other longtime fandoms had made the leap to LJ, but not K/S. So I decided to create the LJ community kirkspock to fill this need.
K/S fandom owes Jenna Sinclair a huge thank you for everything she's done for the fandom. Jenna was, IMO, the single most important person in K/S fandom for most of the 1990s and 2000s for her wonderful writing, her excellent fanzines, for co-editing The K/S Press and for KiScon.
There have been K/S letterzines for 30 years now. "On The Double" started in 1986. It was following by "The LOC Connection", then Jenna Sinclair and Shelley Butler started the monthly "The K/S Press" in 1996. Jenna decided to step down from publishing "The K/S Press" In 2007, so starting with # 133 I took over as editor, along with Shelley Butler. We continue to publish "The K/S Press" to this day. "The K/S Press" has had over 165 issues.
Jenna organized and chaired three KiScons in Dallas, Texas from 1999 to 2004. When she decided against doing a fourth one, I volunteered to host the next KiScon, which was held in May 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.
I'm continuing to write K/S and hope to have a story or two completed by 2011.
So I was a little shocked when the day I was leaving the beach to fly to Chicago for VividCon, I received an email asking if I would be one of the Guests of Honor for KiScon. Due to internet access varying and things to do with the con and visiting my best friend, I didn't get to answer until a couple of days later, when I answered Amanda Warrington and asked if she had sent the email to the right person. She wrote back to confirm that yes, she did mean me, so I decided it was probably true. Then she asked for a bio, at which time I realized yeah, this was actually happening, so as I'm writing this, I'm in the midst of quiet shock again. It's an honor to be asked and I thank Amanda for the privilege she and Rhaegal have extended to me.
I've been a Trek fan since pretty much since birth, where I watched Star Trek religiously in reruns until episode memorization commenced; when I was eleven, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered and I watched it from pilot to finale. Bitter about Deep Space Nine and Voyager taking its place, I turned to the professional Trek novels for TOS and TNG and then in 1999, three things happened; I found the internet, Voyager, and fanfiction all at once in the newsgroup ASC (alt.startrek.creative), the mailing lists PTFever (ParisTorresFever), and ASCEML (alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated mailing list). I also discovered Deep Space Nine in reruns, so at this point, the only Trek I'm still boycotting is Enterprise, and I'm pretty sure I'll break for it fairly soon.
I entered fandom near the end of the most active usenet period and when it was entering mailing lists; I made the jump from lists to LJ in 2002 while I was in Smallville and have been there ever since. I was an archivist and moderator in the X-Men fandom and currently co-run a few communities and challenges. Primarily, however, I'm fanfic writer.
Star Trek Voyager was my first fandom and where I wrote my first fanfiction "Manipulation", a Paris/Torres episode extension of "Someone to Watch Over Me"; I participated from 1999-2001. From 2001-2009, I was involved in X-Men Movie, Smallville, Queer as Folk, Stargate: Atlantis, Due South, and Merlin fandoms, along with a few stories in other fandoms until the new Star Trek movie came out. It being Star Trek and it being Kirk and Spock, I was basically in as soon as I knew it existed. I joined several of the various LJ communities and went back to ASC and ASCEML to look around and see if any reboot fic had been published. As there were not very much, I started to explore TOS fanfiction that was available and stuck to LJ for my Reboot Trek reading. In 2009, I wrote my first StarTrek reboot story, "You'll Get There in the End, It Just Takes a While" and in 2010 the sequel "War Games". It is disturbingly possible I'll try to one-up myself and add a third story to complete the trilogy. I've also completed a few shorter stories and snippets.
Reboot was a huge change in how I viewed Star Trek and working canon; as a formalized alternate universe of TOS, it allowed the existence of a co-primary canon, leaving the original TOS untouched and still active while allowing a canon secondary version of the characters. I devoted a lot of time to writing meta exploring Trek's unprecedented creation and canonization of a second primary universe, which has reopened the history of Star Trek both to new fans who might find the massive history of Trek daunting and to older fans for whom Trek is not precisely a clean slate, but a universe in which now anything could happen and the challenge of blending original canon events into the new structure of the universe. I don't know any fandom that's been given this audacious a challenge or opportunity to re-explore both what the universe and what we were as fans in the original universe as well as what this universe, and we as fans, can find with a new Trek continuity to explore.
It also allowed a unique and fascinating glimpse into the youth of Kirk and Spock, and the ability to compare/contrast not only the men they are in Reboot to the ones in TOS, but to speculate on the surprising similarity between them. Being able to see them before they were legends but already showing some of the same traits, ,and exploring the same friendship but at the start instead of when it was already established has been fascinating.
Currently I'm involved in Star Trek Reboot, American Idol, and to my surprise, Sherlock Holmes fandoms. This can and will be added to at any moment; I like to stay busy.
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