September 13th, 2010

The Gold Standard wants help us fight diabetes

Hey guys, I'm sending out another signal boost for The Gold Standard. We're walking again this year in the 2010 Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes walk-a-thon, taking place at the Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, CA.

Last year, with the help of all you fine GQMFers, we raised over one thousand dollars. For 2010 we're already raised $315.00, but we need a lot of help if we're going to make our goal of doubling last year's amount.

You got what it takes to help people everywhere Live Long and Prosper?
Then click right HERE to donate.
(link takes you to the team page. donations are made to individuals, so pick a crew member from the list at the bottom of the page and donate!)

If you or someone you know has diabetes, let us know! Last year The Gold Standard walked for all the members of this community who are affected by diabetes, and we plan to do it again for 2010.

And hey, Star Trekkers in the San Jose, CA area who are interested in being a part of The Gold Standard are welcome to join us! We're already up to 6 crew members! If you want to walk with us (it's free to register!) drop me a note here in this post and I'll hook you up. :D

The Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes date is Sunday, October 10th. You know what to do...punch it!
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This is the weekly post where members can plan meetups for movies, conventions, and misc events.

Just specify the city/country you're in and link to a post in your personal journal where your neighbors can plan the meetup with you. or else check out the list of communities dedicated to these meet-ups  Collapse )

For upcoming Star Trek related conventions check here.


For those of you who were able to document your meetups, please post your pics and recaps here, or better yet link to a post in your own LJ so that the comment pages here don't break the internet.

Last week, there was no tales of meetups, but let's see what this week will bring...

Even if you didn't take any pictures, please feel free to recount the awesomeness of meeting with other GQMF's, any funny conversations or accidental meeting of other Star Trek geeks fans. lol

Do it!

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Kristen Lamb: "What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Writing"

So, I'm just starting a blog on book reviewing (, and today, while on WordPress, I come across this little gem by Kristen Lamb, very relevant to our interests:

(What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Writing)

Under the cut above, Lamb explains how:

Star Trek proved that imperfect characters resonate with audiences.

Audiences LOVE flawed characters. James T. Kirk was deliciously flawed at the beginning. He was on a road to self-destruction believing he could never stand in the shadow of his father’s greatness. He demonstrated how character strengths of a great leader, when not harnessed properly, are tools of great mischief and mayhem.

Time and time again I see new writers become far too fascinated with the too-perfect protagonist (been there and got the T-shirt, myself). The problem with the too-perfect protagonist is that audiences find it difficult to relate. While it might seem counterintuitive, flawed is often better. Want an illustration from the fiction world? I believe that Twilight is a great example. Bella was deeply flawed and thus readers could easily slip into her shoes. They, too, could look at Edward and long to know what it would be like to be one of the beautiful people.

Star Trek perfected showing, not telling.

The director didn’t dedicate entire scenes to Spock and Uhura explaining how Kirk was a reckless pain in the tush. Abrams employed scenes that showed Kirk crashing through their lives like a bull in a china shop. There was ONE flashback and it was information critical to understanding the plot.

Star Trek employed parsimony.

One element of showing and not telling is to make the most of your story. Employ setting, symbol and action economy. If a scene can do more than one thing…let it. In the beginning (prologue) Kirk’s mother is pregnant (with him). Bad guys appear, and Dad is left on board as acting captain of the ship. He must sacrifice to save them all. It is no accident that the director did two things. First, all the battle noises fade away and symphony music rises. Then, the scenes cut from Mom giving birth to Dad giving his life. Birth and death, hope and sacrifice are suddenly in perfect harmony. That was done for a reason. In your novel, do all things on purpose.

Star Trek showed character via relativity.

The interesting thing is that the Red Shirt guy is hooping and hollering all the way down like some idiot out of a Mountain Dew commercial. Kirk pulls his chute and begs the guy to open his. Red Shirt is too busy being a thrill-seeking idiot and ends up vaporized. Now we the audience can see Kirk takes huge risks, but we also understand that he cares about others and is not stupid.

Star Trek relied on character and story.

This is the single most important lesson for those writing sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror. Tell us a story about people first. Relying on gadgets and gimmicks is not storytelling. There are all kinds of space movies that had far better special effects than the original Star Wars, yet Star Wars endures and will endure to future generations. Why? Because it told a story about people first. I believe this Star Trek will do the same.

Star Trek used CGI, but not at the expense of the real focus . . . the stories about the people.

I edit a lot of writers who want to write YA, fantasy, paranormal, etc. and too often they allow world-building to take over. The reader is so bogged down in gimmick that she cannot see the characters or the story. Frequently there isn’t a story.


There's more at the link is above.

And now, I end with some Kirk.

(mods, I wasn't sure what to tag this post with. Can we get some "discussion", "articles", or "relevant to our interests" tags for stuff like this? Like, articles about star trek that are all smarty and analytical and what-not?)