“Picard and Wesley”

Throwback Thursday! Here’s an old Star Trek story I wrote a couple of years ago, featuring the crew of Star Trek: the Next Generation. 😀

Allison the Writer

Picard hates children. >:)

Picard and Wesley

(by Allison Rose)

“But Jean-Luc,” Dr. Beverly Crusher persisted, “it’s important that the two of you bond!”

As he took long strides down one of the Enterprise’s lengthy corridors, Captain Jean-Luc Picard tried to pay Beverly no heed.  Perhaps the Borg were right, though.  Resistance was proving to be incredibly futile.  “I won’t do it, Beverly,” he called over his shoulder.  “I won’t spend the day with Wesley!”

“Would you rather spend the day with my little boy, Picard?”  a flamboyant voice asked.

Picard managed to skid to a screeching stop before he smashed into Q.  Was he and Beverly in cahoots?

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“Long Lost” – flash fiction

This is a flash fiction I wrote a few weeks ago, in a sudden burst of inspiration.  This is a scene from a much bigger, discombobulated storyline that I have no plans of formally developing anytime soon.  The characters have backstories, names, personalities, but I think a touch of ambiguity helps to make this ficlet palatable to the rest of the world. 😛


She’s the first thing he sees when he finally opens his eyes, the faint traces of pain hazy through the medications.  “Hello, Dad,” she says quietly.  Her words are laced with sadness and longing.  There’s more she wants to tell him, but now’s not the time – will there ever be another?

He greets her weakly by a name that’s not hers.  But she holds his hand and lets the conversation run to mundane things, things that hadn’t happened to her.  She’s making up the answers as she goes along.

Someone tells her it’s time to go – the voice is impatient, gruff.  The gruffness conceals years of jealousy, and pain.

She excuses herself, promises to return later.  A lie.  “It was nice seeing you,” she says, glancing over her shoulder.  It was nice meeting you, she wants to tell him.

The medications are potent.  He drifts back into a dreamless, restful sleep.

Some hours later, he receives another visitor.

“Hi!”  Her familiar eyes shine bright with relief.  “You’re feeling better!”  She’s holding back – she can’t tell if it’s a good idea to hug him around all the tubes and wires.

Faintly, he returns the smile.  “Good to see you again,” he says, studying her from the cot.  “You changed your hair.”

She runs a hand through her hair.  “What do you mean?  It’s always been like this.”

His scarred brow furrows in puzzlement.  “Hm…  It looked different when you came in before.”

“Before?”  Now, it’s her turn to be confused.  They’ve had him on a lot of drugs since….  “You must’ve dreamed it.”

He grows silent.  Somehow, that doesn’t seem right.

a rant

Today, I saw my real-life hero cry. My hero is such a survivor. They have survived more lemons than life should have the right to throw at a person.

And I wanted to cry too, because there is little to nothing I can do to ease their pain. I’m totally powerless.

I’m just a kid, and I’m only beginning to acquire the theoretical knowledge that should theoretically help me function in a theoretically functional world.

…I feel like the world has become a sick, sick place. Perhaps it has been one all along, and we only know it for sure now because the news reports every terrible thing that happens. I don’t know.

I realize there’s something we can all do. Guys, we may just be a bunch of young writers now, but we’re the authors of tomorrow. We’re also the adults of tomorrow, the pillars of tomorrow’s society.

Please continue to do everything you can to make the world a just and loving place for everyone, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, gender, ethnicity, race, or religion.

Kindle Worlds – Kind of Disappointing

Two years ago, I wrote about an interesting new project called Kindle Worlds.  In short form, they are an official Amazon Kindle program that allows writers to publish and profit from fanfictions of existing franchises that they’ve acquired licenses to, like G.I. Joe, Pretty Little Liars, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl.  Two of my favorite veteran sci-fi authors, Kevin J. Anderson and Timothy Zahn, have written fanfictions for Kindle Worlds as well.

Two years later, I’m still dreaming of the day when I can write and sell fanfictions too.  The primary reason why I haven’t yet taken advantage of KindleWorlds is that they have yet to offer a World that I’m into.  I could, of course, “get into” any of the franchises they currently offer, but none of them particularly interest me.  And with each new acquisition, I’m getting more discouraged. Continue reading →

Readerly Recipes: Ent-Draught Iced Tea

In my travels throughout the Worldwide Web, I’ve discovered several interesting recipes inspired by some of my favorite storybooks – and then some that I have yet to read.  Here’s my take on Ent-Draught, which Merry and Pippin enjoyed during the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers.  Icy, flavorful, and guaranteed to bring “refreshment and vigour” during these hot summer months, it’ll be ready before you can say “Good morning” in the Ent language. 😉 Continue reading →

Indie Reading List

Thanks to a new writerly friend, I recently discovered a cool website called BookBub, which is essentially a database of the latest limited-time eBook sales and freebies.  When I ventured onto the site last week, I discovered several interesting YA and middle-grade freebies, most of which appear to be from independent/self-published authors:

  • The Heiress of Covington Ranch – Tara Ellis (MG)
  • Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale) – Alexa Purdy (YA)
  • Island of Fog – Keith Robinson (MG)
  • Shirley Link and the Safe Case – Ben Zackheim (MG)
  • Town Secrets (Book of Adam) – Scott Gelowitz (MG)
  • The Mystery of Claw Mountain – Paul Moxham (MG)

I realize a lot of the MG titles are mystery stories which boast of being great for fans of Nancy Drew / The Hardy Boys.  I’m certainly not against that, but when you go around comparing your stories to something that’s established as super-awesome, you’re setting some high expectations from me as a reader and longtime fan of these old series.

I’m also in the process of reading and reviewing The Beauty Thief (YA) by indie author Rachael Ritchey.  Right now, my schedule is pretty packed with exam preparations and stuff, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace a little more once the term’s over.  I’m really enjoying it (the book, not school) so far!