That's okay, that it isn't your thing, I mean. Although I do need to point out that romantic attraction towards Jean-Luc is not a requirement for being into my stories, I can assure you that a lot of my readers are NOT attracted to Jean-Luc in THAT way. I get what you mean, though - I feel similarly about most het stories although I definitely appreciate the occasional naughty Skinner/Scully or Picard/Troi story (the latter of which I'm guilty of writing myself on occasion, I see no reason to limit myself to writing slash only even though it's definitely my main focus). Thanks for your very kind words, though. They mean a lot, coming from someone who isn't a huge slash fan in the first place, and I'm VERY happy to hear that you enjoyed "my" Jean-Luc! And yeah, "Strangers" isn't a character piece although it served as a perfect basis for an EXTREMELY x-rated piece of artwork that someone drew for me recently and which I obviously cannot post here now. lol It's a PWP ficlet, those aren't exactly character-based masterpieces but a lot of people love a steamy scene - it IS one of my most popular ficlets for that very reason. The Picard/Keel fic is a different matter indeed, it was particularly difficult to write - Jean-Luc in a relationship is difficult to write already without getting completely off-track and out of character, but writing GRUMPY SEASON ONE PICARD in a ROMANTIC setting is like balancing on the edge of a cliff. But then it's JUST like me to fall in love with and decide to write fan fic about one of the most romantically complicated characters in the Trek universe. *facepalm* haha
Okay, since this is the Sir Patrick topic, I guess fannish things work here as well. I got a life size Sir Patrick cardbard cutout today and given the fact that I'm slightly TALLER than Sir Patrick in real life, "life sized" seems a bit of an exaggeration here:
You're pretty much looking at one of the "relics" from the earlier internet times when it comes to Trek - this message board. I've been here for over a decade (with an interruption, granted, but I came back), and I was also a member of this board's predecessor, back in the Ancient Times when Trekcore was called Trekpulse and the board was blue. Heh. So this board has been here for a long long time, at least in internet terms. And now you're part of its history - it's never too late for that! If you want I can send you some of that old fic that I collected back then. It's TNG only though, and a lot of it is far from in-character, but it is an interesting look at the history of things, at least for TNG. With TOS you of course would have to go back much further, to the old days of the Kirk/Spock fanzines. TNG had fanzines as well although they never reached the fame of the K/S ones AND they often exclusively focused on Data being fully functional with ladies or Riker and Troi, yawn, so there's that - not my field of interest, really. lol But in the late 90s people were already starting to publish their stories online, so the fanzines stopped appearing. I came into the fandom late in life, in 2002 (I was 19 then) but it was early enough to witness Yahoo groups and the busiest time of Trek message boards. I still remember reading the very first x rated Picard/Q fan fic I came across on a Yahoo geocities page -with very annoying music- and I remember blushing and being like "OH MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING Q OMG WHAT IS THIS WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH JEAN-LUC OMG I MUST READ ON". My ears got so red they must have been glowing. Ah, the good old times. And I'm definitely interested in reading some of your fan fic, especially since you say we have the same taste in fan fic, haha! Rare pairings need more attention, I keep saying this. I rarely publish my fic here on this board anymore because I write too many x-rated scenes these days and those aren't allowed here (and that's okay I just don't want to maneuver around them anymore lol) but if you want, the link to my stuff is here. And don't worry about publishing things. We all hesitated once! I actually still hesitate to publish my stuff and I've been writing fan fic for a long time. The nervousness never really leaves, but that's part of the process of being a fic writer. Another writer said to me once "if you're not nervous about publishing a new fan fic you're doing it wrong". She had a point there.
Oh and I almost forgot - thank you Sehlat, I am honored that you named me as one of your favorite fic writers! *blush*
I strongly believe in the uniqueness of the Trek fan fiction genre and I am an avid defender of its incarnations, especially slash. I'm usually the first who starts picking up the pitchforks if someone tries to tell me "fan fic is not art" or "you slash writers only want to make characters gay". That's a) utter nonsense and b) utter no no. So, my opinion of fan fic is that it's a wonderful creative tool, and fan fic authors deserve praise for putting their writing out there. It took me years to publish my stuff and if it hadn't been as well-received as it was by other slash fan fic writers/readers (AND non-slash people as well) and if they hadn't encouraged me to write and publish more, I never would have done so. Sure it was bumpy at first, no one starts out perfectly, but that's why feedback is so important. *climbs off soap box* Now. I hardly read any TNG fan fic these days unless it's a favor for a friend (I hardly ever agree to beta things because I'm a horrible nitpicker when it comes to Jean-Luc) or written by someone whose name is vaguely familiar to me - I'm a TNG/Picard-centered fan fic writer myself, I guess that has to do with it in some way, I spot even the tiniest mistake or out of character phrase and this can be very tiresome if you just want to read something to be entertained. Before I started writing myself I used to love reading basically anything that featured Picard/Q or anything that had Picard/adult male character and was x-rated. I collected quite a few of these fan fics on floppy disks and am now very happy to have them because most of them can no longer be found. (Among them also crossover gems like Picard/Bashir or Picard/Garak. Super rare pairings.) They remind me of the early days of me as a fan fic fan. I do read the occasional Kirk/Spock story these days though (TOS version only), though. Or if someone writes a nice little Garak/Bashir ficlet. Or some nice Archer/Tucker fluff. Or rare pairings, no matter which series, except maybe VOY, I don't really get involved in either the show or its fan fic. I love rare pairings, someone who writes a rare pairing (no matter if slash or het) has my immediate attention since I mostly write rare (Picard) pairings myself. All in all I'd say my favorite genre to read (and write) is definitely slash, favorite pairings to write are pairings that involve Jean-Luc, but the favorites to READ these days are usually ones that DON'T involve him directly due to my incredibly annoying nitpicking habit. I don't have a favorite author however, I don't read enough fan fic these days to really be able to pick one.
Given how Data uses the device against Jean-Luc's will in Nemesis already even though he has BENEVOLENT motives in mind (I will forever be grateful he did what he did), it stands to reason that the device is not unproblematic indeed. Even if you have GOOD intentions with it, you can still create a mess, and I don't want to know what happens when someone with BAD intentions uses it on someone else against their will.
Mangold really crashed the press conference, his answers were incredibly long-winded and he got into EVERY SINGLE ASPECT. He was easily the one who got the most spotlight there - if he directs this way also, thoroughly and with a lot of insight, it's no wonder "Logan" is apparently this good. It also takes some serious guts to "outspeech" Sir Patrick (who is normally the go-to guy for long-winded speeches) AND to just ignore that HUGH JACKMAN is supposed to be the star of the movie and the press conference. I didn't really mind though - Sir Patrick got a few words in and I was content with just watching the whole thing live and feeling comforted by his 'presence in my living room' AND in the capital city of my country. (I know this sounds silly but it is not.)
Here's another one, the "real" press pictures are pouring in now, and I haven't even taken a look at the ones from the press conference I just watched... aaaah! lol LOOK AT HIM BEING PERFECT
EDIT: And then this just came in: Patrick Stewart gives the dirt on his Poop Emoji and shocking 'Logan' role EDIT 2: And here's what happened at the press conference in a nutshell: Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart on ‘Logan,’ Trump and Violence
Thank you! I just think he deserves all the love in the world, and I want to give him as much of it as possible. At least he's in Berlin right now, in my time zone, which means he at least won't tweet pics/news at 3 in the morning, lol. (Doesn't stop the US websites and blogs from doing so of course but at least HE is quiet at night now. lol)
And this is only the beginning. Last time he did a blockbuster movie related press tour (for Days Of Future Past) I didn't really get much sleep for about two weeks. These promo tours take him to places all over the world, and they're very exhausting. For both of us. Another reason why I'm glad he isn't in many blockbuster movies. I couldn't do this kind of news marathon every other week.