Star Trek at its absolute best!

What is there NOT to like about the new Star Trek movie?  There are explosions, the acting is fantastic, the traditional bantering between Bones and Spock is perfection…there’s even a tribble involved.  Come on, who doesn’t like tribbles?

Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachery Quinto’s (Heroes fame) performance as Spock are stellar.  In fact, the whole cast is on fire.  Karl Urban, who plays Bones, reminds me so much of a young DeForest Kelley who played the original Bones in the t.v. series and earlier movies.  Major kudos to the casting director.

This movie explains how Kirk comes in contact with certain people.  I won’t say who because that will give some of the plot away and I’d have to put up a spoiler alert.  I will say they are very important in Kirk’s life and answers to questions I’ve had over the years were revealed.

As to the special effect team?  Whoo Hoo!!  The graphics were stupendous.  Explosions phenomenal.  From the moment the movie begins, so does the action, and it never lets up.

There are some plot issues (I wish there had been more explanation to the opening scene of the movie), but the scenes move so fast you don’t really notice the plot stuff  until the movie is over.  That’s a good thing.  There is also nothing really ‘dark’ about this film so I’m not sure where the title fits in, but I’m willing to overlook that because it’s such an unrelenting roller coaster of the good kind.

What exactly is Star Trek, Into Darkness about?  From IMDb:

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

My final assessment:  Star Trek Into Darkness is steeped in action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals.  It will definitely please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike.  It’ll also make you want to go back and watch a particular Star Trek film from the early ’80s, which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time.

Happy trekking!  Live long and prosper.  

Tchotchkes – tribbles…they’re all cute

I can already see your funny little face squished up in confusion.  Tchotchkes?  What the heck are tchotchkes?

In a nutshell, they’re digital goodies that publishers put together for their book releases. These little goodies can be website banners, magnets, bookmarks, postcards…even posters!  Oooo, I would LOVE a poster.

I’ve had a chance to view the ones for the Make Believe Anthology and let me tell you, they are b-e-a-utiful!!!!!  Sorry…can’t show them to you yet.  Top secret stuff and all.  But you’ll get to see them soon, I promise, and I can assure you, they will be well worth the wait.

I wish I had money because I can think of some wonderful advertising.  How cool would it be to make a banner that streams out behind those airplanes that advertise over the beach?  Or maybe a bus stop bench advertisement?  Whoa!   Hold the presses.  We could go billboard size!  That would rock!  (I’m not a little excited over this anthology am I?)

Oh, it’s nice to dream.  One day, I’ll be a famous author and I’ll be able to do stuff like this.  Until then, I’ll just stare at my little digital tchotchkes, smile, and know how lucky I am to be published.  It’s a wonderful feeling.

Now get going, shoo.  You have writing and publishing to do so you can get your own tchotchkes to stare at.  I promise, they’re cuter than tribbles and won’t take over your starship.  🙂

(sorry about the advertising, but it’s too cute not to post)