Your Moment of TrekZen*.

“That disguise doesn’t fool me, Two-Face!”


(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)


Your Moment of TrekZen.*

From the StarFest Convention held a couple of weekends ago, this was one of my favorite entries in the con’s annual costume contest. She pulled this off with no tribble at all.


I laughed way hard the first time I saw this. I wish I’d had a chance to catch her name and let her know.

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Yet another overlooked piece of the Star Trek mythos I think is waaaaaaaaaaaay overdue for a comeback.

Tell me I’m wrong.


Another in a series of…”interesting” choices so far as early day Star Trek merchandising. One of my Writing Bucket List items is to see to it that this bad boy ends up in a Star Trek story at some point. By hook or by crook, I will do this…….

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Somewhere, in an alternate timeline, these books exist, and they are glorious.


This little slice of awesome was created by an artist who goes by the handle of “Johnny Radar.” Over on his DeviantArt page, this is just one of several such mock book covers he’s rendered which re-imagine various Star Trek episodes, characters, etc. as old-school pulpy SF covers from the days of yesteryear. As a collector of such tomes, this sort of thing just tickles my funny bone. There are a few I’d love to have as prints, because they’re Just. That. Cool.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek and/or classic SF cover art, then be sure to wander over and check out Johnny Radar’s work.

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

So, about that Ticonderoga trip….

I waited a week to see if the buzz from our excursion to the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour would wear off. Nope. Still there, and it renews itself every single time I look at photos of our little field trip.


For those tuning in late, last weekend (May 5-7), my writing partner and hetero life mate, Kevin Dilmore, and I traveled to scenic Ticonderoga, New York. I’d never visited that area of the state before, and it is as beautiful as advertised. I can definitely see a return trip to that part of the country, ideally as part of a road trip which would take me up into the New England region and other places I’ve never visited (looking at you, Boston, etc.).

So, Kevin and I joined fellow Star Trek word makers Keith R. A. DeCandidoMichael Jan FriedmanDave GalanterDavid R. George III, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Bill LeisnerDavid MackScott Pearson,  and Aaron Rosenberg for what ended up being something very special. Wanna see?

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“Where’s My Book, 2016 Edition” – We haz winnahs!

The votes are in, the poll is closed, and the winners are now known!

First place, earning 13 votes, is Jim Johnson:


Second place with 11 votes is Gloria Johnston Porter:


And in third place with 9 votes, Kimberly Winn Underwood (who also happens to be my cousin. 🙂 ):


Each will receive an autographed “advance reader copy” of my upcoming 24 novel Trial By Fire. This isn’t the actual book that will be turning up in stores on or about August 23rd, but instead a printed version of the final document I got to review for any last-minute changes before the manuscript went to the printer. I’m not allowed to sell these things and there aren’t a whole lot of them made, and some book hounds consider them collector’s items of one sort or another. Your mileage may vary.

So, JIM! GLORIA! KIM! Send me mailing info via e-Mail to, so I can get things rolling.

For those who may be curious, here are the final poll results:

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to send in pics and/or vote in the poll. Maybe we’ll do it again next summer. 🙂

Where’s My Book? 2016 Edition: The Poll!


Yep, I can hear some of you saying it. “What the hell’s he waiting for? Let’s get on with this!”

Okay. Okay. I get it.

The deadline’s closed and the pics are in! We had some interesting ones, dayton-24this time around, that’s for sure. In the interests of fairness, I opted to leave entries to the final poll at two per person, which made it hard to choose from those of you who sent in multiple pictures. Many, many thanks to those who opted to play my silly little game. 🙂

Now it’s your turn to decide! Vote for your favorites! Select as few or as many as you want, but let’s have some voting! The top three vote-getters will get an autographed Advance Reader Proof copy of Trial By Fire, my forthcoming 24 novel which isn’t due in stores until August 23rd.

The poll will run from Tuesday evening through Sunday, July 31st, with winners formally announced on August 1st.

So, what have we got in the way of pictures? Have a look,  then get on with the voting!

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