Ever since I'm a Star Trek fan, I think this is the first time I really feel frustrated with being a Star Trek fan. No, not the fact that there's a few active Star Trek series in development, it is great and that being sad having multiple shows in development is amazing. It feels really that we living in a new era of Trek that is being talked about publicly, not just in conventions and such. There's announcements for new shows, international attention and also a lot of material that is simply amazing. So, why I feel frustrated you might ask? Why am I not happy?
Social media can be brutal sometimes. Personally I've never really had massive fights with people who I did not agree with, or got accused of things. The shear presence on being in social media, following people and following news, keeping up with the news and all this excitement can be really overwhelming sometimes. I have been active on social media since 2016, so about 4 years now and it's been a very interesting journey. YouTube alone made me realise how much I enjoy creating meaningful content that I enjoy talking about - that is something that I am focusing on right now for the return for the 4th season of my show. Twitter has been an interesting journey as well, but the platform these days has become very aggressive... I don't necessarily mean people - however the taste of who am I following has been changed quite a lot in the few months/year - but the atmosphere is very busy that almost gives me a certain level of anxiety. That anxiety comes from the constant tweets and of course the newsflash and shenanigans about everything new that happens in Star Trek these days, which is good, but it is overwhelming. I remember "back in the days" I was eager to get to know more, but the information was not as easily reachable than it is in 2020. That initial excitement now sadly turned into a bit of an "online social media anxiety" of some sort.
As far as my hiatus, I'll be away at least till Star Trek Picard is out as I've heard that a few people already started spreading rumours and things they've seen in the early premiere. Not cool peeps, not cool. I was lucky enough not to experience anything in regards of the details also stopped watching trailers for a while, so I'm fine, but I have a feeling that this will not be the case all the time. So the officially declared hiatus is on and I will take it very seriously.
I know that a very few people really reads my blog in a weekly basis and I'm just getting back to publish more and more. I'm not even considered for being one of those people who's presence really matter online and I mean this with respect. If some reason any one of you want to reach out to me, I'm always happy to receive an email or you can even contact me through the "contact me" page. :)
I'm excited for what things to come both from what comes from Star Trek, also what I'm planning for this year with the channel and the yet not really discussed podcast... So in short, I'll be hiding here for a while and I'm looking forward to get surprised by what the future holds. :) _\\//
A bit late to the game, but I still wanted to share a few of my thought of the recent Short Treks titled Children of Mars which serves as a prelude to Star Trek Picard. No I must say that it was refreshing to see that the "Discovery branding" was not included to this one. I know I might get a few harsh word thrown to to my head for saying this, but if you think about it, it has "nothing" to do with Discovery. It does not happen in the same time period, so getting away from that visual intro was a great choice and very welcoming to see. Now that being said the episode was interesting. I was watching this short with my wife who has seen a little bit of Trek before, not a fan in any level, but joined for this few minute long little adventure.
To get this out of the blue it was short, about 7-9 minutes, not much time to tell a story, but they managed to show us two rivals in a school environment with different attachments to their parents. One has been missing her Mom and seemingly enjoying her calls whilst the other has a not so much positive attitude towards her father who will not be able to come home any time soon. Not cool dad, not cool. Their story collides in a fight in the school and while they were punished they were informed that Mars and Utopia Planitia has been attacked. Realising that both of their parents are probably now deceased, they come together under the probably darkest moment in their life so far. End of story.
The story itself was interesting, little tension and emotion put together in 9 minutes with not so much monologue that was new to Trek. It was almost like watching a "silent movie" but with better music and visuals. It was a nice setup for Picard in a sense that we probably gonna have a better understanding of why Picard will find himself in a darker place in the future. There's still a lot to be answered of course, but at least we got a nice tie in to the show that I suspect will come up at some point.
I mean, really?
Now here's the thing, and I do have to address the elephant in the room as seems like a lot of people in twitter addressed this "issue" that I personally find very exhausting... the shipyard scene. Now I understand that people were looking to see more of a 24th century design, and that the Discovery era technology should not have been represented... I must say I am sick of this constant fight about starships. I now this will surprise a few of you, but to be fair that 5 seconds we seen from the show was totally irrelevant for the episode. I see people fighting and arguing about the ships being wrong while we have had older TOS style technology present in later shows like TNG or DS9, but somehow no one gave a damn. And we should not give a damn either about this. The ships are a big part of Star Trek, but essentially they add very little to the story.
Overall this Short Trek episode was OK. I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Mudd episode which is a big thing coming from me, not liking the character from the TOS era onwards. The episode didn't make me feel as a lot of people said it earlier, but hey, everyone is different and I'm happy if you found some value in it. For me and even for my wife it felt nothing like the Star Trek I know/she seen...
So here you have it, a little late, but it's better late than never. ;) I'm interested to see what did you think about the Short Trek and what are your hopes for Picard that just has been renewed for 2nd season? Let me know in a comments below.
Life is simply not fair... specially this year when we all had our fair share of troubles and difficulties and on top of everything we have lost a few very good people in the Star Trek community. Lately the passing of Aron Eisenberg shook us all, and now our beloved Rene Auberjonois has gone. This is just a news that I cannot simply process. It's a very strange feeling as personally I've never had the chance to meet him, but watching him playing that fantastic character on screen and having a little bit of interaction through social media gave me that extra touch of his presence. He was a great person who let us in to his life through his art, his pictures and never the less the performances that we were fortunate to witness, specially the one as Odo from Deep Space Nine.
I cannot help, but think of his character and all those wonderful episodes that was full of heart, soul, mystery and even laughter. We've seen Odo falling in love with Kira, getting childishly harassed by Lwaxana Troi, playing baseball in the holodeck and having all of those wonderful moments that we tearfully laughed at when he was on screen with Quark. Soo many good memories of his character and of course for many soo many great memories of him as a person, an artist, father and a granddad. Words cannot comprehend his loss and life will be difficult without him for a while. :'(
Being a Star Trek fan isn't just about loving the show, it's about having an extended family. For some of us long time Trekkies, a loss of an actor is more than only the loss of an actor... for us it's losing a member of our own family we deeply care about. My condolences with Rene's family, close friends and of course his extended family in this difficult time. Rest In Peace good Sir, in the Great Link. _\\//
Following up on my last blog post - and my recent tweet - I must say, things are indeed changing around the House of Trekkerprise. Some of these things I've been discussion with Wayne and Jude recently over the latest TrekMate podcast, but ever since I've got a few bits and pieces that I wanted to follow up on in regards what is going on with the channel and with myself as well.
Now that many of you probably aware that YouTube is changing it's ways about creators, the audience is changing no to mention keeping up with all thing Star Trek is quite overwhelming sometimes. Being a creative person and making videos as a hobby is amazing, but there's clearly ways of doing this better than before. While the whole change that is happening in the platform is likely not gonna effect me and my channel but as they say "one can never be sure what the future holds..." - more on this in a few days time.
I did make some minor changes for the website as well and currently working on a second one that will be essentially will replace Creative Trekkie hopefully in the beginning of next year. Becoming freelancer as a graphic designer was on my list for a while and next year I tend to take things up to the next level. That being said I'll probably will take more time on that too while adding some topics to Trekkerprise and of course to channel. That being said the site will have some extra segments from next year that hopefully will be something that a lot of you will welcome.
As for 2020, there will be some new videos on the channel as promised, but the format will probably will change up a little bit - probably for the better. I took quite a lot of time watching my older videos lately and seeing the development both in terms of visual and personal way I must say I've got quite emotional about it. It's been an amazing journey and getting where I'm at took a lot of courage, and determination... that I unfortunately lack of these days due to (mainly) personal development.
So in short, changes are coming. I know i'm not a big fish in the Star Trek community and this website probably interest only the few of you, but those who takes the time and reaching out here - you know who you are ;) - I admire you very much. I'll be sharing some more details on the progress in the next few days as there still some things I'd like to touch base on. Until then as usual, Live Long and Prosper. _\\//
Life is tough sometimes and it has been a very interesting few months for me lately. About 4 months ago I released my last video where I said that I'll be going away for a while and will be returning around late 2019. Now many of you who regularly checks my blog and keeps themselves updated with my journey - i really appreciate you people :) - knows that I've moved cross country, started a new job after being without one for a while and also taking on a course or two for developing myself and our future that we live by with my wife.
As of being offline from my channel and getting on with life has opened my eyes a lot recently. I've learned a lot about what matters and what can be dismissed. I've changed a few things around here and there and slowly, gradually I started working on my channel lately. now I promised that things will be better with the new season. They will be I promise as I'm really close now to finalise where I want to take you on board with my little ship called Trekkerprise. The content will be brand new, almost experimental in a way that no Trek channels have done before and I'm super excited to give more details on that when the times comes.
My early prediction that I'll return towards the end of this year has been very optimistic. The truth is that I see my life differently now. Responsibility and priorities have shifted over the last few months and YouTube is not there right now. I'm a bit gutted to say that my channel will not return for a longer period of time this year, possibly moving towards an early 2020 comeback. Now I know you might think that I'm secretly preparing for Picard and other juicy Star Trek shows they will embark on their journey, but the truth is... the direction will be different. ;)
There's plenty of content out there and some if the channels like Ketwolski, Trek on the Tube, Starfleetboy, Kertrats and many more do an amazing jobs already with what they do. I've received a lot of love and appreciation for my videos over the last few years and I still cannot believe how I achieved what I achieved, but it's fair to say that it is good to take a step back and refocusing my thoughts on my life and the promise for my channel that I almost forgot about...
TO BE CONTINUED
I love graphic design, I love creating and also love Star Trek. Now being a designer could mean a lot to many people. Some think they are the standard for others, some just trying, some admires and more of us being unnoticed. Being a designer - for me at least - has been a very interesting journey so far. I've never thought about myself that I'm good... I'm kinda "OKay-ish" in the field. Despite that I love when I can create something that connects me with the show I love and admire soo much.
Teaming up with Sean from Trek on the Tube we have created something very unique that has never been done before... a proper timeline of the Star Trek Universe. We wanted to create a unique and simple chart that explains where the different series takes place and how the different timelines are interacting with each other, now of course these are the basics only, but never the less an easy to understand representation of the Star Trek timelines as they are today at the writing of this article. It may not be perfect for some of you, it may not be accurate for more of you, and who knows... maybe less of you will like it for some strange reason that it will make a good wallpaper. Either way, we are proud to present this little creation of ours for the Star Trek Community. You can use it, save it, print it out and all this or free. No charge, no secret clause or footnote as this is a gift. You don't even have to give us credit, however that would be deeply appreciated. :)
As a gift we only have one favour to ask if you use it and it does not cost anything... keep it as it is. Just as with any gift, we put hours of work to this to make it for you and we would both appreciate if it would be used for the intended purpose. This is made by Star Trek fans for Star Trek fans and we only hope that it will help you along the years to understand how the Timelines work in our favourite show. Enjoy. _\\//
Today I did something I was thinking about a lot recently: I've deleted my Instagram account. I know a few of you who followed me there and also reads this blog occasionally might think that something is wrong, or maybe you will get said over the fact that I've decided to end that part of my online/social presence. Well, there's a reason behind this, just like behind everything, so here it comes.
Being on a hiatus helps me a lot to re-evaluate my presence on social media and also helps me decide what is important in life. Since we moved from the south of England to Scotland with my wife my life has changed and I started thinking about things that really matters. I certainly know that YouTube is a platform that I love and I can freely create, share my view and opinion about things and generally connect with a wider audience. When I started Instagram I was simply uploading some meaningful pictures that went into travel/geek photos and other Star Trek related pictures that I loved sharing back then. Than my attention and time went into creating other things in life and my interest slowly dried out towards that platform. I'm not saying that it was bad to have one, but lately I certainly felt like I'm carrying a burden with me. Whenever I stumbled upon my phone and seen the app icon I kept thinking "Ohh, I have not been posting for a while..." and the pressure just made me look back at those pictures and then an hour later just realised that I wasted time and I did not even get a picture out. Was worth it right? :)
Over the last few months I was failing to upload anything or following up with things and generally kept forgetting about the app as well. The surprising thing what happened to me that I realised that not knowing much about what happens there at all did not even bothered me any more which was a very interesting feeling to realise. So after thinking about the "purpose" of my account, I arrived to the conclusion that I do not have the need to have that account any more. I went through a few changes in my life recently that helped me realise the truly important things in life and also my purpose as a content creator on YouTube. Preparing for Season 4 of Trekkerprise is a very exciting part of my life right now that I have big plans for already and I can't wait to share more details with you all. Part of developing a better channel comes with "letting go" something that I was not planning to continue any more.
Deleting the account surely does not mean that I will not share pictures occasionally, of course that is not going to change. The platform however will be in my web-blog where I will post a picture with my thoughts in the future. I believe that at the end of the day I'm glad that I did this. I feel happy that I don't have this burden any more that creates frustration for me every time I get a glance on my phone and I now can focus on more about the meaningful part of my social media presence. I'm happy that I was part of Instagram, I'm grateful for all my followers there and I have had good time interacting with people. Thank you Instagram and Bon Voyage. _\\//
Comic Con Scotland is known for it's amazing guests, many of whom have never attended a UK convention before! Here is a look at 2019 TV & Film Actor Guest List for Comic Con Scotland.
The convention does look a lot of fun with legendary guests like Chistopher Lloyd, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ray Park and the list goes on. The event will take place in the wonderful city of Edinburgh in Scotland in the weekend of 12-13th of October 2019.
Buy you tickets right here: https://www.comicconventionscotland.co.uk/ and see you there. :)
I remember when I first met Aron in a convention. I could not believe how fun and gracious he was. I have to admit I was very nervous meeting Star Trek actors as they are the kind of people who I grew up watching them through our TV and living my life by. Meeting them in person is always one of those moments I will never be able to prepare for and also never to forget. Meeting Aron was no different in any way. I was shaking a little bit thinking what can I say to him, how can I ask a question that won't make him feel he's answering the same thing over and over again... the moment I said "Hello" to him he looked at me with a smile, shook my hand and he started talking to me. My fear of not being able to talk to him instantly went away and we actually had a really good time. I ended up simply just saying "I really love your work and you are one of my favourite from Deep Space Nine." He said that he really appreciated it. After a few minutes we shook hands and I left with a smile on my face. "I've just met Nog!" :) I was extremely happy, but in reality I've met Aron who was just as friendly as his character. :)
When I woke up this morning and checked my phone I did not expect that the first thing on my display is a tweet that Aron Eisenberg passed away. I'm still not able to process this... It's devastating and it does makes me feel very sad inside. Aaron was a wonderful soul who always took the time for fans and made us feel a part of the Star Trek family. His loss is a devastating news. :'(
Over the years and being a Star Trek fan I grew to understand that being a Trekkie is not just simply loving a TV show, it is being a part of a bigger family. The franchise to me does really feel like my second family and I'm just as grateful to be a part of it than anyone else. Having all of these wonderful characters and wonderful people in our lives is something that I will cherish forever. Loosing one of them does make me feel I've lost a member of my family too. :( I know that meeting Aron once and seeing his work on screen does not qualify me to say "I knew him," however that does not change the fact that I miss him just as much as a part of my own family.
My heart, my thoughts and my prays are with her family in this difficult time. He will be truly missed World-wide, but he will live forever in our heart as wonderful entertainer, an amazing photographer, a very inspiring Ferengi and of the kindest soul that humanity ever encountered. _\\//
Keeping it simple...
I'm a full-time Graphic Designer; part-time Artist, Blogger and You-tuber! NO1 Star Trek fan and a lover of all sorts of geeky stuff. _\\//