This is the story of how a young fanficcer, taking her first steps into a new world of fandom, eagerly decided to do lots of research to make her fic extra-awesome, and did just enough
research to totally screw up the whole thing.
Here's the thing. I'm not really a Star Trek
fan, but I know the vague outline. These days, having looked at much of TV Tropes, I'm a bit more conversant than I was 6 years ago. Which... brings us to our story.
You see, I was writing a teeny ficlet starring Andrew. Nothing major - just 300 words or so. But I was trying hard to write him well, and keep it in character, and I threw in a Trek
reference, because, why not?
The joke was that Andrew had gone to a convention, very eager to get a signature from an actor. An actor who'd only been in a single episode, but of course, Andrew being Andrew, he knew exactly what the guy's name was and which episode he'd been in, and was very eager to line up for a signature.
...so, I went on IMDB and Wikipedia, and looked at Voyager episodes, trying to find a one-episode character I could use. None of that making up names for me, oh no. I was going to do it properly
. Sure enough, I found a character who'd only appeared once, put him in my fic, and thought no more about it.
Until a few weeks ago. When I was re-reading some of my old fic.
And I got to the one with Andrew, and was reading it happily when I got to the Star Trek
bit and thought "...hang on. That sounds familiar."
Because, yes, I've been hanging round fandom for several years now. No matter how much Trek
you don't watch, there's a few facts you're bound to pick up.
It took me less than a minute to check. And then several minutes more to stop headdesking, because, you see, what I'd done...
Well, what I'd done
was have Andrew line up at a convention to get a signature from Commander Riker
, that's what. Mister Growing-The-Beard Himself.
Which totally changes the line, and also makes Andrew look slightly moronic for talking about Riker coming from Voyager
when he's actually from Next Gen
Yes, I'm an idiot. Feel free to mock me. *grins*