May. 6th, 2014 12:30 pm
deird1: Andrew - with James Bond style intro (Andrew james bond)
[personal profile] deird1
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*

Date: 2014-05-06 11:37 am (UTC)
frayadjacent: Buffy laughing, text says "LOL" (!Hee)
From: [personal profile] frayadjacent
Ha ha! That's pretty great.

Date: 2014-05-06 11:45 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen
...unless he was in a Totally Awesome Alternate Universe, he was probably queuing for Jonathan Frakes, and not Commander Riker... ;-)

Ah, if only they were all real.
(Which, of course, they are. As Galaxy Quest has taught us. :-D )

Date: 2014-05-06 11:55 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen
Never Give Up.....!


Date: 2014-05-06 12:04 pm (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen

I love when I watch that movie, and visiting friends ask, with genuine wonder- "oh wow, is that what YOU do at conventions?!"...When I say I don't dress up but some people do, yes, they then ask things like "Do people really paint themselves, and have the fake laser pistols, and stand in queues for hours and are there *really* fat people there and do you have to pay for autographs, really??"
Sadly, there's a lot of 'yes's there....

But, I'll never regret going to conventions- if not, I'd be short two great ten-year friends, and one sister-in-law and two beautiful nieces, if nothing else. ;-)

Date: 2014-05-06 01:42 pm (UTC)
lirazel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lirazel
Haha, that's so endearing!

Date: 2014-05-06 03:17 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Archy the Cockroach)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
We all make mistakes. (Well, not me, of course - but everyone else does.)


Date: 2014-05-07 07:56 am (UTC)
zeborah: Zebra holding a pen, its stripes forming the word "Write" (writing)
From: [personal profile] zeborah
I wrote what was quite possibly the first Janeway/Seven slashfic, based entirely on what I was reading about the episodes on Usenet at the time. When the episodes finally reached New Zealand many months later, I realised just how much Usenet had failed to tell me about them: most obviously, once Seven joined the crew she no longer had "That Laser Eye" of my title....

Date: 2014-05-08 01:14 am (UTC)
thirdblindmouse: The captain, wearing an upturned pitcher on his head, gazes critically into the mirror. (Default)
From: [personal profile] thirdblindmouse
Heh, I had the vague impression that Seven had a robot eye until I finally watched Voyager this past year.

Date: 2014-05-08 01:17 am (UTC)
thirdblindmouse: The captain, wearing an upturned pitcher on his head, gazes critically into the mirror. (Default)
From: [personal profile] thirdblindmouse
That is wonderful! I'm now imagining Andrew with a grudge against TNG. He's a Voyager- and TOS-only fan. Except secretly he's totally in love with Riker. Because of that one episode where he guest starred on Voyager. Yeah, that's it. Nothing to do with That Other Series which Andrew would never be caught dead watching except late at night when he's all alone.


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