Just because… I’m declaring it Zachary Quinto Day here at Elegant Extracts

I can do that, you know.

My blog.

Look at this photo, will you?! Just look at it.
And you know, the really disturbing thing, I think I now (maybe) (perhaps) prefer him over (gasp) The Rock.

OMG! I can’t believe I said that. I’ll need to think about this a bit more.

V. confused!

OK, more Quinto goodness.

These two captures also have me perplexed, but in a different way.   Hostage vs Heroes.

Now, tell me, is that the same baby? Hmmmm?

And finally, my favorite ZQ photo.
I’ve even loaded this into my digital frame at work.  All during the day, I get random flashes of handsomeness.

I know… Help me, somebody!

Thanks Kirsty!  You are the bomb!

“Another” open letter to Nikki

Dear Nikki,

Why on earth did you leave that link? I CAN NOT take the ups and down of this story for one more minute.  It is 12:20am and I have to go to work first thing in the morning. I was already sleep deprived, but I can not let this story hang on this precipice for another minute.  

Why would the author write the story “The Other Woman”?  Clearly she wants nothing more than for me to pull my hair out.  Why can’t Spock and Uhura speak plainly to one another?  Why doesn’t Spock just open his heart for once.   UGHHHH!  I am going INSANE!

I have the “Kobayashi Maru” chapters to read next and it is quite a slog.  Too much of a slog to start at this time, but I am at my wits end with these two!  Worst case of cliffhangeritis imaginable!!!  I am going to have an aneurysm if I see the name “Helen” anywhere on in the first page (unless it is followed by “in a fatal shuttle accident” or “was trampled to death by wild boars.”)

Love and Kisses,
Teresa AF

An open letter to Nikki

Dear Nikki,

Thank you so much for introducing me to TOS Spuhura fic.  Not only am I dismayed that I am  totally engrossed since you left that link in the comments of my last post, but I am equally amazed that that I have not run away at the shear quantity of “canoodling” (I skim those parts, still too much of a devout orthodox Quaker to read it without blushing)  But I am hooked!  HOOKED!  I say.

So, lets do the count, shall we?

1. Spuhura 2009 fiction – HOOKED!

2. Spock Prime/Uhura 2009 – HOOKED!

3. Amanda/Sarek – HOOKED!

4. Spuhura: TOS – HOOKED!

Now, all I need is for someone to introduce me to another new fandom and I will not be responsible for my continued inaction (i.e. NOT WRITING!)

P.S.  And if I could just get Kirsty to stop sending me photos and videos featuring The Quinto (and, amazingly, The Rock), perhaps I can work on Heart’s Guardian for more than five minutes at a time.

Hugs and Kisses,

Your friend, Teresa AF

For those readers who are wondering where For the Love of Jane is

I am so sorry, but I have a brand new Spuhura story obsession… well, actually two.

1.  Getting to Know You

2.  A New Day Coming

Number 2 is a sequel to number 1.  Number 2 is a work in progress and the author posts a new chapter EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I am in heaven!  I am also soooo obsessed.  I can not see clearly for my focus is entirely diverted.  Such a brilliant, brilliant story!

Also, there is another wonderful WIP story that I’m reading:

Once and Future

I have tried desperately not to get all “in to” this story as it is not my preferred genre (Spock Prime/Uhura) but I just caved after the author just drew me in with the intriguing mystery of the first few chapters.

This next story is beyond melodramatic, but melodramatic in a good way.  The characters have so many ups and downs and lovely moments and moments when you want to smack them both upside the head.  I have always been a sucker for melodrama:


OK, so now you all have reading material to occupy you until I can get my act together.  I expect reports back on how each of you liked the stories, and, as always, feel free to post links to the stories you find.

BTW:  Descartes Error.  So many people keep recommending this to me (it must be good).  I read the intro over at FF.net and I must say, I’m a little hesitant to read it as it seems very involved.  I know I will eventually read it, but I just can not take on another lengthy story right at the moment.  I mean, between reading and re-reading and re-reading JNCAR’s stories 10 times a day and mindlessly checking on the other 10 WIP fics I’m following, it’s all starting to get a bit confused in my head.

Before I go, I do have a request:  I was telling one of my readers here about a great story I read about a month ago that I wanted to share with her.  I can not find the link again and I forget the title (see, reading way too much).  The premise:  Spock and Uhura adopt an orphaned alien girl and take her back to Earth to raise.  For the life of me I have no idea where it is.  I know I didn’t read it on FF.net; it may have even been on Live Journal, so any help someone can offer would be much appreciated.

So, Jane Austen… I got nothing, people!

I put Miss Austen Regrets into the DVD player hoping that it would get me back into the JA Fan Fic mood.  Ummm.  That would be: no.  And what did I do, I hear you ask?  Well, I will tell you: I started yet another Star Trek story… a Sarek and Amanda story.  Why, oh why, will Star Trek not leave me alone.


So, let’s have a look at the list, shall we?

1.  For the Love of Jane (unfinished)

2.  Heart’s Guardian (outlined and in progess)

3.  Tea with Selkek (or some other title, haven’t decided – partially outlined)

4.  Untitled For the Love of Jane sequel (I’ve already written, like, 50 pages – so this means I HAVE to finish FTLOJ)

5. The Way (my partially finished novel… which used to be called, Wrestlers, A Love Story… for those who remember back that far.

6.  Untitled Amanda/Sarek Story (ugh)

7.  Neither Happy Nor Respectable (my subversive Darcy/Lizzy story that I am determined to write one day)

8.  Persuading Elizabeth (My Elizabeth Eliot/Frederick Tilney story… that I WILL finish… I will, I tell you!  I WILL!!!)

9.  Marrying Fitzwilliams and Odd Notions (I still get emails occasionally from people asking me to finish it)

10.  The Brothers Fitzwilliam (uggghhhhh…groan…. embarrassing)

So, as you can see, I have my work cut out for me.  But the truly shameful thing is: this is not the entire list!  I have about ten other “barely started” stories languishing on my hard drive.  I know, right!  Shocking!

So Pleasing a Thing: The wrap up post

I never, ever intended for the story to be as long as it was, but it had a mind of it own and just continued to write itself.

I actually intended for it to end after the ball.  The original premise was to have Spock meld with Nyota and make her forget everything, but on closer scrutiny that seemed very cruel.

And would you believe that Selkek was not even supposed to be in the story at all.  The original draft had Mrs Hall, Spock’s neighbor lady across the street, be the catalyst for bringing Spock and Nyota together.  I had even written it out in something like 10 pages where Mrs Hall was actually Nyota’s Godmother and Nyota spent her weekends at her house.  I have NO IDEA how I made the leap from there; I will have to go back and re-read it one day to understand why I did the things that I did.

This is the part that’s going to make you all scream, so brace yourself: at one point, I was going to have Stonn be interested in Nyota romantically.  That entire scene at dinner was supposed to be Stonn putting the moves on Ny (not Selkek… and I think a lot of you may have picked up on it because that “vibe” was still there from the first draft well into the second).

My first thought was to have Stonn made aware that Spock favored Nyota.  I wanted to have it where it seemed that Stonn was jealous of Spock and went after the things that he coveted (like T’Pring, like Nyota) but I couldn’t resolve it all in my head and I don’t think I currently possess the skill to introduce such an intricate plot device, so I let it go and brought in Selkek.

And dear, sweet, Selkek, who you all seem to love, was such a “second thought character” when I originally thought him up – he had no bigger role than that of Solev or Turok (because, in my mind I was still shipping Stonn) but when I wrote the scene when they all left the restaurant, something just “clicked” and the Selkek you see on paper was born.  After that, I went back over Chapter 18 and rewrote most of it, giving him just a little more umph!

That was when I also decided that I needed to kill off poor little T’Kel.  And if you an believe it, T’Kel, in the first draft, was originally T’Pring’s sister… which led to this convoluted tale of T’Kel telling Selkek about her sister’s deception, and for Selkek to pass it all onto Spock (which I also wrote out)  But cooler heads prevailed, and I edited and I edited… and I edited (hence the long delays and the writer’s block – it was only me trying to resolve the original story into what you see today.

Again, I want to thank you all for your patience.  I know the story still has its faults, I see them all, I assure you, but I am glad that I was able to bring some enjoyment to you.  Thanks for spending part of your summer here with me.  I have really enjoyed meeting all of the new people and reading all the great fan fiction that I have discovered from you all.

My next few posts will probably have to be Jane Austen related (because this IS, after all, a Jane Austen Fan Fiction blog) and my Jane Austen friends have had the patience of the saints.  I really do need to work on For the Love of Jane for a while to make it up to them… and it’s so close to being finished.