#StarTrek Convention: #ChaseMasterson

http://lorilrobinett.comWe are home from the Star Trek convention in Chicago. This was our first time going for the full convention, and it was an absolute blast. We made a mini-vacation of it. Ate well, stayed at nice restaurants, did a little gambling, but the highlight of the trip was definitely the convention.

The first actor we heard was Chase Masterson. For those of you who are Star Trek fans, she played Leeta on Deep Space Nine. Most recently, she played a small part in The Flash. What impresses me the most about her is what she is doing with her bit of celebrity – she has formed an organization about bullying: The Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition. An attendee of the convention was a young woman who is an investment banker, obviously being targeted and harassed at her job. After she spoke, I saw Chase catch her and talk to her. Totally off the record, not in the spotlight.

Have you ever gone to anything like a Star Trek convention? Tell us about it in the comments!

By the way – if you’re in central Missouri, make sure you stop by Village Books in Columbia, Missouri this coming Saturday between noon and 2 for my book signing. There will be prizes!

Chase Masterson: Dabo Girl Extraordinaire

Chase Masterson as Leeta

Chase Masterson as Leeta

As Carol and I walked through the vendor area, she spotted a man putting together some type of game. It took a few minutes, but it hit both of us . . . and Carol shouted, “Dabo!” Although Chase wasn’t at the table, but we saw her on stage shortly thereafter. Max Grodenchik was on stage talking about his character, Rom, and talk of course turned to his love interest, Leeta. The curtains parted and out came Chase, dressed in a black sequined gown with jewels that sparkled with every move of her wrist. They sang a song together and then Max told how things were a bit awkward during the filming of Deep Space Nine, because he has his on-stage love, Leeta, and his real life love, mmmmm – her name escapes me at the moment – were sometimes together. His real life love was a writer (?) for Deep Space Nine. Everyone snickered at the uncomfortable position Max described, then the curtains parted and they were both on stage. It was a Rom sandwich! They sang a bad parody of I’ve Got Two Babes, which was a hoot.

Shortly after Chase’s time on stage, which was largely spent singing, we met her out in the vendor area and I got her autograph. Dabo was set up, but we didn’t play. Oh well – she still gave us an “I played Dabo with Chase” button pin!

Chase Masterson

Chase Masterson

These pages are part of my Star Trek mini-album, which is an 8 x 8 Maya Road binder album. The pages are both Simple Stories patterned paper over Kraft paper, which has been spritzed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in teal. The first page incorporates some Tim Holtz tissue tape. I used Stickles black diamond to highlight the black swirls at the bottom of the second page, used some Queen & Co. Trendy Tape (film strip on the first page, black w/ stars & swirls on the second).

Thanks for looking!