#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!

#RIPArleneMartel

After the shock of losing Robin Williams yesterday, I was so sad to hear the news of Marlene Artel’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her last spring at the Chicago Star Trek Convention. She was an absolute delight. In honor of her memory, I decided to share my previous post this evening:

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel was the first celebrity I saw at the Star Trek convention in Chicago in May 2013. I passed her in the hotel lobby with a fairly large man accompanying her. She was so elegant, with her striking good looks, dark hair and large sunglasses. At first, I thought she was Joan Collins. She nodded to me and said, “Good morning.” I was agog – a celeb spoke to me! But who was she? Would Joan Collins actually make an appearance? I knew she had been a guest star, but nothing had been said in the emails from Creation about her. When I got in the vendors area, I spotted her and immediately noted the pictures on her table – she was Spock’s wife! It was Arlene Martel! If you don’t know anything about Arlene, please check out her website here. I made my way through the line and finally got up to her. I was trying to decide which photo to buy, and one photo was of her as Spock’s wife in Amok Time. She leaned over and said, “What the hell am I holding there?”

I laughed, looked closer and said, “I think it’s a ring.”

“Oh, yes!” she said as she settled back in her chair. “They had the most fabulous jewelry on that show!”

I leaned forward and whispered, “They didn’t let you keep it, did they?”

“Oh, no, we had no idea what we were making when we were making Star Trek. Like those ears in that photo,” she pointed to the picture of her with Spock, “Those ears hurt so bad and when shooting was over, I ripped them off and tossed them on the makeup table. Couldn’t wait to get rid of them. And someone told me they sold at auction for $35,000. And I threw them away!”

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

When I finally settled on the photo of her with Spock, we talked about the episode and had a hilarious conversation about Vulcans going seven years without sex. Arlene laughed and said, “Seven years – can you imagine? I couldn’t go seven days!”

Arlene was an absolute delight to meet. She actually spoke with me – not just at me. Asked my opinion about television and movies. I was so impressed with her. She and her husband have written a book about mental illness. She was such a delight, I can’t imagine her having any struggles. But after meeting her, I want to read more about her.

Rest in peace, Arlene. I am honored to have met you.

A Day Off

Denim & Diamonds by Lori Robinett

Denim & Diamonds by Lori Robinett

I work full-time, and have spent the last few months writing like a madwoman. It is paying off. I signed a contract with CaryPress last month, and Denim & Diamonds will be released next month. I submitted a manuscript to The Wild Rose Press for the upcoming Lobster Cove series, and really hope that story impresses them enough to offer a contract.

My point is, all my time has been filled for several months now. I work. I write. I edit. I rewrite. I update social media. So, yesterday, I decided it was time for a break. I spent the afternoon on the couch curled up with my puppies and watched a Deep Space 9 marathon. I’m kinda partial to Deep Space 9. I went to a Star Trek convention last year and met several of the actors: Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, Chase Masterson, Jeffrey Combs, Cirroc Lofton. It was absolutely wonderful! Watching TV I mean. Such a refreshing day.

Oddly enough, that break was good for me. I was afraid I’d lose momentum if I took a break, but I slept good last night and awoke feeling recharged. I’ve spent the morning reworking my website, jotting ideas for a new story, and thinking about the draft I need to rewrite.

DSCF3372So, even though you feel like you have so much to do that you can’t possibly take a break, sometimes that’s exactly what you need to do. And if you’re looking for something to do, watch Star Trek.

Empty Nest: First Easter

Peeps - Star Trek Style

Peeps – Star Trek Style

This was our first Easter as empty nesters. It seems like I’ve gone through the entire year marking the holidays, marking the firsts, feeling melancholy about the change in our status. Instead of looking backwards, I prefer to look forward. It is a conscious thing. Being happy is a choice. I chose to:

  • Remember the Easter baskets I gave the girls.
  • Remember the time I got the Easter Bunny to visit Jodi at school.
  • Enjoy spending time with my husband.
  • Enjoy the new freedom of being an Empty Nester.

 

5 Things I Learned at Planet Comicon

There are nerds everywhere. There are other people just as nerdy as me. Nerdists, unite! It was so much fun to see other people just like me, who work normal jobs, have a family, and who truly enjoy immersing themselves in the imaginary world of sci fi and comics and fantasy. Even in the hotel bar Friday night, where the Big 12 Tournament fans were gathered, we found other sci fi fans who we talked to about the merits of this franchise or that franchise, the deep meanings imbedded in Star Trek, and a bunch of other stuff. Mary and Bob, it was nice to meet you!

Cosplay at Comicon

Cosplay at Comicon

I’m not too old to do fun things. People at Comicon don’t care how old you are. There’s no such thing as being too old to do something. If you want to dress up as a character from Star Wars and build and race R2D2 units, go for it!

Age is irrelevant. There were folks there younger than me, and folks there older than me. I was able to chat with an elderly woman who could scarcely contain herself as she waited in line to meet Lee Majors just as well as the teenage kid who built his own Starship Enterprise out of plywood and PVC pipe.

There’s a club for that. I was amazed at the club presence at Planet Comicon. There’s a group of folks that build R2D2 units (I’m soooo going to build a pink one . . . ), steampunk groups, Star Wars “dark” clubs and Star Wars “light” clubs. No matter what you are into, there are others out there just as into it as you are. Find something you like, get involved and meet other people who share your interests.

Art doesn’t have to be hoighty-toighty. Art is so much more than incredible works from the likes of Picasso and Monet and Manet. The comic book artists at Planet Comicon were sketching and drawing and coloring things that I would be proud to hang on my wall. There were metal sculptures, tiny fairy figures, costumes, bags, wall hangings. My very favorite booth, though, was a guy from Colorado who paints these amazing Star Trek and moonscape oils. We ended up buying a couple of prints from him, and our favorite is now hanging in our dining room.

Art by RICK MITTELSTEDT

Art by RICK MITTELSTEDT

The Importance of Art

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The Importance of Art

I met this artist at Planet Comicon. Absolutely fell in love with his art – amazingly detailed with rich, deep colors. My favorites were, of course, his Star Trek oil paintings, but I was also drawn to his images of astronauts finding bits of the Marvel Universe on the moon. If you have a moment, check Rick’s site out. He has some amazing stuff.

Star Trek: Meeting Arleen Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel was the first celebrity I saw at the Star Trek convention in Chicago in May 2013. I passed her in the hotel lobby with a fairly large man accompanying her. She was so elegant, with her striking good looks, dark hair and large sunglasses. At first, I thought she was Joan Collins. She nodded to me and said, “Good morning.” I was agog – a celeb spoke to me! But who was she? Would Joan Collins actually make an appearance? I knew she had been a guest star, but nothing had been said in the emails from Creation about her. When I got in the vendors area, I spotted her and immediately noted the pictures on her table – she was Spock’s wife! It was Arlene Martel! If you don’t know anything about Arlene, please check out her website here. I made my way through the line and finally got up to her. I was trying to decide which photo to buy, and one photo was of her as Spock’s wife in Amok Time. She leaned over and said, “What the hell am I holding there?”

I laughed, looked closer and said, “I think it’s a ring.”

“Oh, yes!” she said as she settled back in her chair. “They had the most fabulous jewelry on that show!”

I leaned forward and whispered, “They didn’t let you keep it, did they?”

“Oh, no, we had no idea what we were making when we were making Star Trek. Like those ears in that photo,” she pointed to the picture of her with Spock, “Those ears hurt so bad and when shooting was over, I ripped them off and tossed them on the makeup table. Couldn’t wait to get rid of them. And someone told me they sold at auction for $35,000. And I threw them away!”

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

When I finally settled on the photo of her with Spock, we talked about the episode and had a hilarious conversation about Vulcans going seven years without sex. Arlene laughed and said, “Seven years – can you imagine? I couldn’t go seven days!”

Arlene was an absolute delight to meet. She actually spoke with me – not just at me. Asked my opinion about television and movies. I was so impressed with her. She and her husband have written a book about mental illness. She was such a delight, I can’t imagine her having any struggles. But after meeting her, I want to read more about her.

Star Trek: Meeting Sean Kenney

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Meeting Sean Kenney was exciting as all get out. He is the original Captain of the Starship Enterprise, after all! Captain Pike, all disfigured and scary, is an icon in the world of sci fi. But Sean was handsome and debonair, tall with beautiful hair. He was very nice, chatted easily, and had the most amazing eyes. I felt a little odd being so star struck, but he was really one of the most handsome men I’ve ever met. He definitely had that movie star quality about him. When I picked the photo I wanted him to sign, he pointed out that it was from Star Trek: The Original Series, the episode was The Arena. Just last weekend, my husband and I watched that episode on DVD. Every time Sean showed up on screen, I punched him and squealed, “I met him!” I don’t think my hubs was nearly impressed by that as I am. :o)

Oh, as you’ve probably figured out, this is another layout from my Star Trek album. Here’s another page. Note the bit I copied from Sean’s bookmark. He was also the Winston man. I always thought those guys were so sexy – of course, we’ve all heard of the Marlboro Man. But the Winston man had that rugged cowboy look, too.

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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!

Meeting Rom: Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik as Rom from Deep Space Nine

Max Grodenchik as Rom from Deep Space Nine

Carol and I were in line early, PDF tickets in hand, waiting to get into the Star Trek convention. A perky young woman scanned our tickets and affixed wristbands to our arms. We were in!

It was a bit overwhelming. We spotted the theater where we would watch speakers throughout the day, scanned our schedules and headed off to check out the vendors. Almost immediately, I spotted a blank journal – a “Personal Log,” but I passed it up, determined to take it all in before purchasing anything. Tip: don’t pass something up that you really want. It wasn’t there when we went back. But I digress. We looked at various memorabilia and photos, then found a row of tables set up along the windows. A man was placing 8×10 photos in neat stacks on one of the tables.

Carol grabbed my arm and pointed, “Those are pictures of Rom! Rom is going to be here! I’ve seen him in every episode of Deep Space Nine! He was Quark’s brother. I wonder when he’ll get here.”

The man turned slightly and leaned towards Carol, then whispered, “I’m Rom.”

Carol and I blinked. She said, “You’re Rom?”

The woman behind the table grinned and confirmed, “Yes, he’s Rom!”

Carol said, “I can see the resemblance!”

“My dear,” he said with a grin, “I don’t think that’s a compliment!”

Max went on to ask us where we’re from, and was quite helpful when we told him it was our first conference. He asked our names, then excused himself so he could finish setting up. When we returned to his table later to get his autograph, he remembered us! This is a photo that makes me smile every time I see it.

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik

As you can tell, this is from my Star Trek Scrapbook. Here’s another page I did. Both pages use Kraft paper as a base, misted with Color Shine in Teal (by Heidi Swapp), and embellished with Simple Stories Destinations line. The edges are inked using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Soot. The journaling is from my stash – Jenni Bowlin, I think. This is an 8×8 album, so there’s not a lot of room for journaling. Using hidden journaling like this tag that slips behind your photo is a great way to include personal details without taking up a lot of space. It also comes in handy when the journaling is really more for you than the folks you’ll share your album with.

Hidden Journalling

Hidden Journaling

Thanks for looking!