June 23rd, 2011
Hey everyone, so I'm not sure how many folks even visit STDragon these days, but for those of you who do, you may have noticed the website went offline for a couple of days. This was entirely due to the ineptness of my current webspace provider, Hostrocket - they failed to notify me that my domain name was about to expire, and once I paid to renew it, they failed to register the domain name until I reminded them today.
In anycase, the website is back online. I've also noticed I've missed several emails in my stdragon.com email account these past several months - I apologize to you all for not checking it like I should. I'll try to get back to everyone who emailed me as soon as possible.
Hi all, so another 10 months has gone by with no new updates for STDragon, and I felt guilty for not even putting a little snippet in here for so long. In fact I'll be surprised if anyone actually ever reads this update, it's been so long ;) I wish I could say I had some exciting news for STDragon. I don't :( In fact, I shelved pretty much every single project I was doing for STDragon over a year ago, basically since I moved and got a new job. My creative juices took a dive for a while, a big one, and quite frankly, that's the longest I've ever had writer's block. Talk about a nightmare!
But, a month or so ago, I finally wrote a new chapter in my original novel I've been writing (as mentioned in previous news posts below.) And I think I'm on my way back to being creative again :) I won't, however, be jumping right in doing the number of projects I used to do. Did you know that, except for a period of 2 or 3 months, I wrote my first original novel and STDragon concurrently?! Granted I never got that novel published, but hey, I was writing pages of fiction like you wouldn't believe back then ;) In fact, most of that first novel was written during STDragon's Seasons 5 and 6. I still have the entire Season 6 webpage on local backups, and I still have the news snippet saying I was delaying the rest of Season 6 until I finished the novel. That was announced when I posted the Season 6 episode "Losses."
In any case, I'm going to take it slow and focus only on my novel. I have had an idea for a possibly intruiging one-off STDragon story, one that takes place a couple of years after the series ended (but has nothing to do with any of the other post-STDragon ideas I had before.) But for now, it'll remain an idea and some notes on a page. For my own sake and sanity, I have to get this original work finished and out to the publishers, sooner rather than later.
I apologize to all of you for the lack of STDragon updates. Granted the series did end, but I'd always hoped to keep up with some side stories and such ever since the finale. Never-the-less, I hope you'll all be willing to give my novel a chance if/when it gets published ;) Actually I'm quite optimistic about this one. Most of the stories I've ever written, including most of STDragon's episodes, don't hold up well over time. Or should I say, usually anything I've written that's over a year old I generally come to think of it is as not-so-good. I'm always trying to improve my writing. But last month when I went back and read all of the previous chapters I'd written in this novel, the earliest of which were written almost 2 years ago, I actually became interested in it. Like I was reading another writer's novel, I was getting into the characters and enjoyed the story archs and twists and character developments (though still found some things I'll improve in revision before sending to publishers ;) ) That's never happened to me before. And unlike my first novel that never got published, I've gotten almost nothing but positive feedback on this one over the last couple years, and I've let a lot of people read it as I write it (so they've gotten raw, unedited chapters. Frightening thought...)
So hopefully, if I can keep that level of writing up for the rest of it (still have about 2/3rds of it to write), I'll finally have my name on a bookshelf in a Barnes and Nobles, among other great novel vendors. ;) Of course, there is a potential legal downside to it. If it gets published, I intend to remove all references to it from this website, including in the news section here. With the exception of some news blurb you'll see in the future that says "Look for a new novel with my name stamped on it." Why? Because we still live in a lawsuit happy nation (world), and Paramount loves its lawsuits. For that matter, George Lucas has also become a lawsuit-happy bearded wonder these days, and there are references to Star Wars throughout STDragon as well. I would not want to see subpoenaes from Lucasfilm and Paramount in one day simply because my novel sells well and they think that my advertising it on this website somehow helped it along. IE: they might think I used their franchises for personal financial gain. Believe me, there's enough legal precedence there, if they really wanted to, they could, and my poor lawyer wouldn't be able to do much about it. Hell, look at poor J.K. Rowling, everyone who ever had an idea even remotely similar to Harry Potter has been trying to claim legal damages against her.
One way or another, though, I'll let you all know. Actually, since this novel is really a re-envisioned version of my first (to the n'th degree) I don't think there'd be any harm in me one day posting the first novel for all to read for free, in which case I'd open a 2nd stand-alone website for that universe. Well, okay, there would be some harm. On top of some of the bad writing still on STDragon (earlier seasons, pre-season 1 rewrites, etc) there would be an entire novel of less-than-stellar writing. But hey. Why not? :)
November 15th, 2009
I can't believe I almost let this completely go, I didn't realize until a couple of days ago, but this year STDragon turned 10 years old! I believe it was around March or April 1999 that I started what turned out to be a 7 year fantastic journey :) I want to thank not only those of you who read the series during its run, those of you who continue to check back here now and then, and those of you who are just now discovering the site. I still get emails every couple months from new readers, and I love it. I'm deeply flattered and honored by all of your positive comments, and I hope any future writing endeavors of mine will be as enjoyable as STDragon :)
I wish I had something to show you all for the 10 year anniversary, but I'm afraid I haven't had time to work on the Dragon or any other creative projects. I have a new job that has taken considerable time and effort. I'm looking forward to the fact that I'm ready to start creative projects such as short stories, novels, and graphic design again, but for now, I hope to still receive emails from new STDragon readers 10 years from now :D Thank you all for 10 years!
July 3rd, 2009
Hey all, about a week ago, STDragon was taken offline for the second time ever (I mistakenly thought it was the first, but back when stdragon was stdragon.tripod.com, Paramount had all fan-sites taken offline in a fit of stupidity). Hackers had planted malicious code on the front page, and later after I removed it, I discovered they were re-planting it every day or two. As such, stdragon has moved to a new, more secure server (the previous one was the same server stdragon was put on in 2002).
For some time I've considered creating a second website for the purpose of legally holding all of my original fiction, with the possibility of eventually selling work or, if my comic ever gets off the ground, selling advertising space similar to what you see done at places such as http://www.reallifecomics.com or http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com. However, the new service http://www.hostrocket.com provides me, I can create multiple websites under one account, including reselling webspace. As such, I'm pleased to announce I will soon begin creating this new website!
I've also been considering revamping the stdragon website as part of this process, especially if I can get the time to finish the USS Dragon-A CGI mesh. As you can see in a previous news post, I've been planning on totally revamping the website once this is done, including creating images for every episode, and that is something I would still like to do. Does this mean I am revitalizing stdragon? To an extent yes, and yet no. Am I still going to write fan fiction in the future, as I have already announced? Well...yes and no. As I've said to many, I really want to get some of my original fiction published professionally, and that means finishing the novel I started last year. And since I will soon be moving to my own apartment, I'll have the peace and quiet I need to accomplish that. And perhaps work on my comic as well. Who knows, maybe I can find a source of income that'll allow me to hire some people to help out with the comic, given that the comic will require hefty CGI modeling and texturing work... (Any volunteers to at least help me get started?!? ;) )
One last bit of news - I recently heard from Daniel Balding, creator of Star Trek Peacemaker! He's still alive and well, in fact has some exciting news of his own! And on top of all of that, he has informed me that he will be trying to revitalize Peacemaker to an extent! So good news all around, folks!
As always, if you have need to contact me, always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org If there are still those of you who occasionally read this news section, thank you for continuing to be fans of stdragon. I hope you'll enjoy my future writing endeavours as much as you enjoyed stdragon :)
November 6th, 2008
Hey all you Trek fan fiction fans! Big news! Chris Adamek has just launched a 6th season of Star Trek The Final Frontier, check it out!
August 20th, 2008
Just a small update for now, two new images added to the media section, specifically under Desktop Images, of the Sentinel. The newest of which features the updated Sentinel!
I'm still working on building the USS Dragon-A, it's a very slow process since it's something I only occasionally have time to do, but I'm more than halfway finished with the saucer, which is probably the hardest to detail, so it's getting there :)
May 4th, 2008
I realize it's been over a year since I've posted any updates, but believe it or not there's been a lot going on behind the scenes :) First, Peacemaker is about to launch it's second season, with a story that's taking a very exciting direction!
Second, I've been planning a few projects for some time, and it turns out one of my projects will work very well with Peacemaker's story line. So, an as-yet unnamed project is now in the works, but is still a couple of years away from launch for the specific purpose of taking place during some key events in Peacemaker. This project will be a one year long project that will have novella-length episodes.
Third, and I'm very quite excited about this, my skills with LightWave have finally improved enough that quite some time ago, I began work on a 3D CGI mesh of the Dragon-A! It's going along quite well, and in fact if you wish to track its progress click here. When this mesh is completed, it's going to mean some pretty big updates to this website. When I'm done, every single episode will have multiple images accompany them! This of course means I'll have to create even more CGI meshes for various alien ships, including the Vorkalai, Hintaru, Britar, and I have to finish building the Kiklar fleet. Most of these projects will be medium-detail meshes, not something I'm going to spend months to years on like I did with the Sentinel and have already done with the Dragon, but quick easy designs I can put out in months. Probably the only other mesh I'll do a lot of details on will be the Bladerunner fighter :) And any other Federation starships I may build (Kinda tempted to try my hand at a Galaxy class...)
April 2nd, 2007
After nearly a year, I've finally completed rewriting the Season 2 premier of Star Trek Time Test! There are some noteable differences in this episode, including character development for a character that was sadly underdeveloped in the series - Tom Halkrat. So please enjoy, and please feel free to give me feedback :)
July 9th, 2006
So, I came to a decision in my insomniac delirium tonight - I'm going to start re-writing the Season 2 premier this week. Why? Well I'd decided to start reading STDragon from start to finish, something I've never done with my own work. When I got to the season 2 premier tonight, "Time Test" I realized just how putrid it was, and how it really screws with continuity throughout the entire series (and did so before I even rewrote the last episodes of Season 1!) So yeah, don't know how long it will take, but it's probably going to be very different when finished :)
July 7th, 2006
Just a quick update, I've re-read the first episode of STDragon and edited much of it, including adding some small parts here and there (nothing significant) to help connect it to the other rewritten season 1 episodes.
June 12th, 2006
I've just posted the re-write of episode 5 for Star Trek Dragon! With the exception of some editing I want to do to the first episode, that essentially completes the first season!
June 11th, 2006
Well this is the final version of the website, I was considering making more versions but it's just too much work and there's more things I want to do now. I will however be occasionally updating the site with new images for the episodes, and I'm also considering a mini-series for STDragon in the future, about events that take place directly after the last episode. Nothing is certain, however.
In the mean time, why not check out Daniel Balding's series, which takes place a year after STDragon? http://peacemaker.stdragon.com/
dates from STDragon's history (those that I could
find/remember any way)
1999 - STDragon launches
October 29th, 2000 - Season 3 launches
June 4th, 2001 - Season 3 Finale premieres
July 3rd, 2001 - Freedom's Price is uploaded as part of the Unity Project
September 2nd, 2001 - Season 4 of STDragon launches
July 22nd, 2002 - Season 4 Finale of STDragon
December 26th, 2002 - Season 5 launches
September 2nd, 2003 - Sentinel CGI mesh completed
November 9th, 2003 - Season 5 Finale
February 1st, 2004 - Season 6 launches
February 2nd, 2004 - STDragon opening credits sequence completed and uploaded
December 23rd, 2004 - Season 6 Finale
March 12th, 2005 - Season 7 launches
March 31st, 2006 - Season 7 Finale "Legend's End"
April 21st, 2006 - Star Trek Peacemaker launches