If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know reviving Star Trek: Dimensions is my annual New Year’s Resolution, right along with re-write Psychotic Resumes. I’ve said it so often it’s almost a joke now, but this time – it’s for real (both of ’em).
So what went wrong the first few times?
The first thing to realize is that I’m a workaholic. I love what I do, I love my clients, so I sink every ounce of energy into WTF Marketing as often as possible. When I do give myself a break, it’s usually for family or Starfest/Denver Comic Con, or all three.
Recall that we released the first episode of Star Trek: Dimensions on Giant Gnome Productions in August of 2008. Episodes 1, 2, AND 3 were scripted by the time we released Episode 1.
Just after Episode 1, Dimensions lost its post-producer (the person who takes all the finished lines from the actors, the sound effects, and music, and puts them all together into one cohesive narrative). Our director lost the lines for Episode 2’s second half, and I made the PAINFUL decision to release a 13-part mini-arc every 15 days until we could get the lines re-recorded and pen a 4th episode while we waited.
Ultimately, we never got another post-producer back on board, so it was me throwing together the mini-sodes – and keep in mind around this time, I’d just been laid off, started up WTF Marketing, and was recovering from an appendectomy. I think I got… 2 episodes in to “Life Before The Mirror” – Frank Reeves and Tara Tarus.
Two 3-minute episodes in and we had to recast to parts. So, there we are mid-2009 and I have NOTHING to release.
2010 rolled around and I pressed pause to focus on my personal and professional life, and I would fuss over the script and whether or not to even revive the show for the next 3 years.
I started again in earnest in January 2013 – I outlined a brand new 10-episode story arc with the existing characters. We cleaned up the cast a bit and eliminated a few characters I didn’t have a plan for. I re-wrote to be more gender-neutral and dark… and then I crapped out. Real life got in the way and Dimensions got fuzzy in my head for another year.
What’s different this time?
This year, I made a promise to myself I’d get back into audio drama and fiction writing. Even with my new duties as a daddy, I’m making a lot more progress than I made last year. I’m on track to make it happen for real this time.
After a stalled-out 2-episode arc and two subsequent false starts, I’m finally making Star Trek: Dimensions happen. We’ve got 4 complete scripts ready to edit and a little more on the way each weekend. I’m aiming to hit 10 finished scripts and the start of casting by Starfest 2014.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the near-final-nitpick script of Star Trek: Dimensions, Episode 1 – Sacrifices. Read it over, let me know what you think.