Date: 07/12/2016 7:14 PM Title: Chapter 1
Very nicely done.
In most of the stories I've read, the author treats Kirk as if he's an expert in having relationships and makes Spock the cause of any problems. But it seems to me that although Kirk is a truly excellent captain, the very qualities that make him such a good captain make him problematic when it comes to a romantic relationship, which should be between equals.
Kirk wants to be in charge all the time, and I imagine that a relationship with him would require a partner who's extremely strong-willed and who was flexible enough to pick their battles but stubborn enough to stand their ground when necessary.
There's an awful lot of K/S where the guys have an effortless relationship that's perfect from the start, and I guess that must appeal to a lot of folks, or there wouldn't be so much of it. But I really appreciate YOUR giving us a story where the two of them are not perfect, and they have problems they need to work out. Bonus points for making at least half of the problem be Kirk's fault. :-)
Date: 09/06/2009 2:22 PM Title: Chapter 1
This seems to have happened a number of times: I fave a story, then write the review in the "comments" box instead of the Reviews area (I imagined Comments did mean Reviews... oops!). So now I go around and post the review:
Wow, this is a very interesting take on the meld, that it can contribute to a lack of communication. And I seem to have learned a few things from this story, about some similar things I've experienced - especially the inability to function in everyday life, or sleep, after an incomplete emotional-thought communication. As with the story "Sleeping in Elysium", my reaction is similar here: yeah, the "glowing world" can be very overwhelming, especially when it is fed on one's sense of loneliness. However, this craving only happens in the beginning when one is imbalanced (which is what had me giggle at their "engine imbalance problem" and "seals" synchronicity! In a classic story this would be the weather acting out their emotions, but since they're in Space...) - as they become more balanced, they learn to accept a way of life that isn't within the comforting oneness, yet does not lack true heart. The craving is then replaced by a much calmer joy and enthusiasm. Accepting needs paradoxically means one doesn't demand they be met immediately. It's that demand fuelled on denying the need, which takes choice and selfhood away, not the need itself... Hyacinths... wonderful! I think I'll be inspired by that image, to make an artwork (think Art Nouveau Mucha posters, with flowers). How beautiful that it's linked with Jim's pure joy. Very clever (now that I've read In The Shade, that pure joy seems to represent his thought of "escape", into spring, and into space/wider knowledge - which is very much how I see Love, too... a doorway, but not in the sense of "means to an end" - only means to the heart of things).
Date: 08/22/2009 9:31 PM Title: Chapter 1
Fabulous, as always. Like dristi, I wish you success and positive influence with your book, but don't forget about us KS fans who "knew (and loved) you when"! Also, thanks for NOT MAKING US WAIT while you re-edited these! The few errors I recall seeing were typographical, not grammatical, an therefore fairly easy to ignore.
Date: 08/08/2009 10:41 AM Title: Chapter 1
...this story was wonderful and so ....deep. i liked the way both dealt with their problems, because at a certain point not everything depends on strenght, but on the weakness we're able to share...
can't wait to read more stories or the other stories and good luck with your book, but i hope you won't give up writing ks fiction...