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David Falkayn

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  1. Long Time No See

    It's been a long time since I've posted and seen most of you, but some big things happened in my life that I should tell you about which explains why you haven't heard from me and why I haven't been writing. First, my mother suffered from Alzheimer's through most of the 2010's. As her condition worsened, I had to take on a greater role as caregiver until I and my family could no longer give her the proper care she needed and we had to place her in extended care. Me and my mother were very close and when she passed away in 2015, I spiraled down into a very deep and dark depression where I didn't really so much live, as exist. It was a very dark and painful time for me and really only recently ended. Last year at about this time, I passed out during a cardiac stress test and was rushed to the hospital where they had to perform a double coronary bypass and had a heart valve replaced. They had to perform surgery on me twice as they had to stop some internal bleeding. I nearly didn't make it through. It took me the better part of 2017 to recover from my surgery, but during that time, thanks to the love of family and friends, I got better. Now, I've dropped 70 pounds from last year and my depression is history. I've come to terms with the loss of my mother and I've found that my creative energies have been restored. If my friends at United Trek would have me back, I'd love to finish the stories I'm doing. Right now, I'm working on "Blood Cries" and I think everyone will like the ending of that story. I look forward to reading and sharing with everyone once again and to those who enjoyed reading about our wayward captain Liz and all her friends, well, if you'll have me, she's baaaaaack!
  2. Dark Territory Updates

    I just caught up with the latest chapter DK. Nicely done. I think you did a good job capturing the more seasoned and mature Shelby here. She'll wait and bide her time for now--Hobson, Rodenko, Bateson, her grandfather and the war have seasoned her quite a bit. However, once she finds her opening, I pity Grace and especially Laxx...
  3. Gibraltar Updates

    Very nice indeed! I wish I could do photomanips half as good as that! Also, I'm glad that you and your stories are getting the recognition you and they so richly deserve. You're an excellent writer and I'm glad to see that more and more people are seeing that. Here's to even more good things in the future!
  4. Shakedown Cruise

    Thanks! I really do appreciate your comments as well as the support from my fellow UT writers--they really are helping me in my efforts to push off these bouts of depression I've been dealing which, combined with work and real life obligations, have really put a damper on my writing. Hopefully, with Spring Break here, I can get back into the saddle and get some words on electronic paper! Thanks again!
  5. Dark Territory Updates

    I definitely have to swing by and read it. Spring break now so hopefully I'll be doing some reading and writing this week--although I've got some rough drafts from my students I have to read (shuddering in fear) and I have to write up exams. We've found a good place to take my mother for daytrips a couple of days a week--she's getting a chance to meet new friends and do things. I'm just hoping I can find my writing muse again...
  6. Meet Commodore Robert Wesley

    Thank you for your kind words--they really cheered me up after what has been a pretty tough time for me. I'm sorry I haven't been writing as much as I'd like, but between work, caring for my mother, and my own health issues, I've been in and out of a depressed state and writing has been difficult for me. Hopefully soon things will pick up though and I'll be back in the saddle again. It's encouragement from readers such as yourself as well as my fellow UT writers that keeps the fire burning inside me. THANK YOU!!
  7. Current & Upcoming Projects

    I hope everything works out ok for you CeJay. I know what you mean about needing some time off--I'm sort of doing the same thing now. Come back when you're ready--you'll always have a place here and keep in touch with us. When you're ready to come back, we'll be here.
  8. The Double Edge

    I'll give it--and all the other stories I'm behind on--a read this weekend--now that the semester is officially over with! (Actually, I have about 7 papers left to grade and then enter in final grades on one more course to be officially done--but I've already started my catchup on reading and writing) Of course, I'm also smoking a Boston butt roast this weekend--making some North Carolina style pulled pork--low sodium BBQ--yes, folks, it can be done--and it can be very tasty too!
  9. Canon and UT guest stars

    I like the minor canon characters too for much of the same reasons CeJay does--you still have plenty of room to flesh them out in or even take them in somewhat unorthodox directions--something you really can't do with major canon characters. Still, every once in awhile you need to use a major character. Hopefully, now that I'm beginning to be able to get back into writing as this semester comes to a close, once I get caught up on my stories, I'd like to do some crossing over--but right now, catching up on both reading and writing is the big thing--and that includes catching up on your stories mirandafave--I'm looking forward to getting back to reading your work.
  10. Writer's Block

    A sharp opening. I like CeJay's notion of writing the story from Easton's point of view--that would give a different perspective on the ship and its crew. Good to see that you're working your way through your writer's block. Now, if I can only work through mine...
  11. Updates

    I understand what you mean, D'Noth. Take care of what you have to take care of--we'll be here when you return.
  12. Gibraltar Updates

    Sam, please don't forget when you finish your updates to send them over to me so that I can put them up on the main site.
  13. Welcome! Just dive on in and have fun!
  14. Beauty Shots

    I don't have photoshop, instead, I have Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo x2. Is it possible for me to learn how to do covers using that program or am I going to have to go the Adobe Photoshop/Elements route?
  15. hello new in fan fiction hope you like it

    Right now, Michael's stories are in a bit of a limbo because of server issues on his old site. Hopefully, that'll get straightened out soon and people will be able to read Michael's stories again.