Life Update & Soapbox Rant

“Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.”-Karl Kraus

I know I haven’t been to active on here as much as normal. Believe me I want to write about certain topics. But do to the advisement of my lawyer, at least for the time being…. I should not…. What I can say is that I’ve been going through a rather LONG custody case for my two kids. With the COVID-19 going on, it’s taken even longer. So with out naming people or relations, I will try and continue with this post.

*spaces out on keyboard* Ugh… I really want to write about this.. But I can’t…

What I can say is… My kids are happy and health. While with the current events are less than ideal, we’ve made do with what we can. In the beginning of all this, the kids and I worked together on their school work. I have to say that was a crash course for me haha, I haven’t had to do algebra in YEARS! But we did it and they finished the school year. Summer has been interesting to say the least. I felt bad for the kids, not being able to see their friends or other family members in the start of summer. They are rather resourceful and found ways to have communication between friends. Towards the end of July we were able to have a small family visit or overnights with Grandma & Grandpa. We even made a few trips to the river & beach.

But with August coming to an end and school is now going to be starting up soon. It’s interesting to see how the local school systems are trying to work out a system. Right now it looks like we are going a online/at home schooling mode again. At least the teachers are going be more active and have set hours through out the day. I know last time my brother(who is a teacher) helped me & the kids with a lot of things. They say in October they are to have a meeting and see where things are at with the COVID-19. To see if going back into the classroom is even an option.

For the last few months I have become a stay at home Father and I have to stay it’s a little weird hahaha. Yet I’m glad things worked out the way it did, I’m able to be here with the kids and make sure they are on track, do their chores or just help them out if needed. Ugh.. I really wish I can write about some of the events that going on. It’s kinda eating at me and is beyond frustrating. I am thankful for the people around me who are helping me work through all this.

Having this time with my kids has shown me on how much they have changed. How their personalities and style have grown. It tripped me out the other day, having a full on conversation with my oldest about that is happening in the world. Realizing that they aren’t babies anymore. Also making me realized I’m getting old hahaha.

This has also made me look at things in a different way. Like with this blog for example.. I do fell I kinda lost my way with the blog and I’m not to sure where it’s going. I’ve had this blog for over 10 years and I originally started it as a venting stage or help single parents with tips and tricks. As well as share in my nerdy fandoms and that evolved into working for Wizard World Comic Con on media coverage, writing reviews on tech gadgets, book reviews, having interviews with icons. This also took me down the path of podcasting and getting into radio. I would have never thought in a million years that this little website would open so many doors for me.

Maybe I do need to change things up a bit on here, just not sure where..? Right now I have two topics that going on, the Unboxing and Middle Earth Challenge. I think another problem I have is I stuck in what I call micro blog, A.K.A. Twitter. I know for sure that has messed things up for my blog. It’s just so easy to fire off a few lines and have conversations with people and/or share things. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestion that would help? I feel like I hit a road block here.

At any rate, thank you for taking the time and reading though this mess hahaha.

-Jason Roberts

Star Trek Book Challenge 88: Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Original Series #70)

Star Trek Book Challenge 88: Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Original Series #70)

Trek Book2tumblr_n6r8b62SJC1tbhzz6o1_400Here we are at number 88!! The LAST of the Star Trek novels! The END of this CHALLENGE!! Who knew I was going to able to make to the end when I start this challenge September 3, 2015. One year! It took one year to read 88 core challenge books + 9 side novels that found their way into the challenge (.5), that would equal 97 books in all! I’m happy I did this challenge, even with all the bad and…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 88: Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Original Series #70)

Star Trek Book Challenge 88: Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Original Series #70)

Trek Book2tumblr_n6r8b62SJC1tbhzz6o1_400Here we are at number 88!! The LAST of the Star Trek novels! The END of this CHALLENGE!! Who knew I was going to able to make to the end when I start this challenge September 3, 2015. One year! It took one year to read 88 core challenge books + 9 side novels that found their way into the challenge (.5), that would equal 97 books in all! I’m happy I did this challenge, even with all the bad and…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 88: Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Original Series #70)

Trek Book2tumblr_n6r8b62SJC1tbhzz6o1_400Here we are at number 88!! The LAST of the Star Trek novels! The END of this CHALLENGE!! Who knew I was going to able to make to the end when I start this challenge September 3, 2015. One year! It took one year to read 88 core challenge books + 9 side novels that found their way into the challenge (.5), that would equal 97 books in all! I’m happy I did this challenge, even with all the bad and horrible books there were in the challenge. I’m grateful for all the fantastic novel there were, that made the challenge worth while. Because of this I have a better understanding for Star Trek and a new found love for it. I’m also happy this challenge went as long as it did. I believe some where in the middle of this thing, my Father had passed way.

He was the one who got me in to Trek and Wars, comics over all. I would like to dedicate to my Father and to every nerdy Father out there teaching their children the way of fandoms.

So looking back on this challenge I would like to list off my Top 5 favorite Star Trek novels:

1: Star Trek Book Challenge 83.5: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek: The Original Series)

2: Star Trek Book Challenge 23: Shadows on the Sun (Star Trek: The Original Series)

3: Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) (Only because this shocked me more than anything)

4: Star Trek Book Challenge 37.5: STAR TREK: PROBE (Star Trek: The Original Series)

5: Star Trek Book Challenge 47: Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation #18)

Now this challenge had an number of BAD novels in it. Some of them almost killed the challenge in it’s tracks. Almost… So following the Top 5 I now give you the Top 5 Worst Star Trek novels of this challenge:

1: Star Trek Book Challenge 11: Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation #24)

2: Star Trek Book Challenge 16: Betrayal (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #6)

3: Star Trek Book Challenge 21: Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation #4)

4: Star Trek Book Challenge 30: Doomsday World (Star Trek: The Next Generation #12)

5: Star Trek Book Challenge 51: Grounded (Star Trek: The Next Generation #25)

I really enjoyed doing this challenge and to think it all started by finding a random box full of Star Trek novels. I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did while doing it. So with all that being said! lets got on to book 88!! Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Original Series #70) by L.A. Graf and it did not disappoint! I am happy that I read this book last, because it ended on a good note as for a story/challenge. This book is rather different from most trek novels out there. Mostly on the fact that it happens on earth for the most part. This is book 3 of the “Lost Years” saga and it is filled with humor, high adventure and is over all just a fun novel. It’s interesting to see Chekov, Sulu and Uhura as the main focus point of the story. Plus them being framed to discredit Kirk is rather a fun twist to the novel. L.A. Graf has done a fantastic job with Star Trek and almost wish some of his stories where made into movies or and episodes.

217598More than a year has passed since the end of the Enterprise’s legendary five-year mission, and Kirk and his crew have settled into their new, separate assignments. But Sulu and Chekov soon find themselves framed for murder and treason, and the two officers are forced to go into hiding. Admiral Kirk and Lt. Uhura frantically search for evidence to prove Sulu and Chekov innocent and uncover a plot that threatens the very foundations of Starfleet.

The web of conspiracy is woven tighter as the real culprits and Federation agents close in on the fugitives. Unsure of whom to trust and with time running out, the former U.S.S. Enterprise shipmates must once again rely on each other to find the truth and prevent the Federation from facing utter destruction.

So if you find yourself with a copy of this book. Read it and enjoy!!! Thank you again for all the support in doing this challenge and make sure you check out my other challenge that is going on with Star Wars. You can also check every Star Trek novel I’ve read in this challenge here Star Trek Book Challenge. Thank you guys once again!!

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Star Trek Book Challenge 87: The Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Star Trek Book Challenge 87: The Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Trek BookThe Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Carmen Carter is a well rounded novel. The characters were well written and going back and forth in between each crew’s story plot blends nicely. It is a little slow in the beginning, but there is a reason for it as the book goes on. Action and conflicts in the novel seem to end to quickly or some of the other story plots don’t end at all.…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 87: The Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Star Trek Book Challenge 87: The Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Trek BookThe Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Carmen Carter is a well rounded novel. The characters were well written and going back and forth in between each crew’s story plot blends nicely. It is a little slow in the beginning, but there is a reason for it as the book goes on. Action and conflicts in the novel seem to end to quickly or some of the other story plots don’t end at all.…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 87: The Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Trek BookThe Devil’s Heart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Carmen Carter is a well rounded novel. The characters were well written and going back and forth in between each crew’s story plot blends nicely. It is a little slow in the beginning, but there is a reason for it as the book goes on. Action and conflicts in the novel seem to end to quickly or some of the other story plots don’t end at all. What action there is in the novel, is well written and doesn’t drag on with detail. A classic Trek story with a fade to black style ending. I can see this being an episode and almost wish it was by the end of the book.

217886The Devil’s Heart is a legendary object of unsurpassed power and mystery. Worlds that believe in magic consider it Darkness’s mightiest talisman; and worlds of science consider it a lost artifact of some ancient and forgotten race. Some say the Heart enables its possessor to control people’s minds and to amass wealth enough for a dozen lifetimes, while others think it capable of raising the dead, perhaps even changing the flow of time itself. But to all, the location of this fabled object has remained a mystery, until now. An isolated archaeological outpost has suddenly stopped responding to repeated requests for information. Sent to discover why, the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM crew finds a devastated outpost and a dying scientist, whose last words fall on disbelieving ears: the Devil’s Heart has been found.
As the quest for the Heart unfolds, Captain Jean-Luc Picard discovers that beyond all the legends and age-old secrets lies an awful truth: whoever holds the Devil’s Heart possesses power beyond imagining.

Star Trek Book Challenge 86: The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey #2)

Star Trek Book Challenge 86: The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey #2)

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I remember reading this as a kid when it first came out. I was in a hurry to see how they were going to bring Kirk back to life. I remember watching Star Trek: GENERATIONS and seeing Kirk die was a WTF moment *Spoilers*. I loved this book then and I still love it now. I loved how it has a good balance of both TOS and TNG, with just about every favorite character in it.

217718Veridian III: A world has…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 86: The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey #2)

Star Trek Book Challenge 86: The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey #2)

Trek Book

I remember reading this as a kid when it first came out. I was in a hurry to see how they were going to bring Kirk back to life. I remember watching Star Trek: GENERATIONS and seeing Kirk die was a WTF moment *Spoilers*. I loved this book then and I still love it now. I loved how it has a good balance of both TOS and TNG, with just about every favorite character in it.

217718Veridian III: A world has…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 86: The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey #2)

Trek Book

I remember reading this as a kid when it first came out. I was in a hurry to see how they were going to bring Kirk back to life. I remember watching Star Trek: GENERATIONS and seeing Kirk die was a WTF moment *Spoilers*. I loved this book then and I still love it now. I loved how it has a good balance of both TOS and TNG, with just about every favorite character in it.

217718Veridian III: A world has been saved, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D lies in ruins, and one of the galaxy’s greatest heroes rests beneath a simple cairn of rocks on a lonely hillside. But as a legendary Vulcan ambassador comes to the last grave of his best and dearest friend, the adventure is only beginning.

The Borg and the Romulan Empire have joined forces against the Federation, and their ultimate weapon is none other than James T. Kirk, resurrected by alien science to destroy the Borg’s most formidable enemy: Jean-Luc Picard.

The astounding return of Kirk – as only William Shatner can tell it!

Now keep in mind that this is book two in a series of six books and I read some of them out of order back in the day. I’ve fixed that now tho haha. Great book, fantastic series for any Trek fan.