Many is the Maths lesson I studiously copied favourite panels of Wolverine or Jean Grey (c'mon, I was sixteen, ok?) freehand in my notebook. I got pretty good, if I do say so myself, but I never got the hang of creating original work and once I left school the adult world expected me to buckle down and get serious so...
Fast forward forty years and everything has changed! Having kids made me realise that, in many ways, they've got the right idea - turn achievement into a game and it becomes enjoyable! Real men don't play games? Hah! Real men do anything they damn-well please within the bounds of the law and their obligations! So when I seriously looked at how to produce Trek Twelfth Night, I realised that it didn't fit into any of the media that I'd previously worked in and that perhaps it was time to dust off the old sketching skills!
Star Trek: Twelfth Night is meant to be a romantic comedy of errors - albeit a rather dark one in places - so the comedy needs to shine through. Comedy in audio drama is not impossible, there are dozens of examples from the days of radio, but the one that most readers here would probably identify with would be The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. But you have to write it into your script from the ground up, otherwise it doesn't works and the way I've written it, the humour is most often visual, making it unsuitable for an audio drama.
By the same token, I have written it to take advantage of the delivery of the actors.
Think about it - how often has the humour of a situation been totally dependent on an actors look, his intonation or body posture? My main memories of the humour of Trek's Original Series are Spock's raised eyebrow, Kirk getting smothered by Tribbles or "Its green!" How can you convey that in written fiction? Imagine trying to write the novelisation of Pirates of the Caribbean and conveying Johnny Depp's comedic performance, you can describe it, but can you deliver it with the same effect? No way!
So this leaves me with a screenplay and, let's face it, zero chance of it being performed! There are no video fan production groups in Australia - don't get me started on my thoughts on that subject! - and although I think its a good script I'm not confident I could pitch it to an overseas group. I could release it as a script - there are a few out there - but as I said it just wouldn't have the same effect in text.
In the course of doing some background study for Trek Twelfth Night I've found that there are some cute and amusing web comics out there that suit the type of humour I've been going for. Shakespeare's classic is about unlikely or forbidden love such as Olivia feels for Cesario/Viola and she for Duke Orsino. Its about what I call "the blush factor" as we see a girl (albeit unwittingly) putting the moves on another girl or a guy (actually a girl) getting doe-eyed over another guy. You don't know the story? It sounds pretty tame by today's standards. Watch it live or failing that borrow it on video, personally I liked the British version with Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter...