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I recently broke my ankle. It wasn't pretty--I fell out of a diesel truck while inspect the cab and broke both bones in my left ankle. It wasn't a fracture, either--both bones were broken all the way through, meaning that when I tried to stand up, my whole foot shifted because it wasn't connect to my leg anymore--literally the only thing holding it on was the skin around it. I was rushed to the hospital, had the bones set, and the doctors put an external fixator on it to hold the foot in place against the rest of my leg so it could heal. At that point, I was told I would have a lot of time on my hands because it would take months, at minimum, to heal to the point where I could put any weight on it again. I don't think I have ever wished for advanced Starfleet medicine as much as I did at that moment.

I bring all this up because I was suddenly in desperate need of something to occupy my time. Over the years, I've collected a lot of books and DVDs and such, and I've always told myself (half-jokingly) that it was in anticipation of breaking my arm and being unable to do anything for a while. Well, I got the body part wrong, but the premise was sound.

So, being a massive nerd, I decided to do something ambitious. I'd been slowly rereading old Trek novels for fun, and had just finished the final Lost Era novel, "The Buried Age". Since I was at the appropriate place in the timeline anyway, I decided to start watching TNG episodes with "Encounter at Farpoint" (which, at that point, I hadn't seen in years) and to follow the Memory Beta timeline from that point, watching episodes in order and reading the novels at the appropriate times. It would take months, at minimum, but hey, I had some time to kill.

As of this writing, I'm mid-way through Season 2 of TNG, and I'm reading novel #7 ("Masks"), having read all of the novels set prior to this point in the appropriate places between episodes. (This actually includes novel #8, as it was set between seasons 1 and 2.) Reading the novels amid the episodes, especially at a time when I haven't seen any episodes in so long, makes it relatively easy to spot minor continuity errors in the placement of the novels, errors that aren't so easy to spot when reading the novels well after the episodes they were supposed to be set between. I've made a couple of minor edits to novels' pages here, but I just made another one for "Masks" and I figured I should introduce myself and what I'm doing since it appears that this is going to become a more regular habit. My ankle seems to be on the home stretch in terms of healing, but I've been having so much fun doing this that I'm going to try to continue even after I go back to my normal work routine. I'd like to read and watch everything (including DS9 and VOY) all in one long shot through to the current post-Nemesis novels, so I've got my work cut out for me.

See you all around . . .