Why Am I Smiling?

If you’d seen me this afternoon in real life, you’d have seen a man with a grin on his face. Why?

Because today I had the pleasure of meeting actor Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama on Battlestar Galactica, Gaff in Blade Runner, etc.).

EJO was the original inspiration for the character of Commodore Diego Reyes in the Star Trek Vanguard series I developed with editor Marco Palmieri. Today, I got the chance to tell Mr. Olmos that, and give him signed copies of Harbinger and Reap the Whirlwind. He remarked that he had been asked several times to be “on Star Trek,” and I replied, “Well, in my version of it, you are.”

In case you’re wondering, Mr. Olmos is an incredibly funny, charismatic, and generous person. Gregarious and charming, he energized the room just by being there, and when he smiles everyone smiles with him.

Helluva guy. Glad I had the chance to shake his hand.

And then I came home to find I’d received a residual check from the Writers Guild. Sweet.

Yes, a fine day, indeed. 🙂

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