Memory Book/Danny Wilde (David Hemming)
My name is David and I am 23 years old. A lot of people think me older but I'm still relatively young - a baby of the group! I live in England, am 6 feet tall and have brown hair and blue eyes.
Primary: Lt.Commander Danny Wilde
Real Life information
I currently work as an Assistant Manager is a pub. This has always been my dream job, and I have worked very hard to get there. I have work in all aspects of the industry from lowly bottle-washer up to General Manager of a Superclub of 1,200 capacity. I've also worked for supermarkets and High Street Bars. I take my position very seriously and am active in upholding British Licensing Law and working with my council in combatting underage drinking, binge drinking and to promote safer environments. In the future I hope to work for the local council as Licencing Officer, or just to be in the licenced industry. Out of work I enjoy reading and writing (obviously!) and taking long walks. I enjoy the gym and swimming. I have a natural inquizitiveness and often find myself using the internet for research (or just looking up random things which pop into my head - God bless Wikipedia and SB118Wiki of course!). I have a white boxer dog called 'Blade' named after my step-dads favourite football team - Sheffield United (The Blades) and not the Vampire Hunter.
How you came to UFOP: SB118
I was referred to UFOP: SB118 in mid-2002 by a friend who had decided to join a Play By Email community, and he really did the scouting for the group. I read the introductory page for new members and remember thinking it seemed very professional. We both joined and underwent Training in the same group - we were planning on being posted to the same ship so we could be a kind of double act/friendship team similar to that of Data and La Forge, or Chief O'Brien and Dr. Bashir. Unfortunately he left the group directly after graduating training as he decided to go for a different group (I forget which one) but I decided to stay. I often think of my time in the group and laugh that I really didn't do anything to come by it, just agreed to join. In his defense, he picked the best of the bunch. I've seen some other groups since who he has tried to persuade me to join, but this is my first and only Role Play PBEM community and I wouldn't leave for another one!
- When did you join UFOP:SB118?
It must have been roughly around Mid-2002. I know I was still at college!
- Where were you first placed? What was it like starting to sim on your vessel?
After graduating the Meze Training Program, I was posted as a Security Officer (my first choice of assignment) on the USS Constitution-B, then under the command of Cmd Jessa Anassasi and LtCmd Mike Rourke as XO. She also oversaw my training. I remember my first introduction to the ship as being very hectic - the USS Constitution was fighting the T'Lithians at the time and I was thrust into the madness very early on. I remember being commended by my Chief of Security for standing my post and helping his injured character to safety. Sadly, I don't remember his name, only that he was a Vulcan, and I never had the opportunity to sim with him again.
- What have been your greatest challenges in this group?
I think challenges come by group effort in this community. We all help each other out IC as well as OOC. I have some very good friends in both aspects. In Character, I've been thrown some odd situations my way, and naturally you have to think of something exciting and believable to write to progress in the story. Out of Character, as a writer at a keyboard, one of the challenges I've seen over the years is people who tend to go their own way and cause problems for the group. I admit that in the early years I fell prey to that, too. I was never extreme but I had my fair share of 'telling off's'. All in all they help you grow and become a better member of the group. I find myself now saying the same things as senior officers said to me at the time. Weird, isn't it?
- What have been your greatest achievements in this group?
Since I joined the group in Mid-2002 I have had to take two LOA's due to lack of time or lack of means to sim and contribute to the group. The first one was when I was at university and was so swamped with work and stuff that I found I wasn't meeting the group requirements of simming, the second was last year when I was working full time and my internet was down. Fortunately I changed jobs (and got the internet back!) so I could rejoin the group, and I'm proud to say that re-integration into the community on those two occassions were great achievements for me, on a personal level. I was welcomed back heartily and was able to pick up exactly where I left off and dove right in. I also attribute my maturing as a writer to the work and training of those who have had more experience in the group. Plus I finally made Lieutenant Commander after about five years as a Lieutenant!
- What do you hope to ultimately accomplish?
I hope to be recognised in time to be a competent and reliable Captain for the group. I am currently undergoing the necessary requirements for the Commanders Exam, and am more involved now more than ever with other aspects of the group. I have enjoyed moderating the online chats, as well as the Forums, and I take pride in my contribution to the OOC Ronin Command Staff, and the odd bits of writing I manage to drum out for people.
- Where do you see this group in five years?
I like to think that it'll still be going strong. From what I've heard the group is very well known in the Online Community, receiving awards and the like. Hopefully there will be a lot more new members and a stronger fleet, but with the current absence of Canon Trek being produced - aside from the official Star Trek film of 2009 and various fanfilms, I hope that interest in the Star Trek franchise doesn't disappear.
- How do you think this group has contributed to Star Trek's legacy? How has the group contributed to the internet community?
One thing I have seen is the dedication to canonical events and established 'Trek' proceedure. It is evident in our training and our writing that we take the shows principles very seriously and abide by the laws of Trek. I think it will be interesting to see as time goes by (and we possibly go into the 2390's IC) how we react to the absence of 24th Century Star Trek on television or in films in our plots and stories. Perhaps the impossible in TNG's time is possible twenty years after Voyager returns to the Alpha Quadrant. It should be exciting to push forward. The group itself is well known across the internet and we always have had high standards. Given the chance, we could set the example of rival or future communities.