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1 | 2 | Optional Author's Notes | Fanmix by [ profile] queenofgoat

I don't usually write long author's notes, and this will be no different, but I do have a few things I want to say.

First off, if you haven't checked out [ profile] queenofgoat's mix for this, GO DO IT RIGHT THIS SECOND. If you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter, then you saw me freaking out over how good it is and I really haven't stopped since the day I received it.

But let's talk about the fic itself. Because I kind of feel like I have to justify its existence.

It started when Chris Colfer twittered his love of the network formerly known as Sci-Fi's "Face Off." For those unaware, it's a reality show in which aspiring special makeup effects artists compete against each other in weekly challenges. The first season of it was amazing.

From there, my brain decided that clearly this called for an AU in which Kurt was a special make up effects artist, and I wanted to set it on Broadway instead of a movie set, which lead me to ponder what on earth kind of musical would require that much special effects makeup? Combine that with my recent mainlining of every Star Trek series I could get my hands on, both official and unofficial, and somehow my brain went, "SINGING AND DANCING KLINGONS!"

And thus, a Big Bang fic was born.

And then a funny thing happened as I was writing it. For a long time, I couldn't figure out why I was so sure that Kurt would be a special makeup effects artist if he couldn't be a performer, and then a re-watch of Glee season 1 later, I landed on, "Makeovers are like crack to me," and the way he treated Finn and realized that of course this would be Kurt's backup career. Throw in a re-watch of "World Enough and Time" and I hit the quote that shaped not only this fic, but also my entire perception of Kurt's character in canon--"I have found that I can tolerate being judged far better than being of no consequence." Despite the fact that Kurt and Spock couldn't be any more different if they tried, the quote rang true to the Kurt in my head perfectly.

I would like to formally and sincerely apologize for my abhorrent songwriting skills in part two; Darren Criss I am not, although I am kind of absurdly pleased that I worked in a reference to the title of Wesley's departure episode. I take my giggles where I can get them, folks.

I hope this fic was comprehensible to people who aren't familiar with Star Trek, as well as having some reference snickers for those who are. And hopefully I wasn't too heavy-handed with the Glee meta. My AUs tend to have that.

I hope it was enjoyable, or at the very least didn't make anyone want to run away at the thought of Worf doing the Bat'leth Boogie. You're a star if you made it through all of this ridiculousness, and I sincerely thank you for it.

P.S. The title of this fic came from a Captain Picard quote in 5x25, "The Inner Light." As Kamin, Picard tells his "daughter": "Seize the time, Meribor. Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again." It seemed fitting.

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