Yes, kind of! The Enterprise isn't alive, it's just automated (i.e. functions pretty much as it does in canon) when Deanna isn't in direct control; kind of like being able to control your breathing but you don't stop breathing if you're not thinking about it. When she is directly wired in, it just works a lot better and can do a lot more stuff. I have yet to figure out a lot of the specifics, but I can feel it's an AU I will play with lots! :D
*nods* Okay, that's kind of what I thought. But I like how you've got it set up here, too. I'm certainly curious to see what more you do in this AU.
:D After the Porn Battle is done I will probably post the Farpoint story in this AU next. Deanna gets to be really awesome in that one!