Haiku Me Friday! Jawa Joy

I may be little
You might find me disgusting
Well, UTINNI you!

After looking at the definition, you can’t use the word utinni (it means “wow”) as I’m using it in my haiku, but c’mon, it fit so perfectly.


In Which I Recite 3 Happy Memories of Jawas

1.  Jawas always bring back one clear memory for me, and it was the first time I watched A New Hope. I had followed the story pretty well and nothing had surprised me because I had grown up with a vague knowledge of the plot and surroundings …that is, stormtroopers, Darth Vader, as well as Threepio and Artoo.

Yet when I saw that Jawa blast Artoo with his blaster and Artoo toppled down, I perked up. The movie suddenly went from interesting to gripping. Everything shifted. I expected Artoo and Threepio to have no problems going on their journey and finding Ben Kenobi. But something happened and the entire steady plotline altered. All because one mysterious being shouted, “Utinni!” and zapped Artoo.

2.  I went to my first convention ever in 2002, Celebration II. I had read about Celebration I in my Star Wars Insider and begged my dad to take me to Celebration II. The thing is – I didn’t even know what fan conventions were or cosplay or anything. I was 14 or 15 and that world was new to me. I remember driving towards the convention center and was angry at my dad because he said I could not wear my Jedi robe because I would be sorely out of place (it was his first convention too lol). As we waited in traffic, we looked out the window and there was someone in full Old Republic Jedi cosplay and it was the first cosplay I had seen in my life. I thought, “I want to be him,” and that started my 10 year obsession with getting an Old Republic Jedi Knight LFL-approved cosplay.

I had forgotten my camera, unfortunately, but the next day I brought it with me (and I totally wore my Jedi robe and brought my plastic lightsaber). And the very first picture I ever took at a convention was with a Jawa in cosplay.

I’m sharing it here…no teasing allowed!

3.  My last happy memory is recently and also has to do with cosplay. While waiting for my friend in the cold lobby of a movie theater for The Last Jedi on opening night, there were people in Star Wars cosplay walking around. One of them was a Jawa and she was short, just like the Jawas in the film. She was true to form as well and would not speak Basic with me, only Jawaese. We had time to kill so I tried to talk to her about Star Wars. It was so much fun! It’s different from someone who doesn’t know your language, because in this instance, obviously she understood me, but I was trying to get her to crack and speak Basic. Nope, she was really good. It was like playing charades, honestly but a Star Wars charades (OMG – I should do this at my next Star Wars party!).

It was in this moment that I realized (probably for the 100th time) that Star Wars can really bring people together. I have no idea what this woman looked like, but she helped me kill time and ward off the frigid December weather by discussing-but-not-discussing Star Wars. While other people may see this as nerdy, I see it as love. Love for each other as fans and love for something that brought us together. I tip my hat to the lady Jawa who reminded me that though some fans can get divisive and heated over Star Wars nowadays, I think we still, at the core, all love each other.


If Jawas are your favorite species – give me a holler in the comments and tell me why!




Fan Art Friday! Queen Amidala’s Stoic Front

Welcome back to our (Mei-Mei and I) once-a-month coloring from a Star Wars coloring book. It’s fun for us to be working on something at the same time and then compare how and why they end up so different. You can check out Mei-Mei’s here.

I didn’t LOVE my picture this month, but then again, I almost always have issues with character portraits as I mess something up. This time around, it was the gold on Amidala’s headdress and dress. I was looking at her picture, saw the gold and thought, “Well that’s great! I have a gold color pencil that I rarely use!” Well, the gold came out brown but by that point it was too late to go back. So I colored everything with that rusty gold and then tried to layer on top some golden yellow. It came out decent, but now like the actual Queen of Naboo.

While coloring this picture, I was reminded of how Amidala never shows emotion. Her face paint creates a mask for her features. I always thought it was weird but while working on this I realized that it actually is kind of smart. I can’t see that working in the USA as we love to see emotion and see our leaders with it (but God forbid we elect a woman President because then I’m sure there will be crazies saying she shows “too” much emotion just because she’s a woman), but it does work. If you never show emotion, good or bad, then people will never know what you’re thinking. This picture was a reminder of how different Leia and Amidala are. Leia is also royalty but she showed lots of emotion and I loved her for it. Amidala was also royalty, though elected, and never showed any emotion – and I also loved her for it. Amidala probably affected me more than Leia while I was growing up, which I discussed in a different blog post

Back to the coloring…

In all of Amidala’s outfit, including the messed up gold, I combined two colors. Her red dress are two different shades of red and her brown fur are two different shades of brown. As Mei-Mei and I continue to work on this, I’ve realized that when you combine two colors carefully and choose the right ones, sometimes the picture has a lot more depth.

Both Mei-Mei and I seem to have gone with a blue and yellow theme for the surrounding of Amidala, so in a way, at first glance they are eerily similar but like they’ve been flipped. I enjoy Mei-Mei’s picture more than mine however because I love the way she uses two colors for a continual line. While I used yellow and blue for the main borders, Mei-Mei did green, yellow, light green and brown. While Mei-Mei went for a blue background, I had a faded blue around Amidala, but a reddish-brown around the rest of the picture.

For next month, we’ll be switching to a mandala and doing a Darth Vader one!

The Last Jedi Soundtrack

I made the mistake of writing that I was disappointed with TFA’s soundtrack before I gave it a proper chance. I said there was nothing mind-blowing about it and the tracks fell short.

Yet, within 3 months, I had Rey’s Theme on repeat and loved The Jedi Steps and Finale. I couldn’t stop listening to them. When Spotify sent me my top played tracks of 2016 – Rey’s Theme was the first track. I grew to love March of the Resistance (it should be played every time you’re prepping for something big, trust me) and Kylo Ren’s theme (okay, I know he doesn’t have a theme, but you know what I’m talking about). As a whole, the soundtrack is lower on the list than others, but I think some of the core music is quite solid and enjoyable.

This time around, I made sure to wait to write a review on the The Last Jedi’s soundtrack because I didn’t want to make the same mistake. I had to listen to the soundtrack back-to-front and give it a fair chance.

I’m not in love with it. There are some good tracks, and some good themes, but in general, it falls a little short of other Star Wars soundtracks. For instance – when I come away from a Star Wars movie, I want to feel like I need to run and listen to that music…whatever that music is. It speaks to me, calls me, and fills me with emotion. With TPM, it was Duel of the Fates. With ANH, it is the Force theme. With AOTC, it’s Across the Stars. With TFA, it’s Rey’s Theme and The Jedi Steps. With ROTS, it’s Battle of the Heroes. With ESB, it’s the Imperial March. You get the point.

The closest track that comes close to capturing that in TLJ is Fun with Finn and Rose. The more I listen to it, the more it evokes feelings of comfort, family, and joy. I’m surprised that I associate it with family, because I believe it was meant to be playful and slightly romantic. But when I listen to it, I want to hold everyone in a giant hug and feel the security of what we are building for the future. It makes me feel safe and full of joy for those I love.

Unfortunately, Williams does not expand on this theme as much as I would like him to. It reminds me of Han Solo and the Princess – while there was a distinct theme for them, the music was often pushed together with other moments in the movie and other music (as in The Rebellion is Reborn with TLJ). I would have liked a fleshed-out theme for Finn and Rose because their music is one of the lighter pieces we feel through a soundtrack that is actually quite dark in its tones. I have the same disappointment with The Jedi Steps in TFA as I felt like it was over too quickly, but the saving grace was that The Jedi Steps as a piece also includes the finale, so we got another snippet of the Star Wars main theme, Rey’s Theme, March of the Resistance, and Kylo Ren’s/First Order theme.

Though Finn and Rose is my favorite, the one track that stands out the most on the TLJ soundtrack is The Spark. It’s a wonderful piece written by John Williams that encompasses the entire movie in one track. It starts out in a foreboding, anticipatory manner, that then shifts to Luke and Leia from Return of the Jedi. I get goosebumps when it makes that transition…it makes me nostalgic, sad, and resigned at the same time. Then it moves into Han and Leia for a brief moment, transitioning right after into it’s own piece. The past is over and let’s move into a new era. And then, and then, oh my gosh, the build up…you don’t need to have seen the movie to know that something big is coming. This is THE moment when the hero takes center stage. It’s that moment when you put your hand over your mouth and you don’t know what the eff is going to happen. AND THEN IT JUST STOPS. Which is kind of amazing but also so dissatisfying at the same time. All you want is a resolution and to find out what happens. But there is none, and in this case, I kind of like that about this composition. It’s the past moving forward into the future. But what does the future hold? No one knows. Always in motion is the future.

The last track that needs some recognition is the Canto Bight music. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Canto Bight music. It took me a while to come around to it because I associated it so much with the scene in the movie that I thought was unnecessary, so it left a sour taste in my mouth for a while. Once I moved past that and only listened to the music, I found I enjoyed it a lot. The music changes its tones quickly and keeps you entertained throughout. It starts out with elements of Caribbean steel drums combined with brass music that has Southern American influences. The middle of the piece moves and flares up with some 1920s jazz throwback (strongly reminds me of the Jeeves and Wooster theme) that makes you think the parties and booze are in abundance on Canto Bight and it continues this to the end. For a “cantina” scene music, I find it very different and fresh for the Star Wars world. I still don’t understand why we need a cantina scene in every new Star Wars movie, but that’s a discussion for another time.


My verdict on this soundtrack is that though I enjoyed the way Williams embroidered past themes into TLJ, I thought there wasn’t enough new and fresh music. The focus was on the past – Leia’s theme played a dominant role, which is interesting because we had never heard her theme again after ANH, something I griped about earlier. I feel sure this is because of Fisher’s death and everyone wanted to pay a tribute to her legacy. Yet, for a movie that seemed so intent on telling us to let the past die, to kill it if we have to – it seemed determine to stay in the past with its music.


Now that we’ve had a few months to assimilate to The Last Jedi soundtrack, what have been your thoughts on it?

Haiku Me Friday! My favorite species

Ryloth, the harsh world
Some forced into lives of slaves
But they emerge strong

If you are new to my blog…and by new, I mean, you’ve only been following for about 2 years or less (lol), you’ll know my favorite species are the Twi’leks (pronounced Twee-leck).

I loved Twi’leks from the moment I first saw Oola on the screen. There was something about her that was strangely riveting. For being on screen for such a small amount of time, she made a huge mark. She was a slave who was forced to dance for a crime lord against her will, fought to get free (but honestly, she should have thought that through better), and died while trying to make her life better. Her life must have been pretty horrible to all of a sudden crack like that.

Since then, I’ve kept a close eye on the female Twi’leks. I don’t think any made an impression quite like Oola, but I would still perk up when a Twi’lek crossed the background of a screen. Their species was just so fascinating to me.

Watching the evolution of female Twi’leks throughout the history of Star Wars has been an interesting ride for the past 20 years of my life.

Oola was the first one we ever saw, and she was dressed in barely anything. This trend seemed to continue in the Special Editions, where we see Lyn Me, and then further into the Prequels with the Gella twins. All of these Twi’leks were slaves, which is one of the reasons we could explain away their lack of clothing. But as we progress into the Prequels, we see more Twi’leks in positions other than slaves, such as the Twi’leks on Coruscant or even a Jedi fan favorite, Aayla Secura. But, strangely, they still dress in revealing clothing, which had me wondering for a while if perhaps being dressed in little clothing was also something related to their culture.

For episodes I-VI, it seems like Twi’leks were equated with sexual and, in a way, we kind of normalized it as a fanbase. I’m not sure how I feel about that. As an older woman, it feels wrong. Looking back at my younger self, it was something that was presented to me and I accepted it. Not good or bad, it just was. Female Twi’leks were dressed provocatively, which is why I think for a long time, I believed it to be part of their culture.

It changed once The Clone Wars came out. We got to see more female Twi’leks in different roles than just slaves, as actual inhabitants of Ryloth with beliefs and reasons for living. We get to see children, notably Numa, who is dressed…normally.

Finally, with Star Wars Rebels, we are introduced to Hera Syndulla, one of my favorite characters outside of the movies. I appreciated Hera from the moment she was on screen in Star Wars Rebels. I love that Hera a) doesn’t have the Force, b) is a badass pilot without the Force, c) leads an entire team of rebels, first as a small ragtag group and later with the official Rebellion, d) is completely dressed from head-to-toe, and e) is a Twi’lek! I was so happy when I saw this drastic change in the way female Twi’leks are portrayed. I’ve often wondered if the reason she is so heavily dressed is because Disney was trying to make a new statement about female Twi’leks.

It was almost as if how we think about the female Twi’lek species matches the way we physically view them on the screen. When we first saw them, they were slaves to Jabba with very little cover-up and not much personality; then all the way through to an independent species that make their own mark on the Star Wars world. As we get further and further away from the George Lucas canon works (I-VI), I wonder if we’ll ever see the sexy female Twi’leks again? Are they gone forever? Or, if we see them again, will there be a heavy backstory relating to their slavery as opposed to only seeing them in the background?

Finally, I can’t end this post without saying that there is a much better haiku on Imperial Talker’s page that is dedicated entirely to the Twi’lek home world of Ryloth. Read it if you love Twi’leks! And lastly, this is a great little compilation of Twi’lek pictures that I stumbled upon.

Haiku Me Friday! The Millennium Falcon

I like to change up my haikus every year. I forgot this year because, well, life. I realized this mistake last week and began thinking about how to provide some fresh insight into the haikus. I enjoy writing them because they are short, they provide a chance for me to research something about the Star Wars universe more in depth, or I go down a tangent that proves to be quite insightful and interesting. Or all the above!

When I first started my haikus, I based them off the Star Wars daily calendar that I had on my desk at the office. Whatever Friday provided as a picture or photo, that is what I would write about. Last year Mei-Mei suggested doing haikus from character’s points of views – I loved the idea and ran with it. This year I thought hard and came up with two ideas:

  1. Work through the entire saga (I-VIII) every Friday, or
  2. Have a different theme for each month.

Since I’m so delayed, I will be going with option #2. I love the idea of #1 but I would have to be very consistent and start the first Friday in January to give me as much time as possible.

Here’s my schedule:

  • January – woops
  • February – ships
  • March – Species
  • April – Jedi
  • May – Sith
  • June – The Skywalkers
  • July – The Rebellion & Resistance
  • August – the Empire & First Order
  • September – Planets
  • October – Bounty Hunters
  • November – Battles
  • December – Droids

I’m cheating in February because ships are my LEAST favorite thing to talk about in the Star Wars universe, so that gives me only two Fridays to talk about it.


So without further ado, ONWARDS!

It always escapes
Owners change throughout its life
Lando, Han, and Rey


With only two Fridays to focus on ships, I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a haiku on the Millennium Falcon. This is nowhere near one of my best haikus and I should focus more because there was a lot I wanted to say. (This haiku is better)

Since observing the new look of the Falcon in the Solo trailers and how pristine/different it seems, I began to get nostalgic for the Original Trilogy and Han’s ownership of it during that time period.

I grew up on the Prequels. Sure, I watched the Original Trilogy, but I didn’t feel this sense of ownership towards them like older fans did. But I’m realizing that I do feel a weird sense of protective traits toward the Falcon. I don’t mind that the Falcon now more or less belongs to Rey since I adore her, but it doesn’t sit as perfectly in my soul. The Falcon will always belong to Han Solo.

The bizarre twist to this is that I’m not a diehard Falcon fan. There are people who get tattoos of the Falcon and consider the ship to be a character within all the movies. I have never felt like that until…now. Until I see the Solo trailer and see how different it looks. The Falcon is new, it’s big mandibles have yet to come into being, and the inside looks like a medical facility.

Internally, I’m screaming. This isn’t the Millennium Falcon! This isn’t the ship that we love!

Don’t be fooled by this picture…my phone gave both Artoo and I some extreme airbrushing.

I found an old stuffed Artoo (it’s like an Artoo stuffed animal) last weekend while I was getting ready for my annual Star Wars party. I first encountered this little guy once when I was in Florida when I was 12 at a flea market. I didn’t buy it because I didn’t have enough money and my parents wouldn’t buy it for me – no doubt because they were still hoping this “fad” would disappear. So when we went back a year later I brought all the money I had and prayed and hoped that the little Artoo would still be for sale at the marketplace. And guess what? It was! It probably wasn’t the same one but the guy at the flea market still carried it. The cloth was shining white and it made beep boop sounds when you pressed it. I had that Artoo in my room for years, until my parents put an extension on their house and I had to pack it away. I’ve been carrying it around with me in a box as I moved around from apartment, to house, and to this new house, when I finally unpacked it.

When I found it last weekend, my heart soared and it brought back all these memories. It has weird water stains on it, the white is now almost a cream, but it still beeps strongly and is adorable.

This is the Artoo I love, like the Falcon in the OT. New is great, but old and full of memories can sometimes be better.

I understand that there is an origin story to every human being and even to every inanimate object we encounter. I’m going to work on accepting that with the Solo movie, even if I might struggle a bit with the Falcon.


How do you feel about the new Solo trailer? Do you love the Millennium Falcon or are you indifferent?