#MyFirstPostRevisited

Lately, I’ve been less likely to do these WordPress tagging games but this one struck my interest. Thanks Mei-Mei!

Only because…I HIT MY 5 YEAR BLOGGERVERSARY A FEW WEEKS AGO! (Is it blogoversary or bloggerversary or blogversary? Anyone know?) And I kept meaning to make a post about honoring that exciting day but never did.

So here we go.

 My First Blog Post: July 24, 2012

Honestly, we don’t need another Star Wars blog, and I understand that.  But I’m dissatisfied with the Star Wars blogs out there and I want a place to write real thoughts, ideas, and viewpoints of how my life is connected to Star Wars.  Also, I did have another Star Wars blog, but it got shut down on starwars.com (shakes fist), so I’m starting fresh and new on WordPress.

First of all, there will be many times when I can be quite cynical about the movies and the fan base.  I thought I should put that out there as a disclaimer because some of these posts may not be all roses and “I LOVE STAR WARS ALL THE TIME.”  I do love Star Wars, I really do.  I’ve loved Star Wars for going on 15 years now and sometimes, when you love something so much, you can’t help but poke fun at it or be slightly cynical.  Because at the end of the day (and I hope no fans hate on me for this)…it’s a movie.  It’s a brilliant, wonderful, amazing movie…but it’s a movie.  It’s fiction and I love that it can take me to another world, expand my imagination, and have me still fall in love with the saga time and time again…but it’s still a movie.

That being said – a little bit about me and my love of Star Wars:

I have been working on an Old Republic Jedi Knight costume because I hope to join the Rebel Legion.  If you don’t know what that is other than in the movie sense – look it up.  However, I’ve been saying that for about 6 years now, so we’ll see where that takes me.  It’s really hard, especially as I am definitely not good at sewing (in fact, I hate it with a passion).

I’m not your stereotypical geek, but I do have a love for sci-fi and fantasy that draws me to conventions and cosplay (if I had loads of money).

I used to have another Star Wars blog on starwars.com, but they discontinued their services.  Alas.  Well, I paid for it, and if you know me, I am notoriously cheap so after two years I stopped using it.  There are so many free blogging sites out there, so why pay for what you can have for free?  Sigh, story of my life.

Along with Star Wars, I love Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter (notice how I did not mention Twilight?  That’s because Twilight is a poor excuse for fantasy and a copout), so if I ever get any followers and people are also interested in those topics – shoot me a note and I’ll devote a post to it every once in a while.

A lot of these posts are just going to be honest thoughts and not too many pictures or one liners.  I want to create something that is slightly interesting to the above average Star Wars fan, but not too high level that I lose anyone who only likes Star Wars for, well, Star Wars.

Ok, the introduction on me is over.  I hate introductions, but it’s done and now you can get to know me through future posts.  Have you noticed I also like using parentheses?

I wasn’t sure what kind of pic to put, so you end up with  me writing this post in my home office au naturale (aka no makeup)

How Has My Blog Changed Since Then?

I do use pictures. Sometimes I even use gifs! The horror!

But in seriousness, I’m curious as to why I thought I wouldn’t use pictures. The only thing I can think of is that I wanted my posts to be in the style of essays.

I think I have done that in some posts, but I think one of the main factors that prohibited me from doing them ALL the time is that,

  1. The posts take a lot of time, and
  2. Not everyone is interested in reading all of it

That was a hurdle I kept hitting. Sometimes I would devote so much time to a deeper post, only to have no one interact with it. Then I would spend 30 minutes writing up a shorter post on something I had a thought on – and it would explode! It was frustrating.

So what I do now is write down possible blog topics in my phone and pick and choose based on how I’m feeling.

Another way my blog has changed is definitely in consistency. I used to blog twice a week for a few years. Then in 2015, I quit my full-time job and went solo with my business and it took a lot of energy out of me. In 2016, I had my daughter which took out whatever other energy I had left.

It’s been a blow to the views for sure but I continue to blog because as long as I get some interaction every once and a while – it’s still fun. It’s a creative outlet for me and a way to talk about Star Wars as I’m surrounded by non-Star Wars lovers. Hopefully that will change as I raise my daughter in the Force, though!

I’ve never written about any of the my other fan loves, though…not much on LotR (unless it relates to Star Wars), not much on BSG (unless it was in reference to a con), and definitely haven’t written about the Hunger Games or Harry Potter (barring when I went to Universal). Oh, but funny I had to blast Twilight in my first post.

The Rules for the #MyFirstPostRevisited Blog Hop

  1. No cheating. You must highlight your first post. Not your second post, not one you love… the first post only.
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).
  3. Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine, but NO editing.)
  4. Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  5. Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  6. Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  7. Include “the rules” in your post.

 

So, I’m horrible, but I never actually tag people in these things because it annoys most people.

That said, I’m really curious to see L. Palmer’s first post, so she is the only one I’m tagging – just because. She’s been around WP long enough, I’ve even communicated with her a bit via email and she always has something wonderful to contribute (when she’s not working her butt off, which she currently is doing). (And I “know” her well enough that she won’t do this anyway so not holding my breath. I’ll probably have to go search through the endless bowels of her blog to find the first post…but I’ll never know how her blog has changed waaaah!)

 

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL.

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Scene it on Friday 10.19.12 – ANH Scene #49

Scene it on Friday 10.19.12 – ANH Scene #49

I’ve decided to start going over a random scene from the Star Wars Saga every Friday (or…hopefully every Friday, sometimes life will get in the way, I’m sure).  Star Wars Insider used to run a scene in their issues with a picture and dialogue.  I loved it because I would always have some thought or another about that scene.  And then, for the past 3 issues, they haven’t put it in!  I’ve been so bummed about that, but I’m hoping they restart it at some point.  I can understand that it was kind of random and maybe not the most loved piece of the magazine, but oh well.  I shall continue the tradition in my own fashion, which is just writing whatever pops up in my head regarding that particular scene.

I found a page that has every scene of the Saga listed by movie, so all I’ve done is close my eyes, click on a movie, then run a random number generator depending on the number of scenes in the movie and voila!  Today I had clicked on ANH, and the random number generator gave me scene #49 out of 75 scenes.

And gueessss what scene that is??  Not a boring scene, not a filler scene, not a corny scene – but the beginning of the TRASH COMPACTOR SCENE.

What a great way to start this off.

Honestly, who doesn’t love this scene?  This is the first time our Fabulous Four (yes, I’m including Chewie!) are together.  Sure, you can count that technically the first time was when they were in the Death Star hallway shooting at Stormtroopers right before this scene and they jump into the Compactor.  But this is the first time they are alone and exchanging dialogue.  Their personalities really show up here.

Han: Thinks he knows best, immediately tries to do something about the situation, and has some great quips with Leia.

Luke: Farmboy straight out of Tatooine, kind of slow on the uptake that he has a comlink and could get very useful outside help, also is the idiot that gets taken down by the Dianoga (I think it sensed he wouldn’t be good at fighting back).

Leia: Fiery temper at being pulled into this mess, has the bright idea about bracing the walls.

Chewbacca: More scared than you would think by looking at him.

Yup, just a typical scene amongst our four heroes.  I also like how we have this random creature in the scene…as if Lucas didn’t have enough action going on with the doors closing.  On the Dianoga’s Wookiepedia page it says “In the final film, director George Lucas was reportedly less than impressed with the delivered Dianoga effect, having envisioned something bigger and more ominous.”  Perhaps that’s why it seems a little out of place to me; maybe he was going more for an effect in the lines of the Watcher in the Water from Fellowship of the Ring.

Dianoga scouting for idiot farmboys

I just love this scene for Han.  He is such a macho, I-know-best guy in this scene that it cracks me up.  First thing he does when he falls down there is sarcastically say something to Leia and then pull out his blaster (no, not that blaster – sorry I had to!  Perfect moment).  Really, Han?  Don’t you think someone would have already tried that?  Luke may be an idiot at this point in the trilogy, but he has enough common sense to try his gun.

Another interesting part of this scene is that it shows the trash of the Death Star.  I don’t know if anyone can see how amazingly great this is, but when you read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, their waste is not really mentioned.  They don’t even get colds or sick!  They just suffer from blaster wounds, spells that deteriorate their body, sword wounds, etc.  With this scene, we see that Stormtroopers poop and poop goes somewhere!  Hey, maybe even Darth Vader still has bodily functions.  All the liquid down there, plus the horrible smell they’ve discovered, can’t just be shower water.  It’s just an interesting glance into the functioning of the Death Star.

Here’s the scene below:

INTERIOR: DEATH STAR — GARBAGE ROOM.

 Han tumbles into the large room filled with garbage and muck.Luke is already stumbling around looking for an exit. He findsa small hatchway and struggles to get it open. It won’t budge.

 HAN: (sarcastically) Oh! The garbage chute was a really wonderful idea.  What an incredible smell you’ve discovered! Let’s get out of here! Get away from there… 

LUKE: No! wait!

 Han draws his laser pistol and fires at the hatch. The laserbolt ricochets wildly around the small metal room. Everyone dives for cover in the garbage as the bolt explodes almost on top of them. Leia climbs out of the garbage with a rather grim look on her face.

 LUKE: Will you forget it? I already tried it. It’s magnetically sealed!

 LEIA: Put that thing away! You’re going to get us all killed.

 HAN: Absolutely, Your Worship. Look, I had everything under control until you led us down here. You know, it’s not going to take them long to figure out what happened to us.

 LEIA: It could be worse…

 A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the murky depths. Chewbacca lets out a terrified howl and begins to back away. Han and Luke stand fast with their laser pistols drawn. The Wookiee is cowering near one of the walls.

 HAN: It’s worse.

 LUKE: There’s something alive in here!

 HAN: That’s your imagination.

 LUKE: Something just moves past my leg! Look! Did you see that?

 HAN: What?

 LUKE: Help!

 Suddenly Luke is yanked under the garbage.   

HAN: Luke! Luke! Luke!

 Solo tries to get to Luke. Luke surfaces with a gasp of air and thrashing of limbs. A membrane tentacle is wrapped around his throat.

 LEIA: Luke!

 Leia extends a long pipe toward him.

 LEIA: Luke, Luke, grab a hold of this.

 LUKE: Blast it, will you! My gun’s jammed.

 HAN: Where?

 LUKE: Anywhere! Oh!!

 Solo fires his gun downward. Luke is pulled back into the muck by the slimy tentacle.

 HAN: Luke! Luke!

 Suddenly the walls of the garbage receptacle shudder and move in a couple of inches. Then everything is deathly quiet. Han and Leia give each other a worried look as Chewbacca howls in the corner. With a rush of bubbles and muck Luke suddenly bobs to the surface.

 LEIA: Grab him!

 Luke seems to be released by the thing.

 LEIA: What happened?

 LUKE: I don’t know, it just let go of me and disappeared…

 HAN: I’ve got a very bad feeling about this.

 Before anyone can say anything the walls begin to rumble and edge toward the Rebels.

 LUKE: The walls are moving!

 LEIA: Don’t just stand there. Try to brace it with something.

 They place poles and long metal beams between the closing walls, but they are simply snapped and bent as the giant trashmasher rumbles on. The situation doesn’t look too good.

 LUKE: Wait a minute!

 Luke pulls out his comlink.

 LUKE: Threepio! Come in Threepio! Threepio! Where could he be?

I Used to be an Addict of the EU

I don’t read the EU anymore.

For those of you who don’t know what EU means  – it refers to the Expanded Universe of Star Wars.  It can be books or comic books that chronologically take place after the Return of the Jedi, or in between the saga, or even before Anakin were even thought of by the midi-chlorians.  It can really refer to anything that takes place outside of the Holy Saga of Episodes I-VI.

Wikipedia (how I love thee) officially defines it as:

“The Star Wars Expanded Universe encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional background of the Star Wars universe, outside of the six feature films produced by George Lucas. The expanded universe includes books, comic books, video games, spin-off films like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, television series, toys, and other media. This material expands and continues the stories told in the films and, excepting where it contradicts the films, is generally considered canonical. However, George Lucas has viewed it as a separate canon from his movie series.”

For the purpose of this blog, I am only going to be referring to books or comic books.

I used to read the Expanded Universe.  My life used to be that of a Star Wars addict and I devoured every Star Wars EU book, and some comic books, I could get my hands on.

I own all of the original Timothy Zahn novels – the “classics” in the Star Wars EU world, also known as the Heir to the Empire trilogy/Thrawn Trilogy.

They were good.  In fact – I really enjoyed them.  I bought every single one of them (ok – 3 books may not seem like a lot but when you are on an 11-year old budget, that’s a lot of money to fork out).  I remember finishing the second book while on vacation in Florida and begging my father to drive me to a book store for the third novel.  It never occurred to me that Floridian bookstores may not carry Star Wars EU books.  We went to a bookstore and they didn’t have the third and final book, “The Last Command”.  Oh it was bad…I was so upset.  I’m pretty sure I cried, threw a temper tantrum, etc.  My dad just laughed at me.  Not being a Star Wars obsessed fan, he didn’t understand the need to have this book in my clammy hands.  However – we must have found another a bookstore because I have vivid memories of reading the third book on the beach and being completely antisocial.

After that, it went downhill.  Because my budget was tight and I would actually have to work (gasp!) to get money, I borrowed every possible Star Wars books I could get my hands on from our local library.  Among those I distinctly remember reading (and I know I read many more):

         I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole

          Star Wars: Tales of the Empire, a Collection of short stories

         Young Jedi Knights series

        New Jedi Order series (not all, but a quite a few)

There were more, so many more.  My life was consumed with reading every Star Wars novel that was in my local library.  Yes, they were happy memories, but I also don’t remember doing much else during that time.

And then, somewhere along this journey, I began to get frustrated.  I realized that no matter how much I read, or how fast I read, I would never be able to keep up.  The EU was like a never-ending, exponentially increasing virus.  It kept spreading and spreading, taking over my brain and latching on to my general Star Wars obsession.  During my time reading the books, they began to kill off main characters from the movie.  They needed to up the amp even more, and what better way than to kill off someone everyone holds so dear?

That’s when I got angry.  People were reading these for sentimental reasons, to continue to live in a world that George Lucas had decided was over.  I had enjoyed living in this extended or “expanded” world as well, but I drew a line when characters started to die.

So I edged off a little bit.  I began to go back to my fantasy novels, but still read Star Wars novels (that didn’t kill of anyone big of course) at the same time.  Slowly, as if giving up a blanket I had slept with for a long time, I weaned myself off of reading Star Wars novels all together…

…and I got back a life.

I read all kinds of different novels: historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and I realized that I can still define myself as a Star Wars fan without reading all the novels out there.  I enjoyed what I read then, but I enjoy what I read now even more.

I was doing it for a reputation; to prove to others that I could keep up with the other hard-core Star Wars fans.  I wanted to show that I knew who the latest Star Wars character was, to show I know the names of Han and Leia’s children.  But now it doesn’t matter that much to me.  When people try to talk to me about the EU, I just say I don’t read it – and it’s really that easy.  They back off and don’t care that I don’t or haven’t read it.  I had built it up in my head that I needed to read the books and if I didn’t then other Star Wars fans would see me as a fake.  If they do see me as a fake or not a true enough fan, I’m ok with it because I’m enjoying myself more by reading books I actually want to read.

My Heir to the Empire trilogy is sitting on my shelf right now, surrounded by Star Wars actions figures and other Star Wars paraphernalia.  I like it there.  It shows that I know what the EU is, and I have been there at one point in my life.  I don’t think I’ll pick them up or go down that road.  I can’t imagine everything I would have to catch up on now and how wrapped up I would become all over again.

I guess my overall question is: for the people who read the Expanded Universe novels, do you do it because you want to, or because you feel like you have to in order to uphold a reputation?

Introduction

Honestly, we don’t need another Star Wars blog, and I understand that.  But I’m dissatisfied with the Star Wars blogs out there and I want a place to write real thoughts, ideas, and viewpoints of how my life is connected to Star Wars.  Also, I did have another Star Wars blog, but it got shut down on starwars.com (shakes fist), so I’m starting fresh and new on WordPress.

First of all, there will be many times when I can be quite cynical about the movies and the fan base.  I thought I should put that out there as a disclaimer because some of these posts may not be all roses and “I LOVE STAR WARS ALL THE TIME.”  I do love Star Wars, I really do.  I’ve loved Star Wars for going on 15 years now and sometimes, when you love something so much, you can’t help but poke fun at it or be slightly cynical.  Because at the end of the day (and I hope no fans hate on me for this)…it’s a movie.  It’s a brilliant, wonderful, amazing movie…but it’s a movie.  It’s fiction and I love that it can take me to another world, expand my imagination, and have me still fall in love with the saga time and time again…but it’s still a movie.

That being said – a little bit about me and my love of Star Wars:

I have been working on an Old Republic Jedi Knight costume because I hope to join the Rebel Legion.  If you don’t know what that is other than in the movie sense – look it up.  However, I’ve been saying that for about 6 years now, so we’ll see where that takes me.  It’s really hard, especially as I am definitely not good at sewing (in fact, I hate it with a passion).

I’m not your stereotypical geek, but I do have a love for sci-fi and fantasy that draws me to conventions and cosplay (if I had loads of money).

I used to have another Star Wars blog on starwars.com, but they discontinued their services.  Alas.  Well, I paid for it, and if you know me, I am notoriously cheap so after two years I stopped using it.  There are so many free blogging sites out there, so why pay for what you can have for free?  Sigh, story of my life.

Along with Star Wars, I love Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter (notice how I did not mention Twilight?  That’s because Twilight is a poor excuse for fantasy and a copout), so if I ever get any followers and people are also interested in those topics – shoot me a note and I’ll devote a post to it every once in a while.

A lot of these posts are just going to be honest thoughts and not too many pictures or one liners.  I want to create something that is slightly interesting to the above average Star Wars fan, but not too high level that I lose anyone who only likes Star Wars for, well, Star Wars.

Ok, the introduction on me is over.  I hate introductions, but it’s done and now you can get to know me through future posts.  Have you noticed I also like using parentheses?