Jyn Erso: So Much Potential, But…

I watched Rogue One again two weekends ago.  I really wish I could say that I came away from it better satisfied than the first viewing, and while there were parts that did not irk me as much (such as Darth Vader on Mustafar), I found that I still had major issues with Jyn.

The problems I have are not so much with her, but more with Disney and how they decided to create her character.  I read an article a few years ago when the Hunger Games first came out – critics, especially female critics, were using the Hunger Games as an example of how movies with female leads can crush the box office, despite the fact that Hollywood bigwigs thought that men in leading roles would do better (i.e. make more money).  Hunger Games really broke the mold when it came to the leading female in an action movie and I think we have seen a good amount of movies since then that also prove that.

But this line in one of the articles has stuck with me ever since.  The author said something along the lines of,

Do not write strong female characters.  Instead write characters for women. The strong aspect will fall into place if it’s necessary.

I wish I could remember the article and link back to it, but alas, that was five years ago.

The author was saying that if you focus too much on creating a physically strong character, that character will lack the depth that makes people attracted to movies to begin with.  When we look at Katniss, whom her article was based off of, we see a young woman whose strength comes out of necessity to keep her family safe.  She taught herself how to hunt with a bow and arrow so that she could sell her food on the black market and feed her family.  Her love for her sister is what pushes her to join the Hunger Games.  Her feelings for Peeta is what forces her to turn the games on its head at the last minute and best President Snow.  By creating these driving forces within her, a strong character was created.

This is my first problem with Jyn.  We don’t see any character to her.  And you guys can all preach to me as much as you want that there are more in the books, but if a movie is to be good, you shouldn’t need to read a book.

We know Jyn saw her mother die and her father taken hostage.  We eventually learn that she was raised by Saw.  But because she has no character depth, I don’t understand her motivations.  When she figures out that Cassian had orders to kill her father, she is upset.  She rages at Cassian.  This all makes sense…though Jyn lacks character, anyone can relate to losing a parent; especially in her situation where the loss was not ideal (is it ever an ideal situation?).  Yet within a few minutes, she has joined the Rebellion and trying to convince them to find the Death Star plans on Scarif. 

What?  You want to join the team that blatantly lied to your face about killing your father?  They said he would be unharmed but then Cassian was going to kill him?  You know Cassian didn’t think of that on his own, he pretty much implied he was under orders.  So let’s hold hands with the Rebellion and let bygones be bygones, right?  Phssshhhhh.

Those are my first problems in a nutshell.  I can’t understand Jyn’s motivations and she doesn’t seem to have much of a personality.  And of course I could read the book!  I know!  But if you think that, you’re missing the point.

Now we are onto the second, larger problem I have with Jyn and Disney’s writing of her/the movie.

Disney goes out to make this strong leading heroine (yay!)…but this strong, supposedly capable woman always gets rescued.

Okay read that again.

She. Always. Gets. Rescued.

I’m not sure why I missed this the first time I saw it in theaters.  But watching it again, I can count on my hand three major times that she gets rescued.

The first time is when she meets up with her old foster father, Saw.  He shows her the hologram of her father, Galen Erso, and she is spellbound.  She hasn’t seen her father in years and he’s all of a sudden there calling her by her nickname “Stardust” and telling her about plans to destroy the Death Star.  Meanwhile, the Empire decided to use that exact moment to blow up NiJedha/Holy City. She falls to her knees in shock as the cave begins to crumble…and who comes running around the corner?  Cassian.  Because Cassian got himself out of a cell on his own and ran to get her.  If not for Cassian, Jyn would have been dust and pieces just like Saw Gerrera.  I don’t remember Jyn getting herself out of a cell or handcuffs.  NiJedha/Holy City is exploding, the ceilings are caving in, and Jyn sits there looking at a blank hologram until Cassian forces her to move.

The second time, again, has to do with her father, Galen.  Galen is blown up/shot on Eadu where Jyn had been watching everything, hidden.  She runs to his side, to possibly save him if she can, while trying to hear his last words.  Meanwhile, Rebellion X-wings and TIE fighters are having a full on battle and she’s sitting on the most obvious place (a platform that awkwardly juts out) any X-wing would want to shoot down.

Oh and while she’s sitting there crying over her father, who comes to extract her from this dangerous situation?  I remember – Cassian!  That guy who always seems to be most helpful in these situations where Jyn has high odds of dying.

And then finally, the third time, which is sadly the most unforgiveable.  Jyn and Krennic are face-to-face on the top of the tower at Scarif.  He has a gun.  It’s pointed at her.  How in the world will she get out of this situation?  Hmmm…why not use her brains and figure a way out?  Or not.  Remember that guy Cassian I keep talking about?  He somehow regained consciousness from when he fell, climbed all the way up a tower, just in time to shoot Director Krennic so that Jyn can upload the plans.

If Jyn had managed to get herself out of other situations before, this last rescue would not be so challenging in my eyes.  But she didn’t and never will.

Here’s where I pick my other gripe with Disney.  This would not be as big of a problem if they did not surround Jyn with an all-male cast.  If Jyn was consistently rescued by another women, not only would it show amazing teamwork within females (I think Hollywood likes to pit us females against each other in a petty fashion a bit too much), it would show us that girls can get out of situations on their own.  I’m not saying the entire surrounding cast has to be women, but it would have been helpful to have Cassian be played by a woman.  His character is easily interchangeable with a female lead.

In my point of view, this is why Rey succeeded so well in The Force Awakens and why Jyn’s character was such a failure in Rogue One.  They made Rey a young woman that could fight, cry, laugh, and empathize with others.  They made a character who turned about to be strong.  With Jyn, we get almost the same character throughout the movie and who does not seem to be able to get herself out of tense situations.  She constantly needs to be rescued which does not look good for a female lead, especially one they are hyping up to be battle hardened and tough.  This time, Disney made a strong female without any character.

 

Do you agree or disagree with my rant?  Am I too narrow minded and missing something important that would change my entire argument?

Geek out!

So I wanted to talk a little more in depth about a few different announcements that have happened in the last two weeks, while I’ve been buried in work for our conference.

  1. The Expanded Universe has “turned a new page” according to LFL.  Read: they disintegrated the EU.
  2. The Episode VII cast announcement.  One more thought.
  3. Star Wars Rebels trailer released Sunday.

#1 – “No disintegrations” did not apply to the Star Wars EU

On April 25th, LFL announced that the EU “turns a new page” and is setting out to keep everything as consistent as possible.  Kennedy formed a Lucasfilm Story Group to help with this process of keeping everything organized and coherent.  Legendary Pablo Hidalgo (I swear, he knows EVERYTHING about Star Wars), Leland Chee, Carrie Beck, and Diana Williams comprise this group.

In plain English…the EU is no longer canon.  The movies, The Clone Wars, and the future Star Wars Rebels is what will be the foundation for canon.  There are also a few new novels coming out that will fit into this canon storyline.

How do I feel about this?  Honestly, I’m not surprised at all.  I’ve written before about how I’m not a huge fan of the EU and I’m actually more surprised that other fans are shocked and upset.  How are you guys that stunned?  Did you really think that after the announcement of Episode VII, LFL would keep the EU as is?

As a corporation, you can’t be wishy-washy about this stuff.  You have to be black and white.  And I applaud LFL for making an announcement that puts any other hopes to rest.  There was NO way they were ever going to keep the EU canon, and I had touched upon that briefly before.  But apparently there were many, many fans that thought somehow there would be a chance for the EU and the future movies to coincide peacefully.

Really?

Let’s look at this brief text conversation between my brother-in-law and I:

BIL: “What do you think about the Star Wars EU no longer being canon?”

ME: “Completely fine with it.  I thought the EU was getting wild at some points and Lucas seemed to be okaying everything.  And they formed that team to make everything cohesive at LFL.  I’m also not surprised because I figured this would be coming once they announced VII.”

“…I feel that this is unfairly dismissive of all the people who did a ton of creative work (and made them a ton of money) to just ret-con it now.  Also, I felt like it anything was getting crazy, it was the Clone Wars (what with crazy robot spider Darth Maul), and that apparently remains in the canon with the 6 movies.  I really felt like other than the OT, the EU was Star Wars’ greatest strength, and it seems weird and arrogant to dismiss it.”

“Yeah, Darth Maul’s revival was completely dumb, but some of TCW was really good and I enjoyed it.  I mean, yes, in a sense they are dismissing the EU but it’s not disappearing.  People will still read and enjoy the work.  I’m just surprised that you’re so surprised.  I thought it was obvious as soon as they announced more movies.”

…etc, etc.  There was more.  But that’s the gist of it.

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Am I the only one confused and not surprised at all?  When I heard about this, I just moved on with my life thinking, “Well, duh,” but it wasn’t until a few days later that I saw all the outrage that I began to get confused.  Does it also have to do with my feelings of ambivalence towards the EU?  Perhaps the more attached you are, the more furious your outcry is.  But that still doesn’t explain why people are surprised.

Abrams can’t be attached to the EU and can’t be confined by it.  Neither can anyone at LFL now that Disney has taken over.  It would be fun if Luke had a wife with red hair, but that was the extent of my hoping.

The novels written for the EU will not all of a sudden be taken off the shelves.  They won’t be banned and burned.  They will still exist and future generations can still enjoy them and perhaps wish to live in a time period like we did, where we didn’t know there was ever going to be more Star Wars movies. Nor do I agree with my brother-in-law’s comment that it is dismissive to the author’s work.  I’m sure that 20 years from now, the people who have read the Courtship of Princess Leia are the fans you know are hardcore.

#2 – One more thought…

The bigger news last week was the Episode VII cast announcement.  I’m ashamed to say that it wasn’t until Mei-Mei’s comment on my post that I realized there was only one new female within the cast.  Actually, when looking at the entire cast, there are only two females.  TWO.  Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and the newbie, Daisy Ridley.

Don’t judge yet, guys.  I mean, if we base this on history, we will probably have a leading male figure, with Daisy playing a supporting role.

But…don’t judge yet.  Ridley may be on for VIII and IX and could be a force to be reckoned with.  I really believe that modern cinema had a breakthrough with the Hunger Games movies and realized that a female CAN be the lead in an action-packed film and there doesn’t need to be an oversaturation of romance for it to be a blockbuster.  Let’s hope they take a page out of that book (pun haha!) and move in that direction.  Let’s see what happens.

Abrams has also hinted that there will be more casting announcements coming soon.  Can’t wait!

#3 – Star Wars Rebels Trailer

Thoughts?  This is the first concrete thing we’ve seen about Rebels other than updates on casting and concept art.  My issue with this is wondering what they will do with Kanan Jarrus at the end of the series?  It’s the same question that bothered me about Ahsoka in TCW.  I thought she had to die in order for the show to make any kind of sense with ROTS.  Instead, they played it a lot more beautifully, with her disenchantment with the Jedi and abandonment of their ways.

So what will happen with Kanan?  Another disappearance?  Or will they actually kill him off?  I feel like when you bring a Jedi into the mix, it just gets a lot more complicated.

Also – why are Ezra’s eyes such a weird color?

Those are all the thoughts that were tumbling in my head last week.  Hope everyone had a good May the 4th!  I celebrated by baking my Star Wars shortbread cookies, like I do every year.  Did you guys celebrate at all?

Hmmm...I've never heard Kirsten mention Star Wars.  Ever.  Fan or jumping on the bandwagon?

Hmmm…I’ve never heard Kirsten mention Star Wars. Ever. Fan or jumping on the bandwagon?  Nice dress though!

Girls and Sci-Fi

Why don’t girls (in general) like sci-fi as much as boys?  I love Star Wars, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Dune, and more, so I can’t speak for most girls, but I was grumbling to myself the other day about how none of my girlfriends like sci-fi.

Yup.  You got that.  NONE.  None of them even have a shred of understanding about my love/obsession and most have not even seen all six Star Wars movies.  I have one friend who is borderline understanding because she has a twin brother who is really into sci-fi.

So, with my girlfriends, I never talk about anything related to sci-fi.  I have great group of diverse friends and all of us have different interests but occasionally, I would like to have one girlfriend who wants to go to cons with me and encourages/challenges me in my love of sci-fi.

I think one of the main reasons that girls do not like sci-fi, whether they realize this or whether it’s subconscious, is that sci-fi has always been geared towards men.  It’s hard to empathize with the characters in a sci-fi movie when there are not many female characters actually playing a key part.  As a young girl, being brought up to like flowers, pastel colors, and butterflies, it’s hard to see yourself getting dirty and shooting guns.  I am generalizing on all this of course – we all know that – and there are always exceptions, myself being one of them since  I love the thought of running around in unknown landscapes and fighting aliens.

So if you are raised on The Little Mermaid or Barbies (which my mother would not let me own and even returned ones that I got as a birthday present to my dismay and anger…story for another time), and there are few females to relate to in a science fiction movie/TV show, how can you see yourself in that setting?  This is a much more complicated subject than my brief analysis and I’m only speaking from my own point of view.  Simply put, I loved movies and books where I could see myself as the main character.  Don’t get me wrong – gender did matter to me, I always wanted to be a boy when I was growing up and thought they had it so awesome and had it so easy (sometimes I still think that), but that didn’t mean that I didn’t want to be the main character just because he was a boy.  I could easily translate that into my head as a girl playing that role instead.

But if gender was a big hindrance for some girls growing up, then perhaps they could not imagine themselves in a sci-fi setting because there were no main roles for girls.  So instead, their parents plop them in front of movies with a female character because they think, “Oh, another girl, so my daughter can relate to her,” and those movies are usually Disney princess movies, Lizzie McGuire/Hannah Montana, My Little Pony, etc.  If that’s what young girls are supposed to relate to, well it’s no wonder they shy away from science fiction.

If directors and story writers took the time to carve out strong, relevant female lead characters in a science fiction narrative, perhaps more girls would be interested in the genre.  There has been a lot of movement in this area with TV shows/movies by Joss Whedon, Disney’s “Brave”, and the “Hunger Games”.  I think the public is recognizing the need to show females in a relatable format on the big screen and in novels, but it will be slow and a long time coming.  And even if something progressive should happen for young girls, like Brave, will there be an attempt to mold her into something our male dominated society is more interested in seeing?  Think of a curvy figure with long flowing hair and see this article.  Thankfully, Disney quickly turned around their decision on that but it still raised a lot of eyebrows and voices against it.  Even Joss Whedon was pulled into the madness of marketing a sexier female on his Avenger movie poster…as if Scarlett Johansson is not sexy enough.

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Am I making sense?  This is just a small, minor theory and there are some excellent, more in depth blog posts out on the internet with a better analysis about why sci-fi has not always been female friendly.  (Here are a couple good examples: Lois Lane and the Case for the Female Superhero Movie and Girl Power?)

Based on these musings, I decided to ask around between friends and colleagues to see if I could get any answer on what girls don’t like about the sci-fi genre.  I only asked girls because…well, we’re girls.  I tried to ask a good range of sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi fans, but it was heavily weighted on the non sci fi fan side since my female sci-fi fans are few and far between.

The questions I asked were, “Why do you think girls are not as interested in science fiction as men?” and “Why are you specifically not interested/interested?”

I’m not expecting anything ground breaking here, just something to satisfy my own curiosity because I’ve actually never asked my friends these questions.  It would be interesting to post them and see what the answers are and if my small theory is at all correct.

Stay tuned!

Grievances

[There are minor spoilers regarding the second Hunger Games book/movie, so I would suggest not reading this if you know nothing about the plot regarding Catching Fire.]

I do hope everyone had a great May the 4th!  Alas, I did not do anything too exciting except go to a Bruins playoff party.  However – I forced everyone to eat my Star Wars sugar cookies and drank beer from a ROTJ glass.  Small victories for me as I was the only huge Star Wars fan that night amid many hockey fans.  My sister also bought me some Star Wars presents, which is so kind considering she is not a big fan like I am.  Did anyone else do anything fabulous?  I already heard what Mark did (play Star Wars video games on Playstation…awesome), but feel free to let me know how you celebrated, albeit in a small way like I did or in a massive watch-the-entire-saga-three-times way.

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When I was 12, I sent good ol’ Georgie a long letter about how much I loved Star Wars, but also included a list of all these continuity issues that he would have to address in Episode II and III.  It ranged from bringing stormtroopers into the movies (we had yet to meet the clone troopers) to the little mouse droids (MSE droid) we see in the first Death Star.  Was he going to somehow bring in the mouse droids? Those damn mouse droids are important!  I’m not sure anyone noticed – but they are in Episode III on Mustafar and I would like to think it’s because of my letter (it’s not).

(Grievance #1) I mentioned to him the ships of Episode I on my list of items to address.  They were so sleek and modern looking; how was he going to convert them into the huge, clunky looking ships of the Original Trilogy?

I’m not sure he addressed that one so well.  He definitely showed a transition; don’t get me wrong, I’m not arguing that.  But compare the Naboo starships of Episode I to the ships of IV.

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Isn’t the Empire at the height of its power during ANH?  I mean, they built a freaking space station that blows up an entire planet…you have to have a lot of money to do that.  True, the Republic had years of wealth that it was sitting on, but didn’t the Empire just adopt that when they took over?  And then didn’t they squeeze even more out of helpless star systems through their dictatorship?  I know there’s so much more information on this in the EU, but I’m trying to think this through using common sense.

[Mr. Reticent just argued back at me saying that though they have a lot of wealth, they choose not to share it and the state has usurped all the resources.]

(Grievance #2) Speaking of the Death Star, it has always irked me that there was a second Death Star in ROTJ.  I know it’s such a minor issue, but c’mon, really?  It kind of lacked originality.  George couldn’t even think of a different name!

It’s similar to Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games novel.  I loved the first Hunger Games novel, LOVED it.  I was so eager to read Catching Fire and when I found out that there was basically going to be the same thing at the end of the book, I was oddly disappointed and confused.  Really, Suzanne Collins, really?  You couldn’t think of anything better to do with the second book?  You had to create ANOTHER novel with basically the same plot?  Okay, so the last three pages are a little different, but I remember being miffed at the end of the second novel.

It’s the same feeling I had when I was reading the opening crawl of ROTJ.  I got excited because Lucas made it sound just different enough from the first Death Star that you thought this could be some completely new and scary weapon.

“…Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star. When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of Rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy…”

second death star

It’s just disheartening when you see that the this “armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star” is, in fact, the Death Star all over again.  I mean, it’s not like I couldn’t enjoy the movie because of this, but I remember being jilted out of the movie when I saw it was the same thing.

(Grievance #3)  Before the prequels came out, Luke had some great lines when he first landed on Dagobah that led you to believe there was something more to the planet and Yoda than was let on in the movies.

For instance, when he first helps out R2-D2 after he is spit out of the Dragonsnake (I think that’s what it is), he says, “Oh, Artoo, what are we doing here? It’s like…something out of a dream, or, I don’t know.”  Okay, not too much to go on off of that sentence, but then when they set up camp right before Yoda appears, he says, “Still…there’s something familiar about this place. I feel like…I don’t know…”  I really want to know what he feels like!  And no, I don’t think he felt like he was being watched.

Luke and Artoo on Dagobah

Why was Dagobah familiar?  He pretty much gives two references on why it seems like he had been there before.  This was one of the mysteries I was DYING to have explained in the prequels.  Even when I was watching Episode III for the first time, I thought to myself, “Here it is!  Yoda is going to take Luke to Dagobah for a few years before taking him to Tatooine.”  Ummmm…no.  Didn’t happen.  No explanation.  Am I the only one completely hung up on these lines?

(Grievance #4) I promise this is the last one, but it’s also probably the worst one in my book.  Along the lines of my previous grievance, Leia talks about her mother like she actually knew her or had spent time with her.  In ROTJ, script goes as follows:

LUKE: Leia… do you remember your mother? Your real mother?

LEIA: Just a little bit. She died when I was very young.

LUKE: What do you remember?

LEIA: Just…images, really. Feelings.

LUKE: Tell me.

LEIA: She was very beautiful. Kind, but…sad.

Luke and leia discussing mother

Well.  I think we all know what I am going to say.  Unless Leia has amazing memory and sight when she is five seconds old, there is no way she could remember her mother.

Yes – I realize you can blame this all on the Force and say that when Padme was pregnant, Leia picked up on images and feelings in the womb.  Not buying it.  Couldn’t we leave Padme alive even a littttttle longer just so that these lines make sense?  No, we couldn’t, because then Anakin would probably sense her, or God forbid, dream of her and how she’s alive (lol).  But it just doesn’t match up with what Leia says in ROTJ and this is probably my biggest grievance, because I can’t believe this whole Force-osmosis-womb-thing.

Okay, this was another essay from me.  If you made it through – high five!  I tried not to make it sound like I was complaining, but I’m not sure if that worked.

Reflection on 2012

Wow, 2013 is right around the corner.  Does anyone else find this incredible?  Wasn’t it just yesterday that we rang in 2012?  We had a whole new year ahead of us, full of the unknown.

Since the end of the year is a time for reflection and a time to look toward the new year and bring about changes we want to see, I figured I would see what I accomplished in 2012.  I would rather not look at what I didn’t accomplish, or said I would do but never did, because well…it’s not inspiring for me.  And it’s just plain depressing.  With a snowstorm rolling in and snowflakes whirling past my window, I go back in time…

January – I auditioned for a musical for the first time in eight years.  And for the first time in my life, I got rejected from a musical…a new and different experience for me.   Later I realized that not only were my auditioning skills very rusty, it’s also a lot harder to enter a community theater world where everyone knows everyone and you’re an outsider.

February – My husband and I bought our little bird, Peanut.  Peanut is a Parrotlet and absolutely adorable.  I call her my little Pirate Parrotlet because she can sit on my shoulder for hours, just like the parrots in pirate movies, and she won’t move.  She’s not a big fan of being pet (supposedly they’re supposed to love being pet and cuddled with), but she will hang out with us for hours.  In fact, as I write, she is sitting on my husband’s shoulder as he watches a movie.  The day we got Peanut was also the day of the Superbowl that my beloved Patriots were in.  They lost, which I actually expected, but it doesn’t make it any easier to watch.  February also saw the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D.  I went at midnight with Mr. Reticent and almost fell asleep.  I realized then that I should never watch a movie I’ve already seen a million times at midnight.  Midnight showings should be reserved for movies never seen.

Peanut and I

Peanut and I

March – I bought a new bike.  Exciting.  Hunger Games came out in cinemas and I thought it was a great adaptation of the book.  Very pleased.

April – I went to a shooting range for the first time and actually shot a gun.  I am a horrible shot.  Not sure if that’s good or bad.  I also got to see Riverdance when they came to Boston on my birthday.  I have been in love with that show and music since I was a young child and it was a dream come true to see the show.  Even though Michael Flatley is no longer with the troupe, I still loved every minute.

Riverdance

May – Wow, I can really think of nothing exciting happening in my life, and that is severely disappointing.  Wasted month!  Well, I guess the weather was getting warmer so that probably made me in a better mood.

June – I had an idea in my head for a funny Star Wars parody video of “Call Me Maybe”.  After a grueling three weeks of gathering people, equipment and costumes together…all the original people in the video bailed on me the day before we were supposed to shoot the video.  Way to encourage me and then leave me hanging.  Thankfully, my little brother came through and saved the day.  Thank God for teenagers with nothing else to do during the day other than shoot a video.  Excited once again, I shot the video with them the last weekend of June and amazingly, it was all pulled off.

July – I released my parody video on YouTube and presently, it has over 300,000 views.  I have to say I did not expect that.  At all.  I’m amazed and also feel justified that it was a good idea and people found it funny (those who actually watched the whole thing until the very end).  Some of me wanted to stick my tongue out and say “Told you so!” to everyone who left me high and dry in the beginning, but those amount of views are revenge enough, so I’ll try to be an adult.  I also re-started this blog in July.  Very exciting!  It was frustrating at first because on starwars.com, it was so easy to find people to interact with and who liked reading your blog because, well, everyone likes Star Wars on starwars.com.  Now, on WordPress, it’s so much harder to gain followers.  But, bit by bit, my views continue to grow and I now have a few steady followers who continue to inspire me to write (you know who you are – thank you!).

August – Summer wraps up and I went to my awesome country concert.  Enough said.

September – I go on a business trip to Vegas, of all places.  Funnily, the best part of that trip was not Vegas, but the Grand Canyon.  I would go back to it in a second…talk about beautiful.  At some point in my life, I’d like to go back to the Grand Canyon on the Arizona side and hike some of it.

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October – The big month when we find out that Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm and that we will have an Episode VII.  Huge news.  Star Wars world erupts.  I also chop off the majority of my hair in this month.

November – My husband and I find and purchase our first house.  Big for our life and we are so excited!

December – Now, looking back on December, I find it slow comparatively to the other months.  Yet it went by so fast.  The Hobbit was released and Middle Earth fans rejoiced.  The holiday season created a whirlwind of days and we are now just recovering and breathing again.

I still haven’t thought of any New Year’s resolutions for 2013, except for perhaps writing shorter blog posts (lol).  Honestly, some of me just thinks that if I can be happy and content next year, I will have had a successful year.  Do I really need resolutions or goals?  Sometimes the best things that happen during a year don’t come from our resolutions but from the spontaneity of little moments: new friends that are made, ideas that generate offshoots of creativity within your life, and enjoying a day where everything went well for no particular reason.

I hope that the Force is with us as we write our way into the new year.  MTFBWY.