Just when I said I wasn’t going to be blogging …

Ugh, sometimes I just hate fandoms. This is why I mostly never talk in forums or anywhere online where my personal opinion is subject to every tom, dick and harry passing judgement. Some might say that is the way of the internet, it is the way we can express and speak freely. But I don’t like doing that when I know, there are people in the world who look for a reason to troll someone or annoy them just because they can.

Here is what I am talking about – a reply to a twitter thread that I thought was really going to be light-hearted banter. Boy, was I wrong! I said one thing about Luke Skywalker and how I felt his character was mistreated in The Last Jedi and the whole galaxy decided to chime in – some liking my replies and others taking pot-shots at me for not being “educated” enough or for not taking the time to read through the thread. I think most people were annoyed because I didn’t read the thread and couldn’t, apparently, provide “evidence” to back up my reply. I just couldn’t be bothered finding the evidence (is Mark Hamill confirming he didn’t like what they did with Luke in The Last Jedi evidence enough?) because I knew it would only fuel the fire further.

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The person that replied and started the thread @JacobSHall is a managing editor at Slash Film so more important than I am, I guess. Perhaps I should have spent 15 minutes of my time reading through his tweets mentioning how he spoke to Rian Johnson about TLJ. But I really didn’t care to, to be blunt. I was made to feel pretty bad about that whole thread, and I am continuing to get people tweeting things to me telling me I was rude or that I don’t know how to think. So people being trolls because they have nothing better to do with their time.

I will say that the original thread was interesting and I do not have a personal problem with @JacobSHall or anyone else. I just don’t want to keep getting tweets about it two days later. I’m over it and I am blocking anyone else that sends replies to me about that thread.

Thank You for reading, I hope this doesn’t happen to you or anyone you know because it can be a real downer ๐Ÿ˜”

 

I haven’t talked about Star Wars in a while…

A strange thing happened to me. I stopped writing about Star Wars here. I don’t quite know why that happened, but I guess it had something to do with the emotional rollercoaster I experienced recently. I felt utterly overwhelmed. I have felt this before about other things (like my day job), but I never thought I would feel it about Star Wars. It was like something inside me just snapped, and I needed time away from the thing that I love.

My other blog has helped a lot with my focus. I have been trying to focus on other things as I have set myself some personal goals for the remainder of the year and for 2020. Assuming all things go to plan, I will be working from home again, doing what I love. But that’s still a goal to achieve, I am slowly pressing forward towards this.

And so far, I have discovered a few hard truths about myself. One of those things relates to Star Wars. Star Wars will always be a part of my life, but for me to achieve what is truly in my heart of hearts, I have to focus hard on working towards this goal and spending less time on social media.

I am still writing for Dork Side of the Force but I have filtered those posts down as well. I was blogging every week, but now I am focusing more on writing, book reviews and getting back to copywriting/editing and proofing. These are the things I used to do when I worked as an editor and freelance writer. A part of me can’t believe I ever gave up these things in the first place. But there is no point crying over spilt milk. What’s done is done. I can only move forward.

I’ll still be making edits and posting those here and writing about Star Wars when I can. This website is a huge part of who I am and I will never stop updating it. Speaking of edits, here are a few animations I made recently:

Dark Side Rey by Rory Kurtz

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The Mandalorian by Darren Tibbles

Status Update – Social Media and Grammarly

I haven’t done a social media update in a long time, too long, in fact. I was hoping to keep this up regularly but now that I’m reading a lot more and reviewing I find that I have a lot less time to dedicate to these types of posts. I do think it’s important to remind yourself of your successes. It is all too easy to remind yourself of your failures which is why I try to keep focused on the positive (I am one of those people that can easily get bogged down by the feeling of failure). I suggest that everyone does this every now and then to keep your “eyes on the prize” or your goals relevant so-to-speak.

I actually broke a significant milestone on Pinterest that I’ve never done before – I’ve remained at 1 million unique views for more than a month and broke that this week – 1.1 million unique views from the 22nd of October to the 22nd of November. Out of those views, I have a total engaged audience of 80.25 thousand so roughly 20k Pinterest users a week engaging with my content. I actually work quite hard on my Pinterest content, and I am pleased to see it growing. I just need to somehow get that happening here on WordPress ๐Ÿ˜

Previous monthly stats were taken way back in June!

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My current stats as at 22/11/2019:

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As you can see, the stats have improved a fair bit in four months, but I can still see areas where I can continue to grow. In my total followers, I had 579 in June, and that’s increased to 1,356 followers, so I have more than doubled my follower count from June this year.

I haven’t blogged about Grammarly stats before, but I do think as a writer, it’s essential to take note of how far you’ve progressed, no matter how small. Even the smallest of improvements is still an improvement, and it is still one step closer to becoming better at what you do, right?

So here are my latest Grammarly stats. I thought about moving these posts to my writing blog (where they would be a lot more relevant), but this is my place to blog about all things, not just writing so I’ll continue to post these updates here:

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I wonder if any of my followers do the same? Do you regularly keep track of progress on your goals? As a writer, do you keep track of how many words you are writing in a week or a month? Why or why not? I’d love to hear how you keep your goals in check and relevant. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜

The lastest TV Spot and EW Cover Images!

Devoted Star Wars fans were treated to a bevvy of images, behind the scenes footage and a new TV Spot this week! It almost felt like Christmas, to be honest, but the piรจce de rรฉsistance of all of this was, of course, Kylo Ren without his mask! No, really. Almost every piece of promotional material released since the trailer has been with Kylo Ren/Ben Solo with his mask on. And that was a bit disappointing. We got to see him unmasked in the trailer, but there were no promotional images anywhere of Adam Driver as Kylo Ren unmasked. Some fans even thought that the images with Kylo Ren wearing his mask were made using a body double and not Adam Driver (hence the reason for the mask in every image). That could actually be correct since some of the promo images did not look like Adam Driver underneath the Kylo Ren costume. Adam Driver is not only tall but he’s also very broad. These things are giveaways when you have a person that doesn’t look tall or broad in the promo images.

Whatever the truth of the matter is, we were very happy as a fandom to finally see Kylo Ren standing without his mask on the Entertainment Weekly December cover:

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As you can see, Adam Driver is a very imposing figure in his black Kylo Ren garb. Not everyone could pull off this look very well, even with the mask on.

SPOILER ALERT – If you’re avoiding spoilers don’t watch this TV spot!

The TV Spot was also pretty damn cool:

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Allegiance Kylo Ren Animation

I’ve been looking through the latest star wars comics and as you know, creating animated comic covers and comic art is kind of my thing. So I saw this image of Kylo Ren and really wanted to animate it so here it is – plus I promised to upload more content. I did this one today. What do you think?

Original Image – Art by Luke Ross

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… and the animated art:

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I’ve also started watermarking the stuff I edit and animate because too many people are taking my edited images from Pinterest or this website and reposting as their own. So unless they’re wizards in Photoshop, they’re not getting this image without a watermark any time soon… ๐Ÿ˜…

The Mandalorian has arrived and a few updates!

I have not been blogging as much as I used to, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been pursuing that dream! Behind the scenes, I’ve officially started reviewing books over on my writing blog, and it kind of happened out of the blue and wasn’t expected. Someone approached me via Twitter, and that was that, really. So, I’ve been reading and watching, and I’ve got updates to come for my writing blog very soon!

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SPOILERS – this post expects that you’ve already seen the first episode of The Mandalorian so, please beware!

Back to Star Wars – what did you think of The Mandalorian? My initial feelings were it’s very much Star Wars but blended with elements of old-style westerns with shoot-outs and gangs of rugged men that roam the galaxy. The Mandalorian himself is undoubtedly a charismatic character, never-revealing his face (even though we know who it is!), a man of very few words unless it comes down to surviving and talking to droids to get out of heated and difficult situations. Personally, I cannot wait to see the first female Mandalorian to feature in a live-action TV show! That’s going to be badass! I’d like to do recaps, but I really need to get my other articles up on this blog (from Dork Side of the Force) first and then I need to post the graphic edits I’ve done at some point too.

Well, back to it, I hope you are all well and life is treating you kindly ๐Ÿ˜

Darth Vader Marvel Comic 025 Animated Variant Cover

One of my favourite things to do is animate Star Wars art but animating comic covers is particularly fun. Especially when there are so many good covers out there to animate. I haven’t animated anything in some time, and I did take a bit of a break after my little meltdown but now I am back and rearing to go.

Here’s an edit I did of this cover by Joe Quesada:

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And the animated version:

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