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 😁

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Welcome Back Star Wars The Old Republic!

You can probably tell by the title of my post that I’ve started playing Star Wars The Old Republic once more. To be honest, I never really left. I took a little break and then resubscribed again, and I’ve been playing off and on since then. But I’ve started to really get back into the trading side of the game once more, and I would like to start up the Armour posts I used to do way back when I was mildly obsessed with collecting armour sets (which apparently is still very much a thing).

To celebrate my return to the game, I managed to get hold of this beautiful armour set which is one of the nicest ones I’ve seen in a long time – The Darth Malgus Reborn set. It also looks just as good on the female character models as the male which is a huge bonus:

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I also have the original set, but this one comes with a full faceplate and the rebreather which I am wearing in this image.

One thing I did notice that kind of saddened me a little is that quite a few of the sites I used to frequent for armour-related updates and Cartel Market item information have basically ceased to exist. I used to frequent Dulfy dot net because she was one of the only people that played SWTOR that was 100 per cent up to date with all the Cartel Market items. Nobody knows where she went, she just stopped posting updates some time ago. And the other site I used to frequent which was TOR fashion is also pretty much non-existent. I guess the owners had more important things to do in life (quite understandable) and/or just lost interest (again very reasonable).

I don’t really know the state of the game at all and I haven’t done any research into it either. All I know is that quite a few of the mainstays of the community have stopped participating. Perhaps a sign of the times? I don’t know, but I’m going to keep chugging along and updating when time allows. I don’t want to adhere to a schedule because I don’t know how much time I can commit to playing. But I’m happy for now.

Yesterday, I had a star wars micro meltdown

I don’t know if it was just the overwhelming day I had with all the star wars stuff and my over-excitement that caused it but I ended up on my bed after work crying uncontrollably. Today I am not at work, as you can probably guess. So the whole deal with star wars (if you haven’t already read about this) is my dad got me into star wars when I was a kid and I have never looked back. It was one of his passions and then became mine. So my link to the whole skywalker saga is a direct link to my dad. In my head, that is how I see it and in my heart, how I feel about it. So to admit that the whole saga is now coming to an end was a little too much for me, I think.

Even writing this I feel sad and I have tears. Yep, a grown woman crying about a fictional universe – pretty pathetic, right? I know there are other reasons which I’ll blog about on my writing blog becuase it relates directly to that. But I feel very alone and lost right now. And I miss my dad something awful…

Just a quick edit of my last poem

I have some spare time before I jog off to work, so I started making this image edit and then it kind of evolved into this edit with the poem I wrote the other day, and now it has become this:

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The Light – A Star Wars Poem from Leia to Ben

I haven’t written much poetry over the last few years mostly because, for me, poetry was a way to express feelings I haven’t felt in a long time. Sometimes I would just write poetry because I was inspired, but most of the time, it was a way of dealing with aspects of my life that were too painful to deal with any other way.

Today, I felt suddenly inspired by a GIF set I saw on Tumblr – these two GIFs to be precise:

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On Tumblr, people were talking about how you can see the shadow of the dark side of the force go over Kylo’s face and then, gradually, it leaves. You can see this in the second GIF. This makes a lot of sense because, in that scene, Kylo is very close to blasting his mother and everyone else on the ship to smithereens. But he doesn’t. The pull to the light was still too strong for him to kill his mother. This would lead me to believe that Kylo had a much stronger bond with Leia then he did with Han as a child, well, it’s possible.

So here’s the poem:

You are not the cruelty of the shadows
You are the light that once shone upon my cheek
But fall you did, and for a time, you lost your way
And although you stumbled and you let the darkness in
The light was still a part of you
Gently resting in the recesses of your soul
Waiting for a kindred spirit
To pull open the doorway to your heart
And let the light reside there once more

 

Star Wars Movies: What are the top fan-favourite duels?

 

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This was my very first article for Dork Side of the Force. I wanted to write something that was appealing to every fan rather than a specific post that focused on one particular aspect of the fandom. I am pretty sure almost every star wars blogger has blogged about their favourite star wars duels, so I figured it was my time to follow in their footsteps 😀

Here is a snippet from the article:

“Light versus Dark, Jedi against Jedi, father against son. If you had to choose one, which duels from the star wars movie franchise would be your favourite?

In no particular order, here are the top five duels from the Star Wars movies that we think most fans vote as the best and why”.

Please go here to read the rest of this article and support your favourite Star Wars blog!😀

Let me know what you think your favourite duels are from the Star Wars franchise and why?

 

I’m going to start showcasing my work over at Dork Side!

I’ve decided that I’m going to start showcasing my writing for Dork Side of the Force here because it’s Star Wars and it’s relevant. That way, my readers can keep up to date on anything I write there (as I am not allowed to duplicate or copy any articles I write for them as part of my agreement). I will only be blogging snippets of the article so you will need to visit the site to read the rest if you’re interested. But I’ve decided I need to take a more hands-on approach to promote my own writing and to do that, I need to be proactive and start using the tools I already have.

In the meantime, have another Kylo Ren edit for The Rise of Skywalker. 😁

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