Writing Update

After the news that I got accepted to write as a contributor for the site which I mentioned in an earlier post, I haven’t really had time to blog much here. I’ve also been sick for the past couple days as it’s winter here and everyone is coming down with really bad colds or the flu.

I’ve been planning what to write and getting used to writing for someone else again I think is going to take some time. I’ve completed all the formalities so now I just need to meet the other writers and I guess go from there.

One thing I am still not 100 percent sure of though is whether I can continue to blog about Star Wars here. There is a clause in the agreement that states that you can’t blog about your chosen topic for anyone else (which makes sense) but it’s not very clear as to whether that means personal blogs as well. I guess I’ll find out.

I do want to continue doing the other stuff on my blog though like Photoshop tuts and writing about writing, even if I can’t blog about Star Wars so I guess we’ll have to see how that goes as well.

I also signed up to become a software tester and I think they’re going to take me on as well so that’s something that will feed the “techie” side of me quite well. Between these two things and the other job I blogged about, I’m going to be really busy and I think I’m going to have to actually have a routine so I can get all of these things done.

More updates to come, and I should be posting again tonight hopefully. Til then, friends…

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Star Wars is Poetry – A New Hope The Life of Luke Skywalker

 

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Cover Art by Hugh Fleming, Animation by me

 

The Life of Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: A New Hope) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

Luke sensed there was something missing in his life, as if part of him were somehow incomplete. The Empire had destroyed nearly all the records of the Jedi Order, including any information about Anakin Skywalker, leaving Luke with many questions about his place in the universe.
Can I avoid my father’s mistakes? Are all the other Jedi Knights truly gone?
How can I be a good Jedi when I know so little about them?
Despite Leia’s apparent lack of interest, Luke believed it was important for him
to find out more about the life of Anakin Skywalker. How can I know myself if I never really knew my father?
He had no idea whether gaining such knowledge would make him feel wiser or
more fulfilled. All he knew was that he still felt alone and out of place, just as
he’d felt when he was a little boy, growing up on a desolate moisture farm in the
desert wastes of Tatooine…
This book is actually amazing. Did you know that there was a Dreadnought freighter called “A New Hope?” – Nope, neither did I and this is where Luke and Leia find themselves after the events of Return of the Jedi. If you’re like me, you love discovering these little gems of information and beautiful story-telling. I am quickly becoming a fan of Ryder Windham’s writing. He seems to capture Luke Skywalker so well in these books. I imagine what Luke would be like without having seen the films and I can see an apparent picture of who Luke was and who he wanted to become, and everyone can relate to this, I know I can. This is one of my favourite Star Wars books to read this week.
As Leia gazed into space, she said, “It seems everywhere we go, we find more of
Vader’s victims, more evidence of his horrific service to the Empire.”
She shook her head. “Why would I even want to think about that monster?”
“Because our father wasn’t just Darth Vader,” Luke said.
“He was also Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi. I’ve tried to tell you what happened on the Death Star at Endor, how he saved me from the Emperor and—”
“Saved you?” Leia said. “Luke, as I recall, Vader delivered you to the Emperor.”
She sighed. “I know you believe that Anakin Skywalker returned in the end, and
if that’s how you prefer to remember him, as the Jedi hero who destroyed the
Emperor, that’s your decision. But you can’t expect me to do the same, because
my father, Bail Organa, the man who raised me, he died on Alderaan.”
Luke and Leia may have been twins but it was very apparent that they did not share the same feelings towards their (dead) father, Anakin Skywalker. To Leia, he was Darth Vader, the man behind the destruction of her home planet and the death of her family. But to Luke, he was the father that knew him for who he truly was, he was the bridge across the divide that separated him from the farm boy he was on Tatooine and the man he was becoming – a galactic hero and a masterful Jedi.

The Sith Trooper/Stormtrooper has ARRIVED!!

So today the Star Wars fandom was simply beside themselves with all the speculation about the new Sith Stormtrooper (or trooper depending on what site you visit) toys that were released via the SDCC. These toys are exclusive SDCC releases so we’re not sure if they’ll get a general public release. But that’s not the most important thing about them.

The reason why so many people were speculating about the plot for The Rise of Skywalker is because these toys are made for the movie meaning that the Sith Stormtroopers will be IN THE RISE OF SKYWALKER!!!

I don’t know if you understand what this could mean for the storyline. We all know that the first trailer had the fantastic reveal at the end with Darth Sidious’ evil cackle and Ian Mcdiarmid being on-stage only helped to fuel the rumours that he may be returning in TRoS. Nobody knows for sure how or why but it’s a pretty good hint that Darth Sidious will somehow be involved in the film.

With the Sith Stormtroopers also being involved, the whole idea of the “Sith” returning to the storyline after being away for such a long time is HUGE people, it’s JUST HUGE! Darth Sidious was the last the Sith in the films to impact the fate of the Skywalker family and it seems he isn’t done with them yet. And of course, whatever happens with Darth Sidious, having Sith Troopers around all decked out in Sith colours could only mean that they are there in some capacity to protect someone, and it’s most likely that that person would be Darth Sidious.

In celebration of this fantastic (possible) story line spoiler for TRoS (it could mean nothing at all, but I doubt that), I made more edits, I was just so excited for this!

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And my animation of course:

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I’ve got some (writing related) news!

Some time ago, I approached a website which was looking for writers to see if they’d take me on writing for the Star Wars segment of their (much bigger) fan portal. They were keen to have me, but the timing just didn’t work out, and unexpected events put that opportunity on the back burner. I was also in a place where I wasn’t really as focused as I should have been on getting back into writing and being creative again the way I am now.

I recently sent my new application back to them, and their editors are keen to have me (for the second time!) I’ve just confirmed that I’ll be happy to take on the contributor’s role which is also a paid writing opportunity. It’s not at all something that I can walk away from my day job for, but it’s a step in the right direction to getting back on track and where I want to be creatively.

I’ve realised through all the creativity I’ve been experiencing lately that what’s in my heart is what matters and I have to do what I can to follow that path and be as true to myself as I can.

I’ve also signed up for another part-time freelancing role doing transcripts and hopefully (fingers crossed) data analysis for social media, which I think I’ll be really good at. I’m waiting to hear back from them, but that’s also going to be a paid gig and another step in the right direction.

I may be going in little steps, but I feel excellent about it all. And the best part of all of this is that I’m writing my short story, fan-fic or whatever it is and really enjoying myself which is why I haven’t had any updates here. I’m writing, and that’s the main thing, that’s all that’s important right now.

As for my foray into graphic design, I think I can go further, and I still have the dream of combining my love for art and skill in photoshop with writing, but for now, writing has to be the priority with the plan to eventually freelance again.

One step at a time, one step at a time 😁

Writing update – I’ve started writing out the main (revised) plot ideas

I’m currently trying to find out if what I’m writing can actually be considered fanfic. It’s not based on any movie franchise or book franchise or anything other than myth and legend so I’m not sure what to call it.

It’s actually an older short story idea that I had some time ago and I’ve come up with what I think are new and exciting characters to breathe life back into it. So I’m actually doing something that I said I couldn’t do which I’m kind of surprised and happy about.

I still don’t know where I’m going to write it. I want to write it here but I’m still unsure. I’ve been using Evernote to scribble ideas down throughout my day as they come to me. So far it has been a very worthwhile method for me.

I’m both excited and terrified for this process, but I’m doing it all the same.

Star Wars is Poetry: Star Wars A New Hope by Ryder Windham

I found this book along with the doodle book that came with it in a random store near their book section. I don’t know if this has even been on sale anywhere else – and I managed to find it on Amazon which I was really happy about but it’s sold as a separate book by the same author.

Star Wars: A New Hope Junior Novel Paperback – May 4, 2017

If you’re a fan of Star Wars literature (as I am), whatever you do, don’t dismiss or overlook any of the Junior novelizations. My first thought about junior novelizations was probably the same as most adult readers and that is to avoid them. I (was happy to find) that I was very wrong about that. Some of the novelizations are so well-written and are so worth the time.
My reason for this post was for this excerpt from the book that I’d like to share with you which I’ve copied from the novel:

Before Vader had been knocked out of the trench, he’d recognised the Corellian freighter as the same ship that had delivered Ben Kenobi to the Death Star, reportedly from Tatooine. Vader wondered why Kenobi had been on Tatooine, and how long he’d been there.

Then Vader thought of the last X-wing pilot in the trench. He was strong with the Force.

Vader wouldnt rest until he learned the truth (of who that pilot was).

You may or may not know how Darth Vader found that truth and it was via infamous Bounty Hunter Boba Fett:

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This is one of the most significant events to happen from the Original Trilogy. If you’ve seen the prequel movies, you’ll know that when Anakin became Vader, he knew nothing of what happened to Padme after his ill-fated duel with Obi-Wan on Mustafar. And while Vader was very strong in the Force, it’s clearly evident that he did not know of Luke’s existence until this point. How amazing it would have been to have known Vader’s emotions at that moment. The culmination of all of his hard work killing and hunting down all of the Jedi after the execution of order 66 by Darth Sidious had basically all been for nothing. He had a son, and his son was to become the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy. How proud and terrified he would have been all at once.

I also felt quite inspired after reading and then writing about this so I animated the cover art as well 🙂

Here’s the cover art:

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And because I felt like it, here’s my animation of the same cover:

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I’m going home after work and I’m so excited because I’m starting a new fanfic

I’ve been mucking around with ideas for a week or so now but I’ve got my list down to two that I really want to write and they’re not Star Wars related!!! I know, right? WTF is going on 🤣

Actually, I think it’s good to get a fandom break every now and then even if it’s writing fanfic about other things.

Do I want to write it here or on Wattpad? I don’t know yet… what do you suggest? Anyone writing fanfic out there hit me up in the comments please! 😁