A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #30: Science Fiction and Star Wars as Philosophy

Star Wars is, at its heart, the classic tale of the battle between good and evil, between light and darkness, between Apple and Microsoft. It is part of a long and venerable history of epic moral fables that are not … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #29: Star Wars as Music

Star Wars has invaded our movie screens, TV sets, books, comics, video games and board games. It has taken hold of our language and has provided us with an endless supply of easily recognizable Halloween costumes. It turns up in … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #28: Star Wars & American Culture 101

You see them everywhere—small furry animals with lightsabers. You hear it in conversations between friends: “Well, she gave me this Deathstar look that just about took my head off.” Parents and kids: “Do or do not; there is no try.” … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #27: The Great Pool of Knowledge

I commented in an earlier blog about the immense amount of Star Wars information that exists in movies, books of fiction and non-fiction and, of course, online. I said this was a good thing, if you’ll recall, and it is. … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #26: Alienspeak (or Warbling in Wookiee)

Aliens have to talk. I mean, if they don’t say a few words to the people, they’re just page-dressing. Okay, sometimes even if they do say a few words, they’re still page-dressing. Let’s face it, we writers often write about … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #25: Aliens Ate My Homework

At what point the first alien appeared in fiction is debatable. Possibly it was in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds; possibly it was long before that. I mean, you could argue that the old Aztec gods were aliens. In … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #24: Reality is in the Nuts and Bolts

No, I do not mean that the reality of Star Wars and the GFFA is in the mechanical members of the cast. (Well, perhaps it is, but that’s a different discussion.) What I meant was something that mainstream author Anna … Continue reading

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Padawan’s Journal Special Supplement: We Can Has Title!

The Del Rey/LucasBooks contest is over and a name has been chosen for the novel previously known in-house as “Holostar.” The name is …. (a little scone on a drum, please) STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES SHADOW GAMES is even now sitting … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #23: What Comes After Chapter One

I blogged a while back on openings—that is, how a writer decides how to start a story. I decided to start the novel currently known as Holostar with a bang of a particular type. “Bang” being a highly technical term … Continue reading

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Padawan’s Journal Special Entry: What Comes BEFORE Page One? The Title!

By now you may know that the Star Wars novel Michael Reaves and I have been working on is due for release next fall. When we first started working on the book last year, it had the rather generic title … Continue reading

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