A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #22: Slang and Other Colorful Metaphors

Everybody uses slang. Or almost everybody. And I suspect that folks who insist they never use slang have their own version of it. If we don’t use any cultural slang, I suspect we make it up—I mean where else would … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #20: Dark and Light—the Great Debate

First, a viral video update: As “Midicholorian Rhapsody” peaked on YouTube, my fiendish husband, Jeff, released another parody music video—this one of our parody of “Margaritaville”—(“Wastin’ Away on Tatooine.”) This is a parody of Jimmy Buffett and classic Star Wars. … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #19: Writing when the Force is with you.

Star Wars: Shadow Games is due out November 29, 2011. That’s comin’ up real fast! We’re also on the home stretch of the fourth Coruscant Nights book. Alrighty, then! Next item is the demonic music video my composer/music producer husband, … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #18: Force Sensitives Great and Small

I used to think that only Jedi were Force sensitive. I guess I thought of the Force as something with an ON/OFF switch. You were either a one or a zero—sensitive or not. Jedi/Sith or mundane. End of story. When … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #16: Story-weaving in the Science Fiction Age

This is how we roll… I’ve heard it suggested that the only difference between one genre of fiction and another is the mode of transportation. If Our Hero is getting around in a Lamborghini, it’s a spy novel, if it’s … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #15: Droids—Electronic Enemies or Cuddly Companions

A staple of science fiction is the mechanical man, the “tinnie,” the robot, the cyberman, the droid. Since Robbie the Robot from The Forbidden Planet (a 1956 film with special effects by Ray Harryhausen that’s held up surprisingly well), we’ve … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #13: Sidekicks—Not Just Plucky Comic Relief

Chewbacca, R2-D2 & C3PO, Puss ‘n Boots & Donkey, Rose Tyler, Artemus Gordon, Samwise Gamgee, Baldric, Lord Bowler & Socrates Poole, I-5YQ & Den Dhur. What do these names have in common? They are all of that special variety of … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #12: First Impressions

“Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.” That’s the opening of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic science fiction novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Intriguing, isn’t it? And I can tell you that I don’t know a single science fiction writer who hasn’t thought, “Damn. I … Continue reading

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