A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #11: Plotting the Wily Star Wars Novel

Plotting any novel can be exhilarating, frustrating, giddy, nerve-wracking work. It can be like hang-gliding, or tight-rope walking … or hacking your way through an overgrown jungle with a dull machete. Plotting a Star Wars novel is like doing all … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #9: Eye of the Beholder

Not long after Michael and I signed our contracts, Dash Rendar’s appearance in Holostar hit the Web. TheForce.net passed the message along and, of course, there is speculation on the “boards” at StarWars.com (and other places) about whether Dash Rendar … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #8: A Star is Born—Characters and Where They Come From

The very first Star Wars book, of course, was a novelization of the first Star Wars movie (now known as A New Hope). As such, all of its characters were generated from the movie directly and did not say or … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #7: People Are Talking

When you write a Star Wars novel, people take note. Lots of people. In lots of different places both real and virtual. The bookstores take note  ‘cause that’s their business. Star Wars novels have a built-in readership and a shelf … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #6: Mistakes Were Made

Before I begin today’s blog, I’d like to announce that Michael Reaves and I have been signed to write another Star Wars novel as a fourth book in the Coruscant Nights series. The book is tentatively titled Jedi Dawn and … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #5: Protocol Droids and Velveteen Bunnies

Last time I talked about a certain “trickle down” effect that happens with the release of Star Wars novels. Right after contracts are drawn up and signed, the book goes onto a release schedule that is posted in the back … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #4: The Expanding Star Wars Universe

I commented last time that the Star Wars Universe is BIG. Really, REALLY BIG. And it’s getting bigger—as a Universe will do when a variety of  forces within the Universe are working diligently to add to its shape and texture. … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #3: Hitting the (Star Wars) Books

The Star Wars Universe is really, really big. It contains thousands of alien species, a myriad technologies and philosophies, a chaos of critters, and a cast of characters whose stories have interwoven over many years and through dozens of books. … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #2: Pitching Light Speed Fastballs

I’ve been asked if anybody can pitch for the Star Wars team. The answer is “no.” You gotta be drafted (or be a Padawan with a really powerful Jedi Master). 🙂 I’d like to say a word about my Jedi … Continue reading

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