A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #34: When the Muse Strikes

I’m the thrall of a number of Muses. I write fiction, non-fiction and music, and occasionally do pencil sketches of characters I write about. The two Muses that get along the best are the writing and music girls. I wrote … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #33: When Characters Fall in Love

Dashing, isn’t he? A scoundrel. Nice men. And, in the end, (sigh) Han Solo and Princess Leia fall in love and marry and have children who get in all sorts of trouble in successive Star Wars novels. There was a … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #32: The Casting Call

I mentioned in my last blog that I had just created a new character that very day during my writing. I often get asked, “How do you know when it’s time to create a new character and not just reuse … Continue reading

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A Padawan’s Journal, Entry #31: What Goes On in a Writer’s Head

Hi, Star Wars fans, here’s what was pondering as I worked my way into the terra incognita that is the novel now officially titled Star Wars—Shadow Games: How do I ramp up the tension, reveal any secrets in the plot, … Continue reading

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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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