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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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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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 #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 #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 #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 #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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