Happy Star Wars Day everyone!

I’ve always found the May 4th joke slightly ridiculous, if I’m honest, but I do love Star Wars so any excuse to celebrate. Episode VII has been in the news recently, of course, given that they’ve released the final main cast list. I think it’s a good idea to have some of the old cast and the new cast there in the same film… I imagine they’ll be some kind of hand-off to the new generation? Disney, as much as they annoy me as a company sometimes (they keep trying to shut down the videogames industry), have done wonders with the Marvel franchise, so maybe they’ll do some good here too.

The only thing that worries me is JJ Abrams himself. Sure, he did a really good job with the first of the new Star Trek films, but Into Darkness really wasn’t great. Watchable, but certain aspects of that film could have been done a lot better. I won’t say anymore for spoiler reasons. Basically he seems a bit inconsistent at the moment, especially with LOST still being a thing that he did. What was he thinking?

It’s important to remember one thing though with these new movies, and it’s the same mentality I had when I saw the prequel trilogy: they’re probably not ‘for’ us. They’ll be for a new generation of fans, who’ve grown up with different standards and values. If ‘previous’ fans like us end up liking it as well, then that’s just an added bonus. If anything they’ll be aimed at the kids who watch that Clone Wars cartoon.

Me and some friends of mine had a Star Wars movie-marathon a couple of weekends ago. We had a lot of fun, but ultimately it made me decide not to watch those films again anytime soon. Especially the original trilogy. When I was a kid, those movies seemed like the best movies of all time, but as I get older (and the more I watch)… the more magic is lost. I want to save some of that, at least. Maybe when I have kids, I’ll watch it with them. The only one I think I can watch and still enjoy is Episode 3, because it has some nice moments and action-scenes in them. Episode 1 is only good for the Darth Maul bit, and we don’t talk about Episode 2. Not ever. As for the original films… they were 70’s/80’s films, ultimately, and it shows.

Project Author Update

Some of you who follow me on Twitter/Facebook might already know where I’m at, but things are so close on the book front. I hit 72,000 words at the end of last week, and I’m essentially on the home stretch! I’m very excited… almost too excited because I find myself getting impatient a lot quicker with the final few chapters I’ve left to write. Essentially, here is my checklist of things ‘to do’ for the first draft:

* Finish writing Chapter’s 6, 8, 15 & 16 fully. These are the only chapters left that I haven’t written out fully so far. Everything else has already been written out.

* ‘First Draft’ proofs every chapter. I’ve already started this process, as the way I write I tend to bounce around from task to task to keep my engaged, but essentially this is me giving everything one more once-over, making sure it all ties together and flows well, and then marking it as a ‘first draft’ and never going back to it (bar inconsistencies I’ve missed). Currently I’ve ‘FD’d’ 12 out of 2o chapters (18 main + pro and epilogue).

Once that’s all done, I’ll have myself a bona-fide First Draft that I can send out to some test readers I’ll have lined up! Which reminds me. I need more test readers. I’ll also be able to start talking more about the book properly, and I can start looking towards creating some supporting material around it and maybe even lay the ground work for Book Two. Not too much though, as I imagine I’ll have to do some re-writing.

Very exciting times right now!

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