Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017

I spent part of yesterday digging out and then reading part of the manuscript for my second trunk novel. I have some thoughts about that — like, the prose is actually pretty dang good, it’s the story and tropes and ideas that are weak, and at some point I want to talk about that and what it means about being a better writer and so on.  Anyway, the reason I was looking at it in the first place is that there’s this storyline in The Last Jedi that really got to me, like really, like my id was on fire and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Two days later I realized it’s because it’s very similar to a storyline in that old novel manuscript of mine. How weird is that?

Oh, and I’m now a Kylo – Rey shipper, and no one is more surprised by that than me.

What else to say that isn’t spoilers? Lots of commentary online already, some of it good and some of it off the mark, I think. Like The Force Awakens, there are scenes that harken back to the first trilogy, right down to the framing. But while in TFA those scenes had the feeling of fan service (“Look, it’s Star Wars! Turned to 11!”), The Last Jedi is doing something different.  A suggestion:  don’t look at how those scenes are similar to the earlier ones. Look at the differences, because unlike with TFA, TLJ is messing with us. It’s playing on our expectations, and then subverting them. Luke says to Rey early on, “This isn’t going to go the way you think.” He’s talking to us as much as to her.

I think this will either drive you bonkers, or you’ll love it.

I thought it was wonderful.

On a more technical level, it runs a bit long, there’s a lot crammed in and a couple of the plot lines are kind of a mess. There’s a lot going on, but it all looks like Star Wars, and the characters are just great.

Especially Kylo and Rey.

HEART.

 

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two weeks…

December 11, 2017

I thought I was doing okay but I just checked and there’s just two weeks until Christmas and there are still some people I need to get gifts for, but at least I think the post office run is ready to go, I’ll do that this week. (I try to only go to the post office once in December, ideally before that last week. And bring a book while I’m waiting in line…)

And all the movies. So many movies coming out over the next couple of weeks. Like, oh, Star Wars? Will Poe and Finn get their buddy caper story? What’s up with Rey and Ren? It still feels like such an embarrassment of riches, three new Star Wars movies three years in a row. Who would have thought? Who ever would have thought?

My niece called me last week to tell me all about Return of the Jedi, which she had just seen. So she’s now got the original trilogy under her belt. I asked, and yes, she likes Ewoks, so we’ll have to sit down and watch the Ewok movies soon. OH YES WE WILL. Yub nub!

And now I go back to work. A bunch of stuff I need to update on my website. Lots of events coming up. Barreling into the new year already, peeps…

 

Loscon!

November 24, 2017

Loscon is happening…like right now! Right this very minute!

The schedule is available here.

Now excuse me while I go Guest of Honor the place up!

😀

 

and that’s my wednesday

November 8, 2017

There comes a point where it’s just easier to shave the dog’s backside than try to clean that up.

At least I’ve started playing holiday music.

 

This has already been a long week. They’re all long weeks these days. The package with Emmy’s costume in it is late getting to her so that’s not stressing me out at all. I’ve started on my own costume, which is comparatively simple. I’m hoping to have it ready for MileHi Con. I have a second round of notes for The Wild Dead. I’m 17k words in on a new project which is nice. Seems like there’s a million other little things I need to do. I’m down to just two knitting projects instead of four. But the holidays are coming up so that’s about to change…

I haven’t seen The Last Jedi trailer yet, and I’ve decided to try to hold out until I see it on the big screen. (I expect it’ll be in front of Thor: Ragnarok, which I already have tickets for.)  I didn’t see the Blade Runner 2049 trailer until the big screen, and I think it makes a difference. We do so much watching on little screens now, we forget that scale is really important on films like this. The immersion that comes with the big screen is really important to me. So I’m waiting.

Meanwhile, I have seen the pictures in the traditional Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair spread. God I love these. The hard copy is sitting on my coffee table right now. The pictures are all gems, windows into worlds and characters. The ones of Carrie Fisher are gorgeous and sob-inducing. Story wise, though, this is the one that really intrigues me because it’s a bit of the Star Wars world we haven’t really seen in the movies:  the rich and powerful in their natural habitat, a section of society that’s been isolated from the wars.  (The comics have covered this world a bit, and this seriously looks like a scene from one of the Rogue Squadron issues.) I’m expecting a little James Bond flair here, maybe a secret mission with our beloved heroes trying to infiltrate this milieu for some reason or other.

Seriously, my dream is to have the movie open with Finn and Poe in the middle of some caper gone horribly wrong, full of adventure and hilarity.

Or, you know, it could start some other way. That’d be okay too.

 

The World War II and Iraq War sections of this story I’m writing require way, way, way more research than the section set in the far-future, far reaches of space.

 

Friday update

October 13, 2017

I’m finishing things up so of course I’m feeling even busier than ever. Finished the Heihei costume (OMG). Finished the Blade Runner 2049 review, and I have to be honest, the more I think about it the more the story falls apart. It’s frustrating. I haven’t talked about it hardly at all because I don’t want to argue with people. But I imagine once the review goes live I’ll certainly hear about it. I still think it’s worth seeing. It’s just not as cohesive as the first one was.

For now I’m 12k words into a new writing project, working on a bunch of odds and ends, still trying to figure out next year’s travel. Knitting. Hugging my full spectrum lamp because it’s that time of year.

Argh. Yeah. I should clean house.