Saturday, 28 October 2017
I didn't think we needed the beginning explained. even as a kid I got the premise. But the went and made the movies and this is where they made the biggest mistake of them all.
For over 30 years, fans grew to understand that the dark side was bad and the Jedis were good and that Darth Vader was tempted to the dark side and went there and then he built a death start but his son saw good in him and refused to give up and we were all teary-eyed and rooting for both of these characters to reunite.
Breathe. It was a classic story of redemption. Right?
Then along came Return of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker commits the unredeemable act of killing all the Jedi children.
I'm sorry, but there is no coming back from that. You're no longer a lost soul, you're an evil son of bitch who deserves to be strapped into an electric chair. And that was when I felt incredibly cheated because, for over 30 years I have understood that the dark side was bad and the Jedis were good and that Darth Vader was tempted to the dark side and went there and then he built a death start but his son saw good in him and refused to give up and we were all teary-eyed and rooting for both of these characters to reunite.
I can't wait to see the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, which we get in Australia in December, right before Christmas. I'll go along to the cinemas and enjoy it. I'm a fan. I'm enjoying all the spin off and continuing stories. Yet because of the new movie coming out, what's on TV each Saturday in the lead up is the entire series so far.
On TV tonight is Return of the Sith. I will watch it. But I will be sticking my middle finger up at Lucas for ruining everything for me. I used to believe that a good person could do bad things and be redeemed through one good act - like throwing Palpatine over the railing and recognizing that his son was right to believe in him all along. But there is no redemption for a character who kills children so now I'll be watching and that scene and screaming "You got what you deserved" where for over 30 years I too have felt there was some good in him.
Thanks George, you've ruined the some of the best movies of all time for me.
Thursday, 26 October 2017
LILY: I’m an everything person! I blame my nonna, I got my sweet tooth from her. My favorites are chocolate chip cookies and cannoli cake (that’s not available everywhere, but it’s white cake, buttercream frosting, and cannoli cream filling, with chocolate chips and pistachios).
Please thank Lily for dropping by for a coffee chat. And a huge thanks to everyone who drops by to read them.
Stake-Out (Book 1)
Danny and Angelica have to adjust to a new kind of life at the Paranormal Investigative Division.
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Joining me today in my virtual café is sci-fi author, J. I.Rogers who is a green-eyed, ginger-haired, caffeine addict currently working on ‘The 942 Series’ of science fiction novels.
When not acting as a conduit for the voices in her head, J. I. Rogers is busy being an artist or indulging her inner child with boondoggles that lead to eye-strain and tinnitus. She lives in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and their collection of movies, books, computers, games, and cats.
Please raise your coffee/tea mug as you welcome her to my blog.
As to advice? I listen to what the person has to say, and if it resonates, I’ll read a chapter (or more) of their work and compare their style to mine and see if I can learn from it (or if they follow their own advice). It’s important not to fear what people have to offer, just examine it from a detached position and assess how useful it is. If it makes you mad or hurts your feelings is it because it’s just criticism or because it’s hit on something? Did the person offer it because they want to tear you down, or because they honestly feel it will help? Always check for the constructive elements in any advice. Ignore critiques that don’t point out positive elements in your work as well as areas for improvement.
Regarding promotion advice, I prefer to know who I’m dealing with so I can avoid any hidden agendas. Small groups, personal exchanges at Cons, book signings, etc., are my cup-o-joe. I ventured past my comfort zone earlier in the year; I signed on with a book giveaway promotion and got a massive mailing list from it, but I’ve had misgivings about using it. When I submitted my title and the $$, I assumed that my book would be one of the items listed in the giveaway. Only the person who put it together was included in the bundle of well-known authors. My name appeared in the ‘this collection is sponsored by’, but my name without a title means nothing – numbers mean nothing if people regard your mailings as spam and tag it as such. I consider that lesson learned, so it wasn’t a failure.
The beta cover designs on my website are all sepia, and I almost went with them before I noticed the trend. I think we can blame Fallout 3, any number of post-apocalyptic movies, and aged photographs of better times for that phenomena.
D L: Thanks so much for dropping by. J. I. Rogers also runs a newsletter that's a little different to many newsletter you may see in your inbox which are author updates primarily in the body of the emails. For a start this newsletter has an amazing cover.