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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Star Wars Trivia and The Last Jedi new trailer rundown

star wars the last jedi movie poster luke, fin, kylo ren
Where is Rey?

I attended my first Star Wars trivia night at a local restaurant on Saturday. It turns out, I am not the Star Wars geek I or (everyone else) thought I was.

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being I know that Star Wars exists and George Lucas can't write film dialogue to save his life and a 10 is I am a Wookieepedia frequenter and know that the Temple of Pomojema is located on Circarpous V (yes, I had to look that up), I am a solid 5.

In other words, I got my ass handed to me by real Star Wars nerds. Despite being crushed, it was quite fun.

The new Last Jedi trailer was released Monday. Here it is.

It opens with a voice-over from Snoke (I really, really hate that name.) Kylo Ren is standing at a window overlooking a hanger probably most likely brooding because that's what he is best at.

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Some super-cool looking ATAT's head toward some mountains followed by a Kylo and a group of stormtrooeper inside said mountain (at least, that's what the editors want us to think).

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Vacant Expression

Enter Rey and her voice-over, handing Luke (I cringe at the sight of Mark Hammill pray he got some acting chops since 1983 but his vacant expression here makes me cautiously optimistic at best.) his lightsaber.

Luke mentions seeing raw strength like Rey's (we think) only once before and postulate that he can only be referring to Darth Vader. It cuts to a funeral pyre -no structural fire would have chopped wood stacked so neatly, that hearkens back to the pyre Luke made for Darth Vader on Endor way back in episode XI circa 1983.

THEN, a mechanical hand, virtually identical to the hand Luke has and was shown earlier taking his lightsaber from Rey, reaches out of the fire begging the question, who does that hand belong to? Did Darth Vader wake up to find himself burning alive surrounded by jubilant ewoks having been thought dead by Luke but just in some Jedi deep sleep and, because he is not a fan of burning alive (see episode III), he leaps from the fire and kills every last ewok. One can hope but hope, when it comes to the Star Wars films is fleeting at best.

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The hand of Darth Vader?

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Luke's Hand

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Tie-esque fighter.
Back to Kylo Ren flying a Tie-esque fighter (I'm sure the guys at Star Wars trivia night know exactly what it is called) among rebel ships apparently targeting the command deck of his mother's (Princess Leia/ Carrie Fisher) and ultimately killing her, because we know she dies in this episode...although this is likely another form of editorial trickery by Disney.

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Stay on target...

Then we see the Millennium Falcon, Chewie (annoying enough in his own right) and this little thing:

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stupid thing

Because there aren't enough stupid little comic relief characters in Star Wars already?  Rogue One got it so right and The Force Awakens so wrong. Rogue One had one funny character, K2SO, whose dark humor was well timed and never annoying. The Force Awakens had BB8, a 'character' almost as annoying as Jar-Jar or the ewoks. Now we have this little guy (probably Disney's attempt to kow tow to the younger audience (screw them, Star Wars was mine first). According to THIS article, they are called porgs (ANOTHER terrible name). Ugh.

We see Fin fighting Captain Phasma (Brienne of Tarth for us Game of Thrones fans), a snow fox looking creature (I'd just like to say that virtually every time Star Wars introduces a character with fur, they get it very, very wrong. I can't imagine this being any different.) traipsing across a snowy landscape.

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snow fox with frozen ears

Then we see Snope force grabbing Rey (again, possibly just tricky editing for the trailer to lead us to make assumptions that aren't true) then Rey asking for someone to, '...show me my place in all this.' which cuts to Kylo Ren (Tricksy Disney tricks us with its tricksy editing, precious!) implying she is looking to him for guidance (not likely).

I have hope and high expectations but I must exhibit a measure of temperance as well. Force Awakens let me down, Rogue One brought me back up. Where will The Last Jedi take me? Time will tell.

P.S. if you want to see a super-nerdy and cool trailer breakdown, check THIS out.

P.P.S. All images are the sole property of Disney. Yup, they own just about everything.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What happens when an author starts his own business?


...hence my lack of posting

Starting a business from scratch is a rather time-consuming endeavor.  It's got nothing to do with me, the author (other than my unexplained absence and a dramatic decrease in writing time) but I certainly owe it to my readers an explanation.

So moving forward I will work hard to stay up to date. If you're interested in learning about what I've been up to, click on the cool logo below. If not, stay tuned!

solomon caw marketing logo

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cover reveal: Evasion, The Never Chronicles #2

At long last...

The cover design of my forthcoming novel, Evasion, is here!

Evasion, the second book in The Never Chronicles series is scheduled to release on April 14, 2015.

The story continues...

In Evasion the story of James, accused of murdering his mentor and banished to The Never, a place where sorcerers are sent once convicted of committing the most terrible crimes, picks up just after the exciting conclusion of book one, Exiled.  James and his friends face a new threat as they attempt to unravel the clues that will lead to their escape.

Evasion is on Kickstarter!

The launch of the Evasion Kickstarter will be on February 15.  This is a great opportunity to get your hands on an ADVANCED signed copy.  Once the campaign goes live, I will share the link. Please check it out.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Recap from my technical blog for writers

New posts from my other blog...the technical blog, Writing, Funding, Publishing Just in case you weren't aware that I've split my content...

How to add an ISBN to your book or other published work

How to add a barcode to your book or other published work

Interview with author T. M Brenner about his successful KickStarter campaign.

Crowdfunding Evasion via Kickstarter, book 2 of The Never Chronicles

After much consideration, I have decided that launching my next book, Evasion via crowdfunding through Kickstarter is the best way I can give my readers what they want.  

Why Kickstarter?  Why Crowdfunding?

Several reasons.  
1. I am not a full-time writer (and my wife won’t let me tap into our kid’s college fund)
2. I don’t have a publisher willing to shell out thousands of dollars on a proper book launch (which includes a print run and associated marketing campaign).
3. It gives me complete control of the project which means the ability to give you, the reader, more of what you want.
  • Hardcover (wasn’t available for Exiled or Tristis Manor)
  • Softcover (wasn’t available for Tristis Manor)
  • Ebook
  • Even the possibility of an Ebook that allows the reader to chose how they want to read the story. (more later)
  • A proper launch party enabling my supporters the opportunity to attend
  • A book tour (length and breadth contingent upon the success of the campaign, of course)

What is Kickstarter anyway? Kickstarter is kind enough to have a page dedicated to that very question.  Click HERE to view it. https://www.kickstarter.com/hello  In summary, 

  • Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
  • Each project is independently created.
  • Together, creators and backers make projects happen.
  • Creators keep 100% ownership of their work.
  • Creative works were funded this way for centuries.
  • Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.
  • Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life.

I have created a campaign that will launch on February 15 and run until March 15. During that time, anyone interested in supporting my campaign can visit my campaign page and become a backer.  There are different rewards for different backer levels.  How does an ADVANCED digital copy of Evasion for $1 sound?

As the campaign progresses, I will update everyone on the campaign status.  There may be booster rewards for reaching certain funding goals.  Booster rewards benefit everyone who has contributed up until the goal is reached and usually means extra goodies for all.

The official release date of Evasion will be April 14th so everyone who backs my project will receive an advanced copy of the book. 

February 1st the cover for Evasion will be revealed. More details and information will follow.  Feel free to sign up for my newsletter below and stay in the loop! 

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