I've been trying hard to mostly ignore the upcoming new Star Wars film. Firstly, well, it's still two months away and frankly the anticipation could kill me! Secondly, I'm anxious about it with Disney in charge. To be fair, I thought the prequels sucked and I didn't like the additions to the originals when they came out (maybe I'm a die-hard purist, or maybe because I watched the originals to death the additions stand out like a shark on dry land to me. They don't bother my kids who were born well after the prequels released). Whatever, I keep telling myself that The Force Awakens can't be any worse. Right? *laughs nervously*
My love for Guardians of the Galaxy leads me to hope that Disney can't mess it up too much. So far the teasers, artwork, behind the scenes glimpses etc on TFA have assured me there's some good stuff in there. I'm not a huge fan of Abrams and his addiction for lens flair, but even a not-particularly-huge-fan-of-Star-Trek like me has still been impressed by the latest generation of Star Trek films (and I've watched Super 8). It'll look good and be full of action, of that I'm pretty sure.
But we're heading into the home straight now, and on Sunday the official movie poster was revealed, along with the most measly snippet from the latest trailer (blink and you'll miss, although there ain't much to miss in the first place, but by the time this post goes live the full version should be out). And one thing immediately leapt out at me (and everyone else in Star Wars fandom). Where is Luke?! We have Han, Leia, and Chewbacca, along with the new star characters, but no sign of the Jedi Master. What does it mean?! Why isn't he on there?!
I've made no secret of the fact that Luke Skywalker was my first crush, and seeing Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time was the reason I moved from writing fantasy to scifi as a youngster. So to see such a huge icon missing from the movie poster from the upcoming new film was a real smack in the face. From following various posts about the film, I know he was present at filming and that he is in it. Somewhere. But maybe his role in TFA is deliberately small and/or more important in the remaining parts of the new trilogy. Whatever, I hope he has at least some presence in the new films, or Disney are likely to feel a really massive disturbance in the Force...
I have to say Disney's marketing and promotion methods have certainly got my imagination going, and my anticipation at critical mass. I cannot wait to see this film. I just hope it doesn't suck. After all, it could have ended up just being this...
Status updateThe edits for Keir's Fall are still in progress. Worst case scenario I'm now looking at an end of November release instead of the 7th as planned. I am not going to rush out a substandard edition just for the sake of hitting a particular date, not after making everyone wait so long as it is. The last thing I want to do is disappoint people with the story! Some personal stuff really kicked my butt last week, so things got delayed. Again.
I received draft cover art for my side story in the Redemption series (set between Keir and Keir's Fall). Stop by my post on the 25th of October for the Full Moon Blog Tour to read an exclusive snippet and find out the title! (see details below in Happenings).
My space opera short is back for its third and final round of edits from the awesome Diane Dooley. I'm pleased to announce the title will be Quickshot.
The Broad Universe Full Moon Blog Tour starts on Sunday 25th October and runs until the 7th November. I'll be talking about blue moons and meetings by moonlight for my post, and there's a huge, huge rafflecopter giveaway with three main prizes of gift cards and a ton of books (psst, my space opera Tethered is part of the bundle). Be sure to stop by and enter!
Natalie Wright's blog, talking about a ghostly experience, and my Halloween-themed paranormal romance short Hallow's Eve is part of a big giveaway there.
It's week four of Scream! For the Cure, and the next book bundle basket (a massive collection of erotic romance) went up for preview yesterday. Go check it out HERE. And don't forget the auction takes place each Friday.
Fascinating post from Donna on the possible mega-structures discovered orbiting a distant star. When I first heard it, I did kind of think of the big black monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey...