Written by Jasmine Walls, Illustrated by Amy Phillips
So far, we have lost three great artists this year. It only makes me remember the pain of my own loss, of my best friend/husband/muse. Chuck Wendig makes sense of the pain so eloquently.
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Nope, not apologizing for the image at all, because I love both Star Wars and Star Trek.😉 And this is about the story shifting to a new generation.
But anyway. I got to see The Force Awakens with my son today. I had seen spoilers on opening day. Well, I should say “spoilers,” with audible quotation marks, because honestly. How could you NOT expect some of the little tidbits in there? Not exactly mind-blowing, given how stories have been being written for years, decades, centuries, millennia…There really are only so many combinations out there and as many stories that get pumped out, there isn’t any time for anything not to seem used previously. It is how well it’s told and how entertaining.
And this was thoroughly entertaining.
It was completely and thoroughly Star Wars. The Star Wars that I had enjoyed when the very first movie blazed onto the screen when I was a little girl. I even mostly enjoyed Episodes I, II, and III. And the Clone Wars, which gave more depth to Anakin than the movies had back then. (To see one fan observation about the prequels, read this article” George Lucas nearly wrote a perfect prequel trilogy. He just didn’t notice.)
I have seen or heard about complaints about several aspects of Episode VII. Like…
There are plot holes. (Show me a movie that doesn’t have at least one plot hole.) Personally, if I didn’t see the holes while I was watching, then it’s a good movie. Unanswered questions are not plot holes until the end of the story arc. Which won’t be until at least Episode IX for this set of Star Wars movies.
There are characters who aren’t that fleshed out. Hello? This is their introduction. The story is more complicated now. There are literally decades of history now, both in real life and in the Star Wars universe. If you don’t want it to drone on like the prequels that are so hated on, just going to have to wait for history to be relevant to pushing the story forward.
There are characters with little experience whooping on characters with much more. If you honestly can’t see why any of that would have happened, you have been watching far too much anime with the bad guys who don’t falter or weaken until that last moment when they are obliterated.
When you are told a story, it is supposed to fire the imagination. Instead of faulting a character’s behavior as unrealistic, perhaps the question should be, why would they be behaving that way at that moment? Of course, that might make real life harder, asking why someone might be acting as they do instead of just blaming them for it. Gods forbid that would happen. It doesn’t make bad things okay, it just means understanding the why behind what was done.
The thing that makes me happiest about Episode VII…it finally brought to the silver screen a story I have wanted to see for a very, very long time. I wanted to see heroes grow up, grow old, and move from being the front line heroes to the mentors of new heroes. This was not a reboot. This wasn’t a kick the past in the nuts and have someone else save the day.
This was a continuation. This was life. This was the most human I have seen Leia, Han and Luke. The “kids” saw them as bigger than life, as they had been seen by many uber-fans. But they were human, with flaws and failings. They were beautiful.
I had heard that many were critiquing Carrie Fisher on how she aged. Of course she had aged. It’s what happens to humans as time goes by. Especially decades. Had anyone noticed how Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford had aged? I did. I had commented on it to my husband. But to me, it was exquisitely perfect. They had lines on their faces. They looked worn and tired. They looked like they had been through the wringer and in that universe, that is exactly how they should have looked. If we lived through what they had, I can guarantee you that the weight of years would be showing on you, too.
Thank you Mark, Carrie, Harrison, for coming back, to make this story possible. I wish my husband could have seen you up there with me. I think he would have enjoyed it as much as I had.
This is very beautiful. Perhaps one day, I can do this for others, too. I think my husband would have liked that.
“May I buy your groceries?”
Rather than buy ourselves and our young adult children gifts this Christmas, we decided to walk the walk. You know. That walk where you stop indulging yourself with increasingly frivolous items and actually reach out to help others not as fortunate.
We bought several Walmart gift cards with funds we would have used to buy our gifts for one another and our kids. Then our daughter and daughter-in-law (who is pregnant with twins, our 10th and 11th grandchildren, so yes, we have more than enough blessings in our life), Mr. Wilkinson and I went to our local Walmart yesterday, a beautiful Sunday morning. Not quite knowing how to do what we wanted to do, just praying we’d get it right and not embarrass anyone or get arrested. Our girls decided on an approach, took the gift cards, and my husband and I stood at a distance…
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It will be five months since my Charlie passed away this Christmas. Not exactly the milestone I wanted to celebrate the end of 2015 with.
Daily life has not been difficult to adjust to. His health was at a point that I handled most things around the house. Did the shopping, chores, paid bills, and worked. Most days are the same now as they had been then and I think that I’ve gotten past the worst of the loss.
He did help me with writing. He was my editor and sounding board. We knew each other so well, I could bounce ideas off him and he could tweak them the way I needed to relate them in my stories. He was my muse. I fell in love with him for the simple fact that he loved my weirdness. He admired my writing and encouraged me. He loved me for me, and I loved him for him.
When he left me, a huge part of myself left with him. It wasn’t that I lived for him, but that I lived with him by my side. I finally became a published author with him by my side. I attended my first Comic Con with him at my side. We became parents at each other’s sides and we became grandparents at each other’s sides.
I wanted to grow old with him at my side. I wanted to share retirement with him at my side. I wanted to go to our first DragonCon with him at my side. I wanted to accept that future award for author of the book some great movie or TV series as based off of…with him at my side. He did not define who I was. We defined who we were. He always told me I was not allowed to die first because he couldn’t live without me. How am I supposed to live without him?
I have family who love me. I have good friends. I find joy in doing things for them. What I cannot find is joy in doing things for me alone. Even things we got for ourselves would be to make the other happy as much as ourselves, too. I know he would want me to be happy and do everything that would make me happy. The problem is…nothing feels right doing it without him. Even writing, I just…can’t seem to find a way to do it without him. Even if it would make him happy for me to do it still.
I can’t find the me who preferred being alone. Who loved getting lost in her worlds. I can’t find me, and that’s what I don’t know how to do without him.
We’re excited to announce BHC Press, our new publishing imprint.
With our love of reading, creating a publishing imprint under the Blue Harvest Creative umbrella is an exciting endeavor we’ve been planning for quite some time, and we’re thrilled to finally make it official.
BHC Press is currently focusing on anthology collections. Our first short story collection, A Winter’s Romance, will release December 4th, 2015 and features nineteen short stories from bestselling authors as well as talented new writers.
Our new imprint will allow us to offer publishing opportunities to writers without any out-of-pocket expense. And a portion of all proceeds are donated to American charities in need.
In addition to our anthologies, we also have quite a few other fun projects in the works lined up for 2016.
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