A New Year – A New Star Wars Obsession

A very quick overview of a Star Wars 2012 to a Star Wars 2013


2012 started out pretty great with watching Episode 1 in 3D at the theaters and receiving two collector’s item 3D Maul glasses that I eventually passed on to fellow theFORCEbook members.

Highlights of 2012 would most definitely have to be attending Celebration VI in August and meeting so many of my ‘online’ theFORCEbook and Twitter friends and making more friends while there.  It was definitely the highlight of my year, something that I will truly treasure.  Also attending The Super Mega Fest in November in Framingham, Ma (Also driving a car w/out adult supervision!)

I started to list a few of the wonderful Star Wars things that happened to me or items I possessed over the last year and turns out that the list would go on forever, so here are top ten (in random order):
1.    Helping start theFORCEbook Fangirls podcast with STRWRSGRL
2.    The Boba Fett Helmet as an anniversary present.
3.    The Boba Fett Action Figure I bought for myself
4.    The Star Wars shoe-laces from SWCVI.
5.    The Clock my friend gifted me while we were at SWCVI
6.    Winning a Raffle on theFORCEbook from ‘Cherry‘ and getting the Jedi Academy Trilogy books (and a Grievous figure – as a side bonus) ~ don’t judge me, I haven’t read them yet.
7.    Meeting cool Star Wars celebrities such as Daniel Logan, Jake Lloyd, David Prowse, Dave Filoni.


8.    The Smuggler’s Gambit and Star Wars in 60 minutes – the best performances I saw at Celebration VI.
9.    Relocating my lost Star Wars pin I bought at Megafest in 2010 and then had eventually lost it for a full year.
10.  And last but not least, my very cool – Mandalorian Mercs Poster with the caption ‘Teach your sons to be strong, your daughters to be stronger.’

The Future:

Things I wish I could do -of course- like any other Star Wars fan – Attend Celebration Europe but most definitely going to Disney Star Wars Weekend!

Attend the Super Mega Fest again in November 2013; it’ll definitely have to be an annual ritual from now.

Getting inked! 2011 was a big year for a very big Fett helmet, looking forward to saving money to add onto the half sleeve I have been longing to attain and achieving it in 2013. (Sadly there was no ink in 2012)

Halloween dressing-up-ness. 2012 was Han Solo so finding cool costume designs for 2013 is definitely a must!

Definitely collect more art! (Not sure how I will be saving any money for travel if I keep buying Star Wars things)

Cooking! It’s become an integral part of my lifestyle now, having moved to a new place in 2012 has given me a lot of space to work with and definitely looking forward to making some ‘star wars’ inspired dishes and strutting in my awesome apron I also got in ’12 (It really has been a great year!)

Finally, no post would be complete, no year would be complete if there wasn’t a mention of ‘the t-shirts’ (favorite t-shirt of the year) and continuing on to buying more and adding on to the awesome collection ♥

Have a happy (Force-filled) new year! And Looking forward to hearing from other fans about their excitements.  Also make sure to check out theFORCEbook.com if you still haven’t. My life wouldn’t have been this Star Wars-filled awesome if it wasn’t for it! (Also if you join you can get a cool post card in the mail from me!)

And remember, the Force will be with you, always.



Learn all about the Power of the FORCE girls!


theFORCEbookFangirls member STRWRSGRL interviews ‘the biggest fangirl there is’ ~ Lin-zy Busch ~ creator of the Power of the FORCE girls!

Lin-zy Busch has the Power of the FORCE!  Liz zy: She illustrates…she fabricates…even rocks puppetry. She’s an all around creative visionary!

Lin-zy has described herself as the biggest fangirl there is. Lister to her talk about Star Wars, art,  hair, life, being a fangirl and her three little girls: Petal, Peanut and Babbles. If you don’t know who they are, you soon will.


The Power of the FORCE Girls were born when Lin-zy wondered, “What would happen if George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory) fell in love and had a baby? Creatively-speaking.

Listen to this awesome interview on Blog Talk Radio

Connect with Lin-zy on the web:


Follow theFORCEbook Fangirls on Twitter: @tfbfangirls

The next podcast is scheduled to air 11/30/12 interviewing theFORCEbook and Star Wars Celebrity: Joe Corroney

Local Nerdery – Boston, Masschusetts

On Sunday, November 18 I attended the Boston Super MegaFest 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts.

So yeah, it’s no comic con but a fun time nonetheless.  I always love how for one day, or a few hours you can sort of forget real life and just immerse yourself in the all around nerdery and be happy to see that there are people out there are marvel in it as much if not more than you.

The highlight of the day (among many) was meeting and shaking hands with Mr. David Prowse.  The man inside the Darth Vader suit.  A super cool, soft spoken gentleman who spent an extra ten minutes chatting with my roommate (an avid Star Wars fan) after the autograph signing, and also held an hour long Q & A session with the fans.


Other Star Wars related guests included Deep Roy and Rusty Goffe.

Not only was it amazing to see Star Wars guests but also I was immersed with the presence of Superman (Dean Cain) and Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) (*swoon*).  A great time chatting up with Bruce Boxleitner (Tron – Fight for the users!)


Members of the 501st Legion’s New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base were there for photos and taking donations for “Toys for Tots”


I didn’t get a picture taken with Jabba this year but I did manage to get myself immersed 2 years ago in the awesomeness of a bunch of Mandalorians in Jabba’s palace.


My favorite thing that I scored: I got three really cool vintage Star Wars postcards for a $1


The most important part of any convention, more than the celebrity is always the fans.  The best is when an entire family dresses up together. How is that not the coolest thing on the planet?


If finances permitted it, we’d live every single day of our lives attending conventions and meeting awesome sci fi celebs that bring their talent on the screen and make us fans dance with joy, however, real life always finds itself to get in the way.  So, it’s always fun to attend local cons and see fellow fans that you usually see shopping at the grocery store or filling up their tanks at the gas station just dress as a Tusken raider or a Scout Trooper for a day and make others happy!  This is the reason we all love costume parties and especially Halloween because the inner geek is always itching to get out.  And face it, the fact that many of us spend hundreds of dollars buying or making costumes from our favorite movies and comics really needs to get more attention!


And no convention is ever finished without getting the right TSHIRT for it.  Totally worth the $20 for this “Motor Sith Empire” Tee to mark the occassion.  This is going to get the hell worn out of it!


To see all the pictures go to my picasa album (there aren’t that many of them unlike the Celebration photos that span across hundreds of pictures over four days). Enjoy and please comment, I like them!

Bonnie Piesse


theFORCEbook Fangirls: STRWRSGRL & MCJAZZIE recently had a great opportunity to interview actress, singer, songwriter Bonnie Piesse who played “Aunt Beru” in two Star Wars Prequels (AOTC & ROTS).

The interview is available to download / on-demand on Blog Talk Radio and on iTunes.

We asked her questions about her Star Wars experience, Acting career in general and her life as a Singer and Songwriter.  (She really is the sweetest woman to talk to).  Additionally, we had theFORCEbook members send us questions they wished to ask her and we did and she answered happily!

You can find Bonnie on the web…

Bonnie is currently running a campaign to record an EP on indiegogo.com that will continue through Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:59PM PT. Show your support by participating in this campaign and get some really cool prizes.

Read more about “Bonnie Piesse – There’s life after death on Tatooine

Hear the Blog Talk Radio interview with strwrsgrl & mcjazzie

My favorite part about the interview: Suggesting to Bonnie that she should write a song inspired by a lullaby Aunt Beru would sing to a fussy baby Luke!

Next live interview on Blog Talk Radio will be on November 16, 2012 at 11 PM EST and we’ll be interviewing Lin-zy Busch

“S@#* Happens…”

Thoughts on the Onderon Arc / Tipping Points and you know the other ‘Thing’

So I made the mistake of accidentally reading a review for Tipping Points and then I just waited for Steela to die. I would have liked to be surprised while watching the show but well S@#* Happens. It’s sad that she died because that just further confuses the Jedi path for Ahsoka since we would have liked to see Ahsoka not be seduced by the romantic side of the Force.  (And by ‘we’ I mean me)

Speaking of “S@#* Happens…” So Disney bought Star Wars huh? More like George Lucas sold Star Wars huh?

My favorite part (see: ridiculous) about George Lucas talking in one interview (paraphrasing) that HE said he wasn’t going to make 7, 8, 9 but that doesn’t mean Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t going to make 7, 8, 9… My reaction to that was basically “Okay, Palpatine.”  I never said I wasn’t Darth Sidious, no one asked me.



My other favorite quote about these exciting times of our lives was (by me) “It’s like when they cancelled enterprise and all the trekkies rioted.  They’re making all of us the Force users see the light outside our mom’s basement.”

But in all seriousness (or not) I personally don’t have a problem with Disney making the next Star Wars movies. I mean Disney is HUGE, no we really aren’t going to have Jedi wearing Mickey Mouse ears (honestly, calm your self).  Maybe I don’t know much about Disney, from what I have witnessed so far, many people from all walks of life hate them (Feminists, Asexuals, Lesbians, etc…).  But this is how I see it, um, they’re a corporation, they’re in it to make money. They’re going to make movies, and we are going to watch them.  Some movies will be crappy, some movies will be great.

If I learned ANYTHING from attending Star Wars Celebration VI, it was that George Lucas has always targeted his movies towards kids, he’s all about kids, he believes Star Wars is ultimately for kids so it only makes sense that he sold it to Disney.  We are all lying if we say ‘no we’re not going to go watch them.’ OF COURSE we’re going to go watch the Star Wars movies.  I am just glad it’s a continuation and not a remake because, my heart, it’s not ready for THAT.

And for those that are worried about EU cannon-ness (or whatever the geeky terms are), of course they’re not necessarily going to stay true to it.  Look at the all the comic books that get made into movies, and Harry Potter Universe in movies, it doesn’t stay true to the books.  Some things work better in books, some things work better in the movies.  I don’t know why people are just so attached to something, …for in movement there is life, and in change there is power!

Additionally the TCW isn’t going to go on forever. I mean we all know where Anakin, Obi-wan and the clones are headed.


PS: Join the discussion on theFORCEbook and tell other fans how you feel!

Meanwhile, on Onderon…

Although I am not entirely a fan of teenagery romance (especially on Star Wars) and the whole idea of ‘love in the time of war’ types of themes, I am pleasantly surprised by the three (somewhat) Ahsoka centric episodes that have aired over the past month on the Clone Wars.  It is actually really good to see Ahsoka episodes where it’s not just about her ability to fight as a Jedi in-training but something that’s a bit more personal to her.  She really has had to concentrate her efforts on her emotions taking the back seat while she’s focusing as a warrior and yet you still see them peaking through.  I’ve particularly loved the lines from Anakin to her “Are you losing focus?” (A War on Two Fronts) and “Always put purpose ahead of your feelings” (Front Runners).

The unspoken bond between Anakin and Ahsoka somehow seems a bit deeper (at least portrayed that way) than ever shown between Anakin and Obi-Wan.  Maybe it was the bad acting by Hayden (who I don’t care what you say, I will never like) who just had terrible lines like “you’re like a father to me” while the conversation thus far between Tano and Skywalker has pretty much been subtle, well-hidden yet quite profound.  Perhaps it’s trial and error.  Maybe the prequels were rushed, the dialogue was rushed, the acting was mediocre and because we are indeed in Season Five of the Clone Wars where we’ve got to know the characters slowly, on a weekly basis and the power that be (Lucasfilm associates) are constantly improving and hiring new staff that are making the content better.

(I’d also like to point out that I have read some SWEU books and listened to many SWEU audiobooks where they talk about Anakin’s training and Obi Wan being his mentor obviously and yet I felt that the bond / connection wasn’t as deep as it should have been).

I am an advocate for subtlety, the things you can express without saying much is fundamentally my mantra in life.  Thus far the subtle things that they’ve showed indicating Anakin’s sympathy when the audience knows why he understands but the characters themselves don’t know, yet he’s playing it cool is just the most amazing thing ever. The three episodes: “A War on Two Fronts / “Front Runners” / “The Soft War” have actually made me start rooting for ‘team lusoka’ (lux + ahsoka) and now I wouldn’t mind if she just gives up the Jedi religion and runs off with Lux.  (Thanks for that image @strwrsgrl)

I also liked the insinuating approached towards sibling rivalry which was finally kind of revealed in the third episode.  I am looking forward to “Tipping Points.”

Other thoughts / comments: Okay so it’s really annoying to know (now) that this story arc supposedly takes place BEFORERevival” because Adi Gallia is still alive in this. Honestly, how hard is it to show episodes in somewhat of a chronological order?  Secondly, in my last post I said something about Sidious killing Ahsoka, and later I realized that that’s probably not a good idea because eventually Anakin / Darth Vader does go and work for Sidious (spoiler alert) so the fact that he kills off one of his favorite people is probably not a smart move, unless it’s the same where he just lies to Skywalker about it.



theFORCEbook Fangirls and guest theFORCEbook.com member Kweh-Chan discuss the Onderon Arc on our Blog Talk Radio Podcast.  Click on the link to listen. “Clone Words, Episode 1: The Onderon Arc.

“I’m semi speechless.” ~ Hondo

My random notes from “Revival” – The Clone Wars Season 5, episode 1.


Given that I was utterly disappointed with Season 4 openers – the business with the water creatures and some innocent prince and Ackbar being in the middle of all this and honestly Jar Jar to the rescue? I had hoped but not expected the Season 5, episode 1 to be any better.  The best openers so far, truly have been “Clone Cadets & Arc Troopers.  Given that the episodes are never in order unless it’s a ‘trilogy’ I don’t understand why the ‘Water War’ & ‘Gungan Attack’ couldn’t have been placed in the middle of the series, honestly, starting the season off with “Nomad Droids” would have been a lot better even though that’s also in my ‘top list’ of five episodes I hated the most.

Moving along, I have watched the episode twice so far. I watched it quickly on Saturday afternoon before leaving for an errand and second time during my lunch break at work.  For the second time, I listened to most of the beginning rather than physically watching the show.  I enjoyed the “Maul” intro music a lot.  (I also think I read somewhere that it’s the same as from TPM – but I am mostly tone deaf so I couldn’t tell ya. – On another side note: I also have listened to the entire Original Trilogy movie on my iPod w/out watching it and I definitely appreciated the music that creeped through).

What I liked: “Let us share our strength, there’s no need for dominance between us.” ~ I love this because it really does show Maul’s true sithness in the sense that – it foreshadows his demise.  He’s too cocky, he wants to lead, he wants to own his brother, he doesn’t want to share his power, and we all know what happens to someone when they want to keep all the power to himself (Also read: The Emperor in ROTJ).  Additionally, there’s talk / rumors that Sidious will be the one that kills Maul and Opress so that would be a bit ironic!

I’ve also noticed that my favorite episodes usually (the ones that don’t involve clones) are the ones with a serious and deep darkness about them (hence the pure hatred towards ‘nomad droids’ and pure love for ‘darkness of umbara’ to ‘carnage of krell’).  I loved the darkness feel of the episode.  The way Savage killed the Jedi, I don’t know much (or anything) about Adi Gallia, to me she just seemed quite young and innocent and (granted this is a kids show really) the darkness of killing off an innocent was intense.  You know, these brothers aren’t kidding around, they’re partnering with backstabbing pirates and killing Jedi – it’s awesome.

Other question(s): Is this the first time we see Obi-wan dueling with two lightsabers? I also have the worst memories when it comes to remembering these things or character names.  The amounts of times I confuse Lumiya to Luminara is ridic. In any case, it’s always great to see a dual lightsabre duel with Asajj and Ahsoka so it was awesome to watch the Obi-wan get some proper action!

What I didn’t like: the new sort of animation, not sure what the word for it is, and Palpatine and Yoda’s hair.  Also, I wish there were words to the look Anakin gave Obi-wan.

Favorite quotes (besides EVERYTHING Hondo says):

“Throwing in with pirates now? My how the mighty Sith have fallen.”

“The Sith are persistent, they will not die!”

What I am looking forward to: Sidious killing Ahsoka, however that’s probably not going to happen but a girl can dream!