A small bit on books of the SWEU

When I joined theFORCEbook over year ago, it was the first time I considered buying / reading Star Wars EU books.  I owned other Star Wars types of books (mostly character information and/or stuff about the Force) but not any actual story books that talked about content in-between the movies or the Expanded Universe.  My friend and I recently attended the Star Wars Celebration VI; it was our first “Star Wars Only” convention.  He’s been to a couple small ones before and I have only been to Super Mega Fest once in 2010.  There he learned a lot more about the SWEU, I told him thanks to many amazing and knowledge members on the tFb I was more in tuned with the SWEU, I also continued to tell him all about Mara Jade! Obviously.

He asked me for my recommendation of where he should start, that was a tough one to answer because I didn’t really start in any sort of order.  Thanks to my obsession with Boba Fett, I started with the Legacy of the Force books because that was what was recommended to me, especially because of Karen Traviss.  My friend told me that he’s really interested in the EU books because he’s at a book club and most of the women recommended books that indicated their true abysmal taste (see: Fifty Shades of Grey).  I told him that he should start somewhat in order, so I recommended the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (that’s what was recommended to me).  He also heard a lot about Darth Plagueis while we were at the Celebration, so he said that he’s going to pick that one up also.  I am also quite curious to pick up Darth Plagueis. Further at theFORCEbook at the Celebration party, there were many members and we started a huge discussion about the EU books.  I had said that I started the New Jedi Order Series books but after Chewbacca’s death, I was so traumatized that I couldn’t continue on, so they have been put on hold for a month or two for me.  (I should point out, obviously when I read LOTF books, I was aware that Chewbacca was already dead, however, I didn’t know how he died. I simply didn’t expect him to die the way he did in “Vector Prime” it was the most punk ass way to kill someone, especially such a major character).  So I had already had the Clone Wars books on my list but now I have the Republic Commandos books, and basically anything written by Karen Traviss.

Last night I got a text from my friend: At my book club I recommended some star wars books and they all laughed so I said ‘I tried to read 50 shades of nonsense and you guys can read a star wars book’ and it worked now I need a recommendation from you by next week.  So I thought about it, it took me about 30 seconds to come up with a recommendation, what did I write back? “The Courtship of Princess Leia.”

Granted it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey (I’d rather shoot myself that read THAT book) but I figured the women would appreciate a little chasing around for the princess and fighting bad guys and in the end when she realizes she’ll lose Han, she knows her decision’s already been made (Kind of like what happens to Amy in “Amy’s Choice” on Doctor Who, but I digress).

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Star Wars Celebration VI!

The good news is I finally managed to figure out how to maneuver around the Star Wars Celebration site to figure out what panels are where and which ones I want to go to! Phew.  The bad news is, there’s too much to do and most of it doesn’t fit in one page of excel worksheet!

Quick List of panels and things I am definitely attending:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

1:30 pm: Fettastic (well, cuz, duh)

3:30 pm: Celebration Premiere of Star Wars in 60 minutes

5:00 pm: The Phantom Menace: Ian McDiarmid

6:00 pm: Frontlines: 100th Episode Podcast.

7:00 pm: Episode I, The Phantom Menace on the Big Screen.

Then: theFORCEbook party. You know about theFORCEbook party right?

Friday, August 24, 2012

10:30 am: The Holocron 101

12:00 pm: Super-Secret Star Wars Panel with Todd, Seth, and Matt!

1:30 pm: An Hour with Anthony Daniels

CONFLICT!

1:30 pm: Ralph McQuarrie Retrospective

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: The Clone Wars Season Five Premiere Red Carpet + Premiere

7:00 pm – Episode III & IV on the Big Screen

Saturday, August 25, 2012

10:30 am: The Clone Wars with Dave Filone & Joel Aron

2:00 pm: Star Wars and NASA: Science Fiction & Science Fact.

3:30 pm: Star Wars Fan Groups United, Hosted by Daniel Logan (well, cuz, duh)

6:00 pm: Star Wars: Smuggler’s Gambit!

7:30 pm – Episode V and VI on the Big Screen

What I find interesting: Celebration Fan Mixer!

ALSO: COMPLETELY NOT FAIR to have JAT & Carrie Fisher from 6 to 9 pm. (I wonder if I can sneak in and out?!)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

10:30 am: Why We Love the Prequels (Because, I really need to know)

11:30 – 1:30: The Star Wars Tattoo Show

1:30 pm: Sam Witwer: The Maul Within

2:30 pm: Celebration VI Closing Ceremony!!

There’s definitely other stuff I want to check out that I will be checking out, but the above is sort of set in stone / in the brain for me.  I am going to do my best not to miss any of those.

(There is no try)

Also I have a pdf for all four days, of panels and screenings worth checking out, and the ones highlighted in yellow are a definite, and the peach are ‘I am strongly thinking about these.’ There’s a lot of flexibility in the schedule because I am also going with my friend and I can’t command the whole thing. Or maybe I could, or maybe I can do my own thing while my friend does his own thing! It’s all going to be awesome.

My Awesome celebration VI Schedule

What does your Star Wars collection say about you? (SWQotD)

A glimpse into mcjazzie’s world of tee-shirts.

 

Are you a collector? What do you collect? Where does your passion come from?

I definitely like having ‘stuff.’  As much as I claim to be a person who wants to unclutter their life, I most definitely have an attachment to things, whether it is emotional or financial.  I used to have clothes hanging in my closet that still had price tags on them but I wouldn’t donate them because I was attached to the money that was spent on them.  I have, thankfully, moved on from that phase in my life.

I want to collect Star Wars items. I do. I have posters that are still rolled up and sitting in the corner of my new apartment (that I moved in six months ago) because I can’t find the right frames for them and I have little collectable items I came across in garage sales or second hand stores that are still just piling up, accumulating dust.  

For this reason, I have relinquished figure collecting, and I suppose, put a halt on poster purchases as well.  (I genuinely have a Legolas poster still sealed up in my room that I bought back in 2004!).  However, I still do have a passion for one thing, a star wars related thing (most of the time) a passion for artsy – mash up – tee shirts.  When I first discovered sites such as teefury, riptapparel, or WootShirt, I had gone crazy with making at least two to three tee-shirt purchases on a weekly basis. My obsession for Star Wars is fairly new, but when I had made the conscious decision of throwing myself in this obsession, I wasn’t really ready for what was going to happen (I have been a Star Wars fan for more than half my life, I have been Star Wars obsessed since 2008).  This is pretty much what happened to me when I became obsessed with buying Tee-shirts.  

When I started buying tee-shirts so regularly, I was worried that I was going to be an equivalent of the social stigma of being “a cat lady.” I would just be old, single, and living in my Darth Vader tee-shirts.  So, I had to make a decision of where these shirts were going to be worn.  I couldn’t justify spending so much money on a weekly / monthly basis just so I can have tee-shirts to sleep in or wear during laundry days.  I have a 9 to 5, which is not casual.  I still needed to fund professional clothes for business meetings and outreach events that my company does occasionally.  So I was in sort of a dilemma (Although, it should be noted, this didn’t stop me from making the occasional tee-shirt purchase. My prized possession is still the Bat Fett tee!)

It started with “Casual Fridays” at work.  This was a great opportunity to wear my shirts with pride and be made fun of at work (It still happens).  Then there was my social networking night on Wednesdays.  I used to really get dressed up for these events. Honestly, you’d think I was going to a party or on a date or something.  That eventually got phased out to wearing a Star Wars mash up tee with jeans.  Although I still do the Indian flare and throw in a pair of fancy earrings.  My debut tee-shirt for Casual Tee Wednesday was “Star Wars Rock band” on a cold New England night in November 2009 that was tastefully paired with a matching scarf (Yeah, that’s a whole new topic, for those that aren’t already aware).

Over the past year, my purchase frequency has dramatically reduced.  Mainly because I do have a few shirts hanging in the closet that I haven’t worn extensively even though I love the design.  As a mass purchaser, I really needed to justify each item’s existence eventually, and I gathered that I should only buy tees in colors I like to wear, and would wear.  I have a few beige tee shirts that I tend to deviate from wearing out in social events and have mainly used them in the collection of “sleepy time tees” or “laundry day tees.”  Additionally, the still striving fashionista in me wears beige tee-shirts with blazers or hoodies mainly reserved as part of Fall / early Winter collection.

So, what does my collection say about me? Or, rather, what do I hope my collection says about me?

I definitely do not have the interior design talent or money to dedicate a section of my house to a museum theme, Star Wars figure collection mecca, so I collect tee-shirts. Why do I collect tee-shirts? Because, what good is an obsession, if you can’t share it with the world.  I am not going to invite the world to come and view my collection (not yet anyway), so I go out in the world and share my passion.  I buy tee-shirts that I would wear, that I do wear, it makes me happy, and it gives the general public a bit of a chuckle. We all win!

So what do I really want it all to say? That I am a fiscal conscientious fangirl with a drive for nerdy fashion being incorporated into daily life.  I support “Her Universe” although I cannot afford it!

(On a side note, I have also noticed that my favorite Star Wars tee-shirts are the ones that are vague in description. So it really takes a true geek to get them.  This is indeed my favorite kind of geek in existence. Here’s an example – Scum & Villainy)

Perhaps when I am old and gray, I can get these shirts woven together in quilt and be buried with them. Who knows, but so far, I think that’s an excellent idea.

  • Answer my Star Wars Question of the Day! So, what does your collection say about you? Let me know!

Also definitely looking forward to wearing some of my favorites at Star Wars Celebration!

Star Wars Question of the Day (#SWQotD) Series

So my new thing on theFORCEbook.com is now to ask a Star Wars related question on a daily basis.

I hope it at least continues on weekdays.  (Additionally, not sure if that’ll happen while I am attending the Celebration though).

However, yesterday’s question was something I really needed to know: If there is a name designated with the cave on Dagobah where Luke “fights his fear” sort of? And I seriously learned something new. Why did Yoda really live on Dagobah? Do you know?

Today is more of an open ended question: If you could transplant yourself into the Star Wars Universe, what purpose will your character serve?

I am still unsure of my answer. It’s easy to be a spectator but to really implant yourself in, would you be a character that’s already existing or would you create a whole new character? Would I want to be Mara Jade or do I want to be someone who fights on her side? I would have to contemplate on it and respond. (Here’s to hoping some people will write in!)

Check out today’s question here!

theFORCEbook.com at Star Wars Celebration VI

Fb@SWCVI Party will be Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 @ 11:00PM EST

What is: FB@SWCVI Party?

A social gathering (see: party) for all theFORCEbook.com members that will be at the Star Wars Celebration VI, and those that cannot attend will be there in spirit (and joining in for the live podcast).

I. We will have a Fb@SWCVI Raffle, which will not be drawn until the party. So, staying tuned on theFORCEbook.com will let you know who won the drawings real-time.

II. We will be recording interviews of partygoers for a special edition of theFORCEbook Fangirls.

III. We will post pictures, audio and happenings from around the Star Wars Celebration show floor.

All proceeds go to theFORCEbook.com Party preparations and prizes. Enter multiple times to increase your chances or donate for a FORCEbook friend. Each donation will increase your odds to win that specific prize. Or, purchase a t-shirt today & have it shipped to you.

All the details can be found here: http://strwrsgrl.blogspot.com/p/fbswcvi.html

theFORCEbook Fangirls

What is theFORCEbook?

In simple terms, theFORCEbook.com is a social networking website for people from all over the world who are Star Wars fans. It is a fun and friendly avenue, a combination of facebook + twitter to meet and talk about Star Wars.  There’s usually group chats, trivia, joking around among members who can discuss either philosophical meanings about random quotes or just join in together into hating Jar-Jar. Everyone who’s into Star Wars, any aspect of it, to ALL aspect of it is accepted.

What is (who are) theFORCEbook Fangirls?

theFORCEbook Fangirls

It’s really a simple idea. We are fangirls who are members on theFORCEbook.

What do we do?

We hang out (virtually, since none of us live in the same city or timezone), chat on tFb about Star Wars things and once in a while we host live podcasts that eventually people can hear “on-demand.”

Currently, we have aired a couple of pod-casts concentrating on the Star Wars Celebration that is happening (very soon) from August 23-26, 2012 in Orlando Florida.

We’ve talked about a) what to expect b) what to do c) where to go d) who to see… You know, the usual.

How can I find out more?

1. Go to theFORCEbook Fangirls‘ website

2. Listen to our podcasts

3. Make sure to join theFORCEbook.com

4. Get in touch with us! ~ If you’ve done the top three things, then you already know how to get in touch with us!