Month: January 2016

FAN THEORY: Captain Towani?

Star Wars fan speculation. Spoilers (lite)…

The Nerd Vault

Could it be that the young girl known as Cindel Towani, first seen in the film Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, eventually became the fearsome Stormtrooper Commander Captain Phasma?

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While “Caravan of Courage” is now considered part of the non-canon Legends, we know that Lucasfilm is still drawing on concepts from the old expanded universe, so could the character of Cindel Towani have been re-worked into the new canon? And if so, how could she have ended up as a Stormtrooper?

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Let’s begin with the single most obvious fact; Cindel and Phasma share the same demographic profile as they are both human females with light complexions and blond hair.

We see in Return of the Jedi that despite their small stature, the Ewoks are deadly warriors who know how survive in the jungle and are formidable enough to defeat an entire Legion of…

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Auhtor Interview – J. M. Turner

My Writer's Journey

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How would you describe your story in one sentence?

The Seelie Princess is about Clary, who has been brought up as a human child but really comes from a land called Seelie; a fact she discovers when one of Seelie’s arch-enemies finds her on Earth and tries to steal the powers that Clary doesn’t know she has.

What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?

My daughter, who had an unfortunate experience with a teacher when she was at primary school.

Which authors have influenced you?

JK Rowling for the world she created (like many, I suspect!), Terry Pratchett whose Discworld writing was sublime.

Which are your favorite literary genres?

I write for children in the fantasy/fairy tale genre but my own favourite (adult) reads vary enormously.  I love the above-mentioned authors (particularly Sir Terry with his fabulous Discworld), enjoy Charlaine Harris (vampires and shapeshifters – the Living Dead series), Tess…

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Review of Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

Dawnrigger Publishing

Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices, #1)Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is the perfect example of what I call a great cotton-candy read. Cotton candy is sweet, sticky and fun to consume, yet even while I’m enjoying it, I know it’s nothing but air and sugar that will rot my teeth. Bad cotton candy leaves me with a queasy sense of disappointment. Good cotton candy tastes so delicious I’m willing to accept a little brain rot as the price of indulgence.

This is excellent sugary fluff.

I’m picky about my steampunk. It shares some innate problematic issues with cyberpunk, another genre that inspires ambivalence in my heart. In both, style is more important than substance, science is often relegated to the status of state dressing, and atmosphere is all. I prefer steampunk that snuggles up to paranormal or science fantasy elements. The inclusion of an obvious MacGuffin…

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Detective, genius, girl with attitude: Ruby Redfort mysteries (1-3)

The Book Wars

If you haven’t read Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean novels,* here’s what you need to know about Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean’s favourite fictional character.**

  • She is a thirteen-year-old detective and also a genius
  • She has a best friend named Clancy who is her partner in crime stopping crime, and loyal to the death
  • Her butler Hitch is her other partner is foiling baddies. Hitch is kind of the perfect secret service man. Plus he cleans AND he’s clean (unlike, say, James Bond, that loser) and, y’know, actually good and cool
  • She has Rules. For instance,

Rule 1: You can never be completely sure what might happen next.

The other thing about Ruby Redfort is that she exists as the protagonist of her own series because of the many, many letters written to Lauren Child by readers of the Clarice Bean books, begging for stories about Ruby Redfort. To date, there are…

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The Villain in the Mirror

The Villain in the Mirror

Dawnrigger Publishing

I’ve been thinking meta thoughts about writing. Always dangerous.

Two protagonist development themes run through many stories I like to read. That means they also crop up in stories I like to write.

1. You are not ordinary. You have a skill. A talent. A specialness. You didn’t ask for it, but you have to master it, and make it work for you.  You have to Do Big Things.

and:

2. You are what you are. You can’t have it all. This isn’t the life you wanted, but too bad. Learn to be happy with what you have, because it’s all you get.

The journey from discovery to self-acceptance for a Reluctant Hero with a Big Destiny  doesn’t have the same feel as a Bluebird of Happiness scenario, yet superhero stories often contain both. I know my Rough Passages Tales do. “Surprise, you’ve got powers you don’t want, deal with the damaging consequences,” is the whole series premise.

Most reluctant heroines want to be ordinary. To…

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Author Interview – S. J. Delos

My Writer's Journey

S.J. Delos

S.J Delos was born in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and raised on a steady supply of books and comics. At the age of 14, he decided that telling stories was as enjoyable as reading them and set about weaving his own fantastical worlds.

In his non-writing life, he has been a banquet planner, a country club manager, a car salesman, and an accountant.

He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his extremely patient wife, two rambunctious children, and an enormous collection of comic books.

So Not a Hero is his debut novel.

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

An action-packed tale of a super-villain attempting to become a hero.

What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?

I have been into comics and superheroes my entire life. I thought it might be fun to write a story that shows some of the darker sides…

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