TV Thursday – Letter S (Part 2)

Star Wars Rebels (2014-Present)

A brave and clever ragtag starship crew stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. – IMDb

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Star Wars The Clone Wars (2008-2014)

The Grand Army of the Republic, led by Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and other Jedi Knights, fights the New Droid Army of the Separatists. – IMDb

Source: Wookieepedia.

Source: Wookieepedia.

Surface (2005-2006)

A marine biologist, an insurance salesman and a teen-aged boy find their lives fundamentally changed by the emergence of a new, and often dangerous, species of sea life, while government agents work to keep the affair under wraps. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Movie Review: Interstellar

One thing I have loved these last years is one many Science Fiction movies we’ve been getting. This is pretty exciting to me as it is my favorite genre, even when I enjoy many different ones. I was hoping to enjoy Interstellar, but I had some doubts. While Christopher Nolan is the director who made me like Batman (though The Dark Knight is still the one I liked least), I didn’t like Anne Hathaway in the third movie at all, and I normally like her. I had also liked Matthew McConnaughey in a couple movies, but I wasn’t sure about his performance in Interstellar.

Source: Interstellar Wiki.

Source: Interstellar Wiki.

Yet, I wanted to see it and got to do this end of 2014. What an experience! This movie blew me away and I didn’t see the almost three hours go by! I was quite shaken at the end of the story (which finished “better” and on a happier note than I had thought it would at some point).

This is my favorite Nolan movie and I can’t wait to see it again (and to write papers about it and to vid it!) when it comes out on DVD. The cast was impeccable and there were amazing visuals and wonderful character moments. I was thrilled to see Michael Caine again and Jessica Chastain was also wonderful. One thing I found particularly engaging in the movie were the robots. I loved how the story played on intertextuality and how one almost expect them to be the betraying ones, when in the end betrayal comes from human kind. I couldn’t help being reminded of both HAL in 2001, A Space Odyssey and of course the robots in Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running.

Watching fifty years of Science Fiction on screen acknowledged, paid tributes to was beautiful, especially as Nolan managed to keep Interstellar its own object, giving his movie a unique place in all this genre’s landscape.

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 31: Fireya Noir

GalaxyofpossibilitiesLOGO2Fireya Noir, The Hutt Cartel
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Fireya Noir was mentioned in passing prior to her creation as an active character. Indeed, Agatha referred to her on a few occasions, since Fireya, her aunt, was the one who had inspired her to become a pirate in the first place. I had thought that if I ever created Fireya, I might use actress Renee Russo for her image claim, but I eventually picked Nina Lisandrello instead, as she worked even better for how I imagined Fireya. I also added Jan Ors as a secondary claim for her.

Fireya was the last child in the Noir family, with an older sister and an older brother. She was adopted and was aware of it, but it wasn’t what caused issues with her parents and sister., eventually leading her to be mostly in touch with her brother and her sister’s children rather than her parents and sister. While Fireya was grateful for the good education she had access to thanks to her parents, which saw her graduating in history, she felt confined and trapped in the life she was expected to have.

In her early twenties, the young woman took off and began to live the way she wanted, through trials and errors. Very extrovert, she blossomed as a treasure hunter, traveling across the galaxy. Whenever possible, she tried to bring the items she found to their planet of origin, or at least sell them to museums she trusted to take care of said items. In her mid thirties, she took a slight professional turn and began to work for the Hutt Cartel as a bounty hunter, in order to broaden her horizons.

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Though she knows she was adopted, Fireya didn’t try to find more about her origins for a very long time. Despite strained bonds with her parents and sister, she still considered all of her relatives as her family. Yet, Fireya longed to have a family of her own and did research to see where she might be able to adopt a child, the day she lived elsewhere than only aboard her beloved ship.

For the longest while, she enjoyed her life on her own, with only a string of casual affairs with women of diverse species that she randomly met. She didn’t feel the need or even imagine herself in a committed relationship as she didn’t see the point, being fairly happy with being on her own, safe for casual fun. She changed her mind the day she met a Hapan woman with whom she had great, albeit volatile, chemistry with. After barely a week spent together, revelations about who her partner really was could have driven the hunter away, but against all odds, Fireya proposed to her. The hunter was the first astonished by her reaction but the two women took a leap of faith and got married right away, willing to see where life would take them.

  • Were some of your characters adopted?
  • Do you tend to write more extrovert or introvert characters?
  • Do your characters ever make possibly crazy decisions that turn out for the better?

Video Game Ramblings

I posted a couple of weeks ago about what I was up to in terms of gaming. I have made some progress, but I ended jumping into two other games, one I casually play and one I didn’t try before.

I have logged a few more hours in Dungeon Siege. While the graphics look their age, I have a lot of fun with it. I used to play countless hours of Torchlight, so this type of games are fun to play. And I can’t help it, I enjoy a female protagonist.

Source: Dungeon Siege Wiki.

Source: Dungeon Siege Wiki.

The other RPG game I started has a male one though. I am not against playing a male character, but it really takes a compelling universe for me to have fun with it. It is a bit weird because I have no problem watching a movie/reading a book with a male lead. I am not exactly sure why it is so different with a video game, especially since I even write roleplaying male characters for the past years!

Anyway, this other game is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Ultimate Sith Edition, which I got from a friend. So far, I enjoy the gameplay a lot, though I am still very early in the game. The controls are good and wielding a lightsaber and using Force powers never get old. The only Star Wars game that made me love using blasters was The Old Republic.

To add to this, I also have my achiever side waking up and I have been spending time on Bejeweled 3 again. I was missing three Steam Achievements. I got one of them but the last two are annoying me for so far, they still escape my grasp! I will get them though. One day.

I also still want to pick up Mass Effect 2 again, because I was in love with the game, but I just haven’t been in the mood to do it. I have been listening to soundtracks from the game trilogy a lot though. It seems to make my writing muses extremely happy.

TV Thursday – Letter S (Part 1)

Star-Crossed (2014)

About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009)

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith. – IMDb

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007)

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates. – IMDb

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

While I missed the second Hunger Games movie on the big screen, I was able to see the third one the day it came out. I loved it and it punched me in the guts on more than one occasions. I am wary of the fourth and last one, as I got more emotional as the movie adaptations go by.

I thought that these movie adaptations did a lot of justice to the books and I continue to think as such as the story develop. The universe is very well shown and all the actors are outstanding, giving so much life to their character.

The first Mockingjay made me cry so many times. One moment I particularly remember is when Effie shows Cinna’s drawings to Katniss, bringing me back to one of my favorite characters who so horribly died in the second book/movie.

Seeing Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer join the cast was as much of a treat as I was expecting and they were wonderful additions. It is such a pleasure to see Dormer get more parts, as I have loved this actress since discovering her on The Tudors a few years ago.

I can’t wait to see the second part of Mockingjay for sure!

Source: The Hunger Games Wiki.

Source: The Hunger Games Wiki.

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 30: Agatha Merril

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Agatha Merril, The Hutt Cartel
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Agatha Merril was one of my earlier Cartel characters, among those who are active. I imagined her as a pirate from the start, and have also kept her original image claim, actress Ksenia Solo, since her creation. Born in an upper class family on Chandrila, Agatha always felt at odds with her parents, especially her mother, who wanted her to marry a fine suitor and give her grandchildren. As she grew up, Agatha got along much better with her mother’s siblings, especially her aunt, Fireya, who taught her the ropes about treasure hunting and gave her the love of ancient artifacts and adventure.

When she turned eighteen, Agatha left Chandrila to start working as a pirate for the Cartel. She knew that it would be difficult, but thanks to her father’s support, she had learned combat and flying skills, as much as her older brother had, while she grew up. The young woman liked that she often looks inoffensive, thus allowing her to gain advantage over foes. Of course, Agatha got into her share of trouble and made mistakes during her first missions. The first time she had to kill a man to make it through was a difficult time for her, though she eventually accepted it as part of her life as a pirate. While she has a good heart, she has come to be much more casual about violence than I had expected her to be. She is ready and willing to get things done, and if a violence free approach doesn’t work, she switches gears without thinking twice.

While Agatha is a very independent person, she takes pride in her work for the Cartel and always encourage team spirit among Vaago The Hutt’s employees, believing that it serves them well not to shoot one another in the back, though she considers healthy rivalry a potential inspiration. The same, she is fine helping new recruits if she can provide some practical tips.

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When I created Agatha, she had some issues with relationships and even more intimacy due to past bad experiences with the one boyfriend she had had earlier in her teenage years. She nevertheless met a young man working for imperial Intelligence, who turned out to be the Empress’s first born; and the two got along well. She liked his patience, loyalty and quirky side. She was able to open up to him and draw her boundaries, such as her choice to remain virgin until marriage, without him trying to pressure her into changing her mind. That led the pirate to pick up assignments that didn’t go against imperial interests, because she didn’t want to cause any issue. The two even worked on several joint missions together, even prior to their engagement and wedding.

Something I didn’t expect when I created Agatha was how members of her family would turn into actual characters, including some written by a friend of mine. I like when relatives exist as active characters and not just as non playable ones, so it was a great surprise to see the developments!

  • Do your characters have trouble establishing their personal boundaries and keeping them respected?
  • Do you enjoy writing adventurers?
  • Do your character have better ties with other relatives than with their parents or siblings?

Needlepoint Adventures

In 2012 or 2013, I worked on my first needlepoint canvas, and against all odds, I loved it. It surprised me a lot because sewing, knitting, quilting, crocheting aren’t up my alley at all. When it comes to being crafty, you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking and especially baking. My mother used to do a lot of needlepoints years ago, so she still had a project left untouched. I spent weeks on it and fell in love with needlepoint.

DSC01569This is the result! It was a cushion front of Victorian inspiration. We chose to frame it and hang it on the wall. It is at the entrance of the kitchen! After this project, I didn’t get to work on a new one until this month. Since needlepoint is one of the very few activities that allows me to stop thinking, this can be very helpful.

My parents got me a new project, this time a very colorful cat design (and it is a bit larger than the first I made). I am currently finishing the head of the cat, and I am certain that I will need many more weeks to complete it. I am having a blast working on it!

Do you have craft pasttimes?