A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 19: The Deleted Imperial Files

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The Deleted Imperial Files
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I didn’t realize that the imperial characters whose deletion I requested were either ones I never got around to write, or one who started already dead, thus appearing in dreams or flash backs. I don’t really know how it happened to be the case, but it made me pause for a moment. These deleted imperial characters are Catalina Braska, Natalia Hemeray and Syrene Verdelet.

I was surprised to even remember Natalia Hemeray because I never wrote a single in character post with her. I don’t even know which background I had given her. I knew that she was going to be Imperial Intelligence and that I used actress Julia Roberts for her – mostly because I found avatar and signature still present in my folder. I also recalled that I toyed with making her Chiss as I once made a manip of Roberts turned into a Chiss. One way or the other, I deleted her before I even wrote her. I don’t remember the details but I obviously had no real elements to make her an actual character.

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Catalina was a character I never wrote either. A friend of mine came to me to ask whether I would be interested in writing her Jedi Master’s mother. The idea sounded neat and something I didn’t do before so I accepted. I had details about her background thanks to my friend, and I first was quite looking forward to develop her as an actual character, whose image claim was Judi Dench. Yet, I eventually gave up on her before even writing her. I didn’t connect to the character and the muse for her, no matter how I wanted said muse to be alive, was just not there. I felt bad for my decision not to write her, but was grateful for my friend’s understanding.

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Syrene was also created in relation to another writer’s character(s). She was the imperial intelligence director’s deceased mother, and her husband was still alive. Syrene was a Corellian double agent during the previous galactic war, as she had come not to trust in the Empire anymore and thus decided to support the Rebellion. She eventually died during one of the conflict, shortly after giving birth to her daughter. I remember using Alyssa Milano for her, though towards the end I toyed with a couple possible other claims. While I was excited about her at first and enjoyed the flash back and “dream” threads I had with her, writing a dead character wasn’t so easy. The concept was great and I had a solid background for her, but she eventually got deleted, to make room for new characters.

  • Do some of your character ideas are so vague and fickle that they end being of no use at all?
  • How do you adjust in collaborative writing when you have to switch plans because of another writer?
  • Do you write ghost characters?

Star Wars Book Title Reveal

My upcoming book, a collection of essays about Star Wars has its official title:

A Galaxy of Possibilities:

Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars

This volume will have six chapters focusing on different aspects of Star Wars, both in the movies and in the expanded universe. For those familiar with my blog, you will recognize the title as being related to my ongoing series (A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom) The choice is not innocent as these topics are also at the core of the upcoming book.

Image courtesy of hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Stay tuned for more news in the upcoming weeks about this book, scheduled to be released for Kindle in early 2015.

And if you haven’t already done so, check out my interview with Ronovan at Lit World Interviews where I talk about my current projects, including this book!

Authors Supporting Our Troops 2015 #ASOT2015

Natacha Guyot:

Wonderful initiative!

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

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Hard to believe we are only three months away from the official kickoff to the second year of Authors Supporting Our Troops. I figured now would be a good time to get everyone up to speed and explain the program again so I don’t have to spend so much time this year telling helpful people what we do and do not need to make this another successful year.

First off, we never really stopped collecting author-signed books, we just haven’t posted too much about it once the official end date of May 15th came and went. We collected 2,500 books from authors and publishers in the four months we promoted it. I think that is awesome.

Since then we’ve managed about 75 more books and sent out another shipment overseas to a soldier. the goal for 2015 is to break 3,000 books collected and shipped. We can only do that…

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TV Thursday – Letter F

The Fall (2013-Present)

A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented female Detective Superintendent from the MET who is brought in to catch him. – IMDb

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Source: IMDb.

Farscape (1999-2003)

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Firefly (2002-2003)

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. – IMDb

Source: IMDb.

Source: IMDb.

My Q&A at Lit World Interviews

My Q&A at Lit World Interviews was posted yesterday (and I also included it on my Appearances page) and I am very pleased with this experience. I’d like to thank Ronovan for approaching me for this and am honored to be featured on this blog. This interview allowed me to reflect on my writing experience and my upcoming projects. Ronovan’s questions were compelling to answer and he is a joy to work with. If you don’t already follow him, you definitely should!

Photo Credit: Galymzhan Abdugalimov.

Photo Credit: Galymzhan Abdugalimov.

A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 18: Ranooki Reese

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Ranooki Reese, The New Republic
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In early 2009, the Republic and Imperial factions were brought back to life at SWRPG and beyond older characters brought back, quite a few new ones were created in order to fill in the ranks and instill some life into these reborn groups. At this time, I had the idea of a mechanics character for whom I would use Katee Sackhoff. A friend of mine had previously written a Republic Navy pilot with the same actress so we agreed on writing twin sisters. I think it was the easiest time I had to come up with a character’s background as my friend’s character already had hers and save for personality, the history just needed to be slightly altered. Basically, Ranooki and her twin were raised with their brothers on the rural world of Adumar. The two women left one day aboard a stolen craft to go enlist with the Republic, because of a dare. They can’t go back to their home world without getting arrested, but Reese spitfires have little interest in doing so.

Ranooki didn’t have any ambition regarding climbing up the military ladder. She went through physical and weapon training like others, but what mattered to her was to serve in the hangars and warehouses and take care of the Navy’s ships. I have a lot of difficulties with anything related to military writing but it wasn’t the only reason why I chose to make Ranooki a “grease monkey”. It was important for me to go for a support crew type of character as well, as it was a different angle and I find it important to also shed light on such characters who help the faction in their own – and important – way. The New Republic is often depicted as a society supporting justice and equality but it even shows in how we write characters in this faction at SWRPG. Indeed, Ranooki didn’t experience misogyny not just when joining the Navy or climbing up the ranks, but the fact she was a female mechanics was well accepted. It isn’t to say she gets along with everyone – especially with her sometimes annoying and barking quirks – but issues with others don’t happen because she is a woman. There are other places in the galaxy where Ranooki could get in trouble because of her gender, but it never caused trouble for her on New Republic territory.

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Ranooki is loud, easily swearing, drinking and getting into trouble but she is always spotless in her work. The fact that she made it to the rank of Lieutenant Commander at this point is a huge surprise to me. She had some prestigious assignments to different capital ships and squadrons so far and I am curious to see how her career will continue to develop. I had ups and downs in her writing and I felt like a snake biting its own tail on a few occasions; but I she stuck around and has become a lot of fun to write again, over the past couple of years.

By now she has gained a few friends and even a boyfriend – which took her a while as she mourned the disappearance of her previous one for an extremely long time, which also had to do with my difficulty as a writer to move on when a character’s mate vanishes for whatever reason. I always try to have my character deal with the disappearance in their storyline, even when their mate not being written anymore is because the other writer doesn’t have time or muse. I need to have the story to know where my character is at.

  • How important do you think support staff characters, such as mechanics in the military, are and what do you think they can bring to a story?
  • Which place does equality have in your fictional universe?
  • Can other people’ characters help you with your own?