Aaron Allston Discusses Tyria Sarkin Tainer

Here's a sneak peek at new artwork of this scene from Fate of the Jedi: Backlash. Click the image to see the full image at Suvudu of Tyria Sarkin Tainer and Jaina Solo in action.

When I was working on my Tyria Sarkin Tainer post for Suvudu, Aaron Allston generously offered his experience and author perspective on creating her character. Over at Suvudu you can find my thoughts on why Tyria is a compelling strong female character as well as the kick-ass artwork of her fighting alongside Jaina Solo. Luckily for me, and I think the fans too, Aaron had a lot to say – a whole post’s worth. Below are his insightful responses to a couple of questions I posed to him. . . . → Read More: Aaron Allston Discusses Tyria Sarkin Tainer

Seeking SFH: Tyria Sarkin Tainer Fights for the Jedi Team

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As I interviewed Allston for the Insider, we had plenty to discuss about strong female characters. Our chat inspired a trip down memory lane, back to the original X-Wing books that had cemented my Expanded Universe fandom. As I reread the series, one of my all-time favorite characters, Tyria Sarkin Tainer, captured my attention once more. Now, though, I was also experiencing the stories with a critical eye toward examining how these female characters become memorable and what made them resonate still. . . . → Read More: Seeking SFH: Tyria Sarkin Tainer Fights for the Jedi Team

Fangirls Around the Web: May 29

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Spotlighting fangirls and their heroines. Fangirls of note this week include Summer Glau, Ashley Eckstein, Cat Taber, Katrina Hill, Jennifer Heddle, and Maria Selke. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: May 29

May Mayhem Fan Fun: WYNDE Excerpt

My pals at the Cantina have been laughing it up with our May Mayhem Fan Fun celebrating the Wraiths and Mercy Kill. In the spirit of our old fanfic messageboard days, we did another rendition of an old favorite, 99 Bottles of Lomin Ale on the Wall. This time, though, instead of a bonus story post, the prize was a new excerpt from Wynde. . . . → Read More: May Mayhem Fan Fun: WYNDE Excerpt

Blood, Honor, and Matriarchs: The Hapan Women of Star Wars – Part One

Hapan noblewomen, from Galaxy of Intrigue (2010)

Tricia, Racheal, and Kay discuss the potential we see in using the Hapan culture in future Star Wars novels. . . . → Read More: Blood, Honor, and Matriarchs: The Hapan Women of Star Wars – Part One

A Long Time Ago… 35 Years, To Be Precise

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Has it really been 35 years since Star Wars, hit theaters? Let’s celebrate with a trip down memory lane. . . . → Read More: A Long Time Ago… 35 Years, To Be Precise

Star Wars Weekends 2012: Merchandise Shopping

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Disney is famous for offering all kinds of merchandise practically spanning the full range of your imagination, and Hollywood Studios is no exception. Shirts, hats, toys, stuffed animals, Vinylmation figures, souvenir mugs… The list goes on and on. Combine that with Star Wars Weekends, and it’s a fangirl shopper’s dream zone – and maybe a bank account’s nightmare. I couldn’t possibly discuss everything that’s available this year, so here are the highlights from my retail browsing this past Friday. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Weekends 2012: Merchandise Shopping

Fangirls Around the Web: May 22

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I’ve decided to make Fangirls Around the Web a recurring feature on the blog. Although this week’s focus is fangirls in the news at Star Wars Weekends, the updates and links I’ll share in this feature will run the gamut from geek girl news and shout-outs to interesting articles or commentaries on franchises, storytelling, and fandoms. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: May 22

Star Wars Weekends 2012: Opening Day

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This year I was able to make it to Hollywood Studios for the opening day of Star Wars Weekends. As always, it was great fun! I hope to have reports from several of the subsequent weekends, too. For today, here’s a recap of my highlights from the first day. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Weekends 2012: Opening Day

X-Wing Crashes Into Echo Lake

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That’s right – Star Wars Weekends begins today! . . . → Read More: X-Wing Crashes Into Echo Lake