Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim has concluded and it was a whirlwind of a ride. For many of us attendees it was downright overwhelming (in a good way) as we rode the high of being surrounded by so many people who love Star Wars as much as we do. I know I at least had to stop a few times and question if it was in fact real life.

I went from feeling totally fulfilled the first day to already getting sad the second day that it was half over. By the third day, I had to take a break and walk away for a little while. And on the last day, I just wanted to soak up every second of it.

As events drew to a close, I joked that there should be a panel called “Transitioning Back: Life After #SWCA”, but it turns out I wasn’t the only one to feel that way. So as those of us who were there struggle a bit with exiting the bubble of fandom awesomeness, here’s a guide to what you’ll need to deal with.

 

7 Things to Keep In Mind: You may in fact find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars. (I know.) You may find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars that are also not about what time you’re getting in line, how long a queue or its wait is, or how full a room is. If you enter a hotel lobby, . . . → Read More: Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Kay Joins the Nerd Lunch Doctor Who Drilldown

This episode of Nerd Lunch finds me quasi-filling in for regular hosts Pax and Jeeg as I join CT to discuss the last ten years of Doctor Who. Depending on who you ask, recording this may or may not have been my reward from my Doctor-by-proxy for getting completely caught up on New Who/NuWho. Either way, it was fun.

Todd from Junk Fed sits in the 4th chair on this whirlwind discussion covering our Doctor Who histories, the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors as well as Rose, Jack, Adam, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory, River Song, and Clara. If that’s not enough we talk season arcs, favorite episodes, and Stephen Moffat.

A short episode this is not. And there’s so much more we didn’t even get to! To finish the conversation off we play a round of what I now realize we should have called When the Doctor Was Me. Listen all the way through to find out what it’s like when I’m the Doctor and my stipulations for being a companion to CT’s version of the Doctor. Todd’s Doctor will probably surprise you the most though.

Gotta collect them all.

From the show notes:

CT takes the reigns of the show and rides without Pax and Jeeg this week. A three way dance still happens as Kay returns to the show for the long awaited Doctor Who discussion. Also joining them is Todd from JunkFed.com. The trio ride the TARDIS for an extra long episode discussing the past . . . → Read More: Kay Joins the Nerd Lunch Doctor Who Drilldown

Journey to The Force Awakens: The Books You’re Looking For

Aftermath

In the weeks since Lucasfilm announced its ambitious publishing program “Journey to The Force Awakens” for this fall, a lot of individuals have asked about my opinion. Additionally, many friends and acquaintances who quit reading Star Wars books have stopped by FANgirl over the years to see if things have changed. Now that some writing commitments are out of the way, I’ve had time to pull together my thoughts.

It appears that one good outcome from the Expanded Universe purge is I’m now seeing a bit more recognition for the fact that some Star Wars fans found their niche in published material. Last week, Priya Chhaya offered a bittersweet farewell as she welcomed the new Star Wars stories. As she noted, we will all get to experience the rollercoaster ride of discovering characters, places, and events together, and that’s exciting!

Here are some details on the 20+ book plan revealed on StarWars.com:

Novels for young adults, focusing on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, will be published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press in North America and distributed internationally. The young adult novels have notable talent attached, including Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Tin Star), Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author (Detective Comics and 52), Jason Fry (The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, Star Wars Insider contributor) and New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray (The Firebird trilogy and Evernight series).

Some book and comic titles have been revealed, and they offer fans a fun glimpse into the possible stories within: . . . → Read More: Journey to The Force Awakens: The Books You’re Looking For

Kay Reviews Companion Piece

Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who is the first Doctor Who piece of literature I’ve read since I dove into the world of Who in 2014. The dust is still settling from me getting all caught up on New Who so I hadn’t planned on getting into any books just yet, but when Mad Norwegian Press offered me the chance to do a review of this one I was too intrigued to pass it up.

As the title indicates all the essays in Companion Piece are written by women, but not all the essays are only about female characters from the show. Some pieces are critiques, some defenses; others are tributes, reflections, or clever analyses. And if one thing is certain, all of these essays were written out of love.

Going in I was unsure how much I would be able to appreciate the writings about companions from the Classic Era of Doctor Who as my knowledge of that part of the show is comparatively limited. But I found it all depended on the author’s focus. I did not enjoy every Classic-focused essay but I did walk away with a list of companions from early Who that I feel compelled to check out – and others I will probably avoid at all costs. People have made suggestions to me as to which Doctors I should watch from the early days, but not which companions.

Unsurprisingly I was more at home with the pieces . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Companion Piece

WYNDE Around the Web: Coach K at the Final Four

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Today’s edition of Wynde Around the Web is inspired by the connection between my novel and the real-world championship taking place this weekend.

In late January, Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski became the first Division I men’s basketball head coach to reach the astounding milestone of 1,000 career wins. With last Sunday’s Duke victory over Gonzaga, he tied the legendary John Wooden with a record 12 appearances in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four national championship semifinals. Only Wooden has more national titles, and Duke is two wins away from giving Coach K his fifth national championship and sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Combine these achievements with the gold medals won by the Olympic teams he led, and the number of players his program has developed into NBA talent, and few would argue that Coach K is the greatest living men’s basketball coach – and perhaps the greatest of all time.

In my novel Wynde, the lead protagonist, Vespa, is the daughter of a similarly dominating coaching figure. Daemyn Wynde is the head coach of the Airspar team at Kedu Academy, one of the very best on the planet Prime. He is a demanding and authoritative leader of his team and those around him, and his former pilots still revere his leadership and influence. I very much had Coach K in mind when writing this side of Daemyn. But as I discussed in my post Shaping a Heroine – A Father’s Daughter, Daemyn has another significant inspiration, as . . . → Read More: WYNDE Around the Web: Coach K at the Final Four

Way Less New to Doctor Who

A girl can get through a lot of space and time in six odd months.

It feels like I’ve been a Whovian for years but I just checked my post from when I first leaped into the TARDIS and it was only months ago. I guess time travel can do that to you. But now I am all caught up – at least as far as New Who (2005-present) goes. Hitting that marker was a pretty exciting moment.

I HAVE FINISHED WATCHING ALL OF (new) DOCTOR WHO. WHERE IS MY CERTIFICATE ON PSYCHIC PAPER?

— Kay (@Geek_Kay) February 22, 2015

It’s true. I seriously felt like I should receive some sort of diploma. I learned so much! I say and tweet things now that would have sounded like gobbledygook to me last year. And to top it off somehow I even went to sleep after watching the post-Series 8 Christmas special, which if you also watched you understand the achievement.

I’ve been tweeting about my adventures along the way and every time I thought people might be getting tired of my commentary, someone would appear nudging me to keep it up. As mentioned in my original post, the Doctor Who fandom continues to be incredibly encouraging and I’ve never felt like I’m alone on my journey – even when I literally was watching the episodes by myself.

Clara by Alice X. Zhang

I appreciate all the people on Twitter who answered my questions – whether . . . → Read More: Way Less New to Doctor Who

Things You Could Be Afraid of Thanks to Doctor Who

Recently I was on an episode of the Fangirl Chat podcast discussing Doctor Who and one of the topics we broached was the scary elements of the show. Sometimes the show does things within an episode or season that will defang some of those scarier bits, but fi that’s not enough I also suggested listing out all the things you would have to be afraid of if you took the show at its word. That way you can tell yourself it would be tough to be afraid of all those things on a daily basis – not to mention the energy required to remember them all. And as Aaron of Bad Wolf Radio mentioned, it’s also good to remember that overall Doctor Who is a fairly light-hearted show.

“I am the Doctor. And I am afraid.”

On the podcast I rattled off a list of potentially scary things that instantly came to mind and host Teresa Delgado asked me to make her a bigger list. So here it is. Now what follows is by no means a complete list and is limited to New Who (aka Doctor Who episodes from 2005 – present).

Things You Could Be Afraid of Thanks to Doctor Who

“Books are the best weapon in the world.”

mannequins anything made of plastic, really gas (passed or as fuel) rich people who don’t really realize what they’re collecting whomever is controlling the news children wearing gas masks children who draw things children who are afraid of . . . → Read More: Things You Could Be Afraid of Thanks to Doctor Who

Kay Talks Doctor Who on Fangirl Chat

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Rose and the Ninth Doctor – We like them.

Well here we are. I’ve made my first podcast appearance discussing Doctor Who.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was new to Doctor Who and now I’ve been publicly referred to as a Whovian.

It’s cool; being a Whovian is cool.

Teresa Delgado invited me to join her and the hosts of Bad Wolf Radio, Aaron Goins and Adam Farmer, for an episode of Fangirl Chat.

A child to maybe be afraid of on Doctor Who.

Together we cover how we all got into the show and where we recommend people start if you’re new to the show. I volunteer a top-of-my-head lesson in Doctor Who 101. We also discuss the show’s scary elements, how they’re used in the episode promos, and how to deal with it. Rounding out the show are our favorite episodes, companions, and Doctors. This is a great episode to listen to for new Doctor Who fans and long-time fans alike.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, and, of course, making pew . . . → Read More: Kay Talks Doctor Who on Fangirl Chat

Kay Reviews Chappie

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Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch to Revisit The Rocketeer

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I’m back, baby! …on Nerd Lunch, that is. And this time the guys invited me on the podcast to talk about the 1991 Walt Disney Pictures movie, The Rocketeer. CT, Pax, and I cover the plot, cast, special effects, music, character relationships, as well as the movie’s Dave Stevens comic-book origins. And if you listen real closely, you may even hear me whispering about how ridiculously good-looking Billy Campbell is as the title character.

The movie was not the commercial success Disney had hoped it would be and I’m still not entirely sure how that happened. It’s not a perfect movie, but I still highly recommend The Rocketeer – especially if you like the aesthetics of the 1930s and the vibes of Indiana Jones like I do. Fun fact: This movie was directed by Joe Johnston who went on to direct Captain America: The First Avenger.

You can watch The Rocketeer on DVD, Blu-Ray, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and – as of this post – Netflix streaming. Thanks again to the gentlemen of Nerd Lunch, as always it was way more fun than playing scenery on a Neville Sinclair picture.

The Rocketeer on Disney Video

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, . . . → Read More: Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch to Revisit The Rocketeer