Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across The Galaxy”

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Get ready for the season finale of Star Wars Rebels! . . . → Read More: Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across The Galaxy”

Geek Out Your Workout

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The other day I was on Pinterest looking for a good plank challenge plan when I saw a pin for a Black Widow workout. Black Widow as in Black Widow who can be seen in many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but not on much of the merchandising Black Widow? Yes, that one. It was indeed an illustrated workout combo inspired by the woman who, among other things, saved a super soldier multiple times. There was punching, kicking, and oh yes, climbers. So I decided to give it a try the next day. Let’s just say it looks easier than it is. But it’s a fun element to add to your fitness regime. I’ve heard of a couple gyms being based around geek/nerdy themes or incorporating them into their WODs, but it’s something I had never tried.

Then I realized there were several other similarly illustrated geeky-interest-inspired workout sets floating around from the same site. So I ended up on neilaray.com and there is literarlly a treasure-trove of these with instructions, info about what muscles you’re working, and tips. They even have timer buttons for your rests in between sets. It’s all part of the NR Project, which is a volunteer-run passion project to make fitness fun and accessible. As such all the workouts are available for free; you can even download them as pdfs.

What’s more most of them don’t require equipment so you can do them anywhere you have the space. A whole range of female, male, . . . → Read More: Geek Out Your Workout

WYNDE: Romance Is In The Air

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An audio excerpt from Chapter 43 of WYNDE. . . . → Read More: WYNDE: Romance Is In The Air

In a (Jurassic) World…

Back in late 2014 when many fans were having mixed feelings about the distribution method of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, another movie franchise was revving up its marketing campaign. By November a website called Masrani Global appeared online, giving background on the fictional corporation that will be a part of this summer’s Jurassic World. A countdown to the teaser trailer soon followed on social media ending in a surprise early online release.

Often the stories and visuals of movies create a world (or galaxy) of their own, and I love it when the marketing team jumps on that to expand that experience beyond the movie itself. Exploring the Masrani website reveals the company now running the park after buying InGen following the passing of Dr. Hammond. It confirms Jurassic World has been open since 2005 on Isla Nubar, which fans will remember as the site of the first Jurassic Park. Further inspection shows the other businesses in the Masrani portfolio, a few videos, photos, and some in-between-the-movies background on at least one more previous movie character. You can even apply for one of their job openings in the event you’ve always wanted to be a dinosaur veterinarian. And don’t worry – this is “the safest theme park in the world.”

What’s more, this website is being updated. The CEO (a new character to the franchise) has a blog which recently revealed the name of a new dinosaur they’ve been working on, which also ties into the . . . → Read More: In a (Jurassic) World…

SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

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Mary is inspired by one of the characters in SAGA and explains what captivated her. . . . → Read More: SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

FANgirl’s SAGA Read-Along: Beginnings

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It’s time to kick off FANgirl’s first Put More Of This In My Star Wars Read-Along, featuring the graphic novel Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I explained the premise of this new adventure for our blog in a post earlier this month:

Each of the stories picked will have some connection to Star Wars and will promote our goals as readers and fans. We’re going to show you what we like to see in our stories, and we invite you to join us on the adventure.

Our winner of the Read Along giveaway copy was Amanda Bond. Thanks for participating!

Linda kicked off the conversation on Twitter after opening the book and being sucked in.

@fangirlcantina Got my copy of Saga today! I picked up to flip through– couldn't put it down. I loved it! #Saga

— Linda Hansen-Raj (@LindaHansenRaj) January 13, 2015

Kay also offered feedback that the story grabbed her. Mary’s reaction has been more mixed, although one character inspired her enough to contribute an amazing character dissection that will help spur the discussion next week.

To start, let’s talk about the opening chapter:

1) One of the great elements of the Star Wars movies is the use of in media res. The characters and situation are fleshed out but the audience has to dive in. That’s also true in the first chapter of Saga. What did you think?

2) The opening jumps into the birth of the narrator, Hazel. Would you . . . → Read More: FANgirl’s SAGA Read-Along: Beginnings

Club Jade, Star Ladies and Wild Cards on Fangirl Chat

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Club Jader Tish Pahl joins Fangirl Chat to discuss her adventures in Star Wars fandom and sharing her Expanded Universe expertise with Timothy Zahn. . . . → Read More: Club Jade, Star Ladies and Wild Cards on Fangirl Chat

Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2015

Last year I set a movie-watching agenda for myself with Only Grand Captain Mockingjays of Future Tomorrow: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2014. For the most part, it worked out pretty well. It motivated me to get out and see most of those movies in theaters, and I largely was pleased with my choices. You can read my reviews of all ten films here on FANgirl. Making the list, I would not have guessed Muppets Most Wanted would be the one to disappoint me the most. If I could time travel, I would have replaced it in the top ten with Snowpiercer, but I hadn’t heard anything about Snowpiercer when I made the list. And even then, I don’t know if I would have gone for it, but it turned out to be a very intriguing (albeit violent) film.

I’m still concerned I’m missing 2015’s Snowpiercer on the new list, but here goes something (in U.S. release date order)…

Strange Magic – January 23rd Here we have an animated fairy tale with a tagline (on at least one of the posters) “Everyone deserves to be loved.” That’s attention-catching, but it’s also inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which may well very be my favorite Shakespearean play. It’s a Lucasfilm project with a soundtrack of popular songs and standards. And oh yeah, some guy named George Lucas worked on the story.

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After Elysium I’m not entirely confident in jumping on board the Neill . . . → Read More: Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2015

Athena’s Daughters Interview With Jordan Frederick

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FANgirl interviews Athena’s Daughters 2 author Jordan Frederick. . . . → Read More: Athena’s Daughters Interview With Jordan Frederick

Starting Off the New Year Skywalking Through Neverland

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It was a pleasure to join Sarah and Richard Woloski, along with Mark Newbold, to discuss 2014 on Skywalking Through Neverland! From the show notes:

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Well, crack open a bot­tle of cham­pagne cause it’s time to cel­e­brate the new year and our 60th episode!

To cel­e­brate, we brought on two awe­some guests: Mark New­bold (Jedi News UK and Radio 1138) and Tri­cia Barr (Fan­girls Going Rogue, co-author of Ulti­mate Star Wars, FangirlBlog.com) join us to look back at the hits, the misses and sur­prises of 2014, and what is on our bucket list for 2015.

What’s your hash­tag for 2014? Can you guess what ours were? Find out!

Also on this episode:

Sky­walker of the Week Sky­walker Shout-Outs

And for the last time in 2014:

#Nev­er­Lan­dOn­Alder­aan!!

We love when you tweet at us dur­ing the show: @SkywalkingPod.

And we love your feed­back! Send emails to share@skywalkingthroughneverland.com and fol­low us on Face­book.

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts . . . → Read More: Starting Off the New Year Skywalking Through Neverland