Abrams Tells the Story of American Veterans


Today is the day we celebrate our great country and the freedom it affords us to do things such as speak our minds and have blogs. I came across an interesting blog post by J.J. Abrams and Eric Greitens this week that I thought was perfect the occasion. Geeky types are familiar with Abrams for his genre work on shows like Alias, Fringe, and Lost and movies such as Star Trek and Mission Impossible 3: Ghost Protocol. I’m a big fan of his storytelling, especially his strong female characters. Even in his rare turn as a blogger, I’ve noticed a flair for using a compelling character to draw people into his post.

Abram’s production company, Bad Robot, teamed with The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization, to fund a study focusing  “on public perceptions of the nearly 2.4 million military service members who are now returning home since volunteering to serve after 9/11.” Freedom isn’t without a cost, and Abrams and Greitens do a great job of reminding us of the prices to the individual.

It’s always nice on days like today to remember our soldiers and veterans and to say “thank you” for putting their lives on the line.

And don’t forget Spike TV’s #ForceofJuly Trivia contest continues today with Episode IV: A New Hope.  Know your Star Wars trivia? You might win tickets to Celebration VI in Orlando next month.



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 the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.