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#Sci-Fi Women Interviews: The 2015 Collection is available for free download!

My cover designer friend Jennifer A. Miller is awesome! She finished the cover for the free eBook Sci-Fi Women Interviews: The 2015 Collection, tonight! It means the book is now available for (permanent) free download on Smashwords as a celebration of International Women’s Day. I will set up the title’s Goodreads page tomorrow.

Look at that stunning cover!

Sci-Fi Women 2015 - by Jennifer Miller

Cover designed by Jennifer A. Miller.

The eBook features all 2015 interviews, with the following guests:

  • Johnamarie Macias
  • Yolanda I. Washington
  • Saf Davidson
  • Neelu Raut
  • Natalie McKay
  • Tricia Barr
  • Rose B. Fischer
  • Jo Robinson
  • Patty Hammond
  • Laura M. Crawford

Happy International Women’s Day!

June Recap

Here are the highlights of this month’s blog content, in case you missed anything! Happy July!

cropped-main1.jpgBlog Series

New Weekly Feature

Feminist Friday Discussion

Contributions to Other Blogs

Connecting Through Star Wars, Part III: Bonding as Podcasters by Johnamarie Macias

In fact, online is how a lot fans become friends, couples, and even parents themselves. Take MakingStarWars.net’s Jason and Amanda Ward, for example. They initially became friends through a Star Wars forum in 2003, and today, they’re loving parents of two children, showering them with all things Star Wars. They’re the perfect example of how Star Wars transcends distance, and later on, connects through the generations–like me and my mom.

Her first experience with Star Wars was on the big screen in the late 70s, and even though she didn’t become a hardcord fan, it made an impression long enough to affect me when I eventually came into the picture.

“The reason I said yes without thinking–without questioning–it’s because as children grow older, they tend to have and develop their own relationships and their own lives,” my mom said during the fan question portion of one of our podcasts, where a listener had asked us what we had enjoyed the most about starting Rebels Chat. “It is more difficult for a parent to hold onto that relationship–that connection–that they may have had when the children were ten, twelve. That closeness. So if it takes 45 minutes [or] an hour of being silly, of hearing my so-full-of-herself daughter saying all these names that I have no freaking clue what she’s talking about, then you know what? I’ll take that opportunity anytime without thinking it. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”

Without a doubt, my favorite experience about podcasting with my mom is that I get to spend more time with her, talking about the thing I love most. Not everyone gets Star Wars, but the people who do, like my mom, go the extra mile to make that connection. It’s that common thread that binds us, much like the Force, and keeps us together.

My mom and I enjoying the Star Wars Rebels season one finale.

My mom and I enjoying the Star Wars Rebels season one finale.

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Johnamarie is the owner of TheWookieeGunner.com. She is a content contributor for Making Star Wars, Star Wars Report, and Fangirl Next Door. She is also a co-host on “Now, This Is Podcasting!” and “Rebels Chat”.

Next Week on the Blog

June has been a  wonderful month for this blog and there is still more in store for the rest of the summer! See what is going to happen next week:

On Tuesday, Johnamarie Macias returns with the third and last installation of her series Connecting Through Star Wars.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Before Mako Came Yoko: Comparative Study of Pacific Rim and Yoko Tsuno, will be available for free on Kindle.

On Thursday, The Digital Quill Answers returns!

And if you missed it earlier this week, I wrote about Star Wars: The Old Republic on Comparative Geeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo Credit: Caspe Sparsoe.

Photo Credit: Caspe Sparsoe.

Connecting Through Star Wars, Part II: Parenting Done Right and Wrong by Johnamarie Macias

What we often don’t witness in fandom is when a parent is converted by the actions of their child. As a way to spend more time with my 49-year-old mom, I dragged her into the world of podcasting and introduced her to the animated series Star Wars Rebels. I knew she wouldn’t have been adversed to the idea because she’s always been a supportive parent, and since then, we gathered a small following of listeners who enjoy tuning in for the mother/daughter perspective on one of Lucasfilm’s properties. Not only do I get to spend time watching Star Wars with her and record our hour-long discussions, but I also get to see other fans appreciate her insight on the Star Wars universe as much as I do.

Given how the franchise has grown over the past 40 years, it’s quite clear that Star Wars connects families through the generations more so than any other pop phenomenon. At conventions, we see parents cosplaying with their children and fellow fans often passing along supportive comments, such as “Parenting done right.”

Caption: Parents Lilly and Leon recreating a scene from Star Wars with their son Orson. (Source)

Caption: Parents Lilly and Leon recreating a scene from Star Wars with their son Orson. (Source)

One fangirl and artist shared her beginnings as a Star Wars fan, “[My 17-year-old brother] sat me down on a Sunday afternoon to watch the movies when they were on television.” When I asked her how her older brother was introduced to the movies, she said that her parents had taken him to see the movie in 1977 when he was just five years old.

“He was young for it, but he still remembers it,” she said, just as she remembers watching the movies with him and having that being one of her earliest memories at six years old.

See, parenting done right.

The fact of the matter is, however, there are a significant number of parents who don’t have the slightest clue about Star Wars or fandoms in general. This causes a barrier, and sadly, I see more comments along the lines of “My parents don’t care” than “My parents understand.”

“My parents now prefer [to] ignore what I draw. They are ashamed, I guess,” wrote one fan artist in a stream of conversation related to explaining fandoms to parents. The lack of care and appreciation at home is the reason why people turn to the Web and social media. According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, about 92 percent of teens go online daily, including 24 percent who are “almost constantly” online. It’s in this digital setting that people connect and find themselves in others, no matter how far away they live.

A home supplies commercial from Germany demonstrates how parents should make an effort in understanding their children’s interests.

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Johnamarie is the owner of TheWookieeGunner.com. She is a content contributor for Making Star Wars, Star Wars Report, and Fangirl Next Door. She is also a co-host on “Now, This Is Podcasting!” and “Rebels Chat”.

Next Week on the Blog

Photo Credit: Galymzhan Abdugalimov.

Photo Credit: Galymzhan Abdugalimov.

Next Tuesday, Johnamarie Macias returns with the second installment of her Connecting through Star Wars blog series. If you missed the first one, you can read it here.

At some point during next week, I will have a special book announcement to make. If you follow me on other social media, you got a hint about what it will be!

Don’t forget that Ask the Digital Quill still goes on until tomorrow evening! Check this post for all details. Have a great weekend!

Connecting Through Star Wars, Part I: Past Generations and Fandom by Johnamarie Macias

About 79 percent of survey takers ranging between ages 18 and 34 in 13 countries agreed that being a fangirl or fanboy nowadays is different from the previous generation belonging their parents. Much of the terminology has also drastically changed from one generation to the next. One blogger explained current concepts, such as fandoms, OTPs and shipping, to her parents using Seinfeld (an ancient show to most of the current generation) as the means to get them to understand.

She wrote, “I was actually teaching my parents something. The tables have turned!”

The tables have turned, indeed. In fact, many agree that today’s generation of touch-screen users, selfie-takers, vloggers, and podcasters are more passionate and vocal about a variety of fandoms, especially since the geeky image is now more acceptable than ever before.

Geeky fandoms and the passionate fans who supports them. (Source)

Geeky fandoms and the passionate fans who supports them. (Source)

“Eighty percent agree that you can be a fan of not just sports and celebrities, like previous generations, but things like fashion, television, food – and brands,” wrote James Guerrier from Research & Insights in Viacom International Media Networks. “Young people classify themselves as passionate experts in an average of 5 categories, and the top categories are all about entertainment content – music, movies and TV. And four in five agree that being a fan now is different from their parents’ generation. They are more willing than ever to ‘own’ their Fandoms.”

Not all parents are fossils of the past, however.

Parents heavily steeped in fandom normally pass down that passion onto their children. Oftentimes, it’s a natural progression from parent to child, creating a common bridge with which to meet halfway and enjoy the thing(s) they love most. My mom and I are like that. She never forced anything on me, but I naturally gravitated towards whatever she was watching on television: Star Trek, X-Files, Stargate, etc. While she enjoyed what she watched, I took things to the next level by reading/writing fan fiction, creating my own websites, and compiling my own fan videos.

I embraced many fandoms over the years, most rooted in science fiction. Star Wars is the one thing, however, I talk about the most in my household, and since my mom was the person who exposed me to Star Wars at a young age, the fault is entirely on her! Although I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, Star Wars: The Clone Wars introduced me to blogging and podcasting, both fun and exciting ways to express the love for my fandom.

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Johnamarie is the owner of TheWookieeGunner.com. She is a content contributor for Making Star Wars, Star Wars Report, and Fangirl Next Door. She is also a co-host on “Now, This Is Podcasting!” and “Rebels Chat”.