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2015 Publishing Retrospective: A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars

Star Wars has had a significant place in my nonfiction and academic work for many years, so publishing a collection of essays about different parts of the franchise was a natural choice.

I released a New Revised Edition of this book in both Kindle and Print last Fall, with extra chapters and updated content.

Galaxy - Revised Cover

Cover designed by Jennifer A. Miller.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Why Representation Matters and Why Star Wars has a Role to Play
  • Chapter 1: Star Wars Rebels: A New Text to Link the Old
  • Chapter 2 : Lando Calrissian : Iconic Scoundrel
  • Chapter 3: Star Wars’ Jedi Younglings: A Benevolent but Controversial Education System
  • Chapter 4: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – A Milestone for Star Wars Female Characters
  • Chapter 5: Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
  • Chapter 6 : Female Wizards: Jocasta Nu and Kreia
  • Chapter 7: Tenel Ka: Negotiating Acquired Disability
  • Chapter 8: Nala: The Missing Link between Disney Princesses and Leia Organa

Book Links (Kindle and Paperback)

Amazon USA – Amazon UKAmazon CanadaAmazon Australia

Goodreads Page

Author Interviews

Book Reviews

Guest Posts

Free #Kindle Days (Dec 17-19) for ‘A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in #StarWars’

In honor of the release of the new Star Wars movie, I am offering A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars (New Revised Edition) for free on Kindle from December 17 to December 19.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Why Representation Matters and Why Star Wars has a Role to Play
  • Chapter 1: Star Wars Rebels: A New Text to Link the Old
  • Chapter 2 : Lando Calrissian : Iconic Scoundrel
  • Chapter 3: Star Wars’ Jedi Younglings: A Benevolent but Controversial Education System
  • Chapter 4: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – A Milestone for Star Wars Female Characters
  • Chapter 5: Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
  • Chapter 6 : Female Wizards: Jocasta Nu and Kreia
  • Chapter 7: Tenel Ka: Negotiating Acquired Disability
  • Chapter 8: Nala: The Missing Link between Disney Princesses and Leia Organa

You can find more information on the book on this page, and below are some of the Amazon links:

Amazon USA – Amazon UKAmazon CanadaAmazon Australia

Happy reading!

Galaxy - Revised Cover

Cover designed by Jennifer A. Miller.

Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws by Rose B. Fischer

My friend Rose B. Fischer, with whom you are familiar on this blog thanks to her regular contributions, has recently released the first book in a writing craft series: Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws.

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Rose B. Fischer is an avid fan of foxes, Stargate: SG-1, and Star Trek. She would rather be on the Enterprise right now. Since she can’t be a Starfleet Officer, she became a speculative fiction author whose stories feature women who defy cultural stereotypes.In her fictional worlds, gender is often fluid, sexuality exists on a spectrum, and “disability” does not define an individual. She publishes science fiction, science fantasy, horror, and biographical essays. To find out more, visit her website or her Amazon Author page.

This short ebook is the first in a series of down and dirty guides to help new and established fiction writers handle tough aspects of their craft. Their down to earth style and no-fluff approach will get you back to your book as quickly as possible.

Quick Guide to Character Flaws examines the main characters from Star Wars and shows you how to pick apart positive and negative aspects of a character to drive your story forward. As a special note to Sith Lords and other Dark Siders, Lord Vader does not appear here because he will get his own detailed analysis in the next Write Away book.

Rose accepted to answer a couple of questions about the book.

NG: What prompted you to write this writing craft series?
Fischer:I’m in a lot of writing groups and forums. One way I do like to participate is to answer questions. Over the summer I noticed that the same questions would come up over and over. The series is a way to give more detailed answers.

NG: Why begin with character flaws?
Fischer: I had almost the entire introduction saved in a file because I kept answering the flaws question. LOL. I just said, “Okay, start here.” It seems to be an issue for a lot of writers. I can help.

NG: Are there certain flaws that are more recurrent than others in your own writing?
Fischer: Shortsightedness and tunnelvision are the biggest ones. My characters are often goal-driven workaholics. They know what they want and go after it, but it gets them in trouble because they can’t see the big picture or look at anyone else’s perspective. A lot of them will decide they are right about something and refuse to see alternatives or consider they might be wrong. It’s great if it means loyalty to a friend, but even loyalty can be misplaced, and excessive confidence and stubbornness can lead to all kinds of problems.

Announcing Free Kindle Days (Dec 17-19) for A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars

 

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In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I have decided to offer the Kindle version of A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars (New Revised Edition) for free from December 17 to December 19.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Why Representation Matters and Why Star Wars has a Role to Play
  • Chapter 1: Star Wars Rebels: A New Text to Link the Old
  • Chapter 2 : Lando Calrissian : Iconic Scoundrel
  • Chapter 3: Star Wars’ Jedi Younglings: A Benevolent but Controversial Education System
  • Chapter 4: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – A Milestone for Star Wars Female Characters
  • Chapter 5: Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
  • Chapter 6 : Female Wizards: Jocasta Nu and Kreia
  • Chapter 7: Tenel Ka: Negotiating Acquired Disability
  • Chapter 8: Nala: The Missing Link between Disney Princesses and Leia Organa

You can find further information on the book, including author interviews and reviews on the book’s page.

Book Updates

After a busy writing summer, I am glad to focus this Fall and upcoming Winter on promoting my recent publications. I am thrilled by the support I have received so far and hope it will continue as such.

I have put together a special page for A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars (whose New Revised Edition came out on September 9). It gathers Amazon and Goodreads links, Table of Contents, as well as links to all interviews, reviews and other blog posts relating to it.

It is accessible from the dropdown menu under “Publications”. I believe it will be nice for people to find information all gathered in one place.

Clairvoyance Banner 1I am planning to start putting a similar page for Clairvoyance Chronicles Volume One in the upcoming weeks, as the book comes out on November 9 and that its promotion has officially started this week.

I was interviewed on Part Time Monster about this collection of Fantasy short stories, especially about the monstrous angle of some of my women characters.

September Recap

A Galaxy of Possibilities (New Revised Edition)

Writing

Interviews

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October Plans

This weekend, I will post the September recap, mostly about the release of A Galaxy of Possibilities (New Revised Edition) and several interviews.

Galaxy - BannerIn October, you can expect a book announcement, as well as the beginning of a blog tour. More details will be posted during the first half of the month.

Rose B. Fischer will also start a brand new series towards the end of October, that will run until early 2016. And of course, #Scifi Women Interviews will return.

Stay tuned!

A Galaxy of Possibilities (New Revised Edition) Is Available in Paperback

Galaxy - BannerThe New Revised Edition of A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars is now available in both Kindle and paperback formats.

You can obtain the paperback from selected Amazon (like Amazon US and Amazon UK), as well as Createspace. The print edition is also on Goodreads.

More about the book will continue to come in the upcoming weeks, but if you missed any of the following, you should check them out:

Writing Rambles

Things have been pretty busy on the writing front and I am far from being done. I am still working on marketing for the New Revised Edition of A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars (stay tuned for print-related announcement later this week). Later in the year, I have Clairvoyance Chronicles – Volume One to be released, so the last part of 2015 will be filled with promotion.

At this stage, I have four titles written for 2016 or 2017 releases:

  • John Winchester’s Orchestrated Fall from Grace in Supernatural (ready to be formatted)
  • Women of Flesh and Steel (editing stage)
  • The Dream Crusher (to be edited)
  • The City of Sharianth (to be edited, English translation of my novella for kids released earlier this year)

My plan for this Fall was to work on the first volume of my Vampiric Versailles series and a one-shot Fantasy novella (think Dragon Age for the type of setting) whose title is still undecided. The latter is already at 11K words. I have so many ideas for both of them, but my creative juices are poofing on me. This annoys me because I really want to keep going.

This is why I am toying with the idea of switching back to translating, since I have a dark fantasy/science fiction novel sitting on my computer that is finished, but in French. I admit disliking translation work but at least this wouldn’t ask me to come up with storylines and still get something done. I am not planning to release this novel in French, and it would be foolish to leave this finished title going to waste.

Photo Credit: Rula Sibai.

Photo Credit: Rula Sibai.

Next Week on the Blog

Much of the upcoming week’s blogging content will be devoted to the New Revised Edition of A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars, which was released on Kindle on September 9.

Besides the official announcement and my interview at Comparative Geeks, I was also interviewed by Sacha Black.

I also have some great news about the book’s print version!

In the meantime, don’t forget that Ask the Digital Quill is open, if you have questions to ask.

Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: Owen Walters.

Photo Credit: Owen Walters.