Book review

Greetings to all my fellow Jedi.  Happy Spring to those in the Northern Equator!  We have a lot to talk about so let us get to it.

The book is, for most purposes, complete.  I have not heard from any traditional publisher as of yet but, with one more submission to be sent out shortly, we are not down to our only hope yet.  So, armed with that knowledge, I have decided to commit to the Kindle platform for publishing so I will have to go through and see if I am satisfied with any images I might put into the book and go through some final formatting and editing.  With the work that needs to be done I see no more of a fitting day to release the e-book about training to become a Modern Jedi than International Star Wars Day.

So, I don’t expect that to break the holonet but that is the breaking news.  The book will be released on May the Fourth of this year.

In other news, I finished reading The Force Awakens in book format a few weeks ago, in addition to seeing the movie a few more times.  The book reviews were fairly brutal, even among those who would call themselves Star Wars fans.  I enjoyed the book, giving it two thumbs up even though it really didn’t provide any vital information that wasn’t put into the movie.  The only qualm I could have against the book would be the vocabulary used by Alan Dean Foster.  Some of the words were novel, new, and fancy but soon became repetitive by the end of the book.  Alan would have done well to heed the words of one of my English teachers who jokingly said, “Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice.”  However, I added some words to my lexicon in the process so I am not complaining.

Lastly, I finally have gotten around to creating that YouTube channel I had always been thinking of.  I have started some playlists of official Star Wars releases along with some other relevant videos and have created my own introduction video.  There will be more content released once the book project is in the rear-view mirror.  Go on over, take a look, and please subscribe so you will be notified of all new content.

Look forward to one more update before May the Fourth.  Until then, the Force will be with you.  Always.

 

forceawakens-hv-tallYikes, better late than never I guess.

I fully understand why the Jedi don’t have families or children.  It isn’t about precautions against creating a whole lineage of Force sensitive individuals, nor is it about attachment.  It is, quite simply, about time.  If we were as busy as the fictional Jedi were, by being deployed all across the galaxy at a moments notice, there wouldn’t be time for family.  And when you spend your time with family a Jedi doesn’t get much time to train beyond the bare essentials.  And they get even less time to write.

With all that said, I have made small progress on the book.  I am making the final finishing touches to another formal book proposal submission and will have that emailed by the end of the week if all goes well.  I haven’t been resting on my laurels, however, as I have been working on some artwork for both the book and for a t-shirt idea (which is just going to be wizard!) (I know, I know, TPM face palm).  forceawakens-bluray-combo-target-768x913

Announced just today is the release schedule for The Force Awakens to be viewed at home in the US.  You either have a little less than a month to wait or a little longer than a month to wait, depending upon your viewing preference.  As of right now it looks like Target has the best deal for the pre-order as they have additional content not available from other retailers.  Steel boxes or special packaging and other little farkles and doodads and hocus pocus don’t really interest me.

The announcement later this month regarding the book should be quite momentous as I anticipate having the book completed.  Then it will just be a wait to see if I self-publish or find someone to do traditional publishing. Stay tuned and sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of the page to ensure you get every update posted here.

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Book Update for January 2016

by Jetsi

maxresdefaultHappy New Year to all my fellow Jedi!

This project, the one I have been undertaking for many years, is almost ready to come to an end.  The book is almost complete.

Even though the book is almost ready, I am thinking of delaying self-publishing until late March or April. A few weeks ago I decided to recheck a traditional publishing house’s website on their submission guidelines and discovered that they have recently added many different genres to their list of acceptable submissions.  With that information I feel very excited in that they may be the perfect publisher for my book.  They say that I can self-publish and that they will still accept my submission but I wouldn’t want to have two different products out as I am certain a professional editor would recommend some changes to the book, most likely simple grammar changes and the like but they may have some suggestions on flow or other large changes. I am putting the finishing touches on my submission application and will have that delivered within the week.  I hope my decision to delay publishing a few months doesn’t disappoint too many people.

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I wish I could take credit for this, I don’t know who made it.

Did you know there is another Star Wars movie out there that needs to be seen?  With four viewings in and in all formats available, I am thinking I have at least one more IMAX viewing in my future before The Force Awakens is released to Blu-Rey.  Again, if you haven’t seen it in IMAX 3D you are really missing out on a great experience.

Hello to all my fellow Jedi!

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Have you seen The Force Awakens yet?  Through a curious chain of events I was able to attend a showing of the movie in 3D on opening day, albeit it was the 2 AM showing.  Having had a few Earth rotations to think back on the movie, I can’t help but be very excited for what the future holds for the franchise.  I will remain spoiler free for a while before going in depth about the movie so you have no worries there if you haven’t seen it already.

Regarding the book, I had wanted it released before The Force Awakens had been released.  Unfortunately my wife had to be rushed into an emergency surgery a few weeks ago and there have been complications since the surgery.  This had taken away any time for writing in the last two weeks, and with the holidays fast approaching and the Younglings home on Winter Break I do not anticipate any writing to occur before the end of the year.  So my soft publishing date is now in the middle of January, barring any further hurdles resulting from my wife’s health.

The optimist in me who sees the silver lining is now happy that I can include information from The Force Awakens into the book and I don’t have to do a major rewrite because of some bizarre plot twist or newly revealed information or insight about the Force and the Jedi.

I look forward to my next post here, as I anticipate it telling all of you that my project, the one I have been working on for the last six years, is finally coming to fruition.  Go out, see the new movie, and may the Force be with you!

Book Update for October 2015

by Jetsi

star-wars-force-awakens-official-poster-691x1024Greetings and happy autumn to all my fellow Jedi!

The book continues to make progress.  The last week has been a little rough as I have been recovering from strep throat but with a bottle full of bacta I am making a good recovery.  I have a trip coming up that will allow me over 20 hours of time to work on the book.  I am looking to make significant progress in the next few days and am still looking forward to releasing the ebook before The Force Awakens!SW-THE-FORCE-AWAKENS

The latest trailer, a full length one released during Monday Night Football, has lots of people talking.  The story line is starting to come together and many people are talking about the absence of the most inspirational and prolific Jedi.  I am still on a self-imposed media and information blackout so I am only gathering information released through the official sources.  I wonder how close I will be.

 

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two-suns-tatooine-star-warsWishing all of the Jedi a happy Equinox today!

The book progress is continuing nicely.  I had some insights that are causing me to move some chapters around and move information from multiple chapters into a new one.  This has reduced the amount of new content that I have written but in the end it will be a first class product.  I am getting excited as we are approaching the final push to eBook publication and continuing to solicit traditional publishing sources for a printed product.

Earlier in September I received a free month of guided meditations from Headspace as a reward for consecutive days of meditation.  As part of my work on the book I have been using many different services and products to determine if I could recommend them in good conscience in the book.  I decided to give it away on Facebook in a random drawing contest.  I also posted notifications of the contest on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.
Headspace-Logo  I don’t know any details about the Twitter or Instagram success but I can imagine that few saw the information.  I do know that only eighteen people saw the Facebook post and that, out of those people, only one person commented on why they should win.  Needless to say, it wasn’t really a random winner.

11998985_10153174743755003_5170829773761076510_nWhy do I mention all of this?  Because Headspace just gave me another free month of guided meditations.  I will be posting another contest on the Facebook page tomorrow.  If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, get on over and do that now.  Don’t forget about our Twitter and Instagram accounts as well.  If whether you have already liked our Facebook page or are a new participant, be certain to Follow and click on the See First option to see all of our posts on Facebook at the top of your page.

Thanks for reading, good luck on the next contest, and I will be in touch with more updates next month.  May the Force be with you!

 

Book Update for August 2015

by Jetsi

What a month.  As the rootleaf simmers on the stove, I can only think back and laugh at what a month it has been.

maxresdefaultThe Windows 10 upgrade.  How did that go?  Some might say, “Same as always.”  And I would reply, “That bad, huh?”  To recover back to an operational PC took over three days of tech work.

I purchased a motorcycle a few months ago.  I have been having a blast on it and it has been giving me great practice at projecting my presence through the Force (lots about this in the book).  I was going to work and thought that I had everything strapped on securely, I soon found out I was mistaken.  Luckily I am only out a few charging cords and a carrying case.  The iPad survived and only smells slightly like burned rubber.

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Lastly, I have been battling some illness.  Whether it is the Findris Flu or just the common cold I can’t be certain.  But it sure does make me feel bad.  Makes me still say, “I feel terrible.”

What does all this mean?  Not a lot of writing happened in the last month.  Here is to bluer skies on the horizon.

Lastly, I did a quick poll on Facebook to see what everyone’s preferences were regarding the book format.  My plan now is to continue to try to get it published traditionally in paper format (hopefully a hard cover) and release the book on Kindle or iBooks prior to the release of The Force Awakens.

Until next month, may the Force be with you!

 

Book Update for July 2015

by Jetsi

maxresdefaultHello to all my fellow Jedi!

There has not been much writing in the last month with the Younglings still home from school.  With them returning to the Academy in 3 weeks or so I am  looking forward to more writing time then.

Since I haven’t had the time to commit large hours of my life to writing I have been busying myself with finalizing some book proposals that I am getting ready to submit with the hopes of achieving a traditional publishing deal.  If there are no takers then I will proceed through one of the self-publishing routes and start with an e-book.

San Diego Comic Con 2015 is now in the history books.  I had been hoping to see a new trailer for The Force Awakens, what we instead saw was a reel of behind the scenes footage from filming.  If you didn’t see it on our Facebook or Twitter feed you can see it here or watch it below.

Some routine website maintenance has been going on as well when I have the time to optimize the experience for you as well.

Until next month!  May the Force Be With You!

Book Update for June 2015

by Jetsi

My apologies for the delay in the monthly update.  Between work and the Younglings not being in school things have been quite hectic this month and July doesn’t look like it will let up much at all.

There has not been as much writing as I wish, but I have been making copious amounts of notes of items that need to be written about, edited, or changed.

Thanks for your continued patience.  But now it is time to run out the door.

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Memorial Day

by Jetsi

Yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States, a day where we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  These fallen soldiers were Jedi, whether they used, believed, or maybe were even unaware of what a Jedi was.  The majority of these who died for their country did so for just causes while some died in wars that did not need to be fought, but that is not the focus of this post.

The focus has to deal with flags and their effect on us as a species.  In a quote often attributed to Patton but actually from the movie of the same name, the character Patton said, “I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.”  In this case flag and country are synonymous.  Why are we so willing to fight and kill over what makes us different?  Flags, lines on a map, religion,  political affiliation, and skin color are just a few examples of ridiculous things to fight and go to war over.  Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot does a good job of putting this into perspective.

So what is the solution?  One I believe in would be a flag for the planet Earth and the human race as a whole, one that would unite our species and help us realize we are all in this together.  There has been a recent proposal for this, as well as numerous real and fictional variants throughout history as well.

Would this work?  I don’t know but I would be willing to give it a try as a short term initial trial run.  But I feel that this would always act as a dividing line.  The minute we encounter an alien race our flag would indicate that they are not part of our group.  Where do you draw the line?  Our galaxy, galactic cluster, the entire universe, or maybe even different dimensions?  I hope you can see the folly in this.

There is no real direction to this thought train, it is simply a rambling investigation of our attachment to our identity.  This will be discussed further in the book when I discuss the Republic, my term for our collective in the universe.  What are your thoughts on this?  Am I a traitor to my country or a patriot for my species?  Or something in between?  Let me know in the comments.  And if this made you think a little please be sure to like and share it.