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Book Update: PUBLISHED!

by Jetsi

Greetings!  It is with great enthusiasm that I am formally announcing that “The Project” as it has been known for the last seven years, has finally reached fruition.  A week ago I pressed the submit button and The Modern Jedi Knight is now available as an e-book in the Kindle format from Amazon.com.  The Kindle reader can be downloaded for all platforms, phones, and tablets for free from the appropriate app store or through Amazon itself.

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Published!

The book is available for $3.99 USD and is a real bargain for being the equivalent of a 249 page paperback book.  I initially offered the book at $9.99 based upon a few other books from traditional publishers, both in hardcover and e-book format.  One book I just read in the last few days echoes many of the thoughts and processes that I describe in my book, although the author did not use Star Wars as a central theme.  Luke Skywalker and the Hero’s Journey were mentioned a few times, though.  This book I just read is available for $14.93 in hardcover and $11.88 in e-book format so I felt my product was competitive.  A pricing  calculator that took data from similar books and previous sales, along with the input from a few initial readers, said my initial price was too high so I lowered it and am offering refunds on the price difference to those who were first to purchase the book.

Even though I followed all of the protocols while formatting the book I do notice that there are some issues with paragraph indention that I am going to need to work on.  Otherwise, I am very happy with how the book turned out.  It appears that I will be able to edit the book and add new content, such as illustrations, at a later date for no additional charge to the reader.

With the project now completed, I am ready to begin working on the website once again.  I will be working on adding content to the Modern Jedi  Knight YouTube channel as well as adding regular content regarding current affairs and the Jedi as I did before concentrating on writing the book full time.  There will be other symbiotic projects that will be worked on as well.

I want to thank everyone who has already purchased the book and also thank those who provided me with feedback and inspiration to complete what turned out to be a truly daunting task.  Writing a book is substantially more difficult than I imagined the process to be.  And I am crazy enough to have two more book ideas, albeit much smaller projects, in the works.  I must be crazy.

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Greetings to all of the Star Wars fans across the galaxy!  May the Fourth be with you!

IMG_0462.JPGYou may recall in my last update I said that I would be releasing my book, The Modern Jedi Knight, today.  After I made that statement I had 4 training events put on my calendar that took up  7 days of my month, not to mention the numerous days I spent studying for a few of the events.   

But all is not lost.  As a token of my goodwill, I present to you a gift, these two chapters.  I have been hardworking on them and they will serve you well.

The Modern Jedi Knight PDF Two Chapter Preview

This preview is a very quick cut-and-paste from the cloud to a Word document to make the PDF version.  There are some formatting issues that occurred by using CTL-V but all of the information is there.  I plan on having the book released within the next two weeks on Amazon.  I will be certain to get the word out so be certain you have signed up for our email blast by using the link at the bottom of the page or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.download (1)

I would be honored if you would read through the two chapter preview and then provide me with some honest feedback.  Please email using the address admin at modernjediknight.com.

I will be cooking rootleaf and watching Star Wars all day today, along with posting a few pictures on social media throughout the day as well.  I hope you enjoy today because it is our holiday!  Make it a good one.

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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.

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 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.

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.

Book Update for May 2015

by Jetsi

Hello to all my fellow Jedi!  I hope you had as fun with Star Wars in May as I did.

First, we had a day for the 501st Legion and the rest of the Empire.

 

Then we celebrated May the Fourth.  I personally celebrated by watching the Original Trilogy while a very large cauldron of Rootleaf simmered over the fire.  Okay, maybe it was just a large pot on top of the stove, but it was in my personal Dagobah that day so it all depends on your “certain point of view”.  While preparing this Jedi feast I listened to a random playlist of music from all of the films.  Following Return of the Jedi, the family and I sat down at the table for dinner and some blue milk, although from the picture you can’t really see the blue color.  It was a glorious day, and with the upcoming release of The Force Awakens and the Rogue One and Boba Fett Anthologies in the works I can only see this day being celebrated by more and more people in the following year.

It was a good thing we were all rested from our day of leisure as us Jedi needed to be wary the following day.501st

Once the festivities were concluded, it was time to work on the book once more.  I noticed a few new little things while watching the OT again but I felt I still needed more information regarding Luke’s training on Dagobah during TESB to move forward in the chapter I was working on.

It took some searching but I eventually came across a Dark Horse graphic novel called Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasureof the Dragonsnakes.  This info is no longer canon as it falls under the Legends banner now, but this short comic contained some good information.  The only thing I will reveal here is that Yoda even thought his cooking was bad, saying, “Terrible is this soup.”  (But do not worry, the recipe we have is delicious)  The rest will require you to read the novel yourself or wait for my book to come out.

When I get past these little stumbling blocks the book flows easily.  I look forward to sharing more with you soon. Until next month.

 

 

 

 

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First off, welcome to all of our newest Facebook members.  I wish I would have had the time to do something when the page surpassed 1,000 likes (you can find out why I didn’t in the next paragraph), but I hope to be able to celebrate the next milestones with a little more pomp and circumstance.

Progress is slowly being made on the book. I had to spend almost 3 weeks away from writing as there was an issue with this website that could have resulted in the entire website being deleted due to mysql database problems. For some reason the databases suddenly were experiencing exponential growth in file size and I was exceeding the Terms of Service limits. I tracked the problem down to the forum (What forum? The one you are carrying inside your rusty innards!) that I had locked away. Some malicious bots had gotten hold of it, I think, so it was easier to destroy than fix. I decided a few years ago that I would never make the forum operational so there is no real loss. Anyways, I am still pressing to be done by Celebration in the ebook format at the least.

Besides all the website updates provided, I have also procured some more website addresses, namely beajedi.com and also .org. Along with my first and local website, milehighjedi.com, these automatically redirect to this site for now. I wanted an address that was shorter, catchier, easier to remember, and that could be put on a t-shirt (pomp and circumstance, perhaps?). I am thinking of a new logo as well, I just need screen time to try it out. I will put it out for reader response when I have the opportunity.

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Lastly, I just had the opportunity yesterday afternoon to play the new Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game. Having never played it before, I was quite surprised to find I was at the top of the leaderboard when I stepped out. I am pretty sure I heard Darth Vader say, “The Force is strong with this one.”  Then again, maybe it resets every day if they turn the power off.

My thoughts on the Star Wars Battle Pod game, in no particular order, are this:

  • Having the fan blow in your face while on the speeder bike is immersive. Having the fan blow in your face while flying in a space ship is strange. Even more so when flying as Darth Vader in his Tie Advanced x1. That face hadn’t felt a fresh breeze in many years.  After a while it was getting warm in the pod so I wish it would just run continuously.  To really up the wow factor, maybe it should blow out scented air.  Forest and swamp from Yavin, Pine trees on Endor, a little ionized air on Hoth, whatever a Sullustan smells like while flying into the  second Death Star.  You get the point.
  • I was initially a little surprised by the graphics.  They reminded me more of a Nintendo GameCube as far as graphics power than something newer and more powerful.  But you only notice it during the intro and selection screens.  Once the action begins things are moving so fast that the graphics look great.  Or maybe it has something do do with the curved screen or just the immense size of the screen.  The pictures included allow you to really notice the curve of the screen and the graphics quality.  I wish I could have gotten better pictures but that was the vantage point from where I sat.
  • I would like to see a game like this developed with a little more open architecture.  In the game you basically are fine tuning the nose position of your craft as you fly around.  I would like to have the opportunity to take an arcade setup like this and make it an open world environment.  Something along the lines of the X-Wing series developed for the PC, perhaps.  Imagine a couple pods paired together, allowing head-to-head combat between Rebels and Imperials or allowing combat against AI if no one else was around.
  • I think the game is expensive.  It really never said what I was paying every time I swiped my Power Card but I estimate I spent $10 to play the game.  Could I feed the machine a roll of quarters  like I used to feed many of the arcade games of my youth?  No.  But it is definitely a treat worth playing at least once.

If you have the opportunity to play the game, I highly recommend giving it a whirl.  If we feed projects like this there is a good chance we will see other good things follow in its footsteps.  Have you played this game?  What did you think of it?  Let us know in the comments.  As for me, I will now put down the game controllers and get back to the keyboard.  Until next time, may the Force be with you!