IWSG Resist The Dark Side Padawan Writer become a Jedi Wordsmith

photo credit: Ellyn B. via photopin cc

photo credit: Ellyn B. via photopin cc

  InsecureWritersSupportGroupFounder of IWSG & Ninja Leader Alex J. Cavanaugh. This months co-hosts are Gwen Gardner,Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax! Twitter Hashtag #IWSG,  Link to IWSG join, support & learn,   IWSG Facebook Page,  Check the foot of my site for IWSG Guide To Publishing and Beyond, before you leave.   Get it Free.   My fear is I will always be a padawan writer never a Jedi wordsmith.  If only I can resist the Dark Side…  They can keep the cookies, but hide the chocolate holocron the Sith must never find it, or I am doomed.   😉 I’m a child of the 80’s, so grew up on Star Wars now designated as episode 4, 5 and 6.  It held a sarcasm, wit and a certain je ne sais quoi  that I found lacking in episodes 1, 2, and 3.  However, despite getting lots of flack I loved Jar Jar Binks from the first episodes.  I think he got a bad rap sheet.  The universe in real life and Star Wars is made up of variety-a fact not a debate, and he brought humor, silliness and lightness to a very stoic trilogy.  I enjoyed the insertion of  a bit  of humorous slapstick and comedy to lighten the feel of the whole.  Comedy is a talent and not that easy to pull off.   Did he add to the story? I think he did for me.  It made me sad they changed his role as the episodes progressed.  I liked him.  He was enduring and fallible.  He was fun and brave in the face of derision and  social judgment.  He made me laugh along with the B1 Battle Droids,  The rest of the audience laugh with me in the theaters too.   Droid Army Battle  “Roger, Roger!”  Roger, Roger!”    I tend to like the underdog too, so not surprising I liked him.  Cute and cuddly works for me too.  Jar Jar was the smile in the stony and dry  faces of the Jedi and a gleeful smirk in the looming darkness of the Dark Side.  The special effects in the movie are the only thing that really made up for the very serious tone that might have dragged with the  lacking character development onscreen in E1-2-3, but despite that I love it, after all its Star Wars.   How many times have you watch E1-6 through? *Clears throat* All I’m saying is more than once. 10.08.13-Jar-Jar-jar-jar-binks-25899498-640-550 I decided to write about Jar Jar Binks, after reading a really good post The Roddenberry-Lucas Effect by Forbes West author of “Nighthawks At The Mission”, also one of the authors taking part in the upcoming Sci-Fi World Apocalypse Weird debuting February 23, 2015.  He bashes poor Jar Jar Binks in his article, but it is opinion many held–But hey, not everybody gets it. jar-jar-binks-pff-o You should also check this post by Stefan Bolz  to learn about  Apocalypse Weird: A Revolution In Publishing  that takes one step for Indie kind in an end of the world cataclysm.  Don’t forget to scroll to the footer of this site and check out the Apocalypse Weird Book Series Trailer below and the Apocalypse Weird Website I hope you enjoy the Star Wars gif’s, Star Wars VII movie teaser trailers and the fan movies, music and commercials posted below. 205851-140588-jar-jar-binks  





I love Star Wars.  Its part of what inspired me to write.  My first ventures into serious plotting was in Star Wars  world of fan fiction.  I have been collecting books, movies & novelty items, since the first was released in 1977.  I have been selective, so I have a few really cool things. It is not a huge collection, but below is only a small portion.




C3PO: ” What?! Go on adventures? Explore the galaxy? You must be short-circuiting again! We are droids, after all… Nothing exciting ever happens to us!”


C-3PO: “Oh! Nice to see a familiar face. E-3PO: “E chu ta! C-3PO: “How rude!


C3PO:  “R2D2! You know better than to trust a strange computer!”


C3PO: “We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.”













STAR WARS FAN FILM: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut full movie



Storm Troopers top boarder photo credit: Ellyn B. via photopin cc

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  • My Imac’s old and some of the pics didn’t air. But that’s okay, I got the drift. As a family, us and the 5 boys, we loved all things Star Wars. Went to the theatre as a family, even did the drive-in thingy. It was a blast and now it’s a blast watching the shows with the grandkids. Never get tired of it. Why is that? Yes–may the force be with you.

    • I think part of was the hope of possibilities it brought to a generation as moviedom changed for the whole world in special effects and the realness of things we saw on big screen. It was also a great epic story.
      May The Force Be With You too.

  • im with you, juneta. 80 and star wars all the way!
    so much galactic goodness! butjar jar no no me like, too cartoonish. hes not hateworthy tho!
    ive seen several of the clips but enjoyed all. if youve never watched the lego star wars animations, check them out!

  • You really went all out with the Star Wars clips! I also liked your personal collection from the movies, Juneta!

    • Thank you. I love Star Wars. I could spend a whole day looking at that stuff. Doing this post was FUN, something I have been missing in my writing lately, so it was a good reminder to me why I love to write and what excites me about story.

  • I’m an old Star Wars fan, and I still liked Jar Jar! I think his role was just right in the first one, but he was unfortunately re-written for the other two . . . which made me sad.
    May the Force Be With YOu!

  • I LOVE the first three and have seen them at least five times each. The last three did NOT impress me. I might have to go back and watch JarJar with new eyes. I was so disappointed with the movies and his silliness didn’t endear me to him the way C3PO’s did…

    • My first time seeing them I felt the same, but knowing the mythology and psychology of story I watched them with knew eyes and learned to appreciate them, however, they did a lot more characterization—but they crammed a lot in–so see why it was hard to get it in—now I see more in them then I did at first.

  • I’m a child of the 80s too and loved Star Wars. Not such a great fan of the newer ones though. I’m really hoping this new new one is going to be awesome. Crossing fingers.

    • I am excited about the new movies. I am glad George Lucas decided to let go of the reins and allow others to be made. Disney is good about delivering and I really love most of J. J. Abrams movies—so have a of anticipation for it. 316 days and counting.

  • You are an official Star Wars geek!
    Jar-Jar didn’t bother me. I liked him much better than the Ewoks.

    • ROFL It has been official for years—Ask my BF, she tells me I am a geek all the time. Oooo, I love the ewoks, the wookiees and the droids just as much. In fact, I begged my Daddy for Christmas that year for one of those limited edition 3 foot Ewoks. He tried, but they were sold out by the time he got to the head of the line. They only made 3000 and divided them all over the country. We had a few in my area, but daddy was too late, pouts I was so disappointed. I still want one, lol.

  • Isn’t it great how R2D2 and C3PO have endured and become a part of our culture? I love it when that happens. And, Jar Jar, love him or hate him, has earned his own special place as well. 🙂
    I’m can’t believe the new Star Wars is less than a year away now! That’s going to be crazy! I’m sure it will be fantastic, with all the special effects and movie writing smarts we have now.
    And you ARE a writing Jedi, Juneta. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • Yes, they are my favorite of my favorites,lol. I love the fact that SW is a cultural phenomenon even today and going strong. Watching the development of that has been awesome and inspiring.

      316 days and counting…

      I must admit the Force has always been strong in me, but the Dark Side shadows me nipping at my heels constantly. The future is uncertain, always changing… but there is more to come.

      Thanks Kirsten and thanks for commenting.

  • I have sat through the movies more than once. But long before that, when they were only found in the theater I went to see a double feature of 6 & 7. My butt fell asleep, and I had left my car lights on so we had to call the auto club. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

    I still remember feeling the force (or whatever it was) grow in me with each movie. What a rush 🙂

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

    • LOL, you mean 5 and 6–7 comes out in 316 days and counting. I too went to theater and rewatched all of them, when they brought them all out, before the DVD releases and then the Blu-ray releases. I went to the midnight showings in fact. It was great fun and wonderful to see them on the big screen again.

      I get it. Yeah it was all worth it. I love things that can make you fell that way about life, even when frustrating things happen.

      May The Force Be With You.

  • Don’t hate me, but I’ve never watched Star Wars, aside for the last one my brother forced me to watch. Sorry. He once showed me how cute the ewoks are. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting.

  • mpax1

    I liked you sticking up for Jar Jar. Empire Strikes Back was my favorite of the three. It had the most drama, which is probably why. The new three… I didn’t like so much. Basically, I wanted Darth to be evil. They ruined a perfectly good bad guy. http://mpaxauthor.com

    • LOL, I have an original movie marquee of Empires Strikes Back that I had framed in glass and sits on an iron stand in my living room in a place of honor. I remember the excitement and being ticked, because they left us hanging, which had never been done before in movie history on the big screen.

      From what I have been reading and hints there may be something about that, that changes, but it is all not clear yet. Can’t wait to find out 316 days and counting.

  • Loni Townsend

    I’ll admit, I’ve only watched episodes 1-3 one time each. Though I was born in the 80’s, I still like those better. Perhaps it’s because they were part of my childhood. 🙂

    • SW 4, 5, 6 will always be my favorites of the six. The SW universe awoke my imagination in new ways and possibilities that I fell in love with. It is during that time that Sci-fy and fantasy become favorites to read, although I had read the genres before that.

  • I got to see the original 3 Star Wars movies when they first came out, and loved them, but I have to admit that Jar Jar Binks was one of my favorite characters from the “new” movies. There’s nothing wrong with a little comic relief. But then again, I found the Wookie amusing and entertaining as well.

    • I love Chewbacca. They did somethings in the books The New Jedi Order that upset the heck out of me, but I am not saying it here. I love Wookies, Ewoks and Jar Jar… Gungans as a whole,not so much, LOL.

  • The prequels didn’t do it for me. Well, I say that but I didn’t watch past the first one . . . but based on that I say “no, thanks” lol. I do love the originals, however and hey I’m all for underdogs too 😉

    Fun post!

    • I have read almost everything Star Wars. I know the universe inside and out and many characters and stories. I can now see the deeper mythology and psychology going on in the first three and more of the points and reason about what the goal was about. But I admit the first time I saw them I was disappointed, but not so much any more. I have watched 1-6 back to back more than once, lol.

  • I love the original three Star Wars movies. I’ve never really been able to get into the other three. I’m hoping the new movie will be more like the originals. Thanks for the links and photos. We have a good-sized collection of Star Wars novelties/toys, too.

    • 316 days and counting. I am glad George Lucas decided to let go of the reins and allow more to be made. Disney is good about delivering a great move and I like most of what J. J. Abrams has done. Can’t wait to see it.

  • A jedi writer will you be. (I’m not so good with the yoda talk). Just keep trying and learning. Love your enthusiasm for the Star Wars stories. I also liked Jar Jar.

  • I think most people’s problem with Jar Jar is that he was so cartoony set against a very realistic backdrop. I’m not saying cartoony as in literally cartoony, but in the way he acted. Occasionally in YA or Adult novels you run into a character who fits into a Middle Grade or picture book. Not saying that mix can’t work, but it’s rare that an author can pull it off well.

  • Ooooh, I love star wars, may the force be with you too Juneta !!! 🙂

  • This was a fun post. I loved Jar Jar in the movies. And I think it’s cool that you have your Star Wars collection above your desk. 🙂

    • Thank you. I love my SW collection. I don’t have it all out like I did in the old days, but I do have original marquee from The Empire Strikes Back that I paid to have framed in glass on a stand in my living room, a SW clock on the wall and the famous picture Star Wars Rock with all of them on stage in wood on the wall, plus what is above my desk in my room where I write.

      Oh I have a Jar Jar Binks 2 foot talking doll too, which was not in picture because it won’t fit on top of desk. . I have put all my SW posters away in safe keeping, so non of those on the walls anymore, lol. Thanks for commenting.

  • Ha ha, love the paintballing stormtroopers! I too grew up on the first three Star Wars movies, they are a part of my childhood. (We’re gonna have to agree to differ on Jar Jar though!)

    • Heh, I feel love when I include Star Wars in my post–makes me happy, lol.. You can probably tell.

      Jar Jar ain’t everyones cup of tea, but I also love Ewoks, Wookies, Droids, Jar Jar-although no so much Gungans as a whole, X-Wings, The Millennium Falcon, B1 Battle Droids and Stormtroopers, lol. Wedge Antilles, Tycho Chelcu, Han Solo… There are way too many to name, lol, especially when you get into the expanded universe.

      May The Force Be With You!!! .

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