16 March, 2012

The Star Wars Blogathon And My First Fan Fiction + Other Tags

I recently found out that I've been tagged by Grumpy Bulldog from Grumpy Bulldog's Blog to participate in Briane Pagel's Star Wars Blogathon. From Briane's blog:

Between now and Sunday, March 25 post a 250-words-or-less Fan Fiction Fan Fiction, in which one of your characters from a story you wrote tries to write a piece of Star Wars fan fiction.

Since this one has a deadline, I thought I'd do it today just to make sure I don't miss it. But, since I have also been tagged by Natasha, Jessica McKendry, Sophs, W.Chaser, Laurie Dennison, Susan Roebuck, Honey, Laura Barnes, and Carrie Butler, I thought I'd tackle some other tags as well. Packing all nine of those into one post would make this post way too long, of course (not to mention you'd all get tired of me), so I'm just going to tackle the first two here, i.e. Natasha's and Jessica's, along with Grumpy Bulldog's.

So! First, here's my bit of fan fiction, featuring a character I haven't paid much attention to in years, from an MG book:

"What happens in Star Wars, exactly?"
   "Huh?" I turned to stare at her.
   "I never watched it before I ended up here. Do you expect me to know?"
   I spluttered for a moment, trying to get my head around the fact Riley hadn't seen the most iconic films in history. "Er, well, there's this boy called Luke and he . . . um . . ."
   She tapped her foot.
   "Here, let me write it down." I grabbed a nearby sheet of paper and started scribbling, beginning with a description of a dramatic, dusty sunset, accompanied by hurried explanations of R2-D2 and C-3PO and Princess Leia.
   But then I thought, why tell her the exact original? I'd noticed room for improvement in Lucas's plot. So I began with a portrayal of the much more interesting Darth Vader and his alliance with the Emperor . . .

(146 words)

An aside: I'm glad I watched Star Wars earlier this year. Otherwise, you'd probably have gotten fan fiction about a character Googling Chewbacca.


Now, on to a couple of the other tags:

This one is from Natasha:

1. What is your favourite animal and why?
Golden eagles, in case you hadn't guessed. ;) I love their graceful, powerful flight and their color.

By Paul Wordingham, CC-BY-2.0. SOURCE.

2. When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing that goes through your mind?
Uh . . . breakfast, usually. Or, since I often wake up from dreams, the thing I was just dreaming about.

3. If you had to put a colour to your personality what would it be?
Green. Or blue.

4. What's your favourite childhood memory?
Hmm. I do have a memory of being little and my mom carrying me outside on a clear night to look at the stars. That's definitely one of the best I have.

5. Favourite sweet or candy?
None. I don't really like candies or sweets . . .

6. Best holiday you've ever had?
My mom and I have never really been on a true "holiday", as in a trip longer than a couple days that was just for fun, but going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art was impressive.

By Majonaise, CC-BY-SA-3.0. SOURCE.

7. Do you listen to one particular genre of music or several?
Most (but not all!) of the music I listen to is Classical or Jazz. I don't have anything against other genres of music, but they're just not my thing.

8. What was your dream career as a child?
I wanted to be an artist, actually. I used to draw a lot until I realized that the proportions in most of what I drew were wrong. Now my main creative outlet is writing.

9. Which book changed your life, if any did at all?
I don't think there have been any books that I could point to and say, "That fundamentally changed the way I do things and perceive the world", as it were. I'm not sure if that's good or bad . . .

10. What's your most treasured possession?
I can't think of anything that I'd die to lose at the moment; unless you count my head. I'd like to keep possession of that.

11. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years' time?
At college or university. Having published a book would be nice too, though it's definitely secondary to getting a higher education (at least, on my list).

And this one is from Jessica:

1. What's your favorite song?

Ta-da! An exception to the Classical/Jazz rule I just mentioned above:

"Who's reachin' out to capture a" . . . right, sorry. Back to answering those questions.

2. How old were you when you started writing?
I started writing the first novel I finished when I was 12.

3. What's your favorite movie/book?
I can't choose just one book! As for movies (and I can't believe I haven't mentioned this on my blog before) I love rewatching The Secret Garden (1987 version by Hallmark).

4. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be? Why?
See Natasha's first question.

5. If you were the main character of a book, what genre would it be?
Science Fiction. I want to travel to new planets, different galaxies, discover alien life, and play around with all that fancy gadgetry. Oh, and don't forget piloting a ship . . .

6. What is the coolest thing you've ever done?
Having experienced a relatively un-cool life, I'm going to have to go with performing in The Nutcracker. It was fun for me, anyway.

7. If you could be a character from any book, who would you be? Why?
I'd live to be Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. She's so strong (both mentally and physically) and hey, who wouldn't want to hang out with Po for a while?

8. What genre do you write in?
Science Fiction.

9. What's your favorite thing to do, other than write?

10. If you could meet one historical figure, who would it be?
Albert Einstein. I think he counts as historical.

11. Is there anything else we should know about you?
Not that I can think of . . . :)


And yes, I'm going to cop out and say that if you want to do one of these 11 tags, go ahead. I think everyone in the blogosphere has been tagged already, anyway. :P

Where's the most amazing place you've ever been? Or the coolest thing you've done? 

What animal would you pick?

-----The Golden Eagle


Beth said...

Nice fan fic and way to knock out all the tags. Wow you have been soo tagged. LOL.

Grumpy Bulldog, March Madman said...

The Family Guy and Robot Chicken Star Wars specials have both hinted at a much more interesting relationship between Vader and the Emperor. It makes you wonder what happened to Vader after all that lava on Mustafar or whatever it was called.

Thanks for participating! If you let Briane know you'll get 100 points in the trivia quiz!

Grumpy Bulldog, March Madman said...

I meant to say, what happened to Vader (down there)...

Susan Kane said...

Enjoyed your post, with all the information on your life.
The most amazing place I have ever been: The Swiss restaurant that revolves on the top of a mtn in the Alps; can't think of the mountain.

Favorite animal: Bears of all types.

I too wonder about the relationship between diff. SW characters, like R2D2 and C3PO. How did that happen?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I bet you could tell a better story than Lucas!

L.G.Smith said...

Keeping your head is definitely a worthy goal. lol.

And aren't you glad you watched Star Wars?

Jai Joshi said...

I got tagged by Alexia yesterday.

Interesting answers, Golden Eagle. How old were you when you performed the Nutcracker? Must have been a thrill to be part of it.


Old Kitty said...

Love the fan fic! Well done you! There's always room for improvement with SW - esp the later films...! LOL!

Awww love you memory of you and mum gazing up at the stars! Take care

Susan Roebuck said...

Oh you are tagged - severely. My favorite animal's an otter so I should call my blog the River Otter's View from Under the Water. What? I've been tagged? A fanfic from Star Wars?!!!!! Let me see what you've done again...(can I copy?)

Liz said...

No, not everyone has been tagged. Not me (sob). But then again, I've managed to avoid being "it", and I think that's a good thing.

As for the questions, it's Friday evening, and I can't think. Sorry...

Carrie Butler said...

It was fun learning more about you, Eagle! :) Have a great weekend!

Belle said...

It would be fun to see Star Wars re-written by someone!

Loved the questions and answers. Coolest place- Monument Valley
Coolest thing I've done- Singing in a trio with my two best friends. We sang at churches and had so much fun practicing.

Christine Rains said...

That was a fun little Star Wars story. There is definitely room for improvement in Lucas' plot!

Coolest place I've ever been: Stephen King's house. (I wasn't in it, but I drove by it!)

Pat Hatt said...

haha not a bad star wars story at all, but googling Chewbacca be fun too I'm sure. Golden eagles huh? i never would have guessed such a thing, was going to say leeches.

Pat Hatt said...

Or maybe porcupine, skunks? Sheep? hmmm cows? Wow I'd be way off huh?..haha

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. love the Eagle photo - beautiful .. the colourings are superb. I suppose a bird would be really fantastic as one could soar above everything, view down, make plans from on high .. but a Warthog would be my favourite ...

Wonderful to read more about your life ... cheers and have a lovely weekend .. Hilary

Traci Kenworth said...

I love the shot of a golden eagle. They are such breathtaking creatures. No wonder you named your blog after them.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh I love your flash fiction it made me chuckle. Great answers to the tag, lovely to find out more about you. I love blue too and bluey-green ;O)

....Petty Witter said...

Great post in which I got to know so much more about you both through your flash fiction and those tags.

The most amazing place I have visited was the Blue Mosque in Istanbul - simply breath taking, such a beautiful building.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Loved your fan fic! Very amusing! I also liked your answers to the tag questions. It's hard to know who to tag when most of the people you know have already had the honor, probably numerous times, already. Good call! :)

Sofia said...

I can't wait for May, when Bitterblue comes out. I loved her, and I think it'll be awesome to see a book from her perspective. I didn't like Fire nearly as much as I liked Graceling, though, and I hope I like Bitterblue more than I like Fire. And I can't wait to revisit Katsa and Po!


Charles Gramlich said...

Lana has been getting quite a few pics of Bald Eagles down here, at Fountainbleu park. Very cool and lovely creatures.

Donna Hole said...

I'm gonna be a bear and sleep sevral months out of the year and be downright tempermental the rest while I eat to my hearts content :)

Vader's story could use some tweaking.


The Golden Eagle said...

Beth: Thanks!

Yeah . . . it's going to take me a while to get through all of them. :P

Grumpy Bulldog: I noticed the connection wasn't mentioned much in the original trilogy (that's the only trilogy I've seen at this point).

Thank you for the tag--I had fun writing mine.

Susan: Glad you enjoyed it. :)

That must have been amazing to visit!

I wonder what R2-D2 and C3PO were like when they were first manufactured.

Alex: Me? No way!

L.G.: I happen to like having it. :P

I am.

Jai: There have been a slew of tags making their way around the blogosphere!

Thanks. I was . . . 8 when I performed in my first Nutcracker, I think. I did it for three years after that as well. Roles included child in the first act, and Polichinelle and Angel in the second. :)

Old Kitty: Thank you!

I hadn't thought of it for a while. I'm glad this tag made me think of it. :)

Susan: I like that blog title idea!

Sure, feel free to participate in the Star Wars Blogathon. It's run by Briane Pagel, anyway; Grumpy Bulldog went around and tagged all of the Science Fiction writers in the Platform-Building Campaign, and I happened to be one of them.

Liz: Never as much fun being "it". :P

No problem. We all have our days like that.

Carrie: Thanks!

Belle: It would. Though sad if they did it badly . . .

That does sound like a fun experience! :)

Christine: Glad you liked my story.


Pat: I'm sure there are a lot of crazy results on the web about Chewbacca. LOL.

I should totally have named my blog The Leech's Perspective or something like that. Maybe the Sheepish Leech's View?

Hilary: I'd love to fly.

Warthog? Would be fun to be one of those!

Glad you enjoyed reading about me. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Traci: I'm glad you like the picture--thanks to Wikimedia Commons!

Madeleine: Thank you. :)

I love wearing aqua.

Tracy: Thanks!

Pictures of the Blue Mosque are amazing; it must be impressive to see in person.

Humpty Dumpty: Glad you liked my fan fic!

LOL. Thanks. :)

Sofia: I almost chose Fire instead of Katsa, actually. When it comes down to two books, the two protagonists seem pretty level to me. :P

I can't wait, either!

Charles: There are a few bald eagles in this area as well. I love watching them. :)

Donna: Well, if you're a bear and I'm an eagle . . . see you in the forest?

Sarah Pearson said...

The fact that you listen mostly to Jazz and Classical makes me even more touched the make the effort to visit and comment on my blog on Fridays. You rock :-)

Sarah Pearson said...

*that you* make the effort, obviously!

The Golden Eagle said...

Sarah: It's nice to shake it up now and then. :)