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Star Wars Update!

Last weekend I had the tremendous honor of attending Star Wars: Celebration - Anaheim. It was four days of merriment based around the greatest space film saga of all time and I had the time of my life. I was on a number of panels and you can listen to most of them online:

  • Full of Sith - This is the podcast I host and we had a great show with a lot of cool guests.
  • The Mythology of Star Wars - This panel was a dissection of the mythology of Star Wars and the hero's journey. (I'll have audio of this one soon, it'll be of a lot of use to writers, I think.)
  • Star Wars Journalism -  This panel took a look at what it's like to cover Star Wars as a journalist and a freelancer.
  • A Tribute to Aaron Allston - This panel consisted of me, Del Rey Editor Shelly Shapiro, and Star Wars author Christie Golden and we told stories about our old friend and colleague. 
I was also in attendance when JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy unveiled the new Star Wars trailer and was asked by the folks at StarWars.Com to do an analysis of the trailer on the livestream that ran online during the convention.


Covering a convention like this as a writer and a journalist is always a fascinating experience. You're constantly talking to editors for possible leads on stories, you're looking for stories to tell, and you're wrapping your head around things in a way that will let you write about it all later. You're taking notes, looking for ways to approach things...

There's always something fascinating to see if you know how to look and you never know what you might witness, whether it's a moment between two people or a major news story. One of my favorite experiences was actually getting to go backstage at Disneyland and I catalogued every forbidden sight that I saw.

There are stories everywhere, fiction or non-fiction. You just need to be on the lookout.

As far as non-fiction, I wrote a lot about the event for Big Shiny Robot!, as well as a piece for The Huffington Post.

And don't forget to check out any of my books, drop reviews of them on Amazon or Goodreads, and follow me on twitter!
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