This year saw me, Teresa, Riley, and Aaron all together at Dragon Con! While the convention is over, we are still releasing coverage of it including audio, photos, event coverage, and panel recaps like this one. Dragon Con has so much wonderful content from Marvel panels to parties, from Doctor Who to My Little Pony, and of course the Star Wars track, which had panels, parties, a costume contest, a trivia contest, and more. This Saturday panel was moderated by Teresa Delgado and Aaron Goins, who also have some audio of the panel on their podcast Star Wars Bookworms. The guests were Christie Golden and Timothy Zahn, both well know authors. The discussion revolved around tropes, with the authors talking about overdone story-lines in fiction, as well as classic themes that aid in the effort of telling a story well.
The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Her Universe Surprise,” a story from Savanna Kiefer of PLCohmy
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Her Universe Surprise
I’ve always been a Star Wars fan my whole life. However, I haven’t always been the crazed fangirl that I am today. Back in 2010 when Celebration V visited close to my home town in Orlando, I decided to skip out on the experience while my mom and brother went because I just wasn’t “that” into Star Wars. Earlier in the year, I had heard about Ashley Eckstein’s upcoming clothing company called “Her Universe” at Star Wars Weekends and was interested in seeing what merchandise she would have. During CV, my mom called me and told me that Ashley’s clothing line was at the convention center and she had tons of nice t-shirts and accessories for fangirls. While I secretly wanted a few things because I thought it was awesome, I played it off like I wasn’t interested and went on with my day. When my mom got home from the convention, she showed me the Star Wars burnout shirt that she got for herself and I thought it was just the coolest thing.
Deep down inside I really wanted a shirt too, but I didn’t say anything. Four months later on Christmas day, I was opening presents from my parents and found a Star Wars hoodie in one of the boxes. Then a t-shirt, charm bracelet, and hat in another box. My mom had gotten me tons of stuff from the Her Universe booth and saved it for Christmas. I think that was the real turning point in my fandom. Ever since that moment, I’ve realized that it’s okay to be a fangirl and express my love for Star Wars without shame. I’ve been able to meet so many people and have amazing opportunities that I would never have gotten without Star Wars being in my life. I had no idea how that Christmas would change the rest of my life!
Savanna Kiefer - PLCohmy
Life, Star Wars Fanatics, and the women who love them, all on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU!
This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, sit down to discuss life with a couple obsessive compulsive Star Wars Fanatics, and the women who love them. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!
This time we’re letting the show speak for itself. This week’s shownotes has less to do with the show itself and has more to do with THE STATE OF YOUR BEYOND THE FILMS. As you may have noticed this episode came to you on a Friday, not at all the typical Wednesday release you may be accustomed to. While we apologize for making you wait a few more days to get you SWEU Podcast fix, the change was necessary for our editor’s sanity. Mark has a lot of family events like Scouting, Choir, and Drama classes, that typically fall on Wednesdays, with the new addition of Jaina, his free time has been stretched past the point of breaking. The hope is that the extra two days will allow more breathing room each week and less stress behind the scenes. Aside from that adjustment to our schedule, some other small changes to the show will be implemented over time. All very minor, but all should increase your enjoyment of our show. Until then; May the Force be with you!
Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much Fanatical Fan action in their ONE hour, but don’t worry, give it a go; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even get a little education on the EU while you’re at it. But no matter how you slice it and dice it, you’ll be having another adventure Beyond the Films. So sit back, hang on, enjoy the show, and may the Force be with you!
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