Is Rogue One Fan Fiction?

In which I alienate readers by mentioning a good movie’s Big But…

I saw Rogue One last night, and it was great. I was surprised by how seriously it treated the story, and by the father-daughter connection. The ambiguity of the characters and their motives was very satisfying to watch: almost every one had conflicting motives and could have made a decision either way at every point. There were definitely good guys and bad guys, but the way they accomplished their goals was highly ambiguous and provoked a lot of moral questions. The acting was fantastic, and the production design was really cool. There were at least two very cosmopolitan cities that didn’t have the artificial sheen of Coruscant in the prequels. And of course, there were familiar characters, especially imperial characters, that I didn’t expect to see.

They broke with the typical elements that we’ve come to expect from “Star Wars movies.”  There was no crawler at the beginning, there were titles announcing the locations, and there were lots of new sorts of droids, troopers, and imperial officers and ships. The music was not John Williams, but it was satisfactory. It was loud, and distracting at some points, but the whole movie was loud and full of action. If you haven’t seen it, go and see it, and enjoy it. I really enjoyed it, BUT

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Kripalu Stories: writing longhand during a week off from technology

I took a week off from technology, and wrote short stories faster than ever before

Two months ago I said I wasn’t going to spend a lot of time writing short stories, and then I received two honorable mentions from very distinguished contests, and started reading more short stories.  Since I am working on my own epic novel, it’s pretty hard to read one and really get into the characters.  I have read short novels and short stories instead, which is fun and doesn’t distract me from editing.  I’m about two-thirds of the way through editing The Queen’s Night, but last week I took five days off from technology and wrote two short stories in two and a half days.

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