Star Wars


Expecting Expectations

Last week, I wrote about how storyworlds can adjust their focus from one story to another, but need to adjust their audience’s expectations to match. I then promised to talk about what this has to do with your own worldbuilding efforts—then neglected to do so… until now! Before going further, I should point out that…


Pretty Good Expectations

Today I write in defense of the Star Wars prequels. Seriously. A few weeks ago, I wrote that the Star Wars prequels had a different tone than the original trilogy, and this change in tone was jarring because it wasn’t handled very well. “But that’s a post for another day!” I wrote. Today is that…


A Rebellious Tone

After taking the holidays off to desperately put out year-end fires relax and spend time with my family, I’m back on the blog to talk world-building, tone, and the value of very large storyworlds. Over the break, I finally got a chance to see Rogue One. (Just in time, too: another day and they would…


More Machete Madness

Earlier this summer, I wrote that I’d be sharing the Star Wars movies with my family in the now-classic Machete Order. I also promised to let you know how it went… then dropped the ball until now. I found I didn’t miss Episode I at all. And I don’t know if it was the context,…


Return of the Machete Strikes Back Wars

There was a very specific, geeky pride that welled up in my chest when my eldest daughter said, “I need to watch the Star Wars movies.” Oh, she’s seen them before. Sometimes whole movies at a time. But mostly just out of the corner of her eye, while playing with LEGOS or doing some other…