*Spoilers ahoy!* *Long post ahoy!*
As I've said before, I really liked the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. It might even be my favorite of the Star Wars movies, although it's hard to pick! So I was a little surprised at all the uproar after the release. Many fans hated The Last Jedi. One of the big complaints I've seen is that Luke was out of character, that there's no way he would exile himself to a distant planet with a threat like the First Order on the horizon and that he would never believe the Jedi should end. But I think Luke was perfectly in character. So here's my analysis of The Last Jedi from Luke's point of view: how his ill-informed comparison between Kylo and Anakin led him to make this choice--and how, in The Last Jedi, he realizes it was a mistake.
*Spoilers ahoy!* *Long post ahoy!*
Once again, apologies for missing the previous week. I had another bout of illness, because I'm lucky like that. In any case, today I thought I'd give y'all an update on my life via "-ing" verbs, in another Taking Stock of My Life.
Eating: green cookies!
Wearing: a long black bubble dress and a long-sleeve plaid purple and green shirt
Reading: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Writing: a blog post, at this particular moment, LOL
Editing: CUCUY, except I've gotten distracted by FamilySearch
Listening: to "Champion" by Fall Out Boy
Watching: Star Trek: Voyager in brief spurts
Bookmarking: most recently, a random last name generator shown in this post
Playing: Bang! with some church friends
Looking: for the places where my family lines end on FamilySearch
My apologies for missing last week! I had to take a sick day. :P
Now it's time for another round of speedlinking, where I share some cool stuff from across the Internet for you to enjoy!
First off, I added the two Avengers: Infinity War trailers to my Speedlinking playlist on YouTube (#23 and 24), because THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT THAT I'M NOT SURE MY FEELINGS WILL SURVIVE. (Can you believe it now has an April 27 release worldwide?) *Language warning on that link*
Next, a few links that may be useful to you writers out there. A lot of people online have been talking about the Notebook.ai, a worldbuilding program online that has both a free and a paid version. It looks really awesome, and I'm sure a lot of you would enjoy using it. Me, I've found that I do better freeform, using Word--even my one go at the ever-popular Scrivener didn't work out. Nevertheless, this looks like something a lot of people will find very useful.
There's also a random last name generator, for those less-important characters who you just need to name, darnit. It's got a great variety of names from every culture, at least from what I've seen so far, and it's a little less awkward than going through your Twitter feed. :)
Then there's the Atlas Obscura, a website where you can look up basically any location to find its most interesting attractions. I think this could be useful for real-world worldbuilding, as one of many pieces of research you'll have to do when including a real city in your stories.
2017 is almost over, and that means it's time to round up the best YA books of the year! Here are my selections. As always, please note that I have not read every YA book released in 2017--that would be impossible even for me, haha--and that this is all a matter of opinion. I will see you again in 2018. Tell me in the comments what your favorite books of 2017 are!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, working towards my MLIS degree. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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