1643 Acceptance.

I finally pulled the trigger on a 30 day audible trial. My first two books were Game Of Thrones book one, and Ahsoka. GOT was better than the show in some ways. I like the more fully described world. It’s weird how all the characters are about a decade younger than in the show, but I understand the logic of it. I listened to it too fast though. So now I really want to hear the next one and have to wait.
The Star Wars book is narrated by the lady who voices Ahsoka in all the shows, which is great. It’s canonical, and explains what happens to Rex and Ahsoka when order 66 happens. Or that’s what I understand it to be at least. I haven’t started it because it’s so tonally different and I’m still in the GOT mindset. I should really watch the last few episodes of Clone wars and then start it so it flows into it more.
I listened to about a paragraph and instantly knew it was going to feel jarring going from one to the other. Even in that really short sample it has the feel of most Star Wars media. Especially the serial stuff. It reminded me of the opening of the Clone Wars movie, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, but I expect it will settle in to being fine.
I really loved the Clone Wars cartoon. It did a lot to make me able to enjoy Star Wars again after the prequels. They didn’t totally sour me on the franchise, but there’s no point in pretending that they didn’t do damage. Clone wars filled in the gaps especially in Anakin that George Lucas never bothered with. The fact of the matter is that the Clone Wars writers understand emotions whereas Lucas doesn’t really seem to. His writing really has the feel of someone trying to ape human emotions but not really understanding them. I wonder if he has some kind of condition…
In some ways the way Lucas writes is the polar opposite of the way I do, because I obsess over the choice of words for each character so that they each have their own voices. I try to write dialogue that sounds like what I hear.
I think that part of what makes the post Lucas Star Wars movies not feel exactly right is that the writer’s voices are too strong. Especially episode 7. The cartoon manages to ride the line better. It’s like a little tweak to the style that fixes the inhuman sound of things.
I don’t think Lucas really understood what he created. In retrospect I think he lucked into a lot of stuff and his legend carried him along for decades until he stepped too far out of the shadows and took control a little too much. At some point he started believing his own myth and that was his downfall. Critically at least, because he was still making insane levels of money after the prequels. Even though people have spent years complaining about them they kept buying the stuff.
My favorite Star Wars things are the first 3, clone wars, rebels, and the KOTOR games. I really want them to make a movie of that first game. I know they can’t make one as good as playing the game however you want, but it’s so good. I liked the second game too, but it’s not quite as good.
Anyway, I’m tired of thinking about Star Wars suddenly. I’ve watched about a million hours of videos about why George Lucas is, or isn’t, a hack with no actual talent that lucked into his success.

Actually, let me tell you one of my brother in law’s stories.
He’s a cop and one day one of his friends pulls a guy over for speeding in Wichita, Kansas.
He’s writing the ticket and the dude is like “Do you know who I am?”
“No” he replies.
“I’m Frank Oz.” Says he.
“I don’t know the name.”
“You ever see Star Wars? I’m Yoda.”
“Bull.”
“He’s in the trunk, you wanna see?”
“Yes…?”
And true to his word Frank Oz produces the original Yoda puppet. They let him keep one of them. He travels to visit his grandkids in Kansas and takes his puppets with him. So my brother in law’s friend calls him and tells him to get his ass over there because he knows he loves Star Wars. So they stand there talking to Frank Oz for a while and eventually let him go with a warning because a ticket you cannot to Yoda give.

Teen Corner
Hello web comic world it’s been awhile so I figured I would say hello and catch you up on my crazy senior year. My first semester of college classes (comp. I, government and speech) went well I got all A’s and B’s. I felt pretty accomplished. I have a new boyfriend. Jackie doesn’t like him all that much I don’t think but he doesn’t like anyone soooo yeah. He’s a pain most the time but he’s tolerable. He got me 2 rings and a necklace for Christmas along with a shopping trip,lunch and a movie. We saw rogue one and it was enjoyable. Christmas break was good I received a new lap top from Santa along with other various awesome things. Jackie got me a pretty ring, a soft blanket and some other things I can’t really remember. The family clashed with one another as per usual which you may have already heard about through Jackie. I stayed with my brother for about a week of Christmas break and we managed to not fight so success although he did almost drop a giant heavy hay bail on me so maybe he was plotting to kill me and that was just a failed attempt. Second semester of college classes and regular high school classes are dragging by but going okay. My college classes are comp II, psychology and geography. I’m currently not doing so hot in psychology due to the fact that I failed the first 2 quizzes we had. I am slowly but surely making up for that. The others classes are good but seem to be going by oh so slow. I know I’m supposed to enjoy the remainder of my high school career but senioritis  (which I never believed in until now) is kicking my butt. There has been tons and tons of drama this semester. There was an incident where 2 varsity players got kicked off the basketball team for fighting and drinking and that has been the talk of the school for at least a week. Our basketball team doesn’t seem to be suffering though. I’ve been working with clay lately and I’m not by any means the greatest but I’ve made some pretty flowers here and there. I’m enjoying working and playing with it. I’ve also been attempting to do scholarships which is the most annoying thing in the world to me. Searching for ones you qualify for and essays and such. Not fun but I do enjoy free money so I’ll have to bare it. My drama class has chosen out next play Cinderella. Over done I know but this version is different much more comedy and I’m excited about it. I have auditions tomorrow and I’m trying out for the evil stepsister who’s name is…murkatrina. Awful right? It’s hilarious though. If I don’t get that part I’d like to get the step mother or Cinderella herself. So wish me luck! Last but not least update I have decided to lose weight and get my fat butt into shape. This time I’m going to stick to it. It’s only been three days since I decide this but I’ve been walking on the treadmill every day and every morning give started doing 20 sits up,40 crunches, 10 push ups, 20 squats and 20 lunges. I’m starting slow and working my way up. My body is already unhappy with me for this decision. My legs are so sore I can hardly sit down or bend at all and once I do I can’t hardly make myself stand up. Along with the small workouts I’m attempting to improve my eating habits. I’m drinking at least 64 oz of water everyday. I’m going to cut out pop for the most part maybe one a week or less. More vegetables meaning I’m going to force myself to eat all the things I despise and more fruit which I don’t mind at all. Also way less junk food and unnecessary snacking. Hopefully I will make progress and really be able to stick to this. Wish me luck I’ll try to update some more here and there. Goodbye all! 

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The teen says about her boyfriend, “He’s a pain most the time but he’s tolerable.” Hmm… Hopefully, she’ll do better the rest of her Senior year.

As for the webcomic…I’m fully expecting Nina to pounce on Ed and Lord have mercy on him.

Really? For some reason I thought she was talking about Jackie at that point.

I read it both ways, so we will have to wait and see. It is documented that the Teen and Jackie don’t always mesh. It is good to hear from her though and hope she is able to stick to her work out. Also glad to hear Jackie is enjoying his Audible’s trial and wanted to leave this behind https://librivox.org/ . I came across it while looking at audio book sites. I haven’t thoroughly tested it, so I don’t know if the books are abridged or not. It is volunteer based though, so a book may not be read by the same person the whole way through.There is also https://www.youtube.com/user/GreatestAudioBooks which is posting from LibriVox, but I don’t know if it is run by them if you prefer the YouTube route.

Relationships are complex, but th teen should focus on schoolwork and not so much on the boyfriend. If he’s any good, he’ll find a way to help and not hinder. In regards to Jackie disliking him, well, that’s kind of the default mode.

Teen:

A good way to help with your Senioritis is to concentrate on the next 4 (3?) years of college. If you can stop yourself from thinking that this is your last year in school, the drudgery should return rather quickly and you can get back to dreading the next few years. :-\

I love Nina’s face in the third panel. Awkward crush feelings or is she setting up for Ed to take the lead?

To the Teen : Good luck with all the losing weight thing. Maybe you can try to do it with Jackie. Although I’m not sure he currently can do 20 sits up,40 crunches, 10 push ups, 20 squats and 20 lunges without dying

I’m not sure I can do that routine.
No, it is definite, I couldn’t ‘t follow that regimen now.

The imp I share office space with asked if the Teen will up that to 100 of each and add a 10 km run to that as a long term goal? Hmm, that sounds strangely familiar. The Imp has that smirk on their face again, implying that I will do a face-palm sometime latter today. Maybe someone here will end my misery early and point out the obvious,

Yes! Because a ticket you cannot to Yoda give, yes.
But really, Frank was the voice of Ms. Piggie. And not even Kermit gives a ticket to Ms. Piggie, HyiiiiYahh!!

For the teen, I wish you luck with your diet. I don’t know if it helps you, but I got me a 7 day cleanse from gnc to help with my weight loss and it helped me a lot. It got rid of my cravings so I didn’t want to eat junk and lost me a couple of inches.

Teen!

I think Jackie’s got yer back, however pesky he is. :)

The health plan is good. Just cutting out pop, drinking more water, and walking every day should help a lot. And fresh fruit is almost as nutritious as fresh vegetables, especially if you eat what’s seasonal. Dietary needs are individual. You need to find what you like that is also healthful for you.

And about the advanced classes: Flunking a test can be a great learning tool, because it burns the answers into your brain so hard that they’ll be the last thing from school that you forget. :)

Teen:

That’s just trial by fire more than likely. If your elders care about you enough they’ll scrutinize every boyfriend you have, so don’t worry too much about Jackie not liking him at first. He’s probably just sizing him up and making sure your bf meets his standards of a good guy (someone he can trust your well being to). I live in a tight knit family and went through the same thing with all my girlfriends (i’m the “baby” of the family), they all had to pass my brothers and sisters tests.

I’m going to be the mud-stick and hope that Ed and Nina stay platonic, at least for now. At this moment, Nina needs a friend more than she needs a lover. And Ed should know her better as a person first, especially if she has a meltdown and airs some emotional baggage.

If they have a strong emotional connection after this, then the physical stuff (when it arrives) will be that much better for both.

Losing weight isn’t necessarily about sports (though being fit is good) or sacrifice (though it is easier if you drop high-energy, low-nutrition foodstuffs and drinks), it is simply about having less energy intake than energy energy expenditure, in the long run. Your weight fluctuates quite a bit if you change your food, due to more or less water being shed or put on, but if you monitor your energy intake (aka count calories, without cheating!), you always know how you are doing. It’s science. There are apps for that, too, if you don’t want to bother with the maths yourself.

Basically, if you keep an eye on that, you can still eat what you like, just not as much, (And of course it is difficult not to feel hungry when you eat sugary, starchy foods, so it does help to eat less of these.)

Doing sports helps because it raises your energy expenditure some, if you’re careful not to over-“reward” yourself afterwards.

I think fame and fortune did a number on George Lucas. I think Lucas had a bad case of Impostor Syndrome going and it did a number on him. He either got lost in his own ego or drowned in self-doubt. Or both.

While Ep 4 had the emotional depth of the popcorn fare it was, it at least felt genuine. but it turned Lucas into THE George Lucas. His consant drive to edit, control, redo suggests he could not let his work stand as it was. Any perceived flaw or imperfection *had* to be corrected. With that kind of mindset going, how can you write anything worthwhile?

The prequels must have been hell on him. Everybody on his staff are excited to be on a Star Wars film working with THE George Lucas. It’s no surprise that he hyper-controlled those films in post-production too.

Probably the best thing Lucas did for Star Wars was sell it. It may have been the best thing he did for himself too.

I’m quite certain, that Ed and Nina are set for an epic fuck, as monumental as it was for Thomas and Carol or even more so, but I’m still thinking that the time has not yet arrived for that.

I’m acutely aware of George Lucas’ shortcomings, but I have failed to dislike the prequels with the furor that the true haters think is required. True, they were not as good as the first trilogy. Lucas should have had someone else do the casting, directing and screenplay while Lucas should have stuck to production, but I don’t dislike them. Star Wars Pod Racer was actually a favorite game of mine at the time.

Teen, if you’re going to bare it, at least get a lot of money for it, but when it comes to getting scholarship money for real, I’m certain you an bear it. ;)

With audible, other users can send you books for free I think. Although never tried to do it.

With all the people who follow this site, reckon you’d never have to buy a book again!

Jackie – I met Frank Oz once in Florida. I forgot what we were all doing but he was there for a movie opening. He several voices for us, including Yoda. And of course, my dad embarrassed me (I was 17 at the time) by saying very loudly, “Hey, that’s Yoga!”

Teen – “There was an incident where 2 varsity players got kicked off the basketball team for fighting and drinking and that has been the talk of the school for at least a week. Our basketball team doesn’t seem to be suffering though.” Probably doing much better now that the two idiots are no longer on the team holding everyone else back. That’s how high school is: most of the time you realize things go better when the partying slackers are not there.

I heard Lucas’s wife had a good and stabilizing effect on his movies (she was in the business too). Then they divorced.

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