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The Mandalorian: Satisfies?

I waited.

I really did.

I admit to being old and cranky. I confess to LOATHING the new Star Wars films (Except Rogue Squadron and Solo. They were enjoyable. Good even.) I rewrote the script to The Force Awakens in less than an hour, and was told that was far better than the film. I did all I could not to scream through The Last Jedi, for the peace of mind of my kids.

They hate my dramatic outbursts.

So, I held my breath through episode 1 of The Mandalorian. Bit my lip through episode 2. Got ready to abandon hope on everything if episode 3 did not come through, shout verbal emesis at the world, throw up my fists to the gods, and give up completely.

And, for the record, it takes a lot to make me not like something. Like, a LOT. Mostly because I really, REALLY, want to love all the things.

But sometimes, it’s just crap. And one can not polish a turd.

But I waited. Mostly because of my huge crush on Gina Carano, and my hopes that she’ll become the huge star she deserves to be.

I’d let her shoot me.

(Spoiler warning. Back in my day, we called that “talking”, but whatevs).

I was a kid when the original films came out in theatres. We actually had to wait for YEARS to see A New Hope and it’s sequels on TELEVISION (that’s how it was; yes, I predate VCR’s.) The only way to hear about a movie was to talk to someone who had seen it.

So, the franchise, its worlds, and all things Star Wars is very, very important to me.

So it was very difficult to witness it’s demise.

But, I am happy to say that it seems that The Mandalorian has brought redemption to at least this embittered old fart.

Photographed from my television, so keep your lawyer’s leashes on.

Jon Favreau’s Episode 3 finally brought the right elements: tough, existential choices, difficult circumstances, actual peril, and a character decision that unravels future storytelling. To me, things had been somewhat…inert…up until now.

(Baby Yoda? Force powers? WHAAAAAAT?!?) #NOTatwist.

So, Old Man Laybolt is all in. You got me, Favreau et al. I’m down.

And then THIS whole thing…which…you know. I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying.

Thank GAWD. Because I was really ready to punch the eject button there, and give up on all things Star Wars. A bitter thing, that.

Particularly fitting image, given the context of this article.

So, there it is. More than happy to embark on this bold new journey with optimism, eagerness, and wide open fanboy eyes.

Go watch it. It really might be worth it.

(DISCLAIMER: Totally unlike me. Typical attitude being completely expecting my hopes to be shattered as per most other creative bankruptcy-plagued current franchise content, as evidenced by a THIRD Charlie’s Angels reboot. WHO SIGNS OFF ON A THIRD REBOOT OF ANYTHING?!?)

So here’s to The Mandalorian. This is the way.




Juris Lunence: A Tale of the 10th Lunen Regiment
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HUGE News: Sand Audiobook underway!!

I’ve been keeping it under my hat for awhile now, and believe me, it’s been a struggle to keep my mouth shut. (A constant struggle at the best of times).

But I can finally announce that recording for the To Drown in Sand audiobook starts in two weeks!!

My friends over at Iron Wave Studios have announced that they are good to go and will begin production in less than 14 days!

The cast has been picked, the mics are hot, and the crew is ready!

Venturing into the audiobook field is a new world for both me and the Ironworks gang, so there’s lots to learn. I’ll keep all of you blog peeps updated as things unfold (read: catch fire and trip me up as I stumble my way through this new venture).

If you haven’t read it, To Drown in Sand is Book One of my trilogy about a man who goes to a war zone to find peace. His regiment is populated by people from all the different Atlantic Canadian cultures.

Since it’s military sci-fi, those places don’t exist anymore (the earth died; sorry), their accents and cultural nuances are what stand out in their dialogues, and would make for a challenge for any production team.

That, and the signature sound of a rail gun rifle. I am dying to hear THAT.

Almost as much as hearing the people in my head given voice. Surreal.

To Drown In Sand: Book One of the 10th Lunen Regiment Trilogy
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