The Good, the Bad, and the Stats: The #GeekPastiche A to Z Reflection

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Last year my reflection focused on basic lessons I learned as a first-timer. It was too long and posted too late, because I barely survived the 2014 Challenge and it took me a month to get back into my normal routine. This year’s reflection is about things we did right here at Sourcerer, things I’ll do differently if I blog A to Z next year, and what A to Z did for our numbers in April.

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A to Z Challenge Afterparty, Anyone?

Sabina is hosting an A to Z Afterparty this weekend at Victim to Charm. Why not stop by over there, share one of your A to Z Challenge links, and chat about your experience in April?survivor-atoz_by_Retro

I intended to publish my Blogging A to Z Reflection today, but since it’s already noon and I don’t have the screenshots of the stats in yet, I’ll save it for tomorrow. You can find the reflection badge and info about the linky here.

We’re debuting a new feature on Monday which we are hoping to make into a monthly thing: author & blogger interviews!

It’s strange to have only one post scheduled after have the queue so full I had trouble finding my own posts for a month.

Have a great weekend!

Happy May Day!

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Have a video. Not the best visual thing I ever posted here, but it’s live and the lyrics make up the difference.

So, April is done. On to May! I’ll have an A to Z Reflection for you soon. We have a new feature coming early next week which might involve interviews. There is also an A to Z afterparty in the works, and all I know about that is you need to watch this blog for a day or two. Also, Comparative Geeks is about to get even more interesting than it already is 😉

Blogging A to Z Day 29: Young Jedi Knights

Navigating the extensive Star Wars Expanded Universe can prove a tricky task. In almost forty years of existence, it has never ceased to grow. Some titles are still famous and others remain obscure. One of them is the youth oriented book series The Young Jedi Knights, written by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. The fourteen volumes were released between 1995 and 1998.

The books focus on a young generation of teenage Jedi, learning at the Academy Luke Skywalker runs on Yavin IV. This includes the first born twin children of Leia Organa and Han Solo: Jacen and Jaina Solo. The main group also involves Chewbacca’s nephew, Lowbacca, Tenel Ka Djo, Hapan princess of Dathomiri ascendancy, and finally Zekk, a childhood friend to the Solo twins.

These books do a great job at developing the new generations, who get prominently featured in following adult Star Wars novels, as from The New Jedi Order series. In a way, I find that it is a linking ground, such as the recent Star Wars Rebels television show is to both prequel and original trilogy eras. Indeed, several well known characters appear in The Young Jedi Knights, including from the older generation.

Source: Wookieepedia.

Source: Wookieepedia.

The books are quite short and aren’t necessarily alike to how they would be written twenty years later. Maybe now they would be a bit grimmer and complex; but they nevertheless tackled certain serious topics, including the common pattern of acquired disability with the character of Tenel Ka losing an arm in the fourth book. It also presented a diverse cast, with the main group including three male characters, including an alien, and two female ones.

For those interested in these characters in the following books, this series meant for younger audiences, give a lot of background, not just about the characters themselves, but about their connections.

Regardless of the actual content and family evolutions the upcoming sequel movie trilogy, the previous stories told in the Star Wars expanded universe, including The Young Jedi Knights, participate to how fans pictured what happened to the original trilogy characters as they carried on with their lives following the downfall of the Empire and the reconstruction of the Republic.

These books aren’t easy to find at this point, but if you like Star Wars and have a friend who happens to own these, you may want to give this a try.