Interview with a Fangirl: Amy Ratcliffe


I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview writer, podcast co-host and fellow Fangirl, Amy Ratcliffe.


I first became aware of Amy through the Full of Sith Podcast and of course following her Fangirl adventures via Twitter.

Welcome Amy to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Hmm. Probably in high school when I scoured Wheel of Time message boards and participated in a related roleplaying community. Or maybe later when I became addicted to a Battlestar Galactica fan group on Live Journal. I don’t know if I can pinpoint the exact moment.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has definitely helped me find likeminded individuals. One of the reasons I signed up for Twitter was to connect with other ladies who also enjoyed Star Wars. I ended up meeting all of my closest friends (who are local to me) on Twitter first. It’s made it easier for me to get to know others at conventions because I’ve already established an online relationship of sorts with them.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I first saw Star Wars when I was in high school. I was 16. My high school boyfriend wanted to see the rereleases in the theater, and I was curious. I loved them, but I didn’t fall head over heels in love with Star Wars until many years later when Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted.
My first sci-fi experience was Star Trek: The Next Generation, and though I enjoyed it, I never latched onto Star Trek like I did with Star Wars.
My first fandom was probably Wheel of Time. I picked up those books early in high school and devoured them. I later joined fan sites – I think one was called the White Tower – and devoured theories. I longed to be an Aes Sedai.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

The Star Wars fan community constantly enriches me. For the most part, it’s a positive and energetic group that discusses and creates. The creativity always astounds me, whether it’s a theory I’ve never considered before or seeing handmade costumes and models. They inspire me to be welcoming and to do my part to contribute positivity.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Oh man. Fangirling about Star Wars takes up a lot of my energy and free time, but I’m also quite enthusiastic about: Disney, Disneyland, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, most shows on The CW, and Doctor Who.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Never be afraid to express yourself about what you like. Don’t suffer fools or gatekeepers. Most importantly, have fun.

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer and geek passionate about Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. You can find her work at Nerdist, StarWars.com, IGN and in Star Wars Insider magazine. Follow her fangirl adventures via Twitter or Instagram.

Interview with a Fangirl: Caz


I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Caz Gardiner aka @radioryloth on Twitter.


I became aware of Caz through the Star Wars Fan Community. Especially through the articles she writes for the fan site, FutureoftheForce.com.

Welcome Caz to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

 Thanks for the opportunity!

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think I was always a fangirl for something! It hasn’t always been Star Wars (although that was always in the background during my childhood.) It’s been music, various TV shows, books, even historical periods sometimes. I’ve always consistently been fascinated by science fiction and utopia/dystopia situations in fiction. I think over the last 5 years I realised I was in deep with Star Wars, I started getting really geeky about the details lots of people weren’t interested in so I guess that’s when I knew!!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I’m quite new to Twitter and I’m finding it a good experience so far. I use it to chat about the things I’m passionate about, keep up with announcements and read articles, although I should probably spend less time on that and more time on my own writing, or reading books! It’s nice to reach out and connect to people that share my interests.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings,
etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I saw Star Wars when I was a kid and we used to watch it repeatedly, its just always been there, I never questioned whether I liked it or not. The prequels I saw at the cinema. I guess that universe has grown on me over time to the point I’ve reached now. The turning point was probably watching The Clone Wars for the first time and just getting totally obsessed with it.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has
had a positive impact on your life?

It’s really nice to realise it’s not just me getting frustrated about some aspects of Star Wars. I’m happy to see lots of people speaking up about representation, both in the stories themselves and within the visible fan community, and it has given me the confidence to raise my voice too.

What else do you fangirl about?

Doctor Who, X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Buffy, Angel, Harry Potter, Dystopian fiction, 80’s cartoons, lots of different types of music.

About Caz Gardiner

Caz lives in London is a mum, cellist, sometimes guitarist and singer, feminist, aspiring teacher, writes about Star Wars as Radio Ryloth for futureoftheforce.com. You can follow her via Twitter @radioryloth or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/radioryloth.

Interview with an Author: Cynthia Sax

It is a pleasure to welcome Cynthia Sax author of Hers To Command.

Welcome Cynthia to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

Cynthia Sax: Thanks for having me Patty. I’m excited to be here.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

Cynthia Sax: Carys, the heroine of Hers To Command, is a battle station Commander. She has a genetic anomaly that makes her compatible with TWO cyborg warriors. They will do anything to claim her, to keep her safe. Ace and Thrasher are truly Hers To Command.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?
If so, give a few examples…

Cynthia Sax: Carys, the heroine of Hers To Commander, is a tolerates-no-backchat type of Commander. Her crew don’t use her first name. I doubt they know it. They refer to her as Commander. I liked that she, a female many perceive as tough and strong, had a soft, feminine name. That shows the two sides of her. In public, she’s tough. In private, she has a soft heart.

Ace and Thrasher are cyborgs, half man, half machine. Cyborgs are viewed as weapons, as objects by their manufacturers. They’re given model numbers, not names. They choose their own names.

Ace is the more logical warrior, more machinelike than human. He chose a name that reflects excellence. It is also short, practical. Thrasher is the more emotional, more human warrior. His name conveys movement and emotion, specifically passion and frustration.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

Cynthia Sax: I’m a long time cyborg romance reader. I love the delicious cyborg stories told by Laurann Dohner and Eve Langlais. I felt I had my own unique stories to add to this amazing niche.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Cynthia Sax: I think it is very important that we write what WE want to write. Yes, we can try to make our stories a bit more marketable but we should love them. We should find joy in what we’re writing. Our happiness is the only thing we can truly control in this wonderful business.

The cyborg series is a prime example of that. When I proposed the idea of Releasing Rage to my agent, she didn’t want to shop it around. She said there was no market for it.

I wrote it anyway, Indie published it and it is, by far, my best selling story. I truly believe my passion for the niche shows. Readers feel the love.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

Cynthia Sax: I do quite a bit of research for every story. Very little of it, ironically, is put on the page. But I consult with scientists and engineers and, of course, Google is a good friend of mine (grins).

I like to know everything in my stories is plausible. Maybe it isn’t the norm. Writing about what usually happens can be creatively restrictive, not-very-exciting and a bit predictable. But it COULD happen.

For Hers To Command, specifically, I did quite a bit of research on air battles, on battle strategy, on the gravity fields around planets and moons, on whether or not a cow would venture into a dark, cool cave (that is rare but it happens). My search history is a mess. (grins)

What makes you laugh?

Cynthia Sax: I LOVE truly bad jokes, especially puns. I’m PUNderful. One of my great joys is finding the perfect bad dirty jokes for my newsletters. They’re unabashedly awful. If you don’t groan while reading them, I haven’t done my job properly.

What makes you cry?

Cynthia Sax: Oh boy. What doesn’t? In romance novels, it is that tough heroine trying her best not to cry, fighting a losing battle against the tears. Or a hero who feels he has failed his female in some way. That gets me.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Cynthia Sax: One of the earliest books I fangirled over was Felix Salten’s Bambi. I must have read that library book a hundred times. Coming from the country, being a farm girl, the honesty of that story got to me. Bad things happened in the story, just as I saw it happen all around me in nature. But there was still hope. There was still optimism.

That is what I try to convey in the cyborg series. My cyborg world is dark. Bad things happen. But there’s optimism. There’s love. There’s hope.

Hers To Command

Three Battered Hearts. One Perfect Love

Ace and Thrasher share a special bond. They’ve never acknowledged that connection and have never fully acted on it. The Humanoid Alliance kill cyborg males like them, deeming the warriors to be defective. Now that Ace and Thrasher have escaped, they don’t trust the cyborg council and their brethren to react any differently. Physical love is too risky for them to consider.

Until they meet her.

Carys is the Commander of a Rebel Battle Station. She has dedicated her lifespan to seeking vengeance against the Humanoid Alliance and the cyborgs who killed her daughter. On her battle station, she makes the rules, and if she wants to kiss, touch, and pleasure two mysterious warriors, she will. Nothing, not even enemy warships and a mass cyborg rebellion, can stop her.

In the midst of a war, enemies can become lovers and loyalties can change in a moment. Can a forbidden relationship between two cautious cyborgs and one unbending human Commander survive?

Hers To Command is Book 8 in the Cyborg Sizzle series.
Due to the number of returning characters in this story, you’ll enjoy Hers To Command more if you’ve read the other stories first. This is a MMF BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance and is available through the following outlets:

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About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes SciFi, contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
Sign up for her dirty-joke-filled release day newsletter and visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com

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Interview with a Fangirl: Clair

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!


Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Clair Henry aka @henrytowers on Twitter.

I became aware of Clair through the Star Wars Fan Community.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I probably I realised I was a fangirl when I went to secondary school around the age of 11 years old; (I think it’s called high school in the USA). Whilst at primary school (elementary school) I had a group of friends mainly boys who each break and lunchtime played or talked about star wars mainly, but we did like other things such as Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, Superman and Wonder Woman anything sci fi, fantasy or comic based really. I loved it we played role play games, looked at comics, played with the toys, read books, collected the trading cards and stickers you name it we did it!

When I went to an all-girls secondary school and had to make new friends I realised that not many people liked the things I liked! It didn’t stop me; it was difficult though as in the early 1980s in Northern Ireland it was hard there was one comic shop in Belfast that you could go to get your fangirl (or guy for that matter fix! It was so expensive!!!!!)

All through my life I haven’t ever shied away from the fact that I like Star Wars or anything related to sci fi and as people have got to know me they accept it think its quirky and respect me for it!

I’m still best friends with my primary school friend, now his family and mine go together to conventions!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I would say it has helped me. I loved StarWars.com from its infancy and joined hyperspace on it! The forums and communities before modern social media helped me keep up to date or in contact with other people who loved star wars.

I am now on facebook, twitter and instagram. I find twitter the best for finding out snippets of information from a range of sources almost as soon as it happens! I love the fact on facebook groups of like-minded people can come together and chat.

I try to look at them a couple of times of the day, but try not to let it take over my life which I know social media can do, it’s very addictive!!

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Ring, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

My parents always said I loved strange TV shows and movies from a young age, I saw Star Wars in 1978 when it came to Northern Ireland when I was 5 and I loved it! My mum always tells people when they ask her “Has Clair always loved Star Wars?” Her reply is “Yes when her dad and granddad brought her home from the cinema and she pretended to stop a rubbish crusher from closing in on her and called herself Princess Leia I knew this film was a hit !”

I remember choosing to watch Star Trek, Battlestar, the black and white Flash Gordon Saturday morning shows, Wonder Woman and the cartoon Lord of The Rings over anything else on the TV I simply couldn’t get enough of it!

That love has still continued I love to watch anything of the fangirl genre from lost, the remake battlestar, Game of Thrones to the dc and avenger films and tv shows over anything else.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

It was different for a girl to like Star Wars when I was young it was a “boy” thing and there weren’t many “out” fangirls around. I was considered by some to be nerdy, Tomboyish and weird as I didn’t conform to the norm as such in my tastes, but I was always comfortable and strong with my choice and that was because of the support I got from the Star Wars friends I suppose you could call them my fan community right from the start as a child
As an adult, the fan community has allowed me to continue my love for star wars and has helped me show others that its ok to like what you like and be proud of it ( even when it’s not trendy or in vogue which star wars was for a very long time)

What else do you Fangirl about?

My daughter loves Harry Potter so I have learned an awful lot about that series recently. Its great to see Supergirl and Wonder Woman come back again! I loved the original program and movies and think the modern take on those are fantastic!

I’m not sure whether it’s a fangirl thing but I love Kylie Minogue the pop singer and have yet to miss a tourher music I find is very upbeat and always gets me on the dance floor!!!

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

I love being a fangirl as there isn’t a typical or prescribed way to do it! I love the fact that every day I can somehow show off my love of Star Wars in my own fangirl way whether it be by wearing a pin on my work Lanyard, heading out for a night of cocktails by carrying my Star Wars makeup in my black Darth Vader handbag, or turning up to a meeting and produce my Star Wars note book and pen to take notes and minutes. It always starts a conversation and I feel it breaks down a lot of barriers as people can’t help but ask why or do you like Star Wars!

Being a fangirl is simply the best feeling and I am so proud to call myself one.

May The Force Be With You…

Guest Post: Cyborgs

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Cara Bristol as a guest blogger to talk about what inspired her latest Sci-Fi Romance!

Take it away Cara!

Cyborgs: from the Six Million Dollar Man to Cyberoperative by Cara Bristol

If you’ve noticed similarities between cyborgs in today’s science fiction/sci-fi romance and the Six Million Dollar Man, a TV show from the 1970s, you’re on the mark. The “bionic man” was a cyborg. Col. Steven Austin, played by actor Lee Majors, was an astronaut who was critically injured when his ship crashed. Two legs, one arm and an eye were replaced with bionic parts making him faster and stronger. You can see the opening credit/sequence from the show below.

The Six Million Dollar Man was based on the Martin Caidin novel, Cyborg. The show had a successful run from 1974-1978 and led to a spinoff, The Bionic Woman (1976-1978), with Jaime Sommers played by Lindsay Wagner. Like Austin, Sommers had two legs and one arm replaced, but she had bionic ear instead of an eye.

What is different about Austin and Sommers from the cyborgs in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series and other authors’ cyborg romances, is that the bionic man/woman didn’t have any computer interfaces. In its infancy, computer technology was practically nonexistent in the 1970s. Computers were huge mainframe things (although the first PCs came out in the mid 1970s). The era was pre-internet, pre-wireless. So Austin and Sommers had mechanical limbs, but no computer chips or processors, no nanocytes.
Fictional cyborgs today aren’t just physically stronger, they have greater mental capabilities. The cyborgs in my series can communicate with each other telepathically via wireless, can hack into most computer systems, and have a database of information in their heads they can access. Their nanos, tiny robotic cells in their bloodstream, enhance bodily functions and repair injuries.

The computer age has changed cyborgs.

The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman were action-adventure stories. The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series books are romances, focusing on the developing love relationship between the heroine and the cyborg hero who works for a secret military organization called Cyber Operations (Cy-Ops).
So, how much would a six million dollar man cost today? Factoring in inflation alone, a six million dollar man would cost $29 million in today’s dollars. However, due to technological and computer advancements, they would probably cost a lot more.
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To get a feel for Claimed by the Cyborg below is an excerpt.

What the hell had gotten into these people? Wasn’t this supposed to be a friendly competition? There wouldn’t be any surprises. How could they get so emotional over a theatrical performance when they already knew the outcome?
Did they hate him because he was the challenger or because he was Terran? Even in silence, animosity fogged the arena like a heavy cloud.

At the officiant’s cue, March pivoted. The Sha’A’la was only a dramatic spectacle, but turning his back on a participant armed with a saber caused the hair on his nape to prickle. On the sixth step, as he’d seen practiced, he whipped around and charged, surprised to see Naimo closer than expected. Had he turned a step early?
Their blades connected and showered the air with sparks.

The crowd trilled with satisfaction.

His feet moved through the choreographed steps as he swung his blade to parry the thrusts of Naimo’s sword. Without a cyborg’s memory, following the routine would have been difficult. Though smaller, his opponent was strong and agile, his facial tension conveying a startling ferocity.

Naimo attacked with power and precision. Blades engaged in a loud clang of metal and a fiery glitter of sparks. From a foreigner’s viewpoint, March had misjudged the danger. One slip of the foot, one wrong twist of the wrist, and either of them could be injured.

Rocking from heel to toe, they darted back and forth, lunging and retreating. With a series of fast moves, March backed Naimo to the edge of the court and, with a swipe, nicked his arm as he’d seen rehearsed. Before the consort could claim his bride, his blood had to be spilled in her honor. Red spurted from the shallow wound, and the crowd hissed. If they’d disliked him before, they hated him now. He’d wounded their golden boy. That he’d been required to didn’t matter. He might need a protective detail to get off the planet alive.

Claimed by the Cyborg

Claimed by the Cyborg

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March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

About Cara Bristol
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.
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Guest Post: The worlds of The Stuff of Legend

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Greta van der Rol as a guest blogger to talk about her latest book in the Ptorix Empire series, The Stuff of Legend

Take it away Greta!

The worlds of The Stuff of Legend by Greta van der Rol

Thanks for having me on your blog, Patty.

As you know, I’m almost as much of a Star Wars Fangirl as you are. However, today’s post is going to be a bit of geeky stuff about my latest book.

I’ve just published my latest book in the Ptorix Empire series, The Stuff of Legend. If you’ve read any of my books you’ll know I like to do some planet-hopping – in the best traditions of space opera. Many of my planets are, of necessity, habitable by humans, but for this book I wanted to get a little bit more exotic.

img_0830The book’s plot centers around an open star cluster called the Maidens. It’s not a particular open cluster in our night sky – after all, who knows which galaxy this story takes place in? But I like my astronomy to be realistic. I didn’t use a globular cluster, despite the attraction of a mass of stars huddled close together. Globular clusters are tightly packed (for stars) and gravitationally bound to each other. The stars are the oldest we know of, and because of that wouldn’t be likely to have the elements created in super novas upon which life as we know it is built. The stars in open clusters are younger. They form in the usual stellar nurseries like the mighty Orion Nebula. From there, they remain in a more ‘open’ gravitational relationship until they leave home on their own. Our sun was probably part of an open cluster when it was a teenager. You can find out more about open clusters here.

Probably the best known open cluster is the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. But I didn’t want my cluster to look quite like that. Although there are gas clouds in the Pleiades, I wanted something a bit more like the roiling clouds of Orion. And it so happens that an open cluster that had been thought to be part of the Orion Nebula, was in fact a different entity, situated in front of the nebula. Here’s the story of NGC 1980. It was perfect. So my story takes place in a star cluster that has some similarities to NGC 1980.

There’s a legend, of course. My cluster, the Maidens, can be pictured (if you cross your eyes and stand on one leg) as three women in robes of stardust guarding a hoard of stars.

Next, planets. Not every planet has seasons. Not every planet has a temperate climate. Not every planet has a bright yellow star. So I created a few ‘different’ planets for my story.
• One planet is undergoing an ice age. Apart from being cold, the atmosphere is not breathable by humans. And since there is no axial tilt, the planet doesn’t have seasons. It’s not a place where you’d want to visit the poles.
• Another planet is much, much more massive than standard (think Earth).
• Yet another planet is a close binary system, rather like the Earth and its moon, but more equal in size. Perhaps a little more like Pluto and Charon.

Each planet my intrepid explorers visit has its own challenges to overcome. There’s adventure, mystery, and action, all mixed up and sweetened with a dollop of romance.

I enjoyed writing this book. I hope you enjoy reading it.

img_0831When history professor Olivia Jhutta receives a distress call from her parents, she sets out into space with their business partner, her grandmother, and injured Confederacy Admiral Jak Prentiss to find them. But she’s not the only one interested in the Jhutta’s whereabouts. The Helicronians believe Olivia’s parents have found an ancient weapon which they can use to wage war on the Confederacy.
Jak goes on the trip to fill in time while he’s on enforced leave, helping Olivia follow cryptic clues in what he considers an interplanetary wild goose chase in search of a fairy story. But as the journey progresses and legend begins to merge with unsettling fact, Olivia and Jak must resolve their differences and work together if they are to survive. The two are poles apart… but it’s said opposites attract. If they can manage to stay alive.

Buy it now on AmazonGoogleiBooksNookKobo, Print via Createspace

Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.
She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn’t bent over a hot computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavors. Find out more about Greta and her books at her website http://gretavanderrol.net/

Interview with a Fangirl: Michelle

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Michelle, aka Missy K’ya!

Fangirl Missy

Fangirl Michelle

I became aware of Michelle via the Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast and through interactions with her via Facebook.

Welcome Michelle to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I suppose I have been a Fangirl since I was 9 years old. I know that, at that age, I didn’t realize that I was a Fangirl (or that there was such a thing). All I knew was that I was completely obsessed with Star Wars. I did realize that I was the only girl in my school that was passionate about it, but I simply didn’t care what anyone else thought. By the time I was about 12 or 13 I realized that “fandom” was a thing, and that I was certainly a part of it.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media was non-existent during my childhood, teens, and early adulthood. We met other fans at comic book stores, lining up for new Star Wars film releases (yes, even back then), or just through mutual friends. Since the rise of social media it has become so much easier to meet other fans, which is great ! I find that when there is some new, exciting Star Wars news that the people around me do not really care about, I can just turn to my social media friends and they are always there to share in my excitement.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Ring, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I saw A New Hope when it was first released in the theater. I had just turned 6 years old and it was love at first sight. I grew up in San Francisco and saw the movie at the Coronet Theater, which I was able to do for every single Star Wars film until The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, the theater closed before then and I was devastated. Now I have to see Star Wars films in other places, but the love remains. I believe my love for all things Star Wars continues to grow, and probably always will.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I have learned that there are so many people out there that feel the same way I do, and that these people come from so many different places, ethnicities, religions, and political points of view. Regardless of how different fans may be, we all share something. Through the connections we make in our fandom communities I have seen that we can respect each other’s differences and not judge each other based on those differences or points of view. I find fellow fans to be far more accepting than other people in general. It seems that knowing what we share helps us to respect our differences.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Disney, Harry Potter, Twilight, Star Trek, LOTR, and Stranger Things.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

I just want to express how happy I am that it has become much more acceptable for girls to be a part of the fandom communities. This generation is able to enjoy being fans regardless of their gender.

Thank so much Michelle for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your fandom better.

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Michelle is a Northern California Fangirl mother and grandmother raising a 6 year old Fangirl with autism. You can connect with Missy K’ya via her Facebook or Instagram as a_mommy_and_a_mimi.

The Character Development of Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano's Character Designs over the years credit Lucasfilm Ltd

Ahsoka Tano’s Character Designs over the years credit Lucasfilm Ltd

Ahsoka Tano was first publically introduced into the Star Wars Universe on January 29, 2008.

Ahsoka Tano with Saw Gerrera in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Ahsoka Tano with Saw Gerrera in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

I, like many others, were not too sure about this new character first intoduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. However, as time went on, Ahsoka is now a vital and beloved part of the Star Wars Universe. This can be seen when there were cries of great joy from many fans, including myself, when Ahsoka appeared as the mysterious ‘Fulcrum’ in Star Wars Rebels.

Ahsoka introduces herself to the crew of The Ghost in Star Wars Rebels

Ahsoka introduces herself to the crew of The Ghost in Star Wars Rebels season 1 Finale, Fire Across The Galaxy

Therefore, in celebration of Ahsoka’s introduction into the Star Wars Universe, fans declared that this Anniversary be known as #AhsokaTanoDay.

#AhsokaTanoDay logo from The WookieeGunner.com credit Johnamarie Macias

#AhsokaTanoDay logo from TheWookieeGunner.com credit Johnamarie Macias

I am celebrating #AhsokaTanoDay by sharing the series of blog articles I wrote in 2016 about Ahsoka’s character development from The Clone Wars Movie to Star Wars Rebels. I hope you enjoy my look at the development of this important and beloved Star Wars character, Ahsoka Tano.

The Character Development of Ahsoka Tano by Patty Hammond (aka PattyBones2):

  • Part 1, Introduction of Ahsoka via TheBeardedTrio
  • Part 2, What Did Ahsoka Learn from Anakin? via TheCantinaCast
  • Part 3, Development from the end of The Clone Wars to Rebels via TheBeardedTrio

CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire


CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire

On Saturday January 28, 2017, my husband, my sister and two of our friends went to the CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire. This is an indoor event held in Birch Run, MI where the Renaissance, Viking, Pirate, Fantasy and Steam Punk cultures collide.

The event organized tried very hard to make this a fun and exciting event. They put a lot of work into the set up, displays and programming. It including activities for all ages including…

Watching combatants fight with swords

Sword wielding combatants show off their moves

Sword wielding combatants show off their moves

Admiring all the creativity, enthusiasm and effort of the Cosplayers. –My husband was suprised by the number of people who were displaying their love of these cultures via Cosplay at this event.

Some of the fabulous outfits worn by attendees

Some of the fabulous outfits worn by attendees

Watching a parade with participants playing instruments, carrying banners and wearing outfits from many different cultures.

A parade winds through the faire

A parade winds through the faire

Watching a baudy pirate show

Two sea going lasses confronting a pirate

Two sea going lasses confronting a pirate

Of course, as with any Renaissance Faire, there was plenty of vendors to peruse and shop at. Some our favorites were…

Buying Fairy merchandise

Fairy dust necklaces

Fairy dust necklaces

Perusing the ‘Hogwarts Shop’

Time turners and other Harry Potter merchandise for sale

Time turners and other Harry Potter merchandise for sale

Shopping for your favorite weapon.

Edged weapons for sale

Edged weapons for sale

You could even shop for items for your ‘cave’

Sample of the Star Wars items available for sale

Sample of the Star Wars items available for sale

The only draw back to this event that we can identify was that the usual atmosphere, like the forest or a castle, usually found at Renaissance Faires, was missing.

Faire atmosphere

Faire atmosphere

Overall, this is good event.  If you are in the Birth Run area on January 29, 2017, I would recommend checking this event out.

 

Foods in Star Wars with Significance

Foods in Star Wars with Significance

Consuming food is the basic foundation of life, but within the Star Wars Universe, some of them can have greater significance than just providing substance. Some can either further our understanding of characters, while wome further the plot in some way. A few of the foods that have significance for one reason or another in the Star Wars Saga are…

Gorgs

Jar Jar snagging food from a vendor in The Phantom Menace credit Lucasfilm

Jar Jar snagging food from a vendor in The Phantom Menace credit Lucasfilm

Description: An amphibious animal consumed by Hutts, Dugs and Gungans
Appearance: The Phantom Menace
Significance: When Jar Jar snags a Gorg using his long tongue from a vendor in Mos Espa on Tatooine, he accidentally hits a Dug, with it. The Dug he hits with this delicacy is Sebolba who is Anakin Skywalker’s competitor in the sport of pod racing. The introduction of Sebolba is important in understanding what obstacles Anakin has to face in winning the Podrace, which is necessary for the ship repairs and in gaining his freedom from slavery.

Jogan fruits


Description: Round mostly round fruit with white stripes that can be found on Lothal and other planets
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Premiere Episode, Spark of Rebellion
Significance: Just before Ezra Bridger met the crew of The Ghost, a merchant selling Jorgan fruit was having a confrontation with Imperial officers. This confrontation led the Imperials to call for this merchant’s arrest for treason. Ezra quickly went to help this merchant by making these Imperials think there was an emergency elsewhere in the city. After these officiers left the area, Ezra helped this merchant pick up the Jorgan Fruit that fell to the ground during the confrontation. However, he takes some of the Jorgan fruit without permision. This scene with the Jorgan fruit, gives us a better understanding of Ezra’s character as quick thinking thief, who is willing to help when he can.

Field Rations

Ration Pack from The Force Awakens Visual Guide credit DK Books/Lucasfilm

Ration Pack from The Force Awakens Visual Guide credit DK Books/Lucasfilm

Description: Ready-to-eat food that has little or no prep-time consumed by military (Republic, Imperial, Rebel Alliance) personnel
Appearance: The Force Awakens
Significance: In The Force Awakens, Imperial rations are used as currency on the planet Jakku for items that are salvaged from crashed ships. When Unkar Plutt offers Rey 60 of these ration portions for BB-8, she refuses to sell the droid.  This shows that Rey’s friendship with BB-8 is more important to her than what she was offered.

Meilooruns

Ezra defends himself against a Storm Trooper with fruit

Ezra defends himself against a Storm Trooper with fruit credit StarWars.com

Description: A type of orange fruit melon that is sold on Lothal and consumed by many including Imperial forces
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episode, Fighter Flight
Significance: A simple assignment to obtain some of this fruit for Hera turns into an adventure where Zeb and Ezra obtain a Tie Fighter. This Tie Fighter was then used as part of the plan to a rescue Kanan Jarrus from Imperial custody.

Rootleaf Stew


Description: A stew made of root leaves found on Dagobah
Appearance: The Empire Strikes Back
Significance: This stew is the ‘Good Food’ that Yoda offers Luke when he first encounters him on Dagobah. This is significant because it is when Luke is eating this repast that he discovers that the crazy creature that offered to help him find the Jedi Master, Yoda, is actually the one he was seeking.

So do you agree with me that these foods have significance within the Star Wars Saga?

Do you have any other examples that I missed?

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Patty Hammond (@pattyBones2) is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst. Patty is very active in the Star Wars community. You can find her posting about Star Wars and much more on her blog EverydayFangirl.com, TheCantinaCast.com, FutureofTheForce.com, TheBeardedTrio.com, and of course on Twitter @Pattybones2.

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