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Star Wars Rebels Season Four Poster

I love this official Star Wars Rebels Season Four Poster. There are a lot of details including a Lothwolf in the center between Thrawn and Pryce with the crew of The Ghost in the center foreground. Thanks so much Lucasfilm for sharing this with me!

From the press release…
All the paths are coming together as Star Wars Rebels returns for its fourth and final season beginning Monday, October 16th on Disney XD.
Before its highly anticipated finale, many new Rebels episodes will be broadcast back-to-back, giving fans a full hour of the Ghost crew’s thrilling adventures each week though November 13th :
Monday, 10/16 – “Heroes of Mandalore”  Parts 1 & 2
Monday, 10/23 – “In the Name of the Rebellion” Parts 1 & 2
Monday, 10/30 – “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”
Monday, 11/6 – “Kindred” and “Crawler Commandeers”
Monday, 11/13 – “Rebel Assault”

After the holiday break, Star Wars Rebels will return in early 2018 with its final episodes leading up to its epic finale — a story so secret that only a few people on the production team know how it will end! Look for new episodes every Monday with five airings throughout the day at 12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD (also on the Disney XD App and VOD), and don’t forget to catch StarWars.com’s “Rebels Recon” show, which will be posted after the 9 p.m. broadcast.

So who has made this their screensaver?

Are you just as excited for this final season of Star Wars Rebels as I am?

Let me know in the comments or via Twitter @PattyBones2

Adventures During Force Friday II 

Today is Force Friday II and I spent most of my day looking and buying some of the new Star Wars merchandise.

A Quick Morning Stop!

A few of the new Star Wars Figures available at my local Meijer

A few of the new Star Wars Figures available at my local Meijer

Since I had to work today I was not able to go to any of the Force Friday II midnight opening events. However, I was able to stop by my local Meijer on the way to the office. This store was in the process of setting things up for Force Friday II. Fortunately, they did put out a few of the action figures so I was able to score a Black Series Thrawn, Jedi Traninee Rey and Hera Syndulla!

Morning spoils!

Morning spoils!


Afternoon Adventures: At The Mall

Fortunately, the office closed early for the holiday and I was able to do some looking and shopping at a mall near my office. My first stop was a quick stop at The Disney Store since this was the closest to my office. This had the appropriate atmosphere for buying Star Wars merchandise including a video screen playing Star Wars scenes and clips, tracks from the Star Wars soundtracks and demonstrations by the staff showing the new mechandise to younglings! It is here that I bought my first Porg, a very soft PLUSHIE, a Die Cast Rey figure and the Die Cast droid gift pack on clearance! I also received a bonus, a set of the new The Last Jedi posters!

Afternoon Spoils at The Disney Store!

Afternoon Spoils at The Disney Store!

Next I decided to make a quick stop by there was The Lego Store, since this was only a couple of doors down from The Disney Store. I personally did not see much in the way of new merchandise that I wanted to buy. However, I saw a few displays that interested me including a display of The Phantom II from Star Wars Rebels, The Arrowhead from The Freemaker Adventures and a huge Millennium Falcoln!

Some of the displays in The Lego Store

Some of the displays in The Lego Store


The last stop at the mall was at The Apple Store.  Here I saw the new app enabled droids including BB-9E and R2-D2.  There was also a STEM learning opportunity where they presented a class for kids on how to program these droids using coding techniques! 

Droids and Demos at The Apple Store

Droids and Demos at The Apple Store

Evening Stops

After dinner with my family, I made two additional stops to check out what other new Star Wars merchandise is available!  I first made my way to Target where I found lots of new merchandise available! There was so much I could not decide what to buy with my limited budget. I bought the new Forces of Destiny Sabine figure, a Rose figure and a few Star Wars items to give my hubby for his upcoming Birthday.  

So much Star Wars goodness can be found at Target

So much Star Wars goodness can be found at Target

My final stop of the day was at Walmart! Since I already spent my budget at the other stores, I did not buy anything here.  However, this did not prevent me from looking and adding new items to my list once I save a little. What I found while looking around was more new merchandise including some exclusives not found at other retailers.  

Lots of stuff available at Walmart

Lots of stuff available at Walmart

Well that was how I spent Force Friday II.  So how did you spend your Force Friday? Which retailers did you go to? What did you buy?

Interview with a Fangirl: Amy Richau

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Amy Richau, who writes about her geeky obsessions, like Star Wars, for a variety of websites. I became aware of Amy through her articles at FANgirl Blog and of course through her posts on twitter account, @amyrichau.


Welcome Amy to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think I really knew in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when I was collecting anything Star Wars related in thrift shops and antique malls. Even though there had barely been anything new Star Wars related for so long I still enjoyed having a connection to the films. I had a photo of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola in my high school locker around this time. That was a sure sign I think!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I have mixed feelings about fandom and social media. I love to see images of artwork, get links to new articles, and get recommendations on new books, movies, and TV shows – but it’s hard to get that and also block out all the negativity. If someone writes thoughtfully about a subject I’m interested to read it, even if I might not agree with them. But so much of what I see, on twitter especially, is just trashing on things – and then people complaining about people trashing something. That kind of negativity cycle is a total turn off to me. I’m always looking for more analytical discussions of films and TV shows and less of the “hot take” type of content. I just recently started to listen to a few podcasts which I think are great opportunities to have deeper discussions and conversations.

My friends aren’t huge Star Wars fans and I have only met one person in real life that I “met” through Star Wars social media so I think it would be very fun to go to a convention that had a lot of Star Wars content to meet some of the people I have chatted with or followed online.

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 have a vague memory of seeing Star Wars in the theater in 1977, and I remember being terrified Yoda was going to hurt Luke when I first saw The Empire Strikes Back. When I saw Return of the Jedi in 1983 that was the first Star Wars film that I truly fell in love with – and it was the first film where I wanted to jump into the movie and hang out with the characters. I’ve loved Star Wars ever since.

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

I think it’s always great to hear what has inspired others in their lives. And it’s important to know that even though you might feel like you’re the only person who loves something in your small town or school that you are not alone. And that being different or loving things that are different than what your peers love is not only ok – it’s fantastic.

I felt for many years that I should hide my Star Wars fandom, in part because it wasn’t cool and in part because I was female. Even when I had the chance to work at Skywalker Ranch in their film archive for a few months right before Revenge of the Sith came out I felt like I couldn’t be honest about how much I loved the films – which seems crazy to me now. But I only interacted with a few people and some of them, believe it or not, weren’t Star Wars fans. So now pretty much nothing makes me happier than seeing women in their twenties embracing Star Wars and seeing fans of Star Wars get jobs working on Star Wars related projects.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Twin Peaks, Disney, Marvel & DC more and more. I’m also a huge classic movie fan. Oh, and I love the Denver Broncos – I can’t leave them out of any fan conversation!

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

It’s nice to know there are people who share my sometimes crazy obessions with geeky things!

What cool Fangirl related project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?

I am starting up a blog about classic films called See Classic Films (seeclassicfilms.com).

Where can others find and inteact with you?

You can follow me on twitter @amyrichau

Interview with Editor: Corie Weaver

It is a pleasure to welcome Corie Weaver editor of the Sci-Fi Anthology series, Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.


Welcome 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 more about the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide!

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

We chose the name Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide because we wanted to create a sample of science fiction stories for readers of all ages. Every collection includes stories that represent the wide spectrum of science fiction, from rocket ship adventure, to weird west to post- apocalyptic to steampunk and more.

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

A random conversation with a friend back in 2014 sparked a new multi-year project – so be careful! My best friend was looking for new books for her young daughter. The qualifications seemed simple: Science fiction or fantasy, female protagonist, no romance. It was harder to find titles than I thought it would be. Sure, there were options – Wrinkle in Time, Zita the Space Girl, The City of Ember…. But not as many as I’d assumed. Turns out, according to a 2011 study of 6,000 children’s books, only 31 percent had central female characters, and even fewer featured main characters of color.*

I love science fiction. I believe it can bring us to a brighter future. So, I did the only logical thing, and put out a call for submissions for an anthology of science fiction shorts for middle grade readers, with a focus on diversity and representation. Girls, boys, robots – everyone is welcome here.

* “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” (http://gas.sagepub.com/content/25/2/197.full.pdf+html) The results of the study are also discussed in this Guardian article: (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/may/06/gender-imbalance-children-s-literature)

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing or the writing of the authors of the series?

Tamora Pierce, Isaac Asimov, Usula K. LeGuin, Terry Prachett, Neil Gaiman – the list goes on and on. But one story I read in Asimov’s Magazine *mumblemumble* years ago has stuck with me for years – Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress. I reached out to Nancy when we started the anthology project, and she’s sold us a story every year. When I asked why she was such a strong supporter, she answered:

“When I was a child, the school library had a Girls’ Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys’ Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

If someone is interested in learning more about the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, where would they go?

The 2018 collection will be on Kickstarter starting June 13th, shipping in December.

Also, the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is also available for Libraries! Learn more at http://dreamingrobotpress.com/2017-young-explorers-adventure-guide/!

#AtoZBlogChallenge 2017

AtoZ Blog Challenge 2017

Today starts the April 2017 AtoZ Blog Challenge

What is the AtoZ Blog Challenge?

The challenge is where bloggers from around the world post a topic each day during the month of April, except on Sundays, related to a particular letter of the Alphabet. Basically, a blogger would post an article on April 1st with a topic related to the letter A and continue through the alphabet until April 30 with a topic related to the letter Z. To help visualize this, below is a schedule for the 2017 AtoZ blog Challenge:

AtoZ Blog Challenge schedule of Letters for April 2017

AtoZ Blog Challenge schedule of Letters for April 2017

You can participate by reading the articles that are posted each day. What good is an article posted that is never read? 

Those bloggers participating in this Challenge will be posting links to their articles via the official A to Z Challenge blog, the AtoZ Challenge Simulcast Blog (for WordPress bloggers), or the AtoZ Blog Challenge Facebook. Bloggers can also use Twitter and Instagram to post links with the hashtag #AtoZBlogChallenge. There are also some blogs that do a good job of consolidating the links that are shared via Twitter for example, The #AtoZChallange Daily.  

I participated in this Challange for several years and it helped me when I first started blogging. This Challenge is an excellent and exciting way to gather new readers, focus writing and showcase or expand the talent of writers and bloggers. If you have not read these previous AtoZ Challenge Blog posts you can find them here

Although I am not participating in this year’s Challenge, I still want to support those that are. Therefore, good luck to those that are participating and I look forward to reading and sharing those that peek my interest.
So are you participating in the Challenge? 

Carrie Fisher Has Left Us, but will not be forgotten 

I am very sad to hear that Carrie Fisher has passed away.  There are no words for how I feel that expresses my thanks to this wonderful person.  However, I will do my best.


‪Carrie was a wonderful role model for many, especially this Fangirl by showing that there are self rescuing princesses.  As I grew up, she also showed me that you can overcome many life struggles with humor.  ‬Her problems with her Mother and family really echoed some of the relationship problems I have faced in my life.  Her dedication to her writing, showed me that a beautiful women can be many things in her life.  Her wit and humor showed me to laugh even when things looked bad.  Her love of the fans is one of the things I really liked about her.  


Carrie took the time to interact with everyone she met.  By spreading glitter on her fans at the conventions or even briefly talking to people, like my husband, as he was standing in line to get a diet pop at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando. 


My heart goes out to her family, friends, her dog Gary and the millions of fans who knew her as Princess or General Leia Organa.

You will be missed Carrie. 

May The Force Be With You, Always…

Carrie Fisher in Hospital after a Mid-Air Heart Attack

Carrie Fisher with her Dog Gary at Star Wars Celebration Europe in July 2016

Carrie Fisher with her Dog Gary at Star Wars Celebration Europe in July 2016

This afternoon via TMZ and updates via other outlets, I heard the news that one of my role models, Carrie Fisher, is in a LA Hospital after an heart attack, while on a plane flying home from her book tour.

Hope profile pic from Full of Sith Podcast listener via Facebook

Hope profile pic from Full of Sith Podcast listener via Facebook


My heart is with her and her family during this time.  I am praying for Carrie and hope that she will be ok.

Sailor Moon R The Movie in Select Theaters Starting 1/19/17

Sailor Moon R The Movie in Select Theaters Starting 1/19/17

VIZ Media announced some of the U.S. theaters that will be showing the Sailor Moon R The Movie with an all new uncut English Dub just after the Los Angeles Premiere on January 13, 2017.

Sailor Moon R Movie Logo

Sailor Moon comes to the big screen in her first dazzling movie! Uncut and for the first time in theaters. Join Sailor Moon on an adventure to save not only the world, but also her true love! This limited engagement also includes the North American debut of the original theatrical short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians and exclusive extras. A special bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last.

Looking at the list of theaters, this Fangirl is disappointed that only one theater, The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township, MI, will be showing this in my area. However, the good news is that there will be two showings, one of 1/19/17 and the other on 1/23/17, both at 7PM. Tickets are not available to buy for these showings yet. Hopefully, I will be able to buy tickets to one of these. Otherwise, I will have to wait until this is available on BluRay or via streaming.

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You can find more details on other locations in the U.S. and to buy tickets here.

Interview with Author Mary Brock Jones

It is a pleasure to welcome author Mary Brock Jones, author of Torn.


Welcome Mary 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 story better.

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

The title is “Torn” because so much is being torn asunder in this book, or threatened to be. The environment of the planet Arcadia, the living, breathing heart of the world that gives life to the human inhabitants, is near to being physically torn apart thanks to the settlers’ actions. If nothing is done, and very soon, there will be cascade of environmental catastrophes putting at risk the continued existence of humans on Arcadia.

“Storms, floods, drought. Don’t bother taking your pick, says the planet, you’re going to get the lot.”

The hero and heroine are torn between multiple loyalties. To save their world from environmental collapse, they must betray the families they love. There is something between them, something they cannot deny, but they come from very different parts of the planet and each has a love for their unique but quite opposite homelands that is an intrinsic part of who they are. Can they resist this growing attraction between them, one that must result in exile for one or both? Further, do they really trust the organisation they work for, the government department bent on saving their world, and for which they have put at risk their families and agreed to change those very lands they love.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

The actual names are not significant, but the two main characters use different language roots. The hero, Caleb’s, family names are all very short, very old English type names, whereas for Fee, the heroine, her name is broadly based on a kind of Scottish Celtic – very broadly, that is, with a huge amount of leeway for which I hope I am forgiven. I do have Scottish ancestry and last year visited the area of Scotland my grandparents came from, which is part of why I picked it. Also the fluidity of the sounds seemed to match the nature of Fee’s relatives.

If so, give a few examples…

The hero’s name is Caleb Winter – short and brief, a reflection of the man and the society he comes from.

The heroine’s full name on the other hand is: Fioruisghe ingh Bram an Scathach den Coille. Fioruisghe, daughter of Bram and Scathach of the family Coille, a reflection of the importance of family ties and formality of address among her people. She is more commonly known as Fee when working away from home, but her family and people never use the shortened form.

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

I’ve always loved romance and science fiction, so the combination suits all parts of me. I get to write about relationships and indulge in world building – bliss! I grew up on Anne McCaffrey, and love the works of Lois McMaster Bujold, Catherine Asaro and the Liaden series of books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. But I would have to say it was Catherine Asaro’s Skolian series that inspired me to write this book. The idea for it actually came up in a workshop she gave some years ago at an SFF conference in NZ and I just love the characters and relationships in her books, along with the serious understanding of physics that underlies them. As for the ecological aspects of this one, that probably harks way back to the sense of excitement I felt when I first discovered Frank Herbert’s “Dune”.

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

Oh dear – not sure that being a writer and remaining sane go together! I do admit that all of my characters are reflections of the various parts of me, which probably means that I’m mixed-up crazy deep inside. I know I have to write regularly; it’s almost a physical need, otherwise I become decidedly twitchy.

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

My background is in the biological sciences, so the ecological parts of this book were just an extension of that, but I had to also find out about meteorology and the geotechnical aspects, which were decidedly challenging. I think there is always something unique to be researched for any book—it’s a big part of the fun of world building. My previous books had me delving into NZ history, coming up with a plausible futuristic legal system, and figuring out possible methods of increasing the efficiency of energy transmission.

What makes you laugh?

Human foibles, the quirky things that happen, irony and double meanings. I’m useless at telling jokes though.

What makes you cry?

Anything to do with the loss of a child – I can’t imagine ever being able to put that in a book. A sad but beautiful movie, weddings, whenever any of my sons do something amazing. I’m that blubbery mother at graduations, weddings, grandparent christenings, you name it. Events that take me back to childhood – a Scottish pipe band marching in a parade gets me every time.

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

Science fiction, romance and history, hence why I write romantic scifi and historical romance. I loved the ‘Firefly’ series, and books such as Catherine Asaro’s Skolian series, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, all of Anne McCaffrey’s works (not just the Pern ones), Robert Silverberg’s stories for their characters and the way he created new societies. I love music of many types, but particularly folk and the new rock folk, country, classical, and any dance music. I also love any kind of dancing, (still do, but only in very private places!), and always wanted to learn ballet as a child. We had a big family and lived in the country so it wasn’t possible, but dreams are still free. I think that love of dance comes through in the physicality of my characters. How they carry themselves is always important to me. Caleb is very upright, with a slow, easy way of walking. He’s a kind of cowboy character, so that suits him. Whereas Fee is a person in constant motion, happiest in her tree tops when she can become one with the swaying of the branches.

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Again, thank you Mary for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and your story, Torn.
More about Mary…


Mary Brock Jones lives in New Zealand, but loves nothing more than to escape into the other worlds in her head, to write science fiction and historical romances. Sedate office worker by day; frantic scribbler by night.

Her parents introduced her to libraries and gave her a farm to play on, where trees became rocket ships and rocky outcrops were ancient fortresses. She grew up writing, filling pages of notebooks and filling her head with stories, but took a number of detours on the pathway to her dream job. Four grown sons, more than one house renovated and various jobs later, her wish came true. She is published in both romantic science fiction and historical romance, and her books have been nominated as finalists in the RWNZ Clendon awards, the Koru awards, and the RWAus RUBY awards.

You can find Mary here:

Also By Mary Brock Jones:

Mary Jones writing as Mary Brock Jones

Torn

  • Torn – romantic SciFi with a dash of suspense. Release date: 3rd September, 2016

Author of the romantic Scifi Hathe series:

#AtoZChallenge2016: Reflections

#AtoZChallenge2016 Reflections


Hurray! I survived the 2016 AtoZChallenge!

This challenge started out strong with posts being completed and scheduled ahead time.  Unfortunately, as the month progressed, due to family medical issues, my posts were harder to create, let alone schedule ahead of time.
However, thanks to the encouragement of my readers, over 100 of you, I completed this year’s challenge!

AtoZ reader stats for 2016 Challenge

AtoZ reader stats for 2016 Challenge

Now that this goal has been achieved, I can proudly display the 2016 A to Z Challenge banner image on the About page of this blog!

Thanks so much for going on this journey with me.  Everyone who visited the blog and read some or all of the posts during this challenge are precious to me. I really hope you were entertained by the theme, the topics and content generated by this challenge. In addition, I hope that many of you will come back and visit my blog again soon.

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