5 Quotes Live By in 2018 from Your Favorite Space-Time Heroines

This may not be your personal experience, but for a lot of people, 2017 was a brutal year in some way or another. I don’t feel like going into specifics — why bother with the past in a post about the present? — but I do want to share my hopes for the year with you, and I’ve been considering how to do so for a week. To me, it’s incredibly important to start the year off right, and so instead of wrapping up my personal goals into a tiny list all about me, I’ve decided that the best way to sum up my hopes for 2018 is to share some of the things I’ll be using to inspire myself to achieve them.

Science fiction has always kind of been my escape, but as I’ve grown older, it’s become oddly realistic to me in a way. The characters and voices behind these out-of-this-world stories are often where I find inspiration in trying times, and these are the 5 quotes I keep coming back to when I think about my goals.

“Believing takes practice.”

Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Sometimes it’s hard to get your head out of a dark place when faced with a challenge, even on the smallest scale. Resolving that you’ll fail and not trying at all is easy, but believing that you can accomplish what you set out to do takes work. This quote helps remind me that sometimes, the first challenge I need to face is my own self-doubt. Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the movie adaptation of this book is just on the horizon!

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

Carrie Fisher

I spent a good deal of last year mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher, and seeing her as a beacon of hope in The Last Jedi — even in the face of failure — felt like closure on some level. On days when I feel like I can’t accomplish anything, I think about this now extremely-famous quote by Carrie, and it helps me get up and try things that I’m uncertain of.

“You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.”

Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

There is no better time than now to begin standing up for what is right. The first “Rose Quote” on this list is a great reminder to speak up when we see injustice; to take care of each other when aggressors seek to do us harm. That’s how we’ll survive and progress as a species. Which leads me to the second “Rose Quote” on this list …

“We’re going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.”

Rose Tico, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rose was easily my breakout favorite new character in The Last Jedi, and for good reason. She embodied what it meant to be genuine and earnest, to believe in a brighter future and to fight with the right intentions.

“The beginning is always today.”

Mary Shelley

Going back to my struggle to produce creative work in a consistent manner last year, this is yet another quote that explains why the present is always the best time to start something.

I hope these help you stay focused, and that you achieve everything you want in 2018. Happy New Year!

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Celebrating Rey Day

It’s extremely hard to keep up with internet holidays, even when most of your career has been focused on the ever-changing ways of social media. The entire concept of #ReyDay kind of fell into my lap abruptly, and so I’ve decided to type up this equally abrupt blog post in response.

People love Rey for a lot of reasons. She has a kind heart, she will help others in need without question, and she is strong in the face of people who are conventionally much more powerful. For kids, like my nieces, Rey is exactly what Luke was for kids growing up on the original series — and I think that this ties directly to the way I feel about Rey.

When I see commercials featuring little girls wielding what is widely known as the “Hero Saber” (or the Skywalker Saber, or, for a select passionate few, the Graflex), I flash back to the days when I did the exact same thing. For me, Rey is all of those playtime hours brought to life on the big screen. She may not have the same (weird, poorly concocted but fun all the same) backstories as the characters my friends and I imagined as we chased each other through our apartment complex, but Rey feels like some kind of official stamp of approval in regards to those wild ideas. While little kids don’t need any kind of justification to imagine their way into epic sci-fi sagas, Rey is the nod from Star Wars itself that says, “you can be the hero no matter who you are.”

This #ReyDay, I’m hoping that we continue to see heroes like Rey, Finn, Poe, and Rose in our media, from blockbuster franchises to television and beyond. I’m ecstatic to see how far entertainment has come in just the last few years when it comes to opening up the playing field for all sorts of people to take the lead.

So with a nod and high hopes for our heroine (as she continues what looks like a rocky journey in The Last Jedi), I hope everyone gets their triple-buns tied up and enjoys Rey Day 2017. Here are all of the Rey-centric Forces of Destiny shorts from Season 1 to get you started:

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Where to Find Me at Star Wars Celebration Orlando

It’s that time of year again! I’m putting on my space pants and leaving my house to attend Star Wars Celebration Orlando with my trusty co-pilot,  and while this year came at us like a tidal wave, we’re more than excited to get down to the Orlando Convention Center (where I attended my first major con over a decade ago please shoot me im so old) and see everyone. I’m involved in all sorts of mischief this year, so I’ve decided to compile it all here into one post for you! Many of the events this year hold a special place in my heart, so I’d love to see all my Star Wars pals at them.

The Bounty Hunt

Sign up outside of Room W303
  • Thursday (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
  • Friday (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
  • Sunday (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) – Bounty Hunt for Kids!

The Bounty Hunt is an annual adventure that I can’t wait to be a part of! Find me along the way as you scavenge for some of the galaxy’s greatest items and prizes. Get all of the info here and remember to stay on target!

Drowning in Moonlight: a Memorial Gala in honor of Carrie Fisher

Rosen Center Poolside – Thursday (7:30 PM)

Carrie Fisher’s passing is still something that hits me (and several people, I’m sure) on levels that are surprisingly personal. I’ve been given the honor to speak on one of the podcast panels at this wonderful charity event, and I’d love to see you there. Come by for the good cause, stay for a night of dancing and dining on themed goodies. What better way to celebrate the galaxy’s most infamous rebel than by sharing stories and partying down in her name?

We Love Rebels! 

Star Wars University (W300, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (12:30-1:30 PM)

If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with Star Wars Rebels. I’ve hosted podcasts about it, I’ve written endlessly about the show’s characters, and gone above and beyond to defend my faves. Now, witness all of that obnoxiousness in real life! Join a panel full of Rebels experts to talk about where we think the Rebellion is going after that incredible finale.

These Are Not The Writers You Are Looking For: Bloggers Discuss Writing About Star Wars

Fan Stage (W308, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (4:30-5:30 PM)

Some of my favorite Star Wars-centric journalists (and yours truly) are getting together for a very special panel!  We’ve covered Star Wars all over the web, and now we’re sharing stories about how we ended up blogging about a galaxy far, far away.

A Unifying Force: Keeping Fandom Safe & Welcoming

Image by Star Wars TFA Fan.

Star Wars University (W300, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (6:30-7:30 PM)

As our favorite franchise continues to grow, it’s important to keep the gates open instead of turning our noses up at other fans.  Join us for a special discussion on keeping the Star Wars fandom a welcoming, knowledgeable, fun place for everyone.

Women in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Fan Stage (W308, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (3-4 PM)

Join a panel ofdie-hard fangirls as we discuss Star Wars heroines from past, present, and future stories. If you’ve been waiting to hear my Patton Oswalt-esque pitch for a Padme book series (and I’m sure you have), this is probably the panel to head to.

Phew! Outside of this, I’ll be attending a ton of panels and haunting the local cantina spots in the evenings, because I’m attending with no other responsibilities! What will you be up to at the show? Follow me on Twitter and let’s connect for meetups!

 

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Excitables: Bioworld x Rogue One Winter 2016 Collection

The wonderful thing about being a Star Wars fan is that the community is so vast that no matter where you land, you’re going to find someone doing something of interest to you. Whether it’s theorizing on Twitter, collecting Topps trading cards, or putting your pride-and-joy 3D printer to use for armor molds, the Star Wars community has a hobby or interest for anyone. One of my “Star Wars Hobbies” happens to be collecting awesome clothes and accessories associated with my favorite film franchise. Recently, I’ve been given the chance to expand upon this (and couple it with my love of costume construction) for the official Star Wars blog with a column that I like to call Force of Fashion. So naturally, when something new and wearable pops up on my radar, I’ve got to check it out.

Leading up to the release of Rogue One, Lucasfilm and Disney have announced an initial batch of major partnerships for the Rogue One marketing campaign. Small hints of what to expect come this Fall and Winter have begun to pop upon social media (hint: you’ll want to check on my column over the next few weeks), and one particular new batch of products — which will release in December — has me intrigued.

Over on The Wookiee Gunner, my pal Johnamarie Macias has a complete run-down of the upcoming Bioworld x Rogue One accessory line, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like. I recently fell head over heels for their Poe Dameron Dome Bag, which I STILL need in my life, very badly. The silhouette images of each product must be what has me so jazzed. I’m more than excited to see what kind of products they have in store for their line, including the Jyn-centric accessories. Here are a few that I can’t wait to see:

star-wars-rogue-one-death-star-crossbody-bagDeath Star Cross-Body Bag ($39.95)

Step aside, Ramona Flowers, there’s a new circular cross-body bag in town. The first intimidating Death Star will presumably grace the outside of this bag, making it easy to proclaim your loyalty to the Emperor and still keep all your things on you. The chain strap is a great touch, but unlike a few other Empire-style accessories that I own with chains, it also offers a comfortable shoulder strap on top. I’ve been wanting something like this for a while, so I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

Rebel Mini Backpack ($39.95)star-wars-rogue-one-mini-backpack

I don’t travel often, but when I do, it’s usually because I’m doing a bunch of trips at once. For this reason, I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect “everybag”. Something durable, small, but efficient enough to throw in a tablet or a small laptop if I have need for it during my day. I fell in love with Loungefly’s Rey Backpack ($60), but I might hang back and see what this one looks like before I make my decision.

star-wars-rogue-one-rebel-dome-satchelJyn Dome Satchel ($49.95)

Remember how I said I’m super-lusting after that Poe bag? Bioworld’s dome bags are cute and perfect for a day out that requires a little more space on the inside. I’m interested in seeing what design Jyn’s costume inspires, since she has no helmet or major outstanding logos/patterns on her outfit.

 

The whole line is set for release this December, and you can get the full details on pre-orders over on The Wookiee Gunner.

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My First Disneybound: Captain Phasma

(Stick around ’til the end for a bonus vlog with Passholder tips!)

Phew! It’s been a while since I cracked my blogging knuckles. I apologize — life has taken a few great turns, and I’ve decided to ride along with it. Today, though, I’m focusing on something that makes me utterly nervous: my first-ever Disneybound ensemble. I have some incredible friends who have made headlines for their creativity with these outfits, so it feels like I have quite a bit to live up to. For my first outfit, I wanted to go with my favorite now-Disney-owned franchise, Star Wars. As you know, I’m very unpredictable.

With that in mind, my continued and bafflingly unrelenting Captain Phasma obsession made its way into my plans, and I went with it. I’m not exactly happy with the turn-out, but hopefully one day, when I’ve coordinated much more impressive outfits for other events, I can look back on this with a sense of appreciation.

For those not familiar, a “Disneybound” is basically an outfit inspired by Disney properties and characters. It is not a costume — rather, it’s an arrangement of pieces inspired by certain elements or color themes found in its subject. Since both Lucasfilm and Marvel are owned by Disney, there’s a bit of leeway when it comes to what you can use for inspiration. For a better explanation, check out this helpful guide by my pal Sarah Snitch.

Anyway, on to the outfit!

Caught up with an old pal from my bounty hunting days #StarWars #BobaFett

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I found the dress at a thrift store and it immediately reminded me of the bold black on Phasma’s mask. While I could have gone with something shinier, this jersey knit high-low dress (paired with dark grey tights) was perfect for both the hot days and cold evenings that tend to happen during Southern California summers. I paired it with black flats (plus comfy insoles to last me for the day) and used a black H&M shoulder bag to carry my things around in.

As for my accessories, I went with mostly reflective “chrome” pieces, including a necklace resembling Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced from Hot Topic. To resemble the bold red on her cape, I found a cute flower crown and went with the “Captain Phasma but as a forest spirit” look.

Have you ever done a Disneybound before? I would love to see your posts for inspiration — and if you’re looking for some, The Nerdy Girlie has plenty of ideas for you to check out!

As promised, here’s that video…

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