“A Darkness at the Door” Audiobook Kickstarter

I’ve raved before about Intisar Khanani’s YA fantasy series, including indie Sunbolt series and the Dauntless Path series that starts with fairy tale retelling Thorn. The second book in that series, The Theft of Sunlight, was one of my favorite books last year.

Unfortunately, her US publisher did not pick up the next book in the series (which, after Theft‘s cliffhanger ending, is just cruel ūüė≠). Thankfully A Darkness at the Door will still be published, but the author is asking for some support, in the form of a Kickstarter to allow her to hire the same audiobook reader that did the previous Dauntless Path books. There are several pledge levels, with rewards from a swag bag of bookish goodies to a copy of the audiobook (obviously) to a limited special edition hardcover copy of Darkness. (I definitely went for the limited special edition!) You can also purchase signed copies of her other books as add-ons.

Good news: the Kickstarter was fully funded in two days! And has already hit its first stretch goal as well. But I still encourage you to back it! Not only are there further stretch goals, but I really can’t say enough about how awesome this author and series are, and I am really rooting for her and it to succeed.

Back the Kickstarter for the Audiobook for A Darkness at the Door here.

Star Wars at home

Sometimes, because I am an adult, I do adultish things like buy a house with hardwood floors and put down area rugs. This doesn’t sound like an interesting premise for a blog post, but I promise it actually is because here is my bedroom floor:

Why yes, those are X-wings on my floor. Ruggable has an entire line of licensed Star Wars rugs that are amazing, not to mention washable. When I discovered this, I immediately talked my husband into buying one (to be fair, it was not difficult). Did I buy Star Wars rugs for my kids’ rooms? No, I bought one for my room.

I actually really liked the red TIE Fighter Houndstooth one best, but the Rogue Squadron color scheme was better for the room. Plus, X-wings. X-wings! On my floor!

Aaaand then my husband bought the Millenium Falcon one for our office.

Then he was looking for something to put on the wall in there. When I said it should be something appropriate for the background of a Zoom call, naturally he showed me these from Displates. They are metal posters, super easy to hang.

So now we have lightsabers on our wall, too.

I think Ahsoka’s is my favorite but there are several awesome ones. (I would love a Mara Jade magenta one…)

How do you guys incorporate Star Wars (or your own fandom) into your interior decorating?? Or is it just me?

Ten Years Blogging

Ten years ago today, I wrote and published a post that said “Hello, World!” My life and my blog have changed so much in that time. I’m taking a bit of a hiatus right now but I didn’t want to let this milestone pass unremarked. I’m still here and I still feel like I have things to share.

So right now, I’m going to share ten of my favorite posts I’ve written for this blog over the past decade! I should probably do one per year or something but let’s not get too caught up in rules haha. Here they are in chronological order. Happy reading!

  1. How NOT to Photoshop
  2. Bad Biology in Marie Lu’s Champion
  3. Revisiting KOTOR II: (#1) A Fresh Start (this whole series was so fun to write)
  4. My Star Wars pilgrimage: Skellig Michael
  5. Bookshelf Battle
  6. How our new Star Wars trio is a reimagining of the old one
  7. Black History Month: Henrietta Lacks, HeLa cells, and informed consent
  8. My Top 5 Versions of Beauty and the Beast
  9. In which I re-write the Justice League movie
  10. Engineering a squirrel obstacle course: Practical deterrent, entertainment, or science?

Fan Art Friday: Oola

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where every now and then Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image to compare and contrast.  Here’s our first effort for 2022!

I started out doing only cool colors to match Oola’s green skin, but then I got bored with that and kept adding more colors and now it looks like a rainbow hahaha. I could not get Oola’s skin color quite right either which bugged me.

Oola and Bob Fortuna in ROTJ were the first time Twi’leks were introduced as characters. I’m so glad the species has gotten more depth since then, especially in The Clone Wars and beyond with the Syndulla family. In Legends, I always liked the explanation of Twi’lek naming conventions from the X-Wing series:

An example of a true Twi’lek name was¬†Nawar’aven. This name would be split into two parts when used outside of the local culture, becoming¬†Nawara Ven

Wookiepedia

My light side Jedi Sage character from SWTOR was also a Twi’lek. She was actually the first character I created for that game, so she has a special place in my heart though she wasn’t the character I played the most.

Once again, a very happy new year to you all! I can’t promise how many of these SW coloring pages we will do this year, (probably not many) but I hope you will enjoy our efforts as much as we enjoy doing them.