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ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

Time for another video update, well over due anyway, like my Library books probably are!

I had thought about another 10-15 minute epic, but Eric Calderone’s Metal cover of Bohemian Rhapsody swayed me toward something quick and simple, although watching it back, there should have been a few tighter edits- though the end is probably one of the funniest things I saw all year.

There are a few new events I’ve been to- Bolton Comic Con, Lightnight Liverpool, as well as The Pirate Festival and Fire sessions with the Fire Project. I even took in a bit more architecture, though I’m not sure about Art Fairs anymore.

Wildlife has been a bit thin on the ground, seeing the Fox was great, but need to practice that a bit more. Comic Cons are still the main events, so I’m looking at going London or Birmingham this year.

And there were a few Welsh Castles, something else to finish off, at least in North Wales anyway.

So there you go, Any way the wind blows, the Best of 2018!

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Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- How’s it going so far?

With 12 more posts to go before 800, I’ve been fairly consistent over the past week, even if a few times I’ve had nothing finished and just copied and pasted one of puppetry/story projects from my Linked In Projects list!

So January 14th should be the 800th, just got to finish a few things in order to get there!

 

I do have something new, but it’s a bit late to go through the rigmarole of putting it up, copying and pasting, so it’ll be in the morning when I get round to it.

I’ve just seen Crimes of Grindlevald for the second time, so want to post something about that at some point!

 

For now, how’s it going? Not bad, not bad at all!

 

 

 

What’s to review?

So I know a few other people are writing about End of Year/what they’ve accomplished etc etc.

Me? I’ve been reading and watching stuff to review, trying to catch up on photo and video editing, so not much progress there.

I have updated and tried turning my Linked In profile into a new CV, which is okay, they left out loads in the conversion to pdf, but it’s a start.

So, here’s a taste of what I’ve been up to lately-

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ian-cai-mercer-3a273233

Happy 2019!

 

A STORY FOR EVERY OCCASION?

chess-pawn-casting-king-piece-shadow-strength-aspirations-concept-39475580A great pipe dream I have is to be able to read about a competition/call for entries in Writing Magazine or elsewhere and say ‘aha, yes I have just the story’ and send it straightaway.

At the moment I don’t have a story for every occasion, but have stared quite a few, over thirty at last count. I just need to finish more than the dozen that have been floating round for a while now.

 

Let’s see if I can make it happen in 2019!

 

 

 

The End of another Term

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I made it to the end of another year at Millview, which was quite a surprise as I never intended to.

Over the past year I’ve been applying for jobs, sending CV’s and pitching ideas/stories, none of which have gotten me anywhere. Nothing has changed at all, well, except my credit card debt has increased, but nothing positive. So I’m still going back and forth like a game of eternal ping-pong. This past week alone has seen a diversion on the bus route, train delays and cancellations and I even got on the wrong train home and had to change to go back just two stops last night, not fun.

 

But it has been a good Term overall. Got to meet new Reception class while doing Mid-day cover, updated Safeguarding and brushed up on First Aid. Made a few new crafty-things, even though I’m no good at that, I’ll give it a go, including Dreamcatchers! Went to see Wizard of Oz at the Storyhouse with KS2.  got some great photos of Rory Mcgann’s art Mural. Won a few things at the Tombola at the Xmas fair, and had a challenge putting the marquee up, though it was easier taking it down! Even got to do some interview prep with my boss and take home three bags of food on the final day.

 

So it has been good, for the most part, I just wish I could teleport/fly/go through a mini-Stargate to beat the traffic once in a while!

At least I get a break over Christmas to recharge, refocus and get this Blogathon moving, as well as catch up editing/posting photos and videos. Although I did not go back to Chester Zoo, I did catch the tail end of the Saturnalia/Winterwatch parade, so that’s something new I have been meaning to do for a few years done.

And then I’ll be ready to get back into it in the New Year, for now, that’s my End of Term report!

 

 

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Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- A Midwinter challenge

Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- A Midwinter challenge

In the bleak mid-winter- we’re off to the Blogging Olympics!

 

I didn’t complete Nano again, made a lukewarm half-hearted attempt, but after four years of trying, it’s still not happening. Yes, I tried adapting Tiglet’s Time Travels, expanding 17k words into 50k, but with multiple viewpoints/styles it’s an exercise in mind-bending discombobulation of the First-kind, or should that be Third-kind? Dunno, Anyway, with 27 more posts to go before 800, I’m going to have a little Blogathon, just like in 2012 after the Olympics. That was epic- trying to find something to write about every day. I’ve got two dozen things I’ve started, so maybe it’s about time a few got finished.

There are book reviews, Doctor Who and Star Wars-related posts and a few other things.

So here we go- Counting down to the 800th Post.

Hold on tight now!

 

 

THERE IS NO CONFLICT- RETURN OF THE JEDI’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

THERE IS NO CONFLICT- RETURN OF THE JEDI’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY- plus thoughts on Aftermath/Resistance and The Mandalorian

ROTJI almost titled this ‘The Redemption of Darth Vader’, as that was the whole point of the Original saga- even including the Prequel Trilogy.

I missed the actual date back in May, so watched it last week, the original version first and then the rereleased ‘special’ edition- I prefer the old music at the end, but it’s still one of the best films I have ever seen- Empire Strikes back narrowly beats it to the top spot, with ET in joint third place with New Hope.

I vaguely recall going to see it in 1983. I was nine and it was on at the old Empire Cinema in Widnes, which is now a car park for the Leisure Centre.

It is an epic conclusion to the original Trilogy- Han is freed, Yoda dies, Luke learns the full truth and the rebellion against the Empire reaches a climatic finale, bringing closure to the saga.

Short helps better than no help at all Chewie”- Han Solo.

Now here’s a revelation- would the strike against the Shield Generator succeeded without the Ewoks? In a word- NO! Gaining their help was a pivotal plot point. Wicket seems like a cute teddy bear, but proves himself against the Scout Trooper, then the rest of the tribe save the rebels from the trap.

“So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view” Obi Wan Kenobi.

Truth- or how we perceive it is a strong theme- Palpatine’s lies and machinations are self- evident, but as Kenobi says, personal perspective does play a large part in figuring out what truth is. Okay, he was justifying not telling what really happened to Anakin Skywalker, meaning Luke was not ready, something Yoda emphasised as well.

“I feel the conflict in you.” “There is no conflict”- Luke and Vader.

Two scenes that stand out are where Luke tells Leia she is his sister and then Luke meeting Vader. Dave Prowse did an amazing thing, right at the end of the scene when Luke walks off saying- “Then my Father is truly dead”. He stands at the rail, hunched a bit and it is just a moment, but yes- there is the conflict right there.

It perfectly sets up the Finale- Palpatine is killing Luke with Force Lightning, Vader hunched over, looking between the two, Luke begging. Then he straightens and picks The Emperor up and throws him over the bridge- Anakin, saved by his Son. Like I said at the start- it’s the Redemption of Anakin Skywalker, ditching the Dark Side. (Maybe that should’ve been the title?)

As I said earlier, it is still one of the best films ever, I prefer the old music at the end- the ‘yubyub’ song, although the added celebrations on Tatooine, Coruscant and Cloud City are great in the Special Edition.

When Disney took over the franchise, the old Expanded Universe timeline was ditched and a blank slate meant New things could be made. The Aftermath trilogy of novels by Chuck Wendig revised what happened after Endor and the rise of the New Republic.

They are not bad. Admiral Sloane isn’t quite Thrawn or Daala or Isard, but she is capable, although Rax is the true manipulator of the Remnant. The criminal nature of the Regime is apparent and there are a few new characters introduced.

There are a number of Interludes peppered throughout the trilogy, showing the wider conflict.

One of the recurring Interludes is on Tatooine, following Lawman Cobb Vanth as he claims some Mandalorian armour. This could lead into-

‘MANDALORIANS’. A live-action series by Jon Favreau. This seems to be like the Underworld/Bounty Hunters ideas that got shelved when Disney took over that I mentioned in the Summer, another freaky coincidence that makes me think The Force is strong in this one! (yeah, he wishes!)

Few things are known, apart from it has the Mandalorians or a group as the protagonists and is set seven years after the Return of the Jedi. This is part of the Force Awakens timeline, the old Expanded universe ditched. It is interesting to note that in the Old EU saga, seven years after ROJ was the Jedi Academy trilogy. It seems to be set on Tatooine, so is it following Vanth?

Perhaps The Mandalorian will also furnish some clues on Rey’s parentage. Did Shmi have a brother or sister? Did she have another child with Lars?

I reckon Rey’s a Kenobi, Obi Wan’s Granddaughter. In the Novel Kenobi, he helps some locals including Anileen Calwell, and there is a hint of romance in there. I think if the Kenobi film goes ahead, that might play out, as twenty years on Tatooine might have led to a few reasons why he became known as crazy old Ben.

Finally Resistance. I watched the First episode and it was okay. Taz is likeable, if a bit clumsy and unsure of himself. The Race is a re-tread of the Podracing scene from Episode 1, but sets up his goal of getting accepted to try and sniff out the First Order spy while gathering a team to help/hinder him.

It is very different from Rebels, not just the animation style, but in characters and story as well. And there’s evena couple of Snaggletooth’s in the background- cool!

2022 will be 45th Anniversary, so maybe we’ll see a few new series- I’m still hoping to see my Storming the Dead or Another Chance, but I’d probably have to make them myself. I’ve had a few more ideas since the summer- Holonews/Heroes of the Rebellion/ The Halo crew and The Dark Order, but that’s in Another galaxy even farther away!

Anyway, that’s it from a Galaxy far, far away. I do need to crack on with a review of Jodie in the TARDIS- which is brilliant, by the way- oops- Spoilers Baby!!

 

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