Hello, Kickstarter (I Love This)

Fair Warning:  If you do not have the time or funding to waste…errrr…invest in new creative projects, this may not be the post for you.

Creativity Puzzle

However, if you (like me) believe that the recent movement of online “crowd funding” is an exciting and energizing new horizon for creative professionals to launch amazing projects, JUMP right into this post. Come on! The water is…FULL of potential.

Tonight, we attended a screening and fundraising event for an incredibly creative and ambitious project entitled “The Nuggets”

I’m not going to ask you to fund this lovely project, because that would be weird. What I am going to say is this whole concept is rather brilliant. Is it not?

Any Tourist Board/Chamber of Commerce could make a dazzling online travel video…

Hey! You person with time and dollars to spend, come visit our lovely town. Look at this pretty place and this person who loves it here and…voila! Dontcha wanna be here too?

What I adore about this Nuggets project is the concept of a parody of those types of tourist blurbs turned into a comedy…and yet, still kind of a tourist blurb. Bravo to that!

However…I’m not here to praise one Kickstarter project, I’m here to mention the possibilities:

  • Make no mistake! It takes a serious investment to independently publish a new novel the RiGHT way…with proper editing, formatting and marketing…hello, Kickstarter.
  • It would be soooooo easy to launch a new novel the Kickstarter way. (Come on, you know you are struggling to name some of your minor characters? Why not SELL those names and quirky character descriptions?”
  • Imagine adding an “Executive Producer” credit to your writing resume. If the final product is fantastic, this could really boost your writing resume.
  • Have you ever dreamed of being a screenwriter? There are many opportunities out there for screenwriting credits on Kickstarter.
  • Would your manuscript make a perfect Lifetime Movie? Fund it!
  • Would you like to start a Creative Writing Retreat or Literary Festival? Kickstarter opens possibilities…

Those are my ideas. What are yours?

photo credit: shannonkringen via photopin cc

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My 2013 Star Wars Christmas List

Star Wars Christmas

After spending more than a week clicking around the Internets and watching 3 of the 5 interviews with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, I have achieved Yoda-like calm over the future of the franchise.

Remember…

YODA:  Always in motion is the future.
OBI WAN: Patience!
LUKE:  And sacrifice Han and Leia?
YODA: If you value what they fight for…YES.

It’s time to move onward and upward…to my first ever Star Wars Christmas list.

Why is this my first? Blame it on Pinterest. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m hopelessly addicted to Pinterest? Do not be fooled by the lack of “Follow Me on Pinterest” buttons on this blog…I just can’t figure out the freakin buttons! (However, if you want to follow my Star Wars Geekery or any other of the crazy boards I’ve been obsessively creating, click here.)

Anyhoo, this pinning obsession has led me to discover all sorts of fantastical Star Wars collectibles. Hence, the sudden pressing need to create a Star Wars Christmas List.

First and foremost, every fangirl wants a lightsaber! Luckily, there’s lots of options.Girl with Purple Lightsaber

(I am so going to be signing my books with that pen!!!)

If those mere trinkets do not satisfy a girl’s lust for a good saber (ahem), there’s always the magnificent Star Wars FX Lightsabers.

Moving on…what fangirl doesn’t want to own Han Solo in Carbonite? If money is not an object (and you are not easily creeped out), this limited edition piece of functional art by UK based R9 Studio is the ultimate geekery statement piece:han-solo-in-carbonite-coffe-table_2

However, for those who don’t want to spend £1,250 to indulge in this level of fandom, there are more affordable options:

Hmmm…maybe I should just ask for gift certificates from Think Geek since most of my links seem to lead to their website?

I’m also a huge fan of the Her Universe website (the company created by Ashley Eckstein, actress and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). My most favorite item there is the Princess Leia Hoodie. (I think we’ve already established the fact that I love Princess Leia a little too much. Obviously, I need to own this item.)

I probably would not be brave enough to wear that outside my house, but I would proudly wear this R2D2 Hoodie. And I would also wear these hand painted R2D2 TOMS shoes. And then I would drive around Dahlonega on this totally amazing R2R2 Vespa (which is not for sale…I would need a plain old white Vespa, lots of adhesive vinyl, and a 12-pack of beer to recreate this masterpiece, but if anyone has a white Vespa they would like to give unto me, I WILL do the work!)

For those days when I don’t want to fly my geek flag quite so boldly, I would like a new wardrobe built by the absolutely brilliant Leslie Kay. This woman is a genius! She created the Disney fan website called Disney Bound where she posts surprisingly fashionable outfits inspired by Disney characters. I think even my #1 fashion idol, Tim Gunn, would like some of her styling.

Mickey & Minnie Star WarsWay before Disney agreed to purchase LucasFilm, there were Star Wars Weekends and Star Tours at the Disney parks, so she has already created many, many outfits for the more fashion forward fangirl. My absolute favorite is Yoda Grunge Look. (It is also my most liked/repinned pin on Pinterest).

Speaking of Disney Parks, I usually avoid them due to the high concentration of cranky younglings generally found there. However, if anyone wants to send me to a Disney Star Wars Weekend next year, I will not say no.

OK, now back to more realistic gift items found while pinning:

Oh wow. Did you know there are 17,363 items when you search “Star Wars in Handmade” on Etsy? This is getting ridiculous. I could lose a whole day doing this…and it’s such a lovely, sunny day here in the North Georgia mountains. I’d better step away from this madness and get myself out into the national forest for a hike with my Honey before I start to resemble Jabba the Fiance.

However, if anyone out there wants to suggest some more fabulous Star Wars items for this wish list, send your ideas! I’m sure there’s a rainy day coming in the near future that will be perfect for a few hours of Pinterest time wastery.

photo credits: CharNewcomb via photopin cc, tony sak via photopin cc & Loren Javier via photopin cc

Love This! “The Star Wars That I Used To Know” by Teddie Films

As a general rule, I try not to be a new trilogy hater. Yes, of course I’m original trilogy all the way. But sometimes, when I’m all alone, I find myself chattering to the pets using Jar Jar-esque dialect. (Meeza wantin you to be behavin better.)

Oh come on, it’s fun!

Anyhoo…an article in this week’s Dahlonega Nugget sent me on a wild search to find a music video that was shot here (which I will post another day) and I stumbled across this mini masterpiece:

I love the original Gotye song (for which, I have received much teasing), and I ADORE this parody. I love it so much, I finally broke down and created a profile on You Tube (just what I need, another form of time wastery) so I could post a comment and subscribe to their channel. Apparently, this Teddie Films has more parodies filled with Star Wars mockery just waiting out there to light up my life. Woo hoo!

Unfortunately, my beloved just tapped me on the shoulder and reminded me of the massive housework we need to do before all my best friends in the world converge on our humble home next weekend. (Sigh. It’s a good thing I love those people.)

Coming soon…my 2013 Star Wars Christmas List (from the silly to the sublime).