A long time ago in galaxy far, far away …
Star Wars: As I live and breathe – Memoirs of a Star Wars Scribbler aka ‘contributor.’
So not too long ago, Rob, from The Bearded Trio website (which you happen to be reading right now) had asked me if I’d be interested in contributing a little something to his site, to which I said, “Yes.” I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d be able to present to all of you, that would provide attentiveness and would still embody his website's main focus, but yet, here I am – concocting as my fingers type away at my keyboard.
Staying on target, it’s no secret that George Lucas has indeed shaped my life in some fashion. After all, if it weren’t for Star Wars, I wouldn’t be writing this and you’d not be reading this. And thusly, reminds me of this quote from ‘The Maker’ himself:
“'Star Wars' is fun, it’s exciting, it’s inspirational, and people respond to that. It's what they want.”
It’s amazing to think, that these few words can ultimately sum up, to a T, what it means to embrace Star Wars and be a part of this awesome phenomenon that IS the Star Wars Community.
Oh, it wasn’t always this way, not for me anyways. My introduction to the saga was early on and so, my ability to grasp or comprehend its mythological dynamics was lost upon my four year old self. It wasn’t until much later that its lore latched on to me like a tractor beam.
Somewhere between 2005 and 2006 my fandom swelled – there just wasn’t enough Star Wars to feed my fever, so to speak. The ambiguity of it left me with more questions than answers and that’s when I discovered a whole slew of fans that shared the same sentiment. Ah, the dawn of the internet ages and the blogging forums – namely, the Hyperspace Blogs. Back then, StarWars.com offered a membership or a subscription to blog on their forum page and it was the place to be! The elite of the elite were there and they mingled with the fans, it was my fix to my hankering addiction – the search for more knowledge within the galaxy far, far away. And so, began my journey as a Star Wars Scribbler …
From blogs to fan fiction, yeah, I was posting my POV’s where and whenever, I was able. It wasn't long after my ‘Forbidden Love Chronicles’ (please don’t ask, but if you’re so inclined, please do so via email or DM, thank you.) took off, that people began to notice. Well, from a certain point of view.
Of course, this all took place during the ‘Dark Times,’ my own personal shroud of darkness and my need for Star Wars became my only refuge or escape, from the perils of my reality. My years of enduring domestic violence was coming to a head and like Anakin, I gave into fear – donning a mask to conceal the pain. The masquerade was my avatar and screen name, henceforth @urangelb was born (pronunciation: Your Angel B). Long story short, a blogging friend bestowed that nickname upon me from shortening my Hyperspace handle name, ViagoAngel2 and that identity has stuck with me ever since.
It was during this timeframe that I met the wonderfully talented artist, Steve Anderson. In fact, curiously enough, he was a fan of my fan fiction – yeah I know, it’s ok, I was stunned too. That being said, he had asked if I’d be interested in collaborating with him and titling his Star Wars Celebration art … umm … Hell Yes! Sorry, but seriously, who in their right mind would ever refuse that offer? Since then, we’ve collectively worked together on multiple pieces, from Star Wars to Disney’s Frozen, and even Serenity-Firefly!
What am I up to now? Well, currently I have just submitted some title samples for an upcoming Star Wars Rebels piece and yes, it’s an Anderson. Also, I’m contributing monthly, to Coffee with Kenobi and I’m the Personal Representative of Michael R. Rondeau for The Cantina Cast – CIO, PR Specialist, Website Editor, and their Featured Blogger.
Wow, ok, that was indeed a mouthful. Never, in Nine Corellian Hells did I ever imagine myself contributing so much of my time and so many of my thoughts to a continuum of films – that has seemingly touched so many, but yet, here I am. For those of you that have thought of doing the same, whether it be: a blog, a website, or a podcast, but constantly question: is it worth it? Or wonder: what do you get out of it? My answer is this – only what you take with you. For this will be different for all of you, no one is the same and we’ve all walked a different path in life. No, it’s not always easy to keep up with the ever-growing community, but like Yoda says, “A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.” In other words, as most of us unanimously say in this craft – it’s a labor of love.
May the force be with you!
Follow me on Twitter @urangelb or contact me directly via email at: Becca@thecantinacast.net or firstname.lastname@example.org
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