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Sun, Fun, and THAT YODA GUY!

I’ve been pretty silent on NiB for awhile.

Recently I went on a vacation with my family. I thought that I couldn’t possibly find a way to nerd out on my trip as I was going to the Caribbean, but I was wrong!

During one of the information sessions on the cruise, I was super excited about going to see “That Yoda guy” aka Nick Maley. Nick was involved in the creation of that lovable green Jedi Master.

We floated over to St. Maarten on the dutch side of the island and I was thrilled to find that Nick was actually located on that side on the main drag.

Maley worked on 53 movies (including Superman, Krull and Highlander) before “trading his Ferrari for a sailboat” and making his home on St. Maarten.

When we entered, I have to admit I was a little trigger happy before his wife asked us nicely not to take a lot of photos. His gallery was separated into the artwork that he has worked on since settling in the Caribbean, and a private gallery that we would have been able to view if our purchase was high enough. Sadly, we didn’t reach that level (we were off by ten dollars and I didn’t want to beg and plead to go back there), but we could see a little bit of the private gallery through the fenced off area.

Nick’s work is incredibly impressive, especially his figure studies. He captures expressions and emotions very well and it is obvious that he still dreams of Dagobah.
Mr. Maley was very kind and courteous and his gallery showcased a balance of his past and present endeavors. I was nice to meet someone outside of the sometimes stressful convention atmosphere. He was also kind enough to point us in the correct direction of the delicious native cuisine (curries and jerks! curries and jerks! om nom nom nom!)
If you do happen to make it to St. Maarten at some point in your life, I highly suggest visiting the dutch side and spending a few minutes with “That Yoda Guy”.

If you want to hear more about my trip (which was far less nerdy than I was accustomed to), I made a video recap.

For more information on Nick Maley, please visit his site. In the navigational bar there is a link to visit his Star Wars history blog where he recounts some stories from his past work.

NaNoWriMo – Week 1 Summary

I don’t really have a picture to encompass my week, but maybe this’ll inspire me. Oh Banksy… .

The first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to a close and I find myself with only 3,914. The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a month. It is a hefty goal, one that I found myself falling short of last year. The truth was, I had already written a story and wanted to just spend the month editing it and making it what it was supposed to be. That failed. Like, superfail. Flail your arms around like enraged kermit fail. Okay, enough of the past.

11/1 – This week started off fabulously, with 2950 words just seeping through my fingers on the first day. I was on vacation and sitting in a cafe with no outside interference *coughG4cough* I found myself incredibly inspired. I was floored by the things that came from my head. I knew they were there, sometimes it feels so incredibly difficult to articulate what you are thinking. It’s often like I need a babelfish just to translate what’s muddling around my brainpan.
Here’s a snippet of my favorite part of writing for day one.

“With each drink, the pain faded. Everything made less and less sense, but my inhibitions left me. I was intoxicated to the point that a part of me wondered if someone had slipped something into the countless drinks I was throwing back with reckless abandon.”

It’s not perfect, but I knew that if I worried about run on sentences, my meaning would never translate through my digits.

11/2 (Tuesday) – Uh… I didn’t actually write anything. After I had managed to get that burst of writing out on Monday, I headed to a friends house and did a mini tour de Connecticut (I even made a video of my big day out!) that got me back home at midnight, but left me utterly exhausted. I had a fun day hangover (no drinking occurred, so it wasn’t an actual hangover).

11/3 (Wednesday) – I managed to pound out 443 words during a lunch break. But, I returned to an office of chaos and I have to admit, after a 12 hour workday I had no intention of doing anything else but watch Morgan Webb, Kevin Perreira, Alison Haislip and Adam Sessler. Yep, back-to-back DVRed X-Play/AoTS was needed.

11/4 (Thursday) – Getting better! 944 words during an extended lunch break. I wasn’t going to stop until I had finished the scene. I have three primary characters, all seen through the eyes of the one being introduced into a deeper darker version of life than she was aware of. All three of them have been included in scenes, but I am about to get down to the job description of one of them and it totally gets me excited.

11/5 (Friday) – I knew I wasn’t going to get any work done on Friday because I made some weird decision early in the morning that I would remove the word “you” from my vocabulary and replace it with “Drew” in honor of my friend’s birthday… Drew have no idea how weird my whole day was. Follow that up with celebrations and I managed to slide in the door at 3am this morning.Oh that kooky Joel…

11/6 (Saturday) – Well it is now Saturday and I haven’t written anything yet, but I have an hour before I’m leaving for another birthday extravaganza. (Note, I actually posted this to my other site earlier and had apparently had an enormous spasm in my cranium and neglected to post it here. So here you are! Technically it is now Sunday on the East Coast and I haven’t written bupkiss.)

So, I haven’t hit the goal for the week. The goal is 10,002. I am at a paltry 3,914. I look at my writing buddies on NaNoWriMo and see Megan has almost hit her 50,000 words. It’s a bit intimidating, but I refuse to let it stop me. I should just be proud of her accomplishment (Not to forget all of my other writing buddies! Ya’ll are doing great! Keep going! Stop reading this and keep writing!)

One of the things I miss is that a friend and I no longer talk via email/facebook/IM during the work day so I stopped sending her stories. She always had the best reply whenever I sent her something.

The two most encouraging words for me to keep writing are “MORE PLEASE!”

What are yours?

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