Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Quick note: I loved The Last Jedi. Loved it more than the disappointing shallow borefest that was Rogue One and liked that it took  a hell of a lot more risks than Force Awakens did. I love Rey, and Finn, and Rose, and Poe, and Kylo Ren, and old man Luke and great General Leia and adorable BB8 and that weirdo Benicio del Toro character who needs no name because it's Benicio del Toro. I hope the fan reaction I've seen doesn't push J.J. Abrams to wuss out and retcon a bunch of the surprises included in the film in the finale to the trilogy. I know it has flaws, but I loved it all the same because it prioritized emotional complexity and interpersonal relationships and inner turmoil above just doing a retread of another Star Wars film. (I'm not saying there haven't been any legitimate criticisms, but a lot of the ones I've seen seem to be grounded in "but it wasn't what I wanted"). It didn't feel safe, and that's what I need out of my franchises, even if it pisses people off.

Last week was also Seattle trip, coinciding with my birthday. Due to money troubles and general sadness, it almost didn't happen. The day before (December 12) I got into a mild accident and Briar Rose suffered a little for it; the possible cost of fixing it and the shook it put me in almost led me to cancelling the trip, but my parents reminded me how excited I'd been to go and how I couldn't let shitty mistakes ruin making memories that'll be important to me.

And I'm glad I went. Bought a lot of poetry, saw a lot of cats, ordered a lot of coffee from a lot of neon-haired people. I wonder still if I'll end up there and if I'll get used to grey skies after a life under the always-sunny-Miami.

If I did live there, I'd never run out of coffee shops to write in.

My birthday wish?

Be a better driver.

The other birthday wish is buy more poetry. And travel some more. Twas fun.
"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.