Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wild Times, Wookies and a Casey Daniels Book Giveaway!

The great thing about writers conferences is you never know who you're going to meet. This past weekend, I met a wookie. Or at least the man behind the wookie. Peter Mayhew was the guest of honor at Archon in St. Louis. He played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars movies.

Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre. My dad took my brother and I. Mike was 7 and I was 5 - the age when you're more excited about the popcorn and soda than the actual film. Well, until it started. We were glued as soon as the big battle ships flew across the screen.

Then came the sequels, and the action figures - the old ones - before Leah had sexy curves and Luke somehow sprouted muscles (but that's an entirely different blog).

Star Wars colored our childhoods. And Mayhew's life too. He said the Chewbacca character started as a "two week" part, meaning if it hadn't worked immediately, they would have found a new sidekick for Han Solo.

He also said that when he first visited George Lucas's office, the drawings of Chewbacca showed a humanid-type character with bermuda shorts and a vest. Can you imagine? I'm sure glad Chewbacca grew more fur.

And just when I though the weekend couldn't get better, I walked into the bookseller's room and found Casey Daniels' latest release, Dead Man Talking. It looked so good that I bought two. One for me and one for a lucky winner. Tell us about your favorite Star Wars character, memory, action figure and, well, really - anything Star Wars - and you're entered to win. May the force be with you!

23 comments:

Scott Romanski said...

WOW! No taking it easy on us huh? Favorite Star Wars "thing"......The Millenium Falcon. The ship has it's own unique history and is a character in the movies and Expanded Universe in itself....how could you not love that ship. Close seconds are Han, Chewy, R2, 3PO, Wedge, Ewan as Obi-Wan....the list goes on and on....LOL

blackroze37yahoo.com said...

hans solo was the man, who i set my eyes on, for when i was older, i use to hunt, funny, smart alec but so cute . lol never quite found him, thou. and chewy was adorable. and princess lea, was a stron woman. and for the 70s was nice,, (her and bionic woman)

please enter me for peppers new adventure. love series

donnas said...

Great series.

The original Star Wars had great characters. My favorite was the interactions between them. The attitude of Hans, the determination of Lea and all the rest. They were SF movies that were not just about SF.

Lori T said...

Oh, I can remember the first time that I saw Star Wars...I was 8 and my brother was 5. My parents are and have always been big movie buffs...so, they packed us off to the movie with them. I much like you went for the popcorn and snacks, but then I was pulled in and mesmerized by the movie. My favorite during that first movie had to be Luke, but as the years and movies progressed I became a true Han Solo fan. My brother collected all those action figures and very cool toys and he still has them all boxed up in their original packaging. Thanks for letting my mind travel back to that time.

I would love to be entered.

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
I remember seeing Star Wars at the drive in with my family when I was little. It was great!
I had all the figures too, with the lightsabre which slid out of the arm.
*sigh*
If I only knew that if I never opened them I'd be able to buy a tropical island.
:)
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

Pissenlit said...

My first memory of Star Wars was from The Empire Strikes Back(no memory of the rest of the movie) where Luke's hanging upside down in the wampa ice creature's lair and it's slowly coming for him and Luke can't reach his lightsaber but manages to use the Force in time to snag it just as the wampa attacks and he cuts off its arm. Totally gave me nightmares. Okay, so that wasn't my favourite...

I absolutely positively loved the X-Wings. And the lightsabers. And the setting of the twin suns of Tatooine. And R2-D2. And Han's "I know." And the music. :D

wplmom said...

"Do or do not, there is no try". My favorite would be the little green philosopher, Yoda!

And I would love the new Pepper Martin book!

Casey said...

Hey, Angie, thanks for buying the books, and for the book giveaway. Dead Man Talking showed up on store shelves yesterday and as always, I'm excited about a new release. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

As for Star Wars . . .well, I was a little older than the rest of you the first time I saw it. But like all of you, I remember sitting there absolutely mesmerized by that first shot of that spaceship sliding across the screen. We'd never seen anything like it, and it's no wonder Star Wars became an instant classic. I have to admit, though, I haven't seen any of the movies after the first three. I guess I like the old classics!

Angie Fox said...

Oh yeah! The lightsaber sliding out of the arm. I forgot about that! I also had an X-wing fighter where you hit a button and the wings would fall off. Pretty cool in the 1970's. But, yes, we played with our action figures in the sandbox, the bathtub, we buried them under rocks. No tropical islands for the Foxes, either.

Angie Fox said...

No problem, Casey! Like I said, I hadn't seen Dead Man Talking until I walked up to the bookseller at the conference. The cover is fantastic. Can't wait to dig into the rest of the book!

CrystalGB said...

My favorite Star Wars character is Hans Solo. Sexy, dynamic personality and loved his relationship with Princess Lea.

Sheere said...

I loved the relationship of Han Solo and Princess Leia! He was sooo funny!
Though the bad thing about being born after the films were opened is that I knew almost everything that happened in the films..
And the BIG Darth Vader moment.. yeah love it =)

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Kimberly B. said...

I was seven when Star Wars came out, and one of the neighbor boys invited us to watch it for his birthday. I'll admit, I wasn't too crazy about the movie when I first saw it, though I liked Princess Leia (for her princess-ness) and R2D2 (for cuteness). I just wasn't into science fiction yet, and I also don't think I'd mastered the fine skill of watching a movie, since my parents rarely took us. However, the second time I saw it, which was on videotape in junior high, I really enjoyed it, and now the original trilogy is among my favorites.
Funny story, my father who hates science fiction and I'm sure never saw Star Wars, won a really expensive Chewbacca mask in a Macy's giveaway. He used it a few times to scare people, then either gave or sold it to his friend who did the same, and then I don't know what happened to it. I sure wish my family had hung onto it--so cool!

Sara M said...

I enjoy Yoda and his almost overly intellectual way of talking. I always need that extra second to figure out exactly what he's saying. Lol. And I think R2 is adorable, in a cute little robot kind of way.

Libri Vermis said...

I never really had a thing for Star Wars, but all of my pals ate it up. So I did go see it with them. I only remember the hairdo on Princess Leah, Chewy, R2 and CP30 and the sword! So then I had kids and they didn't really like Star Wars either except for the swords! They had sword battles all the time. With that weird sound. I just found one of the a week or so ago when I was cleaning the attic!
But Casey Daniels...that's a different story. I adore her books!

sidhevicious said...

It's a tough call but I'm going to have to go with Ewoks! I love those little guys. But Harrison Ford as Han Solo is a close second.

Llehn said...

Yoda! Gotta love his grammar!

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Angie Fox said...

Oh yes, Han Solo was one of my first kid crushes. We used to do our hair in the Princess Leia buns for school and think we were so hip.

Beleth said...

I love R2D2, its just so cut and his voice is so cool :P!
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Kat Bryan said...

I always thought Princess Leah's hair was the dumbest thing ever. My favorite character was Yoda and I even had a cat named that.

Chelsea S said...

I was always a big fan of R2D2. When I lived in CA for a couple of years, I lived right down the road from the Star Wars Ranch and I always pictured that the doorbell of Lucas' hous would be a statue of R2D2. hehe

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-- Chelsea

Diane said...

Favorite memory: it was my first date with a guy whose name I don't remember and I was thinking: what kind of a movie is this to take a girl on a first date?
I ended up enjoying myself very much with the movie and not so much with the date

Daelith said...

Oh the crush I had on Luke - Mark Hamill! Always thought the Ewoks were adorable. Still wouldn't mind having one of those around the house.