Sunday, March 06, 2016

Tales of the Gold Wookie

Began a mostly sunny, chilly morning with simple, tasty Buttermilk Pancakes, a couple of easy listening CD's (including Johnny Mathis' On Broadway), and working on revising one of my three Star Wars story ideas. I've now moved the 20's story up a decade to 1938. I saw photos of Harrison Ford online in what more-or-less looks like Jake Cutter's pilot's costume from Tales of the Gold Monkey and I thought...ooh yes, Han would make a great Jake! And in fact, it makes even more sense.

Luke remains a newsboy and wanna-be reporter. Leia is now a reporter herself and a spy. Han is a pilot-for-hire. The Falcon is his dilapidated cargo plane. Chewie is his faithful mechanic whom no one can understand. Ben Kenobi is a World War I vet-turned-weary-crime-reporter. The droids are still Laurel and Hardy-type comedians. Vader is the corrupt Chief of Police. Palapatine is the even more corrupt mayor who may or may not be involved with some of the nastier things going on in Europe in the late 30's. Lando is a gambler who owns a casino and amusement park. The Ewoks are midgets in the boardwalk side show. I may even throw in a couple of Rebels characters as renegade reporters, photographers, and artists at the Los Angeles Daily Empire.

Got to work on time and ended up spending the whole four hours behind a register. I was a bit surprised. We were really busy, but I thought they might want me to help round up the carts. Evidently, not today. They just plain hadn't scheduled enough cashiers. You'd think they'd know better on a Sunday in the beginning of the month. Thankfully, it did slow down long enough for me to close down with no relief.

When I got home, I had leftovers for dinner while listening to The Muppet Movie soundtrack. I was glad to find one last fall. I always did like the songs from the first three movies, including some of the background music. I love the jazzy instrumental version of "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along" that plays when Kermit and Piggy are reconciling in the back of the Electric Mayhem's bus right before the "cop" comes to warn them.

Did a little bit writing this morning before work and this evening as well. While Han, Luke, and Ben head off towards Aldran Town, Leia is being taken to Vader's stronghold in the Kingdom of the Empire. Once the Kingdom of Naboo, it was the most beautiful kingdom in the entire Alliance...until Vader and Palapatine's black Force magic infected everything. Now, barely anything grows, and there's very little color or light. Vader's castle sits on top of a slick mountain made of red and black dark Khyber crystal. It's impossible for anyone without powers to climb. Leia still refuses to talk, but Vader and his aid Lord Tarkin have ways of getting information from her...

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