FILM REVIEW: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

I have completed something that has always been on my bucket list, going to a midnight premiere of a Star Wars film! Even better, my family and I stood at the very front of the line, which made the experience complete! As for the film itself, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was anything and everything I had hoped for and more! Because I am a devout fanboy, I noticed a number of references to the original Expanded Universe that Disney scrapped. The film was pure nostalgia, reminding me of the original trilogy in countless ways. I look forward to Episode VIII, which is one and a half years away, which will be an eternity for me because I am starving for more Star Wars. When I saw the original cast appear, I cheered maniacally with the rest of the audience. Also, there will be plot twists that you will never see coming and the villain Kylo Ren is probably the most conflicted Star Wars villain since Darth Vader himself. I recommend this film to anyone even if you are not a Star Wars fan. It will blow you away! May the Force be with you, always.

CONCEPT: STARTING OVER

One theory that has always interested me was the thought of how the human race would start over in the aftermath of an apocalypse. What would be the ideal number of humans to serve as a starting population? Who would survive the catastrophe? How would civilization start over? In several scientific articles concerning the issue, I noticed that a number of experts stated that a starting population would need to be tens of thousands in order to guarantee genetic diversity. When the world ends and this starting population survives, it is an intriguing idea of how they could rebuild society. What new world would replace the old one? I am thinking of tinkering with this idea for future works.

WRITING UPDATE: POTENTIAL NONFICTION WORKS

During my Philosophy Class I wrote an essay that analyzed how the superhero archetype describes what it means to be human. My instructor enjoyed it so much that he suggested that I write a nonfiction book about the topic. This idea does have potential since I am VERY analytical about superhero stories. I might pursue this idea in the future and I might do a nonfiction book that analyzes the various superpowers that exist in fiction. These would be works that are out of my comfort zone and be a good way for me to expand my horizons as a writer. I will keep you updated on this potential development.

HOLIDAY AUTISM DONATION

As an autism ambassador, I have just donated $300.00 to The Autism Society of America! Some of the money came from proceeds from my book royalties. I realized that there were some individuals who are not as lucky with their autism as I am so in order to give them a chance for a great holiday season I gave them this donation. In addition to the money, I am also sending a wish for every penny, hoping they will receive good fortune and grace in this wonderful time of the year. To my autistic brothers and sisters, I say the following, “Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!”