Force Visions on Hiatus

z: Hello, gentlebeings. This… isn’t your regularly scheduled Force Visions post of the week.

For a number of months now, both Will and I have been under higher pressure than usual (and yes, I am aware that there is still a global catastrophe going on and that I still haven’t touched another human being since March 13, 2020, wonder how I know the date so precisely, huh). We both have jobs that are potentially high stress and our other main hobbies can potentially be very demanding. Speaking just for myself, somewhere between that date above and now, I, uh, have established a home recording studio, effectively, out of necessity. Added skills and all, yes, good, but also added a lot of other things to keep track of. It’s been similar for Will, who also has had to deal with relocation several times over since the pandemic started. At least I’ve stayed put at home.

If the book we currently had on tap wasn’t one we have literally been trying to scratch our way out of at this point, we still might have persevered, but…

So: Force Visions is officially on hiatus until the first week of June 2021, at which point we’ll regroup and re-evaluate. In the meantime, you can find us at Twitter as @scifantasy and @zdmajor7, and if you follow the blog’s account at @SW_ForceVisions, we will be posting announcements there about a possible restart.

If I feel up to it, I may actually push ahead and finish Shadows of the Empire by myself, although a) it’ll be on a biweekly schedule at most, and b) without Will’s moderating influence, you’ll see a lot more angry screeching, believe you me. But that’s a big “if,” so I don’t want to promise anything.

will: Thanks for understanding, and we’ll see you again soon.

z: But we will be back at some point, if for nothing else, thanks to our completionist tendencies. Until then, the Force will be with you, always.

Shadows of the Empire, Chapter 33

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 33 of Shadows of the Empire, wherein building up to a confrontation doesn’t work if you don’t care about the events in the build-up or the characters involved within, or both.

But in personal news…

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life… for the US… and I feel good.

Okay so maybe that’s not strictly personal, but you know that the personal is political, and we’ve spent the last several decades learning that lesson over and over again. So yeah, that happened. And nice, competency-demonstrating, goodwill-demonstrating things have been happening since then. We are all kind of “don’t know what to do with that information,” I have to say.

will: Pretty much same for me here. We all have collective post-traumatic stress, and we’ll be a long time in recovering.

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Shadows of the Empire, Chapter 32

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 32 of Shadows of the Empire, in which connections are made, and by the way, who wrote this, it’s actually good.

In personal news… there’s still more recording and editing, and I’ll have somewhat exciting news next week on that front. And yes, I am ignoring everything else, thank you very much.

will: A very understandable life choice.

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Shadows of the Empire, Chapter 31

will: We’re back! And we have the combination!

Wait. Wrong universe (sorta).

Anyway. After two weeks of break (which is not the same thing as two weeks of rest, mind), we’re back into a normal routine, which means continuing to be disappointed by ourselves of the past, or at least myself, because I remember liking this book, once upon a time.

In other news, Z has a pair of work deadlines, so once again I’m taking your lead.

z: Popping in here with my commentary, popping right back out to my proposal draft.

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Happy New Year, 2021

will: And if you thought we would have a post up for this week, when we were all just ducking and covering and hoping 2020 would manage to exit without any more disasters, you’re made of tougher stuff than we are.

z: …or hiding underneath the blanket hoping the monster year would go away without noticing us more. As it were.

will: Normal coverage should return last week. In the meantime, happy New Year, and hug your loved ones, friends, and pets.

Shadows of the Empire, Chapter 27

will: Welcome back, all, as we continue through the Worst.

As this goes up, yesterday was American Thanksgiving, but with this year as it is, well, just surviving is something to be thankful for. Hope you all can look forward to better than that in the future, though.

z: Same.

And in the middle of all this, perhaps even more fiercely because it’s in the middle of all this, I am thankful for my friends, as ever.

Content Warning!

will: Continuing on from last week, this week also has discussion of sexual assault and sexual violence.

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