Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Hammerhead’s Tale,” Part 2

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Part 2 of our commentary on The Hammerhead’s Tale, wherein oh come on.

This is Z taking the lead again this week, because I owe Will one, although I’m still jetlagged, so quality estimates: dubious. But then… well, you’ll see.

will: Shana Tova to any who observed the New Year this week, by the way.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Hammerhead’s Tale,” Part 1

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the first part of our commentary on “The Sand Tender: The Hammerhead’s Tale,” wherein I get to say “…but anyway” a lot.

will: Welcome back! I hope I didn’t scare you away last week.

Though if I scared you a bit, I’m OK with that.

z: In personal news, I spent the entirety of last week on a boat, touring the coves of the this bay on the southwestern coast of Turkey. It was entirely as amazing as you’d expect. They have these cruises that they call “Blue Tour”s or “Blue Cruise”s. So very strongly recommended. I did have internet access over the cellular network most of the time, it turned out, but that was by no means guaranteed, and I hadn’t taken my laptop with me. Also, I was mostly taking a break from anything that wasn’t social interaction on the Internets, as well, hence you had Will’s excellent “Song and Dance” last week.

(My everpresent leeriness of what he’s capable of when left unsupervised notwithstanding.)

will: I’d say that I’m hurt… but yeah, that’s just wise.

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Media Tie-In Work: A Brief Digression

(August 28, 2017)

z: Will, I’m going to be out of contact from basically September 1st to 11th. Can we figure something out?

will: Sure. I’ll cover for you. I should be able to get the post for this week done in time for you to comment, and I’ll put together something for the following week at the same time.

z: Thanks.

will: And if necessary, if I don’t get both done, I’ll come up with a song-and-dance for next week.

You can trust me. 😀

z: ……..

<foreboding intensifies>

will: Where’s the “evil smirk” emoji?

z: They seem to have neglected to design one.

will: Well, that’s a grave oversight.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Tale of Muftak and Kabe,” Part 3

will: Welcome, readers, to the third and final part of Muftak and Kabe’s tale, where it’s too little, too late on the reference game, and once again, you can’t make a silk purse out of a thin character.

Or something like that.

I hope everybody had a good week, and that the Americans among us will have a good Labor Day holiday. Z is currently either in transit or back home with the family for a vacation, so she’ll pop in occasionally, but sparingly. And likewise, we won’t be diving into the next story next week. We’ll have a surprise instead.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Tale of Muftak and Kabe,” Part 2

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the second part of our commentary on “The Tale of Muftak and Kabe,” in which we go Leverage.

will: “Let’s go steal a plot”?

z: In personal news, I’m traveling next week, so of course a whole host of maintenance issues decided to happen at my home this week. Also, whee.

will: Things are quiet here, though not for long. August is ending and let’s just say September isn’t a quiet time at my office.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Tale of Muftak and Kabe,” Part 1

will: Welcome back, readers, to the next story, which so far has only a couple of riffs on what’s probably the greatest movie ever made, but they’re lurking.

z: *confused look* I thought this entire book was about Star Wars?

…I kid, I kid.

will: Yeah, but only a little.

To spell it out, the full title of this story is “Play It Again, Figrin D’an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe,” that first part being adapted from one of the greatest lines never actually spoken in the movies.

Nobody ever says “Play it again, Sam.” The actual line is, first, “Play it once, Sam. For old time’s sake…Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By,'” and later, “you played it for her, and you can play it for me…if she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

As spoken by Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Berman) and then Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), both to Sam (Dooley Wilson) in Casablanca. Which, well. I don’t want to say it’s a better movie than Star Wars but I sure don’t want to say it’s a worse one.

In other news, you know how we’ve discussed the West End Games Star Wars RPG a few times before? Well…

I’ll probably buy this as a historical document more than anything else. But I’ll buy it.

Before we begin, one other thing. As I alluded to last week, A.C. Crispin was a damn legend in the field of SF writers, and even more so for media tie-in writers. She wrote some of the most famous Star Trek original novels (and wrote the first one to make the NYT bestseller list), her Han Solo Trilogy is definitely getting the chapter-by-chapter treatment here eventually (it’s the good stuff), she was at one point the VP of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and she cofounded SFWA’s “Writer Beware” project, which looks out for and educates writers about scam editors, agents, and publishers.

In 2013, a few months before her death due to cancer (at age 63), she was named the first female Grandmaster of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers; one year after Kevin J. Anderson (well, nobody’s perfect), but one year before Diane Duane and three years before Tim Zahn.

So with that in mind…

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Tale of the ‘Tonnika Sisters,'” Part 3

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the third part of our commentary on “The Tale of the ‘Tonnika Sisters,'” wherein we meet friends and influence people.

In personal news: Last Saturday we finally did get to present our summer Small Ensemble Showcase program. And Will was here, along with some other mutual friends of ours, watching. From where I was standing (or sitting), it went joyfully well. From where he was sitting, I… guess it must have been enjoyable?

will: I said that last week. Granted that I wrote that before actually seeing and hearing it, but I was right.

z: We aim not to disappoint. And by dint of much effort, I guess we may be succeeding :).

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