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

will: Welcome back, and now that we’re free of what came before, we’re into something somewhat better–at least, something a bit more interesting. Barbara Hambly’s “Nightlily: The Lovers’ Tale” stars the two dark-skinned aliens we see canoodling in the cantina panning shot, and actually gives us something interesting with them! Oh frabjous day.

I didn’t mention it last week, but I spent this past weekend at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest outside Columbus, OH. Lovely time.

z: Myself, I’m enjoying the calm before the storm that is two weeks before concert time.

–hahahaha “calm” I slay myself. But I’m still enjoying it.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Bartender’s Tale,” Part 3

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the final section of our commentary about “The Bartender’s Tale,” wherein WHYYYYYYYY.

In personal news, in the last two weeks I have finished my … I have to think about this now… eighth arrangement (fourth collaborative arrangement) and third set of lyrics for someone else’s arrangement; concerts coming up the weekend after Hallowe’en and two weeks after that; life is hectic but good.

Which is nice, because I’ve this commentary to do, and WHYYYYYYY.

will: In other news, I finally picked up some of the books I’ve been meaning to get, including Zahn’s new Thrawn novel (which I’m already thinking might be what breaks the seal for us with the new canon, though I won’t predict how many years it’ll take to get there), and the new version of the Tales-style side-story anthology, From a Certain Point of View.

I’ve not started that one yet, but I am looking forward to it–they got some really good names writing stories there. The one thing I have heard, though, I’m not impressed by. I may have misheard, and there may be more to it, but…it sounds like whoever wrote Greedo found an even more cliched reason for Greedo to hate Han.

I’ll report back when I know for sure.

In the meantime, the WHYYYYYYY goes marching on.

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

will: Welcome back, gentlebeings, to Force Visions, and this week, part 2 of “The Bartender’s Tale,” wherein we get the sequence all over again.

I’m suddenly wondering whether we are doing ourselves a disservice doing all these stories in a row. Maybe we should have spaced them out against something else, so it isn’t one “Cantina Scene setup, scene, aftermath” sequence after another.

z: Well, at least in this one The Scene is brief.

Which is, frankly, about the only maybe semi-positive thing I can say about the rest of the story. Sorry.

will: In other news, my cat gave birth this week! About three weeks ago my wife and I found a pregnant cat on the street, and took her in, got her checked up, and have been waiting for her to give birth. And:


z: There needs to be a German word meaning “fluffcluster.”

Also, thank you for posting the news and the picture without my prompting. If you hadn’t, in a blog post that’s supposed to go live not five days after the birth too, I would have had to turn you in to the Interwebs Police.

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

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to our commentary on “Be Still My Heart: The Bartender’s Tale,” wherein I can’t avoid entering a certain line of discussion any more.

In personal news, the concert that was canceled midsummer because the venue’s AC died is back on, and it’s this Saturday–in the middle of the rehearsal period for the full orchestral fall season. This has in no way distracted us or made this hard to prepare for. No siree.

(But if you’re in the neighborhood: Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville, MD, 7 pm on Saturday.)

will: Wish I could be there, but it’s quite likely I won’t even be making an appearance at New York Comic-Con this weekend. This month is the busiest of the entire year for my job. But we fill in the off hours as we can, as we always do…

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Hammerhead’s Tale,” Part 3

will: Welcome back to Force Visions, wherein we dive into the (hopefully) final part of “The Hammerhead’s Tale,” an exploration of how a little bit of knowledge can lead to a whole lot of mistakes.

And that’s just the author!

z: Let’s just say that this wasn’t a good week for me to take on Moar Issues, so while I’m sorry I left this to Will, I’m… not too sorry.


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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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