That lasted a day.
I do sometimes start with a word processed document, especially if I have an interview or a piece of fiction. But most posts, like this one, I just type directly in. The idea of a blog, after all, is that it is a “web log”; it is off the cuff and doesn’t necessarily get the proofreading and editing that a more polished piece should.
It’s also reassuring that, even after I hit the “publish” button, I can always go back and change anything I want. There have been several times I’ve published something on the blog knowing that I would be going back in later to fix it!
My beloved Star Wars was remastered and rereleased decades after they were originally made available to the public. The creators added in a few goodies, like seeing Han Solo speak directly to a new CGI version of Jabba the Hut. They also decided to remake the Cantina scene where Han shoots Greedo, making it look like Greedo shot first.
The idea is that, since Han Solo is a good guy, he would not have shot first. So they used the wonderful new technology we have to redo the scene so that Greedo shoots first, and misses, and then Han shoots him. In the original, Han shot Greedo under the table before the bounty hunter ever had a chance.
The fan outrage was huge! Adding in a few scenes and improving some special effects was one thing, but saying that Greedo missed, just to make Han look like a good guy? Hell no! Han is a badass! One of the most import aspects of the whole epic was the character arc that took Han from a scruffy, nerfherding smuggler to a hero of the alliance!
I wonder if the great authors of yesteryear ever wished they could go back and fix something? I love the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, but the inconsistencies are too many to count, even for fantasy. I wonder if that ever bothered him?
I hope to be published someday. I’d love to be able to walk into a bookstore and see my story in actual print, bound in paper and ink. Before then, I plan and expect many rounds of proofreading and editing and revising so that it is the best story it can possibly be.
In the meantime, I’ll have fun with the blog. It’s much more fun when I know I can go back at any time and fiddle with it!
Things could have been very different for Star Wars. “What if Greedo Really Shot First?“
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