Blog #49: Nebulous New Year

Blog #49:  Nebulous New Year


I saw Star Wars, Episode VIII: ‘The Last Jedi’ yesterday… and I was disappointed.  Like with Episode VII, it seemed to be a rehashing of junk from the first movies — the same elements, mixed and mashed around, enacted by new (and much more forgettable) characters.  Even the very basis of it is nothing new:  you have the First Order instead of the Empire, and the Resistance instead of the Rebellion… a new old, wrinkly bad-guy… and a new young Jedi and a new Sith…  In both VII and VIII there are so many scenes you can pick directly out of the earlier episodes, like reenactments in jumbled order.

And what an ignominious fate for Luke Skywalker, hero of the galaxy — and one of the main heroes of my youth… in the end, making him yet the sniveling, little whiner he was when we first met him forty years ago.  I do realize sometimes heroes fall from grace — but the bold and confident Jedi knight I remember from ‘Return of the Jedi’ would not have run away to die.

And am I mistaken, or did it just over all seem like there was a hell of a lot going on in spite of there being not a lot happening?  Just have lots of action, and no one will realize we don’t have a plot… just a two and a half hour, slow-motion chase scene leading to utter disaster — but with… a new new hope?  Kinda weak.  I wish they had followed the ‘history’ of the books that have been written (from the handful I have read) instead of taking this new direction… which seems like more of a backtrack.


Mayhap I am just old and clinging to the gilded aspects of youth… I do try to let go of the past and take the present as something new.  I know of several Tolkien fans who could not separate the movies (esp. ‘The Hobbit’) from the books.  I did okay with that — and I mostly do okay with the Marvel movies (though I did not like ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’, which was a good movie in and of itself — but it was not who or what Spidey should be given the comics… so, again, not letting go).  [Incidental aside:  personally speaking, he’s gone astray in the comics as well…  Oh, well.]

Definitely getting old…

But I really have no idea what to say about that.  Methinks I be but introspective (and over-sensitively nostalgic?) because of the pending new year?  Always an apropos time for reflection and, mesupposes, wondering where tomorrow will lead…

Will I begin writing again?  Was it just a year off — or will it be longer… or am I just done?  I’ve never been a strong story-teller, and now I sometimes wonder if I’ve entirely lost my sense of writing… if I ever really had it to begin with!  I mean, I’m very proud of a lot of what I’ve written — but I don’t know of anyone who honestly really loves my work…  Too esoteric, mayhaps?  Probably so.  Am I over-thinking the process of it all?

I have no idea.


So what do I like?  TV & movie wise, ‘Thor: Ragnarak’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2’ were my favorite movies of 2017.  And ‘The Santa Clarita Diet’ and (perhaps) ‘The Magicians’ (which I’m counting as 2017 because I finished season one on Netflix last January and I started season two this month… so for me, ‘tis a 2017 thing).  Oh — and ‘Mad Dogs’ and ‘The White Queen’ were both good.  Books… ‘War of the Roses’ series by Conn Iggulden… ‘The Saxon Chronicles’ by Bernhard Cornwell… ‘Game of Thrones’ series by George R.R. Martin… probably some other junk…

I know not what…

Fizzle, fizzle, fizzle, fizzl—


Happy new year.


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 —Mishka Zakharin  © 2017



My first published novel, ‘Natalya’s Tale’:

My second published novel, ‘The Telemachy’:

Also really very nice, ‘The Green Lamp’:

…and ‘The Spleen of Fiery Dragons’:

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