Euro 2016 starts in less than a week so to celebrate I thought I would do a different type of promotion to those I have usually done. I have made a book free for two days, which is quite easy when they are on Kindle. However, the Extra Time Edition of World Cup Dreams is both on Kindle and in print. So this time I am going to give away two print copies of World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition for FREE. As I have had to purchase the books before sending them on I am going to make you work a little for them. What you need to do is write a poem about football, it could celebrate the Euros coming up or the World Cup. It might be about your favourite club team or a great manager or player. It might even be about grassroots football. The only rules are that it must be original, it must be about football (sometimes called soccer in some countries) and it can be a maximum of 250 words long. To enter you need to fill in the form below. The competition will finish on Friday 3rd June at midnight UK time. I will then pick my two favourite entries (very subjective I know!) and contact them for an address to send the book to. When the competition has ended I will put some of the entries up on this blog (both the winners and other good entries) and will link to the websites/blogs/twitter/facebook of the writers (so you can get a little promotion yourself.). Right then, all there is to say now is good luck and I look forward to seeing the entries.
World Cup Dreams competition entry form
To celebrate the birth of my second child, a beautiful little girl, Captain Caleb and the Tickle Monster will be free on Kindle for the next two days (15th and 16th May). I have talked about reformatting and publishing in print so this may be the last time you can get it for free. You can get it from the US Amazon store here or the UK Amazon store here. My biggest fan, my two year old son, loves it and every time he sees my tablet he says, “can I read the Caleb pirate book?” That is the only endorsement I really need. Please grab it and enjoy. If you want to review it as well that would be great.
Today is National Limerick day (yeah I didn’t know either until I saw it on twitter a few hours ago!) and as I am a writer, of sorts, I thought I would pen my own limerick to celebrate. Also they are really quick to do so I have not had to spend too much time on it! I thought I would write a limerick on one of my favourite things in the whole world, Star Wars. So here goes. Oh yeah, I should say SPOILER ALERT incase you have not seen Episode 7 although if you have not then where have you actually been? Anyway, here’s the limerick…
There was a young boy called Ben
Who was seduced by Snoke and then
The Jedi he killed
With darkness was filled
And became the evil Kylo Ren
I have added it to my collection, Bad Poetry You probably never want to read on wattpad. You can look at it there as well along with some other of my truly awful poems.
Everyone and their dog is giving out Star Wars theories after watching The Force Awakens. I have not really given it much thought until recently. I managed to see Episode 7 in the cinema once but then got back to my hectic life before watching it twice in a week since the blu-ray was released. Many fans said it was much better the second time around as you got over that, ‘Oh yes, I’m watching a new Star Wars,’ feeling and I have to say that I agree. I am starting to move away from the it’s just a rehash of A New Hope and noticing themes and scenes from all six movies in there. It really is a homage and I hope that means they have got the sentiment out of the way for the next two films.
Amongst the list of questions about Episode 7, one of the biggest is, who is Rey? I had a great, if unlikely, idea when I first watched it in that Rey was a descendent of Palpatine and that she has been left on Jakku when Luke realised she could be dangerous. Since rewatching I have a new theory, one that has some form of evidence to back it up, well a few quotes from the film. I suppose I should say SPOILER ALERT but if you have read the title of the post then you probably know there are going to be spoilers.
Right, here goes. I will start off with my theory then try to explain it. Rey is one of a handful of Jedi Younglings that escaped the massacre by Kylo Ren and has had her memory wiped. I must admit I have not read any of the material around The Force Awakens and base my theories completely on seeing the film. So the real question is, why do I think this? Well first I will look at why I think that Rey was a Jedi Youngling. Firstly there is the awakening, she has clearly been trained in the Jedi arts and some of her training is coming back to her as she gets involved in the conflict. Secondly, although J.J. Abrams did says this was a mistake, Leia ignores Chewie to hug Rey so it would appear they may have met before. Next we have the fact that Luke’s lightsabre calls to Rey and she gets some flashbacks of what has happened leading up to this point. So I think with all that we could assume she has been trained as some sort of Jedi. Another piece of information comes from the fact that Kylo Ren keeps asking, “what girl?” When they meet he does not seem to know her but could it be that he knows some people escaped the massacre and that she may be one of these people? Also when he looks into her mind he sees that she dreams about an island in the middle of a great ocean, remind you of anything? Yep, the first Jedi Temple that Luke has exiled himself too. Does this mean that she has been there before, for training, or could it be Luke sending her a message as to where he is? Could Luke also be sending a message to her through the lightsabre? Also, in terms of her being left on Jakku, she could not have been put in a more horrible position. A place where people could easily disappear and if you are searching for someone, a place you would not think to look. Potentially a really good place to hide from the First Order. On top of this we did have Obi-wan keeping an eye on Luke on Tatooine, could Lor San Tekka be tasked with making sure Rey does not get into any trouble?
So those points may add up to show she is a former Jedi Youngling or at least has some Jedi training. But I did say one of many Jedi. It makes sense that if they are hiding one Jedi they may be hiding more. Another point on this is that Snoke mentions that if they get to Luke first they can stop the Jedi returning. Is it that Luke has the power to give them back their memories? That he knows where all the Jedi Younglings are hidden so the First Order want to get to him to stop this happening. If it was just about killing the last Jedi then surely the First Order would let the Resistance have the map and follow them then attack and kill Luke? Without Luke’s knowledge of where all the Younglings are then the First Order may not find them and they may all start to awaken, with memories flooding back they may come together and create the Jedi once again. Is that why Snoke wants the girl as he can look into her head and see the memories so he can find the rest of the Younglings?
The final shot of the film has Luke looking remorseful and downbeaten, is that because he knows that this is the real start of the fight, that he now needs to awaken the other Younglings to take down the First Order so the Jedi can flourish once again?
Well, there we go, that is my take on it, I may be completely wrong but at least it is fun to theorise. Also one of the greatest things about this trilogy is we have no idea where it is going, I do really like the prequels (they are nowhere near as bad as everyone says in my opinion) but you knew how they would end. The only really downer is that we now need to wait till December 2017 to get some answers and with the third installment not until 2019 we may not even get half the answers we want. Oh well, at least Rouge One is on the horizon.