– Be thou not technical with me,/Or else thine input valve may swift receive/a hearty helping of my golden foot.
[Luke, holding stormtrooper helmet.] Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not,/ yet have I taken both uniform and life/ From thee. What manner of a man wert thou?/ A man of inf’nite jest or cruelty?/ A man with helpmate and with children too?/ A man who hath his Empire serv’d with pride?/ A man, perhaps, who wish’d for perfect peace?/ What’er thou wert, goodman, thy pardon grant/ Unto the one who took thy place: e’en me.
This Force, by troth, I’ll never comprehend! It doth control and also doth obey? And ’tis within and yet it is beyond, ‘Tis both inside and yet outside one’s self? What paradox! What fickle-natur’d pow’r! Aye: frailty, thy name– belike–is Force.
Trying to write while I’m distracted definitely doesn’t work for me. I’m also a compulsive saver of my files, so every writing session ends with me emailing what I’ve written to myself, just in case.
O help/ Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, help. Thou art/ Mine only hope. -Leia Organa
True it is,/ That these are not the droids for which thou search’st. -Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi
I pray thee, sir, forgive me for the mess/And whether I shot first, I’ll not confess. – Han Solo
I do think any modern storyteller is influenced by the stories we all grow up with and become familiar with, our shared cultural narratives.
If flurries be the food of quests, snow on.
I watched the Star Wars trilogy with some good friends of mine for the first time in a few years, I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-one of those first mashup books-and then I went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with my family.
Mostly, I hope that by having some fun with Shakespeare’s style I’ll encourage young people who are intimidated by Shakespeare to give him a try.
My favorite play is Hamlet. It was my first love when it comes to Shakespeare, and I’ve read it and seen it performed more than just about every other Shakespeare play. I’ve had the “To be or not to be” monologue memorized since I was 15, and it’s just really close to my heart.
I do a lot of writing in my capacity as the creative director for a marketing agency. These days, though, I’m trying to write a little bit most evenings just to keep the creative juices flowing.