Hey guys. Sorry I've been AWOL. Things have been their ususal fraked up selves.

First things first, I didn't mean to completely disappear, but some self-rediscovery needed to be done after AJ. A large part of this involved the most excellent Star Wars series ever written, which is so brilliant I've read it 3 times in 3 weeks, which, considering it's aproximately 1300K words is saying somehting.

I've also been working on a new original story idea, which I've described to popkin16 as "Dune meets Revelation Space meets Alliance-Union Universe meets John Michener and maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." It's a lot of space opera stuff coupled with the fringe psuedo-religious, psuedo-scientific stuff you see in Dune and hopefully it will be brilliant. Here's one of the maps I've made for it. Because, yes, I already have maps.

There are star names and whatnot on the map as well, but it makes it too clutter to show them all at once.

Anyway, so there's that. And school. FYI, 6 credit hours in a single summer semester (ie, 5 hours of classes 4x a week for May 26-June 25) may have been the worst idea I've ever had. The Old Testament Literature one I'm taking to finish up GenEd is actually quite interesting. The Data Science one I'm taking for my major makes me vaguely suicidal and homicidal by turns. I learned mode, median, and range in 4th grade. I don't need it again now.

I've also been feeling like complete shit. Talking with my mom made me realize that what I'm going through now lines up fairly well with what she went through before she was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer when she was a little older than I am now. So, naturally, there is some panicking, but my doctor's appointment is tomorrow so we'll see. I'm not seriously worried, because even if that's what it is thyroid cancer is pretty much 100% curable, but at the very least they should be able to tell me why I'm feeling so awful. I'll let you guys know once I know something.

Work is work. I had to redesign an email blast no less than 100 times in 2 weeks for them, and now that were T-minus 1 month from their big energy summit everyone is rushing to get things finished that I could/should have done months ago. But, hey, Robert F Kennedy Jr is their keynote speaker this year, so if you're anywhere near the area and are into that kind of thing, stop by, it's free. Other than that it's been going fairly well, for the most part.

I'll try not to be so AWOL again in the future.
I've got my fingers crossed about your doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'm so scared for you, even if the statistics for surviving thyroid cancer are in your favor. Nobody wants to hear "cancer" in relation to their health. Then again, maybe it'd be a relief to know why you have been feeling so crappy - what do I know? Fingers crossed, either way.

I've got your Star Wars epic bookmarked. I tried reading some of it and spent most of the time going ????, so I think I definitely have to rewatch all of Star Wars (and pay attention to names and such) in order to truly appreciate it.

Your original novel idea is going to be epic, bb.
A lot of the stuff at the beginning is way background book stuff that never appears in the movie. All you need to know is: Qui-Gon Jinn was Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Master from the time the later was 13 until, in this verse, he died on Naboo when the later was 20/21. Qui-Gon is rather a rebel, by Jedi standards, and had an apprentice who went dark side about 20 years before Obi-Wan came on the scene. The rest you can kinda figure out.

I hope my drs appointment goes well too. I just want to know, at this point. I can't even bring myself to worry.

I hope my novel turns out well too. Today was mostly staring at the word document and trying to figure out how to get everyone's voice right.
Thank you for giving me the background info on Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi :D That's very helpful :)