Han Solo: Another Reflection on Head Canon

The term ended last week and with it came the close of the second round of our Star Wars & Contemporary Mythology course.  As Hannah and I were making our way through grading some of our students’ work, I had a revelation.  Something similar happened last year, as our students’ final papers helped us finally make peace with The Force Awakens.  I’m not sure if this epiphany-while-grading thing will become a tradition with our Star Wars class, but it’s happened to me again.  This time it came while reading several Star Wars Playlist assignments – focused on Han Solo – and it led me to clearly see something quite personal about my experience of Star Wars. Continue reading

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A Very Deadpool Nightmare On Elm Street

with Kalie Zamierowski!

[Michael’s Note:  Well, the school year’s ended and summer vacation has finally arrived (yay!!!).  I’ll be kicking it off with a week-long mission trip to Baltimore with twenty of our upcoming seniors.  Obviously that means no new material on the blog for a week.  I know we’re all sad about that BUT I’m leaving you with something EPIC.  Kalie and I have finished our second original short story genre-mashup.  This time we’ve dropped Deadpool into A Nightmare On Elm Street.  I think we may’ve topped the first one too.  Personally, writing this was SO MUCH FUN.  Enjoy!] Continue reading

The Shining Meets The Ghostbusters

with Kalie Zamierowski!

[Michael’s Note:  Who’s ready for some…ORIGINAL FICTION?!?  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, today marks an exciting new chapter in my little blog’s life.  Kalie and I have co-authored a short story/piece of fan fiction/genre mashup…whatever you want to call it.  It’s an idea we’ve been playing with for months and finally just wrote it!  Playing to what we love, we’ve taken the Stephen King classic The Shining and dropped the Ghostbusters into the Overlook Hotel.  We had A LOT of fun and can’t wait to do this again.  While she’ll disagree, about 95% of the credit for pulling this off goes to Kalie.  She’s the gifted writer, capturing everything so eloquently.  I have no idea how she does it.  I helped with the plot, dialogue, and characterization but she did all the heavy lifting :).  We’re really proud of it and hope you enjoy it too!] Continue reading