Even though the Women Are Star Wars panel was generally awful, here are two things the wonderful Timothy Zahn said that I really loved (one from the panel and one I overheard at his table).
- From what I gathered, he’s not a huge fan either of the way Han and Leia were treated in TFA. While acknowledging that Star Wars — and much of media in general — has often been about broken families, he insisted that there’s a place for a healthy family; that you can have a healthy family and conflict at the same time. He cited The Incredibles as a good example of that, and said he hoped that Lucasfilm would keep in mind stories like that as they go forward.
- When he writes, he doesn’t do all his world-building up front. He only comes up with what he needs to serve the characters and the story, letting the plot drive his world-building. That way in the future, when he comes back to write more and needs to do more world-building, he comes with more experience and more years of thought to add to it. It was a good reminder for me that I don’t necessarily have to have everything figured out at first when I write. As I have more life experience and more time to think about my characters and the world they’re in — as I grow with them — I’ll be able to bring more to the story. (I believe this whole conversation was in response to a question about how much he knew about the Chiss when he first started writing about Thrawn — the answer was not much)
Tonight playing as Mercy I was heavily trying to get the attention of the local Genji and he goes “HI! Greetings! aww you’re so beautiful!” and I was “wait, are you going around looking for a pocket healer?” and that’s how I met the loveliest canadians on overwatch and made two new friends