Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Author Profile: Captain Typho

Character Name: Captain Typho
"Real" Name: Michelle P.
Age: 39
Gender: F
Global Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Day Job: Internet specialist at a financial institution. Former Army Reserve journalist.

Q1: What made you decide to start a blog like this?
I was a big fan of "The Darth Side" and I was sorry when it ended. I was re-reading the blog in July and I found a link to Master Yoda's blog through the comments. I was impressed by the idea of a group of linked Star Wars journals, so I decided to create my own.

Q2: Why did you choose your particular character?
I chose Captain Typho because he's a familiar face from Episodes II and III, though he doesn't get to say much. His background hasn't been fully mapped out, so I have a lot of room to play with. The best thing about Typho is that because of the nature of his job as Padme's chief of security, he logically would have contact with many other characters -- Anakin, Obi-Wan, Palpatine, 3PO, Yoda, Jar-Jar, and Padme, of course -- so he can have opinions about them and interact with them in the blogsphere even though they don't pay much attention to him on screen.

Having said that, if I had jumped in sooner I'd have chosen a character with a more pivotal role, but all the good ones were already taken.

Q3: Where do you get ideas?
I get ideas from current events, the Dark Horse Star Wars Tales comics, the Star Wars Galaxies online game, the Clone Wars cartoons and the Star Wars Episodes I-III Visual Dictionaries. I “riff” off of other people’s blogs sometimes too.

Q4: Any blogging tips and tricks?
  1. Using an RSS reader (AKA news aggregator) is the best way to keep up with the blogs in this large Star Wars blogging community.

  2. For better or worse, people judge you online by your writing. Check your spelling, grammar and punctuation before you publish your posts. If you screw up, go back and edit until you get it right. God knows, I probably messed up somewhere in this post. ;)

  3. Try hosting your images on Flickr. Flickr allows you to post your images with associated text directly to your blog and it adds a caption.
Q5: Where do you find pictures for use on your blog?
Google images, the Star Wars Episodes I-III Visual Dictionaries and screen captures from DVDs.

Q6: What's the last book your character read?

Typho isn’t much of a reader. He keeps up with current events and sports via Holonet. He likes thrillers like Silence of the Hutts and action/war movies like Full Metal Jedi.

Q7: What's the last book you read?
Making a Movie in Premiere Elements.

Q8: Other hobbies/interests?
I dabble in Poser and Painter. I create Flash animations and I use Acid Pro to make the background music.

Q9: Other blogs you work on?
The Lion’s Domain.

Big Brother: Naboo

Survivor: Tatooine