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Creativity isn't always about writing or painting or dancing. There are plenty of ways to explore your creative side and do something out of the ordinary, even for a short while. I love planning and tapping into this creative side - that's why I freelance write and manage this blog! Though, I also enjoy trying something new and doing a project that changes my daily routine. 

For the month of December, a friend and I decided to create a little geeky project to celebrate a mutual friend's birthday. Our friend, Christina (http://fyspringfield.com/), is a fan of the TV show Orphan Black; in fact, we all like the show too. Instead of doing a Simpsons-themed gift this year, we went with an Orphan Black theme. We created a card from scratch (Alina is so talented!), bought a Polaroid camera, and we took her to dinner. The other piece to her gift, which explains the name of this blog post, was a "children's story" that featured a Funko Sarah Manning toy.

Captured over 12 images, a story was created about this little clone and her adventure around the story. Bits and pieces were included of things our friend liked. I have to say: I loved creating this story! Storyboarding, writing, snapping photos and art designing - all the planning came together for a cute project. And it turned out to be so much fun!

Unfortunately, I couldn't share the original posts with you all as they were going up. But, I did save the images and copy for a later date...which is today. To read the story of "The Little Clone", check out the 12 images below!

Once upon a time, there was a rebellious little clone named Sarah. A British rocker at heart, she didn’t much care for authority or rules. In fact, she didn’t care for much of anything, except for her family and her little Monkey. Her life was one adventure after the next, but it was one special night that started her real story.
While waiting for the subway train, Sarah noticed someone in the distance. A woman, hysterical in tears, was standing near the tracks. As the woman jumped in front of the train, Sarah saw her face: she looked like her! Did Sarah have a twin?! Sarah reached for the woman’s wallet to learn the identity.

This woman, Beth, was a mystery to her; Sarah was adopted and never knew her real family. She didn’t know what to do, so she searched online for answers but found nothing. There was only one person who could help...
The Wizard. An all-powerful and wise boy, the Wizard could provide guidance to Sarah. Unfortunately, the Wizard was stuck – he was trapped in a box, a spell that had gone wrong. All he could do was tell her to “Search Club.” With her help gone, Sarah would have to do the mission alone. She set out on her next adventure.
She searched high...
...And she searched low.
She searched many different areas around the city and came up with nothing. With each new group or club she met, she hoped the next person would get her closer to finding the truth.
The search was taking its toll on her. No amount of drinks at the bar would cheer her up. Was she going crazy? Did the woman really look like her? All of these thoughts weighed on her mind.
Sarah needed help – she was ready to give up on her goal of solving the mystery. As she was heading to her friend Felix’s house for a drink, her phone buzzed. It was a message! Someone she met earlier had found an answer and wanted to meet right away. Could this be the turning point?
Low and behold...it was Spice! The popular singer had used her connections to find an answer for Sarah. All of the searching and questions would lead to this moment. The mystery would soon be solved.
And so it was! The woman on the tracks wasn’t Sarah’s twin...she was a clone, and Sarah was a clone too. They were part of a club, the Clone Club, and there were many members around the world. The lost little clone would never be alone as long as her Sestras were around. Together they celebrated, not because Sarah found the answer but for the new memories to come. And they lived happily ever after... Or did they?
Meanwhile, in a high-rise building somewhere downtown...
(The End. To Be Continued.)

Long ago in a galaxy far, far away... well, more like our galaxy and on this planet, I watched a little sci-fi movie about lightsabers, space and Jedis. I was a kid and I didn't really understand what was going on - I was more inclined to Power Rangers, Buffy and Digimon at the time. As I grew up and continued to rewatch those movies on reruns, I started understanding the plot and enjoyed watching the films, especially the fourth and fifth episode. Soon the prequels came and while they weren't as great as the originals, they did soothe the tide until the future sequels came. I didn't hate them as most fans did; they were merely average.

Now at the end of 2015, Star Wars has released the next official sequel since the original trilogy. My friend purchased our tickets months in advance and we waited until the big day. I finally watched the film and it definitely earns its own blog post. The movie I will be writing about today is the seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 
The Premise: Set many years into the future, the history of the Jedi and the events of the rebellion is now merely a legend. A new group of villains, The First Order, plans to take over the galaxy and destroy the last Jedi, Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill). Luke has disappeared and in that time, the Resistance sets a plan to find Luke and stop The First Order.

The Good: Right out of the gate, Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivers the drama and action that fans love. The pace of the film was quick and there wasn't a single moment that felt like the movie dragged on in plot or dialogue. For a two hour movie, that is almost unheard of in today's world. Every camera shot, word and action made by the characters tied together in a seamless and effortless way. It's something that the prequel films were missing, especially in the first film - there was TOO MUCH quiet and slow time. This sequel learned from their mistakes.

Since this movie begins the start of a new trilogy, many new characters were introduced to the series. Most of them were a great addition, but Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) stands out above the others as the best new character. She's strong, quick-witted, and isn't a frail character who needs to be rescued by someone else. Rey was a fighter and I enjoyed every minute she was on the screen. Don't get me wrong, I like Princess Leia and Queen Amidala (played by Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman, respectively), but Rey offered something new to the Star Wars universe.

The Bad: I don't have many negatives to say about the movie - it was overall really good. BUT, the only thing which irked me about the film were the similarities to Star Wars IV: A New Hope. As I watched the film and dissected many of the key plot points (as well as its structure), I couldn't help but notice that the two movie were quite similar. 

Wait... before I hear the debate about how I'm wrong, hear me out! I'm not saying that both movies are a shot-by-shot copy of each other, I'm saying that there are a few plot points and scenes that felt too similar with how the films were structured. I want to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, so all I will say to this topic is that after you've watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, go back and watch A New Hope to compare certain elements and figure out how it matches. You might be surprised at which similarities pop up!


The Results: 5/5!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the movie fans have been waiting for after so long. The return to the galaxy offers a great story to get hooked back into the adventure and plenty of action if you're into lightsabers, lasers and the force. The movie introduces many interesting new characters that you would be excited to follow throughout the next trilogy, and they have the personality to match. The only downside may be the similarities to the fourth episode; however, be it intentional or not, A New Hope is a great movie and The Force Awakens is equally as amazing.

I WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 
I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY THE TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES, YOUR FAVOURITE GAMES, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. 
ALL THE BEST!