Build Report: BTL-A4 Y-Wing Starfighter

IMG_8739Just because I’m behind schedule with all of my writing projects doesn’t mean I will deprive myself of a reward when I do get something done! To celebrate submitting my fifth novel to my editor, I built this year’s special Star Wars set, the Y-Wing Starfighter. The Y-Wing is not one of my favorite ships from that particular universe, so I didn’t expect to enjoy this build as much as I did.

Between travels and other obligations, this build was spread out over the course of about two weeks. But it started with an epic night of watching Marvel movies, spanned the latest season of the Great British Baking Show, and then most of season 2 of Luke Cage.

Y-Wing Starfighter (75181) — 1,967 pieces

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Farpoint 2018 Schedule

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This weekend, I’m excited to make my debut appearance at Farpoint 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland!

Here’s my schedule:

Friday

  • 4 PM: Creating Immersive Worlds
  • 5 PM: All Things Winchester
  • 10 PM: Book Fair

Saturday

Sunday

  • 10 AM: Superhero Film Overload?
  • 11 AM: Book signing
  • 12 PM: Balancing Writing with Business
  • 1 PM: Reading from…I’m not sure yet!

Will I see you there this weekend? If you come to my reading on Sunday, will you perhaps be one of the first hear an excerpt from book 4, Steel Time?

Annual Holiday Update

Below is the holiday letter my husband and I sent in our cards this year. Thank you to all of you for also being amazing supporters. I couldn’t have gotten through this year without you.


Dear Family & Friends,

This has been a much-needed quiet year for the Gribble household. Of course, quiet for us still means lots of work and travel!  Continue reading

Last Stock Legends: Bach

You might think, from this blog, that I’m the cool person in my household. After all, I have books published, I’m an invited panelist at cool events, and people regularly send me books to read for my opinion before they’re even published. I guess that’s pretty cool. (I certainly enjoy it.)

But you’d be wrong. Ten years ago, my husband was already way more famous than I’ll probably ever be. With his good friends, who eventually became internationally ranked players, he traveled the world to make videos and montages at tournaments for a cool little video game you may have heard of: Super Smash Brothers.

He’d always had an interest in film-making, and started making these videos as a way to record his adventures with his friends. Eventually, Major League Gaming came along and said, “Hey, keep doing what you’re doing. But we’ll pay you!” He traveled around the country and as far away as Sweden and Japan. As “Team Ben,” his friends topped leader-boards and won tournaments. My husband filmed it all, and thousands of people watched his videos. These were the early days of YouTube, so for most of them, this was the first way to study the pros and learn their gaming secrets.

His work inspired another generation of gaming videographers. This year, Last Stock Legends hunted him down to get his story as part of their documentary series on major players in the Super Smash Brothers tournament scene.

I’d love to introduce you all to my husband, Bach. (He is not the guy in the video’s static picture, but you’ll see pictures of him in the episode.)

(Okay, let’s be honest here. As cool as my husband is, both of us agree that the coolest people in my household are the three Siamese cats.)