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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge is on today!

Happy #ForceFriday (or #RogueFriday) – Not only is it time to hit the retailers to see what cool Rogue One merchandise is out, but it’s also the big day for the Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge for Wear Star Wars Every Day! As mentioned earlier, this is a big one-day push for donations to Collateral Repair Project, the nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees.

Which Star Wars-related podcast will show that its listeners have the biggest hearts? Listeners can show support for their favorite podcast by making a donation to CRP on the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe and listing their favorite show in the comments.

Nick at Coffee with Kenobi helped kick off this challenge, and he has set a goal for Coffee with Kenobi listeners: $500 in donations! Now Stephen at Beltway Banthas has answered the challenge, in a special episode just for this fundraising blitz: he thinks the listeners of Beltway Banthas can out-do Coffee with Kenobi – and they’ve already started! And we know that Full of Sith, Skywalking through Neverland, Brews and Blasters, Jedi News UK, Tosche Station Radio, and others are raring for their listeners to represent and make a difference!

Remember, if we raise a simple $75 just today, I’ll show off a really cool item of Star Wars wear: a one-of-a-kind game-worn signed Durham Bulls R2-D2 baseball jersey, lent by Nick at Coffee with Kenobi, who obtained it by donating in a charity auction for the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2014. Now it’s back to help another great cause!

Is your favorite podcast alerting its listeners to chip in for the Force Friday challenge? If so, leave a comment here and give them a shout out!

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, and about Collateral Repair Project.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 33 & more prizes

Want even more incentive to donate to Wear Star Wars Every Day this August! We’ve got another book prize added to this month’s prize drawings! Watch the video to see what it is! One copy of this mystery book will be given to a random person who donates to Collateral Repair Project via the GoFundMe in August. This is on top of the previously announced prize drawings, including the advance reader copy of Ahsoka, by E. K. Johnston, the Celebration Europe 2016 crew shirt, and the Celebration Europe 2016 Rusty Droid bottle opener.

Great big thanks to our sole GoFundMe donor this week, Dennis, who heard about Wear Star Wars Every Day from my guest appearance on episode 57 of the Coffee with Kenobi podcast (where I also talk about Bloodline and Aftermath: Life Debt). Additionally, Skywalking Through Neverland also had me on their recent podcast to give an update on this fundraising campaign, so big thanks to the fine folks at Coffee with Kenobi and Skywalking Through Neverland for their support in helping me spread the word about Collateral Repair Project and Wear Star Wars Every Day.

And thanks to everyone who has lent me apparel that I’ve worn for week 33 – all seven articles of clothing were lent from supporters: Donna, Anastasia, Paul, Margaret, James & Mark! Remember, every day i keep the streak of wearing a different Star Wars apparel item going, that’s another $4.65 pledged from my donors! This week, we’ve got stuff from the Rebel Legion at Celebration VI, shirts from Japan and Malaysia, and a throwback to one of the first Star Wars museum exhibitions. This review for Week 33 covers August 12 to August 18 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Wear Star Wars Every Day so far, both our one-time donors and our per-day pledgemakers. Each day I continue my project is another $4.65 donated by our pledge makers. I’d love to get that total up to $5.00 even (or higher!) for the second half of 2016. If you’d like to chip in at a dime a day or a quarter per day (or more), make your pledge at the per-day pledge form and you can choose whether to support the project for the entire year, or just start at the beginning of September. Or you can just make a one-time or monthly donation at Remember, if you donate in August, you might be eligible to win the prize drawings for an ARC of the upcoming Ahsoka novel, a Star Wars Celebration Europe Crew shirt, and more!

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation or a per-day pledge!

Wear Star Wars Every Day: August prize drawing!

WSWED August prizes

Want to win some cool convention loot? Here’s your chance to score some swag while helping Wear Star Wars Every Day! You can win:

  • An uncorrected advance proof copy of Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston: to be given to random person who donates $25 or more in August via
  • CREW shirt from Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 (Size L): to be given out to a random person who has donates any amount in August via or is set up as a monthly donor (via gofundme) or per-day pledge maker via the online form.

    3. THE RUSTY DROID bottle opener from Celebration Europe 2016 – to be given out to a random person who has liked the Wear Star Wars Every Day Facebook page and shared at least one of the daily ‪#‎WearStarWarsEveryDay‬ photos on their FB page in August.

Drawings to be held in September! Remember that your donations help Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit that provides assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees. Learn more about Wear Star Wars Every Day!

Get a beta code for The Old Republic MMO

Our friends at Del Rey have shared some beta codes with us for the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic online game, and we’re giving away 5 of them to our readers. The only catch is that the codes need to be redeemed before midnight Central time today (Friday, November 18), so if you are thinking of getting in on the beta test play for The Old Republic and don’t have a code yet, leave us a comment saying that you want in! (Be sure to use your correct email address on the comment form so we can send you the code and instructions).

Also, Del Rey is giving away lots more codes today on the Star Wars Books Facebook page.

Thanks to Del Rey Books for the hook-up!

EDIT: All out of codes!

Giveaway: Win a bottle of Carbonite nail polish

So I have another obsession: Nail polish. I’ve kept it off the blog because, well, it’s not usually relevant. Until now… Sort of. See, Revlon has a new shade called Carbonite.

Yes, seriously.

A bit of background: For the past few seasons, Revlon has been releasing ‘dupes’ – shades that are near matches – of the very expensive Chanel polishes. Carbonite resembles Graphite, which retails for $25. I found the Revlon for $3.99. Is it any wonder the dupes fly off the shelves?

But anyway… Since I found the polish for so cheap, I picked up a couple of extras, and I’m going to give them away to you. All you need to do is comment and tell me which Star Wars character you would like to see frozen in carbonite. (Nicely.) Two winners will be picked via a random number draw, and I’ll mail each a bottle of Revlon Carbonite — and maybe another polish or two.

If playing the numbers isn’t your game, or you have deep-grounded moral objections to freezing fictional people in liquid metal, Revlon Carbonite may be on your store shelves now.

Comments will be closed Sunday, August 7, and the winners will be notified on Monday.

Craft-athlon: Who’s made of win?!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first ever Club Jade Craft-athlon! After judging the five craft-making events individually, our panel of judges has scored up all the entrants and have awards lined up for the top Star Wars craft makers who dared to face our challenge.

Our grand prize winner is Michelle Brzozowski. Not only did her Red Leader X-wing take the top place in the Recycled Designs competition, her creative Cloud Car made from sweet potatoes and avocados took the cake in the Food for Thought event, and she entered all five events, making her an all-around craft-athlete! Michelle wins the grand prize pack from Del Rey: a copy of Bonnie Burton’s The Star Wars Craft Book and a copy of the three-volume The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia with a bookplate signed by all six writers. Way to go, Michelle!

In second place is Kitty Lewis. Her Darth Lolita Goth Arm Warmers swept away the judges in the Vader’s Custom Tee event, and her adorable Kit Fisto tied for the top rank in the Paper Bag Puppet event. Additionally, she submitted entries in two other events. Our second place prize from Del Rey is a copy of the new craft guide and three hardcover novels in the Fate of the Jedi series: Abyss, Backlash, and Allies, each signed by its author: Troy Denning, Aaron Allston, and Christie Golden. Great job, Kitty!

Third place goes to the team of Dajuan and Doug Kinney, who showed off their crafting prowess in all five events, making them all-around craft-athletes. Their cute Salacious Crumb puppet won the hearts of the judges and their tauntaun cake had some amazing detail. For achieving third place, we have a copy of The Star Wars Craft Book and a paperback copy of The Force Unleashed, signed by author Sean Williams. Congratulations, Doug and Dajuan!

Our final prizes from Del Rey, copies of The Star Wars Craft Book will be awarded to our other single event winners: Reynalyn Camoras, whose Mother Talzin won the Star Wars Roll Model event and Tommy Garcia, whose Boba Fett puppet complete with jet packs tied for the top spot in the Paper Bag Puppet round. Good work, Reynalyn and Tommy.

Relive the contest with all the different event entries on our blog. If you want to see all the entries in their full amazing creative glory, check out our online photo album, which show different views of some of the entries as well as in-progress shots.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to Del Rey for supporting the Club Jade Craft-athlon! Some of our events were inspired by The Star Wars Craft Book, so if you are looking for different ways to re-use an old Star Wars tee shirt, or want to make an AT-AT herb garden, Chewbacca sock puppet, R2-D2 Crocheted Beanie, Jabba the Hutt Body Pillow, or twelve parsecs worth of other cool crafts, check out Bonnie Burton’s new craftastic book.

Craft-athlon: The Emperor’s New Clothes

And now the results from the final event in the Club Jade Craft-athlon: “Vader’s Custom Tee,” in which participants took a Star Wars apparel item and re-purposed it into a new creation. While most of our entries used a t-shirt as their base design material, our winner, Kitty Lewis, went down to the feet to turn two pairs of Darth Vader socks into “Darth Lolita Goth Arm Warmers.”

To accompany Vader’s socks, we had a squadron of tee-fighters closing in fast. Transforming the shirt off their backs into something new, we had an oversized Hoth bib from Dajuan & Doug Kinney (maybe for use when eating their Tauntaun cake?), the Sweet Dreams Sith pillow from Michelle Brzozowski, and a Lego Original Trilogy round poster from Nancy Lutz. Great work everyone!

And now with the Craft-athlon events complete, keep an eye out for our awarding of the fabulous prizes from Del Rey, live from the Massassi Throne Room on Yavin IV. Who will win the grand prize of a signed version of the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and Bonnie Burton’s The Star Wars Craft Book? Will Chewbacca get a medal for his crafting achievements finally?

Craft-athlon: Calling TP-421!

The Club Jade Craft-athlon has finished its five craft-making events, and now the judges are scoring the last two events, and we have winners to announce for the “Star Wars Roll Model” competition. Each participant took an empty toilet paper roll and turned it into a character, and we had a tough time choosing from so many great entries.

The winner of the Roll Model event is Reynalyn Camoras for her depiction of Mother Talzin, using paint and crayon on a intricately cut and folded toilet paper roll.

Coming in on Talzin’s red heels were the entries were Blinky the Jawa, by Kitty Lewis, and Princess Leia by Jennifer Fuchikama. While Blinky sports a battery-powered tealight inside for the eyes, Leia’s spherical head was made by rotating rings sliced from the toilet paper roll. Rounding out the finalists, we had Michelle Brzozowski’s R2-Deetube and Barren Paper-rolla by Doug and Dajuan Kinney.

A newcomer jumps in to claim this event with one final event to be judged: the Vader’s Custom Tee challenge, where entrants turned old Star Wars apparel into something new. Stay tuned for the finish of the final event, and the awarding of the cool prizes from Del Rey. It seems that some of these entries should be included in the next edition of Bonnie Burton’s The Star Wars Craft Book.

Craft-athlon: “For the Jedi it is time to eat as well.”

The third event in the Club Jade Craft-athlon came down to a food fight between veggies and dessert. In the end, the innovative use of sweet potatoes and avocados won out over the detailed decorations of a tauntaun cake.

Michelle Brzozowski uses her “Calrissian Coolness Cloud Car” to reach victory in the “Food for Thought” event, with Doug and Dajuan Kinney’s “Frozen on the outside, Luke warm in the middle” getting honors for having the guts to make guts.

Still want a chance to win some cool prizes from Del Rey, including copies of Bonnie Burton’s The Star Wars Craft Book? There’s still time to cut up an old Star Wars tee shirt and turn it into something else in the “Vader’s Custom Tee” event, deadline midnight Pacific time! Get the full scoop on submission rules and stay tuned for the results of the Roll Model event.

Craft-athlon: “What a piece of junk!”

The second event, Recycled Designs, from the Club Jade Craft-athlon got participants to build a starship, vehicle or creature by digging through their trash compactors and recycling bins for parts. Like a gang of industrious Jawas or kitbashing ILM modelmakers, our competitors assembled some pretty amazing recycled designs.

Our top crafter in this round is Michelle Brzozowski for her Red Leader X-Wing fighter, made out of items including empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls, chopsticks, empty glue stick tubes, and a plastic Easter egg.

Rounding out the finalists are Dajuan & Doug Kinney for their Paploo on a speeder bike, and Kitty Lewis for her Java Squadron X-wing fighter. The Kinneys used the entire recycling bin for the Fast and the Furball-ous, incorporating 8 glass and plastic bottles, several empty Lego boxes, plastic lunch meat tubs, and empty paper towel rolls. Lewis’ caffeinated starfighter uses some cannibalized coffee cups and lids, and straws. Watch out for the dark side of the roast, Luke!

While we are judging the third event, Food for Thought, there’s still time to get your entries in for the last two competitions: Star Wars Roll Model (toilet paper roll turned into a Star Wars character), and Vader’s Custom Tee (repurpose a Star Wars t-shirt or other apparel item into a new creation). Get the full details here on how to enter and be eligible to win cool prizes from Del Rey, including copies of Bonnie Burton’s The Star Wars Craft Book, coming out March 29!