Projects

This page lists all my efforts on this blog to “Optimize Your Life Around the Catholic Faith”. My overall life goal is to transform the reader and myself from a casual Catholic believer to a living Catholic saint. This goal will pretty much be impossible to complete, but we should at least try. Nearly everything on this blog has to do with this overarching goal.

Index

Catholic Insights

Occasionally, I am just living my life when an epiphany suddenly comes to me that strengthens my understanding of the faith. Others may have already discovered these same insights, but I want to write about them anyways just in case it is new to anyone reading. Sometimes these will be a different way of looking at some aspect of the faith, which can change how a person sees it going forward. Other times these will be short guides with the idea to help both readers and myself become better at practicing the faith.

Catholic Analysis

I dedicated a whole chapter to study of the faith in the Personal Catechism book (see below). What better way to study the faith than to analyze Catholic works by the Popes, Church, saints, and other religious people? While I primarily study Catholic writings, I leave the option open to study other works like movies. It is easiest to study writing as the author has the time to really dig deep into theology. In most cases, I analyze the meaning of these writings line by line on my own, then write a report that boils down the lengthy text into the main points. Whereas my Catholic Works Thoughts are based on my personal opinions, I seek to be more objective in my Catholic Analysis.

Personal Catechism

This project was the original reason I created this blog. As I started to think about how I needed to change, I came up with several things I wanted to be doing on a regular basis. I decided to put them on a website for convenience. Then I could easily give people I met the link to explain why I acted the way I did. The initial result of the work I did was this “book”, listing out all my ideals. Even though it is finished, I still need to update it as my life situation changes. Additionally, I post a yearly examination, where I look at how good or bad I did at living up to my ideals. I encourage readers to create their own Personal Catechism with the ideals they need to be a saint. Feel free to use anything I have written as a starting point.

Personal Catechism Book:

Yearly Examinations of Ideals:

Personal Thoughts

Not everything I post is directly about optimizing. Sometimes I write about more personal things to give readers a fuller picture of who I am and how that influences my efforts to optimize the reader and myself around the Catholic faith. Personal Thoughts is mostly a catch-all for any post that doesn’t fit in the above Projects. This blog will never become a journal, but I do want people to have some idea who I am.

Entertainment Thoughts

A big part of optimizing my life is reducing my attachments to material goods. I realized early on a key part of this was not holding on to all the entertainment I had at home. Once I saw a movie, I didn’t really need to keep it around. I could give it away or sell it and donate the money to charity. So I wrote thoughts on all the movies, music, books, and video games I had. Going forward, when I write my thoughts on something I experience, I am free to give it away and never think about it again.

The Star Wars Novel Project

This is the only project not related to Catholicism. I simply had the idea one day to read all the Star Wars books and write my thoughts on them. I don’t know if I will ever finish because most of my reading time is spent with Catholic writings. I can probably read one book a month, so it will be years if I ever finish all the books. On top of that, new books are released every year, adding even more to the list. This project is technically part of Thoughts on Entertainment (see above), but its importance is very low. It stays at the bottom of the list.

  • The Star Wars Novel Project – The main index, listing all books with links to my thoughts on them.
  • “star wars” Tag – I recommend using the main index above, but this is the WordPress archive of all my Star Wars book thoughts.
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The Star Wars Novel Project

It has been a special goal of mine to read all of the Star Wars novels. The problem has always been that I preferred to spend my money on video games instead of books. These days, however, I’ve been moving away from video games because so many of them require an ongoing commitment of time or money to enjoy them. Star Wars books, and really all books, don’t require this. You can buy the book, then read it at your own pace.

Another problem that existed before was that many novels were no longer in print. I might have been able to find some of them on Craigslist or Ebay, but they would have been more expensive than I was interested in paying. In 2014, though, I found that pretty much all of the novels were available in e-book format. In addition, they were at pretty low prices compared to what I saw on Craigslist and Ebay. The only books the e-book sellers don’t have are the young adult Star Wars novels. It would have been nice to read the adventures of Jacen and Jaina Solo, but I can settle for only the adult fiction.

What follows is a list of all the Star Wars adult fiction novels. Once I have written my thoughts on a book, I will add a link on the name to its entry on the site. I hope to have the full list read one day and also have all my thoughts available for anyone who’s interested. They are listed in Star Wars chronological order starting from the years before the Republic all the way to the years after Return of the Jedi. Right now, I am only focusing on the old Expanded Universe novels, which LucasFilm calls “Legends”. If I ever complete the Legends novels, I will read the new Star Wars novels that Disney are behind.

Legends Books

BBY – Years Before Battle of Yavin (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
ABY – Years After Battle of Yavin

Name Star Wars Year Publication Date
Before the Republic Era
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void 25,793 BBY May 7, 2013
Old Republic Era
Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories 5000-2975 BBY July 24, 2012
The Old Republic: Revan 3954-3900 BBY November 15, 2011
The Old Republic: Deceived 3653 BBY March 22, 2011
Red Harvest 3645 BBY December 28, 2011
The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance 3643 BBY July 20, 2010
The Old Republic: Annihilation 3640 BBY November 13, 2012
Knight Errant 1032 BBY January 25, 2011
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction 1003-1000 BBY September 26, 2006
Darth Bane: Rule of Two 1000-990 BBY December 26, 2007
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil 980 BBY December 8, 2009
Rise of the Empire Era
Darth Plagueis 67-32 BBY July 10, 2012
Darth Maul: Saboteur 33 BBY February 15, 2001
Cloak of Deception 32 BBY May 29, 2001
Maul: Lockdown 32 BBY July 28, 2014
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter 32 BBY January 30, 2001
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 32 BBY April 21, 1999
Rogue Planet 29 BBY May 2, 2000
Outbound Flight 27 BBY January 31, 2006
The Approaching Storm 22 BBY July 29, 2002
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 22 BBY April 23, 2002
The Cestus Deception 22 BBY June 1, 2004
The Hive 22 BBY May 27, 2004
Jedi Trial 22 BBY October 26, 2004
The Clone Wars 22 BBY July 26, 2008
The Clone Wars: Wild Space 22 BBY December 9, 2008
Republic Commando: Hard Contact 22 BBY October 26, 2004
Shatterpoint 22 BBY June 3, 2003
The Clone Wars: No Prisoners 22 BBY May 19, 2009
Republic Commando: Triple Zero 22 BBY February 28, 2006
Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth 21 BBY February 23, 2010
Clone Wars Gambit: Siege 21 BBY July 6, 2010
Republic Commando: True Colors 21 BBY October 30, 2007
MedStar I: Battle Surgeons 20 BBY July 29, 2004
MedStar II: Jedi Healer 20 BBY September 28, 2004
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous 19 BBY November 23, 2004
Labyrinth of Evil 19 BBY January 25, 2005
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 19 BBY April 2, 2005
Republic Commando: Order 66 19 BBY September 16, 2008
Kenobi 19 BBY April 27, 2013
Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader 19 BBY November 22, 2005
Imperial Commando: 501st 19 BBY October 27, 2009
Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight 19 BBY June 17, 2008
Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows 18 BBY August 26, 2008
Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force 18 BBY January 27, 2009
The Last Jedi 18-17 BBY February 26, 2013
The Han Solo Trilogy 1: The Paradise Snare 10 BBY May 5, 1997
The Han Solo Trilogy 2: The Hutt Gambit 5-4 BBY September 1997
The Force Unleashed 3-2 BBY April 19, 2008
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu 3-2 BBY July 12, 1983
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon 3-2 BBY September 12, 1983
Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka 3-2 BBY November 12, 1983
Death Star 3-0 BBY October 16, 2007
Han Solo at Stars’ End 2-1 BBY April 12, 1979
Han Solo’s Revenge 2-1 BBY October 12, 1979
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy 2-1 BBY August 12, 1980
The Han Solo Trilogy 3: Rebel Dawn 2-0 BBY March 9, 1998
The Force Unleashed II 1 BBY October 5, 2010
Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire 1 BBY February 15, 1997
Death Troopers 1 BBY October 13, 2009
Rebellion Era
Shadow Games 0 BBY November 29, 2011
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 0 BBY December 1976
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina 0 ABY August 1995
Winner Lose All 0 ABY December 10, 2012
Scoundrels 0 ABY January 1, 2013
Allegiance 0 ABY January 30, 2007
Choices of One 0 ABY July 19, 2011
Honor Among Thieves 1 ABY March 4, 2014
Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine 1 ABY January 2004
Splinter of the Mind’s Eye 2 ABY February 12, 1978
Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge 2 ABY September 24, 2013
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 3 ABY April 12, 1980
Tales of the Bounty Hunters 3 ABY December 1996
Shadows of the Empire 3.5 ABY May 1996
Tales from the Empire 3.5 ABY November 3, 1997
Tales from Jabba’s Palace 4 ABY January 1996
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 4 ABY May 12, 1983
The Bounty Hunter Wars 1: The Mandalorian Armor 4 ABY June 1998
The Bounty Hunter Wars 2: Slave Ship 4 ABY October 1998
The Bounty Hunter Wars 3: Hard Merchandise 4 ABY July 6, 1999
The Truce at Bakura 4 ABY January 1994
New Republic Era
Tales from the New Republic 5-8 ABY December 1999
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor 5 ABY December 30, 2008
Dark Forces: Rebel Agent 5 ABY March 11, 1998
Dark Forces: Jedi Knight 5 ABY October 14, 1998
X-Wing: Rogue Squadron 6 ABY January 1, 1996
X-Wing: Wedge’s Gamble 7 ABY May 2, 1996
X-Wing: The Krytos Trap 7 ABY October 2, 1996
X-Wing: The Bacta War 7 ABY February 6, 1997
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron 7 ABY February 2, 1998
X-Wing: Iron Fist 7 ABY July 6, 1998
X-Wing: Solo Command 7 ABY February 2, 1999
The Courtship of Princess Leia 8 ABY April 1994
A Forest Apart 8 ABY February 2003
Tatooine Ghost 8 ABY March 4, 2003
The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire 9 ABY June 1991
The Thrawn Trilogy: Dark Force Rising 9 ABY June 1992
The Thrawn Trilogy: The Last Command 9 ABY May 1993
X-Wing: Isard’s Revenge 9 ABY April 13, 1999
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search 11 ABY March 1, 1994
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice 11 ABY July 1, 1994
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force 11 ABY October 1, 1994
I, Jedi 11 ABY May 4, 1998
Children of the Jedi 12 ABY May 1995
Darksaber 12 ABY November 1995
X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar 13 ABY August 3, 1995
Planet of Twilight 13 ABY May 1997
The Crystal Star 14 ABY December 8, 1994
The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm 16-17 ABY March 1, 1996
The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies 16-17 ABY August 1, 1996
The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant’s Test 16-17 ABY December 1, 1996
The New Rebellion 17 ABY December 1996
The Corellian Trilogy 1: Ambush at Corellia 18 ABY February 1995
The Corellian Trilogy 2: Assault at Selonia 18 ABY July 1995
The Corellian Trilogy 3: Showdown at Centerpoint 18 ABY October 1995
The Hand of Thrawn Duology 1: Specter of the Past 19 ABY November 3, 1997
The Hand of Thrawn Duology 2: Vision of the Future 19 ABY September 1, 1998
Scourge 19 ABY April 12, 2012
Fool’s Bargain 22 ABY February 3, 2004
Survivor’s Quest 22 ABY February 3, 2004
New Jedi Order Era
Boba Fett: A Practical Man 24-25 ABY August 2006
The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime 25 ABY October 5, 1999
The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught 25 ABY February 1, 2000
The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin 25 ABY June 6, 2000
The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial 25 ABY August 1, 2000
The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse 25 ABY October 3, 2000
The New Jedi Order: Balance Point 26 ABY October 31, 2000
The New Jedi Order: Recovery 26 ABY October 1, 2001
The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory I: Conquest 26 ABY April 3, 2001
The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth 26 ABY July 31, 2001
The New Jedi Order: Star by Star 27 ABY October 30, 2001
The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey 27 ABY January 29, 2002
The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream 27 ABY March 26, 2002
The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand 27 ABY May 28, 2002
The New Jedi Order: Traitor 27 ABY July 30, 2002
The New Jedi Order: Destiny’s Way 28 ABY October 1, 2002
The New Jedi Order: Ylesia 28 ABY September 2002
The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant 28 ABY February 4, 2003
The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic II: Refugee 28 ABY April 29, 2003
The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic III: Reunion 28 ABY July 2003
The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy 28 ABY September 30, 2003
The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force 29 ABY November 4, 2004
Dark Nest I: The Joiner King 35 ABY July 26, 2005
Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen 36 ABY September 27, 2005
Dark Nest III: The Swarm War 36 ABY December 27, 2005
Legacy Era
Legacy of the Force: Betrayal 40 ABY May 30, 2006
Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines 40 ABY August 29, 2006
Legacy of the Force: Tempest 40 ABY November 28, 2006
Legacy of the Force: Exile 40 ABY February 27, 2007
Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice 40 ABY May 29, 2007
Legacy of the Force: Inferno 40 ABY August 28, 2007
Legacy of the Force: Fury 40 ABY November 27, 2007
Legacy of the Force: Revelation 41 ABY February 26, 2008
Legacy of the Force: Invincible 41 ABY May 13, 2008
Crosscurrent 41 ABY January 26, 2010
Riptide 41 ABY October 25, 2011
Millennium Falcon 43 ABY October 21, 2008
Fate of the Jedi: Outcast 43 ABY March 24, 2009
Fate of the Jedi: Omen 43 ABY July 23, 2009
Fate of the Jedi: Abyss 43 ABY August 18, 2009
Fate of the Jedi: Backlash 43 ABY March 9, 2010
Fate of the Jedi: Allies 44 ABY March 25, 2010
Fate of the Jedi: Vortex 44 ABY November 30, 2010
Fate of the Jedi: Conviction 44 ABY May 24, 2011
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension 44 ABY August 9, 2011
Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse 44 ABY March 13, 2012
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 44 ABY August 7, 2012
Crucible 45 ABY July 9, 2013
New Canon Books

Year – Starts at 0 with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, subtract 32 to translate it into ABY / BBY timeline.

Name Star Wars Year Publication Date
Dark Disciple ~17 July 7, 2015
Tarkin 18 November 4, 2014
Lords of the Sith ~20 April 28, 2015
A New Dawn 21 September 2, 2014
Heir to the Jedi 32 March 3, 2015

Sources: Timeline of Legends books and Timeline of Canon books, both of Wookieepedia