Well, I was off on another field trip of sorts this afternoon: back to Coquitlam to check up on that pug we’re not getting. There are six in the litter and, one week later, they’re starting to walk (or, to be more precise, stagger about like my old college buddy John M. after a night at the Peel Pub). Yes, I’ll admit, they are awful cute. Still. Just looking. Just looking.
For all those of you keeping track of this sort of thing – we broke The Rise of the Googlions Part Deux yesterday. Alan is no doubt working on the outline as we speak. For my part, I’ve received the notes on Part One and am ready to go to script. Yessiree. Good to go. All I need to do is open up a new script file, type in the TEASER heading and I‘m off. Yup. Ready. To. Get. Started.
Okay. Someone give me a One, Two, Three – GO!
I finished reading Speaker for the Dead, blazing through the last 200 pages in one sitting last night. Very different from Ender’s Game. A thoughtful and thought-provoking read. Now most of the books that make up my library were picked up on the recommendations of other writers/fans/readers. And when it comes time to choose my next read, I initiate a complex system that randomly selects 5 titles which I compliment with 5 wild card personal choices, rounding out the field of prospective candidates to 10. Then, after reading the book jackets, I initiate a second multifarious procedure that randomly eliminates the various entries until I am finally left with one. It’s sort of like American Idol but without the judges. Or the singing. I’m thinking of registering the idea with the Writers Guild of America and pitching the potential show to the various networks. Between this and the sassy maid series Paul and I are sitting on, our future is set.
Anyway, sometime the system works. Sometimes it doesn’t. My third choice, the Theodore Sturgeon short story collection The Golden Helix, lost out to another book – what turned out to be an offensively bland alternate history novel that I set aside after some thirty mind-numbing pages. “Why’d you give up?”asked Fondy as she watched me toss the book into the back seat. “L.T.S.,”I replied. Life’s Too Short. It’s a mantra that has saved me the trouble of sitting through crappy books, t.v. shows, and movies, and (for the most part) crappy people.
Dinner last night: Tojo’s, for the freshest, melt-in-your mouth sushi in town.
Quilani writes: “ 1) Obviously you’re a dog person, but do you like cats ? and did you ever think to adopt a little kitty ? 2) What do you plan to do during your vacation in july ?
3) On the SG1 front, will us have a bit (even a tiny) start of an answer concerning Jack and Sam lovestory in the movies ? 4) What character in SGA do you enjoy the most writing ? 5) Do you think one day, maybe, if it’s possible, people will stop complaining about what they didn’t even watch ?”
Answer: 1) I like cats a lot, but am more of a pug guy. 2) Write. Read. Maybe take a weekend trip to either Vegas, L.A., or San Fran. 3) I’ll leave the SG-1 questions to Brad and Robert. 4) They’re all a lot of fun to write for. That said, torturing David – I mean McKay – is always fun. 5) Never.
Alipeeps writes: “Can I be cheeky and ask what episode it was being considered for?”
Answer: My, my. You ARE the cheeky one, aren’t you? Well, you and Cheeky L’il Devil.
Rebecca writes: “How important do you think the music score is to an episode?”
Answer: Very important. Fortunately, we have one of the best composers in the business in Joel Goldsmith.
Anonymous #1 writes: “So far, TPTB have irritated: **Beckett fans, by dumping him.
**Weir fans by dumping her. **Atlantis fans who quit SG1 because they got bored, or have never watched it **Shep fans who don’t think he should be taking orders from Princess Samantha **Shep/Weir shippers for dumping one half of their ship
**Weir/McKay shippers for dumping one half of their ship **Shep/McKay slashers for bringing in Carter, who’ll cut in on their Shep/McKay time, because of course she has to technobabble with McKay **Sheyla fans, because Teyla has a mystery boyfriend, and it’s not John **Ben fans for making Carter superior to Mitchell **Carter fans for putting her mostly behind a desk **Sam/Jack fans because if Carter’s in the Pegasus galaxy on her own, without Jack.”
Answer: Might I also add: **Fans of big ship shows by not giving them enough big ship shows. **Fans who hate big ship shows because we’re not giving them enough big ship shows. **Fans of unshaved Daniel by having the character shaved sometime after the start of season 9. ** Fans of blond soul-patch Teal’c because, like unshaven Daniel shaving, Teal’c also lost the soul-patch in time. ** Fans of pineapple cameo because the pineapple only appeared in certain episodes. ** Fans of the big wrench cameo (see above). ** Fans of old stock shots of Cheyenne Mountain after we had Martin Wood fly down to Cheyenne and take new establishing shots. ** Fans of Teal’c with no hair.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Hey Joe, you wear such pretty suits…any favourite designers?”
Answer: My favorite suits are the ones I had tailor-made in Hong Kong. They fit incredibly well and cost a fraction of what I would have shelled out for a designer suit.
Sophie writes: “Will Sheppard be more emotional in season 4?”
Answer: He’s got some great scenes with Teyla in season four.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Will the character of Katie Brown be making an appearance in season 4?”
OhioAnne also writes: “What I think the “Michael” episode (episode name?) didn’t show was the discussion of its morality before the decision was made.”
Answer: Similar types of dilemmas will come up in season four. And you may be surprised by the choices some of our characters will be forced to make.
OhioAnne also writes: “Teyla has seemed to dislike the “morality” of the decision even prior to it being made, but she has been more restrained in the past couple of seasons versus her wild earthiness of Season 1.”
Answer: Teyla will be re-connecting with her warrior roots in season four. Wilder and earthier!
OhioAnne also writes: “So, her stick fighting skill must have been honed to fight for a different purpose. Either there is a race we haven’t seen yet…”
Answer: Hmmmm. Yeah. There is that possibility… Also, keep in mind that while knife fighting could well mean life or death, stick fighting would be preferable in situations where submission would be a preferable goal.