I’ve finally completed my rewrite of Whispers. A more dynamic tease, a reprieve on a reveal, an alternate division of forces, and Major Teldy gets a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Plenty of new blue pages to collate. The actors will be thrilled.
Sadly, both Baron Destructo and Cookie Monster (Clemson? What was he thinking?!) are out of the running in our inter-office March Madness pool. On the bright side, my picks are still alive and well with all of Elite Eight selections still in play.
Back in the office tomorrow, and this is what the short week looks like: Production continues on The Daedalus Variations, most of which is being shot on the FX Stage. Prep continues on Ghost in the Machine. Ken Girotti, who will be directing GitM, also finishes up his director’s cut of Broken Ties, which means I‘ll be heading over to editing later in the week. Carl put out a first draft of Tracker late Wednesday so we should have notes for him first thing Tuesday morning. Or maybe third thing Wednesday afternoon. Paul is in editing, working on The Seed. Marty G. continues work on the still-unnamed mis-season two-parter, while Alan continues work on the Teyla-centric The Queen. The second round of network and studio notes should be coming my way on Whispers. And I’ll continue my leisurely meditations on episode 16. Oh, and start planning my chocolate party.
One of my yahoo accounts received an email from a Mr. Onuoha, a representative of the International Monetary Fund, who wrote to inform me that a Western Union money transfer was earmarked for the owner of my email address. Of course the IMF, demonstrating the trademark prudence that typifies their organization, left Mr. Onuoha with very strict instructions. According to Mr. O: “ They said that they choose to send it to an email address instead of a name.” Aloysius P. Hazzencockle wrote back:
“Dear Mr. Onuoha,
Given the prevalence of fraud in our modern world, I applaud the IMF’s decision to send the sum of $750 000 USD “to an email address instead of a name”. After all, in this day and age it’s all too easy to generate a false alias whereas creating a dummy email account is a far more complicated matter that would only be attempted by the most resolute and tech-savvy of swindlers. Kudos to you and your associates who, by cold-contacting me in this matter, have proven yourselves cautious and vigilant, yet naively trusting and completely negligent.
Sleep well in the knowledge that the $750 000 USD will go toward improvements on the orphanage I run – and namely the addition of twelve new murder holes and a trebuchet for the wading pool.
Anxiously awaiting my big payday,
Aloysius P. Hazzencockle”
Hey, for anyone interested in checking out the Nebula Award Short Fiction Nominees, head on over here: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/006445.html
And to all those of you who took a look at yesterday’s first picture and asked “What the hell is in Lulu’s bowl?” – it’s her stuffed ice cream cone toy of course. She has this habit of playing keep-away with the pugs until she grows tired of the chase and, in an attempt to discourage them, drops the toy into the communal water bowl. It’s annoying, but it does seem to work for her.
Finally, on a sad note, today’s blog entry is dedicated to sclairef99’s golden retriever, Duncan, who passed away at the all-too-young age of six.