As promised, author F. Paul Wilson has kindly taken the time to swing by this blog. Despite being at a con this weekend where web access is limited, he has managed to respond to your questions and comments on April’s horror book of the month club selection: The Keep.

A little bit about the author before we begin. F. Paul Wilson embarked on his writing career while a first year medical student at Georgetown University. He has written more than thirty books (and counting!), ranging from horror and science fiction to medical thrillers and short fiction collections. Between 1992-1995, he co-created and scripted SciFi Channel’s FTL Newsfeed. He is a multiple-award winner and New York Times best-selling author who, amazingly, is still a part-time practicing physician. The novel we have been discussing this week, The Keep, was a 1981 national bestseller that to this day, consistently finds its way onto various Top 10 Horror Novel lists. It is the first installment in a six book series known as The Adversary Cycle (made up of The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld).

For more information on F. Paul Wilson – his work, his opinions, and his upcoming appearances, head on over to:

http://www.repairmanjack.com/index.htm 

Check it out for the latest on upcoming projects including developments on the much anticipated Repairman Jack movie. Also, while you’re there, make it a point to read an entry titled “Bestsellers 101” in which he explains what goes into the making of a Bestseller. Very informative.

And now, onto the Q&A –

Dyginc writes: “What was the spark that made you set Woermann as the “good” side of the war?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Not necessarily the good side. My research revealed that a lot of German soldiers were not members of the Nazi party. They were dedicated soldiers fighting for the Fatherland, and looking for payback for the indignities of the Versailles Treaty. Gen. Rommel was a perfect example: He refused to join the Nazi party and they would have been booted out of command if he hadn’t been such a damned good tactician.”

Dyginc writes: “Were you listening to any music while you wrote this book? If so, what kind?”

F. Paul Wilson: “I can’t listen to music and write – I start tapping my feet and trying to decode the chord structure and such. I prefer silence.”
Dyginc writes: “What is it about the horror genre that drives you to write?”

F. Paul Wilson: “I think we’re wired for certain likes and dislikes. I’m wired for the weird stuff. I like a sense of wonder fueling what I read and so it’s there in what I write, whether SF or horror or a straight thriller. I’m not big into mundane horror – the slasher, serial killer, splatter stuff. I much prefer something like THE EXORCIST which I found deeply disturbing.”

Iamza writes: “Did you have Woermann’s fate already in mind when you started writing the novel?”

F. Paul Wilson: “I knew he was going to die but didn’t determine how until late in the writing. I also wanted him to kill Kaempffer, but not in any mundane way, so I killed him first.”

Iamza writes: “How did Glaeken know that Rasalom was breaking free? Did he have some kind of mystical tie to the keep?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Absolutely. He built the keep and he and Rasalom were linked in eternal opposition. When he was released from within the wall (a nod to Poe) Glaeken sensed it.”

Iamza writes: “Would Rasalom not know of this connection, and, if so, why was Rasalom so surprised to learn of Glaeken’s appearance outside the keep?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Rasalom was insulated from the outside world by the keep – and vice versa. That was why he was trying to escape – to feed on the horrors of war. And so he was also insulated from any sense of Glaeken’s presence. He was hoping to escape before Glaeken arrived.”

Coolbreeze writes: “What do the names Rasalom and Glaeken mean?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Nothing. I made them up and chose them because I liked their sound.”

Coolbreeze writes: “What the significance of reversing Rasalom’s name at the beginning to Molasar? I got the impression that there was a significance to the name Rasalom that was initially disguised when he is identified as Molasar, but I can’t figure out what it is.”

F. Paul Wilson: “It’s a nod to the old wizarding practice of keeping your true name secret. Also, he might have feared that people speaking his true name would alert Glaeken.”

Astrumporta writes: “How did you approach the research for this book?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Lots of reading and hunting through libraries. This was in the 80’s with no Web, no Google. Lots of down-and-dirty scut work with cardfiles and dead ends in books.”

Astrumporta writes: “Is there a building like the keep anywhere that you know of?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Nope. Made up the Dinu pass, made up the keep. It’s what I do – make stuff up. But I didn’t snatch them from thin air. Their form and function were determined by the story.”

Astrumporta writes: “Was there ever a real Nazi plan to build a concentration camp in Ploiesti?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Not that I know of. And I doubt it. I used it as a ticking clock to up the stakes for Kaempffer. It’s always good to give characters, even villains, a life outside the plot.”

Nika writes: “I’d like to ask Mr. Wilson if he had issues with the movie version of The Keep, or if it was all just speculation by the public or media.”

F. Paul Wilson: “This December marks the 25th anniversary of the film’s release. It also marks the 25th anniversary of my bitching about the film. I’ve gone on about this (one might even call it whining) ad nauseam, but if you want to know my objections at length, check out this interview conducted by a fan of the film. (http://www.the-keep.ath.cx/default_en.htm – Scroll down the left sidebar until you get to the F. Paul Wilson interview)

Fsmn36 writes: “How did you come to be an author of sci-fi, horror and such with a no doubt busy schedule as a physician?”

F. Paul Wilson: “I practice only 2 days a week now. But when I was going full time, I’d set a minimum of writing 3 pages a day, every day, without fail. At the end of 6 months I’d have 540 pages – a good-size novel. It can be done, but ya gotta wanna. Most failed writers suffer from lacka wanna.”

Fsmn36 writes: “Is writing something you’d always wanted to do?”

F. Paul Wilson: “I started writing in 2nd grade. And always horror. My first story in 2nd grade was a haunted house tale.”

Fsmn36 writes: “And why these genres?”

F. Paul Wilson: “I’ll give you Stephen King’s answer to that question: What makes you think I have a choice? (See the “wired” comment above.)”

Fsmn36 writes: “How (specifically with this book, or in general if you prefer), did you write the twists and turns? Did you have the end reveal in mind before ever sitting down to write it, or did you write from the beginning and the storyline “revealed” itself to you as you wrote?”

F. Paul Wilson: “(This answers Terry’s question as well) I’d read a couple of novels about “good” vampires and found the idea ridiculous. They’re parasites. But I could see a vampire pretending to be good. Then I took it another step: What if the being was pretending to be a vampire in order to hide something worse? I had this vision of castle walls studded with crosses. That mix simmered awhile because I wanted something cosmic, outside Judeo-Christian mythology, yet I could not throw out those crosses. All right…so if my vampire is really something else, let’s have the crosses represent something else as well. And then as I was dozing off in bed one night I realized that the hilt of a sword could look like a cross. I jumped out of bed and started scribbling – the whole story had fallen into place in that instant. I knew I wanted to contrast human and cosmic evil, and Nazis came immediately to mind (which demanded a WWII setting). I wanted to show a man’s soul being manipulated and destroyed from within, and that’s where Cuza arose. I realized it was a quantum leap in theme and scope from anything I’d written before, but I was stoked and raring to go.

I always have the end worked out before I start. I owe my reader an ending that releases the tension I’ve been building in a cathartic blast rather than letting it just dribble away.”

Thornyrose writes: “Is there a reason, other than to have Kaempffer setting up a concentration camp, that you timed the story for April of 1941, instead of say, just after the start of Operation Barbarossa?”

F. Paul Wilson: “The vampire red herring required the Transylvanian Alps setting. I wanted the Dinu pass to be important to the Wermacht – they needed it to protect the oil fields, and so it seemed logical that they’d want to secure before they attacked Russia. The concentration camp was simply to put extra pressure on Kaempffer from outside the plot.”

Thornyrose writes: “How much research went into laying out the historical context and geography of the story?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Tons. I needed to know Wermacht and SS chains of command, uniforms, weapons, and attitudes. Most of my topography came from a talk with Gahan Wilson (the cartoonist – no relation) after he made a trip to Transylvania.”

Thornyrose writes: “Do the later books of the Adversary Cycle give more information about the nature of Glaeken and Rasalom?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Yes they do. In REBORN Rasalom is (surprise!) reborn and he and Glaeken have their final showdown in NIGHTWORLD. REPRISAL and the Repairman Jack books also deal with some of what he was up to between those two novels.

Terry, I think my answers to Fsmn36’s questions will answer yours.”

Rebecca H. writes: “I’m most intrigued (and disturbed) by Mr. Wilson’s philosophical take on good vs. evil. According to his stories, evil isn’t quite as evil, and good isn’t quite as good, as humans understand evil and good. It kind of has the tinge of Zoroastrianism (the dual universe of struggle between light and dark), and I wonder if Mr. Wilson’s writings were influenced by that, or if that’s just the way he sees the universe.”

F. Paul Wilson: “My cosmology (explored in the Adversary Cycle and the Repairman Jack novels) is influenced somewhat by HP Lovecraft, but I refuse to have gods – I think you diminish a cosmic entity by naming it. A truly cosmic being doesn’t need a name – it simply is. So the evil side is known as the Otherness and its opponent as the Ally – not names, simply terms ascribed by humans. I present an indifferent universe. We are of value only as pieces in a cosmic game we don’t understand. We are not a great prize, just another marble in the game. The evil side (which I call the Otherness) is truly inimical because it will want to feed on us and suck us dry if it captures us; but the opposing force (the Ally) is not good, not beneficent, but preferable because it will treat us with simple neglect.

“Is this my own philosophy? No. I do believe in an indifferent universe, but no cosmic entities. And even if there is anything out there, I doubt it notices us.

Drldeboer, see above.”

Charlie’s Angel writes: “Who decides the category/genre for placing and promoting a book? Is it the writer, publisher, etc. Do you know where the book will be placed before you begin, or is it categorized after writing? I’m interested to know if you write with a certain audience in mind, or let the story go where it will.”

F. Paul Wilson: “As a rule, the editor and the marketing department decide, but that’s usually an easy call in most cases. I mean, if it’s genre fiction about vampires, it’s usually horror, but it could wind up in paranormal romance if there’s an erotic element. Most fiction, be it literary or genre, is written toward a certain audience. Some writers – usually those who like to refer to themselves as “artists” – have onanistic fantasies about writing solely for themselves, but most of us are storytellers. We come from the cave-dweller tradition of spinning tales around the campfire in the hope that one of the hunters will toss us a hunk o’ meat in return. So if you want your nightly brontoburger, you’d better not ignore the audience.

That doesn’t mean you become a slave to the audience, but if they’re plunking down beer money for one of your books, you owe them a satisfying read. They deserve to turn that last page and feel it was money and time well spent.”

Robert Cooper writes: “I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks you to Mr. Wilson for his talents and efforts and for inspiring me as a writer. My question for him is, how do you judge the success of each of your individual works and how has time changed your opinion of your work over the years if at all?”

F. Paul Wilson: “Thanks, Robert. I sort of learned to write in public, and some of my early stories aren’t so hot. I left those out of my first short story collection (SOFT & OTHERS) back in the 80s because I didn’t feel it fair to inflict them twice on the public.

I’ve found that my style has changed over the years. I write much leaner prose now, trimming excess verbiage and redundancies that abound in my earlier fiction. I’ve recently had a chance to revise the Adversary Cycle for the Borderlands limited editions, and found I didn’t have much to do on THE KEEP. It’s more descriptive than I write now, but the style seemed appropriate. However, THE TOMB (the first Repairman Jack novel) was another story: It struck me as seriously overwritten. So I cut-cut-cut. The current paperback edition is the revision (the so-called “Author’s Definitive Version”) and is much cleaner.

Oddly, some of my favorite books are the least successful. BLACK WIND has been referred to as my “lost novel” but I think it could be the best thing I’ve ever done. My odd, new-agey thriller THE FIFTH HARMONIC is another favorite – it’s very personal, a kinder, gentler me, and it tanked.”

Sparrow Hawk writes: “Is the location and structure of THE KEEP based on reality? Your description is so vivid; is there a place you have seen that inspired you to write the tale?”

F. Paul Wilson: “No, I made it all up. I saw it very clearly in my mind’s eye and translated that to the page. When THE KEEP was in development for the film, the producer, Gene Kirkwood, called me and asked where the Dinu Pass was located because they wanted to look into it for location shots. I told him it was in my head and they couldn’t go there. He wouldn’t believe me at first. Finally they found a slate quarry in Wales that fit the bill.”

Sparrow Hawk writes: “I the parallel between Hitler and Molasar intentional, or am I reading too much into it as I often do?”

F. Paul Wilson: “You’re onto something there. They both wanted to reshape the world, but in different ways.

Good questions, folks. Thanks for the kind words along the way and I hope the answers satisfied your curiosities.”

And a huge thank you to Paul for finding the time to visit with us.

47 thoughts on “April 19, 2008: Q&A with author F. Paul Wilson

  1. Good Q&A! I was wondering if you would ever do an episode where the Wraith over run Atlantis? Or vice-versa where Atlantis got a hold a hive (and kept it)?

  2. Many thanks to Mr. Wilson for taking the time to answer our questions. After hearing some of his views on things, I’m moving him up onto the “must get” list on my next book run. Mr. Mallozzi, I’m holding you responsible for my impending bankruptcy. I am, however, already looking for an appropriately dry cave to move all my books and dvds into before my stuff gets repossessed. Looking forward to hearing about Whispers filming, as well as the chocolate feast.

  3. Awesome Q/A and a big thanks to Mr. Wilson! I can’t imagine trying to do all that research without a Google. 🙂

    Thanks again, Joe, for having him on tonight!

    – Nika

  4. Morning!

    Just catching up on your two new posts.

    Answer: Not yet. But I do have his New Dreams for Old on my To Read list.

    I’ve never actually heard of that… hmm, maybe I should check out amazon. He’s written quite a bit which is impressive.

    What about Alan Dean Foster? Do you read his stuff as well?

    So, I wonder, how are you guys going with the filming of SGA – I mean, are you guys on time and not laggin behind? It seems like you’re really covering all the episodes and would be finished shooting the first 10 eps by summer!

    Oh, have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. From Boston
    Monday is our Patriot’s Day
    Wishing you all the best as you venture into the 5th year of Atlantis. You have a gem EnJoy it’s glow.

  6. Wow! I did not know that F. Paul Wilson was a doctor… but now I’m seeing a pattern: doctors who write (or, conversely, I suppose they could be called authors with medical degrees)….. Michael Crichton and F. Paul Wilson. I’m seriously considering med school right now 😉

  7. I’d set a minimum of writing 3 pages a day, every day, without fail. At the end of 6 months I’d have 540 pages – a good-size novel. It can be done, but ya gotta wanna. Most failed writers suffer from lacka wanna.”

    That’s definitely an idea/information I’m going to take to heart.

    What a great Q&A. Very informative. Thanks again to both of you.

  8. Thanks a lot to F. Paul Wilson for the q&a, and to Joe for facilitating it. It’s been really interesting seeing what everyone else thinks, and then getting to hear from the author himself.

    Thanks!

    Amz

  9. F. Paul Wilson writes: Good questions, folks. Thanks for the kind words along the way and I hope the answers satisfied your curiosities.
    Thanks very much for answering my question that I found already summed up nicely by Rebecca H.
    DD

  10. Wow! This made me wish I had read the book (don’t worry: it is on my list). A big thanks to FPW…what a great glimpse into the mind of a successful author.
    *applause*

  11. Joe,
    Nice website the Repairman ordered the Novel thru Amazon should make a good read. Thanks to Paul Wilson for taking time to answer a few question.

  12. Hey Joe!

    Very intriguing and interesting Q&A, I always love these and it’s excellent to be able to communicate with an author like F. Paul Wilson. Although I was not able to participate, thanks for providing us with the opportunity. 🙂

    Thanks as always!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  13. Hey Joe!

    Very intriguing and interesting Q&A, I always love these and it’s excellent to be able to communicate with an author like F. Paul Wilson. Although I was not able to participate, thanks for providing us with the opportunity. 🙂

    Thanks as always!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  14. Hey there, I’m a long time fan of both your blog and the shows but rarely comment (for shame). I did, however, purchase my ticket to Comic Con months back in the hopes that there would be a Stargate panel. This will be my first convention but I can’t tell you how excited I am to attend. I’ve bullied a friend into being both a witness and translator to the inelequence that will no doubt overcome me in the presence of my Stargate idols. If you have any advice to a first time convention attendee, it would be most appreciated.

  15. Rebekah writes:

    “So, I have been asked to ask (by my husband who is in love with Larrin) – will we be seeing anymore of the Travelers in Season 5?”

    Mr. M’s Answer:

    Tell him to be sure to check out the mid-season two-parter.

    Thank you so much, Mr. M, for single-handedly setting my recovery back at least another year. You know how much I dislike Larrin! Larrin and you didn’t invite me to your chocolate party?!?!?!?! I’m guessing you don’t love me any more. 🙁

    By the way, are you going to tell Ms Cox how her character was named?

    ytimynona wrote:

    Wow! I did not know that F. Paul Wilson was a doctor… but now I’m seeing a pattern: doctors who write (or, conversely, I suppose they could be called authors with medical degrees)….. Michael Crichton and F. Paul Wilson. I’m seriously considering med school right now</em

    You left out Tess Gerritsen. She gave up her medical practice to become a stay-at-home mom and began writing during the kids’ down time. She’s written some great stuff.

    Anne Teldy (who is wondering if talula made it through the earthquake okay.)

  16. Darsy writes: “I’ve just found out I’m pregnant! Do you have any favorite names of characters in the Stargate universe that you might suggest as possibilities?”

    Congrats Darsy.

    Well, this is a late suggestion due to modem problems or my un-friendly ISP doing traffic shaping. Have below half speed dialup transfer rate with constant modem resets for no apparent reason for the last few days. Would suggest Anne Teldy for a girl. Name sounds normal except for us gate fans. Hope the real life Anne Teldy approved of this suggestion.

    Belated welcome back, Anne Teldy. Miss your postings.

  17. Healer by F. Paul Wilson has been one of my favourite books for years. I recommend it if you would like experience the author’s story telling in a scifi setting.

  18. Yes, that was a great Q and A. Yes, I did read The Keep and was book that I basically could not put down. And those are always the best ones. Totally enjoyable. And I loved the descriptiveness of it (and his answer to R.C. question-good one!)

    Definately makes me want to read more by this author. And sorry my view on The Keep made in so late.

  19. Thornyrose writes:
    Mr. Mallozzi, I’m holding you responsible for my impending bankruptcy.

    I agree, the man is a positive menace 🙂 For this reason I am abandonning my bedroom to my book collection and now sleeping in a cupboard under the stairs.

    Thanks Mr Wilson (geez I feel like Dennis the Menace now lol)for taking the time, your responses have been duly noted and once i find my somewhat battered and well read copy I shall read it again with renewed interest and fresh insight. I think these author Q&As are a wonderful way of joining book to both author and reader on a whole new level. Its a pity SHakespeare wasn’t still around when I was doing my ‘A’ levels!

  20. Hey, What’s going on mate?? Can you bring back an old character, from SGA for the 100th episode.

  21. Great Q&A! Thanks to both you and Mr. Wilson. I think it’s great you were able to get some the authors to pop in and talk to us. Time to start reading next month’s books…

  22. Watching Letterman at the moment – very amusing. Do you watch it?

    Anyhoo the thought occurred to me – “What are we going to do without “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches” everyone?”

    I mean the candidates are so eloquent. That whole bit is screwed. 😀

    So Joe, was the fog test the earliest you’ve had to start work?

    Cheers, Chev

  23. Hi Joe!

    I’m a Shep fan myself but I do ship for John and Teyla! 🙂 My friend is a massive Teyla fan and is starting to get disheartened about Season 5. She is worried that other than The Queen and Search and Rescue Teyla will barely be in any of the episodes. Could you please reassure her that Teyla does have a part to play in both Broken Ties and Whispers? It would be most appreciated. Thanks

    Cazz x

  24. Early tomorrow I make for Orlando…again. Sunshine, meeting with my colleagues, and a ridiculous amount of new books, CDs, and DVDs free for the taking. If you’re a good boy, Joe, I’ll ask the publisher reps if I can grab an extra copy of the sci-fi titles for you. I can’t promise anything, but I’ll give it a shot.

  25. Hey, Joe.

    I just finished watching this week’s episode of Doctor Who over here in the UK, and a thought struck me.

    Quite often in Sci-fi, “aliens” are achieved through prosthetics: you have a human as a basis, and build an alien appearence on top of that. Programs like Doctor Who and Star Trek quite heavily feature “humanoid” aliens that are just guys in make-up.

    Stargate on the other hand tends to feature transplanted humans instead however – aside from the Wraith, there are only a couple of species who crop up every now and again who are prosthetic. You have on the other hand had a fair few CGI races instead, which offer more “alien” appearences than a guy in a suit.

    Is that a conscious choice on behalf of the production staff – a practicality issue, a finance issue, a “quality” issue – or has the Stargate story of transplanted cultures just lead inevitably towards that?

  26. Really enjoy the Book Club – encouraging me to read new scifi authors. So many books, etc., it’s great to get reviews/comments to guide me.

    Thanks for sharing info and insights abt writing and tv production. I loved the comments about aspiring writers who didn’t know how to spell the characters’ names! Amazing.

    On a recent trip to Vancouver had the chance to sample some of the excellent food. It is a beautiful city – the cherry trees were amazing.

    Keep up the good work,
    Vicki

  27. Something weird happened to David Hewlett’s website…someone might want to let him know that the top link is “How to last longer in bed.” Not what I usually expect to see when I go there! 😉

  28. I really enjoyed the readers’ comments and questions as well as the author’s answers. A lot of very bright, interesting and entertaining people participate in your BOTM.

    [B]F. Paul Wilson[/B] said: “I knew I wanted to contrast human and cosmic evil, and Nazis came immediately to mind (which demanded a WWII setting).” So the parallels that I saw between Hitler and Molasar were based on that! That answers my second question.

    Thanks to Mr. Wilson for the outstanding Q&A. I am in awe of his dedication and discipline with regard to his writing, even moreso knowing that he is a physician; that kind of job tends to follow you home. It really shows in the quality of his work.

    And thanks for making this happen, JM.

  29. Dear Joe,

    What is your favorite script so far in season 5, don’t pick yours just because its you who wrote it 🙂 and also will we be entitled to another eye candy space battle episode in season 5 like BAMSR or The seige. Thanxs a lot and have a great weekend.

  30. i was looking at you book selection. where in god name do you find these books the empire of ice cream??? If i had seen that on the shelf i would keep on walking. Although I have found the the tittle of a book can be deceiving. My interest is now in full swing so i will make a trip to the local library and look for this book.
    Their is a book i read in collage called Desert Solitude. I found the author has a knack for being able to paint with his words. I could see the desert as i read. The bad thing about the book was The desert only has so many looks to it. Their for i never finished the book but was impressed with his writing. I looked for the book to get the authors name for you but all i could find is Parry Potter and john Lennon / Beatiles books. Any way need to go lunch is ready. connie

  31. crazymom Said:

    Something weird happened to David Hewlett’s website…someone might want to let him know that the top link is “How to last longer in bed.” Not what I usually expect to see when I go there! 😉

    If you are referring to http://www.adogsbreakfastmovie.com his lease of the domain name ran out a few days ago. Meaning the registrar is not being paid so they no longer point it at Davids site but their own advertising site. http://www.davidhewlett.com (which is paid up for more than a year) looks very odd as well because it relies on a lot of files on the other website, but since the url points to a new website these files are missing. (Crazy XP hackers can edit their hosts file to point at the hewlett site, it will work in your browser then)

  32. Hi Joe

    Great Blog today with F Paul Wilson. Thanks to you both.

    As to the return of the Travelers and therefore Larrin in the mid season two parter: while I don’t dislike her, I did dislike the fact that she punched Sheppard in the face twice, three times if you count the slap, and he did nothing to stop her. Surely as a soldier, a warrior no less, he would have at least tried to dodge or block that second or third strike, the first taking him by surprise. Please don’t let him be such a punch bag next time they meet. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

  33. I agree Lizzieanne – Shepard shouldn’t let Larrin walk all over him.

    In fact he should punch her lights out the next time they meet *G*

  34. Domo Mr. M, we share great taste in movies, the only one on your 10 fave Horror list I hadn’t seen was Audition, saw it & was well worth the effort!! superbly shot movie, as artsy & Japanese as I was expecting and still got me even though I was looking for the twist. I saw the director’s cut and was wondering if this was even better than the “regular” version, and also, another movie that now has me interested in reading the book! so I’ll be looking for that. Chance to stretch my very rusty Japanese although hopefully oiled a little more soon as my son is interested in studying it. The thing that scared me most in the movie was the opinion “Happy people make bad actors”; the thing I envied most, is that they can still smoke in their office.
    DD

  35. Hey Joe,

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Your blog isn’t as easy to read on a Blackberry but at least it gave me some time out from the craziness I was experiencing.

    To have the author’s of our BOTM books visit is such a privilege. Thank You.

    I’ve been reading through the last 4 days of comments and I feel as though there are some hard hitting questions yet to be asked. So here goes.

    1. Do you ever go to work looking like a furry ensemble called the Bubbamaxijellylulu? If not, how do you handle the issue of fur?

    2. Was Teal’c wearing Doc Martin’s in Ark of Truth? I thought I caught a glimpse of the famous yellow stitching as he collapsed. And good for him to be supporting local trade – ie: Made on Earth.

    3. Do panning shots of Atlantis give Robert C. Cooper the wiggins at the thought of what could be in those alien waters?

    4. Will the reputation of Science ever recover after the recent announcement of Mariah Carey’s new album being entitled E=MC2?.

    A sad, sad day for Science.

    Now to condense the remaining thoughts:

    Someone mentioned the likeness of Charlie Sheen and Joe Flanigan. I would say Harrison Ford as Han Solo. The hair, the mannerisms even the way his gun is strapped to his leg…

    While Shep is my favourite character, he isn’t the same without the team around him. It’s the dynamic of the team that brings out the character traits I love in each of them. So yay to Shep featuring in eps, but it’s even better with the team around him.

    Congratulations Darsy!
    As for names, I love Darsy 🙂 Stargate related, Adria is a beautiful name as others have said.
    I couldn’t resist the t-shirts. I had to order the Buffy Summers vs Daniel Jackson T-shirt.

    Congrats Annie from Fremantle on the weight loss!

    Chev – tragedy at the loss of Great Moments in Presidential Speeches.

    I was at a book store recently and found in the Comedy section a book entitled “George W Bush – The Leadership Years”. Some book browser had a subtle sense of humour.

    Cheers Cheeky – giving hugs back.

    I hope all those in the earthquake are now stationary and unharmed.

    And finally… I woke up yesterday morning to find a new application on my Blackberry. It was Facebook!

    My bus. partner confirmed the same had happened to his. I went to go and delete it thinking it would be considered a 3rd party application, but no! It is considered operational software and cannot be deleted.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    Ah, that feels better. With no Sci Fi people to interact with for the last 4 days it starts to get bottled up!

    Have a good day everyone.

  36. kanadra, Do you mean Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey? Even if you didn’t, I highly recommend it. Some of the most enjoyable non-fiction I’ve read and reread.

    But then, I live in Utah …

  37. Happy birthday to me tomorrow. I’m 29 and holding,
    and holding, and holding! Any chance of a blog dedication to this “old” lady? I read your blog daily to keep up with the goings on in your world as they certainly are a lot more entertaining that the goings on in mine!

  38. Maggiemayday, yes that is the book i loved it at first but after a while it was like reading the same thing over and over. I relay should try to finish it up.

  39. I have always liked reading books like Weathering Heights, John Grisham, and just about any thing set in a time pried. Sound kinda odd for a sic-fi fan.

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