I’ve discovered a cure for insomnia! If you’re ever lying wide awake in bed and unable to fall sleep, all you have to do is start thinking about the outline for your upcoming script. I guarantee you’ll be out before the first act break. Amazingly, it seems to work for mid-afternoon naps as well. Yes, the outline is slow going, but I hope to have a rough beat sheet in by end of day Tuesday after which everyone will weigh in and no doubt help me fill in the missing pieces that will send me on my way to script. If I can lock in a structure by early next week, I could probably turn in a first draft before mid-June, leaving my hiatus more or less free and clear for reading, Esperanto lessons, and my beginner’s garroting class.
Well, I hope everybody is up to date on their reading. Tomorrow, discussion begins on The Blade Itself. Get your questions and comments in early because author Joe Abercrombie will be joining us later in the week for (what else?) a special Joe Abercrombie Guest Blog.
Today’s pics: Now, I’m sure there was a perfectly good reason why these guys moved the gate out into the parking lot but, just in case, these pics are evidence.
Mackenzie’s Momma writes: “Are we going to(or can you tell us) what Maj. Lorne’s degree is in?”
Answer: To be honest, there are no plans to address this particular aspect of his backstory. For what it’s worth, however, I believe he received a Bachelor of Arts in Gardening and Political Science, then followed that up with 3 years of clown college.
Rebecca H. writes: “Wll the Mallozzi canines ever appear in Atlantis?”
Answer: Perhaps. I’m thinking of introducing an all-canine team for next season (if there is a next season).
PG15 writes: “1. Will Shep’s Ancient gene be important to the story again this season, like it was in Travelers? 2. Will the Genii appear this season? 3. Will we learn anything new about the Ancient-Wraith war of 10000 year ago this season? 4. Any new, cryptic hints on the 100th episode you’d like to share?”
Answers: 1. Possibly. 2. Likely. 3. Possibly. 4. We’re talking about shooting some of it (and #19) on location.
flingslass writes: “Would Australians be there as military personnel or would they be there as part of the scientific contingent.”
DasNdanger writes: “Wll we at least have some amusing moments in The Queen with (from what I understand) Ronon, Rodney and Shep hanging out on a hive ship while Todd’s off with Teyla, or is it all going to be deadly serious?”
Answer: There are a lot of fun elements in this episode as well, yes.
DasNdanger writes: “Sorry for the double post, but I couldn’t seem to post earlier…”
Answer: Actually, you’re previous posts ended up in the “potential spam folder” (possibly because of the links). They may not appear in the official moderation queue, but I will wade through the various Viagra and Penis Enlargement spam to rescue them.
Paloosa writes: “Are you going to have the water heater earthquake proofed?”
Answer: Already done.
ChelleToo writes: “Will you be attending Comic Con this year?”
Answer: I’d like to, but it’ll be schedule-dependent.
LH writes: “What do Wraith find tastier, an elderly person, or some young twenty-ish person, or someone in the middle?”
Answer: I suppose it depends on the wraith. Life essences are like fine wines – a matter of personal preference.
LH also writes: “How exactly does the Book of the Month thing work? When do we get to ask questions of the authors???”
Answer: Just check the right sidebar. It lists upcoming Book of the Month Club selections along with the dates on which the various discussions will begin.
Chevron 7 writes: “I’ve always wondered, is the control room in the tallest spire on Atlantis?”
Answer: The control room is located in the central tower.
Heather writes: “Why do two part episodes only fall on the mid or season finale?”
Answer: This isn’t always the case. If the story should be supported by two episodes, we’ll do a two-parter (SG-1’s Reckoning I and II comes to mind). That said, we approach episodes #10 and #11 if not as two-parters, then as strongly linked episodes (like last season’s This Mortal Coil and Be All My Sins Remember’d).
Theresa writes: “Vala was my favorite character on SG-1….I hope she comes back in the next season(MOONLIGHT)….”
Answer: Er, I hate to break it to you (and hopefully you won’t take it as hard as my sister-in-law when I broke it to her) but I believe Moonlight was cancelled.
Sandra writes: “1. Is anything going to happen in season 5 with the Ronon/Keller relationship? 2. Is Kolya ever coming back? 3. Is clone Beckett going to function as the real Beckett did in terms of relationships and things like that? 4. Have you read “American Gods” or “Anansi Boys” by Neil Gaiman?”
Answers: 1. More than likely. 2. Isn’t he dead? 3. Yes. 4. Not yet.
Bailey writes: “You know, if people barfed as much as dogs and cats seem to, they’d be taken to the emergency room. And then admitted to hospital for tests to see what is so wrong. Wonder why the critters evolved that way? Or is it because we feed them all this canned and processed cr*p?”
Answer: My guess it’s all the grass and twigs Maximus eats when he’s out in the backyard.