Major Hollywood Star Attacked by Rabid Turtles?!! Really?! No, not really. I’m just doing a little social experiment here. I’ve noticed that a number of the blogs in WordPress’s daily Top 25 boast inventive, garish, occasionally salacious, tabloid-like headlines clearly designed to lure gullible rubes (such as myself) in search of this week’s Paris Runway Model Catfight Video or the latest on the Former Child Actor Weds Siamese Sherpas front. Always, I am left disappointed and Paris Runway Model Catfight Videoless. But after clicking on your fifth or sixth Things Upper Middle-Class People Don’t Particularly Mind blog or American Idol Contestant’s Secret Toad Diet write-up, you wizen up to the fact that, hey, maybe this is something that could work for me. May be! So Major Hollywood Star Attacked by Rabid Turtles it is. If I see a significant jump in traffic here, I’ll be following up with one of the following:
1. Grass Roots Movement Killed by Spraying with Glyphosate.
2. Man Wills Fortune to Dog. Dog Blows it all on Coke and Whores.
3. Archdiocese Spearheads Campaign for Itinerant Hamsters.
4. Drunken Monkey Acquitted in Hit and Run Death of Local Man.
5. Ballroom Dancing Linked to Mad Cow Disease.
6. Blackbelt Pope To Take On All Comers.
7. Celebrity Plumber Confidential.
8. Major Retailer Recalls Combustible Underpants.
9. Remains of Professional Golfer Found on the Moon.
10. Paris Runway Model Catfight Video.
Let me know which one works best for you guys.
Hey, a rousing start to this month’s BOTMC discussions. I’m sure Joe Abercrombie (or the highly evolved gorilla butler he has trained to monitor your comments and convey them to him via sign language) is thrilled by the response so far. Get your questions in early because I’ll be sending them his way late Wednesday.
Back at the office today. Watched a director’s cut of The Queen and a Day 1 mix of The Seed, dropped by stage 2 where Will was shooting the inserts and missing shots for Whispers, had Bob Picardo drop by the office to say hi and bye enroute to his convention in Italy, chatted with a familiar face from the SG-1 past at the lunch line, beat out the tease and first two acts of the tentatively titled Remnants, exchanged emails with Lou Anders who is in Hong Kong, SFSignal’s John DeNardo who was kind enough to put the word out regarding the upcoming Book of the Month Club guest authors, and authors Jeffrey Ford and F. Paul Wilson who wrote very nice things about the time they spent with us.
Today’s video: The dogs had a friend over last night – Ritzi the Porky (Pekinese-Yorky cross). Lulu was doing the usual showing off, running around like a lunatic, and eating grass. I warned her not to eat the grass. She ignored me. Twice. Then ran around like crazy before stopping – and vomiting. Turn up the sound to hear the closing “CHUKAGWARRA“.
Today’s blog is dedicated to Cathain. Get your internet fixed!
Trish writes: “Any chance of the team finding a creature on one of the planets that’s pet material? I’m picturing a florescent green Bubba-esque animal that just *hangs out* all day. Or perhaps a polka-dotted Maximus-ish critter?”
Answer: This is the perfect opportunity to finally introduce that telepathic pug I’ve been pitching.
Dyginc writes: “If I was writing a review that would appear in EW or the Times I would say something along these lines…”
Answer: Hey, that’s quite good! I think Joe has found himself a new publicist.
Alipeeps writes: “I haven’t joined in much with the chat on here in recent months with all that’s been going on in real life but I still read every day…”
Answer: Well, know that we (and many others I’m sure) are thinking of you.
Scarym writes: “Now that you have had a change of heart on Fantasy, would you consider Guy Gavriel Kay?”
Thornyrose writes: “No character (except perhaps Major West) comes off as totally admirable or likable.”
Answer: That’s interesting because of all the characters introduced, I found West the least engaging and, now that you mention it, it could well be the fact that everyone else possesses a dark side of some sort. Of course by book’s end, West’s character takes his own dark turn that, again interestingly enough, I found less forgivable than the actions of Logen Ninefingers or even Glokta. It wasn’t until Before They Are Hanged that I actually began to like the character.
Thornyrose also writes: “First, this review is being done by memory, since the gremlins seem to have made off with my copy of The Blade Itself. […] This is a 9.3 out of 10 on my scale, with no serious flaws from my perspective.”
Answer: Only a 9.3? Joe will be crushed.
MizMoose writes: “Lastly, other people’s comments (along with my [still :)] wondering about Fondy’s name origin) make me say yet again, Mr. M., you need a FAQ :-).”
Answer: Believe it or not, it’s simply what her mother named her. My mother-in-law has no further explanation.
Fsmn36 writes: “I think you’re cheating by posting your already-posted initial reactions only. No new thoughts?”
Answer: My opinion of the first book in the series is greatly colored by what follows and I was trying remain on track. The magical elements, for instance, were my least favorite aspect of the The Blade Itself on my first reading but, knowing what I know now, it’s an element I very much enjoyed on my second reading. The same goes for Logen who I failed to warm up to initially but who, over the course of the series, demonstrates a depth and personal discord that makes him one of the most fascinating characters in the series.
Dennis Pickersgill writes: “Ay chance you could find out if a winner has been picked
for the super fan commercial?”
Answer: Yep. That’s him in the crash helmet.
Emily writes: “However, your high praise of the book coupled with the absolutely GORGEOUS cover (yes, I admit to judging a book by its cover) won me over.”
Answer: Hate to say it, but that’s what make me pick up the book.
Emily also writes: “Think this would make a good movie? Or are there too many separate parts that the narrative wouldn’t lend itself well to the big screen?”
Answer: I think the series would make a great movie. But it would be $$$!
Michael writes: “Thanks for the invite. Sorry I missed you, too. I’d love to do an interview sometime.”
Answer: Sure. Anytime.
Das writes: “Since the cloning facility apparently wasn’t totally destroyed, will it ever be used again, perhaps as a means for creating a food supply for the Wraith?”
Answer: Alas, it was totally destroyed. But the question is: Was there only the one?
Anais33 a ecrit: “1) A l’excéption Teyla personne de va devenir Papa ou Mamamn dans cette nouvelle saison? 2)Dans cette saison 5 y’aura t’il une scéne qui rendra les téléspectateurs très triste, comme une mort ?”
Reponses: 1) Non. 2) Peut-etre.
Translations: 1) No other character will become a parent in season 5. 2) Will there be a scene this year that will make viewers sad like, for instance, a death? Maybe.
The Fez writes: “I thought you said that the 100th episode? What’s up with the Replicators and Las Vegas?”
a. loquita writes: “I noticed in yesterday’s pictures that there is a large dumpster to the left of the Stargate. Then there is a trailer right next to it. Which poor actor has their trailer right next to a dumpster?!?!”
Answer: That’s the extras trailer. Ah, show business.
Laina Babaina writes: “So when the Big Heads sit down to write a script for a show, do you guys end up writting complete nonsense? Or is it all strictly buisness with you guys?”
Answer: Oh, it’s always nonsense.
Fran writes: “ When our “boys” go on these “Missions” and we see them opening up Power Bars are these the real things that you see in stores or are they made by those “Geniuses” in the “Prop Department?”
Answer: Nope. They’re real power bars. Protein Edge, cookies and cream flavor. 230 calories, 6 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, only 1 gram of sugar, and an impressive 26 grams of protein.
Leesa writes: “Joe – you might be vaguely interested in this news report about a burger in New York that costs $175!”
Answer: I’m on board with everything but the gold leaf, a flavorless addition that only serves to jack up the price.
Dyginc writes: “I loved his two Practicals…I hope to see more of them in the next two books.”
Answer: A lot more on them in the ensuing books.
Gracey writes: “Hi ya’ haven’t posted in awhile..was just curious. I know Vancouver has become pretty busy with tv productions. Do you all get to know other people from other productions?”
Answer: Not really.
Kay writes: “Speaking of Teyla, are there any episodes or adventures that she will be cut out of due to childcare issues.”
Elizabeth writes: “Is Woolsey going to find some courage in season 5?”
Answer: Woolsey has developed quite nicely over the course of the show’s fifth season.