In the words of The Wire’s State Senator Clay Davis: “Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.” The results are in. No, I’m not talking about the Presidential election. I’m referring to our whirlwind tour of L.A. According to our agent, response to the horror pitch ranged from “I didn’t get it.” to the ubiquitous “It’s not quite for us but we’d love to work with the guys.” Undaunted, I put my Canadian agent in play and had my U.S. agent zero in on two of the major horror havens we missed out while we were in town. Ultimately, even if we come up empty, we could just go ahead, secure out own distribution deal, and make the movie ourselves. We have the contacts, the perfect location, and, hell, the time. It would just be more of a hassle.On the bright side, I’ve hit the 7 page mark on my super, secret project, and my Tokyo travel plans are coming along nicely. Thanks to the internet, I’ve connected with a couple of fellow foodies living in Japan (who will, hopefully, not turn out to be organ harvesters) and come across some wonderfully informative and entertaining sites (ie.

http://www.julieinjapan.com/). I’ve also started putting together a list of places I intend to visit when I get there, places like the Pierre Marcolini Ice Cream Shop in Ginza, Laduree for its “French luxury cakes”, Miravile Impakt that offers a four-dessert special prix fixe, top chocolatier JP Hevin’s Ginza shop. And some temples.

Acacia discussion:

Thornyrose writes: “For some reason, I was caught off guard by the level of violence in the early goiing. The murder of the messenger, the massacre of the field troop in Mein, then the grisly fate of the remaining garrison troops..this certainly solidified the ruthlessness of the Mein, and of the Numrek.”

Answer: Yes, pretty grim stuff. The fate of the garrison troops was particularly unsettling. I thought Durham really excelled in the battle sequences. Harrowing.

Thornyrose also writes: “The first was the Acacian dedication to the fighting “forms”. I nderstand that they represent katas, but how a princess/priestess could recognise the shortcomings of learning by form, and soon defeat a trained, elite warrior escaped me. “

Answer: Actually, now that you mention it, that was another bump – Mena’s conveniently quick transformation into an expert swordswoman.

Thornyrose also writes: “Given the hunter/warrior cultures of both the Talayans and the Mein, and perhaps overwhelmed by his own mythic rise, I could understand Aliver accepting the duel.”

Answer: True, but given that he called out Meander for his duplicitous ambush during a parlay, showing him to be less than honorable, Aliver’s decision to accept the challenge seemed incredibly naïve.

Thornyrose also writes: “ While the Tunishnevre threat was built up layer by layer, and the evil nature of both the Tunishnevre and their curse made clear, the Santoth still feel…unreal.”

Answer: Still, one of my favorite elements of the final battle vs. Meander’s forces is the lovingly detailed description of the Santoth offensive.

Wraith Cake writes: “Fantasy novels are cookie cutter clones?”

Answer: Not fantasy novels in their entirety but certainly the kingdoms in which they are set. The empires are given short shrift in favor of the story and they rarely serve to do more than provide the simplest of backdrops for the action. In the case of Acacia, however, the empire is so well developed that it’s almost a character itself.

 Get your questions in for author David Anthony Durham!

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday gal Linda Gagne.

Mailbag:

Jafacakes writes: “Hi Joe, if you don’t mind getting up early apparently Tsukiji fish market is well worth a visit, not only for the amazing sea creatures but also because it houses Daiwa (tsukiji market, building 6) that serves reputedly the best sashimi and sushi in Tokyo.”

Answer: The great thing about traveling to Asia is that, because of the time difference, you’re usually up at 6:00 a.m. – A perfect time for a trip down to Tsukiji for a sushi breakfast.

Jafacakes also writes: “ Do you have 4 versions of the same pilot or 4 different pilots? And if so are they all the same genre and are you co writing them with Paul?”

Answer: Four different pilots. Four different genres. Paul has done a pass on two and will hopefully do a pass on the other two as well.

Jinx writes: “Not that you would be privy, but is there ever going to be a follow-up to Feast for Crows?”

Answer: According to Amazon, A Dance with Dragons will be released in April of 2009. Order your copy now!

Iamjohn writes: “You guys should bug Robert Cooper to write one for SGU’s first season.” What’s the best method to bug him? Maybe we can get him to start a blog….

Answer: Yep. Without a doubt, that probably would bug him.

Sessy writes: “Killing a character not only leaves a feeling of outrage after watching the show, it also forces fanfiction writers to write “alternate universe” if they want to use the character, which just sucks!!! Please think of the fanfic when you write the movie.”

Answer: I always make it a point to consult our team of resident fanfic writers – Carl Binder and Martin Gero – before committing anything to paper. Sadly, because of his SG-1 movie script duties, Carl has had to put his Yogi Bear/Boo Boo slash fic on hold.

Laura writes: “Have a great trip to Japan and hopefully all the meals are awesome. How’s the language learning going?”

Answer: Sukoshi hanashimasu demo zenzen wakarimasen!

MysteryMadchen writes: “Just want to apologize for my rant yesterday. I’m trying not to loose my house, have family medical problems and am not very excited about the fact that my job kills my brain cells day by day because of it’s lack of stimulation so I’m just a little cranky.”

Answer: By all means, rant away. And here’s hoping 2009 brings better things.

OHinNJ writes: “Joe, I caught part of a TV show the other day – called Me or the Dog, I think – in which a dog trainer/therapist was showing a couple how to train their 5 pugs NOT to eat each other’s poop (*gag*).

Since I didn’t see the whole show, I wondered: is this a problem common in pugs or was this just a group of dogs with issues?”

Answer: Interestingly, crap is about the only thing my pugs DON’T eat.

Maggiemayday writes: “So, Joe, does your vision of Hell include all fruit desserts all the time? Does this include raspberries and strawberries? Pies, cobblers or crisps? Bananas Foster?”

Answer: I actually don’t mind pies, cobblers, or crisps provided they are buried beneath a generous mound of ice cream. Bananas Foster is a-okay by me as well.

Randomness writes: “I just feel sorry for people on long flights for the first time only to be subjected to finger prints/photographing.”

Answer: I don’t mind that so much. It’s the talent portion of the competition I always have trouble with.

DasNdanger writes: “Joe, are you an outdoorsy lawn and garden type? Most Italians I know grow something – tomatoes, or grapes, or figs – so, just wondering if you’ve inherited that same gardening gene.”

Answer: I cultivate a fine wit, an appreciation for fine cuisine, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t involve me communing with nature.

Alicia writes: “I not trying to be a bitch sga movie is all the fans have left I hadnt realized you asked all the neilsen box owners or all the fans on gate world”

Answer: In fact, we did. Every neilsen box owner and fan on gate world. Well, everyone except you. Your line was busy and Jason Momoa was supposed to call you back. I can only assume he forget. Sorry about that.

Skye writes: “hey joe i love seeing the pictures of your dogs and i was wondering if there was a way if i can send u some pictures of my Dog Melboure my Jack Russell for your blog.”

Answer: Better yet, provide a link so that all of the readers can check him/her out.

MaggieMayDay writes: “Joe, will you tell me if the fingerprint attendants wear the ubiquitous white gloves?”

Answer: Most everyone in the service industry did the last time I was there two years ago.

Sector24 writes: “First – do you use any special screenwriting software ot just type in MS Office, and what kind of genre are your pilots – drama, action, sci-fi, sitcom?”

Answer: The writing department works on Movie Magic Screenwriter. As for my pilots: one is a two hour backdoor pilot for a horror comedy, another is a one hour space opera, another is a one hour drama, and the last one is a one hour blue comedy.

Alex writes: “Just wanted to be sure you got my email that second time I sent it. If you haven’t received it, please let me know, and I’ll just go ahead an post it on here.”

Answer: Still nothing. Are you sure you have the correct email?

Moorsyum@yahoo.com

Tashimo writes: “Hi Joe, I have 2 questions for you. Since you were kinda vague on who will make up the writing staff on SGU, can you tell us if Martin Gero and Alan McCullough will be there on the 10th or are they off to other projects?
Did you watch the Halloween episode of Iron Chef America, Battle Offal?”

Answer: Deals have yet to be closed so it’s premature for me to say exactly who will be spinning stories on November 10th. As for the offal episode – missed it. But it does sound like something I’d like.

Sherwood Forest Maiden writes: “Joe, in early September, I sent some chocolate to the cast, can you confirm that it was received at SGHQ?? “

Answer: Sorry, SFM. I have no idea what the cast does and doesn’t receive.

 

64 thoughts on “November 4, 2008: The Results Are In!

  1. Carl has had to put his Yogi Bear/Boo Boo slash fic on hold

    Ha. You think you joke, but I’ve seen worse. Somehow I stumbled across this one involving Bugs Bunny… let’s just say there’s not enough soap in the world to scrub that image from my mind.

    That said, they’re right about the fanfic… and I daresay right about killing characters leaving a bad taste. Of course, that all depends on how much I like a character. For example, it didn’t really bother me when Weir died, but it really bothered me when Carson died. Although I do seem to especially dislike it when characters are killed at the very end of the run, because then it just seems sorta spiteful. However, it’s certainly the writer’s prerogative to kill off their characters. That’s the beauty of fanfic. We can go, ‘I don’t accept that version of the story,’ then write our own. Some would certainly disagree with me, but we all have the choice of whether or not to accept the version of the story we’re given, or whether to invent our own to make us feel better. We can explore endless options with varying degrees of canon-compliance, and that’s the beauty of fanfic. Personally, I’m rewriting the entire last year of Harry Potter because I was so mad about all the characters she killed, but hey, that’s how some of us cope. Cope and waste time. Also, it’s great writing practice. Really, if nothing else, fanfic is fantastic for developing writing skills. And I guess I’ll stop rambling now.

  2. Alicia writes: “I not trying to be a bitch sga movie is all the fans have left I hadnt realized you asked all the neilsen box owners or all the fans on gate world”

    Answer: In fact, we did. Every neilsen box owner and fan on gate world. Well, everyone except you. Your line was busy and Jason Momoa was supposed to call you back. I can only assume he forget. Sorry about that.

    When did this happen? You forgot about me. Can I get a phone call!?! Since its not the actors I’m into..can Ronon or Carson call me. If Ronon doesn’t know how to use the phone for the love of SGA please show him how..better yet just dial my number and hold the phone for him so he doesn’t accidentally hang up on me. I’ll be available tomorrow after 5pm..Eastern standard time.

    Thanks Joe!

  3. Answer: I cultivate a fine wit, an appreciation for fine cuisine, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t involve me communing with nature.

    😆 Okay, I’m totally convinced now that you’re Jewish.

    das

  4. Joe, you *have* to bring back the old conference table! If you don’t, all my table/control chair slashfic will become AU!! You wouldn’t do that to me, would you???

  5. Shawna wrote:

    Somehow I stumbled across this one involving Bugs Bunny… let’s just say there’s not enough soap in the world to scrub that image from my mind.

    “Meet the Feebles” had the same effect on my, at the time, young and impressionable 11 year old mind.
    **hugs knees, starts rocking**

  6. Is everyone else seeing my icon as me and hubby?
    I’ve even changed it in WordPress to be something else. Guess I might have to get that 2nd brain cell out of storage and working on this one.

  7. I am going to have nightmares tonight. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo… just too funny. As for Acacia, point conceeded about Meander’s treachery in his first “parlay”. Still a fun read and I’m looking forward to the sequel. Glad to see you’ve got a b,c, and d plan when it comes to the horror flick. My biggest objection to you and Mr. Mullie making and distributing the movie on your own would be the time that would be lost on other projects, like, oh, a half dozen more Atlantis movies. So here’s hoping your northern agent will have some success.
    Narelle from Aus, yes I see you and your husband in your icon. You sure you two aren’t models or actors? You both look like lovely people.
    Halleluah and blah. the elections are over, and all that’s left is the whining and the gloating for the next few days. Thank goodness there’s a new episode of Atlantis on Friday.

  8. Jinx writes: “Not that you would be privy, but is there ever going to be a follow-up to Feast for Crows?”

    Answer: According to Amazon, A Dance with Dragons will be released in April of 2009. Order your copy now!

    I hate to rain on your parade, but I the release date listed on Amazon.ca is April, 2013. The U.S. site says April 2008 then says “Currently unavailable.
    We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

    Heck, by the time Mr. Martin gets around to finishing this one, I’ll have forgotten everything that happened in the previous books and will have to start all over! That is why I stopped reading some other fantasy series — too darn long between books. But I really want to know what happens to Jaime, so I’ll hang in there.

  9. Wow, you’ve watched The Wire. How about suggesting to Coop what Universe needs is one of the black kids from Baltimore on the crew – now that would be new and different 😉

  10. Oh Joe,

    You are soooooo funny! Love the mail bag today! You had lots of great zingers today! Thanks for all the giggles!

    Sorry to hear that there were no takers in the LA sector, what do they know… NOTHING! But you know we, your loyal blog fans will buy or see anything you do, so don’t despair! Your tenacity is legendary! I know you will succeed and soon!

    Wahoo! Barcak Obama WON! The world can now rest! I predict that in a few years America won’t be hated as much by the rest of the world… at least not as much as we are now… we’ll see!

    Cheers
    Patricia Lee

  11. “It’s the talent portion of the competition I always have trouble with.”

    You may not be alone, this could explain how karaoke became so popular.

  12. Sorry to hear about your unsuccess in LA! 🙁
    But get happy: this has truly been history in the making here in the USA, and there’s dancing in the streets here in Ohio!!!

  13. Thanks for the dedication. I am done my birthday SGA marathon now (lol). Everyone at work laughed when they asked me what I was doing for my birthday.

    Yes, ice cream on top. This past weekend, during the friend portion of the birthday dinners, I wasn’t gonna have desert, but was told I had to try some of the warm brownie fudge sundae, but since the person next to me was lactose intolerant, it was ordered without ice cream. Well I must of made a face cause then someone was like well we can have them put the ice cream on the side. I smiled and the rest was history. It was my luck to get to share with a guy who couldn’t have the good stuff.

    Talent portion, you crack me up (lol).

  14. joe, things are going to be good for the US now! to celebrate, please make me a monster again! 😛

  15. Joe wrote: Answer: I don’t mind that so much. It’s the talent portion of the competition I always have trouble with.

    Oh Joe,
    YES… Please do describe to us the events of your flights to and fro Japan! You have proven to us repeatedly that your turn of a phrase and the telling of your interaction with the weird people of the world will no doubt entertain us unendingly. And given the state of the world, we could use a good laugh about now! Thanks ever so much!

    Cheers
    Patricia Lee

  16. Joe;

    Something’s been bugging me for a while now. If MGM and Scifi did not want to continue with Atlantis because they don’t have the time or the money to produce the show why didn’t the show go to another network like SG-1 did? How come it couldn’t go to another network, were there none interested in adopting the show? Also in Whispers you mentioned we would find out what happened to Becketts turtles but I didn’t see or hear it. Did it get cut or did I miss the explanation? Thanks as always, Nicole.

  17. P.s. Just read mailbag, thanks for understanding. I know you wanted the show to stay going just as much probably more then the fans and I really do appreciate the time you take to listen to not only my comments regarding the disappointment of the cancellation but others as well. Sorry to hear about the red light on your horror project here’s hoping there’s many green lights in the future. Nicole.

  18. Joe

    Your dogs are so cute. Jelly and Bubba are so cute and boy do they look guilty. Every picture you take of them those two always look guilty.

    Do they all get along with each other and with Fondy? How did you decide on the breed?

  19. Has anyone contacted Paul McGillion about doing commentary for Outsiders on the Season 5 DVD? If not, could they? It was a big episode for his character.

    As a fan, it’s a beautiful thing when your favorite character has a shining moment and plays a pivotal role in a thought-provoking plot.

    Carson Beckett has come a long way from accidentally setting off an anti-aircraft drone in The Rising. The same wit, humor, and mutual affection among his teammates is there, but along the way the quandaries and crises have developed a breadth and depth of character in Dr. Beckett that is thrilling to see. The civilian doctor who was taught, “First, do no harm” has had to make life and death decisions. He’s had to triage not only the number of survivors, but also the ethics behind the decisions.

    What does a good man do when faced with a terrible choice?

    Such a crucible reveals a man’s character and crystallizes what he believes. We’ve seen lovable Carson the chicken-hearted become Carson the courageous when the opportunity was thrown at him. In Outsiders, he refused to sacrifice neither a village of 700, nor 100s of thousands who were already immune to the Wraith. Or himself and Rodney, who were being held in a hive ship. Someone would have to die, but it would have to be the one who wanted to pull the trigger on them all.

    “I don’t give a damn what you do to me,” he declared, defiant before the Wraith commander. His anger then was just as formidable as the evil he faced. And so Scottish wrath faced the Wraith, and the Wraith fell, powerless.

    When actors have a meaty scene like that, one they live to play in, you often see them playing themselves in that anger or emotion. Not so here. We didn’t see Paul McGillion’s outrage, we saw only Carson Beckett’s. There was no storming off to wreak havoc on the commander, there was a nervous Carson, hiding from Rodney the discovery that might save them. He wouldn’t even tell him what he planned, for fear of being talked out of it. He had to do it quick, before he lost his own nerve. “Everything will be fine,” he reassured Rodney, his own voice rising in controlled panic. Now that was Carson talking, not the actor.

    Afterwards, when Dr. Beckett did return and he was “fine,” the two best buddies lobbed one-liners and fussed at each other whilst sniping – with laser guns – at enemy fire. Funny stuff, especially as others have noted, when the two of them were jammed into the Dart, trying to make a quick getaway. The real life friendship between David Hewlett and Paul McGillion made their quibbling as believable and hilarious as Felix Unger and Oscar Madison in the Odd Couple. The priceless line for me? When McKay, still jammed in the Dart, orders Beckett, “Get OFF me!” ROTFLMBO! How ironic. If only Carson had delivered the order instead. He owed Rodney some long over-due payback for laying a lip-lock on him in Duet. (A cute military gal was inhabiting McKay’s body at the time. Can we let Carson kiss a real girl – soon? Say, Dr. Porter?)

    At the conclusion, when it looks like Rodney will miss out on a third attempt to hang out with the friend he won’t admit he misses (see Whispers), he says, “Well, I don’t want you whining that you never get to see me.” Carson finally puts his work aside and agrees to lunch. He good naturedly needles him back. “Are you seeing anyone?… You’re a terrible liar, Dr. McKay. Tell me, tell me, tell me.” Our newly stalwart and fearsome Scotsman is still the darling doctor and beloved friend and teammate.

    To go from comedy to frightening drama and back again, in a thoroughly believable way, is not something just anyone one pull off. It’s understandable how Paul McGillion is not only capable, but also coaching other thespians in their craft.

    He is</em an actor’s actor.

    Or as ‘for the love of Beckett!’ would say, “Dinna our Pauly do a brilliant job, from beginning to end? I’ve watched it three tames now and nae doot will watch it again. T’was one of your best.”

  20. *mops up tea from keyboard and screen, wipes tears of laughter*

    Joe said:I always make it a point to consult our team of resident fanfic writers – Carl Binder and Martin Gero – before committing anything to paper. Sadly, because of his SG-1 movie script duties, Carl has had to put his Yogi Bear/Boo Boo slash fic on hold.

    6.30am is no time to read that:)

  21. majorsal wrote: joe, things are going to be good for the US now! to celebrate, please make me a monster again!

    You can be more than one monster, if you want. 😎 All you have ta do is post from a different web browser, even on the same computer. WordPress will assign you a different monster. Use a pile a browsers for lotsa monsters.

  22. “Answer: I always make it a point to consult our team of resident fanfic writers – Carl Binder and Martin Gero – before committing anything to paper. Sadly, because of his SG-1 movie script duties, Carl has had to put his Yogi Bear/Boo Boo slash fic on hold.”

    THIS GREAT NEWS! Thank You!
    Saw some spoilers for it: Dr. Quinn medicine woman makes an appearance and falls in love with the park ranger. Unfortunately it turns out he is a replicator.

  23. 1) Would your super secret project have anything to do with an SG-1 reunion? Crossing fingers.
    2) Have you or Fondy ever tried or thought about recreating one of your favorite weird food purchases in your own kitchen as part of a meal for yourselves or guests?
    3) Do you watch that guy on the travel channel that goes all over the world eating really bizarre and unimaginable kinds of foods? I can’t watch most of them and usually end up changing the channel.

  24. When you get to that fingerprinting event, be sure to give us the details. Will it be a digital scan? Actual ink on cards? Digital rolling that gets printed on a card? Do they take your fingers and do it for you, or just direct you to do your own? If you take good care of your hands, it’s more difficult to get a good print. Construction workers, on the other hand, have prints that could be framed as art.

    How did you learn Japanese? I really, really need to learn to speak Spanish. Even just some basic questions and answers would help. Poor fellow this morning had a 10-minute conversation with me before I realized that his car had NOT been stolen, it had been towed by the police because his brother had been arrested while driving in it drunk. That’s a 3-minute conversation that we can do just fine with our limited language skills once I know what they want to know. During some of those boring late night shifts, I need to start making Crazymom’s Guide to Station Office Spanish.

    Okay, I’m falling asleep on the keyboard. I think that means I should go to bed. Bed it is.

    Good night!

  25. I cultivate a fine wit, an appreciation for fine cuisine, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t involve me communing with nature. — Hee!

    I’m sorry the pitches didn’t turn out anything, but it’s good that you turned around, unphased, and did something about it.

  26. Acacia
    Case of bad timing- unfortunately trying to read this while absolutely sick to death of politics, so fictional politics and new countries to learn & putting up with fictional stupid people- it isn’t holding my interest at this time. This book is subtitled War With the Mein. Will the next one be Peace With the Chow? I like 3 of the Akaran kids, Aliver, Mena and Dariel. Their sister Corinn is a fool despite the end, I’m glad she didn’t get to be with the prince Igguldan who I liked a lot before he was unceremoniously and abruptly killed off. I didn’t like the whole battle/ending very much.
    It was a pretty interesting read in terms of writing style, action and descriptions, especially the seafaring parts, too many unanswered questions at the end so maybe I’ll give this series another shot after I’m over my political nausea.
    DD

  27. Bonjour Mr Malozzi

    je sais que vous devais être très occupé maisj’ai 3 questions :
    1) est ce que notre docteur préféré écossais Carson Beckett, bien sur ,va faire parti du casting pour les films et notamment le premier?

    2) est ce que David Nykl et Kavan Smith en feront parti?

    3) Y a t’il une chance de voir Torri Higgison?

    merci

  28. YAY Obama! Everyone is Aus was watching as well, I thought hes acceptance speech was amazing.
    It made me wonder though, what kind of leader does Canada have? In Aus we have a prime minister, is yours similar?

    Its my birthday on fri 7th, dedication for me? *pokes Joe*
    XD Im 20, alas *sighs* I can no longer use the excuse of having ‘teen’ at the end of my age to blame for my immaturity.

    Sorry about the LA gigs but you know what they say,if one door closes…..climb out the fire escape and burn that stupid building, take that door! XD

  29. Dance for Dragons…spring 2009. Hmmm. I remember how long we waited for Crows (it was well worth it). I drove the local library crazy as each promised release date neared 🙂

    Good things take time, I suppose. Thanks for the update!

    I’m vicariously traveling to Japan with you. Just so you know.

  30. I have a question regarding Stargate Universe and the planned movie ofAtlantis. Are there any news surrounding those projects? It’s been months and we haven’t heard anything from it.
    In Universe, is there going to be a alien teammember who is as though and silent as Teal’c and Ronon?

  31. Sorry to hear about the lack of bites from LA. At least you keep on swimming, just like Dory in “Finding Nemo.”

    Joe wrote: In the case of Acacia, however, the empire is so well developed that it’s almost a character itself.

    I’m surprised that you didn’t find the amount of detail provided that make this possible either distracting or offputting. What is it that Durham does with the detail that doesn’t stop the story cold for you?

    Do you think that some fantasy writers give short shrift to empire building because they’re more interested in the characters than in the politics and nation building? What other fantasy writers do you think do a good job with creating unique worlds?

  32. Is the secret in the capital M ?
    As Alex I sent an email to moorsyum without a response; if it is Moorsyum so it could explain why you did not received mine .

    HA! those happy little computers …

    BARACK OBAMA !!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !

  33. Joe: Okay, this has nothing to do with anything, except that I find you are the expert on these sorts of things. I’m in LA for work, staying at the Century City Plaza, which I find is right by the MGM Tower – which leads me to believe that you have stayed in this neighborhood a time or two. So, Question No. 1 – have you ever been to Century City and Questions No. 2 – if so, have you ever dined at Pink Taco, and Question No. 3 – is it any good? Don’t know why, but the name wigs me out.

    And by the way, obviously those movie types to whom you pitched your idea don’t know what they are doing! Have they even seen the spooky episodes you have done on Atlantis – hello, Whispers?

    Have a good one – and Pink Taco – seriously. What kind of a name is that?

  34. How come the atlantis expedition doesn’t relocate certain villages to the planet where the “tower” is? If it were only a couple of villages than it wouldn’t draw attention from the wraith number one, and number two, the refugees would be protected.

  35. Coucou sa va Joseph!???

    Ouii!!!! Je suis trop happy Monsieur “Yes we can” à gagner!! =)

    Sinon ma premiére journée de cour?…fatiguant, surtout que la nuit tombe tôt, dés que je sort de cour j’ai envi d’aller me coucher^^!
    Et c’est reparti demain!!

    Aller j’y vais, bisou bisou =)

  36. Re the monsters, my sister and I both have posted from the same computer, using the exact same browser and we get different critters!

  37. Posting on the run.
    Hachi – Your monster is linked to your email address.

    Except over the last few days WordPress seems to also be pulling pictures from WordPress accounts even when not logged in. I thought it was due to me resetting my router back to factory defaults, but after changing my picture in my WordPress account to something else, the old photo still appeared, it’s as though it’s cached somewhere.

    Changed the email address listed and a new monster appeared.

  38. Mr M delete previous post, mess up HTML coding

    33 NeKo wrote

    … It made me wonder though, what kind of leader does Canada have? In Aus we have a prime minister, is yours similar?…

    In Canada the current Prime Minister is almost a clone of your previous Prime Minister, Howard if I recall.

  39. Narelle from Aus said:

    Is everyone else seeing my icon as me and hubby?
    I’ve even changed it in WordPress to be something else. Guess I might have to get that 2nd brain cell out of storage and working on this one.

    Don’t login and you’ll go back to being a monster until you can figure out why WordPress is hanging onto your old avatar. I’m just going to try changing mine.

    Well I’m going to have to start catching up on the last few days. Went to Armageddon. Everyone was wonderful. I could have talked to David for hours and Kavan…..well he was hilarious. I had so much fun teasing him about the Spansky name thing throughout the weekend.

    Cheers, Chev

    p.s. Just saw that Michael Crichton has died from cancer. I didn’t even know he was sick. Great writer, great loss. My thoughts are with his family.

  40. crazymom1 said:

    When you get to that fingerprinting event, be sure to give us the details. Will it be a digital scan? Actual ink on cards? Digital rolling that gets printed on a card? Do they take your fingers and do it for you, or just direct you to do your own? If you take good care of your hands, it’s more difficult to get a good print. Construction workers, on the other hand, have prints that could be framed as art.

    I’ve had my fingerprints taken professionally and I didn’t even have to get arrested. It was a job interview. It was so much fun and very messy!

    Cheers, chev

  41. Thanks Narelle,
    I wondered why my little Hachi cat showed up, when I was not logged on. I didn’t even remember I’d ever started a WordPress account!

  42. It seems I fail this month. No BoTM comments for me. At least I also have a week and a half of back TIVO to attest that I’ve been really busy.

    It sounds like you are more then busy yourself.

    Have a great day Joe

  43. Just a short fly-by.. am too whacked for much else.

    Joe, sorry to hear about the LA pitches. Why not try somewhere over here in Europe? Or even better.. I hear they”ll be looking for a new Dr Who soon-ish. Just think, you’d get your own Tardist, the ability to taste cuisine across Galaxies/time dimensions/parallel universes.. and you could even bring Marty or Carl along as the resident Dalek.

    Narelle.. love the piccie of you and Hubby 😉

    Trish.. forgot to ask how Allie is?

    Meh.. that’s it. Am wiped.

    Uh.. Yogi and Boo-boo and Buggs Bunny? Okay.. i’ll catch up with that one tomorrow >.>

  44. Bah.. shows you how fracking tired I am.

    Strike ‘Dalek’. Should’ve been ‘Sidekick’.

    Was just thinking of tinny monsters and avatars. Apologies Carl and Martin.. I blame lack of sleep and Guy Fawkes >.>

  45. Questions for Mr. Durham:

    1) How did writing Acacia differ from the historical novels you have written? Did you find lack of pre-established frame to be challenging or liberating?

    2) What has been the response to Acacia among critics who know you first and foremost as a historical novelist?

    3) Since you’re working on the follow up to Acacia, is it safe to assume that you’ve enjoyed the experience of writing for fantasy? Does this mean you’ll be focusing exclusively on the genre or will you continue to write historical novels as well?

    Thank you.

  46. So when are you coming to Toronto (the official “Have Not” place to be! Woo Hoo!!! Hands in the air, hands for a hand-out Woo Hoo!)?

    I don’t have anything particularly amusing to say today, but I did find this photo:
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm26/WraithCake/Scarymovielogoii.jpg
    Perhaps this could be your logo for the horror film you’re developing.

    Or this one:http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm26/WraithCake/Scarymovielogo.jpg
    I have no idea what it says, but it’s probably very scary.

    WK

  47. Sessy — Ever see any Checkett (chair/Beckett) fic? Or Sheppantis (Sheppard/Atlantis)? Both of these, to my great amusement, are out there (fics and/or vids… can’t remember exactly).

  48. I like the fics where the characters are something else.
    There’s a cool, fun one where Shep and McKay are a rainbow and a unicorn, one where they are cookies and in others they are penguins or cats.

  49. Heh. Starting a blog to be bugged. It take a special kind of self-hatred to keep up with a hobby like that. The kind found only in middle children and postal workers.

    And writer-producers.

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