dsc01555

dsc01570

dsc01573

dsc01575

dsc01579

In an effort to resume my routine now that I’m back on familiar ground, I elected not to falls asleep at 6:00 p.m. last night and, instead, headed over to Fuel for my first non-Tokyo dinner in weeks. Ted and co. were excellent hosts, suffering my sleep-deprived yammering while I enjoyed two of the new menu additions: a terrific duck confit and foie gras mousse terrine with shaved apples and hazelnuts served with toasted rye, and a truly marvelous Fraser Valley free run lamb shoulder served with sunchokes, green olive, and caramelized yogurt agnolotti. How truly marvelous? Well, in all honesty and given the choice, I would choose it over the Michelin 3-star Joel Robuchon lamb dish I had while in Japan.

Oh, and I just received an email from Chef Belcham informing me that their new restaurant, Campagnolo, is finally open. He wrote: “ Just a quick note to let you know that Campagnolo is now open. Hope to see you later.” I wrote back: “Yeah, later. Like in about three and a half hours.” Fondy and I were perusing the menu last night and putting together a game plan that included herb agnolotti with potato mascarpone, and sage, the salsiccia pizza with rucola, chilis, and parmigiano reggiano, and a Sloping Hills pork roast with cotechnino, cipolin, and drippings.

Well, back to work, but not back to the office. We were supposed to reconvene next week but, as expected, Brad and Robert are up to their eyeballs in scriptwriting and series prep so, instead, we’ll be flying solo, working on our own outlines and scripts. Rob showed me the stack of ship designs they were mulling over last time I was in and I suspect that he and Brad have probably narrowed their choice down by now.

So far, Martin, Carl, and Alan have put out outlines (and I’ve already provided notes on all three), and Rob and Brad have put out the first draft of the opening three-parter, Air, which puts me tied for last place with Paul (who, I’m assuming, is just about finished his pass on our outline for the SGA movie). Priority #1 now for me is hammering out an outline for the first part of the SGU mid-season two-parter. From what I understand, casting is still ongoing but I expect we’ll be hearing word on some decisions soon…soon…

I should also be resuming work on that super, secret project. I’m ten pages in and yet, even though I’m at (by my estimation) the halfway mark, I’m still agonizing over this one, rewriting, revising, and polishing ad nauseum. And yet, despite the seemingly endless editing, I have a feeling I’ll never be completely satisfied with it. My friend Kellie, a very gifted prose writer, advises me to simply forge ahead and get it all down, then worry about the revisions later but, alas, it’s just not the way I work. I need to be at least 80% happy with a scene before I can move on and tackle the next one.

Gradually easing back into my routine. I went to bed at 9:30 p.m. last night, slept until 4:15 a.m., lay awake for two hours, then nodded off and slept until 11:00 a.m.(!). Yep, approximately eleven and a half hours sleep. Right back to routine.

64
Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Arctic Goddess

Welcome back to good old Canadian soil, Joe. Now that you are almost back to normal, I would like to ask you a couple of questions about Japan. I do love learning about other cultures. I should have been a sociologist. Unfortunately, there is no money in it. I’m discovering that, until you hit the big time, there is not a ton of money in writing either, but my current attempts are finally bearing fruit and I am actually making some money at my dream career.

Anyway, back to the questions:

1) Is it possible to not have to learn some Japanese to visit the country? I suppose it would mean just doing the touristy thing?

2) You snapped a picture of a line of middle aged people. Some of them were wearing face masks. Can you explain what that was all about?

3) Is Stargate or Atlantis seen in Japan?

4) Have you noticed any major changes in Japan since you were last there?

Thanks Joe. I’m looking forward to your future blogs.

Patricia (AG)

ElisaD
ElisaD

Hi Joe,

How is the script going for the SGA movie? I am becoming very worried that I have not heard anything about it for some time. At a recent convention, the actors stated that they have not been contacted. A little reassurance, please.

Thanks,
Elisa

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Welcome back to your home and pugkids Joe..

I can’t click on the pics to enlarge.. is it just me?

Special
Special

Any chance that some female writers or writers of color will be joining the SGU team?

susan the tartan turtle

Did you film a video of the bath and all its buttons?

If so can we see it – there seemed to be an awful lot of buttons on the bath.

I bet you are glad to be home – especially to be back with the pack and Fondy.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Yes Joe, I also have a couple questions about Tokyo – if your answering . . .

1) In all your pictures, EVERYONE looked very slim (even the dogs). Are there any overweight people in Tokyo? What would you attribute this to: diet, exercise (lots of walking), or genetics?

2) How did you and Fondy communicate? Phone calls, texting, or did you just say, “Honey, just read my blog”?

3) Do the police wear guns and is there very much crime in Tokyo?

4) What does $1.00 American dollar equal in Japanese money?

By the way, I think Lulu and that “fawne” colored French Bulldog would have made enteresting babies. They would have been French Canadian Japanese Bulldogs. He was a good looking dog. But no dog has bigger ears than Lulu!

Thanks for sharing your most excellent adventure. It was a must read every day. Very enjoyable and as close to Tokyo as I’ll probable ever get.

Georgia
Georgia

How many planets has Sheppard crashed on?

ytimynona
ytimynona

Hehe. Nice to hear your sleeping is getting somewhat regular again. I didn’tsleep last night… and I’ve been a zombie all day. Which sucks, because I didn’t actually accomplish much (besides staying awake all night) last night. And now I’ve got to do all that work tonight instead. Ahhh, the college life. Such fun it is.

Have I mentioned that I’m über excited about SGU? And the fact that you’re writing the two-parter makes me that much more excited!!! Can’t wait to hear who gets cast (and such)… should be awesome!!!

gilder
gilder

Welcome back! Thanks for sending cold weather down to Texas! Broke out my Icelandic wool cap this AM.

On re-viewing “Brain Storm”, thanks for showing CPR in use. Y’all have redeemed yourselves from the failing to give Hammond CPR in SG1 S8(?)

Lee
Lee

So “Air” is the tentative title of the pilot episode?

Montrealer
Montrealer

Welcome back Mr M

My question for your Nippon gourmet excursion. Did you have any meal item that really surprise you in a good way?

Any thoughts on the current political mess in Ottawa? I was wondering if a change in government would make it easier to produce TV shows & movies in Canada. I don’t think the PC party (nee Reform party) was helpful to the Entertainment industry in general for the last couple of years.

Deni B.
Deni B.

I know, the secret project is a how-to, as in eating the way you do and not gaining a ton of weight. You’ll be a bizillionaire in no time.

“Infection” was enjoyable but I thought it was a little slow. I’m so going to miss my Rodney fix every week. As the end of the show grows closer, all I can think is that this really sucks. We’ll be left with Sanctuary (which I still don’t know if I actually like or it’s just because Amanda’s on it) and a whole slew of mindless garbage (Chase, Estate of Panic).

Any idea when Season 5 will be available on DVD? Have a good weekend!

Jinx

Always good to ease back into a routine! Nothing like a good meal & a warm bed (& 4 wet noses) to make you fit back in.

And might I add, you eat the most interesting dishes?! That lamb looks wonderful.

Did you ever manage the Absolut Ice Bar? Or will I just need to travel to Tokyo myself?

smile

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Watched Infection earlier (and Sanctuary – excellent episode – and the news…not so excellent)…just getting around to commenting. Spoilers… . . . If I didn’t care about the Wraith, I would say that this was about the best episode (action-wise, monkey-wrench-wise, problem solving-wise…and even a bit character-wise) of the season. However…dammit Joe – I am just so sick of the genocidal attitude of the Altantis team as a whole. Let’s kill ’em all! Woo! I hated – absolutely HATED – Sheppard up until the very end, when he did redeem himself. But for a while there, I was ready to kick him in the arse…really, REALLY hard. Also, when are the Lanteans going to acknowledge ALL that Todd has sacrificed? I mean, REALLY acknowledge it – not just the ‘well, he did help us out’ comments. He has sacrificed everything – his identity, his way of life, perhaps even the chance of ever being a part of Wraith society ever again…and they still shit on him (of course, they did the same with Michael…but that’s a debate for another day). Still…they totally disregard him as if his life holds no value at all…oh…until the very end when they needed him to save their bloody asses. *Then* he’s okay. Yeah – these episodes are doing nothing to make me like the stars of the show. Except Keller. I still like her. And Woolsey. And maybe Teyla…not sure about her, or McKay. Ronon can go rot. And Sheppard is a two-faced little self-serving weasel… who *just* managed to save himself in my eyes at the very end…but I’m not holding my breath that he will be as generous in the future. Just one other thing that kinda annoyed me about the episode was the whole ‘shoot the flesh-eating zombie Wraith’ thing – it was just a bit drawn out. Hubby groaned, and said it was like watching a video game. It would have been nice to have a little less of that, and a bit more discussion about Wraith biology or tech – for instance – IS the ship alive and sentient? This has not been answered. I loved the flesh-eating zombie Wraith, btw – serves the humans right for coming up with a gene therapy BEFORE opening the first Pegasus McDonalds. Woo! And Todd’s one hellava pilot! I kinda think that’s what gained him Sheppard’s respect…nothing else. The bit about hibernation…the exchange of fluids – THAT was excellent! Love the reactions there…heeheehee… There were some things I really liked, and the ep was very suspenseful…but the attitudes about the Wraith leave much to be desired. Even when the Wraith TRY ro change, the team just wants to kill them all. And even though Teyla suggested that all Wraith may agree to the treatment, there is still no talk about preserving a unique species, only talk about saving humans, as if humans are the only life form of value anywhere. It just makes them seem very small and narrow-minded, like 19th century… Read more »

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

Infection…an exciting and fast paced episode. It had something for everyone. Lots of team action, Lorne, Keller, red-shirts, creepyness, and Todd. I liked the idea of the hiveship getting “sick” as well as the Wraith. A very different plot idea. When the ship broke in two, I had a Revenge of the Sith flashback. Hope you didn’t copy it from George Lucas. I did have a couple of quibbles. How did Teyla use the life-signs detector? In The Shrine, Sheppard had to hold it for Keller since she didn’t have the gene. And when they first discovered the new wall blocking their escape, why didn’t they use C-4 to blow it open? It seems like it would be easier than taking the long road. And how was it that Todd was the only Wraith who was able to somewhat keep it together. None of the others had the mental control to avoid the canabalism? I was still thoroughly entertained for the whole hour.
As for the ending, I can see Sheppard’s point about needing Todd’s help later, but I don’t know if I would have been able to let him leave the city after everything he has done. He is just too much of a potential threat.
Next week…I can’t wait for Identity!!!

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Oh, man!

Another good episode behind us. I loved “Infection.” Das, you can peek between your fingers now. They saved Todd. I’m so glad. He is such a go-o-o-o-o-d villain. He even barked at Rodney and Rodney “blinked.” Terrific writing, and dialogue between Todd and Sheppard, especially when they lock eyeballs, toss threats around, and try to out-glare each other. There were several lines that cracked me up, but my favorite was when

Todd asked, “You woke me for this?”

What a stitch…and perfect delivery of that line. Drama, gravitas, and dead-pan humor. Man, Chris Heyerdahl is a great actor. Sat there and thought, ‘Hmm, this might be why Das adores Todd.’

Next week, our Carson Beckett returns (very much looking forward to that!) in “Identity.” And Carl wrote it. This should be good.

Then, “Vegas,” which sounds like a great warm-up for the finale fireworks, and then, shudder, our finale, “Enemy at the Gate.” At least Cap’ns Joe and Paul wrote it. It will be great and that will take part of the sting out of it. I wish we blog members could fit in Cap’n Joe’s livingroom, or the Studio, so we could all watch it together. I’d bring the popcorn and the Kleenex. This IS really happening, isn’t it? Sigh….

jedi43
jedi43

“Georgia

How many planets has Sheppard crashed on?”

By my count 4: Childhoods End, Condemned, The Ark and Infection.

ytimynona
ytimynona

Mmmm I guess I need to review my not-so-amazing coding skills. Sorry for all the italics!!!

So Resurrection is the repeat SG-1 on right now and I got a bit of a surprise when the credits rolled after the intro… Michael Shanks wrote it, Amanda Tapping directed it. How awesome!!! Did not know there was an episode with so much actor/actress input. But it made me happy =)

@DeniB: I’m with you on Sanctuary… I like watching it, but I think that’s just because of the amazing actors, and not the show’s premise. But I’ve only seen four episodes so far, so maybe I jsut need to give it more of a shot…

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

One more question, if it’s ok.

Does gout run in your family? I hear that men are likely to get it if they eat too much rich food. Any thoughts?

Patricia (AG)

Hachi
Hachi

Hey, I liked Infection alot!
Great cause it had Team, McKay and Shep, Todd, Todd and Shep, Lorne, and even Teyla was in this episode!! YAY!
(and the evil McKellerness was minimal so that it is easy to pass over upon repeat viewings).
All in all a terrific return to the Atlantis I love.
Congrats on another great story!
I just hope we actually did keep our bargain with Todd and didn’t “Weir” him out into space or to some prison someplace.
Looking forward to Vegas!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

PS on Infection

.

.

.

I liked the Wraith biology lesson and iratus bug info, and the ‘compassion’ scene between Keller and Todd, which really played into my change of feelings towards Sheppard at the end. I think Todd can clearly see Sheppard’s compassion here, and I hope he respects it, and doesn’t use it against him in the future.

Yeah – I guess there is a lot more that I like about this episode than hate – just the whole attitude towards the Wraith really bugs me, especially after all these years. I appreciate Keller so much, and her comment that she had hoped the therapy would have been of benefit to ALL – including Wraith. Yeah – right now she’s about my favorite character…just wish she’d dump that Rodney fellah for Todd. wink

das

wolfenm

Welcome back! smile Glad you had a good time — thanks for the fun pictures! smile hey, did you happen to see any Grape Pocky when you were over there? I can’t find it to buy online, and I’m wondering now if they still even make it ….

I hear you on the secret project front — I seem to spend more time polishing what I’ve done already on my novel than I do writing more chapters. I’ve gotten a second wind on it of late, though, gotten about twelve new pages of material added in the last week or so …

Yay for Todd tonight! Had me a bit worried with Sheppard for a whle there (cause I would have figured he’s smart enough to understand that Todd only betrayed them because he thought they’d betrayed him *first*), but having him be so hostile most of the ep worked well for making the end all the more poignant, and I can appreciate that his priority is his people, not Todd’s. Nice moral/philosophical questions raised. Not a faaaave ep, but it was nicely tense & creepy, and I loved parts of it, especially the Todd bits and the last ten minutes or so in general. Some sweet little McSheppy moments, too, especially when the ship split. smile

You *really* don’t want to know what I thought of “Brain Storm”, on the other hand, so I’ll spare you — won’t even link the review here when it goes live finally. XD

Letting y’all know now, I’m having a “Goodbye to the ‘Gate” party at my chatroom on the night of the final ep (Jan 9th, I believe?), ten minutes after Sanctuary (11:10 est).

Hachi
Hachi

@Wolfenm
And here I’d thought you were too distressed by Brainstorm to even write a review! (although however did you manage to sit through it enuf times to do your “blow by blow” review, I don’t quite understand – perhaps you will enlighten us in your write-up). Your recaps and comments are part of my Stargate routine, so I was missing this past weeks.
What show are you going to review when Atlantis ends?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Okay – the more I watch the episode, the more the thing I hate doesn’t matter so much, since there is much more to love about it.

The more I talk about it, the more positive I feel overall. At least I don’t hate Sheppard anymore…;)

Oh, and I liked Todd discovering a new word – ‘bug’. Hee! I guess I better stop calling him that now… razz

I really want flesh-eating zombie Wraith back…they were great fun!!

@ for the love of Beckett – I decided to watch it ‘live’ – that was almost a mistake. razz It twisted my gut in a knot, but now that I’ve rewatched it – and digested it a bit better – I don’t feel quite as bad. I am still very worried about Todd’s future – just because I LOVE hand-feeding, cranky Todd…THAT Todd has to overcome a lot to play nice-nice with humans. The new Todd…well, he’ll just be a big green ‘human’ with no eyebrows and extra nostrils on his face. Not quite sure how that will play into the dynamics of the show – I really love the danger he presents as a life-sucking Wraith who occasionally ‘plays’ with his food. Still, if it’s the only way to keep HIM alive, I guess I have to accept it.

But that doesn’t mean that I still don’t love the Wraith as a whole – exactly as they are. They are beautiful things, with such a unique social structure and biology that to change that just makes them something else, and I’m not quite sure what that is at the moment. Even the Lanteans aren’t quite sure whether or not to refer to them as ‘Wraith’, especially now that they can eat burgers and fries.

So…I am mourning the potential loss of the Wraith as a species. I know it’s hard for people to understand because of the whole ‘they eat people thing’, but look – this is science fiction, and no real people are being harmed or killed in the process. So, fully exploring the potential of a fictional species, dwelling more on their right to exist instead of just trying to find ways to exterminate them, and doing so while showing that – despite the HUGE obstacle of human feeding – human and Wraith can still find ways to work together…well, that’s the sort of stuff I like, and what I loved so much about S4. I realize I’m in the minority, but it’s still hard to accept the inevitable – Wraith must change, or die. It’s just very sad to me.

das

grapesofwraith

Hi Joe,
Just by to drop a quick note, welcome back , it sounds like you had a great trip. I enjoyed reading your amazing culinary (and toiletry) experiences for the past week, and hope you go again soon!