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.