A bucket of mussels
A bucket of mussels
Duck confit mac and cheese
Duck confit mac and cheese
Filet mignon
Filet mignon
Buttery mash
Buttery mash
Fondy's dessert.  Note the fruit peeking out from beneath the chocolate and whipped cream.
Fondy's dessert. Note the fruit peeking out from beneath the chocolate and whipped cream.
No monkeys were harmed in the making of this monkey waffle.
No monkeys were harmed in the making of this monkey waffle.

Sometimes, when you’ve got multiple projects on the go, it’s easy to become distracted. You end up jumping from one to the next and, when all is said and done, not all that much gets accomplished. Rather than simply tackle whichever one happens to interest me whenever, I think I’m going to have to demonstrate a little more self-discipline and dedicate an entire day to one – and only one. Here’s what I have on tap:

The outline for the first part of the SGU mid-season two-parter: Well, despite the introduction, I did make headway by completing a first pass. It’s a pretty solid story, full of action, twists and turns. My only uncertainty stems from some of the locations and weapon systems given that the ship is still being designed as we speak. One more pass and I’ll be putting it out.

The outline for the SGA movie. Paul sent me the revised version this morning. He was working on it while I was in Japan and has come up with some great ideas. We’re two-thirds of the way through and now all we have to do is figure a way out of this fine mess. Lots of fun cameos and a major contribution from one recurring player in particular that is certain to have at least one fandom faction in a frenzy. Still in the process of working out that momentous shift in the status quo that will impact the lives of our characters. I’ll be shifting my focus to this (and only this) tomorrow.

The super, secret project. Which, with time, becomes less secretive but no less super. It’s a short story. I’ve found that writing blog entries is much, much easier.

My fourth and final (for now) pilot. No rush on this one but I simply want to get it done. Finally. After a long lay-off, I rewrote the opening and now consider the first half of the script very tight. The second half is a might looser in that it has yet to be written. I suppose the creative stagnation on this one stems from the fact that I have to be in a certain mood to write this type of script. The mood = seriously pissed off. I appreciate the efforts of a handful of you in this regard and request you continue to persevere in this noteworthy endeavor. Just the other day, I was imagining my obit would read something like: “The writer-producer, known for his work on Stargate, passed away after a long and courageous battle with fans….”

The other night, Fondy and I went to Bistrot Bistro where we enjoyed, among many other things, some terrific mussels marinieres, a tasty filet mignon, and the duck confit mac and cheese which has finally found its way back onto the winter menu. Fondy’s review of this particular dish: “Insanely good!” and “The best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had!”. As usual, we over-ordered (two appies, three mains, and various sides) – which prompted a curious Chef Lauren to come out of the kitchen to investigate. “I should have known,”he said as he approached our table, all smiles. “With that kind of order, I knew it was either someone who had never eaten here before, or Joseph Mallozzi.” We finished with desserts. Mine, pictured above, was the monkey waffle (served with banana, chocolate, whipped cream, but no actual monkey). Fondy was amazed that, in spite of the variety of dishes we’d ordered, there was not a disappointment in the bunch. She’d enjoyed everything.

Hey, check out today’s installment of The Weird Food Purchase of the Day…

 

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Alexandria
Alexandria

The mussels look absolutely delicious!

Thanks for the updates on the various projects you’re working on. The SGA movie sounds exciting…I can’t wait to see who the recurring character is that will be in it. I’m guessing either Beckett or Todd…? lol.

Anyway, I hope you have a good evening. smile

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Ya dag! You could have eaten that mustard with some ham… lol

As for the SGA movie, I’m waiting with bated breath (original spelling of the word) for it!! Gosh sounds like a lot of fun..

That food isn’t good for me at the moment because I’m STAAAARRVING and waiting for my (healthy) lunch to heat up!

Do you feed the pugkids any scraps? Or are they strictly dawg food only?

Christle
Christle

Glad Fondy enjoyed the meal, especially the duck confit mac and cheese, it looks delicious!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – and I one of the ones successfully pissing you off, or one of the ones that fall into the ‘frenzied fandom faction’ …or a little of both? wink

das

wolfenm

… and a major contribution from one recurring player in particular that is certain to have at least one fandom faction in a frenzy.

Oh sweet Gaia, please let it be Todd. With an at least moderately happy ending for him, if not better. *crosses fingers*

Jinx

OK, I get it. Wondered why you continuously goaded the 7 paragraph rant responders. Hey, if it gets you in the mood!

You amaze me. Not only do you have 4 (is it 4? I lost count) projects in the creative works, but you keep them straight, while at the same time eating mustard laced with honey & peppers straight from the jar…by the spoonful.

Yeah, not something I would ever consider.

Wonder what it would go well with though….

Question: Have you ever mixed up project story lines…out loud?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

You’re truly insane, or simply insanely brave, to invite a certain segment of fandom to burn you in cyber-effigy. Though I suppose if that’s the price the Muse demands, needs must. So, now that the super secret project is only super, in what venue can we look forward to actually seeing the final results? Love the teasers on the movie, and I’ll restrain from making my guess, for now. I imagine there will be plenty of people posting their suppositions, and I’m feeling too lazy to duplicate their work. That monkey waffle alone looks like enough to feed a firehouse. How you manage, even with Fondy’s help, to pack away so much is an ongoing mystery. Still, thanks for sharing, and keep up with the teasers, please.

Arctic Goddess

Hey now Joe: If I have ever offended you enough to royally piss you off, I expect a thank you when you become rich and famous. Richer and Famouser?

Anyway, please please tell me one of the cameos is my all time favorite villain, His Royal Hotness, the one and only, Ba’al. And, since I know you can’t be bought, I won’t even try (psst, the Porche will be in the back alley at Bridge studios).

Patricia (AG)

Gilder in San Antonio

How was the acting final, you ask?

*groan*

Was tooling right along, realized I wasn’t using the Southern accent as planned, went completely UP. Couldn’t recover, stopped halfway through.

Not a total loss; had a B as of two weeks ago.

*sigh*

Amz

Talk about having enough projects, Joe! Strange thing though, I got half way through this entry and started speculating about whether you would ever consider writing a short story, next thing I read you’ve got a super secret project going and the two words that attacked my eyes just happened to be “short story”.

(I had a joke about speculative fiction in there, but I’ve decided to leave that as an added option. Would you like me to share? Yes? No?).

So, do you have your work set out for you next year?

I’m sure the answer lies in all the entries I’m catching up on, but just humour me this once, ok? I’m eagerly reading them all (and based on it guessing your career is still as booming as ever), but that question is burning a hole in my attention span.

Amy/Amz

wonderingbrit

I can’t believe you did that. The moment you dived into the jar I just knew you were gonna come up with a spoonful – I was cringing like mad shouting “no, no, no,no” and there it was, a spoon full of mustard straight into your mouth!!! YUK!!!
How the hell do you keep a straight face?!

Anyway, about the need to feel really pissed off – just email, heck i’ll send you my number if you really want to feel pissed off – all in the name of artistic intent.
I’m qualified in pissing people off, I live for it LOL… Especially as you’re now working on you’re 3rd chin!! Believe me, I can help with this.

LOL

Christin

Oh, Joe! A short story! That’s great. Isn’t it a fun way to be frustrated? It must be. That’s how I spend my time.

The SGU and SGA outlines sound intriguing. It makes me look forward to seeing them. And that little tidbit about the recurring character makes me speculate. That’s very crafty of you, Joe. Very crafty. wink

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – me again! grin First off, THANK YOU for finally sharing a meal with us that I can relate to! Everything looked delicious, especially the filet, my favorite!

Some questions (real ones this time):

1. Did you drink a big glass of milk to put out the honey habanero mustard fire?

2. When you write scripts and stories, do you write longhand, or type? In which form do you find your thoughts flow more easily? At any time, did you start out preferring one form, and then switched to the other, or did you always prefer one over the other?

3. Do you ever actually use your kitchen for cooking, or only as a backdrop for your weird food purchase taste tests? wink

4. Will you ever humor me and try a 100-year old egg for your weird food purchase of the day?

Thankies.

das

ytimynona
ytimynona

Mmmm, Mac and Cheese looks excellent!!! And the waffle looks good, too, although I think I probably would eat that as my meal and not for dessert… I’m a bad girl like that wink

Still in the process of working out that momentous shift in the status quo that will impact the lives of our characters.
Does this momentous shift happen in Enemy at the Gate, or between that and the movie? Or can’t you tell us yet?

A short story! Yay!!! I’m über excited now! grin Are you going to sell it to an online company, like Subterranean Press or Tor, a lá John Scalzi (so we can all read it)? Or do you have other, super secret plans for it?

Regarding having several projects to work on at once: I actually get bored with working on one thing all day, so I actually find my productivity increases exponentially when I spend only small chunks (1-3 hours tops) of time on a project, then rotate projects. But that’s just me smile Maybe it makes a difference if you’re getting paid to do it, rather than paying to do the work!

belouchi
belouchi

Dear Joe,

Thanks for the gourmet Restaurant Advice for Las Vegas: So this is our definte restaurant itenerary for our week in vegas: Le Cirque@ Bellagio, Sensi@Bellagio, Tender@Luxor, Mix@Mandalaybay, Cathouse@Luxor, Guy Savoy@Ceasar’s and to finish with style L’atelier de Joel Robuchon@MGM. I

Now buddy, concerning Atlantis I have my ultimate questions to ask of you: by this I mean its the last time I will bother you with Atlantis related questions.

1. I was wondering if the Zpm arc will by wrapped by the season’s end. What i mean by ZPM arc is will our atlantis team (a.) figure out a way to create new zpms or refill depleted ones or (b) will they find a substantial amount of left over zpms to fully power atlantis and their other needs; by this I mean of the likes of the Daganian Zpm or others.

2. Approximately how many drones does Atlantis ( is it in the hundreds or thousands) have and how many are left in the outpost after the Anubis battle (not a lot I think) since thousands were fired at the anubis fleet?

3. In the episode Adrift I counted 16 jumpers, how could this be if central tower can house only twelve and the secondary bay wasn’t accessible due to the shrinking of the shield?

4. So far, according to the 97 episodes of Stargate Atlantis I have watched and by watched I mean memorized, I calculated that at least 28 Hive ships and 6 cruisers have been destroyed not taking into account any that were destroyed during the events of the Attero device or any from the wraith civil war that wasn’t infered from the character dialogues. My question to you sir is do you believe this figure should stand as accurate or do you think more were destroyed?

Thanks buddy

Have a great weekend

belouchi
belouchi

I got an idea for your weird food purchase of the day….. Sheep Eyeballs preparer a la maroccaine…. if u want the recepie let me know

Kelly

I’m not sure if this is some odd quirk of my computer or what, but your blog appears to be snowing. It’s a little odd, although I do quite like snow.

Lisa Gabi Marie
Lisa Gabi Marie

What comes in a monkey waffle?

sylvia
sylvia

Oh my, I would not recommend a full spoonful to taste either especially since you did mention the habanero part. wow! Hope there was no capsaisin “burns.”

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ wolfenm – Happy ending for Todd?! NO, no ‘ending’! A happy continuation for Todd – like Jack Sparrow, sailing off into the sunset with a devilish glint in his eye, leaving everyone to wonder what sort of mischief he’ll be getting into beyond the horizon.

smile

das

paloosa
paloosa

I was going to ask a Keller question, but whoa! Enough is enough already.

So, I read THIS on Gateworld about SGU, although due to a senior moment I don’t remember who said it:

“It’s definitely going to be a show that I think new viewers will find really easy to come into and old viewers will feel like they’re home again.”

Where are these new viewers coming from? Seriously, unless there is a marketing campaign that can spend some big bucks promoting the show beyond the Sci-Fi Channel, new viewers are going to be few and far between. With NBC-Universal, which owns the Sci-Fi Channel, facing a $500 million budget cut next year, I don’t think advertising SGU is going to be on the top of the priority list, and promos on other studio owned cable outlets like USA Network or The Weather Channel just ain’t gonna do it.

Also, how is “old viewers” defined? Viewers who have watched the show for maybe a year and are 18 – 22 years old, or the rest of us?

fsmn36

OMG I can’t believe you just ate a spoonful of mustard. The only thing I eat entire spoonfuls straight from the jar would be peanut butter. I can’t imagine the intenseness of that flavor!!

However, that mac ‘n cheese looks amazing. I don’t know though…could it really compare to the “Wisconsin” Mac ‘n Cheese served at Noodles and Co? That’d probably be a tough call.

I love the cooks comment. And those desserts look…way too edible.

Good for you accomplishing stuff! You never fail to amaze me with all the things you manage.

Have a good day.

amybradneygeorge
amybradneygeorge

Kelly – I’m glad you mentioned the snow! I thought there was something wrong with my eyes at first, but now that I’ve adjusted to it I think it’s quite cool.

Rebecca T

Awww, for us guys? You sweetie. I’m just glad it didn’t taste too bad this time!

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Wonderingbrit writes: “Anyway, about the need to feel really pissed off – just email, heck i’ll send you my number if you really want to feel pissed off – all in the name of artistic intent.
I’m qualified in pissing people off, I live for it LOL… ”

PMSL. I guess it must be a brit thing as I too am uniquely qualified at pissing people off, it is my vocation in life and the reason I refuse to snuff it just yet, too many people I haven’t managed to piss off yet.