Success! I was snowed in today and so, with no distractions (with the exception of the Denver Broncos’ glorious late season collapse that has set up an all-the-marbles showdown with the red-hot San Diego Chargers in San Diego next week), I was able to concentrate on my still-untitled short story today. I’ve been ping-ponging back and forth between positive and pleased to downtrodden and disappointed on this one and, happily, today is a good day. I’ve polished the first few scenes and made some headway, hitting the 13 page mark, although I seem to have hit a wall that has seen me agonizing over the same sentence for going on three hours now. It’s either underwritten or overwritten with no satisfactory middle-ground. Essentially, I’m trying to convey the sense of resentment my main character feels for having been made to return to an old neighborhood, shattering his perfectly preserved memories of the people and places he knew by exposing them to the ravages of time. Sort of like watching that Brady Bunch reunion movie. Well, I’ll be bringing what I’ve completed along with me to Montreal along with the outline for my Stargate: Universe script. Although the mid-season two-parter is a long way off, I’d like to get started as production deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you – especially when you have more than one project on deck (Atlantis movie, anyone?).
Oh, heard from Brad last night. He finished his Q&A. Whenever I get it, I’ll post it. Stay tuned.
Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday individual Sessy.
Jinx writes: “What’s with the Italians taste bud’s fondness for bitter? Ever sampled their version of Coca-Cola? Ew! Talk about a face maker!!”
Answer: If you’re referring to chinotto, it’s not so bad, certainly not as the aptly named Bitter. “Bile?”asked Paul when I told him about the singular beverage. “Do they also have bile?
Jenks writes: “ When you say ‘life force’, is that because you don’t wan to elaborate on the process too much, or because it really is supposed to be something supernatural?”
Answer: No, I wouldn’t call the process supernatural. There is a plausible physiological effect that allows the wraith to draw sustenance from a human, simultaneously degenerating their, but let’s just say that the specifics are beyond our understanding for now.
Steve writes: “Joe, can you tell us when we’ll hear something definitive about the third SG-1 movie?”
Answer: Well, it’s definitely in the works. Brad and Carl hammered out a story and Carl is presently writing the first draft. I also believe there has been some preliminary discussions with the actors.
Deni B. writes: “Ever had Guatemalan food? Some of it is to die for! You’re welcome to come over on the 24th!”
Answer: Would love to but I risk my mother’s wrath if I bow out of Christmas Eve dinner at the Mallozzi household.
Sandra writes: “Why wasn’t Neeva’s body in a coma the way Daniel’s and Vala’s were when they linked with Harrid and Sallis?”
Answer: Although similar in most respects, this was a different version of the device.
Rachel writes: “Joe, I’m not really sure you are supposed to leave the kids behind when you go away. What kind of parent are you?”
Answer: A very worried parent who will no doubt be calling Lawren a couple of times a day to check up on the pooches.
Sheryl writes: “So OK , what about the picture of Fondy, did she agree to let you put one up?”
Answer: She’s kind of particular about her photos. I’ll try to get her to approve some tomorrow.
Quacky writes: “It’s a simple fact that in spite of his proclaimed support for local and organic products, Belcham is sourcing a “product” that is produced in an industrial scale farm using methods that would not be allowed under BC’s organic standards.”
Answer: Like I said, the gang at Fuel strive to source ingredients from organic and ethical producers, sourcing from local suppliers like Polderside Farms or Sloping Hills whenever possible. They may not be 100% beyond reproach but, again, I have to ask “Who is?” Certainly not you who neatly side-stepped my question about how conscience a consumer you are when the issue isn’t foie gras. Do you strictly purchase organic and ethical produce at all times? Do you avoid wearing leather? Have you eschewed your automobile in favor the far more eco-friendly bicycle? Do you make it a point to carefully research any and all purchases to ensure they weren’t manufactured in a sweatshop or environment with similarly hazardous conditions? Or do you assume the high moral ground only insofar as it doesn’t inconvenience you personally? No, don’t bother answering. Again. I think I know.
Chelletoo writes: “With all your weird food purchases, have you ever tried the Miracle Fruit?”
Answer: I have.