Finish up On Basilisk Station all you stragglers because author David Weber will be coming by next week to answer your questions. And, if you haven’t already done so, get started on The Living Dead, the killer zombie anthology edited by upcoming guest blogger John Joseph Adams. And, finally, start prepping this month’s fantasy selection, City of Saints and Madmen, as author Jeff Vandermeer will be joining us later this month. I’m reading the latter right now and, while I liked the first story that kicks off the book, I am absolutely LOVING the second entry, The Hoegbottom Guide to the Early History of Ambergris. Do check it out.
Back in the office today where I completed a little more of the script, writing and rewriting the same ten pages. But what a ten pages! Carl’s script, Water, finally went out and it includes a touching reminiscence of a dog delivered in Carl’s inimitable style. I’m tearing up just writing about it. But I’ve already said too much!
Sugarless Day #5 went much better than I’d imagined it would, devoid of the expected nausea, jitteriness, and inhuman cravings – although I did find myself gazing a little too longingly at the plate of macadamia chip cookies every time I walked by the kitchen. Rob invited me over to his place to watch the games on Sunday, quite literally sweetening the offer with a promise to make waffles (incidentally, he is the waffle king. You thought Vegas was good? Try his home made waffles with ice cream.). Alas, as much as it pains me to do so, I might have to pass and endure a waffle-less football afternoon. Is there anything sadder?
Scroll down past the mailbag to check out today’s Weird Food Purchase of the Day video installment.
Today’s entry is dedicated to Sandra and her daughter.
Thornyrose writes: “Thanks as always for all you do for the fans, and what is your reward if and when you reach the two week mark on the sugar free lifestyle?”
Answer: Hopefully, a slimmer waistline.
Shawna writes: “What would you say are good shows to spec if a writer wants to be considered for Stargate?”
Answer: Original one-hour dramatic pilots or features are good as are specs for genre shows. I’m sorry to say your old Mary Tyler Moore spec won’t cut it.
PG15 writes: “I’m also confused. So there’s now 5 people on the writing team…but here all 7 writers are delivering scripts? Are these the last scripts for those who are departing?”
Answer: Quite possibly.
IMForeman writes: “ Joe, how hard was it getting all the music heard in “Vegas”? I understand just getting “Have you ever seen the rain” in “Unending” was difficult.”
Answer: This is more a question for Rob but indications suggest the process was a lot easier on Vegas.
Kody writes: “Why did Sci-Fi stop airing ATL and BSG back to back? I know that you might not have the answer but it never hurts to ask.”
Answer: I believe that decision was born of a desire to offer their viewers year-round original programming.
Wolfenm writes: “Joe ~ my condolences on the sugar withdrawal. For myself, bread carbs are my weakness, but the withdrawal is still bad.”
Answer: Yeah, I’ve cut out bread, rice and pasta as well.
Lizzyshoe writes: “Are there plans to bring any women onto the writing staff?”
Answer: We have invited at least one female writer to pitch.
Line Noise writes: “Have you ever considered approaching some of your favourite sci-fi book authors about writing or collaborating on a script?”
Answer: Funny you should mention that…
JimfromJersey writes: “So are you going completely sugar/carb free, or just items containing raw sugar? Ie: no bread, rice, pasta etc…”
Answer: Add fruit to that list as well. Hardcore.
OrdinarySuperHero writes: “I also wanted to ask, on the subject of Terry Pratchett, I wanted to ask have you read Men at Arms and Feet of Clay?”
Answer: Not yet, but I will.
Pandy writes: “Do you know if all the characters have been cast yet?”
Answer: Not yet.