In the past, as part of the ongoing Book of the Month Club discussions on this blog, I’ve given away prizes to random participants. Lucky winners have received signed books, magazine subscriptions, and signed scripts (among many other things). But, next week, those taking part in our discussion on David Weber’s On Basilisk Station have a shot at some truly impressive swag compliments of Baen Books. How impressive? Well, according to email I received today from the ever-pleasant Laura at Baen:
“We’re sending you two sets of Weber/Baen gift bags, which are sturdy black and red Baen logo tote bags that zip up and are filled to the brim with all of the Honor Harrington books, plus a Baen water bottle, and a Storm from the Shadows galley and bookmark.”
And to those of you who haven’t been able to track down the book, Laura points out that it’s available for download from the Baen FreeLibrary, here: http://www.webscription.net/p-304-on-basilisk-station.aspx
Free Library? How does that work? Well, author Eric Flint explains the concept here:
And yes, Laura assures me, it really is free!
Well, I was on a bit of a roll today. I almost completed the Wray-Young fireworks scene coming in at a whopping two full pages! I celebrated by sampling some of Gaffer Bruno “Fish On!“ Bittner’s home made moose sausage for lunch. Delicious! Brad and Rob were in and out of conference calls all day. Paul is still working on the outline for the second half of the mid-season two-parter. And Carl finally received notes on his script. Next week, we hear our first freelance pitch.
Congratulations to the Oklahoma Sooners whose triumph in suckitude handed the Florida Gators last night’s game. For a while there, I feared that they were going to snap their 4 game Bowl losing streak. Perhaps realizing as much, they abandoned the straight ahead running game that had racked up the big yards up to that point in favor of lumbering sweeps as soon as they got to their opponent’s goal line. I agree with Carl. The Sooners and fellow Big Bowl Patsy Ohio State should be barred from further bowl appearances if, for no other reason, the sake of their fans.
A little mailbag:
PG15 writes: “Water? I might as well just start the Gateworld thread about Brad Wright’s 104: “Fire” then. Heh.”
Answer: Pretty much, yeah.
PG15 also writes: “what’s happening with episode 9 of Universe? Any development on that yet? Have you guys gotten a writer for it yet?”
Answer: Rob mentioned the fact that he’d like to spin it soon. Probably next week.
Ganymede writes: “At the very least, EAT FRUITS!!!! They DO contain other things that are vital to your survival like various electrolytes, etc. Try the better ones like blueberries, tomatoes [yes, it is a fruit! And high in lycopene, although surprisingly not as high as in watermelon!], kiwi [has potassium, you need that], oranges.”
Answer: I’m still eating cherries and avocadoes.
ShadowStep writes: “What are you drinking? I mean now that you are dropping a lot of your old intake routines for something hopefully healthier, what are you drinking? Just water?”
Answer: Besides green tea, I generally drink water.
Trish writes: “Just curious. Why did ya think this WFPOTD would be sweet?”
Answer: I was kidding.
Johnny E! writes: “Have you been keeping up with Deadpool and Darkseid? Deadpool has his own ongoing comic, and is featured in the Wolvirine movie by Ryan Reynolds. How do you feel about that casting call?”
Answer: I think Ryan Reynolds would make a terrific Deadpool. I’ve heard about the new comic series but haven’t checked it out (Joe Kelly’s run on the first series ranks as one of my favorites of all time). With regard to comics – my interest in them waxes and wanes. Every few years, I’ll stop by my local comic store and pick up every title. As the weeks progress, I’ll drop those that don’t interest me until, eventually, I’m no longer reading anything. Then, after a year or two, I’ll repeat the process. Come to think of it, I believe I’m due.
Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Anyway, look closely at the back line, near the edge of the ‘gate is our hero Carl Binder but just a few feet away (to Carl’s right) is a guy wearing a trilby type hat and is making a very RUDE gesture!!! Who is this guy?? Also, can you confirm that it’s Andy Mikita peering around the corner (look to the right of the picture!)”
Answer: Yes, that is Andy Mikita. And, are you kidding with regard to the individual making the rude gesture. If not, it’s none other than Jason Momoa.
Sheryl writes: “joe pick up the chestnuts!!”
Answer: Got them early this week and had some. Very tasty!
MaggieMayDay writes: “Sounds like the sugar-free thing is going well. Does this have a time limit? A goal or deadline?”
Answer: I’d like to see if I can go two entire weeks.
Davidd writes: “Before the show was cancelled, did you already know how you wanted the final episode to be (general storyline, etc.)? Is Enemy at the Gate somewhat the same as your original vision, or is it totally different?”
Answer: When the script was written, we didn’t know we were about to be cancelled so Enemy at the Gate was intended as a season finale, but a special one given that it is our 100th episode.
fathercrow writes: “Is football in Canada like football in the U.S., or is it football like the football in Europe?”
Answer: More like American football with a fatter ball and, as someone once put it, “a field the size of a cow pasture”.
Lindagagne writes: “Was that Weird food purchase sugar free or taped before the sugar fast?”
Answer: Yep. That was mom’s basement in the BG.
StellaByStargate writes: “On that note…if you were a betting man, would you put money on the SGA and SG1 movies being released in ‘09 or is 2010 a more likely target?”
Answer: If I was a betting man? 2010.