February 13, 2009: Dinner with the Boys at Boneta, and Introducing Master Sergeant Angelique

The room. Despite the fact that I eat out A LOT, there are still those Vancouver restaurants that fly under my radar. And I’m not referring to those bohemian eateries or take-out noodle places that seem to spring up every second week. I’m talking about some of the city’s heavy hitters like the new look…

February 12, 2009: Pre-Production Update and Those Things Better Left Said or Unsaid?

As another week draws to a close we inch ever closer to our first day of principal photography. We had the costume fittings on Monday and then the super-secret closed-door invitation-only cast read thru on Tuesday. Yesterday was the stage tech survey for Air #1, #2, and #3 while the production meeting for all three…

February 11, 2009: More Big Book of the Month Club News. And the Mailbag!

  I’d like to take a moment to invite fence-sitters and prospective first-timers to join our Book of the Month Club. HOW IT WORKS: I’ll announce the upcoming titles and include a brief synopsis of each and a date for the commencement of discussions. For those interested, the pertinent information is available in the right…

February 10, 2009: Hey, Look Who Wasn’t Trapped Under A Refrigerator For The Past Two Months After All! Stargate Playback Superviser Krista McLean Finally Drops In To Answer Your Questions.

So, several months ago, I gathered questions for Playback Supervisor Krista McLean and sent them her way.  I didn't hear back for some time and simply assumed the worst: she'd been kidnapped, joined a cult, or was trapped under a refrigerator and desperately in need of help.  Thus, I put it out of my mind…

February 9, 2009: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

So during SG-1's final season, I came up with an outline for a time travel episode.  And not your typical time-travel episode either.  Building on a notion Paul once pitched out, I built a story on the idea of the team triggering an accident with the time-traveling puddle jumper (last scene in Good To Be…

February 8, 2009: Done with The Tudors

Okie dokie. I am hereby DONE with The Tudors. Understand, it has nothing to do with the quality of the show. In fact, Fondy and I enjoyed the first season immensely. And we WERE enjoying the second season - until the second disc in our DVD box set started skipping, jumping, pausing and, eventually, freezing…

February 7, 2009: News and Notes and The Mailbag

Today, I shifted gears to focus on my super, secret project (Okay, yeah, it’s a short story), spending the greater part of the morning going over what I’ve already written, then most of the afternoon finishing up the hotel room scene. Call me crazy but, so far, I’m liking what I’ve got. Of course, it’s…

February 6, 2009: The Secret Vancouver Restaurant List…and The Mailbag

So you’re in Vancouver and wondering where the heck to go for dinner. Well, if you’re an actor guesting on our show, all you have to do is swing by my office and I’ll provide you with a rundown of my favorite local restaurants. From the Japanese hotdog stand serving up Oroshi hotdogs to the…

February 5, 2009: Editor J.J. Adams Answers Your Questions

Hey, zombie-lovers.  Check out today's Q&A with none other than J.J. Adams, editor of the goulishly great The Living Dead zombie anthology.  Enjoy.  And, once you're done, stick around for the mailbag... KellyK writes: “1. How did this collection come about? What made you decide on a zombie anthology?" JJ: Night Shade Books actually pitched zombies to…

February 4, 2009: Celebrity Freak-Out, Book of the Month Club Push, and The Mailbag

By now, most of you have probably heard Christian Bale’s expletive-ridden tirade from the set of Terminator: Salvation, a four minute+ outburst triggered by the Director of Photography stepping into Bale’s line of sight during filming. A lot of you are expressing outrage at the actor’s behavior. Others, seeking to defend him, are quick to…

February 3, 2009: A Preliminary Draft, Childhood Misconceptions, and The Mailbag

Huzzah! I finally have a preliminary draft of the first part of the Stargate: Universe mid-season two-parter. However, it comes in at a robust 57 pages! I’ll spend the next few days trimming it down to a far more manageable 54, then put it out to the rest of the writing department - after which…

February 2, 2009: January’s Top Reads

Pump Six and Other Stories, Paolo Bacigalupi I’ve been a big fan of Paulo Bacigalupi’s work for quite some time and have been sitting on this book for a while now, hoping a paperback edition would be released so that I could make it a Book of the Month Club selection. Well, I finally broke…

February 1, 2009: Dogs, Mailbag, and NFL – I Renounce Thee!

A lot of interesting takes on this whole Blu-ray debate. To upgrade or not to upgrade? That is the question. Well, after reading some of your informed opinions regarding continuing technological developments and the likelihood that tomorrow’s hot, new gadget will be next week’s microfilm, tape deck, or Vin Diesel, I’ve decided to forego any…