So, hey, despite the fact that I’ve been cooking at home a lot more of late (I made a roast lamb shoulder last night, braised short ribs today, and it’ll be venison osso bucco tomorrow), I have made it a point to keep in touch with my old friends – namely, the gang at Fuel. I was in on the other evening for yet another wonderful meal. I enjoyed a seared foie gras with apricot preserve, almonds, and fennel served atop a toasted brioche (So melt-in-your-mouth delicious that I could’ve enjoyed it for dessert.), some braised lamb ravioli with cipollini onions, watercress, and pecorino stagionato (Bold in its flavor; a nice addition to the menu.), some ultra rare Albacore tuna served with dandelion greens, crispy semolina, pancetta, and romesco sauce (A really nice, subtle dish.), venison served with bratwurst, choucroute, pink lady apple, and potato croquette (Heavenly!), and, for dessert, the Manjari chocolate terrine with peanut butter ice cream, salted caramel, and concord grape (The perfect meal-ender.).
I spent the day re-reading and polishing the first thirty-five pages of the short story (I actually like what I have. It’s one of THOSE days.) and pressed ahead. Next up: the big confrontation, the shocking reveal, the wrap-up and…we’re out!
Hey, I’ve been thinking of getting back into the whole comics thing. It always happens in waves. I’ll go years without reading and then, one day, the mood will strike me and I’ll pick up one of every title. I’ll drop the ones that fail to engage me and continue purchasing the ones that do – until they do fail me at which point my general interest will peter out and I’ll go another couple of years without reading. Well, I’m considering getting back in. I see that Neil Gaiman is over on Batman while the prolific Geoff Johns brings Barry Allen back in Flash: Rebirth. The Luna Brothers are working on a new series, The Sword, while my favorite merc with a mouth, Deadpool, ventures out in a one-shot titled: Game of Death. The Thunderbolts was a title I always enjoyed back in the day and Brian Michael Bendis explores Nick Fury in the one-eyed one’s new series. I’d prefer to avoid playing catch-up in midstream, so I’m trying to jump aboard with the commencement of new storylines. Anybody have anything to recommend? And, Das, I’m of course talking to you.
Speaking of playing catch-up. Let’s hit the long overdue mailbag:
Deni B. writes: “Do you have any footage of Joel and orchestra that you could post?”
Answer: Alas, I do not. I’ve yet to attend a recording session for the show.
Fathercrow writes: “Hey Joe can we get a QnA with the computer graphics folks sometime?”
Major D. Davis writes: “1. Does the cut include visual effects such as the Destiny?
2. Is Will Waring directing Water?”
Answers: 1. It takes several months to complete work on visual effects. So – no.
Vincenzo 1992 a ecrit: “1)Peut-on se procurer un objet officielle de la série SG-1 ?
2)Aimez vous un sport ? lesquelles ?
3) Pourquoi il n’y a pas de français sur l’expédition Atlantis ?”
Reponses: 1) Vous devez les chercher sur eBay.
2) NFL, NCAA football et basketball.
3) Il y a des francais sur Atlantis mais vous ne les avez pas vus.
Translations: 1) Check out eBay for the occasional SG-1 merchandise.
2) Sports I follow – NFL, NCAA football and basketball.
3) Sure there are French members of the Atlantis expedition. You just haven’t seen them.
Michael Linn writes: “Hey Joe, Did the gate get a redesign for Universe like it did for Atlantis?”
Answer: Yep, all new gate. Or, actually, all new old gate. I’d say it’s probably the coolest of the three gates, almost steam punk in operation. The SG-1 gate comes a close second. Atlantis’s Vegas design, while certainly nice, doesn’t really compare.
Sappho writes: “Was the General Hammond (the ship) destroyed in Enemy at the Gates or did it survive to fight another day?”
Answer: Oh, it’s still out there.
Kathryn writes: “What is the actual email address to write to Joe?”
Answer: Try BaronDestructo@yahoo.com
Belouchi writes: “Can you please tell us when are we going to be able to see the Destiny Space ship pictures or concept arts and if you are going to post them on your blog?”
Answer: I’m sitting on an insane amount of pics (behind the scene shots of the sets in various stages of construction, the actors in character and out, art department designs, props, etc.) but, for now, the studio wants to continue to keep things under wraps.
Wm writes: “ Just read on GW that RDA is guesting on Universe. Any chance for a couple of pics? Any more info you can share?”
Answer: Sorry, no pics. See above. However, I can say it was terrific having Rick back. He’s just a good-natured, easy-going guy. A lot of fun to be around. When I told him we had added a French bulldog to the brood since last we spoke, his reaction wasn’t the usual “Are you crazy?!” but a grin and a “Bless your heart.”
Juralas writes: “Is Ivon Bartok directing “Water”?”
Answer: No. Ivon is directing the kino scenes.
Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “Is there any chance (snowball or otherwise) of Mr A doing a JM Q and A Blog?”
Answer: Alas, not in the foreseeable future.
Babancat writes: “On another note, will we see a return of ‘The food purchase of the day’ at some point, Joe?”
Answer: Sure, whenever I come across a weird food item to purchase.
Anonymous writes: “In your years as a professional writer, have you seen one’s college affect his or her chances at a career?”
Answer: Nope. While a good college can certainly help get you in the door, it’s talent that will secure you that staff position.