I’m feeling dizzy, weak, and nauseous, am suffering from a slight headache, and I think my nose is about to start bleeding. It’s either radiation poisoning or the after-effects of working all day on this script. Or maybe a bit of both (Exactly how much electromagnetic radiation will I have been exposed to by sitting in front of a laptop for twelve straight hours?). I went over Script #1 (52 pages but 49 ½ actual full pages of fun), made some revisions, went over the Script #2 Tease, made some minor adjustments, then forged ahead. By the time dust settled about an hour ago, I’d hit the top of page 17 and the beginning of Act II. All good EXCEPT…I just realized that I don’t have an Act II break. I have apparently misplaced it and require a new one. And Act III may be a little thin. But when I hit Acts IV and V, they’ll be packed with adventure, intrigue, and wonder-stellar goodness. In addition to assorted Holy Crap! moments.
So, to sum up my day – I wrote.
Oh, and answered some of your mailbag questions:
Chevon7 writes: “Why are you such a tease with the titles and why do people care?”
Answer: I’m only a tease because people care.
Chevron7 writes: “Have you ever thought of writing through the night and taking the day off?”
Answer: And sleep?
Quade1 writes: “Do you always wear a suit to work or are there any casual days?”
Answer: During the summer months, I wear jeans and even the occasional t-shirt. When the weather cools, I’m back in bad guy attire.
Nadine writes: “I recall in an earlier post you mentioned a stack of books for research (for this script, I think..) and I was just wondering: for the various stories/scientific elements in each script is there usually a lot of research that must be done? Or does it depend on the episode and how much of it was set up in previous ones?”
Answer: It’s script-dependent. Some scripts will require a fair amount of research. Fortunately, this season, we have science wiz John Scalzi backstopping us/correcting us/laughing at our mistakes.
Joflyaway writes: “Joe, when you plan a trip, do you opt for a city you have been to before, a hotel you have stayed at before and enjoyed, and/or restaurants you have been to before and had a good meal there? Or do you choose a different city, or a different hotel or different restaurants for a different experience?”
Answer: A little of both. I tend to prefer returning to favorite destinations (Tokyo) but I usually go with a different itinerary – new restaurants and sites – although I will go back to places that greatly impressed.
Deni writes: “Joe, why does the gate look so small?”
Answer: It’s because I’m seven foot four.
Valkyrie writes: “Hey Joe! With Dynamite Entertainment securing the rights from MGM to publish Stargate comics, and with your’s and Paul’s foray into the industry, will you guys be penning any stories for the comics?”
Answer: Nope. No plans to.
Thor94 writes: “Where are the toilet on the spaceships???
Can we see the toilet design on the destiny????
By example, during a love scene!!!!!!!”
Answer: It’s funny you should ask because Carl has been dying to write a big toilet love scene for quite some time now.
David Chapple writes: “The restaurant is located in Asakusa on the corner Edo dori(street) and Asakusa dori (street)”
Answer: It looks great. Will I need reservations?
Airelle writes: “Hi Joe, I have been checking Mr Anders blog for mention of your short story, not sure if I missed it,,??”
Answer: Nope. From what I hear, the grand announcement will finally be made this week.
AMZ writes: “I am wondering though – does this mean the finale will be twice as long? Or does it mean we’ll get a JM Cliffhanger special, and have to wait until season two for the second part?”
Answer: It means episode 19 will become episode 18, episode 18 will become episode 17, the story schedule to be episode 17 will disappear, and the two scripts I’m working on will become episodes 19 and 20.
Thor94 writes: “ Now it’s is 1st august.
It was the MGM deadline to find money for stargate worlds.
Have you informations about SW?? It is cancelled??”
Answer: Haven’t a clue. Sorry.
Susiekew writes: “Do you find that your Japanese gets better with every visit?”
Answer: Not really. I have no trouble practicing it alone in my car, but draw a blank whenever I have to actually speak it to a Japanese native. So, instead, I speeeeaaaaak Engliiiiiiiiiish veeeeeery slooooooowly.