A great writing day. Granted, a better day for lazing about in the sun but, still, writers can’t be choosers. So after lying awake in bed last night working the story out in my head, I finally found my Act II break! (I’d left it in the garage behind the recycling bin.). Thus armed, I sat down to write (actually, I stood but that’s neither here nor there) and banged out the second act in no time. 10 ¾ pages, by the time I was done I had hit the 26 page mark. And it was only a little after 3:00 p.m.! Of course the fact that I got up at 7:00 a.m. may have been a contributing factor. Anyway, I’m very pleased with my progress. If I can get Act III done tomorrow, Acts IV and V will practically write themselves (Not literally though. I’ve tried and it doesn’t work.). I’m aiming to complete rough drafts of both scripts by Tuesday, will go over them Wednesday and Thursday, and put them out on Friday when I will, no doubt, be relieved and overcome with euphoria that accompanies a job well done…until Monday when I receive everyone’s notes and they tell me to combine the two scripts into one.
Let’s celebrate like the peasants of yore. With pitchers!
Oh, hey, speaking of Marty G. – a rectification on my part. I completely forgot that he was on hand to spin and break stories with us in the early going (I know because I had to provide photographic proof to the gals in accounting who were suspicious), so he IS a Consulting Producer for the first ten episodes.
Finish up The Speed of Dark book club participants. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting my thoughts on the book and starting to gather reader questions for author Elizabeth Moon.
Finally, the grand announcement! Around this time last year, I started work on something I called “my super, secret project”. As it turns out, it was a short story I was asked to contribute to an upcoming anthology edited by Lou Anders. What’s the title of the story? What kind of anthology is it? Well, head on over to Lou’s blog for the breaking news (http://louanders.blogspot.com/2009/08/look-up-in-sky-is-it-bird-is-it-plane.html) and I’ll follow up on this in tomorrow’s entry.
Hey, check it out! USC alumnus Carl Binder goes thought The 3 Stages of Crosstown Rival Grief upon spotting Producer John G. Lenic sporting a UCLA t-shirt.:
Oh, hey, my sis sent me a link to some horrifically memorable ads: http://www.retrocomedy.com/2009/07/15-creepiest-vintage-ads-of-all-time.html For real! Gotta get me one of them styling eye-patches.
Thornyrose writes: “If you’d done your “secret Project” on the same time scale, you’d have had time to write at least two more stories.”
Answer: Speaking of that super, secret project.
Nadine writes: “How are the dogs handling the heat? Do you keep them inside most of the day? Or are just careful to not let them get overheated?”
Answer: They love the sun but hate the heat so they’ll go outside for a while then head back indoors to cool off then head back outside for a while…
We interrupt this mailbag for an important doggy interlude:
We now return to our scheduled mailbag already in progress…
JJ writes: “Will there be a trailer for SGU pilot release in september?”
Answer: Don’t know what MGM or SyFy have planned.
Anais33 a ecrit:: “1) Combien d’heures par jours passez vous à écrire vorte scripte?
2) Quand tout les épisodes de sgu seront finit de tournés?”
Reponses: 1) Ce weekend – 12 heures par jour.
2) En Octobre.
Translation: 1) This weekend, I’m averaging about 12 hours a day on the script(s).
2) We’ll season one of Universe in October.
Lynn writes: “Hi Joe: I was wondering on Stargate Atlantis if the idea was ever broached to have a religious advisor among the crew, considering how far away they were going and the odds about returning?”
Answer: Never on Atlantis but we did discuss it on Universe.
Tammy Dixon writes: “Jason M. put the SGA movie was a go (on his myspace page). Could they have talked to the actors first?”
Answer: No. I’m guessing that, like me, Jason is a glass half-full guy when it comes to the movie.
Matt Boesch writes: “ u said that Episode 19 will become episode 18 and your two scripts will become episode 19 and 20 so does that mean subversion is now episode 18?”
Answer: If my fellow writer-producers feel that I have two strong scripts then, yes, Subversion will become episode 18.
David Chapple writes: “What month are you going?
The winter months may be a littler busier because of the heat from the food.”
Answer: I’m going from late November to early December. I’m having the concierge at my hotel book most of the other restaurants on my itinerary so I’ll do the same for this one. Oh, and while we’re on the subject, have you heard of a restaurant called Kabukicho?
Kathy H. writes: “Do you use language books, or tapes, or…?”
Answer: I use both books and CD’s but prefer the Pimsleur language CD’s that I can listen to in the car on my way to and from work.
Greg writes: “How many hours does it take to write the typical script?”
Answer: About two weeks worth of hours.
2cats writes: “I thought you’d especially like this “pug” story Joe… poor Dexter, stuck in the middle.”
Answer: Yep, poor Dexter. It’s always the pets who suffer. Can’t understand why the judge just doesn’t give them joint custody. Shouldn’t be a problem unless one of them moves out of town.
SebiMeyer writes: “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.
And get paid twice?”
Answer: No, no. I only get paid once. For each script.