Right. So I’m in the office today, pacing about as I’m talking on my cell phone, when I notice that one of the Spiderman Supervillain busts sitting by the window isn’t facing forward. For some reason, The Lizard has been turned away to face the wall. What gives? I turn turn it around to face front and only then do I realize why it was facing back – “someone” chipped off the tip of his tongue and somehow assumed they could cover their tracks by delaying its discovery. Of course, there’s no doubt as to the “someone” responsible. It was the same “someone” who broke the crystal skull prop sitting in Paul’s office and then set it back on its pedestal as if nothing was amiss. The same person who broke Carl’s favorite humpy dog memory stick! The same same “someone” who broke a glass in Lawren’s office and sought to cover it up by throwing it away in the garbage can at the far end of the hall. No, I’m not referring to those wild gals in accounting. I’m talking about the hands-of-stone Bridge Studios cleaning crew. I mean, come on. If you break something, at the very least leave a post-it of apology. Not these oafs. Not only are they incredibly clumsy, but they’re dishonest to boot. And, judging by the half-ass manner in which they sought to hide their incompetence, you can feel free to add moronic to the list. I just learned that, to combat the problem, Lawren has taken to putting a “DO NOT CLEAN” sign on his office door. Hmmmm. That’s one way of ensuring these klutzes don’t cause anymore damage. Another way also comes to mind…
That was just one of today’s many surprises. Happily, the rest were somewhat more positive. I received a bunch of great-looking books from the gang at PYR including..
I have Mark Chadbourn’s terrific-looking Age of Misrule series sitting on my book shelf, patiently waiting for me to get around to it. I read, and quite enjoyed, Joel Shepherd’s Crossover, the first book in yet another series I want to get around to finishing. And then there’s SF and Fantasy veteran Mike Resnick, yet another author I’ve had in my sights for a while. So many choices. Unfortunately, I haven’t been reading as voraciously as I usually do. I brought two books with me to Japan and I only got around to reading the first 200 pages of one (a mere fifth of the whole). And my evenings since my return have proven a bit tricky given that I’m thoroughly exhausted by 11:00 and asleep by 11:30. Although, I usually do wake up for a couple of hours between 2:00 and 4:00, so maybe I should consider this prime reading time.
Later, Exec. Producer Brad Wright gifted me the following book…
He read the book, LOVED IT, and has since been purchasing copies for friends. Apparently, there’s only one word in the beautifully illustrated book. So, what do you think? A potential book of the month club pick?
Yet another surprise in the form of Robert Cooper’s first draft of Aftermath. All I can say is “Whoa! Did NOT see THAT coming!”
And one more surprise with the impromptu appearance of former Stargate script coordinator (and present staff writer on The Border) Alex Levine who is now living in Toronto but is in town for the new few weeks. In honor of Alex, we will all hit ReFuel for a vertable feast that included spicy pork ribs, crispy squid, lemon risotto, ox tongue, charcuterie, buttermillk fried chicken, crispy confit duck, dry aged beef burger, potato gnocchi, vanilla creme brulee, peanut and chocolate parfait, cheesecake, and apple & pear crostada. Totemo oishikatta!
Finally – Hey, don’t forget to get your questions and comments in for author Lawrence Watt-Evans!