I’ve lost my reading mojo. I seem to have misplaced it somewhere over the Pacific Ocean while enroute to Japan. I used to go through 2-3 books a week. Now, I’m averaging about one every seven days. Sure, I’ve been busy, but that’s no excuse. Like anything, I just need to find the time. And that time is usually between 10:00 p.m. and lights out. Only problem is my schedule has been out of whack of late. Between the travel and the eating and the scriptwriting and the working out and the Japanese studies I barely have time for sleep. I really need to do a better job of organizing my days so that I focus more on the important things rather than time-wasting ventures like searching through the iTunes alternative music section for songs whose name or artist I can’t recall, or visiting the hospital for tetanus shots. Priorities, please! I need to wake up earlier and go to bed later. I need to spend less time watching t.v. and more time with the dogs. More time going out with friends, working on pilots, and crafting my supervillain image and less time surfing the net, agonizing over third act breaks, and answering my home phone. And entertain more…
Which is what I’ll be doing tomorrow when my friend Tomomi heads into town from Tokyo (via Edmonton) for three days. As a result, my updates may be even more erratic. Sorry, Das.
Oh, before I go – since I’m discussing what sound suspiciously like New Year’s resolutions, I give you the New Year’s feast I enjoyed while in Montreal compliments of mom…
You guys seem to be an inquisitive mood, so allow me to turn to the mailbag…
Pilota writes: “LA Times had an article today about silvanas. Have you ever eaten them?”
Answer: Not yet but you can bet I’ll be tracking them down after reading that article.
Thornyrose writes: “Last few days pretending to work at home? Last few days before you get to start torturing Carl and being tortured by Ashleigh?”
Answer: Yes and yes. I think I’ll be easing myself into the torture this year.
Paloosa writes: “Man, it sounds like you’re birthing a baby with this script. Do you put it out to all the other writers for comments?”
Answer: Yes. The other writers weigh in at every stage of the episode’s development: concept, outline, script drafts, cuts, and mixes.
Paloosa also writes: “Also, I remember you mentioning on SGA that were some episodes that timed out short and additional scenes had to be written. Has that happened on SGU?”
Answer: No, we’ve been pretty good in terms of script timing so far, aiming for a shade under the 50 page mark.
Crayonbaby writes: “Are next season’s titles going to be two words instead of just one like season one?”
Answer: Alas, doesn’t look like it.
PoorOldEdgarDerby writes: “Have you guys ever discussed doing extra-long cuts of episodes that air which are later available on the DVDs?”
Answer: We’ve released longer cuts in the past – Threads, Vegas, and Enemy at the Gate to name a few. We may well do so again if there are some suitable candidates.
Shirt ‘n ‘Tie writes: “Speaking of which, you haven’t held a competition in a while…..*hint hint*. Any chance the winner would be name checked on an Audio Commentary of Season 1 SGU?”
Answer: That’s a great idea.
DasNdanger writes: “Soooooooo… you’re buying Akemi stuff that she can enjoy in her bath?! You’ve NEVER bought ME anything for MY bath.”
Answer: I didn’t know you liked baths. I thought it was strictly albinos and bad boys. And albino bad boys.
Jeremsg1 writes: “So my question is :Human Error became a episode of another season and the titles has changed? Or the episode was cancelled? What was his story line?”
Answer: Human Error was an Atlantis episode with a great premise that we could never quite make work. From what I recall, I believe it involved Atlantis being visited by beings claiming to be ancients who turn out to actually be synthetic beings seeking the emotional capacity for ascension. Or something along those lines.
Cheryl writes: “Also, what do you think of (quickly) creeping paralysis as a race-against-time thing?”
Answer: We did something similar on SG-1 in an episode titled “Morpheus”. The problem with creeping paralysis is that it doesn’t make for a particularly dynamic problem.
Bilo&Bella writes: “Completely off blog topic, but was wondering if you received my email with the article attachment on umami.”
Answer: Yes, thanks! I received it while I was in Montreal. This foodie appreciates the gesture.
flappo0 writes: “
1. We are all waiting for the Stargate Movies. But if they cancel the movies, oh please don’t, will you realese the Script maybe other way, in Novel form maybe?
2. I know you haven’t answered such questions but as a computerfreak I just have to know it, in the 10th episode of SG:U did Eli use an Asus G Series Notebook?”
Answers: 1. Unfortunately, that’s a studio decision. Would love to see the script get out there, preferably as a movie, but making it available online for fans to peruse would be a great idea as well.
2. Sorry. No idea.
PattyO writes: “Are there any restrictions about using a title?”
Answer: Not really. I mean, we’ve shared titles with other shows in the past. I’m sure some shows out there have used “Justice” for instance. That being said, we won’t use a title that is clearly specific to another series. Thus, I won’t be naming my episode Yesterday’s Enterprise.
DasnDanger writes: “
I don’t know – has Stargate ever used titles that are a play on words?
For instance, let’s say there’s an episode entitled ‘Water Gate’ (two words). In the ep, there is either an issue about water, or a gate that leads to a water planet (or into the water), and so on the surface it appears that the episode is about water. However, the episode is really about conspiracy and spying and political intrigue, giving the title a double meaning and play on words.”
Answer: You mean like Ex Deus Machina? Or Watergate?
StellaByStargate writes: “Speaking of Threads (yes…there is another point to all this…) I have a friend who would give her right arm…or possibly her first born son…to know what part of that episode earned Damian Kindler acknowledgement in the opening credits (“Excerpts Written by…”).”
Answer: Tell your friend to save her arm. It had to be a flashback or clip from another episode.