A small victory today! After rethinking my opening scene during my morning shower, I decided to change tack and rewrite what I had – removing one character, tightening it up, and adding an extra scene enroute to finally completing my Tease. Of course, I’ll no doubt rethink what I have and rework it during tomorrow morning’s shower but, for now, I’m pleased with this most modest of accomplishments. At the very least, it means I’m moving forward – which is something I desperately need to do sooner than later because between my upcoming trip to Montreal, and the prep and production weeks on Awakening, writing time is going to be at a premium. But since, of late, I seem to be at my most productive while showering either driving or anytime after 11:00 p.m., then finding the time to work on the script shouldn’t be a problem.
Went to see the doctor today about my ailing hand. He suspects it’s the result of an injury I may have sustained while weight training (damn unwieldly stackable dumbells) and suggested I keep off it for the time being (ie. absolutely no handstands!). He sent me for x-rays – just to be on the safe side – and told me to check back with him in a couple of weeks. If my condition doesn’t improve, there may be therapy in my not-too-distant future. Great, I say! I’d love to have someone to talk to about my various ailments, script issues, and fear of overly affectionate clowns.
Hey, three days to the premiere of Space!
Well, I’m Montreal-bound for the long weekend. We’ll be feasting on foie gras and trotters at Au Pied de Cochon Easter Sunday, much to my delight – and my mother’s chagrin. I’m looking for a good, fat book to help pass the time while I’m flying, and lying awake in bed at 1:00 a.m. trying to adjust to the time change. On the recommendation of my friend Tomomi, I’m eyeing Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first book of the Millennium Trilogy. Thoughts? Can 27 million consumers worldwide be wrong? Well, yes, they have been wrong before. Good point. Anyone else read it?
My heading off to Montreal means that my dogs-sitter will be moving in with the pooches for those five days. As a result and in my desire to offer her the very best in temporary accommodations, I will not only make up the bed in the guest room and put out some clean towels, I will also ensure that her bathroom is stocked with both soap AND toilet paper! Does it get any better than that?
Finally, sad news from one of our blog regulars, Deni, who has informed me that her long-time companion, greyhound Flannery, has finally passed away. Condolences go out to Deni and her loved ones.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Deni.
Debra writes: “Two things. Bromelaine which is a natural anti-inflammatory from pineapple. I order mine from Naturmix but you can get anywhere. It works great (I use it too, might help your hand!). The other is more expensive, it’s called adequan.”
Answer: Thanks for the tip. I’ll check out Bromelaine. In addition to glucosamine chondroitin, Jelly is also taking Metacam for the pain and receiving monthly cartrophen injections. Also, the occasional massage. Despite the not-so-subtle hints I’ve dropped about my sore lower back, she does not reciprocate.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Found my bikini top!!”
Answer: I’m sure the guys at the beach will be very disappointed to hear it.
Narelle from Aus also writes: “Did you ever find your script Joe?”
Answer: Nope. I suspect Fondy may have packed that and brought it with her as well.
Edith writes: “That place in Kenya must need thousands and thousands of dollars if orangutans have to be brought all the way from Borneo to dry out.”
Answer: The whole point is to take them away from the temptation of their regular haunts, Borneo watering holes with their Happy Hour Pina Colada specials.
Harold writes: “ever had a tingling feeling like cold water being pored over your hand?”
Answer: No, but I have experienced a dull ache that felt like snow being pressed up against my wrists. Of course I was shoulder deep in a snowbank at the time.
Lt. Colonel John Shepard writes: “is there a possibility of seeing Rick reprise his role as Jack O’Neill in Season Two?”
Answer: Not so far, but Jack will be making a return to SGU in the back half of season one.
daffydave writes: “Apparently somone has already reviewed the new SGU episode, those of you who like the new incarntion are ok it is just the rest of us who will be dissapointed at least for this next episode. […] So much for more action, I have left out the spoilers by the way.”
Answer: Yep, that’s it. Let some reviewer decide for you.
Shiny writes: “So how is it writing for steamy SGU after writing for such a chaste SGA…”
Answer: SGA wasn’t exactly chaste. There was the McKay/Keller relationship, Ronon’s interest in Jennifer before the early developments on the Amelia Banks front, Teyla settling down with her baby daddy, Woolsey and that Aussie who turned out to be an alien and, of course, Sheppard trying to nail every female alien he could get his mitts on.
Shiny also writes: “SGA was all about repressing and heavy silences while SGU screams and slides down walls before leaping into the nearest bed..”
Answer: I don’t know if I agree. No, strike that. I DO know. I DON’T agree. SGA didn’t have all that much repressing – although fans of specific ship pairings would argue otherwise. On the SGU front, Scott hooked up with James before settling down with Chloe, and Park enjoys the occasional frolic, true. In fact, I’d argue that “all about repressing and heavy silences” applies more to SGU characters like Eli, Young and T.J. Even a character like Wray who is in a healthy relationship experiences a sense of loss and distance in her partner’s presence.
Shiny also writes: “Also, if SGA could have been like SGU how would the lovelines have been drawn – which hookups were the writers rooting for? (Teyla and Michael? Rodney and Elizabeth? Shep with Clone Elizabeth? Teyla and Ronin? Zelenka and Sam?”
Answer: Depends on which writers you’re referring to. Marty G. and I toyed with the idea of making McKay a father when he was Katie Brown (an idea my writing partner Paul did not appreciate) and it’s no secret that the possibility of a Sheppard/Teyla hook-up loomed large. But both of these potential storylines were reconsidered when we chose to embrace the Teyla pregnancy arc.
djdsnacks writes: “Any idea what is going on with Stargate: Revolution.”
Answer: Still no word on the Revolution front but I’m feeling positive about it.
Amz writes: “We deliberated over the dessert menu, which looked amazing, but I’m not the restauranteur that you are Joe. We went for espressos instead…”
Answer: WHAT?! You missed out on Au Pied de Cochon’s fantastic, coma-inducing pouding au chomeur! You have to go back!