I think Ashleigh, our Executive Producer’s Assistant, is plotting against me. I don’t have any evidence to back this up outside of a sneaking suspicion, a personal hunch, and a presumption based on the uneasy sense of foreboding I experience every time I stroll by her office. She looks like she’s up to something. Don’t believe me? Check this out –
Now, THAT is the look of someone scheming and/or thinking generally nefarious thoughts. What’s she got planned for yours truly (outside of the usual snarky commentary about my personal life)? Who knows. But, just in case, I’m keeping her in my direct line of sight – even walking backwards when I have to.
Hey, Psychology Today mentions a study that found chimps are not unlike humans when it comes to gambling, preferring the “the rush of occasionally hitting the big time, even if it also means occasionally losing out.” (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-inner-bonobo/201006/are-you-gambling-chimp-or-sure-thing-bonobo).
Speaking of Ashleigh and potential gambling addiction, guess who’s organizing our inter-office World Cup Pool? Yep, that’s right. Emboldened by both her NCAA Basketball AND NFL Reverse Darkhorse pool wins, Ashleigh has set her sights on making it three for three. And she plans to do it in incredibly lame fashion, choosing Brazil to take it all. Yawn. Carl is, of course, supporting team USA. Ivon is going with with England. Paul walked into my office about an hour ago to announce he was picking the perennially underachieving Netherlands. Remi, who seems to be the only one who knows anything about soccer, is backing Argentina. I, of course, will be supporting Italy.
Some great feedback to yesterday’s entry “Seminal Films From My Youth! Do They Still Hold Up Today?” In addition to input from you blog regulars, we had two former book of the month club authors weigh in. James Enge (Blood of Ambrose, This Crooked Way, and the upcoming The Wolf Age) dropped by to tell us that his fave installment of the Planet of the Apes film series was the third one, Escape from the Planet of the Apes. For my part, I missed the gorillas. Jeffrey Ford (The Empire of Ice Cream, The Shadow Year, The Drowned Life, and many more) also stopped in to respectfully disagree about my take on The Poseidon Adventure, and then offer up some seminal films from his youth including Night of the Living Dead, What’s Up Tiger Lily?, and Island of the Mushroom People. Island of the Mushroom People? Really? I was dubious, until I saw the trailer –
My list of seminal films could have been much longer, but I limited myself to mostly genre flicks I watched before I hit the big one five. Other non-genre movies that could have made the list include: The Great Race, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Great Escape, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Longest Yard, Jaws, and It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
Heard from my agent today. Apparently, Paul and I have closed the deal on that comic book project. We sign the contracts next week and then we can start moving forward on that initial four-issue series.
Speaking of moving forward, once work on SGU’s second season wraps up, I’m going to start work on my can’t-fail pilot script for that new series. I’m very excited about it. It’s a cross-genre show that combines the very best of television’s most popular offerings, the perfect show for anyone who enjoys Tru Blood or Grey’s Anatomy or Criminal Minds or The Good Wife. I can’t give too much away since it’s in its very early development stages, but I can reveal the title: Detective Vampire M.D., Attorney at Law.
Hey, Incursion I airs tonight, the first part of the big Stargate: Universe first season finale (written by yours truly). Check it out, then swing by and chime in with your thoughts. I’ll be here waiting for you.