Ah, decisions, decisions, decisions. I hate ’em. For the most part, I prefer to sit back and allow situations to resolve themselves. Take the big move from Montreal to Vancouver eleven years ago. Paul and I had just submitted the first draft of our script, Scorched Earth, to the producers of Stargate SG-1 and there were staff positions riding on just how well we’d done. It was one of those situations where the decision was out of my hands, and I was fine with that. Actually, more than fine. On the one hand, if they liked the script and offered us staff positions, it would mean uprooting and moving to the other side of the country – granted, to work on a major television series, but still it would mean selling the house, finding new accommodations, traveling, packing, unpacking, saying goodbye to everyone and everything we’d ever known… On the other hand, if they didn’t like the script, we’d still made a sale and it would be an impressive addition to our writing credits – and, of course, it would mean avoiding having to sell the house, find new accommodations, travel, pack, unpack, and say goodbye to everyone and everything we’d ever known… Well, we all know how that turned out. “For the best”, I’d say, and I didn’t have to make the decision. Okay, yes, I could have chosen to turn down the job offer and stay in Montreal, but that would’ve been crazy.
So hear I sit, mulling not one, not two, not three but four big-time decisions, continually putting them off in the hopes that they’ll magically resolve themselves – with no success. It’s been my experience that if you ignore things long enough, they’ll eventually work themselves out. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case in any of the dilemmas I face. I know its crazy, but I’m kind of hoping that some unexpected game-changing variable will suddenly present itself and either take the decisions out of my hands or make deciding inconsequential. I’m thinking something like an alien invasion, global ascension, or learning I’ve been gifted with incredible powers and must immediately abandon the life I’ve known to take up study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But I can only wait so long…
Anyway, on to other far less personally important but far more entertaining matters.
First – when I asked you all to help me come up with appropriate nicknames, I didn’t mean nicknames for Carl. Carl is perfectly happy with my sincere greetings of “Friend-o” and “Buddy-o”. It’s Linda (aka McG) who needs the nickname (preferably not McG).
Second – keep those questions coming for actor Tygh Runyan (SGU’s Robert Caine, last scene in episode 113, Faith). I’m hoping to send a batch his way by early next week…at which point we’ll be moving on to our next special guest blogger.
Third – Carl and I wandered onto Stage 6 the other day, looking for Lawren who has an annoying habit of wandering off in a confused state for hours on end. Usually, we’ll find him at craft service, stuffing his face with store-bought brownies, but yesterday he was nowhere to be found. I’m pretty sure he didn’t quit because he tends to do a lot of yelling whenever he does, and he couldn’t have left the lot given that the fence is electrified (although, come to think of it, Ashleigh did complain about smelling barbecue at one point), so I’m sure he’ll eventually turn up, a little hungry, a little thirsty, but none the worse for wear. Just in case though, if you see this handsome fellow – – please lure him into the trunk of your car (he’s partial to cookies and gin) and then drop him off at the Bridge Studios on Monday. Reward offered.
P.S. Virtue is its own reward.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. Carl and I wandering through Stage 6…
Fourth. Have you finished the July book of the month club pick, The Devil’s Alphabet, yet? If you have, then gold star for you. If you haven’t, then its a ninja star to the small of your back. Discussion begins Monday.
Fifth and finally, I have decided to set aside all Stargate movie-related questions until the end of the month so that I can answer them en masse with a blanket: “I have no idea”.