Ooooh. Look at what arrived in the mail yesterday…
Yes, that’s right! It’s an advance copy of Joe Abercrombie’s latest: The Heroes. For those of you not in the know (and, really, you should be if you’re up to date on my blogly matters), Joe not only happens to be one of my favorite authors (check out The Blade Itself, the first book in his awesome First Law trilogy and go from there) but a close personal friend of Baron Destructo. I’m dying to get started on it but, unfortunately, have had to put off my reading until I complete a first draft of that infernal script. I’m aiming for Monday but I fear that maybe overly optimistic given that I’ll be spending all of tomorrow in editing on episode 16, The Hunt, which is two minutes long with about another five minutes owing.
Anyway, The Heroes happens to be the latest in a long line of terrific surprise presents I’ve received over the past few days in the lead up to my big weekend birthday extravaganza…
Back in early high school, I honed my French reading on Goscinny and Underzo’s Asterix and Obelix comics. About five years ago, I picked up the collection – en Francais of course – and re-reading them brought back all sorts of great memories (like the time the boys traveled to Egypt and met Cleopatra, or the time Panoramix went missing on a druidic convention). This copy of Le Grand Fosse comes compliments of blog regular, Anais. Merci, Anais!
And, of course, who can forget the miracle fruit tablets and special mugs –
Then today, guest director Alex Chapple swung by my office bearing gifts –
A delectable assortment of Jacques Torres (Mr. Chocolate!) chocolates. Not so much an early birthday present as it is a thank you gift for inviting him to my annual chocolate party (check the archives, ed.). I thought that was really cool and classy of him.
Speaking of birthdays, a BIG birthday shout-out goes out today to writer/director/executive producer/good friend/fellow foodie Robert C. Cooper who is no doubt out there somewhere enjoying himself immensely NOT writing. I’m soooooo jealous. Happy Birthday, buddy!
Talked to Martin Gero today and, alas, he’ll be unable to join Ivon and I when we hit Tokyo in December. Turns out the Golden Boy will be busy working on a couple of super secret projects of his own. It’s exciting stuff and I can’t say too much, but I will leave you with two words: ostrich gelding.
Also putting a damper on things was the performance of my Snow Monkeys in last weekend’s Stargate NFL Fantasy game play. We got our asses kicked thanks to a poor performance by Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub. We’ve fallen to 1-4, but I have high hopes for this weekend’s match-up vs. Petunia’s Crew. Heading into Sunday’s games, I’ve got Bush (Raiders) and Gore (49ers) at the Running Back positions, Marshall (Dolphins) and Harvin (Vikings) at wideout, and I’ve picked up Moeaki (Chiefs) off waivers to bolster the TE position. I’m losing faith in QB Schaub (Garrard [Jaguars] is my back-up and I’m also about to claim Atlanta’s Matt Ryan off waivers) and the love for my team defense (The Baltimore Ravens) continues to ebb.