“I’m enjoying the time off,”said Carl, sitting on my left, behind his desk, which used to be Robert Cooper’s desk, and Jonathan Glassner’s desk before his.  “But I’m starting to feel like I want to get back to work.”

“Me too,”said Paul, sitting on my right on what may or may not have been the couch where John Lenic’s dog once peed on Ron Wilkerson’s outline for Between Two Fires.  ‘I’m tired of being at home.”

I said nothing, conspicuous in my silence, and wondered whether they were crazy.  Or, maybe, if I was the one who was crazy because, two months into my extended hiatus, I wasn’t missing work in the least.  Sure, I missed the people, but I didn’t miss waking up early, having to be somewhere, or sitting in a room all day breaking stories.  And I certainly didn’t miss being parked in front of a laptop, agonizing over dialogue.  After 11-some years of writing and producing Stargate, I think I’d be perfectly happy NOT writing anything for a long, LOOONG time.  Of course Brad points out that I write every day here on this blog (although Ashleigh and Ivon are of a different opinion given that they view my mailbag-dedicated entries as cheating.  Come on.  Those clever and insightful answers don’t write themselves!).  Still, there’s a big difference between writing whatever the hell I want whenever the hell I want, and scripting a produceable Tease and Five Acts.

I’d love to see how long I COULD go just staying at home, doing my two-a-day work-outs, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with the dogs – but, alas, it doesn’t look like I’ll get to find out as another opportunity beckons.  I’m not enamored of the idea of uprooting myself, saying goodbye to everyone I know on this coast, and moving to the other side of the country but, in all fairness, this is exactly how I felt eleven years ago when we were offered a staff position on Stargate.  Back then, I was making a comfortable living freelancing from home and leaving Montreal was at the bottom of the list of Things I Wanted To Do, right between “learn to play the accordion” and “move to Toronto”, but the opportunity that presented itself was simply too good to pass up.  And, in retrospect, I’ve gotta say it turned out okay.

This opportunity is equally interesting.  It’s a great project, based on an established franchise, and, if all goes well, Paul and I will be on board for its first season.  But first, there’s that second conference call, scheduled for tomorrow morning, followed by a week in Toronto getting to know everyone and their take on the series, then making sure we’re all on the same page, creatively and professionally compatible.  It’s not unlike a blind date, I suppose, with our agent as matchmaker.  I’ll make sure to dress nicely and hold the door open for everyone.

So, what about you guys?  How long do you think you could go living a life of leisure?

While Marjorie M. Liu, the author of January’s Book of the Month Club pick, The Iron Hunt, considers your questions, I’d just like to remind everyone that February’s Book of the Month Club discussion fast approaches.  The week of February 14th, we’ll be discussing Lady of Mazes and author Karl Schroeder will be dropping by to field your queries and check out pictures of my dogs.

And, while we’re talking Book of the Month Club, allow me to give you the heads up on March’s selection:

Ghosts of Manhattan, by George Mann

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FIRST STEAMPUNK SUPERHERO

1926. New York. The Roaring Twenties. Jazz. Flappers. Prohibition. Coal-powered cars. A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe. Yet things have developed differently to established history. America is in the midst of a cold war with a British Empire that has only just buried Queen Victoria, her life artificially preserved to the age of 107. Coal-powered cars roar along roads thick with pedestrians, biplanes take off from standing with primitive rocket boosters and monsters lurk behind closed doors and around every corner. This is a time in need of heroes. It is a time for The Ghost. A series of targeted murders are occurring all over the city, the victims found with ancient Roman coins placed on their eyelids after death. The trail appears to lead to a group of Italian-American gangsters and their boss, who the mobsters have dubbed ‘The Roman’. However, as The Ghost soon discovers, there is more to The Roman than at first appears, and more bizarre happenings that he soon links to the man, including moss-golems posing as mobsters and a plot to bring an ancient pagan god into the physical world in a cavern beneath the city. As The Ghost draws nearer to The Roman and the center of his dangerous web, he must battle with foes both physical and supernatural and call on help from the most unexpected of quarters if he is to stop The Roman and halt the imminent destruction of the city.”

“Atmospheric and pleasingly enigmatic, the novel pulls us into world of pure pulp.”
—io9.com

“I lost sleep wanting to read this book… it was just huge amounts of fun.” —SF Signal

Sounds intriguing and I love the cover!

Discussion the week of March 14th with author George Mann.

Went in for my full physical today.  I’m relieved to report that I’ve been cleared to resume my wanton ways.  All normal.  Blood sugar levels fantastic.  I celebrated with double desserts tonight!

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David J
David J

Hey Joe

godd to hear your in good health,

so if you move on to this new project where will this leave SGU?
and have you got any more news on that front yet?

Joseph
Joseph

I know previous BSG shows shot in Vancouver, and I’m too lazy to look up if Blood & Chrome is shooting on the east coast of Canada, but is that what you’re getting offered to write for?

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Yo! Was watching SGA season 2′s “Inferno”, and had a question about the Ancient base the Taranians are inhabiting. It’s mentioned that the base was probably built during the height of war between the Lanteans and the Wraith. The walls are riddled with technologies that don’t really look Lantean in particular.

I was wondering if these devices and additions to the typical Lantean theme are meant to be taken as Taranian technology brought in when they discovered the place, or is it simply the Lanteans showing their concern for function over form, considering they were in the middle of being defeated.

Thanks a bunch!!

StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

Hi Joe,

Well…it sounds intriguing. Would this be a franchise that’s reckognizable in the US or is it strictly a Canadian show? And, if you and Paul decide to go for it, does that preclude you working on SGU if Brad pulls something brilliant out of his…head? Or is this a subtle way of letting us know that the timer is counting down and all the wires are yellow….

Regardless, best of luck on all fronts, Joe!

SBS

Chris

Honestly, whichever path you choose to take, I look forward to seeing your work. This opportunity you keep talking about seems very interesting and I’ll be sure to check it out! smile

Guillaume
Guillaume

I haven’t work in 2 years.
1st year was totally my choice, second was absolutely not.
And today I am in scramble mode… 2 jobs interviews just this week (next Thursday morning so my comment will be brief). As you once said, you are as good as your last job.
So… do I need to cheat the dates of my resume ? Can you find a job without cheating ? (still wondering)… Anyway, I have a lot of bills to pay.

On a side note, something fantastic happened just this week! 2 (TWO!) different companies contacted me spontaneously without me applying for any of their jobs (actually headhunters). This is just freaking new and a very nice sign. Some CNN reports were saying Q4 2010 was going up and no doubt on the end of the recession. Hopefully, I will be able to pay my march rent on time!
Take care and happy vacation Joe, but be careful on not staying inactive too long.

Luu
Luu

May you live your dream in a beautiful new city!

This shot from Atlantis is inspirational:
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max
max

Well, that’s that. I think it’s safe to say SGU wont be getting a rivival any time before hell gets unfrozen.

I wonder what show Joe’s referring to. I take it the doc approval was a requirement to get this 2nd gig?

Sparrow_hawk

Okay, I’m sold on the book for March. Maybe it’s the cover. You think he might be an albino? – then we could get das to read it, too!

How long could I stand not working? I’m getting to the point where I think I could stand it indefinitely. I would love to resume studying Japanese, maybe pick up German again, take some refresher drawing and painting classes, etc. But I might consider doing a little part-time real work if I got bored after a decade or two. Or maybe sign up to do some dog-walking for my friend who runs a service in the area.

Deni
Deni

Glad to hear you’re healthy (especially considering the way you can eat)! I’m still digesting this whole “no more Stargate” thing, but that said, I wish you only the very best in your new adventures. smile Hmmm, is there a time limit to ask you Stargate-related questions? I have a feeling you’ll be answering those for years to come!

@Luu: I agree, a great shot from one of my favorite episodes!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Okay – I think I might be sold on this Ghost book. I will have to track it down.

Of course, I’m still indulging in a bit of Pendergast – reading the last two books I have VERY slowly because I know once they’re done, I’ve got a loooong wait for the new one. Ugh. Not sure I can live that long without my dear Aloysius!

Okay – prepare to be amazed – I’m thinking of switching my obsession from long-locked albinos to hawt Croatian cellists:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlVbEclPj4c

grin

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

This is sorta like your diary. A diary that talks back.

“But first, there’s that second conference call, scheduled for tomorrow morning, followed by a week in Toronto getting to know everyone and their take on the series, then making sure we’re all on the same page, creatively and professionally compatible.”

Okay Joe, this is what you gotta do if you want the job: Be sure and take along pictures of your past chocolate parties and mention you have one every year for your friends AND co-workers. Be sure and tell them about traveling to Tokyo and how you sometimes take co-workers. Take pictures along of your dogs, or take one of them with you if possible. The dogs are sure to win them over. Make sure they know you are a great cook and LOVE bringing new dishes to work for your co-workers. Do all this and your in!

“So, what about you guys? How long do you think you could go living a life of leisure?”

I am so sick of working I could stop tomorrow and never look back.

dioxholster

a project based on an established franchise? Can I guess? Its that Bones spin-off isn’t it? Doesn’t sound like something you would like though. Blood & Chrome? I doubt it. Something based on a comic book? Star Wars TV show? Well, you hyped it so it better be good smile

wait is SGU gonna even have a season 3? A movie sure would be better than nothing but then investing in characters for two seasons only to have a 2 hour wrap-up would be kinda disappointing.

If its something as cool as Star Wars TV show then it would make logical sense to leave SGU at this point as sad as that sounds for SG fans.

Mike G.
Mike G.

I’ve really enjoyed stargate Joe and I’ll watch it till the end. While I can’t say at this point that i’ll love whatever you do as much as stargate i can say i will definitely check it out for at least the first season.

Go get em Joe! Seize the opportunity!

hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

Hi Joe:
I was waiting for you to announce next months book.
I actually am not much of a book reader. but, you have inspired me to try it out.
I am going to buy the book you mentioned. It does look really interesting. I am looking forward to reading it and discussing it here.
I am really glad I found your blog, and I hope you will continue this for a long time. I am really enjoying interacting here.
BTW I hope that you may be getting a job writing for Battlestar!

Thank You!

Ponytail
Ponytail

Also, congratulations on a good health report!!

(I was going to add something smart-ass-like, but decided against it). smile

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

Most all I do is work at home, but both woodworking and writer’s assistant require me to venture out at times. But when the work is lighter and the money tighter, I sometimes miss the stability of a going-to-a-place-on-a-regular-basis job.

But I haven’t had one of those in two years, so I might be romanticizing it in my head a bit.

Tim Gaffney
Tim Gaffney

From yesterday’s post, two of my favorite FX shots are from The Prodigal: McKay’s Jumper coming out of the underwater hanger, and John & Teyla’s fight with Michael outside the city.

Lou Zucaro

Well, you wrote your Tease for the day.

I’m sure we’re all trying to figure out what established franchise is going to shoot a first season of TV in Toronto.

My top 3 guesses:
The Star Wars live action TV show (prolly wouldn’t shoot in Toronto)
The new Charlie’s Angels series (hopefully wouldn’t shoot in Toronto)
A new Small Wonder series (hopefully wouldn’t shoot. period)

KEK
KEK

If whatever deal Brad is working on proves to be a no-go, will we get a definitive answer either way on the franchise’s future, or should we just consider no new to be bad news?

Randomness
Randomness

@max

Why’s that? Assuming Stargate Universe gets a third season and Joe isn’t involved they could easily get Remi Aubuchon, or someone like Linda McGibney to get involved and write more episodes.
I doubt they’d say no if they wern’t busy. Heck the show could use more episodes done by BW, he’s only written two for Season 2.

Fiori
Fiori

Oooooh, that one is on my reading list. I just finished reading “The Affinity Bridge” and “The Osiris Ritual” by George Mann — the first two novels in the “Newbury & Hobbes Investigations” Series(?). Both were great fun to read and I’m guessing take place in the same ‘world’ as “Ghosts of Manhattan”, but about twenty years earlier in Victorian London.

I’ve always hated book reports wink so I’ll conclude with this from the book flap — “The result is a steampunk mystery adventure featuring immortality and other supernatural abilities, priceless artifacts, and untold peril.” And since its Victorian England large amounts of opiates…….

Ponytail
Ponytail

@ PoorOldEdgarDerby – wrote
“I sometimes miss the stability of a going-to-a-place-on-a-regular-basis job. But I haven’t had one of those in two years, so I might be romanticizing it in my head a bit.”

Are you crazy?! Yes, you are romanticizing it way too much, like the movie Fatal Attraction. You’re fine, just keep working from home.

DF
DF

If the show you’re getting offered is Blood & Chrome, I hope you take it! That would be awesome! smile

Sounds like its very unlikely there will be a third season of SGU. Here’s hoping that A) Syfy will show the rest of season 2 and B) the show will at least get movie(s) or a mini-series.

I’m missing Universe & Caprica a lot. Here’s hoping that Blood & Chrome is awesome. And that there’s more Stargate in our future!

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Don’t you just love when life gets in the way with our plans. I haven’t worked for a year. Forced…kicking and screaming about it…of course. But…I am happy it has changed my life course. I no longer get up at 5:30am to work in a stressed environment until 9:00pm. No life…that is what the entertainment world consists of. I also loved those I worked with…but I am glad for my new path.

I will begin writing again…researching in February. I have every hope that my health will continue to improve to allow me to follow this wonderful new path. Well…maybe an old path I am walking once again. I did check…all of my past books are still doing well on eBay…makes me laugh. *sigh* It actually is nice to go a different direction.

This year off…well…for sure NOT what I would have hoped it would be. Living at home again with my mother was…well…something I hope NEVER to repeat. I am now living alone…really…ALONE…for the first time in my life. I am excited for my path in front of me. While what I do is writing…art…and a few other things mixed in…it will prove to be a challenge.

You are so lucky that Paul is along for the ride. I am so happy for you. I like the idea that you are staying together as a writing team. I have a co-author on the novel I am working on…I personally love the team aspect. She has waited this LONG year for my health to return. Even though my other endeavors are solo.

Free time…I’ve caught up on many TV shows I’ve worked on and never had time to see…seen many movies I worked on and never saw. I’ve spent weeks and weeks with family trying to make up for the hell I have put them through this year. So…bottom line of my “Year Off”…I found out who my real friends are…and that having a cousin die last year of what I have…has basically turned my family in a tail-spin. Can’t stop the spinning…but I told them they should at least enjoy the ride. This moment is all any of us a guaranteed.

I have found that dying and actually going through the light has made changes to the depth of my very soul. Unfortunately…I have become even more unfiltered..as now..probably saying much more than I should.

But I guess I just wanted you to know how much your being “HERE” has meant to me. More like something I could depend on. Thank you…and I hope you have become at least half as attached to us as we are to you.

Best to you Joe,
Always,
Cheryl *TeddyBearHugs*