Vancouver is beautiful in the summer and, given the choice, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Of course, a couple of months down the line, and things change. Mainly, the weather. September kicks off “the rainy season” here that runs through, well, most of the year, ending sometime in May, April if you’re lucky. Yes, May to August are great times to be in Vancouver. September to April are great time to be anywhere –
Like, say, Tokyo! Now my favorite time to travel to Tokyo is right around Christmas because NOBODY does Christmas like the Japanese: the streets festive lights lining the streets, the trees and decorations adorning the the storefronts bedecked with trees, the endless sidewalk serenade of festive tunes. It puts us all, on this side of the pacific, to shame.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll be there in December. Unless Akemi’s sister changes her wedding date (which Akemi informs me is highly unlikely). Nope, we’ll be in Tokyo for the middle of November. I booked our flight and hotel the other day and we have already started our restaurant research. More importantly, we have also started our dog-sitter research. Seriously, who knew it would be this hard to pay someone to live in your house, drink your booze, and watch your library of dvd’s on your big screen home theater!
Okay, pending one more phoner, Paul and I begin narrowing down our choices for a potential producing partner. First Paul and I will discuss between the two of us, then we’ll dial in our Canadian agent who will offer his take on the pros and cons of various candidates, then we’ll dial in our American agent who will do the same, then we’ll decide on who we’d like to work with (including an alternate, like in the grand tradition of the Miss America Pageant), we’ll discuss with the broadcaster and hopefully come to an agreement, and then we turn things over to lawyers who will no doubt wrap up the deal in no time so we can actually begin work on a series bible and second episode script.
The nice thing about waiting around for things to happen is that it gives you more time flesh out some of the creative – while you’re having dinner or showering or lying in bed. But, truthfully, I do my best writing when I’m driving. I figured out the solution to an issue that had been plaguing me for days while I was driving my dogs back from doggy daycare on Friday. If the broadcasters require anything more beyond what they’re asking for now, I might just take a road trip to Seattle. By the time I get back, I’m confident I’ll have episodes 3, 4, and 5 broken as well.