“You’re cheesing me,”said Akemi.
“Cheesing you?”I asked.
“Yes, cheesing me.” She elaborated: “Making fun of me.”
“You mean teasing me,”I corrected her. “Teasing. With a t.”
She frowned, brow furrowed, genuinely perplexed by the revelation. “But cheesing makes more sense.”
“Yes because cheese is like a food bully, kind of aggressive, always going around covering other things. Also, cheese has a lot of other meanings like That’s so cheesy!”
Akemi and I have our weekend routine. We sleep in, visit the farmer’s market, drop by Loblaws, swing by my favorite comic book shop (The Comic Pile: http://www.thecomicpile.com where I pick up the few titles I’m still reading: The Walking Dead, Saga, and Alex + Ada), then stop at THE spot for Toronto’s tastiest rum cakes: Don’t Call Me Cupcake (https://www.facebook.com/DCMCbakery and http://dontcallmecupcake.com). Owner Tova (pictured above) opened the shop a couple of years ago and has been baking up all sorts of delicious treats – cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, brownies and lemon squares – but my favorite are her bite-size rum cakes that are, apparently, a slightly tweaked version of her grandmother’s rum cake recipe. Today, my timing was near impeccable as I arrived while a fresh batch was cooling. I waited patiently, killing time by chatting with Tova – and eating one of her sweet and crispy chocolate chip cookies – until the rum cakes were cool enough to ice. And then…
Moist, creamy, and slightly boozy. It makes my list of Top 10 Things to Eat in Toronto!
I’m pleased to report that while prep and production on Dark Matter continues to motor along, script work on our thirteen episode first season is almost complete. Yesterday, we sat down to a note session with Executive Producer Jay Firestone and discussed episodes #110, #111, and #112. Amazingly, the typical pre-note session angst I’d grown accustomed to over my many years as a television writer has disappeared. It’s nice to sit down with someone and not have to fight for your vision of a script or argue over seemingly trifling expository additions that will weigh down or sink a scene. Never, over the course of these 12 script meetings with Jay, have we been asked to
dumb down explain or clarify or make so absolutely clear that even a trained chimpanzee could follow along. With Jay, it’s all about the characters and their respective relationships – which is, ultimately, what this show is about. The input has been really good, really positive, and I have yet to flip a desk, throw a script, or kick a script coordinator. Yet.
Monday, we start production on episode #103 with director Paolo Barzman. I’ve only known the guy less than two weeks and I’m already a big fan. I really appreciate his passion and positive energy. Also, the great photos he took of Lulu the last time I brought her into the office:
Also on Monday, prep begins on episode #104 with a certain fan favorite assuming the directing reins. Who, pray tell, could I be talking about? Well, let’s just say it’ll be a Stargate reunion of sorts.