October 1, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

You are walking down a forest path when you encounter an elderly woman. She flings sand in your face, temporarily blinding you, then cackles and flees. Congratulations. You have just encountered a Sunakake Baba. Don't take it personally. According to legend, if a lonely single man wishes hard enough on an icicle, it will transform…

September 30, 2022: The Suji update!

Suji was unusually cranky following her last physio appointment.  Unlike many of the other canine attendees who purportedly love the water, Suji is NOT an enthusiastic underwater walker or swimmer, preferring to let the techs simply pull around as she bobs above the surface.  Anyway, after picking her up - and promptly getting caught in…

September 29, 2022: The Horror Marathon continues with three more movies!

Saloum (2021) In 2003, a trio of mercenaries escaping a coup in Guinea-Bissau take refuge in a hidden region on the Saloum river of Senegal. But something from beyond the grave awaits them there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tth-ZMqZMkM&t=3s Thoughts: Action and adventure, rogues and revelations, suspense and the supernatural - this movie has it all. An absolute blast.…

September 27, 2022: Projects on deck and Suji mad as heck!

Alrighty!  Just closed a deal for one of my pilots.  Going to spend the next couple of days putting together the content for the pitch deck: Format, Pilot Summary, Season 1 Summary, Beyond Season 1 (at a glance), Tone, Style, References, and a Writer's Bio.  This one is delightfully bonkers, very much in the world…

September 25, 2022: The Toronto Garlic Fest!

Yes!  Following a two-year hiatus, the Toronto Garlic Festival made its triumphant return on Sunday.  Akemi and I had been looking forward to it for months! The weather forecasts had called for a torrential downpour, but we only suffered a little rain on the day. I'm fascinated by the wide varieties of garlic available: Artichoke,…

September 24, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

Buruburu

Cowards who run away from battles or cancel beloved sci-fi shows could become the victims of Buruburu, spirits that will creep up on them and touch the back of their necks, causing them to shudder. The Wani are dragon-like aquatic creatures that live in underwater kingdoms, deep in the ocean's depths. Gifted shapeshifters, they occasionally…

September 23, 2022: The week-ender!

It's been almost three years since the last Garlic Fest so you can be damn sure that Akemi and I won't be missing this one.  As usual, we'll be peaking up a dozen different varieties of fresh garlic, garlic chips, garlic powder, garlic sauces, and sampling the innumerable garlic-themed culinary offerings  from garlic-brined peameal bacon…

September 22, 2022: The Horror Marathon continues!

75 films in and 3/4 through this Horror Marathon... Speak No Evil (2022) A Danish family visits a Dutch family they met on a holiday. What was supposed to be an idyllic weekend slowly starts unraveling as the Danes try to stay polite in the face of unpleasantness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA64pEONK50 Thoughts: A slow-burn gem that quietly…

September 20, 2022: The Tuesday Edition!

Cozy rice monkey (https://t.co/ADXDLOTV01) https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1572278790335922178 Riding in style... https://twitter.com/HistoryInPics/status/1553172220612001792 Finishing up a first draft of my new pilot tomorrow and casting it off into the cruel world, perhaps never to be seen or heard from again. Then, I start work on that android series pilot!  Do love me my androids. Suji has been unusually cranky…

September 19, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

Pity the poor kitchen grater, dulled by years of improper storage, usage, and care, that transforms into a Yama Oroshi, resembling a porcupine with its blunted slicers adorning its head like a hat out of Philip Treacy's new fall collection. The yellow-bodied, big-headed Bake ichō no sei are the spirits of gingko trees that haunt,…

September 17, 2022: The Horror Marathon continues!

Rare Exports (2010) In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwT3wtUCv9Y Thoughts: A good-looking production that isn't really an effective horror movie and yet, at the same time, isn't a very successful kids' movie either. All…

September 16, 2022: Akemi going bake-crazy!

Akemi made focaccia today: garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, and oregano.  Delicious. She also made this ultra-dense, ultra bittersweet matcha cake with custard cream.  Also delicious.  Came across this marvelous concept art from SG-1's pilot episode, "Children of the Gods".  How come we never saw more of the Jaffa bands jammin' to the oldies?  Cartego Choo…

September 15, 2022: Your Handy Guide to Weird Yokai!

Kamaitachi are whirlwind-riding weasels that knock men (and only men) down, slashing their ankles with their sickle-like claws that injure yet, at the same time, temporarily anaesthetize the wounds. Beware the wind! The Nurikabe is an invisible yokai with a tendency to block roads. And there is no way around it, thus providing the perfect…