Hurrah! The writers’ room is back on track! Today, we tackled episode 7 and, while it was touch and go in the early goings, we did manage to finish breaking the entire story (tease, five acts, and a tag, natch), this despite a sluggish morning, an impromptu visit from an old friend and colleague, and a severe allergic reaction to something one of us ate (the suspects included improperly prepared chicken, brie, and the peanut butter-penicillin cookies I brought in). I’m very pleased because, with this story in place, we have a spotlight episode for each of our crew members.
Next up is a tricky episode – but, if we can hammer it out #8 by Wednesday, I’m confident it’ll be smooooooooooooth sailing through the blustery #9 and the late season two parter before we hit our presently bare bones penultimate episode.
We wrap the room at the end of July and then, while they start designing ships and space stations in Toronto, I’ll be writing here in Vancouver. I’m aiming to complete two scripts in August and another two in October (with time for a trip to L.A. next month and ten days in Japan in September). Then, in November, I’m Toronto-bound where I’ll oversee set construction, casting, and the purchase of big down-filled coats.
So, who of you picked up those nifty Lost Tribe suits at auction?
BTW – Just started Joe Abercrombie’s new book last night, Half A King, and it is brilliant. If you’re looking to splurge on a hardcover, this is the one to pick up.
Bailey writes: Oh and here’s a random bit of analysis of why SGA went off the air in a discussion of today’s slash fandoms: [...] “In other words, since the fanbase was too middle-aged, too female, and too prone to writing slashfic, the whole show had to go.””
Answer: “too prone to writing slashfic”? Stargate Producer #1: “Forget that director’s cut! We’ve got more pressing matters to discuss! Gater1472 has written a story pairing Beckett and Zelenka!”
Deni writes: “How many of these have you had, Joey?”
Answer: I’ve sampled a few – thanks to the generosity and impeccable customer service of The Imperial Hotel. Some seven years ago, on my first trip to Tokyo, my ex and I walked around for an afternoon and then returned to our hotel room where we placed a recent purchase (a $12 apple) in the refrigerator. We went out for another stroll and, when we returned, we found an enormous fruit basket awaiting us with a note that read: “The chambermaid dropped your apple on the floor while cleaning the refrigerator. Please accept this fruit basket in apology.” Not sure how much it cost but I’m sure it was at least $300. And it contained the best melon, strawberries and apples I’ve ever eaten. The bananas were alright.
Sylvia writes: “WHEN will you be able to tell us about the tease for the reason you are building a spaceship, freighter, space suits…??”
Answer: Apparently, as soon as all of the contracts have been signed.
NarellefromAus writes: “Recommended reading? I’ll check out your recommendations in your side bar but is there anything that is a must read? “
Answer: The sidebar is a pretty good list of recent reads I heartily recommend. Tops of that list = Gone Girl, The Glass Castle, and We Are Completely Beside Ourselves.