I woke up this morning to find the above-pictured oranges sitting on my kitchen counter, and Paul’s pass on our latest script sitting in my inbox. I looked it over, made a few changes, and then sent the script wide – and, in this particular case, “wide” refers to the 3-5 individuals involved in this development process. Word is they want all the materials in by early February so that they’ll have plenty of time to review them prior to a decision in March. Will we finally get that elusive series order? Well, I feel very good about this project – but, in all fairness, I felt pretty good about Dark Matter which was in the same position last year only to ultimately lose out to another property by the very slimmest of margins. My writing partner, like a spurned lover, refuses to get his hopes up, maintaining an emotional distance as if the project were a relative going in for risky life-saving surgery.
Speaking of Dark Matter, I’m trying to arrange a conference call with my partners to discuss where things stand. When last er spoke, we had a modest budget in place that, while impressive to the uninitiated, isn’t really quite enough to make a good ship-based series. I’ve been running comparison budgets with my savvy friend and former colleague, Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, and it would seem we’ll need an additional 15-20% to do it properly. I don’t suppose any of you happened to have any lottery winnings you’re looking to invest? If so, let me know!
Having completed a first draft of that southern gothic pilot with Tara, I’m taking some time of from the script so that I can return to it, fresh, in about a week. I’ve always found that when you’re writing, it’s very easy to get attached to what you’ve put down on the page so a little time away allows you to come back to it with a more open mind. Meanwhile, I’m about 23 pages into the horror script. Ideally, I’d love to hit the 30 page mark before my partner on this one, Alex Levine, frees up his busy schedule. So far, so creepy!
Took my old gal Jelly (she’ll be 15 next month!) in to see the vet today. Over the past couple of days, she’s been doing a lot of panting and crying, especially in the middle of the night. She checked out okay, no obvious health issues, so I’m going to have to keep an eye on her. And be prepared to wake up A LOT in the wee hours of the morning.
Today was Jelly and tomorrow it’s my turn to go visit the doctor to check out yet another in a long line of mystery ailments. They’re racking up. No sooner did I make an appointment to ask an opinion on one issue than another unrelated issue cropped up. Akemi joked it was because I’m getting old. The kidder!
A couple of purchases today…
Yes, I have heard of kindle. And, yes, I still prefer real books. The only problem is all the late-night Stargate: Universe-watching with Akemi has eaten into my reading time so I need to free up an after-dinnner/pre-workout block just to play catch-up.
Hey, speaking of reading, don’t forget to vote for our upcoming Book of the Month Club selection. Your choices…
Our discussion will begin a month after the polls close – or, a month after the winning book is actually released, whichever comes last.