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Well, it’s decided!  Sort of.  I’ve packed away most of my belongings and squirreled them away in the crawlspace.  This week, the place gets a top to bottom interior cleaning, an exterior power wash, and then, on Friday, the stagers come in to prepare the place for showing.  The house goes on the market this week and we have our first open house this weekend (during which Akemi, Lulu, Suji and I will make ourselves scarce).

On the one hand, I’ll miss the backyard and the downstairs work-out room.  On the other hand, we only use 25% of our living space and it seems silly to be paying upkeep and property taxes on a summer home.  Also, it would really be nice to live somewhere within walking distance of shops.  On the other other hand, where am I going to put all my stuff?

Anyway, we’ll play it by ear.  While I do think selling now is the right move, I can’t say I’m a motivated seller – meaning if I don’t get the price I’m looking for, I’ll have no problem taking it off the market and trying my luck next year.  Of course, that’s provided the real estate market remains robust.

On the one hand, you have experts (like my buddy Ivon) who predict the housing bubble is due to collapse – and you don’t want to be caught when the prices drop.   On the other hand, experts have been saying this for a while now and the market shows no signs of slowing down.  On the other other hand, that’s also what they said about the housing market in Japan that, eventually, did crash and never recovered.

So, yeah.  I’ve been fairly busy, getting the house ready for the big sale.  And, as luck would have it, my timing couldn’t be any worse as we begin the Dark Matter season 4 writers’ room tomorrow.  I’ve written up and distributed by plans for DM YR4 including seasonal and character arcs, story springboards, and a many of the beats I want to hit for the opening two-parter…that will be even bigger than season 3’s opener, if you can believe it.  Joining me in the writers’ room this year will be series co-creator Paul Mullie, Co-Exec Producer Ivon Bartok, Co-Producer Alison Hepburn, and – making his Dark Matter debut – Stargate veteran Carl Binder.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.  We’ve only just started airing season 3!

I chat about the upcoming season with Hollywood Soapbox’s John Soltes: Follow the link

“It’s kind of another time travel episode where it finds our crew traveling back to 2017 and having to go undercover in Fort Falls, Wisconsin, as a typical suburban family. Those two episodes [time loop episode and time travel episode] stand out for me as the type of episodes where if you’re not familiar with the show, you tune in, I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised. So if you have any friends who haven’t watched the show, circle episode four and episode nine, especially episode nine, on your calendar.”

BlackGirlNerds’ C.R. Sparrow: Dark Matter 3.1 Review

The first hour of the season three premiere is largely a character piece. Even the short bursts of action seem strangely calm as we deal with the fallout from the literally explosive season two finale.

BlackGirlNerds’ C.R. Sparrow: Dark Matter 3.2 Review

Ryo’s story starts in 3.1 as he takes steps to solidify and strengthen his rule. Misaki is displeased when he makes his old teacher, Teku an advisor.  I’m sensing a pattern with Misaki. She may talk a good game about doing what’s best for Zairon, but it looks to me like her desire to isolate Ryo from anyone else who would influence him is a pretty strong motivator as well.

SciFiMoviePagie’s Craig Suide: Dark Matter Double Episode Review

I’m happy to report that Dark Matter is back and all is right with the world once again. I look forward to seeing what the season holds in store in the upcoming episodes.

SciFiPulse’s Ian Cullen: Dark Matter In Review

Dark Matter has returned and as always the plot twists come thick and fast as the new series gets underway.

TheNerdElement’s NattyWilly: Dark Matter Season 3 Premiere Review

What makes this show good is when we learn more about the main characters it adds a layer whether good or bad.  This show is one of three that I will enjoy on my Friday nights this summer! The Raza crew’s journey has so many twists and turns that I can’t wait to see what creator Joseph Mallozzi has in store for us!

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THREE is clearly ready for action.  How about you?  Well, you’re in luck because in a week from now, Dark Matter returns with an action-packed double episode premiere: Friday, June 9th at 8:00 p.m. on Syfy and Space Channel.

As for the rest of the world…

Be sure to tell your friends.

Above – an episodic still from that double episode premiere.  The Android’s version of pop-pop-pop goes the weasel.

Hmmm.  Sometime ally Commander Truffault has apparently dropped in for a visit, but something is obviously up.  What’s got her so concerned?

Hmmmm.  That’s one possibility.

Hey, check out an exclusive clip from our double episode premiere…

And check out this exclusive clip to my cantankerous Suji, spoiling for a fight:

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I’ve settled into a nice little routine since returning to Vancouver.  I wake up early, hit the treadmill for a run (while watching  a couple of episodes of Seinfeld), head over to Granville Island for some fresh fish and produce, have a protein shake for lunch, take the dogs for an outing, spend the afternoon reading outside on the back patio, have dinner, watch an episode of…something, shower, read for a couple of hours, watch a Japanese t.v. show with Akemi, and then lights out.

I really could get used to this.

I do, occasionally, shake things up.  Like, yesterday, when I sent out a brief overview of the major arcs for Dark Matter’s fourth season.  Or tomorrow when Akemi and I meet up with a real estate agent to check out condos in Yaletown.

Watching…

The Handmaid’s Tale

Presents a chilling alt future with Orwellian echoes.  I was hooked after the first episode.

Reading…

Irresistible by Adam Alter

A thoroughly engrossing overview of our growing addiction to technology.  At turns fascinating and utterly terrifying.

Aota Productions Presents…

Suji in…

“I’ll Just Crawl in Here…Oh, Never Mind”:

My happy gals – Suji and Lulu:

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I am pleased to report we are back home following a thoroughly uneventful flight from Toronto.  A 4:50 a.m. wake-up, much fussing and fretting over the dogs, a seemingly endless walk from one end of Pearson airport (check-in) to the other (our boarding gate), five straight hours of Preacher, and a slew of Vancouver errands, I am thoroughly exhausted.  And it isn’t even dinner time yet.

I think I might take it easy tonight.  Finish unpacking.  Do some laundry.  Take the dogs out for a walk.  Read.  And then tomorrow, it begins!  In the lead-up to the June 12th commencement of the Dark Matter season 4 writers’ room (with special guest star Carl Binder!), I’m going to try to spin an episode day.  That way, when it comes time to convene, I can just hand everyone the beat sheets and we can spend the better part of the day concentrating on what really matters: lunch!

Also, have a dentist appointment on Tuesday, need to make an appointment to go check out an achy spleen (at least I think that’s what’s aching) and then on Thursday, a Skype conversation with a producer in the U.K. regarding a classic SF series (one of my favorites growing up) that I feel is ripe for a return to the small screen.  And, of course, I’m on the program starting tomorrow: weights, running, eating well.  My triple cream puff and thin crust pizza days are behind me (or, really, way ahead of me as I’m hoping to be back in Toronto to resume my diehard eating ways in October).

To those of you asking – the Dark Matter season 3 trailer should be landing late this week or next.  But, in the meantime, here’s a little screen cap to tide you over…

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Almost finished packing.  Almost finished my farewells.  Tomorrow, we’re up at the crack of pre-dawn (5:00 a.m. here, 2 a.m. for those of you on the west coast, and 11:00 p.m. today for those of you in Hawaii) to catch our early flight back to Vancouver.

As always, my big concern is the dogs – chunky little Lulu and cantankerous Suji. We took them to a pug meet-up today and ran (well, okay, strolled) them ragged, then plan to follow up with a post-dinner night walk to make sure they nice and tired.  Akemi gave them some gravol the other day to see how they would react. Lulu snoozed peacefully for four hours while an unusually alert Suji spent the afternoon barking at the ceiling lights and reflections.  Hmmmm.  No breakfast tomorrow so, hopefully, they’ll be nice and empty for the flight.  Just in case though, we’ve got the diapers on standby.

Also on standby for me – episode 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, season 2 of Fargo, and season 1 of both Preacher and Westworld.  And 20 to-read books in my iBooks library.  Given these crazy airport delays of late, better safe than sorry.

A farewell dinner last night with Ellen Wong (Dark Matter’s nefarious Misaki Han) and her not at all nefarious husband Adam.  Today, it’s not one but TWO farewell meals with Dark Matter Co-Executive Producer Ivon Bartok – but I’ll be seeing him in about three weeks when we start the writers’ room for the show’s fourth season (No pick up yet.  Just being positive).  This year, we’ll also be joined by the best writer I know – Stargate veteran Carl Binder.  Check out this reaction shot of Carl when I told him he’d once again be getting the chance to work with Paul, Ivon and I –

Positively bursting with excitement.  THIS is the energy we need for next year!  That old Binder magic!

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MONDAY

Minor surgery for Suji.

Lunch with Zoie.

Dinner with some of the old Student Bodies gang.

TUESDAY

Lunch with my favorite network exec, Gosia Kamela.

Dinner with Jay Firestone to discuss Dark Matter’s third and fourth seasons.

WEDNESDAY

Catch an early flight out to Montreal.

THURSDAY

Catch a late flight out of Montreal.

FRIDAY

Sit in on the Episode 304 (“All The Time In The World”).

Dinner with Ellen Wong and Adam Azimov.

SATURDAY

Visit aunt.

Last minute packing.

SUNDAY

Vancouver-bound!

Okay!  Move out!

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Eons ago, while I was on a journey through the Far East, a practitioner of the mystic, manipulative arts foretold I would experience dark times later in life. Specifically with my left shoulder.

Okay, so she was the masseuse at the Shangri-la Hotel in Hong Kong back in 2006, but she turned out to be eerily accurate.

Avoiding certain sleeping positions helps minimize the pain.  Said sleeping positions include (but are not limited to): lying on my left side, lying on my right side, lying on my stomach, lying on my back using a pillow that is either slightly too large or too small, sleeping without a pillow, and falling asleep in a chair or on a couch, plane, train, or car.  As I said, avoiding them helps but sometimes I’ll forget – like, say, when I’m sleeping.  As  a result, there are times when I wake up so sore I have to use my one good arm to haul myself out of bed.

I find Tylenol or Advil help to a certain degree.  Bourbon seems to be more effective.  Also, an alternate pain source serves as a terrific distraction.  This I discovered last week when I started experiencing an intermittent ache in my left ear which I attributed to (aka blamed on) Akemi’s recent bout with tonsillitis.  But I had no other symptoms.  No sore throat.  No coughing.  Just a dull ache in my left ear that would strike for a few seconds, then disappear for minutes, sometimes hours, before returning.

Finally fed up, I went to see the doctor.  He checked my ears, checked my throat, checked my nose.  And then, smiling knowingly, pressed his fingers up against either side of my jaw.  “Does this hurt?”he asked, applying equal pressure to both hinges.  “Yes!”I said.  “More on your right side?”  Yes again.

Apparently, I suffer from TMJ, temporomandibular joint syndrome.

Prognosis: My ear hurts because of the stress I place on my jaw by grinding my teeth at night.

Treatment: I have to go see my dentist about a night time retainer.

I mean, come on!  Next thing you know, they’ll be outfitting me with a special trapeze and swing to treat my shoulder!

Finally, thanks to those who’ve been asking about Akemi.  She completes her antibiotics today and her throat is no longer sore.  HOWEVER, her lymph nodes are still swollen and that has made it very difficult for her to sleep at night.  Lately, she’s been following the same routine: coming to bed and coughing up a storm, elevating herself with pillows to no avail, and then eventually giving up and heading downstairs where she spends the night on the couch, half-sleeping, half watching youtube videos.

The dogs, however, are fine!  Lulu still has her back issues that have slowed her down, but we’re going to follow up with a visit to the neurologist when we get back to Vancouver.  Suji, meanwhile, heads to the vet on Monday for a little out-patient procedure to remove a suspicious lump on her back.  Better safe than sorry!

And that’s the update on our walking wounded.  What’re the latest aches and pains in your neck of the woods?

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