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Well, well, well.  If it isn’t the angelic Jodelle Ferland, in town shooting a guest spot on a local production.

We met up, went out for a Thai lunch, hit SOMA chocolates for – what else? – chocolates, swung by the apartment so she could say hi to the dogs (both Lulu and Suji are huge fans), visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario to take in the Guillermo del Toro exhibit, went shopping (so she could pick up a Princess Mononoke t-shirt), and had dinner.  It was a Ferland Fest, start to finish, and a great time was had by all.

Both Akemi and Jodelle tend to nibble their food like squirrels, and sip their Thai iced teas like chipmunks.

The gals get reacquainted.

My picture of Jodelle taking a picture.  I wanted Akemi to take a picture of me taking a picture of Jodelle taking a picture, but she was too busy lighting Jodelle’s waffles.

Awww, we missed FIVER.

I like to think that somewhere, in some non syfy-produced alt reality, we’re already prepping Dark Matter’s fourth season.

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Our little Timbit!

I’ve spent the past couple of days working on my pitch for the Masked series, reading, and going through the scores of letters Dark Matter fans have sent in.  Another 15 were added to the dropbox yesterday, bringing the grand total to close to 300!

Tomorrow, it’s a mini Dark Matter reunion as Akemi and I get together with Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) who is in town shooting.  It’ll be nice to see my favorite little geek again.

Hey, here are the answers to yesterday’s lyrical Akemi-isms:

I know it’s up for me
He’s still my essential!
Making sure I’m not in too deep
He’s still my essential!

Steal My Sunshine – Len

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Sweet home Obama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Obama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Oh, are you ready girls?
Oh, are you ready now?
Ooh, yeah
Teach mahaha Give it a start
Ooh, yeah, baby Ooh, yeah
Teach mahaha Hope it never stops
Ooh, yeah, baby

Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue

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All my colors I’ve lost
In your eyes, Johnny’s bike
Save your light of this moment
Sunrise, bike, Johnny’s bike

Chinese Black – The Neon Judgement

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Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
Stay on the line, stay on the line
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stay on the line, stay on the line
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stay on the line

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

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You’re so thin (two minutes later)
You’re so thin
You’re so thin (got your picture)
You’re so thin
Wider, baby, smile and you’ve just made a million
Fuses pumping

Girls on Film – Duran Duran

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How’d you do?

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Misheard lyrics are great fun. Misheard lyrics involving my Japanese girlfriend, Akemi, are downright hilarious.  Every often, I will catch her belting out a tune and ask: “What are you singing?”.  She’ll repeat the lyrics and, when I correct her, she’ll frown and say: “But that doesn’t make any sense.”  Then we invariably debate the logic of a song’s actual lyrics and her alternate interpretation.  Never a dull moment.

Anyway, here are six lyrical Akemi-isms for you to decipher.  Some are fairly obvious.  Others, not so much…

I know it’s up for me
He’s still my essential!
Making sure I’m not in too deep
He’s still my essential!

Sweet home Obama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Obama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Oh, are you ready girls?
Oh, are you ready now?
Ooh, yeah
Teach mahaha Give it a start
Ooh, yeah, baby Ooh, yeah
Teach mahaha Hope it never stops
Ooh, yeah, baby

All my colors I’ve lost
In your eyes, Johnny’s bike
Save your light of this moment
Sunrise, bike, Johnny’s bike

Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
Stay on the line, stay on the line
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stay on the line, stay on the line
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stay on the line

You’re so thin (two minutes later)
You’re so thin
You’re so thin (got your picture)
You’re so thin
Wider, baby, smile and you’ve just made a million
Fuses pumping

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Yes, from today until November 17ish, we’re celebrating my birthday – as is the custom.  I kicked things off this morning by hopping on twitter and personally thanking everyone who sent me birthday wishes.  About thirty minutes in, Akemi suggested I might be better off simply liking everyone’s efforts otherwise I’d be spending the better part of my birthday online.  So, I’ve tried my best to acknowledge everyone but, just in case, thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday here, on twitter, Facebook, reddit, and China’s weibo.

Hey, it feels like just yesterday I was talking about the various projects I’m considering and now I’ve heard word that there will be an announcement on one of those projects tomorrow.  And it’s one that might be familiar to longtime followers of this blog (and before I set off an internet frenzy, no it isn’t Stargate or Dark Matter-related).  Anyway, it’s in the early stages, but I’m very excited about it – partly because of the source material, and partly because it will see me working again with some old friends.

I’m off to read more Dark Matter fan letters.  I leave you with a few more items up for grabs…

After Dark mugs.

Dark Matter backpacks.

Posters!

Blurays!

And hoodies!

 

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A little R&R – specifically “Rest” and “Reading”.  Last night, I finished Dennis Lehane’s “Gone, Baby Gone”, staying up until a little past one a.m. to blaze through the book’s final 250 pages.  A terrific read.  One of my favorites of 2017 which, at 170 titles and counting, is turning into a banner reading year for me.

And I’m putting all of this reading to good use by partnering with some production companies in a bid to secure the film & television rights to a few of the books I’ve enjoyed.  We’re in the early stages now, but we’re circling a good dozen titles that I believe have great series/miniseries potential.

In addition, I’m in early discussions to help develop another sci-fi series.  Ideally, I’d prefer to pitch and set up my original ideas, but this one, despite not being my own, is a great premise with the potential for some standout character dynamics – something I value above all else.  Just as importantly, I really like the series creator and the other people involved in this project, so I’m making this one a priority.

Also at the top of the list is a project that will see me reunite with an old friend.  This one’s in early development but you’ll be hearing about it in the coming days when the press release comes out.

I’ve already had preliminary discussions about a couple of intriguing comic book properties and, in two weeks, I’ll be in L.A. meeting and greeting.  Hopefully, these meetings will be the first step in going out with my own pilots (I’m sitting on five in all).

Although it sounds like a lot, the reality is, in this business, you need to have a good dozen things on the go in the hopes that one, maybe, will hit.  Such was the case a little over three years ago when, following numerous starts and stops and seeming dead-ends, it appeared one of my pilots was dead while the other was as good as green lit.  Then, in the course of 24 hours, everything changed and that as-good-as-green-lit pilot was dead while that dead pilot…well, that dead pilot was Dark Matter.  So, you never know…

 

 

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Back in Toronto – but our return trip was not without incident.  Given the fact that we were traveling with two small dogs, you’d figure I might encounter a problem going through security, maybe on the flight, possibly even at baggage claim – but Lulu and Suji were incredibly well-behaved.  They sat snuggled down in their little sherpa carriers for much of the journey, solely poking their heads out once we’d exited the airport.  Exhausted but really relieved, Akemi and I walked over to the taxi stand to grab a cab for for the ten minutes ride home, but there were none to be had.  Oh, there were cabs there – plenty, all lined up – but none would take us because of the dogs.

Beck Taxi, Co-Op Cabs, and several others flat out refused even though the dogs were in their carrier – and it was raining.

Suji and Lulu exchange WTF? looks.

Hey, I get it.  There’s no law requiring taxis to transport dogs.

Alternately, there’s no rule requiring me to ever take another taxi in Toronto.

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Hey!  Check out the birthday boy Anthony Lemke with not one but TWO birthday poudings de chomeur!  Perfectly appropriate given that we met for brunch in Old Montreal.

If Akemi and I get one of the places we’ll be checking out Monday, we’ll be a mere ten minute drive away from Anthony’s place.  I couldn’t imagine a better dog sitter for Suji and Lulu while we’re away traveling.  He acts, he debates, he expresses bladders, he drains anal glands.  He does it all!

Anthony looks forward to his birthday gifts – biscottis from mom, and ghost peppers and carolina reapers from sis’s garden.

This morning, Akemi was at it again, this time drawing the assist on mom’s Friendship Cake.

Akemi covets sis’s pitbull shoes.

Sis enjoys the capunti e ceci.

Some of the colorful culinary creations we enjoyed last night at Restaurant Damas, Montreal’s premiere Syrian restaurant.

This angelic-looking treasure has actually been a little terror on this visit, bossing the other dogs around and just being all around pain in the ass (at times, quite literally, as she’s taken to nipping some dog butts as well).  Beware!

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