Back at it (or, “what I did for my summer vacation”.)

As excited as I am to get back to work, part of me is the opposite of excited… You know… Uhh… “Dreading”.

Only because I’ve been sort of in a “not working and not feeling guilty” kind of headspace.

I’ve done a whole lot of “vacationy” type things over the last month, without ever managing to leave the city – which is sad…

I finally gave in and spent a week and a half reading every Harry Potter book. They’re good. I expect they’ll replace The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew books at everyone’s cottage.

I watched every episode of The Hills… (if you must know, Whitney is my favorite.)

My dog had surgery, he’s fine now but it was rough there for a bit… He had a benign cyst on his jugular. It came out easily, but he was doped up for a bit and had drainage tubes coming out of his throat… It was messy.

I finished the first draft of the screenplay I was working on, and managed to attach a producer to it. (And a good producer at that.)

Those last two things aren’t very vacationy. The last one is definitely the least vacationy type thing I’ve ever done, actually – it’s work. I worked. But it was a pet project and I had fun, so…

I’m not really sure what it means to take a vacation, to be honest. I went to Club Med once with my parents when I was a kid… A friend at the resort got sun stroke. I ran out of oxygen while scuba diving and caught impetigo from the scuba gear.

I think that experience put me off a whole lot of things: Travelling, Resorsts, The Sun, Scuba Diving, My Parents…


Radio drama.

Here we go. 15 more episodes.

And I’m going to start writing them…




More? More… More!

CBC has ordered 15 more episodes of Canadia: 2056.

Yes, that’s right… Fifteen.

As exciting as it is, I’ll admit, it’s a little daunting. Scratch that… Ten was daunting. Fifteen is terrifying.

But I’m up for the challenge, and the second series won’t start airing until March, so I’ve got some time… I mean, I haven’t worked it out or anything, but it feels like I’ve got a lot more time this round… Loads of time. HEAPS of time.

Uhh, I’ll probably leave them all to the last minute.

Is anyone watching Next Comedy Legend?


Here come the drums

First, thanks to everyone who’s written in and posted their comments regarding Canadia… The response has been a lot more positive (and flattering) than I ever expected, and I really appreciate it.

Second, I forward every e-mail and comment to the powers that be at the Ceeb, and hopefully there’ll be a CD release at some point in the near future… As for podcasting, or downloadable episodes… Who knows… I’m trying to get some sort of conversation going about that too. I encourage everyone to write the CBC and tell them how you feel, because they read everything that comes in.

Now, on to business!

Last week I managed to finish the pilot I was comissioned to write and now, I have free time.

But, since I’m basically un-employed, it means that I have to agonize about having free time.

So, I’m working on a vanity project. A story that I’ve been bouncing around for a year now… Writing bits and pieces here and there… I’m finally giving it my full attention.

But because I have no deadline, I can fully experience all the procrastination, self-hatred and dread that goes into writing.

Here’s what I did today, while trying to work on this “vanity project”. (By my definition, a vanity project is something that no one is interested in… it’s something you write for yourself, with the hope that maybe someone will want it when it’s completed.)

9am. Wake up, grab laptop, climb back into bed. Check the weather. Fall back asleep.

10am. Wake up. Pee. Check Facebook. Fall back asleep.

11am. Wake up to whining, cross-legged dog. Get up and walk dog.

12pm. Breakfast, with laptop, read news, blogs, (facebook) more Doctor Who posts (the show is very exciting right now).

12:30pm. Buckle into the office with a bottle of water. Lock the laptop into the ergonynamic thingy, plug in the keyboard, and promptly read some more on the Doctor Who forum.

1pm. Try meditating for twenty minutes – it turns into a half hour nap.

1:30pm. Open up the script in final draft, but don’t look at it. Quickly open up Facebook.

2pm. Lie down on the couch and read a few comic books.

2:30pm. Smoke (shh…)

3pm. Answer some e-mails, glance at the script.

3:05pm. Talk to Dave about how I don’t want to write this script, I hate it. It’s a stupid idea.

3:30pm. Eat some yogurt. (Vanilla)

3:45. Facebook.

4:00pm. Look over the script so far. And write a few lines…

4:45pm. Start writing this blog entry, while occasionally checking: Facebook, blogs, news, weather and Doctor Who forum.

And now it’s 5:15, and I’m hungry. Going to make a sandwich and take the dog for a run. Then I’ll probably spend the greater part of the evening writing…

Did I not mention that?

I get most of my work done at night… It’s more of the same, a lot of surfing and procrasting (I didn’t even get to my Wikipedia habit), but it’s when I get the bulk of my work done.

If I’m trying to convey anything with this post it’s this:

Watch Doctor Who tonight on CBC, it’s awesome.


Canadia 2056 – Episode 7

I haven’t done a whole lot of “hey listen to my show!” on this site… I think It’s been more about the challenges that I faced getting the show in on time…

In fact, I’ve never been very good at pimping myself.

But, this Friday’s episode, Episode 7, holds a special place in my heart. I was really struggling with writing that one. I spent a lot of time smoking through the night on the front porch, and I had very little on paper to show for my poser agony (oh look at me, I’m a writer, I’m suffering, I’m SMOKING). But then something clicked and I just wrote the thing. (I also went back on the patch, which I’m happy to report I am now officially off… 100% Nicotine Free… But I still suffer… ish).

And it’s one of my favorite episodes of the series. So, if anyone reads this and has been thinking over the last few months, “Oh, I really should catch this show” this is a good week to start listening (for me the series really took off half way through).

Anyway, here’s a clip from Episode 7, one of the scenes I really enjoyed writing and performing, and I think it came together nicely… Better than I could have ever hoped. This whole episode is great… To me.

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Sorry, I feel weird… Promoting myself.

Hey… also… it’s my BIRTHDAY!!


Canadia – Finished…

Holy crap, am I tired.

So that’s it. We recorded the last episode on Wednesday. I’m done. DONE!

And yeah, now I’m sad. The whole thing went by so fast, I never really got to stop and enjoy it. I was always thinking, “Next episode, next episode…”

Episode 6 aired today, so that leaves 4 episodes left. I hope people continue to listen.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the quality of the writing. I think I managed to write a couple of great episodes (along with a couple of clunkers.)

The two episodes that were co-written turned out great, and I’m glad I had Dave Tomlinson and Bryan Lee O’Malley to write them.

I couldn’t have done it at all without Joe Mahoney as my story editor – Thanks, Joe.

The cast and crew were fantastic to work with. The whole thing was a great ride, and I hope we get picked up for more. I left the story open ended and there’s nothing I’d like more than to do a second season.

(If you like the show, please comment on this blog or please contact the CBC.)

Meanwhile, on to the next thing. I’ve been comissioned to write a pilot for an animation company, so I’ll be working on that for the next bit, as well as a couple of vanity projects. I’m going to try and keep the writing momentum going.

After a nap.

The Cast and Crew of Canadia: 2056