Sigh of Relief

It’s been a while. Let me see, what have I been doing…

I was working.

And I moved in January.

There, you’re all caught up.

I just finished writing the last episode of Canadia… Like five minutes ago. We still have 2 episodes left to record, but I’m done with the writing. Done.

It’s bittersweet for sure. I’m not exactly sure how I feel. A bit relieved, a bit sad… A bit… Tired. Actually, shit, really tired.

24 episodes in a year and a half. 10 the first season, 14 this season.

I hope people like this season (Which, incidentally, starts this Wednesday @11pm on CBC radio 1)…

Anyway, I’m going to bed. For a few days, I think. Then I’ll catch up on all the e-mails… taxes… life… That I’ve been neglecting for so long.

I had a hell of a time. Not many people get to do what I just did. I’ve been really lucky for this experience.

Ahh, feels nice…

Wait…

Oh… There’s this little… Twinge of something… In my gut… What is that…

oh.

What the hell am I going to do now?!?!

shit.

I’m unemployed.

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Rainy Daze

Yeah, yeah, the title’s cliché, I know.

I’ve been surfing the net FOR HOURS and HOURS… Occasionally switching over to Word to write… nothing…

This is one of those days that just crawls by at first, but in a few hours I’ll wonder where the day went.

Anyway.

Canadia: 2056 now has an official web page, here. It’s in progress, there’s more to come (and it’ll be in super futuristic 8-bit!).

And, I can’t believe it, but the CD of the first season is available here for a whopping $49.99.

I like how part of the description reads:

This entertaining sci-fi comedy series is written by one of Canada’s best-loved comedy writers, Matt Watts.

Heh.

“best-loved”.

Do you hear that? My own CD says I’m (one of Canada’s) BEST-LOVED!

Kevin White, I’m coming after your job. Are you best-loved? I don’t think so… Maybe “somewhat” loved (or “most” loved), but quite frankly, when I watch Corner Gas, I think, “this show could use a PR-designated BEST-loved writer in charge”.

whee.

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Goodbye 2007, Hello Forever

I realize it’s been a while since I posted. Don’t worry, I’m fine.

Seriously, I’m ok.

So, to address some e-mails and some family questions…

Canadia: 2056…

If you notice a complete lack of publicity surrounding a show – if you hear or read absolutely nothing at all about a particular program – the chances are that it’s premiering within a matter of days. It’s CBC Radio’s anti-publicity campaign, their “publicity-nouveau” if you will. If you think about it, it really challenges the listener to “discover” programming. It’s rather brilliant and progressive, actually.

“Our silence and lack of acknowledgment indicates that some thing is about to happen… Maybe.”

But, for the neophobes who can’t get on board with this whole “anti-publicity” fad, and for those who have duly noted that the CBC Program schedule says that Afghanada is still airing on the 2nd of January:

Canadia: 2056 starts airing on Wednesday. Yes, this Wednesday, January 2nd at 11:05PM, repeat on Friday January 4th at 11:30AM. The first season will run through until March, and then the second season (the episodes we’re currently writing/recording) will begin airing.

Also, for those of you enquiring about CD’s of the first season: I think it’s safe to assume at this point that they will not be available for Christmas. I’m assured that they will be available for pre-order by the time the show starts airing on Wednesday… But if you go by my convoluted logic regarding the publicity for the show – if you don’t order the CD’s at all, they will arrive on your doorstep sometime last week.

As for podcasting… Don’t even ask. It’s hopeless at this point. The idea of downloading any radio drama from the CBC website looks like it’ll probably happen around the time digital media is considered out-dated and archaic. Incidentally, I tried to get the phrase “now available on the compact disc format!” on the cover of the CD’s, but they didn’t go for it.

We’re halfway through recording the new season, which I’m really enjoying writing. Although the focus is primarily the characters and their relationships, we’re pushing the SF story-lines as far as we can… For the record, if you think I’ve stolen something from either Douglas Adams or Grant Naylor, it’s an homage…

Not theft.

(Fine, I “borrowed” some ideas… But at least I ADMIT IT!)

Everything else…

The non-SF screenplay I wrote will be getting some development money – So I’m working on a second draft of that.

I’ve got an outline for another film idea in the works, and I’m waiting to hear on a couple pitches…

I just played the first God of War, and it was awesome.

Anyway…

About a month ago I was getting some paperwork together, looking at my bank statement and I had a moment of realization. This was the first year where all my income came from writing… Not only that, but I actually earned my keep, never having to borrow a single dime.

Who knows what next year will be like… This year was the year I almost said “I am a writer” outloud. Mind you, I haven’t… Typing it now filled me with a sense of foreboding.

But there’s a small part of me that’s borderline proud.

And that’s something to marginally celebrate.

Happy 2008!

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Scott Pilgrim Day!

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Bryan Lee O’Malley’s awesomely hilarious Scott Pilgrim books?

They’re awesome and hilarious.

Book 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together was released today, so if you haven’t read the first three, I highly recommend that you run out (or type “amazon.com” into your web browser) and get them.

Bryan’s writing is stellar. I tapped him to write an episode of Canadia last season, and he’s in line to write another in the spring.

I can’t praise the guy enough… And he really doesn’t need the praise, since he’s pretty much praised by everyone who’s ever read his work. If anything, he’s got too MUCH praise.

FUCK YOU, AND YOUR PRAISE, MAL!

Buy book 1 at amazon.ca, amazon.com
Buy book 2 at amazon.ca, amazon.com
Buy book 3 at amazon.ca, amazon.com
Buy book 4 at amazon.ca, amazon.com

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I just pulled a knife on Peter Sellers

Oh man, the burnout is setting in. This schedule I get myself into, of writing an episode a week… It’s grueling at times. My panic disorder has flared up BIG TIME. I had a panic attack on the street today, which never happens. Grocery stores, malls – indoor places, for sure. The street? Not since I was 15. That’s a bad sign. I’m slipping.

I’ve just outlined another episode, which I’ll have written into a first draft by… Wednesday, second draft by Friday or Saturday, then polished on Monday, to be recorded the following Tuesday (along with the episode I wrote last week which will be recorded the day before).

You think you’re confused, you should see the look on my face.

Uhhh. I love radio drama. There are times where I actually prefer it to any other medium. I grew up on it all; books, tv, film and radio drama… I snuck tapes into bed and listened to old Goon Show episodes as I went to sleep on my WALK-MAN.

(A moment of silence… for the WALK-MAN).

I geniunly feel at home in this medium.

But I have to admit that I envy the TV writers. They get more attention (it’s hard to imagine anything getting less press than Canadian Television – Guess what, it’s Radio Drama), they get more money, and they get more time… To work on the same script. Draft after draft of the same script.

Actually, that sounds more like hell than what I’m doing.

At least I’m never bored.

Beisdes, the TV people won’t hire me, because whenever I try to get staffed on a show, they look at my radio drama credits and say, “They still make Radio Drama?”.

I don’t even want to start on what it’s like to explain to people outside this business about what I do. “I write Radio Drama”. “Drama? Like… Serious plays for radio?” “No, drama in the traditional… but it’s still comedy… and… Uhh… Like… You know… Burns and Allen but in space and without an audience… And you know… not quite as funny.”

“Why don’t they just call it Radio Comedy?”

“Because that’s… Like… The Debaters.”

“The who-what now?”

Anyway…

I still hold on to the belief that maybe there’ll be a resurgance in Radio Drama. Hell, if they get this podcasting thing sorted out (ha ha ha) maybe it’ll open up a whole new world.

In the meantime, I’m glad I have side projects… Which I work on… When I… Uhh… Have time…

Which is never.

Damn.

Oh, who am I to complain, at least I’m working, right?

Now, I have to go to bed so I can get up in 4 hours and inject my friends diabetic cat with insulin.

Seriously.

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