"We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us."

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James Johnston
Fort Worth TX"

Sweet words. I can't wait to take this journey. David and I were talking about how we want to get the most possible out of SXSW. No time for sleeping or anything else. I'm just realizing that Amy and I haven't taken a full-length vacation all by our lonesome since our honeymoon two years ago. We flew into L.A. and then drove from L.A. to San Francisco, staying at hostels along the way. It was relaxing and fun because we didn't have anything to do. This vacation unfortunately, won't really be a vacation. It will be quite busy. Which I can't really complain about. I mean it's gonna be fun, really fun. Just busy too. It would be delightful to take a nice relaxing, non event-filled vacation with my special lady friend though. Either way, it will be pleasant to get away from the stress and non-stop hustling of the Spiral Diner.

I'm quickly becoming obsessed with Altman. We set down and watched MASH on Tuesday. It's just amazing what he does on film. I can't even begin to explain it. I just wish that things could be as good for filmmakers today as it was back in the 70's. How is it that we've gone backwards in terms of censorship and creative freedom in this country?

Writing with David is going great. I'm really happy with the script as far as my vision goes. It's a great framework that will give me a lot to work with. I think David wants to make it a little more than just a skeletion though. He likes scripts to be a work of art within themselves so people can enjoy reading it. I find it impossible to explain on paper what I'm thinking about a scene, of course that's where David comes in and why he's great to write with. I'm sure you've noticed by now that we didn't get to lock ourselves up in New Mexico to finish the script. However, we've done pretty well without that. We're damn near done. We have maybe ten more pages to go.