Mar. 5th, 2017

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This week's Resolution Recipe: Eggses en Cocotte with Kale
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Friday we went across town to the Balboa, an art deco theatre in the Richmond. It takes less time to drive down to Palo Alto than it does to drive from one side of SF to the other. But SF in SF was hosting a free showing of Bubba Ho-Tep, which I had never seen; and Joe Lansdale, who wrote the short story the film was adapted from, was there to sign books and talk about the film and story.

I haven't actually read any of Lansdale's stuff, but it sounded like a good outing. We had a fine time and I enjoyed the movie a lot more than I expected to. It's not just a low-budget goofy movie with Bruce Campbell.

The wife reminded me to ask my standard author question, which I got from George "Kill 'em All" RR Martin: on the spectrum of gardeners to architects, where do you put yourself? Gardeners plant seeds and see what comes up; architects plot structure before building. I find it to be a non-fanboy question that sometimes leads to a good discussion.

Oddly enough, hardly anyone admits to being an architect. There's no best answer, because the one that works for the author is the right one. Too much gardening leads to unconnected scenes, with no plot or story structure; too much architecting probably feels forced.


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