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Been a long while since I last posted anything. I seem to have less time for this sort of thing these days. I had been working two jobs, one of them full time one of them nearly full time. Beyond that, if I have time to write, I have been focusing it on my creative writing or paying articles. LJ just doesn't offer much back. Most of the time I don't even get feedback from the people on my friends list, so it seems a lot like verbal masterbation rather than anything productive. I can write in my journal at home with more ease and without having to log in or be at the computer. Still, if people are still interested in hearing the things I have to say, let me know. Granted I tend to ramble, but sometimes I do say things of value I tend to think.
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Alright, seriously, I need these. If you want to get me something for Christmas for cheap, buy me a set of these!!! http://cargocollective.com/4thamendment
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For many years I have been a writer. I have toyed with writing professionally. I have even dreamed of one day making it my career despite the tremendous odds. To that end, I already have one book mostly written and another about half of the way complete. Still, I have put off time and again doing anything to actually move forward. I have written a handful of short stories that I actually bothered to send in and of those, only one did I bother after the first rejection letter or two to send out further. Instead I have focused myself on understanding how to be a better writer and to hone those abilities. It is an ongoing process, but I think I have gotten far better over the years. With that said, a writer who never writes isn't really a writer now are they? More importantly, you can't really claim the title of Author until you have been published (like how I capitalized the A there?). One step further, you can't claim to be a Professional Author until you have been published on a professional level.

So what am I to do about this? I finally decided to buckle down and really start doing something. I am not going to keep holding back just because I think a piece might need more work. I am not going to sit on my laurels and belly-ache over the fact that one format may not pay as well as I would hope. So I do a few works at a non-professional price. So what? Everyone starts somewhere and the practice is going to be helpful. My first venture is Associated Content, just to build the funds to cover a website so that I can promote my own work. Then it will be time to start sending works in to editors. I will be able to self-promote anything I do get published and if it doesn't get published, I can use the editor comments to hone my skills further. I hope that anyone who reads this will follow my various feeds for new information, since I don't tend to blog on here much these days. You can find me at any of the following:

http://www.facebook.com/D.X.Logan

https://twitter.com/DXLogan
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http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/906526/dx_logan.html

Associated Content pays based largely on small commissions and page views, so the more you read over my articles and/or stories, the more I get paid. Leave me feedback here or on my Facebook page if you really liked anything in particular. Feel free to send me a message if there is something you felt could be improved. I welcome any and all commentary and I hope that you find enjoyment in my work.
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I just finished another bout of coding. I am feeling like I am dangerously close to having all of the major codes done, yet I know there is still a ton to do on coding this game. Beyond that I still have to do things like the maps, the descriptions of the entire grid, the placement of all the objects and locks, etc... I am not really that close to done, but I am getting close to a point where I can start outsourcing some aspects with other people. There is a sense of excitement for me. I think I might be ready for alpha testing by the end of the year. If that is the case, beta testing wouldn't be far behind and then fully open! I am practically biting at the bit just to get this game open... must... be... patient!
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7/24/2010

I never met you, but loved you all the same.
I can't know if you were boy or girl, you never had a name.
SO many things remain about you, things I will never know.
I'll never hear you laugh. I'll never watch you grow.
My excitement and wonder were subdued for you, another was my first.
I should have shown it better and you might not have suffered this curse.
When I finally pass from this world, it's this that I'm going to pray;
That I prove myself worthy of heaven, so that I'll finally meet you in person that day.
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For those interested, I have finally gotten around to creating a DeviantArt account and am slowly adding some of my less crappy work onto it. Feel free to check it out.
http://leviathanapsu.deviantart.com/
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I refuse to use the politically correct version of the virus' name. Seriously, I get so tired of them acting like it is already a pandemic. Sorry, no, it is the flu. It is no more or less serious than the regular flu currently. They are afraid it will mutate like it did the better part of a century ago and become ultra deadly, but at least as of yet that is not the case. My wife has it, my baby undoubtedly has it and unless somehow fate is playing jokes, I have it. While I have not yet shown any signs of illness, that isn't uncommon for me. I have been tired a lot lately and my joints hurt a little, which is in keeping with what I remember from the few times I have ever gotten the flu. Baby is doing fine, don't worry. The mother is a bit rough since she is sick, but still has to take care of baby while I am at work. Well, that and she also has a Branchial infection (I think I am remembering the name of it right anyway) at the same time. Lucky her right. Seriously people, worry about the young and the old like any other variation of the flu and focus the rest of your attention on more important things than yet another doomsday plague of the week.
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After seeing the mixed fare of homesteading communities here, I hesitantly decided to create one of my own dedicated almost exclusively to helpful articles and discussion rather than a mix of useful and irrelevant chatter. Those who already know a great deal are just as welcome as the newcomers. I don't mind friendly talk, but it isn't really meant to be a support group, but rather more of an interactive study program. If you are interested, it is listed as http://community.livejournal.com/the_frontiersma/


Feel free to join in or just read what pops up.
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optimistic optimistic
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I have been dreaming of homesteading for a long while now, carefully measuring out what will be needed in what measure and at what cost. I have been tediously noting information in my files and organizing it based on it's value. I am now aware of how to make spring boxes/spring houses, how to build with cordwood, how to make a straw bale structure, how to produce huge amounts of food from a tiny amount of space, how to can and dehydrate most of the foods I could grow or raise, and (to a limited degree) how to raise various animals I would like to have. I am constantly trying to learn more about the matter and to improve my knowledge and skills for when the time arrives.

And as a sideline to it all, I have been remembering various intentional communities I have heard of or interacted with. They seem to range all over the place, from hippy communes to eco-organizations. Honestly the only real common element I can find is that everyone shares at least some of the work on behalf of those around them for the sake of their combined survival and comfort. Many share meals, many help others in building or other tasks. Part of me has always liked that. I find myself more and more wanting more than just to be able to create a homestead. I am more and more thinking that having a community of like-minded people around to share in the failures and the triumphs would be nice as well. I am finding many tracks of land with 30 or more acres to them within my own price range.... one of them in particular would start me out with a small cabin, a stream and 3 reliable springs!!! I am giving serious thought to trying to find 3 or 4 like-minded people/families who would want to chip in with money and work... and building not just a homestead, but a community homestead where everyone can work together on some projects, share meals and generally create a place that everyone involved could be proud of and enjoy. There is the catch... like-minded people seem few and when I do find them, none of them are sure enough of themselves to trust taking the leap. It may mean I need to just start the homestead first and try to draw friends in afterward. If anyone has any experience or suggestions in this sort of matter, I would love to hear them.
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contemplative contemplative
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Never gonna happen.

Postscript: Facebook is an eventual maybe.
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