As serious as my trade…

Sunday 3 April, 2011

One of the reasons why I ended up going into journalism, apart from the whole “My course actually dissolved into two other courses and I didn’t like the other option” thing, was that I like to write.

I also planned to be working in the media in some way, just not as a journalist. Still, foot in the door and all that.

Then I left, and I took my foot with me. But still, I like the idea of writing something. So, I try and I try and, although I have blogging down to an art form (Modern art, mostly. I blog too much to be compared to something with class), writing something is hard for me to grasp. I start off okay, I have these ideas Shakespeare would have been envious of, but after the first 500 words things start to go downhill.

It’s the characters, mostly. I have a hard time sticking to a character characteristics when it’s a character i’ve invented. I’ve also tried turning one of my more successful Ye Olde Fanfictions into an original fiction, but, well, it didn’t work.

And then I lost my spark for that particular fanfiction.

I fear i’m a lost cause. And yet I can successfully blag my way out of a parking, should it happen. I think i’m an actor at heart, if I could lie and pretend to be a character, I should be able to lie about some poeple who didn’t actually exist, all the while documenting their hapless actions in life. Right? Right??

Well, it’s a start. But then, so is everything else i’ve written. Just a start, stuck somewhere between 500 and 20 thousand words. I’m very proud of the latter novel, but unfortunately I realised a plot hole and my fix up made things worse. I don’t have the heart to go back to it…

But anyway, I need to get to my point. I’m writing something. I don’t really know what, I don’t know what it’ll become, but it’s started. And to get somewhere, I need to get over a little bump I’ve found myself stuck on.

And that’s where I need anyone’s help who may be reading this, anyone who might have stumbled upon this and is reading this right now. Even if they (you) don’t know, but might know where or how to get this information.

If you have a village field that is bogland (Not bog as in swamp, but previously ruined and waterlogged ground that has remained ruined) and is unsuitable to build on, is there any way to fix it to make it suitable to build on?

I used to live in a house that was built on marsh land. The first house I remember living in was built on bogland, specifically bombed-enforced bogland and a totally different situation and experience. The marsh land the house was build on was sinking, taking the houses with it. We all joked that one day, we’d all wake up and have to leave the house via the windows. They always said that they’d end up knocking down the whole street, that there was nothing else for it.

But then one very smart chap noted that Japanese houses were build mostly on marsh land and they do ok. So, unless he’s wrong, there must be a trick to it. Is it just our work men are too lazy or short of funding for the job? Both? Something completely different?

If money and labour wasn’t a question, would there be a way to fix bogland? Is bogland and marsh land all that different? I was lead to believe it isn’t, but what do I know? I just lived on them, I didn’t learn anything about it. And you’d be amazed how much little information there is about this.

So, I would appreciate some help. A finger to point me in the right direction, at least.

It would be most appreciated.

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Blogging Woes

Friday 1 April, 2011

Have I ever mentioned that I have too much to say? Funnily enough, when I don’t have enough to say or can’t say what I want to say, I end up repeating myself an average of five times about things I’ll have already mentioned.

The reason why I bring this up is because I wanna blog about something that has bothered me all day, but I think I’ve already LJ’d enough for today (Yes, I know. It’s such a shock that I have a not-so-secret-but-kinda-sort-of-i-guess* Livejournal…) and will be abusing my Flist for the next month as it is. So here I am.

Everytime LJ is down, there’s talk of the LJColypse. And this is with every outage, server crash, DDoS attack, random down time, storm-related static interference, news that users don’t like, army of flying monkies, you name it, The Suspected Death of LJ comes up.

Now, I don’t think LJ is about to die sometime soon, but, as I said to one fellow LJ user today:

I’m sure this time won’t cause the end of LJ, but it will probably come at some point and I think with all the problems LJ’s been having, and the fact that so many users are leaving for not-so-greener-in-my-opinion pastures, we might see the end sooner than we expect it. So to play it safe, it’s best to back up in anticipation than have the rug pulled out from under our feet. I’m trying to decide whether doing it the way I linked to above, or Manually posting every single entry of mine into a new journal somewhere… because i’m THAT invested!

And the more we all got to talking about What We’d Do If LJ Was Taken Down Tomorrow, the more the more invested of us became paranoid. I ended up backing up my whole LJ using something called xjournal, and I have a lot of entries! I’m guessing the fellow I spoke to is also backing up his LJ. People joined the community-in-which-we-were-talking-about-this’s own facebook, and people were even talking about this facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=44348833446

It’s called “The Livejournal Lifeboat”. It’s quite ingenius, if not a little bit sad, that someone’s thought of making a facebook group based on what our parents tell us when we’re kids. When/If we get seperated, lets all meet at a place. There’s something sad, defeatest, Post-apocolyptic about that, isn’t there? Or is that just me?

So I’ve joined. And I’ve been agonising all night what site I should go to in the event that LJ dies. Now, for the moment, I don’t have to go to Any site. I’m not looking to relocate any time soon, you know? But if the rug is pulled out from under me, I want to be prepared.

I’ve got it narrowed down to three places:
InsaneJournal
Dreamwidth
Wordpress (If I can understand it)

I’d also willingly consider DeadJournal as a joke…

I wouldn’t consider here, it hasn’t exactly got the security settings I’d want.
I wouldn’t consider Tumblr for two reasons. The first is for the same reason as above, and also, it isn’t exactly the best place to blog. It’s more of a sharing-awesome-stuff kind of blogging place, not really a place to “Blog” in the good ole fashioned definition of a term.

But wherever I go, would anyone else follow me? Am I the only one This invested into my Journal? Well, going from my post earlier on the subject, No. But for those of us who are that invested in our journals, we’re in the minority. Which is, again, kind of sad.

So this has been on my mind for the majority of the day. Will we all shrug off our LJ families and communities, and history on there, and move on to greener pastures, whatever they may be? Or will we meet up at the carousel and work it all out from there?

Or, I suppose this might be a novel idea, give up the life of an internet blogger and go back out into the real world?

The real world… with real people and shops. I don’t think it’s for me. After all, if I was, would I be this concerned about LJ dying in the first place?

*It’s secret in the sense that I don’t want too many people connecting this account with my LJ, nor many people connecting my LJ with here.