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every day I write the book
i'm ready for my close up mr demille

liken my LiveJournal to the bands who say they make music they want to hear: I try to keep a journal that I'd want to read. Over the past year and a half, I've stuck with that principle and overall I'm happy with the content I provide. Rather than writing every time something or other pops in my head or about every little detail, resulting in multiple entries per day, I've tried to provide things which were somewhat succinct and with purpose.

The problem with this is that, I spend inordinate amounts of time on polish and craft: editing as I go, moving sentences around, playing with syntax. Then there's all the linking for photos and what-not. While I'm pleased with the final result of my journal overall, and I don't mind the work that goes into writing an entry, I've found that there are lots of things which occur in my life that I wish were documented. This was my original intent for this journal, and while lots of things do get documented, a LOT doesn't. I want to, but sometimes it gets put-off because of time constraints. Pretty soon it's been several days and now there's something else that JUST OCCURRED that I want to write about. Basically, I've got a journal I'd like to read, but it's not completely the sort of journal I like to keep.

I first thought that maybe I needed another place to do this. I could write in an offline journal, but what's the fun of that? Besides, I have my laptop with me 90% of the time. I considered starting a second journal or a blog outside LJ, but neither of those really appeal to me: I like having everything in one place. Instead, I decided that I would begin keeping a daily log of my actions, movement, random thoughts... whatever and dump them into a single Semagic entry throughout the day. At the end of the day, I will make a single entry with this brain dump. All of this daily dumping of "I did this, I did that" would probably bore some of you to tears. I know it would me, that's why I don't keep a journal like that. (No offense to those of you who do.)

That's why I'm creating a new, elective filter called "daily_log". If for some reason you WANT to read this mess, just let me know and I'll add you. Edit To Add: I've added everyone to this filter. [/Edit] If at any time you would like to be removed from it, just let me know - no hard feelings. Basically, I will be writing for an audience of one: myself. I won't waste time writing back-stories, explaining things, or embellishing things. This isn't to say that it might not be entertaining, or amusing, or... whatever. But I'm not doing it with that intention, I'm just documenting my daily life as a supplement to the usual content. Feel free to leave comments, ask for clarification or further informaton about something.

I've made a set of guidelines for writing my daily logs, which I may tweak as I go:

1) Observe time of day and location each time I write in the log
2) Do not edit-as-you go. Do not edit previous time-segments. Any corrections and caveats must be made in subsequent segments.
3) No photos and a minimum of mark-up/style (including no LJ cuts).
4) Do not be "audience aware", all that matters is that I know what it means. I don't care that y'all don't know what it means (no backstories, etc)

That's it! Behind the cut is a sample of what you can expect. It's my log for 9/30/2006.

06:30 PDT - Sparks, NV

Didn't sleep well last night due to a toothache. I was hoping to wait until Christmas to worry about doing something once and for all with this mouth of mine, but if this keeps up it may be sooner rather than later. I have a little bit of leeway with this load I'm pulling to Henderson, CO, so I plan to stop for a while in Austin, NV and photograph some things I originally visited two years ago. It's been a long time coming.

09:00 PDT - Middlegate, NV

Stopped and took some photos of the Nevada Shoe Tree.

10:15 PDT - Austin, NV

I was stopped by a State Trooper just outside Austin for a random vehicle inspection. I passed, but I sure I'm glad I had the cab's air suspension fixed in Omaha last week.

10:30 PDT

I'm at The Castle, then I'm headed up to the mines.

13:50 PDT

The big mine was sealed-up, which disappointed me, but the smaller one was still accessible so the trip up here wasn't a total bust. It took me a while to find the big one as I had only been the one time two years. After I found it, it took me thirty minutes to find one of the entrances. Then another thirty to find the other, and both were sealed. I went back to the smaller one and took some photos for about an hour. I'm now back in the truck. Erin called within 5 minutes of me being here, how's that for timing :). Now, I'm all tired and dirty and I still have another 6-7 hours of driving to do today. Wheeeeee!

16:40 PDT - Ely, NV

I hope to make it as far as Richfield, UT tonight, which shouldn't be any trouble. A quick consultation of PC Miler says that'll only leave me 472 miles to Henderson before midnight tomorrow night. I have an Arby's Ultimate BLT, and Arizona Black Tea with Ginseng and honey, and a couple of more Advil for the toothache. In the 20 zillion times I've heard it, I think I just now realized the line in "Heartless" by Heart is Keep on sinning in the name of rock and roll. Awesome.

21:45 MDT - Richfield, UT

....with thirty minutes to spare on my 14 hour. Tooth is starting to hurt again, took more Advil. Gonna chat with Erin for a bit, take my Conquer Club turns and maybe work a little on the Funny Farm before going to bed. I've heard Minor Threat three times in the past three days on XM... and I heard "Superstar" from JC Superstar. I think I'll pull both for listening-to tomorrow, that'll be a weird mix.

I actually liked this post a lot more than the stuff you regularly write. Maybe because it reminds me of how we talk on the phone. You don't craft how you talk to me...we just ramble to each other, and I like that. It's real.

This is something I'd really like to start doing in my journal, too. (In case you couldn't tell from my post I wrote tonight, and from our conversation today)

Yes please. :-) (Take Aleve for your toothache; works much better on dental pain than advil does.)

Thanks for the tip. I might search for a bottle of it in the morning. Right now it's unrelenting, the Advil only providing about 4 hours of relief and then I'm hit'n it again.

It was stuff like this that made me join LJ to begin with... It's not our deep and complex thoughts that are interesting, it's the minutiae of daily life.

I dunno, I'm mixed on it. I mean, I don't mind the little things, but I typically like it "presented" to me... LiveJournal for me is mostly about entertainment. There are some journals where I don't mind the details, of people I know personally (or have gotten to know) regardless of the presentation.... I just want to know about what's going-on in their lives.

But if it's someone I don't know very well, I find myself skimming them when it's always just "...and then we went to the mall and shopped for clothes. Later, we went to eat at blah blah blah..." zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

But I know some people do like that stuff, so, I figure'd I could just make it optional. But basically it's for me. :)

I rather like this format.

Which aspect, the concept of a daily dump log, or the two-tiered journal?

Should I infer interest in the filter, or no?

You're being much too polite. People hate having to opt in. Negative option billing is the way to go. Err... unless you're a cable company. You're not though the last time I checked. You should just assume people are lazy and want to read everything unless they say otherwise.

I dunno, I like the idea of elective filters. I mean, yes, I'm the type that, if it's a journal I read regularly that I'm just going to want access to everything... but there are some people who don't want to read about certain things. I like the idea of a two-tiered journal, for me at least.

I would enjoy this very much...count me in :)

Man that's awesome! I want in. :3

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id like to be added please.

Enough that you want on the filter?

Me too, please! I like the minutiae of people's lives.

Oh, and for quick pain relief, go for alka seltzer's cold/ sinus. Also, listerine helps cut down on the pain for me- not instantly, but after about a week or so. So long as I use listerine daily, I don't get tooth pain. Aleve has zero effect on any tooth pain for me, which is weird. (Can you tell I've been managing without dental insurance for awhile now? I have the pain control down.)

I find Listerine helpful for the immediate pain, as well. The alcohol in it has a numbing quality for me. I used it twice last night just trying to get the pain down enough until the analgesic kicked-in.

I think I remember seeing that photo at some point in your journal... that made an awesome icon.