Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Journal Omnibus

R.a.n.t. of week 02/11/18
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So I've started a new project. Not sure if the correct word is ambitious, but it's interesting none-the-less. I have embarked on bringing all my journals and web entries to one place. You see, I've been journal writing since 1984. Can you believe that? The first eight or nine years, the entries were entirely hand written. A few years ago, I embarked on the task of writing these entries into the computer. A task I concluded, to some degree or another. I tried to keep all misspellings in-tact. Sort of a way to see how my writing has improved over the years (if at all).

Most recently, I've started entering all these previous journal entries to a private journal writing website. It's safe and secure, so I have been having fun entering them and reliving old times. Additionally, I've been groaning at some of the idiotic things I have written or done, and with the new site, adding tags to each entry. Now with just a click of the button, I can check how many entries I wrote about my old friend Patrick, my most recent friend Brandon, my sons Caleb and/or Tristan or even places I've been to such as London or the times I've mentioned Doctor Who. It's really kind of exciting to me.

While creating this Omnibus, I pondered including all of my writes. Certainly my rants are not exactly journal writing. Mostly because I share my rants with the world. But then I got to thinking, I should include my writes. Though I do more writing about people and things I've done in my journal writing, my rants express all things about me. Things I like and don't like. So I ultimately decided they were perfect for my omnibus. But how should I include them? Should I squeeze them in as journal fillers during the different journals of mine? Or make them a completely thing all-together. After much internal debate, I have come to conclusion they will be added to my journal omnibus as a separate thing entirely. Most likely though, I will include various other blog entries. Will the entire Omnibus be made public? Unlikely. However I will make any new r.a.n.t. articles available here. So, that's something.

18 comments:

  1. I bet that took a lot of work to set up!
    Good to hear from you, Jeffrey.

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    1. Entering my older journals took me about six months. Doing a copy and paste into the journal site I'm utilizing only took a few weeks. Though the work is far from over.
      It's good to hear from you too.

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  2. Nice to see you back in the Blogosphere, Jeffrey! ☺ That sounds like a project of humongous proprortions but it's obviously something dear to your heart, so that's a good thing. Looking forward to your future rants!

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    1. The project shall certainly keep me motivated in writing for awhile and I do have a few more future rants up my sleeve. Perhaps I just needed a break from writing for a bit. Well, I've done that before, but I always come back to writing. it is a passion of mine, even if I'm just mediocre at best.

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    2. Mediocre? Not a chance! Everybody needs a break now and then but it sure is good to see you. ☺

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  3. Long time no hear! Always look forward to reading the things you write. The R.A.N.T.s are my favorite! (kg)

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    1. I stopped for awhile. Didn't think anyone was appreciating them. But I enjoy writing too much to be gone for long.

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  4. Hi Jeffrey - good to know what you're doing ... and how you're setting your site up. Lots of memories that will be essential for Caleb and Tristan ... take care and enjoy - cheers Hilary

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    1. My ultimate goal, when I pass, someone cares enough to hold onto it. PS-Good to see you stop over. I may begin to blog again.

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  5. What a surprise to see you back at the blog. Good to see you again. Hope you get back to doing the Battle of the Bands posts.

    Sounds like an ambitious project you have underway, but it's a good idea. I've thought about going back into my handwritten (and sometimes poorly typed) archives to redo them digitally. Seems like a lot of work, but it's kind of cool to consider. Good luck with the writing and retrieving.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm currently holding off on the BOTB, but I may return some day. Considering possibly an A-Z in April. If I can think of a good theme and feel I have enough time.
      Yes, the project is currently underway and most of it has been inputted, it's just going to take me a little longer to back-date, tag and do minor edit work, such as formatting or adding photos.

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  6. Hi, Jeffrey!

    Holy smokes, good buddy. You were gone almost a year! How have you been? In the months since we last "spoke," my life has taken a delightful and very exciting turn. Last June, singer/pianist Diana Krall and I were married. At long last she and I have both found true bliss.

    I am happy to learn that you've got your muse back. Great things can be accomplished when you are inspired and motivated. I hope you enjoy working on your project.

    I will be back tomorrow morning with my first new post in a month. In it I will bring you even more GREAT NEWS. I hope to see you then, good buddy!

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    1. DON'T tease about Diana Krall. LOL - So what did Elvis Costello have to say about your wedding?
      Yes, I've got the writing bug again. I think it's mostly because no matter what, at least I enjoy writing. And I do get visit from my internet friends. So that's something too. And appreciate it, I do. Looking forward to your good news. Perhaps it's that you and Diana broke up and she has decided to run to my arms for comfort? I can only hope.

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    2. << So what did Elvis Costello have to say about your wedding? >>

      It's funny, because every time I ask her about him she simply says "Elvis who?" ("Once you go Shady... you never trady.")

      I won't have good news tomorrow, Jeffrey. I will have nothing less than GREAT NEWS!

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    3. My guess is you've rescued a GREAT Dane.
      Looking forward to the reveal tomorrow.

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  7. Great to see your back Jeff. The idea of having the equivalent to a Captains log is so cool, only thing is he had a starship and a crew.

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    1. Truth be told. When I first stated my personal journal, I was MAJOR into Star Trek and I began each entry with "STARDATE", then I coded the dates to a specific format. I still use the format, but have since dropped the 'Stardate' title.
      I.E.
      Jeff's Log Stardate 0215151718.05

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