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Yesterday isn't the sort of day that's easy to blog about. It was the humdrum sort of day that most professional writers have most days.

We are only two chapters and the "editor's epilogue" from being finished with the galley pages for The Red Tree. I expect I'll be able to get them back into the mail tomorrow. I might have finished with the page proofs yesterday, had I not had such an awful bout of insomnia the night before.

It's cloudy here in Providence. It was mostly cloudy yesterday. The temperature is only 56F. Spooky's mother says their house is surrounded by wild violets, and male orioles are pecking at the blossoms on the apple trees.

Here's a question: Is there some relatively simple way that I can archive all my LJ and Blogger entries, somewhere less likely to go poof than either Blogger or LJ? I've started worrying about this a lot. All these thousands of entries, all these millions of words. I suppose I could cut and paste it all into MS Word files, then spent a year of so creating a hard copy, and that's probably the only genuinely secure way to archive the entries. But I worry about this a lot lately, and I thought someone might have a suggestion.

I have gone back to keeping my pen-and-paper journal, which I think will be good for me.

And I should remind you that the trade paperback of Alabaster is now available from Subterranean Press. And I think there are still a few copies of the regular hardback of A is for Alien available (though the limited sold out long ago).

Okay...time to do the bidding of the platypus.

Oh...and the Decemberists, from The Colbert Report:

The Colbert Report - The Decemberists - The Wanting Comes in Waves

Date: 2009-05-04 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'Here's a question: Is there some relatively simple way that I can archive all my LJ and Blogger entries, somewhere less likely to go poof than either Blogger or LJ?'

Well, there's ljbook.com, which saves your entire LJ as a ginormous PDF.

If I were you, though, I'd be thinking about a complete copy-and-paste of the Low Red Moon journals into a word doc, tedious as that sounds. It's the Only Way to Be Sure.

One thing you could also do while you're doing that is compile all your thoughts on movies you've seen into a chapbook which might be titled Caitlín Kiernan's Watching, after Unca Harlan's own book, and yeah, I can already hear you laughing hollowly and saying 'Nnnno,' so, no. I'd totally buy it, though! And so would Zac Efron!

Date: 2009-05-04 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If I were you, though, I'd be thinking about a complete copy-and-paste of the Low Red Moon journals into a word doc, tedious as that sounds. It's the Only Way to Be Sure.

That's sort of what I was thinking.

One thing you could also do while you're doing that is compile all your thoughts on movies you've seen into a chapbook which might be titled Caitlín Kiernan's Watching, after Unca Harlan's own book, and yeah, I can already hear you laughing hollowly and saying 'Nnnno,' so, no.

Thing is, Unca Harlan's commentary is far more entertaining than mine.

Date: 2009-05-04 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'Thing is, Unca Harlan's commentary is far more entertaining than mine.'

Naah, all you have to do is add sentences like 'This reminds me of the time I nailed a studio exec's head to a coffee table' or 'And then I mailed a dead gopher to the publisher fourth class.'

Date: 2009-05-04 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Naah, all you have to do is add sentences like 'This reminds me of the time I nailed a studio exec's head to a coffee table' or 'And then I mailed a dead gopher to the publisher fourth class.'

Gods, I love the gopher story.

Date: 2009-05-04 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
One reads the gopher story and thinks 'This is a crazy fucker. But he's my kind of crazy fucker.'

Date: 2009-05-04 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jtglover.livejournal.com
Don't know your archiving preferences, but I use LJ-Book (http://www.ljbook.com/frontpage.php) on those should-be-more-frequent occasions when I back up my journal. Creates a PDF with various kinds of information encoded, depending on your wishes, and can include privacy levels up to "private."

Date: 2009-05-04 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The PDF option is an interesting route, and one of which I was was unaware. Thanks.

Date: 2009-05-04 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolven.livejournal.com
I use LJ Archive (http://sourceforge.net/projects/ljarchive/).

Updates every time you load it, has easy search functionality, and-- if one were so inclined-- can even generate word/phrase frequency metrics.

Date: 2009-05-04 08:11 pm (UTC)
ext_113542: by <user site=livejournal.com name=jillicons> (woman with cuppa and laptop)
From: [identity profile] msree.livejournal.com
ljarchive rocks for Windows users, but there doesn't seem to be any Mac version.

Date: 2009-05-05 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
I use XJournal, which is also a client for updating; it will back up all your entries to a Mac harddrive -- although not comments.

Date: 2009-05-05 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

-- although not comments.

That's a shame.

Date: 2009-05-04 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cocoajava.livejournal.com
LJ Archive, mentioned above, works really well.

Date: 2009-05-04 08:09 pm (UTC)
ext_113542: by <user site=livejournal.com name=jillicons> (woman with cuppa and laptop)
From: [identity profile] msree.livejournal.com
If you want a complete copy of your LJ elsewhere online, comments preserved and everything, your best bet is to get a Dreamwidth (http://www.dreamwidth.org/) account and use its importer. Dreamwidth is still in beta, so you'll need to pay or get an invite code; I've a spare invite that you can have.

If you'd prefer to have an LJ backup that lives on your hard drive, there's this (http://antennapedia.livejournal.com/238132.html). Can't offer any personal experiences as I'm not a Mac user.

Date: 2009-05-07 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kongjie.livejournal.com
The Decemberists seem like the kind of band I might like but whenever I try sampling their music, I just don't get it. I listen to a lot of unusual, hard-to-label music but for some reason I just can't place them in a sensible continuum.

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