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After Holiday Thoughts

So Christmas is done for another year.

I’m not sorry it’s through.

It’s that time of year where we all think back to how we loved our lives this year, and try to tell ourselves we’ll do better next year. The New Years Resolutions we inevitably allow to fall by the wayside.

We get too tired, too beaten, too fed up with the world we retreat to the comfort and security of the familiar things. Or just try and survive the next day.

But regardless of what might become of these statements we always reflect and try at least to focus on improving ourselves and our lives. So we try, and we hope. We reflect on the year before, and celebrate the year to come.

At the end it’s all we can do. So look back at who you were, and think about how to become who you want to be.

Hybrid ideas and crossed over concepts

So I have been working for a while on recreating certain projects in a way so they could be shared with others. It got me thinking about where I really want to take things. Or if I should just pack it in.

Clearly packing it in is not something I care to do.

I’ve been wanting to get into more than just writing short stories, fanfiction, and maintenance posts. Things like screencasts with what I’m doing for Bookshelf and documenting my exploration of tiny houses. It’s time-consuming, and the equipment for some of it can be a bit costly. Still, might be worth it.

So what does one do? They try to get better that’s what they do.
I’m going to try and just write things in general from now on. Create some series, and keep some things just short stories and stand alone.
Also, I’m recreating the page in Drupal using some of the features I’ve created for Bookshelf.  That’s my plan for the pages and such anyways. I’ll also recreate a media galley functionality for the page.

Lots to do.

Hospitals Suck!

So I ended up in the hospital. My gall bladder is full of stones it seems and a particularly tenatious one has logged itself in the shared duct from the bladder, liver, and Pancreas. So I’m a bright shade of yellow and feeling like crap.

I’m just trying to adapt to my situation right now and pondering some things. Maybe write some things up into this blog while Iay here as I  don’t have access to anything right now.

I think right now all I really want is something solid to eat. I’d take cereal, maybe a nice ice cream treat. Anything. I’m living off IV fluids and Clear Liquids.

I’m in the VA medical system, so while I’m not paying for anything out of pocket Iam just laying here unable to do much of anything else. lots of time left on my own with nothing to do but watch tv and read small internet stuff as there is a nice big filter on this network. And since I have a lot of security on my accounts, I can’t even do those without constantly calling for reauthorization. My phone is nearly dead, so it’s on a power conservation routine.

Right now mostly I just want to be fixed so I can go home. I want to be back to work and living and getting though the day happy.

That’s all I got. maybe Ican just post a ton of stuff as I write it and such. A little free writing and all.

Laters.

Update on Life

So, it’s been a bit since I wrote a blog post for here. Let’s just say it’s been busy and I haven’t been able to really do much save for some gaming (Halo 5), some occasional archive work, and maybe running ideas through my head but never onto a file. I know I need to work on that.

Right now I’m looking at Drupal 8 and trying to get a Drupal 8 install up to parity with my Drupal 7 Bookshelf profile layout. I’m not sure if that will matter long term, but it’s what I’m doing right now. I’m also still looking for help on the archiving and such.

Want to write a ton of stories and try and finish up several chapters and go from there on my fics. It be fucking kick ass if I just had a ton to drop all at once and such. We’ll see how that works. I’m still typing out things right now.

AS it relates to the Drupal 8 build, I have an issue I’m certain will come up, Story Navigation.

The way I have things setup right now requires the use of a third party module that is NOT available in Drupal 8. The easy way to handle navigation however does NOT make User Content Creation easy at all. I’m going to have to investigate potential solutions.

I’m not sure what the best option will be long term but we’ll see what we can see.

I’m going to try and play and review games on my shelf, and books, and everything in between, anything to add more content onto the pages.

Saturday Project Ideas!

So I have started trying to get myself out of the rut I allowed myself to fall into. It’s time I took some time to plan these projects I’ve been thinking off.

First thing, to all who do read my posts and stories thank you. If you like that than please share my posts with your friends. Leave comments in my comment section as well. There is nothing better than knowing what I write actually interests people. If you like that then think of throwing a few dollars to me via Paypal or Patreon.

Projects are what we call things that take up a lot more than just a simple instruction page. They are things that involve resources, information, hard work, and a bit of dedication.

I want to bring a tiny community to the Granbury, TX area. I think it is a great place to do so. Far enough outside DFW that you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Texas geography, but close enough to go and enjoy Ft. Worth’s sites.

First though I want to build my own. I recently ordered Tumbleweed Homes construction DVD. It’s in the mail and will provide a lot of good information. I also ordered a book on tiny house design.

This however brings me to a problem. Just buying a trailer for the build is $7,000USD before you take into account delivery. That gets you to close to $10KUSD I don’t own a truck that could transport it either.

One of the places I want for my tiny town is on the Brazos and costs $270,000USD.

So I guess part of the solution now is figuring out the financial part.

Of you like the idea of a Texas big tiny house town than I will appreciate any support for the idea. Material, moral, or financial.

I would also hope if you like the idea you would support it by setting up shop here. I definitely would be willing to help anyone who wants to build a tiny house RV or cottage in this projected community. You can also help develop businesses for income here.

I don’t know if this will work out, but one should be willing to try.

I will post GoFundMe links here shortly for the projects. Maybe we can do something big with little homes!

Projects and Funding Needs

Well, I’ve started into the world of Crowd Funding. I’m not sure if I will be able to pull it off well but I’m going to at least try. So let’s go up and down the gamut of things I will be trying to fund.

First we have the Patreon Account. If you find anything I’ve done worthwhile and want to just give a bit to help out the monthly expenses then you can go there and make your donation. I’m not asking for you to give me all your Netflix money, but maybe have buy me a Starbucks coffee now and again. Hopefully, if I get enough cash per month I might be able to afford to move the sites from the GoDaddy VPN to a Pantheon server. That’s $100USD a month just for what I think is minimum standard.

Second we have the GoFundMe account. That is for Campaigns and small project ideas. Maybe some fund raising to help out around my life here as I’m still trying to build up a following. I’ll be providing what I can, and I’m honestly wondering about putting out a monthly video commentary or something of that nature. I’ll work on it later, it’s a thought at least.

Then we have Kickstarter, the site for the REALLY big all or nothing ideas. Sunshine, TX may end up on Kickstarter. I have some ideas and thoughts and will proceed from there. No clue on how to start on that yet but any suggestions are welcome.

And finally, the easiest thing to do is to just share what I put out. Get your friends and family exposed to my content and ask them if it’s worth their time. The more people who see the more I can rely on ads and less on you all directly funding things. I’m hoping for some bump on that as I try and keep up with folks and post more things. Updates coming as I can.

That’s all I have for now. I’m going to do up a full post detailing an evolution of Sunshine, TX later.

The Lake is Back for the time being.

I think it’s pretty clear that in the last several years the entire west coast and central US, Texas included has had some severe drought conditions. Especially around here and it’s been noticable at Lake Granbury. And by noticable I think I should show you some pics I have of the area near the lake and it’s areas. To give you an idea here’s an image from a few months ago at the Park near where I live. The retaining wall there is important, so make a note of it.

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Beyond that wall you could walk down and go to the lake, it was basically a shore, not a bad thing but hey, it’s what it is. Here’s a few more images of it.

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And here it is TODAY!

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The Lake ahs for all intents and purposes been filled up. AS of the news yesterday we were exactly at 0 feet low or high here in Granbury. And we have ore heavy rains on the way tomorrow. That doesn’t even take into account all the water on the ground that is still trying to make it’s way to the lake and the Brazos river. There could easily be flood conditions here in the next 24 hours. We have warnings all over the place.

So if you see me floating by… just be kind enough to wave.

An Idea.

I have a thought for developing some areas here in Granbury. I’m not sure how difficult it would be to pull it off, but I like to think it would allow me to create some nice pleasant homes for folks, or at least vacation rentals and the like, while being environmentally friendly. I have some ideas, but as with all things I need funding, knowledge, and support both materially and morally. I think I can pull it off within the area I live, and make things so very pleasant along this side of Lake Granbury.

My plan in my head is to purchase all the multi-acre farm lots around and build them up like classic farm houses and the like, and make them a good little farming home for families to move into that area as off-grid as possible. Frankly I’d probably rent out the houses so I could maintain some maintenance schedule for my tenants. I would HOPE my thoughts and such would be sufficient for low-income folk to move in as well.

I need advice and money, anyone who is willing at least to chip in some thoughts. I would of maintain as much of the surrounding nature as possible, while trying to make it just as green as possible, both philosophically and literally.

All houses would have to have solar power or something similar. All of them would also have to have a good gray-water arrangement that feed into ponds for beautification and the like. Texas doesn’t restrict rainwater harvesting at all, and in state law actually prohibits municipalities from preventing such things. I would like that at least. Composting toilets for some nice non-water using plumbing as well.

I want to try and build something more then just a few houses and farms. I like to think the facilities exist where I am to create a very nice community and such over time. I don’t know how or what not but it be a good idea in my view. We need more community in my mind.

So anyone willing to help build something nice and such with me is more then welcome to do what they can, even if it’s just advice for a good business plan or what not. I’ll take anything. Join the conversation. Maybe you can try something in your local area.

Workload

Trying to create content for all my sites on a daily basis, or at least build up a buffer is a lot of work. I’ve not managed to build up a good sized buffer anywhere, and I’m still trying to write and create more content. I’m having some issues with distribution and the like as well.

One of the issues is coming up with a subject to write about. I can’t write if I don’t have a subject. I keep trying to find things to write about in the vein of Fanbards and the like, and it’s going to be difficult to keep writing like that but it’s a challenge. The second is ideas and plots for stories. I can write short articles all the time, but I’m a story teller as well so, yea.

It’s amazing how much work this can be when you are trying to do more every day even if it’s just fixing a story archive.