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January 11th, 2006
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I seem to be at my most productive when I'm doing something reasonably important or useful at the expense of something even more critical. This is a frustrating but apparently inescapable quirk of Baxilian existence.

Sometimes, it works out in my favor. I had a to-do list as long as my arm tonight; basically none of it got done, but I still have my written list to organize my task backlog, and in the meantime, I went through my whole damn LJ and added tags to four and a half years' worth of posts, conveniently categorizing them for the benefit of friends old and new who want to skim back through my journal.

I also re-read four and a half years' worth of my life all at once. It was pretty intense. I could feel the memories whispering back into my ears, pulling me back into the highs and lows. I ought to do that more often; I've led a richer life (and documented it better) than I think I often give myself credit for.

If you've got some time to kill and want to read (or re-read) more about (or from) me, feel free to check out the categories for whatever catches your particular fancy -- I've talked about draconity more often than I give myself credit for, as well as magic (though most of those posts are behind filter walls). If you like my (mostly TTU) fiction, or the discussion thereof that often contains handy authorial tips, I've sifted out a writing category; if you like my non-fiction or my random wordage, Best_of_Baxil collects (or links to) the pithiest/funniest standalone material.

If you're an old friend looking to catch up on half a decade's worth of major changes in my life, Misc_big_life_events hits the highlights -- although my more recent trip to Greece and my wedding to kadyg get categories of their own. My meme posts are also unusually full of cool facts about me -- not a single "test result," just answered questions and tidbits and such; I'm very picky about my sheepage! Of course, there's much more beyond this (riddles, cooking misadventures, and years of horrible puns among them), so dig through if you wish.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Markos Moulitsas, "For my Father"

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From:natetg
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)

Procrastinators for Productivity

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Join us. We have procrastination prevention meetings whenever something urgent is due. ;)
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From:baxil
Date:January 12th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)

Re: Procrastinators for Productivity

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Sounds like a plan! I'll add that to my 2005 resolutions.
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From:masticina
Date:January 11th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Tags work good not?
I mean they have a use!
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From:baxil
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
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Yeah, they're handy things. :)

Welcome to my journal! I hope you've enjoyed looking around.
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From:masticina
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
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Already keeping an eye on you for, lets see.. one week. Just never found time before for a good reply!

Self I suck at tags, as I see my fragmented web of tags in my postings.. I guess I could make clean tags... merw....
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From:necama
Date:January 11th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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And yet, this post doesn't get a tag.

Hm.
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From:baxil
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
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> Tags: self_promotion ];=8)
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From:gavinfox
Date:January 11th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Hey Baxil, where can I find your most recent TTU stories/novels/etc?
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From:baxil
Date:January 12th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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Good news and bad news.

Good news is that if you go back through the writing tag, all of my TTU material in the last few years is linked. (I've friended you in case I locked any of it.) But I seem to recall you've already read my NaNoWriMo novel at johnstanton, and the bad news is that I haven't actually posted anything new since then.

Which isn't to say I haven't written anything. The problem is, a great deal of it's in a twilight half-done state. (On The Edge has been my big TTU project lately; all of the writing questions and excerpts I've posted have been from it. It's up to 16,000 words. But it's nowhere near done -- I'm probably looking at a novel-length work by the time it writes itself out -- and I don't have high hopes of finishing it before disappearing for the summer this year.)

If you've read absolutely all the TTU stuff I've linked from my LJ and the older stuff at Tlands as well ... then, um, drop me a line by e-mail, I guess, because about the only other thing I've got right now is drafts, and if you're willing to take piecemeal stories and provide some feedback maybe we can work something out.

Of course, please feel free to pick my brain for universe details if you want to write your own stories! :) I haven't updated the site in a while, but I have no intention of abandoning the place or its people!
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From:gavinfox
Date:January 18th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... yea, I have read the johnstanton, and the other TTU stuff... I wouldn't mind helping you finish some drafts. are there any drafts that you are having particular trouble writing? Maybe I could help with some of the plots or stuff like that. Also, I'm interested in running a Tomorrowlands RPG sometime, what would you suggest would be a good system to base it on? I'm thinking D20 Modern and Urban Arcana, modified for the setting. What do you think? Have you considered anything similar?
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From:baxil
Date:February 3rd, 2006 09:39 am (UTC)

Long and late reply

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Sorry it's taken me a few weeks to get back around to you. >.<;

1) I've got one or two written-but-not-edited drafts, a few abandoned stories in various stages of completion, and then the Kiasu Three - his encounter with Ash; "Child's Play," which happens the next day, and "On the Edge," his origin story, which is my current project. For those three, I know pretty much exactly what I want to happen, it's just sitting and doing the writing and (for OTE) trying to keep the pacing somewhat even.

2) Re the RPG. Depending on the focus of the game -- who the PCs are, what their challenges are -- you have some latitude. The big decisions are whether you want a cinematic (invincible heroes vs. long odds) setting versus a gritty, more dangerous one; and whether you want the PCs to have access to big magical powers (high-magic) versus whether you want magic to be an important but mysterious and difficult-to-access force (low-magic).

If I were going to GM a TTU game, I would probably cobble something together starting from the basis of the GURPS Mage The Ascension adaptation. But I'm of the gritty yet high-magic school.

If you want cinematic high-magic, the original Mage: The Ascension is really the way to go, with mind-blowing flexibility and scaling to higher power levels. Cinematic low-magic might work well with d20, although I really dislike the AD&D "level-based" magic system, so characters would have to be mostly non-mage types. Hmm. Or what about pulling Ironclaw out to the modern setting? And if you want gritty low-magic, maybe porting Shadowrun over, or GURPS (which I like, sorry ];=8)), could work.

Of course, I just realized, a thoroughly excellent place to start would be a superhero game like HERO, and then just tone back the powers to your desired level of grittiness and put a "it's all done by magic" restriction on 'em. This also has the advantage that all superhero games are by default set in the modern era.

Amusingly, TTU has its own roleplaying system, "Age of Ascension," which some people might say is cribbed from a very similarly titled game but I have no idea what they're talking about. *innocent look* It's set in a standard high-fantasy setting, though, and is based on six-sided dice. Unfortunately, I haven't put the system together beyond the basics required to have people in-story talk about it. (You may recall a BaMoTTuSto story in which people were live-actioning it; also, the Redeemers have a campaign going.)
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From:roaminrob
Date:January 12th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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I seem to be at my most productive when I'm doing something reasonably important or useful at the expense of something even more critical. This is a frustrating but apparently inescapable quirk of Baxilian existence.

So, basically, there's a proportionate relationship between the importance of the thing you should be doing, and the importance of the thing which you'll do instead while putting off the thing you should be doing.

Cool.
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From:baxil
Date:January 12th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
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Not inevitably, but that's a good general rule.

So ...

Obviously, what I really need to do is get elected leader of the free world. America will end up completely collapsing as I procrastinate, but hey! I'll get the best writing of my life done.
From:lhexa
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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*smiles* Hey, I am at all to thank in the execution of this feat?
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From:baxil
Date:January 13th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
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Not really directly, no; it was just something that wanted doing, and I had more important things that weren't getting done, so obviously this took priority. ;)

I'm glad it'll come in useful for you, though. I'm honored to be worth bookmarking. Thank you for that!
From:lhexa
Date:January 13th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Er, okay... I don't know why you'd be honored to have your posts read by me, but thanks. The thing is, I tend to make too many bookmarks, and forget about most of them. :P
From:lhexa
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Also, I've bookmarked this journal entry for future and further searching. Please feel free to delete this comment, if it clutters your Livejournal.
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From:cloakable
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. You have a lot of facinating material there.

Oh, and I've had you added for a while. My journal's a mite boring (but don't thay all say that?), but you might want to look through it, for th sake of curiousity, if nothing else.

Mind if I go back and make comments on the more interesting enrties?
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From:baxil
Date:January 13th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
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Thanks for speaking up. :) Feel free to go back and comment -- just keep in mind that, since I doubt anyone else will be backtracking to join in the discussion, what you're doing is essentially dropping me a public e-mail, and I'm a pretty lousy correspondent. ;)

I did skim your journal. The meme content was pretty high, but that's your right. On the subject of tags, though -- since you're commenting on my post about them -- have you considered going back and tagging some of your own entries? I would be quite happy to read at length (and possibly drop comments to) your posts like this, I just don't have the time to pick the content with personal significance out from all the quiz results. In particular, I'm curious if you've ever talked at much length about your spiritual side and activities. I've been slowly trying to cultivate a better foundation and community for such things myself; I've been a solo practitioner for far too long.
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From:cloakable
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I have now gone through my journal, and have tagged everything (I think).

And I haven't talked much about that side of me, but you're right, I should. Prepare for another big post in the future :)

And danke for the permission, and I'm not worried about dropping you public email :P
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