Tuesday, April 8, 2014

shedule change

SHEDULE CHANGE

Yes, my dear long suffering loyal minions, yet another schedule change. I’m going to once a week, my previous plan to cut back for just one month morphing. Here is my reasoning. I’m really, honest Injun this time, running out of content. This has been nothing new. Way back during the newsletter over ten years ago I had issues with coming up with new material. A mere six years ago only a hundred articles into the blog I thought I was done coming up with anything more to say. Back when we went from one thousand words an article and cut it in half to five hundred a day, it was because I needed to go from earth shattering lengthy topics to more mundane topics that didn’t need much explanation ( how much can you say about, say, lanyards? ). Yet now even those have been exhausted.

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I really think I’ve run my course after about 2400 articles ( many of which were repeats ). I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a new topic that was exciting and fresh. Oh, here and there I’ve responded to another blog’s article and refuted an idea that was yet another stale foundation rock of Yuppie Scum Survivalism. But those have been few and far between. Now, I’m not promising this is going to change. I’ll still strive for something, anything, newly amazing. But I think the odds are against it. No, the change to once a week is nothing more than a frantic grab at trying to keep my sanity from eroding faster. I’m still going to pursue the fiction. It used to be writing calmed my soul, soothed my stress levels. Because the writing has gone from a creative effort to a pathetic scramble to fill a blank page, not so much any more. I’m hoping the fiction will bring that back. So, again, thanks for being loyal, those that always have been. Adios to all my fair weather minions. Stay tuned Wednesdays for my efforts, and every other day or so check in for guest articles while they last.

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35 comments:

  1. Your daily articles will be missed James. But better to have one once a week, than to see you disappear all together. Nothing worse than when someone starts a good blog (That travel trailer hermit fellow springs to mind) then burns out leaving the followers high and dry without an explanation? I'll try to post some more guest articles if anything comes to mind?

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    1. I think survivalism has to almost be a strong hobby to motivate you through the dry spells. I'm probably unigue in that I love social studies and always wanted to teach it ( but, not under our modern education system ). This is the only venue available, so I've lasted longer than many who had great ideas but not enough long term passion.

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  2. I liked the fiction you were writing. Your articles are informative but at this point I regret you are just mostly preaching to the choir. However, your fiction was a good read. You get alittle wordy but it's still a good read. I can almost put myself in the place of your characters (not the stupid crap and vomit eating dog). Please keep the fiction coming. Not just the book but a few short stories here and there. Make it like an Aesop's fables for survivors.

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    1. That's actually a good idea. Aesops fables turned on their head ( kind of like Grimm on TV ).

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  3. Do what you need to stay sane.. I will keep checking in from time to time as I anxiously await your words.

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  4. re lack of food

    Sep 05, 2012
    In the middle of winter greenhouses still won't feed you ). By the time winter ends, 90% are dead ... http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2004-02-01/Earth-Sheltered-Greenhouse.aspx.

    NB Mike Oehler lives in Bonners Ferry ID near the Canadian order.
    Videos of Mike Oehler's home the subject of the $50 and up underground house book, and earth-sheltered greenhouse.
    http://tinyurl.com/d5fk9m5

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hV8Teiskfo
    2:42 to 3:04 Mr Oehler states, " I pick tomatoes year after year to second week of December ........and kale and cabbage clear through the winter, not still growing but still alive and you can harvest them and....."

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  5. Good luck with the fiction. I am trying to put my Amazon business through you--have no way of knowing if it works or not. (I click on an Amazon link on this page and then go to what I wish to purchase.)

    NWsenior

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    1. Much appreciate it. Even if it doesn't work, the effort is what counts.

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  6. I have an idea that you haven't explore yet.


    Write about chronic complaining. (u r an expert in that topic)

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    1. I love you too. Just not in an Oboma way.

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  7. You've been at this for quite a while now, I'm not surprised that finding material that is fresh is difficult. Fwiw, I enjoy reading the blog, even when subject has been mentioned before because the comments add fresh insights or new information. Might go exploring the rabbit holes in the comments - might find new subject matter.

    Thanks for the blog - its one of my daily stops (lets find out what Nevada Desert Dude is writing about today . . . )

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    1. Where have all the decent dailies gone? The cost of living on the edge of collapse too long?

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  8. James, we will truly miss your daily wit and wisdom. I am working on a guest article myself but need to break it down into several I guess. Many here seem to have good writing skills, Vlad, Grey, and a few others. Even You know who could write some good stuff and likely funny. Do you want your loyal minions to try and provide more guest articles? I don't know if you would want to moderate comments or maybe open up the comments and let the fur fly.

    I myself would not be opposed to you pulling some good ones from the archives once in a while. Look forward to your fiction.

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    1. I dare not open the comments- remember how I had to delete the whole Bison Blog after too many were being tagged for action ( under threat of losing the blog or at least ad revenue )?

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  9. I understand burnout... been there on stuff myself.

    Heres' a thought. Plan on the regular once a week schedule, and if something earth-shaking grabs your attention now and then - throw in an extra posting as the mood dictates.

    A special unexpected biscuit treat for the hungry minions occasionally, as it were.

    :-)

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    1. Generally you are all very good minions. Biscuits are probably going to be few and far between though.

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  10. Oh my god.

    You and my wife know every little thing. Now I'm going to have to put up with her.

    That is no fun. Why? :- because you're less expensive

    What a boring world.

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    1. I bet your wife is not a Know It All with as much wit or humor.

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  11. Yea, I noticed things were getti'n abit thin on good subject matter and that I was getting more info to look into from the comments section.
    As I suggested to you last year that writing about more things that would reach out to us at the basic level, i.e. home site security, more in depth food preps and storage ideas and tips (not just buy wheat, get plastic containers) planting and harvest articles, preparing for EMP, global virus preps. earthquake readiness ETC.
    I understand you do not keep up on current events but reading a few different newspapers every week or watching a few different News broadcasts weekly could at least give you a way to weed out the propaganda and get a few bits of USofA and World news that could give you thoughts on preps for us USofA preppers
    of practicle use to us. (not just oil go bye-bye, cars bad, hole in ground to hide head good, LOL)
    It looks like I'm going back to the rich mans blog with no rainbow in site for us down to earth poor preppers.
    Still Love ya and will miss ya anyway.

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    1. I read a real good daily paper, back when they had such things, for my original writing efforts. Less inspiration than you might think. Course, my brain works differant than those who can do such a thing such as Ure.

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  12. I'll be checking in daily and wishing for more. Course even when ya do post, I'm left with a feeling of wanting more.
    That defines a decent wordsmith, always leave an audience wanting more.....

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    1. If my income goes up because of this, I'll soil myself :) [ talking pre-novels, if any ]

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  13. Gonna miss the 5 a week posting.

    You could use your free time to try some experiments:

    sprouts
    desert gardening (very small scale--4x4 raised garden bed for fresh greens)
    bucket gardening
    digging the water hole with pond liner
    sawdust toilets
    raising rabbits
    raising chickens
    city folks trying to adjust to subsistence living (updates on the outlaws)
    cooking with the sun
    bicycle generator
    more on pit living
    tips on hauling water from the river a mile away
    shortwave radios for news and fun

    This is a good time to try different things, work out the glitches and report back to you loyal minions.

    On you land search, don't forget North Idaho. It's a little expensive but we have wood and water. :)

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. Excellant list-thank you. I hope to devote most of the free time to seriously improving my fiction, but there should be enough putzing time on the weekends. Especially now with better weather.

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  14. You said you had run out of topics. May I suggest one that I have never seen addressed in depth by any of the survival writers I've encountered? And since you like teach social studies (as you've done well with this blog, in my opinion) it should be something you would enjoy researching.
    Here's what I would really appreciate seeing you write about: The average American male interested in survivalism seems to be presented with a Hobson's Choice when it comes to the social aspect of the issue. They can either: 1) Keep their American partner/spouse by transplanting their upper-middle class lifestyle to a remote, sustainable location (a.k.a., Yuppie Survivalism); or 2) Adopt a frugal lifestyle in anticipation of grid down / Peak Oil on a piece of paid-off junk land (a.k.a. The Dakin Doctrine) with almost zero chances of finding someone to partner with. The former is fine if you're rolling in dough (I'm not) and the latter is fine if you're someone who is comfortable with being alone a lot (I'm not). So how about spending time researching this area in the middle? Is it possible for an ordinary blue-collar schmuck (like me) who's not a loner to find a happy medium?

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    1. Good crap! Why don't you just ask me about the meaning of life while you are at it?!! :) Seriously, even the newer arrived Mexican gals here moving out off grid must be given the whole expensive "deep well, septic, large mobile or regular house, AC power appliances, 4 wheel drive" package as an inducement to do things cheaper. This is a question I've struggled with myself. However, challenge accepted. I'll at least try to come up with some answers. Even if I never find them.

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    2. The only middle ground that comes to mind here, is legal Nevada prostitution. And that's assuming that you have enough income to drop a hundred and a half on a half hour session with a prostitute? I suppose that there's always the craiglist personals, but you never really know what you're getting there? Also, in many of the Western states at least, the male to female ratio is not in your favour as a man. Keep this in mind when choosing a location.

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    3. I think Alaska is the most wildly imbalanced gender wise. You bring one up with you, they leave for greener ( greenback-ier ) pastures. And I think NV is up around three hundred a half hour. Not that I'm going to find out.

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    4. Thanks, Jim. It may be that there is no good answer to this, but I'd appreciate your noodling on it and hearing your thoughts. And I believe it's likely that the answer is contained in the constraint posed by the question itself - "finding a woman for an American retreat location". I realize I’m painting with a broad brush here, but as I see it, the vast majority of women here in America are poor choices as survival partners because they have had it so good for so long. They have developed an intractable entitlement streak that will require a good, solid grid-down event to root out. Even the foreign-born women that come here (I meet lots of them where I work) seem to have that as a major part of their reason for immigrating here. Either that or they acquire it as they spend time around American women who were born and raised here. I'm starting to believe that there is no practical solution as long as you are determined to make your stand in this country. A like-minded co-worker has come to this conclusion and is leaving the US soon to marry a foreign woman he met while traveling abroad. She is used to living in something like the Bison compound and is content with it because that's how everyone lives there. He is content to live a simple life with her and not be the "rich" American expat that most people in that county barely tolerate. Maybe he's on to something...

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    5. More food for thought, thanks. I'm actually seeing this as anouther book oppertunity. Perhaps add it to the one I started as "divorce as a survival strategy". This is starting to tickle my creative bone.

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    6. Don't paint with too broad of a brush. Some of us girls are the ones who instigated a simple prepper life.

      I had to bribe my husband to move out to the backwoods of Idaho. Luckily all it took was a full blacksmithing set up that I had found in the classifieds. What guy can resist making his own knives LOL.

      We spent the first 5 years using a hand pump from a cistern. (Which means no regular bathroom). I use to hand pump 50 gallons of water twice a week and heat it on a wood stove to wash dirty cloth diapers for #1 daughter.

      We upgraded to a small RV pump and a rain water cistern when my son was born (cloth diapers again). Now we can take showers and use a washing machine. We still use a composting toilet (which I empty by the way) and hang up all our clothes.

      I also have several prepper friends that are women. They are out there. Just keep looking.

      Idaho Homesteader

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    7. Unfortuneatly for men, prepper gals have a sellers market.

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  15. Don't fret everyone. Jim has done this before, but luckily for us he can't NOT write. Jim, post the fiction you are working on here when you don't have something 'new' to write about and use the comments to improve it. Others have done it and had some success taking it from there to print. NOVA comes to mind. We'll be here. Don't forget your true forte, cheap survivalism. It is very easy to give up on survivalism if you don't have a lot of money. You taught me that you needant have a fortune, ala Rawles. Otherwise, I would still be stuck in "I should do something" land instead of at least having the basics set aside. This is your strength - keep pounding away at it. JWR would have given up years ago if he had not trained his readers to write his blog.

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    1. Excellant! Another satisfied freshly minted paranoid! Don't worry, I'll still be writting and it will be my core strength frugal survival.

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  16. Mr. Dakin,
    I know life sucks sometimes and I'm glad to hear that you are at least going to try something. (Instead of do nothing.) I have really enjoyed all your articles (even the ones that claimed to be repeats.) And your fiction is decent (at least your spelling errors are much less than some of the other works on Kindle.) Actually comparatively your fiction is much better HAHA! Your blog is great fun to read and sometimes I actually get something useful from it (besides more paranoid).

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