it DID (kind of) work and even exit, but only after going through one
log, rather than appending ALL of them, formatted, into a file like I
wanted, so I added line 13, and a corresponding end at the bottom. :P
now it makes the main_text.txt, but hangs. I'm new to
ruby/programming, just thought this'd be a fun learning project.

http://pastebin.com/m1b60ac85

for the future: formatting based way more on keywords in the dialogue,
as well as possibly project gutenberg searches of related/random text
for narrative, and finally using lulu's API (http://api.lulu.com/) or
createspace, if I can find an API for them, to automatically publish
and purchase a copy. could TOTALLY be extended to have commercial
value in record-keeping, for companies that use IM and RSS, if that
were implemented, which it might be anyway because hey, blogs. Title =
Chaptertitle. yeah they'd be short chapters, but I like richard
brautigan and thousands of livejournal users would be aching to see
themselves in print, I'm sure. :)

any help in any of these areas is appreciated! thank you kindly.