The Journal Newsletter – September 2009

The Journal Newsletter

September 2009


As you might imagine, I’ve been busy with the release of The Journal 5 the past few weeks. In fact, a new update of The Journal 5 has been released. Life is beginning to return to normal, though.

I already do this in the online help (look in the “Special Thanks” topic), but I wanted to once again thank all of you who volunteered and helped me test The Journal 5. Your feedback, bug reports, and suggestions were invaluable. I couldn’t have done it without you. =)

The Journal 5 has added a lot of cool new features. I describe a couple of those in this month’s Tips & Tricks. And, as always, there is a new set of writing prompts.

Thank you for choosing DavidRM Software’s The Journal!

Tips & Tricks

Loose-leaf Entries in Calendar Categories

It’s now possible to have loose-leaf entries (like those in the “Notebook” category) in calendar categories (like “Daily Journal”). Loose-leaf entries can be attachments (sub-entries) of calendar entries, or you can have loose-leaf entries independent of any dated entry.

TIP: Calendar Entry Attachments

To have a loose-leaf entry as an “attachment” to a calendar entry, just select the calendar entry and press F10 (Entry menu, Create New Sub-Entry sub-menu, and choose “Create New Sub-Entry”).


1. Bring up today’s entry in “Daily Journal”.

2. Press: F10.

This will create a sub-entry for today’s entry.

A calendar entry can have any number of sub-entries–which can have sub-entries of their own, and so on.

And loose-leaf attachments aren’t limited to daily entries. Any calendar category entry (including the month and year entries) can have named attachments.

TIP: Calendar Category Loose-Leaf Entries

It’s also possible to have loose-leaf entries in a calendar category that are *not* tied to specific date or calendar entry. These loose-leaf entries start at the “root level” of the category, and can have as many sub-entries as you want.

To create a root-level loose-leaf entry, press Shift+F9 (Entry menu,Create New Entry (Root Level) sub-menu, and choose “Create Entry (Root Level)”).


1. Bring up the “Daily Journal” category tab.

2. Press: Shift+F9

This will create a new, loose-leaf entry at the category’s root level. You can name it whatever you want.

You can have as many root level loose-leaf entries as you want. And each of those entries can be have sub-entries, which have sub-entries, and so on. Just like a loose-leaf category.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Off the Map”

Journaling Prompt – Describe “the perfect job” for you. How does that compare to your current job? What would you have to do to find (or create) that perfect job?

Memoir Prompt – List (and describe) the top 5 musical concerts or events you’ve attended.

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

Submissions for the newsletter should be sent to:

If you are submitting for a particular section, please indicate which one. Try to limit your submissions to 500-1000 words. Submissions may be edited for length and content.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state this in the email. Otherwise your name (but not your email) will be used in the article heading.

As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


Editor: David Michael (
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Updated: June 20, 2015 — 8:28 pm