The Journal Newsletter – February 2013

The Journal Newsletter

February 2013


Some years February seems to get here faster than others. And now Valentines Day has come and gone, as well. I don’t know about you, but my 2013 seems to be gaining speed. =)

The Journal 6 Build #667 was released earlier this month. The main new feature is a Spanish translation of the menus and user interface. See “The Journal News” below for all the details.

This month’s tip tells you how to use The Journal with the cloud! Plus, we have a couple new writing prompts.

Thank you for choosing The Journal!

The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Using The Journal in the Cloud

A feature of The Journal is that it stores your Journal Volumes (entry databases) wherever you want. An additional feature of The Journal, is that you can install The Journal into a self-contained device like a USB/Flash external hard drive. Taken together, this provides a very flexible way to use The Journal in the cloud.

If you use a product like DropBox (that allows you to map a folder on your computer’s hard drive to cloud-based storage), you can have The Journal, and all your entries, available on any Windows computer with an internet connection.

Here’s how:

1. Install The Journal to the cloud folder. You will need to override the default installation path. Type in the path or browse to the cloud folder you want to use.

2. During the install, after you’ve typed in the path to the cloud, you will next need to check the option:

[x] “I am installing The Journal on a USB/Flash or Cloud drive.”

And *UN*-check these options:

[ ] “Create Start Menu icons”
[ ] “Create a desktop icon”
[ ] “Create a Quick Launch icon”
[ ] “Have The Journal start with Windows.”

3. After the install completes, double-click on Journal6.exe in the cloud folder to run The Journal.

And that’s it, really. If you want to transfer an existing Journal Volume into the The Journal in the cloud, use The Journal’s backup and restore feature. Do the backup from the install of The Journal that you had before (the one on your computer’s main hard drive), and then do the restore from The Journal in the cloud folder.

NOTE: When The Journal is installed into a cloud folder, do NOT run The Journal simultaneously on multiple computers. That can cause conflicts with the cloud folder’s syncing.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Hammer Down”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Stitching Up”

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 (
The Journal Newsletter Copyright © 2015 by David Michael.
Updated: June 25, 2015 — 8:57 pm