The Journal Newsletter – October 2014

The Journal Newsletter

October 2014


It’s almost Halloween! The newly-minted three-year-old has his astronaut costume ready to moonwalk through the neighborhood and demand candy from strangers. Which is exactly the sort of thing I enjoy memorializing in The Journal. =)

Most of what I write in The Journal is more professional than personal. I design and develop in The Journal, and keep lots of notes about what I’m working on (some of which I even refer back to). But I also try to add the personal touch every so often. So future generations who browse my journal won’t think I was a *totally* self-centered workaholic. 😉

This month’s tip talks about how to mark “red letter days” in The Journal, and we have a couple new writing prompts.

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Tips & Tricks

TIP: Marking Red-Letter Days in The Journal

The Journal user George McCusker emailed me last month to tell me how he marks important days in his journal.

Right-click any entry in the entry tree (below the small calendar), and you will see the option: “Highlight entry in tree”.

With this feature, you can completely control how the entry is displayed in the tree. You can make it bold or italic, you can give it a background highlight, you can even change the font color (in this case: make it red).

Then, when you review your journal, you can quickly spot the red-letter days.

This tip even applies to the month and year entries in the entry tree. Any month (and year) that includes an important date (for example, the birth or death of a loved one) can be marked, so you know to expand it and see.

It’s your journal: Mark it up!

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Under the Red Moon”

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

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Updated: June 29, 2015 — 9:41 pm