The Journal Newsletter – June 2016

The Journal Newsletter

June 2016


Happy Birthday to The Journal! The Journal turns 20 this month. They grow up so fast. =)

This month’s tip talks about loose-leaf entry sorting options, and we have a new selection of writing exercises.

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Tips & Tricks

TIP: Loose-leaf Entry Sorting Options

By default, loose-leaf entries are not sorted. You can click-and-drag in the entry tree to rearrange them. It is possible, though, to have loose-leaf entries automatically sorted by name, date+time created and date+time last updated.

To set automatic loose-leaf entry sorting:

Right-click on the category and choose “Category Properties…”

Bring up the “Entry” tab, then the “Loose-Leaf Options” sub-tab.

The sorting you choose will be applied to all loose-leaf entries in the category, even sub-entries.

NOTE: If you override the automatic sorting by clicking-and-dragging, the category reverts to “no sorting” on loose-leaf entries.

It’s also possible to sort loose-leaf entries or sub-entries explicitly. Right-click on the entry tree. The “Sort Loose-Leaf Entries” sub-menu provides the same options.

Writing Prompts

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

Journaling Prompt – How much control do you need? How much are you willing to give up?

Memoir Prompt – I keep a green 55mm d20 (a twenty-sided polyhedral die) on my desk as a “fidgit.” I pick it up and toss it back and forth as I think (in fact, I did that just now after I finished this sentence). It’s about the size of a baseball and has a nice heft. I like it, and it’s very much *me* (an old-school dice-and-paper RPG player). What are your favorite fidgits? How did you come to have them handy? Have you lost any over the years that you still miss?

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The Journal Newsletter

Editor: David Michael (
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Updated: June 21, 2016 — 7:58 pm