BaronFig Dateless Pocket Planner

When 2020 began I was using an A5 hardcover notebook as a bullet jourrnal, tracking appointments, tasks, reading, birthdays, due dates for publishers—a lot. In late summer, I realized it was just going to depress me to track COVID-19 cancelled plans, cancelled publication dates, and furloughed projects as publishers and corporations scrambled to stay afloat.… Continue reading BaronFig Dateless Pocket Planner

TextExpander

I’ve written about TextExpander before, because I’ve been a constant user for a little more than seven years. And now, with TextExpander 5, it’s even more useful. Smile Software’s TextExpander is a macOS and iOS utility that saves keystrokes by expanding a short abbreviation that you type, with whatever text you have previously associated with that… Continue reading TextExpander

On Fountain Pens

I returned to writing drafts in long hand (as a respite from keyboard-related carpal tunnel) in 2012. I used fountain pens fairly often before that, but mostly for letter-writing. Since late in 2016, I’ve been writing long form drafts, note-taking and planning almost exclusively with fountain pens. I already knew that I remembered notes I… Continue reading On Fountain Pens

Bullet Journal App

I’m still using my Bullet Journal® notebook, and Ryder Carroll has released a Bullet Journal app for iPhone, under the name Bullet Journal.app for $2.99. It’s available on iTunes or the app store. It’s not an app that functions as a an actual journal, rather, it’s intended to help people set up their first Bullet Journal,… Continue reading Bullet Journal App

Spark by Ergodriven: A Better Way to Test A Standing Desk

When I first started experimenting with a standing desk, to see if it would work for me personally, I used odds and ends of household furniture two create two setups for test-driving standing desks. But the Spark by Ergodriven is a much better option. It’s a flat-packed sturdy cardboard temporary lift, meant to be placed… Continue reading Spark by Ergodriven: A Better Way to Test A Standing Desk

Bullet Journals for Writers

There’s a high probability that you already know what a Bullet Journal is, in which case you can skip ahead. If you think a bullet journal is for gun enthusiasts, read on. What’s A Bullet Journal? As originally designed, the Bullet Journal is a minimalist system relying on a notebook and numbered pages. You use… Continue reading Bullet Journals for Writers

My Bullet Journal Trial

I’ve been using a Bullet Journal for a month now (I started on January 9th, 2017). General Impressions My bullet journal trial has been successful. I’m going to continue using it, at least while I have limited ’net access. The portability factor of my bullet journal, and the ease of planning and tracking my time without access to the… Continue reading My Bullet Journal Trial

Bullet Journaling

I started noticing references to bullet journals from people in various writer-related communities and on Twitter about six months ago. I’m not one for journaling so I didn’t pay much attention. This fall I saw a serous discussion about bullet journaling and quality paper notebooks on one of the writing and stationary pr0n sites I… Continue reading Bullet Journaling

The Less Paper Home

I can remember all the stuff about the “paperless office” quite well, and even at the time, I didn’t believe it. Nor did I necessarily think going totally digital was a viable option for me. I still don’t. I like paper. It’s portable and doesn’t require electricity for operation. I can write just about anywhere… Continue reading The Less Paper Home