One Journal Does Not Cover a Lifetime

One very silly thing about journals/ diaries used in film are the fact that although the person has kept this journal for decades it is all still enclosed in just one book. I know this is just not possible. My books are collected in a box. I’ve been writing them on and off since I was a kid. But, in a couple of years I can fill a journal, page by page, quite easily. Even if I skip a few months, or years, there is no way everything could be contained in just one book.

Write about a real journal/ diary as used in a film. How do they explain it being just one book or do you allow for a real journal, with several books written over a lifetime?

Writing the Preface

Do you ever read the preface in books? I do. It seems they should be read as a tribute to the writer, also, there is background to the stories and information about to be given.

Write a preface for whatever you are currently working on. What information would you like to add for the reader before they start to read? What should they know about the process of writing, the interesting things you learned along the way.

Create Your Personal Almanac

I like to pick up The Farmer’s Almanac each year. I’m not a farmer, not even a heavy gardener. I just enjoy the articles, and the pictures. A few years ago we got a Canadian Almanac from the magazine, Harrowsmith Country Life. So this is the one I pick up now.

Create a personal almanac, like an inventory of your life. Make lists of ideas, people, places and things that have mattered to you at different times in your life. Keep adding information as you think of it. Basically an almanac is an annual reference book with statistics, predictions and other facts about an industry, business, country or some other person, place or thing.

Your almanac could include:

  • Your areas of expertise
  • Your family tree
  • Memorable firsts
  • Memorable lasts
  • Moments of greatness
  • Moments of weakness
  • Jobs you have had
  • Goals you have had or are working towards
  • Dreams (while sleeping) and daydreams
  • Things you have created or built
  • School memories
  • Material things that mattered to you (clothes, knickknacks, etc.)
  • Unforgettable people
  • Unforgettable places
  • Favourite things (books, foods, people and places, etc.)
  • Things you would change
  • Issues that matter to you, or that you have a strong opinion about

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Confessions of a Book Addict

@YourNeedtoRead on Twitter posted:

Sometimes I call in sick just so I can read.#Confessionsofabookaddict

What would your Confessions of a Book Addict be?

I can confess that (as a kid) I would get up in the middle of the night and read. Not just in bed, but in the bathroom so no one would see the light from my bedroom. (The bathroom was farther down the hall). I don’t do that anymore. I just read in bed all night now.

I can also confess that I have stacks of books to read. Somehow I can not read them as fast as I can find books I want to read. I think this is yet another sign that I need to find the secret of immortality. I don’t have time to get senile and die, I have too much reading to do.

Guest Post: The Benefits of Online Education

In today’s technological age, many people choose to attend online colleges, universities and technical institutes rather than brick and mortar educational establishments. While there are both benefits and drawbacks to online education, technological advancements have corrected many of its drawbacks, such as the lack of student teacher interaction and class discussion, which has made online education a viable option for any type of student.

Convenience

An online educational experience will simply fit better into your life than a brick and mortar educational experience. There are no scheduled classes for online colleges. You can learn the material when it is most convenient for you. This flexibility can be a lifesaver for anyone who must maintain full time job responsibilities, but who wants to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families by earning a higher income.

Furthermore, an online educational experience avoids the inconvenience of either relocating to an area near a brick and mortar institution with the program in which you wish to enroll, or having to commute long distances to classes. Not only does this make your life less hectic, it saves on time and money. Through online classes, you can complete your degree from an accredited institution from the comfort of your own home.

Quality

Online educational institutions are growing in number and prominence. This proliferation has brought a dramatic increase in the quality of online educational experiences. In most cases, online degree programs are at least as well regarded as their brick and mortar equivalents. A common belief is that online programs lack the teacher student interaction that is necessary for quality education. Contrary to this belief, new technology has made online classroom experiences just as interactive as physical classroom experiences.

For example, you might think that a quality art degree lend itself to brick and mortar institutions only. However, in reality, graduates from accredited online art schools receive equal employment opportunities. Technology such as interactive video conferencing enables online instructors at accredited online art schools to monitor each step of students’ artistic development. These instructors work with students to produce professional level portfolios that are competitive with the portfolios of job applicants anywhere.

Cost

Online educational institutions are considerably less expensive than their brick and mortar counterparts. This is because online colleges have far lower overhead costs. They don’t have to pay for building rental, electricity, heat, property tax, or any other facility related expenses. Their expenses are simply the salaries of their instructors, domain space and costs associated with the use of copyrighted material. This translates into lower tuition for you. High tuition is one of the major factors preventing people from attaining college degrees, and online institutions enable millions to achieve their college dreams.

Even materials are cheaper for students attending online educational institutions. Usually, online colleges require students to purchase e-book alternative text books to the physical text books required by brick and mortar institutions. This can save hundreds of dollars, as most of the costs of textbooks are related to their physical manufacture.

Jameson Carney is a 20-something, artist and culture fanatic from the mid-west. In his free time you will find him traveling the world and advocating for online education.

A Plan to Stop Mentally Attacking Yourself

From Living Alone and Loving It: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life by Barbara Feldon:

Try to understand the underlying causes of mentally attacking yourself.

Practice looking at each negative issue from different angles and list several different ways of viewing it. For example, if you are obsessing about being rejected, list those people in your life who welcome and accept you.

How about making a list of things you say to yourself when you do sit down to write and acknowledging why each of them are untrue and just your way of attacking yourself or giving yourself an excuse not to write. For each negative thing you attack yourself with come up with the truth and write it all down. You know you can write. You know you can finish that book, article, blog post, etc, if you stick with it. You know you can submit your work to editors and publishers. You can, if you stop letting that negative voice take so much power away from you. Write it down, defend yourself from yourself.

I think you could also take the issue of not having the time to write and make a list of things you could put off until tomorrow in order to have time to write today. Barbara Feldon’s plan works well once you put it into practice for yourself.

This was another book I found at the second hand book store. They are such great places for picking up self-help books. I don’t feel guilty for spending a few dollars on them and if I just get one or two good points out of them I’ve done well. I’m especially interested in self help geared to under achievers, procrastinators, self sabotagers ¬†and other such problems that keep people from writing and getting published.

Five Minute Mysteries

Writing a mystery is at least as complicated as solving a mystery. I’ve found a few links to 5 Minute Mysteries online. Try a few, then try to write of your own.

My try at it:

Karol would often see Mr. Craig, who lived across the street, out jogging but only on windy days. When it was sunny he would walk along at a good pace, stopping to chat with whoever was outside. Why did he only jog on windy days?

Mr. Craig wore a hat, on windy days it would blow off and he’d try to catch it.

Not great but a start at it. Writing them is tricky. I tried to come up with the answer first and then figure out how to phrase the mystery/ question itself.