Weekend Update – The This App Made Me Succeed at Keeping a Journal Edition

>> Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Update

I have been a serial failure at keeping a journal over and over again since I was about twelve years old. This week I hit a major milestone and reached the one full year mark of daily journaling.

What was the key? The Day One App on my phone and tablet. Seriously. I love this app.

For me the game-changer was the ability to use photos as part of my daily journal. I have been doing the Photo a Day thing on Instagram for over two years now. The thing that I learned from that is that those photos became a sort of photo journal for me.

The Day One App let me take that a step further and combine a daily text journal and photos.

I happened to get the app when it was available for free on a special offer but I can tell you it's worth the cost. If you're hesitant about spending the money then you should follow @dayoneapp on Twitter. When a special offer is available then you'll know and can grab the app.

I'm now at the point where I can look back and see what I was doing this time last year and this shocks me. I have never stuck with a journal format or process for even close to a full year. I started out with just a photo and a sentence or two but now that it's become more of a habit and a daily ritual I'm expanding my entries more often.

I sync through Dropbox so I have a backup and I can access my journal both on my phone and my tablet. There is a desktop application for Macs but I have a Windows laptop. Luckily there is a nifty little desktop viewer that is built in java. I don't use it a lot because I do use my phone and tablet most but it's handy to have and while it's not a full version you can edit and save entries if you need to be able to do that on a windows machine.

Bottom line, this app turned me into a success at maintaining a daily journal habit after a lifetime of short lived attempts. I highly recommend this app. Go check out the Day One App website for more information. Also, in case you're wondering, they didn't ask me to write this and don't even know I did.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Nutshell Review: Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire

>> Friday, July 18, 2014

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Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire

Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire

Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Series: #4 in the Sweet Tooth series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 176
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume contains issues 18-25 of the comic series
From the publisher:
They were hunted... but they survived.

The half-animal hybrid child called Gus and the big man called Jepperd have escapes the clutches of a brutal militia, with a ragtag band of scientists, survivors, and other hybrids in tow. Though the betrayals and sins of the past are fresh in their minds, an uneasy truce binds the group together.

Now they head north to Alaska, where salvation from the sickness that slaughtered billions -- and the mysterious condition that created Gus and his hybrid friends -- may be found.

My Thoughts:
As I said after the previous volume, this series just gets more and more fascinating with every issue.

I enjoyed the way that the flashback stories of some of the characters were drawn by guest artists Nate Powell, Emi Lenox and Matt Kindt. It was an interesting and fun element.

The story continues to add interesting elements and surprises while at the same time keeping the focus on Gus and Jepperd and a handful of other characters,

More and more of both the backstories of recurring characters are revealed. There are also more clues and questions about both Gus's origin and what caused the plague.

I'm glad I have the final two volumes out from the library.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5


Wordless Wednesday #247

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lake Tahoe Sunset

Lake Tahoe Sunset
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Currently // July 14, 2013

>> Monday, July 14, 2014


Time // 8:15ish pm Monsday evening

Place // My recliner in the family room

Eating // nothing right now but leftover pot roast and mashed potatoes will be next on my agenda.

Drinking // Chardonnay

Reading // I'm a little over halfway through Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft. It's the second book in her Fina Ludlow series and it's just as good as the first one (Loyalty).

Identity by Ingrid Thoft

Listening to // My current audiobook is The Cast Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell. It's narrated by Xe Sands. This is a cozy mystery series featuring a Vintage Clothing store owner in San Francisco who just happens to be a witch.
A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell

Watching // Season three of Longmire. It's as good even though it's different than the Walt Longmire books by Craig Johnson.

Pondering // Vacation books. I always take way more than I can possibly read but I'm working the list of what goes with me next week.

Promoting // NEXT a new web series. I've already contributed to their Kickstarter campaign and I hope you take a look and consider doing the same. The series is about a Silicon Valley tech company run by women. Yes, I know one of the producers but I would have contributed anyway.

Blogging // Still a little surprised that I hit my eighth anniversary of starting this blog over the weekend.

Making // A baby afghan. I need to get busy with this since the baby shower is scheduled for the end of this month - yikes!

Anticipating // The next Bout of Books coming up August 18-24. Come on! You know you just need an excuse to read more than normal for a week, right?
Bout of Books

What are you reading? What are you listening to? What are you doing?


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