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Storytelling Sessions: Drawing on your exes

Oh-ho-ho, what have we here… everyone’s favorite topic? Who doesn’t love to hate your exes?! Well, in this Storytelling Session (it’s like a guided meditation, but a writing session), you’ll draw on the character traits of your exes to flesh out a new fictional fling. Check it out! What did you think? I changed up the music, but not much! What kinds of prompts would you like to hear? Happy writing, friends!

Storytelling Sessions: Trying something new

I’m in the business of dabbling. I do a bit of this, a bit of that… What works, I stick with, and what doesn’t, I discard. You’ve seen this happen if you’ve been around on my blog much. Today I’d like to share something new I’m trying: a guided writing session, kinda like a guided meditation session only for when you want to sit down and write (not quite by yourself) for ten minutes! You…

How I use Habitica

I used to be really bad at staying hydrated. So bad, in fact, that my elbows were rough and angry all the time because they were too dry. Now, as of this writing, I have consumed at least 60 oz of water for 270 days straight. Thanks, Habitica! I’ve mentioned Habitica before, but I wanted to devote an entire post to how I’ve used it since December 2018 to build positive habits and improve my…

Secret emoji

Fine, this isn’t strictly a OneNote tip, but it can be kind of useful in OneNote as a form of tagging (if you don’t just want to use the normal tags). If you use Windows 10, and you’re current on all your updates, you might find this to be a fun way to add color (and searchable conceptual tags) to your OneNote pages – or just to your conversations, emails, and Photoshop documents. It’s a…

Cross-notebook links in OneNote

OH MAN. You know you’re in for an exciting ride when that’s the title of a blog post. (Sorry, kids, SEO reasons.) But before you run off, already bored, let me tell you about something that makes my meal planning really easy. (Whoops! This isn’t a writing-related example, per se – but if I didn’t have a meal plan in place, with a household of five adults, I wouldn’t have time to write. So. Tangentially related!) As I might…

Creating tables in OneNote

Tables are the best. (NERD ALERT.) I’m no traditionally-trained project manager, but damn if I don’t love to track things in columns and rows. Here’s a pretty traditional usage of tables in my OneNote notebooks: my breakdown of our first issue of Ships Illustrated. Nothing fancy! Just the content, the person responsible, and the status. Nice and basic. This is another table I created to track a Star Citizen-related project — ship buyer’s guides. This broke…

The “In Case Of” files

One of the stops on my never-ending quest to hack the externalized brain (i.e. make the best note system of all time) is my “In Case Of” notes. It’s a section hanging out in my personal OneNote (the one that acts as a repository for everything I haven’t meticulously organized yet), and it really is just called “In Case Of” at the top. I’ve then broken it down into sub-sections, mostly by whim; there’s no true rhyme…

Rolling the story dice

I’m really grateful for the online community I built as a kid interested in the Redwall series. I might talk about it more at length another day, but for now, know that I grew up alongside a diverse group of creative people of all ages, many of whose art I still follow today. Carolyn Paplham is one of those people – she makes delightfully whimsical, imaginative art that could have come straight from my childhood stories. She’s…

15 ways to use random generators

I’m not going to sugar-coat it: I love random generators. I have since I was nine or ten and writing my first code – for a random generator. I made it make funny sentences. It was stupid and useless and amazing. Since then, I’ve used them as an integral part of my writing process. Writer’s block has no place in a world with random generators. You might use dice, a coin, or Seventh Sanctum’s academic magical…