This is one of those blog posts that is going to enter very weird territory before it’s finished… But then that’s what happens when people have conversations when neither one of them is entirely awake.
On the subject of bomb warnings…
If you grew up in England during a particular time, you might have lived with the potential threat of bombs going off in some of the big cities. If that’s the case, then you may have seen posters similar to this one in any number of places.
I remember seeing any number of posters reminding people to keep their eyes open for packages, suitcases, bags, or other unattended. They were a constant reminder that there was always the potential for one of those items to be a bomb. Some went so far as to remind you not to approach the item, but contact the police instead.
Warnings turn to humor…
After a while, I started seeing graffiti that took the warning, and added humor. But not before I’d already had the conversation with some friends in the early hours of the morning…
Now this was before the internet had become an invasive part of our lives. It was also way before people turned such things into viral memes, that would spread like wildfire.
And then turn into the unexpectedly bizarre…
Now my wife is very much aware of these conversations, and just how strange my mind is at times. But last night, we were talking about something (I can’t for the life of me remember what), but I turned to her and said “Be alert”, and she came back with a reply that left me speechless and laughing, because it was so unexpected.
I jumped out of bed, wrote it down in my journal, with the lights off, in the dark, and could still somehow read it this morning. So I couldn’t help but turn it into a poster. And for what it’s worth “I’m sorry” and “You’re Welcome”
Do you have any bizzare late night (or any other time) conversations you want to share?
Feel free to drop them in the comments below and I’ll share the best responses in a future post!
Before I answer that question, I should answer another one:
What IS Bullet Journal?
Simply put, it’s a process for getting thoughts out of your head and onto paper through a system called rapid logging. It was developed by Ryder Carroll back in 2013, has been the subject of 900,000+ Instagram tags and 680,000+ YouTube videos, and has a following of over 92,000 on Facebook.
And if that wasn’t enough:
- the Quick Guide for this system has been translated into 25 languages
- There is a dedicated app to help Bullet Journal users
- and a journal format specifically designed for this system.
Oh, and the Bullet Journal website (www.bulletjournal.com) just turned four years old.
Rapid logging consists of four elements
- Page numbers
- Short sentences
- Bullets & Signifiers
Topics allow you to utilize individual pages for particular uses. In my case, that’s my:
- yearly/monthly/weekly planners
- my daily to-do/notes lists
- lists of websites I need to keep handy
- event planning
- reading lists
- notes on things I’ve read/watched that I need to reference from time-to-time
- blog/website planning
- story writing/editing/promotion plans
Page numbers are used to index all of those topics, so you can find them easily.
Short sentences make it quicker and easier to get your thoughts on paper, and prevent the entire process from becoming a chore. They’re intended to act as a quick reminder, more than a detailed description. But if you need to provide more details, just start a new page, give it a topic header, and put a reference to that page alongside the short sentence, and your index.
Bullets encourage you to keep sentences short, since that’s exactly what bullets are intended for, and it’s pretty instinctive to use. Different bullets represent tasks, events, appointments, and notes. Add a signifier alongside that bullet and you can mark it as urgent, a deadline, something you want to investigate more later, and so on…
Bullet Journal 101
Go check out the other resources out there, but if you’re easily distracted don’t spend too long looking. There is a vast number of Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, blog entries, and more waiting for the unwary.
I’ve been using this system since January, and my personal advice, is to stick to the basics while you learn the system. Then start customizing your bullet journals to fit your needs, as you discover them. I’ve developed a customer weekly layout that tracks my work hours, my household chores, writing/editing, blogging and book promotion tasks, which I’ve included in the pictures below.
Here’s how my Bullet Journal looks:
- Markings® by C.R. Gibson – Jumbo Black Leatherette Journal – Ruled, 7″ x 9″
- Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink Pens 0.7mm ball (green, blue, red & black
- I have a preference for the 0.5mm ball, but this (sadly) has been discontinued
- 12 inch Ruler (inch & centimeter markings)
- Post-it® Tabs, 1 inch Lined, Green, Blue, Red, 12/Color, 36 Tabs/Dispenser
Highland Vampire Thoran MacKettryck’s lonely. Bitter. Vengeful. For centuries now, he’s taken lives for profit and drained blood for free. Just like always. But then he’s gifted what every immortal craves: his mate. He just can’t believe his eyes when he finally hunts her down.
Jolie Pritchard’s young. Studious. Driven. Studying Medieval Literature is her life and this scholarship – her dream. She’s the last thing an arrogant, gorgeous, world-class playboy should be pursuing and she knows it. If only he wasn’t the most thrilling male she’s ever imagined…
She was warned. She didn’t listen.
From the Author
Jackie Ivie has written several winning historical romances with Kensington Publishing, added some edgy historicals with her Brocade Collection…but then she discovered paranormals. And vampires. Dark angels. Time travel. Nowadays, she can usually be found researching, writing, and dreaming about the Vampire Assassin League, a series where only the luckiest vampires find their mate; or the Chronicles of the Hunter where dark angels get another chance, or her newest, a time travel series called the Portals of Time.
Where To Find Jackie Ivie
It’s always a pleasure to hear from readers that they enjoyed a story that I’ve spent time and energy working on. Many people have reached out to me through Facebook, Twitter, or email, and told me they’ve liked my work, and asked for more. So when someone takes the time to put a review up on Amazon, I’m always excited to see how they rate my work.
As a reader, I often look at book reviews before picking up books from new authors. Some of the stories I’ve read and loved have only earned 3-star ratings from other reviewers, and I don’t know if that reflects on how I rate books compared to others, or how hard earned those higher ratings are.
Either way, I’m more than grateful for any 4-star (or better) ratings… I’m posting a couple of these reviews for “Under A Hunter’s Moon” below, so you can see what people are saying:
Where’s the next book?!
By Heidi Angell on July 29, 2017
Prequels are mean! Especially when the book isn’t out yet! Timothy, I know you are releasing Evaline Transcendent right now, but can you hurry up with the first book in the Shadows over Seattle Series? Seriously, this was just… Sucked me right in and then left me with nowhere to go 😦
I enjoy the author’s twist on the old werewolf lore, creating a whole new version and calling them Lupines, to allow him to break the rules of the legends without really breaking things, if you know what I mean.
This is a great teaser to the main character, his motivations, and his drive. Jump on in and then go yell at the author to hurry up and finish the book, just like I’m doing!
Not all Monsters are Monsters.
By Kindle Customer on November 6, 2016
An amazing take on Lycans. I love the dark view taken but also the unique point of view that makes you want to care for the dark creatures.