Archive | September, 2007

I’ve done it now . . .

25 Sep

Well, I’ve done it now.

See, I received my graphic design degree way back in the day of traditional paste up and layout on a light table. And even though I’ve learned a LOT of computer based stuff since then, I know there are some skills in which I’m lacking – some more than others even.

So, I recently decided to enroll full time in college. Crazy, huh?

Yep! And now I’ll be spending the next 3 1/2 years attending online classes for a bona fide Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design. (I currently have an AA – Associate of Arts, though sometimes I’ve seen it written AAS – Associate of Arts & Sciences. I don’t think there’s really any difference. But back when I got mine, it simply was called an AA. Whatever. 😉 )

Anyway, classes start next monday. As if I didn’t already have enough to do, right? Should be fun! I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, it means I get new books! And software! Oh – and maybe a new iMac!! 🙂

But, I’ll be back tomorrow with new stuff for you all here. I’m finally over my cold/sinus infection/flu whatever it was I had last week. I still have a bit of stuffiness in my nose, but otherwise, I’m good. Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes. I really appreciate them.

Enjoy your week! Can you believe we’re already to October next week?? Yikes! How time flies.

‘Night!

~Annie
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Another List of Cool Tools

20 Sep

Many of the tools I’ve shared with you in the past are available on both Windows and Mac machines but today, I’ll be sharing some Mac only programs. I apologize to all you Windows users out there and if I knew of Windows comparable apps, I’d share those. Unfortunately, I don’t. But if you do, please post them in the comments.

StickyWindows. This is a cool little program. It makes the edges of your screen “sticky” – and you “dock” open programs there when you aren’t using them so they’re not taking up space on your desktop. Now, you can basically hide open apps with the dock, but this takes a bit further so they’re open and very easily accessible. I love this program and I use it everyday.

Skim. If you read or use a lot of PDF docs, this app is a must-have. It allows you to make notes, comments, and much more on your PDF’s for future reference. It also has a bookmark feature, snapshots feature and even allows copying and pasting quite easily. Skim is like Preview on steroids.

PTHPasteboard. Where Skim is Preview on steroids, PTHPasteboard is your clipboard on steroids. It will remember 100’s of items you’ve copied and allow you to insert any of them with just a few simple clicks nearly anywhere you want to paste them. I copy and paste A LOT in my writing and design work and this little app speeds up that process so much, it’s not even funny. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy bells and whistles but it powerful nonetheless and like the other tools I share, I use it daily.

So, there you have it! Another segment of the cool tools series. I hope you find these useful. And please do post any Windows apps you use that are similar to these. I’ll be back soon with another Product Creation post, though I am still feeling under the weather so it might be late today or possibly not until tomorrow. We’ll see what the day brings!

~Annie
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OOPS! I Messed Up!

19 Sep

I meant to post my next article on Product Creation for you yesterday but I totally spaced that and I apologize.

See, as you might remember, the kids have all taken turns being sick over the last 2 weeks so I’ve been a bit slow here anyway. Well, their cold caught up with me a couple of days ago and I’ve been sick and mostly in bed since Sunday.

Though I do feel somewhat better, I’m still not feeling great so it will be a few more days until I’m back posting with regularity. I just wanted to let you all know I have not forgotten about you!

This time being ill has actually been quite productive – I’ve come up with several more topics and ideas for my sites and for this blog. I’ve got everything written down (in mind map form) and as soon as I’m feeling well enough, I’ll be putting it all online for you.

So – I’ll see you soon and I do hope you all are feeling much better than I am! I don’t get sick very often but when I do, I’m down for the count, as they say.

Take care!

~Annie
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Another creating products post is coming soon

17 Sep

Product Creation, part 3 is coming tomorrow!

Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow I will be posting the next piece in the Product Creation series. Also look for some slideshows and/or videos for all 3 modules soon. I want to give you the best chance possible to help you on the road to creating your own products.

So – don’t go anywhere! Look for that tomorrow and perhaps by this weekend, I’ll upload a free report on creating products for you. What do you think?

~Annie
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I Will Be There, Will You?

17 Sep

I’m writing because I can’t tell you to take part in Mark
Joyner’s “Word of Mouth Transformation!” experience.

Why not?

Because I haven’t seen it yet. No one has.

What I can tell you is that I, myself, will be registering
for it the moment the clock strikes 8PM on the east coast:

http://www.simpleology.com/p/womt/lsandrsn/

Why will I be doing this myself?

1. I just got off a live webcast Mark did where 1,800 people
from around the world (including some from Turkey, Iran, China,
and India!) listened to him teach some of the basics of his new
Word of Mouth technology.

If it’s a 10th as good as I think it will be it will be a
bargain.

2. Registration is only going to be open for a short time. If
you miss out you miss out.

3. I recommend you register, just to hold your seat, and then
decide later.

Get this – they have put up a full 1 year refund policy.

That means you could do the whole training and get a refund at
the end if you wanted it.

Or, you could register, then cancel a day later if you decide it’s
not for you.

So, I don’t know if this will be right for you (it sure will for
me), but what I *do* know is this:

If you don’t register, you probably won’t ever get the chance to
do so again – ever.

So, do yourself a favor and register as soon as the doors open.
Reserve your virtual “seat” on this roller coaster ride, and then
decide later.

~Annie
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Overcome Writer’s Block – The Report

17 Sep

After getting several great reviews via comments and emails from readers who enjoyed my Overcome Writer’s Block series that was posted this weekend, I’ve created a downloadable report with all the posts. It’s just a simple report – 11 pages long and I think you’ll enjoy it.

You can download it via the contact form at my other site – Annie Anderson Blog. Just enter your name and email in the form, hit submit and you’ll receive an email within just a few minutes that contains the download link and password.

There’s a special bonus in the report as well. Check it out!

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Overcome Writer’s Block 9

15 Sep

Discovering Your Flow or When to Write

Although this is my last for tonight, I will be continuing this series as I still have many more tips for overcoming writer’s block.

So – the big question – how do I get in the flow?

There’s no perfect answer here. People work differently. For example, I tend to be a night person. I do not do mornings well and so my most productive time is often afternoon and evening. That’s why I chose to do the blogathon late in the afternoon here instead of starting earlier.

In any case, you can find your flow by figuring out when you’re most alert, when you feel like you do your best work. Ask yourself a few questions like:

When do I feel most active?
What time of day do I feel most alert and awake?
Do I like to get up early in the morning?
Or do I prefer to stay up late at night?

It’s really that simple.

But I know for a lot of people, myself included, we can’t always work at the our most productive time of day. During the week when my husband is at work, I often don’t get to work until later in the evening although my most optimum time of day is afternoon.

In times like that, we have to learn to work through the distractions. It can be hard! Especially if you have little kids at home. But if you take steps to keep yourself organized and implement some of the other ideas we’ve talked about in previous posts, you’ll find it easier to overcome other obstacles – like temper tantrums! 😉

And with all of these “tools” up your sleeve, you’ll be a writing maniac in no time!

Thank you for following along! Have a great evening!

~Annie
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