Archive for January, 2014

A Great Old New Word Processor

January 23, 2014

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Thanks to some new information, from Web.com, I found out I can write blogs on my website.  As a result of my conversation, I have decided to back off of the website until March, when I will bring it back up with a few design changes.

One of the changes will be that my store will go completely PayPal.  If I accept credit cards, there is a charge of almost 40.00, and I just don’t sell enough to justify the charge.  It will, of course still keep the same name, and feature the same photographs.

The reason I chose 2 months is to make sure I have a clear idea of what I want on the site, and to learn what I need to match it to my vision.  That’s it for the website update.  I’ll let you know when it’s back online.

Now, for what I really wanted to talk about.  Recently, I received my very first Alphasmart product.  I have been hearing about these portable word processors for years in Writer’s Digest, and I felt it would be a huge advantage to my writing; especially at work, on breaks.  I never knew how true that was until I started doing some research.

For those who have never heard of the Alphasmart, here are just a few facts I uncovered.  It was originally designed by Apple for school students, to save the schools the high cost of laptops.  Strangely enough, it never caught on in schools, but it did with writers, both amateur and professionals.  The reason is simple enough.  Because they were designed for kids, they are very durable, and can withstand the occasional falls that laptops would never survive.

The batteries are standard double A’s, and they last for well over a year with regular use.

The model I bought (Alphasmart 2000) was created in 1997ish and the cable it came with to connect to a computer didn’t have a usb connection.  All I did was buy a 2.00 cable to adapt it.  I had a few problems getting my computer to read it, that is, until this morning.  I discovered the connections were reversed.  I switched them, and it worked like a dream.

Now, not only can I transfer what I write on the Alphasmart to my laptop, but I can also use it as an additional keyboard.  (My laptop has occasional problems with R’s and Y’s)

As far as file compatibility, mine uses WordPerfect 5, which Microsoft Word can easily read.

Finally, what’s the cost of such a machine?  When I first heard about them, they were 200.00.  The model I purchased recently was only 20.00, and it works beautifully.  I know this sounds like an ad for Alphasmart, but it’s not.  I am just very excited for the limitless possibilities of this wonderful device.  I feel this will be a true asset to my writing life.

Thank you,

Allen

I Saw the Sign

January 12, 2014

I Saw the Sign

I am a firm believer in the fact that everything happens for a reason.  In all of the books I’ve been reading, they all agree that if you want to succeed, you should follow your intuition.  This week something happened that brought both of those to the forefront of my mind.

Last Sunday, I was enjoying the first afternoon of my vacation, watching videos, when I heard a knock at the door.  One of my favorite neighbors was standing on the other side with a tray full of oil paints, and equipment.  Since the same time last year I have been re-learning my passion for art, and drawing.  My plan was to start with drawing, then work my way up to oils, which I planned to learn by the end of this year.

I wasn’t certain when I was going to start working on it, but with her knock, I felt like now would be a great time.  Before this point, I came up with the usual excuses; I don’t know where to start, I don’t have any good equipment, all the usual points of resistance.  I tried to watch some Bob Ross videos, but they don’t stay on YouTube long enough to get anything out of.

With no Bob Ross videos to watch, I came to another resistance point; how can I learn the style I like if I can’t learn from the best?  Then I told myself that I just have to ask the right question, and it hit me.  Look up Bob Ross style paintings, and through the results I found a guy who is teaching painting.  His name is Jason Bowen, and not only is his style very close to Bob Ross, his method of teaching is close.

Since that excuse is blown, I thought canvas will be expensive.  Through the Art Mart in Portland I found stretched canvas, 5×7, for 1.75 each.  Ok, so now I’m out of excuses for starting now.

I know, I could have let that inner voice have its way, and not follow my intuition; but how will I ever find out how much potential I have if I don’t start doing something about it.  I am hoping to have a painting finished soon to show everyone, but until then, don’t let that inner voice tell you not to start moving forward with your dreams.

Don’t let your current dreams become your future regrets; start now.

Enjoy,

Allen

For those who wanted to see the motivational prints I have available on my website, there were technical difficulties last time.  That has been fixed.  I will now start selling blogs on the site for 1.00 each.  The site is www.jrnytosuccess.com

Check it out.

2013 accomplishment recap

January 1, 2014

It’s that time of the year again; time to recap some of the highlights of 2013, and make a few plans for 2014.  Since this is my new year blog, I thought it appropriate to post it right at midnight (eastern time US) which is where I am.

In 2013, I had three primary accomplishments that coincidentally, (or not) fell in my three vacations.  In the first vacation I rediscovered my love, and ability, for drawing.  I bought the supplies, and went right to it.  It was great remembering my love for art, and it helped me develop my patience even more.

In my second vacation, I watched the movie The Secret, and started a major research project into success, leadership, and the law of attraction.  I believe this learning is just the tip of the iceberg, and I realize this may be an ongoing project for years to come; but I’m up to the challenge.

Of course this leads me up to my last vacation of the year, last October, where I learned it’s easier to start a business than I realized, and during that week, I started a business account, and a website, which I continue to try drawing business to.

These three accomplishments are the reason I’m calling 2013 “The year of learning”

I am dubbing 2014 “The year of action”.  Obviously I haven’t learned everything I need to in the area of success, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t start putting my current level of learning into action now.  No one ever got rich, or succeeded in helping others with their nose buried in a book, so I will start now in making plans, and putting them in action. Here are just a couple of my goals for 2014.  I have too many to put in this blog.

My first goal is to not only increase the amount of blogs I’m putting out, but I also plan to write a book on “self leadership”.  Next week, I’m going on my first vacation of the year, and I will be mapping out the chapters.

My second goal is to post a lot more videos to Youtube, and increase my subscribers to 100,000, at least.  This will be a part of my wish to leave my current job at Hannaford, and go full time in my passion.

My third goal for 2014 is to get back down to a healthy weight, and regain a physical strength that I used to have.  This is not a resolution, as I don’t believe in them, but a goal that I never give up on.

These are my 2014 goals, and even if I don’t succeed in these the way I think they will, I will never give up on them, and I will make it.

Thank you for your support in 2013.

Allen

Don’t forget to check out my website for motivational photographs.  The prices have gone down to 20.00 from 40.00.