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Introducing DIYPlanner Quick Tips

ScribeThere's plenty of little things we think of here that aren't meaty enough for a full article, but that might help the odd reader and perhaps instigate a little discussion. To that end, we'd like to introduce a new feature here on DIYPlanner: Quick Tips. These will be posted several times a week, and will run the gamut from pens and notebooks to creative techniques to digital productivity. (Hey, we analog luddites do occasionally use computers, too, or else you wouldn't be reading these words.) So, our first official Quick Tip:

Like the freedom of writing on an unlined page, but your words start tipping to an angle the further down the page you write? Take a tip from old-style blank writing pads. These generally come with a lined page you could slip under your current page, and there would be just enough hint of lines to keep your writing even and on track. If you don’t have such a lined page for your paper or journal, use Ygor’s dynamic templates to generate lined note pages with the line spacing and thickness that works best for you.

Do you have a quick tip? Email it to diyplanner -@AT@- gmail dot com!

And without further ado...

Sorry for the blip, folks. We had a hardware issue but good ole' Patrick came through yet again and made the world right.

While I'm here, it's time I gave you fine folks a little update on my mysterious disappearance and what's coming up. Nothing to do with a clever anti-analog campaign by the digirati, nor an insidious blackmail attempt by those planner companies hawking non-free templates. Although either would have been a pleasant distraction.

In my day-job, I lead the new media division of a mid-sized marketing/ communications company in Canada's far north. Many of our clients have a March 31st deadline for their projects if government funding is involved in any way, and typically we could have a dozen or so large projects clogging our pipes from January till the end of March. This year we had several times that, and boy, were we busy. Not just insanely busy, but 'how the heck are we even dreaming of doing all that work' busy. But I have an efficient and dedicated team with talents I couldn't even begin to laud, and they came through once again, delivering great work on time and on budget. So now the craziness is over, and we can all rush madly to the bathroom stalls and urinals and heave great collective sighs of relief.

The Case of the Missing Editor: Announcing Ravens in the Library

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me. In January, I got asked to participate in a special limited edition anthology to help benefit musician SJ Tucker, who had medical issues in 2008. I accepted the offer and prepped my story for publication. For awhile now, most of my time has been focused around helping market, publicize, and spread the word about the book. Last Thursday the editors (Phil Brucato and Sandra Buskirk) announced that the book arrived from the printers and on Saturday, I drove to Seattle to help box books with 16 passionate people.

Many of you who have visited my personal website already know about this book and how excited I've been. For those of you who do not, I'd like to introduce you all to RAVENS IN THE LIBRARY. A compilation dedicated to SJ Tucker, born out of love for music, magic, and the muse. This special VERY limited edition book has been compiled to defray the medical expenses and recovery of musician S.J. Tucker. The anthology will NOT be released in stores, and it is NOT downloadable! It will be available only as long as those expenses remain unresolved. After that, RAVENS IN THE LIBRARY will disappear. Along with my story, it features stories written by many of my favorite writers including Newberry Award winner Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, Holly Black, and Francesca Lia Block. Order your copy today and help a good cause!

This is big news for me and for my writing career. I'm excited to have been apart of this anthology and hope that it's the first of many new works published by me. This is also the reason why I've sort of disappeared from this site and have not been regularly getting posts or reviews up for your enjoyment. I have a quite a backlog of reviews that I am working my way through, so expect more from me as soon as I can get things written. Before I wrap this plug up, I'd like to also announce that I will be signing copies of RAVENS in Seattle this Wednesday, March 25th, at The Dreaming Comics in the University District. So if you are local to the Seattle area (or even Portland, Oregon) come on up, meet me (and many of the other authors/artists) and get your own copy of Ravens.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support to D*I*Y Planner and for being patient with me as I struggle to find the balance between the publication, writing posts here, and editing my first novel.

Tabbed Planner Dividers

These are tabbed dividers (I've always called them "tabbies", is that odd?) that you can print and cut out yourself, 2 to a page, for classic size planners. I'm not a fan of the plastic stick-on things, for some reason I like plain old-fashioned card stock paper dividers, so I bothered to make this.

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Usage advice: 

The pdf file has the templates to print and cut out, and the odg file (which you need Open Office to open) has the blank templates AND the option of adding text to label your tabbies with.

Note: the hole punches in the preview picture are not actually part of the file, so if your planner has 7 holes or 2 holes or 86 holes, no problem!

Hope this is helpful to someone besides myself, and please let me know if anything needs fixing or whatever.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Some kind of PDF viewer, Open Office Draw (optional)
Language: 
English

Daily Dairy, One page, Classic

My days are task and information heavy, with the occasional appointment. On my perpetual quest for the perfect planner, I was browsing the Paper Chase planners and notebooks at Borders when I came across their page per day diaries, a simple lined page with the date at the top that allows you to write whatever and however you want. Two days ago, a forum topic here led me to the Quo Vadis website which had a page per day diary format with a little bit of space for appointments. My first submission to DIYP is my attempt at both of those formats.

Usage advice: 

These are MS Word 2000 documents, so they should be easy to manipulate. I use a 0.6 inch margin on the hole punch side and a 0.4 inch margin on the free side. The top of the document is a two cell table so the date can be easily changed and it will still align properly. I spent an afternoon trying to learn OOo draw and using the widgets, but I never got the hang of it.

I'm still in the experimental stage with these, so I've only printed a week's worth. I suppose if I was going to do a lot of them I would just blank out the dates and handwrite them in later.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft Word
Language: 
English

We wish you a Merry Christmas 2008

Happy Holidays from D*I*Y Planner

We at D*I*Y Planner wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season. This year, I made a fun desktop for everyone to enjoy. Happy holidays and see you next week.

DIY A5 AvantGarde 2pg/Month and 2pg/week

A set of scripts for generating:
- a one page yearly calendar
- 2pg/month planner
- 2pg/week planner

Can be easily internationalized to most European languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish, etc.)

Design criteria:

I wanted something to look 'modern' 'light' and 'open plan'

Some lines may come out too heavy especially on non postscript printers.
(the tones are easily adjustable for a LaTeX savy person)

Usage advice: 

Can be easily internationalized to most European languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish, etc.)

Requirements:
- must have LaTeX, Python
- may want: make

Usage:
- 2009 in English is already included as pdf
- set the year and language in the python script
- if you have make then just run make
- otherwise look in the make file

(this is currently quite hackerish but was done in a hurry)

Paper size: 
A5
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
pdf reader for 2009/English; LaTeX and Python for other combinations
Language: 
English
Any Latin/European

2009 Weekly Calendar 2-up English

Here it is in English for 2009

Usage advice: 

For Circa and other planners

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Open Office
Language: 
English

2009 Secondary Teacher Chronicle - week to view

2009 dated
Two page spread, Week to a view teacher planner pages.
5 weekdays (columns), plus one for Notes
6 lessons per day with recess and lunch break, plus note space above and below each day
Space for week numbers

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Usage advice: 

Use it for lesson planning, with space for before and after school activities.
In the Notes column I write in the things that I have to do that week.
In the bottom right corner is a month calendar.
Souce file is done in MS Publisher

Paper size: 
A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Pdf reader
Language: 
English