What Can You Do with a 3″ x 5″ Index Card?


What Can You Do with a 3" x 5" Index Card? Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

What Can You Do with a 3″ x 5″ Index Card?
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“What Can You Do with a 3″ x 5″ Index Card?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here are seven things you can do with a 3″ x 5″ inch index card:

  1. Fan yourself when it’s hot.
  2. Draw a picture on it and color it.
  3. Draw a map on it.
  4. Cut out a design.
  5. Glue the bottom and two sides to make a pocket
  6. Write words on one side or both sides.
  7. Fold it into a very tiny boat or other design.

If you’re inclined to write words on it, here are 20 suggestions of what to write on an index card:

  1. Leave a thank you note.
  2. Write a compliment for someone.
  3. Put a recipe on it.
  4. Write a list of top 3 must do items for the day.
  5. Write a list of stores where you shop.
  6. Make a grocery list.
  7. Make a list of your best friends and why you like them and what emotion you feel when you think of them.
  8. Make a list for Santa Claus.
  9. Make a list of reasons you’d visit someone.
  10. Put name, address, phone number, and email address.
  11. Write a list of 3 of your favorite movies and the emotion they bring to mind when you say the title.
  12. Write a list of 3 of your favorite TV shows and the action scene you liked best in each one.
  13. Write a list of 3 of your favorite books in a particular genre.
  14. Write a pitch for your story on it.
  15. Write a character sketch on it.
  16. Make a list of scenes for a book.
  17. Write number facts.
  18. Write spelling words for the week.
  19. Write new vocabulary words you want to learn and/or use in a blog post.
  20. Write possible test questions and your answer.

If you want to know about a few great digital note-taking ideas, check out my blog: Digital Notes – Post-It Notes and Sticky Notes http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/digital-notes-post-it-notes-and-sticky-notes/

 

References:

  1.  “How to Use 3×5 Cards,”Levenger.com, http://www.levenger.com/3-x-5-cards-705.aspx
  2.  Microsoft Templates for 3×5 and 4×6 Index Cards,” http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/index-cards-3-x5-and-4-x6-TC010253801.aspx
  3. Digital Notes – Post-It Notes and Sticky Notes http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/digital-notes-post-it-notes-and-sticky-notes/

Thank you for reading my blog. Please leave a comment to let me know what you do with 3″ x 5″ index cards.

Celebrate you right now.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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When You Reach One Dream, Set a New One!


” When You Reach One Dream, Set a New One!” by Joan Y. Edwards

Image Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Image Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

I had a very exciting weekend at the SCWW Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. I reached a goal I set about 5 years ago to be asked to be a paid presenter at a writing conference! Linda Cookingham, conference chair for this year’s conference, invited me in March 2014 to be a paid presenter from Dr. Bob Rich’s recommendation. Thank you, Dr. Bob and Linda.

This past weekend, I achieved my dream. I gave three workshops during the SCWW conference:

  1. “Get Your Blog Going and Make It Stand Out.” Thank you to the 12-19 people who came.
After "Get Your Blog Going" workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference

After “Get Your Blog Going” workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference

Dot Hochstrasser honored me by purchasing a copy of Flip Flap Floodle and the Silent Auction critique and books. Thank you, Dot.

Dot Hochstrasser honored me by attending the Get Your Blog Going Workshop, purchasing a copy of Flip Flap Floodle and the Silent Auction critique and books. Thank you, Dot.

  1. “33 Ways to Correct, Trim, and Enhance Your Manuscript.” Thank you to the two people who came.
  2. “Add Pizzazz to Your Blog.” Thank you to the 17 people who came.

Half of participants at "Add Pizzazz to Your Blog" workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference.

Half of participants at “Add Pizzazz to Your Blog” workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference. Thank you for participating.

Regina Smeltzer and Joan Y. Edwards after "Add Pizzazz to Your Blog" workshop!

Regina Smeltzer and Joan Y. Edwards after “Add Pizzazz to Your Blog” workshop! Thank you, Regina, for being there for me.”

Barbara Lunow and Anne Hicks Kaylor at supper on Saturday night. We had fun. Thank you for sitting with me.

Barbara Lunow and Anne Hicks Kaylor at supper on Saturday night. We had fun. Thank you for sitting with me, Barbara and Anne..

 

Now that I achieved this dream, I am setting my sight on a new one:
My new dream is to be a paid keynote speaker for a conference to inspire and motivate people to believe in themselves and their dreams!

It’s important when you reach one dream to set a new one. It gives you a reason to live. Something to look forward to. Please share a dream you reached. Did you set another goal when you reached it? What is one of your present goals? I would love to hear all about it.

When you finish one project, set up a new one.
When you retire, set up a new goal to help others.
When you learn how to bat a ball, learn how to improve another skill in baseball.
When you learn how to create good characters, set a goal to improve a different writing skill.
Celebrate each step you take.
Celebrate each new thing you learn.
Celebrate when you have a plan to keep unpleasant things from happening again.
Celebrate when you have a plan that works to keep you rejuvenated and full of life.
Believe in You!

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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Kathleen Burkinshaw Won a Free Critique of 2,000 Words to Celebrate My Blog’s 5th Blogaversary


Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“Kathleen Burkinshaw Won a Free Critique of 2,000 Words to Celebrate My Blog’s 5th Blogaversary”

Dear Honored Readers,
There were seven people who left a comment on You’re Good. Laugh at Your Rejections. (Happy 5th Birthday Blog):

1.    Dianna Gunn
2.    Widdershins
3.    Dr. Bob. Rich
4.    Megan Vance  – Happy in Him
5.    Kathleen Burkinshaw
6.    Linda Martin Andersen
7.    Ann Stawski

Random.org chose number 5; therefore, Kathleen Burkinshaw won a free critique of 2,000 words of one of her manuscripts.

Congratulations, Kathleen. Thank you for leaving a comment

Thanks to all of you who read and leave comments on my blog. I appreciate you! You give me life. Each of you counts with me; over 170,000 views. An average of 34,000 a year!

Celebrate You
Never Give Up
Joan

 

You’re Good. Laugh at Your Rejections. (Happy 5th Birthday Blog)


Laugh at Your Rejections

“You’re Good. Laugh at Your Rejections (Happy 5th Birthday Blog)” by Joan Y. Edwards  FREE GIVEAWAY Chance. (Details after blog post)

This is the #3 in Series – Famous Writers Recovered from Rejection, So Can You. The series tells you about authors who made it, even though publishers rejected them. You can make it, too.

Gotham Writers Workshop gives you three tips for coping with rejection:

  1. Laugh at your rejections.
  2. Learn from your rejections.
  3. Always have a new project underway, something that will give you hope no matter how many rejections come your way for the previous project.

You may take some consolation in knowing the rejection history of the following  writers and works:

Edgar Allen Poe According to One Hundred Rejections.com, Harpers rejected “Folio Club Tales with the following note: “Readers in this country have a decided and strong preference for works (especially fiction) in which a single and connected story occupies the whole volume, or a number of volumes, as the case may be.” Poe kept trying and the next year this same publisher accepted his book for publication.

E. E. Cummings (e.e. cummings, Edward Estlin Cummings) wrote The Enormous Room and was unable to find a publisher. Cummings self-published much of his work and struggled financially. In the 1940s and 1950s, his style of writing became popular and he gave live readings before full houses.

Emily Dickinson When she was living, Emily Dickinson had 12 poems published after her publishers changed her wording to match the “accepted rhyming patterns of the day.” All the rest were rejected. Sadly, no one recognized Emily Dickinson’s genius during her lifetime. After her death, her sister found her poems and her first collection was published in 1890.

Emily Giffin wrote bestselling novels Something Borrowed and Something Blue. She had what Emily called a mean agent who just wrote a one-line, they all rejected it. They referred to eight New York city Publishers to whom the agent submitted . Her books, Something Borrowed and Something Blue were made into movies. Interview on Today.com: http://www.today.com/video/today/37130156#37130156

Ernest Hemingway didn’t like his publisher, Boni & Liveright. He purposely wrote a script he knew they would reject called “The Torrents of Spring.” As Heminway planned, Horace Liveright turned him down which broke his contract. Liveright said, “It would be in rotten taste to publish “The Torrents of Spring.” Then, Ernest found Scribner, who published all of his books and every book became a bestseller. Here are three: The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and A Farewell to Arms.

Frank Herbert wrote the Science Fiction book, Dune, after spending time in Florence, Oregon in 1953 to do a magazine article about a United States Department of Agriculture project to stabilize the dunes by planting beach grass. It changed the ecology of the dune areas and was very controversial. This inspired the setting for what Herbert called his “messiah story.”

By 1963, his agent submitted Dune for publication.Two years and 22 rejections later, a publisher accepted it. In the next 21 years, he published six Dune books, over thirty fiction and non-fiction books, and many magazine articles.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. He received one big rejection that stated, “You’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby character.”

Fitzgerald wrote a letter giving advice to a new writer. Every writer can learn from the wisdom of his words.

“You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner.”

George Orwell wrote Animal Farm After four rejections, Orwell’s novel was published in 1945. Five years later, a Russian émigré in West Germany, Vladimir Gorachek, published a small print in Russian to distribute free to readers behind the Iron Curtain. And in 1954, the CIA funded an animated adaptation of Animal Farm by John Halas and Joy Batchelor.

Gertrude Stein wrote poems for 22 years. Stein received a rejection letter from Arthur C.Fifeld, Publisher, London for her manuscript entitled, “Three Works.”

I think that Fifeld got carried away in his long rejection. I shortened it here: “I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one…Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one…returning the M.S. by registered post. Only one M.S. by one post.”

Her poetry was not well-read, but one line from it is well-remembered, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Loveliness extreme.” Nigel Rees says that the phrase in Stein’s poem Sacred Emily describes the artwork of the artist, Sir Francis Cyril Rose. She thought he made nature come alive. Here’s a picture painted by Sir Francis Cyril Rose.

Stein’s only bestseller was the story of her life told through the character named Toklas in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird and it won the Pulitzer Prize. She never got her other novels published.

Thank you for reading my blog. Today, October 9, 2014 is the fifth birthday of my blog. Thank you to one of my readers, Widdershins, who coined the phrase “Blogaversary.” So you could call say, “Happy 5th Blogaversary.”

There are other sites that list authors with rejections who never gave up. There are biography sites that you can research your favorite authors to find out how they overcame rejection. This is the last blog post in this series. I hope that reading about famous authors who were rejected and never gave up, inspires you to keep on going towards success in the publication of all your manuscripts.

Thank you for reading my blog and making it grow. I appreciate all of you. It is wonderful that you share my posts with your friends in your online communities: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and emails, etc.  Thank you.

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Believe in you and your writing.
Celebrate all that you’ve accomplished: both the big steps and the little ones.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

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