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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: bujo, bullet journal, bullet journaling, dot journaling: a practical guide, leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal, markers, ryder carroll, , stencils, the bullet journal method   

    Everything You Need to Bullet Journal the Heck Out of This Year 

    Once assumed to be a paper-based form of OCD, bullet journaling is finding fans everywhere. Writers, readers, students, execs, parents, really anyone who wants to organize their thoughts, is finding inspiration in the world of bullet journaling (or bujo to devotees). The system is flexible enough for any lifestyle and can hold all the many aspects of our lives that we usually try to keep in our heads. Work, relationships, health, creative projects, hobbies, and more can all be safely contained in a bujo. You can add creative touches, or leave that nonsense for someone who has more time. It’s really just about making it your own, so you can stay organized and see patterns in your life that might help you get where you want to go. Ready to try a little bujo magic? All you really need is a pencil and a journal. But if you want a little guidance or inspiration, the tools below will help!

    The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll
    If you’re new to bujo, learn how its done from the creator himself. If you’re familiar with the process, but need some help getting started, this thoughtful guide will help you understand the deeper reasons for bullet journaling and advantages of the method. Carroll developed the bujo process to organize his own thoughts, but along the way, he found it’s about more than making lists or tracking habits. Bullet journaling is designed to help anyone set meaningful goals and live an intentional life.

    Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal
    Any notebook can be made into a bullet journal, but honestly it’s a pain. So save yourself the trouble and find a notebook that already has page numbers and space for a table of contents. Pockets and page markers make this an easy-to-use, all-purpose, never-lead-your side notebook. The Leuchtturm journals are a favorite in the bujo community, and they come in lots of yummy colors!

    Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide, by Rachel Wilkerson
    If you want a little more structure and advice as you learn the art of bujoing, this journal-guide combo will hold your hand. There are templates; trackers; day, week, month, and year spreads; plus page darts and fun rolls of washi tape to add color. Whether you want to create a journal that’s Instagram worthy or just soothe your monkey mind, this kit is a perfect first step.

    Brush Markers
    If you’re ready to move beyond pencil or black ink and more ink, add some color and texture with these juicy brush markers. Each of the 12 markers has two tips, so you can vary the weight of your text. Add brush work to headers, and use the fine-point for detail work and lists.

    Hand Lettering Interactive Drawing Book, by Peter Pauper Press
    It’s easy to feel intimated by bujos online, but don’t feel pressured to make your journal Instagram worthy. If you do want to up your lettering game, this full-color, hands-on workbook includes tutorials and sections for tracing. You’ll also learn how to choose a lettering style and add embellishments to emphasize the most important information in your bujo.

    Dotted Journal Stencil Set
    If you’re feeling less confident about hand lettering and drawing icons or motifs, this stencil set takes the pressure off. Use it whenever you need to repeat an icon or banner. It will give your bujo a consistent look that’s super satisfying, and it’s easy to use!

    Are you excited to bullet journal in 2019?

    The post Everything You Need to Bullet Journal the Heck Out of This Year appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Jenny Shank 3:30 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: , new voices   

    6 Literary Debuts to Read in 2019 

    We all love a book by an old favorite writer who never disappoints, but those lifelong reading relationships have to start somewhere. Debut novels offer the promise of not only encountering a new voice, but of beginning a beautiful friendship. Here are six debuts with globe-spanning settings that should be on your radar this year.

    Golden Child by Claire Adam (January 29)
    Those of us who were blown away by A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza’s affecting debut novel of a Muslim family in California that was Sarah Jessica Parker’s first choice for her new book imprint, are ready to follow Parker wherever she leads us next. Her second release as the Editorial Director for Hogarth’s SJP is Golden Child, Claire Adam’s debut novel set in Trinidad. Like A Place for Us, it concerns a father trying to connect with a wayward son he has never understood, a young man named Paul who disappears in the bush one day. Author Adam grew up in Trinidad, studied physics at Brown University, and currently lives in London.

    We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (January 29)
    Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s debut will please lovers of biting political satire. An unnamed black narrator works at a law firm where he serves as proof of their “committment to diversity,” and becomes the center of a publicity campaign pushed by a shareholder. Meanwhile, the narrator encourages his son to apply skin lightening cream in the hopes that he can be spared some of the violence, racism, and indignity his father has dealt with all his life. We Cast A Shadow seems poised to contribute to the thriving artistic movement literary critic Sheri-Marie Harrison has called the “new black Gothic,” including such exemplars as the movie Get Out, Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied Sing, and Childish Gambino’s song and video “This is America.”

    The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (February 5)
    Whitney Scharer’s debut focuses on Lee Miller, a larger-than-life figure who worked as a fashion model in 1920s New York, before traveling to Paris in 1929 and apprenticing herself to photographer Man Ray. She eventually became his collaborator, lover, and muse as she developed her art and started her own photography studio. During World War II, she was a war correspondent photojournalist for Vogue, and that’s only a handful of the twists and turns of this dynamic woman’s trajectory. Scharer earned her MFA from the University of Washington, has published stories in literary magazines, and works as a graphic designer as well as a writer. The Age of Light is poised to become a historical fiction hit, appealing to fans of Paula McClain’s books.

    The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (March 26)
    Even before publishing a book, Namwali Serpell has been racking up honors including the Caine Prize for African writing and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. The Zambia-raised, California-based writer seems set to fulfill her early promise with debut novel The Old Drift, an epic set in the colonial settlement known as Old Drift, near Victoria Falls. The book spans more than a hundred years, detailing the clashes and struggles of three Zambian families sparked by a mistake an Old Drift settler makes in 1904.

    Walking on the Ceiling by Ayşegül Savaş (April 30)
    Nunu is a young woman living in Paris at a time in her life when she has no discernible direction. She has parted ways with her college boyfriend and sold her mother’s apartment in Istanbul following her death. She decides to move to Paris and enroll in a literature program—but not attend any classes. While she wanders the city’s streets, she meets M., an older British writer who takes an interest in Nunu because he’s writing a novel set in Turkey, and they strike up a friendship. As the book opens, Nunu recalls how she would “hold a square mirror up to the ceiling. I examined every inch of this flat, white expanse, entirely removed from the jagged world on the opposite pole where people lived in shadows, weighed down by troubles. I understood that all anyone can do in the midst of darkness is retreat to their own, bright landscapes.” If you enjoyed the off-kilter, low-key philosophical musings of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot or the friendship between an older male writer and a young woman in Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry, Walking on the Ceiling looks like a promising debut.

    Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Artnett (June 9)
    Kristen Artnett’s debut novel tells the story of Jessa-Lynn Morton, who finds her father’s body one day in the family taxidermy shop. In the wake of her dad’s suicide, Jessa-Lynn steps up to take over the taxidermy business, while struggling with her affections for her brother’s wife and puzzling over her mother’s increasingly bizarre artwork. Karen Russell, an authority on all things strange and funny, called it “one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read.”

    The post 6 Literary Debuts to Read in 2019 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • - Daily MedNews 12:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink  

    Is Air Pollution a Downer? 

    MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- Air pollution may not only make it hard to breathe, but it may also make you unhappy, a new study suggests. In China, air pollution reportedly causes an average of 1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy...
  • - Daily MedNews 9:00 am on 2019/01/21 Permalink  

    A Prescription for Feeling Young Forever 

    MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- You know about the value of exercise for heart health and for staying strong and independent as you age. There's also proof that exercise keeps your body young physically as well as mentally. A British study involving...
  • - Daily MedNews 9:00 am on 2019/01/21 Permalink  

    Many Parents Wrong About What Prevents Colds in Kids 

    MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- No parent wants to see their child catch a cold, but some take prevention measures that have little basis in science, a new survey shows. For example, 51 percent of parents said they give their child an over-the-counter...
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