The Power of an Old-Fashioned Checklist

The Power of an Old-FashionedI have yet to find anything better than the old-fashioned checklist for keeping track of daily tasks. This is a very powerful tool that keeps my life sane, no matter how many deadlines and things-to-do that crop up both professionally and personally.

I’ve tried just about every task list software/app I can get my hands on for cheap or free, and none of them meet the needs and convenience of simply writing it down in a notebook – one which is portable. Usually, I’m a huge advocate for going digital when you can. But, for daily tasks, the notebook is your best friend. (Caveat – there is a tiny bit of digital cross over. Keep reading.)


There are several benefits and impacts of using an old-fashioned check list in this way…

  • You will better be able to prioritize your day, when you see both meetings and tasks on paper. (Like using a map to plan a route.)
  • It helps prepare you for the next day. You know what’s coming. You even know if you need to adjust your usual routine.
  • You’re more likely to get all those little things done. (I find anything that doesn’t get written down doesn’t get done. I like to think of myself as a reliable person. The checklists help.)
  • There is proven psychological impact to checking things off. It helps you realize just what you’ve accomplished for the day. (This is so satisfying to me, that I’ll even write down tasks I’ve already completed just so I can check them off.)

Your Daily Checklist

A daily checklist of tasks to complete is something I employ both at work and at home (these days that’s both).


Here’s how it works:

  1. Use a spiral notebook (or something similar).
  2. Use your last 15 minutes of work and/or the last 15 minutes of your day to write tomorrow’s list.
  3. At the top of the page, list all your meetings or scheduled events.
    • Include the time, location (address or phone # or conference room #)
    • Include events that even happen daily 
  4. Below the list of meetings/events, write your task list for the day

    • Put your most critical 2-3 tasks at the top of the list, then…
    • Include daily tasks (those that happen every day)

    • Add tasks that are weekly that happen on that particular day

    • Add tasks that are monthly or yearly that happen on that particular day

    • Look at the previous day’s task list – anything that didn’t get completed needs to be transferred over to the new list

    • Even small items should make the list – reminders to yourself to call the dentist or pay your bills

    • If your day is lining up to be on the lighter side, then add tasks that are preparatory for upcoming things (to get a head start)
  5. At the beginning of your day, double check your list.

  6. Add to it anything that came through since the day before (emails that popped up overnight, etc).
  7. As you go through your day, check things off, adjust, cancel, and add to your task list as needed. (The BEST part is the checking off. It’s addictive.)

A few extra tips:


DO break larger tasks into their individual steps. If your task is “write a book” every single day, then you won’t check that task off for weeks, months, or even years, which is demoralizing. Make your task “write 3 pages” or “write 1000 words” or “write scene A” etc.


Pay Attention to Your Timing

Do NOT include items you know won’t happen in a single day. This will be different every day depending on your planned activities and your priorities. But if you know that you’ll be in meetings for 8-straight hours, scheduling a task that should take you 4-5 hours isn’t realistic. Any tasks which you need to put off to tomorrow you can either…

A) start tomorrow’s list and add the item(s) there, OR

B) moved those tasks to the long-term list (which we discuss in a second)

Only Immediate Tasks


Do NOT include items that are further out in time. If you include tasks that are for later in the week/month/year, you lose the satisfaction of getting to check it off for all that time. Plus, adding tasks you absolutely won’t/can’t get to that day means your checklist will be WAY too long. You want a checklist that is manageable (another psychological trick). Move those long-term tasks to the long-term list (see below).

DO Take Notes When Needed

The notebook doesn’t just have to be for checklists. If you need to take written notes (I use OneNote, but that’s not always convenient) write them on the back of the checklist or the next page in the notebook.

Long-Term Tasks

I gave a small caveat earlier. I do use digital task lists. As a PC girl, I’m particularly partial to the task manager in Microsoft Outlook. Don’t use the digital list for the daily stuff. Use it for longer-term tasks. Things out in time that I don’t want to forget are coming or that I want to get to, but much later than today or tomorrow.

For tasks that are recurring but only on a monthly or yearly basis, use your calendar (Google for me). Schedule something on your calendar for those items (with a reminder) so that you don’t forget it’s due on that day. (Don’t forget to schedule in time to complete the task if it takes longer than an hour or two.)


Okay everyone. Now that you have the tool, go out and start checking off those tasks. I’d love to hear how it goes for you! Was this helpful?

Top 10 Tips to Set Your Yearly Author Goals

As 2016 is coming to a close, and 2017 is mere hours away, you know what time has arrived…that’s right, time to set your goals for the year.

You thought I was going to say New Year’s Resolutions didn’t you? Nope!

Goals and resolutions often go hand in hand. Think of it this way, a resolution is usually based around making changes in your life to improve it or make yourself a better you. Whereas goals are a desired end point, an achievement toward which you direct your effort. For example:

Resolution: I’m going to become healthier this year.

Goals: Lose 15 pounds by April. Go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Limit myself to 1 coke/week.

Setting goals as an author is important. Let me repeat…this is an important exercise every author should take the time to do and most don’t.

Top achievers in ALL fields all set goals. Goals help you focus, move you forward, motivate you to achieve, help you to organize your time and resources, hold you accountable, help you believe in yourself, and get you closer to your dreams.

Today, we will not be setting “life” goals, but “author” goals. If it helps, think of your goals in this scenario as a mini-business plan for your author life for the year.set-your-your-yearly-author-goals

Our Top 10 Tips for Setting Your Yearly Author Goals:


1. What Is The Dream?

Every author has a dream or two related to writing. Do you want to publish your first book? Do you want to finish a book? Do you want to get a “YES” from a certain publisher or maybe an agent? Do you want to be a best-selling author for a top five publisher whose books are made into an award-winning series of movies or HBO show?

No matter how unattainable you think them, write down  your dreams for yourself as an author. These won’t be your goals, but you may set some (or many) of your goals this year with the dream(s) in mind.

For example: If the dream is to finish your first book, you might set a daily word count goal, or set a goal to find a mentor to help you, or set a goal to join a critique group.

2. Evaluate Your Current Situation

Evaluating where you currently are is always a great place to start. Look at what you achieved during the past year related to your author career and all the factors affecting those achievements. Evaluating where you are can help you determine where to go next. It also gives you a good baseline of what is achievable, where you could grow, and where you can let go.

For example, if in the past year you finished 4 books, perhaps your goal in the current year is to finish another 4, because you know you can do it. Or, after having had that experience, you realize that pace takes away from your personal life too much, and your goal is reduced to 2 or 3 books for the year. Or, on the flip side, you might realize you can do more, and set the goal at 5.

3. List Out Known Expectations

Most likely, you are starting the year with a known list of expectations. Do you have a contract with dates you owe agents or publishers your work? Do you have a pre-order date set, or you’ve announced a publication date to your readers? Have you already registered for classes? Or plan to attend an upcoming conference?

Write down a list of all the known expectations, because these will do 2 things:

  • Feed into the goals you set for the year.
  • Affect additional goals (conflicts? changes in direction?)

4. Pick Goals That Motivate You

Think about past goals and expectations. The ones you were excited about achieving and working on are most likely those you did achieve or even exceeded expectations.

Most authors are authors because they have a passion for the gig. So the goals you set for yourself, most likely should be ones you are excited to achieve. Passion is a key to achievement.

Ask yourself…why do I care about this goal?

5. Categorize

Often it helps to categorize your goals. Categorizing means thinking of types of goals. Doing this exercise will help you cover the bases. Many authors think of their writing goals (word count, finish a book by x-date, etc.) but forget things like personal growth goals like improving as a writer, or business-related goals like spend less on marketing.

A few category breakdowns you might consider:

Author Related:

  • writing goals
  • marketing goals
  • publishing goals
  • personal goals
  • business goals


  • Scheduled Goals (things you expect to achieve relatively easily, or things you are obligated to others to achieve)
  • Stretch Goals (goals that might stretch you a bit, but are still achievable)
  • Reach for the Stars Goals (goals that will be really hard to achieve, but you want to try anyway!)


  • work goals
  • personal goals
  • financial goals
  • social goals

6. How Many Goals?

This depends on you and the types of goals you are setting. Many articles out there recommend keeping your goal list short: Only 5-7 goals total.

If you’re someone who gets easily overwhelmed, or perhaps you’re just starting out, 5-7 goals is fantastic. If you’re a lister like me who is 5-10 (or more) years into their career as an author, you might need more.

My suggestion is write them ALL down. Then, if you look at the list and start to have a panic attack, start whittling it down to a size which makes you a little uncomfortable (you want to stretch yourself after all), but doesn’t make you want to throw up.

Remember, you want to be excited to start your goals list!

7. Think SMART, then Dream Big

SMART is an acronym which can help you set the specifics of your goals. Goals which set specifics such as a date, a quantity, a plan, etc. are more often achieved. For each goal you set, think about the following parameters:

  • S – Specific
  • M – Measurable or Meaningful
  • A – Attainable or Action-Oriented
  • R – Relevant or Rewarding
  • T – Time-bound or Trackable

The SMART system is a great way to make sure your goals are not vague or irrelevant.

That said, they don’t tend to work for the “This is the Dream” related goals. Author’s dreams can be BIG, which is fantastic. The big stuff is what we’re ultimately trying to accomplish in the long-term. Check out this fantastic article on how to set goals for those big dreams: When SMART Goals Don’t Work, Here’s What To Do Instead

8. Put Your Goals in Writing

Write it down folks. Otherwise you’ll forget about it. I promise that, when I go to review my goals and see how I’m tracking, I have already forgotten half of them (usually the half I’m not working on yet).


9. Prioritize

Look at your final list of goals and prioritize. Make sure you’re focusing your work and effort and energy on the most important goals first. When setting priorities think about:

  1. How long will it take to complete?
  2. When is it due?
  3. Who do you owe it to?
  4. Urgency level?
  5. Downstream impact? (Something could be low urgency today, but if you don’t get started it’s a big impact to you by next month. Or 3 other goals hinge on achieving the first goal.)

10. Reevaluate Regularly

Check your goal list often. Once a quarter (every 3 months) is a good rule of thumb. If you have goals happening every month, then once a month is better for you.

When you review your goals do the following:

  1. Check off those goals which have been achieved.
  2. Look at remaining goals and your progress.
  3. Has anything changed which affects your list?

Reevaluating your goals isn’t just about checking things off the list. During the course of a  year things are going to happen which could impact your list in big ways.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and you need to pare back your goals. Which is okay!

Sometimes an achieved goal can lead to more unplanned for goals. For example, you could have a goal of landing a contract with a publisher. Let’s say that happens. Yay! But they not only signed your book, but contracted 3 more for the series with specific due dates, many within this year. I promise, you’re going to need to add those to your goals and likely re-prioritize your list.


I hope this article helps you create a fantastic goal list for the year. And I hope you achieve not only your goals for the year, but also your dreams!

OneNote: Get Started

onenote-startedOneNote is a tool of choice for many authors to keep their writing life organized. Get started today with this quick tutorial!

OneNote is a note-taking software offered as part of the Office suite by Microsoft.

The way to think of OneNote is like that large binder you had in grade school. A broad topic is the binder. Subject tabs within that binder divide up sections. And then pages in each tab are where you take the notes.

As an author, you can use OneNote to keep records of things like:

  • Notes for books such as research, websites, ideas, editing needs, outlines, tracking series details, and more.
  • Notes on querying including research about editors/agents/publishers that I’m looking into, query letter drafts, queries sent, responses, and more.
  • Notes from workshops and classes and how I’d like to apply concepts.
  • Publishing information including formatting for Kindle vs. Smashwords vs. CreateSpace to help me get faster at that, tracking all the websites and tools I use, etc.
  • Social Media/Marketing Management including check boxed to-do lists, monthly schedules for blog posts, ideas of upcoming marketing fun, and more.

The first thing you need to learn about OneNote, and set up, is how it is organized.

First, OneNote, unlike Word or Excel, doesn’t have you save individual files. It automatically saves anything you enter. It is a system that automatically creates/saves the files for you. So there is no “Save As” mechanism.

Note: OneNote is a Microsoft Office application. The steps to do the below will differ slightly for different versions of MS Office. These instructions are for Windows 8 with Office 365.



Notebooks are listed down the left side of OneNote. Notebooks are like your class binders – you’ll use these for overall topics.

To create a new Notebook:
1. Click to the File menu at the top
2. Click the “New” option on the left
3. Under “New Notebook” select where to save (I usually save to Computer)
4. In the “Notebook Name” field, enter the name for your Notebook
5. Click the “Create Notebook” button

As an author, some Notebooks ideas include the following:

  • A notebook for each series of books
  • 1 notebook for standalone books
  • Querying
  • Workshops
  • Publishing
  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Ideas/Misc


Sections are the equivalent of tabbed sections within your binder. Use these to breakdown the larger notebook topic into sub-topics. In OneNote, Sections are listed as tabs across the top of the page.

To create a new Section:
1. On the left side of OneNote, select the Notebook in which you want to create the section
2. Along the top, there will be a tab that has a plus sign… Click that tab
3. It will change colors and say “New Section #” with the ability for you to type and rename
4. Type over that text with the name for the section/tab


Pages are like the note pages inside the tabbed sections of your binder. This is where you take the notes. Pages are listed along the right side of OneNote.

To create a new Page:

1. On the left side of OneNote, select the Notebook in which you want to create the section
2. Along the top, click the section tab in which you want to create the page
3. Along the right side, click the “+ Add Page” button
4. OneNote will automatically create a new page and put your cursor where the title of the page is
5. Type the title for the page
6. Then click anywhere below the title and start typing your notes
For example, in my Svatura Characters & Details tab, I have pages for the main cast of characters, for the bad guy cast of characters, for the minor characters, etc.

A few tips and tricks:

You can create multiple areas of notes on one page, simply click somewhere else on the page and start typing.

You can drag and drop those areas of notes anywhere you want (very loosey goosey, I know – but you’ll get used to it)

You can make subpages. Once a page has been created, on the right hand side, right click the name of the page. Then click “Make Subpage”. It will indent the page. Helps with grouping of like notes within a section.

If You Are Using Word or Something Similar: Use a system of Folders and SubFolders for the Notebooks and Sections equivalents and save your notes on individual Word documents.

Dealing With Deadlines

duedateDeadlines. We all have them. I don’t care if you’re a student, a parent, a CEO, or President of the United States, you deal with deadlines regularly. Even bills could be considered deadlines. If you are one of those people who suddenly has to work extra hours to meet a deadline that seemed to loom sooner/faster than you expected, then you need help with managing your deadlines.

Here are some tips and techniques that could help:

Give Yourself a “Soft Deadline”

Aim to have your project/work completed ahead of schedule. How much depends on the deadline. If you’re given 1 week to complete something, try to finish 1-2 days earlier. If you have months, try a week or two earlier.  If you can psych yourself out to think of this as the actual deadline, even better. Having work completed ahead of time is both a huge stress relief, and gives you extra time to double-check and tweak if needed.

Break It Down

Break your project down into steps.

  1. List out all the steps of a project. Start higher level. For example, your first pass at the list might just say “make presentation.”
  2. Break your steps down more if needed. For example, make presentation becomes analyze the data, gather materials, outline, create presentation materials, etc.
  3. Write the tasks down in the order you’ll need to complete them.
  4. Include how long you think that individual task with take you.
  5. Note any specific deadlines for parts of the project (sometimes there are sub-deadlines involved)

Back It Up

Use backward planning to set your plan in place.

  1. Start from your soft deadline and move backwards task-by-task.
  2. Adjust the schedule as needed until it fits your time frame. There are a lot of ways to adjust. Here are a few:
    • double up tasks
    • add extra time on certain days or weeks
    • shorten amount of time you’ll take on certain tasks
    • ask for help
  3. Write your plan down. You can use a few methods for this including:
    • a simple checklist
    • a project management software or Gantt chart
    • put it on your calendar
  4. Don’t wait to get started – sooner is always better.
  5. Adjust your schedule as you move through the project.

A Few Extra Tips

  • Project Interruptions: Pay attention to other projects, deadlines, appointments, holidays. Make sure to plan those into your timing.
  • Feedback Time: Make sure you include some time for feedback (from your boss, from your customer, from your teacher, from your kids, from trusted advisors, from other members of the project, and so on). And then additional time to incorporate any of that feedback.
  • Manage Your Stakeholders: Clear communication, early and often, with the people to whom you owe the work will always save you time, trouble, complications, and often missed deadlines down the road.
  • Get Ahead Moments: There are times when you’ll actually have some downtime. Doesn’t happen often, I know. But it does happen. Those are great moments to get ahead on your project. The more ahead you can get, the less stress down the road.
  • Utilize Your Calendar: Make appointments for key benchmarks (the bigger tasks that need to get done by a very specific time). Make appointments to block off time to work on the project uninterrupted. If your project is recurring (say every 6 months), make an appointment to remind yourself to start preparations.

Project managers will likely recognize many of these tips. Break It Down and Back It Up will get you to something that could easily fit into a traditional Gantt chart. If you struggle with meeting deadlines, start with the basics I’ve outlined and get used to the process. But I would recommend taking a basic project management course (not software but theory). I’ve found those to be helpful with ideas for personal time/project/deadline management.

Happy planning!

Don’t Panic – Organize Your Social Media

faa5f97408f1443303a82fdae677baebThis post was originally written for authors in mind, but can be applied to any individual, small business, or organization that uses social media, particularly for marketing purposes.

If you’d like help getting started on social media idea lists or on your social media calendar, Authors On A Dime can help. Check out our services related to social media management. The first month of calendar management is FREE!


Technology has made the world of the author into something very different from what it once was. Not only do we have the ability to self-publish and reach a mass audience through eBooks, but marketing has changed with the advent of social media.

The level and frequency at which an author uses these tools is entirely personal preference. You’ll find scads of articles both for and against large use of social media as a marketing tool for authors. Whether you use it a little or a lot, getting organized now will help you stay on top of what can easily become overwhelming.

Tips-Organized.fwGetting organized for your social media has several benefits, including:

  • making it less overwhelming
  • ensuring consistent usage
  • ensuring varied types of posts and higher level of interest for followers
  • spreading usage/types out evenly each month
  • pre-planning for important events (releases, book cover reveals, etc.)
  • tracking ideas

Our example uses OneNote to help organize my social media in a very basic (and therefore easy to use and easy to keep up with) way. However, you can use any document or note-taking method (spreadsheet, word doc, write it down, whatever works for you).

For social media, keeping organized requires two steps:

  1. keep track of ideas
  2. schedule a month at a time.

Let’s look at both.

Social Media Idea Lists

Tonenote-socialmediaideashis is as easy as keeping a bulleted list. Pay attention to what you see other authors do (or anyone using social media for marketing) and add to your list. Particularly if you found their method engaging or effective.

  1. In OneNote, create a “Social Media” Notebook
  2. Create a Section (tab at the top) called “Social Media Ideas”
  3. Create a Page (tabs down the right side) for each type of social media (Ex. Blog, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter, etc.)
  4. On each ideas page
    1. Click the “bulleted list” icon in the top
    2. Start typing
    3. Hit the enter key to add another bullet
    4. Hit enter twice to stop the list and add a new section
  5. Any time you see something another author does that you found effective at drawing you in, add it to your list of ideas.


Monthly Social Media Schedule

ON-SMCalendarAt the end of each month create a social media schedule for the upcoming month. The easiest method we’ve found for this is a table. If you’re not a OneNote fan, a spreadsheet is a fantastic way to track this

  1. Create a table with the following columns
    • Date
    • Day of Week
    • Events
    • Blog
    • Facebook/Twitter
  2. Create a row for each day of the month
  3. Fill out your event schedule first
    • dates for releases
    • dates for giveaways  – start and end
    • other big promotional/writing/publishing moments
    • events
    • author spotlights
    • holidays
    • big personal life moments (even if you won’t be sharing on social media, just so you schedule around them)
  4. Fill out your blog schedule (how often you blog is up to you)
    • Use your events list to determine key blog post timing.
    • Fill in the rest of the blog dates with ideas from your Social Media Ideas page.
    • Make sure to spread out the type of blog posts you do. Example:
      • Promotional posts
      • Announcements
      • Posts about your craft
      • Tips for other authors
      • Progress on your current WIPs
      • Etc.
  5. Fill out Facebook/Twitter schedule
    • Blog posts and event announcements get copied over because you’ll want to announce those on all your social media.
    • Fill in the rest of the days with ideas from your Social Media Ideas page.
    • Feel free to leave blank spaces – just remember to do something that day.
    • When executing, feel free to NOT do what’s on your schedule if what’s happening in your life/writing gives you something else to post.
    • You are NOT writing the full posts here, just jotting down ideas of what type of post you’ll do

Ta-da! You have a social media schedule. Now, on any given day, you don’t have to necessarily come up with what to post from scratch. You are also less likely to have one of those moments where you realize you haven’t blogged in six weeks, or you forgot to post an important announcement on Twitter.

A Few More Tips:

Cross Off Completed & Fill In

As you complete days/posts, cross it off. You can do this by doing a strike through text, or check marks, or changing text to a different color. This will help you track what you’ve done. Also, any posts you don’t do…that idea can be used later.

Also, update the tracker with what you do end up posting. For example, if you had “blog post” as a place holder on one of the dates because you couldn’t come up with an idea, add in the topic you ended up using. This will help you know what topics you shouldn’t cover again immediately.

Frequency & Twitter

Authors On A Dime are not marketing experts. That said, note that social media experts recommend more posts on Twitter daily than on Facebook.

Don’t put every Twitter post on this tracker. You can use an app/software like Hootsuite to schedule your tweets, so that is a schedule by itself. I reference my Social Media Schedule when scheduling those tweets in Hootsuite to make sure I’m including versions of what are going up on my other social media. (You can also schedule Facebook and other social media with those apps.)

Get Ahead

As much as you are able, get a head start on your above calendar by scheduling Facebook and Twitter posts ahead of time. If you can get most of your blog posts written and scheduled, even better (but harder to do because they are much more time-consuming).

A full month of scheduling might be overwhelming. If you find that to be true, do it in weekly chunks. For examples, every Sunday spend an hour scheduling as much of your social media for the week as you can.

Pay attention to when you will be unavailable to post – like when you’re on vacation, and get anything for that time period completed and scheduled ahead of time.


Social Media and how time-consuming it can be is one of the things we see authors complain about the most. By adding organization to your social media, you can become more efficient and more consistent with your use of these marketing tools.

If you have any questions we’d love to hear them. And if you have a different tool or method, we’d love to hear that as well! We are always looking for ways to become more efficient!

If you’d like help getting started on your idea lists or on your social media calendar, Authors On A Dime can help. Check out our services related to social media management. The first month of calendar management is FREE!

Happy social media scheduling friends!

Workshop: Get Your Writing Life Organized



When: September 5-30, 2016 (4 weeks)

Delivery Method: Private Yahoo Group

Price: $10/person


Are you overwhelmed by everything you have to remember as an author? Social media and marketing a constant struggle? Do you have handouts and notes from workshops and never use them but would like to someday? Even your email inbox is crazy? This workshop will give you tried and true methods for staying on top of your email, craft notes, social media, and marketing as an author. We’ll primarily focus on Gmail & Microsoft OneNote as tools to help you get organized (including an overview on how to use OneNote). Materials can easily be translated to other email and note-taking methods.

Social Media Calendar for WritersBonus: These methods and tips can also be helpful in your personal and professional lives aside from writing!

This workshop is delivered as quick-hitting tips & tricks with the help of real-time, practical examples.  Attendees are encouraged to take away 2-10 tips that work with where they are in their business and personal styles. Attendees will be given a handout with all the tips listed in an easy bulleted format. In addition they will be given a link to OneNote templates already set up for authors to help them get started.

The workshop is broken into the following topics:

  • Week 1
    • Email Management
    • OneNote Basics & Getting Started
  • Week 2
    • Social Media Management
      • Ideas Lists
      • Monthly Calendars
      • Social Media Tracking
  • Week 3
    • Note Taking For Later Use
      • Workshops
      • Querying
      • Book Ideas/Book Bible
      • Editing Lists
      • & More
  • Week 4
    • Release Day Planning (Getting Organized)
    • Audience Requested Topics & Additional Q&A


Praise for This Workshop:

“I want to give you a huge thanks for this course…I haven’t implemented everything yet, of course, but I can certainly see where I want to go with this.” –Win Day

“Thank you so much for doing this! Not only do I appreciate it, but I’ve already cut my inbox down from over 1200 (wow!) to less than 250 and I’ve started my Release Day Planning checklists in OneNote. This was such a great class for me. Thanks again!” –TJ Shaw

“I am so impressed! First off, I didn’t realize until I finally went through your initial OneNote lessons that I could create separate notebooks. I had everything in one giant mess – and you’d shudder to see how disorganized that one notebook is! All my years hassling my youngest about his overflowing messy school binders, and I went and virtually created the same thing. So that tidbit alone has made this a worthy class!” –Melanie Greene