Home Writing Short Stuff: Business 2.0, OneNote, New Projects and Mom
- I just received my final issue of Business 2.0 magazine this week. Business 2.0 was a pretty good magazine that concentrated on new business ideas, startup companies and internet-based companies. It was part of the TimeWarner publishing juggernaut, which was probably both a blessing and a curse. While TW has a lot of money and clout, they are very focused on the bottom line, and that means a magazine either has to succeed wildly or it is viewed as a failure. Those are difficult standards to live up to. The truly disappointing outcome of this is that Business 2.0 isn’t even going to continue on the web. TW is folding all of the remaining writers into Fortune magazine instead. I hope they can make that magazine a little less lousy.
- I wanted to give my official blessing to Microsoft’s OneNote application. Over the past ten years or so, the highest compliment I have given to a Microsoft product has been “adequate”, but OneNote really is a small wonder and especially handy for writers. It works like an electronic notebook. You have a series of tabs under which you can store articles, graphics, audio files, video files, notes and just about anything else that strikes your fancy. It allows you to move and shuffle these things around in ways that makes sense to you,. Its is like a powerful scrapbook. I have been using it to work on my poetry project and my web articles. After a month of pleading I finally got it at work so I can use it for research on my technical writing projects. Check it out if you get the chance.
- The recently finished 30 Poems in 30 Days project was a such a great success that I would love to do another project in November, but I’m not sure what that project would be. I am open to suggestions so feel free to leave your ideas. Is there any other writing topic the community would like to focus on?
- Finally, I wanted to post a picture of my mother. A year ago she went in for aortic bypass surgery. There were complications that left her on death’s door for months. Her heart stopped more than once. Her kidneys stopped functioning and she gained over 100 pounds of water weight. She was in a coma for over a month and hospitalized for six months. She’s home now, and after a great deal of physical therapy is able to walk with the help of a cane. It’s been a long hard year for our family, but this weekend my mother was able to attend my wife’s birthday party at Agua Caliente park. I just wanted to say how proud I am of her hard work and how happy I am to have her home.