SIDE NOTE:The great thing about using
journaling software has been thatit gives me the ability to
categorize all of the letters and journal entries by the original date that the
letter or entry was written.
type very fast, but It will take me a very long time to type the 200 or
more letters, but it will be worth it!
Added Journal-Like Commentary...
of the best ideas that I came up with was to make present-day
comments about what I wrote in my letters back then.
I type, I recall (relive) clearly the events that
surrounded me at the time of originally writing those letters.
Thoughts come to mind that I hadn't included in the original
I type my added comments throughout the
letter, but in a different font and/or font color.
The screen shot to the left is a sample of what I've been doing, however there are no additional comments in this particular entry.
Click the screen shot to enlarge!
Another example was how I
tried to sound brave
and not let
on that I really missed home. Truth was that I was so homesick that I
couldn't hardly stand it!
So I type my
letters pretty much
word for word in a regular font. Then as
needed, I add my
lot of fun with this. I look at it kind of like a VH1 pop up version of
It's Been a Blast From The Past
also have several old hand-written journals that I plan to type up.
These are journals that I kept as
a teenager. Additionally I have some that I kept much later
while I was
places such as Turkey and Egypt.
to do this for the following reason:
Duplicate Copies: I
wanted to ensure that the only copy wouldn't be destroyed in
case of fire or any
Time Around Factor: What would I have to say the
second time around? What did I leave out the first time I
saved e-mails and instant messages could be used as journal entries
that could use the benefit of additional commentary.
if you have any old letters sitting around in old boxes somewhere, it's time
to get them out and start doing something with them!
be happy you did!
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