The Fantasy of Meeting Deadlines with guest blogger Mona Darling author of Glitter

  As I'm guest blogging for Where Fantasy Meets Reality, I would like to talk about my fantasy of meeting deadlines. I've always been the kind of person who waits until the last minute, then works all night to meet a deadline. Now that I have a four year old, this is not always possible and has recently lead to a rash of apologies on my part.

  Enter, life hacking. My iPhone is now the boss of me. Since technology is generally the reason I'm overwhelmed, over extended and stressed, I've decided to start using it to help manage my time and projects. These are my top three favorite life hacks at the moment.

  Evernote (https://evernote.com). I'm not sure how I survived without this before. I had tinkered with it, but recently have started to delve into the possibilities. I now have a running todo list on there, as well as a list of writing topics. Any time I get a minute, I can log in with my phone, iPad or computer and easily add notes that are instantly synced. Having everything in one place has saved me hours of time looking for things I need. I even have separate lists for movies, books and web sites that I want to check out so when I do get a moment to myself, I don't have to spend the entire time looking for those things, only to realize once I find it, that I no longer have time to read/watch or explore it.

  Evernote (https://evernote.com). I'm not sure how I survived without this before. I had tinkered with it, but recently have started to delve into the possibilities. I now have a running todo list on there, as well as a list of writing topics. Any time I get a minute, I can log in with my phone, iPad or computer and easily add notes that are instantly synced. Having everything in one place has saved me hours of time looking for things I need. I even have separate lists for movies, books and web sites that I want to check out so when I do get a moment to myself, I don't have to spend the entire time looking for those things, only to realize once I find it, that I no longer have time to read/watch or explore it.

  IFTTT (https://ifttt.com) This is a must. Any web app can be hooked up to any other web app. The possibilities are endless. IFTTT automatically saves all of my instagrams to Dropbox. Every time I find a news story/recipe/project that I want to check out later - I email it to Evernote and tag it so that it goes in the proper folder. I set up craigslist/etsy/ebay searches that notify you when things I'm looking for are listed. These are examples that are super easy to do without IFFT, but if I use IFTTT you're less likely to accidentally waste and entire evening on Etsy/Craigslist/Pinterest. Or is that just me?

  Donna (http://don.na) This app manages my calendar and tells me when I need to leave for appointments and how long it's going to take to get there. It seems simple, but knowing she will ping me when it's time to pick my son up at school or leave for a Dr's appointment and how long its going to take to get somewhere means that I don't keep looking up at the clock and helps me get lost in my writing. I have also been using her to remind me of deadlines. I can set an appointment with myself to work on a big project every Friday, and she pops up and reminds me. That way when the big project I had six weeks to work on it due, I have actually DONE something on it. I also love that she gives me a little alert at 9pm every evening to tell me how many appointments I have the next day and when the first one starts and tells me to relax and enjoy the day when I don't have any. I think on of the reasons this app helps me so much is that if I give it all the right information, she will manage my time for me, which forces me to actually take the 30 seconds to cut and paste the address into the location when I make an appointment rather then just assuming I'll be able to find the location when I need it. She's sort of made me a calendar geek.

  I know there are other apps out there. I've known about them for ages, but just started using them. Please tell me about your favorite life hacker apps!



Glitter
by Mona Darling

About The Author:

Mona Darling aka Dead Cow Girl, spent close to twenty years as an A-list professional dominatrix before becoming a D-list mommy blogger. After spending many years traveling the world being told that she is fabulous, she now spends her days being told she doesn’t drive fast enough by her three-year-old son.
Dead Cow Girl was a nickname she received in grade school after a humiliating morning involving a mobile butcher and a school bus. She chose to use that name to reclaim the part of her that spent much of her childhood red-faced with shame, embarrassed for her unique childhood. She also likes it because it is readily available on nearly every social media platform.

She writes, sporadically, about food, sex and toddler-related mayhem at DeadCowGirl.com.


Genre: Women's Studies

Publisher: Darling Propaganda LLC
Release Date: Feb 2013

Book Description:

Glitter is about the female sexual experience, which contrary to what the media would have you believe, is not all bubble baths and chick flicks.

Women are constantly judged as slutty, or uptight, but the reality is somewhere in between those two, and sometimes, nowhere near either. We have secret shames and private desires and we all feel we are the only one.

We are good church-going girls with a fondness for the paddle, PTA moms who hire escorts, feminists who like to bottom in the bedroom, slutty virgins, bi-curious married laddies and women with a past. We are gay, straight, and undecided.

We are all over the map, and we are amazing.