One of the great perks of my job are the books I can call research: crime novels!
If I read a review in Publishers Weekly about an upcoming book, and I don't recognize the publisher's name, I'll dig deeper. That often involves ordering several books.
Sometimes the book I want hasn't been published yet, but with pre-order that problem is solved.
Often I forget why I ordered something and weeks later it turns up in the mail and I am, to put it kindly, befuddled.
So, I started cutting out the reviews and keeping them.
Which created an untidy pile o'paper that I could not tolerate.
Then, just this week, the light dawned. Angels sang. There might have been a chuckle from on high about how dunderously slow I am to figure things out.
I realized if I clipped the review to the pub date on my Almighty Date Book, it would solve both the problem of untidy, and the problem of my dunderheaded memory flop.
Oh boy am I pleased with myself.
(now let's see if it works!)
What clever fix have you come up with to solve a small, nagging problem?
I love hearing these tips and tricks, mostly cause I steal them for my own nefarious purposes.