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How Do You Decide What To Write About

I have always been a natural storyteller. Since I was a young child, I was always more interested in reading than watching. For me, when I read a book, I could create my own visuals. I didn’t have to depend on others to show me what to see.  For that reason, I try and read a book before I see the film. Otherwise, the visual is askew. With shorter pieces, I write what comes to me. I have a closeness to all I write. I invest a bit of my time into the words and the end result holds a…

Remembering September 11 as a New Yorker

Remembering September 11 Growing up and living an hour north of New York City, I was always very fond of Manhattan and its unmistakable skyline. The views at night were breathtaking. I can’t tell you how many days I spent with my neck kinked upward taking in the massive Twin Towers as I stood on the sidewalk below. On that fateful day I stood in horror, just as countless others did, watching the events of the morning of September 11, 2001 unfold. I was in my living room in front of the television, unable to sit, when the first tower…

Can Words Really Inspire?

I’m often told that the words I write or have written in the past are uplifting and on occasion, inspiring. I never really thought twice about it until recently when I saw a quick Facebook quote that read – ‘Don’t follow your dreams – Chase them!”. I began to think about all the millions of words I’ve read and written. And even those that have been said to me personally and  really tried to pinpoint any that may have changed my life or had a deep impact on the way I live it. I thought about including song lyrics but…

Jay Long : My First Published Poetry Book

Ever since I was a child I have had a connection with pad and pen. I can remember as a toddler, not quite 4 years old, grabbing a black felt pen and a yellow legal pad and mimicking my mother’s cursive writing. Some parents used the TV or toys to distract their children and keep them occupied, mine simply allowed me to scribble. I guess for that reason alone, it’s no surprise I have always kept notebooks nearby – no matter where I am. I have them by my bedside, in the living room, car, I take them with me…