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JAY LONG Posts

How I Create My Perfect Writing Space

For as long as I’ve been writing, I have been able to concentrate even in less than perfect surroundings. That can be music, the TV on with a show or movie playing, outside activities – all just become background noise for me.

When I am in writing mode, nothing can distract me unless another person is within my space. I don’t mean if I am in public, like a library or coffee shop, unless they sit right next to me. But if they are going about their day in a somewhat normal manner, I can just phase them out and stay inside my own pseudo bubble.

Writer’s Life : What I Can’t Leave Home Without

As June sneaks in – I mean seriously, where the hell did the first 5 months of the year go? – I find myself thinking ahead to vacation like I do every year. This year is a bit different however, as I am in the middle of sorting out my family’s home, where 35 years of ‘stuff’ has accumulated. This year won’t be spent in the usual beachfront getaway of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey but rather pushed back a bit as I prospect properties in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and plan a move.

3 Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

If you’re like me, Microsoft Word was and may still be a mainstay on your PC. I know when I was younger I thought I was all that when I had a full install of Microsoft Office. As time grew on, my path in life did as well. My needs and priorities changed. I spent my money on software titles like Photoshop and Dreamweaver to further my web and graphic design business. Microsoft Word wasn’t a necessity. I found an open source alternative that was free and used that. I could save DOC and DOCX files – I was set.

Microsoft Office still corners the market but there are several reliable free options out there to be found. All very useful, with many of the features of Word and all compatible with existing documents.