The other day whilst sitting in a mall, a familiarly fleeting feeling washed over me. Gazing upon the plastic Christmas wreaths and blurred jeans a small jolt of inspiration sprang forth. Why in this exact moment? Maybe it was a small burst o’ Christmas cheer, or maybe it was the fact that I hadn’t sat down for several hours. But more likely it was the brief realization that I need a place of inspiration in which to write. Just in that short time on the bench I had several ideas run through my mind, mostly due to people watching. Inspiration is all around us and in all things. Although, I find the human race the most entertaining of all options.
Since that moment, I have decided to go on the hunt for my perfect writing spot. Some people find solace in Starbucks or Panera bread. Others in McDonalds or a tiny bookstore café. Apparently mine starts with plastic wreaths and people. I will continue to update my journey for my perfect writing place here on my blog, with photos, sights, smells, sounds, etc.
I encourage everyone to find their place of inspiration, not just for writing, but for whatever it is that you love to do. If you love to read, get out of your comfy chair and spend a day reading at a bookstore. If your passion is shopping, try going to a different city and experiencing new stores. You get the idea.
Inspire others! Post your inspiration in the comments below!
As a writer, it is very important to always have easy access to all of the stories one is working on, especially on the go. That is why I would like to take the time to review what I believe is the perfect on the go device, the Microsoft Surface.
What is Surface? Surface is a tablet computer released by Microsoft, running Windows RT. Think of Windows RT like it is an iPad. Apple has the OSX operating system on their Macs and iOS for its mobile devices and tablets. Windows RT is a stripped down version of Windows 8.
Why choose Surface? As I mentioned before, it is extremely important to have access to all of my stories I am working on, as inspiration may hit at any moment. The Surface tablet has built in Wi-Fi and cloud storage, so all of my documents are always available. And when I update Eliza, the Witch on my Surface, it saves automatically to the cloud, so if I go home and want to continue working on the story on my desktop PC, the story is there waiting for me right where I left off.
There is another reason the Surface is a great writer’s companion: it comes with Office preinstalled for free. That is something that no other tablet can offer at this time.
Not only will you have access to 6GB of free cloud storage with Skydrive so you can work on your documents and have them sync seamlessly between your PCs, there is also a USB port and MicroSD slot on the Surface. Let’s say you are out at a conference somewhere and there doesn’t happen to be Wi-Fi. All you have to do is carry your documents with you on a USB Memory Stick, external hard drive, or MicroSD card and you are ready to go. Again, another feature the iPad does not have.
Of course, the hardest part about tablet computing is always the typing. Portable keyboards are rarely that as they take up a lot of space and usually run out of batteries fairly quickly. The Surface has a solution for you, and it is nothing short of amazing. The Touch Cover for Surface is not only a smart cover for your screen, it also acts as a built in portable keyboard that is only a few millimeters thick. The keys are slightly raised and feel like felt and typing is as easy as tapping your fingers on a table. I had a few hours to play around with one and after about 10 minutes I was typing just as quickly as with a standard keyboard. On the plus side , you don’t even have to buy a stand for your tablet. The Surface has a built n kickstand that keeps the tablet at the perfect viewing angle.
With all of these great features, the Surface tablet from Microsoft is a must on any writer’s list this Holiday season. The clincher is definitely the free Office (although the USB port is extremely useful).
There really is no better tablet out there for a portable writing experience.
Microsoft Surface tablet is available for $499 at a Microsoft Store near you, or available online at Surface.com. Touch Cover is $119.