Tools of the Trade   4 comments

Jan 18, 2021

What software do you use for your writing? Bookkeeping? Artwork? Calendar?

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Writing

I write in Word, but I used to use an open-source word-processing program and will return to that when I no longer get a special discount as part of my day job. Microsoft is very proud of its software, but I don’t agree with monopolies, so I’ll do what I can to encourage its competition. Open Office is accepted by Amazon so it’s a win-win.

Bookkeeping

I currently use Excel. That will go away when that special discount goes away (this is not expected to happen soon, but sometime in the next decade). Open Office has a spreadsheet program, so I’ll probably switch to that.

Artwork

I prefer Paint.net, although sometimes I create drawings in Paint. You really can’t beat Paint.net’s photo editing functions and I mostly use it to create the collages that become my book covers.

Calendar

I frankly still prefer a hard copy calendar I can write on, but since teleworking which has made a transition to working digitally complete, I am now using a digital copy of an open source calendar that I post notes on various dates. I don’t like notifications that pop up all the time and so I flag my future dates on Sticky Notes so I see them whenever I open my laptop’s opening page. As I remove the sticky note, it reveals the photo behind it and I kind of enjoy that process.

Posted January 18, 2021 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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4 responses to “Tools of the Trade

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  1. Scary that we named our posts the same! Calendars do seem to be a problem. I tried doing sticky notes, but I found the older ones seemed to bog down my PC.

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  2. I’m old-school with my calendar, I have a page-a-day diary. If it works, don’t fix it. That’s what I was always told.

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  3. I pay for the 365 subscription, use OneDrive and Word more than any of it, however Publisher is good for the flyers I don’t make anymore. I draw with a pen. I have a desk calendar. Used to have a fridge calendar but stainless killed that. If you’re trying to avoid monopolies start amking your own shoes.

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