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Thursday, December 14, 2017

This and That

No formatting was accomplished at all today. I was out clearing the driveway before the sun was up.

sunrise through snowy branches


Work was challenging. There are now two of us wearing wrist braces. This job is hard on the body.

wrist braces

But, after work and a few errands, Om and I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. An excellent addition to the series. This is saying something after sitting through about 10 previews and there wasn't a single one of them that made me the least bit interested in seeing the whole movie.

movie theater

Locations for filming include Ireland, Iceland, Croatia and Bolivia. Very cool places and magical enough for even Star Wars.

Bed now... Tomorrow is Friday the work, work and work day.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Page Numbers

Yes, page numbers. It's all I've got. Actually, there are a couple of exciting book things to share, but can't/don't have pictures yet. Other than that... page numbers.

I'm working on the formatting for the paperback copy of Dead Mule Swamp Druggist, and I've just spent HOURS trying to get the page numbers right. I believe I finally have them!

Word 2003 page numbers

An online help page says "Editing page numbers is one of the most frustrating and difficult things... to learn. It seems to be especially difficult in Microsoft Word 2003." Yup.

I consider myself to be quite computer savvy. This is the 5th paperback book I've formatted (although I did North Country Cache in Word Perfect, my preferred word processor). But something got screwed up in the footnotes where the page numbers are, and they kept doing wonky things like counting 1,2,1,3 or 1,1,1,1 or 1,2,3,4,3,4.

Directions say that if you delete a page number, Word deletes all the page numbers. My response is, "sometimes."

You have to do it by sections per chapter so that the headers are correct, so I was quite sure I had that right. But the page numbers were just being a pill.

Finally, I went through and unlinked the sections, then went through again and relinked them, and voila---

Word 2003 page numbers

Both the odd and even page numbers are correct, and then continue so through.... oops. No they don't. So everything I just said isn't true.

Back to the grindstone. I'll get this. Eventually.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's a Snowblower

Well, the big storm we were supposed to get was pretty much a fizzle. The wind blew a lot but we had very little snowfall.

Nevertheless, I wanted to run the new blower in the daytime for the first time. I wish I could tell you it's just wonderful and such a joy compared to the old one and blah, blah. But, it's a huge snowblower that is difficult to deal with just like the other one. But it moves snow.

It's also really hard to take a picture while operating it!


In other news: I got a lot of the formatting done for the paper copy of DMS Druggist. Very good progress, in fact. Handbell practice and writers' group.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

I Wanted Scones

I was in a mood for scones. Yummy scones. There was a little cranberry-orange relish left. There were some too-dry currants. Mix them together, add to scone dough.


Oh yeah, they are good. And festive looking as well.

In other news: Got gas for the snowblower and filled the tank, because we are supposed to get a major storm tonight. Worked on formatting DMS Druggist to upload and got that done for Smashwords (two to go). Took tomorrow off. So there. The world will not end at the paper without me.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's B-b-b-back

Remember the nature alphabets? Remember the letter B? It's now almost unreadable.

the letter B in pine trees

The top of the B has gotten fuller and taller. The serifs are growing.

Here it is in 2010.

the letter B in pine trees

Here it is when I first used it as the letter in 2009

the letter B in pine trees

I like the white pines so much. I planted all of these myself. The tallest were less than a foot high when I put them out in 1992.

This clump has started producing babies on its own. There are now three little ones beside my trail that I did not plant. I first found these in 2014, but now they are clearly seen above the grass.

baby pine trees

In other news: I skied yesterday and today, but the snow was much better today. Other than that it's been all editing. I'm over 2/3 of the way through Dead Mule Swamp Druggist for what I hope will be the last time.

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