Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Hop on over to Biblio Paradise and read the interview with Colin Galbraith.

Mik tagged me for 7 Random things about me. Um, hard to think of them, but here’s a shot:

1. I hate confrontation, but if you corner me, I turn into a feral cat. And I don’t mean a small one! More like, leopard-sized!

2. I hate the telephone. I have it off almost all the time. I have two half-hour periods a day when I return business calls, and I return other calls when I can, but I just hate the telephone. I pretty much use it only when I’m running late.

3. I love the juvenile mystery fiction from the early twentieth century: Ruth Fielding, Beverly Gray, Vicki Barr, Nancy Drew, Penny Parker, Judy Bolton, Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, the Dana Girls, Sue Barton, Dorothy Dixon, the list goes on and on. I find the social commentary as interesting (if sometimes frightening in its ignorance) as plot and structure.

4. I prefer animals to people, most of the time.

5. I like my men the same way I like my whisky – straight up.

6. I am technologically challenged. (Gee, you think?)

7. I’m much more of a winter gal than a summer one. I’ll take snow and ice over heat and humidity any day!

Hmm, who should I tag? Brandy, Girl-at-desk, Lori, Julia.

I had company stop by for a lunch visit yesterday, so I made roast pork with all the trimmings. Problem with that is, I was ready to nap all afternoon! But I didn’t. I got some admin work done, and went back to Tracking Medusa.

I also ordered a boatload of ink for the HP. According to the Staples website, one tank for this printer does 150 pages. WTF????? The Canon multi-pass did between 400-700 pages (I could always print more than a ream of paper on a single tank), and the Canon Baby Bubble did around 300. 150 pages is, like, a day in my printing life.

You can be sure I’ll compare the HP all-in-one capacities with Canon’s before I make my final decision. I just may stick with Canon after all! It never occurred to me that there would be such a MASSIVE difference in the ink capacity, especially since the HP tanks are bigger. And, frankly, I think the Canon print quality is better. Unfortunately, according to the reviews, the newer Canon models are ink hogs. So does that mean I should get my old Canon fixed? Spend the $100 and save several hundred a year on ink? This mathematically challenged human needs to sit down with pen, paper, and calculator and figure it out. But, from reading the various consumer reports, the machine I have is a higher quality and a higher print capacity than the newer models. So why fork out money for a new model that chugs ink?

And Iris, AKA Princess Hellion, has GOT to learn to leave the HP printer alone when it’s printing. I don’t know why it fascinates her so much – she always left the multi-pass alone. But she’s chasing the pages and sticking her paw in it and all of that. Elsa ruined an Epsom printer years ago by getting stuck in it when she was a kitten. She was just fine, although a little inky and she yelled a lot. The printer, however, was ruined. You can’t take your eyes off them for a second when there’s machinery going.

There’s something about reading a royalty statement that gets me all warm and fuzzy, even if there’s not an enormous check on its way. That’s all I’m saying.

I did a really nice chunk of work on the Tracking Medusa edit last night. I beefed up the Prologue. I expanded and detailed the first time Gwen and Justin meet, where she’s attacked outside the NY Public Library. I put the Harry’s funeral onstage, and created the dynamic between Gwen, Karl, and Jonathan. And I got to introduce Kitty – since it’s obvious later that she was in NY when Harry was killed, we might as well see her. I’ve given Tom Albright more to do. So it’s all good – the Prologue and the first two chapters, redone. Whew! And I love honing the language, fixing the structure, making it all polished and shiny. In spite of the hand-written notes on the actual manuscript, I find that, as I put in the changes, I’m delving even deeper into plot and story.

Decent morning’s work on Balthazaar. I have to stop and re-read the pirate research I did for Cutthroat Charlotte. It’s kind of cool to be able to use the same research with a completely different viewpoint for this.

Good morning’s work on Wyatt. The plot is taking an interesting twist. Wyatt seems to know what he’s doing, so I’m following along! I have the most basic outline of the story in my head, but no details, so I’m following Wyatt.

I hope that ink arrives soon – I’m halfway down the new ink tank I put in already.


The Balthazaar Treasure — 5,517words out of est. 90,000 (6.13%)

Wyatt – 4,176 words out of est. 20,000 (20%)

Tracking Medusa Revision – 8,579 words out of est. 90,000 (9.5%)

Published in: on January 18, 2008 at 10:22 am  Comments (9)  


  1. My kitties just crawl on my printer – I don’t think they are too bothered by it when it actually prints. But that could change…:)

  2. AWWW I love kitties!!

    Regarding editing – I love going back and adding layers. It really gets me in the mood to keep writing and I’ve figured out that’s what works for me. Edit first, and then write new raw material. 🙂

  3. I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. Did you read the Meg Mysteries? I also prefer Winter over Summer.

    It sounds like the writing is going well. I love filling in the gaps in a story.

    Aidan likes to watch the paper come out, but none of them really bothers the printer. I think fixing your old Canon sounds like a good idea.

  4. Levi has the same fascination with my printer (a Canon). Soon as it starts up, his ears sharpen and he’s on the stalk. He likes to stick his paw in and try to catch the paper. He darn near crawled into it on Saturday! Caught him in time. Taffy, on the other hand, couldn’t care less. d:)

  5. I don’t like the phone either, Caller ID is a wonderful thing. And I’ve tried getting that printer/ink cost ratio to work for me but I never know for sure.

    I admire you being able to write on several stories at once. I wish I could.

  6. Boy do those books bring back memories – Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, etc.

    Tons of fun to remember – but a little sad, too, remembering a time when life was open and ready and waiting and all the mistakes and compromises hadn’t been made yet.

    Ah, well.

  7. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the only YA around when I was a teen–I gobbled them up.

  8. Ha! I don’t like the telephone either. I’m a professional “screener” or prefer e-mail. I guess that makes me antisocial? LOL!

  9. I’ve never met anyone else who’s read Cherry Ames! When I was younger, she was my favorite series for about a year and a half. I would go to the library and read her over and over again. Not many libaries (well, that are near me, anyway) have her, though.

    With regards to your printer, you’ve probably already tried this, but if you put the print setting on ‘quick draft’ rather than the regular setting, it uses less ink.

    My kitty was always terrified of the printer, but he liked to chase the paper across the floor when I forgot to put the tray out. He would run after one and then flop down on it as if to say, ‘Here, I caught one for you!’

    Oh, if you haven’t tried it, the ‘quick draft’ is much, much louder than the normal setting, so don’t worry! I jumped badly the first time I heard it – it truly sounds like my printer is murdering the paper.

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