Woohoo! I finished the major edits on Sam’s story yesterday. So I decided to print it off today and go through it with a fine toothed comb. (Yeah yeah, I still want to rewrite the first scene so some of it is from Sam’s POV, and I know I need to expand a sex scene partway through, but it’s almost done.)
We bought a Laser printer a while back for $60. Have they ever come down in price, but Gizmo Guy said they’re cheaper per page for printing. And the toner lasts a heckuva lot longer. The toner in my inkjet would have given out today for sure.
In the meantime, last time I printed it out, I tried printing in Duplex. For some reason the pages got squished into the top half of the page, leaving a good three inches blank at the bottom. What a waste. And the font was so tiny I needed a magnifying glass to read it. So I printed it out just regular style today.
311 pages later, I have a stack that’s almost two inches high. Okay, I realized I could have made it a little shorter by using space and a half instead of double spacing, but OMG, all this paper. I had planned to take the pages with me to read while Guitar Hero goes for his Motorcycle licence today, but how the heck am I supposed to carry this sucker around?
Even if I cut it in half and used it for notes later (something I couldn’t share with my kids since it’s X-rated material), I’d never use this much paper in a month of Sundays.Do you have any tricks to handle the pages? Or ways to save paper? And what do you do with all the paper afterwards?
Editors/Publishers who are going to email submissions really are doing the environment a favour.