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.

Holy Cr*p

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.

Not a “Green” day
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4 thoughts on “Not a “Green” day

  • September 11, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Is the title of Sam’s story, Sam’s Story, or is that the working title?
    Just wondering.

    and 311 pages — BEEOOTIFUL!! Quite an accomplishment. Congrats 🙂

  • September 11, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Wylie – Sam’s Story is just a working title, heck it’s not even a title, just ‘what it is’. I’m combing through the text today to see if something is embedded in it that would work as a title. And I’ve got Gizmo Guy sending me possible titles too. But I’m having a devil of a time coming up with one that works.

  • September 11, 2008 at 10:02 am

    WOW 311 holy cats.

    I don’t know what to do to cut down the paper. I can’t edit on screen.

  • September 13, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I print less than I used to, but I agree it’s still needed to get ‘fresh eyes’ on a project.

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