Saturday, October 25, 2014

A new(ish) printer

Yay! I have a printer again. It's second hand, but it works, and I managed to install a driver so it talks to the computer. I can now get on with FINISHING THIS DANG BOOK!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cheeky Raven

I had two groups up at the observatory today. There was a pretty cold wind on the heliport at 10 am, so I cut that part a bit short. But not before one of the ravens turned up to say "Hello."

Well, I'd got some cat biscuits in the car just for him/her, and s/he ate from my hand while people took photos, which was all very nice. Then I laid the box on the car's bonnet to carry on talking. And the raven pecked a hole in it to start helping itself.

Cheeky beggar!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The importance of printouts.

I'm proof-reading. That means that the Spanish version of my children's anthology, "The Seer's Stone" has been laid out ready for printing, and I'm going through it with a fine tooth comb, looking for mistakes.

 Actually, it's the second time through. I found a worrying number of mistakes last time. Mostly (I hasten to add) stuff like extra/missing spaces, and capitalising words which would be capitalised in English, but which shouldn't be in Spanish. But still far more of them then I expected.

So I'm doing it all again. Now, for some reason, human beings catch far more mistakes on paper than a computer screen. So it's quite important that the final checks are done looking at a printout.

So naturally my printer has died. But of course!