Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I'm using my printer again.
When I started this telecommuting new job , I realized that without access to a high speed printer (and an administrative assistant to unclog paper jams, call the printer company, replace printer cartridges and provide a steady stream of hard candies from a bowl on the her desk) I would need to be a bit more parsimonious with regard to my use of the "print" button. What this meant was that when writing one of my secret papers, I would have to forego reprinting all 20 pages when all I had changed was one or two words: "oily" to "unctous" for example or "crazy conservative bitch" to "Anne Coulter."
Instead I learned to pull information off my screen and set up two documents side by side to compare edits and changes. I was proud of my progress and acutely aware of the impact I was making to preserve this earth of ours and fight global warming, one wrinkled 8 1/2 x 11 sheet at a time.
Now I feel myself slipping. It started when I found myself using my "editor's best friend" Sharpie permanent marker directly on my computer screen. Or "zooming" the text up to 400 times times normal so I could actually read my ramblings.
Now, while accepting my failure, I'm not ready to give up. I am fairly certain there is a one step program for people like me - those who have failed "Earth Day, 101." I'm going to look it up on the Internet. And then print out the directions and instructions.
Posted by Joan Oliver Emmer at 7:34 AM