Monthly Archives: July 2016

When Microsoft Word Fails

Microsoft Word failed me last week.  I could no longer save files or continue using the program once I tried. In every instance I got what I call the spinning beachball of death. (external link) After that I’d have to … Continue reading

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The Background on my Third Rock&Gem Article

Today I received my writers’ copies of Rock&Gem’s August, 2016 issue (external link). It details my trip to Garnet Hill, Nevada. Garnet Hill is just outside Ely (pronounced EEE-LEE), some 240 miles north of Las Vegas. The collecting site has … Continue reading

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Vigorous Writing

What can you cut out to make more vigorous writing? From least vigorous to most vigorous: In my opinion we should get together and burn down that bookstore. We should get together and burn down that bookstore. Let’s burn down that … Continue reading

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Different Approaches to OCR Work

09/25/2016: Update. I’ve discovered a great online OCR tool. It does better than anything I used below. Go here to read my post about it. (internal link) Original Post I’m doing research for my anthology project (internal link). It requires scanning … Continue reading

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Morning Musings on Writing

If I had more time I’d write you a shorter letter. Variously attributed Is shorter writing more vigorous writing? All things being equal, is a 300 word essay on penicillin more vigorous than a 3000 word essay? It could certainly … Continue reading

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Writing Guidance From Online Tools

Is your writing fit or flabby? Enter your text into this writing tool to see: http://writersdiet.com/?page_id=4 (external link) The reasoning behind this tool is somewhat complicated but understandable with study. Besides its website, the tool is discussed at length here: http://cmosshoptalk.com/2016/07/07/helen-sword-talks-about-trimming-your-prose-with-the-writers-diet/ (externalContinue reading

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