Hula Kitties and a Bodyguard

Art

Every week I write out my work schedule and put it up so my folks can look at it when they need to.  I drew these kitties to fill in the empty space on a couple of ‘em:

Leikitty wears a lei!  My mom’s favorite kitties are the Exotic Shorthairs (you know, like SnoopyBabe!), so my recent kitties have that flava to them.

Shake dat thang, Hula Cat!

And last but not least, I got around to doing a color mockup of Agent Grenera Pālau, a bodyguard from my novel:

 

I thought vitiligo would look good on her.  Don’t think I’ll keep it for her comb though. This also marks the premiere of Genera’s new redesign, based off the American Pit Bull Terrier…yes, I tried to make a parrot alien look like a pit bull. 

 

Yet another set of stupid Word tricks

Writing

First, if you enjoy tabs, you’ll love this free add-on that lets you have tabs in Word, Excel and PowerPoint (works up until Office 2013):

http://www.office-tabs.com/download.htm

Second, if you’re like me and occasionally have multiple drafts of the same story running around, here’s an easy trick to differentiate them (in Office 2010 anyway):

On the Ribbon, hit Page Layout, then Page Color.

There!  Won’t affect your printing unless you change things around in Options.

Now you can tell at a glance which version you’re working on!  And perhaps prevent eyestrain!

Finally, Control+Click selects a whole sentence at once.

The things you learn before 8AM on a Thursday!

Stupid Microsoft Word Tricks

Writing

After you’re done editing a document in Word, save it and close it.

When you reopen it, hit SHIFT+F5.  Congrats–you are now back to the last place the cursor was editing.

Wish I coulda known this last year when I was in the middle of making SCVK…Would’ve saved me a lot of PageDowns!  On the other hand, it did teach me to use the document map.  Hmm…

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I’m long overdue for an update but I wanted to at least share that tip.

Two Tips for Writers

Muse at 11, Writing

First, the general tip:  If your next scene isn’t starting off right, it might mean your last scene isn’t finished yet.  Take the scene a little further: it might launch you right into your next scene.

Second: When you’re trying to find out different members of royalty are addressed, you’ll have better look looking up “royal stylings” or “royal styles” than “royal forms of address.”  Took me months to discover this!  It also helps if there’s a monarch alive with the title you’re writing for (in my case, I had to go to Denmark.)

Warning to Print-Heavy Writers

Writing

I just blew through a brand new black inkjet cartridge in, oh, a half-an-hour, printing the pages of my novel I hadn’t yet printed out (because…er…I was out of ink).  Only 81 pages to go!

The cartridge was only $15 and printed out about 160 odd pages, so I guess it was worth it, but if I had a Delorean, I’d get up to 88 and then buy me a Brother brand laser printer.  I hear that toner lasts for many more pages than an ink cartridge does.

For novel writing, I usually only use black (for text) and red (for things I’m not sure about, or notes to myself), so I could probably make do with greyscale printing only.

So I went from being inkless (many months) to having ink (3 days) and now I’m back to being inkless!