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Windows of reflection

May 25, 2012 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt

By Linda Louise Rigsbee

The soul is a window

That welcomes a breeze.

Inside is Eureka;

Or does it just tease?


A soul welcomes sunshine,

Yet reflects the outside.

An open promise of

A place to confide.


Yet a soul can contain

A potion of danger

That traps and destroys an

Unwelcome stranger.


A soul can be fickle

Admiring the beauty,

Yet destroy it out of

A sense of duty.


So beware of the soul

That beckons too quickly,

For there lies the trap that

Makes the heart sickly.


Still, consider the soul

That has suffered the most.

A window still open

And nothing to boast.


Formatting Your Manscript for Home Publishing

As I indicated in my first Home-Publishing blog, this second blog will instruct on formatting your book to publish at home. I will do a live demonstrate of the following procedure at the June 9 meeting of the Elkins Writer’s Group.

I use Microsoft Office 2003. The menu may be different on other versions, but they are capable of doing the same thing. Take the time to browse your menus. A little time spent today could be a lot saved when you are in a hurry.
Open a book manuscript – or start a new one using the following setup.
In the file, go to File and then Page Setup.
On the Paper tab, select size – Legal (8-1/2×14).
On the Margins tab, change margins to:
Top 0.6, bottom 0.5, inside 0.7, outside 0.5.
Gutter Position should be Left and Page Orientation should be Portrait.
Click on OK.
Next click on Insert and select Page Numbers. Position should be Top of Page (header). Alignment : Left. Uncheck “show number on first page” and then click on OK
Now go to the Header on page 2. Double click on it and click on right alignment. Type your name. On page 3 do the same, but click on Left Alignment and type the title of your book. Close header and footer tab and click anywhere on the page.
The last thing in the page formatting is to select all the text in the manuscript. Use the shortcut Ctrl A (hold down Ctrl key and press A) Now change the font to 20 point – I use Arial.
At this point you will know your page count.
Save this file as (be sure to use SAVE AS and not SAVE). Name the new file something that indicates it is the home published version. I use Title-4on1 because when I print it, I want it to be 4 pages on one.
I’ll stop here and wait for any questions.  The next lesson will be on formatting the forward. Be sure to come back for that one. There is a reason I do it separately.

Something in the Dark

My response to May 11 Friday Fictioneers photo prompt was:

The night was black and still as I crouched beside the dumpster. Somewhere out there in the muggy darkness, it waited. How could it follow me in this inky jungle? If my mind were free, I might know why it followed me. The bus would be here any minute – if it wasn’t late. At that moment, a full moon broke through the clouds, exposing the disfigured face of my tormentor. I stifled the scream that clogged my throat as it looked my way. There was no way it could see me, and yet ….

Every bead of m…

Every bead of moisture glistened with the glow of gold. From a wheelchair perspective off the front porch, it was a reminder of the first summer of backbreaking work clearing brush and hauling rocks using nothing but a mule and four hands. Neighbors helped cut down the trees and build the barn. Later the kids helped pull the stumps. All were gone now and the field lay idle except for a seasonal cut. At least it provided a decent meadow for the wildlife. Nature has a way of reclaiming her own. Maybe the rainbow was God’s finger, pointing that out.

Home Publishing

In the 1990’s, I developed a method of home publishing my books.  There were POD’s back then, but in general, self-publishing was expensive with limited options.  Publishing has come a long way since then.  Even so, I still enjoy home publishing as a craft.  It’s a quick, easy, economical way to whip a book together for friends and relatives. It isn’t an economical way to publish, though, as it’s labor intensive.   I sell my craft as “quality handcrafted books” from my website and at craft shows.  People usually mistake them for the real deal, missing the appreciation of a craft.  Is this a wise use of my time?  Probably not, but self-indulgence is tolerable in small doses.

This is my introductory blog in home publishing. I hope other writers will find it helpful and enjoyable.  I welcome feedback and questions.

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