Monday, September 29, 2014

Word Woes

Microsoft Word Had a Mind of Its Own

OK, so I think I have finally formatted Kingdom Beyond the Rim the way I want it.

It has only taken me hours and hours of battle with MS Word 2007 to get it right. Even when I go into outline view I can't figure out what the program is doing to my files.

Try to force pages numbers and it won't cooperate. Try to set the margins with the proper "gutter" for a book...that means the inside margins near where the book is bound...and strange things happen. I must have revised the margins 20 or 30 times before I got them right.

Ah, well, all is a learning curve. Once I master all the techniques things should go more smoothly for future volumes.

I have ordered a proof copy of Honor's Way, the second book and already know I have to make some changes.

And I am currently proofreading The Wall Between so I can format that. I decided to fix everything first and then book format it afterwards.

Meanwhile, the Boys are just kind of standing around outside. It's gotten warm again and I put the fans back on, so they are tending to stay in their stalls. I get totally immersed in my publishing venture and just haven't tried to do much with Chance.

Then, I have an extended substitute teaching stint coming up soon and I need to create some lesson plans. It's an English class, so I am just fine with that. I've been in touch with the teacher and she is OK with my ideas. Should be fun. All I need to know for sure is how many days I will be in. That's a little up in the air right now. Either way, it's fine. I have plenty of ideas to keep the students engaged.

Meantime, it's back to proofreading.


  1. Bet you thought when you retired you'd be living the life of leisure. Ha! You have plenty to keep you busy with the novels, horses and substituting. Good luck with the books.

  2. Lucky students and teacher to get you as the substitute! Despite the fun, I am sure that it will take a lot of time.

  3. Word had always had that effect. the bit that hacks me off is when you insert a line and it changes font and text size!

  4. Whew! Sometimes life is all uphill. My Windows is aged now. I hate the idea of changing.