"Give us the tools--and we'll finish the job!" --Winston S. Churchill.

Well, I almost have "Vista Blues--Book One" transcribed. However, to do the job, I had to rely on the word processing program on Microsoft Works 9. Better than Wordstar, mind you--but doesn't have really what I need. Made a note to myself to remedy this ASAP.

Well, last month, I finally did the deed. I went down to Office Depot in Vista, and picked up a copy of Word 2010. It cost me $139--but it's money well spent. I'm more used to the WYSIWYG-format (which I was first introduced to via the Commodore 64C and GEOS 2.0 by Berkley Software), so programs like Wordstar and Word Perfect are not my cup of tea.

So far, I've re-formatted "Vista Blues" (My manuscript of my blog entries here on this site, for those of you not in the know) to Word 2007, and am doing some editing before the final printup and first submission. Each of my blog entries, when reformatted into manuscript form, can run between three-to-seven pages per entry.

Now, there is a cut-off line of which entries will go into the book. Also, I decided not to use the comments that you fine folks added to my entries. Part of this is to protect the commentators, the other part of it is to not overload the manuscript and make it unweildy. It was said that Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" ran 782 pages long--yet very few people can say they have read it from cover-to-cover, the prose was so turgid and vapid, plus overloaded with useless filler.

So, to avoid making THAT mistake, I will be putting in a cut-off point regarding how many blog threads make the manuscript. As my Creative Writing teacher at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, once remarked: "You want to be a writer the readers swear BY, rather than swear AT!"

First part was to transcribe my blog threads into book form. Second part--first edit, plus add Table of Contents, Forward, and Epilouge. Third--get the proper software, plus replace printer. Fourth--change formatting of book to Word 2010.

Now comes the fifth--major edit and spell-check. Sixth--print finished (yeah, right) manuscript up, along with a query letter to a literary agent a friend of mine uses. Seventh--upon invitation, submit manuscript to agent for review.

Currently, I still am at Step 4...but I'm getting there. I'll keep you folks informed, OK?



Founder July 30, 2010 @ 6:36 p.m.

Enjoy the process, avoid the mess,

Your Public will wait, I know, it'll be great!

LPR You're a STAR!


Robert Johnston July 31, 2010 @ 5:55 p.m.

Thank you, Founder.

If you can say your say in rhyme, then your say was worth your time. Though saying it in prose is no crime, it's more fun to say it in rhyme!

If it worked for The Ancient Mariner-- it can work for us as well!



Founder July 31, 2010 @ 6:53 p.m.


-- Hey Mac, got some time? --

The next time you get tired of always staying in your neighborhood, here is an really fun adventure, that enjoy, I think you would.

Take a short trip to your closest Apple store and discover everything they have in-store.

I've read about your history with all MS gear, you might like to see why Apples's so hot, it can sear.

I'd be interested in what you have to say, perhaps in your Blog, on yet another day.

For me, seeing something that is really easy to use, is like having a glass of very good, expensive booze!

My iMac is the Apple of my eye, after you see one, maybe you'll know why,

and bye the way have a great day!

Salute Salute


Robert Johnston Aug. 1, 2010 @ 7:58 a.m.


You may swear by Apple, that's your right. But Steve Jobs & Co and I are not so tight.

I've used Apple products since I was in school. Never grew to like them--never thought they were cool.

They cost far too much on my beer-and-soda budget, so to see the latest--I'm not going to trudge it.

Eventually, I see either Apple or MS fading away... and that, my friend, will be this geek's Judgement Day.

For when you find Intel chips in a Mac's hard case? You begin to wonder if something is out of place.

You like Apple, I like Windows--that's how it is. Though I like hard apple cider with plenty of fizz!



nan shartel Aug. 2, 2010 @ 8:16 p.m.

hooray for u Robbie...my best for ur efforts!!


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