Mar 8, 2014
I searched for images of “awesome” and found… the definition of it. A year ago, I thought Getty Images was the overpriced Rolls-Royce of stock imagery – the unattainable ideal of world-class, top-of-the-line photographic illustration. It felt exclusive and stuffy and snobbish. Rightfully so; good stock photography is not easy, or cheap, and I am all for copyright protection and...
Feb 27, 2014
…and is too shy to ask you to install. These plug-ins are useful, fun, and really simple to set up, so I’m not going to do much other than recommend (and, in some cases, demonstrate) them here.
Broken Link Checker, by Janis Elsts
Nothing glamorous about this one – it just runs in the background and alerts you whenever it finds a broken link. Beats manually checking them all daily,...
Feb 27, 2014
Why are we humans so intent on controlling every little aspect of the world around us? So intent on imposing rules that we make up terms like “netiquette” (as if Emily Post weren’t, already, the first and last word on the subject of good manners). So intent on sucking the silliness out of everything…
Blame it on a lack of breakfast, this morning, but when I saw my friend...
Feb 24, 2014
Other bloggers call it their “Comment Policy.” Not me. I don’t expect you to read or agree to it; this is my blog, not a public forum, and I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me assure you that I probably won’t. If you’re a living, breathing human being reading this, you are most welcome. Please, sit...
Feb 17, 2014
What is Direct Formatting?
Direct formatting, also referred to as local formatting, is what happens when you select a character, word, or paragraph and start using the formatting buttons on the Ribbon. Just about everybody does this, except professional writers and book designers. If you’re feeling particularly hateful towards book designers, this may be the fastest way to drive them to drink.