Monday, August 04, 2008

Eileen Atkins - actress and writer.

Now that's what I call a face. That's what I'm talking about! No wonder she was propositioned by Colin Farrell and Eileen , aged 74, turned him down.
Over the weekend I just about got the manuscript fit to print out. I didn't want to do 103,000 words all at once as I'm just getting used to my laser printer so just did the first chapter. However the only way I could stop it drowning me in A 4s was to switch it off. Isn't it always the way - as soon as it's printed you spot an error. This could go on for some time yet.
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17 comments:

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

103,000 pages - don't you mean 103,000 words? Otherwise you really will be drowning in A4s, and the rest of us had better take out shares in papermaking businesses!

PI said...

Zinnia: well spotted! I'll see if I can change it. Monday morning muddling! Rest easy - only 300 or so pages.

Z said...

Always, you just don't see them until they're printed, however many times you check. I often have to snatch all the paper out of the printer quickly to make it stop printing and then I can tell it to stop at my leisure!

I think you'll have to print the lot out and read them and check them - not that I've written a book, but it all reads differently on the page and I suspect you'll find various small changes to make, apart from mistakes.

rosneath said...

thanks for your good wishes - I have dried out now!

there's a pressie for you on my blog!

belleek

kenju said...

Pat, she's beautiful. I didn't look that good at 54!

PI said...

Z: a very funny image of you snatching the paper from the jowls of the printer:)

Belleek: thank you. Left comment at yours.

Judy: nonsense! you were a dead ringer for Ruth Roman.

Eryl Shields said...

I have now learned to print as I go, because I always have to make changes - quite drastic ones at times - when I see the words on the page as opposed to the screen. I don't know why that is. I also, now, read it all out loud which results in even more changes. Again, I don't know why there is such a difference between reading silently and aloud, just that there is.

Miss Atkins is about as beautiful as they come, and evidently much stronger willed than me: I mean, Colin Farrell!

PI said...

Eryl: I agree with you. I shall at least print a chapter at a time and I always read it aloud to MTL - poor devil.
Apparently Eileen's husband said he would've:)

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I have me a 69-year-old lady who is prettier than that. Hoo boy. ( But yours is beautiful also.)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I lOVE Eileen Atkins. Sooo Talented! My, My My! I like Colin Farrell a lot better now that I know he propositioned her!!! LOL!
She really is a uniquely talented woman! You must be driwning in paper, Pat....But how great that you are at the point you are! GOOD FOR YOU!

PI said...

Hoss: Scamp is a beautiful woman and you are both lucky to have each other.

Naomi: I'm glad you like Eileen too. I've got a full day of editing and printing - so fingers crossed I don't get any blips.

rashbre said...

I'm the same with printing. I can read something long on the screen but miss things that I spot in an instant on paper.

I've also had that 'new printer' problem. I once started a new printer and left it running to discover that the driver wasnt quite right and it was printing a deep blue background to everything. Used a whole cartridge before I spotted it.

problemchildbride said...

The actual committing of it all to paper must be exciting though, pat. Doesn't an actual pile of paper give you that old fashioned sense of output, of "work done"? Files on a computer don't really give us a very good sense of that, I reckon.

PI said...

Rashbre: that's tough - the cartridges are so expensive. I can't get over how warm the paper is as it shoots out.

Sam: it is exciting and I had to have a rare headache tablet today - I was so excited. It's also much easier for MTL to read, as he's not really in to computers and frankly thinks they are a blight on society when he hears about their funny little ways.

Kim Ayres said...

I'm with Eileen - I'd have turned down Colin Farrell too.

PI said...

Kim: you're just too fussy:)

Kim Ayres said...

True, true. And I get fussier as I get older. Can't be doing with under 30s - wears me out just thinking about it. Give me an intelligent mature woman any day.

Hey, I have one already! Lucky me :)