Tech Tips for Writers #124: What the Heck Does ‘Print Screen’ Do?

I’m reblogging this great post from Jacqui. Loads of useful information. Thanks Jacqui.
Dorne x


Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I push ‘PrintScreen’ (or PrtScn) and nothing happens.

I have to teach this as a full-blown lesson in my classes because it is so counter-intuitive.

  • When you push PrintScreen, it saves a copy of your screen to the clipboard. Now, you must tell the computer where to put it.
  • For example, open MS Word and a new document. Paste (using Ctrl+V or right click+paste or the icon on the toolbar–or Edit-paste) and a copy of your screen will appear as a picture.

It can be pasted into docs, emails, cards, wherever you’d like.  Just don’t forget to paste it!

If you’re looking for more than a snapshot…

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Pigeon Uses Slipstreams to Race Cars on the Highway at 100 km/h — TwistedSifter

A racing pigeon in The Netherlands uses vehicle slipstreams on the highway to race home. The pigeon flew over 20 km, reaching top speeds of 100 km/h.

via Pigeon Uses Slipstreams to Race Cars on the Highway at 100 km/h — TwistedSifter

I had to reblog  this as I couldn’t believe my eyes. I could barely watch as this clever little thing swerved and dodged its way through the fast moving traffic.

Thanks to TwistedSifter for sharing.

And thanks to you for dropping by.

Dorne x

Stuck Writing Your Author Bio? Try The (Totally Not Serious) Author Bio Generator

Some brilliant, amusing writing here from Helen, on Journey to Ambeth…so I’m reblogging.
If I ever get my act together and actually publish that book I will bear this in mind.
Enjoy and thanks to Helen for her great post.
Dorne x

Journey To Ambeth

Aren't I fabulous and interesting? I’m so fabulous and interesting.

So I’ve been noticing a trend recently of, shall we say, somewhat overwrought author bios, in which every detail is teased into something magnificent, a picture of a life fabulously lived. I realise that there are, in fact, authors who do live wonderfully exciting lives but I also seem to remember a time when it wasn’t really important to know about it. A time when an author bio was a few lines at the end of a book, photograph optional, and usually read something like: ‘Author X was born in Wiltshire, and still lives there with her husband and three sons.’ Then, if Author X had written other books/and or won awards, these would also be listed. And that was about it. (I’m basing this on the very scientific research of spending time perusing my own bookcase and reading famous author bios, so you know…

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Motivate Yourself by Submitting to a Writing Contest

Lisa has provided some great ideas and information here. We all need a dash of inspiration from time to time. I certainly do. So, I’m reblogging this.
Dorne x

Live to Write - Write to Live

Today’s post is as much for me as it is for you. You see, I’ve been quite lethargic about writing fiction lately, as my business has been so pleasantly busy that I don’t have time to write for fun.

I put don’t have time in italics, since, we all know that we make time for what is important to us. I do have time. I have the same amount of time as everyone else and if I truly want to write fiction, I will find a way.EnterWritingContests

Today’s post is my self-motivation for finding that way.

Submitting to contests is a great way to be inspired to write, to actually write, and to actually submit. I’ve done it. I know it’s always fun and challenging and a unique way to get the must to come out and play.

My all-time-favorite contests are the quarterly 24-hour contests by

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The Spring Melt

I love this post from Thomas, it’s full of hope and the images are stunning. So, I’m reblogging on here.
I especially like his header quote by John Muir.
Pop over to his blog…you’ll be glad you did.
Dorne x

When Timber Makes One Still

In the north, the snow is almost gone even though the occasional short-lived blizzard adds a few inches here and there. Some of the migrating birds have reached these northernly haunts, all the while singing loudly,  proclaiming “spring is coming!”. The hearty robin sits in top of a worn aspen tree every night and strings together the most melodious tune which echoes about the vastness, both full and lonely. At the same time, the short ‘peent’ of the woodcock can be heard as he does his dance for the females. Then just after sunset, he takes to the sky in a startling display, circling up and up and up, until finally, in one swift move, he plummets back towards the ground only to land where he took off. It will not be long until the white-throated sparrow or the hermit thrush sings again, the true indicator that the cold has…

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