No, not the Bonnie Tyler type of hero.
My printer died.
This is not as bad as when your laptop dies or your smart phone beeps for the last time (I dread that day arriving!) but my tried and tested, lovingly trusted, tank-sized printer made the type of sound that stirs a horror writer to scribble into their note-book at 3am.
And, before anyone asks, I did try turning it off and then on again. I performed the full range of CPR. All to no avail 😦
The printer didn’t owe me anything. I’d bought it about ten years ago and it printed its way through all my creative writing courses with the OU and churned out several versions of my book. I grieved for a few moments and then bounced down stairs to check out possible replacements.
There is NO sentiment when you NEED to print stuff 🙂
I thought about how much I print when I’m writing and whether I need to use it so often. Mistakes leap from the page when I read them on paper. I don’t know why, but they do. It got me thinking: Do writers kill trees? Am I responsible for the decline of large forests?
Do we need to ask ourselves: “How often do I print my work?”
Printing a book on one side of paper takes a lot of blank sheets. I do shred and recycle old drafts of my stories but still, it’s a lot. How many drafts of a short story do I print. Probably too many.
With that in mind, I decided that any new printer I bought MUST utilise duplex printing. Using both sides of the paper immediately halves the pages I use.
Now, I must admit that I’d been thinking about upgrading for a while anyway. The old machine was the size of a TANK and dominated my desk like a humpback whale would your local swimming pool.
It also bugged me that I had to wrestle with the cable every time I wanted to print a story or letter (remember letters?) Wireless would solve that problem.
So, when I thought “I need a Hero”, I settled on the Kodak Hero 5.1. All-in printer.
It does everything that I need and everything that I want. It takes up a LOT less space on my desk. Win, win all round 🙂
When I bought my Kindle last September, I intended using it to read my stories. Until this weekend I hadn’t sent any of my drafts there to read. It is SO EASY to do and looks pretty good even without doing any proper formatting.
You simply email your word document to your kindle email and voilà it appears on your device. I intend using this to save some printing in the future.
So THINK before you print and we can all find the inner HERO and save some trees.
Happy responsible printing!