Evelyn Chartres Author
Evelyn Chartres – Page 56 – Author (Nom de Plume)

Preparing for Google+ Using Microsoft Word

The Find and Replace capabilities within Microsoft Word are impressive.  However, the interface is not necessarily intuitive and some of features can work against one another.  Once aware of these limitations, we can use this capability to perform a series of tasks quickly and efficiently.

This tutorial will reference the same text throughout.  A sample to follow along with is included below:

“A vision from the past becomes a writer’s deadly obsession,” Evelyn Chartres.

The Portrait is a Gothic horror about Victoria Frost, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession for her character. As events unfold, her obsession begins to turn on her forcing the author to question her sanity.   Is this simply insanity or are there other factors in play?

The Portrait is a mixture of contemporary and historical pieces with the latter revolving around her character and muse.   In this novel,     the author will revisit an iconic scene using both prose and art yielding new pieces to the puzzle.

 Posting on Google+

Google+ is a social media site, which supports limited formatting when posting.  These features however are not selectable through a menu, but interpreted by special characters embedded within the posts.  For convenience, three (3) formatting options are shown below.

  • Italics, _Word_
  • Bold, *Word*
  • Strikethrough, -Word-

Say you have a document which has been drafted in WordPress or Microsoft Word with formatting in place.  Using the example provided, we can find Italics, Bold and Strikethrough formatted text and replace add in our special characters.

Note: Due to the similarity in methods, only Italics is covered.

From the Home Ribbon, click on Replace as which will pop-up the Find and Replace window.

01-Search-Replace-Ribbon.pngFirst, ensure your cursor is in the Find what textbox.  In bottom-left corner there is a Format button, click on the Format button then select Font from the pop-up menu.

02-Replace-Format-Font.pngNote: If you cannot see the Format button, then click on the More > > button.  It will expand the window and display additional capabilities.

The Find Font window will appear and provides an extensive search capability.  In this situation, we need only select Italic from Font style section.  Click OK to proceed.

03-Find-Font-Italics.pngRepeat the previous two (2) steps, this time ensuring the cursor is in the Replace with textbox.  This time select Not Italic from the Font style section.

04-Find-Font-Not-Italics.pngThe image below shows how Find and Replace has been configured to search for Font: Italic and replace with Font: Not Italic.  This removes the formatting and prevents it being found in later searches.

06-Replace-With_Underscore.pngTo have Google+ see the formatting we need to insert an underscore (_) at either end of the relevant text.  Start by typing in two (2) underscores (__) in the Replace with textbox then move your cursor between these characters.

Click on the Special button then select Find What Text as shown below.

07-Find-What-Text.pngThis inserts ^& into the Replace with textbox in between the underscores.  This sequence of characters references text found during the search.

08-Replace-All-Italics.pngIf necessary, adjust the Replace with textbox to look like the image below.  When satisfied, click on Replace All, which brings up the following pop-up.

09-Replacement-Results.pngClick on the OK button, close the Find and Replace window to find the following result:

“A vision from the past becomes a writer’s deadly obsession,” Evelyn Chartres.

The Portrait is a _Gothic horror_ about _Victoria Frost_, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession for her character. As events unfold, her obsession begins to turn on her forcing the author to question her sanity.   Is this simply insanity or are there other factors in play?

The Portrait is a mixture of contemporary and historical pieces with the latter revolving around her character and muse.   In this novel,     the author will revisit an iconic scene using both prose and art yielding new pieces to the puzzle.

Repeat the above to replace out Bold *^&* and Strikethrough -^&- fonts.  When done, all you need to do is Copy and Paste your text into your Google+ post and you are set!

Confitures a l’Oignon

Sweet Red Onion Jam

A jam made of sweet onions, wine and blackcurrant liqueur. This dish makes an excellent hors d’oeuvre when served with strong cheese and something crunchy, or served up on a toasted bagel.

I usually serve this up as a snack, mixing an aged cheddar, feta, or blue cheese and serving it atop a Grissol roasted baguettes (pictured).

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces (700 g) of minced red onions (approximately 3 large)
  • 3½ ounces (100 g) of butter
  • 5 ounces (150 g) of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (100 ml) of red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (40 ml) of blackcurrant liqueur or port wine
  • 1 cup (200 ml) of red wine

Preparation

  1. Finely chop the onions. For speed use a food processor or for a smooth texture use a blender to get the desired consistency.
  2. In a deep pan, set stove on medium and melt butter.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Place onions in pan, mix and then allow the onions to sweat. Heat should just be below the point where the onions bubble over.
  4. Add salt, pepper and sugar to the pan. Stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  5. Moisten with red wine vinegar and blackcurrant liqueur. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add in red wine and mix.
  7. Reduce near low heat and reduce the mixture until you have the desired consistency.  This step will take several hours, so remember to mix occasionally.
  8. Let cool then place contents in the fridge until ready to serve.

A Brief Reprieve

In the week since the initial review of The Grand Project was completed, I finished reading The Martian and caught up on some television.  In other words, I have spare cycles until the review process begins anew.

My review began on 16 August 15 and was finished 14 January 16.  This process took six months to accomplish and 4039 corrections were logged.  This means there were 1132 additional corrections made after the 71% mark was noted in Slow and Steady on 17 November 15.

At that time, there were 41 modifications done for each percent of the manuscript reviewed.  The last 29% saw that number drop to 39 corrections while the global average settled in at 40 corrections.  Overall, the number remained consistent and that is not a bad thing.

If my progress on The Grand Project follows a similar path to the The Portrait then I expect numbers to drop for the next revision.  My final review of The Portrait yielded less than 50 changes for the entire manuscript.

During my next review process, I will keep statistics for every chapter.  That should yield some very interesting results!  For now, there are a few more readings on my to-do list to accomplish before I start again!

Slow and Steady

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Speedy Typing Kills Student Essays: Study on ottawasun.com

A recent study has determined that typing with both hands reduces the quality of responses and grammar.  An article on The Ottawa Sun titled Speedy Typing Kills Student Essays states that typing at speed permits someone to input at a faster rate than the mind takes to form coherent thoughts.

Two notable excerpts from the article follows:

Typing can be too fluent or too fast, and can actually impair the writing process.

The result of slowing down was a richer vocabulary in the one-handed writing. This allows a better expression of complex ideas.

I often found that my review process on chapters that were quickly produced were more tedious and painful.  Apparently switching to one-handed typing or imposing another handicap may generate higher quality works.

That or it would make my writing more flowery and eloquent.  That may work well for Victorian-era literature but not be necessarily suited for today!

The Ghoul Hunter’s Review

Ghoul Hunters, a coda to The Grand Project has been revised and updated on both Google Docs and Wattpad.  This is the first major revision of this chapter since they were consolidated into one work for an overall review.  The Google Docs version allows for both comments and change proposals so readers are encouraged to use these capabilities.

The Grand is a Gothic Horror novel with a Grand Hotel as a backdrop during the Roaring Twenties and focuses on victims of the hotel’s guests.  Ever wondered what would happen in a hotel that caters to Things That Go Bump in the Night?