Southern Christian Writers


Writers May Not Be Computer Technicians

Or at least this writer isn’t one.  Nothing like a computer glitch or printer failure to turn a productive day into one of turmoil.

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. Proverbs 29:11


A few weeks ago I wanted to print several copies of Bible verses on labels to give to my Bible class students.  I selected the right template, designed the label and sent my finished design to the printer. The labels had a decorative blue edge with black printing. The printer kicked into production and spit out labels with pink edges and gray, streaked letters.

Not one to suffer defeat, I tried again. First I checked my design to make certain the proper colors had been selected. Everything was perfect, but the printer spewed out the same ugly, unreadable labels.

I inserted new ink cartridges and tried again. Same result. Now six expensive labels were ruined.

Thinking the printer had a glitch, I typed a multi-colored page of text in my word processing program and sent it to the printer. The result: Perfect.

tearing hairoutI returned to the label program, certain success was within my grasp. I sent the labels to the printer: same result, smeared pink labels.

By now I’d uttered a number of words Christians should not. I cursed the printer, the computer program, my life in general and whoever invented computers. Next I tried, what I thought was a logical.  I rebooted the computer and printer, and redesigned the labels (I did not want to use the old file which I thought might be corrupt.)  I sent my new design to the printer: Same results.

AAARGH! I quit and printed the verses on plain paper and cut them into squares.

WisdomMy advice: Quit what you are doing if it does not work.  I wonder when I will learn that computers are NOT logical.

If you don’t know how to use your computer easily and successfully, take a computer class. Community colleges, libraries, and other adult education facilities offer free or inexpensive classes.

Don’t try to get fancy. Keep it simple.

Be wise. Keep yourself under control.

About Rebecca's Comments on Life

Author, playwright, humorist, gardener and traveler.

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