poetry

trouble in paradise

I ran into a snag last night on Imprimatur – some of the lines in some of the poems are too long to fit on the paper I selected to use with the typewriter. I decided to quarter a regular 8.5×11″ sheet of onion skin for the project, and I thought it was working out well. Until I tried to type out some of the longer poems – and it wasn’t working well any longer.

I just finished laying out the whole shenanigans in Microsoft Word so that it’ll print the way I want it to, with the font I want to use. Now the challenge is finding a way to print on onion skin paper – so far, the laser printer keeps jamming, and this is one piece I’m not keen to compromise on.

5 thoughts on “trouble in paradise”

  1. Have you tried changing the different paper settings in Word when you go to Print?

    Sometimes if you hand feed the sheets or change the paper type, it will work. I had a problem trying to print on handmade paper to make notecards a few years ago and was able to make it work…

  2. To help with the paper-jamming problem – have you tried attaching the onion-skin paper to a normal sheet of paper with a teeny-tiny glob of blu-tack? This should provide some support for the paper as it feeds through and the blu-tack comes off easily enough if you use another bigger blob of blu-tack to gently rub it off…

    Dunno, worth a try, perhaps. I don’t know if it’s called the same thing over there but here’s a link to what I mean…

  3. sounds like the printer doesn’t like the weight of the paper. I agree with Scotty. Here’s another thought – are you putting the paper in the tray or printing from the manual tray?

  4. If it’s from the paper tray, try doing a manual feed. Sometimes the rollers need a little more weight to grab the paper. With a manual feed, the roller are more sensitive and allows you to feed different types and weights of paper.

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