The Ink Cartridge Wars
I have a Canon Multifunction printer – the one that also photocopies and scans.
My partner has a Canon printer that also prints directly onto CDs and DVDs.
They use the same ink cartridges which makes it easy to remember what to buy.
But it also means that whenever I want to scan a picture, I have to go and steal the ink cartridges back because the silly thing won’t even scan without a full set of ink. Is that even logical, Canon?
And when I want to print…let’s just say whenever I have a contest entry to submit, we’re always on the verge of running out of ink (because someone else has used it all). And I have to pray to the Ink Gods that they will keep the ink running long enough to print my words.
Last night when I wanted to print my STALI entry for Romance Writers Australia, not only did I have to retrieve ink, I also had to scavenge for paper. When I went to the shops, I planned to buy paper, but as my short term memory is shot at the moment and I was thinking about my blood test, I forgot to buy the paper.
I do have a secret stash of paper in a cupboard but it’s a very special ream of paper and to break the seal and use the paper at random could jinx me and break its “spell”. The ream is labelled “Novel in Waiting” and it was a Secret Santa present many years ago. (I’d love to know who my Secret Santa was)
I won’t crack open this ream until I get a request for a full manuscript. I hope it won’t be long now…
And the lesson I’ve learned from the Ink Cartridge Wars? My next printer purchase will be a laser.