It's been a busy Monday, so I'm just now getting around to blogging. Right now I'm playing with a new toy, the voice-recognition software with which I am dictating this post. I owe a big thanks to my author friend Lyn Cote, who highly recommended Dragon Naturally Speaking. I bought it today and have spent the past twenty minutes training the program to my voice by reciting bits and snatches of Shakespearen sonnets. When I started fumbling too many of the lines, I switched to the Gettysburg Address, only to get stuck after, "But in a larger sense, we cannot (something something), we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, (something something)...." I gave up when I realized I was beginning to sound like Bertie Wooster.
The software is working pretty well, except that it wants to insert two spaces after the end of each sentence, and that is no longer the standard. But right out of the box, this $200 program is a good deal. It's fun sitting back in my chair with my eyes closed as I dictate. Yes, I will undoubtedly have to make a few corrections--the software tends to have trouble differentiating between things like "ice cream" and "I scream." But I don't scream all that often; the bigger problem is that I don't always enunciate, and I often stutter. Still, I think I'm going to love this program for rough-drafting scenes in my manuscripts.
I think I'll go back to "work" for a while. Everyone have a great evening.
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