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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dragon Speaking, Naturally



So it's been almost a month since I last posted, mostly due to an arthritis flare up that kept me from doing any writing, let alone a blog post, for more than two months. On Dusty's advice (and constant nagging— hey, he wants the stories is much as you guys do), I finally broke down and bit the bullet.

I bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

It's an interesting learning curve, trying to work out loud instead of just in my head.I can play my music on my headphones and it doesn't seem to interfere, which is good as I can't work without my music. But it's still weird to hear myself talking and watching it typed out on the screen. And it doesn't always get it right. For instance, every time I say the word shit it changes it to ship or shipped. And the F word winds up flocked and flopped.

I think I got the Disney version by accident.

And to write but the kids are home has been an exercise in patience. The little one keeps walking up to my microphone and yelling "HELLOOOO!" He keeps watching the screen hoping it will type that, and then I wind up yelling at him. What I'm yelling winds up typed out on the screen.

I never realized before how much I sound like my mother. Thank you for showing me that, Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

The good news is, I've had it for about a week and it seems to be catching on to how I talk,South Philly accent and all. Now all I have to do is figure out where I can write love scenes over the summer were my kids won't hear me. That should be a brand-new adventure.

Hopefully I won't be quite so quiet now that I've picked this up. After all, Italians love to talk. (I wonder if it can interpret hand gestures?)

5 comments:

Jan said...

How cool! I was glad to read your opinion on 'Dragon'. About the love scenes....how does Dragon pick up on whispers? I'm already picturing you doing just that with the kids in the house.
I didn't know that you are Italian. Me too! And the hand gestures....maybe somebody should be working on Dragon 2.0 . I have serious communication problems if I don't use my hands.
Take care!

Dana Marie Bell said...

I'm half Italian, half Irish... which means I'm always fighting with myself. ;D

Dusty was talking to me once a long time ago. I wouldn't let him get a word in edgewise, so he grabbed my hands and wouldn't let me have them back. I couldn't talk. Every time I opened my mouth to say something I'd tug on my hands and nothing would come out. He laughed his butt off for half an hour, I swear.

Anonymous said...

I think it is amazing that you have gotten a computer program to help you. You are not giving up even though you have a handicap. I love it. You show people that no matter what you can do anything you set your mind too. You are a true role model. PLease keep talking/writing I LOVE your books. :) OH one question do you think Chole will ever have her own book or will you finish her story in another book that parrellals another couple?
Jennifer

Dana Marie Bell said...

So far the only real problem I've had with it is that it doesn't speak frog. Head colds suck. :-(

Dana Marie Bell said...

I forgot to mention: Chloe will be getting a book, but not until after I do Julian and Cyn and Glory and Ryan. So she'll be the fourth Halle Shifter book!

I'm going to finish Cynful, then I'm probably going to work on either the Hob or Throne of Oak.

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