Dragon Speak by Sandy BlairLast Christmas, Scott gave me Dragon Naturally Speaking soft wear. (He thought if I could write faster, he could retire all the sooner. Ha!) Thinking I might as well give it a whirl as I start my new manuscript, I hooked up the head set and software. I did the tutorial so the computer would recognize my voice, the way I phrased things. I then studied the Quick Reference Card. With all systems go, I open the document and set my font, etc. I’m ready!
Me: “Capital--Please—comma--I beg ye—comma—Cameron—comma--dinna go--exclamation point.”
Dragon types: “Capital peas common I bag yeast common camera on common dinner go!”
Ah, it can’t understand me worth a damn, but it can curse. Great. This time--with teeth clenched--I backspace and try again only to get the same results, so I type in what I want. To myself, I mutter, “Let’s try this again, shall we?”
Dragon: “Lettuce tie this again shall we”
I count to ten, backspace, and check the quick reference card. “CAPITAL--Her son put down the wet stone and claymore--period.”
Dragon: “Capital her sun put down the wet stone and clay more period”
Laugh at me, will you! I jerked the headset cord out of the computer and start to type. Scott’s just going to have to come up with an alternative retirement plan.