I spent my weekend getting used to a new computer program, Dragonfly Naturally Speaking. I wanted the program so I could read columns written by the Winnsboro historian, Bill Jones, and get them into my computer to make a book for him. The thought of typing all those columns, or scanning them was daunting, so I though this program would be an asset.
Of course, my friends Marian Allen and Patrick O’Sheen, who write about dragons had a lot to say on Twitter as I posted updates on how my orientation with Dragonfly was going. There were many cautions about fire and such, but so far nothing has burned.
After a couple of days of practicing with the program my reactions are mixed. First of all, I really like not having to type as I have arthritis in my fingers and after a day of writing my hands really hurt. I do notice, however, that the process of getting words from my voice to words on the page is a bit slow. Perhaps that will speed up once I get more comfortable with the process. It took me a long time to get used to composing directly to the computer with a keyboard instead of writing stories with pen and paper and then typing them on the old manual typewriter that I used in the very beginning my career.
So I’m hoping that it will just take more practice for me to get used to yet another new way of getting stories written. However, there has always been something to the connection between a writer’s brain and his or her hands, and that is one of the reasons this feels so weird. I don’t know what to do with my hands. They want to be typing. Maybe my brain and my hands have to just get over it. (smile)
Throughout the weekend, I learned that Dragonfly Naturally Speaking can be used in a lot of different ways, basically anything you would normally use a keyboard for, such as updating Twitter, Facebook, and a blog. In fact I’m using it now, but the process is much slower than when I type.
So how did you spend your weekend? Did you try anything new different? Do you think you’d like to use a program like Dragonfly?
Now here are some things just for fun.
The other sign has an arrow pointing to the entrance on the right side and the sign reads, “Right religion entrance.” There is a long line of people there.
One of the Angels says, “The funny thing is, none of them ever get the joke.”
This one is from Rose is Rose:
Rose is reading a letter and says to Jimbo, “Betty moved. We’ll have to send a housewarming gift.”
Jimbo asks, “What kind of gift?”
“Oh, I don’t know. A house plant is always a nice idea.”
In the last panel, the houseplants are talking to each other. One says, “Does that mean one of us is leaving?”
Another says, “I’ll go. I have seniority.”
The last one says, “Hide me.”
Early in the morning Zoe and Hammie are sitting on stools at the counter waiting for their breakfast. Zoe is wearing a bike helmet. Wanda, bleary-eyed and holding the baby, gets the cereal box and the milk and slams them down on the counter.