Back by popular demand, this little essay is from my former blog: 
When I’m typing for many hours every day (as I am now since I’m racing toward deadline), my hands sometimes to get painful and stiff from rheumatoid arthritis. That’s when I break out the Dragon. Dragon NaturallySpeaking, that is. Its voice recognition software. I’m glad it exists, as it enables me to keep on working, but there are times when I want to throw the microphone across the room in frustration. I wrote an entire book (Summer’s Child) using the dragon and I survived. Sometimes it doesn’t understand me. I can’t actually dictating this blob right now. Hot! Yes, this is exactly what it’s like. I thought as I was midway through this paragraph that it was going to perform perfectly for wants. Now, it’s doing what it usually does: it’s trying very hard to make sense of what I’m saying and it’s not always getting it right. I am not going to bother to correct it so you can see what life is like with the Dragon. My favorite mistake that the Dragon made to was the following. I dictated “the feeling was sudden and unbidden but delicious nevertheless.” The dragon typed “Panasonic’s business decisions upset its chickens
contraceptives.” You can see how it’s necessary, then, to read read every line as you typed it to make sure it’s accurate. In my early days with the Dragon, I would sometimes dictate an entire page without checking. Then I would realize that I had left mistakes in place, but I could no longer remember what I had actually meant to say. There has been a couple of times when I actually preferred the Dragon’s choice of words to my own.
I have to its net that the Dragon has done a pretty good job with this blob entry. Frankly,I couldn’t keep up with my writing career without it, so I guess I shouldn’t be too critical of it.
Back to were it! (that’s supposed to “back to work.”)
Diane, with a little help from the Dragon

6 Comments

  1. pattie on January 19, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Love that mistake! I’ll keep all that in mind as I get started with it this weekend. Thanks very much for re-running this blog entry!

  2. Ann on January 20, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for this re-run. I read “Summer’s Child” the first time in 2000 right after it was published. I am really looking forward to reading it again. I will appreciate it even more knowing what a job it was for you to do the whole book with the Dragon!

  3. Margo on January 22, 2007 at 9:34 am

    I would never have quessed that SUMMER’S CHILD was written any other way than the norm…it was so beautifully told and I was ‘right there’ in that beach town with the characters…as always Diane touched me with this book that made me think about all the people for weeks. I’ve always hoped she would return to that summer place and let us know how Shelley and the rest are doing. (-:

  4. Brenda on January 23, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Wish I’d had the Dragon yesterday. I typed l9 pages (from memory) for my comps…whew…hope they are okay…I may have to do another one (add to those I did)…but that’s okay-another question…now I can wait to see if I passed, worked on my project and my class.
    Thanks for good wishes…

  5. Margo on January 24, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Your amazing Brenda! I don’t know how you do everything that you do…lots and lots of good wishes.

  6. kaye george on June 17, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Wonderful blob! My hands aren’t there yet–I just have regular arthritis–but I can typo with the best of them. Hilarious post!

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