Miss Terry spent all day yesterday working on the backlog of paperwork we have been trying to get through, while I helped as much as I could. I really hate dealing with this end of our business. It’s all work and no fun at all. But I think we are seeing a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it’s not an oncoming train!
A blog reader sent me an e-mail asking how I like the Dragon Dictate voice to text software that I purchased a few months ago. Like me, she has arthritis and her stiff fingers have been giving her a lot of problems.
At this point, I have to say that the software is not all that I expected or hoped for. I use it for my blog, and find that I spend as much time going back and correcting errors as I would spend if I had just typed the whole thing.
But that may be partly my fault. There is a learning curve, for the software to learn my speech patterns, and I don’t think I gave it enough time before I started using it. The program does not come with much in the way of instructions, just a four page Quick Start Guide on how to install the software and connect a microphone. Yesterday I ordered a training DVD from Amazon, and hopefully it will help me get the most out of the program.
Yesterday, one of the authors I know from the Amazon Kindle Authors forum wrote to tell me that she is a nurse and when she started her shift, she overheard two of her coworkers discussing my mystery novel, Big Lake. She said it was amazing to hear them talk about a book whose author she knew from the forum. She asked them if they liked the book and they said they loved it! She then told them about the sequel, Big Lake Lynching, and they didn’t even know it was out. One of the nurses bought it that very moment. How cool is that?
It’s always interesting to know what others think of your work, and sometimes it can be downright funny. Years ago when I owned the weekly newspaper in Pinetop, Arizona, I was standing in line in a coffee shop the morning the paper hit the street and I overheard four ladies at a table talking about that week’s editorial, which they obviously did not agree with. Her friends were all nodding in agreement as one said "I’d really like to meet this Nick Russell, I’d tell him what a horse’s a$$ I think he is!" I just couldn’t help myself, I pulled up a chair, sat down at their table and said "Hi ladies, I’m Nick Russell." Talk about a sudden uncomfortable silence!
Thought For The Day – I’m not really rude, I just say what everyone else is thinking about you.