Dragons And Inkles

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 062015
 

Longtime readers may remember that I tried to use Dragon Dictate speech to text software to write my books off and on for over three years on my iMac and found it a total waste of time. It was so slow and had so many errors that even though I’m a slow two-finger typist, I could still work faster without it.



A couple of weeks ago one of my author friends told me that she had purchased the home version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and has been using it on her Windows computer with very good success. I was more than skeptical, but she insisted it was a lot better, so I decided to give it a try, since it was only $44 on Amazon.

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It arrived Friday, and I have to say that it is head and shoulders above Dragon Dictate! I spent a half hour or so doing the tutorial where it “learns” your voice, then experimented with it for a while, just talking into it, dictating a letter to a friend, and doing Saturday’s blog. It’s not perfect, but I’d say I was getting over 90% accuracy at that point. And the more I’ve used the program, the happier I am.

As I said, I am a slow two-finger typist and I hit the wrong keys a lot and have to go back and make corrections. 2,000 to 3,000 words a day is a lot for me just due to my slow typing speed. I worked on my new book most of yesterday using Dragon and by the end of the day I had written over 6,000 words. At an average of about 1,000 words an hour after corrections, this amazes me.

This raises the question, was the previous problem the Dragon Dictate software or the iMac, which gave me problems from the day I purchased it? I don’t know, but if what I’ve seen of NaturallySpeaking so far is any indicator, I’m impressed.

Miss Terry loves her Baby Wolf loom and turns out some amazing projects on it, but lately she’s been talking about an Inkle loom. I’d never heard of them, but they are small looms that can be used to make everything from belts and hatbands to camera and guitar straps, and trim pieces for other fabric items.



There are a lot of mass produced models out there, but after doing a lot of research she settled on this one that she found on Etsy. It is made by a fellow named Rob Bennett, who runs a small company called River Delta Designs, in Isleton, California. Rob does not mass produce his looms, he makes them one at a time as orders come in, and the turnaround time is quick. Terry ordered it the 24th and it arrived Friday. Not only is it a well crafted tool, it’s absolutely beautiful. Rob obviously takes a lot of pride in his work. Check out his Facebook page for more of his creations.

Inkle loom small

Warped inkle small

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an autographed copy of Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.

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I always like telling you about books by my author friends, and I’ve got several to tell you about over the next few days. The first is Murder on Wheels: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move. Put together by the talented Austin Mystery Writers, each story has some connection to things that move on wheels, from bus to car, tractor, or bike. The contributing authors include such favorites as Kaye George, Kathy Waller, V. P. Chandler, Reavis Z. Wortham, Gale Albright, Laura Oles, Earl Staggs, and Scott Montgomery. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.

And if you like dogs and mysteries, you’re going to love my pal Carol Ann Newsome’s Dog Park mystery series. A Shot in the Bark, the first book in the series, is free on Amazon. I’m a fan, and once you discover Carol Ann’s books, you will be, too.

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  6 Responses to “Dragons And Inkles”

  1. Nick
    speech to text is really great however it does have some slight drawback you may find if you haven’t had your 1st cup of coffee or later in the evening when you’re tired you may not pronounce your words exactly as you like that’s where I find I have problems with speech to text
    A lot of people that cannot pronounce words correctly have that problem also people that cannot spell correctly it is a big plus however they do need to know what The word looks like
    You’ll also may notice that if you speak a sentence and miss spell a word and go back and correct it you have to correct the beginning of the next word because it’ll be capitalized
    Also no noise in the background I notice when I drive my big truck I can’t get a word in edgewise too much engine noise and it comes out gibberish
    I know you’re not a fan of Apple but on my i pad I’m in love with this feature
    Enjoy your day

  2. What did Greg White have to say about the Mac?

  3. I guess that means we’ll be seeing more books faster, yeah??

    Congrats Miss Terry .. can’t wait to see what projects you make.

  4. I am glad to hear that the new software sounds like it is working well for you. It should let you do what you love without enduring the pain in your hands and maybe write more books.

    It will also be interesting to see what Terry creates with her new loom.

  5. Yay for tools that help you be more productive. Miss Terry is going to get to the point of having to open her own Etsy store. She needs to be careful, though, to not turn her relaxation into work. The best way I know to do that is to make what you enjoy making first then only sell what you have on hand–custom orders can quickly become work as they imply deadlines.

  6. Nick speech to text is really great however it does have some slight drawback you may find if you haven’t had your 1st cup of coffee or later in the evening when you’re tired you may not pronounce your words exactly as you like that’s where I find I have problems with speech to text
    A lot of people that cannot pronounce words correctly have that problem also people that cannot spell correctly it is a big plus however they do need to know what The word looks like
    You’ll also may notice that if you speak a sentence and miss spell a word and go back and correct it you have to correct the beginning of the next word because it’ll be capitalized
    Also no noise in the background I notice when I drive my big truck I can’t get a word in edgewise too much engine noise and it comes out gibberish
    I know you’re not a fan of Apple but on my i pad I’m in love with this feature
    Enjoy your day

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