Despite some frustrating setbacks, I’m still making headway on my new book, Big Lake Ninja, and I’m about two thirds of the way finished with it. I’m still hoping to get it wrapped up by the end of the month but I’ll have to push hard to do it.
As many of you know, I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium software to dictate my books since I am a two-finger typist at best, and my arthritic fingers can no longer take the punishment of long days at the keyboard. It has really helped me boost my productivity.
But for the last week or two my Dragon software seemed to be running very slow and making even more mistakes than normal. By the way, don’t let the commercials on television fool you. While it is a very good program for people like me, it is far from foolproof no matter how much you “train” the software to respond to your individual speech style.
I did some research online and one suggestion was to uninstall the program and then reinstall. That proved to be a challenge in its own right. I uninstalled the program with no problems, but when I tried to reinstall it, I kept getting a message saying that the serial number was invalid. I checked and double checked, and I was using the number from the paper sleeve the CD came in. After looking online for some idea of what I was doing wrong, I finally contacted customer support.
The fellow I talked to could not speak English very well, though he tried very hard to sell me the latest and greatest upgrade. Eventually I convinced him to let me talk to somebody else, and when I explained the problem to that person, he told me that the software license only allows me to install it on two computers. I explained that I had it on my desktop and on my laptop and had deleted it from the desktop and only wanted to reinstall it. He told me that that would be a third installation and not allowed. I went through it with him two or three times, explaining that I was reinstalling it on my desktop computer and there would still only be two computers running the software. He finally seemed to get that and gave me a different code to enter, and then everything worked fine.
The good news is that reinstalling the software seemed to do the trick, and things are working much better now. I knocked out another 2,000 words yesterday and it went very smoothly.
Around 3:30 in the afternoon we braved the heat and went out to run a few errands. Our first stop was at the post office to mail off a book to the winner of last week’s free drawing. Then we went to Walmart to pick up a few things, and on the way home we stopped at a new restaurant in New Smyrna Beach called Pizza Pomodoro. Overall, we were impressed. The caprese salad was excellent, the pizza was good, and I don’t think I’ve ever had such good service in any local eatery. I have a food allergy and they went out of their way to make sure everything was safe for me to eat. This is pizza like you might get in Naples, Italy, which is not surprising since the couple that owns this restaurant also owns another well rated Italian restaurant in New Smyrna Beach. When we left the restaurant we made a quick stop at Walgreens to pick up a prescription and then came home to an evening of relaxing in our recliners and watching television.
Today I’ll be back at it again, cranking out more words in the book.
And in closing, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Give a man a plane ticket and he’ll fly for a day. Push a man out of a plane and he’ll fly for the rest of his life.