Shannon Stacey

An empty house

The kids are at school. The dog keeps trying to sniff them out and, when she can’t find them, casts decidedly accusing glances in my direction. I shudder to think what she fears I’ve done with them.

Now that the house is empty of all but furry domesticated creatures during the day, I’m going to try dictating into the recorder again, like Alison’s been doing. I’m still fairly uncomfortable with the method, which makes me speak slower, which inexplicably causes a rather strong and annoying southern accent to overwhelm my dictation. Since I only lived in Missouri for…less than two years, it’s also a rather atrocious southern accent.

I reckon I aim to persevere, y’all. The den/office and the model train room both need insulation and new windows before it gets wicked cold, so I’ll be boxing everything up in addition to the normal running around. Writing on the move is about to become a must.

Now I’m off to do some errands unencumbered by children. You’d think I’d be happier about it. It was a little depressing how excited they were to hit the road this morning, though. I am, apparently, a rather boring person to spend the summer with.


6 comments to “An empty house”

  1. nettisue
      · August 27th, 2008 at 11:27 am · Link

    :hug: Know the feeling. My kids like to run out of the door yesterday morning LOL, obviously relieved to be away from us. But I’m still :boogie:. More so now that I know everyone is going to do just fine this year ;)

  2. Annmarie
      · August 27th, 2008 at 12:51 pm · Link

    I know what MiniBella thinks. She KNOWS what you did to HER yesterday. She expects the boys to come home with shaved heads and and clipped nails. :lmao:

  3. Michelle (MG)
      · August 27th, 2008 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I was thinking about trying that dictation too, since it looks like Alison is having success at it. I wasn’t sure though. Then are you typing it in from your own dictation or are you using a particular translation software? I think there’s on on Vista. Hmm. :shrug:

  4. Charlene
      · August 27th, 2008 at 4:10 pm · Link

    I’ve tried dictation and HATED it. The sound of my own voice kept breaking me out of the story. Good thing I can type. :nod: Good luck getting your dictation system worked out, accent and all.

  5. Alison Kent
      · August 27th, 2008 at 5:18 pm · Link

    The reason it works so well for me is that I don’t see the words in the page, whether paper or screen. I can’t compose on screen anyway, unless it’s my Alpha, but I digress. It turns writing into storytelling. I’m telling a story, seeing it unfold in my head in pictures and relating what I’m seeing. I can’t get to the same place when my fingers are hovering over a keyboard and a cursor is blinking. And, yes. It’s so portable. I dictate and drive, dictate and cook, dictate and fold laundry, dog walk, treadmill walk. I don’t know why I gave it up, or what inspired me to start again, but I’m hooked. Of course, I still have to type what I’ve said, and I do some editing as I do. As far as getting used to one’s voice, it’s just like getting used to anything. I just hear the story now. I don’t even think about it being me.

  6. Shannon
      · August 28th, 2008 at 9:18 am · Link

    My kids like to run out of the door yesterday morning LOL, obviously relieved to be away from us.

    Even though I know I’m lucky when I see other kids sobbing with their mothers in choke holds, it’d be nice if mine could at least pretend a moment’s hesitation, right?

    She expects the boys to come home with shaved heads and and clipped nails.

    :lmao: I didn’t even think of that.

    As for the dictation, I think that’s why I end up talking so slowly—it’s “unnatural” for me. BUT, I think if I continue trying, it might work well since I “see” the book like a movie in my head. After years of typing—hmm, wrote by hand until 17?, so 19 years of typing?—I know it’s going to take more than two or three times to acclimate to the dictation.

    If I can stick it out and TRAIN the muse-to-words process to work that way, I think I’d see a drastic increase in productivity.

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