I have a friend whose son can't use his hands. He has used Dragon NaturallySpeaking for years to complete school projects and she constantly raves about what a great product it is.
Scribbles from Michael R. Miller Writing Journeys — Benedict Patrick January 24, Writing Journeys Today we welcome Benedict Patrick to the blog — the man who is going to rewrite what we think about fairy tales.
Keeping this one short and sweet, so over to Ben! And this, I guess, is my journey so far. I struggled with deciding how to start telling this story. Step this way, gentle reader, and all shall be explained.
It began almost a decade ago… Cue dramatic theme music. The title crawl, scrolling up a starry background, reads thusly: Young Benedict Patrick, a wistful bookseller, has been writing for most of his life groan.
Other than a single rejection from Marvel Comics which he shall forever cherishhe has done nothing with his writing, choosing instead to keep it all to himself. However, this time spent with my toe dipped into the publishing industry certainly did affect my outlook regarding writing for a living.
The business side of publishing became much clearer to me. For the guy who refused to do his driving test until the end of his twenties because he felt the possibility for failure was so high, this was a bit of a blow.
I also learned how much a traditionally published author makes from individual book sales. This one-two negative combo punch, coupled with the fact that at the end of my degree I had a desperate need to get some stable income for my family, pretty much killed my enthusiasm for writing, and storytelling went on the backburner for a very long time.
At this time, during my degree, there was a faint glimmer of hope. This was the first point in my life, ladies and gentlemen, that I came into contact with self-publishing.
Unfortunately, it did not seem like a viable option to me at the time. Back then, in the wild west of indie publishing, the end product looked amateurish, nothing like the lovely traditionally published books that I so much wanted to emulate.
I never took the chance to actually read any of those early indie titles, never spent enough time investigating what was going on in this new industry. I relegated self-publishing to the bin, and spend the next decade playing World of Warcraft instead of creating.
Thank the maker, the stories did not go away. I even managed to take part in and win a very aimless Nanowrimo, for the first time creating a piece of writing of substantial size.
It was total bollocks, of course, but thankfully I was oblivious to that at the time. Intwo things happened.
Also, indie publishing made its way onto my Twitter feed, in the form of this Guardian article about Amanda Hocking. I scoffed at the idea of self-publishing, remembering my early exploration of Smashwords, but decided to investigate further again.
By chance, one of the first indie books I came across was Thorn by Intisar Khanani. I was eventually blown away by the quality of the writing when I purchased the book, but the first impression on me was how awesome the cover was. Those of you who know my own books might recognise the cover artist.
Thorn was exactly what I had been hoping for back in — an independently published book that could stand toe to toe with anything I could pick up in Waterstones.
And so the seed was planted. It took a few years more for me to finally publish a book, but after that revelation my time was focussed on researching the industry, writing, throwing all that writing out because it was terrible, and then finally producing some work I was proud of to show to the public after a few bouts of heavy editorial input.
The idea of doing so put me off writing. Discovering the world of indie publishing directly inspired me to take up writing again. My books are out there in the world, now. So far, my career is in the very early stages — no bills are being paid by it, and as most newly published indies will tell you discovery is frustratingly slow.Dragon NaturallySpeaking 15 Home & Dragon Professional editions both have an up to 99% voice recognition accuracy rate when turning voice into text.
The software also adapts to your voice and writing style, and will get better and more accurate over time. May 10, · Dragon Dictation is an outstanding voice recognition app for iOS devices.
It's simple user interface will help students get started in just seconds. We are adding grant writing to our services. We have some experience but we are new to this field.
However, our inexperience is your gain because our price .
Today we welcome Benedict Patrick to the blog – the man who is going to rewrite what we think about fairy tales. He’s also living in Scotland so he gets bonus point from me for that. Reading vs Writing. If you did the reading dictation exercise above, Dragon Dictate no doubt finished the typing for you in about the same time it took you to verbally read the text – .
Atelier Sophie is a boring game piloted meanderingly by a bland, nothing protagonist and lacking some of the major gameplay functions that make the series interesting.