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Speech Recognition Software – Promising Future for Writers?


Someday, speech recognition software may become the norm and replace typing. I don’t see this change happening anytime soon, though. After reading the topic of my Microcomputer Applications discussion for the week, I decided to give Cortana a shot which is installed on my computer. I have heard of other writers occasionally using Dragon Speech while working on a manuscript. Some writers reported that they had positive things to say about Dragon and others not so promising. I can say the same about Cortana. This program ranks right next to auto correct on my cell phone, which I hate. If the program worked the way it was meant to work, writing stories would be almost as easy as reading a book, not to mention the many business managers who would be able to work without a secretary.

Speech Recognition software is already in use for many of the disabled and handicapped and has been for years. Another form of speech recognition software is used in the Amazon Echo. A funny story happened back at Christmas time that wasn’t so funny for the ones affected by the incident. Apparently, a six-year-old girl ordered a doll house and cookies from her parent’s gadget. The incident aired on the news station and when the newscaster spoke the words “Order a Dollhouse,” those who had an Echo automatically ordered doll houses.

 

http://fortune.com/2017/01/09/amazon-echo-alexa-dollhouse/

 

I would have been upset too if a dollhouse had been ordered without my knowledge.

First off, Cortana apparently does not speak my language. We were able to get a few words correct in the beginning, but the overall experience was horrible. I became frustrated when Cortana would not place periods where I wanted them. Instead, Cortana began adding to my sentence various words that did not make sense and had no resemblance to a period or dot. I understand that the program has to be taught to speak out language, but these were simple commands that were not responded when stated and are supposed to be preprogrammed. I had printed out the Windows Speech Recognition commands before playing with Cortana.

Someday in the future, someone may be able to perfect speech recognition software, but autocorrect needs fixing first. Right now I lack the time and patience to train my computer how to speak my language.

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Some Plugins Just don’t make the Grade :(

WordPress dashboard interface
WordPress dashboard interface (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I guess you can’t have it all. I’ve come so far in the blogging world since I first ventured out in 2008. That is the same year that WordPress was born. It was just bare bones back then. Now look at it, over 2000+ plugins. Some of them work excellent and others are only wishful thinking.

I came across one today. It was for posting stories to your site. What a shame that it didn’t work. It was some fanfiction plugin that had real potential, that is until I tried to use it to post work in progress.

Oh well, I’m still amazed at what a lot of the plugins do. When I first started blogging, I was on MySpace. Do you remember that site? It was a great place to blog and find readers who would cheer you on while you learned the craft of writing. There were even those on that site that would give lessons in poetry.

Lots of groups too.

I was sad when they changed the site to an all music site. I’ve only been back there once or twice since, just for old memory sake. Funny how something like that can stick with you even when you can’t use it anymore as you had. FaceBook came about and we all went there instead. Some tried to blog on that site, but it just didn’t jive well.

I poked about on WordPress when it first came out, not being able to make heads nor tails of the site. I then found a website company that hosted a blog on their site. I used that for almost a year until I bought Microsoft Office 2010. That was when I discovered the ability to post direct from MO.

I did do a stint on Blogger, but I didn’t like working with their dashboard. Then I went back to WordPress, blogging at least once a week.

I began to accumulate many different sites. This past year I decided it was time to start consolidating. There was too many to choose from to post on. What better place to write than on your own domain WordPress. So I took the jump this past week.

Plugins Galore. The free WordPress doesn’t work with plugins. Or, I haven’t figured out how to get them too. But now that I’ve got a site that is hosted outside the free zone, things changed.

I’m sure I will be blogging much more now. It feels almost like how it felt on MySpace. Though I don’t have any followers on this site. Hopefully, they will come J

Works In Progress:

I’ve been out of work for almost 6 weeks due to major surgery. Four of those weeks, I barely sat behind the keyboard, it was too uncomfortable. Now I believe I’m ready to get back in the swing of things, and back to work. It wasn’t much of a vacation. All that time was spent healing.

Oh yeah, works in progress. I have a few that I’m working on. There is this one – my main one – that is about a woman who wants to be a Knight/Dame during the medieval period. It’s one of those swanky romances, to be published under my other name.

I’m also gearing up to give my Fantasy, Aaron & Keja an overhaul. The story is pretty good. I published it a few years ago, but my style and voice has changed so much. When I go to work on the third book in that series, it may not sound like the same person. This means that I will also have to re-write Witch Book too. When I do, both books will get new covers too.

So lots going on.

How about you? How has your writing been going?

Now if only Grammarly made a plugin for WordPress, blogging would be a breeze.

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