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    Using DragonDictate

    I am writing to you today with my newest software called DragonDictate. I first tried to use this tutorial that came with their system, but it didn't seem to work. As I became more frustrated trying to do this, I decided a simpler way by just opening a word document. As I'm dictating I am aware that the house must be pretty much silent as this microphone seems very sensitive. Herman is sitting beside me, trying to help as much as he can. Sometimes when I become very frustrated, I tend to burst out laughing, which totally confuses this software. I am delighted that it is picking up as much as it is.  I'm able speak in my own voice with my own opinions. Often when I have someone typing for me I've become very anxious because I don't think the person typing for me really gets what I’m trying to say or the way in which I’m trying to say it. My mother often tells me that sometimes my column doesn't sound at all like me. From now on, I am doing this on my own. Though as I say that, Herman is fixing all the typos for me.

    This reminds me of a time when I would try to memorize scenes for a particular audition for a specific television show. I would very frequently have friends reading through the “sides” (remember I told you they were specific scenes from a show that an actor auditions for). This would become particularly amusing if I was supposed to be auditioning with a male love interest and the person reading with me was a female friend of mine. Oh, the exaggerated expressions of love from whatever girlfriend was reading this with me.

    As of this moment Herman has taken over typing for me since the software program has misunderstood so many words that I have become frustrated beyond belief.  Herman is once again dutifully typing. Keep in mind, the whole time I’m doing this Herman’s son Kenny is here, and each time he says anything, the software picks it up over my voice with a baritone influence. It’s obviously picking up his voice instead of mine.

    Oh, I’ve got a bit of good news I’d like to share with you guys. My Mom came to town for the Thanksgiving holiday. She came Tuesday and stayed until today (Sunday). So we’ll be catching up. Here’s hoping you all had a great turkey day with your family as well.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com