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how to train your Dragon.

In an attempt to train Dragon, I found my old notebook of drabbles that I wrote like five to six years ago! There were still about ten of them that I hadn't typed up. Dragon is GREAT for transcribing things! I've got it to work a lot better now. In fact, why don't I switch over to it and write without editing. Let's see how much better it does now that I've used it more.

well, I tried to train Dragon more by doing some of the reading, but for some reason I kept messing up and would never analyze the audio data. So instead, I went about it the slow way just started using it, and doing a lot of verbal corrections. It only transit, if you do all of your corrections verbally. And trust me, it is a slow process. Luckily, I am at the point, where I can read my stories one paragraph at the time. I even got Dragon to recognize names like Usagi and Mamoru. It still had a lot of trouble with Mamoru but not like it used to. For some reason, it really prefers to use the word memory. And Usagi and seven being held boggy. That should sayspelled buggy buggy.

oh no. Stupid Dragon just deleted two paragraphs. And here I was bragging about how much better it was working.anyway, I've just been talking about how to train Dragon on the new work. I was saying that if I could just get over not trying to edit things paragraph by paragraph, that Dragon could actually work pretty fast or nine Nana right now. See, there's a new word I need to train him. Nana Raima. So, here's how training work. First, you say the word. Nana Ramo. Then, you select the word by saying select than the word. After that, utility to want to spell that word I won't use the exact phrase because of the command that will take effect. After you spell the word, you can tell Dragon that you want to train it on the new word. Then you say the word and Dragon learns it. Sometimes you have to use it about 20 or 30 times before really understand what you mean for example I must've said memory about 100 times before it started really picking up. And there is proof that it still doesn't get it every time. Because I did not say memory I said memory. And there it goes again. Because I was not saying memory everything Mamoru. Finally.

Okay so, we are going to train Dragon how to write the word Nana Ramo. I will say the word: Nana Ramo. NaNoWriMo. So, I spelled and trained Dragon. Now let's see if it works: NaNoWriMo! Success! I guess it helped, that nothing else there and quite like NaNoWriMo.

And there you go, how to train your Dragon.
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Trying something new...

For my birth day, Mark got me Dragon naturally speaking. It is a voice recognition program. With my hands hurting so bad, typing can be hard. It takes a lot of work to train Dragon. I was impressed at first, but now it is taking a lot of going back and fixing about half of the words. If I say too many words at once, it usually messes up. And the more words you say at one time, the harder it is to fix it.

For example, I have been working on this post for over 20 min. can you believe that? The more I use Dragon, the better it is supposed to get. It has to learn my voice. Actually, I have had to fix anything in this paragraph yet. Maybe I am just getting better at using it?

I hope that I will have Dragon properly trained before my next round of chemo. They are reducing my dose 5FU, because it causes many hand problems. They will also reduce the oxaliplatin (wow, it caught that word!) Because of the cold sensitivity and nerve pain. They also gave me a prescription for an old antidepressant that helps with neuropathy (nerve pain). Hopefully I won't have any more hand pain as bad as I did two weeks ago. I could hardly lift my fork. But at least if it does happen again, I can still write. I am getting a little bit better at figuring out how best to go about fixing Dragon's mistakes. Sometimes it is better to just delete the problematic word or phrase rather than selecting it and trying to correct it. If there was an error in the middle of a phrase, just delete the whole phrase and they the words before the error then pause, and say the problematic word alone. It is easier to fix that way.

Boy, it sure is slow getting started on this. Back in November when I first heard about Dragon, it was at a writers Association meeting. The president of the Association did a live demonstration of Dragon. Hers was well trained and had far less errors. Hopefully I can get my Dragon trained that well. I have been working on this post for almost an hour. It would have been faster to hunt and peck with my pinkies like I did when my fingers were hurting. Still, it is kind of fun to watch my words show up on the street; even if I do have two say them one at a time.

Okay, time for a test. I am just going to start talking without going back and fixing anything. Let's see what happens. Here we go:

Well let's see if the punctuation can handle things that are also real word were example when I say: what happened exactly. I have colon cancer will look it caught at that time, but if I just talk about my: without the word cancer, it doesn't catch it. I'm special: I have no:. You see, if I go to pay cancer after: it just gives me the punctuation marks. But, if I say: cancer of his work that time, it did not work that time. Let's try again. I do not like having colon cancer. There worked. Did you know that may bring part five years it's messing up… I said grainbrain fart. Let's try that again. If you know that March is: cancer: can there overcome on bargain. Did you know that March is: cancer March is: cancer why doesn't it work? March is: cancer whatever… It is: cancer awareness month. Today was where blue day because blue special color: cancer. Colon cancer ridden it was. The colon cancer ribbon in live blimp blue finally. I this paragraph is miserable to read. Clearly I cannot eat naturally be the week because. I cannot take talk naturally with Dragon yet. Time to go do more training.
Usagi inners

Sailor Moon Land

Come play! I love this community-- it's set up as team-based battles. You win points for your team with writing and graphics challenges as well as completing puzzles, games, and activities. It's really a lot of fun. You can participate as much or as little as you want (as long as you do 2 activities or voting every 2 weeks). Or you can join as a social member and only participate when something really strikes your fancy.

Here's where to join. http://sailormoonland.livejournal.com/66996.html

My new normal

Okay, I promised another post, so here it is.

I'm so blah. I'm not sure if it's still leftover fatigue from the chemo or just that I've gotten into a habit of being tired/lazy. Maybe both?

I'm also VERY distractable. The brain fog has worn off for the most part, but I lose focus really easily. It's frustrating and it takes me a lot longer to complete tasks. It's almost like drug-induced ADD. I might be able to relate better to Mark after all of this! (I don't WANT ADD!!)

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NaNo day 8

Well, I actually did most of my writing before midnight today! 3000-ish words of it! I'm at 47% now! Yay. My goal was to hit 50% before surgery, so that's 3% to go tomorrow. 1642 words. About an hour and a half of writing. That sounds easy, but my mom is coming in at noon tomorrow and I know she's not going to see this as a priority. Also, it's just going to be a generally chaotic day. I don't need to *do* anything before the surgery other than stop eating at midnight. Still, I know she'll send me to bed early so I'm rested. And we'll be together from the time she arrives-- no writing will happen after I leave to pick her up. And if she has her way, I won't be doing much after the surgery either. I have to convince her that it's a priority. We'll see how things go in the hospital. I might be in so much pain that I'm keeping the morphine pump going constantly. Or I might be up to writing. It's impossible to know until I'm there and experiencing it.

Okay, enough talk about surgery-- lets talk about my novel.

Prince Kier has fallen hard for Taylor. A little too hard. Hmm... Gotta rein him in a little. Taylor is still pretty reserved about him, but she's giving in. I'm only about 1/4 of the way through my plot, but I'm nearly at the halfway point on my words. Looks like this is going to be a 100,000 word novel! And I probably won't finish it this month-- probably not this year!

23358 / 50000 words. 47% done!

Let's see what they did today, shall we?

Taylor paused, surprised at the vividness of memories she was experiencing. Memories she had never dreamed about. She wasn't sure where they came from, but as she searched her mind, she realized that she was slowly gaining access to the full memory of Princess Taylor: the princess that didn't even exist until she had created her four weeks ago as a class assignment.

NaNo day 7.

at 19,732 words. I wanted to get to 20,000 before I went to bed, but it's just not happening. I keep falling asleep.

I went to the Northwest Christian Writer's Assosciation meeting tonight. It was good. But on top of meeting my ostomy nurse and organizing my pantry and kitchen cabinets, I'm worn out. I was up stupidly late last night and can't do it again. Even with a nap today, I'm toasted.

Maybe I'll wake up before the kids in the morning. Maybe. Too tired to find a quote.

Edit: Brushing my teeth woke me up just enough to get in those extra 300 words!

20043 / 50000 words. 40% done!

Have a quote:

Taylor stood in her sewing room, her shift lying on the floor at her feet and the other layers of her dress laid neatly across her work table. She was naked. And confused. And so tired that she could barely stand.

Nano day 6

It's LATE. I am TIRED! My daily word counts are totally screwed up since MOST of my writing is happening after midnight the last few days. But I'm still counting it as the day before until I have slept. So my personal daily word count is NOT matching up with what the NaNo site records. Who cares. 90% of this was written and recorded on day 7, but I'm still saying day 6. So there!

Anyway, I'm getting there. I didn't write much yesterday (as in on Nov 6th). I only put in like an hour of time within the midnight to midnight period. Just a little over 1000 words. But who cares. I'm still (just barely) set to finish within 20 days. That's good enough. As long as I finish. My head start is GONE, and my novel won't be finished, but I'll get my words in.

18300 / 50000 words. 37% done!

Taylor finally met her Prince, who has been named Prince Kier of the house of Kentington. Yup, totally stole (and misspelled) Kaedmon's middle name. Taylor share's Anastasia's middle name, so it was only fair. The boy is getting ahead of me though-- he's totally falling for her too fast! Slow down boy! That's what I get for not looking at my outline. Oh well, whatever. Let's find something quotable...

“I'll be as ill-bred as I can manage if it will give you joy,” she risked with a teasing look. She was rewarded with a wide grin that spread across the prince's face.

“Only if I can do the same,” he demanded with mock-severity.

NaNo day 5

15 K. YAY!! I had kinda wanted to be there by yesterday, but oh well, I'm still perfectly on track to finish within the 20 days I have allotted myself. And chances are I'll need less than 10 days to get back to writing after surgery.

I'm excited about the story though-- Taylor finally finished her dress and made it to the magical world (which still needs a name BTW, two actually-- Her tiny home Kingdom that's about to be stamped out by war, and the much larger England-like Kingdom where most of the story will take place. Suggestions are welcome).

15317 / 50000 words. 31% done!

Now for a quote:

Taylor reflected back on the conversation and wondered about her teacher's reaction. She seemed to take the dreams as seriously as Taylor did herself, but she had also been concerned. Well, who wouldn't? It did sound a little mentally unstable, didn't it? Or obsessive at the very least. Yet, she didn't feel obsessed, just... attached.

NaNo day 4

No writing today. I suck. Too tired. I did take baby girl shopping though. We like shopping.

I hope to wake up at 6 am and write until the babies roll out of bed at 9 (I hope it's not before 9 anyway).

Sleep now.

Next morning: It's 10 am. I just woke up. Shoot.

NaNo day 3

Today was a lazy day. After writing until 1:30 am yesterday, and then goofing around until about 4, I was TIRED. I did nothing all day. And then I napped.

I finally got the baby to bed at 10pm (cause she napped too), and started writing around 11 (yup, even more internet messing around before I finally shut off Chrome!). I got up to 9000-ish words by midnight (I remembered to stop and input my word count at 11:55!) and then hit 11,094 a little after 1am. At that point, I suddenly felt tired and decided to stop (of course, who's been up for yet another hour since then? Oh, that would be stupid. I mean, me.)

Anyway, here's my little progress bar thinger...

11094 / 50000 words. 22% done!

22% Yay me!! Almost a quarter!

I'm really liking my story. And I'm definitely less than a quarter of the way into my plot (plus I know I need to add more detail and dialogue to what I've already written), so there's not really any worry about me running out of story to write. Feeling good. Yup, feeling good.

Oh, what's that? You want a line from what I wrote today? Hmm....

For the first time, Taylor wanted to wake up from the dream. She closed her eyes and tried to force the princess to drift off to sleep, but it didn't work. She just continued to stare out of the window.