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    Karate Seminars and Writing

    by So, having decided at the next to last second that I’d be attending a major martial arts seminar in Ottawa this past Saturday, I came to the realization that I’d probably have about 4 hours by myself in the car for dictation purposes. Historically speaking, that should get me somewhere between eight and twelve thousand very raw words to add to the total. Not a bad way to start the month when I’d planned to be home doing housework. I actually got about 8500 words in but kept getting distracted by martial arts thoughts when I was trying to work on fiction. I’m still satisfied with the total but…

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    Notes in the Dictation

    by I dictate a lot of my first drafts. Makes my commute more useful (and seem like it goes faster), helps get the basic story out of my head quicker, and makes things more interesting when I get to editing phases. Sometimes, I leave notes for myself in the text of a dictated story. They usually (but not always) relate to the story. These are distinguished by square brackets [] which the verbal commands for are “open bracket” and “close bracket”. Normally, it’s things like [Add more detail here.] or [I’ve forgotten if this character is supposed to have red or green hair.] or [Cool idea unrelated to this particular…

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    Driving and Dictating

    by I seem to be getting a little more comfortable with driving longer distances. Not that I’m ready to become a transport driver, or anything, but being able to sit in the car for several hours at a time is probably not a bad skill at this point my life. I have one child in university in the city that is about two hours away, door-to-door, and, parents that live almost as far away it almost the same direction, plus two more children who will be trying to figure out where they’re headed in the next few years as well. And it will not surprise me in the least if…