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|When it comes to creativity artists and writers may often try new materials or technology to help their productivity. For a writer, the option to handwrite and have it converted to text is appealing especially when it comes to long projects or even shorter ones. With just a quick swipe of the pen or finger even, a note can be converted to text.
It sounds all very simple, but it isn't especially when it comes down to discovering whether your computer or tablet devices have that capability.
I have several devices and after several hours of fruitless research, I succumbed to phoning the companies directly. I discovered that, even with a handwriting to text app like Nebo, my Lenovo Yoga, a gift from my husband, would never be able to do handwriting to text because, although it has a capacitor pen and I can draw the most amazing pictures with it along with word processing and other computer applications with its Halo keyboard, it would need an active pen. (More research into the differences between an active pen and capacitor pen followed by compatible pens to the Yoga book, comparing prices etc.) It was all frustrating and time consuming in attempting to get a straight answer to which pen to buy and ultimately, it didn't matter as I discovered one phone call later, my Lenovo Yoga didn't have a digital screen.
Not giving up on this unicorn of handwriting to text, I began researching if the HP Spectre 360 had this capability. This was much easier to research and, even though my Spectre is only three years old, it doesn't have the digital capabilities to perform handwriting to text and I would need to buy a newer version of the laptop. The bottom line is that that option is too expensive.
In between all the researching, I checked out other devices that have that capability including the I-pad Pro, Remarkable, Ratta Supernote and the Microsoft Surface Pro. They all have comparable prices and their capabilities can be sorted into two categories: computer-like or a reader. The I-pad and Surface Pro vs Ratta Supernote and Remarkable.
I dropped by a Best Buy store to check out options. At first, I picked up an active pen for my I-Pad mini because that was a type of solution and then checked out the Spectre 360, I-pad Pro and Surface Pro. It was a comedy of errors as none of them seemed to have that ability. Finally, I approached one of the four male sales reps and asked them to show me how to get the handwriting to text on the Spectre, Surface Pro and a new Lenovo Yoga (I quickly nixed the pricier Lenovo). They didn't know the answer on the Spectre, they had never heard of a Ratta Supernote or Remarkable Tablet, and the digital pens that they attempted to use weren't functional.
By then, we were trying to use the Surface Pro which I liked for its size, computer capabilities, and its potential handwriting to text. By then there are two reps changing batteries in pens, without success while suggesting I use my finger to hand write. Through it all, I had enough time to check out the settings and capabilities of the Spectre, I-pad Pro, and the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Surface Pro's price was appealing. I told the Sales rep that I would buy it if he could prove that it could indeed do handwriting to text.
They opened a new pen and voila, it worked. I bought the Surface Pro. I can justify it by the fact that my Spectre's keyboard died over a year ago and I just use a WIFI keyboard on top and that I have put my Lenovo Yoga book on Craigslist. If the Spectre dies and the Lenovo sells, I'll still have the Surface Pro which is a computer and a handwriting to text tablet and the sale of the Lenovo will offset the price of the Surface Pro.
The final question is why would a person go to such lengths to get the handwriting to text option? I have typed pages in Word and I need to edit, change, and add a lot more words. Handwriting seems to make those creative juices flow much more easily than typing away on a keyboard.
|I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. I wore second hand clothes and had someone asked me if I'd ever publish a book or have a book signing, I would have thought that they were insane. Who me? The kid with blue-collar parents and the teachers who streamed me towards a future with a blue collar?
I only knew that I had to finish high school and get a job. University? Student loans? They weren't even in my horizon or vocabulary.
So, as I sit pondering the past and, of course, wondering about the future. Fame isn't in my vocabulary...that would be insane but, at the moment having not only a novel but having a book-signing as well are surreal.
I am looking forward to and dreading the book signing. I've never been one to seek the public's eye. I have no idea what to expect. It's almost overwhelming. It's exciting too. Did I mention surreal? Is it like the dolphin kissing my cheek? Definitely. Loved that zen moment. I treasure that memory and it helps sustain me when things in life are difficult. So too, I will treasure the memory of the book signing.
|The Art of War is one of those books that is a must read and so I read it. From references to Sun Tzu's words used in movies and elsewhere it seemed like my life would be incomplete without it. It's an oft quoted source for businessmen and warmongers. I learned that a good general is one whose whereabouts are ever-changing so that he is deemed unpredictable. I learned that using fire is advantageous particularly as it's an ideal time to attack the enemy. Also, it is best to tell your troops that they are going to die as they will then likely succeed due to the 'let's go and take out as many of them' attitude that results in being told that they are doomed. It's also important to pay your troops well as it boosts morale. And my personal favourite, knowing that there are five types of spies. One of which is the 'doomed spy' as that means you are captured, converted and sent to spy on your own people and the side that converted you lets your people know you're a spy and thus you die. It also is useful to have about 100,000 men in your troops.
So, I know I'm probably supposed to glean some epiphany towards how to run my cut-throat business or apply it to my next soccer game but I'm afraid all that will stick with me is to be unpredictable, like the general, so as to keep everyone guessing as to what I'll do next.
How can this apply to writing? Writing is war. It's war over characterization, plot, details, and time. Everything we read can spark some future idea that will take shape when we least expect it or as we will it to be. For me, as a novelist, it's the editing and re-editing until I have no desire to read the finished work once it is published. As for the 100 000 troops, those are my words and the minimum I strive for before I complete my work.
|Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way with words that make this book entertaining and witty as well as informative, awe inspiring, and thought provoking. The information contains everything from quarks and black matter to the insignificance of humanity in a vast universe.
The formulas given at the beginning of the book challenge the brain to try to keep track of it all but it all necessitates the understanding of astrophysics. Historical references that include word origins and the knowledge of the minds of great thinkers also make this book more than just a reference book but a story of our past, present, and future in the universe.
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|I had a dream that had me swatting flies away. I figured that it was due to having been swatting flies earlier that day. Coincidentally, the first two random reads that I read had flies in them and one was specifically about flies. So, imagine my surprise when I went out to weed the flower bed that I saw a large dead bird covered with flies on my lawn.
It was a large bird about the size of a crow. It had a gangly neck and the short stubby beginnings of feathers. It was an adolescent. I continued to my chore of weeding and walked by the body three or four times. What had happened to it? It's July and too late for new borns. What kind of bird was it? It was too hard to tell because it lacked markings that I could recognize.
When I was done my chore, I went into the house and asked my husband to get rid of the bird.
And hours later, I'm still thinking of the bird and the coincidences that led up to it. Are there such things as coincidences and prophetic dreams? Are they random or chaotic?
And most of all...why?
|I can always tell when its summertime vacation as I have the time to read and review as much as I want/can without having to rush off to grade papers, prepare for the next day, or have to fend of the fatigue and brain fog that comes after a day filled with 28 or so kids with their constant questions and foibles that challenge and leave me with little energy to do anything more.
It's unfortunate as I enjoy reading what others have created and wish that I was more than a weekend writing warrior.
|I'm amazed and overwhelmed by the number of items that there are to review. I see the numbers growing daily on W.C and think, how can I ever make a scratch in that number? It would be nice to read absolutely everything. That makes me ask the question, are the read and reviews new items or everything? I can't imagine that they are everything as W.C writers are so prolific which I find awesome and inspiring to have found a site that is used by so many people. KUDOS everyone!
|I must admit that even after disabling the blog reminder, I still get reminded, and it borders on the tip of psychopathic internet stalking by an app, to update my blog. Who'd have thought that was possible? Who in their right mind can blog every day? It must get to the point of filling up space with trivial things or narcissistic and being able to fill up space in self-glorification both of which I guess is done more often than not. Beyond a doubt the writing would be vacuous or trite. So, dear blog reminding stalker app. I will continue to collect those reminders, I say collect because sometimes weeks can go by before I sign on to the site and things add up rather quickly. When something amazing happens, I guess I must be living in the moment instead of pausing to write it down and wreck the moment. I guess I'm an after thought blogger. LOL. And yes, if you're reading my blog and a victim of that blog reminding stalker app that just won't turn off let me know what you think about blogging and hopefully the cure for the stalking app.
|Perhaps, I'm old school. Perhaps, I'm too indoctrinated in what used to be the social norm to even
consider walking away from a conversation that I've started or turning away my attention to someone or something else. Why would I start a conversation if I wasn't going to stay to hear the answer? Yet, this happened three times within a few hours where I was asked something and I began to respond only to be a) walked away from twice and b) in mid-reply, turned away from to talk to someone else.
All three times, they came back to finish the conversation. The first time, I continued from where I'd been left mid-sentence. The second time, I abbreviated my response and the third, I kept it to the business on hand and then left.
Was it the time of day that caused everyone to rush around or has it become the norm to be a multi-tasking indifferent-seeming talker? I pondered this as I drove home and avoided the multi-tasking drivers who cut me off or flew by but didn't get an answer until I got home and found myself, mid-conversation, being asked if I was ever going to finish feeding the dogs. It seems it's more important to keep conversation succinct.
Is this going to change my way of communicating? Perhaps, but I hope, I will never be 'the norm,' because everyone has a story to tell whether to vocalize it or not. It's all fodder to a writer as they craft a future character, scene, or role.
|I've been working on my second novel and am almost at the 70000-word mark. There have been lulls between the writing and then the typing out of the words. Like, I assume, most writers every time we re-read our work, we tweak it, change it, or delete it.
When someone asks, "How long did it take to write?" It's difficult to give an answer. It almost seems like you're letting them down when you just can't roll out a number for them. Is that because, if you give them a number it might seem like something they might endeavor to do themselves? Maybe I should just roll out a number so they can take the bait and try to write something for themselves. But, then my brain says that wouldn't be fair to mislead a potential writer.
Writing must seem like a hobby to some but to others, it's a form of expression, a way to imagine things beyond ourselves, and it can be a lot of hard work.