Whispering in toilets

March 17, 2015

This is not as weird as it sounds. Honest!


I, like many other people, get ideas at the oddest and most inconvenient of times. Very often I don’t have paper and pen to hand, and though I have my mobile phone, writing anything other than a brief text is excruciating and a lesson in not losing my patience when I consistently hit the wrong key with my obviously overly large fingers.


So, I came up with the idea of using the voice record facility on my mobile. After all, I tend to have this addictive little gadget with me most of the time, so doing a prattle into  it seemed like a great idea.


Then I thought about taking it one step further. I spend my working day typing, and am fairly quick and proficient, however my thoughts, when I am writing, come much quicker than I can type. So, in my infinite wisdom I wondered if I could use the speech to text facility in Windows. And, maybe, just maybe, I could go even further again, and as well as speaking directly into my newly acquired microphone, I could also press the play button on my phone, and let it ‘talk’ to my computer. Therefore, if I was in the car, for instance, where I often talk to myself, as I work through the next scene, I could dictate a whole chapter into my phone, play it back, and my computer could type it up for me. Genius!


Only it wasn’t. For one thing, I still haven’t persuaded my speech to text programme that I actually speak English, so that continues to be a work in progress several weeks later.

Secondly, I get frowned at if I use my mobile in work (and rightly so, too), so I’m having to resort to disappearing off to the loo and whispering furtively into my phone. I could cope with this, if it weren’t for the fact that my phone objects to me whispering, and will only play back a sort of hissy mumble. I didn’t realise this, though, until I had merrily filled up the voice recording bit with lots of brilliant thoughts and ideas,which I can't understand when I play them back, and I've now forgotten what it was I actually said...



Next time I get a great idea, somebody please stop me!



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