So… I’m using NaturalReader to do a second round of editing. By using text to voice, I can pick up the “little” stuff I missed in the first round of editing/rewrites. You know, the missing small words that your mind “sees” even if they aren’t really there. I was rolling right along, doing a chapter at a time, making changes, saving them to my main word doc. So I get to chapter 7 and find I have to reboot my PC (Windows Update can be such a nag!). So I checked each chapter in my doc. I got to chapter 4 and… what the heck! It’s GONE! Totally GONE!
Time to panic! I had the wip rough draft but that didn’t have any of my changes. The good news is, with Naturalreader I had saved each chapter as an .mp3 file to listen to later. But how to get that audio file back to a text file? After some Googling, I found an online transcriber.
Only draw back is that, when transcribed, it looks like this:
Rage rolled off Devin in waves.
Shay drew himself up to his full six foot six height.
His mouth tightened and displeasure.
Knock it off.
I had no reason to think this assignment was anything other than what I told you it was.
It seems I wasn’t given all the facts either.
I can assure you.
I will find out who’s decision it was to keep us in the dark.
I can tell you though part Shay.
A new voice came from the kitchen doorway behind Devin.
So now I have to put the whole chapter back together. Ok, started that, worked all evening on it, and went to bed. Next morning I found that my PC had rebooted itself with a second update (come on Microsoft, you’re killing me here!). And dumb me hadn’t saved my work from the night before. So to make this sad story a bit shorter. I’ve redone most of chapter 4 THREE time! The last time I screwed up and closed it down myself. I’m hoping the 4th time will the last!
So I’m going with this chapter is freaking HAUNTED!