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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-20 05:31
Subject: [writing] Being less of a chicken about the Sunspin readaloud
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Tags:books, calamity, sunspin, writing
Apparently I am coming to grips with the reading aloud question [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Yesterday I put in several hours on Calamity of So Long a Life with GhostReader, which seems to process about 45 pages per hour through its text-to-speech engine, working at a pace that I can track along with in the manuscript file.

This is both interesting and a little frustrating. I do suspect if I were reading it myself, I'd catch a few more things, but GhostReader is still helping me a lot. The flat, 1990s style computer voice borders on the distracting, and it's not optimized for manuscript format, so scene breaks are handled a bit strangely. Still, this has gotten me past my logjam. I reckon another 12-13 hours of work to make it all the way through with GhostReader, then another few hours to clean up things as noted. Plus I need to process a couple of more sets of last-first reader feedback.

Still on track for the month end, and maybe a little earlier.

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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-02-20 14:44 (UTC)
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I do agree that reading aloud is a good tool for polishing your prose. However, I think you could get away with focusing on key chapters and trouble spots. Either way, good luck!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-20 14:58 (UTC)
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Thank you for the feedback, btw?
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-02-20 15:05 (UTC)
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You're very welcome. I hope there was something of use in it.
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Jay Lake: writing-sunspin
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-20 15:14 (UTC)
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Keyword:writing-sunspin
I'll let you know in a few days, but I have no fears. ;)
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seventorches
User: seventorches
Date: 2012-02-20 19:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heck, Jay, if it's that big a deal I'll read it to you over the phone.
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