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Writing Tip: Dragon Speech

I’ll try to post a few of my writing tips over the next weeks and share some of my working (or not) ideas.

Someone asked my about Dragon Speech, so here it comes: About 4 weeks ago, I’ve been trying to write about 2k every day, but after a while, my wrist started hurting really bad. I’ve had it before and will probably have it forever, as soon as I write too much (longhanded or at the computer). Anyway, I met a fellow author online who recommended Dragon to me. I figured I’d try it, since my hand hurt really bad.
My husband encouraged me, even though it’s pretty expensive (200€)

I bought it, did the training and it was horrible. I sounded like I was telling a story in school. I also read about authors dictating 3k in an hour. I didn’t even get 500 done. I can write about 1200 in an hour, when I’m typing fast. With Dragon, it was like pulling teeth. But I didn’t have a choice, so I stayed with it. I had to get used to form the sentence in my head and instead of sending it to my fingers, I had to speak it. I also had to learn to say Quotationmark, Comma, Period and so on, because you have to dictate everything.

About three days in, it got better. My hand didn’t hurt (that was the best part) and I finally managed to sound like “me”. I also made about 800-1000 words in an hour.

Now, four weeks into it, I can easily write 2500-3000 words in an hour. I also hit my personal goal of 5k on one day (my best have been 3,5k before that). Now I usually do at least one day per week where I write between 4 and 5k.
I stopped editing/fixing every sentence, except when I mess up a sentence beyond everything. (that still happens) I need to edit my ms anyway, and most of my sentences get changed when I edit, so I would only fix something I might cut later anyway. I also edit with the keyboard, since that’s something that I couldn’t do with Dragon.

It’s a lot to learn and don’t expect to be as fast as you are with typing, but in my eyes, it’s worth it. And speed will come with time. (It took me exactly 23 minutes to write my first 1k today.) And you’ll get used to dictate when your partner is around. That was very weird in the beginning. Now he simply ignores me🙂

 

Also, since I work with a macbook Pro, I didn’t need anything except the software. If you have a windows PC, you will need a microphone. There’s an app for iphone, but I haven’t tried it yet.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. There’s also a support group on facebook. Let me know how your experiences went.

 

 

*Disclaimer* I bought Dragon Speech as everyone else does. These experiences are mine only and I received nothing in return for writing this. I also didn’t add any links here. Please search for Dragon or Nuance (that’s the software company) if you’re interested in purchasing it.

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Blog Tour and Review: Endings and Beginnings by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams

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Author Names: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

Book Name: Endings and Beginnings

Series: Collars & Cuffs

Book: Eight

This is the final book in the series, which should be read from Beginning to End.😉 (See what we did there?)

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Blurb:

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

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UK Meet Book Orders

As some of you might know, I’ll be at UK Meet in September (And I’m only a tiny bit nervous! Okay, that was a lie🙂 ) Anyway, if you want to get a signed copy of one of my books, please just drop me an email or facebook message to let me know which one by August 10th. (I need to ship them ahead)

I will bring a few with me, but planning makes it easier. Also, I can’t guarantee you will get the book you want if you don’t order.

Available are: Small Steps,

Alex’s Surprise & Saving Alex (Unexpected #1&2),

Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me (Unexpected #3)

La sorpresa di Alex & Salvando Alex  (Italian)

Prices: €10/ US$ 9 per book. You can pay me there or send the money upfront via paypal.

 

Thank you!

I’m looking forward to meeting you all there!

 

Chris

 

Posted in Review, What I'm reading

Review: Dom of Ages by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams (Collars & Cuffs #7)

51OlZMr9HnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This book started out difficult for me. Eli looks for someone to serve him, and Jarod looks for someone to serve. It sounds like an easy setup, but it wasn’t. Eli acted stupid and immature, and I simply couldn’t like him. He made so many mistakes that I had real trouble believing he is a good Dom. Why Jaord stays with him wasn’t really clear for me. I would’ve told him to go learn how to treat another person, sub or not, and then come back. Sadly, K.C. and Parker gave away so many chances of making this a truly beautiful story.

Yes, Eli grew and started to realize what he had in Jarod, and Jarod in turn starts to trust his new, younger Dom, but still, for me the damage was done. I tried to like it, I really did, but this book only earned 3.5 stars from me.

 

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Review: Make Me Soar by K.C. Wells (Collars & Cuffs #6)

MakeMeSoarLGI’ve been looking forwad to Dorian’s story. I knew there was  more to the character than being the resident pain slut at Collars & Cuffs, but I never expected the reason for his search. He’s looking for something only one man can give him– Alan, a bit of a sadist. He gets off from making Dorian suffer, in a really loving way. That sounds odd, but once you read Make Me Soar, you know what I’m talking about. Dorian needs it, the being kept on the edge, denied pleasure, until he can let go and feel. I can honestly say I never read such a good book about a sadist, about someone who likes to see someone suffer, but loves him on the other side and does it for his partner as well.

What was a bit stange for me was that Alan started very soon after Dorian got hurt to play with him. I understood why it was necesary, but for me, it was rushed. In my eyes, he would’ve needed more time to heal, come to terms with what happened. He gets some time, but it still felt rushed.

That makes 4,5 Stars from me

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Review: The Keeper Of Dragons by J.A. Culican (YA Novel)

51dxQC8Z6iL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_I’m on a total dragon trip right now, so I jumped at a chance to read the ARC of this lovely story. J.A. weaves a great tale about young Cole, who returns home to his parents and Ochana, where he learns that he’s a Prince. And the Keeper of all dragons.

It’s an intriguing story that kept me up at night. I greatly enjoyed the world building and the storyline (even though it was strange for me, since there’s no love story LOL). A highly recommended tale for everyone who loves dragons and the beginning of a promising series.

4,5 Stars from me.

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Review: Damian’s Discipline by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams (Collars and Cuffs #5)

DamiansDisciplineLGThis book wasn’t what I expected. I somehow thought Jeff would come to love submission, but boy, was I wrong. This story is different, but a good different. The whole concept of Domestic Discipline isn’t mine, but I understood why it worked so well in this story.

Jeff is someone who get’s another chance, when he’s given up all hope, but there are times when he stumbles and falls. There are times when the demons win, when he can’t go on.
Damian keeps his cool (at least on the outside) and he helps Jeff come to understand that he is a good man. He helps him to love himself again and understands in the process what kind of Dom he is (or isn’t)

5 stars from me

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