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11 November 2021

 Song mood: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. I’m listening to the Lifehouse cover of the song.

I tried a tea called English Breakfast and realized that I didn’t care for it. Earl Grey has a mellow taste to it. English Breakfast is definitely a grandmother’s tea, or what I would think grandmother’s tea would be like.


What I have learned about dictation: One, writing 5000 words an hours is actually a very slow pace compared to speaking. Two, many of the books I have been writing, is behind on technology. A person can use their mobile phone’s dictation software. Like on my iPhone, I can open up the Scrivener app and click on the microphone icon. I don’t really need dictation software. And if I’m speaking slowly, the phone will capture my words just as easily. 

Now Dragon software is probably a good software to buy. Where you can just talk and not have to watch the words you speaking on the screen. It’s an option.

Three, dictation speeds up the process through outlining and prewriting before scenes. You can use the techniques to speed up your typing of stories.  So basically, you can use the techniques for typing or dictation and raise your words per hour.


For my writing, I will just focus on the prewriting that will speed up the process of crafting a draft. I will implement the eight minute habit to ensure that my writing process builds up a sense of flow.


I have tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday off. So I will work on making process on my yet unnamed project. The one I will try to have the rough draft finished before the end of the year.

As I am driving around I am listening to How to Market A Book by Joanna Penn. So when I have a project finished, I can build a strategy on how to sell the book.


The ultra sound that my mum took this last week showed that her stent is leaking. 

The procedure to have this corrected is one of those that probably isn’t high priority. There are a lot of COVID cases in North Dakota and the hospitals are still busy. Basically the procedure will be doctors running a catheter up her femoral artery, which will balloon and do whatever the doctors do to fix the stent. 

At any rate, I have no idea of when they will perform this and it is hard to plan time off. My guess, it will be closer to Christmas or possibly after the new year. The good news is that the recovery time for these procedures is about a day.


Now that I have taken either a Friday or a Monday off, I could probably make a trip up to Fargo. I plan on going up to visit during Christmas. And it would be good to go up before. It’s I don’t like driving when it is colder.


Tomorrow, I will go through my books and pick out which ones I need to either read or finish reading. I foresee two Maigret novels will be read by the end of the year.


I finished watching Picnic at Hanging Rock. It was a bit weird. Or, what bothered me was it didn’t clear up several things. Or, maybe the meaning of the things were obvious but ambiguous.


Tomorrow, I will do some writing and a little bit of walking around a lake. I will continue watching Ted Lasso season two. And probably get some reading done. Maybe I will watch a movie in the afternoon. What I do know is, I’ll find out tomorrow.

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