Friday, July 20, 2007

Crystal--My New Best Friend

I've made a new friend this week and her name is Crystal. I have no idea what she looks like, but being the author that I am, I can't help but visualize her. I picture her with long dark hair and big luminous eyes with eyelashes to die for. She dresses with flair and enjoys reading--specially my books :-). The only thing against her is that she speaks without much inflection in her voice except for maybe when a question is posed. Also, she doesn't pronounce words like latte, or boardroom, or nice correctly. She says lat, bo-ord room, and neese. I'll concede on latte. After all, that's French, and if you've never heard the word said, how would you know how to pronounce it.

In case you haven't guessed it, Crystal is the voice in a software program I downloaded this week from Natural Reader. Crystal has been reading my revised chapters back to me, and it's amazing what hearing your writing read out loud does. Because of her somewhat monotone style, I pick up words that are left out when my reading eye automatically fills them in. Also, every time a word is mispronounced, I have to go look at it to make sure I didn't misspell it.

Crystal and I are about 2/3 of the way through Murder for Breakfast and I can't be happier. Maybe when this is all over, I'll take her out for dinner. She deserves a treat!


Catherine said...

LOL, you had me going there, and I already KNEW about the reader! I even got a flash of jealousy LOL How funny!

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