Writing Wrongs

July 28, 2005

Allaina has a neat tool over on her site. I remember using it when I was writing India Charlie and trying to figure out how the sun corresponded with the Islamic calls to prayer. So I had charts and printouts to help me make sense of my memory of the sun filtering through the buildings of the Khobar Towers.

This second one I just started using and Iím kicking myself for not trying it earlier. Itís ReadPlease and itís awesome. Iím using the free version, which is enough for me right now, but Iím tempted to upgrade just to help them stay in business.

That the voices read somewhat mechanically and without inflection actually isnít such a bad thing. Youíd be surprised how much awkward phrasing that catches. Also, it reads whatís on the page, not what you think is on the page. I found three typos that I know I would have missed (and others did as well) in a story I want to submit.

Iíd go on and on, but Iím afraid Iíll start doodling Charity + ReadPlease in my notebook and lose all credibility.

The Gender Genie is lots of fun. Anyone with a blog can play, too. Or if youíre in the mood to dash off about 500 words, that works. I am proud to say that my male point of view characters always come out male, although either way, my scores put me close to gender-neutral writing. Good? Bad? Indifferent? Iím not sure.

Andrew was all excited about pajama day today. In fact, heís been practicing all week by putting on his pajama when he gets home. Kyra, of course, sees what heís doing and follows suit. That and she has a new nightgown: Hello Kitty as a princess. It doesnít get much better than that. So there they are, eating dinner in their PJs.

So what happens this morning? Andrew wears his pajamas for the drive in--and then wonít get out of the car. Finally, he spots a break in the traffic and dashes inside, where he changes into the extra set of play clothes before anyone can see him.

I suppose tonight heíll be back into his pajamas for dinner.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 11:33 a.m.