I managed to unravel two convoluted sentences in Moving a Mountain Chapter 2 yesterday evening while I was waiting for the evening class to start. I really do like the new Orator text reading thingy on the new version of BrainBox mind mapping software. They recommended downloading the AT&T Natural Voices, but I rather like the default Windows one. Its accent is slightly odd, but rather charming.
I got the computer to read me the first part of Chapter 2 and it quickly detected the two long rambling sentences. Well, to be accurate I detected the ramblingness when I lost the thread of what the computer was saying to me. So it's definitely useful. Also I am quite tickled that it can read my made up names. It didn't bat an eye at Longleton, Gwiddlewen or Wil Mathiason, though it does pronounce Ceri as "Serry" when it should be "Kerry". But that is a very minor quibble.
Other writing related news is that I had a moment of inspiration and have scribbled down a mind map of the comic space opera idea that has been vaguely floating around the back of my mind for a while. The key phrase is "cleaning ladies in space" and will be a tale of rags-to-riches with one of the themes being a search for identity. Of course it's about sixth in the To Write queue, so don't expect to be able to read it any time soon.
Oh, while I'm mentioning my To Write list...
The other day arcaedia was talking about when a writer should consider quitting the day job. Assuming that I sell Moving a Mountain (indulge me for a moment here!) and then assuming that I sell the next 4 books that I write, in about 10 or 11 years time, I would be in a position to consider giving up the day job.
Which is just as well, because in 11 years time I will have reached retirement age and will be able to claim my pension.