Today is the perfect day to let Santa know what you want for Christmas.
Technology keeps changing the game for us writers. Although nothing has yet been invented that can fill that first blank page or give you more hours until deadline; there are many items, both new and traditional, that will aid in your task.
Gone is the gobbledy-gook of the old text-to-speech software. New Speech Recognition software promises up to 99-percent accuracy, and upgraded versions enable you to use voice commands to control your computer. What a great holiday gift - create, dictate (documents and email) and edit THREE times faster than typing!
Dragon from Nuance Communications seems to be a good choice, with prices ranging from $75-$200. SpeechMagic, Tazti, Sonic Extractor, and e-speaking are others you might check out. And just so you know, Windows 7 and Windows Vista come with a built-in speech recognition system. Wow!
Here are a few more ideas in case you're still not quite sure what to ask Santa for Christmas. My thanks to fellow blogger Jennifer Rova for starting this list. If you have other ideas, be sure to add them!
Upgrades for computer - wireless adapter, external hard drive, etc.
Kindle or Nook
Voice Recorder (A voice recorder pen is the latest thing!)
Padded laptop carrying case
USB Flash Drive
Flash Memory Card
Portable lap desk
Colored file folders
Colored recipe cards (for those plot points)
Ream of computer paper
Certificate for online writing class
Gift Certificate for Barnes & Noble, Hastings, etc.
Gift subscriptions to a literary or writing magazine
2011 Writer's Digest or Children's Digest
Books- The Think's Thesaurus, Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words
Relax & Get Those Creative Juices Flowing
Gift Certificate for a massage
Electric coffee cup warmer
Single coffee cup machine or espresso machine
Gift Certificate to coffee shop
Just for Fun
Art glass paperweight
Sterling pencil charm
Tray or holder for reading glasses
Customized mouse pad
Custom door hanger (Writer at work!)
Custom Writer's T-shirts
I'm not day dreaming, I'm planning my new novel
Shhh...writer at work
I collect rejection letters
In my write mind
Careful or you'll end up in my novel
Some of my best friends are fictional
Writer's block is a figment of your...uh...
BUY MY BOOK
You'll find hundreds of online gift resources, and many stores carry these items. Merry Shopping!
http://www.levenger.com/ - Tools for serious readers, good quality gifts including lap desks, book holders, bookends, and more.
http://www.zazzle.com/ - Shirts, office supplies, customized items, business cards, coffee mugs, calendars, letterhead, tablets, etc.
http://www.shakespearesden.com/ - Fun writing gifts with a Victorian flair like a quill and pen.
http://www.fishseddy.com/ - Quirky little trays for glasses and writing tidbits.