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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic

The ultimate in self defense.

Hello. Hello? Hello! Testing one two three four.

Hey, this is pretty cool software. The blue tooth headset makes this easy

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Now is the time for all good men to have fun with their new voice to text software. Period. No stupid, put a period at the end of the sentence. Ah, jeez period. No dammit.

Clear. No, that isn't right. Erase page. Damn. Not right either. Reset.


Skip all above.

Chapter One - Time for a change period.

Bold note to self: fix the period thing end bold. No. I. Mean. For. You. To. Make. The. Next. Sentence. Bold.

Up to last paragraph. Make paragraph bold.

Start over.

Chapter One - Time for a change.

Glenn sat in the easy chair reading the newspaper, commenting to his wife on the sorry state of affairs oh damn there's my phone

Hello yes this is Steven. A condo why would I be interested in a condo. No. Go away.

Start over.

Chapter One - Time for a change.

Glenn sat in the e sea chair reading the news paper, commenting to his wife on the sorry stat well crap now it's the door.

Stop listening

Hey richard what's up. you want a beer.

Wait hey stop pushing me.

You been messing with my wife haven't you stephen.

What. that's in sane. what makes you think diane and I are any thing but friends.

She told me that's why. Big argument now I fix your clock you ass hole

Jesus richard. No. Put the gun down and wecan talk.

No way youprick. Your getting the same as she did

Ah shit you shotme dammit. Ummm.

Hello. Anyone home. Police. Hello. We have a report of shots fired.

Thomas radio for homo side and the med examiner. We got a dead guy here.

Thank you officer thomas. You the unit that called this in. I'm detective grantham. Medexamin is on the way. You touch anything.


Okay we wait.

Whacha tink doc.

Gunshot thru an thru close range maybe thirty-eight. I can verify better back on the table. Anyone move him.

Nobody touched him doc. He's got one of them blue things in hisear tho.

Blue tooth mike. Where is his phone.

Beets me doc.

See if you canfind it officer. Take the head set with you to help.


Found the phone. Hey wait a sec. This is officer floid speaking to the headset. Ohmygod. Detective you're gonna wannasee this.


Submitted: April 27, 2017

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Vance Currie

That was absolutely hilarious, Bill. Well done for turning something annoying into a funny story. I gave up trying to talk to my computer a long time ago, but I often get it to read my written work back to me. It makes a great proof reader.~ Joe

Thu, April 27th, 2017 9:46pm


It was one of those things that hits you over the head and you either have to do something about it. I wrote it in about half an hour.


Thu, April 27th, 2017 2:54pm


The joys of new technology put perfectly into a story! An excellent read.

Sat, April 29th, 2017 4:24pm


Thanks, Hullabaloo. My struggles with Dragon led me to this one. I was ready to murder it, so I turned the tables.


Sat, April 29th, 2017 11:59am


Fantastic read! I loved the concept and how you incorporated the Bluetooth into the actual dialogue, there was nothing like it.

Wed, May 10th, 2017 11:26pm


Thank you very much, Manolo. It was a fun write - took me all of half an hour. The trials and tribulations of getting to know Dragon Naturally Speaking and a touch of what if...


Wed, May 10th, 2017 5:18pm

Mr Watson

Great short Bill. Loved the plot and the title.

Tue, June 20th, 2017 8:08pm


Thanks. I had fun writing it. The learning curve bor both me and Dragon is about the same. I finally whipped it into shape.


Tue, June 20th, 2017 4:27pm

Oleg Roschin

Wow! I can't believe I missed this. What a brilliant way to tell a story! It's so slick and post-modern, and yet you pack all this drama into the format... Truly excellent, Bill!

Thu, July 13th, 2017 1:31pm


Thank you, Oleg. Happy you liked it. I had fun writing it, too. I'm still taming the dragon - so to speak. (Ouch - two punny references in one sentence.)


Thu, July 13th, 2017 6:51am


Ah, Bill. I couldn't help but laugh at this, since I myself have dabbled a bit into the voice to text software once before, although mine was the Microsoft version. I truly understand your plight, my friend. Truly a fun read despite any errors that Dragon breathed in. Ha, ha, ha!

Sun, July 16th, 2017 7:42pm


Thanks. I appreciate the input, Akumakaze. I still haven't nailed down the nuances. I also don't use a Bluetooth earbud because it interferes with my hearing aids. I just use the same headset I use when I'm flying in FSX.

It's a painful process, but I'm going to whip it into shape - I hope.


Sun, July 16th, 2017 12:50pm

Luna Abbot

I tried using dictation and it panned out about the same, only without the murder and guns police and basically the things that were inthe story. Still the technology is the same.
This was funny!

Fri, August 11th, 2017 6:01pm


Thanks, Luna. I've managed to tame the beast somewhat, but it still takes off in flights of fancy at times.


Fri, August 11th, 2017 2:55pm


This was a very easy and laid back read for me. I thoroughly enjoy it.

Love and Hugs,

Wed, March 7th, 2018 5:36pm


Thank you, Kemy. I had a load of fun writing it. I'm still not used to speech-to-text software. It always gets it wrong.


Wed, March 7th, 2018 9:38am

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