I Mustache You a Question – The Process
**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**
A few fun factoids regarding this whimsical tale of espionage:
- It was a years-old premise I’d resurrected from the dead. I was not as well-versed in the craft as I am now and I didn’t have the guts to see it through. I was glad I did this time around. It may not be perfect, but that’s part of the point–write it anyway! 🙂
- I made my first attempt at dictation. I knew that was something I’d have to tackle on the first day of writing as I couldn’t imagine trying to wrangle my way around text I’d already written through such an unwieldy technology. It made sense to try and get the bare bones down and then take it from there. I have to say, I was both exasperated and impressed. The speech-to-text technology on a mobile phone is not there and I don’t have the capability to implement Dragon Naturally Speaking software as I write with a Chromebook. I know there are services that will transcribe audio for you, but it seems a little costly for what I’m doing…I had initially planned on using the AI-powered Amazon Transcribe service, only to learn it’s still in beta. So that meant I ended up stuck doing my own transcribing. Not sure if this was worth it, but I don’t think I lost anything through the process. If anything, I learned I can talk a lot faster than I can type. Not to say I kept all of the words, but I rarely do anyway. The benefit is I was able to get the skeleton in place and proceed from there. I’ll definitely be trying this again in the future and looking for a way to streamline the process.
Overall, the story didn’t have any dialogue until the end. Risky with casual readers, but it was fun. I’ve seen a lot of modern science-fiction taking this tack, so I wasn’t too concerned since, if I submitted this for publication, I’d be putting it in front of the same audience.
Here’s the general scratch file:
- I Mustache You a Question scratch file
And the daily journal entries:
- Monday, February 12th
- Tuesday, February 13th
- Wednesday, February 14th – Skipped
- Thursday, February 15th
- Friday, February 16th
- Saturday, February 17th