Happy Saturday! I was just wondering if you could all tell me what you change for a rough ascii before it goes out. Do you just translate steno untranslates and nothing else? Or do you change the speaker names to the right people, read through it entirely and fix stuff you see quickly??

I really haven't done a rough ascii before, and I want to make sure I am sending them what they're expecting.


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Comment by Erica Abbott on December 6, 2009 at 7:07
Haha. I think I will keep that in mind. I have a feeling the busy season isn't over yet!:) lol. Which is always wicked awesome, but slightly scary at times. I am coming up on my three-year anniversary soon. lol. I look at people like you with 20 years and I am so happy to see that. I think it's amazing and it gives me something to look forard to!!! I really can't wait until I start realtiming. That is my goal before 5 years.

I do have family that lives in HI. We just went there this year in feb. You never know when we might go again. And I am trying to talk my husband into staying in CA for a while before we fly the rest. Who knows. lol;)
Comment by Deborah M. on December 5, 2009 at 23:51
No, we sure couldn't get much further - unless I was in Hawaii, LOL. You know, when I started, we didn't do rough drafts -- it was called an EXPEDITE and we got paid good money for it. It was years before I started doing realtime for myself. So I think it was a bit easier to get used to all the other stuff too because I wasn't trying to learn so much at once.

Boy, I can still remember sitting around with some of the other reporters at my first agency and thinking wow, she's been reporting SIX years. I can't imagine when I'll have been working for six years. And on Jan. 3, 2010 will be the 20 year anniversary of my first job!!!! Hang in there. You can borrow my mantra any time: "This too shall pass. This too shall pass. This too..." Works just as well on horrible jobs as it does on baby/kid stages of life!
Comment by Erica Abbott on December 5, 2009 at 22:48
Of course we're so far away:( I am in Upstate NY. lol. I don't knwo if we could get too much further. But you never know. I have wanted to visit CA for a LONG time:)

I appreciate all of your advice. I have just gotten to the point where I could possibly incorporate all of these kinds of things (macros and editing while realtiming) in my writing. For now, I'm just trying to make it out of this 800 page ascii alive. lol.
Comment by Deborah M. on December 5, 2009 at 21:54
No, I don't think it would work with a Lightspeed. No place to put it! I had a Smartwriter for 20 years -- just stuck some velcro on the top of it and stuck the keyboard right on top. I finally got a Mira so I had to buy the tray because I didn't want to ruin the screen. I'd love to try the LS but it scares me! I still am nervous writing without paper!

Where are you located? I'm in earthquake country -- Northridge, CA.
Comment by Erica Abbott on December 5, 2009 at 19:58
I am getting the lightspeed as soon as they're getting shipped. I'm already on the waiting list and am just waiting for it to get here. I wonder how that would work with a little keyboard; if it's a possibility. I know they are talking about making another writer called the StarLight, which will be a steno machine, with a keyboard attached to it and a small touchscreen up in the corner. It's a very interesting concept.

That's why I love this website; I don't have anyone to talk to around here that knows anything about reporting. You guys are so great.
Comment by Deborah M. on December 5, 2009 at 19:43
I don't edit from the keyboard; rather I have a mini keyboard mounted on a tray on top of my steno machine. I love, love, love it. I plug it into my laptop. If I have a pause while they look at exhibits, I can global in some names real quick. I do SP-FPLT/SP-FPLT from the steno machine and it finds the first place where I did my (CHECK SPELL) comment (SP/SP). That's as much editing from the machine I do. I don't have patience or the memory to learn all those commands. This is of course assuming you're real-timing to yourself. Sometimes I won't bother hooking up the keyboard because I know it's a short PI job and then I really miss it. You would be surprised how much difference it makes to have the keyboard that close to your fingers. That's one reason I wouldn't consider the Diamante -- no place to put my keyboard and it won't take the tray. Try it!
Comment by Erica Abbott on December 5, 2009 at 19:08
I do feel like that; I'll never be able to figure it out. I would love to learn how to fix untrans from my machine. I kept having words like "Goulds" and "aggregate" and other things that repeated that I didn't have time to get up to my keyboard and fix. I am not a member of NCRA as of now, so I don't really know where to start with seminars. I am going to take my RPR in May though, so I'll hopefully be able to be pointed in the right direction then.
Comment by Deborah M. on December 5, 2009 at 15:51
Don't worry, Erica, mine is far from ready for proofing. It's readable and that's what matters. I wouldn't kill myself if it's 800 pages. It's just too much. Not sure what you mean by filling in the by-lines. I'd just leave it Q & A and worry about the by-lines later if you get the main ones. And if they couldn't give you the names until later, oh, well. Take out the steno. It doesn't matter if Smith is Smythe, they'll know what you meant.
Comment by Rachel Gard on December 5, 2009 at 12:52
Yeah, Judy, it does. That's one of those things I never quite figured it out completely, and I know it's so incredibly simple. You've inspired me. I'm going to get it done.
Comment by Erica Abbott on December 5, 2009 at 12:16
I've only been working for two years. I cannot just fill in the steno, and then have it be ready for proofing. Close to it, but just not there yet.

I am just trying to get everything I can done before it's due. Thanks all

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