Sunday, February 24, 2013

23 Weeks to Go: Movement

If you're wondering what The Impossible Goal is, you can read about it here.

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I just tested myself at 350 wpm and .... it didn't suck.

I didn't PASS, but I DID get a lot more than I thought I did.  I got something for everything, even with "finger freeze."  And I could decipher more of my slop than I thought I could.  There were errors that were errors in WORD, but not errors in meaning.  Maybe that's due to the fact that I'm full-time CART now.

This could happen, folks.  This may not be as impossible as I thought.  I just may make speed.  Holy crap.

Always transcribe your tests, kids.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

24 Weeks to Go: Court Reporting and Captioning Week

If you're wondering what The Impossible Goal is, you can read about it here.

Not much to update this week WRARDZ to progress.  Hangin' in there, doing what practice I can get done.

Now.  Here's a link to NCRA's press release about Court Reporting and Captioning week.

Hopefully your steno friends on Facebook will be posting this week about our profession and how we love it.  Hopefully you will too!  Here's a link to some ideas for your posts this week.

In other news, I have my first CAPTIONING assignment this week!  We're going to webcast the aforementioned SLCC court reporting event and I get to CAPTION some of it! So I'm looking forward to feeling like an absolute newbie again.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

25 Weeks to Go: Spinnin' Tires

If you're wondering what The Impossible Goal is, you can read about it here.

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Not much of an update this week. I haven't upped practice speeds to 500, but I'm thinking I should, because I just tested myself at 330 wpm and haven't had any change for the past three weeks.  At 330 I'm getting something for everything, and there's stretches where I'm getting it, but there's more stretches where it's gibberish.  I think part of it is my work schedule, but I don't want to use that as an excuse.  Only 25 weeks to go!

In other news, on February 20 I'll be at St. Louis Community College-Meramec for their Court Reporting/Captioning Information session.  Click here for more info.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

26 Weeks to Go: Finding Time

If you're wondering what The Impossible Goal is, you can read about it here.

 photo thisisntmyboat.gif It's been a heavy week of work. Some days I haven't been able to meet my daily practice goal, and I had one day where I only practiced once because I got home later than usual and my hands were beyond tired. That, plus my schedule for the next four months has filled up with work, extra work, weekend trips of either representing Stenovations or giving seminars (one on Facebook/Twitter for ILCRA, and one for the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association on CART), and I need to check my calendar on my phone to see whether I'm coming or going, whether it's a burro or a burrow. (One is an ass, and one is a hole in the ground.)

So I'm doing my best to practice when I can.  At the start of the day, I get the Magnum Steno Video of the Day up on my CARTing computer, and in between classes I can find a chair somewhere, plug in headphones, and do a quick take. Usually I can get in my pre-supper and pre-bedtime practice, so that's at least two.  Of course I do as much briefs practice as I can.

Tested myself at 330, and while I'm plodding along, not much progress from last week.