I have a number of letters to answer—e-mails from readers. I woke up this morning with my right hand cramped, and so I decided to test out the new dictation program. And it works! I am dictating this post.

There is an interesting difference however. When I am at the keyboard, words come. When I’m dictating, I’m stumped. My initial plan was to use dictation to make it easier to record research notes from books. I begin to see that that’s going to work, but it’s possible that once I get used to it I’ll be able to use it for writing, as well.