This is just flat-out absurd.
The interview I conducted yesterday morning was an hour and three minutes long.
The initial transcription of that interview took me three hours with all the rewinding and pausing and re-listening to try to catch the exact words and/or trying to hear over the ambient noise that the recorder preferred to our actual words. For the initial transcription, I was just getting the words, not worrying about things like punctuation, spelling, capitalization. It was a system that worked pretty well for me on the earlier transcript I had to do.
This morning, I forced myself to listen to it again so I could get the transcript properly punctuated. That took another two and a half hours.
This evening, I went through to capitalize and catch the most egregious spelling errors. (Or rather I corrected the most egregious spelling errors because they were slapping me in the face as I looked at them.) Since I wasn’t listening to the recording a third time, I thought it would be much faster.
It took almost a full two hours.
Meaning that so far I’ve spent more than seven times as long on the transcription than I did on the interview itself. That just doesn’t seem right, you know? It’s like I’m under a curse to have time expand while I work on this project.
(And it is not helping that I’m pretty sure the professor wants me to turn it in tomorrow!)
I hate this project.
Can’t say I’m a big fan of the class itself, either, really.
Anyway, I’m sorry all I had to say today was to bitch about my homework. Hopefully I’ll have something interesting to say tomorrow. And I can promise that next month is going to be interesting! I have several of the entries planned out already, although the only quote I’ve picked so far for Words Crush Wednesday is about two pages long…so I’m thinking maybe I should leave the Iliad for that week and turn to Sophocles instead. Might find something good there that’s short…