I'm stuck in a seemingly non-ending cycle of grading papers and prepping for classes (with an occasional meeting thrown into the mix), which leaves me no time to work on my own writing. One day I had the brainstorm that I could use the text-to-speech feature of my Kindle to read my book to me during the only time when I'm not doing something else - on the drive back and forth to work, or when I'm on the road to pick up the kids from school or to go to a football game.
I had already taken advantage of the ability to have Amazon convert my Word file so I could put the most recent draft of my manuscript on my Kindle (which is cool enough in and of itself). Listening to it on text-to-speech is a good tool, since I'm noticing some phrases I use too frequently that I never picked up on while reading. It also seems to be helping me think through some continuity problems I thought I might have.
There are some humorous moments, too. For instance, I noticed the robotic female voice referring to one character as what sounded like "Stupid." I listened more closely and realized that was the closest approximation the computer could come up with for the character's real name - "Stewpot." The funniest thing, though, is when the computer encounters a sentence that ends with the word "Pa." Every time, it reads that as "Pennsylvania." It makes for some pretty amusing passages, believe me!