Rather tardily on the fifth day before Christmas, PBW found for me:
Five Freewares for Writers
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
1. Matt Neuberg's Diary (scroll down on page) is a simple daily journaling app (OS: Mac OS X.)
2. ExpressScribe transcription playback software is "a professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings. It is installed on the typist's computer and can be controlled using a transcription foot pedal or using the keyboard (with 'hot' keys). This computer transcriber application also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, file management and more" (OS: Windows - 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP/2003/Vista; Mac OS - 10.1 or above; Linux.)
3. The closest thing to a virtual notepad out there is JC & MB QuickNote (multi-lingual; OS: Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista)
4. Sveinbjorn Thordarson's Vox Machina is a speech synthesizer program that reads text out loud and saves spoken text as audio files, either as uncompressed AIFF or MP3-encoded audio (OS: MacOS X 10.3.9 or later.)
5. "Organize your writing projects, from manuscripts to characters to overdue submissions" with the free 30 day trial download of Writers Project Organizer -- "ideal for novels, works of nonfiction, short stories and screenplays, from first draft to polished product" (OS: Windows with Microsoft's .Net Framework 2.0 installed.)