Have you ever read that we should, as writers, interview people to get our facts straight? Well, I believe everyone is an expert on something, so I’m asking: what do you know?
Do I sound silly?
I’m good with that. I’d like to start a list of people that will supply answers.
For example: you could be a school teacher, woodworker, marksman, daycare worker or office drone. If I have a question in regards to who you are or what you do, may I contact you?
I promise to share as well.
I’ll go first
I love dogs and have a lot of experience with them. When I worked full-time I worked at the telephone company. It was years ago, (mostly eighties and nineties). Now I work part-time assembling pallets and live in a small town.
Do you have questions about:
- small town living
- living in British Columbia
- living in Canada
- caring for dogs
- nail guns, saws, etc
Anyone know anything about:
- RCMP protocols,
- Canadian Crime Stoppers rewards,
- or animal shelters adoption policies.
The questions never stop.
So if you don’t mind me picking your brain please share what your specialties are in the comments. Thanks in advance 🙂
Addition: If I’ve offended anyone, I’m sorry. I’m not trying to pry or find out anything about you that you don’t want to share. I’m looking for the human touch and that is all.
1) I retired from 911 Public Safety Communication for Police/Fire/EMT dispatch communication center. 23 years emergency communications dispatch, call taking in a police communications center all incoming and outgoing traffic for the department. Dispatch is the central hub of communications for such dept.’s everything goes through them first. (crime, law, justice system, departmental procedures, calming people and reasoning, dealing in progress crime calls e,g suicide, domestic, shootings, robberies, ect. )
2) Star War Nut. Know lots.
3) Texan – Dallas Ft Worth area (Small to medium town, industrial area)
4) Diets and weight loss surgery, the struggle, being a fat kid.
6) Job Searching
7) Starting Over from Scratch
8) Losing everything in a Flood
9) What it feels like being homeless twice in a lifetime
10) Losing both parents early in life, one before an adult
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit
Thanks for the being the first. 🙂
Sorry, but haven’t finished my coffee yet. It takes me a while to wake up and get going, but I do like your post. Hope you get some helpful hints.
sherry @ fundinmental
Me too. Thanks, Sherry. 🙂
Hmm…most of my knowledge is about writing, but I do know quite a bit about police officers, criminal justice, investigations, and the medical field. Mostly through my own research.
Thanks, Chrys. I can do research in those areas as well.
I’m looking for a more human touch. Feelings, experiences, why they love it so? I’m sure you know what I mean. 🙂
I was an elementary school teacher for 25 years.
I ski, and I recently completed my first scuba dive. 🙂
Outstanding. I wish I could scuba dive with you, especially after reading about your vacation. 🙂
Sorry I can’t hlep you with any of these things but good luck with it!
Thanks anyway. 🙂
Living in college towns both as townie and student
Living in the Witch City
Pottery & art glass junkie
By training, I’m a sociologist/research methodologist.
Thanks, VR. That’s awesome. 🙂
I know a lot about pedagogy (teaching theory and practice), national parks, backcountry hiking, freelancing, editing, writing workshops, and perhaps gardening (though the learning curve on that one is ever present).
Yes! Thanks, Jeri. I appreciate this. 🙂
I used to practice law, so I’m good at doing legal research (but I don’t give legal advice, because I have no malpractice insurance).
I know about self-publishing books.
I also know how to write fiction (novels (mystery, YA, and thriller) and screenplays).
I know how to set up a podcast. I have one called the Crime Cafe.
I know what’s it’s like to live in the Washington, DC area.
I also know what it’s like to live in Laurel and Columbia, Maryland.
I know a little bit about video editing.
I blog, vlog, write books and screenplays, and am developing online courses in self-publishing and how to make documentaries on an iPhone.
I’ve given an oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, MO.
I know quite a bit about baseball.
I also know what it’s like to live in a small town.
I know a lot about movies.
I know what it’s like to live in several different towns in different states before I turned 18.
I also know what it’s like to have a stroke. Then develop a movement disorder. Pretty weird, huh?
I’ve organized a fundraiser for an organization that funds research into a cure
for the movement disorder.
I can’t seem to stop listing what I know. Sorry … I’m old and I’ve learned a whole lot. 🙂
I’m counting my blessing you are… experienced. Excellent list. Thanks, Debbi. 🙂
Thanks so much! So am I, actually! I feel lucky to be alive. 🙂
I forgot to mention! I know how to drive a school bus. I worked my way through college as a substitute school bus driver.
That is all! 🙂
Wish I could contribute more. I have adopted most of my animals from a shelter, and while the fees can be high, they’ve always been healthy dogs, shots up to date and spayed or neutered. They ask questions about living environments and experience with owning a pet. Will they be kept indoors or out.
I was wondering if just anyone could adopt a pet. Thanks, Laura 🙂
That’s a tough one. I don’t consider myself an expert on anything. I grew up on a dairy farm so I have a lot of experience with that, but only up to about 1990. I’m not familiar with the latest in agriculture. I’m usually pretty good at tinkering and fixing things. As far as the human/feelings/emotions part, I know what it’s like to lose a spouse, but I’m not sure I want to answer a lot of questions about it. It’s not really a time in my life I want to revisit much.
About the RCMP protocols — I just read a police procedural/psychological thriller by Joylene Nowell Butler (IWSG admin) based in Canada that was brimming with all kinds of details about Canadian police procedure. I think she would be a great resource for anything along those lines. The story was top-notch, too.
I would never pry. The info on the farm might come in handy and I’ll make a note. Thanks, Lori. 🙂
I’ve worked for the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger and worked for a history museum as a collections manager. I worked for an airline as well and now teach preschool.
Excellent experiences I bet. Thanks, DG.
I’m no help on those things. I’m from Australia, but I will be driving through the Canadian Rockies in October, so I may pick up some tips then. 😃
Okay and I’ll pick your brain about Australia if/when the time comes. Thanks.
I’ve taught middle and high school and I’m a published author. I’ve lived in South Florida since the mid ’80’s and know New York from the ’70s and ’80s. I was into art when I was younger and currently I’m learning a lot about home decor and repair. People pick my brain and I pick theirs.
Thanks, Medeia. I’ll make a note and invite you to pick away. South Florida sounds so beautiful.
I live in Singapore, so I guess I could talk about this part of the world.
I’d like that, but it might be a while. 🙂
I’m an Aussie, currently living in Sydney, so you can ask me anything Australian related. I’m an artist–many kinds, including traditional and digital, photography, animation, game design.
Thanks Lyn. There’s a story that you can help me with, but don’t know when I’m getting back to it. I’m so excited. 🙂
I know a lot about writing, art, parenting, boys, down syndrome, and how to waste oodles of time on Pinterest. Interesting to hear more about you, Anna!
I’ve made a note. Thanks that’s quite a list. 🙂
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