Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tagged and Bagged

The things one keeps around...

Vesper of A Chick with a Quill tagged me for one of those eternal memes regarding Seven Random Things.

Thank you, Vesper.

1. T'other day while rooting in my office closet, my favourite forensic bag -- acquired if I remember as one of those goodies from a police conference -- slid off the top shelf.

Still in it were my collection of items: camera, gloves, maglite, magnifier, tape measure, swiss army knife, some 6" rulers, clipboard, and other stuff.

Don't get excited. My last case involved graffiti.

2. Hmmm. My mind goes on stand-by and then blanks.

So, instead of listing six more items of dubious interest, let me be sneaky and turn the thing around.

Ask me random questions in comments about anything about me that piques your curiousity. (Heh, heh. I can see your minds going blank too.)

Naturally, I reserve the right to evade, mis-direct, or exercise a judicious selection of the facts.

Jon of Writing in a Vacuum , in a moment of abberation, also succumbed to meme mendacity and nailed me for a Roar for Powerful Words, circulated by the Shameless Lions Writng Circle regarding necessary strengths in writers and writings.

Thank you, Jon.

I can add only one thing to his list - which included nicely done elucidations of nerve, doggedness and imagination -- conviction: a passionate belief in human values and ethics, a quality related to what Donald Maass has described as personal and public stakes.

A writer and his/her characters should have strong and deeply personal beliefs in what is true and right.

Delighted To Report:
Raine won first place in Jason's Clarity of Night short fiction contest, and Szelsofa was awarded an honourable mention, from a field of absolutely stellar entries.

In a random act of kindness and generosity, Ello re-posted her review of Weirdly and Stone Child at The Book Book.


Church Lady said...

Oh, please don't hate me. But the question I really want to ask is this:
When you worked in foresensics, what would a day 'in the field' be like? What would you actually have to do in your job?
details, please.

Sorry, but I've been wondering this ever since I read this about you.

SzélsőFa said...

Bernita, I feel humbled to having seen my name up in your page. Thank you for mentioning me. There were so many other brilliant entries and I'm glad you liked mine version as well. Thank you again.
One little thing: the link was mis-spelled it is NOT 'vlogspot' with 'v', it reads 'blogspot' with 'b'. I know, I know. my keyboard looks the same :)

I'd second Ch.L.'s question.
I used to be dreaming of becoming a policewoman myself. Please tell us something about searching and finding.
Also, I assume you like flowers a lot. My question is: within the flowers' galore, are you partial to lilies?

Bernita said...

You'll be disappointed, Chris. Very routine.
Taking "in the field" literally here.
Observe setting ( eyes are your primary tool). Take and log pictures.
Bugger off back to office.
Research data bases/files for comparisons, context, annomalies.
Make educated guesses.
Write report.

Bernita said...

Sorry, Szelsofa. Hope it's fixed now.
You deserve mention. The competition was fierce.
Please understand I was merely a civilian consultant and not a police woman.
Yes, I love flowers and growing things.
No, lillies are not a particulate favourite. I have two perennial varieties: yellow lillies and an orange heritage/pioneer type called by some "July 12th lillies."

Julie said...

If you had leave to conduct a searching interview with any character in history, who would you choose and why?

(Well, you did say anything....)!

Ric said...

At what point, what age, did the writing bug bite? Where were you in your life when you put down a book and said, "I can do that - I must do that."?

Bernita said...

Thank is a really hard one, Julie. There are so many...
Probably Sir John Conyers - because, if casual( though unverified) research is correct, he's an ancestor.

I wrote poetry first, Ric.
Novels? Probably in my early twenties, just after I finished my Masters thesis - which proved to me I could complete something long - with a daunting word count.

Robyn said...

If you could travel through time, would you go back or forward?

Bernita said...

With respect to the infinity of effects,I don't think I would do either, Robyn.

spyscribbler said...

How about a multiple choice? Star Trek, Star Wars, neither, or both?

Julie said...

Bernita -
Intrigued; subject area of Masters?

Just checked Conyers - Durham or Yorks?

Billy said...

Forensics? Why isn't there a CSI: Bernita on the tube?

Bernita said...

Easy, Natasha. Both.

Julie, Imagery and Symbolism, using Eliot as influence on their use in 20th century lit and on a Canadian writer in particular.
Durham. The one with the falchion, the dragon and the legend.

Bernita said...

Because, Billy, my specialty did not apply to most CSs and was mostly of the armchair, not the hot seat variety. Not central.

Julie said...

Brilliant - I hope you enjoyed the research; I loved Eliot.

I lived in Durham for four years and hail from Yorkshire.

Charles Gramlich said...

Let's see, how do you maintain your mistique?

Bernita said...

I did and I do, Julie.

That is so nice. A fair number of my ancestors came from the North Country, I think.

Charles: I have it?

Vesper said...

Nice turn, Bernita! :-) :-) :-) Bravo!

I have two questions:

1. It seems that you submit your posts very early in the morning. Do you work at the crack of dawn or is it the time setting you chose in Blogger?

2. Where do you get the pictures of the very nice paintings that you're bringing to us everyday?


Bernita said...

Hee, Vesper!
I work before dawn gets her eyes open.
From books, catelogues, old magazines, etc.

Demon Hunter said...

What is your favorite genre to write in?

Shauna Roberts said...

You seem very at peace with yourself. Do you meditate or do yoga?

Bernita said...

Romantic suspense, my Demon - with an Otherworldly touch.

No, Shauna, never have. At least not in any formal sense. I suspect many people have no-name mind-quieting tricks they may unconsciously utilize at various times.
I like an adrenalin/danger high as much as anyone, but have no patience with fuss for the sake of fuss.

raine said...

Thank you, kind Bernita. :)

Questions?? :-D

1) What favorite book do you find yourself going back to again and again?
2) How much of you is there in Lillie?
3) Is there any genre you've never tried, but find intriguing?

moonrat said...

my question: i notice you favor some british spellings. does this mean you are a transplant? or do you sneakily LIVE in the UK? or are you canadian?

(notice how questions are all posed within my own limited frames of reference)

Bernita said...

No one book, Raine.
Mostly series of books by particular authors in different genres. I do go on re-reading binges.

That's a difficult question about Lillie.
I really don't know. Certainly I drew on my own experience with lonliness, of being "different" to create her.

Don't think so, either as a reader or writer.

I'm a Canadian, Moonmouse.
I ignore the non-U rule on my blog but am careful in my MS.

Rob said...

Have you done much traveling? If you were forced to vacation outside of Canada next month, where would be at the top of your list?

Bernita said...

Nope, Rob, haven't.
Tempted to say "anywhere warm."
There are so many places I'd like to see, it would be a very difficult choice.
England probably, though it's not the best season.

Julie said...

Bernita -

Tricky one this, but roughly what proportion of British books
(classics or whatever) do you read in comparison with Canadian US writers - what I'm interested in is the degree of exposure you have to our idioms etc compared with ours to yours (though appreciate for us tv and films add to the mix)....

Sam said...

Vesper asked my question- I wondered why you posted so early!
And quite fascinating about being a forensic crime scene expert!

Bernita said...

Very tricky question, Julie, especially since our personal library contains upward of 10,000 books, of which a good half are non-fiction.
My educational experience favoured British titles.
Older idiom, derived from writers like Kipling, Christie, Wodehouse, Shute, Sayers, Haggard,Oppenheim, Allingham, etc.,poses no major problem. More modern idiom and slang is a little more difficult.
For example, I'm not quite sure what the expression "to be arsed" really means.

Not an "expert," Sam, merely someone in a peculiar and highly specific area of identification.

Julie said...

Yes, understand - in one sense your literary interests have inevitably coloured the picture.

Arsing around is playing around.
(Wclass Northern and Southern)

'can't be arsed..'
is can't be bothered, if that helps
(ie, can't be bothered to get off my arse.)

Also,'mooning' is starting to have another meaning in Britain due to the popularity of Garry Larson's Far Side cartoons, and possibly should be used with caution.

Rather than gazing with adoration,
it involves dropping the seat of one's pants and giving the 'enemy' an eyefull!!

Bernita said...

Yes, Julie, " to moon" as a transitive verb has had that popular meaning here for about 20 years.

Bernita said...

And thank you for the explanation!

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