Forever Learning

One of the things I enjoy most about writing is I am constantly learning: new information, new ways to do things, new programs to master, and new words to add to my vocabulary. I guess I’m a perpetual student.

Today I started learning how to register a book with the Library of Congress. I have some work to do before I complete that learning process, but so far it’s been easier than I expected.

In the process of having my new book edited (it’s yet to be published), I learned it’s Epsom Salt not Epsom Salts. (Had an disagreement with my editor about this, but it is what it is.) I guess it makes sense. You wouldn’t normally talk about using table salts. You’d say table salt. Right?

To write Something to Crow About, the 4th P.J. Benson Mystery, I had to learn about NARCAN and drug overdoses, about ways drugs are smuggled across the border, about embezzlement (it’s amazing how much of that goes on in real life), and about what a Midwife does and the equipment she takes with her when helping deliver a baby.

Of course, one of the continuing characters in my P.J. Benson Mysteries is Howard who always relates to P.J. some information about crows.

Did you know some crows have been taught to talk? And that young crows often help the older crows when it comes to caring for new baby crows?

The experts tell us we need to keep our minds active as we grow older. I can’t think of a better way to do so than to write a book.

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8 Responses to Forever Learning

  1. Caroll says:

    What an interesting post, looking forward to your next book!

  2. susanoleksiw says:

    I too find writing a book means doing a fair amount of research, and, yes, it keeps the brain young. Good luck with your new book (and I do love your crow titles).

  3. You are right. Writing and researching tends to keep our brains sharp. Good luck with the new book.

  4. Lucy Kubash says:

    One interesting thing I learned (while researching for a book) is that the new at-home pregnancy tests not only tell you positive or negative but also about how far along you are, and I worked that into the story.
    I’m looking forward to the new Crow book!

    • Maris Soule says:

      Lucy, I hadn’t heard that about the at-home pregnancy test. How wonderful for a woman being able to predict a due date. P.J. used the test in Eat Crow and Die. I remember the odd look I received from a young woman when I was looking at the various tests available. I could imagine her thoughts: Lady, you’re too old to worry about being pregnant.