The variety of things learned

One of the most unexpected things about my writing journey is the surprising number of very random things I’ve learned about for the benefit of my stories.

I admire writers who clearly dove deep into a particular subject matter to become mini-content experts in order to write knowledgeably about a topic. For some, this likely required a great depth of research to learn the ins and outs of something central to their story. With the exception of learning about the Amish, which I’d say I studied with significant rigor,  I would say that I’ve learned a little about a lot of things along the way.

These include:

  • Goats – breeds, basic care and animal husbandry, the benefits of goat’s milk, how to make goat cheese, how much milk goats produce etc.
  • Anaphylactic reactions and treatment
  • Ski Patrol training, certification, and governing bodies
  • Hazelnuts
  • Concussions
  • Master’s of Business Administration graduate programs
  • Dairy Farming – the dairy production according to state, mega dairy farms: size, upkeep, and sanitation conditions, dairy cow breeds: difference between Jersey and Holstein, The Tillamook Dairy owner co-op model – one of my few on-location learning opportunities!
  • Columbians
  • Rotator cuff injuries, surgery, and recovery
  • Electricity- AC/DC power conversion, solar power systems, wind power systems
  • State laws regulating transportation and handling of the deceased
  • All about Tillamook County Oregon – more on-location learning!
  • Lacrosse – position names, general rules and game play, collegiate lacrosse rules and routines, Major Lacrosse League: teams, seasons, rosters, National Lacrosse League: teams, seasons, rosters, players salaries, travel policies and team recruiting

Let’s put it this way – maybe, someday all this random information just might improve my Trivial Pursuit skills – I doubt it, but maybe.

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