A Vacation Rearranges Your Brain

Took A Break

Back from vacation and ready to reorganize. Ah … that is the first thought that comes to mind. I took a break and now I want my rejuvenated brain to kick into overdrive and take care of things.

Some of those things were getting my security into place for several of my websites. I’m making a more organized to-do list, and I’ve decided that any attempts at resolutions — New Year’s or otherwise — will be a total fail. It bruises the psyche. I’m not doing that anymore. Just making some realistic changes.

As you may notice, those irons in the fire tend to get a bit cold when you don’t make time for them. This website is sharing some regional news that you might want to learn about.

A Hot New Iron

The new “iron” for me is to speak to the High Desert Genealogy Society in Victorville’s Family History Center, 12100 Ridgecrest Road, Victorville. My topic is “Tips for Interviewing,” and as a former news editor and reporter, I’ve done plenty of it.  Please feel free to email hdgsinfo@gmail.com if you need more information. They wish to make interviewing as easy and beneficial for them as well as the person they’re interviewing.

Cross-over Ties

Many of our local genealogy researchers have cross-over ties with our societies in the region as well as our own High Desert branch of the California Writers Club (HDCWC) in Apple Valley that I often talk about. I also have recent ties with Lucerne Valley’s Root Diggers genealogy group as a past member. So i know the intricacies of hunting and tracking down those bits of family detail. You don’t want to lose those nuggets.

Data Mining is Fun

Researchers know that getting the data is fun, but then comes the process of what to do with it. Some will keep a family notebook to share, some will publish a family history volume so other relatives will have it on their shelves for generations to come, while others will flesh out their histories into a full memoir, ready to be self-published.

Once you have a book published you can let the rest of the world know  — and make some money on it as well. And that’s what happens at the High Desert branch of the CWC. All writers, no matter their genre or level of writing experience can always network and learn more.

We hold general meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month, offer basics in writing, offer workshops and critique groups, and more. Our membership of 100, more or less, are enthusiastic writers and authors who have learned how to navigate through months of research to first draft —  and 3rd, 4th, 5th, — it’s a process you must embrace, and on to editing prior to publishing.

Tips on Interviewing

A genealogist shares so many of these processes that I am sharing my interview skills with their group in a smaller venue just for them. Glad to do it.

Over the years, I’ve noticed  so many hilarious videos of folks not knowing what end of the microphone to talk into, trying to stick it in their ear like a phone, to nearly eating it to they can be heard. Those are extreme cases, but true nonetheless. I hope my tips will smooth the process for the senior or relative.

A Microphone is Not the Muzzle of a Gun

In most cases, people have a natural reaction to shy away from a mic in fear as if it were a muzzle of a gun. And that’s where I came up with my how-to book about interviewing skills, whether you are holding the mic or facing one — A Microphone is Not the Muzzle of a Gun. It will be out soon. Now in final edit.

In the meantime, I’ll have time to share my interviewing tips for seniors who can be the most pleasant to talk to but turn to stone when a mic is pointed in their faces. My insider hints can diminish that fear, and let you gain trust and access to some of the most interesting and historical references on two legs that you could ever find.

I’ll share more on this topic in a few days.

~~  Rusty

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