While I have yet to achieve expertise in any field, I have been very fortunate to have a breadth of experience that I know not every author has been lucky enough to have. Mostly on this blog, I talk about writing, but I've recently come to realize that one of the ways that we writers can help each other out is by sharing experiences. So, from time to time, I'll try to do that. And if you have any questions about archaeology, forensic anthropology, dead bodies, bones, teeth, ambulance stuff, Alaska, or any of the other crazy stuff I've done, that would help with something you're writing or to percolate your thought, let me know. Leave a comment here, or send me an e-mail (c dot n dot nevets at gmail dot com) or send a note on Twitter. Maybe once every week or two, I'll answer or a question or share a random bit of experience-based knowledge.
I thought I'd kick off the theme with a few random facts that might help you in character development:
- No academic profession is as riddled with substance abuse as archaeology.
- The only people who swear more than soldiers and cops are archaeologists.
- EMS crews get caught up in jurisdiction wars as much as law enforcement agencies do.
- Forensics people are really, really weird.
- There is almost no archaeologist who is not, in the field, a know-it-all.
- Forensic anthropologists tend to pretty dramatically lose their ability to have an appropriate social filter.
That's a few things to get you started. If I think of a few more, I'll post in the comments. And if you have any questions my experiences might help with, ask away!