30 Days of Blogs: Author things --People

People fascinate me. They really are fun to watch. Their interactions and their facial expressions. What they say and how they say it. Their body language. What they reveal without even knowing they have revealed anything at all.

When I was working on my Bachelors degree I got a psychology minor to go along with my English and Education classes, in the hopes that I could teach psychology...that didn't pan out because of ridiculousness in the education system (my first taste of such ridiculousness) but as it turns out, I use my psychology classes more than my education classes when it comes to learning how to talk to students. It's all about analyzing them and studying them...which helps me immensely as a writer because it helps me make my characters real. People's nuances of behavior and speech are fascinating to me...and reveal so much more than the actual words they say.

If we have had a conversation face-to-face, you can bet I have analyzed you and tried to put you in a plot somewhere. If we have only communicated via text or email (etc) I have tried to learn you as well...but that's a bit tougher without the nonverbals and tones...but I'm learning.

One of the best places in the world to people watch are airports...think more O'Hare than KCI (Kansas City) because it is ALWAYS busy and people are ALWAYS running late. You can learn a lot about people by how they respond to their flight boarding at gate 54 when they are standing by gate 6.

People are so much fun to watch...and anything you say or do, may show up in a story. You have been warned.