Friday, 13 May 2011

Seven things: Work, Writing & Research

Thank you to my dear writer friend Romy Gemmell for passing me the Versatile Blogger Award - the rules of acceptance are to tell you seven things about myself that you might not already know.

So I've decided to tell you seven wee snippets about some of the many and varied jobs I've done over the years because, as a writer, I've always found the working environment a rich research ground for characters, settings, and plot ideas.

1) One of my first jobs was in a bank. One day, I accidentally set off the under the counter silent alarm with my knee. Police with dogs arrived within minutes.

2) Twenty something years ago - when I was twenty something myself - I had a career with an international cigarette company. My job was linked to promoting snooker and a particular brand of cigarettes. Dennis Taylor once did a trick shot off my nose during a snooker tournament.

3) I used to smoke sixty cigarettes a day and quit smoking once I quit the job!

4) I once worked in a transport cafe - cooking breakfasts for truckers.

5) I have also worked in a fish shop. I still love the smell of fresh fish.

6) Ten years working in book keeping and accounts have come in very useful as now my husband is self employed and I am his accountant. Only problem is that I have dyscalculia.

7) I now work part time as a legal secretary - mostly as research for my next book.

What work experiences have you had that you've been able to use in your writing? I'd love to know - so please do leave a comment.

I'd like to pass on the award to these seven wonderfully versatile bloggers. Please accept your awards by copying the logo above and listing seven about yourselves before passing the award on.

Melanie Robertson King at Celtic Connextions
Kenneth Rosenberg's Blog
Kim The Book Worm
Jane Lovering - From Behind The Keyboard
Chris Longmuir's Blog
Sarah Callejo's Blog
Sue Houghton - The Long and The Short of it.

Next week I'm interviewing debut author Romy Gemmell about her recently published Regency novel Dangerous Deceit - not to be missed!


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Loved your 7 things, Janice - I didn't know you smiked like that! It obviously didn't spoil your looks but I bet your health improved!

Thank you for mentioning the interview - looking forward to it.

Janice said...

Smiked? Oh you mean smoked? (He-he, sorry Romy!)
Yes, would you believe it? I smoked 20 Rothmans in the morning, 20 in the afternoon, and 20 in the evening! Did that for 2 years until I gave up the job. It was great work though, all over the country promoting tournaments and got to meet all the snooker stars of the time, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor, etc, - it was a lot of smokey snooker fun. Oh, and did I say I could play? Well, you know, I was taught by the best!

Melanie said...

Bet you didn't stay at the bank too much longer after setting the silent alarm off with your knee. I don't cook breakfasts for truckers... I pay them! Like you, I'm a reformed smoker... or should I say smiker? Couldn't resist that one. hehehe...
Don't let on I told you these things. I might need them for when I get the versatile blogger award.

Janice said...

Actually, Melanie, they were very understanding as they hadn't told me the alarm button was there and I must have very pointy knees!

Now - I am AWARDING YOU the versatile blogger award - and will ammend my blog accordingly.
So please accept your award by copying the logo above and I look forward to reading about your seven things! xx

Chris Longmuir said...

Fascinating. I take it your nose didn't suffer from the snooker shot. I've just posted my seven things so I've jumped the gun and awarded myself the Versatile Blogger Award in your name - sue me.

Janice said...

Chris - I was just awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award and you were so quick with your seven things that YOU almost put my nose out of joint (te-hehe) xx

Pauline Barclay said...

Laughed at you setting off the alarm...!Thanks for sharing your 7 things...loved them! x

Janice said...

Hi Pauline - thank you and HUGE congratulations on your new novel 'Sometimes It Happens' - which came out yesterday and is now available on Amazon I believe. Yay!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Well, I fired that post off too quickly, didn't I? Or maybe I just invented another word!

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Janice, enjoyed your post. Thank you. Keep away from alarms, lol. And how bold is Rosemary, creating new words like that? (made me double check my spelling in this post) :-)

K. Rosenberg said...

Thanks for including me, Janice! I've just posted seven places that I've lived before on my blog.

Janice said...

Hi Diane - thanks for your kind comment and also advice re alarms, lol!

Janice said...

Hi Kenneth - you are welcome and I'm off to read your blog right now!

Wendy@FabNouveau said...

Hello Janice, Thank you for Visiting my blog and following. I had a great time reading your post thank you.

Janice said...

Hi Wendy - thanks for popping over, leaving your kind comment, and for following me back!