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Spigot Author Interview ~ Elsie Spry

I caught up with author of "Scientist are People Too," Elsie Spry.  Here's what she had to tell us...

I'm mainly a Mom.  I love my kids and family.  They have always been my first priority. Writing for myself and for others (when they need a technical or educational piece) has been a joy, but back-burned since I am distractible by nature. Multi-tasking beyond one sphere of influence (either the home or the workplace) is difficult for me since I lose my "place" and purpose quickly.  Now that the kids are older, the focus for multi-job tasking is a little easier...

What is "particular" physics?

The new "particular"physics are useful applications of particles, developed and patented by Dr.Spry.  Not the quasar or air/water kind, but good old pile-making stuff like sand, gravel, dirt  -- also, corn, oatmeal, shell, etc.  The stuff that flows like water; but unlike water, makes a pile.

You wrote about William J. Spry, are you related?

He's my Dad.

What else have you written?

Sales proposals for nuclear plants, lesson plans, trivia radio programs, Mother Earth How-Tos, essays, poems, parenting booklets, journals, song lyrics, etc.

What is your greatest challenge as an author?

Corralling my ideas.  I'm in the habit of writing ideas down on any scrap of paper while I am whirling about away from my desk.  The scraps can get lost before I can formally enter them anywhere else; so I sometimes lose them.  On top of that, my thinking is associational.  Sometimes the scraps I don't lose may as well have been written in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs for as much sense I can make of them later!

Do you have any quirks that help or hinder your writing process?

Cutting any sentence I write at first in half.  When I was in school, the emphasis was on pithy big words and long phrases.  Balderdash!  Direct and simple is the BEST way to communicate to any other human.  But Balderdash sentences are what  I usually write first.

What are your future plans? 

For the immediate future, I will keep on introducing the new "particular" physics through written and hands-on presentations (I make many models out of Duplo). It will take a while, since the applications are not  in any science or engineering book now.  They are too new.  And new is hard for most people...

What field are you most interested in pursuing?

Technical/Educational writing.  As I tell everyone, I am the only liberal arts major in a highly technical household.  My skill is in translating the technical Balderdash of professionals so the rest of us can benefit and learn from their knowledge. You do not grow up with a biologist, physicist, engineer, and math whiz without developing some strong defenses against technically arcane terminology (I find laughing at the weird spellings is a good start -- maybe making a funny limerick about how silly the technical language is also helps).

Anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for the interest!

Thank you, Elsie.  Check out Elsie's web sites at;  http://particularconcepts.com and


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