This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, therapy, overdose, and veiled threat. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writers Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 50, 50? Holy cow. Episode number 50 of the Writer's Detective Bureau. The podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. This week, I'd like to thank Gold Shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C.Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, Dharma Kelleher of dharmakelleher.com, Chysann, Jimmy Cowe of crimibox.com and Larry Darter for their support. I'd also like to thank my newest Coffee Club patrons, Ann Bell Feinstein, Zara Altair, and Terry Thomas, along with all of my longtime Coffee Club patrons for their support, month after month. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode on the show notes, at writersdetective.com/50. And to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, visit writersdetective.com/patreon. P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
50 episodes. Man, where has the time gone? These last 50 episodes have flown by and honestly they have been a blast, so thank you so much for listening to the show and sending in your questions week after week. And speaking of sending in questions, I think some of you are reluctant descending questions. You don't have to listen to the entire back list of episodes. I mean, I encourage you to do so, but you don't have to in order to send in a question. If it's been asked before, I may cover it again or I may send you a thank you note with a link to where it's all ready been answered. Either way, you will get an answer. It may take some time, but I will get you that answer eventually. Even if it's a question I've answered before, it may allow me a chance to go on a tangent to cover a topic that we haven't talked about before. And more importantly, it isn't a stupid question. There are no stupid questions. Okay. Actually that's a lie. There are stupid questions, but they usually come from stupid people and stupid people are not my audience. You the smart, well-read, slightly off-kilter, lovers of mystery suspense and the occasional serial killer investigation. You my friend are why I do this podcast week after week. So put your double brim Sherlock hat on and send me a question right now. You can go to writersdetective.com/podcast.
Okay. Well I really wanted to do something big for this 50th episode, but being the time crunched part-time procrastinator that I am, I ended up working two 18-hour days yesterday and today, or I guess by the time I get this podcast published, it will be yesterday and the day before. I promise one of these days I will start batch recording these episodes. Anyway, yesterday and today we're mainly spent driving from one end of the state to the other and back. And on the drive, I started listening to the audio book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb. Without giving you any spoilers, it's a bout a therapist going to therapy. Not only is it like laugh out loud, funny in many parts. It's very poignant, I guess would be the way to put it. It is not a self-help book, it's more of a memoir, but we get to learn from her through the process.
And the people she describes in this book who I assume are amalgamations of real people with names changed to protect the guilty and they're peculiar personality traits. You can't make up the things that are described. I mean, sometimes truth is more amazing than fiction, but some of the personality traits that she describes are so spot-on... Continue reading...
This week, on the Writer's Detective Bureau, mass shooting aftermath, partners, and inside a detective office. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 49 of the Writers Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality, crime-related fiction. This week, I'd like to thank my gold shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, Dharma Kelleher of dharmakelleher.com, Chysann, who is @chrysanncreates on Twitter, and Jimmy Cowe of crimibox.com, for their support. I'd also like to thank my newest Coffee Club patron, Larry Darter, for pledging his support, as well as all of my longtime Coffee Club patrons for their support, month after month. And special thanks to Marco Carocari for upping his monthly pledge. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode by going to the show notes, at writersdetective.com/49. And to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, visit writersdetective.com/patreon. P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
As I record this, it is July 5th, 2019, and I am stunned at how quickly this year, even the last few weeks, have flown by. We are already in the second half of 2019. Now, this week has been especially busy for me, and I have, admittedly, lagged in getting the June APB email out on time. So, if you are an APB email list subscriber, expect it to hit your inbox on Saturday, July 6th. Speaking of which, sending out a monthly mailing list on the last day of the month was not one of my smarter ideas. So, this upcoming email is actually going to be titled the July APB, rather than June. So, you're not going to be missing one, it's just going to... hence forth, they're going to arrive the first-ish day of the month and be appropriately named for that month. I know this sounds logical now, and I apologize for taking so long to get this sorted out. If you aren't on the APB, you can join by going to writersdetective.com/mailinglist.
And one of the things that has my head rattling around, right now, is putting the finishing touches on my upcoming book, the Writer's Detective Handbook: Criminal Investigation for Authors and Screenwriters. The e-book version is currently up for presale, but rest assured, yes, there will be a print version. Since this is a reference book, and some of us require longer arms for reading, I'll put it that way, I am working on making it available in a large print format, since most bookstores won't allow me to shrink wrap a free pair of reading glasses to the cover. Ah, the joys of getting older. So, I will let you know when that becomes available for presale, the print version, and those of you that subscribed to the APB and opted in to help with the book, you will be getting a sneak peek from me in the... I want to say early August, the very beginning of August. So, to pre-order the kindle e-book, you can go to writersdetectivebureau.com/book, and I will let you know when the presale for the printed book is up.
All right, now, onto this week's questions. I have the best patrons. They show up week after week, with questions for me. And this week's first question comes from Coffee Club Patron Amanda Feyerbend from amandafeyerbend.com. Amanda asks, "What are the policies and procedures for handling the aftermath of a mass shooting event? Who investigates the crime? Is it a team effort between local detectives, FBI, DHS, et Cetera? If it's in Georgia, would the GBI get involved?" Now, GBI stands for Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "In my work in progress, the shooter escapes before police can arrest him. So, there is a concern about more attacks occurring. Thanks for all you do." Thank you, Amanda, and thank you for the question. More often than not, the response and the investigation are the local agency's responsibility. As chaotic and awful as mass shootings are, and I don't say this to be flippant... Continue reading...
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This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau bio-terrorism, state-level investigations, and having your back to the door. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. Welcome to episode 48 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. I'd like to thank Gold Shield Patron, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com.Gold Shield Patron, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com. Gold Shield Patron, Larry Keeton. Gold shield Patron, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com. Gold Shield Patron, Dharma Kelleher of dharmakelleher.com. Gold Shield Patron, Chrysann who is chrysanncreates on Twitter, and my latest Gold Shield Patron, Jimmy Cowe of crimibox.com for their support. I'd also like to thank my newest Coffee Club Patrons, Chris Shuler, Kelly Garrett, and Brandon Jones, as well as all of my long-time Coffee Club Patrons for their support month after month. And special thanks to Marco Carocari for upping his monthly pledge. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode by going to the show notes at writersdetective.com/48. And to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business. Visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
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Elizabeth writes, "Hi, I love your podcast. I discovered you through your interview with Joanna Penn. My question is, what agencies would investigate an attempted bio-terrorism attack? I feel like the FBI and the CDC are given, but with the FAA or TSA be involved if the bio-terrorism attempt involved distribution by a plane, like a modified Cessna? What about Homeland Security? Would any local agencies be involved if the attempt occurred near a major metro area? Thanks for all the excellent help and advice you give the writing community." Thank you very much, Elizabeth. I really appreciate that. Yes, they would all be involved, at the local level, the state-level and the federal level. I'm sure every alphabet soup agency we have in the United States would be involved one way or the other. FBI, DHS, which is Department of Homeland Security. You name it.
In the example, you mentioned TSA and FAA. I should mention real quick that the TSA is one of many agencies under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security. So technically, by having TSA involved, you have DHS involved, but I'm sure many agencies within DHS would get involved. Terrorism in any form is one of the big huge things that would pretty much activate anyone. The FAA certainly would, just like we saw in the immediate aftermath of 911 grounding all aircraft. But as the author of your story, you can pretty much include any agency, federal, state, or local that you want in this. Everybody's going to want to have a hand in it. The FBI would ultimately have the overarching lead on the investigation as any kind of domestic terror attack is their formal jurisdiction. So you can create or craft how other agencies get involved pretty much however you like. I think it would be pretty realistic... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, character arc, detective sergeant demotion, and sex offenders. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. Welcome to Episode #47 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. This week I'd like to thank Gold Shield patron, Debra Dunbar from DebraDunbar.com, Gold Shield patron, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, and my latest Gold Shield patrons, Dharma Kelleher from dharmakelleher.com and Chrysann, who you can find on Twitter @chrysanncreates. I'd also like to thank my newest coffee club patrons, Brandon Jones and Mark William Smith, as well as all of my long-time coffee club patrons for their support month after month. Check out the website links for all of those writers supporting this show in the show notes by going to writersdetective.com/47. To learn about setting up your own patreon account for your own author business, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
My good friend, Sergeant Patrick J. O'Donnell, has written a reference guide called "Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street", and it launches today. I'll put a link to it in the show notes at writersdetective.com/47. The Sarge sent me an advance copy, and I can tell you that it is packed full of facts and first-hand accounts of police work that will definitely add authenticity to your writing. This is book one in his Cops and Writers series, and this one specifically covers the process of going from getting hired, going to the police academy, and then working patrol out on the street. This is part of every police officer and every police detective's back story. Learning everything that your protagonist went through early in their career will give you insight into what made them uniquely them.
In fact, when I saw Michael Connelly and Titus Welliver, the actor who plays Bosch, talk at the LA Times Festival of books a few years ago, Michael Connelly talked about the problem he faced when after writing Bosch, the Bosch of the books not the TV show, because he introduced his protagonist, Harry Bosch, midway into his career. We meet Bosch in the book, "The Black Echo", the first Bosch book, which was published in 1992. With that, Harry's back story includes having already been a tunnel rat in Vietnam, already having become an LAPD officer, and then being promoted to detective and working in the elite RHD, the robbery homicide division of LAPD. Then, when we meet him, finally, he's relegated back to the homicide table in Hollywood division for events that happen before we ever even read page one of The Black Echo.
We know that the Hieronymus Bosch, the Harry Bosch in the books, was born in 1950, and that the Bosch books pretty much keep pace with the year of the book being published. That means that in The Black Echo, Bosch is already 42 years old when we meet him. It also means that today in 2019, novel Bosch is 69 years old. By law enforcement standards that's quite old to still be pounding the pavement. In that LA Times Festival of books talk that they were doing, Michael Connelly talked about having to come up with creative ways to keep Bosch believably working cases well into what normally would be retirement age.
Of course, the whole reason why I do this podcast and the website, the Facebook group and my upcoming book... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, female suspects, writing research and police cars. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writers Detective Bureau. Welcome to Episode 46 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional, quality crime related fiction. I'd like to thank Gold Shield patron, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, Gold Shield patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and my two newest Gold Shield patrons, Larry Keeton and Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com for their support.
I'd also like to thank my newest Coffee Club patrons Chris Shuler, Kelly Garrett, and Brandon Jones, as well as all of my longtime Coffee Club patrons for their support month-after-month. Check out the website links for all of the writers supporting this show in the show notes at writersdetective.com/46. And to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
This week's first question comes from Bill Grupe. You can find Bill's work at wjgrupejr.com and the links for that will be in the show notes, which you can find at writersdetective.com/46. And Bill asks, "Does a female suspect always need to be accompanied by a female officer?" Good question Bill. I wish we had enough women in law enforcement for that to be practical. So the answer is no. But we are definitely mindful of the situation and we have specific protocols for handling it. For instance, when I arrest a female suspect, it is definitely preferred that a female officer searches the suspect, but that often isn't an option.
So in that case, I was taught to do the post arrest pat down search, where I'm looking for weapons, using the back of my hand, and to do so with another officer present. Because we still need to do our jobs and not risk our safety. And not searching a female just because a female officer isn't on duty is not safe. Nowadays, with more officers wearing body cameras, it's a lot easier to defend against false allegations, especially when it comes to some sort of alleged wrongdoing between a male officer and a female suspect. Even when we are transporting a female to the station or to jail, we advise dispatch that we are transporting a female and we log the start and ending mileage as well as the time of when we departed and when we arrived.
Now with our in-car cameras, we can record the suspect in the backseat of our car as well. And then once they're in the station for an interview or an interrogation, all of that is video and audio recorded as well. So until we have an equal number of women to men working in law enforcement, it really isn't feasible for female suspects to always be accompanied by female officers. Thanks for the question Bill. Again, you can find Bill's work at wjgrupejr.com and you can find his link at writersdetective.com/46 in the show notes.
My latest Coffee Club patron on Patreon is Brandon Jones, and he sent in a few questions for us this week. So let's get started with Brandon's first question. "I want to thank you for the fantastic podcast and in-depth answers. I've made pages of notes outlining my novel and even made my own murder board like on castle. I've done interviews for my novel. How in-depth should a novelists notes be before they actually start writing? Thanks again, Brandon." Well, thank you for the kind words Brandon, I appreciate it.
So in the plotter versus pantser or discovery writer, as Joanna Penn prefers to be called, in the plotter versus discovery writer debate, you are clearly a plotter, Brandon, and that is awesome. But regardless of which side of the writing fence you're on, the answer to the best time to start writing is years ago. And of course, the second best time to start writing is now. Creating the murder board and doing interviews are awesome for crafting a very compelling story. So that is definitely going to pay off.
But you have to remember, writing is a craft. Writing is a skill. Writing takes work. Writing means you write regularly, if not every day, and the only way of honing your skill of honing your craft is putting it to the grindstone. So you need to start writing now. Every single writer, myself included, is guilty of not writing when they know they should be writing. That's why those memes exist of you should be writing now. I mean, how much more research Do you really need to do before you can start writing?.. Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau: Interviewed by Joanna at The Creative Penn. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
This is episode number 45 of The Writer’s Detective Bureau. The podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction.
I want to thank Gold Shield patron Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, Gold Shield patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and my two newest Gold Shield Patrons: Larry Keeton and Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com for their support.
I’d also like to thank my newest Coffee Club patrons: Amanda Feyerbend, Thom Erb, Chris Shuler, and Kelly Garrett,
as well as all of my long time Coffee Club patrons for their support month after month. Please support all of these authors by reading their books and leaving reviews for them on your favorite book seller’s website. You can find links to all of their websites in the show notes at writersdetective.com/45
Gold Shield patrons get access to a secret facebook group with two livestreams with me per month and direct access to me for help with their writing. If you’d like to learn more about the Gold Shield patronage tier, or if you have your own author business, you should consider checking out Patreon.
As a creator, Patreon is free for you and it allows your readers to support you financially through monthly micro-payments. Give your fans a chance to show their support by creating your own Patreon account right now. To learn more setting up your own Patreon account for your business or to learn more about becoming a Gold Shield patron, visit writersdetective.com/patreon P-A-T-R-E-O-N
Speaking of patrons, my very first patron when I started this podcast was author Joan Raymond. Joan is a cozy mystery author that is launching her new book, Guardians of the Gifts, on June 8, 2019…which, as I release this podcast, is tomorrow! You can find Joan and Guardians of the Gifts at joanraymondwritinganddesign.com. I will put the link to Joan’s website and to where you can buy her book* (this is an affiliate link) in the show notes at writersdetective.com/45 If you are a cozy mystery fan, definitely give Joan’s book a read. Thank you for all of the support, Joan! I truly appreciate it and will be putting in my book order on launch day tomorrow!
This week, I had the great fortune to be interviewed by Joanna Penn on the Creative Penn podcast. Joanna, humble as she is, suggested I share this interview here on my podcast as well…as if there are writers out there that aren’t already listening to her show.
I say that, because Joanna’s is one of the few podcasts that I listen to every single week. Dare I say she has great guests…well…normally…and she has her finger on the pulse of the self-publishing industry. She is a prolific fiction author, non-fiction author, and creative entrepreneur. I also love that she always has her eye on the future…and we are both about the same age…despite her looking a decade or more younger than I do. Most importantly, off the air, Joanna is just as kind, funny, and genuine as she... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau. Vehicle searches, case law and organizational charts.
I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 44 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. I'd like to thank gold shield patron Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, gold shield patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and my two newest gold shield patrons, Larry Keeton and Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, for their support.
I'd also like to thank my newest coffee club patrons, Amanda Feyerbend and Thon Erb, as well as all of my longtime coffee club patrons for their support month after month. Please support all of these authors by reading their books and leaving reviews for them on your favorite bookseller's website. You can find links to all of their websites in the show notes by going to writersdetective.com/44.
And gold shield patrons get access to a secret Facebook group with two live streams with me per month, and direct access to me for help with their writing. So if you'd like to learn more about the gold shield patronage tier, or if you have your own author business, you should consider checking out Patreon. As a creator, Patreon is free for you, and allows your readers to support you financially through monthly micropayments. Give your fans a chance to show their support by creating your own Patreon account right now. To learn more, visit writersdetective.com/patreon. P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
Before we get into this week's content, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Amanda Feyerbend, who is not only one of my latest coffee club patrons. She also hit me up on Twitter today. And Amanda tweeted this to her followers, "I've spent the morning reading transcripts from Writer's Detectives podcasts. I print them out because I'm a visual learner and can take notes easier. If you write mysteries, definitely check them out. Lots of great info.
Thank you so much for the Twitter love, Amanda. Amanda is the author of The Pruitt County Mysteries and The Ideal Woman. And anyone that is serious enough to print out the transcripts of these episodes to do her storytelling homework definitely deserves some credit for that. You can find her work at amandafeyerbend.com. And that's F-E-Y-E-R-B-E-N-D. And I will link to Amanda's site in the show notes at writersdetective.com/44.
As a teacher myself, I understand the importance of reaching all learner types. And that's one of the biggest reasons why I use rev.com to create complete transcripts of every episode. As I talked about in episode 43, I also used rev.com to help me dictate portions of my upcoming book. Now, most of us talk faster than we can type. And if you're on a deadline, leveraging on the go time can be priceless. So if you'd like to give rev.com a shot, you can get $10 off your first order by going to writersdetectivebureau.com/rev, and that's R-E-V.
George Carroll and John Kiro were in George's car on a highway similar between Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan, when they were pulled over by law enforcement. And the cops searched the car and discovered gin and whiskey hidden within the upholstered seat backs. I should probably mention that this was during 1921, the start of the roaring 20's, but a year into prohibition. The United States nationwide ban on alcohol that lasted until 1933.
So what's this story got to do with modern policing? Well, the automobile was still a relatively new convenience back then. And George Carroll's attorney made the argument that the cops needed a search warrant to search for the alcohol hidden in George's car. The case was Carroll versus United States, or Carroll v. United States. And it was heard by the United States Supreme Court in 1925. The supreme court ruled that there was a necessary difference between the search of a building and the search of a vehicle. And that seeking a search warrant is not practical because the vehicle can be quickly moved out of the locality or jurisdiction in which the warrant must be sought.
But they also went on to recognize that it would be unreasonable for prohibition agents to stop every automobile on the road. Well, I guess I should have mentioned that old George, the whiskey runner, had previously been in negotiations with undercover prohibition agents to sell them some illegal liquor. That transaction never happened, but on the night he was stopped and searched by prohibition agents George was driving the same car and with the same business partner as when the undercover deal was being negotiated.
So in other words, the prohibition agents were able to articulate their probable cause for searching this particular vehicle for illegal alcohol. There've been various cases since 1925 that covered the legal complexities of warrant-less searches of vehicles and when a search warrant is required, like in Gant v. Arizona. But I won't bore you with all of those details because that won't help... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, dictating reports, domestic violence, and the third degree. I'm Adam Richardson and this is The Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to Episode Number 43 of The Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. I'd like to thank Gold Shield Patron, Debra Dunbar, from debradunbar.com and Gold Shield Patron, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and all of my Coffee Club patrons for their support month after month. Check out their author websites and read their books. You can find links to all of their websites by visiting the show notes at writersdetective.com/43. If you have your own author business, consider joining Patreon. It's free for you and it allows your readers to support you financially through monthly micro payments. Give your fans a chance to show their support by creating your own Patreon account right now. To learn more visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
Cops really are professional writers. Nearly everything we do during the course of an investigation results in us writing a report. If you want to create a truly spectacular detective protagonist, don't make them a seal or a jujitsu expert. Make them an English major with touch typing skills. Okay seriously, that's just real life. I guarantee you, you could write a more captivating scene about paint drying than you can about a cop typing up a police report. Stick with me here, because I have a little hack for your storytelling.
To get to that though, I need to explain a few things. Patrol officers and detectives are often expected to dictate their reports. When I was a rookie detective, I used a cassette recorder, both the full size cassettes like you made mixed tapes out of, and the mini cassettes. Eventually, we went to digital records, and I still have a few Olympus USB digital recorders to this day. I keep it in my briefcase, and every two years it was one of those things where the recording space increased for that $40.00 version of digital recorder, and so every few years I'd upgrade, right up until I got an iPhone, but anyway, the way it works is a department or secretary or administrative assistant will type the report that you create using what used to be a dictophone machine, but it's now, obviously, computer software. They still use that style of setup, where there are foot pedals under the secretary's desk to control the speed of the audio, allowing them to slow down or pause, or rewind without having to remove their hands from the home touch typing position.
Then within a day or so, the reports are then returned to the officer or the detective to review and then ultimately sign off on, and submit to their supervisor for approval. Dictating a report is definitely an acquired skill, and one that I admittedly was reluctant to learn for a variety of reasons. First of all, I could type almost as fast as the secretaries that I worked with in the detective bureau because that typing class that I took in high school, that I didn't want to, turned out to be one of the most important classes I ever took. Second, you have to learn to speak your report in a linear fashion, which means you have to think in the linear fashion as you're doing this.
Now, police reports often have a very specific format to them, and that format varies by department. For instance, the department's report writing manual may require you to start with a section that explains the relationships between all of the parties listed in the report. This is the husband, this is the wife, this is the CSI Tech that handled the evidence pick up. Following that section, there might be one that talks about the evidence, an evidence section that explains what was seized and the disposition of each item, such as where it was booked. Did it go to a specific evidence locker, and if so, you need to have that number in your report. At which station, if you have more than one station, or were they taken directly to the lab? If so, was it the department lab or the state crime lab? Were photos taken? How did they get from the camera to the evidence storage? It used to be film, now it's SD cards, and so how did it get into that database and stored in the cloud, or in the hard drive? Basically you have to account for the chain of custody in this section.
Then you may be required to have a short summary of the report as its own small section, before getting to the narrative. Then you have to document if this is a follow up report, what is it in reference to? What's the initial report?.. Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, licensing, AKAs and P/K/As, and end of watch. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
This is episode number 42 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. I'd like to thank Gold Shield Patron Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com and Gold Shield Patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, my newest Coffee Club Patron, author TL Dyer, and all of my loyal Coffee Club Patrons for supporting me month after month. Find links to their author websites in the show notes at writerdetective.com/42. And if you have your own author business, consider joining Patreon. It's free for you and it allows your readers to support you financially through monthly micropayments. Give your fans a chance to show their support by creating your own Patreon account right now. To learn more, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
So what this blog is about is how the terms of service on Patreon state that they need some sort of license to use your content in use of Patreon. And I'll link to the actual article the of from Kristine's blog. So, my immediate reply to Rick, who shared this with me was, "Thanks Rick, it brings up some really good points. Like the author, I'm not concerned about my nonfiction IP," meaning intellectual property, "But this may change my tune on recommending it to fiction authors. I will do some digging. Thanks again."
So you see, I really believe in the Patreon model. It's that Renaissance Era concept of patronage of the arts. But I wholeheartedly believe in defending your rights as a creator. And I agree with Kristine Kathryn Rusch's assessment, that the terms of service are what govern what you give up and what you hold onto. But more about that in just a moment.
So, on May 14th, four days later, I received the Patreon monthly Hang Time email newsletter that casually mentioned in there, their terms refresh this month. And this is what we, in my business, call a clue. So rather than click on the link in the email, I actually went straight to the Patreon terms page, which you can find at patreon.com/policy/legal. And I read through it all and Patreon has in fact refresh their terms of service, and I suspect a lot of that had to do with Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog post. And especially under the your creations subheading.
And this is what it now says, "Your creations, TLDR," which means too long, didn't read, "You keep complete ownership of all creations, but you give us permission to use them on Patreon. Make sure you have permission to use creations that you offer on Patreon." And then after the TLDR header, the full text is, "You keep full ownership of all creations that you offer on Patreon, but we need licenses from you to operate Patreon effectively. By posting creations on Patreon, you grant us royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, sub licensable worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, perform, publicly display, or prepare derivative works of your creation. The purpose of this license is strictly limited to allow us to provide and promote... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, Writer's Introduction to Guns, part two, SWAT and missing persons. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. Welcome to episode number 41 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. I'd like to thank gold shield patron Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, and gold shield patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and my newest coffee club patron, author TL Dyer, and all of my loyal coffee club patrons for supporting me month after month. Find links to their author websites in the show notes at writersdetective.com/41. If you have your own author business, considering joining Patreon. It's free for you, and it allows your readers to support your financially through monthly micro payments. Give your fans a chance to show their support by creating your own Patreon account right now. To learn more, visit writersdetective.com/Patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
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Last week, on episode 40, I talked about the nomenclature of cartridges, and how a bullet is only part of a cartridge or a round, the most common types of modern handguns, and how rifling inside a gun barrel can create striations on a bullet for forensic comparison. This week we'll start with part two of the Writer's Introduction to Guns, and before I go any further, I want to menton an invaluable resource. It's the reference book Writer's Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction, written by my friend Ben Sobieck. Ben's book is one my two go-to reference books for weapons.
Ben's also the creator of Writer's Block Coffee, which I absolutely love, and also the inventor of The Writer's Glove, for those of you trying to type in a winter or very cold environment. So, if you're interested in Writer's Block Coffee or The Writer's Glove, I will also have links to those in the show notes, which you can find at writersdetective.com/41. I'll also include links to a two-part guest blog I did a couple years ago for Ben's website at crimefictionbook.com, which covered the best handguns for detectives in fiction, and the best handguns for criminal characters.
If you're wondering what my other go-to reference book for weapons is, it's Jane's Guns Recognition Guide. Jane's does all sorts of recognition guides for military aircraft, warships, tank and combat vehicles, spacecrafts, civilian aircraft, airlines, submarines of the world, special forces, trains. You name it, there is a Jane's guide. If children's picture book author and illustrator Richard Scarry and author Tom Clancy had ever collaborated on a book, it would have been a Jane's recognition guide. So, I will include links to the Jane's guides as well in the show notes.
What I want to talk about this week is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun, a machine gun and a submachine gun, but first, let's talk real quick about caliber when we're talking about ammunition. .44 magnum, .357 magnum, .38 special, .38 +P, 9mm, .357 Sig, .45 ACP, .40 caliber S&W, or Smith & Wesson, 10mm, .22, .380 Auto. There's so many different types of ammunition. Let's get the magnum stuff out of the way first, and Ben actually did a great job explaining this on his blog, which I'll also link to in the show notes. But real quick, magnum generally means that the round or cartridge that we're talking about carries more of a velocity punch, and by that I mean there's more propellant or powder in the cartridge, and the cartridge itself is usually a little bit longer, making each round a hotter load than the standard round of the same caliber.
Similarly, if we're talking about a .38, where it's a +P round. That is a designation for an overpressure or high pressure load. So, these magnum and +P designations are important to take note of as a shooter, because they produce higher pressure throughout the weapon when fired and can become really dangerous to the shooter if loaded in a firearm that isn't designed for high pressure ammunition. Just because a round fits into the gun doesn't mean it should be used in the gun. For example, a .38 Special round can be fired from a .357 handgun with no problem. But a .357 magnum round cannot safely be fired from a .38 handgun, which brings us to the concept of caliber.
Caliber refers to the diameter of the bullet, or the approximate inner diameter of the gun barrel, usually written in hundredths or thousandths of an inch. So, a .45 caliber round means the bullet is .45 inches in diameter. So, a .50 caliber is literally half an inch in diameter, .5 inches. But then, of course, there's the metric system. A 9mm round has a 9mm bullet diameter, which would technically, if we were talking in the imperial system, be a .355 caliber, but nobody calls it that. It's a 9mm round, or a 9mm handgun... Continue reading...
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