Monday, December 17, 2007

Go Read This

A new Perspectives is up. If you're here, you probably already know that but just in case--
Take a small-town peace officer, an EMT and an ER nurse. Just as a hypothetical, posit that each of them can write rings around the last twenty bloggers novelists you've read and since we're dreaming, dream that each one of them is gifted with his or her own sorts of grit, empathy and plain ordinary horse-sense (which is usually neither plain nor ordinary). Got it?

Good. It's no dream! They're real.

A quick story of my own: my first real job was reading news nights and weekends at a one-horse radio station, a skinny geekette in thick glasses hiding behind a barely-steady contralto voice, flattering microphones and a knack for sight-reading copy. It was back before encrypted trunking public-safety radios, back when cellphones were a rarity that lived in purse-sized bags or awkward "handheld" cases. The newsroom scanners heard every word the sheriff's department, the city police, the various fire departments and the ambulance crews had to say on their radios. So I heard the middle of a lot of emergent events, the beginnings of several, and the endings of darned few. Unless it was a big event indeed, I never learned the whole story and when I did, it was the press-release version from a call to the relevant agency.

That's not what you are going to be getting.

Lawdog, Ambulance Driver and Babs RN are going to put you right in the moment. Go, read!


Anonymous said...

Wow. That was WONDERFUL!

Anonymous said...

And I couldn't help but shed a tear at the end.

A very moving story, and they all tell their parts so well.