About G G Collins

Is This Woman Dangerous?

Me in my “office,” Santa Fe Botanical Garden w/Kevin Box sculpture.
Copyright G G Collins

Working as a general reporter is one of the most educational jobs. Where many people specialize in a specific area, it’s the job of a reporter to ask questions, learn quickly and write even faster about many subjects. In one day, you can cover a fundraiser for MS research, meet an entertainer in town for a weekend performance and attend a press conference for a local brewery. The next day, it’s the new heart center at a hospital, getting a first grader’s take on saving a  historical building and welcoming the new sharks at the aquarium.

The result of thousands of interviews, press conferences and performances is that journalists learn a little about many things. It was Alexander Pope who wrote, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” He also authored in the same poem: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” That could be applied to reporters as well, many of whom rush to breaking news sites that could be the scene of a terrorist attack, a landing hurricane or a bank robbery.

So is this woman dangerous? Only to the characters in her book, or is she…?

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At Big Tesuque to Hike
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Having walked several beats, G G Collins has racked up a lot of column inches, a few awards and a university fellowship. She never met a story she didn’t like, although some interviews were challenging, a few obnoxious. But reporting is always exciting, exploring the rooftops of skyscrapers, meeting in clandestine locations, getting an exclusive, and occasionally being a tad alarmed at someone’s behavior. (Know where the exits are!) All in a day’s work. Of course, one never knows how to dress: jacket for the interview with the visiting entertainer, or jeans for the aviation hangar story? Forget wardrobe, make sure there are notebooks and extra batteries.

Besides writing and reading, Collins enjoys travel, movies, arts and hiking. Most days, she lives above the northern Horse Latitudes.

Note to readers: I’ve created Parallel Universe: Perspectives at Large because while I love writing fiction, sometimes issues are more serious and as a journalist I must tap them out on a keyboard to help make sense of it all. And because I haven’t stopped asking questions since I was three years old, starting with “Why is the sky blue?” To read: https://paralleluniverseatlarge.wordpress.com/

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Narrative Journalist.  Specialty Areas:  Animal Issues, Arts, Editorial, Environmental, Health, Historical, New Urbanism, Reviews, Yoga. Published Credits: 1600+. Fellowship and award-winning writer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction Books Reluctant Medium, Lemurian Medium, Atomic Medium. All are part of the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series. Murder USA: A Crime Fiction Tour of the Nation is a free anthology. All are available at Amazon.

Flying Change for Teens & YA. Equestrian Fiction.

Forthcoming:   Dead Editor File (The Taylor Browning Cozy Mysteries), Anasazi Medium (The Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries).

Photos taken by G G Collins are the property of G G Collins and are subject to
© copyright, unless otherwise indicated. Writing (blog posts) are also copyrighted by G G Collins. All rights reserved.

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  1. Thanks for the follow! I see here a lot of overlap: I too worked a long time in journalism (more magazine and radio documentary side) & still like to write and poke about. So happy to see you following your interests as you go along, that’s the best possible life.

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  2. Hi,
    I love King. I have many of his books, one of which is signed. My favorite is Pet Cemetery.
    I came by to thank you for visiting my site, Reflections. I am glad you liked my post about Twitter. I am actually moving to a new site, mostlyblogging.com. I am interested in writing a book, and I will be able to sell it there. I hope you’ll visit me there too. Nice to meet you!
    Janice

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  3. To have a better insight of those your respect ever so much, is a blessing far greater than any gift one can receive. There is so much to read here and I have my reading eyes on; apologies for not delving in sooner.

    For that I blame my own schedule.

    I have read, “Interview with Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium” although I could not find a place to comment, but it was Liked 🙂

    Looking forward to my reading time here!

    Michael

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  4. Dangerous woman? God, I hope so 😀

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  5. I have an ongoing Google search for “Longmire”–that’s how I found your Longmire comments this morning. Because I appreciated the fine quality of your writing about Longmire’s (hopefully temporary) demise , I started poking around on your page, and now I’m reading more good stuff (technical term) about you and by you. As an editor and freelance writer, I am REALLY having a good time here! I wish everyone could write with such clarity and tart humor. ~~ Mary Huber

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  6. You sound like you’re having a great life! Do you know shorthand? Is it still relevant? I just graduated and I’m hoping to enter the journalism scene at some level in New Zealand on a working holiday Visa.

    Luke

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    • No to shorthand, but I did pick up some speed-writing along the way. And then came up with some other shortcuts of my own. Note taking is still very useful. Some journalists use their tablets, et al, to record their interviews and automatically transcribe. Nice. But there are circumstances where this wouldn’t work. I’ve climbed ladders onto rooftops, walked through gardens asking questions and done interviews backstage in total chaos. There are times when you just need a notebook and a pen. I find a regular ball point works best. The fine point and the gels don’t move fast enough in an interview situation. Don’t overlook the weeklies in New Zealand. You can get some great experience and move onto a daily. I hope you have as much fun as I am. And oh my, what you learn! Journalism is for the life-long learner. But be prepared for surprises. An interview can change directions in a second. Roll with it. Enjoy!

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  7. Stephen King is one of my favorites too!

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