The skills you learn along the way will always come in handy, even though it may be years in between times you need them.
On Thursday night, for example, I had the pleasure of chatting with Brad Meltzer about his favorite moments in Identity Crisis for the forthcoming hardcover collection. Since Brad wanted to do this by phone and evening worked best for him I settled at my home office desk and pulled out a tape recorder and phone tap, the same equipment I used to conduct countless interviews for Starlog and other publications. We chatted and I got to ask questions and steer the end of the conversation.
On Friday, I used my other tool, the ear piece similar to those worn by people at the UN, and transcribed the tape. Sadly, despite testing it out in advance, there was a bad hum on the line, ruining some of Brad