Are you an expert in anything?

What makes you an expert in your field? According to a site online a definition of being an expert is : a person who has special skill or knowledge relating to a particular subject.

So how do you become an expert? This is someone who has a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a certain field someone who has obtained this through research, experience, or occupation and in a particular area of study. So sayest Google.

How long does it take to become an expert at something? A theory Malcolm Gladwell popularized in Outliers–that 10,000 hours of practice can turn anyone into an expert though many have disagreed with this.

So after all this can we say we are experts in anything in particular for our chosen field right now? As someone who has fostered, adopted and rescued birds since 1998 I can safely say I have logged at least 10,000 hours, f I follow the rule above, on that alone? Am I an expert? Would people consider me an expert? People from one of the local colleges have called me a couple of times. People in my area have sent people to me concerning birds. I have done a lot of research when I first rescued my first birds logging in eight months of research prior to embarking on this. People have pegged me the bird lady. Lucky me I don’t have to wait until I am older and sitting on a park bench feeding birds. LOL

When I firs started on my series for children that is based on our Yellow Cheek Amazon the mannerism and personality was easy to incorporate into the dialogue and scenes. Observing him for so long, he came home to us in 1999, and educating myself on him and his breed it was a nice transition to do so. This I has helped tremendously. I am able to merge the two together.

But again can I say I am an expert on this? Can I say I am an expert on anything else? To log in that many hours makes me wonder what the people around me are experts off and if I can say that about myself on another topic.


An awesome book versus a crappy book: Can you tell the difference or do you care?

Can you tell the difference between a great book versus a crappy book? Most people, if not all, would say yes. And yes it should be yes. I am not talking from a writer’s perspective. We all know what we like when it comes to art, music, books and movies.

But what if someone told you that this is what you should like in these forms of art? If I told you that the book you read had a poor plot line, poor character development, head hopping from character to character, poorly researched and rushed at the end would you not like the book anymore?

If I told you it should have gone through a beta group, a critique group and if nothing else to an editor one more time would you not like the book anymore? If I told you it had many loop holes, your protagonist wasn’t believable, how the transition between the beginning to the twist was flawed would you not like the book anymore?

I bring this up for one main reason. I was on Amazon leaving a review for two books. I tend to read the reviews that are placed there for the same book. When I see many positive reviews it causes me to wonder. Didn’t they see the error filled chapters? Didn’t they see that in one chapter it was her boyfriend and the next chapter it was her husband and the next her boyfriend again? Did they not see how the ending was just tidied up with little rhyme or reason? Either you are a friend of this author or you like what you like and nothing above matters to you.

We like what we like for reasons that works for us. I read a book hat had an amazing plot, twist and well-developed characters. The grammar and edits were atrocious. If I can let go the writer in me it would work. Other times I just want to pull my hair out.

But a the end of the day what works for you is what matters.

My computer and printer are females

I believe my computer and printer are both female. Yes, I know. But give me a few minutes to explain why.

Whenever my computer acts up, in any and all way, I end up being frustrated or ticked off. Afterwards I will go over the things I have learned on how to fix a computer. I have an amazing computer talented person in this house to help me. But I always give it a try just in case it is something small that I can figure out to not feel stupid when he fixes it and it is something small.

When that fails I ask for help. And it never fails to amaze me how he will sit down at my desktop and just figure it out and sometimes quickly. Grateful? Yes. Annoyed? Yes.

For example I have problems with my printer. It doesn’t always print when I ask it to. Sometimes it takes minutes and sometimes it never even prints unless I turn it off and on a number of times. My talented one will sit in my chair print a random page and viola it prints to which I get the look.

My computer one day kept shutting off or freezing up. I rebooted, That didn’t solve it. I updated the software and all that. Nothing. I searched online, which is such a terrible idea for this subject matter, and still nothing.

He either haa the magic touch, and with computers he does, or my computer and printer are frankly and obviously females. It won’t work for me but always works for him.