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25 August 2012 @ 11:24 am
Crime Writers Consultations: "Writer's Homicide School"  
NPR this morning played a fun article of interest to writers, readers and viewers of police procedurals: "For Writers, The School Of Hard Cops" (article text, podcast MP3). 

Derek Pacifico, after more than twenty years with the San Bernardino (CA) County Sheriff's Department, runs a company called Crime Writers Consultations, which teaches seminars such as "The Writer's Homicide School."  (They also offer personal beta chats: "Sign up for 1/2 hour or a full hour of one-on-one phone consultation on police procedures or any law enforcement questions you have that will benefit your script, novel or acting experience.")

Between them and Wikipedia and our friendly neighborhood public libraries, let's get things right! ;-)

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Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: researchwiliqueen on August 26th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Encountering this just as we're finally catching up on Torchwood: Miracle Day -- in which, among other things, a substantial chunk of the plot hinges on a condemned rapist/murderer being immediately released, because the law has no contingency for an execution that failed not because of technical errors but because people all over the world have stopped dying -- I second that final sentiment heartily. For professionals and fans alike! :-)
Amy R.: Partnersbrightknightie on August 26th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
That scenario is indeed amazingly unrealistic! (Even for Torchwood?) :-)

I sometimes wonder how such "hitches" (e.g. FK's 1066 in "Forward into the Past," the extradition in "Capitol Offense," etc.) get all the way through without anyone amending them, when so often a tiny dialogue tweak would excuse, if not entirely ameliorate, them. Does no one notice, truly, or do they all think, "Well, it's too late, best not to mention it and just depend on suspension of disbelief"?
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: geekwiliqueen on August 28th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Even for Torchwood, yes. And even for RTD, on top of the usual ultra-sloppy science we expect of him. :-}

I think it must usually come down to "too late," even when it seems like the fix would be so simple. There's no telling how many higher-priority fixes of varying degrees of complexity they're in the midst of applying at the same time.
Amy R.: Partnersbrightknightie on September 1st, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
>"There's no telling how many higher-priority fixes ... they're in the midst of applying at the same time."

Good point! (And yet, also, a hilariously distressing point, as I imagine scripts packed wall-to-wall with errors. "Never mind the rampant illegality, discontinuity, or how they got across LA during rush hour in two minutes! We've got bigger fish to fry!" ~grin~)