Curiosity and the writer

I’ve just returned home from my trip to Egypt and am a bit overwhelmed by all the correspondence that’s piled up. I’ll blog in another day or two.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out my blogpost, which appeared a few days over on

7 replies
  1. l.c.mccabe
    l.c.mccabe says:

    Welcome back Tess. I hope you had a wonderful time on your trip.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving feast this year with your mother now living nearby.

    Show us some pictures when you get some spare time.


  2. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    Welcome Back!! All set to enjoy this pre-winter weather with occasional snow flurries?
    Can’t wait to see your pics from your trip. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great Thanksgiving with your family. May you all be blessed with love and health.

  3. therese
    therese says:

    “If writers were cats, we’d all be dead.”
    Love that line because it’s so true. Insatiable curiosity is key to being a writer. Who else but a writer would take a “vacation” to learn hieroglyphs. 🙂

    I’d like to put my personal twist on the last line of your Murderati post:
    Knowledge is never wasted, only by living life do we figure out how to use it.

    Welcome Home!

  4. tuttle
    tuttle says:

    I just saw something on the Travel channel (?) last night, about those strange drawings scraped into the dessert floot in Peru that you can only see from the air, or nearby hills.
    Done by the Naca people who lived between 200B.C. and seventh century A.D. these carvings are pretty accurate to scale and proportion

    It made for an interesting hour. Of course, afterwards I went online to learn more and explored google Earth to try to find them.

    Some would say it as a wasted few hours, but I had fun.
    Some may also say it was ultimately useless as I personally don’t have many friends or associates who would care to hear about it, since their main, daily concerns, above and beyond the job and family, is usually centered around how the local football team did over the weekend.

    No idea if I could use any of this in a future story of mine, but one never knows…

  5. bob k
    bob k says:


    So a couple weeks ago, you told us that learning to write hieroglyphics was useless information…and now your post at Murderati shows us how the “useless information” we pick up because of our curiosity can actually turn out to be useful!! That was exactly the point I was trying to make in the comments to that post. It may seem uselss now…but you never know!!

    I have a similar level of curiosity…I love to find things out, whether “useful” or not. What I lack is the imagination to come up with great stories. I’ll never be a writer.

    But the curiosity…and an imagination that works in a different way…makes me a good analyst. I can see see (imagine) how things relate to each other, how they fit together, when a lot of others can’t.

    I still think you will find a use for hieroglyphics in an upcoming book!

  6. Tess
    Tess says:

    tuttle and Bob,
    I love to surround myself with curious people like both of you. You never know when some obscure fact, learned for no reason except out of curiosity, may lead to some crucial “ah ha!” moment.

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