Recently my husband and I were at a local diner, having breakfast, when I overheard a conversation, between two men, I assumed were truckers. The topic of the conversation was Escort Services. Yes, that kind of Escort Service. I was talking to my husband, when I picked up pits and pieces of their conversation that made me stop and listen. One of the men told the other one, how the service worked. In those moments I wished I could record them. I carry a small recorder in my purse, not for this purpose, but to record ideas for my WIP, while driving or when I'm away from my notebook and computer.
This would fit in perfectly if my batteries weren't dead. Still, I had another way to capture what I wanted to remember, I pulled out my smart phone and started to take notes, as my husband looked away embarrassed by my sudden interest in perfectly ordinary strangers conversation. They were ordinary, but the conversation was not, it was anything but.
It is moments like this, that we get information and ideas for our stories. It’s what makes our imagination swirl and move up and down with a new story as it’s born. The men finished and left before we did. What they left me with was some very interesting information, not only how a Escort Service works, but how men, who use the service, see and feel about the young women who are a part of that business.
Would you have done what I did? Take notes or try to record the conversation?