Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Have You Googled Her Yet? (An IWSG Post)
It's the first Wednesday of the month (I think) which means (I think) it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
As usual, I am assuming that if you're reading this post, you're already familiar with the IWSG, but if you're new and/or looking for more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.
This month's awesome co-hosts are Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie.
This month's (optional) question asks, "What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?"
(Possibly interesting side note: one of the earliest known uses of 'google' as a verb was in a season seven episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a line that acts as the title of today's post because that's just the kind of nerd I am.)
Welp, considering I'm a fantasy author who throughly enjoys torturing characters, I've googled some pretty strange things in my lifetime. Strange and disturbing enough that I'm sure to be on some government watchlist somewhere called something like, "Googles a lot of weird shit, but claims to be a writer, so it might be kind of okay, but someone to keep an eye on just in case."
But the funniest thing I think I've ever had to google for a story was that time I had to research "what do people do on dates" for my terrible romance novel because I honestly had no freaking clue.
(Yet somehow, my significant other and I recently celebrated our 23rd anniversary together. Sure, that celebration looked like the two of us sitting on our couch, eating take-out, and watching reruns of Happy Endings (a truly hysterical sitcom canceled way before its time), but we're both super socially awkward introverts, so yeah. It was pretty much always going to look like that. Hence the googling of the date ideas...)
If you were curious, my characters ended up going to a bar to listen to a local rock band perform. Thanks, Google!
All right. That's it for me today. Hope everyone's having a great November. If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, I hope you're kicking some word-count ass.
Thanks for stopping by—see y'all in December.