Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Have You Googled Her Yet? (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

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.

23 comments:

  1. Honestly? I'd have to Google what people do on dates, too. (Probably not a good thing to admit, with all the romances that sneak into my stories, but yeah.) XD

    And aw, many congrats on your 23rd anniversary! ^_^

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  2. I would totally have to google what people do on a date, too. And your anniversary celebration sounds very familiar, only we'd substitute a scary movie for the sitcom. :)

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  3. I've been out of the loop so long, I'd have no idea what people do on dates now either!
    Twenty-three years - that's awesome.

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  4. Not doing Nano this year, but thumbs up to all those who are! I'm looking up Happy Endings!

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  5. HAHAHA!!! I've had to Google what people do for dates in Florida and what people do for fun during the winter in Michigan because I was having a huge brain fart. lol

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  6. I know I'm going to have to look that one up for a future project, but can you believe I looked that up in the 90s? Can't say the advice was great back then either. :)

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  7. Dates? Can you eat them? Come on I need a clue as to the definition of this word. Happy 23rd! I'm sure watching re-runs and eating take-out must have "date" written all over it.

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  8. Happy 23rd. Here is to many many many more. I would have to Google the dates part too.

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  9. Dates? Oh yeah. My husband and I like going to the movie theater and eating pizza/pizza bits/burgers. We once had a date at McDonald's ... I know, no one else's idea of romantic. After 23 years of marriage for us, too, we consider running errands together (Costco? Bank? PO Box? yes) and sitting on the couch watching Netflix to be dates.

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  10. Happy 23rd!!
    Hubby & I call our grocery run our 'weekly date' :)

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  11. Happy Anniversary! I typically have to Google date ideas as well, just because having a date has been so infrequent ever since I had kids. Last date my husband and I went on, we bought him a new car. Seriously, can't leave these kids (aka, my husband and I) alone and unsupervised.

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  12. Most of our anniversaries involve just dinner out and then a night on the couch. Congrats on 23 years.

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  13. I'd have to google what to do on dates too because I've been on one I think. I don't know. I can't remember. LOL

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  14. Yeah, I'd have to google what people do on dates, too. I bet most writers are on some sort of watch list.

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  15. It's good you and your significant other found each other, then. Neither of you has to pretend to not be socially awkward. Win.

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  16. Hubby and I have stayed home our last two anniversaries and gotten Chinese food. Way more fun than going out (and cheaper!).
    I think most of my questionable Google searches involve injuring or torturing my characters.

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  17. We actually went out for our anniversary this year which is the first time in years. If anyone ever has to search my computer if I'm murdered or something, they're going to find some pretty weird stuff.... But I bet that's the same for most writers.

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  18. Sounds like a pretty nice date! Although, I'd much rather veg out on the couch. Relaxation rules.

    Love the writer's search list.

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  19. I suspect you and I are on the same watch list. Happy writing in November, and happy anniversary!

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  20. Your anniversary "date" sounds pretty good. A lot like ours after 46 years.

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  21. I like the way you celebrate :)

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  22. I think I may need to step up the weird stuff I google because, so far, the oddest thins I've googled wouldn't appear to be odd at all if you didn't know what I was doing with the information.

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  23. Thanks for sharing this great post.This is so nice.

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