Wednesday, November 6, 2019

IWSG: Google Searches

A new month, a new Wednesday, a new question posed . . . this all must mean . . .

"The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!"

This Month's Question: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

My Answer: Whelp. I've googled a lot of strange things. But the strangest? . . . Hmm . . . When I researched occult topics for my novel, Unlocked, my search history filled up quickly with obscure and unusual tidbits. And when I wrote Who R U Really?, I became fascinated with the Japanese folklore of kitsune - the shapeshifting fox. Lately, my search history has involved topics of a more violent nature, because . . . well . . . research for my work-in-progress. We writers often joke that our search histories could get us in trouble if ever checked by law enforcement. I figure as long as we don't break any laws, we'll be fine. Right?! *fingers crossed* Could you imagine how hard it was fifty years ago to do all this research without the internet, before Google? We live in an amazing time.

How about you? What's the strangest thing you've googled?


  1. We'd be stuck in a library all day, that's how hard it would be! And I bet we still wouldn't find what we were looking for. Certainly not a kitsune!

  2. I’m a kill joy, my dream is to live in a library... but that wouldn’t be any good for research, You wouldn’t move me out of the novel section 🤗

  3. Hmm, I don't know if I ran across the kitsume when I was researching shapeshifters world-wide. I should check into it!

  4. I'm sure the cops in those days would've got a lot of complaints by suspicious librarians.

  5. I don't really give it a lot of thought most of the time. I suppose a lot of the stuff I research is pretty weird.

  6. While my writing goal is not to achieve publishing, but to just plain write, I have Googled some odd things. What is the contents of McD hamburgers? What are the sources of strange community driven games and competition? Those are a few of my Googling activities.