IWSG November 2018: Strange Research
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story? Come with me and I will tell...
This post was written for The Insecure Writer's Support Group monthly blogging event and brought to you by founder and writer Alex J Cavanaugh. This month Alex has the help of these awesome co-hosts: Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie! Please visit them.
Optional question of the month, should you accept to use it is: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?
First of all, I love strange or weird stories or events so I google way too much. One year for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, I wrote 26 short stories, using Grimm’s Fairytale titles (only). I created my own mostly weird little stories. To this day, I love those quirky stories. I googled a lot during their creation. After the blog hop was over, I redid most of them, swapped out a couple for other stories, had a professional editor edit, then self-published. I loved them that much!
Stories that trap me into reading them are definitely those with a bizarre element.
This is a sample of things I’ve researched:
~ How to fist fight. Although I might have slapped someone, okay two people, on my brother’s behalf (as children), I’ve never “fought” someone. I didn’t know how to put a physical fight scene in a story.
~ Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets why they sting and where they live. Yes, it is odd, but I have reasons….
~ There is this one type of diet (kind of) that I will not name because it is a part of a story wannabee and I’m that paranoid someone will steal it. J I looked it up to only find a small amount of information on it, therefore, I’ll probably need to make up the rest.
~ Two phobias that were main characters in two separate short stories.
~ I watch a lot of crime TV, thriller movies and read those types of books, but if something odd in the news catches my eye, I will google the heck out of it. Sometimes story babies are born. Sometimes those babies are not pretty.
What about you. If law enforcement goes through your internet history, what will they find?