Authors aren’t normal.
Therefore, neither are their Internet searches. As in, if-the-secret-service-is-watching-let’s-hope-they-know-we’re-writers.
Okaaay…maybe not THAT bad all the time. But it’s true that authors search for some pretty crazy things on the Internet. #research #obviously #wepromise
Basically, my life has been more crowded than a theater on opening night of the new Star Wars movie. All the things all the time. Because of that, my writing—and therefore the diversity of my Internet searches—has suffered. I haven’t been able to commit a lot of time to it lately.
Also, job hunt has been happening in earnest this summer, leading to the inevitable doom of searches such as…
- Inbound marketing
- Andrew Hudson job list
- Jobs at Google Boulder
- Why is carbonated water bad for you *…wait WUT?!*
As you can see, not the most scintillating of topics.
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, we can proceed to the challenge with all the gusto of a hobbit rushing to Elevenses.
The rules (possibly more like guidelines?):
- Access your browser history
- Pick at least 5 of your strangest searches you’ve had to look up as a writer
- List them below with an explanation as to why you had to look them up
- Tag 2-5 other bloggers
Given my lack of writerly searches of late, I’m going to be creative here. I’ve had *some* searches that are related to being a writer. Sort of. Maybe just not directly for book research. I also distinctly remember a couple things I Googled years and years ago—before the Age of Men had come—back when I was writing all the time. I’ll include both types of searches and presto!
So…ahem. Evidence that reveals what it’s like behind the scenes of being an author.
Strangest Browser Searches
I honestly don’t remember the reason for this, but he’s Aragorn, from Lord of the Rings, which is a book, and I’m a writer. Totally makes sense.
Opening line for Mistborn the Final Empire
This one actually works! I was looking for opening lines for a recent blog post. Plus Mistborn, so why not? 😉
Wonder Woman wiki
How ‘bout them alliterations? Again, needed something—pretty sure it was pictures—for a blog post. And with precisely 1.284 million wikis, it was just easier to Google it instead of guessing the exact URL to type in.
I figured I needed to venture into the terrifying world of birds and Tweets, because isn’t that what the cool authors do?
Considering the fact I had to look up “Twitter handle,” for reasons that my brain has conveniently categorized as unimportant and not worth remembering, maybe I should have kept my distance? 😮
I was gathering ideas for a story I wrote for Havok Magazine. The theme for that issue was “mythological clashes,” so pretty self-explanatory. Said story also happens to be my first published work! HURRAH!!!!
Ehm, moving on…
Why is C3PO’s leg silver
For this one, I have to thank a conversation with some friends about Star Wars. The topic of C3PO’s leg and its color came up. What this has to do with writing, I have no idea. There’s a connection somewhere, I promise.
Types of amnesia
This one’s from waaaaaay back in the day. As in, if you’re part of Gen Z, you probably weren’t even alive yet. JK.
I remember this one (irony?) was because I was being a good little author and putting my main character through an extremely difficult time in life. Namely, he fell a long way and knocked his head, resulting in amnesia. I wanted to make sure I was giving him the right type for the injury and the amount of memory loss I wanted to inflict.
Doctor Who potato head character
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Yeah. So. I couldn’t remember his name or his race. Is that so terrible?
Moving right along, I wanted to reference STRAX in a blog post. And thus was born this beauty of a search phrase. You’re welcome. 😛
*taps fingers while flashing mischievous grin and reveling in ALL THE POWER*
Who shall I tag to reveal the deepest secrets of their author Internet explorations? Hmmm…the fate shall fall upon:
⇒ What are some of the strangest things that have shown up in your browser searches?