A common subject for writers is the topic of research. I once attended a Nora Roberts workshop where she stated that her office was filled with three-page stapled internet searches. Or, back in the day, three-pages of library notes. She would pick up one small stack and announce, "Here is The Reef." It looked like a scant three pages. "No," she added, "I did not fly to the Caribbean and take up deep sea diving lessons. Everything I needed to know could be found somewhere."
Of course, with the number of books Nora has, her three-paged stacks could probably build a fort now.
I often wonder what NSA would make of my internet searches. Yesterday was, "purposely scuttled ships". I've looked up, "plasma thrusters", "Pacific Tsunami Warning Center", "famous drug lords", "Jupiter's moons", "Heterochromia" and "HAARP", the last being the research facility in Alaska which will probably blow us all up one day. A few seconds after the HAARP search, an ad for Harp Insurance appeared on my Google screen.
I once joked that I was going to do a search everyday for naked aardvarks just to see what type of spam Google could produce from it. Of course, in testing this theory out I began to learn a lot about aardvarks. They don't make a sound unless you poke them (very similar to me). Aardvarks sleep during the day, but not at night (not at all like me). Their name translates to "Earth pig" (like many men I've known).
The search for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is included in HIGH TIDE, which is part of the DANGEROUS DOZEN 12-book Romantic Suspense boxed set released this week.
As a writer or a reader, what are some of the strange search terms you've typed into your browser?