Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerDec 4, 2012Student General Artist
It's week-before-finals-week (which imo is tougher than actual finals week), so I googled OWL Purdue. Which actually can be a great resource even if you're writing fiction, but I generally only think to use it for MLA/APA citations and whatnot.
Dilatant non-Newtonian synthetic elastomeric polymers, polycarbonate resin thermoplastics, transportation problems in the DC area, building laws in the DC area (research noted and ignored), "Omnes relinquite spes, o vos intrantes ", "Velocitas Eradico", blended wing body aircraft, and the battles of Tarawa, Okinawa, and Iwo-Jima.
Working from the latests: Blackhouses Buckthorn Yaks Yak calls Tibet Lao Morlan musicians Khaen Sorley MacLean leabhar beag Erraid Corrie, Arran Holy Island Scotland's healing honey caithris Inchlaggan
All day long I've been googling up television and radio shows featuring Boston accents, since that's what my narrator has. I also googled the shit out the bits that are written in French, because I have no faith in myself. And I googled the tendons and ligaments associated with the hip joints, because somebody's performing a dissection. And I googled a number of different technologies and medical knowledge to see if they'd actually been invented/discovered in the time period in question.
This would have been more interesting if it wasn't limited to just things related to writing and just what people have Googled in general...Which seems to be what most people have done, so I will too
I googled "Pokeball Variants" - since my brother was trying to name all the types and what they do, so I saved him some time. I googled "Perforated Leather" = since someone suggested that as a material idea for a leather jacket I designed and I wanted to know what exactly it was. And I googled "Sever wonders of the World" since a conversation came up about that and I wanted to know what they all were.
I googled architecture, archery, and geology today. Sounds random, but I was interested in the skill of archery for one character, the career of architecture for another, and geology to help determine setting in a way that I may use for plot purposes (for one, anyone who builds a house certainly needs to understand what kind of land to build on and I was looking for any chemical compounds that can be utilized in the plot, perhaps something combustible or conductive).
When researching for a story (beyond actual writing tips) I like to start with things like this. I like to get a handle on my characters skills, professions, and surroundings in a way that will affect the plot. And sometimes I just pick things at random...One day I did nothing but read up on Comedia del Arte and its history
The last thing I Googled was "science fiction stories about Mars", since I had an idea for a story - but I could swear something like it had already been done. Sure enough, it had. I was just thinking about "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed", that I read almost twenty years ago.
I double-checked a date on an old song I wanted a character to listen to in a certain scene. The story is set in 1962 and I wanted to make sure I wasn't adding an anachronism into the story. Where research is concerned, most of it is done by reading or interviewing people. If it's a minor thing like a song or a tv show, I'll google. And if I can't find it on google, I ask on yahoo answers. I usually get a helpful old person or two who know the answer. I'm so glad 1962 wasn't so long ago that I can't find people who were around back then to talk to.
Information on the Human Resource career path and sun signs, because I can never remember the names of them all. Not very exciting at all seeing as I didn't remember if I had or not and looked through my history to see if I did do any minor research. You should have caught me a few weeks ago trying to gather information on chronic hepatitis B.
Why my cat keeps trying to eat all the plastic in the house.
General consensus says I should be taking her to the vet, she might have undiagnosed pica. Fun, vet bill time.
However, when I'm writing something, I tend to try and look up what I can, and if the answers are hard for me to find, I'll try to find other options.
For instance, years ago I wrote a story about an assassin who used specialized bullets. I don't know enough about guns to even know if the idea I had was possible, and I couldn't for the life of me find an adequate answer to my question. Fast forward to now, and it turns out my husband knows a heck of a lot about guns and may not have known the exact answer, but he gave me the information I needed to find the actual answer, and then translated some of the technical terms for me. Turns out, it IS possible, but there's a whole mess of options and other information I would either have to add to my story to make it work, or I go for sci-fi fantasy and try to bullshit my way around the story. I decided to shelf the story for now.
Today I didn't google but used on-line dictionaries while editing something I have written during the last days.
Yesterday or so I googled about animal symbolism just because I was curious. It is, in a way, related to a story. I also googled technical inventions lately. Timetables and such. When I googled plants and herbs, I didn't find what I was looking for, but I will try again. There is a long list of things I will have to google. Or find somewhere else. When I don't find what I am looking for in a book. Often it is only for background, to see a certain pattern, to learn what is possible or for confirmation. Just remembered that I will have to google currencies and Guinness Records soon.
I don't like spamming the forum with questions, I rather ask a person I have talked to already. Sometimes I feel like discussing specific issues with other people, but as long as I don't have one particular question, I shy away from opening a thread. Particular questions I can google first. Or ask a friend who is an expert. Then there are writing groups ...
I don't google about publishers. When I stumble upon an interesting link I bookmark it for later use. I don't even think about things like that before I have the whole draft down and edited several times. Would be like trying to sell a pullover before I even started knitting.
Later on in the day (it's still morning time, here) I am likely to do some google map searches to get an idea of landscape in parts of Australia I'm not intimately familiar with or haven't seen in a long time.