"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What I'm Googling these days

Here's what I'm doing this week:

  • Surviving Cub Scout Camp. This includes shooting BB guns, doing Archery, and making S'mores. This does not include baiting a fishing hook.
  • After discovering an antique brick in the creek at Cub Scout Camp (Whiteselle Cherry Reds Corsicana for you brick aficionados), I've decided to start collecting antique bricks with writing on them.
  • Getting ten pages of a new MS in shape for a workshop submission due next Wednesday. (Technically it's due this Friday, but as I'm helping organize the workshop, I get a few extra days, and I'm taking them.)
  • Slowly making my way through Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill . I'm really loving it, but this Cub Scout camp is sucking every spare ounce of energy out of me. Come reading time, my eyes need toothpicks to prop them open.
  • Practicing for my Kung Fu black belt test which will happen this August.

Here's what I'm googling for book research:

  • Animals that hiss
  • Animals that are deaf (the earthworm anyone? And interestingly enough, I was able to use this tidbit in conversation at the fishing station at Cub Scout Camp today. See, writing makes me a smarter person.)
  • Civil War battles
  • Google Maps
  • Car emblems
I love looking at my Google research trail. What cool things have you googled in the name of research recently?

And hope everyone is having a great week!

36 comments:

BethanĂ¯e Shangri La said...

Woo hoo! First comment!

YES! Its a very interesting way to really have those loved one-off pieces of information that really shape your story... I'm doing loads of research myself. (And in fact you just inspired my next post)...

BethanĂ¯e Shangri La said...

Woulod love to have some of your feedback in my latest post (What can happen, will) --- and suggest a book The Children of the Lamp, quite a good read in that it has fun take on the rules and restrictions of Djinni magic.

Jason said...

For the longest time I collected things I found in rivers. Some of those things included petrified wood, arrow heads, and just neat looking rocks. I still tend to hold onto rocks that I enjoy the look and shape to this day, heh. At the end of a walk, I'll notice that my pants are weighed down with pockets full of rocks that I didn't even notice I picked up.

Here's something I learned from a penpal in England: England doesn't have S'mores. My aunt has to box up the ingredients and ship them over to them every little bit. How they survive, I'll never know, ha ha.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Things I googled recently: electric conduit, Jessica Rabbit, lightning, dungeons, Eric Northman, Salem Witch trials.
I'm not sure but I swear a possum hissed at me once.
And leftover from last post, I tried to comment on your great guest blog but then realized I couldn't cuz I'm not on MySpace. Dang, I'm sorry. My social networking is clearly stunted.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Black belt! Remind me to stay on your good side :)

I'm always googling book titles that I can only remember part of. And my kids will ask about the most outlandish, random things and my response is always, "Let's google it and find out!"

Recently we've looked up the tallest building, how much a polar bear weighs and circumhorizontal arcs ;)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Oh, and Tricia above -- I've had a possum hiss at me. Pretty creepy, huh?

Christine M said...

Yesterday I googled 19th-century bathrooms. Yes, I lead a fascinating life.

Cub Scout Camp sounds fun - and I'm right with you on not baiting hooks. Of course, when my kids go fishing down by the creek they bring hot dog as bait (hey, it works).

Christine M said...

Yesterday I googled 19th-century bathrooms. Yes, I lead a fascinating life.

Cub Scout Camp sounds fun - and I'm right with you on not baiting hooks. Of course, when my kids go fishing down by the creek they bring hot dog as bait (hey, it works).

Justus M. Bowman said...

A black belt, eh? I never thought of you as a tough cookie.

PJ Hoover said...

Great, Bethanie! I'll head over and check out your post! And it really is the little things that make a difference, isn't it!

Awesome, Jason, on the river collection. It's like you're getting something totally unique, isn't it. And no S'mores in England!!! Those poor people.

Witch Trials and a hissing possum. Cool, Tricia! And MySpace isn't my favorite social networking site, but I find it's good to have a presence there! Thanks for trying!

It does make me sound tough, doesn't it, Sherrie. I love the power of google! We can find out anything! We even couldn't read the brick writing until we googled what we knew.
I'm thinking I may have to put a hissing possum in my WIP just for fun.

I think I could bait a hotdog, Chris. This would fall into my area of ability!
19th century bathrooms! Did they have them????

Thanks everyone, for visiting!

PJ Hoover said...

Ah, yes, Justus. That would be my tough side. :)
Actually, I've always wanted to get a black belt, so I'm pretty excited!
And tough.

Christine M said...

19th-century bathrooms - they were starting to figure out the logistics of workable plumbing - but most often the actually facilities were still separated from the house.

And hot dogs make surprisingly good bait - at least catfish (which is what in our creek) will go for them.

Christina Farley said...

There really is so much on the internet now, I love it. Googling is fun. What have I googled lately? Research on Antarctica. Yes, it's in my book! Love it.

PJ Hoover said...

Christine, in my house, I wouldn't mind if the boys bathroom was separated from the house :)

Antarctica research is awesome, Christina! Sounds like a blast! You know Kim Stanley Robinson researched Antarctica for his MARS series. I think he even went there to visit as the conditions in Antarctica were the closest to the surface of Mars, or something like that.

Robin L said...

Actually, does anyone else' google trail makes them nervous? Mine does. It includes secret societies, poison, mustard gas, WWI, Egypt, biplanes, and assassins. Luckily, it also includes medieval castles, Edwardian London,and Egytpian gods. I'm hoping those last will clue in the powers that be that I'm a writer and keep me from making it onto some obscure-yet-closely-watched government list. :-)

Ah, the occupational hazards of writing fantasy!

Dave said...

Things that hiss?

I just went on a big hike and saw a rattle snake. It's interesting when things do not play into the stereotype. It did not hiss and it did not rattle. It showed no interest in attacking at all. The snake made it's way off the path and quietly coiled up in the shade, just a few feet from my friend and I.

Google search:

I did an image search on google for traditional tribal dress of desert women. The most interesting things that I found were face tattoos. A variation of what I found made it's way into my fantasy novel.

Miriam S.Forster said...

Wow. Your week is busier than mine, and I move on Monday! :-)

I have not been Googling anything lately, but the last thing I googled for research was handicapped-accessible regulations and wheelchair basketball.

beth said...

Oooo Civil War. I love that time period! Of course, that's partly because I have been to nearly EVERY SINGLE BATTLEFIELD. My father was obsessed. Cool kids went to the beach. We went to Appomatax.

Carrie Harris said...

Soul Enchilada has been on my to-read list for a while. What do you think of it so far?

Danyelle said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! :D You're a very brave woman. ;-)

Antique bricks sound neat. Are they from buildings?

Luck on your 10 pages. :D

Keri Mikulski said...

Hmm.. A whole bunch of nothing.. Working on revisions and just interviewed for a teacher position at a university - so I guess the last thing I googled was expository essay. :)

Cub Scouts sounds fun. :)

Anita said...

Fun and busy summer for you!

I'm Googling French schools. My favorite thus far is Lycee International in the town of Saint Germain-en-laye. St Germain has it's own little town video, which is absolutely adorable and makes me want to live there RIGHT NOW!

Sheri said...

Some birds hiss. You should hear what a vulure sounds like. Check out this link to hear one... http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Turkey_Vulture/id

it will raise the hairs on the back of your neck!

BTW, my daughter's friend is reading Emerald Tablet and LOVES it!!!

Sheri said...

Oh... I was researching bird sounds - thus my knowledge on vulture hissing.

Collecting brick could get heavy! :)

A character in my WIP collects idioms. I collect flowers and plant them in my garden.

Nora MacFarlane said...

Today I googled:
unusual girl names
names from 1962
food allergies with respiratory symptoms
screws, latches, hooks
eyebolt with concrete screw threading
Percheron colors

and yes, these are for a WIP. I love the internet!

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Robin. I've had some thoughts of things I wanted to google and actually stopped myself because I was afraid they'd think I was a psycho weirdo.

Very interesting on the rattlesnake, Dave! Thanks for the real-life info. And facial tattoos are a way cool thing to have in a novel!

Have fun with your move, Miriam. And you've had a busy birthday week watching the Earth show anyway!

Funny, Beth! Every single battlefield. That is a story in itself. I think I've only been to a few.

I really like Soul Enchilada, Carrie. In fact, I plan to finish it tonight! It's rife with humor. I think you would like it.

From what I can find online, Danyelle, the bricks with no mortar are the more desirable ones which makes me think they are not from buildings. But I have NO clue!

PJ Hoover said...

Ooh, good luck with the interviewing thing, Keri!

Wait, Anita, aren't you moving to France...maybe?

Bird hissing is awesome, Sheri! Thanks for the link! Perfect. And than you also for the feedback on The Emerald Tablet! It's so nice to know when people are enjoying it!
Idiom collecting is perfect!

Great ones, Nora! Your WIP sounds wonderful already!

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

adrienne said...

Hissing animals - that's a fun one! Our parrot hisses sometimes.

I've been looking up Australian wildflowers for an illustration I'm working on. And possums, too, for another story - and I forgot they hissed...

PJ Hoover said...

Australian wildflowers sound beautiful, Adrienne! I can't wait for you to post those pictures!

Robyn said...

I had to research rattlesnakes for my MG novel. And opossums which kinda makes me sick to think of opossums after Scott's post today. Ugh! Anyway, it's an adventure novel, I was researching all kinds of things including, bobcats. SO...:)

PJ Hoover said...

Bobcats are way cool, Robyn, as are adventure novels in general! Have fun!

Kelly said...

Lately I've only googled for driving directions or what concert is when! I do google who is hosting Poetry Friday every Friday morning though, too!
Congrats on working your way up to a black belt!!

Casey said...

I've Googled some weird stuff for this novel. I always wonder if people notice my search tags when they look at their meters since I notice some of the weird ones that find my blog. Ha!

How exciting that you've started something new!

PJ Hoover said...

Kelly, you are such a rock star girl! And thanks!

I'm sure people will notice your search terms, Casey! I know I always notice what brings people to my site!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Ooooh, I got to google stuff on Korean dancing masks and the parts to a 19th century sailing vessel. Research can be such fun!

PJ Hoover said...

Korean Dance Masks, Stacy? How cool is that!