Since I’ve been buried in writing and revising and gotten onto entirely new watchlists, I thought I’d do another Watchlist Wednesday for the last two weeks.
Hey! This weekend is a full moon weekend (almost…close enough) so I’ll be posting two more parts of the serial on Friday and Saturday…come back and read and comment. *shiny, hopeful eyes*
So, are you ready to crawl inside the mind of a researching writer? No? Too bad. Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle and hold on. (Those with weak constitutions or some respect for me as a sane person should surf away to a page with sloth babies being bathed. Hang on. Baby Sloths Being Bathed.)
It always starts out so innocent…
Googled the phrase “Swinging for the fences.”
Googled the word “meta.”
Googled the phrase “it can’t be helped.”
Searched for synonyms for the phrase “it can’t be helped.” (It can’t be helped that I did this.)
Wiki Apache Jackrabbit
Wiki white-tailed jackrabbit
Wiki Cranial Kinesis
Wiki Imprinting (The funny thing about all these searches–I was trying to find out if jackrabbit was one word or two–I followed a rabbit down the hole. Seriously.)
Googled The Fates
Googled the Moirai
Synonym for walk
En masse –one word or two?
Wikihow –five ways to kiss with pictures. (I’m linking this because you TOO can feel stupid for looking at this page.) (It’s the pictures–they make it over-the-top “hide your screen” awkward.)
Instructibles on how to kiss. (I’m a romance writer.)
How to Kiss -Good Kissing 101 (I’m still a romance writer.)
20 different types of kisses (Annnnd the shame sets in.) (Also, this wasn’t as exciting as promised.)
Googled using song titles in books
Googled punctuating titles
Googled pancake recipe. (Seriously–for a story.)
Checked out several Allrecipe pancake recipes.
Googled “jumping to conclusions”
Googled Southern expression for “jumping to conclusions.”
Googled funny southern sayings
What does a road grade sign mean?
Mountain Driving guide for truckers (It’s a fallback for if this whole writing thing doesn’t pan out.)
What is road grade % to angle degree?
Wiki Mountain ranges in Tennessee
Wiki Bald Mountain
Guard rail–one word or two?
Wiki guard rail (I was overusing the word and I wanted alternatives.) (But also… guard rails can be interesting.)
Synonym for hothead
Wiki Addiction recovery groups
Wiki List of 12 step programs
Googled anonymous support groups for shoplifting
Shoplifting and Theft class information
Shoplifters Anonymous and Self-help groups
Googled Anonymous support groups
Googled anonymous support groups for Kleptomania (And, yet, I don’t get invited to parties…I don’t know why…)
Map of England
Googled British Expressions
Googled British Slang
British word for crib (It’s cot…and I was verifying this.)
The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending, and Hoarding (Admitting you have a problem with compulsively researching compulsions is the first step. The first step, people!)
What comes after once, twice, thrice?
Twice, thrice, quince?
Twice, thrice, frice?
Thief in other languages
Googled 12 step recovery
Googled Voila <–mostly to get the accent mark that I can’t seem to get if I don’t cut and paste. Someday I’ll learn how.
Googled British washroom
Googled Ten Commandments
Wiki Ten Commandments
British word for cheering
Words that mean different things in British and in English
Top 100 most beautiful British slang words and phrases. (You know you want the link.)
IMDb Lone Ranger–looking for a character name in the lesser cast members
UK colloquial slang starting with S (I have no idea why S, but I found what I was looking for…whatever it was.)
Moon phases 2013 (I keep making sure I’m ready for the serial) (over and over)
British word for story
Top 100 British and English Slang differences
Definition of shoddy
British slang for calling on the phone
Googled British slang words
Googled the word “tosser”
British word for mailbox
Glossary of English and British slang (I know…I know…I like to verify things…a lot.)
Synonyms for tidy, orderly, and laudable.
British word for retired (I couldn’t find one.)
Googled lab equipment for a small lab
Buying chemicals for a lab (Well, hello, NSA!)
Definition of the word “nice” (Sometimes, you just need things defined!)
IMDb Pacific Rim looking for a character name in lesser cast
Why is Baking Soda often used instead of NaOH to neutralize acid spills?
Wiki Sodium Bicarbonate
Googled Cyanide toxicity
Googled Cyanide poisoning
Wiki Cyanide poisoning (as you do…)
Milligrams and fluid ounces?
Medical Metric Conversion and Doses (Uhh…I was trying to figure out how much cyanide was a lethal dose.)
Wiki Wallace Carothers (suicide by cyanide)
Wiki Alan Turing (suicide by cyanide)
Wiki Neil Heywood (killed by cyanide)
Wiki Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors
Wiki Cyanide Poisoning (You can never know enough about cyanide.)
Capitalize my title (When you’re too lazy to capitalize it on your own: go here.)
When is a male and female’s sexual peak?
Sex myths (I was looking for ages when…never mind…just never mind…)
Sexual prime for males and females
Googled Laboratory rats
Wiki Laboratory rats
Wiki Animal testing on Rodents
Youtube Echo and the Bunnymen: the Killing Moon (seriously…for a book)
Youtube Echo and the Bunnymen: Lips like Sugar (no, really, it was.)
Google images Albino eyes
Google albino mice
Googled the word “assess” because I was writing a very similarly spelled word…and thought, “Really, they’re just one letter off?”
List of breakfast cereals
Wiki Alpha-bits (It’s not all cyanide and sex, people.)
Googled images of cereal boxes
Googled rat diseases and antibiotics
What types of diseases do rats carry?
Wild rats and disease
Pet rats and diseases
How often do animals get STDs? (And this is when you start questioning life choices, people! This is when we care too much!) (If you’d like do go down this rabbit hole…uhh…scratch that analogy…here is the link to Animals and STDs.)
How to care for a pet rat
Treating rats for fleas
Wikihow How to get rid of fleas on rats
Wild albino rats
Do albino rats occur in the wild?
Wiki Laboratory Rat
Wiki Brown Rat
How much caffeine would kill you? (This was for my WIP…not because I was pushing that line.)
How to obtain rats
Do lab rats make good pets?
How do labs obtain rats?
Why are rats used in laboratory testing?
Study shows rats would rather free a friend than eat chocolate. (Heartwarming article) (How many humans are like that?) (Seriously, there should be studies done.)
Senses and communication of rats
Do rats have good hearing?
Google Rats seeing in the dark
What do rats see?
Spaying and neutering rats (I’m a responsible fictitious rat owner.)
Wiki the Black Plague
Symptoms of the plague
Romeo and Juliet Act 5, Scene 2 (Now, some of you may question this… what does the plague have to do with Romeo and Juliet? The message to Romeo about Juliet faking her death is delayed due to a quarantine…and now it all makes sense…if you’re insane.)
Facts about sleep paralysis
Top ten spooky sleep disorders
Physical effects of sleep deprivation (Once again, for the WIP…not a cry for help.)
Scary facts about sleep
Cone-based vision of rats
Rats, See the Invisible (Yeah…don’t go down this road. Rats mark everything with urine–possibly because they can see UV.)
Google Rats and Ultraviolet
And there you go…two weeks worth of Web searches.
Two weeks of shaking hands with watch lists…as you do…if you’re a writer.
So, what do you think? Did you follow any of my links? What’s your latest weird web search? Fess up. This is my third Watchlist Wednesday. Should I do this regularly?
Comment, people! I need validation!