This week I asked the Lady Scribes to share what they last looked up on Google. Here’s what they had to say:
This morning I Googled "Is Robert Redford gay" because my 88-year-old mom and I were having a debate about it; she insisted he was, and I insisted she was getting him confused with Rock Hudson. Of course his two wives and four children prove nothing for sure, but it won the argument for me!
I usually Google things like "how much rat poison does it take to kill a 200-pound man" or "large-caliber weapons," all for books, of course, so I'm sure the NSA has me on a watch list somewhere.~Suzanne Johnson
I want a new purse and I like to buy local, so I was Googling Holly Aiken bags (http://hollyaiken.com/). Do I need a new purse? No. I need new blouses (for my day job) and new sheets (because cat claws plus sheets equals tears). But, I'm looking at purses.~ Jennifer Lohmann
Right now I'm working on a book about a rugby player who's terrified of flying and the sexy pilot who helps him overcome that fear, so my Google search history is full of questions about planes. The most recent search is "How do you start a Piper Warrior?" because that's the type of plane Libby is using to teach Matt how to fly. I took a couple of flying lessons when I was a teenager, but I can't remember details like whether you start small planes with a key or by pushing an ignition button. The internet is a wonderful thing!~Kat Latham
Dog potty training specialist in Birmingham, Alabama! Our new dog, Iris, is NOT catching on to the fact that she is supposed to potty outside and NOT on the kitchen floor. #atwitsend
Poop consistency of formula fed baby vs. breast milk.
"Water Witching" and divining rods. Yes, it is for a book. However, I have found the topic interesting since I found water when I was about 13 years old. No, you can't start calling me a witch. By the way, divining rods are also called "dousing rods" which I did not know.
The ladies’ answers were so fun, I decided to ask a few of my fellow Sourcebooks authors what they last Googled. What an eclectic list!
Fenders for 1980 Datsun 210
~Brooklyn Ann, Bite Me, Your Grace and Wrenching Fate
Maps of Scotland, for both A Highland Wolf Christmas and The Viking's Highland Lass
~Terry Spear, Silence of the Wolf
How to Throw a Blade
~Victoria Roberts, X Marks the Scot and To Wed a Wicked Highlander
The origin of the phrase: "Speaking truth to power", because I have a hero who "Speaks truth to beauty" and then decides that not being brave, he must be foolhardy. It is for my April 1 release of the final book in my Angelo's Hearth contemporary romance series, "Melanie's Independence Day."
The answer is a 1955 pamphlet: "Speak Truth to Power: A Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence"
~ML "Matt" Buchman
The difference between Chow fun and Chow mein.
~Cheryl Brooks, The Star Chronicles: Wildcat
I Googled “Barbie Fairytopia Laverna Doll”. Princess Galen loves the villain, Laverna, from the Barbie Fairytopia movies. It's been super hard to find the doll, so I'm always searching.
~Shana Galen, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend
I guess I can’t ask everyone else to share unless I’m willing to do it too.
The last thing I Googled was “What kinds of things do men do to make a girl break-up with him?” I was looking for ideas for my current wip (work in progress), but the best ideas came from readers when I posted the question on The Lady Scribes FacebookPage.