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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

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
~Julie Johnstone

Poop consistency of formula fed baby vs. breast milk.
~Christi Caldwell

"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. 
~Jane Charles

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
~Samantha Grace

Now it’s your turn. What was the last thing you looked up on Google?


  1. Thanks for asking us, Samantha! These were so much fun! :)

  2. I love this post! The radio station I listen to does this as a segment in the mornings every once in a while. I loved reading everybody's answers. As for the last thing I googled it was the origins of the word Chesapeake. I was finishing up proofreading a book for another Sourcebooks author and was curious, although I am sure she researched the word, too.
    By the way, I loved that you asked us readers to help with your question. Glad to know we were better at answering than Google.

    1. I was so glad I asked on FB. Y'all gave me some great ideas! I can't wait to incorporate them.

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    1. Thanks so much for taking part, Brooklyn Ann! :)

  4. This was fun! Thanks for putting it together!

  5. Know I know what goes through some of you heads. Very interesting stuff I say, very interesting. LOL

    I searched up "soles of feet hurt". I wanted to make sure it sounded okay , plus, the soles of my feet were hurting at the time I Googled it.

    1. Ki,
      I do that sometimes too. A phrase just doesn't sound right so I Google it. :)

  6. This is fun. Since going to Fb author release parties my google images have been very different than my usual searches.
    However - I am happy to report my searches today have been normal.
    Sad but normal. I was googling Jim Lange looking for a goodbye kiss image.

    1. Isn't it fun to search for images for release parties? I love that! :)

  7. This is so fun! Last thing I googled was magazine covers of Jennifer Morrison for my celebrity book recommendation site.