IWSG: New Normal


Hard to believe, but November is finally here and that means the first Wednesday and IWSG Day.

This month’s optional question is a fun one: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?

This month is NaNoWriMo, and as always I seem to use November for writing crazy, wacky experimental stories. This month, I’m doing … something on the afterlife. That’s all I can really say at this point. It’s Just That Weird.

Am I the only one who has had the experience where you’ll be researching something strange and out there for a story, and suddenly the subject starts coming up in random conversation?

For example, while researching this afterlife story, it somehow came up that Australia is not quite on the other side of the world from the U.S. – where I live. In fact, it’s opposite the ocean. In fact, pretty much all of the continents are opposite oceans. More so than should be by pure chance. There are scientific theories that discuss this.

I was so fascinated by this random subject that I was debating getting a globe because it’s really hard to see without an actual globe.

I decided not to get a globe because, honestly, I wasn’t that curious. Okay, maybe I was a little curious.

Then, I found out that my sister recently bought a globe and (here’s the weird part) she bought it because she was wondering the same thing, about continents and oceans. Sisters and psychic links maybe? She’s often been able to read my mind. Makes getting away with things harder….

Anyway, like many weird research subjects I’ve somehow tripped over while writing, I’m still not all that interested in continent and ocean placement. The last thing I need in my house is a globe. But it’s funny and kind of cool. And absolutely NOTHING to do with what I’m actually writing. But that’s also kind of the point. My brain may think it’s tricking me with this “related research,” but I know better. Sort of.