‘Let me show you where it you can find it…’ my fellow student pulled my computer towards her and tapped the words ‘happy ending’ into my search engine.
The drop-down menu from my previous searches popped up, it included some rather embarrassing websites.
‘For research purposes, I swear.’ Even though this was true my face quickly turned a shade of Coca-Cola can red.
This is a risk you wear as a writer. Of course your search it is all in the name of research and sometimes, actually most of the time, the findings are unusual, gruesome and macabre. You live in constant fear that you computer may be monitored by ASIO!
I recently wrote a short-story for university that had semi-violent, sexual undertones. There were frequent occasions when my kids or husband would pass by trying to catch a glance at my screen and like my teenager on social media, I would quickly hit ‘command, tab’ to change to another screen.
‘What are you looking at?’
‘Nothing, just checking my emails…’ I would lie as I tried to unsee such images as: sadistic killer; a beaten homeless woman; an abandoned baby; and a photo of a murder victim.
As a writer, you gain an incredible insight into human behaviour. When inventing a character I draw on personal experiences, and of course (unbeknown to my friends and family) people I know. When this is not enough I turn to Google. One click and I can discover so much, often too much.
On a lighter note, I love to write with a humorous spin and have had many laugh-out-loud moments at the images, stories and the blog posts that I come across.
A great feature on Word Press is that they provide the list of search terms that bring users to a blog. So it is with this in mind that I must share the most unusual search terms that have brought people to my blog… Should I be alarmed? Surely it was all in the name of research!
- She paraded me in panties
- Skinny contortionists
- Sexy picketer
- Husband humiliated in knickers in public
- Discipline husband photo
- Sexy games dinner party
- Swap partner dinner party
- Husband laughed at my sexy dance
- I left my knickers on a picket fence
- Sausages in panties
What are some of the unusual search terms used to find your blog?